Saint Gregory the Theologian
Publish Date: 2023-01-22
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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:

I hope you are having a wonderful week--and I look forward to seeing you at Saint Gregory this weekend. On Sunday following Divine Liturgy and Sunday School, both our Altar Server and GOYA Ministries will be meeting. Of course, we are all invited to Fellowship Hour. Speaking of Fellowship Hour, we can now sign up online to sponsor on a coming Sunday this winter or spring. Please take advantage of this helpful tool and sponsor soon. Parishioners often sponsor in memory of a loved one, to mark a special family anniversary or just for the sake of fellowship. 

I'm also very much looking forward to our parish feast day celebrations coming next week. In addition to services on the 24th and 25th, make sure to join us for Divine Liturgy and the pancake breakfast on the 29th. As we move foward to these sacred and inspiring days, let us invoke the prayers of our great patron saint, Gregory the Theologian, upon our church and families. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Alex


Sunday Notes

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

TODAY'S ANTIDORON/MYRHHBEARERS SERVICE: Callie 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 Gabriel (Eliot Hess, Leland Hess and Linus LaFond). 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: Sponsored by Marlon Ramroopsingh and family. Join us in the hall for refreshments and friendship after services. Fellowship Hour sponsorships are welcome and needed. Please sign up in the hall this weekend or use our new SignUpGenius link


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14

At that time, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and He revealed Himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas, called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead. .

Epistle Reading

15th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and suffer reproach, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

Gospel Reading

15th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10

At that time, Jesus was passing through Jericho. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."


Saints and Feasts

January 22

Joseph the Sanctified

January 22

15th Sunday of Luke

January 22

Timothy the Apostle of the 70

The Apostle Timothy, who was from Lystra of Lycaonia, was born of a Greek (that is, pagan) father and a Jewish mother. His mother's name was Eunice, and his grandmother's name was Lois (II Tim. 1:5). He became the disciple of the Apostle Paul when the latter first preached there, and he followed St. Paul during the whole period of the Apostle's preaching. Afterwards, Timothy was consecrated by him as first Bishop of the church in Ephesus. Under the supervision of John the Evangelist, who governed all the churches in Asia, he completed his life as a martyr in the year 97. He was stoned to death by the heathens, because, as some surmise, he opposed the festival held in honor of Artemis (Diana). The Apostle Paul's First and Second Epistles to Timothy were written to him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For Christ's presence is like that of some life-giving, scented balsam which restores health, enriches life and gives savor to the soul, the thoughts, the words of a man. In brief, distance from Christ means corruption and death, and closeness to Him means salvation and life.
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
Prolog, 4 February

Christ is the salvation that comes, and Zacchaeus is the house to which He comes.
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
Prolog, 4 February


Ministries, Programs & Parish Updates

We look forward to worshipping with you at Saint Gregory: Orthros, 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am. Sunday School classes will be in session this weekend. If you have not already, please register your children here for another year of learning and growth in the Orthodox Faith. 

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We look forward to our feast day celebrations later this month. Please join us for as many of these important moments for our parish family as you can, as we give thanks for the great spiritual guidance of Saint Gregory the Theologian and celebrate our parish’s rich liturgical and ministry life:

Jan. 24: Great Vespers of Saint Gregory, 6:30 pm
Jan. 25: Orthros, 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am
Jan. 29: Feast Day Luncheon following Divine Liturgy

On the 5th following Sunday School and a quick bite to eat at Fellowship Hour, our HOPE (K - grade 2) and JOY (grades 3 - 5) are invited to join Fr. Alex in the church for an up-close look at how Prosforo is prayed over, cut and used in our services. Parents are invited to join us as well, and there will be a special gift for each child. Please contact Fr. Alex with questions, to help (this would be very welcome!) or confirm.

Our own Saint Anastasia Philoptochos has been invited to contribute recipes to a Metropolis Philoptochos cookbook, and the invitation is also open to our entire parish family. The cookbook will be published and made available to our Metropolis parishes as a fundraiser for the Metropolis Philoptochos. Recipe suggestions include soups, fish dishes, cocktails, appetizers and even liturgical items like Prosforo and Artoklasia breads. Please contact Ann Johnson for further details and suggestions: The submission link is now available. 

All parishioners are invited to host Fellowship Hour on a coming Sunday this winter and spring. In addition to the sign-up poster in the hall, we can now easily learn more and sign up online. Fellowship Hour is a beloved, significant tradition at our parish that speaks to Christian fellowship and hospitality. Thanks in advance for your support, and contact Fellowship Hour Chair Brian Kaufman with any questions:

Many thanks to our Stewardship Committee and all of our parish Stewards for the reflective and inspirational events of Stewardship Sunday back in December. As we move into the new year, we now kindly ask our Stewards to read over our 2023 materials package and prayerfully complete and return 2023 Commitment Cards at their earliest convenience. This not only helps us plan for and support our parish ministries but is a visible symbol of our Eucharistic community: united in worship and dedication to the Gospel. The Stewardship pages of our parish website have been updated with our 2023 materials, and please contact Phil LaFond with any questions (

This winter and spring, 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. We have also been re-initiating 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: 

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. 

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. 

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. General Church Office Needs: as we are currently short staffed, please call the Church Office (508.337.9986) and leave a message. Father or another ministry leader will get back with you shortly. Thanks for your patience. 


Calendar: Next Two Weeks

  • Saint Gregory Parish Calendar

    January 22 to February 5, 2023

    Sunday, January 22

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Sunday School classes

    11:30AM GOYA Mtg

    11:30AM Altar Server Mtg

    Tuesday, January 24

    6:30PM Great Vespers

    7:30PM Reception

    Wednesday, January 25

    Saint Gregory the Theologian

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, January 29

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Sunday School classes

    11:30AM Feast Day Breakfast

    Sunday, February 5

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Sunday School classes

    11:30AM HOPE/JOY Prosforo Activity


Coming Events & News

    HOPE/JOY Prosforo Event: Feb 5

    HOPE/JOY Prosforo Event: Feb 5

    Children grades K - 5 are invited to join Fr. Alex for an up-close session on how we prepare Prosforo bread.

    Nov/Dec Mustard Seed Newsletter

    Nov/Dec Mustard Seed Newsletter

    Enjoy our latest newsletter, highlighting worship events like our Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Vesperal Liturgy and vital fundraising efforts such as the Nov. 20 Philoptochos Bake Sale. Enjoy!

    October Financial Trends Update

    October Financial Trends Update

    Our Parish Council offers these financial updates monthly, so our parishioners can be fully aware of financial and Stewardship trends within Saint Gregory.



Archdiocese News

Inaugural Meeting of the Mixed Commission for the Revision of the Charter of the Sacred Archdiocese of America


Today, January 13, 2023 at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, under the chairmanship of His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, took place the inaugural meeting of the established ten-member Mixed Commission on the topic of the revision of the existing Charter of the Sacred Archdiocese of America.

2023 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Directory Now Available


may be downloaded as a pdf and used as a digital book on tablets, smart phones and other devices.

Ecumenical Prayer Service 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


cumenical Prayer Service 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity