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Weekend Update

St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA

Two Liturgy Schedule

Divine Liturgies at 8:30am & 10:15am.
Children's Sermon after the Gospel.

Forgiveness Sunday

Gospel: "The Lord said, 'If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.'" Read here.

Memorials

2nd Service:
- 40 days for Nicholas Carthage.
- One year for Eleni Kazakos.
Memorial questions, etc... 610-428-7355 
In This Update:
Dear <<First Name (Όνομα)>>, 

Forgiveness is an absolute necessity in the Christian journey.  Whether we have done the hurting, or been hurt, it is on us to move towards reconciliation. 

As we prepare for Great Lent, we invite you to Forgiveness Vespers, this Sunday at 7pm,  after which each family will ask for the congregation's forgiveness. 


We ask for your forgiveness and wishing you a blessed Lent! 

Καλή Σαρακοστή
Fr. Nicholas & Fr. Alexey

Divine Services

Great Lent Begins Monday:

  • Sat. March 13
    • 8am - Orthros & Liturgy (Sat. of souls)
    • 7pm - Vespers
       
  • Sun. March 14 - Forgiveness Sunday
    • 7:05am - Orthros
    • 8:30am - Divine Liturgy 
    • 10am - Church Cleaning
    • 10:15am - Divine Liturgy
    • 7:00pm - Forgiveness Vespers
       
  • Mon. March 15
    • 6pm - Great Compline & Canon of St Andrew
       
  • Tues. March 16
    • 6pm - Great Compline & Canon of St Andrew
       
  • Wed. March 17
    • 5:45pm - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
    • Note: There will NOT be a pot-luck afterwards.
       
  • Thurs. March 18
    • 6pm - Great Compline & Canon of St Andrew
       
  • Fri. March 19
    • 8am - PreSanctified Liturgy
    • 7pm - Salutations Service
       
  • Sat. March 20
    • 8am - Orthros & Liturgy (Sat. of souls)
    • 7pm - Vespers
       
  • Sun. March 21 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
    • 7:05am - Orthros
    • 8:30am - Divine Liturgy & Procession
    • 10:30am - Church Cleaning
    • 10:45am - Divine Liturgy & Procession
       
  • Orthodox Coronavirus Prayer Booklette (Click here)

Hot Off the Press

March 25th Activities

AHEPA Chapter 60:

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire, we will be raising the Greek flag at the AHEPA 60 Senior Apartments located at 1810 South Albert Street, Allentown, PA  18103. The event will be on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM. The ceremony will take place outside the building due to COVID. We will have coffee and baklava outside depending on the weather.


At St Nicholas Cathedral:

 
March 13, 4-7pm:
St Nicholas Greek School Participation in a live event "The 200th Year Anniversary of Greek Independence" with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.  We will most likely present after 5:30pm
March 25:
St Nicholas Greek Romaic School Video Program

 
March 28th, after Liturgy:
Doxology & Flag-Raising

Safety Reminders
View full Safety Email

Seating will be provided, socially distanced, in the sanctuary. 

Please wear masks properly at all times inside church. 

We understand that it is a struggle to worship with a mask on. However, we are obedient to what Met. Savas requests and abide by all local regulations.   Live-streaming is provided for those who are unable to wear masks. 
With respect,
The Parish Council of St Nicholas

This Week's Media

Saturday of Souls

First in-person GOYA event!

For the latest videos from the
Academy of Orthodox Faith & Learning

View on YouTube

For all episodes of
#FeastDayRundown

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St Nicholas Prayer Chain

St Nicholas Prayer Chain

Many people wish they could help others in their time of need, even if only to pray for them.  Those who join this group will be emailed the prayer requests of those who ask for the parish group to pray for them.   
To submit a prayer request, email it to fralexandros@stnicholas.org.  Make sure to mention it is for the email prayer chain, and only include the details you wish to be shared.  
Join Prayer Chain Here
Note about privacy:  Prayer requests may not always come with an explanation.  A parishioner may prefer privacy.  These emails are sacred, and not meant to spread parish gossip.  Requests will be simplified and may simply read “Please pray for a woman who’s moving into long-term care on Monday.” Or “Add Maria to the prayer list.”  Please do not contact the clergy for additional details about requests.

Youth Groups & Ministries

Catechism Class has begun!
Next class will be after Pascha.

Sign up here!

Food Donations

All non-perishable food donations brought to St Nicholas will be distributed to local food pantries.

Please help us stock our donation shelves across from the main office. Thank you!

Upcoming Ministries!

Email fralexandros@stnicholas.org to join.

  • HOPE In Person Event at St Nicholas!
     
    • Sat. March 27, 10am-12pm
    • Drop off event
       
  • JOY In Person Event at St Nicholas!
     
    • Sat. March 27, 1pm-3pm
    • Drop off event
       
  • GOYA 
     
    • TBA
       
  • Adult Bible Studies on Zoom (Sign up here)
     
    • Monday, 5pm with Fr. Michael Kon. (Off 3/15)
    • Monday, 6pm with Fr. Nicholas Palis. (Off 3/15)
       
  • Orthodox Study Talks on Themes of the Triodion
    • Beginning Wednesday March 3rd, 7pm
    • In the Church library with Kosta Zalalas
    • Masks and Social Distancing
       
  • Sunday School on Zoom (Sign up here)
     
    • Weekly on Sundays, 1-12th grades.
    • We will begin rotating in-person Sunday School in the Library and Social Hall.  You will hear from your teacher when it's your class' turn.
       
  • Altar Boys
     
    • We welcome altar boys of all ages back to the altar, six at a time!

Greek Romaic School Corner

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence!


Anyone interested in serving on the committee forming plans to celebrate this year's 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence, please contact Mrs. Anna Barbounis or Fr. Alexey

We also have this request!

More info at 
www.stnicholas.org/greekschool

Local & Parishioner

Metropolis Newsletter

Zoom Lenten Studies

1. Click here for Zoom Link 
2. Password on Flyer.

Want to share your thanks, good news or need? Email fralexandros@stnicholas.org.  No solicitations please.
 

Orthodox Resources

More support is available at
www.goarch.org/departments/family

Your Stewardship

2021 Stewardship Guide 

Day Light Savings

2021 materials now available!
www.stnicholas.org/stewardship

Take a self-evaluation here!

IS OUR CHURCH IN YOUR WILL?

A beautiful way to honor God is to remember St Nicholas Cathedral in your Will.  It is the ultimate expression of gratitude for all the blessings God and His Church have bestowed on you and your family.

In doing this, you also enable our parish to continue growth and development of programs that teach and inspire our children and future leaders, help those in need, and preserve the Orthodox Christian faith, by carrying on its sacred ministry of love, hope and faith.

If you are so inspired, please contact Fr. Alexandros (fralexandros@stnicholas.org) to discuss including the church in your Estate Planning or leaving a specific legacy gift. 

For what you give in this lifetime is yours for eternity!
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