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Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church and Shrine

20340 E. Covina Blvd., Covina, CA 91724-1608

Office Phone # (626) 967-5524, Fax # (626) 967-0655, Email:


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This Week’s Schedule of Services:

SUNDAY, February 16th – Sunday of the Prodigal Son


SUNDAY, February 16th, 2020 –Sunday of the Prodigal Son

·         9:00 am -Matins/Orthros

Click this link to Orthros/Matins Gospel Reading

10:00 am - Divine Liturgy.

Click this link to Epistle Reading

Click this link to Holy Gospel Reading

·         All kids 6 to 18 yrs. old are invited to attend the Sunday School right after the Holy Communion. The location is at the back of the property in last modular buildings.

·         12:30 pm Paraklesis to Saint Nectarios.

WEDNESDAY, February 19th, 2020

·         7:00 pm -Paraklesis Service to Saint Nectarios.

FRIDAY, February 21st, 2020,

·         5:30 PM—Greek School Elementary

·         6:30 PM—Greek School Intermediate

SATURDAY, February 22nd, 2020 – Saturday of Souls

·         8:30 am -Divine Liturgy

·         Followed Memorial Service (Panikhida)





Sunday of the Prodigal Son



Through the parable of today's Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition -- inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries -- we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.


Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God's compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin -- no matter how great it may be -- that can overcome at any time His love for man.


Kontakion of Sunday of Prodigal Son

Third Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."




Saturday of Souls



Through the Apostolic Constitutions (Book VIII, ch. 42), the Church of Christ has received the custom to make commemorations for the departed on the third, ninth, and fortieth days after their repose. Since many throughout the ages, because of an untimely death in a faraway place, or other adverse circumstances, have died without being deemed worthy of the appointed memorial services, the divine Fathers, being so moved in their love for man, have decreed that a common memorial be made this day for all pious Orthodox Christians who have reposed from all ages past, so that those who did not have particular memorial services may be included in this common one for all. Also, the Church of Christ teaches us that alms should be given to the poor by the departed one's kinsmen as a memorial for him.


Besides this, since we make commemoration tomorrow of the Second Coming of Christ, and since the reposed have neither been judged, nor have received their complete recompense (Acts 17:31; II Peter 2:9; Heb. 11:39-40), the Church rightly commemorates the souls today, and trusting in the boundless mercy of God, she prays Him to have mercy on sinners. Furthermore, since the commemoration is for all the reposed together, it reminds each of us of his own death, and arouses us to repentance.


Apolytikion of Saturday of Souls

Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Only Creator who out of the depths of wisdom lovingly govern all things and upon all bestow what is accordingly best for them, give rest to the souls of Your servants, for they have placed their hope in You, our Author and Maker and God.


Kontakion of Saturday of Souls

Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Give rest, O Christ, among the Saints to the souls of Your servants, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no grieving, but life everlasting.





 Special Announcement:

·        If someone wants to sponsor the coffee hour, there is a sign-up sheet in the Hall. Please write legibly your name next to the date you want to sponsor.

·        We need oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) for the Church, please donate.

·        A common memorial will be served this February 22nd (Saturday of Souls) for all pious Orthodox Christians who have reposed from all ages past, so that those who did not have particular memorial services may be included in this common one for all. Also, the Church of Christ teaches us that alms should be given to the poor by the departed one's kinsmen as a memorial for him. So, bring your Koliva!!

·        Please notify us if someone in the member of the family or yourself is sick, so that we may offer healing prayer.







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Saint Nectarios Local Chapter Number 4030




Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


We would like to reiterate about “The House of Ruth”. The House of Ruth is a non-profit women's shelter providing critical, life-saving, and supportive services to victims of domestic violence. They are committed to the fight of ending domestic violence and making every home a safe home.


This initiative started last December of 2019, we again would like to continue to assist this wonderful organization by joining them through our donations in the struggle of protecting these women and children from their abusers. In addition to the provision of safe shelter, your donations would also provide these victims of abuse with the opportunity to begin new lives of productivity within a peaceful and safe environment.


It is the goal of Philoptochos, along with the assistance provided by the community to be able to continue this program of philanthropy throughout the year. Let us be reminded by the words of our Savior, "for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me...I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to Me (Mt. 25: 35-36, 40)."


Our Lord Jesus Christ through our beloved Saint Nectarios, has blessed all of us so that we in turn may be a blessing to others. As a community, if all of us can give just one item a month from the wish list, we will truly be a blessing to these vulnerable women and children.


Please prayerfully consider your involvement in this much needed charitable endeavor through your generous donations. There will be an area set up in the hall for donations. We thank all the wonderful and caring parishioners of St. Nectarios for their generosity and expression of love for the least of these.


Yours in Christ,


Ladies of the Saint Nectarios Philoptochos Society



Personal Care: Liquid soap, toothpaste, feminine care products, lotion/body cream, facial tissue, liquid body wash, shampoo/conditioner


Food: Canned goods, non-perishable items dry food (rice beans etc.), snack items: goldfish crackers, fruit roll ups, juice boxes, pretzels, animal crackers etc.


Miscellaneous: Journal books, inspirational books, night lights, alarm clocks (small), slipper socks, note pads, writing pens, gardening gloves, garden aprons for children and adults, non-violent DVD movies, over the counter medications (OTC): Tylenol (adult and children), aspirin, cold and cough medication, ibuprofen etc.



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