Naples, Florida
(Serving Southwest Florida)
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St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church has its doors open to all people seeking the truth and the fullness thereof.  In a world of ever increasing confusion and blurred boundaries, we seek to be grounded, as The (Orthodox Christian) Church has been for the last 2,000 years, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Savior - Who is the TRUTH.

Although we are under the Patriarchate of Antioch ("And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" - Acts 11:26), we are indeed a Pan-Orthodox community that worships our sweetest Savior in the English language. St. Paul Church is a true "melting-pot" of Orthodox Christians - American converts, Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Greek, Romanian, Albanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, etc. all who "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 1:3).

For first time visitors to our site and our Church: You are welcome here.We are always ready to warmly embrace, with the love of Christ, any and all people.

We take seriously the words of our Savior, "Allow little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 19:14). As such, Christian children should be raised and involved in the Church. Children are part of the congregation, not separate, and therefore encouraged to attend the holy services to see, sing, touch, smell, taste, and learn through experience - not only through information in a classroom. We offer Christian Education in Sunday School after the Divine Liturgy each Sunday. 

Tired, exhausted, fed-up, lost? Are you looking for answers? Do you thirst for the knowledge of the Truth? Come and See. 




A Message To Our Visitors From The Rev. Fr. Paul Girgis

A Word About Communion (Holy Eucharist)

+Holy Communion - Why Only For The Eastern Orthodox Christian?+

Welcome to St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church. We are honored by your presence. It is our sincere desire that your participation today in the Divine Liturgy will draw you closer to Christ and His Church.

The Orthodox Church understands the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper, to be the paramount expression of Christian unity. While it is our deepest hope that Christendom will one day fulfill Christ’s desire for true unity among all those who claim His name (John 17:21), the unfortunate reality of our day is that the various segments of Christendom are not unified with the historic Orthodox faith. Since participation in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) expresses a unity with all the dogma, teachings, and practice of the Orthodox Church, it is obvious that non-Orthodox Christians (Catholic, Protestant, Oriental, etc.) do not receive Holy Communion but respect the official policy of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America (Additional information here)

Thank you for your understanding.

On that same note, all Eastern Orthodox Christians are called to prepare for the receiving of the Body and Blood of Christ through recent confession, prayer, and fasting from all food and drink approximately midnight the night before. Please speak with Fr. Paul if medical conditions preclude it.

 Fr. Paul is available after the service, or by appointment, to answer questions you may have about any facet of the Orthodox Christian faith.

 May God bless you.


Please contact Fr. Paul, via email ( or the St. Paul Church office (239.348.0828) for more information, questions, or to request a pastoral visit for anyone hospitalized, sick, suffering, or alone (Christian or not).


Great Lent - Service Schedule  

Sunday/Feb. 18
Brief “Service of Forgiveness” immediately following Divine Liturgy
(Prior to AW sponsored meal to carry-us through Parish Annual Meeting)

Monday/Feb. 19
Great Compline & respective quarter of canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6PM


Tuesday/Feb. 20
Great Compline & respective quarter of canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6PM

Wednesday/Feb. 21

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts - 6PM

Thursday/Feb. 22

Great Compline & respective quarter of canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6PM



Little Compline with Akathist Canon and first stasis of the Akathist Hymn - 6PM


Subsequent Weeks of Great Lent 

(All services at 6PM - any updates will be announced)



Great Compline



The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Little Compline with the Akathist Canon and subsequent stases of the Hymn  



Weekly Service Schedule


Great Vespers – 5:00 PM

+Fr. Paul is available to hear confessions after Great Vespers or by appointment+


3rd & 6th Hour 9:00 AM

Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM





 Lenten Women’s Retreat

Date: March 3, 2018

Location: St. Peter Orthodox Christian Mission

(24850 Old Forty One, Bonita Springs, FL. 34135)

Topic: The Theotokos: A Role Model for women in the 21st Century

Speakers: Fr. Hans Jacobse and Fr. Paul Girgis

Registration (required) forms are located at St. Paul Church on visitors table in narthex or can be downloaded here.

Please Welcome Our New Pastor

Fr. Paul Girgis

And His Lovely Family

May God grant them many years

On July 1, 2017, Fr. Paul Girgis has officially become the new Pastor of St. Paul. May God grant him and his family Many Many Years!

Thought of the Day


"The Lord has become everything for you, and you must become everything for the Lord."

St. John of Kronstadt

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Metropolitan Joseph Appoints Bishop Nicholas to Lead the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Is 40:8 Dear Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Esteemed members of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, and Christ-loving Faithful, Blessing and greetings to you in the Name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus! With profound sadness, yet hope in the Resurrection, I announce the passing into eternal life of my beloved brother, Bishop ANTOUN. Words cannot begin to describe our debt of gratitude to His Grace nor our sense of loss at his falling asleep. As our senior, and for many years our only, auxiliary bishop, he traveled the width and breadth of our God-protected Archdiocese. He was sincerely loved by all – young and old – and he will be greatly missed. All of us who were blessed to witness his retirement banquet this past July in Miami were greatly moved by the effort he made to be with his people one last time. Now we are comforted and assured that he will eternally pray for his people at the throne of God.




Fr. Paul will conduct a class for those who are already serving and also those who are interested in becoming a server on the altar. We encourge all young men to request a meeting so you can learn the duties and the purpose of those who serve on the Altar. Thank you and please attend.

Parents please bring your interested boys so they may grow to love serving Christ’s Church. Next class will be announced.

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

REQUEST:  for Prosphora or Altar Bread Bakers Needed - Please assist Fr. Paul. 

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!

Flea Market

Back by popular demand, St. Paul AOC will again have its first fall Flea Market on Nov. 18th. Please contact Anna Castley to reserve your spot. Again let us thank Ann as she continues her hard work for this function.

Coffee Hour

Please join us for COFFEE-AND Fellowship 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.

Until our pavillion has been repaired, stop by the kitchen, grab a coffee and something tasty, and wander into the conference room for some conversation.

Prayers for the Memory of:

Rosa Marie Johnson (Luciano) by the Benfatti Family


Sunday School (Children’s Christian Education Program) - Every Sunday after The Divine Liturgy; Currently for children ages 3-7 but all are welcome. Snack and Orthodox Christianity provided!

Orthodoxy & Scripture - Every Thursday at 6:00PM.  Invite family and friends, Orthodox Christian or not  - all are welcome! An opportunity for edifying discussion and learning about the Ancient Christian faith.

“Spiritual Saturday” - Mar. 3 - Women’s Retreat - Registration Forms on “Visitors Table” in Church Narthex or here!

The Bread Basket - Pita Bread Sale to benefit the parish; “Bread Basket” open each Sunday of Great Lent; $3/package (5 White flour, thin loaves). Sponsored by the Members of The Order of St. Ignatius here at St. Paul in Naples.

Great Lent 2018 - See schedule in bulletin and on website for service times!

1st Annual St. Paul Church Family Picnic - Sat., Apr. 14 -  Save the date - details to come!

House Blessing - Every Orthodox Christian should bless their home. This is your chance to establish a “bond of holiness” between The Church and your home. Contact Fr. Paul (; 509.845.4540 or church office 239.348.0828).

Fellowship Hour - sponsors needed - Sign up sheet on board in hallway!


Sunday School

Come join us for a valuable lesson in Christianity

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Plans are underway for the Fall season


If you do not receive THE WORD MAGAZINE from the Archdiocese, and are interested in doing so, please inform Fr. Paul or visit to simply view it online. 

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.

Antiochian Women Of St. Paul

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Pastors and their families


Antiochian Women Announce 2017 Project Theme

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Lighting Candles & Entering the Church

Lighting candles is an important expression in Orthodox worship services. We light them as we prayerfully enter the Church. When lighting a candle, the worshiper prays that his or her life will shine forth full of faith. Lighting a candle symbolically honors Christ and affirms one as His follower. The burning candle symbolizes the warmth and sincerity of our prayers. It is also a common practice to light a candle for someone in need, to honor a saint, or to commemorate a deceased loved one. When we enter. Paul, we should light a candle and then reverence the icons by making the sign of the Cross and kissing the icon (this is a sign of spiritual love and respect, not the worship of an object). After paying reverence to the icon and lighting our candle in the Narthex, parishioners should immediately and quietly enter the Nave of the church, in order to actively participate in the worship of the Lord our God.

We do not enter or leave the Church when:

  • The Priest is facing the congregation.
  • The Priest censes the congregation.
  • During a Procession, the Small Entrance, when the Priest carries the Holy Gospel;
  • Or during the Great Entrance, when the Priest carries the Holy Gifts.
  • During the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel.
  • During the Sermon.

Handling the Blessed Bread

Upon receiving Holy Communion and/or at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, it is customary for all those who participated in the prayer of the Church to come forward to receive a piece of “blessed bread” as a sign of thanksgiving. While the bread that is distributed is not consecrated, it is blessed and as such, it should be consumed carefully and respectfully. Everyone that attends Divine Liturgy, Orthodox and non-­‐Orthodox alike, may receive the blessed bread as an expression of love and Christian fellowship.



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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.

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