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Service Times

Sunday Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am   Saturday Vespers - 5:00 pm.   For other service times and events, please see the weekly bulletin below or our parish calendar.

The Life of St. George

The Life of St. George

This glorious and victorious saint was born in Cappadocia the son of wealthy and virtuous parents. His father suffered for Christ and his mother then moved to Palestine. When George grew up, he entered the military, where in his twentieth year, attained the rank of a Tribune and as such was in th...

Welcome to St. George

Welcome to St. George

Saint George Cathedral is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America. Our parish traces its beginnings back to 1938 when Macedonian and Bulgarian immigrants who had come to Toledo sought to establish an Orthodox parish.The parish was formally founded in 1948 and placed under the patronage of the H...

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Saturdays, Vespers 5:00 pm
Sundays, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am


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St. George Orthodox Cathedral
738 Glenwood Road
Rossford, Ohio 43460
His Grace, the Rt. Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Toledo & the Bulgarian Diocese of the OCA
V. Rev. Paul Monkowski, Administrator
Phone: (419) 662-3922

Directions to Saint George Orthodox Cathedral Rossford, Ohio

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Weekly Bulletin, July 27, 2014 Print E-mail

As of June 23rd, a section of Glenwood Rd. will be closed for 120 days. You will need to get to the church by coming via Buck Rd. to access Glenwood and the church.

Our St. George Community welcomes you to today’s celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We are delighted to have you worship with us, and we pray that you will be blessed through your participation in our services. While Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians, our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the Cross and receiving blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Literature about the Orthodox faith can be found in the vestibule. Feel free to ask questions before or after the services. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship in the social hall after Liturgy. If this is your first visit to our parish, we welcome you and invite you to return as often as you are able. For those interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Paul.

July 28th Prochorus & Nicanor (70); Smolensk Icon Theotokos
1 Corinthians 9:13-18              Matthew 16:1-6
July 29th Martyr Callinicus; Martyr Theodota & Sons
1 Corinthians 10:5-12              Matthew 16:6-12
July 30th App Silas & Silvanus (70); Martyr John the Warrior
1 Corinthians 10:12-22            Matthew 16:20-24
July 31st Forefeast Procession Cross; Righteous Eudocimus
1 Corinthians 10:28-11:7         Matthew 16:24-28
August 1st Procession of Holy Cross; 7 Maccabean Martyrs
1 Corinthians 11:8-22              Matthew 17:10-18
August 2nd Relics of Protomartyr & Archdeacon Stephen
Romans 13:1-10                     Matthew 12:30-37

Greeter: Cindy Hopper                 Reader: Mikel Hill                     Serving Group: Archangel Michael

Services/Activities This Week:
Great Vespers: Saturday, August 2nd, 5 PM, at the church

Last Sunday July 20th, 46 Adults and 12 Youth attended Divine Liturgy.

The Sanctuary Lamp will be burning this week for the health of Kathy Dimitroff. Liturgical Bread donated today by Sophie Timofeev for the health of Fr. Paul Gassios.


Fr. Paul’s Last Sunday:
As you know, this is Fr. Paul’s last Sunday at St. George. If you would like to send Fr. Paul any personal notes please use his personal e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or his new address is: 933 N La Salle Dr. Chicago, IL 60610-3204. He will keep his current cell phone which is 419-930-7088.

During Transition:
1. Please start using the church e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any church related communications instead of Fr. Paul's personal e-mail address.
2. Fr. Paul Monkowski of our diocese has been appointed as Administrator of the parish by His Grace Bishop Alexander to oversee the transition process of finding a new priest for St. George and seeing to it the spiritual needs for the parish are taken care of until that happens.
3. In regard to Liturgical Services, Fr. John Russin to function as supply priest from the Diocese to St. George. He has graciously agreed to do this. His duty is to serve the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and Great Vespers on the Saturdays that fit his schedule and any memorial services that may be requested. In addition, he is available for any emergency calls.
4. Until a priest is assigned to the parish:
o Sarah Allen will be doing the weekly bulletin. If you need items to be put in the bulletin write her at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her at 419-494-4781.
o Rachael Hill will be contacting people to greet on Sundays from July to the end of August.
o Dan Serdar will be arranging for people to read the epistle on Sundays.
o Viviane Kazan will be contacting people to bake prosphora for liturgy. She has a list of people who make prosphora, and she will contact you when your turn to bake will come up.
o Karen Beleny will be preparing the Sunday outline sheets for Divine Liturgy. If you would like to add someone to the prayer list please contact Karen.

August Service Schedule:
Fr. John will be available for Vespers on August 2nd , 16th , & 30th. The time will remain the same at 5PM.

Fr. Paul Monkowski will be here to serve:
Vesperal Liturgy for Transfiguration on August 5th, 6:30PM, at the church
Vesperal Liturgy for Dormition on August 14th at 6:30PM, at the church

6th Annual St. George Golf Tournament
St. George is sponsoring their 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Chippewa Golf Club. We are seeking golfers who will play 18 holes including a golf cart and ending with a delicious Spare Rib buffet. If you are not a golfer, families and individuals are encouraged to sponsor a sign with your name or business on it. All proceeds will go to the Building Fund to reduce our mortgage. Thank you in advance for your support. Contact Stan Pentsos, George Popoff, or any Board member for further information.

July 27th, a Closer Look at Monasticism

Christians from various backgrounds are discovering the writings of the early desert monastics, and are finding great spiritual profit in the examples their lives offer. A book entitled "In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers" by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis (World Wisdom, Inc. 2003) gives insight into the world of the desert-dwellers, and gently invites the reader to apply that insight in a personal way. The book also addresses some of the mistaken ideas that people may have about the monastic life. One important aspect of that life, for example, is dealing with the passions. These are understood, by many people, to be feelings and impulses that are completely negative. Monks and nuns are seen as those who spend their lives working to annihilate the passions.

But Fr. Chryssavgis points out that while some monastics did seem to view the passions in this way, others saw them as neutral or positive impulses coming from God. Taking this view, Abba Isaiah of Scetis wrote about three passions: anger, jealousy and lust. We see them as evil, he says, because we have misdirected and misused them: "However, the original purpose of anger is for it to be used against injustice in the world; the proper reason for envy is so that we may seek to emulate the virtues of the saints; and the natural goal of our desire is to thirst for God." It is possible, Abba Isaiah and others say, first to identify our own personal passions—the things we desire or are strongly drawn to—and then redirect them so they become means of loving others and loving God. This is the long struggle the monastics undertook. They strove to become "dispassionate," which does not mean indifferent, but truly charitable toward the whole world.

Fr. Chryssavgis uses Saint Anthony's example to address the common idea that monastics hated their bodies, and all matter. Anthony, after his intense fights with demons and extreme ascetical effort, was not emaciated or exhausted. He seemed to be in perfect balance, physically and in every other way. Anthony's very simple way of life seems extreme to us, Fr. Chryssavgis writes, only because "our culture teaches us that the more we have, the better we are; Anthony's taught him that the less he had, the more he was!" The truth is that "we can often manage with a lot less than we would dare to imagine."

What did "obedience" mean to the desert monastics? Not domination, Fr. Chyrssavgis writes. Obedience was a circle, and "was expected of everyone, elders and novices alike!" True spiritual guides didn't seek to be idolized or to be absolute authorities. Mother Amma said that the teacher "ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vainglory and pride" and should be "full of concern for others, and a lover of souls." Beautiful illustrations enhance the richness of this book, which brings the reader closer to the early men and women of the desert who have so much to teach us.
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March 1, 2014 Two Things to Remember During Great Lent Print E-mail
We begin another time of fasting to prepare us for the Holy Pascha of our Lord. The guidelines of fasting are simple; we are to eat no meat or dairy products from the beginning of Great Lent on March 3rd until Great and Holy Pascha. There are other rules to the fast such as no alcohol, oil, and fish with backbone. But to be honest with you refraining from meat and dairy products is a challenge enough for us in this culture we live in today. Finally for those who are ill and have certain medical conditions that require that you not fast as strictly, then do what the doctor says. The purpose of fasting is not to make you sick and endanger your health. Most of you know this, so there is no need to dwell on the rules. However there are two things we do need to focus on as we fast that will make a difference as to whether this is a fruitful fast for us.
May 2, 2013 Some Thoughts on Pascha Print E-mail

What the Death and Resurrection of Christ Means to Me
Why I Believe in the Pascha of Our Lord

The mystery of Pascha has been, is, and will continue to be for me the awareness of a doorway into a reality of life that has no end; a new heavenly earth; a new creation.  Despite my struggles with pride and self-will; the baptismal mystery of dying to a human nature that has been corrupted by sin resulting in death, and being raised into a maturing new person, a real human being in Christ Jesus; tells me that all things are possible with God. Provided we strive to abide in the baptismal mystery of Pascha and seek its ongoing renewal in the Eucharistic life in the Church. When I am able to face those things lacking in me and continue the journey of repenting of them and turning to our Lord; I am convinced that our Lord Jesus does not abandon us. He continues His work to mold our life into one of love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control; and most importantly to continually draw us closer to His Father; through Himself (as the only mediator between God and Man), in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only through this communion that we become truly human.

Understanding the Holy Baptism Print E-mail
I spent several months discussing the importance of fasting and its relationship to remembering our Lord in our preparation to receive Communion. I now want to focus on another leg of the chair that constitutes the process of preparing to receive the Holy Eucharist on Sundays. Namely how does the sacrament of Confession help us to remember our Lord Jesus Christ? This will take several months for me to answer via the newsletter as I want to build on a solid foundation; I first need to talk about the importance and meaning of Baptism. Confession is nothing more than an extension of Baptism. We will never properly understand Confession if we don't understand Baptism as the Sacrament of Repentance.
The Beginnngs of the Sacrament of Confession Print E-mail

In last month's newsletter, I mentioned that in the early church there was no sacrament of Confession as it is understood and practiced today. Holy Baptism was seen as the sacrament of repentance. By Baptism and Chrismation the one enslaved to sin and death was freed from this fallen reality and was empowered to live the Christian life.

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