Naples, Florida
(Serving Southwest Florida)
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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.



  MARCH 26, 2017


Thought of the Day

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent


John (Climacus) of Sinai, Author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent On March 30 and on the Fourth Sunday of Holy Lent the Orthodox Church commemorates our Righteous Father John Climacus. He is called Climacus due to his authorship of the great spiritual work The Ladder of Divine Ascent. His commemoration is designated by the Church on one of the Sundays of Lent as his life and writings affirm him as a supreme bearer and proponent of Christian asceticism. The ascetic example of this great Saint of the Church inspires us in our Lenten journey. Saint John Climacus was probably born in the second half of the sixth century; but his country and origins are alike unknown because, from the beginning of his renunciation of the world, he took great care to live as a stranger upon earth. "Exile," he wrote, "is a separation from everything, in order that one may hold on totally to God." We only know that, from the age of sixteen, after having received a solid intellectual formation, he renounced all the pleasures of this vain life for love of God and went to Mount Sinai, to the foot of the holy mountain on which God had in former times revealed His glory to Moses, and consecrated himself to the Lord with a burning heart as a sweet-smelling sacrifice.

Schedule of Services during Great Lent 2017:

  • 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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Monthly Calendar

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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

April 9 – Palm Sunday Sweet/Savory Bake Sale. The Antiochian Women are looking forward to receiving your home-­‐baked goods on Palm Sunday.

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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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Portrait (Painted)
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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


“For their warmth and Christian fellowship, may God grant Father Joseph and Diane, as well as the parishioners of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church health, happiness and many years.

And also in memory of our son, Paul.” Offered by George and Jeanette Nassif.

For the Health of Brian Gallagher, a friend of the family who has a severe heart and liver condition, offered by Al & Anna Castley.

For the Health of Bob & Michaelene Aber, offered by Lou & Shirley Nicholas.

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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