Naples, Florida
(Serving Southwest Florida)
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Happy Father’s Day to All!

May God Grant You Many Years!

Welcome Everyone to St. Paul!
St. Paul Church
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       St. Paul Antiochian

       Orthodox Church

has its doors open to all Christians. It is indeed a Pan-Orthodox community located as close to paradise as we can imagine here on earth. With swaying palm trees, brilliant warm sunny days, sparkling coastline, well maintained landscapes, our parish prides itself with having the friendliest and most caring family one can wish for. For first time visitors to our site and our Church, you are welcome here. We are always honored to embrace visitors to join us for prayer and worship.

If you have young children, we certainly welcome them. We strongly support the belief that Christian children should be raised and involved in the Church.

Here at St. Paul all of our facilities are handicap accessible. If you need any type of assistance please do not hesitate to ask any of our parishioners. We will be honored to help.


Please Welcome Our New Pastor

Fr. Paul Girgis

And His Lovely Family

May God grant them many years


Fr. Paul, Kh. Thekla, Elijah, Ana & Jacob arrived in Naples. They will most probably be moving into their home during this weekend.We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome our new Spiritual Father and his beautiful family on Father’s Day! This is an added blessing to have Fr. Paul serve his first Divine Liturgy with Fr. Joe on this special day. We all look forward to Fr. Paul and Kh. Thekla’s official welcome in October when many of our seasonal parishioners will be here to join in the celebration! All members of our St. Paul Family who are currently here in Naples will certainly want to be in attendance. Please plan on joining us for our "Father's Day" Coffee Hour."

June 18, 2017

Second Sunday After Pentecost Second Sunday of Matthew

Happy Father’s

The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of All Saints. This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives.

Personal Gratitude From Fr. Joe


My brother in Christ: the Archpriest Vladimir Berzonsky who has been serving with me throughout the season each Sunday and especially during our Lenten Services. May God bless him! The Archimandrite Ernest Blougouras, whenever possible has also served with us. Their support has been invaluable as they are much-­‐loved friends as well as fellow clergy.  I also especially want to thank our Subdeacon Peter D’Addio for his dedicated service and support. He is always at hand when anything is needed and I thank him very much!  Thanks to the Parish Council for their support and to the Antiochian Women who are always at work promoting and supporting our parish.  We also thank Ed Kappaz and Albert Castley for organizing the ushering and the help needed during the services. This is what you call a perfect “job-­‐sharing.”  Thanks to our dedicated and loyal “”Readers” – Marilyn Edge and Leslie Yurkovac –We couldn’t do without them!.  I want to thank Laila, our Choir Director, and the Choir Members for their dedication and service.  Thanks to Lou & Shirley Nicholas for their contribution toward the flowers for Holy Week, and to George & Lorraine Zain for their donation toward the Resurrection Meal.  Thanks to Jim & Sylvia Shaheen for contributing the Palms and to Sylvia, Marilyn Edge, Leslie Yurkovac, and Barbara Cleaver for making the Palm Crosses. Thanks to Vince & Irene Benfatti for donating the Pussy Willows.  Our thanks to Leslie Yurkovac and those who gathered to decorate the Bier of Christ.  Our Altar Servers and our Altar Bread Bakers….  All those who faithfully attended the services during Great Lent and Holy Week.  My apologies if I have forgotten anyone!

From The Parishioners: Let us all give a Special Thanks to Fr. Joe and Diane also.Through their coordinated efforts St. Paul A. O. Church experienced a wonderful week of prayer and Liturgy.

Thought of the Day

"Always remember the harsh trials of those who grieve and those who are despised (in prisons, exile, etc.), so that you might be duly grateful for your small and insignificant trials and be able to endure them with joy." -- St. Isaac the Syrian

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Petition to Free Kidnapped His Eminence Metropolitan Paul and Archbishop John

His Eminence sends warm Greetings and Love. He would like to inform you about a petition (link below) that will be presented to the White House and the United Nations. Please sign it and encourage parishioners to do the same. Also, please keep His Eminence Metropolitan Paul and Archbishop John in your prayers.

Please click on the link below in order to upload Petition for you to Sign. Thank you for your help.

Wish List For June

REQUEST:  for Prosphora or Altar Bread Bakers Needed - Please see Fr. Joe

St. Paul Book Shop & Unique Boutique

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"The Book Shop and the Unique Boutique are OPEN every Sunday during the season. Featured in the beginning of February will be small standing crosses of various designs which can be used at home or placed on the dashboards of your cars. Prayer Cards will also be available. Perfect for including with greeting cards as a special blessing. Please come and take a look!"

For those who are "Out Of Town", you may purchase any of our beautiful items by contacting Barbara Hebeka at . A form of payment available to you is the system "Paypal" located towards the bottom of our website.


It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of a series of 7 DVDs which celebrates the history of our St. Paul Naples Parish and our beloved Pastor, Father Joe. The series is composed of disks containing: +”St. Paul Old and New” – One disk of historical pictorial mementos which was shown during our 2017 Founders’ Celebration +”Father Joe’s Life in Photos”- A one disk collection + “Sermons by Father Joe” - 5 DVDs containing various sermons The entire collection is now available for purchase at The St. Paul Book Shop at a donation of $5.00 per DVD. DVDs were recorded, produced and donated by Dr. Mace and Joan Shaheen. May God grant them many years!

Coffee Hour

Please join us for COFFEE-AND Fellowship in the Pavilion immediately following Liturgy each Sunday. If you would like to host a Coffee Hour, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the foyer. COFFEE HOUR offers our parish family the opportunity to welcome new faces as well as catch up with those members of our parish family whom we already know. 



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Prayers Of Holy Oblation
  • For the Health of Fr. Paul, Kh. Thekla, Elijah, Ana & Jacob and to welcome them to St. Paul, offered by the St. Paul Parish Family.
  • In Beloved Memory of Sam & Julie Badwey and Dr. Shakir and Rougina Ilyas, offered by Dr. Robert & Thelma Badwey.
  • For the Health of the Badwey Family, the Alvarez Family, Al & Anna Castley & Fr. Joe & Diane, offered by Dr. Robert & Thelma Badwey.
  • For the Health of Ellen Sciaraffa, offered by Bill & Leslie Yurkovac.
Miami Antiochian Archdiocese Convention

July 23rd to 30th

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Countdown to Miami – 2017 Archdiocese Convention July 23-30

This hardworking team is planning the 2017 Miami Convention.

Summer draws near, and so does the 53rd biennial convention of the Antiochian Archdiocese, July 23-30, 2017 in Miami. The Very Rev. Fouad Saba and the host parish of St. George Cathedral of Coral Gables, Florida took time from their busy schedules to talk about the features of what looks to be a historic gathering of the Archdiocesan clergy and faithful. The Grand Banquet will honor His Grace Bishop Antoun on Saturday night, July 29, where we anticipate our beloved diocesan hierarch will reflect upon his lifetime ministry and experiences in his service to Christ’s Holy Church.

May his memory be eternal.

Metropolitan Antonios was assigned to Mexico, Venezuela, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean Sea

News From The Parish Council

The Transition Committee of the Parish Council…

Arranged a very well planned visit to Naples for Fr. Paul. When Fr. Paul initially arrived, he spent his first hour with Fr. Joe alone – who walked him through the church. The Executive Board of the Antiochian Women prepared a lovely reception attended by the Parish Council Members to afford them an opportunity to meet Fr. Paul. Everyone gathered in the Conference Room for a pleasant hour of conversation. Fr. Paul then spent a busy two days with the committee making the final arrangements for his arrival. More details will follow.

Sunday School

Come join us together with our great Teacher Jean Sapp for a valuable lesson in Christianity

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Bible Study

Tuesdays at 6:30 PM



NOTE: Fr. Vladimir and Matushka Margarita will be traveling to Ohio for the summer months. We will certainly miss them, but pray for a safe journey and their return to us in the fall.


If you do not receive THE WORD MAGAZINE from the Archdiocese, please inform Diane and be sure she has your correct address.

Order Of St. Ignatius Of Antioch

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1.Home 2.St. Ignatius of Antioch 3.What is The Order 4.Governing Council 5.Finances 6.Articles 7.Video 8.Contact


 Of all of the saints particularly loved by Antiochian Orthodox, St. Ignatius ranks somewhere near the top of the list. Of Syrian origin, St. Ignatius, otherwise known as Theophorus, which in Greek means "God-­‐Bearer," led the Christian Church during a critical period of her history. Pious tradition has always maintained that he was the little child that Christ held on His lap when he uttered the immortal words, “Let the children come unto me.” What is known for certain is that he grew up to be a disciple of the Apostles, St. Peter personally ordained him a Bishop, and his name is mentioned in the book of Romans.

Antiochian Women Of St. Paul

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Antiochian Women Announce 2017 Project Theme

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Facts of Interests

Lighting Candles & Entering the Church

Lighting candles is an important expression in Orthodox worship services. We light them as we prayerfully enter the Church. When lighting a candle, the worshiper prays that his or her life will shine forth full of faith. Lighting a candle symbolically honors Christ and affirms one as His follower. The burning candle symbolizes the warmth and sincerity of our prayers. It is also a common practice to light a candle for someone in need, to honor a saint, or to commemorate a deceased loved one. When we enter. Paul, we should light a candle and then reverence the icons by making the sign of the Cross and kissing the icon (this is a sign of spiritual love and respect, not the worship of an object). After paying reverence to the icon and lighting our candle in the Narthex, parishioners should immediately and quietly enter the Nave of the church, in order to actively participate in the worship of the Lord our God.

We do not enter or leave the Church when:

  • The Priest is facing the congregation.
  • The Priest censes the congregation.
  • During a Procession, the Small Entrance, when the Priest carries the Holy Gospel;
  • Or during the Great Entrance, when the Priest carries the Holy Gifts.
  • During the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel.
  • During the Sermon.

Handling the Blessed Bread

Upon receiving Holy Communion and/or at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, it is customary for all those who participated in the prayer of the Church to come forward to receive a piece of “blessed bread” as a sign of thanksgiving. While the bread that is distributed is not consecrated, it is blessed and as such, it should be consumed carefully and respectfully. Everyone that attends Divine Liturgy, Orthodox and non-­‐Orthodox alike, may receive the blessed bread as an expression of love and Christian fellowship.



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Church Finder Reviews

Request to all Parishioners

As you may already know, there is a website labeled Church Finder.

Please write a review of our Church to enhance the attraction to our beautiful Church and family.

The steps are as follows:

  • Google "Church Finder"
  • Click on Church Finder (Find a Church)
  • Write Naples inside the oval box - wait for "Naples, Fl" in drop box then click on it and press enter.
  • Scroll down to the listing St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church and click on it.
  • To the right of our Church's picture click on "Write A Review"
  • Please fill in the areas and then click on the right Star. That will give us a 5-star rating.
  • Click on the small square "I'm not a robot"
  • Click on Submit.

St. Paul Church appreciates all your efforts.

Flea Market III

St. Paul  Church and its volunteers worked very hard to host the Flea Market again. We call your attention to the fact that this event brings outside people to our parish and to visit our church, plus the fact that the proceeds are also gained from outside our parish. The amount of vendors continue to grow as well. This is a great way to help and support St Paul. Again, many thanks to our expert Anna Castley for coordinating these events. We anticipate even a better result next season. See you then!!!

Founders' Day Weekend


It was our pleasure to welcome His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN and his sister, Marie Shaleesh, and His Grace Bishop JOHN. They have honored us with their presence for the 20th Annual Founder’s Celebration and the special anniversary of our beloved St. Paul Church. In addition, we are grateful to all of our visiting clergy for their participation as well as all of our friends and guests from far and near. May God Grant Them Many Years!

Fr. Joseph Shaheen's Retirement
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We would like to thank Fr. Joe and Diane for all their hard efforts for St. Paul Church. A debt of gratitude is owed to them. Fr. Joe may be retiring his duties as our Pastor, but, not from our parish. May God grant them both Many Years. 

Founder's Day Anniversary
A Multitude Of Thanks from Everyone
A Multitude Of Thanks from Everyone
A Multitude Of Thanks from Everyone
Founders Weekend Slideshow

Founders Day Anniversary 2017

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Ancient Faith Podcasts

Ancient Faith Podcasts Selected Ancient Faith Radio audio podcasts. Full Collection. Daily Faith Encouraged Daily: “What Is It?”

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