Monthly Newsletter - 1999-2001 Archive

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church - Bulletin
October / November 2000 - Volume 5, Number 18

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A Message From Your Pastor

Dear parishioners and supporters of our Church,

The Greek Festival brings us together every year. Faithful people and dedicated members and supporters of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church work diligently for many months and contribute long hours preparing, with the utmost care and genuine love, the food and pastries for the Festival.

The Greek Festival is the result of a great collective effort: an effort of those who committed themselves to organize and supervise the Festival; of those devoted men and women who painstakingly worked to prepare all of the sweets and the food; of those who came to dedicate time and effort to help during the two-day Festival; of our generous donors and above all of our chairman, Pantele Xanthos and his family. All of these people dedicated their time, talents and support so that our Greek Festival would not only be financially successful, but also a pleasant, educational and enjoyable event. The beauty, however, of our Greek Festival, was the overwhelming presence of our youth, particularly those who helped with the refreshments and food and our young dancers. We are very appreciative for their dedicated services.

As your Priest, I am deeply thankful to Almighty God for your sacrificial efforts and your support and love for our Church. I am also deeply moved by your generosity. When I approached or called you, you opened your hearts and offered your donations without hesitation, with great enthusiasm and with a broad smile. You have been according to the Holy Scriptures"cheerful givers." I express to you my special thanks and my deep appreciation and offer my humble prayer to Almighty God that he bless you abundantly for your dedication and faithfulness to Him and our Holy Orthodox Church.

With blessings and prayers in Christ's love,

Father Efstathios V. Mylonas

On the Nameday of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America on October 26, Feastday of St. Demetrios the Myroblete and Great Martyr, we express our warmest wishes, our love and support. May the Lord our God grant to His Eminence many healthy, peaceful and fruitful years in His service. To His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos formerly of North and South America on his Nameday on October 23, Feastday of St. Iakovos Brother of the Lord, we express our love and gratitude. May the Lord grant to His Eminence many healthy and peaceful years.

Dear Parishioners,

One of Orthodoxy's most meaningful icons is one depicting our Lord as a vine and the faithful as the branches. We have a purpose in life and that is to bear the fruit of doing God's work on earth. Thank you for responding to that work with the generosity of your 2000 pledge to St. Anthony's Church.

At every baptism, we chant the hymn taken from St. Paul's Epistles, "as many of you as have been baptized in Christ are clothed in Christ." Thus, being clothed in Christ, we are marked people with a mission: Orthodox Christian stewards carrying on His work.

God tells us in Second Corinthians that He will dwell in us and walk among us, He will be our God and we shall be His people. This promise to be with us always offers a unique challenge for us to utilize our God-given talents, time and resources to do God's work, be His witness and build His Kingdom wherever we may be. Thank you for sharing in this challenge.

In Christ's Love,
The Stewardship Committee

The historic decision of the Parish General Assembly on Sunday, May 7, 2000 to proceed with the modification of the first floor of the existing hall to classrooms and administrative offices and the construction of a multipurpose hall with kitchen facilities as presented in the Master Plan at an approximate cost of $1,500,000 will be discussed in a meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2000. With the wholehearted support of our parishioners, 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.

The Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of Southern California honors Michael John Patzakis, M.D.

The Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of Southern California will honor the distinguished pioneer in musculo-skeletal infections, Michael John Patzakis, M.D., professor and chairman Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine for his outstanding achievements and contributions to Orthopaedic Surgery on Saturday, November 4th, 2000. Reception 6:00 p.m. Followed by a dinner, program and dancing. Town and Gown University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Proceeds support the HAMDS scholarship fund for medical and dental students. For information/reservations call Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Tina Roulakis at (626) 585-8656 or (310) 375-4147. For Scholarships information call (310) 377-6643.

Dr. Michael Patzakis is not only a great and distinguished professional. He is a devoted family man and a dedicated member and supporter of the Greek Orthodox Church. He has contributed many years of faithful services to St. Anthony's Church and our youth in particular. He was chairman of St. Anthony's renown Greek Festival, member of the Building Committee and Parish Council. He helped organize the first Pan Orthodox Olympics in 1971, was one of the founders of the Southern California GOYA Basketball League, and served as Basketball commissioner from 1980 to 1984.

Dr. Patzakis and his wife Susan are the proud parents of four children and have three grandchildren. They are lifetime members of St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles. We congratulate Dr. Patzakis for this special honor by the Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of Southern California. May the Lord our God bestow upon him and his family His blessings and may He keep Him in His care that he will continue offering his precious services to his fellowmen.

Sacraments and Holy Services
Mitchell Allan, son of Jeffrey A. and Candice L. Miller on Saturday, October 7, 2000. Godparent: Carrie David.

Robert Craig, son of Jeffrey A. and Candice L. Miller on Saturday, October 7, 2000. Godparent: Carrie David.

Athena Pauline, daughter of Jeffrey A. and Candice L. Miller on Saturday, October 7, 2000. Godparent: Carrie David.

Jimmie Rose, daughter of Thomas C. and Carrie Ann David, Jr. On Saturday, October 7, 2000. Godparent: Angele Cleopatra Stavron.

We congratulate the newly baptized and wish them God's abundant blessings in their lives. Congratulations to their parents and Godparents.

Vasilios (Bill) P. Roumbos of Pasadena, CA on September 9, 2000.

May the Lord our God grant peace to the souls of Bill Roumbos and James N. Malina who died recently and may He strengthen their families. May their memory be eternal.

George Christopher, former mayor of San Francisco and a great supporter and benefactor of Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco, died on Friday, September 15, 2000. He will be missed by the Greek-American community and by all of us who have known him as a great civic leader and a man of grace and determination. May God grant rest to his soul and may his memory be eternal.

A Greek Orthodox Section at the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA was designated over a year ago. It is an independent non profit religious corporation that supports the Greek Orthodox Diocese of San Francisco. For information please call (562) 260-9671 or voice mail: (562) 692-1212 ext. 596.

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

We welcome Alma Vorgias as our new Church secretary. Alma and her family have been active and faithful members of our Church for many years. We thank her for her faithful services.

St. Anthony's Church recognized the faithful services of Artemis Kefallinos and Pablo H. Rojero Jr. on Sunday, October 1, 2000, following the Divine Liturgy. Artemis and Pablo are two talented young artists who donated their time and artistic skills to restore St. Anthony's earthquake damaged icons.

Peter Vagenas, a Galaxy soccer player returned from the Sydney Olymics where he played with the USA Olympic Soccer Team. Peter was a key factor in the achievement of the USA team to reach for the first time fourth place. We welcome our Olympian and wish him every success in his life. Congratulations Peter!

Campus Review
The Campus Review is a very informative Greek Orthodox newsletter for College students. St. Anthony's Church and our Philoptochos support this publication. Please send the names of your College students and their address to: National Greek Orthodox Church Campus Ministry, P. O. Box 8243 Metairie, LA 70011. You don't have to pay for their subscription. It is free!

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Committee of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) invites you for cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, October 15, 2000, at Mr. and Mrs. Gus Christopoulos residence, 1115 Linda Glen Dr., Pasadena, CA 91105, tel.: (626) 792-2394. Please support this worthy cause. His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Dardanelles and Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of San Francisco in his letter to the parishes of the Diocese writes: "Through the heroic efforts of IOCC, over $100 million in aid has been distributed to the needy throughout the world. Mindful of the words of our Lord, "Inasmuch you did it to one of these my brethren, you did it unto me" (Mt. 25:40), His Eminence urges all of our faithful to support this event.

The annual Diocesan Greek Education and Culture Seminar will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2000, at the Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco. The Commission on Greek Education and Culture, under the direction of Ms. Helen Dumas, has been diligently working to prepare a thoughtful and informative program. Those interested In attending this program may obtain more information by contacting Ms. Helen Dumas at (310) 373-0808 or

Living A Balanced Life In An Unbalanced World will be the subject of the discussion at a retreat on Saturday, October 21, 2000. Retreat master: Father Anthony Coniaris. Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 1205 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara, CA. For more information call Fr. Constantine Zozos at (805) 683-4492.

Project Mexico and the Aegean Cafe for an evening of live music, ocean view, good people, silent auction, and totally awesome Greek food! Sunday, October 22, 2000. 5:00 p.m. Social hour and 6:00 p.m. Dinner at the Aegean Cafe, 540 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., (Upper Level) Laguna Beach, CA. All proceeds benefit St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage. Donation per person $40.00. For reservations call: Sarah Borochoff (714) 635-6530 or Doria Phillips (562) 430-9102. Make your tax-deductible gift payable to Project Mexico and mail it to: Doria Phillips 11522 Harrisburg Rd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.

Saint Sophia Cathedral Camp Golf Tournament at Rio Hondo Golf Club, on Friday, October 27, 2000, at 12:00 noon. Cost: $125.00. Juniors and under $75.00. Proceeds to benefit St. Sophia Camp. For information call Tony Demetriou at (310) 820-2089. Non-golfers welcome at St. Sophia Center. Cocktails 6:00 p.m., Dinner 7:00 p.m. Adults $25.00. Children under 18 years old $10.00. Reservations (213) 380-4228.

39th Anniversary Celebration by St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Anaheim, CA on Saturday, November 4, 2000, at St. John's Fellowship Hall. For reservations call Mary Ohanian at (714) 289-1884 and information Robin Cantonis (714) 870-9332.

Cretan Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 4, 2000, at St. Sophia Cathedral Center. Donation $50.00. Children 12 and under $25.00. Sponsored by the Southern California Cretan Association. For information/reservations call George Skandale at (818) 790-5028.

Dates to remember
Sunday School Annual Turkey Raffle and Luncheon November 19, 2000 following Divine Liturgy.

General Assembly
The second General Assembly of the year 2000 will take place on Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. In our Church Hall. Light dinner will be served Please attend.

St. Anthony's Parish Council Elections
Elections for new members of St. Anthony's Parish Council will take place on Sunday, December 3, 2000, following Divine Liturgy until 2:00 p.m.

The Pasadena Classical Singers/Musical Arts Society of Pasadena will present a Christmas concert at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, December 3, 2000, at 1:30 p.m. Musical Director: Alexander Ruggieri. For reservations call (626) 584-0088.

Our St. Anthony's Ladies Philoptochos Society will host their 30th Annual Christmas Benefit Luncheon on Saturday, December 9, 2000, at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit the City of Hope's Breast Cancer Center. Additionally, this year proceeds will also support the dream of all Southern California Orthodox Churches for a future Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. This year's theme, "Peace on Earth" promises to put all in the holiday spirit. In additional to the latest fashions, they will also feature jewelry designs from Greek designer Lagos, Christmas Boutique, Santa's Kitchen, and silent auction. For more information, call chairman Judith Christopoulos at (626) 792-2394.

The 2001 Clergy-Laity Assembly of the Diocese of San Francisco will be held on February 8 - 10, 2001, at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center.

The 25th Annual Greek Folk Dance Festival will take place on February 15 - 19, 2001, in Pasadena, California.

Our Pente will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2001.