Monthly Newsletter - 1999-2001 Archive
St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church - Bulletin
February 2000 - Volume 5, Number 13
A Message From Your Pastor
A Message From Your Priest
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has
passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17
We have entered a New Year, a New Century and a New Millennium. On January
first, we began another year in our earthly lives, in our work, our
families, our partnerships, our friendships, our concerns, our worries, our
joys and disappointments and our hopes and frustrations. All of these
everyday experiences comprise the field "in which our salvation has to be
worked out in God's name."
We have left one more year behind us. We know and God knows what we have
done in the past and we place our trust in Him for our unknown future. "We
know that in everything God works for good with those who love him" as St.
Paul wrote to the Romans. Many of us fall into despair when we realize
that another part of our earthly life has irrevocably passed. "But time
presses on towards God and eternity, not towards the past and destruction.
And so-in God's name!", as Karl Rahner reminds us in his book, Everyday
In God's name, we move forward as individuals, as families, as a Christian
Church and as a nation. The whole world is marching towards eternity and
the realization of God's plan that all nations and all peoples of the earth
will respect and understand each other, communicate and share in helping
each other like family members, the family of the eternal God. Walls and
divisions should crumble. Tyranny should yield to democracy and freedom.
The destruction, abuse and exploitation of our planet should be eliminated.
Justice for all, peace and human rights should be in the forefront of our
political, religious and economic debates. The plight of the disadvantaged
should come into focus and it should become the concern of our society. No
Church can afford to overlook these problems without compromising her
"The world is rapidly changing. Half a century ago, few of us had heard of
television; now it is the predominant form of communication on earth. We
knew nothing of computers; yet now our lives are being revolutionized by
their existence. We had no understanding of DNA, that remarkable little
string of cells in our bodies that makes the decisions about the
replication of all our other cells; today we are told that scientists will
soon be able to alter our DNA, perhaps eliminating cancer and Alzheimer's
and other debilitating diseases, and, in the bargain, producing cells that
are superintelligent and superathletic." writes John Killinger in his book,
Preaching the New Millennium.
Humankind, facing an unknown future, yearns for security and hopes for
peace. Orthodox Christians and all Christians, are wondering, what is to
be the Church for the New Millennium and yet God's plan is to save this
world. St. Paul told the Corinthians, "So if anyone is in Christ , there
is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has
become new!" The author of the Revelation 21:1-5 talks also about a new
Heaven and a New Earth: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the
first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from
God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice
from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will
dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself
will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be
no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more; for the first things
have passed away." And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I
am making all things new." The New Testament teaching that the present
world will pass away does not mean that present creation will be destroyed.
It will be renewed, transfigured and glorified.
From this point of view, against any rationalistic interpretation of our
Christian Faith and our Orthodoxy in particular, we must remember that we
are God's co-workers today, this very moment, not yesterday, not tomorrow,
not then and there, but here and now. His call is powerful. "The most
important thing that happens between God and the human soul is to love and
to be loved" said Kallistos Kataphygiotis. When there is love, all of our
problems will be resolved.
Let us then, in God's name, begin this New Year, this New Century and
Millennium trusting God, honestly and with confidence that "God works for
good with those who love him."
May God bless you throughout this New Year and abundantly bestow upon you
and your loved ones the gifts of His love. Amen.
Father Efstathios V. Mylonas
St. Photios the Great
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On Sunday, February 6, we commemorate one of the great luminaries of our
Church, Saint Photios the Great, a holy Father whose life and work as the
Patriarch of Constantinople had a lasting impact on the Church throughout
Saint Photios was a brilliant thinker who strove always to remain faithful
to the Tradition of the Church while at the same time laboring to meet the
needs of his flock in the present and the future. For this reason, Saint
Photios was first of all deeply committed to paideia, or education, in
every sense. As a scholar himself, Saint Photios attached great value to
learning, using his resources as Patriarch to share the blessing of
education as widely as possible. Secondly, Saint Photios was dedicated to
maintaining the adherence to the right faith and to the good order of the
Church in accordance with the Apostolic Tradition. He devoted himself to
preserving the rightful administration of the flock of God even through
times of intense pressure and under persecution. Third, Saint Photios was
a man of profound missionary zeal, who sought to spread the light of the
Gospel to non-Christians by continual methodical action.
On the Feast of Saint Photios, we as an Archdiocese also honor the work of
the Saint Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida. In its own
way the National Shrine carries on the work of Saint Photios by educating,
preserving, and enlightening. The Shrine holds exhibits that recall the
accomplishments of our protoporoi, the earliest generations of Greek
Orthodox immigrants who came to the shores of America to make a home for
themselves in the New World; the Shrine also conducts programs that
preserve and project our Orthodox Christian faith and our Hellenic cultural
heritage. It is the custom of our Church to pass a special tray on Sunday,
February 6, which is designated as "Saint Photios National Shrine Day," in
order to support the work of this worthy Archdiocesan Institution.
Through the intercessions of St. Photios, may the Lord bless the work of
our National Shrine and all of you and your families with His peace and
With paternal love in Christ,
Archbishop of America
Note: For information or contributions to St. Photios National Shrine,
please write to: St. Photios National Shrine, 41 St. George St., P. O.
Box 1960, St. Augustine, FL 32085, Tel.: (904) 829-8205, Fax: (904)
We acknowledge the many efforts, work and generosity of the people who made
our Godparents/Godchildren Sunday so successful and they brought so many
people together. We express our thanks and appreciation to the faithful
ladies who baked and prepared the breads (artos) for the Ecumenical Service
during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Many thanks to the people
who were responsible to bring our youth to attend the Great Vesper Service
on the Eve of the Feast of St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of our Parish. We
express also deep appreciation to our Philoptochos who sponsored the
delicious dinner following the Vesper Service on the Eve of the Feast of
St. Anthony. On behalf of Metropolitan Anthony, our Greek Orthodox Priests
and their families many thanks and gratitude to St. Anthony's Parish
Council members, the Ladies Philoptochos Society, to the faithful and
generous people who donated, those who came to serve, those who baked the
vasilopitta and the breads. The annual cutting of the Vasilopitta by His
Eminence Metropolitan Anthony and our clergy was a very happy event,
Holy Sacraments and Services
Alexander Philip, son of Brian M. and Pana-Louise Gelt on Saturday, January
22, 2000. Godparents: Theodore and Evangeline Dupas.
Victoria Sue Ryan on Sunday, January 30, 2000. Godparents: Barbara
Akrotirianakis and Stavroula Kiotas.
Pana A. Pastis of San Gabriel, California died on December 23, 1999.
Funeral Services on December 27, 1999.
May the Lord our God grant peace and rest to the soul of His most dedicated
servant and strengthen her family. May her memory be eternal.
Vital Statistics for the Year 1999
Martina Tassius will be our new Church secretary as of February 14, 2000.
St. Anthony's Philoptochos News
St. Anthony's Philoptochos will now have a visitor and newcomers table in
the Church Hall after Church Services on Sundays to welcome new members to
our community. Information will also be available at the table regarding
all Church organizations and activities.
Now is the time for Philoptochos members to renew their annual membership.
Stewardship notices will be in the mail soon. If you are interested in
becoming a new Philoptochos member please contact Ann Rouman.
The coffee hour after Church Services on Sunday needs your support. Please
sign up to host a coffee hour. Contact Irene Albeck (626) 792-8122 or Alma
Vorgias (818) 952-8426 for details.
Upcoming General Meeting
Please join us on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. For a discussion by
Katie Moran from Project Linus. Project Linus distributes hand crafted
blankets to seriously ill children. This meeting will be held at the home
of Charlene Vayos in Pasadena.
With the support of our generous community in 1999, St. Anthony
Philoptochos Society was able to make donations to the following groups and
St. Basil Academy
St. Photios Shrine
Archdiocese Mission Program
Hellenic College/Holy Cross
Church Music Endowment Fund
Children Medical Fund
St. Nicholas Ranch
Kid's 'n Cancer
Bishop Anthony-Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund
Greece Earthquake Fund
St. Sophia Camp
American Cancer Society
Ronald McDonald House
Red Wagon Society-Children's Hospital
City of Hope
LAC-USC Center for the Vulnerable Child
Pasadena Union Station
Meals on Wheels
Friends in Deed
Icons from Coffee Hour Donations
Local Community Outreach
Help to those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas time
Kids 'n' Cancer Program at Dr. And Mrs. James Kallins' home 9756 Downey and
Sanford Bridge Road, Downey, CA, Telephone: (562) 923-1495. For contributions
call: Mrs. George Chacopoulos (310) 207-6721.
Grand Banquet honoring Archbishop Demetrios of America on Friday, February
18, 2000 at the Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA. For
information: Christina Kontgas at (408) 578-0392; Loula C. Anaston at (650)
Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival will take place in San Jose, CA from
February 17 - 20, 2000. Our Terpsichorians will participate.
St. Anthony's Parish will hold its 33rd Pentehiliariko on Saturday,
February 26, 2000 at The Pasadena Hilton Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m. You
will experience an unforgettable evening. Please join us. For information:
Pana or Brian Gelt at (626) 293-7588.
A Gala Banquet to honor Father John S. Bakas, dean of St. Sophia Cathedral
on March 4, 2000. He will be honored by the Friends of Hellenic Studies
and the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies at Loyola
Marymount University. Contact: Demetrios Liappas at (310) 338-4463 or
Akrevoe Emmanouilides at (310) 377-6643.
A Lenten Youth Rally on March 11, 2000 at St. Katherine's Greek orthodox
Church in Redondo Beach, CA. For information: (310) 540-2434 or Dean
Langis at (949) 733-2366.
You are invited to a concert by Andrew Anthony, an Orthodox Christian
contemporary musician on Saturday, March 11, 2000 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. At
St. Katherine Community Center, 722 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach, CA. For
information; (310) 540-2434.
A Millennium Evening to remember by the Assumption Parish of long Beach,CA.
This event will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2000 at The Hyatt Regency
Long Beach Hotel. For further information: (562) 494-8929.
Old treasures and things that you don't need or you wish to donate, please
bring them to our Church Hall for the forthcoming rummage sale. Please call
Katherine Skandale at 818-790-5028.
St. Anthony's GOYA will hold a dinner/dance on Friday, May 12, 2000 from
7:00pm to 12:00 midnight at St. Anthony's church hall. $5 entry fee. For
information call Nicole Hronas at (626) 446-5896 or e-mail at
QTKurl@aol.com (subject GOYA) for questions and RSVPs.
The Diocesan Voice, the official news publication of the Diocese of San
Francisco, is now available online, and may be accessed by visiting the
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