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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2019-07-21
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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (727) 937-3540
  • Fax:
  • (727) 937-1739
  • Street Address:

  • 36 North Pinellas Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • Mailing Address:

  • 17 East Tarpon Avenue

  • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sundays / Κυριακή
7:00am - Matins / Όρθρος
8:15am - Divine Liturgy (Greek) / Θεία Λειτουργία
11:00am - Diving Liturgy (English) / Θεία Λειτουργία

Wednesdays / Τετάρτη
6:00pm - Paraklesis to Theotokos / Παράκληση στη Θεοτόκο

Saturdays / Σάββατο
6:00pm - Great Vespers / Μέγας Εσπερινός


Past Bulletins


Dean's Message

Haros

God’s Total Protection

No matter how old we become, the fear that life will turn difficult and painful can bring fear and doubt in many. The older we become, life experience provides the wisdom that not only is struggle inevitable, it is often followed by peace. Look back on your life, and you will likely recall several times, maybe even many times, when you struggled or were in pain briefly, but eventually found that what seemed like an unbearable struggle ended and you actually grew stronger afterward. Of course, at the time, each occurrence of pain and struggling seemed like it may never end. Thankfully, looking back, we can be comforted by remembering that God always came through and eventually rescued us.

In today’s Gospel lesson, we hear firmly about the total protection of God. In the moment of being possessed by demons, LOTS of demons, the men probably felt like there was no hope of a life without pain and suffering. Then one day, they met Jesus on the road and everything changed. Jesus commanded the demons to leave, and the men were healed. Meanwhile, as we know the story, the demons saw a herd of pigs nearby. The demons begged Jesus to allow them to enter the pigs. Even the pigs were under God’s protection. The demons couldn’t even enter the pigs without God’s permission.

Then there was the citizens of the town, who made their living from the pigs. Once God had allowed the vicious demons to enter the pigs, the pigs ran uncontrolled over a cliff and died, leaving the town folk without any income. They responded by begging Jesus to leave. Imagine that! They had in their city the very One who could protect them from suffering, the very One who could end they suffering, and they begged Him to leave, and He did.

God’s protection is always available to us, but He will never force us to accept His protection. Even during those moments when the suffering seems like it may never end, with God’s assistance, it will come to an end as it did with the men who were possessed, but we must NEVER forget the rest of the story. Even the pigs were protected by God. If the demons were required to have God’s permission to enter the pigs, imagine how much He is willing to protect us?

God’s protection is not something we can always measure, but it is something we can always depend upon. The two men suffered greatly by demons, but God eventually healed them. You are so much more important to God than a few pigs. Don’t ever forget God’s total protection.

 

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Adult Catechism

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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
July 21

Parthenios, Bishop of Arta


Allsaint
July 21

5th Sunday of Matthew


Allsaint
July 21

John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

These Saints were from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia and flourished during the reign of Justin the Younger (565-578). After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were moved with a desire to forsake the world; they were tonsured monks by the Abbot Nicon, and soon after left the monastery to struggle together in the wilderness near the Dead Sea. When they had passed a little more than thirty years together in silence and prayer, Symeon, having reached the heights of dispassion, departed for Emesa in Syria, where he passed the rest of his life playing the fool, saving many souls from sin while hiding his sanctity with seemingly senseless behavior. He reposed in 570; by the providence of God, John, who had remained in the wilderness, departed soon after.


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Cathedral Listings

Memorials

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy  

Stergos George Stergos - 40 Days

John Bangos - 1 Year

Demetrios Hios - 2 Years

(Anna Vitsaras - 5 Years; Steve Tsalickis - 11 Years)

Fanis Begulias - 20 Years

(Angelike Tsantes - 13 Years; Konstandinos Tsantes - 13 Years; Elias Tsantes - 78 Years; Nick Kipreos - 20 Years)

Vasilios Sapounakis - 42 Years

 

 

Today's Coffee Hour is being hosted by Monday's Kitchen! If any ministries are interested in hosting Coffee Hour, please contact Chris Palaidis at 727-808-3895.

  

*THE DEADLINE IS MONDAY 5PM FOR ALL BULLETIN INFORMATION*

 

Memorial & Artoklasia Service Planning

If you are in need of a Memorial or are contemplating having an Artoklasia Service, call our Parish Office at (727) 937-3540 to make arrangements.

Kollyva (μνημόσυνα) for memorials can be ordered through:
Antonia Korfias (727) 937-8785
Irene Koutelas (727) 934-5245
Evangelia Stavropoulos (727) 937-5649

Contact info for these preparers is provided as a service to parishioners and does not imply endorsement.

40 Day Prayer List

Janathan, Kalliope, Michalis, Maria, Angela, George, Kathryn, George, Bill, Eugenia, Isabella, Pericles, George T, Thelma B, Mary, Nickolas, Panagiotis, Pamela, Diane

 A Prayer for Healing

"Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal me, Your servant, from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ.  Grant me patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health.  Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed.  I pray that You heal me as Your servant and grant me the gift of complete health.  For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen."

To add a loved one to this list, or to keep one from being taken off after 40 days, please contact our Administrative Assistant on Mondays by 5:00pm. (denise@stnicholastarpon.org / (727) 937-3540 ext 102)
 
Our Priests are Here for YOU
If you, or a loved one, would like to request a priestly visit due to illness or extenuating circumstances, please call Father Athanasios (727) 741-0139 or Father Sampson (941) 266-3229.
If you are in spiritual need, Father Athanasios and Father Sampson want to make themselves available to you and ask you to please call/text or email them directly rather than through social media.

On Duty Council Members

Team 1

James Shoemaker

Niko Conkel

Charles Samarkos

Costas Sisois

Gus Tsambis

Themis Fountotos Tezza

Tony Zaronias

 

 

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Mode

When the tidings of the resurrection from the glorious angel was proclaimed unto the women disciples and our ancestral sentence also had been abolished to the Apostles with the boasting did they proclaim that death is vanquished ever more and Christ Our God has risen from the dead and granted to the world His great mercy.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:1-10

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.

5th Sunday of Matthew
Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 10:1-10

Ἀδελφοί, ἡ μὲν εὐδοκία τῆς ἐμῆς καρδίας καὶ ἡ δέησις ἡ πρὸς τὸν θεὸν ὑπὲρ τοῦ Ἰσραήλ ἐστιν εἰς σωτηρίαν. Μαρτυρῶ γὰρ αὐτοῖς ὅτι ζῆλον θεοῦ ἔχουσιν, ἀλλʼ οὐ κατʼ ἐπίγνωσιν. Ἀγνοοῦντες γὰρ τὴν τοῦ θεοῦ δικαιοσύνην, καὶ τὴν ἰδίαν δικαιοσύνην ζητοῦντες στῆσαι, τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ τοῦ θεοῦ οὐχ ὑπετάγησαν. Τέλος γὰρ νόμου Χριστὸς εἰς δικαιοσύνην παντὶ τῷ πιστεύοντι. Μωϋσῆς γὰρ γράφει τὴν δικαιοσύνην τὴν ἐκ τοῦ νόμου, ὅτι ὁ ποιήσας αὐτὰ ἄνθρωπος ζήσεται ἐν αὐτοῖς. Ἡ δὲ ἐκ πίστεως δικαιοσύνη οὕτως λέγει, Μὴ εἴπῃς ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου, Τίς ἀναβήσεται εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν; - τοῦτʼ ἔστιν Χριστὸν καταγαγεῖν - ἤ, Τίς καταβήσεται εἰς τὴν ἄβυσσον; - τοῦτʼ ἔστιν Χριστὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναγαγεῖν. Ἀλλὰ τί λέγει; Ἐγγύς σου τὸ ῥῆμά ἐστιν, ἐν τῷ στόματί σου καὶ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου· τοῦτʼ ἔστιν τὸ ῥῆμα τῆς πίστεως ὃ κηρύσσομεν· ὅτι ἐὰν ὁμολογήσῃς ἐν τῷ στόματί σου κύριον Ἰησοῦν, καὶ πιστεύσῃς ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου ὅτι ὁ θεὸς αὐτὸν ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν, σωθήσῃ· καρδίᾳ γὰρ πιστεύεται εἰς δικαιοσύνην, στόματι δὲ ὁμολογεῖται εἰς σωτηρίαν.


Gospel Reading

5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine." And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.

5th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 8:28-34, 9:1

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐλθόντος τῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς τὸ πέραν εἰς τὴν χώραν τῶν Γεργεσηνῶν ὑπήντησαν αὐτῷ δύο δαιμονιζόμενοι ἐκ τῶν μνημείων ἐξερχόμενοι, χαλεποὶ λίαν, ὥστε μὴ ἰσχύειν τινὰ παρελθεῖν διὰ τῆς ὁδοῦ ἐκείνης. καὶ ἰδοὺ ἔκραξαν λέγοντες· τί ἡμῖν καὶ σοί, ᾿Ιησοῦ υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ; ἦλθες ὧδε πρὸ καιροῦ βασανίσαι ἡμᾶς; ἦν δὲ μακρὰν ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν ἀγέλη χοίρων πολλῶν βοσκομένη. οἱ δὲ δαίμονες παρεκάλουν αὐτὸν λέγοντες· εἰ ἐκβάλλεις ἡμᾶς, ἐπίτρεψον ἡμῖν ἀπελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ἀγέλην τῶν χοίρων. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ὑπάγετε. οἱ δὲ ἐξελθόντες ἀπῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἀγέλην τῶν χοίρων· καὶ ἰδοὺ ὥρμησε πᾶσα ἡ ἀγέλη τῶν χοίρων κατὰ τοῦ κρημνοῦ εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν καὶ ἀπέθανον ἐν τοῖς ὕδασιν. οἱ δὲ βόσκοντες ἔφυγον, καὶ ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὴν πόλιν ἀπήγγειλαν πάντα καὶ τὰ τῶν δαιμονιζομένων. καὶ ἰδοὺ πᾶσα ἡ πόλις ἐξῆλθεν εἰς συνάντησιν τῷ ᾿Ιησοῦ, καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν παρεκάλεσαν ὅπως μεταβῇ ἀπὸ τῶν ὁρίων αὐτῶν. Καὶ ἐμβὰς εἰς πλοῖον διεπέρασε καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς τὴν ἰδίαν πόλιν.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Now, should any one say, "And wherefore did Christ fulfill the devils' request, suffering them to depart into the herd of swine?" this would be our reply, that He did so, not as yielding to them, but as providing for many objects thereby.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

One, to teach them that are delivered from those wicked tyrants, how great the malice of their insidious enemies: another, that all might learn, how not even against swine are they bold, except He allow them; a third, that they would have treated those men more grievously than the swine, unless even in their calamity they had enjoyed much of God's providential care. For that they hate us more than the brutes is surely evident to every man.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

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A Moment with Our Ministries

Community Center Event Hosting

St. Nicholas Community Center & Conference Hall's 18,000 sq ft, commercial kitchens, full-service bar area, professional stage & audio/visual equipment and comfortable seating make it a perfect venue for hosting your next event. 

For booking information, or to arrange a venue tour, please visit our new venue website or call the Parish Offices at (727) 937-3540. 


Little Lambs

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Letters of good standing, transcripts

Are you participating in a sacrament and need to prove you are an active member of St Nicholas Cathedral? Do you need a copy of your baptismal information? Letters of good sacramental & financial standing are provided following a meeting with the Dean of the Cathedral; please plan your appointment with Fr Athanasios well in advance in order to meet all deadlines prior to the scheduled sacrament. If you need a baptism or marriage transcript, please allow an extra 2-3 weeks for signature verification from our Metropolis.


Philoptochos (A Friend of the Poor) Ministry

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ST NICHOLAS PHILOPTOCHOS

 Hours of Operation
Mon: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tues-Thurs: 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon
18 Hibiscus Street (located directly behind St Nicholas Cathedral) 

National Philoptochos Mission Statement
To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund-raising efforts. 

As Philoptochos will begin their general meetings in September, we want you to be aware of the topics that will be shared, as they are those that were discussed at the National Philoptochos Conference in Boston, MA.
Human Trafficking
Opioid Epidemic
Educational Initiatives
How to Stop Bullying in Your Community
Being Safe & Smart: Using Technology
Women’s Health Initiatives
Inclusion Ministries
Alzheimer’s Disease: Awareness / Understanding / Support / Care 

Check out our chapter's greenhouse project challenge video update.

If you would like to make a difference, learn from others and create relationships that will last a lifetime please send your name, e-mail. phone number and address to:

St Nicholas Philoptochos
PO Box 2043
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Annual Membership Fee of $35.00 assists Philoptochos to continue serving the poor.


Stewardship Ministry

Stewardship 2018 One day, a person complained to their priest that the Church and Christianity is one continual “give, give, give.” To which the priest replied, “Thank you very much for the finest definition of Christianity I have ever heard. You’re right, Christianity is all about a constant “give, give, give.”

God giving His only Son to the world to show His unconditional love. His Son Jesus giving His life on the cross to forgive our sins and destroy death. Then our Lord’s disciples giving all they had to make sure God’s Good News of love was preached to all people everywhere. They not only gave away their homes and businesses, but even gave up their lives as martyrs in gratitude to God!

If you are not a Steward this year, we invite you
to have the opportunity to participate!

Visit www.stnicholastarpon.org/give to start today.


2019 Enrollment Pre-School

01/13/2019


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Parish Bulletin Board

    Fill the Backpacks donation

    Fill the Backpacks donation

    Fill the Backpacks donation


    Blessing of the Backpacks

    Blessing of the Backpacks

    Blessing of the Backpacks


    St. Nicholas Church Camp Running the Race

    St. Nicholas Church Camp Running the Race

    St. Nicholas Church Camp Running the Race


    St. Nicholas Summer Camp - July 29- Aug 2, 2019

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp - July 29- Aug 2, 2019

    St. Nicholas Sunday School Ministry is seeking volunteers to assist with this year's St. Nicholas Summer Camp. We are also seeking new classroom teachers and assistants for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact George Tsangranis to learn more: george.tsongranis@gmail.com or 727-942-3502.


    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Preschool

    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Preschool

    Now enrolling 2019-2020


    St. Nicholas Cathedral Women's Retreat - September 27-28, 2019

    St. Nicholas Cathedral Women's Retreat - September 27-28, 2019

    Women's Retreat - Retreat Presenter Sylvia Leontaritis. For more information contact Presvytera Vassi Haros - 843-269-5947.


    Bookstore Summer Hours

    Bookstore Summer Hours

    Bookstore Summer Hours


    Looking for Tarpon High School-Middle School Mentors

    Looking for Tarpon High School-Middle School Mentors

    Looking for Tarpon High School and Tarpon Middle School Mentors! We are looking for spirited volunteer mentors who are willing to join the Pinellas County School system in transforming the path for our youth and the communities they live in during their lunch hours. There are many opportunities to volunteer as a mentor to the youth of Pinellas County such as Role Modeling, Tutoring, Take Stock in Kids, Big Brother Big Sister, and Lunch Pals. The volunteer coordinators have helped Fr. Sampson and other church’s volunteers make matches with youth from their own respective communities but ultimately will pair volunteers with youth that will enrich both the Mentee and the Mentor. If you are interested, contact Fr. Sampson Kasapakis at FrSampson@stnicholastarpon.org or on his phone (941)-266-3229.  Please note that before you can begin, you will need to attend a one-hour workshop with presenters from the County School Board and you will be matched to a school closest to where you live or work. Bring a Friend - Make an Impact, be a Mentor. Act Now.


    Women's Retreat

    Women's Retreat

    Women's Retreat


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Master Calendar

  • St Nicholas Master Calendar

    July 21 to July 29, 2019

    Sunday, July 21

    Fr Athanasios On-Call 727-741-0139 for Emergencies

    5th Sunday of Matthew

    7:45AM Orthros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    7:00PM Coffee Hour

    Monday, July 22

    Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles

    8:00AM Orthros/Matins

    8:00AM Soup Kitchen Meal

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, July 23

    Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

    6:00PM Visitation:Hercules Ypsilantes

    6:00PM Visitation: Louis Thiros

    6:00PM Young Adult Open Gym

    Wednesday, July 24

    Christina the Great Martyr of Tyre

    10:30AM Little Lambs

    11:00AM Funeral: Louis Thiros

    3:00PM Funeral: Hercules Ypsilantes

    Thursday, July 25

    Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

    Friday, July 26

    Paraskeve the Righteous Martyr of Rome

    6:00PM Great Vespers: St Panteleimon

    Saturday, July 27

    Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer

    8:00AM Orthros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    5:00PM Sunday School Set-up for Summer Camp

    Sunday, July 28

    Fr Athanasios On-Call (727) 741-0139 for Emergencies

    6th Sunday of Matthew

    7:45AM Orthros/Matins

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Women's Retreat Meeting

    Monday, July 29

    The Holy Martyr Callinicus

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