Saint Gregory the Theologian
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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Saint Gregory the Theologian

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (508)337-9986
  • Fax:
  • (508)337-9987
  • Street Address:

  • 1007 West Street

  • Mansfield, MA 02048
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 293

  • Mansfield, MA 02048

Services Schedule

Sunday & Weekday Services
Orthros/Matins: 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy: 9:30 am

Youth Religious Education Ministry is currently offered Sundays in person and remotely following Holy Communion. Please see weekly updates from our ministry leaders for updates on each class. All are welcome to join us for Fellowship Hour after Divine Liturgy. 

Past Bulletins

A Word from Father Alex

Beloved Parishioners and Friends: 

Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! 

I hope and pray this note finds you, and yours, doing very well. With the uptick in COVID cases and related concerns, you remain--and always will--in my prayers for your family's health and well being. 

If you are able to join us this Sunday at Saint Gregory, I hope you will. We will mark the powerful Sunday of the Paralytic, a reminder of God's healing presence in our lives, have wonderful Sunday School classes for our children and also engage our Parish General Assembly. All Parishioner-Stewards are invited to join us for this important meeting of our parish family. Your Weekly e-Mail also has Zoom access information for those unable to join us. 

While I will be with you this and next Sunday (the 15 and 22nd), I will be away from the 16th - 21st. As always, if a pastoral need arises, never hesitate to call me directly or get a message to me via the Church Office. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Fr. Alex


Sunday Notes

EPISTLE: Parishioners of all ages are invited to read the Epistle. Please contact Fr. Alex to choose a date.

ANTIDORON SERVICE: Servers are welcome to participate in this ministry throughout the summer. To get involved, contact Kyri Stavros: 

TODAY'S ALTAR TEAM: Archangel Michael (Matthew Cromack, Spencer Riley, AJ Georgilas and Matthew Georgilas). Altar Captains are T.J. Dimitriou, Greg Douvris and Miles Kaufman. Contact Fr. Alex if your son is interested in Altar service--we'd love to grow this ministry. 

ALTAR FLOWERS: Please consider sponsoring Altar flowers on a coming Sunday or feast day. The donation for flower sponsorships is $50. Please contact the Church Office to learn more or sponsor. 

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: Join us after Divine Liturgy for refreshments and friendship. Fellowship Hour sponsorships are welcome this spring and summer. Please contact the Church Office to schedule your special day after Pascha, in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special occasion or just to enable wonderful fellowship at Saint Gregory.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Saints and Feasts

May 15

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

May 15

Pachomius the Great

Saint Pachomius was born of pagan parents in the Upper Thebaid of Egypt. He was conscripted into the Roman army at an early age. While quartered with the other soldiers in the prison in Thebes, Pachomius was astonished at the kindness shown them by the local Christians, who relieved their distress by bringing them food and drink. Upon inquiring who they were, he believed in Christ and vowed that once delivered from the army, he would serve Him all the days of his life. Released from military service, about the year 313, he was baptized, and became a disciple of the hermit Palamon, under whose exacting guidance he increased in virtue and grace, and reached such a height of holiness that "because of the purity of his heart," says his biographer, "he was, as it were, seeing the invisible God as in a mirror." His renown spread far, and so many came to him to be his disciples that he founded nine monasteries in all, filled with many thousands of monks, to whom he gave a rule of life, which became the pattern for all communal monasticism after him. While Saint Anthony the Great is the father of hermits, Saint Pachomius is the founder of the cenobitic life in Egypt; because Pachomius had founded a way of monasticism accessible to so many, Anthony said that he "walks the way of the Apostles." Saint Pachomius fell asleep in the Lord before his contemporaries Anthony and Athanasius the Great, in the year 346. His name in Coptic, Pachom, means "eagle."

May 15

Achillius the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Larissa

Saint Achillius was one of the 318 God-bearing Fathers who were present at the First Ecumenical Council; after returning to Larissa he cast down many pagan temples, delivered many from the demons, and raised up churches to the glory of God. He reposed about the middle of the fourth century.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For where tears are-- or rather, where miracles are, there tears ought not to be; not where such a mystery is celebrating. Hear, I beseech you: although somewhat of the like kind does not take place now, yet in the case of our dead likewise, a great mystery is celebrating. Say, if as we sit together, the Emperor were to send and invite some one of us to the palace, would it be right, I ask, to weep and mourn? Angels are present, commissioned from heaven and come from thence, sent from the King Himself to call their fellow servant, and say, dost thou weep? Knowest thou not what a mystery it is that is taking place, how awful, how dread, and worthy indeed of hymns and lauds? Wouldest thou learn, that thou mayest know, that this is no time for tears? For it is a very great mystery of the Wisdom of God. As if leaving her dwelling, the soul goes forth, speeding on her way to her own Lord, and dost thou mourn? Why then, thou shouldst do this on the birth of a child: for this in fact is also a birth, and a better than that.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on Acts 9, 4th Century

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century


Ministries, Programs & Parish Updates

We look forward to worshipping with you at Saint Gregory, whether in person or remotely: Orthros, 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am. Sunday School classes are in session and will begin after Holy Communion.

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These gatherings of our parish family are important not only on an informational level but also create an occasion for us to pause, reflect, plan and give thanks to God for our many blessings. All Parishioner-Stewards are welcome and encouraged to join us. 

Looking further ahead, on May 22 Sunday School will celebrate our high school graduates. We look forward to recognizing the great achievements of our youth following Holy Communion. They will each receive a beautiful gift, and we could not be proud of these wonderful, faithful young adults. 

Following Holy Communion on the 22nd, we will celebrate National Philoptochos Sunday and the stalwart efforts of our Saint Anastasia Chapter. To help mark the occasion, Philoptochos will hold the annual “Cookie Walk” in the hall during Fellowship Hour. Take a walk around the cookie table at the hall, spy your favorite, make your donation and take home your delicious treat. Philoptochos members may contact Nicole Riley with their cookie donation confirmations:

Thank you in advance for supporting this important effort. Drop-off bins will be available in the Narthex. View and order items for the drive via our Amazon wish list

It's time for our annual gathering at the beautiful Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center. Please note this is a week earlier than our usual Father's Day weekend. We are hoping that those who have been unable to join in the past will be able to attend this year. All parishioners are invited to attend for an afternoon, day or for the entire weekend. Please stay tuned for more details and sign up information. Contact Stephanie LaFond with questions or to learn more:

On June 12, the Metropolis Ministry Awards will be held at Gillette stadium—our 2022 honorees are Ted and Maria Chingris! We thank Ted and Maria for their years of dedication to Saint Gregory and look forward to celebrating with them on the 12th. Tickets to the event are $100 each, and we will be forming as many tables (of ten) as possible. Our confirmation with the Metropolis is due June 1, so please contact the Church Office soon as possible to confirm. Checks should be made out to “Saint Gregory Church,” as we will send one check from the parish to the Metropolis.

This spring and summer, those interested in our Ushering Ministry are invited to contact George Dimitriou: 781-769-2085; Offering yourself as an usher is a wonderful way to meet new people and helps create a welcoming environment at Saint Gregory. Throughout the coming months, we will also reinvigorate our efforts to provide rides to church for anyone who needs one. Once again, contact George Dimitriou if you could use a “lift” or would like to help drive. 

For our youth camping ministry enthusiasts, it is time to register for MBC (Metropolis of Boston Camp) Summer 2022. Session 1 begins June 27, and several sessions have already filled up. Learn more and register today—this is a faith-building opportunity for our youth that will help our children stay connected to the Church over the summer and beyond. 

We have started using our new green Divine Liturgy Book, and your time and talent is most welcome within our Liturgical Singing Ministry. Please contact Kathy Kalogeras to learn more: 

Many thanks to all our 2022 Stewards for standing behind Saint Gregory. Your support of our church—through your time, talent and treasure—is vital to the pursuit of our divine mission: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete your 2022 Commitment Card yet, please visit our Stewardship page.

In addition to reading the Epistle, this ministry is a great way for the girls and young women of our parish to actively engage our worship services. Please contact Kyri Stavros to learn more and/or confirm service dates. 

If you feel comfortable doing so, please join us in the hall for Fellowship Hour following Divine Liturgy after Sunday services. We are also welcoming sponsors for Sundays this spring and summer. Please sign up this Sunday during Fellowship Hour or simply contact the Church Office. 

Parishioners are invited to visit our bookstore on Sundays or by appointment on weekdays by contacting the Church Office. Cathy Cooper or Fr. Alex would be happy to help you find that encouraging book, Easter gift, informational pamphlet or other meaningful item you've been searching for. 

Within our Youth Ministry pages, you'll now see two new resources under "Youth and Family Resources": "Saintly Lives" and "For Your Home." Both can be a resources for parents as they strive to bring the life of the Church into their homes. New entries for May will soon be available. 

Fr. Alex: Tue. (9 am – 1 pm), Wed. (11 am – 3 pm) & Thur (9 am – 1 pm); or by appointment when convenient for our faithful. Please note that on occasion, Fr. Alex may be seeing to a pastoral situation, visitingn with another parishioner, attending a Metropolis event or otherwise engaged in Church life during office hours. Cathy Cooper: by Appointment. 


Calendar: Next Two Weeks

  • Saint Gregory Parish Calendar

    May 15 to May 29, 2022

    Sunday, May 15

    8:30AM Orthros (In Person/Online)

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy (In Person/Online)

    10:30AM Youth Rel Ed Classes

    11:15AM Parish General Assembly

    Sunday, May 22

    8:30AM Orthros (In Person/Online)

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy (In Person/Online)

    10:30AM Youth Rel Ed Classes

    10:45AM Graduation Recognition

    11:00AM National Phil. Sunday & Cookie Walk Fundraiser

    Sunday, May 29

    8:30AM Orthros (In Person/Online)

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy (In Person/Online)

    10:30AM Youth Rel Ed Classes


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