Naples, Florida
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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.



 THIRD SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross MARCH IS ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S MONTH MARCH 19, 2017

Thought of the Day

The Third Sunday of Great Lent


Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross Introduction Historical Background:

The commemoration and ceremonies of the Third Sunday of Lent are closely parallel to the feasts of the Veneration of the Cross (September 14) and the Procession of the Cross (August 1). Not only does the Sunday of the Holy Cross prepare us for commemoration of the Crucifixion, but it also reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. As we have “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24), and will have mortified ourselves during these forty days of the Fast, the precious and life-giving Cross is now placed before us to refresh our souls and encourage us who may be filled with a sense of bitterness, resentment, and depression. The Cross reminds us of the Passion of our Lord, and by presenting to us His example, it encourages us to follow Him in struggle and sacrifice, being refreshed, assured, and comforted. In other words, we must experience what the Lord experienced during His Passion - being humiliated in a shameful manner. The Cross teaches us that through pain and suffering we shall see the fulfillment of our hopes: the heavenly inheritance and eternal glory. As they who walk on a long and hard way and are bowed down by fatigue find great relief and strengthening under the cool shade of a leafy tree, so do we find comfort, refreshment, and rejuvenation under the Life-giving Cross, which our Fathers “planted” on this Sunday. Thus, we are fortified and enabled to continue our Lenten journey with a light step, rested and encouraged. Or, as before the arrival of the king, his royal standards, trophies, and emblems of victory come in procession and then the king himself appears in a triumphant parade, jubilant and rejoicing in his victory and filling those under him with joy, so does the Feast of the Cross precede the coming of our King, Jesus Christ. It warns us that He is about to proclaim His victory over death and appear to us in the glory of the Resurrection. His Life-Giving Cross is His royal scepter, and by venerating it we are filled with joy, rendering Him glory. Therefore, we become ready to welcome our King, who shall manifestly triumph over the powers of darkness. The present feast has been placed in the middle of Great Lent for another reason. The Fast can be likened to the spring of Marah whose waters the children of Israel encountered in the wilderness. This water was undrinkable due to its bitterness but became sweet when the Holy Prophet Moses dipped the wood into its depth. Likewise, the wood of the Cross sweetens the days of the Fast, which are bitter and often grievous because of our tears. Yet Christ comforts us during our course through the desert of the Fast, guiding and leading us by His hand to the spiritual Jerusalem on high by the power of His Resurrection. Moreover, as the Holy Cross is called the Tree of Life, it is placed in the middle of the Fast, as the ancient tree of life was placed in the middle of the garden of Eden. By this, our Holy Fathers wished to remind us of Adam’s gluttony as well as the fact that through this Tree has condemnation been abolished. Therefore, if we bind ourselves to the Holy Cross, we shall never encounter death but shall inherit life eternal.


Schedule of Services during Great Lent 2017:

  • Wednesday, March 22 Presanctified Liturgy 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 24 Annunciation/Great Vesper 6:00 PM Stasis #4 Akathist
  • Sunday, March 26 St. John of the Ladder 9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, March 29 Presanctified Liturgy 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 31 Final Akathist 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 2 St. Mary of Egypt 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 5 Presanctified Liturgy 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 Lazarus Saturday 9:30 AM
  • Sunday, April 9 Palm Sunday 9:30 AM
  • Sunday April 9 1st Bridegroom Service 6:00 PM

Holy Week Services Continued:

  • Monday, April 10 2nd Bridegroom Service 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 11 3rd Bridegroom Service 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 12 Holy Unction Service 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13 Last Supper Liturgy 9:30 AM
  • Thursday, April 13 Twelve Gospels 6:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14 Taking Christ from the Cross 3:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14th Great and Holy Friday Service 6:00 PM 
  • Saturday, April 15 In Anticipation Liturgy 9:30 AM
  • Saturday, April 15 Resurrection Liturgy 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 16 Agape Noon
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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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Miami Antiochian Archdiocese Convention

July 23rd to 30th

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International Orthodox Christian Charity


THE ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN of our Parish are offering each of us an opportunity to offer aid to the suffering people – throughout our world – by preparing: EMERGENCY KITS* During December, January and February we are preparing Emergency Kits

1. Buy a one-­‐gallon plastic bag with a zippered closure and fill it with the following items: • One hand towel • One washcloth • One comb • One metal nail file or nail clipper • One bar of soap (bath size in original wrapper) • One toothbrush • Six Band-­‐Aids

2. Please bring your filled zipper-­‐bags in (may we expect several from each family?) and place in the clearly marked box in the Vestibule of our Church. Our Antiochian Women will take care of mailing these items, as they are received, to: * This will be an on-­‐going project, as the need is so great.

(Any cash donations to offset mailing costs will be accepted.) Paypal can also be used.

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

No Bible Study until after Lent.

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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Our Antiochian Women scheduled a retreat for Orthodox Women in the Naples and Ft. Myers area. It was a huge success and hopefully will be continued each year on the first Saturday of Great Lent. The Session began at 9 AM with a coffee service during registration. Morning Prayers followed. Fr. Vladimir delivered the first lecture on Russian Women Saints. Discussion period followed and then a lenten luncheon was served in the Pavilion. Fr. Joe delivered the afternoon lecture on Women Saints in the Old and New Testament followed by discussion and then a Conclusion Session prior to ending with Vespers.

Antiochian Women Announce 2017 Project Theme

Antiochian Women of St. Paul are delighted to welcome Mary Korotkow to our St. Paul Divine Liturgy this morning. Mary and her late husband Konstantin were parishioners of St. Paul for many years, and because she is wheel chair bound – has been unable to attend Liturgy. She is currently residing at Harbor Chase on Airport Pulling Road and would welcome visitors at any time. AW has arranged for transportation to allow Mary to worship at St. Paul this morning.

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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 II

MARCH 18th


A huge thank you to Anna and Al Castley, their committee and all of the volunteers, for once again working very hard to host the Flea Market. 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. Thanks for a job well done.

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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Special Prayers

Our sympathy to Frank & Beverly Czerwinski on the passing of Stella Czerwinski, Frank’s mother. She fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday morning. Memory Eternal!




Three Year Memorial for the servant of God, Metropolitan Philip, who passed away. Memory Eternal!


In Memory of Elsie Nassor, offered by Bob & Margaret Mourad.

In Memory of Stella Czerwinski and for the Health of Bob & Michaelene Aber and Mercina & Kirk Simonaides offered by Elias & Barbara Hebeka.

In Memory of Stella Czerwinski offered by Philip & Bette Ayoub

In Memory of Stella Czerwinski offered by Bob & Connie Abodeely

In Memory of Stella Czerwinski and for the Health of Frank & Beverly Czerwinski offered by Ray & Leila Trabulsi.

In Memory of Stella Czerwinski and for the Health of Bob Aber, offered by Fr. Joe & Diane.

In Memory of Vincent Sr., Marie, Ludmila, Gregori, Maria, Ivan and Xenia.

For the Health of Sofia, Marina, Irene, Vincent Jr., Lori, John Sr., John Jr., Andrew, Peter, Lauren, Greg Kyra and all the Benfatti Family, offered by Vince & Irene Benfatti.

In Memory of Millie Hamaty offered by Mace & Joan Shaheen

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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