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Services Schedule

Sundays: Orthros (Matins):8:15 AM | Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM (Fellowship follows in our Social Hall)

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7

Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers. To those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church.


Most Holy Theotokos, Save Us!

“Higher than the heavens above are you,
And you are much purer
Than the radiance of the sun;
You who have redeemed us
From the curse which is upon us;
The Lady of all people,
In hymns, do we honor you.”

~From the Service of Intercessory Prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos (Paraklesis)

Dearest Spiritual Ohana,

   As we begin the month of August, we dedicate the first 15 days of the month especially to our Most Blessed and Glorious Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, Whose Dormition (Falling Asleep in the Lord) we celebrate and commemorate.  She is the greatest and most honored among the Saints and is higher in glory than all the ranks of the Holy Angels.  She is our Ever-Fervent Intercessor before Her Son and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

   You may notice that the Theotokos has a very prominent place in our Church building.  When you enter the nave of the Church, you see her icon prominently displayed on the center wall in the altar.  This is no coincidence or accident!  The Theotokos in bearing the Christ Child in her womb is the  human instrument which brought Him, through the Incarnation (taking on of human flesh) into the world.

   I invite all of you to come to as many of the services you can, during the first 15 days of August, especially to the Paraklesis Services where we can together  supplicate the Theotokos to intercede and pray ceaselessly to Her Son for and on behalf of all of us for the healing and wholesomeness of our spiritual lives amidst all of the daily challenges and illnesses of body and soul we face.  I can assure you that as you make the effort to immerse yourselves into the services, that you will find true peace and strength in your personal lives.  “Most Holy Theotokos, save us!”

   Amidst all the challenges we face in life, we may find it difficult to find time to pray.  Prayer is often likely to be the last thing we think about or are compelled to do.  But to be a Christian, requires of us to open up the capacity of our hearts to have that special connection with God, and this is done by prayer.  The True Christian is the one who prays!  “The Kingdom of God is at hand,” meaning God can be found close to and within our inner beings.  We have the ability to open the portals and doors of our hearts to allow Him entry into them so that He can engulf us with His Love and Mercy.  Just as we need wholesome food, drink and exercise to sustain a healthy body, so we need to partake of God daily through our effort towards prayer.  Not that God needs our prayers, we need to pray to Him, because we need Him in our lives!  He is always present right before us, but it is by our own free will that we allow Him to enter our lives as our God and Savior.

   In his “iSermons Series” on Ancient Faith Radio, Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos offers some thoughts on the importance of prayer:  A young woman told Fr. Theodore that she only prays when she  feels spiritual and is compelled to pray.  In other words, she said that she prays only when she feels the inspiration to do so.  Fr. Theodore replied to her, as I summarize what he said:  “You should pray and force yourself to pray.  Prayer is not a luxury or a selfish endeavor we do only when we feel like it.  By this, we show that we only do what we want to do.  Think of God as you do your relationship with your spouse, not in the romantic way but in the way we show our love and commitment.  In our loving relationship with our spouse we communicate.  We force ourselves to show our love and commitment to them even when we are tired out, have no more energy within, and feel that we just want to rest and do our own thing.  It is the same way with God, when it comes to communicating with Him.  We must force ourselves, especially when it is most difficult.  And in forcing ourselves we show our love and true commitment to Him.

   If we wait until the moment that we feel like praying, that moment of prayer in our lives may never come and we will miss out on having that special relationship with God through Whom we find the only true source of fulfillment.  Being made in God’s Image and Likeness, we have built within us this natural longing for Him which cannot ever be replaced with any other thing.

Have a Blessed month of August!  And may we have a most successful 2017 Greek Festival!

With Love in Christ,

+Fr. Alexander


Special Services in August & September

Great Vespers
Saturday August 5, 2017
6:30pm 

Paraklesis
Monday August 7, 2017
6:30pm 

Paraklesis
Tuesday August 8, 2017
6:30pm 

Paraklesis
Friday August 11, 2017
6:30pm 

Great Vespers
Monday August 14, 2017
6:30pm 

Dormition of the Theotokos
Tuesday August 15, 2017
O
rthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am 

Beheading of the Forerunner
Tuesday August 29, 2017
Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am

Beginning of the Indiction
Friday September 1, 2017
Orthros 8:30 am Liturgy 9:30 am

Great Vespers
Thurday September 7, 2017
6:30pm 

Nativity of the Theotokos
Friday September 8, 2017
Orthros 8:30 am Liturgy 9:30 am

Great Vespers
Wednesday September 13, 2017
6:30pm

Elevation of the Holy Cross
Thursday September 14, 2017
Orthros 8:30 am Liturgy 9:30 am

Maui Service
Saturday September 23, 2017
Liturgy 10:30am 


36th Annual Greek Festival Information

Yassas from Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific. Get ready for another “Trip” to Greece!

Our 36th annual Greek Festival is set for August 26th and 27th 2017. We hope to see you there!

  • Dates: August 26th and 27th 2017.
  • Hours :  Noon until 9PM
  • Location : McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park
  • Admission : General Admission $3
    Children 11 and under and active military free
  • Wear a Toga and get in for only $1.00

Parking:
We encourage you to take public transportation or perhaps carpool. There is limited parking at Ala Moana Beach Park however you may find parking at the Ala Moana and Ward Entertainment Center areas.

Save time and trouble by using cabs or ride-share systems like UBER or Lyft. This way you can enjoy the festival and not worry about parking or drinking!

Information :
Do you have any questions? You can contact us at (808) 521-7220 or better yet zip us an email to info@greekfestivalhawaii.com

Tips:

  1. Credit cards are not accepted however Cash, printed checks with ID are. There are also several ATM’s available on site.
  2. Dress as cool as possible. It gets hot in August!
  3. Make sure and get a program when you enter the festival. A site map and entertainment schedule are included in it.
  4. Lost and found is located at the main admission table at the beach-side entrance.

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Help Send Sharon & Angeliki to Ionian Village

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Sharon Higashi & Angeliki Scordilis, are high school seniors and active members of our church, Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthdodox Cathedral of the Pacific.  

They grew up together as best friends and were very excited last month, when they received the wonderful news that they were granted scholarships to attend Ionian Village, a 20-day spiritual and cultural based summer camp in Greece.  They will join 200 youth from all around the country and be fully immersed in their culture and faith.  Visiting archeological sites, learning the Greek language, and especially the opportunity to visit monasteries and venerate the saints in person are some incredible things they look forward to experiencing.

Though they are blessed beyond measure to have this incredible opportunity, there are numerous expenses that the scholarships do not fully cover.  We still need to raise funds for their round-trip airfare from Honolulu to JFK, onto  Athens, Greece, as well as I.V. camp fees.  Hopefully, any extra funds could be used as spending money on the trip and donations to the different monasteries they visit.

These young women are fundraising personally and selling cookies, pretzel sticks, and marshmallow cereal bars (along with anything else they can think of), to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip happen.  

As their moms, Anita and I are also trying to help them achieve their goals.  We're creating this page to crowd-source and reach out to our family, friends, and anyone else able to donate to these amazing young women.  We are grateful for the largest to the smallest donations and believe no donation is too small.  Even $1 is greatly appreciated!

Here is a link to Ionian Village's website:
https://www.ionianvillage.org/home

Much mahalo, Efharisto, and God Bless.


Hawaii Delegation to FDF

FDF 2017 - FRIDAY - SENIOR - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Nisiotes from Your FDF on Vimeo.

FDF 2017 - SATURDAY - SENIOR - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Nisiotes from Your FDF on Vimeo.

FDF 2017 - SATURDAY DIVISION IV - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Nisiopeda from Your FDF on Vimeo.

FDF 2017 - FRIDAY CHORAL DIVISION II - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Wahine Aloha from Your FDF on Vimeo.

Epiphany 2017


Diakonia - Giving Back to the Community

These are Diakonia pictures of the 2 Dance Groups Nisiotes the Islanders and Nisiopeda Little Island Children.

The Nisiopeda joined the adult choir from Saints Constantine Cathedral Greek Orthodox of the Pacific to sing and dance at The Plaza, a Senior Living Residence next door to the church.

The Nisiotes asked friends to come and help them clean up Oneula Beach in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.


Philoptochos Rummage Sale Fundraiser

Mahalo for your support on a very successful fundraising event!


Extra Extra Read All About it…

Click on the following graphic to access monthly & weekly bulletins & calendars. 

To receive your bulletin electronically, simply send an e-mail to the Church Office, at: office@greekorthodoxhawaii.org with “Bulletin Electronic Subscription” in the subject line. 

Note: A limited number of bulletins will also be available in the narthex for our visitors and parishioners who want a printed copy. Due to postage increases Shorelines will no longer be mailed. 


Stewardship: We Are Family

Stewardship is our response to God’s grace and it moves us from grace to gratitude. Just as we love because God first loved us from 1 John 4:14, we give because God first gave to us.

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How to Schedule a Memorial Service

If you are interested in scheduling a Memorial Service for a loved one, please contact Father Alexander at the office so that he can schedule a date on the calendar.


Youth Ministry Guidelines

Please review the attached document to find out about the guidelines for children to qualify for funding from the parish to attend youth events.
If you have any questions please see Father Alexander or a member of the Parish Council.

Youth Ministry Guidelines


Orthodox Study Center:  Orthodoxy 101

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Wedding in Hawaii?

Orthodox couples from around the world have chosen to be married at Saints Constantine & Helen, the ‘Cathedral in Paradise.’ It’s easier than you think! 
Begin your wedding plans by contacting our Priest early.  

Voice: (808) 521-7220
Email: (Click Here)  Rev. Fr. Alexander Leong, Dean
             (Or Copy)  fralexanderleong@yahoo.com


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