Naples, Florida
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A Blessed and Peaceful Pascha to All! May you celebrate the

Resurrection of Our Lord with much joy

Wishing Peace to the World!

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


Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, Pious Joseph of Arimathea & Righteous Nicodemus

APRIL 30, 2017

Message from Fr. Joe

***** Beloved in the Lord, ***** 

Even though Holy Week is in its early stages, and before our schedule becomes too hectic, I wanted to send out a message to all the faithful of the Parish of St. Paul! This is the last time that I will be extending this greeting to you as your pastor, and I want to sincerely offer my thanks to all of you for the good work that you have done in the name of our beloved St. Paul! Your continued support and your love for this parish has been a blessing to me as your pastor - for the past 17 years! My love and best wishes for a Blessed Pascha! May you celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord with much joy - wishing Peace to the World.

Fr. Joe


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

"For in the baptismal rite, death ensues through the slaying of sin; threefold immersion initiates the lying in the tomb three days, and the raising out of the water is like him that rose again from the tomb. The very nature, therefore, of the act teaches us that that is the recognized day for the general reception of the grace, on which the power of the gift and the character of the action originated." 

St. Leo the Great

Great Lent 2017

  • Thursday, April 27 - AW Barbecue Bingo 4:30 PM - Parish Pavilion
  • Sunday, April 30 - Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM Memorial Service - Rocco Lofaro (Brother of Anna Castley)
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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 April

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

Thanks to Joe Shady for conducting an “Altar Bread Baking Demonstration” for some of our women. His efforts are appreciated.

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 Erin D’Addio and Michaelene & Bob Aber, offered by David & Elaine Thomas.

Miami Antiochian Archdiocese Convention

July 23rd to 30th

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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


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.

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 Antiochian Women of St. Paul had their BBQ-Bingo - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Barbecue Bingo held last Thursday was a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Our AW Women did an outstanding job, as usual, with an excellent barbecue buffet enjoyed by all. First the food – then came the fun and fellowship as everyone played bingo. The event was a huge success!

Antiochian Women Announce 2017 Project Theme

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Reminder: "Amazon" via St. Paul Website
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This is a great opportunity to increase funds for St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church through AmazonSmile donations by reminding our supporters to shop at Spread the word to our parishioners and friends. Support us when you shop. "StartWithaSmile" at and Amazon donates to St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church. Thank you.

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

This Saturday APRIL 29th


Back by popular demand, St. Paul  Church and its volunteers are working 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. This is a great way to help and support St Paul. Check again with our expert Anna Castley for details.

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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Portrait (Painted)
Portrait (Painted)

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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Special Thanks
  • Thanks to Jim & Sylvia Shaheen for donating the Palms for the Service today,
  • And to Sylvia Shaheen, Marilyn Edge, Leslie Yurkovac and Barbara Cleaver for making the Palm Crosses.
  • Thanks to Vince and Irene Benfatti for donating the Pussy Willows. Palms are used as a church symbol of greeting Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. But in the Slavonic tradition, you will also see pussy willow branches on Palm Sunday.
News From The Parish Council

The Parish Council has approved the formation of the following committees in order to make our work more efficient and to encourage parishioner participation. The committees are:

1. Advisory 2. Finance 3. Religious 4. Maintenance 5. Activities 6. Future development.

So..... Share your talents . Contact any council member with any questions, or to VOLUNTEER. Thanks to Robert Cardoos for his work on this project.

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