Joyous Nativity Fast!

Visit the parish’s online calendar for more scheduled events.

Liturgical Service Texts

Service texts and information are available by date on the website of our Archdiocese’s Department of Liturgics.

The Nativity Fast

Period 1: Nov 15th - Dec 19th

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Abstinence from meat and dairy
Permitted: Fish, wine, olive oil

Wednesday and Friday

Strict fast: Abstinence from meat, fish, dairy, wine, olive oil (Shellfish is always permitted)

Period 2: Dec 20th - 24th

Strict fast: Abstinence from meat, fish, dairy, wine, olive oil (Shellfish is always permitted), except on Saturdays and Sundays oil and wine are permitted.

Read about The Meaning of Fasting in the Orthodox Church.

For writers and aspiring writers (content creators) of all sorts to come and share/workshop ideas while receiving mutual encouragement in an Orthodox environment.

Remember to Give Your Tithes and Offerings

to God

as a spiritual act of worship.


Here are the items we need this week:

Monetary donations are also welcome. 

(We have exceptional buying power through the HACAP food reservoir, so your dollars are able to purchase more this way, than you can at the grocery store.)

Please check expiration dates before donating food items

We can't put expired food on our shelves.  

Discussions led by Dr. Lori Peterson Branch (

& guest hosts


Thursdays, 7-8:15pm on Zoom

Send message to to request the Zoom link.



Nov. 30 – ch. 8, “Strategies for Improving Engagement”

Dec. 7 – ch. 9, “The Dynamics of Engagement”


Dec. 14 – ch. 10, “Preparing the Soil”

*Final meeting in person: wrap-up discussion and dinner at 831 Dearborn St., Iowa City.  


with Father Symeon

Confessions and meetings with Father Symeon are by appointment. Text (304.444.1110), email (, or call (304.444.1110) to schedule an appointment.

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St Raphael Orthodox Church · 722 E College St · Iowa City, IA 52240-5125 · USA