Good Evening, Family & Friends of
The Greek Orthodox Church of
St. Demetrios
The Journey Towards Bethlehem:
An Introduction to the Nativity Fast
By Fr. Anthony Christos

The Feast of the Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, or Christmas, is one of the biggest days of Christendom. It is among the Despotic Feasts, which relate to the events in the life of Christ the Despot. Along with Pascha it is the biggest celebration in the Orthodox Church.

On this day we celebrate the Incarnation of God the Word, when the Second Person of the Holy Trinity descended into the world. God became man that man may become a god by grace. Christ comes down from heaven to earth, to raise man from earth to heaven. Christ came among us to save the human race, to rebuild once again the ruined bridge of our communication with God, to restore man to his true glory, to reveal to us the will of God. Christ deeply humbled Himself to elevate us, He was born in time so we could overcome time, and He took human nature in order to deify it. This is why we feast, rejoice and celebrate.
Epistle Reading (11/15/2020): Ephesians 2:4-10
Gospel Reading (11/15/2020): Luke 10:25-37
The Holy Martyrs Gurias, Samonas and Habibus as Models for our Lives
By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

Saints Gurias and Samonas lived during the reign of Diocletian. They were pious men, "full of the Holy Spirit and faith." They preached Christ with zeal, and during the cruel persecution against the Church they were arrested by the governor Antoninus. With boldness and courage they gave a good confession of the faith and they endured cruel tortures with fortitude and patience. At the end they were beheaded and in this way they delivered their souls into the hands of God.

St. Habibus was born in Edessa of Asia Minor shortly after this, during the reign of Emperor Licinius. He had missionary zeal. After being ordained a deacon he preached his faith with boldness, strengthening and comforting the faithful, and he was beneficial to all.
St. Demetrios Parish Information

 This Week at St. Demetrios
As a courtesy reminder, it is necessary to call the Church Office to register for an upcoming service. Live-streaming is offered on Sundays
(Orthros & 1st Divine Liturgy) & as needed on major feast days.

Note: There is only one (1) Divine Liturgy this Sunday, Nov. 15th.
In addition, the service will not be live-streamed.
Please click here to locate live-streaming services at our neighboring parishes.

Sunday, November 15th
Kυριακή H΄Λουκά / 8th Sunday of Luke
Σαρανταήμερο / Nativity Fast Begins
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. / Orthros, 8a.m.
Θεία Λειτουργία, 9:30π.μ. / Divine Liturgy, 9:30a.m.
Religious Education/Sunday School Zoom Sessions
6:30p.m.: 3rd-5th grades
7p.m.: 6th-8th grades
7:30p.m.: 9th-12th grades

Monday, November 16th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m. (Remote Classes)
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Tuesday, November 17th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m. (Remote Classes)

Wednesday, November 18th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m. (Remote Classes)
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Thursday, November 19th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m. (Remote Classes)

Friday, November 20th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m. (Remote Classes)
Philoptochos Meeting, 7p.m. (Zoom Meeting)

Saturday, November 21st
Είσοδος τής Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ.
Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
Orthros, 8a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PSGS), 9a.m.-12p.m.

Sunday, November 22nd
Kυριακή Θ΄Λουκά / 9th Sunday of Luke
Όρθρος, 7π.μ. / Orthros, 7a.m. (Live)
ΠΡΩΤΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 8:30π.μ. / FIRST Divine Liturgy, 8:30a.m. (Live)
ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 11:00π.μ. / SECOND Divine Liturgy, 11:00a.m.
Religious Education/Sunday School Zoom Sessions
6:30p.m.: 3rd-5th grades
7p.m.: 6th-8th grades
7:30p.m.: 9th-12th grades

The service will not be live-streamed this week, Sunday, Nov. 15th. 
Please click here to locate live-streaming services at our neighboring parishes.
To be Healed by the Good Samaritan:
Homily for the 8th Sunday of Luke
Luke 10:25-37
By Fr. Philip LeMasters

It is tempting to use religion to help us feel better about ourselves. Too often, we want to make God in our own image and let ourselves off the hook from anything that challenges us to do something different from what we want to do. It can be very appealing to try to use God for purposes other than the healing of our souls.

That is the attitude that Jesus Christ rejected in today's gospel reading. After describing how the Old Testament law required loving God "with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself," the lawyer wanted to justify himself by narrowing down the types of people he had to love. That is why he asked "And who is my neighbor?" He wanted to limit what God required of him. That way, he could assume that he was a righteous man.
Ladies Philoptochos of St. Demetrios

There is a zoom Meeting at 7p.m. on Friday, November 20th. Please RSVP to helen.osullivan or call 630.697.5341 by Thursday, November 19th to obtain the link and instructions to join the meeting.

Need To Do Some Thanksgiving or Christmas Shopping?

Saint Demetrios Parish Bookstore
Need something from our Bookstore? 
Mrs. Theresa Kekatos will be available by appointment for "In-the-Church-Office Pick-Up" on Fridays, 3:30pm to 5p.m. Many of you know what items you may need or perhaps you want to pick up a book or icon. 

Please contact Mrs. Kekatos at or 708.373.5614 for inquiries, to place your order and/or arrange a time for pick up on Friday. Exact cash, check or credit card is required for payment. Thank you!
Sunday School/
Religious Education

Do not forget the zoom meetings Sunday evening!

Links were sent in the weekly Religious Ed email this past Thursday. 
Please check out the email to find great resources leading to the Nativity Fast.

If you do not receive information via our Sunday School Weekly E-Mail, please contact our Sunday School directors ( to be added to the list and also give them pertinent information about your children (name, grade, etc...). Although we will be online and virtual for the time-being, we still want to maintain our Sunday School database for the future. 

Click the button below to see the remaining classes of our Fall Calendar and be added to our mailing list.  
H ευλογημένη Κοινότητά μας, του Αγίου Δημητρίου,
θα τελέση Σαρανταλείτουργο απο
21 Νοεμβρίου έως 25 Δεκεμβρίου,
που είναι η «Σαρακοστή» των Χριστουγέννων.  Βοήθειά Μάς!
Our blessed community of St. Demetrios will celebrate
the 40 Divine Liturgies beginning on
November 21st through December 25th. 

This is referred to as the 40 days to the Birth of our Lord.

Schedule will be included in next week's bulletin.

Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9a.m. - 5p.m.
Saturday: 9a.m. - 1p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Parish Registry as of Sunday, November 15th:
Baptisms 34   Chrismations 2
Weddings 1   Funerals 29
Shut-Ins 20   
Hospital & Home Visitations 503
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The Greek Orthodox Church 
of St. Demetrios
Stewardship as of Friday, November 13th - 588

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