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Bulletin for Sunday, May 9, 2021

Thomas Sunday



To all ladies who have actually given birth AND to those who may not have but have acted in loving, motherly capacity as a sister, aunt, godmother family friend, etc. God bless each and every one of you.




Now that I am gone, remember me with smiles and laughter.


And if you need to cry, cry with your brother or sister who walks in grief beside you.


When you need me, put you arms around anyone and give to them what you need to give to me.


There are so many who need so much. I want to leave you something—much better than words or sounds.


Look for me in the people I’ve known or helped in some special way.

Let me live in your heart as well as your mind.


You can love me most by letting your love reach out to our loved ones, by embracing them and living in their love.

Love does not die, people do.


So when all that’s left of me is love,

Give me away as best you can.



Hymns for the Day

Apolytikion. Mode pl. 1.

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Apolytikion Grave Mode

O Life, You rose from the sepulcher, even though the tomb was secured with a seal, O Christ God. Then, although the doors were shut, You came to Your Disciples, O Resurrection of all. Through them You renew a right spirit in us, according to Your great mercy.

Kontakion of Pascha. Mode pl. 4.

Though You went down into the tomb, O Immortal One, yet You brought down the dominion of Hades; and You rose as the victor, O Christ our God; and You called out "Rejoice" to the Myrrh-bearing women, and gave peace to Your Apostles, O Lord who to the fallen grant resurrection.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

The reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.

In those days, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." [


Gospel Reading

The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to John.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to Him: "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. [

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THANK YOU to everyone who has completed a Stewardship Form and returned it to the church office. If you did not yet filled and submitted your 2021 Stewardship form, your name will not appear on our list.

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Saint John's Prayer Circle 

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING NAMES OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN OUR PARISH AND BEYOND WHO ARE IN NEED OF OUR PRAYERS. If you have or know of someone who needs to be included in our regular prayers, PLEASE LET US KNOW>>>SUBMIT their names to us, please.


Fr. Constantine and Presvytera Mary, Nick and Carol, Mary P., Phyllis, Peter, Joel, Bill and Diana M., Leona, Joanna and Aristides, Kate, Roger SCHalip, Gena (Wilshire) Mildner, Mary (Maharares) Garcia


Services and Meetings during May


Sunday,         May 9th          Mother’s Day

Thomas Sunday, Orthros & D. Liturgy, 9-11:30am


Thursday,       May 13th        Parish Councl Meeting, 4PM


Saturday,        May 15th        Philoptochos Meeting, 10am


Sunday,           May 16th        Myrrh-Bearing Women, Orthros & Liturgy, 9-11:15am

                                               1 yr memorial for Chris Loizos, Helen’s son., and

40 days memorial for Chris Yiannas


Sunday,           May 23rd         Of the Paralytic, Orthros and Div. Liturgy, 9-11:15AM


Sunday,           May 30th        of the Samaritan Woman, Orthros and Div. Liturgy, 9-11:15AM

                                               Please submit names of deceased Veterans so Father Andrew

                                               may commemorate them during the Divine Liturgy.


Monday,         May 31st        MEMORIAL DAY






Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day[1]) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[3]

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States,[4] while Labor Day, the first Monday of September, marks the unofficial start of autumn.

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (in November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.