November 3, 2010
Tomorrow is the feast of St. Ioannikios the Great. St. Ioannikios was a
shepherd in his youth, then he served in the military. Finally after
finishing his military service, he became a monk at Mt. Olympus in Asia
Minor. He was a great ascetic, and a wonderworker both during his
lifetime and after his repose. Though he was physically massive and
powerful, he was known as a truly meek and humble man, using his
strength to fight evil rather than to do harm to others. He is the
author of the beautiful prayer we pray at Compline: "The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge; the Holy Spirit is my protector; O Holy Trinity, glory to Thee!"
"Watch yourselves - your passions especially - in your home life,
where they appear freely, like moles in a safe place." ~ St. John of
Services and Events this week:
This evening (Wed.) 6pm - Akathist to St. Raphael; 6:45 - Catechism Class
Friday, 7:15am - 1st Hour and Men's Meeting
6pm - Vespers for St. Raphael's Feast
Saturday, 9am - Orthros 10am - Liturgy for St. Raphael's Feast
5pm - Moussa Baptism 6pm - Great Vespers
Sunday services as usual
-Remember that Daylight Savings Time
ends this coming weekend, on Nov. 6/7. Turn your clocks back (fall
back) on Saturday night. If you forget, that's okay - just come to
-Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn: St. Raphael's feast day is
on November 6. There will be a full cycle of services with Liturgy at
10am on Saturday morning, followed by our 3rd Annual Train Station
-The Ladies and the SOYO will meet following Liturgy this Sunday, Nov. 7.
- Feast of the Holy Archangels:
The Synaxis of Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven
is this coming Monday, Nov. 8. Orthros will be at 8am and Liturgy at
9am. Come honor our bodiless protectors!
- St. Nektarios - There will be an Akathist to St. Nektarios
on Monday evening (Nov. 8) at 5:30pm, to celebrate the feast day of St.
Nektarios which is the following day (Nov. 9).
-Wine Tasting Fundraiser:
This year's fundraiser is coming up on Tuesday, November 9th, and will
take place at Savoie's at 6:30pm. Tickets are available through Barry
Busada. Items for the silent auction are still needed. Please be sure to get silent auction forms to Jan asap. For more information about the silent auction, contact Jan or Hanan.
-Parish Retreat: Mark your calendar for a retreat at St.
Nicholas on Saturday, November 13. Our guest speaker will be Mother
Nektaria from St. Paul's Skete in Grand Junction, TN. See the flyer for
- The Nativity Fast begins on Monday, Nov. 15. See the fasting guidelines below.
- Parish Council: the next meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 15 at 6pm.
- Ladies' Book Club: the next meeting will be on Tues., Nov. 16 at 6pm.
NATIVITY FAST, which begins on Monday, November 15th, is divided
into two periods: The 1st period is November 15th through December 19th
when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy,
fish, wine and oil) is observed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but with
katalysis [allowance] for wine and oil on Tuesday and Thursday (though some also permit fish
on Tuesday and Thursday during this 1st period) and for fish, wine and oil
on Saturday and Sunday. The 2nd period is December 20th through the 24th
(the period of the Forefeast) when the traditional fasting discipline (no
meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed Monday through
Friday, but with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday.