Sunday, 2/18

  • + Τυρινής. Forgiveness (Cheesefare) Sunday. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
  • + Forgiveness Vespers 6:00 pm.
  • Altar Boys: Team Luke – Nick Tavlarides C, Peter Vagelatos C, John Vagelatos, Roberto Cardenas, Panagiotis Batsaras, Vasili Lioulias.
  • Sunday School
  • Choir Practice 9:00 am

Monday, 2/19

  • Καθαρά Δευτέρα. Clean Monday. Koulouma
  • + Compline Service 6:00 pm & Lenten Supper 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 2/20

  • P. C. Meeting 7:00 pm

Wednesday, 2/21

  • + Προηγιασμένη Λειτουργία. Pre-sanctified Liturgy 10 am
  • Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Greek sSchool 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, 2/23

  • PeeWee Basketball 5pm – 6pm
  • GOYA Basketball practice 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, 2/24

  • + Ψυχοσάββατο. 3rd Saturday of Souls. Orthros 9:30 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday, 2/25

  • + Α’ Νηστειών (Ορθοδοξίας). Sunday of Orthodoxy. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
  • Altar Boys: Team John – Anthony Mentas C, Yiani Roll C, Andrew Mentas, Kosta Georgakopoulos, Stamatis Zoumberakis, Ilias Zoumberakis, Joseph Best, Jacob Best.
  • Sunday School
  • Choir Practice 9:00 am
  • Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. Anthony (Away)

Saints and Feasts

Forgiveness Sunday – The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today’s Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.

Leo the Great, Pope of Rome – According to some, this Saint was born in Rome, but according to others in Tyrrenia (Tuscany), and was consecrated to the archiepiscopal throne of Rome in 440. In 448, when Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Constantinople, summoned Eutyches, an archimandrite in Constantinople, to give account for his teaching that there was only one nature in Christ after the Incarnation, Eutyches appealed to Saint Leo in Rome. After Saint Leo had carefully examined Eutyches’s teachings, he wrote an epistle to Saint Flavian, setting forth the Orthodox teaching of the person of Christ, and His two natures, and also counseling Flavian that, should Eutyches sincerely repent of his error, he should be received back with all good will. At the Council held in Ephesus in 449, which was presided over by Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria (and which Saint Leo, in a letter to the holy Empress Pulcheria in 451, was the first to call “The Robber Council”), Dioscorus, having military might behind him, did not allow Saint Leo’s epistle to Flavian to be read, although repeatedly asked to do so; even before the Robber Council was held, Dioscorus had uncanonically received the unrepentant Eutyches back into communion. Because Saint Leo had many cares in Rome owing to the wars of Attila the Hun and other barbarians, in 451 he sent four delegates to the Fourth Ecumenical Council, where 630 Fathers gathered in Chalcedon during the reign of Marcian, to condemn the teachings of Eutyches and those who supported him. Saint Leo’s epistle to Flavian was read at the Fourth Council, and was confirmed by the Holy Fathers as the Orthodox teaching on the incarnate person of our Lord; it is also called the “Tome of Leo.” The Saint wrote many works in Latin; he reposed in 461. See also Saint Anatolius, July 3.

Agapetus the Confessor, Bishop of Sinai


Memorial Services/Μνημόσυνα – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servants of God Eleni Stergiou (40 days), Erma Ruth Jianas (20 years) and Sultana Dokianos (20 years). May their memory be eternal.

Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos & Alex & Diana Jianas.

Philoptochos News – Philoptochos Clean Monday – Koulouma Monday, February 19 at 6:00 pm – Start Lent by breaking bread together as a family with delicious Lenten meals. Bring your favorite Lenten dish to share.

Flowers for the Panagia Icon – We would like to have our icon of the Panagia decorated with flowers for the Salutation Services each Friday. If you would like to donate please send your donation to the office.

Hope & Joy – PeeWee Basketball from 5pm-6pm in our Gym. No previous basketball experience necessary. Open to children 7-11 years of age. Please wear tennis shoes and bring a basketball. More info directly from your coaches at practice. See you there! Yota Batsaras (call/text) 7143068082

Upcoming 40 days Churching – March 4 – Loukas Christopher Nicolaou. Parents: Alexander & Reese Nicolaou

Upcoming Memorial Service – March 4 – Aristidis Roubanis (40 days)

Easter Baking (place your order/s) – Pascha is approaching – April 8th … A time of renewal, celebration and tradition…. Tsourekia, Koulourakia, and beautiful red eggs! Kourambiedes and Bakalva also available! Don’t have enough time to bake these traditional sweets?? Leave it up to the awesome and talented ladies of Philoptochos; we will do it for you! Pre orders are now being accepted by calling Voula Kitsios at the church office at 562.494.8929 or email Kathy Bastas  at knbastas (at)

  • Tsourekia $15.00 (available April 1, Palm Sunday)
  • Koulourakia $8.00 – 1 dozen
  • Kourambiedes $12.00 – 1 dozen
  • Baklava $2.00 a piece
  • Red Eggs $6.00 – 1 dozen (orders only)

Request for 2017 Year-End Tax Receipt – Contact Voula Kitsios in the church office via email at or call 562.494.8929 to request your church year-end tax receipt for 2017.

Hellenic Library – On the occasion of the celebration of the day of Greek Letters, the Hellenic Library presents a program, in Greek, dedicated to “XENITIA” with live music, theater, and readings…Sunday, February 25, 2018 5:30 pm, at the William Bristol Civic Auditorium 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA 90706. A reception will follow the event at the hall of St George in Downey 10830 Downey Ave, Downey, CA 90241 Suggested donation $35.00 (Children under 16 years old: $5.00). For reservations call (562) 305-2356 or email: