Monthly Newsletter - 1999-2001 Archive

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church - Bulletin
June 2000 - Volume 5, Number 15

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A Message From Your Pastor

My beloved parishioners,

Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!

The disciples were deep depressed after the Crucifixion. Their hopes were shattered, their lives were meaningless, for Christ was dead. Read the story as it is reported in the four Gospels. The first Pascha crushed all hopes, and brought disappointment and frustration. The Crucifixion of Christ stood as a fearful threat for the disciples and His followers.

It was into such a confusing and unexpected moment that God the Almighty thrust the radiant of the sunburst of His victory. The shadows of doubt and fear were transformed into a golden light. Weeping and agonizing did endure for a night, but joy and hope burst forth in the morning. (Psalm 30:5). Death was real and menacing, but not final, for Christ had broken the power of death by rising from the grave.

The light inside the empty tomb was so brilliant and captivating that great artists and pious iconographers have depicted the ecstatic women, who went to anoint the body of Jesus Christ, shielding their eyes.

During the course of our lives, we too, pass through dark valleys. We experience depression and despair, but then Pascha arrives with its promise of life over death, light over darkness, joy over sorrow. The light of the Resurrection has intensely illuminated the world.

Our Church, beautiful and warm as ever, was filled to capacity several times during Holy Week and Pascha. For once, there was no room for more people! Some were standing outside. Young and old came to receive the light from their Priest's Paschal candle. "Come, receive the light from the unwaning light, and glorify Christ Who is risen from the dead."

What a blessed privilege it is to receive this light and proclaim this glorious good news, especially to those who still believe that darkness and death are the final end of man. Christ did rise from the dead! The sunbeams of His Resurrection should touch every life everywhere. Look at the radiance of that light; let it warm the coldness in our hearts. Let it shed its radiance in all our decisions, in all our actions, in all our relations with our fellowmen, in everything we do for the world and our God given beautiful earth.

This was our fourteenth Holy Week and Pascha with you. It was one of our most rewarding and meaningful spiritual experiences. I wish to thank you for your support, your faithfulness and for remaining so deeply attached to and affected by our rich and enduring Eastern Orthodox Christian Sacred Traditions.

My fervent prayer is that all of your shadows will be transformed in the light of Christ's Resurrection and that the peace of God the Father will help you safely all the way, through whatever may come.

Yours in the Risen Christ,

Father Efstathios V. Mylonas

On the Nameday of His All Holiness Bartholomaios I Ecumenical Patriarch and Archbishop of Constantinople on June 11th, Feastday of Bartholomaios and Barnabas the Apostles, we express our warmest wishes, our love and support. May the Risen Christ our Lord grant to His All Holiness many healthy, peaceful and productive years in His service.

Deadline for materials to be included in the Church Bulletin is the 20th day of each month.

A historic decision of the Parish General Assembly
On Sunday, May 7, 2000 the members of St. Anthony's Church decided to adopt and to go ahead with a very ambitious and needed project. The motion which was made by Dean Efstathiou, President of the Parish Council and seconded by John Tarazi has as follows: "I am making a motion that the General Assembly adopt the master plan and authorize the Parish Council to proceed with the recommendations of the task force." This will include the formation of a management team to accomplish this objective. The objective is to modify the first floor of the existing hall to classrooms and administrative offices and the construction of a new multi-purpose hall with kitchen facilities as presented in the Master plan at an approximate cost of $1,500,000. This motion includes the appointment of a Building Committee General Chairman and a Fundraising Chairman.

This decision is the result of study and planning of many years. We thank all those who were involved to make the study. Special thanks to Dr. Byron Mechalas for invaluable services, thoughts and guidance in preparing the study and chairing the committee. Thanks to young architects, Andrea Lappas, Cyrus Mobayan and Constantine Trigonis for rendering of the plans of the future Church Hall.

An important announcement
We are about to prepare and publish a comprehensive Church Directory and would like to include your home address and telephone number. If you do not wish to be included in our Directory, please call the Church Office at (626) 449-6943 no later than June 2, 2000. We appreciate your cooperation.

35th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress to convene in Philadelphia, PA, 7/2 - 7/7, 2000

The thirty-fifth Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will convene in Philadelphia, PA from July 2nd - 7th, 2000, with headquarters at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. The National Young Adult League (YAL) Conference will be held in conjunction with the Congress from Thursday June 29th through Sunday, July 2nd. St. Anthony's Church will be represented by Father Efstathios V. Mylonas and Dean Efstathiou, President Parish Council. Presbytera Maria Mylonas will participate in the Presbyteres Conference of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Ladies Philoptochos will be represented by Fontaine Malisos, President, Maria Hronas and Charlene Vayos, members of the Philoptochos Board.


Troy Daniel, son of Scot T. and Christina Tempesta , April 1, 2000.
Godparent: Thor Sjostrand.

Sara Ann, daughter of Allen R. Arviso and Angie Karavolos Roybal, April 2, 2000.
Godparents: Eric J. and Laura M. Roybal.

Alexander Tayson, son of Alexander and Stephanie A. Soewers, on April 15, 2000.
Godparents: Connie and Brian Becker.

William Branson, son of Michael B. and Angela Donahue, on May 6, 2000.
Godparents: David and Georgia Covell.


Angelina Kousakis of Alhambra, California died on April 14, 2000. Funeral Service was held at St. Sophia Cathedral on April 19, 2000. Father Stathis who served the spiritual needs of Angelina for many years participated in the Funeral Service at the request of the family. We extend our condolences to her husband Peter and to their family. May her memory be eternal and may the Risen Christ grant rest to her soul.

Altar boy robes donated

Pantele Xanthos donated 22 altar boy robes in memory of his beloved wife Angela and his beloved grandson Nicholas Vlahiotis. St. Anthony's Ladies Philoptochos Society coordinated the preparation of the beautiful altar boy robes. We express our deep appreciation and many thanks to Pantele Xanthos for his most generous gift and for his continuing support of our Church.

We acknowledge the Pascha and Epitaphios flower donations of our faithful people. Special thanks and deep appreciation to Nicholas and Irene Mitsos, owners of Mountain View Tire and Service, Inc. for their major Pascha donation and for their continuing generous support of our Church. We are deeply appreciative to all donors. Special thanks to Deedee Bozikis and to her helpers for coordinating the preparation of the Epitaphios and the floral arrangements. We thank those who donated the Paschal eggs and those who helped to dye them. To George Treantafelles special thanks for preparing the delicious mageiritsa for our faithful. To AHEPA family our appreciation for the delicious fish luncheon of Palm Sunday. Their generous donation will help carpet the Altar of our Church. To the Ladies Philoptochos special thanks and deep appreciation for their generous gift to help our parish renovate the Church Hall toilets and to John Buzas and Maria Kypreos for coordinating all the details of the renovation.

Youth activities and announcements


Time is running out! The GOYA Dance party will take place on Friday, May 12, 2000. It is important that all GOYAns encourage the young members of our Church to attend. This event is a great way for the Greek Orthodox youth to mingle and have fun. For assignments, decorations, "baked- goods," and beverages, please call Nicole Hronas, GOYA president at (626) 446-5896 or

St. Anthony's Altar Boys will visit with Fr. Stathis Norton Simon Museum. Date will be announced.

Sunday School teachers, Dena Tripodes, George Kypreos and Theoni Vagenas joined by Sunday School students, Matthew Ayers, Nicole Ayers and Christopher Ayers visited Union Station to serve hot meals to the homeless. The food was prepared and donated by Maria and Jimmy Kypreos.

St. Anthony's Annual Greek Festival

St. Anthony's Annual Greek Festival will take place at the spacious Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA on the weekend of September 23 and 24, 2000. The Greek Festival is a major source of income for our parish and our Church ministries. Please plan to help by donating and offering your time and talent. Your active involvement in this year's Festival is very important. Chairman of the Greek Festival is Pantele Xanthos. Pantele accepted this responsibility to help our community, but he needs the support of each and every parishioner. Please get involved!

Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival

Greek Folk Dance Festival 2001 - 25th Anniversary of the Folk Dance Festival scheduled to be held in Pasadena.

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I will be convening an International Youth Conference in Constantinople on June 18 - 25, 2000. His All Holiness requested that our Diocese of San Francisco select ten youth representatives to travel to Constantinople for the Conference. Of these ten, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony has selected two. However, he will require another eight. The representatives should be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, and will be required to pay their own expenses to and from Constantinople. All other expenses (lodging, meals, etc.) will be paid for by the Patriarchate. The representatives will be selected on a "first come, first served" basis.

The Society of Saint John Chrysostom, Eastern Christian Publications, and The School of Religious Studies of The Catholic University of America jointly announces a popular and scholarly conference for lay men, women, religious, and clergy entitled Orientale Lumen IV - "Eucharist: A Prayer for Unity." The conference will be held from Monday afternoon June 19th through Friday morning, June 23rd, 2000 on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Come to Washington for a short vacation and learn about "the Light from the East." Bishop Kallistos Ware and Father Raymond Collins will serve as co-moderators for the entire conference. The Schola Cantorum from St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago, will sing many of the liturgical services. For further information/registration contact: Tel.: 1 703-691-8862, Fax: (703) 691-0513, E-mail:

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Education Department announces the date for the Modern Greek Language Comprehensive Examination for the year 2000. The examination will be administered on Monday, June 19th, from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. The examination is a three hour foreign language achievement test designed for high school students. It has the same format as other New York State Comprehensive Examinations in Modern Language and assesses proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. To qualify for the exam, students must have completed three years of study in Modern Greek, which is equal to 120 weeks and 180 minutes per week. This criteria fulfills the New York State Education Department Regents Credit requirements for a three-year comprehensive examination in a foreign language. The Archdiocese Department of Education has been developing this examination since 1973. Primarily intended for parochial and public school students residing in New York State, school students in other communities have also been taking this examination and have even been awarded college credits. It is estimated that 15,000 - 17,000 students from several states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia and Florida, have benefitted from taking this examination. For more information and the location of examinations or copies of the exam, please contact Maria Makedon, Assistant Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Education, at (212) 570 3533 or (212) 570-3554.

Diocese of San Francisco St. Nicholas Summer Camp
Dates: Week 1: July 8 - 15. Week 2: July 15 - 22. Week 3: July 22 - 29.
Phone: (415) 753-3075. Web site:
This is an exceptionally good summer program for our young people.

St. Sophia Summer Camp

It's never too early to mark down the dates for St. Sophia Camp 2000. The committee and staff are hard at work to make this year's camping season the best ever. This year's camping season will start on Saturday, July 15 and run through Saturday, August 12, 2000. Plan to be a part of it! Week 1: July 15 - July 22. Week 2: July 22 - July 29. Week 3: July 29 - August 5. Week 4: August 5- August 12. Applications and registration packets have been mailed. If you would like to be on our mailing list and have a packet sent to you, please contact St. Sophia Cathedral at (323) 737-2424.

St. Sophia Camp Benefit Dinner

The sixth-annual camp fundraiser and silent auction is set for Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 6:00 p.m., Los Angeles Athletic Club. Keep an eye out for the invitations. For more information call Tine Callas at (818) 986-7959 or Ellen Papadakis at (310) 832-9688.

Diocese Young Adults

Diocese YAL Conference - Hyatt Hotel SFO - Belmont on Sept. 1 - 4, 2000.
For information call Tom Mavrakakis at (650) 565-8909 or Steve Counelis at (925) 254-5526, e-mail:
YAL Web site:
YAL List Server:

The Xenia Anton Desby Memorial Organ Scholarship was established to assist and encourage the musical development and training of Greek Orthodox Church musicians. All interested persons in the Diocese of San Francisco are encouraged to apply. Deadline: June 12, 2000. Contact: Mrs. Anna M. Counelis, Chair, XADMOS Committee, 109 Casa Vieja Place, Orinda, CA 94563-3821, tel.: (925) 254-2843.

Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of Southern California wishes to announce the availability of the S. James Vamvas Scholarship for medical and dental students of Hellenic descent. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be enrolled in an accredited California Medical or Dental School or be a California resident attending an American Medical or Dental School. Qualifying students may contact George Emmanouilidis, M.D., chair, Scholarship Committee, HAMDS, 4619 Browndeer Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275; Tel.: (310) 377-6643 or (310) 222-4000. Applications deadline for the 2000 - 2001 academic year is June 30, 2000.

The American Hellenic Council like to invite all Hellenes and Phil Hellenes to the Annual Honors Dinner Dance 2000 to be held on Sunday, May 21, 2000. Cocktails 6:00 p.m, Dinner 7:00 p.m. at St. Sophia Cathedral Community Hall. This year's honorees are Dr. Marianne McDonalds, founder of Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, Dr. James Kallins, exceptional Hellenic American community leader and the honorable Bob Filner, United States Congressman. Adults: $65.00. Students: $30.00. For reservations and further information, please call Vivian Panou at (323) 651-3507.