THE ORTHODOX WAY
February 2019

Dear St. Nicholas Family,

Please note that starting this year, we will be sending this newsletter every two months. Bear with us to see if this format works better for everyone. Great and Holy Lent is starting soon; stay informed with all the upcoming services and events.
Quick Links:

Sunday Worship:
Orthros: 8:15am
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am

Metropolis of Boston News:

Metropolis of Boston Camp (Fr. Demetri will be attending session 1: July 8-14)
Congratulations to our 2019 Parish Council Members:

Maria Decoulos (President), Judy Gray (Vice President), Olympia Wheeler (Secretary), Eleni Digenis-Bury (Asst. Secretary), Nicholas Vafiades (Treasurer), Elie Tamer (Asst. Treasurer,) Anna Travias (Stewardship Chair), Nector Ritzakis (Finance Chair), Lou Saledas (Maintenance Chair), Cesar de la Torre, Christina Katos, Jason Kontos, Mary Raftopoulos
Upcoming Events:


Sunday of Orthodoxy: March 17. See flyer here

Greek Independence Day program: March 24

Lives of the Saints - click on icons for more info
Orthodoxy in the News
Children's Word - Written by Presbytera Alexandra Houck
Ministry News
Ministry News:

Fr. Demetri's Message

PC President's Message

Health & Wellness
FR. DEMETRI'S MESSAGE

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING GREAT LENT?

Chances are this question is asked of priests by either one or a few people every year around this time. The only realistic advice possible is to say to the person…do what YOU CAN!
 
Everyone knows the essentials: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving (charity).
 
A person should fast as much as they can. More and more people are finding that the total abstinence from meat for the entire Lenten Season is not out of the question. Practically speaking, everyone can keep certain weeks, or at  least  one week in a very special Great Lenten way.
 
We must all know that fasting, prayer and our generosity to others must be exercised strictly in secret and one will be able to know and to have the final goal of this period…to be able to have the love of God! Give to others and ask NOTHING in return.
 
If this is done, there is no doubt that the result will be very positive and the time spent will prove to be the most inspiring and fruitful time of that person’s life!
 
Some of you may have the following question: What do I do?! Well how about you try the following suggestions during the entire Great Lenten season (or if you can’t, for part of it)
 
1.    Examine your life in all its aspects: family, work, society, values, desires and put them in and around the teaching of our Lord.
2.    Keep useless talking to a minimum, don’t just visit for the sake of visiting
3.    Question yourself with regards to the following
a.     Love – not just for family for all!
b.    Are you truthful all the time?
c.     Are you always honest?
d.     Do you have humility?
e.     Are you peaceful…when you need to be?
f.      Do you forgive?
g.     What about mercy and patience?
h.     Do you hunger and thirst for God the way you do for your…
               i.     Spouse
             ii.     Kids
              iii.    Work
               iv.    Extra cir. (sports, arts, etc )
4.    Give a donation to others…those in need: the poor… and DON’T TELL ANYONE!
5.     Suit the Fast to your life and avoid luxury and don’t judge other who are not fasting with you!
6.     Forgive all who have EVER offended you in the name of our Lord, if you haven’t talked to them in some time…YOU MAKE THE PHONE CALL!
7.     Pray at home/work at certain times of the day…keep this faithfully!
8.     Study the Scripture readings of the day and think about them after you have digested them.
9.     Be faithful to the Church by your every thought, word and action

Participate in ALL of the Services during the week…Great Compline, Presanctified Liturgies, Salutations, Divine Liturgy on Sunday, receive Holy Communion and Confession!

Have a Blessed Journey!

God bless,
PC PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Recently it was decided to switch the monthly bulletin distribution to a bimonthly basis because we have increased other sources of communication, including the church’s website, robo calling, emails and more emails – which we didn’t have in the past. Also, our ministries had little to report every month.
 
With that said, we are encouraging all ministries to become more active this year and have seen an excellent start. The Health & Wellness ministry presented the CPR and AED Basics Overview; the Philoptochos Society had their Talent Show; and the Master Planning Committee presented its findings on next steps for the parish grounds. Coming up, the Church School will be having its Oratorical Festival in March; the Greek School will have a presentation for Greek Independence Day; the Lenten Lecture Series and Exercise Program are being planned for the period of Great Lent; and the GOYA is looking to lead a parish-wide team to join the “Out of Darkness” Walk in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention this summer.
 
Work at the parish house continues at a steady clip. The insurance settlement is promising, and we are reviewing bids for a general contractor to oversee repairs for all of the damage from the water incident late last year.
 
Lastly, KUDOS to the Philoptochos’ leaders Eleni Saledas and Alexa Vafiades for meticulously organizing an incredible talent show and uncovering the phenomenal talent at St. Nicholas! You all made us proud! A video of the night will be available shortly.
 
If you have any questions or concerns or are interested in getting more involved at St. Nicholas, I look forward to hearing from you.
 
God bless,
Maria Decoulos
Cell: 617-645-1684
HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Health & Wellness ministry presented the CPR and AED Basics Overview on February 10th! Thank you all for your participation.
Reminders
Lost & Found
Please check the church coat rack for items forgotten during the winter months; also, any trays, etc. in the kitchen that may belong to you. If not claimed, all items will be donated to Morgan Memorial.  Thank you. 

Sunday Fellowship Hour:
A gentle reminder to all Fellowship hosts: Please keep in mind that families hosting coffee hour (children's table and main table) are responsible for clean up after completion. We appreciate your help with keeping our parish clean and treating it as your own home...because it is! Thank you.

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