1 ΚΑΝΟΝΑΣ ΠΙΣΤΕΩΣ Ι.Ν. ΑΓΙΟΥ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΥ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church San Jose, California September
2 Mission Statement A monthly publication prepared by and for the parishioners of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, San Jose, California. Rev. Fr. Demosthenes Paraskevaides Rev. Fr. Ion Coman Rev. Fr. Deacon Demetrios Diakos Church: 1260 Davis Street San Jose, CA Office: 986 Chapman Street San Jose, CA Web Site: Telephone (408) Hour Answering Service Fax (408) Education Center (408) Our Parish, the Parish of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of San Jose, California, is committed to cultivating and nurturing faith in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as taught by the doctrines and Tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church. As a Eucharistic Community, we are called to be Lights in the World, demonstrating our faith through stewardship, acts of mercy, and sacramental participation. Through the acquisition of the Holy Spirit, we are called upon to grow in the grace and knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Finally, we are required by Our Lord in the great commission to invite all people regardless of their ethnic, social, economic or educational background to embrace the Orthodox Faith. Achilleas Veziris, President Paul Pries, Vice President Mitsi (Efthimia) Andrews Dianne Antonopoulos Tom Antonopoulos Stelios Argiris 2014 PARISH COUNCIL John Armeniakos Dionysis Heliotis Michael Kokinos John Kouretas Mary Ann Barrous, Secretary George Spilios, Treasurer James Star Fanakos, Member Emeritus Olga Mavrogenes Nick Pagonis Pete Panos Tom Stouras WORSHIP SCHEDULE (See Schedule on Page 4) Saturdays Great Vespers 5:00 p.m. Sundays from the first Sunday after Labor Day to mid May Orthros followed by 1st Divine Liturgy 7:15 a.m. 2nd Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. Church School 10:00 a.m. Sundays other than above days Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 8:30 a.m. Weekdays Eve of feast days Vespers 6:30 p.m. Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. Choir Practice Hellenic School Classes Thursdays 6:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Tues. - Thurs. 10:00 a.m. Saturday OFFICE HOURS 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Kanella Sarros, Secretary Anthie Karvounis, Bookkeeper Euripides Gavras, Neokoros Peter Pappas, Neokoros Emeritus (Honorary) PARISH MINISTRIES Acolytes George Pries, Advisor Athletics Paul Papageorge, Director Choir Dr. Tikey Zes, Director Steve Parsons, Organist Chanter Paul Pronoitis Junior Choir Amanda Fields, Director Youth Council Angie Markolefas Church School Teena Claudatos, Superintendent Hellenic School Roula Demertzis, Director Dance Activity Groups George & Meredith Panayotopoulos, General Directors Dance Group Council Stacy Panayotopoulos, Chairperson Girl Scouts Maria Trapalis, Director Golden Years (Seniors) Mina Masters, President Greek Otthodox Youth of America-GOYA Johanna Duterte, Director Junior GOYA Saiyanna Charitou Hellenic Orthodox Primary EducationHOPE Zaren Stouras Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) Lorraine Hilty Mothers and Tots Roula Demertzis, Director Philoptochos Society Laurie Sahines, President Sunday Coffee Hour Theoni Maroudas & Helen Leos, Coordinators Missions Ministry Rosa Deamant Vacation Church School (VCS) Julie Constant Visitation Ministry Pauline Ferrant COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Order of AHEPA Dr. George Zioulas, President Daughters of Penelope Cathy Photopoulos, President Hellenic Heritage Institute Marina Moustakas, President Lakonikos Syllogos John Varellas, President Panarcadian Federation Elias Psycharis, President Pancretan Association Ted Cocoles, President 2
3 Message from Father Demosthenes Beloved parishioners and friends, Yesterday I happen to witness an incident in our neighborhood. A man stole a car, and shortly after he was chased by the police, the car jumped over the curb, landed in an old lady s yard, and destroyed the fence. The man got injured, but nobody seemed to feel sad for him. Instead, everybody seemed to be glad and satisfied for the punishment he got and he will get. This reminded me the following words from the wisdom of Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia: We mustn t think anything evil about others. Even a simple glance or a sigh influences those around us. Even the slightest anger or indignation does harm. We need to have goodness and love in our soul and to transmit these things. We need to be careful not to curse those who harm us, but rather to pray for them with love. Whatever any of our fellow men does, we should never think evil of them. We need always to have thoughts of love and always to think good of others. Look at Saint Stephen the first martyr. He prayed: Lord, do not hold this sin against them. We need to do the same. We should never think about someone that God will send him some evil or that God will punish him for his sin. This thought brings to people great evil, without us being aware of it. We often feel indignation and say to someone: Have you no fear of God s justice, are you do not afraid of God s punishment? Or else we say, God will punish you for what you ve done, or, O God, do not bring evil on that person for what he did to me ; or, May that person not suffer the same thing. In all these cases, we have a deep desire within us for the other person to be punished. Instead of confessing our anger over his error, we present our indignation in a different way, and we allegedly pray to God for him. In reality, however, in this way we are cursing our brother. And if, instead of praying, we say, May God repay you for the evil you have done to me, then once again we are wishing for God to punish him. Even when we say, All very well, God is witness, the disposition of our soul works in a mysterious way and influences the soul of our fellow man so that he suffers evil. When we speak evil about someone, an evil power proceeds from within us and is transmitted to the other person, just as the voice is transmitted on sound waves, and in point of fact the other person suffers evil. It is something like the bewitchment of the evil eye, when someone has evil thoughts about others. This occurs through our own indignation. We transmit our evil in a mystical way. It is not God who provokes evil, but rather people s wickedness. God does not punish, but our own evil disposition is transmitted to the soul of the other in a mysterious way and does evil. Christ never wishes evil. On the contrary, He commands, Bless those who curse you It s possible for someone to say, The way that person is behaving, he will be punished by God, and to believe that he is saying this without evil intent. It is not a simple thing, however, to discern whether he has or does not have evil intent. It does not appear clearly. What is hidden in our soul and how that can exercise influence on people and things is a very secret matter. Do you see what happens? With the Spirit of God we all become incapable of every sin. We are made incapable because Christ dwells within us. We are henceforth capable only of good. Thus we will acquire the grace of God and become possessed by God. If we abandon ourselves to the love of Christ, then all will be overturned, all will be transfigured, all will be transformed, all will be transubstantiated. Anger, resentment, jealousy, indignation, censure, ingratitude, melancholy and depression will all become love, joy, longing, divine eros. Paradise! From the book Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia 3
4 EORTOLOGION SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014 Monday, September 1 - New Ecclesiastical Year/Labor Day 7:30am Blessing of the Water/Agiasmo 8:00am Orthros + Liturgy Saturday, September 6 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, September 7 - Sunday before Holy Cross Begin Two Liturgies 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Monday, September 8 - Nativity of the Theotokos 8:00am Orthros + Liturgy Saturday, September 13 10:00am Agiasmo (for Hellenic School) - all invited 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Saturday, September 20 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, September 21 - Sunday after Holy Cross 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Thursday, September 25 6:30pm Vespers Friday, September 26 - Falling Asleep St. John the Theologian 8:00am Orthros + Liturgy Sunday, September 28-1st Sunday of Luke 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Wednesday, October 1 8:00am Blessing of the Water/Agiasmo Saturday, October 4 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, October 5-2nd Sunday of Luke Begin Two Liturgies 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Monday, October 6 - St. Thomas the Apostle 8:00am Orthros + Liturgy Saturday, October 11 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, October 12-7th Ecumenical Council 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Godparents Sunday Friday, October 17 6:30pm Vespers Saturday, October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist 8:00am Orthros + Liturgy 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, Octoberf 19 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 Friday, October 24 - St. Sevastiani 8:00am Orthros + Liturgy Saturday, October 25 5:00pm Vespers Sunday, October 26-6th Sunday of Luke 7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1 10:00am Litrugy 2 OXI Day Program Friday, October 31 6:30pm Vespers St. Nicholas Community Calendar Sep 1 Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year Sep 7 Feast Day of St. Nikitas Luncheon Sep 22 Father Berris Golf Classic Sep 27 PAOI Gala Sep 28 Walk for Missions Oct 11 Philoptochos Autumn Tea Oct 11 Panarcadian Dinner Dance Oct 12 Godparents Sunday Oct 26 OXI Day Program Nov 2 Monastary Fundraiser 4
5 O ROBIN WILLIAM ΣΧΕΤΙΚΑ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟ Ο διάσημος ηθοποιός του Χόλιγουντ, Ρόμπιν Ουίλιαμς, που βρέθηκε νεκρός στο σπίτι του, στο παρελθόν μίλησε με θερμά λόγια για την Ελλάδα λέγοντας πως «η ανθρωπότητα οφείλει να υποκλίνεται στην ελληνική ιστορία» και ότι «μπορεί η οικονομία της χώρας σας να μην πηγαίνει καλά, αλλά αυτό δεν σημαίνει ότι είσαστε ανίσχυροι». Μάλιστα ο ίδιος αρκετές φορές είχε κάνει διακοπές στα ελληνικά νησιά. «Τα οικονομικά δεδομένα αλλάζουν συνεχώς για όλους. Αυτό που δεν αλλάζει είναι η κληρονομιά, η ταυτότητά σας. Ο Παρθενώνας δεν φεύγει από την Αθήνα. Είναι ακόμα εκεί για να θυμίζει ότι η πρόοδος και η ακμή μπορούν να επιστρέψουν», έλεγε το 2011 σε συνέντευξή του στην εφημερίδα «Πρώτο Θέμα» ο διάσημος κωμικός Robin Williams. Είπε ακόμα, ότι έχει κάνει διακοπές με σκάφος στα ελληνικά νησιά και πώς δεν ήταν αρκετό για να δει όλα όσα έχει διαβάσει στην ελληνική μυθολογία. «Στην Αγγλία για παράδειγμα, δεν πήγα πουθενά. Τι να δω; Το παλάτι του Μπάκιγχαμ; Δεν με νοιάζει. Όπως κι αν πάω στην Γερμανία, δεν θα πάω να δω το Τείχος του Βερολίνου. Ωστόσο, την Δήλο, τον Παρθενώνα και τις Μυκήνες δεν μπορείς να τις αγνοήσεις». Ας είναι η μνήμη του αιωνία! Forthcoming in Fall 2014: The Digital Loeb Classical Library Founded by James Loeb in 1911, the mission of Loeb Classical Library has always been to make Classical Greek and Latin literature accessible to the broadest range of readers. The digital Loeb Classical Library extends this mission into the twenty-first century. Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb s vision of accessibility, and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-todate texts and accurate English translations. More than volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease. Here is 1,400 years of human culture, all the texts that survive from one of the greatest civilizations human beings have ever built and it can all fit in a bookcase or two. To capture all the fugitive texts of the ancient world, some of which survived the Dark Ages in just a single moldering copy in some monastic library, and turn them into affordable, clear, sturdy accurate books, is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern scholarship and one of the most democratic. Adam Kirsch You may watch the online video here: Το Χάρβαρντ μοιράζεται online τους ελληνικούς θησαυρούς του Η ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη Κλασικών Σπουδών Loeb του Χάρβαρντ, θα είναι διαθέσιμη σε όλο τον κόσμο. Τα πιο σημαντικά έργα της ελληνικής και λατινικής λογοτεχνίας online.από το Φθινόπωρο του 2014, η ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη Κλασικών Σπουδών Loeb Classical Library του Χάρβαρντ θα μοιράζεται με χρήστες σε όλο τον κόσμο, σημαντικά έργα της ελληνικής και λατινικής λογοτεχνίας. Η βιβλιοθήκη ιδρύθηκε το 1911 από τον James Loeb, και η αποστολή της ήταν πάντα να κάνει την κλασική ελληνική και λατινική λογοτεχνία προσιτή σε ένα ευρύ φάσμα αναγνωστών. Η ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη θα επεκτείνει αυτή την αποστολή στον εικοστό πρώτο αιώνα. «Το Harvard University Press έχει την τιμή να ανανεώσει το όραμα της προσβασιμότητας του James Loeb και παρουσιάζει μία διαδικτυακή βιβλιοθήκη, με πλήρεις δυνατότητες αναζήτησης, με περιεχόμενο που εμπλουτίζεται συνεχώς και περιλαμβάνει τα πιο σημαντικά έργα της ελληνικής και λατινικής λογοτεχνίας». Ολόκληρη η ελληνική και λατινική κλασική κληρονομιά θα εκπροσωπείται σε αυτή την διαδικτυακή βιβλιοθήκη. Έπος και λυρική ποίηση; Τραγωδία και κωμωδία; Ιστορία, ταξίδια, φιλοσοφία, ρητορική; Ολα θα είναι διαθέσιμα online σε ένα μοντέρνο και κομψό περιβάλλον, επιτρέποντας στους αναγνώστες να περιηγηθούν, να κάνουν αναζήτηση, να κρατήσουν σημειώσεις, να σχολιάσουν και να μοιραστούν το περιεχόμενο με ευκολία. Μέχρι να ανοίξει τις διαδικτυακές της πύλες αυτή η βιβλιοθήκη, πάρτε μια γεύση από τον τρόπο που θα λειτουργεί στο παρακάτω βίντεο.
6 Dear parishioners of Saint Nicholas and friends, During this past year, I have been approached by many of you telling me, Father, you have to do something about our Greek School. At this point, I am very happy and excited to announce that our Greek School has been reorganized in all areas. The new name is CENTER OF HELLENIC EDUCATION. This is because it is no longer just a school for language, but a school for language and culture. My personal goal is to set high standards for our CENTER OF HELLENIC EDUCATION, and thereby make sure that we will offer the best education program for our children and adults. That s why I, personally, have assumed the responsibility to be the leader and director of the entire program. I am very happy to announce that I have a powerful and dedicated group of well-educated people with experience and enthusiasm who will be working me. We have worked extremely hard over the summer to prepare a very good program for our children. Even during my vacation I was working with the Committees over the phone and the internet to have everything ready and on time. We have a Curriculum Committee for all the levels from preschool age up to New Testament Greek for adults. We also have a Finance Committee, a Human Resources Committee, a Special Events/PR Committee, and a Marketing Committee, and we are working with the dedicated President of our Community, Achilleas Veziris, and Parish Council members to make sure that everything will be in the right order. I am very grateful to all those who responded to my call with enthusiasm and excitement and became members of the Committees. I would like to invite all of you, the stewards of our Parish, to support our CENTER OF HELLENIC EDUCATION with any means you can. We have prepared everything for your children. I encourage you to enroll your children in this program, and I am sure that very soon you will be happy with the results. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Every Sunday until classes begin, as you walk out of the Church through the main doors, you will see a table on your left, where you can find all the information about the program and complete the registration form. Second addition to the language program we will also offer a very rich cultural program, therefore the tuition fee will be slightly higher than it was last year. However, I don t want to turn any of the students away because of financial issues. If you need financial aid, please approach me, and I will make sure that your children will be able to participate in the program. If you are a teacher, please fill out the Job Application Form. If you are not a teacher, but would like to share your skills with us by joining any of the Committees, please express your interest, and fill out the Form. We will be very happy to have you on board. In any case please directly the Human Resources Committee On August 31st we will offer an orientation class for everyone: the parents, the students, and the teachers at the Small Hall, following Divine Liturgy. The purpose of this meeting is to present to the parish information regarding the Center of Hellenic Education. The Agiasmos, the Blessing of the Water, will take place on September 13, the first day of the school year. continued on next page 6
7 Regarding the dates of the classes, we plan to keep the same dates as we had last year, however, we are open to any suggestions you may have for other days as well. You will be able to make these suggestions on the registration form. Again, I m inviting all of you to work TOGETHER for the benefit of our children and the future of our Parish. Your priest, Father Demosthenes Director of the Center of Hellenic Education Τώρα τελειώνουμε κι εμείς την δοξολογία του Θεού και θα πάμε κι εμείς να ξεκουραστούμε Λέει ο Γέροντας στον υποτακτικό: Έξεγερθέντες του ύπνου προσπίπτομέν Σοι, αγαθέ, και των αγγέλων τον ύμνον βοώμέν Σοι, δυνατέ άγιος, άγιος» κτλ. «Κουά, κουά, κουά, κουά» τα βατράχια, κοάζουν, πως λέγεται, ξεχάσαμε και τα ελληνικά τώρα. Βρε παιδί μου, λέει, πήγαινε στα βατράχια και πές τα: Α, να σας πώ, ο Γέροντας λέει, σταματήστε τώρα γιατί θέλουμε να διαβάσουμε εμείς την ακολουθία. Να ναι ευλογημένο, Γέροντα. Αυτός ήταν υποτακτικός! Βλέπεις; Δεν είπε, «ε, Γέροντα, τα βατράχια θα πάω να πω εγώ;» Όχι, υπακοή. Ακουστέ εδώ, βατράχια, είπε ο Γέροντας να σταματήσετε τώρα, γιατί θέλουμε να διαβάσουμε εμείς την ακολουθία. Μίλησε το βατράχι εκεί! Λέει: Πές του Γέροντα, τώρα τελειώνουμε κι εμείς την δοξολογία του Θεού και θα πάμε κι εμείς να ξεκουραστούμε. Και τα βατράχια υμνολογούν τον Θεό! Όλη η φύση, να πούμε, υμνολογεί, δοξολογεί τον Θεό, και κατά την καθαρότητα μας ακούμε κι εμείς αυτήν τη μυστική δοξολογία, τη μυστική, την άφωνο υμνολογία που κάνουνε και οι πέτρες ακόμη. Αυτό πως το λένε, κάτι στίχους που έχει η μεγάλη δοξολογία, δεν ξέρω πως τα λένε, γιατί εγώ έχω χρόνια να πάω πάνω στην ακολουθία. Μοναχοί: Πύρ, χάλαζα, χιών, πνεύμα καταιγίδος Γέροντας: Πύρ, χάλαζα, πύρ καταιγίδος κτλ., όλα, τότε αρχίζει η μεγάλη δοξολογία. Βλέπετε; Και τα όρη και τα βουνά και τα δέντρα και η θάλασσα και τα ψάρια, όλα υμνολογούν τον Θεό. Αλλά εμείς, επειδή έχουμε αμαυρώσει, δηλαδή, το νοερόν της ψυχής μας, γι αυτό λίγο το καταλαμβάνουμε, λίγο. Όσο καθαρίζεσαι μέσα σου, τόσο και περισσότερο λαμβάνεις έναν φωτισμό, λαμβάνεις μιαν αίσθηση ότι κανένα κτίσμα του Θεού δεν μένει αργό, αλλά όλα δοξολογούν τον Θεό. Και η μύγα και το κουνούπι, και το βόδι και το ζώο, όλα δοξολογούν τον Θεό. Όταν καθαριστείς μέσα σου, θα την δεις αυτήν τη μυστική δοξολογία του Θεού. Όσο καθαρίζεσαι μέσα σου, θα το δεις και λές: Ταλαίπωρε άνθρωπε, εσύ μόνο δεν δοξολογείς τον Θεό. 7
8 Church School August 15, 2014 Dear Church School Parents and Grandparents, Our new school year starts Sunday, September 7th. With the Blessings of our Proistamenos and approval by the parish council, we have worked through the summer cleaning and updating the classrooms, working on curriculum and planning for our new school year. Thanks to MaryAnn Barrous and Harry and Olga Mavrogenes our 8th, 9th, and 10th grade classrooms are newly painted in a beautiful Tuscany yellow. And thanks to Mrs. Bessie Kouretas, those same classrooms have new brick red curtains and rods. We removed the last 7 chalk boards and put up new white boards with generous donations from: Achilleas and Eleni Veziris, George Spilios, GOYA, Philoptochos, AHEPA/DOP, John and Roula Demertzis and Kosta and Dimitra Amberiadis. Four of the white boards were a little smaller than the old chalkboards so we have beautiful hand painted wall decorations done by Evagelia Niktas. We also installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Our heaters are in good shape but we want to go that extra mile to ensure the health of our students and the safety of our classrooms. In an effort to be more proactive than reactive we are in the process of taking and getting certified in the California Mandatory Reporting Course and looking into fingerprinting. Because of our professional lives many of us have fingerprints already on file. We are extending the class time just another 15 minutes so our new dismissal time is 12:30. Our teachers have a full curriculum designed to give your children the basic understanding of their faith and how to apply it to their lives. We need an hour to teach it so we are asking for your patience. This will give you more time to have your parea in the coffee hour. We are also extending the music program to include the fifth graders. The goal is that our students have a good understanding of the Liturgy hymns, what they mean and why we sing them when we do. We also want them to be able to sing them during the Liturgy. Starting with our first Sunday we will go down the middle aisle for Holy Communion. This will enable our students to be dismissed from the solea and go out our side door. This is a streamlined way to get the kids to their classrooms faster with no detours into the small hall to grab a cookie. 8 We have also put a lot of our school information on the St. Nicholas website (saintnicholas.org). This includes Faculty, Council, Schedule of Events, Curriculum Philosophy and Church School Guidelines. If you want us to add anything else please let us know. Our goal is to supply all current information to help you make your long term planning and not miss anything going on at our school. You will also receive your weekly update. If you are not getting these please let me know at claudatos.com so you can be added. We have talked with a number of you over the summer and understand that many of our families have their children involved in club sports, theatre and academic events and competitions. These events are either held on Sunday or your travel time is on Sunday. We know this is out of your control, so we ask that if this is your family please make that extra effort to attend Church and Church School on the Sundays you re in town. If you want your child to get the perfect attendance award you can attend a make up Liturgy on a Sunday we do not have Church School or a weekday Liturgy. We will make sure their attendance is updated if you let us know. This is very important if you have a 12th grader and they are trying to earn their class icon or apply for a Church School Scholarship. If you are new to our school or had any of your information changed such as your address or you can tell us on Sunday, August 24th or on the 31st. We will have a table in front of the church before and after the Liturgy. If nothing has changed than you are good to go for the new school year. We automatically place your students into their new grades. The web site has the room numbers that your students will be in and their teachers for the school year. We are excited about this new school year and look forward to your continued support. Remember, it is important to start your child s Sunday off by attending the 10:00 AM Liturgy. Everyone is in class until 12:30 PM. Of course, toddlers can be picked up any time. The 12:30 dismissal gives you time to get your coffee and enjoy some fun and friendship yourself! If you have any questions please feel free to come to the Church School office on Sunday mornings or contact us at See you on Sundays! Teena Claudatos Superintendent, St. Nicholas Church School
9 September 7 Sunday School September 14 Sunday School September 21 Sunday School September 28 Sunday School Saint Nicholas Church School School Year Calendar October 5 Sunday School October 12 Sunday School October 19 Sunday School October 26 Sunday School (OXI Day) End of 1st Quarter November 2 Sunday School November 9 Sunday School November 16 Sunday School November 23 Sunday School November 30 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL (Thanksgiving) December 7 Sunday School December 14 Sunday School December 21 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL- Christmas December 28 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL- New Years January 4 Sunday School January 11 Sunday School - End of 2nd Q January 18 Sunday School January 25 Sunday School February 1 Sunday School - Triodion Begins February 8 Sunday School February 15 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL- FDF February 22 Sunday School - Forgiveness Sunday March 1 Sunday School - Sunday of Orthodoxy - March 8 Sunday School March 15 Sunday School - End of 3rd Q March 22 Sunday School March 29 Sunday School April 5 Sunday School - Palm Sunday April 12 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL - Pascha April 19 NO SUNDAY SCHOOL-Thomas Sunday April 26 Sunday School May 3 Sunday School May 10 Sunday School - Mother s Day - End of 4th Quarter May 17 LAST Sunday School - Sundae Sunday 9
10 ST. ANNA PHILOPTOCHOS - Love in Action! by Ellie Prokopakis CALENDAR: Sept 1 Mon, Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year also Labor Day Sept 3 Wed, Philoptochos Meeting, Rm 3, 7:30 pm Sept 7 Sun, Luncheon for His Eminence Nikitas Sept 14 Sun, Elevation of the Cross (Tray Collection) Oct 11 Sat, Autumn Tea, Laurie Sahines Home WELCOME BACK: It is with smile and open arms we welcome students. Teachers, and vacationers back for the start of the new Ecclesiastical Year. Probably many think the summer was too short and vacation so difficult to end but now we look forward to once again entering a more disciplined schedule. Without leaving the fond memories of summer and all her glory, we greet all who were away and hope to unite towards the classes and projects to come. We settle into a more structured and timely schedule and encourage all of us to begin anew. THE PANAGIA LUNCHEON: Our tribute to the Falling Asleep of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, followed the Liturgy which was dedicated to Her. The traditional Philoptochos luncheon was held in the Community Center to be able to accommodate all who chose to stay for the luncheon. We acknowledge and thank all who took the time to attend and thank the two generous fellows who worked in the kitchen. We also are grateful to Sofia Papanicolaou and Terry Kylan for organizing this event, as well as Kudos to our faithful women who are always with us to set, serve, and clean up. God love you all! JUST A THOUGHT: I had a thought that I wanted to share with you all. I enjoyed the Panagia Luncheon. I wasn t able to help with all the walking around that many did, but I did get to arrive early and help out a little in the kitchen. There were 3 people in there...who would rather have been in other places doing other things...yet they felt they couldn t say no to this very special occasion. That s why it hurts so much when I hear that some people have complained about the food. The Thought: We, as a Church, have been spoiled for years by having successful restaurant owners cooking for us. I think we have forgotten that we are an assembly of families coming together for fellowship, not some gourmands out to celebrate an exclusive event. We have come to expect the same quality of food and service as if we are paying professionals. This is what I want to say to anyone that fields a complaint in our direction. We are a Church, not a five star restaurant. I worry about the future of Philoptochos. I hate to see that so few new people are interested in joining. Yet, at the luncheon, it made me smile to see all the ladies, and gentlemen, who got up to get their own coffee, extra water, or to help bus dishes, without complaining. I liked that. Maybe we should quit trying to be a restaurant and get back to serving casseroles, Jello salads, and homemade cookies and enjoy the company, more than the meal (which is what happens at my own parties at home anyway!) Maybe that will take some of the pressure off of women who are interested in being of service, but worried that they might not do things well enough to meet some mysterious standards. Signed Lucky to be a Philoptochosian, Dear sisters in Christ, Thank you for organizing this beautiful event. It was very well attended, thank God. As for the food, it was delicious! Everything was great. It must have been the secret ingredient (love) that made it so good... It is not about pleasing all, but rather about serving Christ. God bless you, Father Ion Particularly pertinent in a time of drought: Exodus 23: Worship the LORD your God, and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26- and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. LUNCHEON HONORING METROPOLITAN NIKITAS: You are encouraged to attend this meal which supports the PAOI, the favored baby of the Metropolitan. We all know how favored our St. Nicholas parish has been by Met. Nikitas so now you can thank him by being a part of this luncheon. The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute exists to Educate, Communicate, Promote and Sustain the Traditions, Values, Teachings and Culture of Orthodox Christianity. We are most fortunate to have this facility here on the West Coast. 10
11 A TRAY FOR HOLY CROSS/ HELLENIC COLLEGE: As we celebrate the Elevation of the Cross, our own Holy Cross Seminary and Hellenic College comes to mind. It is the center where the future of our Holy Orthodox Church is being formed. This hub of learning sets not only the future deacons and priests on their paths but different ancillary Church leaders are being trained there as well. Since it is not a publicly supported school, it falls upon each of us to see to the success of the school. First of all, tuition for the education of the leaders of our faith is quite costly. For this reason, Philoptochos Chapters all across our nation pass a tray to raise funds used for scholarships. On Sunday, September 14, your Philoptochos will pass a tray asking that you support our dedicated students by adding your donation which will be used for the scholarships for them. Checks should be written to: St. Anna Philoptochos with HC/HC on the notation line. Your Chapter sends your donation on to National which collects the funds from all Chapters and sends it on to Holy Cross. Your donation is fully tax deductible. TEA TIME: Your Philoptochos is welcoming you to come, socialize and fully enjoy yourself. Bring a guest or two and love every minute of a charming afternoon. Who could ask for more than a cup of coffee or tea and delightful conversation? Coming up soon you will hear all the details. Laurie Sahinas has volunteered to open her home and yard to give us ample room for socializing. Watch for further details! This Autumn Tea is one of the fund raisers of your Philoptochos. Funds from this allow us to continue supporting many facets of charity on the Local, Metropolis, as well as National levels. We appreciate whatever support you can give. AND gathering together brings us closer as a Church Family. A BLUE ROSE: Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went. I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn t in a hurry, so I patiently 11 waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, Mommy, I m over here. It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, Hey Buddy, what s your name? My name is Denny and I m shopping with my mother, he responded proudly. Wow, I said, that s a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve. Steve, like Stevarino? he asked. Yes, I answered. How old are you Denny? How old am I now, Mommy? he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle. You re fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by. I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement, because he was the center of someone s attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section. Denny s mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn t even look at him, much less talk to him. I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in God s Garden; however, Blue Roses are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn t stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they ve missed a blessing from God. She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, Who are you? Without thinking I said, Oh, I m probably just a dandelion, but I sure love living in God s garden. She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, God bless you! and then I had tears in my eyes. May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, don t turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.