Good Afternoon,
Family & Friends of
The Greek Orthodox Church of
St. Demetrios
Getting Ready for the Birth of a Merciful Savior,
Not of Self-Righteous Legalism: Homily for the 25th Sunday After Pentecost and the 13th Sunday of Luke in the Orthodox Church

By Fr. Philip LeMasters

In one way or another, many of us are tempted at times to reduce the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to a list of rules to be obeyed simply by our own willpower. When we think that we live up to them, we pat ourselves on the back for being good people who have supposedly earned God's favor. When we think that others do not live up to them, we feel justified in looking down upon them for apparently not being as righteous as we are. Of course, no matter how appealing such an approach to religion may be, it has nothing to do with the Savior born at Christmas. Indeed, it is a complete rejection of why the Word became flesh.
Synaxarion of the
Holy Martyr Paramonos
and
the 370 Martyrs With Him
These Saints contested during the reign of Emperor Decius, when Alylinus was prefect of the East, in the year 250. The reason for their martyrdom is the following.

In Basra near the Tigris River, there was a large sacred thermal spring which healed the sick.
Epistle Reading (11/29/2020): Ephesians 4:1-7
Gospel Reading (11/29/2020): Luke 18:18-27
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.


Sunday, November 29th
Kυριακή ΙΓ΄Λουκά / 13th 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.

Monday, November 30th
Αγ. Ανδρέας 
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ.
St. Andrew
Orthros, 8a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Tuesday, December 1st
Προσευχές Θείας Μεταλήψεως, 8:30π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ.
Communion Prayers, 8:30a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.

Wednesday, December 2nd
Προσευχές Θείας Μεταλήψεως , 8:30π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ.
Communion Prayers, 8:30a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Thursday, December 3rd
Προσευχές Θείας Μεταλήψεως, 8:30π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ.
Communion Prayers, 8:30a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.

Friday, December 4th
Αγ. Βαρβάρα/Αγ. Iωάννης Δαμασκηνού
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ.
St. Barbara/St. John of Damascus
Orthros, 8a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.

Saturday, December 5th
Pythagoras Greek School (PSGS), 9a.m.-12p.m.
No Services: Ordination of Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion @ SS. Constantine & Helen Church, Merrillville, IN

Sunday, December 6th
Αγ. Νικόλαος / St. Nicholas
Kυριακή Ι΄Λουκά / 10th 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

Live-streaming is offered on Sundays (Orthros & 1st Divine Liturgy)
and as needed on major feast days.
Links may be found at saintdemetrioselmhurst.org/live or below.
1. Church You-Tube Channel
2. Church Facebook Page



Homily of St. John Chrysostom on the Holy Apostle Andrew
November 30th

Strong is the net used by the apostles to fish, wondrous the memory of Andrew, and marvelous the commemoration of the net he employed to catch the nations and to lead them to faith in Christ! The seine of those deathless mortals, the apostles, can never by torn by forgetfulness, nor can time destroy their fishing tackle, made not by the art of man but by the grace of God. The fishermen themselves have departed from us, yet neither their gear nor the sweep-net with which they ensnared the world have fallen into decay.
Sacraments This Week

Baptisms
“All who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.”
We welcome into the Greek Orthodox Faith,  
 
Saturday, November 28th 
Brandon McLinn
Godparent: Elena Tsitsopoulos

Saturday, December 5th 
Dionisi
Son of Vallen & Demetra Tousis
Godparent: Thanos Davelis
Fall General Assembly Meeting

Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions,
the Fall General Assembly Meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the spring of 2021.
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 tkekatos@hotmail.com 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!

Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9a.m.-5p.m. Saturday: 9a.m.-1p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Parish Registry as of Sunday, November 29th:
Baptisms 35   Chrismations 2
Weddings 1   Funerals 32
Shut-Ins 20   
Hospital & Home Visitations 504
2020 Stewardship of
The Greek Orthodox Church 
of St. Demetrios
Stewardship as of Wednesday, November 25th - 593

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found on our parish website?
Here you can contribute towards
"Light a Vigil Candle" and more.
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