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1 June 2004 Volume 2 Issue 5 A publication of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George Piscataway, New Jersey The Voice of Saint George The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the LORD. (Matt.3:3) By Very Reverend Alexander Kile, Archimandrite Inside this issue: Priest s Message 1 President s Message 5 Pentecost 6 The Twelve Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ Annual Church Dance 8 Festival 10 Project Mexico 12 Greek School 13 Coming Attractions 14 Philoptochos News Stewardship 7 15 PTO Happenings 17 Liturgical Schedule 18 Dear Mr. Arhontoulis, President Esteemed Parish Council Members, members of the Philoptochos and all the organizations of the community, Beloved parishioners and friends of Saint George Greek Orthodox Community in Piscataway, Christ in our midst! Ο Ιερατικώς Προϊστάµενος Αρχιµανδρίτης Αλέξανδρος Κιλέ Αγαπητέ πρόεδρε κ. Αρχοντούλη, Εντιµ ιολογιώτατα Μέλη του Εκκλησιαστικού Συµβουλίου, Εντιµότατη Πρόεδρος και κυρίες της Φιλοπτώχου Αδελφότητος, Όλα τα µέλη των οργανισµών της κοινότητος, Αγαπητοί ενορίτες και φίλοι της Ελληνορθοδόξου Κοινότητος Αγίου Γεωργίου, Ο Χριστός εν τω µέσω Ηµών! Μετά φόβου Θεού, αγάπης, πίστεως και With fear of God, love, faith and responsibility I enter into the vineyard of the Lord in Piscataway, where you labored and continue successfully to work with love and dedication. I enter into these holy grounds with great respect, having in mind that my predecessors worked hard to sustain and develop this community and brought it to this remarkable level. I take very seriously and conscientiously the responsibility that I was given to pastor this holy flock of our holy Metropolis to the ways of the Lord. I understand that the Cross I carry is heavy. I believe that on my way I will find many co-carriers of this Cross of responsibility. With all my humanly possible strength and my pastoral experience I will try to help this great in honor and numbers community in its growth and ecclesiastical life. As long as I will have the cooperation of the Parish Council and of all the Parishioners, all the programs will continue to develop. Please accept me as your own and we will grow together in Christ. Priority of my mission, in addition to my clerical duties, will be our beloved youth. The youth is the jewel of our community and I greet them with friendly and sincere greetings. Piscataway s youth achievements are world renown. His All Holiness Bartholomeos talks about your dancing group and gives you as an example to all the communities He visits around the world. You have stolen His heart. You impressed Him a lot, as you impress with your professional performance everyone who sees you dancing. We know very well that it is not only dancing, you are also involved successfully in other activities like Project Mexico, and others. God Bless you. Please (Continued on page 3) ευθύνης προσέρχοµαι εις τον αµπελώνα του Κυρίου στο Πισκάταγουέϊ όπου εργαστήκατε και συνεχίζετε να εργάζεστε επιτυχώς µε αγάπη και αφοσίωση. Έρχοµαι σ αυτά τα ιερά χώµατα µετά βαθυτάτου σεβασµού, έχοντας υπ όψιν ότι οι προκάτοχοί µου εργάστηκαν σκληρά δια να διατηρήσουν και να αναπτύξουν την εκκλησιαστική κοινότητα και να την φέρουν σ αυτό το αξιοθαύµαστο επίπεδο. Μετά σοβαρότητος και ευσυνειδησίας παίρνω την ευθύνη που µου έχει αναθέσει η εκκλησία να γίνω Ιερατικώς Προϊστάµενος αυτού του ιερού Ποιµνίου της Αγιότατης Μητροπόλεως εις το (Continued on page 3)

2 Page 2 The Voice of Saint George GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE Parish Ministries Very Reverend Archimandrite Alexander Kile Reverend Anthony N. Pappas, Pastor Emeritus Parish Council President Demetrios Arhontoulis Vice President / Administration Katerina Leftheris Vice President /Operations Constantinos Theokas Secretary Petra Knox Treasurer George Psyllos Comptroller Nick Banis Members Constantine Apostolakis Lampros E. Bourodimos Maria Kaouris Christodoulatos Michael Dimitrakis Bill Fottis Panos Georgopoulos Anthony Kalogridis George Petrantonakis Dimitrios Zalokostas Philoptochos Society St.Barbara Eleni Andronikou, President Choir Dimitrios Fousteris, Director Sunday School Helene Pappas, Director Greek School Panos Georgopoulos, Director Toula Karamarkos, Principal Sofia Amaxopoulos, Teacher Angeliki Papasavas, Teacher Chrisoula Plias, Teacher Parent Teacher Organization Christina Milano, President GOYA Nicholas Parais, President GOYA Advisors Eileen Stellakis Diane Parais Sandy Stratoudakis Dimitrios Zalokostas Andriana Tolis George Papagrigorakis George Hadjiloucas FOCUS Nick Kambitsis Senior Citizens Dorothy Coniaris JOY/HOPE Lefkie Hadjiloucas, Helen Sirimis, Evie Georgopoulos Sophia Exarchakis MOMS & TOTS Thomai Chronis Elaine Thermos Committee Chairpersons Stewardship Petra Knox, George Psyllos Church Festival John Lyssikatos Memorial Dolores Stroumtsos Web Design Bill Fottis Welcome/Hospitality Peter Alexander Special Thanks to all volunteers, Sunday School staff, Workers, Coaches, Greek Dance Instructors & Parents who support all of our church organizations, programs, and events. Special Thanks to the Bulletin Committee: Evie Georgopoulos, Mariea Kazantzis and Evellyn Tsiadis. We encourage all of our community organizations & ministries to post their events in The Voice of St. George. We remind you that events should be advertised a month in advance. Information should be submitted one month prior to issue in which it will appear. We thank you for your cooperation. Have you visited the St. George website lately? Just go to: www. STGEORGEPISCATAWAY.ORG

3 June Page 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 (Continued from page 1) know that you have a friend here and my office door is always open to you to accept you, as it is open to all parishioners who want to discuss anything with me. The youth can also call me at any time. I am available. I am here to serve everyone, especially the youth, the future Leaders of our communities. We all have experiences from GOYA and YAL; we all went through this beautiful and full of hope and dreams stage of life. I know what you are experiencing, so do not be afraid, I listen and I understand. I also want to greet the other organizations: Philoptochos, PTO, Sunday School, Greek School, YAL, Altar Boys, Choir Members and all other Ο Ιερατικώς Προϊστάµενος Αρχιµανδρίτης Αλέξανδρος Κιλέ (Continued from page 1) Πισκάταγουεϊ, και να το οδηγώ σε νοµάς σωτηρίους και στον δρόµο του Θεού. Αναλογίζοµαι ότι ο Σταυρός που µου εδόθη από την Αγίαν Εκκλησίαν είναι βαρύς, αλλά πιστεύω ότι κατά την διαδροµή µου θα βρώ Κυρηναίους να µε βοηθήσουν να σηκώσω τον Σταυρό των ευθυνών. Με ολόκληρες τις ανθρώπινές µου δυνάµεις και την κληρική µου εµπειρία, καθώς επίσης και µε την βοήθεια του Θεού θα βοηθήσω αυτήν την µεγάλη σε τιµές και αριθµ όν εκκλησιαστική κοινότητα εις την περαιτέρω ανάπτυξή της εκκλησιαστικής ζωής της, εφόσον θα έχω την πολύτιµη συνεργασία του εκκλησιαστικού συµβουλίου και όλων των µελών και φίλων της κοινότητος. Παρακαλώ δεχθείτε µε ως έναν από τους δικούς organizations, which I will visit. I am looking forward to working closely with all of you. All the parishioners and all the organizations hand in hand, with the love of Christ, we will work together for our salvation. We will embark into a journey that the history book of our community will mention with pride. Your endeavors and achievements will make the founders of this blessed community, and the first parishioners who dwell in heaven, proud of you. May God guide us and keep us together. May He give us the strength, the courage and the love to demonstrate our Christian virtues. With Christ s Holy Name and with our Holy Tradition we can achieve a lot, as long as we respect each other and work together. σας και θα προχωρήσουµε µαζί εν Χριστώ. Προτεραιότητα της αποστολής µου, µετά τα κληρικά µου καθήκοντα, θα είναι η νεολαία µας. Η νεολαία είναι το πολύτιµο λιθάρι της κοινότητός µας και τους χαιρετώ µε αισθήµατα φιλίας και ειλικρίνειας ως πνευµατικός τους πατέρας. Τα επιτεύγµατα της νεολαίας του Πισκάταγουεϊ είναι παγκοσµίως γνωστά. Η Αυτού Θειοτάτη Παναγιότητα ο Οικουµενικός µας Πατριάρχης, σε όλες του τις επισκέψεις αναφέρεται και δίνει σαν παράδειγµα τη νεολαία της εκκλησίας αυτής. Έχετε κλέψει τη καρδιά Του. Κατά την πρόσφατή του επίσκεψη στην µητρόπολή µας, σας καµάρωσε και ενθουσιάστηκε µε την τόσο όµορφη και ζωντανή χορευτική σας παράσταση, όπως άλλωστε ενθουσιάζονται όλοι όσοι έχουν το προνόµιο να δούν τον χορευτικό σας όµιλο. Γνωρίζουµε with our Holy Tradition we can achieve a lot, as long as we respect each other and work together. May our Wonder worker Patron Saint George always protect us from evil and may we enjoy God s Blessings abundantly here at our blessed community and at our homes. With love in Christ The Pastor Very Rev. Alexander Kile Archimandrite βέβαια, ότι δεν είναι µόνον ο χορός στον οποίο προοδεύετε. Η νεολαία εδώ, ασχολείται επιτυχώς µ ε πολλά κοινωφελή προγράµµατα. Ο Θεός να σας ευλογεί. Να ξέρετε ότι έχετε έναν φίλο, έναν πνευµατικό πατέρα. Η πόρτα του γραφείου µου είναι πάντα ανοιχτή γιά σας όπως και γιά όλους τους ενορίτες. Είµαι πάντα στην διάθεσή σας, είµαι εδώ να σας διακονίσω. Η νεολαία είναι οι µελλοντικοί ηγέτες των κοινοτήτων µας. Όλοι περάσαµε από την ηλικία αυτή, όλοι ζήσαµε αυτά τα ωραία χρόνια και καταλαβαίνουµε τι περνάτε. Είµασταν εκεί που είστε, γι αυτό µη φοβάστε, σας ακούω και σας καταλαβαίνω. Θέλω επίσης να χαιρετίσω τις αφοσιωµένες κυρίες της Φιλοπτώχου αδελφότητος, τα µέλη του Συλλόγου Γονέων και continued on page 4

4 Page 4 The Voice of Saint George Continued from page 3 ιδασκάλων, τις Κατηχήτριες και τους Κατηχητές του Κατηχητικού Σχολείου, τις ασκάλες του Ελληνικού απογευµατινού Σχολείου, τα µέλη της Χορωδίας, τους Ιεροψάλτες, τα ιερόπαιδα, και τα µέλη όλων των άλλων οργανώσεων τις οποίες σκοπεύω να επισκεφθώ και να συνεργαστώ µαζί τους. Όλοι οι ενορίτες και οι οργανισµοί θα δουλέψουµε µαζί, χέρι µε χέρι και µε την αγάπη του Χριστού για την προσωπική µας σωτηρία. Ξεκινάµε ένα ωραίο ταξίδι που το βιβλίο της ιστορίας της κοινότητας, θα αναφέρει υπερήφανα τα επιτεύγµατα και τα νέα έργα σας. Οι πρώτοι ενορίτες και οι ιδρυτές της κοινότητος αυτής που απεβίωσαν στον ουρανό θα είναι επίσης υπερήφανοι για σας. Είθε ο Πανάγαθος Θεός να οδηγεί και να µας κρατεί ενωµένους εις αυτό το ιερό έργο. Είθε να συνεχίσει να µας δίνει δύναµη, κουράγιο και αγάπη για να συνεχίσουµε στην πράξη να δείχνουµε τις Χριστιανικές µας αρετές. Με το άγιο Όνοµα του Χριστού και µε την Αγίαν Παράδοση µπορούµε να πετύχουµε πολλά εφ όσον σεβόµαστε ο ένας τον άλλον και εργαζόµαστε όλοι µαζί. Είθε ο Θαυµατουργός Προστάτης της Εκκλησίας µας ο Άγιος Γεώργιος, ο Τροπαιοφόρος, πάντα να µας προστατεύει από κάθε κακό και να απολαµβάνουµε πλούσια τις ευλογίες του Θεού εδώ, εις την ευλογηµένη κοινότητα, και στα σπίτια µας. Με εν Χριστώ αγάπη,ο Ιερατικώς Προϊστάµενος Αρχιµανδρίτης Αλέξανδρος Κιλέ St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Piscataway Cordially Invites you to Attend an Evening Honoring our Former and Present Clergy Father John Theodosion and the Very Reverend Archimandrite Alexander Kile Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 6:00 pm Pines Manor 2085 State Highway 27 Edison, NJ Mezedakia Buffet Dinner Dessert Adults $40.00 Children 2-12 years $20.00 children under 2 free For additional information, please contact: Katerina Leftheris (908) or Evellyn Tsiadis (908)

5 June Page 5 President s Message On behalf of the Parish Council I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new spiritual father, the V. Reverend Archimandrite Alexander Kile. I look forward to working with Father Alex and am confident that he will guide us with love, cooperation, devotion, and his faith in Christ. Please embrace him with love and respect and rest assure that the spiritual, philanthropic, cultural, educational and entire ministry of our parish will be cultivated. Please be informed that Father John Theodosion, upon his request, has been reassigned to another parish. Father John gave us nine years of spiritual guidance, and, on behalf of the Parish Council, we are very appreciative of the work he has done at our parish. Father John, you will be greatly missed! I personally would like to thank Father John for his guidance and cooperation during my years on the Board. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors, and many years of success in his new parish. Father John will always have a special place in the heart of St. George community. Plans are underway for a celebration of Father Kile s arrival and to say farewell to Father John. A reception is being planned to which the entire community will be invited to attend. Additional information will be forthcoming as the plans are finalized. I encourage everyone to come and introduce themselves to Father Kile and to wish him well. FESTIVAL On behalf of the parish council, I would like to thank all the special committees and everyone who volunteered during the Festival. Also, a special thanks to those who gave us extra help in the weeks and months preceding the Festival. With all of your help, we made our 31 st Annual Festival the best ever. EVENTS I had the luxury of attending the Young Artists concert on Sunday, May 23. I was extremely proud of our young children and at the same time, very surprised that our young children can produce such a wonderful concert. I would like to thank and congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Demetrios Fousteris for bringing such an exceptional program to our community and doing such a magnificent job with our children. Also, a special thank you to Mr. Dimitri Kavrakos, from the New York Metropolitan Opera, for taking the time and honoring us with his presence. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Parents Teachers Organization and all the parents who worked so hard to put this event together. I look forward to many more Young Artists concerts in our parish. I wish you all a very healthy, safe, and enjoyable summer. Sincerely, President Demetrios Arhontoulis Εκ µέρους του συµβουλίου της κοινότητάς µας, καλωσορίζουµε τον καινούργιο µας πνευµατικό πατέρα, τον Πανοσιολογιώτατο Αλέξανδρο Κιλέ. Είµαι σίγουρος ότι θα µας καθοδηγήσει µε αγάπη Χριστού, µε πνεύµα συνεργασίας και αφοσίωσης στην πίστη µας. Σας καλώ να τον αγκαλιάσετε µε την αγάπη σας και τον σεβασµό σας και να είστε βέβαιοι ότι οι πνευµατικές, φιλανθρωπικές, µορφωτικές και όλες οι άλλες διακονίες της κονότητάς µας θα συνεχίσουν µε πρόοδο και επιτυχία. Με την ευκαιρία που µου δίνεται θα ήθελα να σας πληροφορήσω ότι ο πατέρας Ιωάννης Θεοδοσίου, µετά από δική του αίτηση, µετατέθηκε σε άλλη ενορία. Ο πατέρας Ιωάννης µας χάρισε εννέα χρόνια πνευµατικής ηγεσίας, και εκ µέρους του συµβουλίου τον ευχαριστούµε και εκτιµούµε βαθύτατα όλη την σκληρή δουλειά που έδωσε στην εκκλησία µας. Πατέρα Ιωάννη, θα µας λείψετε! Προσωπικά, θέλω να ευχαριστήσω τον Πατέρα Ιωάννη για την καθοδήγησή του και την συνεργασία του γιά όλα τα χρόνια που είµαι στο συµβούλιο. Ευχόµαστε σ αυτόν και την οικογένειά του καλή επιτυχία στην καινούργια τους ενορία και ο Θεός να τους ευλογεί πάντα. Θα έχουν πάντα µιά ιδιαίτερη θέση στην καρδιά µας. Έχει προγραµµατιστεί εκδήλωση γιά το καλωσόρισµα του πατέρα Αλέξανδρου και τον αποχαιρετισµό του πατέρα Ιωάννη. Ολόκληρη η ενορία καλείται να παρευρεθεί στο γεύµα προς τιµήν των. Θα σταλούν περισσότερες πληροφορίες µε λεπτοµέρειες ταχυδροµικώς. Παροτρύνουµε όλα τα µέλη της κοινότητας να έρθουν στην εκδήλωση αυτή και να γνωρισθούν µε τον πατέρα Αλέξανδρο ΦΕΣΤΙΒΑΛ Εκ µέρους του συµβουλίου της εκκλησίας µας θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω όλες τις αρµόδιες επιτροπές, και γενικά όλους εκείνους που εργάστηκαν στο φεστιβάλ. ίνω ιδιαίτερες ευχαριστίες στα άτοµα που εργάστηκαν κατά την διάρκεια των η µ ερών και εβδοµ άδων της προετοιµασίας. Με την πολύτιµη βοήθειά σας, το 31 ο φεστιβάλ της κοινότητας µας έγινε το καλύτερο όλων των χρόνων! ΕΚ ΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ Την Κυριακή 23 Μαΐου είχα την χαρά να παρευρεθώ στην ανοιξιάτικη συναυλία της παιδικής χορωδίας της κοινότητάς µας. Αισθάνθηκα πολύ υπερήφανος και συνάµα έκπληκτος που τα µικρά παιδιά µας παρουσίασαν µία τόσο όµορφη συναυλία. Θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω τον κ. ηµήτρη Φουστέρη και την κ. Έλενα Φουστέρη για την επιµέλεια του προγράµµατος και την καλλιέργεια των µικρών καλλιτεχνών µας. Εκτιµώ ιδιαίτερα την παρουσία του διάσηµου βαθύφωνου της Μητροπολιτικής Όπερας Νέας Υόρκης και τον ευχαριστώ θερµά γιά την τιµή που µας έκανε λαµβάνοντας µέρος στην συναυλία. Τελειώνοντας, ευχαριστώ τον Σύλλογο Γονέων και ιδασκάλων γιά την υποστήριξή του, καθώς επίσης και όλους τους γονείς που κοπίασαν τόσο πολύ για την επιτυχία της εκδήλωσης αυτής. Ανυποµονώ να παρευρεθώ και σε πολλές άλλες συναυλίες της παιδικής µας χορωδίας. Εύχοµαι σε όλους καλό καλοκαίρι! Μετά τιµής Ο Πρόεδρος ηµήτριος Αρχοντούλης

6 Page 6 Πεντηκοστή The Voice of Saint George Σκέψεις Εις την Αγίαν Πεντηκοστήν, Αρχιµανδρίτου Αλεξάνδρου Κιλέ «Ποταµοί εκ της κοιλίας αυτού ρεύσουσιν ύδατος ζώντος» (Ιωαν.7:37) Εµπρός σε πλήθος κόσµου κατά την πιό επίσηµον ηµέραν της Σκηνοπηγίας εις τον Ναόν, έκανε την διακήρυξή του ο Κύριος. «Εις κάθε πιστόν µου» είπε, «θα δώσω αφθονίαν πνευµατικών χαρισµάτων. Όχι µόνον θα δροσισθεί η ψυχή του κοντά µου, αλλά θα πληµµυρίσει από ασταµάτητες Θεϊκές ευλογίες, θα τρέξουν από µέσα του ποτάµια νερού τρεχουµένου, που και το ίδιο θα ποτίζει, αλλά και το περιβάλλον». Πράγµατι δε. Μετά την ένδοξη Ανάληψη Του εις τον Ουρανόν, έστειλε το Πανάγιον Πνεύµα, το οποίο κατέκλυσε την Εκκλησία και τις ψυχές των πιστών µε τα υπερφυή χαρίσµατά Του. Κι έτσι ίδρυσε την Αγίαν Του Εκκλησία επί της γής. Η Λεγόµενη Στρατευόµενη Εκκλησία διότι είναι πάντα εις εµπόλεµη κατάσταση και πολεµάει κάθε τι πονηρόν και διαβολικόν. Η δε εν τω ουρανώ εκκλησία είναι Θριαµβεύουσα διότι εκεί πιά δεν υπάρχει τίποτα πονηρόν και κακόν. Είναι στον Παράδεισον κατά την Ορθόδοξον ογµατικήν της Αγιοτάτης Εκκλησίας µας. Ποιά είναι τα δώρα του Αγίου Πνεύµατος; Πρώτον και βασικόν δώρον του Αγίου Πνεύµατος είναι ο φωτισµός του νού, ώστε να αντιλαµβάνεται κανείς καθαρά και να αισθάνεται ζωηρά τις µεγάλες αλήθειες της Πίστεως. Γι αυτόν τον λόγον ακριβώς και ο Κύριος ανεχόταν την αρχικήν άγνοιαν των µαθητών και τους υποσχόταν: «Ο Παράκλητος...διδάξει υµάς πάντα» (Ιωάν.14:26) και «οδηγήσει υµάς εις πάσαν την αλήθειαν» (Ιωάν.16:13). Επίσης το Άγιον Πνεύµα χαρίζει εις την ψυχήν θερµότητα, ώστε να αισθανθεί ο άνθρωπος και να ζήσει βαθύτερα την ευσέβεια. Με την δικήν Του ενέργεια, η πέτρινη καρδιά, που εστηλίτευε παλαιά ο προφήτης Ιεζεκιήλ (36:26) µαλακώνει και γίνεται ευαίσθητη, αποκτά αγάπη προς τον Θεόν και προς τους ανθρώπους. «Στεναγµοί αλάλητοι» (Ρωµ. 8:26). Το δε σπουδαιότερον είναι ότι το Άγιον Πνεύµα µεταδίδει Θείαν Χάριν, πνοή δυνάµεως και αναγεννήσεως. Ενεργεί Θεοπρεπώς και µυσταγωγικώς, ώστε ο άνθρωπος γίνεται ριζικά νέος. Πολεµόντας τις αδυναµίες και τους πειρασµούς γίνεται «τέκνον φωτόµορφον της εκκλησίας». Αυτή είναι η «ανακαίνωσις Πνεύµατος Αγίου» (Τιτ.3:5) στην οποίαν αναφέρεται ο Απόστολος και η οποία γίνεται κατορθωτή µε τα Ιερά Μυστήρια της Αγίας Εκκλησίας µας. Πεντηκοστή! Ηµέρα κατ εξοχήν Ιερά και Συγκινητική. Κατεβαίνει το Άγιον Πνεύµα ως πύρινη γλώσσα, γονατίζουµε να δεχθούµε κι εµείς την µ η καιγόµ ενη φλόγα και προσκυνούντες λέµε: «Βασιλεύ Ουράνιε, Σε εδίψησε η ψυχή µου. Ποθώ αφθονότερα, πλουσιώτερα, αισθητότερα να µε επισκεφθείς, να µου ζεστάνεις το εσωτερικόν που έχει κρυώσει από τις φροντίδες της βιοπάλης, να µε αγιάσεις πλήρως. Είδες την πίστιν µου, τον αγώνα µου, την συχνή καταφυγήν µου εις τα Άγια Μυστήρια, τον βαθύ πόθον µου. Πνεύµα Πανάγιον ελθέ και σκήνωσον εν εµοί και σώσον µε». Αµήν. Από την Υµνολογία της Πεντηκοστής: Πάντα χορηγεί το Πνεύµα το Άγιον, βρύει προφητείας, ιερέας τελειοί, αγραµµάτους σοφίαν εδίδαξεν, αλιείς θεολόγους ανέδειξεν, όλον συγκροτεί τον θεσµόν της Εκκλησίας. Οµοούσιε και οµόθρονε τω Πατρί και τω Υιώ, Παράκλητε, όξα σοι. Ύµνος και προσευχή: Βασιλεύ ουράνιε, Παράκλητε, το Πνεύµα της αληθείας, ο πανταχού παρών, και τα πάντα πληρών, ο θησαυρός των αγαθών και ζωής χορηγός ελθέ και σκήνωσον εν ηµίν, και καθάρισον ηµάς από πάσης κηλίδος, και σώσον αγαθέ τας ψυχάς ηµών. Ιδιόµελο Ήχου Το Πνεύµα το Άγιον φως και ζωή, και ζώσα πηγή νοερά. Πνεύµα σοφίας, Πνεύµα συνέσεως, αγαθόν, ευθές, νοερόν, ηγεµονεύον, καθαίρον τα πταίσµατα. Θεός και θεοποιούν, πυρ εκ πυρός προϊόν, λαλούν, ενεργούν, διαιρούν τα χαρίσµατα δι ου προφήται άπαντες και Θεού Απόστολοι µετά µαρτύρων εστέφθησαν. Ξένον άκουσµα, ξένον θέαµα, πυρ διαιρούµενον εις νοµάς χαρισµάτων. Απολυτίκιον Της Πεντηκοστής, Ήχος πλ. Ευλογητός ει, Χριστέ ο Θεός ηµών, ο πανσόφους τους αλιείς αναδείξας, καταπέµψας αυτοίς το Πνεύµα το Άγιον, και δι αυτών την οικουµένη σαγηνεύσας, φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοι.

7 June Page 7 THE TWELVE HOLY APOSTLES OF OUR LORD JESUS Our Lord during His earthly mission chose these simple men to preach His Word to the world. He prepared them to take over this difficult mission; He gave them detailed directions on how to talk and how to behave amongst people. He also prepared them for the most difficult tasks of their mission. He told them: Listen, I am sending you out just like sheep to a pack of wolves. You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves. (Mat.10: 16). Indeed, the twelve Holy Apostles, humble and simple as sheep, went to all nations. Their words and their preaching were peaceful, as Christ was the King of Peace. They preached about the Kingdom of God, that He promised to all of us, and about His Church on earth, that is His Kingdom on earth. They did not possess anything except the Word of God. In order to accomplish this difficult but holy mission, some of them even left their families. They did not hold any titles or degrees; most of them were simple fishermen from Galilee. What were they facing at their first apostolic missionary work? Exiles, threats of torture, torture, jail, and even death. If we read the first chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, we will be shocked at how inhumanely most of them were treated and tortured by the rulers of the first century. It is also amazing how calm they remained during all the insults and persecutions. This peaceful behavior made the rulers even more furious. They would kill them just out of anger, as in the case Saint James, the brother of John, who was killed with a sword by Herod. The book of the Acts of the Apostles clearly mentions this event in Chapter 12, verse 2. The same ruler jailed Saint Peter but the Apostle was freed through the miraculous intervention of God. What can be said about how the idol-worshipping nations received the Apostles, when even their own people, the Jews, chased them and threatened to kill them? Most of the Apostles ended their lives with martyrdom, after being tortured and thrown to prison. All this martyrdom was concluded with the fall of the idol-worshipping Roman Empire and the rising of the Christian Roman Empire. Everywhere in the world, in the North and in the South, in the East and in the West, on the mountains and on the islands, the name of Jesus Christ was proclaimed and worshipped. On the sites of Temples to the Gods of Olympus, real Temples to the glory of the Triune God started to be erected. These were the results of the seeds that the Holy Apostles, who were filled with the Grace of the Holy Spirit, planted and cultivated; often, they paid for this with their lives. The question one asks is: "How did the lambs conquer the wolves?" The answer is that they accomplished their great mission with complete personal denial. The Lord told them: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul (Mat.10:28). He also assured them: If they obey my teaching, they will obey yours, too. With this kind of faith they performed their Holy Mission and they came out victorious because they were sent by God and were empowered with the Holy Spirit. We are talking about twelve Apostles. Do we know who they are, where did they teach and how their life ended? According to the scriptures and the Ancient tradition of the Orthodox Church there are other people who are called Apostles too, but the following are recognized as His 12 Apostles: The first Apostle is Peter. He preached first in Judea and Antioch, later in Pontus (Black Sea), Galatia and Cappadocia (areas of Asia Minor). Much later he preached in Asia and Bithynia, and finally in Rome. There, the Roman Emperor Nero crucified St Peter head down, on the Hills of the Vatican, because through faith, together with St Paul they conquered Simon, the famous magician of the Emperor. The second Apostle is Paul. He preached from Jerusalem to Illyria, the West Coast of Greece, Albania and former Serbia. He made four trips to Asia Minor and Greece (to Northern, Central and Southern Greece, including the big cities of Thessaloniki, Athens and Corinth) and ended up in Rome. Paul was beheaded by Nero the Emperor on the same day that Peter was crucified. The third Apostle is Saint Andrew, the first-called (Protocletos) by our Lord to His mission. He preached all across the shores of the Black Sea. He brought Christianity to Byzantium, later called Constantinople, and to Greece. He was crucified in Patras, on an X-shaped cross, by the governor Aigeates. James of Zebedee is the fourth Apostle. He preached all over Judea and was stabbed to death by the governor Herod Agrippa. Continued on p. 11

8 Page 8 The Voice of Saint George St. George Greek Orthodox Church Piscataway, N.J. Annual Dinner Dance Honoring Tom Kouridakis Our past president of 25 years Saturday, October 16th, :00 pm The Pines Manor Route 27, Edison, NJ Live Greek Music Dinner Includes Hot Hors D Oeurves, Carving stations Fruit Cup, Greek Salad Prime Rib or Chicken Marsala 2 bottles of wine/table Dessert & Coffee Cash Bar Reservations & Pre-Payment are Required Ticket Price - Adults $65.00 Children 12 & under $35.00 Make checks payable to: St. George Greek Orthodox Church Mail to : St.. George Greek Orthodox Church - Dance Committee 1101 River Road, Piscataway, N.J For reservations & information please contact: Nick & Eleni Banis (908) Charlie Theokas (732) Michele Greberis (908) Dimitri Zalokostas (732) George Petrantonakis (732)

9 June Page 9 ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Piscataway, NJ Annual Dinner Dance Ad Journal Submit Your Ad by Friday, October 1, 2004 * Gold Page in Journal - $200 * Silver Page in Journal - $150 * Full Page in Journal - $100 * Half Page in Journal - $50 * Quarter Page in Journal - $25 All Donations are Tax Deductible Tax ID # Make checks payable to: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Attention: Dance Committee Mail to: 1101 River Rd., Piscataway NJ I am enclosing the following donation in the sum of Print, Type or Enclose your Business Card/Picture below: Name Address City State Zip Code Signature

10 Page 10 On behalf of the St. George Greek Orthodox Festival Committee, we would like to thank all of the people who contributed their time and financial support to the 31 st Annual Festival. The success of this church event is a reflection of the dedication and team work this community strives for, in an effort to support the church and to share the Greek culture, traditions, hospitality and religion which we are so proud of. We were very fortunate to have beautiful weather for this year's Festival and in return, we had the highest turn out of visitors during the three day event. Upon completion of the Festival, we were able to reach for the second year in a row a new highest cash sales of approximately $168,000. We believe that our final number will be in the neighborhood of $180,000 to $185,000 for total sales. A final financial report will be provided The Voice of Saint Page George 10 during our semi-annual general assembly meeting in the fall. Our recent financial success has not been a result of higher prices, but rather of being more efficient by making improvements to decrease lines and sell more products to our visitors. We will continue to monitor the process year in and year out. We have also seen our costs increase, thus we need to keep sales and costs in line to provide us a maximum net profit each year. I would like to thank everyone who provided a strong effort and volunteered their time and services during the festival. This is an opportunity for our members to show their stewardship towards the church. I can not thank everyone individually in this letter, but I would like to take the time to acknowledge all the departments that worked hard for three days: Admissions, Bar, Dining Room, Kitchen/Salad Prep/Tiropetes, Gyros, Souvlakia, Food Procurement, Gift Shop, Raffle, Bakery/Loukoumades, Church Tours, Cashiers/Take-Out, Treasury, T-Shirts, and Youth Activities. With all of the success we had this year, we also had many challenges and difficulties to endure. We need to understand that the Festival is not just a 3-day event. We need everyone s help before and after the festival to organize and complete the necessary activities. This year we had very little help prior to and after the festival. This was personally very stressful and a challenge to manage. We need only a few hours of your time. Please do not assume that the next person will be there to help. Please support the festival this year and in the years to come. As with every year, no help is ever turned away. Let us set an example for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. A post-festival meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3 rd. The meeting will consist of reports from the various departments and a think tank discussion seeking improvements for future festivals. Every year we learn from our experiences in an effort to improve our festival. Once again, on behalf of the Festival Committee, we would like to thank everyone for their support during this year's festival and for making this a successful event. God Bless, John Lyssikatos 2004 Festival Chairman

11 June Page 11 (Continued from Page 7) The fifth Apostle is John the Evangelist and Theologian (author of the Gospel), brother of James of Zebedee. He preached the gospel in Asia Minor and in Asia. He was exiled in Patmos where he was inspired by God to write the Last book of the New Testament, the Revelation. He returned to Ephesus and passed away in very old age. The sixth Apostle is Philip, from Bethesda of Galilee. He preached in Asia and Ierapolis together with his sister Marianna and Bartholomew. The Greeks in Ierapolis killed him by crucifixion. The seventh Apostle is Thomas, also known as the twin (Didymos). He preached Christ to the Parthians, Medians, Persians and to India. Saint Thomas martyred in India. Bartholomew is the eighth Apostle. He preached the gospel to the Indians called Eudemones. He was crucified and died in Ourvanoupolis, today s Azerbeycan, in Central Asia. The ninth Apostle is Matthew, the Levite, brother of James of Alfeus. Matthew was the tax collector who became an Evangelist. He preached in Ierapolis, Syria and was killed by stoning. James of Alpheus is the tenth Apostle. He preached to many nations and he also died by crucifixion. Simon the Zealot was from Canaa of Galilee. He is the eleventh Apostle, who preached all over Mauritania and countries of Africa. He died by crucifixion. The twelfth Apostle is Judas Thaddaeus. He preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia. He was killed by hanging, by an atheist in Ararat, near today s city of Van. May glory be to their Names and to Our Lord and Their Lord Jesus Christ! Written by V. Rev. Alexander Kile

12 Page 12 Five members PROJECT MEXICO of our parish, four youth members and one adult, will be traveling this summer to Tijuana, Mexico to St. Innocence Orphanage to work on Project Mexico. Project Mexico, an Orthodox charity, has two goals. First, is the desire to share Christ s love for us all by reaching out to those in need. Next, is to provide opportunities for our young people and adults to do the work of Christ. Orthodox Christians from all over the world have found it to be a life-changing experience, a chance to deepen their commitment to God and an opportunity to serve others by providing a very poor Mexican family a home in place of their dirt-floor shack. All or us can participate in the work of Project Mexico in a number of ways. First and foremost, they need our ongoing prayer for God s guidance and protection, that He will continue to open the hearts of our young people. We can also participate by supporting Project Mexico financially. Our young people who will be part of this important mission will require sponsorship. They will travel to Mexico for six days where they will construct a two-room home for a family in need. Each participant will need to raise approximately $1, to cover travel expenses, food and lodging at the Orphanages, and the cost of the supplies and materials needed for the work project. During their stay in Mexico, they will be staying at the campgrounds of St Innocence Orphanage, which will give them the opportunity to work with the young boys who live there. Voice of St. George The participants of this important mission need both your spiritual and financial support. The youth of St. George is committed to help raise the money needed by planning the following special events: Church wide sponsorship program - Donations can be made payable to St. George Youth Lollipop Sale Taverna Night on June 4, 2004 at 7:30 pm That night there will be a special presentation by the Youth of St. George to Father John Theodosion. Everyone is invited to attend, especially all the past and present youth members and their families. Reservations can be made by calling Diane Parais at Car Wash on June 12, 2004 at 12 noon in the church parking lot. Youth members will be selling tickets every Sunday after church. Walkathon on June 19, 2004 at 10:00 am - Spring Lake Park in South Plainfield, NJ Your help and support will be greatly appreciated to assure that these young adults can reach their goal and proudly represent St. George in this valuable and worthwhile mission. The youth would like to humbly thank all those who have already made a donation. May God bless you all and especially our brave and selfless participants as they gain a deeper understanding of their Orthodox faith by reaching out to those in need. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this important and life-changing experience. Additional information about Project Mexico and St. Innocence Orphanage can be found on their web-site, Dear Parishioners, Summer is here and many of you will be visiting Greece this summer. I would like to ask you a favor, which will benefit you also. Before returning from Greece, please try to buy one or two bottles of Holy Communion wine called NAMA of ROUSSOS products 11% or 12.5% Alcohol. The Label is white with black stripes. Your assistance in this task would be appreciated. This wine is not sold in the US wine market. On the label, is also written, that it is " ekklesiastikos inos" church wine. It can be purchased at the local liquor store" inopolia" or " bakalika- pantopolia". If you are unable to bring back a bottle or two of NAMA of Roussos, please bring us pure incense with the aroma of rose or gardenia or kyparissi. In Greece, it is pure and also less expensive. Thank you for your help. Enjoy your trip, stay and vacation. We will miss you. See you back in September. With much love, Fr. Alex

13 June Page 13 Το Ελληνικό Σχολείο της Κοινότητας του Αγίου Γεωργίου ζητεί δασκάλα ή δάσκαλο γιά µερική απασχόληση. Οι υποψήφιες ή υποψήφιοι πρέπει να έχουν ανώτερες σπουδές στην Ελλάδα, Κύπρο ή στην Αµερική, άµεσα σχετικές µε την εκπαίδευση. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες αποτανθείτε στην κυρία Τούλα Καραµάρκου στο τηλέφωνο: (732) The Greek School Committee along with the teachers and the PTO board would like to thank all the parents who participate in the Greek School program and encourage their children to learn and keep the beautiful language of our mother country. We would like to take this opportunity and remind everyone that registrations are starting in August. Please stop by the church office and settle your accounts in addition to enrolling your children for the year All the children that attend first grade in American school are eligible to attend the introductory class of Greek school. We wish all the children and their families a Great and Restful Summer. Η επιτροπή του Ελληνικού Σχολείου, οι δασκάλες και το.σ. του Σ.Γ.. θα ήθελαν να ευχαριστήσουν όλους τους γονείς που ενθαρρύνουν τα παιδιά τους να µάθουν και να διατηρήσουν την όµορφη µητρική µας γλώσσα. Με τη ευκαιρία αυτή σας υπενθυµίζουµε ότι οι εγγραφές αρχίζουν τον µήνα του Αυγούστου. Παρακαλούµε να έλθετε στο γραφείο της εκκλησίας, να τακτοποιήσετε τους λογαριασµούς σας και να γράψετε τα παιδιά σας στο ελληνικό σχολείο για την χρονιά Όλα τα παιδιά που πηγαίνουν στην πρώτη τάξη του Αµερικάνικου σχολείου µπορούν να εγγραφούν στην αρχάρια (πρώτη µικρή) τάξη του Ελληνικού σχολείου. Ευχόµαστε σε όλα τα παιδιά και τις οικογένειές τους Καλό και Ξένοιαστο Καλοκαίρι! SENIOR CITIZEN S CORNER In the midst of May, we celebrated Mother s Day, a universal day to give thanks to that one special person in our lives for her constant love and caring. In June, we honor our fathers who work so hard to take care of us, gives us strength and keeps us all together. The St. George Senior Citizens had their meeting on Saturday, April 17th and was well attended. Also attending were a few Candy Bunnies and Jelly Beans. Mrs. Emily Skaltsiotis read a beautiful poem on our Patron Saint, St. George. It was appreciated by all. Ann Stevens has a list of day trips she is working on. They will be scheduled for after the festival. Trips are to Atlantic City, Washington, DC, Greenwich Village, NY and Philadelphia. Date to Remember is our Parent s Day celebration, June 27th at 12:30 pm at Sir Johns. Cost is $17.00 per person. AHEPA 37 TH ANNUAL GRADUATES AWARDS LUNCHEON SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH, 2004 at 1:00 pm On Sunday June 27 th, 2004, the Order of AHEPA, Monroe Chapter #75, will honor, as it does every year, all high school and college graduates of the St. George Greek Orthodox Community. ALL graduates, their families, and their friends are invited and urged to attend the awards ceremony and luncheon. This year, Monroe Chapter #75, is also proud to announce the launching of a new scholarship, the Milton Marikakis AHEPA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for students of the community planning to attend colleges or universities. The application forms for the recognition luncheon and the scholarship are available at the Church office. Completed forms should be sent to Dr. John Kazan, 41 Hillcrest Road, Martinsville, NJ 08836, (Telephone ), no later than June 11 th We are looking forward to seeing ALL graduates there.

14 Page 14 Voice of St. George Coming Attractions Beginning with the September issue the Voice of St. George will feature three new columns: 1. Tell me Father where people can raise questions to Fr. Alex by sending s to and he can answer the questions via our monthly bulletin. 2. Catechism where Fr. Alex can talk about our religion. 3. Announcements where we tell our community what our members want to share with the rest such as baptisms, weddings, graduations, etc. Please, send your news to Mariea Kazantzis either via at: or call Ξεκινώντας µε την εκδοση του Σεπτεµβρίου η Φωνή του Αγίου Γεωργίου θα φιλοξενήσει τρείς νέες στήλες: 1. «Πάτερ, Εξηγήστε µου» οπου οι ενορίτες µας µπορούν να στέλνουν ερωτήσεις στόν Πατέρα Αλέξανδρο στήν ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση και εκείνος θα τις απαντά µέσω της στήλης αυτής. 2. «Κατηχητικό» οπου ο Πατέρας Αλέξανδρος θα µας µιλά για τήν θρησκείαν µας. 3. «Τα Νέα της Κοινότητος» οπου εσείς θα µας λέτε τα νέα σας, οπως τις βαπτίσεις των παιδιών σας, τους γάµους τους, τά νεα των σπουδών τους, κ.λ.π. Παρακαλούµε στείλετε τα µηνύµατά σας στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση της κας Μαρίας Καζαντζή η τηλεφωνήστε στο Congratulations to the children who participated in the Young Artist s Concert! Sunday School St George Greek Orthodox presented The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival on April 25, The following Sunday School students participated: Cathy Lee George, George Banis, Dylan Stevens, Ryan Stevens, Marianne Solomos, George Moutafis. Congratulations to the excellent presentations and to our Parish Finalist who were promoted to participate in the New Jersey District Festival: George Banis Junior Division and George Moutafis Senior Division. We are honored to announce that George Banis won the District Festival of New Jersey on May 2, 2004.

15 June Page 15 PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: On April 24 and May 22, 2004, the Ladies Philoptochos Society held its monthly meeting in the Memorial Room with President Eleni Andronikou presiding. Delegates to the Philoptochos Conference an the Greek Orthodox Clergy/Laity Conference scheduled for July, 2004 were determined. We met our obligations to IOCC, Support a Mission Priest, and St. Basil Graduates Award Ceremony. We made our annual donation of $1,300 toward the preparation of the baklava for the St. George Festival and gave a donation to our St. George Youth for their upcoming participation in Project Mexico. Our church celebrated its holiday with Vesper Services the evening of April 22 and Liturgy on April 23. The holiday was co-celebrated by Metropolitan Evangelos and seven priests, with parishioners from Union, Perth Amboy, Tom s River and Randolph joining our community. Both, the Vespers and Liturgy services, were followed with a coffee hour beautifully prepared by our Philoptochos members. Pres. Andronikou thanked all the ladies who assisted, and in particular, chairmen Anna Kalogridis and Evangelia Manolakis, for their efforts which made the St. George Vespers and Liturgy coffee hours such a success. Following our May meeting, Pres. Andronikou, on behalf of all the ladies of the Philoptochos, welcomed Fr. Alexander Kile as spiritual Father to our community. Fr. Kile responded with a heart warming account and admiration of the Philoptochos and its projects and assured the ladies that he will be available to work with them to attain their most worthy objectives. A delicious buffet luncheon prepared by the ladies followed. Plans are being made for our Philoptochos June Luncheon scheduled for June 6, 2004, at the Pines Manor at 1:00 pm. At that time we will honor Rev. Fr. John Theodosion for his nine years of pastoral service to our St. George Community. Also, our speaker for the afternoon will be Dr. Antonia Tripolitis. All members, their families and friends are encouraged to attend. Reminder: Please pay your dues for the year 2004 and any previous years that you may have neglected. REMEMBER TO DIRECT YOUR UNITED WAY CONTRIBUTION TO THE ST. GEORGE NEEDY CASES FUND # The Stewardship Committee is pleased to report the following as of April 30, 2004: Total number pledges received: 393 Total amount pledged: $152,375 Total amount collected: $124,484 Average pledge: $387 As we approach the end of the school year, please do not forget that your Church operates year-round and needs your support yearround. An integral part of the success of stewardship in the St. George community is the participation of each member of this parish. We are aware that these are difficult times for many parishioners and yet the Church is here for you regardless if you choose to support it or not. If you have pledged and not paid, please do so before your summer starts. If you have not pledged at all, we encourage you to do so and soon! The Church needs your help and welcomes any and all pledges. The Stewardship Committee thanks all parishioners who have pledged and appreciates your continued support of the St. George parish. The Stewardship Committee Petra Theodos Knox, Chair George Psyllos, Chair Katina Kehayas, Mike Sirimis, Eleni Giannios, Eleni Banis, Michael Sirimis

16 Page 16 The Voice of Saint George CRABIEL FUNERAL DIRECTORS David B. Crabiel, Founder (NJ Lic. 2301) MILLTOWN The Crabiel Home for Funerals Paulette Crabiel Wahler, Mgr. (NJ Lic. 3875) 170 N. Main Street-at Riva Avenue Michael Theokas NEW BRUNSWICK Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel Frank S. Facchini, Mgr. (NJ Lic. 3217) 329 Livingston Avenue NEW BRUNSWICK GOWEN FUNERAL HOME, LLC John Mezaros, Mgr. (NJ Lic. 2862) 233 Somerset Street 1411 Stelton Road - Piscataway, NJ Is this space reserved for your business card? Advertise in the Voice of St. George Night of Comedy Featuring Basile and Jimmy Santis - Ta Super Greeks Sponsored by the Daughters of Penelope Educational Foundation, Inc. Sunday, September 26, 2004 The Stress Factory Comedy Club 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ Dinner and Show $65.00 Buffet begins at 5:00 pm Show begins promptly at 7:00 pm For information & reservations contact Kay Kehayas No tickets will be sold at the door

17 June Page 17 PTO Happenings Well, here we are in the final stretch of the school year. To complete this year we would like to thank our current Board Members for all their efforts in managing the functions that are held for the children. There are many tasks and details that go on behind the scenes for each event that we need to thank Board Members and parents/volunteers that work together to accomplish the success. The coordination is extremely important and it shows in the outcome. It is also a wonderful way to be a part of the Church Community. On behalf of our current Board we would like to welcome our New PTO Board Members: Dorothy Koutsoras President Evie Georgopoulos Vice President Kathy Catanzaro Corresponding Secretary Sophia Exarchakis Recording Secretary Maggie Stavrianidis Treasurer We wish all of you a wonderful and successful term. As we enjoy the many activities and celebrations that lead to the end of another school year, let us take some time to reflect not only on what we have accomplished this year, but also on what we have started and not yet accomplished. It was once said we must remember that it is better to begin a great work than to finish a small one. I pray that we all may find the courage and energy to accomplish the great works in our lives. God Bless and have a wonderful Summer PTO Board President, Christina Milano Vice President, Dorothy Koutsoras Secretary, Maria Boyadjis Treasurer, Helen Giannos Corresponding Secretary Eleni Banis Νέα του Συλλόγου Γονέων και ιδασκάλων Φτάσαµε και φέτος στο τέλος της σχολικής χρονιάς! Καθώς κλείνουµε άλλο ένα χρόνο συνεργασίας και προσφοράς προς τα παιδιά µας, θα θέλαµε να ευχαριστήσουµε τα µέλη του.σ. για όλες τις προσπάθειές τους, τις πολύωρες προσφορές τους, και την ακούραστη παρουσία τους σε όλες τις εκδηλώσεις του Σ.Γ.. Ο συντονισµός και η συνεργασία είναι αναγκαία χαρακτηριστικά για την επιτυχία κάθε οργάνωσης. Είναι πολύ όµορφο να ανήκει κάποιος σε µιά τόσο δραστήρια και ευλογηµένη κοινότητα! Εκ µέρους του.σ καλωσορίζουµε τα νέα µέλη του.σ ωροθέα Κουτσώρα-Πρόεδρος Εύη Γεωργοπούλου-Αντιπρόεδρος Κάθυ Κατανζάρο-Γραµµατεύς Σοφία Εξαρχάκη-Γραµµατεύς Αλληλογραφίας Μαγκυ Σταυριανίδου-Ταµίας Σας ευχόµαστε καλή επιτυχία στην θητεία σας! Ευχόµαστε να σας δούµε όλους στη γιορτή του Ελληνικού Σχολείου το Σάββατο 12 Ιουνίου στις 11π.µ. και την τελευταία Κυριακή του Κατηχητικού Σχολείου στις 13 Ιουνίου. Υπενθυµίζουµε ότι το γιορταστικό δείπνο γιά το τέλος της χρονιάς είναι την Τρίτη 15 Ιουνίου στο εστιατόριο «Λουκάς» ( Rt.27 Edison NJ) και προσκαλούµε όλες τις κυρίες γία ένα φιλικό βραδινό. Για πληροφορίες αποτανθείτε στην κ. ωροθέα Κουτσόρα (908) Ευχόµαστε σε όλα τα παιδιά της κοινότητας και τις οικογένειές τους Καλό Καλοκαίρι και ο Θεός να σας ευλογεί πάντα. Το.Σ. Πρόεδρος, Χριστίνα Μιλάνο Αντιπρόεδρος, ωροθέα Κουτσόρα Γραµµατεύς, Μαρία Μπογιαντζή Γραµµατεύς Αλληλογραφίας, Ελένη Βάνη Ταµίας, Ελένη Γιαννίου HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!

18 Page 18 LITURGICAL SCHEDULE - ΕΟΡΤΟΛΟΓΙΟΝ T he Voice of Saint CHURCH SERVICES: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, (Matins 9 A.M. D. Liturgy 10:15 A.M-Noon From 6/27-9/12 Matins 9 A.M. Divine Liturgy 9:45-11 A.M.) JUNE Sunday 6 1 st Sunday of Matthew All Saints Day - Epistle: Hebrews 11:32-12:2 - Gospel Matthew 10:32-33,37-38;19:27-30 June7th The Fast of the Apostles Begin (22 days) June 11 th St. Bartholomew, Name Day of the Ecumenical Patriarch (no Liturgy) Sunday 13 2 nd Sunday of Matthew - Epistle Rom:2:10-16/ Gospel Mat. 4:18-23 Sunday 20 3 rd Sunday of Matthew. FATHER S DAY - Epistle Romans 5:1-10/ Gospel Mat. 6:22-23 Thursday 24 The Nativity of St. John Sunday 27 4 th Sunday of Matthew - Epistle Rom.6:18-23/Gospel Mat. 8:5-13 Tuesday 29 Saints Peter and Paul Chiefs of the Apostles - (End of the Fast) Wednesday 30 Synaxis of the 12 Apostles JULY Sunday 4 5 th Sunday of Matthew. INDEPENDENCE DAY Doxology. Epistle Rom. 10:1-10/ Gospel Mat.8:28-34; 9:1 Wed. 7 Saint Kyriakι the Great Martyr. Sunday 11 6 th Sunday of Matthew, Saints Euphimia the Great Martyr and Olga equal to the Apostles. Epistle II Corinthians 6:1-10/ Gospel Mat9:1-8 Sunday 18 Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Synod in Chalcedon - Epistle Titus 3:8-15/ Gospel Mat. 5:14-19 Tuesday 20 Prophet Elijah the Thesbite Thursday 22 Saints Mary of Magdalene and Marcella of Chios Sunday 25 8 th Sunday of Matthew, Dormition of St. Anna Epistle:Galatians 4:22-27/ Gospel Mat. 14:14-22 BIANNUAL CLERGY LAITY CONGRESS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA STARTS IN NEW YORK CITY. Monday 26 St. Paraskevi No Divine Liturgy Tuesday 27 St. Panτeleimon No Divine Liturgy due to the Congress. AUGUST Paraclesis to Virgin Mary at 7 p.m. Sunday 1 The Fast to Virgin Mary Starts (13 days) 9 th Sunday of Matthew. Procession of the Holy Cross. Epistle I Cor. 3:9-17 Gospel Mat.14: Paraclesis 7 p.m. Monday 2 Paraclesis Tuesday 3 Paraclesis Wednesday 4 Paraclesis Friday 6 Transfiguration of Our Lord the Savior. Blessing of the Grapes ( Fish and wine is permitted). Gospel Matthew17:19. Sunday 8 10 th Sunday of Matthew - Epistle I Cor. 4:9-16 Gospel Mat.17:14-23 Monday 9 Paraclesis 7p.m. Tuesday 10 Paraclesis Wed. 11 Paraclesis Thursday 12 Paraclesis Friday 13 Last Paraclesis 7 p.m. Saturday 14 Great Vespers of the Dormition of Virgin Mary in Holmdel 7.30 p.m. Sunday 15 th DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY VIRGIN MARY (Small Easter and end of the Fast) Right after D. Liturgy Lamentations of Virgin Mary and procession of the Epitaph of Virgin Mary around the Church. Epistle Philippians 2:5-11. Gospel Luke 10:38-42,11: Sunday th Sunday of Matthew - Epistle I Cor. 15:1-11 Gospel Mat. 19:16-26 Friday 27 St. Fanourios the Martyr Sunday 29 BEHEADING OF THE VENERABLE SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST. (1 day strict fast, no water melons or melons to be cut today) Epistle: Acts 13: Gospel: Mark:6:14-30 Monday 30 Saints Alexander, Paul and John Patriarchs of Constantinople. Father Alex s Name Day. Tuesday 31 The Veneration of the Sash of Virgin Mary.

19 Εκκλησιαστικό Πρόγραµµα Ιουνίου, Ιουλίου, και Αυγούστου, Ορθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτουργία 10:15 π.µ.-μεσηµέρι Από τις 27 Ιουνίου µέχρι 12 Σεπτεµβρίου Καλοκαιρινό Ωράριο - Ορθρος 9 π.µ. Θεία Λειτουργία 9:45 π.µ. 11 π.µ. Ιούνιος Κυριακή 6: Α Κυριακή Ματθαίου, Των Αγίων Πάντων Απόστ. Εβραίους: 11:32-11:2 /Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 10:32-33,37-38;19:27-30 ευτέρα 7: Αρχή Νηστείας Αγίων Αποστόλων Παρασκευή 11: Αγίου Βαρθολοµαίου Σεπτά ονοµαστήρια της Αυτού Θειοτάτης Παναγιότητος του Οικουµενικού Πατριάρχου Κυριακή 13: 2 α Κυριακή Ματθαίου - Απόστ. Ρωµαίους: 2:10-16 /Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 4:18-23 Κυριακή 20: 3 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου Ηµέρα του Πατέρα Απόστ. Ρωµαίους: 5:1-10/ Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 6:22-23 Τρίτη 29: Τετάρτη 30: Ιούλιος Κυριακή 4: Κυριακή 11: Κυριακή 18: Τρίτη 20: Πέµπτη 22: Κυριακή 25: ευτέρα 26: Αύγουστος Πέµπτη 24: Το Γεννέσιον του Αγίου Ιωάννου Προδρόµου Κυριακή 27: 4 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου - Απόστ. Ρωµαίους: 6:18-23/ Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 8:5-13 Αγίων Πέτρου κ Παύλου των Κορυφαίων Αποστόλων Σύναξις των ώδεκα Αποστόλων 5 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου, Ηµέρα Ανεξαρτησίας Αµερικής - οξολογία Απόστ. Ρωµαίους: 10:1-10/ Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 8:28-34; 9:1 Τετάρτη 7: Αγίας Κυριακής Μεγαλοµάρτυρος 6 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου, Αγίας Εύφηµίας της µεγαλοµάρτυρος k θαυµατουργού, Αγ. Ολγας ισαποστόλου Β Πρός Κορινθίους 6:1-10/ Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 9:1-8 Πατέρων 4 ης εν Χαλκηδόνι Οικουµενικής Συνόδου Απόστ. Τίτου 3:8-15/ Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 5:14-19 Προφήτου Ηλιού του Θεσβίτου Αγ. Μαγδαληνής ισαποστόλου και µυροφόρου Αγ. Μαρκέλλης Χιοπολίτιδος 8 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου, Κοίµησις Αγίας Αννης µητρός της Παναγίας Απόστ. Γαλ. 4:22-27/ Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 14:14-22 Αρχίζει η Κληρικολαϊκή Συνεδρίασις της Αρχιεπισκοπής στή Νέα Υόρκη Αγίας Μεγαλοπαρθενοµάρτυρος Παρασκευής έν εχει Θ. Λειτουργία λόγω της συνεδριάσεως Τρίτη 27: Αγ. Παντελεήµονος του Ιαµατικού - έν εχει Θ. Λειτουργία λόγω της συνεδριάσεως Κυριακή 1: Αρχή Νηστείας της Παναγίας (13 ηµέρες) - 9 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου, Περιφορά του Τιµίου Σταυρού Παρασκευή 6: Απόστ. Α Πρός Κορινθίους 3:9-17/Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 14:22-34 Παράκλησις πρός την Παναγίαν 7 µ.µ. ευ. 2, Τρίτη. 3, Τετ. 4: Παρακλήσεις 7 µ.µ. Θεία Μεταµόρφωσις του Σωτήρος Χριστού Ευλογία των καρπών της αµπέλου - Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 17:1-9. (Κατάλυσις ιχθύος και οίνου επιτρέπεται ψάρι κ κρασί) Κυριακή 8: 10 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου - Απόστ. Α Πρός Κορινθίους 4:9-16/Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 17:14-23 Σάββατον 14: Κυριακή 15 : ευ. 9, Τρίτη. 10, Τετ. 11, Πέµπτη 12, Παρ. 13: Παρακλήσεις 7 µ.µ. Στολισµός Eπιταφίου της Παναγίαςστήν εκκλησία µας Μέγας Εσπερινός Κοιµήσεως της Θεοτόκου στό Holmdel 7.30 µ.µ. Κοίµησις της Θεοτόκου (Μικρόν Πάσχα τέλος νηστείας) Μετά την Θ. Λειτουργία θα ψαλούν τα εγκώµια της Παναγίας κ θα γίνει η περιφορά του επιταφίου Απόστ. Πρός Φιλιππισίους 2:5-11/Ευαγ. Λουκά 10:38-42,11: Κυριακή 22: 12 η Κυριακή Ματθαίου - Απόστ. Α Πρός Κορινθίους 15:1-11/Ευαγ. Ματθαίου 19:16-26 Παρασκευή 27: Αγίου Φανουρίου µάρτυρος Κυριακή 29: Αποτοµή κεφαλής Αγ. Ιωάννου Προδρόµου (µονοήµερη αυστηρή νηστεία, δέν επιτρέπεται νά κόψουµε πεπόνια κ καρπούζια) ευτέρα 30: Τρίτη 31: Απόστ. 13:25-33/Ευαγ. Μάρκου 6:14-30 Αγίων Αλεξάνδρου, Ιωάννου, Παύλου Πατριαρχών Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Ονοµαστήρια του Αρχιµανδρίτου Αλεξάνδρου, Ιερατικώς Προϊσταµένου Κατάθεσις της Τιµίας Ζώνης της Θεοτόκου

20 Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE Paid New Brunswick, N.J. Permit No River Road Piscataway, NJ ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Phone: Fax: WE RE ON THE WEB! STGEORGEPISCATAWAY.ORG A celebration after the completion of another successful Festival!

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