Saint Gregory the Theologian
Publish Date: 2021-11-28
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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

Dearest Parishioners and Friends:

I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, surrounded by family and friends. If that sense of "surrounded" was virtual, while I know it's not the same as being face to face, hopefully that filled your heart and offered encouragement to your entire family. 

I also want to thank all those who supported the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive for local veterans in need. It was moving to see our Philoptochos and GOYAns lead this effort, and I can tell you that during the drop off of the meals early Monday morning, our food offerings were very gratefully received. 

With this theme of thankfulness in mind, I want to take a moment to remind us all how central the theme of gratitude is within our Orthodox Faith. For example, during each Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, the priest prays on behalf of all the people:

"You brought us out of nothing into being, and when we had fallen away, You raised us up again. You left nothing undone until you had led us up to heaven and granted us Your Kingdom, which is to come. For all these things, we thank You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit: for all things we know and do not know, for blessings manifest and hidden that have been bestowed on us. We thank You also for this Liturgy, which You have deigned to receive from our hands...."

And this is one prayer of many that focuses on giving thanks to God; in fact even the word "Eucharist" comes from the Greek word for "Thank You." It's interesting, here, to see what we thank God for within this prayer. There is gratefulness for having been created; there is gratefulness for God's forgiveness when we turned from our relationship with Him. He would not give up on us. We thank Him for all his blessings, from the ones we know of to the ones that are beyond us. Finally, there is gratitude for the Liturgy itself, the great thanksgiving offering, that brings us to table with Jesus Christ. 

For sure, the words of thankfulness are prevalent in our Divine Liturgy. But the difficulty is in living the words, in moving away from what I want or desire, and even what I might think I need, to being truly grateful, right in the moment. Satisfaction with what is and what we've been given is a great challenge for all people. Can we take inventory of our lives--today--and exercise our thankfulness? We can pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God at this moment for being alive, for our children, for another day of living and forgiving, of striving--and even for the challenges before us? This latter point may seem strange, but the fact that we have challenges means that we are alive, here and now, and have yet another opportunity to move closer to our Lord. Even suffering implies that we are alive, and with life there is possibility of positive change. 

As you have no doubt heard in a host of homilies and articles from our clergy, indeed every day is "Thanksgiving" for Orthodox faithful. But the danger of the term ever day is its broadness. It might best to reframe the idea in terms of a question: is this the day when you and I will actually discover gratefulness? Is there every a day when things becomes a reality in our lives? These are the challenging questions surrounding--and hopefully leading us toward--a gratefulness that transcends lipservice and cliches and approaches actuality. 

A blessed Thanksgiving to you, yours and all our friends and neighbors,

Fr. Alex


Sunday Notes

HOMILY: "True Thanksgiving: Does this Day Ever Come?"

Our youth are especially encouraged to contact Fr. Alex to read on a coming Sunday, in person or remotely. Parents, please let Father know if your daughter or son might like to read.

MEMORIALS: No memorials today. 

ANTIDORON SERVICE: Servers are welcome to participate in this ministry throughout the summer. To get involved, contact Kyri Stavros: 
Dec. 5: Kalotina Vallas

TODAY'S ALTAR TEAM: Altar Group Archangel Michael: M. Cromack and S. Riley. Altar Captains are T.J. Dimitriou, Greg Douvris and Miles Kaufman. Contact Fr. Alex or Tom Moustakis 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. The donation for flower sponsorships is $50. Please contact the Church Office to learn more or sponsor. 

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: Join us in the hall following Divine Liturgy for friendship and refreshments--all are welcome to join us. Fellowship Hour sponsorships are open to the entire parish family. Please 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.

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."


Saints and Feasts

November 28

13th Sunday of Luke

November 28

Stephen the New

The righteous Stephen was born in Constantinople in 715 to pious parents named John and Anna. His mother had prayed often to the most holy Theotokos in her church at Blachernae to be granted a son, and one day received a revelation from our Lady that she would conceive the son she desired. When Anna had conceived, she asked the newly-elected Patriarch Germanus (see May 12) to bless the babe in her womb. He said, "May God bless him through the prayers of the holy First Martyr Stephen." At that moment Anna saw a flame of fire issue from the mouth of the holy Patriarch. When the child was born, she named him Stephen, according to the prophecy of Saint Germanus.

Stephen struggled in asceticism from his youth in Bithynia at the Monastery of Saint Auxentius, which was located at a lofty place called Mount Auxentius (see Feb. 14). Because of his extreme labours and great goodness, he was chosen by the hermits of Mount Auxentius to be their leader. The fame of his spiritual struggles reached the ears of all, and the fragrance of his virtue drew many to himself.

During the reign of Constantine V (741-775), Stephen showed his love of Orthodoxy in contending for the Faith. This Constantine was called Copronymus, that is, "namesake of dung," because while being baptized he had soiled the waters of regeneration, giving a fitting token of what manner of impiety he would later embrace. Besides being a fierce Iconoclast, Constantine raised up a ruthless persecution of monasticism. He held a council in 754 that anathematized the holy icons. Because Saint Stephen rejected this council, the Emperor framed false accusations against him and exiled him. But while in exile Saint Stephen performed healings with holy icons and turned many away from Iconoclasm. When he was brought before the Emperor again, he showed him a coin and asked whose image the coin bore. "Mine," said the tyrant. "If any man trample upon thine image, is he liable to punishment?" asked the Saint. When they that stood by answered yes, the Saint groaned because of their blindness, and said if they thought dishonouring the image of a corruptible king worthy of punishment, what torment would they receive who trampled upon the image of the Master Christ and of the Mother of God? Then he threw the coin to the ground and trampled on it. He was condemned to eleven months in bonds and imprisonment. Later, he was dragged over the earth and was stoned, like Stephen the First Martyr; wherefore he is called Stephen the New. Finally, he was struck with a wooden club on the temple and his head was shattered, and thus he gave up his spirit in the year 767.

November 28

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

Saint Irenarchos, who was from Sebastia, lived during the reign of Diocletian. In his youth he ministered to the holy Martyrs during the time of their punishment in prison. Once, on beholding seven women being tormented in behalf of Christ, and marvelling at their courage, and seeing how, although they were weak in body, they nonetheless became like men before the tyrant and put him to shame, the Saint was enlightened by divine grace and confessed Christ with boldness. Tried by fire and water, he was beheaded together with the holy women in the year 298.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Love of money is the worship of idols, a daughter of unbelief, an excuse for infirmities, a foreboder of old age, a harbinger of drought, a herald of hunger.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century

He who has conquered this passion has cut out care; but he who is bound by it never attains to pure prayer.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th 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. Youth Religious Education classes are back in session and will begin after Holy Communion. Parents, please note that when classes meet indoors both teachers and students are kindly asked to wear masks. 

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In addition to Orthodox Life: "Opening the Door" this fall, we are offering our faithful a straight forward, approachable introduction to Orthodoxy session on select Sundays, following Holy Communion. This is an ideal opportunity for those interested in coming into the Orthodox Faith or just wanting to learn more about the Church. Lou Zagami leads each session following Holy Communion in the classrooms area unless otherwise noted. Lou is also very willing to continue these discussions individually and/or in small group meetings in the weeks and months to come. Please contact him if you are interested:

Singing leaders are needed to help our parish get familiar with our new hymnal, as well as lead congregational singing of the Divine Liturgy. This wonderful group has been making great progress in learning the new hymnal, and our next gathering is the 28th following services. Please contact Kathy Kalogeras ( to learn more about coming practices and how you can be a part of this vital ministry of Saint Gregory.

The Saint Gregory Giving Tree is back! In support of those served by the Westside Benevolent Circle, we are all invited to receive names from the tree on Sundays during Fellowship Hour--or to use the SignUpGenius link below. There was a lot of excitement around the tree this Sunday and many parishioners picking names. Let's keep that wonderful momentum going! All unwrapped presents are due by Nov. 28. Contact Stacey Mullert with any questions or to learn more:
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As of the Nov. 14 deadline, our Elections Committee had only received two candidate forms for the five seats available for 2022. With this in mind and to help fulfill the leadership needs of our parish, the deadline for submitting 2022 Parish Council Candidate Forms has been extended to Dec. 1. Forms can be given to Jack Griffin or Steve Christo, as well as dropped off at the Church Office. The elections are slated for Dec. 12. 

We have slated this year's Stewardship Sunday event for the 5th. This will be a time for us to learn about the 2022 Stewardship Ministry Program, reflect on our ministries and celebrate our Stewards with a wonderful breakfast. More details to come soon. In addition, as we look toward the conclusion of our 2021 campaign, thanks to all of our Saint Gregory parishioners who have already committed and worked to fulfill their offerings of time, talent and treasure for this year. If you haven't had an opportunity to do so yet, now is an ideal time not only to commit but also enact the financial aspect of your Stewardship. 2021 Commitment Cards can be completed online, and we can also give online via our website Stewardship Page: ‚Äč 

Looking to next Sunday, Dec. 5 and also Dec. 12, Sunday School will hold the first of several dress rehearsals for the Dec. 19 Christmas Pageant. We look forward to this joyous in-person event, which reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Parents may contact Joan Maimonis with questions or to offer their help for the pageant: 781.864.0724.

In addition to our elections, we will hold our "fall" assembly on the 12th following services. Please make plans to join us for this important meeting our parish family. Those participating should be 2021 Stewards of Saint Gregory. Thank you in advance for your participation. 

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 grateful for the opportunity to once again enjoy friendship and refreshments in our hall. In addition, all parishioners are invited to pick a special Sunday to sponsor Fellowship Hour this fall. 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, Christmas 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

    November 28 to December 12, 2021

    Sunday, November 28

    8:30AM Orthros (In Person/Online)

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

    10:30AM Youth Rel Ed Classes

    11:30AM "Giving Tree" concludes

    11:30AM Liturgical Singing Practice

    Saturday, December 4

    10:00AM Liturgical Singing Practice

    Sunday, December 5

    8:30AM Orthros (In Person/Online)

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

    10:30AM Stewardship Sunday Event

    10:30AM Youth Rel Ed Classes

    11:30AM Pageant Rehearsal

    Monday, December 6

    Saint Nicholas

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, December 11

    10:00AM Liturgical Singing Practice

    Sunday, December 12

    8:30AM Orthros (In Person/Online)

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

    10:30AM Orthodoxy 101 Wrap Up

    10:30AM Youth Rel Ed Classes

    11:30AM Parish General Assembly

    11:30AM Parish Elections

    11:30AM Pageant Rehearsal


Coming Events & News



Archdiocese News

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The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce that it has granted approximately $300,000 in scholarships to those in need of financial assistance in 2021.

Communique From the Holy Eparchial Synod


On November 22, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via video conference for a regularly scheduled meeting.