Monthly Newsletter - 1999-2001 Archive
St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church - Bulletin
August 2000 - Volume 5, Number 16
A Message From Your Pastor
Reflections on the 35th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America
The Clergy-Laity Congress and Philoptochos National Convention convened at
the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from
Saturday, July 1st through Friday, July 7th, 2000. The National Young
Adult League (YAL) Conference was also held in conjunction with the
Congress from Thursday June 29th through Sunday July 2nd.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who was enthroned on September 18, 1999,
as the sixth Archbishop since the Archdiocese was established in 1922,
presided at the 35th Clergy Laity Congress and National Philoptochos
Convention, which attracted approximately 3,000 total participants and
approximately 1,500 registered delegates from more than 550 parishes.
On Sunday, July 2, a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center. Archbishop Demetrios co-celebrated with
Metropolitan Panteleimon of Tyroloi and Serentiou, and Metropolitan
Demetrios of Sevasteia, representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
along with the Holy Eparchial Synod of Metropolitans and Bishops and clergy.
Thousands of faithful attended a beautiful Liturgy. Archbishop Demetrios
delivered a moving and inspiring sermon that set the pace for the Congress.
An original thinker and a man of deep spirituality, Archbishop Demetrios'
words were farreaching and captured everyone's imagination. We all felt a
reawakening and were reassured in our beliefs and our efforts all these
years in this blessed land of ours. He moved through his thoughts and
presented his vision for the Church in the new millennium. At all times,
we felt his humanity, his love and his holiness. He deeply cares for us
and our Church. There is no doubt that something more spiritual, more
focused on the mission of the Church is happening. "We are called by God,
the Archbishop said, to stand firm on the ground of an ageless tradition of
our faith which declares that without truth as a central component in life,
there is no meaning in life, there is no possibility for real knowledge and
cultivation of this divine gift which is our mind, our intellect."
It is no accident that help is pouring out from the Leadership One Hundred
group and from individual members of the Archdiocesan Council towards the
Archdiocese and Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology. This
assistance is the result of change and the security that all of us feel in
the leadership of our Greek Orthodox Church in America.
"Ageless Traditions in a New Millennium" was the theme of this year's
Congress. On Monday July 3rd, Archbishop Demetrios, spiritual leader of
1.5 million Greek Orthodox faithful in America, shared his vision for the
Church in the new millennium at the Congress' Opening Ceremonies. In his
keynote address, His Eminence focused on how the Orthodox faithful in
America "can best appropriate the content of Holy Tradition, so that faith,
love and unity do not remain solely as abstract ideals, but as living
realities in daily life and witness to Jesus Christ, in view of the new
The Clergy-Laity Congress is convened biennially and is presided over by
the Archbishop. It is concerned with all matters, other than doctrinal or
canonical, affecting the life, growth and unity of the church, her
institutions, her finances, her administration, educational and
philanthropic concerns and her growing role in the religious life of the
The official opening of the National Philoptochos Convention and the
Clergy-Laity Congress Exhibits took place Sunday afternoon and the Young
Adult League Banquet was held that evening.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society hosted a luncheon dedicated
to St. Basil Academy on Tuesday July 4th at 12:00 noon. Speakers at this
event included Ambassador of Cyprus to the United Nations Erato Kozakou
Markoulis; Marilyn Rouvelas, author of A Guide To Greek Traditions And
Customs In America , and National Philoptochos President Eve Condakes.
On the evening of July 4th at 6:30 p.m., an Independence Day Doxology took
place at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Philadelphia. A family
outing followed the Doxology.
On Wednesday July 5th the first plenary session of the Congress took place
at 4:30 p.m. Also, the Sisterhood of Presvyteres hosted a luncheon with
honored guests Archbishop Demetrios and members of the Holy Eparchial
Synod. That afternoon there was a Presbyters Council and the Sisterhood of
Presvyteres panel discussion entitled: "Great Expectations." Retired
Clergy, Orthodox Chaplains, and Church Musicians also convened.
Thursday July 6th was the final plenary session of the Congress. In the
evening of this day at 7:30 p.m. the Grand Banquet was held which was
attended by religious, diplomatic, government, and communications
community, as well as some 3,000 delegates and guests. CBS News Anchor
Thalia Assuras was the evening's master of ceremonies. A highlight of the
evening was the premiere of Decades of Faith: The Greek Orthodox Church in
The best news to come out of the Congress was that through the efforts of
Archbishop Demetrios, the $5.4 million debt plaguing the Archdiocese has
been retired through generous donations from Leadership One Hundred members
There will be a special congress in December to examine a draft of the new
Archdiocesan Charter. Much time was devoted to discussing the challenge of
interfaith marriages: how to keep the Orthodox spouse in the fold and how
to attract the non-Orthodox spouse. Of particular concern was the treatment
of Orthodox who do not have their marriages blessed in the Church.
The Archdiocese made an extra effort to provide a religious component for
each National Ministry Committee meeting. The Clergy-Laity Congress hoped
and, we believe, succeeded in providing a spiritual context for the
Archdiocesan administrative and financial deliberations, thus allowing all
participants to apply the contributions of the Patristic Tradition to the
spiritual life and current administrative needs of their respective Greek
Orthodox parishes. For example, the newly created Archdiocesan Department
devoted to exploring issues related to Interfaith Marriage offered a
workshop entitled: Reflections of St. John Chrysostom's Perspective on
Marriage and the Family: Implications for the Interfaith Marriage
Challenge. The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries presented a
workshop entitled: Building Bridges to Adolescence: A Practical Guide to
Understanding Youth Culture. Highlights of this workshop included a
discussion of the life of St. Athanasios and his theological teaching as it
pertains to the Incarnation and humanity's participation in Christ, with
emphasis on the "kenotic process."
The Communications Department, in an aim to educate parishes on how to
share their message of hope and love to the Greek Orthodox faithful, and to
the public at large, hosted a workshop entitled: How to Achieve Placement
of Religious News on TV Newscasts and Print Media. This workshop also
discussed plans for a nationwide radio and television ministry for the
Greek Orthodox faithful and the greater American community.
During the Congress, the Department of Information Technology provided a
computer lab and computer training seminars. The seminars focused on how
to use parish administration software, the Internet, and Microsoft Office.
After hours, the computer lab was open to attendees to apply what they
learned in the classes, search the Internet, and check e-mail. A
clergy-only computer forum was offered for the first time.
As we were leaving the historic city of Philadelphia we all felt a renewed
sense of unity and peace, we were also aware of the unlimited
possibilities that are offered by the new technologies which are put to
work by the excellent staff of the Archdiocese to serve its ministries and
the local ministries of our parishes as well. But above all, we felt
deeply grateful to Almighty God for guiding His All Holiness Bartholomew I
our Ecumenical Patriarch and the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
to send us Archbishop Demetrios as our spiritual leader. "God frequently
takes us on a journey, the purpose of which we question. That certainly
was the case with the turmoil undergone by our Archdiocese over the last
three years. Many have said, too bad we did not get Demetrios in 1966.
Perhaps, looking back, we would not have fully appreciated him the way we
now do. Let us make the most of the window of opportunity we have with
this quiet, but most dynamic leader to put our Church fully on a new path
in America." (The Hellenic Chronicle, Wednesday, July 12, 2000)
Prepared by Father Efstathios V. Mylonas
St. Anthony's delegates to the 35th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress and
National Ladies Philoptochos Society were: Fr. Stathis and Dean Efstathiou,
president Parish Council, to the Congress. Fontaine Malisos, president
St. Anthony's Philoptochos, Maria Hronas and Charlene Vayos to the National
Ladies Philoptochos Society. Presvytera Maria participated in the
Presvyteres Sisterhood Conference. Nick Vayos attended the Congress as an
George and Vivian Mavredakis visited recently the Ecumenical Patriarchate
and they received the blessings of His All Holiness Bartholomew I
We extend to John Mavredakis and his family our congratulations and warmest
wishes for joining Leadership One Hundred of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
of America. Leadership One Hundred approved recently $10 million grant to
Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology over the next
10 years that will allow students to attend the Schools on full
scholarships. Another $175,000 grant was announced that will fund a new
Archdiocese Department of Interfaith Marriage. Eighty new members have
made their pledge to join the Leadership One Hundred. Commenting on the
conference of this group May 11 - 14, 2000 at the Capital Hilton in
Washington, Leadership Executive Director Fr. Alex Karloutsos said that "
under the leadership of His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Leadrship 100
members will lead the way for the advancement of Orthodoxy and Hellenism
well into the new millennium. He is the spiritual father who reminds us
constantly that we are brothers and sisters who must dwell in unity and
love as God's children ought."
The historic decision of the Parish General Assembly on Sunday, May 7, 2000
Our parishioners widely support proceeding with the modification of the
first floor of the existing hall to classrooms and administrative offices
and the construction of a new multipurpose hall with kitchen facilities as
presented in the Master Plan at an approximate cost of $1,500,000. The
next step is to form a committee with dedicated and committed members of
our Church. This is in the minds of the parish council members, your
priest and in the hearts of many parishioners. With your wholehearted
support, the dream of building a new facility and modifying the existing
one will soon become a reality. Achieving this goal will be the blessing
of the Almighty God. We are His co-workers in this world. Let us focus on
this historic decision and great plan for the benefit of us all and for the
glory of God.
Greek Festival on September 23 - 24, 2000 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
It is time to prepare for our annual Greek Festival. Your support is
absolutely necessary for the success of this fundraising community event.
The Festival needs your personal involvement to help with the preparations.
If your time is restricted by your work or other commitments, please send
your donation. There are people who have done this with gladness and
generosity. Please join them. The Festival will raise funds to support
many ministries of our Church and we want and need your help. If you have
questions, or you wish to donate, or you are willing to get involved in the
preparations and help during the two-day Festival, please call Pantele
Xanthos, chairman of the Greek Festival at (626)445-6645.
Anthony D. Mowrey and Victoria S. Ryan on May 28, 2000. Best man:
Konstandinos A. Syrengelas and Georgia E. Halias on June 18, 2000. Best
man: Bill Bonorris.
Christopher C. Rivanis and Martha D. Monterroso on June 24, 2000. Best
man: Elizabeth Osorio.
Thomas S. Lucas and Mary C. Albeck on July 8, 2000. Best man: Andrew T.
Vournas and Athina Moutzouridis.
Luke Andreas, son of Jeffrey M. and Jennie Forden on June 3, 2000.
Godparent: Paula Darlas.
Maria, daughter of Sotirios K. and Chrisoula Papavasiliou on June 25, 2000.
Godparent : Eleftherios Patsouras.
Rafik R. and Stacy Petrossian on June 25, 2000. Godparents: Eleni Koulos
and Artin Grigorian.
Sylvia Zoe, daughter of Michael P. Tereschuk and Angela Hajianis on July 9,
2000. Godparent: Tina Hajianis and Barbara Tereschuk.
Alexandra Matina, daughter of John M. and Andrea N. Patzakis on July 16,
2000. Godparent: Gregory Yaitanes.
Michael Andrew, son of Mark D. and Debra J. Kallas on July 30, 2000.
Godparent: Marge Rubirosa.
We express our condolences to the following people: Gus and Judith
Christopoulos and their family on the death of their mother, Florence M.
Stefanovic; Phaedon and Jeanne Karaioannoglou and their family on the
death of their mother, Florentia Karaioannoglou; Dr. James and Virginia
Kallins and their family on the untimely death of their son Nicholas
Kallins; Father John Kariotakis and to his daughter Evie of St. Spyridon
Greek Orthodox Church, San Diego, CA on the death of Presvytera Kathy. May
the Lord our God grant peace and rest to the souls of these dedicated
people and may their memory be eternal.
The following High School and College/University and Graduate School
graduates were honored on Sunday, June 11, 2000:
- Nicole C. Hronas, Arcadia High School
- Vasiliki Kypreos, Glendora High School
- Thalia Polychronis, Malborough High School, Los Angeles
- Giselle Samaan, Arcadia High School
- Nicoleta Soris, Glendora High School
- Chris Christodoulou, University of Southern California, Medical School.
Degree: Doctor of Medicine, with a specialty in Internal Medicine,
subspecialty in Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiology and second
subspecialty in Interventional Cardiology
- Athina Moutzouridis, La Verne University: Degree: Bachelor of Public Administration
- Kristy Palmquist, University of Oregon, School of Law. Degree: Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Dean Steven Tripodes, Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management.
Degree: Master of Business Administration
- John Zanetos, Loyola Marymount University. Degree: Bachelor of Arts
To all the graduates, we express our heartfelt best wishes and we
congratulate them for their great achievements. May God bless each one of
them with the gifts of His love and may He guide them to every good work in
serving and helping their fellowmen that His Holy Name be glorified. The
graduates received a beautiful book about our Orthodox Faith. The books
were a gift from our Ladies Philoptochos Society.
The members of the Choir as well as the Sunday School teachers and the
chanters were honored. They received as a gift from our Church the book,
The Services For Holy Week And Easter. We are deeply appreciative for
their faithful services.
"Now concerning the contribution for the saints...on the first day of the
week each one of you is to put something aside and store it up as he may
prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come." (1 Corinthians 16:1-2 )
Often called the greatest of all apostles, St. Paul, through his preaching
and traveling throughout eastern Europe and Asia influenced countless
people in his time. He established Christian communities in Jerusalem, in
Corinth, in Ephesus, and in Rome, and he maintained contact with them. St.
Paul challenged the commitment of each and every one of the Christians he
came upon. In perhaps his boldest challenge, he wrote to the people of
Corinth, saying, "Make a collection, gather up the funds, and when I come,
either I will go, or I will send disciples to our brothers and sisters in
Jerusalem. Send the monies, because our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem
are in trouble, are in pain, are suffering, and they need our help." (1
Not too long ago, if a person from Greece married someone from a different
island, town, or village, that person was considered a "foreigner'"
(xenos). Here, we learn that St. Paul challenges the Corinthians to offer
their assistance to those not of a neighboring village, town, or island of
Greece, but of a distant foreign place--Jerusalem. Imagine the mind-set of
the early Christians to give of their livelihood for people far away, whom
they knew nothing about. This is the commitment of Christians to their
neighbors wherever there is need in the world. May we be inspired by the
commitment of the ancient Corinthians and their acknowledgement to their
brothers and sisters in Christ, whether in Jerusalem, or throughout the
world today, or across the street, or just next door, or in our own parish
Thank you for your consideration and your continuing support through our
Christian Stewardship. May the Lord our God bless you and your loved ones.
Bill Tragus has accepted the position of Pastoral/Lay Assistant for our
parish effective September 5, 2000. He holds Bachelor's of Science degree
in International Business and Marketing from the University of Southern
California and a Master of Divinity from Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek
Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the
director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of San
Francisco since June 1998. We congratulate Bill, we extend to him a warm
welcome and wish him all the blessings of God the Almighty in his new
ministry at St. Anthony's Church.
St. Anthony's Vacation Bible School
St. Anthony's Vacation Bible School from July 31 - August 4, 2000 was a
great success! More than 65 young students ages 3 to 10 attended the
School. The program started with special prayers for the teachers and
students by Fr. Stathis. Irene Albeck and Esther Vavoulis who coordinated
and put together the program also addressed the young participants and
their parents. Many thanks and deep appreciation to Irene and Esther and
to all the volunteers who helped with the program, and to those who
donated to make it possible. Among the volunteers were many of the young
members of St. Anthony's Church. They all helped to make our Church Hall,
for a few days, a, vibrant and spiritual place. It was like an active and
Registration day at St. Anthony's Church for all our youth programs
Registration for all of our youth programs will be held on Sunday,
September 10 and 17, 2000 following the Divine Liturgy. On these two
Sundays you may enroll for Sunday School, Greek School, Greek Orthodox Folk
Dance Groups, Moms 'n' Tots, GOYA, JOY, YAL and for prospective altar boys
(beginning age 9 years old). We look forwaed to your participation.
Orthodox Bible Study
On Sundays, September 10 and 17, 2000 we will also hold registration for
those who wish to attend our Orthodox Bible Study.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Corporate Board of Hellenic
College/Holy Cross School of Theology announced the appointment of Father
Nicholas Triantafilou as the new President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. We express our best
wishes to Father Nicholas and we congratulate him.
Fr. Mark Leondis, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, announced
that the film in a series of six Orthodox videos designed to address
concerns facing Orthodox young people is now available. "Substance Abuse:
Our Kids Are Not Immune." takes a look at the rampant accessibility and
widespread drug abuse in America's schools, and neighborhoods, and offers
ways to combat the temptations of peer pressure via Jesus Christ and His
Church. Produced by the Archdiocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult
Ministries and Greek Orthodox Telecommunications (GOTELECOM), "Substance
Abuse: Our Kids Are Not Immune," features thelogical, scriptural and
patristic references, as well as contemporary statistics and resources.
The video also draws from experts in the fields of drug enforcement and
adolescent development. "Substance Abuse: Our Kids Are Not Immune," also
includes a section for parents and youth workers, and a resource book with
information on retreats, articles on youth culture, and other references.
To order your copy for $35.00 (not including shipping and handling) call
(212) 570-3561 or on the internet at www.godenverdiocese.org
Byzantine Iconography Workshop taught by Fr. Michael Courey of St.
Katherine's Church at St. Nicholas Ranch, Conference and Retreat Center
August 11 - 17, 2000. For more information call (559)338-2103.
The Holy Monastery of The Theotokos The Living Spring and St. Nicholas
Ranch invites you to attend a vigil for the Feast of the Falling Asleep of
the Theotokos on Monday, August 14, 2000 beginnig at 5:00 p.m. For more
information place call (559)338 2103.
St. Demetrios Church Youth Benefit Golf Tournament will take place on
Thursday, August 17, 2000 at Sterling Hills Golf Course, Camarillo, CA.
Call for information Maria Ballas at (805)4929773.
Diocese of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Young Adult League Conference on
the labor weekend, September 1 - 4, 2000. Deacon Dr. John Chryssavgis
will be the keynote speaker. The conference will take place at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel, San Francisco Airport; (650)347-2334:
http:www.sanfrancisco.hyatt.com Questions? or email to:
International Orthodox Christian Charities is hosting "It's a Small World'
on October 8, 2000 at the Disneyland Hotel, Join the people and work
together with them to help those who are less fortunate and they need our
support. For information call the Los Angeles Metropolitan Committee of
I.O.C.C. At (818) 505-6474.
A Conference on the Orthodox Parish in America will take place at Hellenic
College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA from September 27 -
October 1, 2000, sponsored by the faculty of Holy Cross. The Conference
will focus on "Faithfulness to the Past and Responsibility for the Future.
For information call (617) 731-3500.
Millennium Pilgrimage to Holy Land and Ecumenical Patriarchate August 22 -
September 4, 2000. The Order of St. Andrew invites you the Greek Orthodox
Faithful of America to a historic pilgrimage retracting the steps of Jesus
Christ in the Holy Land, visiting Sinai, the site of the St. Catherine
Monastery and where Moses received the Ten Commandments and culminating at
the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, the spiritual center of
World Orthodoxy, witnessing the Service of Indiction and participating in a
day-long symposium. Space limited. For more information call Cloud Tours
Annual Philoptochos Retreat will be held at St. Nicholas Ranch Conference
and Retreat Center on October 22 - 22, 2000. The theme will be "Sacrament
of Diakonia." Retreat director, Father John Bakas, Dean of St. Sophia
Cathedral. For information/registration call (559) 338-2103.
Orthodox Marriage Encounter
Your wedding was just one day in your life, but your marriage is forever.
Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple share
together whether they've been married only a short time or for many years!
Orthodox Marriage Encounter will take place on October 20 - 22, 2000,
Ontario, CA and February 9 - 11, 2001 in San Diego, CA. For more
information or registration forms please call, Fr. Jim and Pres. Donna
Pappas (559)454-1243 or Rev. Deacon John and Elaine Alexandres
(909)793-8168, or Bud and Marsha Taylor (559)439-8605.
Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage serve many orphans and needy
people. If you wish to help the Project or the Orphanage, please write to:
Project Mexico, P. O. Box 120028, Chula Vista, CA 91912-3128, telephone:
(619) 216-4974, www.projectmexico.org
A Greek Orthodox Section at Rose Hills Memorial Park has been created to
serve the needs of our Orthodox people. For more information call
(562) 260-9671 or (562) 692 1212 ext. 596.
Please save the date:
St. Anthony's Parish will hold its annual Pente Saturday, February 24, 2001.
Tournament of Roses - Hellenic Float Project
The AHEPA's second entry in the famed Tournament of Roses Parade, "Passing
the Torch," captured the coveted Queen's Trophy for the second consecutive
year as it spread Hellenism into the new millennium. The Tournament of
Roses Parade theme for 2001 is The Fabric of America, and the Hellenic
float will be another exceptional entry. AHEPA family Hellenic float 2001
- Concept Rendering "Birthplace of Democracy." Your support for the
success of this project is of paramount importance. Please send your
contribution to: AHEPA Hellenic Heritage Foundation, Rose Parade Float
Project, P. O. Box 305, Van Nuys, CA 91408-0305, ahepafloat.org.
FDF 2001 - 25th Anniversary of Folk Dance Festival
Scheduled to be held in Pasadena, California on the weekend of February 17 - 18, 2001.