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.
Parishioners and Friends:
If you are in town this weekend, please join us at our Saint Gregory parish home for worship, Sunday School and wonderful friendship. September was an inspiring, educational month at our church--I think of the barbecue, blessing of our students on the first day of Sunday School, the presentation with Dr. Prassas and last Sunday's worship experience with Dn. Perry.
October is also loaded with profound worship opportunities and ministry events, including the Saint Modestos Pet Blessing on Oct. 15, Orthodox Life on Oct. 16 and 30 and the HOPE/JOY Prayerful Pumpkin Carving event on Oct. 23. Read on within your eBulletin for full details on these and other happenings. Our parish is never complete without your presence at worship and participation in our ministries, programs and events.
God bless you, and yours, and I'll look forward to seeing you soon at Saint Gregory
HOMILY: Offered by Seminarian Lee Morest.
EPISTLE: Chris Botchis. Parishioners of all ages are invited to read the Epistle. Please contact Fr. Alex to choose a date.
TRISAGION: James Christo (2 yrs), beloved father of Steve Christo. May his memory be eternal!
TODAY'S ANTIDORON/MYRHHBEARERS SERVICE: Sydney LaFond. Servers are welcome to participate in this ministry throughout the summer. To get involved, contact Eleni LaFond or Fr. Alex.
TODAY'S ALTAR TEAM: Archangel Michael (Matthew Cromack, AJ and Matthew Georgilas and Mario Salzillo). Altar Captain: Chris Botchis; Spencer Riley: Assistant Captain.
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: Fellowship Hour sponsorships are welcome and needed. Please sign up in the hall this weekend or contact the Church Office to schedule your special day, in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special occasion or just to enable wonderful fellowship at Saint Gregory.
WORSHIPPING FROM HOME: STREAMING AND INTERNET MINISTRY
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Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53
At that time, having risen from the dead, Jesus went up and stood among His disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave Him a piece of broiled fish [and some honeycomb], and He took it and ate before them. Then He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name in all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the Temple blessing God.
3rd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1
Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
3rd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 7:11-16
At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"
The holy Apostle James was one of the Twelve, and preached Christ to many nations, and finally suffered death by crucifixion.
Saints Andronicus and Athanasia were from Antioch, and finished their lives in asceticism about the year 500.
SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 9, 3RD SUNDAY OF LUKE
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 have begun. If you have not already, please register your children here for another year of learning and growth in the Orthodox Faith.
STREAMING DETAILS/MEDIA CONNECTIONS FOR OCTOBER 9
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IMPORTANT 2022 STEWARDSHIP UPDATE AND REMINDER
Our Stewardship Ministry Committee is grateful for the support and generosity expressed thus far in 2022. As we look toward the end of this year’s campaign and begin planning for 2023, this would be a wonderful time to complete a 2022 Commitment Card and/or fulfill your existing commitment. Commitment Cards in are the Narthex, and they can also be filled out electronically within the Stewardship pages of our website. Online giving options are also available there for convenient and instant commitment fulfillment.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES CONTINUE, OCT 9
Our teachers are excited and enthusiastic about this new year of learning and faith. Last Sunday, we had our first day of classes after a blessing from Fr. Alex and Fr. Manny--now we are off and running! If you have not yet had an opportunity to do so, please register your child, or children, for Sunday School at your earliest convenience, and contact Dionne Katinas (email@example.com) with questions or to learn more about our ministry.
SAINT GREGORY PARISH BOOKSTORE OPEN, OCT 9
We are so happy to have our bookstore open and staffed on Sundays once again. One of the new udpated includes an expanded children''s section. With fall fast approaching, now is the perfect time for you (and your little ones) to curl up with a good book. Our bookstore is open on Sundays after Divine Liturgy, and we have a variety of titles for readers of all ages. Explore selections in topics ranging from prayer guides to the lives of the saints. There is truly something for everyone! Come and see…
ST. ANASTASIA PHILOPTOCHOS MEMBERSHIP AND VETERANS' DRIVES, THIS MONTH
***The Philoptochos Membership Drive is “on” this month through the end of the year.
Please consider joining this friendly, energetic group of women—and spreading the news to family and friends. The dues will remain at $35.00, with greater contributions gratefully accepted. Checks can be made out to the St. Anastasia Philoptochos and given to any board member. Payments can also be made through Vanco with the designation “Philoptochos.”
***In addition, the Philoptochos Veterans' Coat and Gift Card Drive to benefit the local Mansfield Veterans' Affairs Office has begun and will run through Oct. 30. Monetary donations will be accepted through the end of October and will be used to purchase winter coats and gift cards for the Veterans' Office. As with the Membership Drive above, checks or Vanco payments are gratefully accepted. Many thanks for your support. Contact Ann Johnson for further details about Philoptochos and any coming events: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAINT MODESTOS PET BLESSING, OCT 15
All furry, feathery and scaley friends are welcome to come receive a blessing, from 11 am – 12 pm. Local animal helping organizations are being invited to participate, as well as friends from local houses of worship. The general public is warmly invited to join us—please spread the word to friends, colleagues and neighbors. Our talented seminarian, Lee Morest, will once again be on hand to photograph the event and capture portraits of our pets. Few and share the flyer here.
ORTHODOX LIFE, OCT 16 & 30
Join us in October and November for “Contemporary Moral Issues.” This series will explore the Orthodox Church’s perspective and teaching on the most pressing social and moral issues of our time, from the sanctity of life to capital punishment. Join Fr. Alex during Fellowship Hour for an informal, discussion-oriented presentation, utilizing Fr. Stanley Harakas’ Contemporary Moral Issues. Contact Father for further details.
The HOPE (K – 2nd)/JOY (3rd – 5th) PRAYERFUL PUMPKIN CARVING, OCT 23
Join us after Sunday School for this special event. A pizza lunch will be offered, and please bring a pumpkin from home, as well as carving tools, if you have them. Parents, please be ready to carve with your children to make sure they stay safe. This seasonal event with a faithful message is one not to miss. Contact Fr. Alex with any questions.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NOV 6
Looking further ahead, please save the date of Nov. 6 for our fall Parish General Assembly. These gatherings of our Steward Parishioners represent important moments to reflect on parish life and further the ministries and programs of our parish (a formal announcement and agenda are forthcoming).
METROPOLIS OF BOSTON PHILOPTOCHOS EVENTS, NOV 12 AND 20
***Author Event, Nov. 12
Our Metropolis Philoptochos is hosting a luncheon with best selling author Yvette Manessis Corporon, where she will discuss her latest book, Where the Wandering Ends. Yvette visited our Metropolis four years ago and was very well received. We look forward to hearing about her new book that was recently featured on Good Morning America! This event is open to everyone: you need not be a member of Philoptochos. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos website: https://boston.goarch.org/ministries/philoptochos/yvettemanessis.html
***Cookbook Deadline, Nov. 20
On the suggestion of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos is compiling a new cookbook with recipes from each Chapter in the Metropolis for a new fundraiser. A very successful lenten Metropolis cookbook was published in 1996 by the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos.The deadline for submission of recipes has been extended to Sunday, November 20, 2022. Please submit your favorite, original Greek family recipe here: https://forms.gle/AmgrTMxY6i959XFL6
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SUPPORT AND BUILD EVENT, LATE FALL/NOV
We are awaiting news on our Habitat for Humanity build day, which will likely be in October or November. The build site is on Pike Ave. in Attleboro and represents a life-changing opportunity for a local family. Donations in support of the event, which are part of our build-day commitment, are needed; likewise, we welcome volunteers to work on site during the build day. Please contact Fr. Alex to donate and/or express interest in the build day.
NEW PLASTIC BOTTLE AND CAN FUNDRAISER
This fall, we launched a fund-raising effort utilizing the new drop-off bin in the parking lot. As of now, you can bring your deposit-stamped plastic bottles and cans to drop off at the shed, and our parish will trade them in for donations on a monthly basis. No glass, please—and do make sure to rinse your donations before dropping them through the window in the bin.
USHERING AND "RIDES TO CHURCH" MINISTRIES
This spring and summer, those interested in our Ushering Ministry are invited to contact George Dimitriou: 781-769-2085; Gdimitriou@yahoo.com. 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.
This ministry engages musical leadership not only for Sunday liturgy but all the liturgical needs of the year, from Vespers services to Great Lent and Holy Week. Your time and talent is most welcome within our Liturgical Singing Ministry. Please contact Kathy Kalogeras to learn more: email@example.com.
Within the context of our fledling Myrrhbearers Ministry, our girls and young women are invited to hold Antidoro during Divine Liturgy, read the Epislte and otherwise participate in the entire life of the Church. Please contact Eleni LaFond to pick a date for Antidoro service and Fr. Alex to plan a date for an Epistle reading.
FELLOWSHIP HOUR & SPONSORSHIPS
Join us in the hall for Fellowship Hour following Divine Liturgy after Sunday services. We are also welcoming sponsors for Sundays this summer. Please sign up this Sunday during Fellowship Hour or simply contact the Church Office.
WHAT'S NEW ON OUR WEBSITE?
Within our Youth Ministry pages, you'll soon see two new June 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.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Fr. Alex: Tue. (1 pm – 5 pm), Wed. (9 am – 1 pm) & Thur (9 am – 1 pm); or by appointment when convenient for our parishioners. 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: Tue. (9 am - 1 pm) and
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
10:30AM Sunday School classes
6:30PM Parish Council
11:00AM Pet Blessing
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
10:30AM Sunday School classes
11:30AM Orthodox Life: Contemporary Moral Issues
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
10:30AM Sunday School classes
11:30AM JOY Prayerful Pumpkin Carving
Bring your beloved pets to Saint Gregory for this heart-warming event, reminding us that God's holy Creation is worthy of appreciation and blessing.
Join us for seasonal fun with a spiritual meaning at this excellent family event.
This monthly graph story serves as a top-level indicator concerning the financial trends of our parish. This month's graph utilizes data from August 2022.
This graph indicates significant trends in Stewardship participation and financial giving, highlighting some of the profound difficulties of the last two years but also reminding us of the dedication of our Stewards.
Enjoy this encouraging, inviting fall greeting from Parish Council President Karen Guinan.
View the list of needed school supplies in support of the Philoptochos Backpack & School Supply Drive in support of Mansfield children and families.
The Town of Mansfield's Mandate Announcement and Supplemental Package
Recommendations & Guidelines Updated Aug 2021