1 HOLY TRINITY AUGUST 2007 Volume 37 Issue 8 ΑΓΙΑ ΤΡΙΑΣ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Wilmington, Delaware
2 The Official Publication of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 808 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware Telephone: (302) Fax: (302) His Eminence Metropolitan EVANGELOS of New Jersey, Hierarch Rev. Fr. Costa G. Christo, Ph.D. Protopresbyter Dino Charalambides, Youth Director Susan Kelleher, Church Secretary Anargyros Liparos, Protopsaltis PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS George Tsavalas, President - (302) Sophia Fotakos, First Vice President - (302) Christopher Grivas, Second Vice President - (610) Spiros Mantzavinos, Parish Council Secretary - (302) Tia Gianakis Minella, Parish Council Treasurer - (302) Constantine Caras Virginia Karablacas George Chambers Athena Ladas (410) Thomas Diamanty John Pennias Georgia Halakos Catherine Stathakis Michael Kirifides Nicholas Vouras CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS Mailing Coordinators James Michael & Crew Philoptochos Yvonne Vassilatos, President GOYA Will Raisis, President Sunday School Presbytera Georgia Christo Greek School Costas Fountzoulas, Director HOPE/JOY Club Mersina Kopatsis Lil Angels Playgroup Penny McEntee YAL George Tsakataras, Coordinator (610) Altar Boys Michael Sanford, Director Terpsichorean Dance Troupe Dino Charalambides St. Elpida George Righos Choir Anthony Pantelopulos, Director Altar Guild Helen Doukakis, President AHEPA Dimitri Dandolos, President Daughters of Penelope Anna Maria Anagnostou, President Hellenic University Club Georgia Pyrros, President The Heart Club Nick Zographos, President Vacation Bible School Sophia Fotakos, Director Editorial Staff - Ayia Trias Costas Fountzoulas / Web Site George Righos & Dino Charalambides Adult Bible Study (Tuesday AM) Fr. Stamatios Ganiaris Adult Bible Study (Thursday PM) Bill Savopoulos Church Office Address: Fr. Costa G. Christo s Church Address: For pastoral emergencies - you may call Fr. Christo (cell) Holy Trinity Website Address: ALL ARTICLES & ANNOUNCEMENTS MUST BE IN THE OFFICE BY THE 15TH OF EACH MONTH. THESE ARTICLES & ANNOUNCEMENTS CAN BE DROPPED OFF, ED, FAXED OR U. S. MAIL.
3 The Pastor s Letter August, 2007 Dear Faithful of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church: The Father is our hope, the Son is our refuge, the Holy Spirit is our shelter; O Holy Trinity, glory to you. To you, O Mother of God, we commit all our hope; keep us under your protection. [Saint Ioannikios the Great] These beautiful, powerful and timely words of Saint Ioannikios uttered in the ninth century A.D. remind us clearly that, as we sojourn mystically through the Holy Dormition Lent of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary during these first fifteen days of August, we must cast aside anything that will inhibit us from seeking and finding the Spiritual Paradise of the All-Holy Trinity. For, there resides eternally the Mother of our God, our greatest intercessor to Jesus Christ, her Son, God Almighty, the Second Person of the Trinity. IN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, and by the sacramental life of our Church, let us unite and march forward forever glorifying and praising the Most Honorable and Majestic Name, which is above all names, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, both now and forever and unto the ages of ages. See you in Church during the Sacred Paraclesis Services! Paternally, + Protopresbyter Constantine G. Christofis, Ph.D. Proistamenos Αύγουστος 2007 Αγαπητοί Πιστοί της Ελληνορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας της Αγίας Τριάδος: «Ο Πατήρ ει η ελπίς µας, ο Υιός ει η καταφυγή µας, το Άγιο Πνεύµα ει η σκέπη µας Ω Αγία Τριάδα, δοξα σοι. Την πάσαν ελπίδα µου, εις σε ανατίθηµι, Μήτερ του Θεού, φύλαξόν µε υπό την σκέπην σου.» [ΆγιοςΙωαννίκιος ο Μέγας] Αυτά τα όµορφα, δυνατά και επίκαιρα λόγια του Αγίου Ιωανικίου τα οποία προφέρθηκαν τον ένατο αιώνα Μ.Χ. µας υπενθυµίζουν ξεκάθαρα, ότι, καθώς παρεπιδηµούµε µυστικά διά µέσου της Ιεράς Νηστείας της Κοιµήσεως της Αειπαρθένου Παναγίας κατά την διάρκεια αυτών των πρώτων δεκαπέντε ηµερών του Αυγούστου, πρέπει να παραµερήσουµε οτιδήποτε θα µας εµποδίση στην αναζήτησή µας για την ανεύρεση του Πνευµατικού Παραδείσου της Υπεραγίας Τριάδος. Γιατί, εκεί διαµένει αιώνια η Μητέρα του Θεού µας, ο µεγαλλίτερος µεσολαβητής στον Ιησού Χριστό, το εύτερο Πρόσωπο της Τριάδος. ΣΤΟ ΠΝΕΥΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑΣ, και µε την δύναµη της µυστηριακής ζωής της Εκκλησίας µας, ας ενωθούµε και ας βαδίσουµε µπροστά δοξάζοντας και τιµώντας το πιό έντιµο και µαγικό όνοµα, το οποίο είναι υπεράνω όλων των ονοµάτων, Πατήρ Θεός, Υιός και Άγιο Πνεύµα, νυν (τώρα) και αεί (πάντα) και εις τους αιώνας των αιώνων. Σας περιµένω στην Εκκλησία κατά την διάρκεια της Ακολουθίας της Ιεράς Παρακλήσεως! Πατρικώς, +Πρωτοπρεσβύτερος ρ. Κωνσταντίνος Γ. Χριστοφής
4 August 2007 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Holy Dormition of the Mother of God Lent (Fast) from August Vacation Bible School (9am-1pm). 7pm Sacred Paraclesis Service to the Theotokos. 2 Vacation Bible School (9am-1pm). 3 Vacation Bible School (9am-1pm). 7pm Sacred Paraclesis Service to the Theotokos. 4 5 The Tenth Sunday of St. Matthew. The Forefeast of the Transfiguration of Christ. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7pm Great Vespers of the Transfiguration, Lity with the Holy Icon of the Transfiguration and an Artoclasia Service at the Chapel of the Transfiguration - Downtown Wilmington. 12 The Eleventh Sunday of St. Matthew. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. Forty Day Memorial for Stamatia Stella Sideris. 19 The Twelfth Sunday of St. Matthew. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. 6 The Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. 7pm GOYA BBall Meeting 13 5pm celebration of the Holy Eucheleon (Unction) Service. 7 7pm Sacred Paraclesis Service to the Theotokos. 14 7pm Great Vespers of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Lity with the Sacred Icon of the Dormition, the chanting of the Egomia (Lamentations) to the Blessed Virgin, and an Artoclasia Service. 8 7pm Sacred Paraclesis Service to the Theotokos. 15 The Feast Day of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. Dormition Lent (Fast) ends. 9 7pm Sacred Paraclesis Service to the Theotokos. 10 7pm Sacred Paraclesis Service to the Theotokos The Thirteenth Sunday of St. Matthew. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am The Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. Strict Fast Day in effect
5 Αύγουστος 2007 Κυριακή ευτέρα Τρίτη Τετάρτη Πέµπτη Παρασκευή Σάββατο Νηστεία της Αγίας Κοιµήσεως της Θεοτόκου από 1-15 Αυγούστου 1 Σχολείο ιακοπών Βίβλο (9πµ-1µµ). 7µµ Ακολουθία Ιεράς Παρακλήσεως της Θεοτόκου 2 Σχολείο ιακοπών Βίβλο (9πµ-1µµ). 3 Σχολείο ιακοπών Βίβλο (9πµ-1µµ). 7µµ Ακολουθία Ιεράς Παρακλήσεως της Θεοτόκου α Κυριακή του Ματθαίου. Το Προεόρτιο της Μεταµορφώσεως του Σωτήρος Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 µ.µ. Μεγάλος Εσπερινός της Μεταµορφώσεως του Σωτήρα µε την περιφορά της ιεράς εικόνος της Μεταµορφώσεως και Αρτοκλασία στο Παρεκκλήσι της Μεταµορφώσεως στο Κέντρο του Γουίλµινγτον. 6 Μεταµόρφωσις του Κυρίου Ηµών Ιησού Χριστού Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ. 7µµ ΓΚΟΓΙΑ Μπ.Μπ. Συνάντηση 7 7 µ.µ Παράκλησις Παρθένου Μαρίας. 8 7 µ.µ Παράκλησις Παρθένου Μαρίας. 9 7 µ.µ Παράκλησις Παρθένου Μαρίας µ.µ Παράκλησις Παρθένου Μαρίας α Κυριακή του Ματθαίου. Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ. 40-ήµερο Μνηµόσυνο της Σταµατίας Στέλλα Σιδέρη 13 5 µ.µ Ακολουθία Ευχελαίου µ.µ. Μεγάλος Εσπερινός της Κοιµήσεως της Θεοτόκου µε την περιφορά της ιεράς εικόνας της Κοιµήσεως, ψάλλοντας τα Εγκώµια και Αρτοκλασία 15 Κοίµησις της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου. Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ.. Τέλος της νηστείας για τη Κοίµηση α Κυριακή του Ματθαίου. Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ α Κυριακή του Ματθαίου. Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ Αποτοµή Κεφαλής Τιµίου Προδρόµου Ιωάννου. Όρθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτ. 10 π.µ.. Αυστηρή νηστεία
6 President s Column Dear Parishioners, I hope you have been enjoying the warm summer days and you are taking some time away from your routine work schedule to relax and enjoy with your family and friends. We all need to re-energize our batteries, before the fall and the winter, when all the family responsibilities are in full force. As it is typical every summer, the parish activities are in low gear but we are taking the opportunity to address all the needs of our aging facilities and get them ready before September, when the parish activities are again back in full gear. Following is a brief list of some key projects we are addressing: As many of you may know, all our bathroom piping and fixtures above the Hall kitchen collapsed during our recent Festival. The entire system is beyond repairs and we are in the process of replacing all the piping and bathroom fixtures. Also, we need to replace the entire kitchen ceiling and lighting system, improve the ventilation, steam clean all kitchen surfaces and also address misc. other required repairs. As previously reported, all the classrooms need some major repairs and upgrading, like: heating/temperature supply and controls, replace all existing windows with new energy efficient units, etc. Your contributions to the Classroom Facilities Upgrading Fund will be greatly appreciated. Some roof areas need replacement or repairs and our church grounds need both extensive safety repairs and a good face lift. Our Fire & Security system is too old and it is not responding well to the continuous repairs. We are seriously addressing replacement. We are working hard to complete all this work by September. Any contributions toward these projects will be greatly appreciated. Please mark these important dates in your calendar: July 30 th -August 3rd Vacation Bible School for our youngsters. Call the church office for details. Sunday, September 9 th Church family picnic & Greek School/Sunday School registration. Saturday, September 29 th Community bus trip to St. Basil Academy December 31 st Community New Year s Eve Dinner/ Dance. Let s start the new year all together. With best wishes for a healthy and fun summer, Αγαπητοί Ενορίτες Ελπίζω ότι απολαµβάνετε το ζεστό καλοκαίρι και να δράττεσθε της ευκαιρίας να ξεκουρασθήτε µε την οικογένεια και φίλους σας. Όλοι µας χρειαζόµαστε να ξαναφορτίσουµε τις µπαταρίες µας πρίν το φθινόπωρο και το χειµώνα που οι υποχρεώσεις µας πιέζουν φορτικά. Είναι αναµενόµενο το καλοκαίρι οι δραστηριότητες της κοινότητάς µας να είναι λίγες. Μας δίνεται όµως η ευκαιρία να επανεκτιµήσουµε όλες τις ανάγκες των πεπαλαιοµένων κτιρίων και εγκαταστάσεων της κοινότητάς µας και να προβούµε στις απαραίτητες κατά το δυνατόν επιδιορθώσεις πριν την αρχή του «νέου κοινοτικού έτους» τον Σεπτέµβριο. Όπως πιθανώς γνωρίζετε, όλες οι σωλήνες και υδραυλικά της τουαλέτας επάνω από την κουζίνα της κοινοτικής αίθουσας κατέρρευσαν κατά την διάρκεια του φεστιβάλ. Λόγω της εκτάσεως των ζηµιών πρέπει να αντικαταστήσουµε όλα τα υδραυλικά της τουαλέτας. Επίσης πρέπει να αλλάξουµε την οροφή και τον φωτισµό της κουζίνας, να βελτιώσουµε τον εξαερισµό, να καθαρίσουµε µε ατµό όλες τις επιφάνειες της κουζίνας και να αποτιµήσουµε όλες τις υπόλοιπες απαραίτητες επιδιορθώσεις. Όπως έχουµε ήδη ανακοινώσει οι σχολικές αίθουσες χρειάζονται πολλές και δαπανηρές απισκευές όπως, πίνακας ρυθµίσεως της θεµοκρασίας, αντικαταστάσις όλων των παραθύρων µε συγχρόνων, ενεργειακώς αποδοτικών παραθύρων κτλ. Η συνεισφορά σας στο Κεφάλαιο Επιδιορθώσεως των Σχολικών Αιθουσών, είναι απαραίτητη και θα εκτιµηθή δεόντως Τµήµατα της οροφής είτε πρέπει να αντικατασταθούν ή να επιδιορθωθούν και ο περιβάλλον χώρος της εκκλησίας αφ ενός µεν να επιδιορθωθή για λόγους ασφαλείας και να εξωραϊσθή. Το παλαιό σύστηµα πυρασφαλείας δεν επιδέχεται άλλες επιδιορθώσεις και πρέπει να αντικατασταθή. Εργαζόµεθα σκληρά για την αποκατάσταση όλων αυτών πρίν τον Σεπτέµβριο. Η οικονοµική συνεισφορά σας είναι απαραίτητη και θα εκτιµηθή δεόντως. Παρακαλώ να υπογραµµίσετε τις παρακάτω ηµεροµηνίες. Ιουλ. 30 Αυγ 3-Σχολείο ιακοπών Βίβλου για όλους τους νέους µας. Λεπτοµέρειες στο γραφείο της εκκλησίας Κυριακή, Σεπτ. 9-Ετήσιο οικογενειακό πίκνικ, εγγραφές Ελληνικού και Κατηχητικού Σχολείου Σάββατο, Σεπ. 29-Εκδροµη µε λεωφορείο στη Ακαδηµία του Αγίου Βασιλείου εκ. 31- Κοινοτική Χοροεσπερίδα Νέου Έτους, Ας αρχίσουµε το Νεό Έτος σαν µια οικογένεια. Με τις καλλίτερες ευχές µου για ένα υγιές και χαρούµενο καλοκαίρι, George Tsavalas Γεώργιος Τσαβάλας
7 Half the year 2007 is now history. What about those New Year resolutions? Are they history also? What about your 2007 stewardship commitment to your church? Many thanks to those who have already participated in this year s stewardship drive. Stewardship is more than just a financial contribution. Stewardship is the offering of your time, talent and treasure, not only to your church, but also to your fellow man. Those who volunteer for mission work in Africa, visit the sick and shut-in, or serve meals to the indigent of Wilmington are examples of exemplary Orthodox stewards. At Holy Trinity we are blessed to have such parishioners. The reality, however, is that stewardship also calls for a financial gift from each of us. No one shall appear before the Lord emptyhanded, but each of you with as much as he can, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, God, has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:10) Do you know it costs $1,500 each day, just to keep our church open? STEWARDSHIP stewardship families, who contributed $1,000 or more. If we exclude this 11%, the average stewardship contribution last year was $ % or 52 of 473 families giving $ non-giving families of 744 Holy Trinity families listed in data base 89% or 421 of 473 families giving less than $ ,660 $0 $129,340 $223, Total given in 2006 On the following pages, we are listing those stewards who have tendered a 2007 monetary offering. We will update the list later this year. We do not suggest how much you give. This decision depends upon your personal circumstances. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the average gift of those in the U.S. who contribute to a church or place of worship is $895 per donor. On average, Evangelicals give $3,250, while Roman Catholics give $547. By way of comparison, here at Holy Trinity last year, the average stewardship financial gift was $472. We had 473 stewards who contributed a total of $223,000. Unfortunately, 42% of this amount came from only 11% (52) of our St. Paul tells us: On the first day of every week, each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income. (1 Corinthians 16:2) As always, be assured that your stewardship commitment is kept in confidence. Jesus taught us that giving should be done quietly, generously and out of the sight of others. Shortly, most of us will have returned from our summer vacations, refreshed and ready to take up the second half of Our parish life will bustle with activity again. If you have not yet had a chance to send in your 2007 gift, please join your fellow parishioners in so doing. Together we have much to do!
8 Adamopoulos, Angeliki Adamopoulos, Chris Adamopoulos, Demetrios Adamopoulos, Sotiere Alexandratos, Angelos Alexandridis, Thanos Alexopoulos, John Amygdalos, Michael Anagnostou, AnaMaria Anagnostou, Anthoula Anagnostou, Peter Anastasakos, Georgia Andreadis, Evan Annos, Elaine Anton, Anthony Antoniou, Tom Antony, Michael Apessos, Spyros Apostolakis, Nicholas Apostolatos, Arkontoula Apostolatos, Evaggelos Arvanitis, Argyrios Atsidis, Kostas Baldivieso/Johnson, Alexandra Ballas, Chris Bambacus, James Belitsas, Athanasios Beris, Anthony Boines, Georgia Bouloukas, Harry Bourogiannis, Themistoklis Brizolakis, Antonia Brown, George Brown, Mark Burlotos, James Burpulis, Catherine Burpulis, Costa Burpulis, John Burpulis, Stamatis Caras, Christina Caras, Constantine Caras, George H. & Chris H. Carros, Demo Chahalis, James Chambers, George Chappel, Jane Chappel-Flesch, Lynne Chilimidos, Dennis Chilimidos, Irene Chilimidos, Jerry Chris, Alexander Christou, Lazaros Christou, Vasilios Colyvas, Amanda Congalidis, John Constantinou, George Contompasis, Petros Cooke, Charles Costis, Gus Coulaloglou, Michele Courtis, Harry Cozamanis, Olympia Cozza, Katerini Croom, John Cusanelli, Valentini Davis, Christopher Degermentzidis, George Demetriou, Paraskevi Stewards of Holy Trinity 2007 Demetriou, Spyros Demitralis, Virginia Demourtzidis, Joseph Demourtzidis, Nikolaos Diamanty, John Diamanty, Thomas Diamond, Anthony Diamond, Anthony T. Diamond, Athanasios Diamond, Politimi Dickey, Irene Dignam, Agnes Donald, Maria Doukakis, Helen Drimones, Carnation Dumel, John Eliades, Sophie Evangelatos, Speros Fafalios, Steve Faller, James Ferentinos, Spero Fessaras, Costas Fessaras, Zaharias Fikioris, Dimitrios Fink, Franklin Fotakos, Leonidas Fountzoulas, Costas Fournaris, Emmanuel Fournaris, George Frangia, Stephen Galanakis, John Galanis, Michael Galaris, James Ganakis, Stella + Ganiaris, Stamatios Ganoudis, Dean Gatos, George Gatos, Paula Gattuso, Jean Geanopoulos, Leon Geanopulos, Georgiean George, Mary George/Cvijic, Tina Georgiou, Gus Gerakios, Mihalis Geralis, Constantine Gianelos, James Giannaris, George Giannatos, Gerry Giannoukos, George Gotides, Virginia Govatos, Nicholas Govatos, Richard Graham, Alton Graham, Christine Gregory, Helen Grigorakakis, Maria Grivas, Demetrios Guardascione, Lou Hadjipanayis, George Haines, Richard Halakos, Demetrios Haldas, Harry Haldas, Nicholas Haldas, Thomas Haldas, William Haldas-Ross, Mellisa Halkopoulos, Moses Haloulakos, Kristine Hann, Eugenia Hantzopoulos, Vasilios Haralambidis, Maroula & Niko Hatzis, Nicholas Hawkins, Wayne Hayes, Robin Henderson, Sylvia Hionis, Bobby Hondry, Joan Hondry, Steve Ioannou, Ida Issaris, Katherine Jannelli, Richard Joannides, Joseph Johnson, Margo Johnson, Philip Johnson, Todd Joseck, Fred Kalaitzoglou, Apostolos Kalfas, George Kaliakin, Victor Kalmer, Mary Kalmer, Matena Kamenakis, George Kamenakis, Peter Kamenakis, Philip Kapordelis, Loula Karablacas, Helen Karablacas, Stelios Karablacas, Virginia Karagiannis, Peter Karakasidis, Demetrios Karakasidis, John Karalis/Moscharis, Pamela Karaoglanis, Eleftherios Karas, Maria Karas, Tom Karavasilis, Nick Katsimbris, Dennis Keffala, Ann Kehagias, Basil Kehagias, John Keros, Georgia Keros, Helen+ Kertiles, Paul King, Mary Kirifides, Lazarus Kirifides, Michael Kirifides, Vasil Kledaras, George Kledaras, Peter Klezaras, Michael Kogamihalis, James Kollias, Anthony Kollias, Basil Koninis, Christina Koninis, John A. Kontis, Gus Kontomaris, Kostas Kostas, Helen Kostas, John Kotanidis, Efstathios Kountourzis, Konstantine Koutoufaris, Sophia Kramedas, George Kramedas, Gregory Kramedas, Maria Kramedas, Nina Kramedas, Spiros Kress, Bess Krikelis, Basil Krikelis, Costas Krikelis, Peter Kusumi, Jeff Kyranakis, Demetrios Ladas, Athena Ladas, Fern Ladas, James Ladas, Michael Laskaris, Edward Laskaris, Johanna Laws, Brian Lazare, John Lazaridis, Anastasis Lazopoulos, John Lempesis, Anastasios Lempesis, Angelina Liarakos, Evelyn Liarakos, George Liparos, Anargyros Littel, Mary Livaditis, John Logothetis, Anestis Lomis, Dean Lurz, Timothy MacKewiz, W. Lee Malakasos, Niki Mandas, George Maniatakis, Maria Manis, Voula Manolakis, Katina Manolakis, Mary Manolakos, George Manos, Philip Mantzavinos, Chris Mantzavinos, Spiros Marinakis, Argero Marini, Irene Marinis, Sotirios Marinopoulos, Alice Markatos, Harry Markatos, Stella Matulas, Anagnostis Mavridis, Prodromos Mayew, G. Michael Mazarakis, John McEntee, Penny McFarland, Antoinette Mentis, Constantia Mesogianes, Barbara Metaxotos, Nicholas Michell, Constantine Michell, Theodore Milionis, Constantine Minella, Tia Misogianes, Milt Mistras, Antonios Moskovis, L. Michael Nannas, Theodore Narvell, Todd Nicholas, Stephen Nicholson, Matina Novakis, Louis Ohlemacher, Leo Panagoplos, Nicholas
9 continued... Pantsos, Christina Papachrysanthou, Christos Papachrysanthou, George Papanicolas, Demetrios Papantinas, Stephen Pappas, Dean Pappas, Elizabeth S. Pappas, Evangelos Pappas, Mary Pappas, Sotera Pappoulis, Demetra Parker, Joe Pechlivanidis, Kleanthis Peterson, James Peterson, Louis + Pettit, Stacie Phalangas, Charalambos Phalangas-Stroud, Anna Philippakos, Pantelis Phillips, Ernest Phillips, Pauline Pierson, Vetta Pittaoulis, Steve Pittas, John Popescu, Sabastian Psaltis, Nickolas Psihalinos, Athanasios Psihalinos, George Raisis, Leonidas Raisis, Spiros Ranalli, Anthony Rassias, Dion Regas, Constantinos Regas, Sofia Resine, Christine Riggins, Margaret Righos, George Roberts, Scott Ruhl, David Saitis, Nicholas Sakiadis, Byron Saloustros, Gogoula Sanford, Mike Sapunas, Areti Sarigeorgiou, William Sarmousakis, George Sartin, Nimrah Savopoulos, Basil Schaller, Athanasia Schillinger, Karen Schmitt, Chrisopi Sikoutris, Michael Skiadas, Peter Spanos, John P. Sparks, Everett Staikos, Dimitri Stamatiadis, Ilias Stathakis, Catherine Stavru, Georgia Stavru, Nicholas Stevens, Richard Stewart, Jean Stout, Bob Stuart, Etsa Tarabicos, Anastasia Tarabicos, James Tarabicos, John Tarabicos, Larry Tektonopoulos, Diamantis Terris, Costas Terss, Eugenia Theodorakis, Stamatis Thomas, Donald Troumouhis, Stephanos Tsaganos, George Tsaganos, Robert Tsakataras, George Tsakataras, Renos Tsakiris, Tony Tsaldaris, Andrew Tsaldaris, Steliany Tsavalas, George Tsionas, Constantine Tsiouplis, Vasilis Turley, Steve Tzinoudis, Konstantinos Valko, Regina Vande Poele, A. David Vassilatos, George Vassiliou, Kleoniki NOTE: + beside a name denotes that the member passed away in 2007 Vaughan, Mary Ann Velitskakis, George Velitskakis, Steve Vermeychuk, Gregory Vice, Billy Visvardis, Socrates Vlahos, Katherine Vlamis, Helen Vlamis, Nicholas Vore, Mary Elizabeth Voultsis, Petros Vouras, Nicholas Whealton, Evangeline Wilkinson, Clifford Wissman, Charles Xarhoulakos, Sofia Xarhoulakos, Stacey Yallourakis, Michael Yiannos, Peter Zambetis, Paul Zdanowski, Thomas Zerefos, Demetri Zerefos, Markos Ziccarelli, Louis Zinna, Anthony Zographos, Nicholas (AS OF JULY 22, 2007) To send in your 2007 Pledge, you may use the form below, pick up a pledge card from the Narthex, or contact Susie at the Church Office.
10 Holy Dormition of the Mother of God Lenten Schedule of Divine Services 1st: 3rd: 5th: 6th: 7th: 8th: 9th: 10th: 12th: 13th: 14th: 15th: 7pm Paraclesis Service to the Virgin Mary. 7pm Paraclesis Service to the Virgin Mary. The Tenth Sunday of Matthew. The Forefeast of the Transfiguration of Christ. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7pm Great Vespers of the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ with the sacred procession of the Icon of the Transfiguration and celebration of the Artoclasia. (This service to be held at the Transfiguration of Christ Chapel in Downtown Wilmington.) The Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. 7pm Paraclesis Service to the Virgin Mary. 7pm Paraclesis Service to the Virgin Mary. 7pm Paraclesis Service to the Virgin Mary. 7pm Paraclesis Service to the Virgin Mary. The Eleventh Sunday of St. Matthew. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. Forty Day Memorial for Stamatia Stella Sideris. 5pm celebration of the Service of the Holy Oil (Eucheleon/Unction). 7pm the celebration of the Great Vespers of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary with the sacred procession of the Icon of the Dormition, chanting of the Engomia (Lamentations) and celebration of the Artoclasia. The Feast of the Dormition of our Lady the Theotokos. Orthros 9am. Divine Liturgy 10am. The Dormition Lent (Fast) Ends.
11 NAMES FOR HEALTH AND SALVATION ONOMATA UPER UGEIAS KAI SWTHRIAS
12 Religious Education Update Father Costa has appointed Helene Krikelis as the new Sunday School Director. Helene has over 20 years experience with our Holy Trinity Religious Education Program. We welcome Helene to her new role, which becomes effective September She will also continue to teach the Sunday School Fifth Grade Class. I will remain as Advisor to the Sunday School Director and continue to teach the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Sunday School Grades. We wish Helene all God s blessings and much success, and look forward to a fruitful academic year. Respectfully submitted by Presbytera Georgia Christo Maria Tangalidis and baby Antonios ~ July 8 The Heart will be meeting September 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm in the AHEPA Room. They will be planning activities for We hope that you can join us for this planning session. 40-Day Blessings of Mother & Child The Rite of Churching Together with being baptized and chrismated, the new-born child is also "churched." The rite of churching imitates the offering of male children to the temple according to the law of the Old Testament, particularly the offering of Christ on the fortieth day after his birth (Luke 2:22). Because of this fact, baptism in the Orthodox tradition came to be prescribed for the fortieth day or thereabouts. In the New Testament Church both male and female children are formally presented to God in the Church with special prayers at this time. Also at this time, once more in imitation of Old Testament practice, the mother of the new-born child is also "churched." Here we have the specific example of the purification ritual of Jesus' mother Mary (Luke 2:22). In the Orthodox tradition the churching of the mother is her re-entry into the Assembly of God's people after her participation with God in the holy act of birth and after her separation from the Liturgy during her confinement. Thus, the mother is blessed to enter once more into communion with the mystery of Christ's Body and Blood in the Divine Liturgy of the Church from which she has been necessarily absent. The new mother should be churched before the baptism of her infant so that she can be present at the sacramental entrance of her child into the Kingdom of Christ. The official service book indicates that this should be done.
13 August Altar Boy News Please remember to find an alternate if you cannot make your assigned week. Congratulations to our two new Team Captains, Constantine Fournaris for Chrysostom, and Yanni Kaliakin for Gregory. Any boys, ages 10 and up interested in serving at the Altar this year please call Mike Sanford at (610) , or see me before or after Liturgy. Please mark your calendars for: Wednesday, September 19, for an Altar Boy Fall Kick-off Meeting at 6PM. Chrysostom 8/19 Constantine Fournaris (C) (302) Antonio Fessaras Theodore Fessaras Tomas Kopatsis George Tsaganos Basil 8/5 & 8/26 Ian Chambers (C) (302) George Constantinou Steven Constantinou Yanni Janelli Lazarus Kirifides George Kamenakis Peter Stevens Gregory 8/12 Yanni Kaliakin (C) ((610) Christopher Grivas Dimitrios Kaliakin George Pantelopulos Serving this month... Epistle Readers: August 5 ~ Ian Chambers August 12 ~ Jamie Kostas August 19 ~ Ian Chambers August 26 ~ Yanni Kaliakin Narthex Duty: August 5 ~ Group 2 August 12 ~ Group 3 August 19 ~ Group 1 August 26 ~ Group 2 Coffee Hours: Will resume in September If you would like to be added to the list of Prosforon Offerers, please call Dimitra Lempesis at the number listed below, or, if at any time you wish to offer the Prosforon without being added to the list, please feel free to bring it in on any Sunday that you wish. Prosforon Offerers for August August 5 Vasiliki Kromedas August 12 Katina Zographos August 19 Presbytera Ioanna Ganiaris August 26 Dimitra Lempesis If you cannot meet your scheduled date please contact Dimitra Prayers for Health... Angela Anna Bessie Bill Chris Constance Constantine Della Elaine Jimmy John Marianthi Michael Paraskevi Sharon
14 GREEK/SUNDAY SCHOOL FACILITIES UPGRADE FUND As we have indicated in our previous church Bulletins, our classroom facilities have been in need of major and critical upgrades. A few months ago we installed an Air Conditioning system for all the (12) classrooms and we soon need to embark in additional upgrades such as in heating distribution and controls and other critical and overdue upgrades. Our precious Youth deserve the best conditions we can provide them during their study hours in the classrooms, and we all have the responsibility to help make this a reality. The cost for the air conditioning system was kept down to only approx. $17, thanks to Tom Diamanty s and Michael Kirifides leadership and their team of dedicated volunteers. We already had generous donations from several of our parishioners for this very worthy cause, but we need more donations to cover the estimated cost of $50, for the critical/needed repairs/upgrades that we need to implement. We need your help! Our Youth is the future of our parish let s provide them with the proper facilities for their educational needs. Please be generous and when you send your donation, please identify it as School Facilities Fund. You can use the form below to send in your donation. We count on your generosity Thank you. Donations have already started to come in for this worthy cause. The following people listed below have already given their donation. Several others have made pledges for donations and we will add their names to this list as we receive them, as not to leave anyone out. Apostolatos, Arkontoula Apostolatos, Evaggelos Caras, Constantine & Maria Chambers, George & Kathy Diamanty, Tom & Sue Fotakos, Leon & Sophia Gianelos, James & Stacie Just Kids Pediatrics Karablacas, Helen Kirifides, Lazarus & Helen Kontis, Konstatine & Cindy Michell, Theodore & Catherine Minella, Charles & Tia Pandelakis, Denis, Mary, & Anna Philoptochos Society Terss, Eugenia Tsavalas, George & Yvonne Stathakis, Catherine Stevens, Richard & Penny Heart To: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church AC/School Facilities Fund Enclosed please find a check for $ or my pledge for. Donation for $5, Donation for $1, Donation for $ Donation for $ Donation for $ (please specify) (Signature) (Name) (Account #)
15 ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΑ ΙΕΡΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ ΑΓΙΑΣ ΤΡΙΑ ΟΣ COMMUNITY OF HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHOODX CHURCH 808 N. BROOM STREET, WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, (302) , ΠΡΟΕΓΓΡΑΦΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΣΧΟΛΙΚΟ ΕΤ0Σ PRE-REGISTRATION FOR ACADEMIC YEAR Ι) ΟΝΟΜΑ ΝΑΜΕ Βαπτιστικό Baptismal Καθηµερινό (Κοινό) Everyday (Common) ΙΙ) ΠΡΟΕΓΓΡΑΦΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΑΞΗ PREREGISTRATION FOR CLASS ΙΙΙ) ΟΝΟΜΑ ΓΟΝΕΩΝ/ΚΗ ΕΜΟΝΩΝ IV) ΤΗΛΕΦΩΝΑ ΙΕΥΘΥΝΣΗ - ADDRESS PARENTS/GUARDIANS NAME PHONE NUMBERS STREET: CITY: STATE ZIP CODE Παρακαλείσθε να επιστρέψατε την αίτηση στο Γραφείο της Εκκλησίας ή στους ιευθυντάς ρ. Κώστα Γ. Φούντζουλα και Κα Σοφία Φωτάκου. Please return the completed application to the Church Office or to the Directors of the Greek School Dr. Costas G. Fountzoulas and Mrs. Sophia Fotakos.
16 GOYA News Hope everyone is having a great summer. I would like to thank Will and the Executive Board for a great job last year. I am excited about this coming year and am looking forward to serving the GOYA this year. The GOYA has already started a few service projects, we helped a parishioner move and served a meal at the Emmanuel Dining Room. I would like to thank everyone who helped and look forward to doing other Service Projects. If anyone has any ideas, please call me. Sign up for GOYA Registration will be at our Church Picnic on September 9th. We hope to see you there. We are looking for volunteers to help with kids games and face painting at the Picnic. Please call me if you can help. If you are new to GOYA and have any questions or just want Information about this upcoming year, please call or me I would love to hear from you. Ana The Emmanuel Dining Room East Celebrating 25 Years of Continuous Service on the 12 th of every month On Thursday July 12 th, the luncheon meal at the Emmanuel Dining Room was sponsored by Lauren and Tony Diamond. 151 men, women and children enjoyed a warm meal that day. Helping Lauren and Tony in the kitchen were Nikkie Tsakataras and Steve Nicholas. We thank them all for their time and generosity. Bessie and Petro Contompasis will sponsor the meal on August 12 th. If you would like to help out by joining us that day, please call them at or Nikkie at We also want to thank the Young at Heart and the Altar Guild, because their donation of leftover pastries from a recent coffee hour supplied the dessert for the previous month. We supply the food and serve lunch on the 12 th of every month from noon until 1 p.m. at the Old Asbury Church at 3 rd and Walnut Streets. We would love to have you join us! If any individual, family or organization would like to sponsor the meal, please call Nikkie at or Tina at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Food Pantry To help & assist the needy of our Wilmington Metropolitan Area Bring your donation of canned or non-perishable foods and place in the two assigned areas (by the Church office & in the Narthex) Help us fill these bins! Our Food Pantry Project can only succeed if you, the parishioners, continue to donate and fill our food bins. Always needed are non-perishable items such as: Soups, fish, vegetables, meat, fruit, (any canned item), cereals, sugar, rice, pasta, cranberry sauce, baby food, coffee, tea, gravies, etc. Any food item that will not spoil. For your convenience, we have two drop off locations: one in the Narthex, and one by the Office, as mentioned above. In July, a small delivery was made to the St. Stephen s Food Closet. Our food bins have not been full these summer months. Please remember the less fortunate who are continually struggling to feed their families. You can make a difference in the lives of our needy neighbors. Hunger has no season. The feeding of the poor is a very Christian way to thank our Lord for all the many blessings He has bestowed upon our families. Be generous and share your food with the poor: you will be blessed for it. Proverbs 22:9
17 Hold the Date You won t want to miss... Holy Trinity s Annual Picnic Hosted by our own Parish Council When: Sunday, September 9, 2006 Time: Immediately following Divine Liturgy There is ~ NO CHARGE! There will be: ~ entertainment for the children ~ a sign up sheet for the Sunday School & ~ a sign up sheet for the Greek School & ~ sign up sheets for all Youth Ministries ~ Food ~ ~ Fun ~ ~ Fellowship ~ Come and join us!
18 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST / August 6 Apolytikion in the Grave Tone You were transfigured on the Mount, Christ God revealing Your glory to Your disciples, insofar as they could comprehend. Illuminate us sinners also with Your everlasting light, through the intercessions of the Theotokos. Giver of light, glory to You. Kontakion in the Grave Tone You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father. Reading: Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning His Passion, Cross, and Death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these evils were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, evidently and openly, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that "there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom" (Matt. 16:28), He took His three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Suddenly, together with this dread and marvelous effulgence of light, there appeared those pinnacles of the Prophets, Moses and Elias, who spoke with the Lord Jesus concerning His saving Passion which was about to take place. Standing before Him as reverent servants, they showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead, for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elias, as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive. After a little while a radiant cloud overshadowed them and out of the cloud they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Jordan at the Baptism of Christ, testifying to the Divinity of Jesus and saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him" (Matt. 17: 5). Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross. Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery Apolytikion courtesy of Narthex Press / Kontakion courtesy of Narthex Press THE DORMITION OF OUR MOST HOLY LADY THE THEOTOKOS AND EVER VIRGIN MARY / August 15 Apolytikion in the First Tone In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions. Kontakion in the Second Tone Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life. Reading: Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos, this is what the Church has received from ancient times from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time drew nigh that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared unto her through an Angel that three days hence, He would translate her from this temporal life to eternity and bliss. On hearing this, she went up with haste to the Mount of Olives, where she prayed continuously. Giving thanks to God, she returned to her house and prepared whatever was necessary for her burial. While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles from the ends of the earth, where each one happened to be preaching, and brought them at once to the house of the Mother of God, who informed them of the cause of their sudden gathering. As a mother, she consoled them in their affliction as was meet, and then raised her hands to Heaven and prayed for the peace of the world. She blessed the Apostles, and, reclining upon her bed with seemliness, gave up her all-holy spirit into the hands of her Son and God. With reverence and many lights, and chanting burial hymns, the Apostles took up that God-receiving body and brought it to the sepulchre, while the Angels from Heaven chanted with them, and sent forth her who is higher than the Cherubim. But one Jew, moved by malice, audaciously stretched forth his hand upon the bed and immediately received from divine judgment the wages of his audacity. Those daring hands were severed by an invisible blow. But when he repented and asked forgiveness, his hands were restored. When they had reached the place called Gethsemane, they buried there with honor the all-immaculate body of the Theotokos, which was the source of Life. But on the third day after the burial, when they were eating together, and raised up the artos (bread) in Jesus' Name, as was their custom, the Theotokos appeared in the air, saying "Rejoice" to them. From this they learned concerning the bodily translation of the Theotokos into the Heavens. These things has the Church received from the traditions of the Fathers, who have composed many hymns out of reverence, to the glory of the Mother of our God (see Oct. 3 and 4). Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery Apolytikion courtesy of Narthex Press / Kontakion courtesy of Narthex Press / Icon courtesy of Theologic Systems
19 BEHEADING OF THE VENERABLE HEAD OF THE GLORIOUS PROPHET, FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST JOHN August 29 Apolytikion in the Second Tone The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since thou was granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, thou didst rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God hath appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy. Reading: The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming into the world (Esaias 40: 3; Mal. 3: 1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb; who came forth like another Elias the Zealot, whose life in the wilderness and divine zeal for God's Law he imitated: this divine Prophet, after he had preached the baptism of repentance according to God's command; had taught men of low rank and high how they must order their lives; had admonished those whom he baptized and had filled them with the fear of God, teaching them that no one is able to escape the wrath to come if he do not works worthy of repentance; had, through such preaching, prepared their hearts to receive the evangelical teachings of the Savior; and finally, after he had pointed out to the people the very Savior, and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world" (Luke 3:2-18; John 1: 29-36), after all this, John sealed with his own blood the truth of his words and was made a sacred victim for the divine Law at the hands of a transgressor. This was Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee, the son of Herod the Great. This man had a lawful wife, the daughter of Arethas (or Aretas), the King of Arabia (that is, Arabia Petraea, which had the famous Nabatean stone city of Petra as its capital. This is the Aretas mentioned by Saint Paul in II Cor. 11:32). Without any cause, and against every commandment of the Law, he put her away and took to himself Herodias, the wife of his deceased brother Philip, to whom Herodias had borne a daughter, Salome. He would not desist from this unlawful union even when John, the preacher of repentance, the bold and austere accuser of the lawless, censured him and told him, "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife" (Mark 6: 18). Thus Herod, besides his other unholy acts, added yet this, that he apprehended John and shut him in prison; and perhaps he would have killed him straightway, had he not feared the people, who had extreme reverence for John. Certainly, in the beginning, he himself had great reverence for this just and holy man. But finally, being pierced with the sting of a mad lust for the woman Herodias, he laid his defiled hands on the teacher of purity on the very day he was celebrating his birthday. When Salome, Herodias' daughter, had danced in order to please him and those who were supping with him, he promised her -- with an oath more foolish than any foolishness -- that he would give her anything she asked, even unto the half of his kingdom. And she, consulting with her mother, straightway asked for the head of John the Baptist in a charger. Hence this transgressor of the Law, preferring his lawless oath above the precepts of the Law, fulfilled this godless promise and filled his loathsome banquet with the blood of the Prophet. So it was that that all-venerable head, revered by the Angels, was given as a prize for an abominable dance, and became the plaything of the dissolute daughter of a debauched mother. As for the body of the divine Baptist, it was taken up by his disciples and placed in a tomb (Mark 6: 21-29). Concerning the finding of his holy head, see February 24 and May 25. Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery Apolytikion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery / Icon courtesy of Theologic Systems Churchings: Marina Lurz and baby Andreas ~ July 1 Julie Tsakumis and baby Alexander ~ July 1 Maria Tangalidis and baby Antonios ~ July 8 Maria Lennon and baby Nicholas ~ July 22 Baptisms: Alice Lambrou ~ June 30 Doug Dozier ~ June 30 (Chrismation) Nicholas McEntee ~ July 1 Holy Trinity Registry for July 2007 Weddings: Katya Bineva to Tom Zdanowski ~ July 7 Memorials Celebrated: Louis Peterson ~ 40 Day ~ July 1 Anastasios Papoulis~ 2 Year ~ July 29 Artoclasia Offered: July 8 ~ The Sanford Family July 22 ~ The Zerefos Family
20 Come Join Us for a trip to ST. BASIL S ACADEMY on Saturday, September 29, 2007 ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME! Itinerary is as follows: We will be traveling by bus, leaving Holy Trinity at 8:00 am and returning approximately 6:00 pm. We will arrive at St. Basil s Academy at 11:00 am. Fr. Constantine Sitaras will provide us with a brief Chapel Service. The St. Basil Community will feed us lunch. We will receive a tour of the facility & we will mingle with the children who live at the Academy. We will depart for home at 3:00 pm. We hope you will join our Holy Trinity Family for this visit to St. Basil s Academy to get a first hand look at what this great ministry provides to those who are in need. You can help us support this ministry by donations of toiletries that we will be taking with us for use by the children who attend the academy. Below is a list of items you can bring to church before the departure date. Please place the items in the box marked St. Basil Academy found in the Narthex. You can also make financial donations to this worthy ministry. Make your checks payable to Holy Trinity and mark them St. Basil s Academy in the memo area. We will present these gifts to the children at the academy. The St Basil Academy is a national not-for-profit philanthropic center of the Greek Archdiocese of America which provides love, shelter, food, education, protection and a home for her orphans, children of chronically ill or destitute parents or children from broken homes. The Saint Basil Academy ministers to the whole child: mind, body, and spirit. Our mission is to facilitate shelter, protection, love, and education in youth so they grow up to be healthy, wholesome, wellrounded Orthodox Christians, as well as productive members of society with vision and hope. Toiletries to bring for the box: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, deodorant, female hygiene products, hair brushes, combs, nail clippers, Kleenex/tissues/baby wipes. Please let us know if you will be coming so we can make arrangements for the bus(es)!! Name: How many people coming from your family? Please give this information to the Church Office no later than September 15th.
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