Sunday, 3/18

  • + Δ’ Νηστειών (Ιωάννη Κλίμακος). Sunday of St. John Climacus
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 10:00 am with His Eminenence Metropolitan Nikiitas of Dardanelles.
  • 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
  • Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. Sophia (Away)

Tuesday, 3/20

  • Parish Council meeting 7:00 pm

Wednesday, 3/21

  • + Προηγιασμένη Λειτουργία. Pre-sanctified Liturgy 9:00 am
  • Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Greek school 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, 3/23

  • + Ακάθιστος Ύμνος. Akathist Hymn 7:00 pm
  • PeeWee Basketball 5pm – 6pm
  • GOYA Basketball practice 6pm – 9pm

Sunday, 3/25

  • + Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου. Annunciation of the Theotokos
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
  • Altar Boys: Team John – Anthony Mentas C, Yianni Roll C, Andrew Mentas, Nick Roll, Kosta Georgakopoulos, Stamatis Zoumberakis, Ilias Zoumberakis, Joseph Best, Jacob Best.
  • Greek School “Independence Day” celebration.
  • Sunday School
  • Choir Practice 9:00 am
  • Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. John (Here)

Saints and Feasts

Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem – This Saint was born in 315, and succeeded Maximus as Archbishop of Jerusalem in 350. He was zealous for the Orthodox Faith, and was a defender of the poor. He was exiled three times by the Arian Emperors Constantius and Valens. But after their death, he was recalled to his throne; he reposed in peace in 386. Of his writings, the most prominent are his catechetical lectures, which are considered the most ancient systematic summary of Christian teaching. Before Saint Cyril, there had been two dioceses, one of Jerusalem, and one of Holy Sion; under Saint Cyril, they were united into one bishopric. See also May 7.

Edward the Martyr, King of England

Sunday of St. John Climacus – The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Announcements

Welcome – We are pleased to celebrate Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 18 with His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles.

Memorial Services/Μνημόσυνα – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servants of God Demetrios Castritis (6 months) & Georgios Kastanas (6 months). May their memory be eternal.

Σήμερα προσευχόμαστε υπέρ αναπαύσεως της ψυχής των κεκοιμημένων δούλων του Θεού Δημητρίου Καστρίτη (6 μήνες) & Γεωργίου Καστανά (6 μήνες). Αιωνία σας η μνήμη αξιομακάριστοι και αείμνηστοι αδελφοί ημών.

Social Hour – Sponsored by Tryfon Castritis, Flora Castritis Yakos & Bill & Paris Kastanas.

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. Thank you.

Greek School – Greek School is getting ready for their Greek “Independence Day” Celebration. It will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday, March 25, 2018 after services. You are all welcome to come and see the Greek school students reciting their poems and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Holy Week & Easter Retreat – Please join us on Friday, March 30 at 6:00 pm in the Betty Reckas Center for our annual preparation for Holy Week and Palm Sunday Cross folding. Lenten meal will be served. Activities and crafts for all ages. RSVP to olivia Varonos at 562.440.4430 or via e-mail at: okvaronos@gmail.com

Good Friday Luminaries – Don’t forget to order your Luminaries to light the path around the church with the names of the loved ones or wishes for good health on Good Friday night during the Epitaphios procession. Deadline is Palm Sunday April 1.

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 at the church office (562-494-8929) or email Kathy Bastas (knbastas@aol.com).

  • 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)

Fundraiser at St. Anthony G.O.C. – The St. Anthony community invites you to a luncheon, “Festival of Tables from Around the World,” to benefit the new diakonia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is focusing of the prevention of human trafficking and slavery throughout the world. His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles is the guest speaker. The event will include a delicious lunch, creatively decorated tables, entertainment, and raffle. $35.00 per person. Saturday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m., 778 S. Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. For tickets or information: Pam Buzas (626) 345-4158 or pambuzas@gmail.com.