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December 2013

An article about Protection of the Theotokos Church

December 28, 2013


(Clarksville, TN)

Here is an article from The Leaf about the Protection of the Theotokos Church located in Clarksville.

The REAL St. Nick

December 21, 2013


(Tyler, TX)


Here is an article from the Tyler Morning Telegraph.  This news service speaks with St. John of Damascus Mission (a parish of the DOS) and gives it an opportunity to talk about the real St. Nicholas.

9th Annual Winter Service Retreat for Older Teens & Young Adults

December 07, 2013


(Pharr, TX)








2013-14 Winter Service Retreat

9th Annual Winter Service Retreat for Older Teens & Young Adults


This Year's Retreat Master/Speaker:  Archimandrite Gerasim (Elil) - St. Seraphim's Cathedral in Dallas.


2013 Winter Service Retreat Arrival Time: Travel Day/Arrival: Sunday Evening, December 29th.  If one is coming from North Texas, you could leave after Divine Liturgy and arrive here late Sunday night.  If anyone wishes to on Saturday before Great Vespers (6 PM), we will be happy to accommodate you and can enjoy the weekend together.

END TIME: Friday morning, January 3th, 2014, after Divine Liturgy, Photos and Brunch. 
Our new Tentative Schedule will be: 


Entire Retreat Film-Making Project: This year, we will be creating a FILM during the course of the retreat. This will be used to document our activities and to share and use to encourage other participants and parishes to provide similar youth activities as well!  Come and be a part of this documentary and history! 


Monday, December 30th: Pick up food from Food Bank of RGV and sort clothing. Retreat Speaker in Evening.


Tuesday, December 31st: Distribution of Food, Blankets, Toys, etc. to St. George Food Pantry Recipients.  New Year's Eve Party, Caroling & Talent Show in the Evening.


Wednesday, January 1st: Service Project & Talks by Retreat Master


Thursday, January 2nd: South Padre Island Beach Day; Vespers after Return


Friday, January 3rd:  Divine Liturgy, Group Photos, Brunch & Head Back Home REGISTRATION FEE: This year's retreat registration cost will be $200.00 per person.


Registration:  I appologize for the delay in getting this information updated. We have been planning, but this year, my schedule has been overwhelmingly busy.  My fault entirely.  Please do the following:  1) Let me know if you plan to attend by sending me an email at:  As long as I have a count, we are good. 2) Bring your registration papers and fee with you to the retreat.  Looking forward to seeing you on December 29th.  If you will be arriving in time for supper (or an evening snack), please let us know that as well so we can have something ready for you to munch on!
Please register NOW if you plan to attend!  Registration forms and more information are found at:  


Some retreat highlights include:* A Speaker/Retreat Master Sharing Talks on Topics the Participants Themselves Have Requested 

 * Hands-On Orthodox Service Projects, including Preparing For and Staffing a special Nativity Season Distribution at our St. George Food Pantry - which has fed over 60,000 people in the last few years. * Working as Teams to Actively Help with Retreat Functions 

 * Praying Together: Actively Participating in Reading, Singing, Praying & Participating in Liturgical Services * Time for Fun, Christian Fellowship, including a South Padre Island Beach Trip and Talent Show Who:  Geared for Older Teens, College Students & Post-College Young Adults plus Adult Chaperones & Orthodox Clergy. Orthodox Christians, Catechumins, Inquirers and their Friends from All Jurisdictions are WELCOME!

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