September and October 2017



18000 Behner Road

New Buffalo, MI

Mailing address: P.O. Box 93, New Buffalo, MI 49117


Rev. Fr. Paul Martin,

Presiding Priest

Cell: 708-717-1841


Gust Anton,

Council President


September and October 2016


Hymn of the Feast


Apolytikion in the First Tone

Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.


Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14




Orthros begins at 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m.

Confessions are heard on Sundays at 9:30 or by appointment.






We are a diverse community of Orthodox Christians who come together every Sunday to worship the Holy Trinity, offer our hearts to God, and receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  While all are invited to pray with us, only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves may partake of Holy Communion.



Services in September


Sunday, September 3, 13th Sunday of Matthew

Sunday, September 10, Sunday Before Holy Cross

Council Meeting following services

Thursday, September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Strict Fast

Sunday, September 17, Sunday After Holy Cross

Sunday, September 24, 1st Sunday of Luke

Services in October


Sunday, October 1, 2nd Sunday of Luke

Parish Council Meeting follows: Council Members,

please plan accordingly.

Sunday, October 8, 3rd Sunday of Luke

Fr. John Pilafas will serve the liturgy in Fr. Paul’s absence.

Sunday, October 15, Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

Sunday, October 22, 6th Sunday of Luke

Sunday, October 29, 5th Sunday of Luke: Celebration of OXI Day


Following Divine Liturgy Oct. 29, there will be a Mnimosynon

(Memorial Service) for all soldiers and civilians who suffered and

died during the Nazi occupation of Greece.  Following the Mnimosynon, our Women’s Group will provide refreshments in honor of Oxi Day.  All are invited]




Greek Festival


Greek Fest falls on Labor Day Weekend: Friday, September 1 (noon to 11 p.m.), Saturday, September 2 (Noon to 11 p.m.), and Sunday, September 3 (Noon to 11 p.m.)  Authentic Greek food will be provided by the Mamouzellos family (Formal Fork).  There will be Greek music, folk dancing, children’s entertainment, Greek gifts and souvenirs, and Church and museum tours.


Volunteers are needed all three days.  Please see any of our Council members or ladies of our Berrien County Orthodox Women’s Group to volunteer.  We also need baked goods; see or call Margie Souliotis (telephone: 269-925-1386) or Marina Sheerin (219-241-2707 cell) if you wish to bring baked goods to the Fest for sale.   


Fr. Paul’s Absence


Fr. Paul will be attending the Metropolis Clergy Laity Congress in Buffalo, NY Wednesday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29. 


Fr. Paul will also be away October 10 through October 20.  Should a pastoral emergency arise during these days, please be in touch with Fr. John Pilafas at 619-994-2750 (cell).


Parish Assemblies, Council Elections

There will be two Parish Assemblies, the first on Sunday, November 19 and the second on Sunday, December 10.  At the Parish Assembly of Nov. 19, nominees for the 2018 Parish Council will be identified.  At the Parish Assembly of Dec. 10, parishioners in good sacramental standing will elect our new Council members.  These Assemblies will take place following services.


We have 4 vacancies to be filled on the Parish Council of 2017.  The Board of Elections (members to be determined) will present the list of eligible candidates to be nominated on Sunday, November 5.


All parishioners in good sacramental standing are eligible to vote in the election.


All candidates accepting nomination must attend a seminar on the duties of the Parish Council and the Greek Orthodox Uniform Parish Regulations (UPR).

The time and day of the seminar will be announced.  In scheduling the seminar, Fr. Paul will make every effort to be accommodating.



Following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 29, we'll be celebrating OXI day with refreshments and a talk by eyewitnesses. 


On October 28, 1940, Mussolini issued an ultimatum to Greek Prime Minister Ionnis Metaxis to surrender or face open war.  Metaxis, a career military officer and a proud Greek, did not acquiesce, thus touching off the Greco-Italian War and a series of notable events that would eventually neutralize Italy, cripple Germany, and cost 1,000,000 Greek lives.


OXI means, quite simply, "NO!"--NO to tyranny, NO to evil.


Hitler said of the Greeks, "For the sake of historical truth I must verify that only the Greeks, of all the adversaries who confronted us, fought with bold courage and the highest disregard of death" (from a speech delivered to the Reichstag on May 4, 1941).


Winston Churchill: "Until now we used to say that Greeks fight like heroes; now we shall say heroes fight like Greeks."


Berrien County Orthodox Women’s Group News

by Lillian Casten

SEPTEMBER:  The Women’s Group is underwriting costs for all the work being performed on the gardens, lawns, and fences: David Martin tends the gardens surrounding the church and the “Memorial” garden every Thursday; Tom Litwicki mows the lawn, clears brush from the fences, and weeds the parking lot every two weeks.  If someone has suggestions for any of the work being done, please direct them to one of the members.

The next meeting will be held on Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, at 10:30 in the Social Hall.

OCTOBER:  OXI DAY will be celebrated on Sunday, October 29, 2017, (falls on Oct.28).  Mike Kerhoulas will speak on the events of that historical day which he experienced first-hand.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a luncheon should notify the Women’s Group.

This year the Women’s Group is planning a special tribute slated for Sunday, November 12, 2017, for all the veterans (men and women, living or deceased, foreign or domestic armies) of our congregation.  To honor you and yours, we will need the following information submitted NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017:



Thank you for your participation.

The meeting will he held on Wed., October 4, 2017.