Monthly Newsletter - 1999-2001 Archive

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church - Bulletin
May 1999 - Volume 5, Number 8


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A Message From Your Pastor

Dear parishioners,

Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!

The first Easter crushed the hopes of the disciples and brought confusion, agony and despair. The Crucifixion of Christ posed a threat to the fearful disciples and His followers. Their hopes were shattered and their lives were rendered meaningless for Christ was dead.

It was into this darkness that God thrust the radiant light of His victory. The light inside the empty tomb was so intense and brilliant that great artists and iconographers have, throughout the ages, depicted the joyful myhrr bearing women shielding their eyes.

The good news of the greatest event in the history of humankind was announced by the angel of the Lord, first to the women who came into the tomb and then to the disciples. Easter came with its promise of life over death, light over darkness, joy over sorrow. Since that time, the light of the Resurrection has illuminated the lives of countless people, has raised the conscience of millions and has strengthened the faith of those who believe in the Risen Christ.

We are passing through a dark alley of worldwide tensions and personal difficulties. The institutions of learning, where our children's character and sense of responsibility is shaped, have become killing fields, as we recently witnessed at Colombine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The war in the Balkans has intensified and thousands of lives have violently ended. The numbers of refugees and victims of the bombings are staggering.

On March 29, 1999, our Ecumenical Patriarch, in an appeal for a cease-fire, issued the following statement: "I, Patriarch Bartholomew, in the name of God who loves humankind, in the name of the human race, in the name of civilization, at this season of the religious feast of the Muslims, the Easter of the Roman Catholics and Protestants, the Passover of the Jews and the Pascha of the Orthodox, on bended knees fervently appeal from the tormented depths of my heart to all world government leaders, to military commanders and to those armed forces throughout the world, that they cease fire immediately. We beseech them to use mutual understanding and mutual concession to resolve peacefully their regional, international and worldwide disputes, in order that the peace of God and mercy abide with them and with all humankind. Amen."

We have often been in a state of despair and uncertainty, but then Easter comes with its renewed promise of life over death. For ages, the light of the Resurrection has illuminated and brought hope to our world. May the Resurrection's light strengthen us and bring us hope during this difficult time. May the recent prayer of the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church take root in the hearts of the rulers who determine the present course of history, "We pray the Lord of peace, the living and true God, in whose hands are judgment and justice, to give to all in Kosovo and Metohija, and throughout our homeland and throughout the world, peace, justice, security in freedom, and to the powerful of the world, understanding and wisdom."

Young and old came to receive the light from the Priest's candle, when he chanted: "Come, receive the light from the unwaning light, and glorify Christ Who is risen from the dead." Our Church, beautiful and warm as ever was filled to capacity several times during Holy Week and Easter. For once, there was no room for more people!

What a blessed privelege it is to receive this light and to proclaim the glorious news, especially to those who still believe that darkness and death are the final end of man. However, the fact is that Christ did rise from the dead. The sun's rays illustrate this fact each and every day. Look at the radiance of that light; let it warm the coldness in our hearts, and wash the darkness from our spirits. If we commit ourselves to teach and guide our children to appreciate this light and to receive the resurrected Christ in their hearts, there will be peace in our Schools, safety and respect for each other's rights and ultimately, respect for life.

It is impossible to express in words, how much your presence and participation in the Holy Services helps you and your families. Your prayers, your decision to live in the "unwaning light" of the Risen Lord and to shed its radiance with your Christian example wherever you go, will certainly bring hope and peace to you and to humankind.

My fervent prayer is that all of the shadows will be transformed into light and the peace of God the Father will be established in the hearts of every person. Amen.

Yours in the Risen Christ,

Father Efstathios V. Mylonas

A Prayer offered by Fr. Stathis on Palm Sunday

Heavenly King, our Lord and God, You created our world in wisdom and brought all that exists into being from nothingness, we call upon You at this appointed time to hear our one united voice of supplication and prayer.

We lift our hearts to You, our only hope as we repeat those sacred words that You taught us to say when we call upon our heavenly Father: "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done." Let Your kingdom abide in us and let Your will be done. Do not allow our own personal desires and ways to take hold of us and lead us into the tunnel of darkness.

You created us, men and women, peoples and nations, and You commended that we were meant to live together in peace and harmony. It seems, though, that we have preferred the ways of destruction and war. We bow our hearts before You in prayer and ask that You forgive our transgressions. Illuminate the hearts and minds of the rulers of this world and bring warring factions to the table of discussion and diplomacy. Let our actions be positive, so that we will not become the agents of death, for all human life is precious and dear to You. Teach us that we must live together in peace; otherwise, no technological wonders, ethnic cleansing or the use of force will bring solutions to our problems, we will only serve to destroy each other and what You have given us.

In these difficult days of war, extend Your mighty arm and protect the Balkan countries and all those who live there, Christians and Moslems and others and bring in their hearts Your love, the love of Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, so that peace will come soon. As we enter Holy Week and are getting ready to re-live the Passion of our Saviour, Jesus Christ and to celebrate His glorious Resurrection, we beseech You, O God, to send Your Holy Spirit to help us to be patient, to learn how to reason and how to understand others from other historical, cultural and religious backgrounds. Hear our prayer, O Lord, and have mercy on us. Amen.

We thank our parishioners and friends for helping generously our Church to raise approximately $3,000.00 for the victims of the war in the Balkans. Fr. Stathis attended on April 29, 1999 a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service for the suffering people in Kosovo, Metohija and Serbian lands conducted by Bishop Tikhon of the Russian Orthodox Church and Bishop Jovan of the Serbian Orthodox Church assisted by all Orthodox Clergy of Southern California at St. Steven Cathedral Serbian Orthodox Church in Alhambra, CA. They prayed for peace in the Balkans. A meeting followed the Holy Services which was attended by hundreds of people. Those who wish to help, please send your check to St. Anthony's Church.

Stewardship

In the Garden of the Heart, there is Love

A steward of the land, desiring a bountiful season, must work both early and late to cultivate a rich harvest. The land that God has given each one of us to prepare is the garden in our own hearts. In the garden of the heart there can only be room for love. The steward must work without ceasing to cultivate this garden, being vigilant against small sins, developing a regular prayer life, making good use of time, and being untiring in helping others. Cultivating the heart bears the fruit of love, and yet love bears its own fruit, as a holy person once said: "The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace."

For love to be true, it must be mutual, it must be shared. In Colossians 3:14 we read, "but above all these things PUT ON LOVE, which is the bond of perfection." Our love is expressed in extending ourselves to others. Love in action is service; and serving others is at the heart of Orthodox Christian stewardship.

The desert fathers constantly emphasize in their writings that no one can be saved without love. The more we cultivate the garden of the heart and advance in inner prayer and sanctity the more closely we are spiritually united to others and able to love and give freely. Stewardship of love leads to a great harvest, the harvest of eternal life.

Your stewardship pledge for this year will be certainly the expression of this love. Thank you for your consideration and your generosity.

St. John Chrysostom District Oratorical Festival

The St. John Chrysostom District Oratorical Festival took place in our Church on Sunday, April 18, 1999 from 1:30 - 5:15 p.m. Participants in the Oratorical Festival, Juniors and Seniors came from the following parishes:

  • Assumption Church, Long Beach 2
  • St. John Church, Anaheim 2
  • St. Katherine Church, Redondo Beach 4
  • St. Spyridon Church, San Diego 1
  • St. Paul Church, Irvine 2
  • St. Anthony Church, Pasadena 2
  • St. George Church, Downey 1
  • St. Elias Church, San Bernardino 2

For a total of 18. Those who have advanced to the Diocesan level will compete at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center on the weekend of May 28-31,1999. Their respective parishes will cover all their expenses to encourage our youth participation in this most worthy program.

Winners in our District were the following: Junior Division: Yannis Papadakis, St. Katherine's Church, Redondo Beach, Sophia Hioureas, St. John the Baptist Church, Anaheim, Andrea Tibbs, St. Paul's Church, Irvine. Senior Division: Jennie Spiropoulos, Assumption Church, Long Beach, Paul Kantounias, St. George Church, Downey, Nick Plianconias, St. Katherine's Church, Redondo Beach.

Father Stathis was the chairman of the District Oratorical Festival and Irene Albeck the coordinator. This Festival was one of the best in organization and quality and commitment of the participants. We are deeply grateful to our Risen Lord Jesus Christ whom we wosrship for enabling us to offer our services to the youth of our parish and the youth of the Greek Orthodox community of Southern California. The Oratorical Festival is a very special and most important ministry of our Church.

Since 1987, we have sponsored and organized 13 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festivals. In 1998 we were not only a part of the National Oratorical Festival along with St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles and St. Nicholas Church of Northridge, but we had also sponsored the District Oratorical Festival.

Special thanks to our judges: Presvytera Maria Mylonas, Bess Mechalas and Nick Zarkantzas, Judie Christopoulos and Dorothea Hartford time keepers, Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Tina Roulakis for providing all the food to our guests, to Irene Albeck for coordinating the program and providing the soft drinks, to our young people from our parish, Steven Roulakis and Michael Demopulos for participating in the Festival.

Our Youth

On Friday, May 7, 1999, GOYA members held a very important meeting with Fr. Stathis and parents. Father Stathis, in his efforts to reorganize all our youth groups and as he has done with the Greek Folk Dance Groups, sent 57 letters to young people, ages 13-18 and invited them to attend this meeting. Many parents committed to serve as advisers and helpers. They have also decided to meet again on Sunday, June 6, 1999 following Divine Liturgy. They will hold also their annual elections during this meeting.Prior to this meeting, the present officers will meet on Sunday, May 16 following Divine Liturgy.

JOY-ages 8-12 will have a luncheon and visit a home for disadvantage children on Sunday, May 23 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.For more information contact Tina Roulakis at (626) 585-8656.

St. Anthony's children's play yard will be officially blessed and opened on Sunday, May 23, 1999 following Divine Liturgy. On that day, we will acknowledge all those who have donated to realize this beautiful project in the life of St. Anthony's Church. We express deep appreciation to the following donors:

  • Theodore and Esther Vavoulis $500.00
  • John and Pam Buzas 500.00
  • Dr. Nikitas and Dena Tripodes 500.00
  • James and Maria Kypreos 100.00
  • Agnostos 100.00
  • Zachary Vorgias Family 200.00
  • Dr. James and Sophia Angelos 500.00
  • Theodore and Litsa Stavropoulos 200.00
  • Dr. Nicholas and Tina Roulakis 500.00
  • John and Jenny Tsouvalas 200.00
  • Frank and Christine Kundanis 300.00
  • Ted and Vangie Dupas (for Moms and Tots) 400.00
  • Moms N' Tots 200.00
  • Kristen, Jeffrey, Keith Becker 200.00
  • Maria Karras, Nick and Zoe Demos 200.00
  • Order of AHEPA 750.00
  • Unknown 3,000.00
  • Sue Parks 2,000.00
  • Nicholas and Irene Mitsos 2,000.00
  • Paul and Mary Ann Mallis donated the playground gym set.

St. Anthony's Greek Folk Dance Groups are practicing every Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Terpsichorians practice at 8:30 p.m. Those who have any interest to participate in this group of dancers, they have to be at least 18 years old and older. For more information, visit the Terpsichorians during their practice. All Greek Folk Dance Groups meet in our Hellenic Cultural Center.

St. Demetrios Greek Folk Dancers of Seattle, Washington are proud to host the 1999 FDF Dance Symposium featuring guest instructors from Greece and local experts, traditional folk music and song by Zyia. The event will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 20-30, 1999 in Seattle, Washington. Deadline for reservations: May 10th. Call Stasia at (206) 706-4144 or Christa at (360) 671-2677, e-mail: anabar@wralp.com

Summer Camps for Our Youth

St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center:A beautiful summer camp program under the auspices of our Diocese of San Francisco. Week 1 - Sat., July 10 to Sat., July 17. Week 2 - Sat. July 17 to Sat, July 24. Week 3 - Sat. July 24 to Sat. July 31. For information call Bill Tragus at (559) 338 1152, e-mail: sfgoyal@psnw.com or Thano Christ at (310) 539-2261 or Anna Nichole Kyritsis (909) 864-4541. Ages 2nd grade through 12th grade.

St. Sophia Cathedral Camp: The nearest of all summer camps. Many of our young people participate every year in this program. Camper and counselor applications are now in the Church office. This year's season will run from July 17 - August 14. Prospective camp counselors must be high school

graduates and will be accepted fo available positions on a first come, first served basis. Counselors will be expected to complete training sessions before being accepted for the summer.There are four weeks of camping: Week 1 - July 17-24, Week 2 - July 24-31, Week 3 - July 31-August 7, Week 4 - August 7-14. For more information/applications call Fr. Paul Paris at (323) 737-2424.

Ionian Village in Vartholomio, Greece is the ultimate of our Summer Camps. This summer program is under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Those who had been part of this camp program cherish friendships and memories that last a lifetime.The program has as follows:

Summer Travel Camp, ages 12-15, June 28-July 17. Byzantine Venture, ages 16-18, July 25-August 12. Byzantine Venture Pilgrimage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Optional), July 20-25. Spiritual Odyssey, Young Adults, ages 19 and older, July 11-July 26. For more information call (212) 570 3534, Fax: (212)570-3569, e-mail: ionianvillage@goarch.org

For all camp programs you can call our office too. We have information and applications. Call (626) 449-6943, Fax: (626) 449-6974, e-mail: frstathis@saint-anthonys.org and our website is: www.saint-anthonys.org

Other youth related programs and conferences Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31, Sports Weekend at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center. Please call (559) 338-1152 or (310) 704-2459.

  • June 4-6, Diocese of San Francisco YAL summer retreat at St. Nick's Ranch.
  • July 1-4, National YAL Conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Phone number is (602) 995 6600 or (800) 950-0086.
  • July 7-10, St. Nicolas Camp counselors retreat at St. Nicholas' Camp. Call Bill Tragus at (559)338-2103.
  • Sept. 3-6, Diocese YAL Convention at Manhattan Beach Marriot Hotel. For more information contact Chrisann Travlos at St. Katherine's Redondo Beach (310) 540-2434.

Los Angeles Children's Chorus invites you to audition for the 1999-2000 Season June 13-15, 1999. Ages 9-12 years old. The auditions will take place at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 54 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, tel. (626) 793-4231. Fax: (626) 793-0173, www.lachidrenschorus.org or call our Church office for more information.

Los Angeles Children's Chorus invites you to its 1999 Spring Concert, "Let Beauty Awakes" on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. Place: Pasadena Presbyterian Church, corner of Madison and Gcolorado. Adults $12, seniors and students $6. For tickets, call (626) 793-4231.

A CROP Walk is an exciting community event as well as a hunger fundraising activity. Since "we walk because they walk," the CROP Walk is an opportunity for the faith community to publicly express its concern for poor and hungry people everywhere. CROP is Communities Reach Out to People. All Churches within the Pasadena-Altadena area will participate in the 1999 CROP Hunger Walk, scheduled for October 17, 1999. St. Anthony's youth will take part in this most worthy program to help the needy.

The Xenia Anton Desby Memorial Organ Scholarships were established to assist and encourage the musical development and training of Greek Orthodox church organists. Two awards-in the amount of $500-are available. One award is for the applicant who does not have any formal organ instruction and the other is for the one who has organ instruction. It is the hope that the recipients will continue serving the Greek Orthodox Church. Deadline: Applications to be postmarked on or before June 10, 1999. For more information call Mrs. Anna M. Counelis at (925) 254-2843 or our Church office at (626) 449-6943.

Bishop George of Komanon elevated to Bishop of New Jersey Diocese and Bishop Alexios of Troas elevated to Bishop of Atlanta Diocese To these two illustrious Hierarchs of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America express our heartfelt wishes and congratulations. May the Risen Christ bless them with many healthy years of productive and creative ministry. Axioi!

San Francisco Diocese Church Music Federation Conference will convene from June 24-27, 1999 at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach, CA. We urge all interested Church musicians, choir members to attend. For more information call (310) 540-2434. Deadline: May 28, 1999.

Holy Services and Sacraments

Baptisms

  • Thomas and Christopher, son of Thomas H. and Catherine E. Jaynes on March 6, 1999. Godparent: Effie Davlantes.
  • Sophia Yasmine, daughter of Nicholas S. and Chrissa Mobayen on March 13, 1999. Godparents: John and Orsa Stylianides.
  • Joella, daughter of Ron M. and Pamela L. Weller on April 3, 1999. Godparent: Stavroula Kiotas.
  • Christina Theodora, daughter of Theodore and Evangeline C. Dupas on April 24, 1999. Godparent: Kalliopi Kefalas.
  • Joseph Thomas, son of James L. and Joyce L. Nichols on May 8, 1999. Godparents: Christie and John Mavredakis.
  • Christian Andrew, son of Andrew and Marcia Brahos on May 8, 1999. Godparent: Argie Pastis.

Congratulations to the Godparents and parents. May the Risen Christ bless abundantly the lives of the newly baptized.

Funerals

  • Rodopi L. Lewis of San Marino, CA on April 15, 1999.
  • Vasilios Treantafelles of Monterey Park, CA on April 21, 1999.
  • Emanuel J. Babakitis of Arcadia, CA on April 26, 1999.

We express our condolences to the families of these dedicated to the Church people. We also express our deep sympathy to Father Peter Costarakis and his family on the untimely death of his beloved Presvytera Maria. She was a saintly person in the life of the Church and she served as Choir Director of St. Elias Church of San Bernardino, CA from 1979-1999. May her memory be eternal.



The Armenian massacre in Turkey in 1915 was the first genocide of the century. It is encouraging that the American media finally recognized and paid tribute to the victims of the Turkish barbarism on its tragic anniversary.

Fr. Stathis attended The Nineteenth Annual Ecumenical Leadership Luncheon on February 5, 1999 at the California Club, Los Angeles. He was invited by His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles. During the luncheon Mr. Franklin E. Ulf was honored, currently chairman and former CEO of the U.S. Trust Company. The luncheon is an annual event organized by the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to honor outstanding leaders in the community who have contributed to improve relations among all peoples.

The Orthodox at the Harare Assembly

From 3-14 December 1998, the World Council of Churches held its eighth assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, a meeting that brought together over 4,000 persons from around the world. This came at a time when the local Orthodox churches have been debating their involvement in the ecumenical movement perhaps more hotly than ever before, and a time when relations between Orthodox churches and the WCC-the world's most visible and most global ecumenical fellowship-were particularly strained. The statement emerging from the May 1998 meeting of Eastern Orthodox delegates at Thessaloniki on Orthodox-ecumenical relations unequivocally affirmed the importance of maintaining ecumenical involvement and condemned the destructive anti-ecumenism of Orthodox fringe groups. But in a manifestation of acute dissatisfaction with the way in which ecumenism was being done by the WCC, the statement recommended unanimous but sharply limited participation in the Harare assembly on the past of the Orthodox churches. In the light of this context what happened at Herare?

A Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC was created. The commission, in which Orthodox and Protestants will be in a relationship of parity in number, will have the potential to achieve a great deal in addressing the concerns which Orthodox have been bringing before the

Council with increasing urgency. Among Protestants involved in the Council's life, one could sense at Harare both a sincere willingness to listen to the Orthodox and reshape the Council, as well as certain fatigue, an impatience at hearing the same old concerns, often expressed in ways that sound clumsy or incosistent. In its overall character and its policy decisions, Harare has shown that the present moment is a critical one, that this is the moment for the Orthodox to draw on all our resources to present and articulate an assessment of the problems and potential of the WCC. (These are excerpts from "Notes and Comments; The Orthodox at the Harare Assembly" written by Peter Bouteneff for St. Vladimi's Theological Quarterly, Vol. 43, Number 1, 1999, pp. 79-84)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

St Anthony's Church will celebrate three milestones together on Saturday, June 26, 1999. The 45th year of granting the Church Charter, the 40th year of purchasing the Church property and the 15th year of the Church Consecration. The event will take place at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 778 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. And dinner at 7:30 p.m. Donation $40.00 per person to benefit St. Anthony's Church. It is an opportunity the wonderful St. Anthony's family to get together, to remember, to appreciate, to celebrate and to thank God for His gifts that abundantly bestowed upon us. Please join us and support this unique event in the life of our parish and help our Church. Tickets are available through our Church office. Call (626) 449-6943 and make reservations for yourself and your family.

St. Anthony's Philoptochos Tea Party on Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. promptly. The event will take place in our Hellenic Cultural Center. Inspirational speaker, Faith Annette Sand, author of Prayers of Faith; On Learning to Trust God, an excellent book on prayer that inspires, enriches the heart and strengthens the soul.Chairman of the event is Jeanne Karaioannoglou. Reservations: Maria Kokoris (626) 795-3161. Tickets are $15.00.

From St. Anthony's Philoptochos: Ladies of all ages are needed to help for the 1999 Christmas Benefit Luncheon. Chairwomen and helpers needed in all areas. Your ideas are welcomed and encouraged. It will be held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pasadena on Saturday, December 4, 1999. We will keep our meetings short and productive. Note the following meeting schedule:

Tuesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Remember-career girls, wives, mothers and grandmothers, we need you all to make this a spectacular event enabling Philoptochos to continue its charitable work. For more information please call Judie Christopoulos, Benefit Chairwoman, at (626) 792-2394. Looking forward to working with you!

Judie Christopoulos



Southern California Ecumenical Council, Ecumenical Committee for the Celebration of the Millennium invites you on May 22, 1999 from 8:30 a.m. To 1:00 p.m. at St. James Armenian Church, 4950 Slauson Ave., Los Angeles to attend a forum, A Faithful Response to Suffering Humanity: A Celebration of Light. Keynote speaker: Senator John Vasconcellos. Responses: Bishop Fred Borsch, Bishop Roy Sano, Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and Rev. Leonard Jackson. Focus Groups: penal system, welfare, immigration, hate crimes, earth. Please call (626) 578 6371, e-mail: scec@loop.com $15 donation ($10 students/seniors).

Orthodox Marriage Encounter, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, take a fresh look at your Marriage. For reservations or more information and weekend dates, call: Bud or Marcia Taylor (559) 439-8605, 6301 N. Marks Ave., Fresno, CA 93711. Future dates: Oct. 22-24, 1999 Ontario. February 4-6, 2000 Fresno. May 19-21, 2000 Fresno.

The Cambridge Singers present Ikons and Incense: Sacred Music of Russia The Russian Orthodox Church is, to most people, a mysterious collage of golden ikons, smoky incense and bearded priests, all illuminated in shimmering candlelight. In the same way, Russian sacred music has been an obscure, largely neglected branch of music. We present a program of some of the finest Russian works written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, performed at two venues that match the spiritual other-wordliness of the music.

Saturday, June 12, 1999
8:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church
4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA

Sunday, June 13, 1999
3:00 p.m.
St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church
778 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA

For more information/tickets please call (626) 584-0088, e-mail: Camsingers@aol.com

MGR Productions and The Knightsbridge Theatre present The Family's Affair, a new comedy written by Jean Van Tuyle, directed by Jules Aaron with Helen Lambros. The comedy runs through July 11, 1999 except June 19 and 20. For reservations call Box Office: (626) 440-0821.

The Hellenic Library which is founded by the Alpha Beta Hellenic Cultural Society invites you to use its ever-expanding collection of materials related to Greek culture. You can check out books, magazines, children's books, travel guides, videos, newspapers and other (in Greek or English). Library hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Location: 15741 S. Woodruff Ave., Suite H in Bellflower. Information: (562) 925-5211 (Saturdays), (562) 869-5582 (any time). Mailing address: Hellenic Library, P.O. Box 1301, Downey, CA 90240-0301.

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony the first Greek Orthodox Cemetery is finally a reality! A site within the beautiful hills of Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, CA will be used as the Greek Orthodox Cemetery. A Byzantine Chapel will also be built to perpetuate our sacred traditions and to bring together our Los Angeles Greek Orthodox Community. For more information, please talk with Fr. Stathis.

St. Anthony's Greek Festival will take place at Santa Anita Race Park on the weekend of September 18 - 19, 1999.

St. John the Baptist Anaheim, CA Greek Festival on Friday, May 14, 15, 16, 1999. For information call (714) 827-0181.

We have occasionally requests from parishioners for people who are able to stay with older people. If there is a person who is able to share time with an older person, please let us know. Sometimes that person will be very helpful if speaks Greek. Those who need help for their loved ones are willing to pay and to do everything possible to facilitate the person that will stay with them.