Not Boxed In

Not Boxed In

Watch Fr. Michael Marcantoni as he speaks about how The Vessel is everyone’s responsibility.  “We compartmentalize, because the reality is that we face a many obstacles.” ABOUT FATHER MICHAEL MARCANTONI Fr. Michael Marcantoni is the priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Rochester, NY. Originally from Puerto Rico,...

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There for the Taking

There for the Taking

There for the Taking I had the opportunity to do my hospital ministry during seminary at Shattuck Hospital. It was one of the poorest hospitals in the Boston area. There was an abundance of spiritual need and people seeking answers. One day a staff member of the Tuberculosis floor wanted...

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Christmas Has to Mean Something

Christmas Has to Mean Something

Be Transfigured – Christmas Has to Mean Something More than half of all Americans consider Christmas a “cultural experience” rather than a religious holiday. We all know at least one person, maybe even a family member, that considers Christmas just about decorations, gifts and a big family dinner. But if the...

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Changing Your World Part 1: The Power of Your Influence

Changing Your World Part 1: The Power of Your Influence

God is pleased when we influence our world according to the teachings of Jesus and we have more influence than we might think. In this sermon, Fr. Nicholas references an interesting study by Dr. Albert Bandura on Social Learning Theory,   we see how easy it is to be an...

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Sunday’s Gospel:  The Good Samaritan, November 15, 2015

Sunday’s Gospel:  The Good Samaritan, November 15, 2015

  The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a classic.  Watch and listen as Fr. Constantine Lazarakis offers a fresh insight to clarify the teaching through the relationships between the characters of the story.  Where do we fit into the story?  Who do you hold in contempt?  Who is your...

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Sunday’s Sermon: Giving Thanks in All Circumstances 

Sunday’s Sermon: Giving Thanks in All Circumstances 

      “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”   Listen to these words from Holy Scripture – the will of God for us is to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give to...

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Sunday’s Gospel:  Our Gift Back to God

Sunday’s Gospel:  Our Gift Back to God

  Stewardship Sunday 2015 All that we have is a gift from God, yet all we become, and all we do with what we have received, is our gift back to God! How many of us would consider ourselves greedy? It may seem like an uncomfortable question, and yet it’s...

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We Must Love Others Before We Can Learn to Love Ourselves

We Must Love Others Before We Can Learn to Love Ourselves

You’ve heard it said that you must learn to love yourself before you can love others. I disagree. Loving yourself in only self-love, and rarely leads to loving others. In the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazaros, we hear of a man who loved himself so much, he never...

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A Reflection on Grace and Works,  October 25, 2015

A Reflection on Grace and Works, October 25, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on Grace and Works. He focuses not on the Gospel reading, but the critically important words of St. Paul from the Epistle. Salvation is given “by grace alone, and not by works of the Law.” We...

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Remembering the Good in People

Remembering the Good in People

In this first of a two-part sermon series, Fr. Nicholas Louh reminds us that we must remember that which is GOOD, starting with People. As we pass through our busy lives we may fail to appropriately appreciate people, or even take them for granted altogether. In our relationships in particular,...

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