Good Afternoon,
Family & Friends of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios
Sunday, February 21, 2021
16th Sunday of Luke
Triodion Begins
The Period of the Solemn Triodion
By P.B. Paschou

The faithful of the Orthodox Church await with great joy and nostalgia every year the solemn Triodion. Fasting, temperance, repentance and spiritual joyful-sorrow are the experiences of the Orthodox, who are refreshed and renewed by the liturgical cycle of the feasts of the Triodion. We sense the roots of ur tradition nourishing us and irrigating us with devoutness and holiness, much more so in the period of the Triodion.
Epistle Reading (2/21/2021): II Timothy 3:10-15
Gospel Reading (2/21/2021): Luke 18:10-14
Synaxarion of our Holy Father Eustathios,
Archbishop of Antioch
February 21

Eustathios was as far as life and breath,
Exceedingly steadfast against the breath of the
enemies of God.

Eustathios the divine Confessor lived during the reign of the first Christian emperor Constantine the Great (306-337). He was from Side in Pamphylia, as Jerome says in his "On Ecclesiastical Writers". Nidetas says he was from Philippi in Macedonia. The Saint was a teacher, and sent by the wisdom of his words the rays of Orthodoxy throughout the cumene. He was also present at the First Ecumenical Synod of Nicaea, which gathered in 325, keeping the dogma of piety and Orthodoxy, while rebuking and overturning the Arians. These mindless ones had introduced a cutting and division into the one nature of the Holy Trinity, calling the Son of God a creature, and dividing Him from the essence nd honor and worthiness with His consubstantial Father.


1st Divine Liturgy
Michael Vargiamis (+6 Months)

2nd Divine Liturgy
Konstantinos Kouvelis (+40 Days)
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 for Orthros and the 1st Divine Liturgy.

Sunday, February 21st
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
6:30 p.m.: 3rd-5th grades
7:00 p.m.: 6th-8th grades
7:30 p.m.: 9th-12th grades

Monday, February 22nd
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)
Parish Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23rd
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.

Wednesday, February 24th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Thursday, February 25th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Jr./Sr. GOYA Gathering, 6:30p.m.-8p.m.

Friday, February 26th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.

Saturday, February 27th
Pythagoras Greek School (PSGS), 9a.m.-12p.m.

Sunday, February 28th
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.

Live-streaming is offered on Sundays: Orthros & the 1st Divine Liturgy.
Links may be found at or below.
1. Church You-Tube Channel
2. Church Facebook Page
Sacrament This Week

“All who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.”
We welcome into the Greek Orthodox Faith,  

Saturday, February 27th 
Son of Leonidas & Crystal Fronimos
Godparent: Costa Lambropoulos

Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9a.m.-5p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Cultivating Humility: Homily for the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
in the Orthodox Church
by Fr. Philip LeMasters
Luke 18:10-14

There are some problems that have to be identified clearly and addressed plainly because they are so important, so foundational to our life in Christ. There are some temptations so subtle, persistent, and dangerous that we must always be on full alert against them because they have the power to destroy our souls. Today we call ourselves to that kind of vigilance against pride, which often leads us to wander far from the path of the Kingdom without even knowing it.

Over the last several years, we have amassed quite a pile of items "lost and found" in the Church. From keys, key fobs, glasses, chargers, jewelry to a professional camera flash. 
If you have lost anything at some point, please check with the Church Office - we may have it! 
At the end of the month, we will donate or dispose of any items that are not claimed. 
Thank you!
Youth Ministry & Religious Education Update

In an effort to update our youth ministry database, we ask that all families register their children via our online registration form. Please take a few minutes to do this so we can be assured we have the correct grades, contact information, etc...for all our youth ministry families. 
There is also a short one question survey about other ministries and some information about current guidelines for attending. 
Thank you in advance! Click on the button below to sign up today!
Sunday School
We invite all 3rd-12th graders to join us every Sunday evening for a half hour zoom meeting. Grades 3-5 @ 6:30pm, Grades 6-8 @ 7pm and Grades 9-12 @ 7:30pm. 
You may also contact our director, Mrs. Lia Papadopoulos, to be added or with any questions at
Jr./Sr. GOYA 

We had a wonderful group of Goyans last week! After Paraklesis and a short discussion about preparing for Great Lent, we had a great game of Fooskey! If you have never heard of it, please join us and find out what it is about.
We meet again this Thursday, February 25th!
If you are a 6th-12th grader and have not attended a GOYA gathering yet, we hope to see this Thursday!
The Ladies Philoptochos of St. Demetrios Elmhurst
Virtual Fundraising Event 2021 
Each year the Philoptochos hosts their main fundraising event to raise funds which support many charitable outreach programs. This year due to the social distancing restrictions, we have opted to host a virtual fundraising event on Friday, March 5th at 7pm. The theme is “Light the Way”.
Please consider purchasing raffle tickets. There are 12 beautiful items that will be presented, ranging from an Apple laptop to a Valentino purse. A portion of the event proceeds will support Serenity House Counseling Services.
It’s through your generosity, love and commitment that The Ladies Philoptochos is able to continue their mission. We are grateful for your support. Thank you, and God Bless.
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios’
13th Annual Grocery Bag Parish Food Drive
“Compassionate Friends” Outreach Ministry invites you to help us kick off our Annual Grocery Bag Drive starting Feb 21, the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and ending on April 25. As we begin to enter a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, we are asked as Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. Covid has brought financial hardships for many and we humbly ask your help in filling the bins and pantries of those in need. As always, items collected will be reserved for our own needy parishioners and distributed to the local food pantries in Addison and Elmhurst. Please click here for more information. Thank you!
2021 Stewardship of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios

Stewardship as of Friday, February 19th: 163 Stewards
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen. Reinhold Niebuhr

Tools for Resilience
IOCC has created a new suite of tools called Care Compass.
These tools map ways individuals and communities can forge a path towards physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
Designed in consultation with Orthodox clergy, counselors, and clinicians, these tools are simple to use, adaptable, and can be locally implemented.
No matter where you may find yourself, together, we can help each other navigate toward resilience.
In Thanksgiving & Appreciation

For many years the Nikols family, +George, Christine, Rita and Gio, have supported and loved their parish home of The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Demetrios. Even when going out west and returning back to familiar territory, their hearts were planted in the family of this parish. Their stewardship of time, talent and treasure has been shown to be exemplified in many ways.

This continued when Christine joined the office staff of her beloved home of worship in 2014. Her years of patience, dedication and love has been seen not only in her office work, but also in the raffle booth of our parish festivals, along with Rita and her sister, Anna.

This week it was announced that Christine will be leaving her position in the Church Office. We thank Christine for her great diligence and integrity that she brought to us, the family of St. Demetrios. We ask our Lord to continue to bless her future endeavors with her family. We will miss seeing her in the Office, but she will always be a part of our parish family.

Although saddened to see her go, we are also aware that we now need someone to continue with her meticulous work. If you are someone with a accounting or bookkeeping background and would be interested in a part-time position in the Church Office, please contact one of the members of our Human Resources Committee -
Peter Barkoulies at 630.337.4783 or Dominick Vassos at 847.409.5295.
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!
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found on our parish website?
Here you can contribute towards
"Light a Vigil Candle" and more.
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Calling All High School Seniors
Lighthouse Camp
When Orthodox young people make the transition to college life, they face a myriad of spiritual, social, mental and health-related challenges. Lighthouse is a week-long summer camp ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago designed to walk high school senior grads through an Orthodox understanding of vocation and arm them with the tools they need to hold fast to their faith during their college years.
The Metropolis’ Summer Camp programs accepts campers between their 6th grade and 11th grade years in middle school and high school but does not accept high-school seniors. Currently, there is no ministry serving high-school seniors with the aim of preparing them for college. Lighthouse will be that ministry.
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Elmhurst, IL
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