This Week’s Schedule of Services:
SUNDAY, February 16th – Sunday of
the Prodigal Son
SUNDAY, February 16th, 2020 –Sunday of the Prodigal
this link to Orthros/Matins Gospel Reading
10:00 am - Divine Liturgy.
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.
February 19th, 2020
7:00 pm -Paraklesis Service to Saint Nectarios.
FRIDAY, February 21st, 2020,
· 5:30 PM—Greek School Elementary
PM—Greek School Intermediate
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
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.
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.
St. Nectarios is a parish of Metropolis of San Francisco of the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America
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o Office Hours – Monday through Friday
§ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
o Church is
open - Monday through Friday
§ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
o Saturday –
Church is open from:
§ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
OF SAN FRANCISCO PHILOPTOCHOS
Nectarios Local Chapter Number 4030
MESSAGE FROM PHILOPTOCHOS
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
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,
of the Saint Nectarios Philoptochos
HOUSE OF RUTH WISH LIST:
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.
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,
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