May 2015 - Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

3149 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
The monthly newsletter of
Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
Volume 13, Number 5
In the first book, O The-oph′ilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,
until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy
Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his
passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, 5 for John
baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit” ( Acts 1-5).
The Church, through her services and sacraments during the Lenten period, prepared
us for Easter. We fasted, came to confession and even prayed a little longer. The
celebration of Pascha is for us a spiritual apex of our Christian joy. We acknowledge
to ourselves and the world that our risen Lord is, for all of us, a victory for eternal
life. We no longer have to fear death. Saint John Chrysostom proclaims in his Paschal message “Death where is thy sting. He took on death and it is vexed.”
During the week following Pascha, fasting is not permitted. We refer to this time as
renewal, or bright, week. This week in essence is truly the week of the new creation.
Do you fell renewed? Energized? Through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, everything is made new. Our old nature of the fallen man is now united to the new Adam
which is the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. “Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; Today
I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; Today I am made alive with
Him. Yesterday I was buried with him; Today I am raised with Him” (Saint Gregory
of Nazianzos Paschal Homily).
Now that we have celebrated the glorious resurrection of Christ, let us not abandon
the spiritual gifts of Lent—watchfulness, discipline, fervent prayer, and the liturgical
services. The greatest danger so many of our brethren make is that now that Easter is
over they do not take the good spiritual uplifting joys that have been experienced during the Lent season, and continue them. People do not keep a vigilant
soul, but go back to old habits.
I want to challenge you this year “keep the light burning”!!!! There is a wonderful
book by the Rev Aristotle Damaskos of the same title, Keep the Light Burning. It
encourages people to keep participating in the life post resurrection. We have all the
wonderful celebrations of Sunday of Thomas, Myrrh-Bearing Women, Healing of
Paralytic, The Samaritan Woman, Healing of Blind Man, and Ascension to Pentecost. We will celebrate so many great events during the month of May. Mother’s
Day—send in the name of your moms who have reposed and be mindful of your
moms still with us on this earth. We will celebrate many graduations, weddings, and
baptisms. I pray to see you every Sunday so that we can together celebrate our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Christos Anesti,
MAY 2015
All Around the Town ............ 5
Bookstore .......................... 8
Book Club (Women’s) .........10
Book Review ...................... 7
Calendar ........................... 9
Church Duty Roster ............14
Daughters of Penelope .......... 8
Festival .......................... 3, 4
GOYA .............................. 4
GRACE ...........................11
Greek Article ..................... 5
Greek Dance ...................... 6
Hellenic Education Center ...... 6
Missions and Outreach .... 10, 14
Parish Council .................... 3
Philoptochos....................... 8
Registry ............................ 7
Saturday of Souls ................11
Single Parent Fellowship........ 8
Stewardship ..................13-14
Summer Camp .................... 6
Vacation Bible Camp ............ 4
. . . AND MORE!
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey
Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
3149 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
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Rev. Protopresbyter Konstantinos A. Pavlakos, Proistamenos
Rev. Presbyter Panagiotis Hanley
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Information Technology
President, Jim Stoucker
Vice President, Nicholas Larigakis
Secretary, Bill Polizos
Treasurer, Maria Vargas
Kelly Alexis
Chris Christou
Dr. John Demakis
Artemis Dimopoulos
Peter Karounos
Mallamo Mavromatakis
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John Doulis
Presv. Eleni Alexopoulou
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James Loizou
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Gregory McKinney, Contributor
Karen Polizos, President
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Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
Demetri Karounos, President
Fr. Costa Pavlakos, Spiritual Advisor
Aris and Anna Yortzidis, Instructors
Martha Lampros, President
Greek School and Paideia Preschool
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Toula Christou, Director
Presv. Pauline Pavlakos, Administrator
Dr. John Demakis, Chairman
Fr. Costa Pavlakos, Spiritual Advisor
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ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ! CHRISTOS ANESTI! Every year at this time, I’m obliged to reflect on the events of the Paschal season
and thank all those responsible for the successes we continually achieve during this blessed period. This is an easy task
since this time of year represents the best of who we are as a parish with an abundance of love and devotion to be seen in
everything we undertake. Everyone’s willingness to pitch in and help was especially appreciated and made this Pascha
very memorable for all of us.
Among the many things that stand out about our community is the great quantity and diversity of activity. Leading up
to Holy Week and our Easter celebrations, the children of the Hellenic Education Center staged a marvelous production
in honor of Greek Independence Day entitled Ελευθερια η Θανατος (Freedom or Death) featuring our students’ wonderful performances including poetry, song, dance and dramatic readings. Congratulations to all those who participated and
to our devoted faculty for their tireless efforts. Just a few days later, two radiantly beautiful mosaics of Saint Katherine
and the Theotokos and Child were installed on our sanctuary in time for our Paschal season. Parishioners were effusive
in their praise of these stunning icons. Rounding out the activities leading up to Holy Week, our parish was honored to
host the Metropolis of New Jersey Byzantine Choir Lenten Concert. Beautiful Byzantine chanting reverberated gloriously
throughout our sanctuary and was thoroughly enjoyed by an enthusiastic and appreciative audience of about 150 people,
including His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, who also presided at a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday.
Our traditional Palm Sunday Luncheon was also well attended by our parishioners who enjoyed traditional fish plaki prepared with loving care.
Familiar events and festivities immediately preceding Holy Week included the annual Philoptochos Bake Sale, the traditional folding of palms and food preparation for the Palm Sunday Dinner. During Holy Week, activities reached a fever
pitch with such things as decorating the Epitaphio and dying Easter eggs. The Epitaphio was ably carried and the Easter
eggs were carefully packaged for distribution and our altar boys, choir, and chanters performed their duties most admirably, as did the girls who served as myrrh bearers. Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to these and many
other Paschal achievements in our community! Last, but not least, our Liturgical life is at the center of our Paschal activities and we are blessed to have our Proistamenos Fr. Costas and Fr. Panagioti guide their flock through Holy Week.
Our second annual Easter Lamb Roast after the Agape Services on Easter morning was a fitting way to conclude our
Easter celebration. Almost 400 people gathered to enjoy a live band and an incredible menu featuring roast lamb, pig,
pastitsio and many other sumptuous delights. This wonderful celebration would not have been possible without the efforts
of Mallamo Mavromatakis and Artemis Dimopoulos who worked tirelessly to ensure the event’s enormous success and
the Skenteris and Dimopoulos families for preparing the lamb and generously catering this wonderful event.
Our gratitude extends well beyond those few mentioned above. The sheer number of parishioners involved in making
our observance of Holy Pascha such a success makes it impossible to acknowledge everyone, but is nevertheless a testament to our community’s enduring love and vitality. We are very grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make our
Holy Week so memorable. Thank you! Και του χρόνου.
Yours in Christ’s service,
President, Parish Council
Get involved! Our Spring Greek Festival is made possible by the combined efforts of many volunteers just like you!
The success of our festival depends on the support of all parishioners. Proceeds from our festival assist Saint Katherine in continuing its ministries and programs. Please take a moment and think about how you can best serve our
festival guests. Do you have food service experience? Are you energetic or do you tire easily? Can you stand in one
spot for 4 hours or would you rather move around? Would you rather work behind the scenes? Can you make
change and work a cash register? No matter how you answer, we have a place for you!
Please watch for more festival information in the Sunday bulletin. If you would like to volunteer, please contact
Andrea Ballard (703-250-5419 or [email protected]). We need a little help from many, not a lot of help
from just a few!
GOYA WOULD LIKE TO THANK everyone who helped to
make our 2015 basketball tournament such a success. We
also thank you for your support of all of our 2014-2015
Boys A and Boys B teams will participate in the Saints
Constantine and Helen, Annapolis tournament the weekend
of May 2 and 3.
GOYA has church duty on Sunday, May 17. Van Strifas
is the GOYA Captain and Epistle Reader. Five other
GOYAns will join him that day.
Keep your eyes open for information on Orthodox Youth
Day at Kings Dominion in June. It is usually during the
week after Fairfax County schools end for the year.
PLEASE REMEMBER that the Ellinomathia exams will take
place in our church on May 19-21, 2015.
Contact Andrea
Ballard to volunteer at our
Spring Festival
June 5-7
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MANY THANKS to everyone who graciously contributed to
our church for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter! To Jim
Loizou and the chanters; to John Doulis and the choir; to
Nick Kyrus who played the organ so beautifully on Holy
Tuesday evening; to Androula Demetriou who donated the
Easter eggs; to Ramona Velezis and her daughters, Martha
and Dorie for dyeing the Easter eggs; to the youth and
adults who folded the palms into crosses; to Anastasia
Topping who offered the Lenten luncheon on Good Friday; to GOYA who offered snacks on Good Friday; to
Sophia Tsangali, the ladies, and the girls who decorated
the Kouvouklion so beautifully; to Andrea Ballard, Vaia
McKenna, and Presv. Pauline for wrapping the Easter
eggs; to Christina Vazquez and the myrrh-bearers; to Pantelis Firippis for the evening reception on the Saturday of
Lazarus; to Mike Lampros for the family fish luncheon on
Palm Sunday and George Moshos for being the chairman;
to John Gouvis for the mageiritsa soup following the Anastasi; to Mallamo Mavromatakis, Jordan and Soula Skenteris, and Artemis Dimopoulos for the delicious roasted
lamb meal on Easter Sunday; to Artemis Dimopoulos and
Christopher Skenteris for donating everything for the Easter egg hunt; and to George Charuhas for shepherding the
children for the hunt. Many thanks to our priests, Jim
Stoucker, the parish council members, and all who helped
throughout Lent, Holy Week, and Easter!
Sponsored by AHEPA Chapter #438
June 22-26 | 10:30am-2:00pm
for a brochure and registration form
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Σοφία Δ. Τσαγκάλη
Joanna Bose
Η ΕΙΡΗΝΗ ΣΤΟ ΕΣΩΤΕΡΙΚΟ του ανθρώπου έχει τις δικές
της νίκες, όχι λιγότερο δοξασμένες από αυτές του
Ειλικρινά, μπορεί να είναι μυστικές, αθόρυβες, χωρίς
τύμπανα και κωδωνοκρουσίες, όμως δεν παύουν να
είναι λαμπρές και άξιες να γραφτούν στο βιβλίο του
Θεού. Πόσες τέτοιες ειρηνικές νίκες έχει να διηγηθεί η
ιστορία κάθε σπιτιού, αλλά και πόσες δυστυχώς μάχες
και έριδες σε καιρό ειρήνης!
Πολλές φορές παρουσιάζονται στο σπίτι μας
εικόνες, που δεν πρέπει. Όπως, π.χ. χτυπάμε την
πόρτα και φεύγουμε χωρίς να δώσουμε εξήγηση
στους δικούς μας πού πάμε. Φτιάχνουμε τα μαλλιά
μας με κατακόκκινα, κλαμμένα μάτια και μάλιστα στην
κουζίνα, ξεσπάμε σε αναφυλλητά και φυσικό επόμενο
είναι οπωσδήποτε να ξεσπάσει θύελλα στο σπίτι. Και
πάνω στον αναβρασμό οπωσδήποτε ανταλλάσουμε
λόγια βαριά και πικρά. ∆εν έχουμε πρόθεση να
κάνουμε τον δικαστή για το ποιός φταίει, γιατί όλοι μας
είμαστε ένοχοι. Ταραχή και αναστάτωση μέσα μας σε
όλη την ατμόσφαιρα του σπιτιού, σάλος και
στενοχώρια. Και όμως το σπίτι μας είναι ένας ιερός
χώρος, που πρέπει να βασιλεύει η θεϊκή ειρήνη. Είναι
τέχνη να ξέρει κανείς να κρατάει την δωρεά της
ειρήνης στο σπίτι του. Είναι τέχνη να ξέρεις να ζεις με
τους άλλους. Για το λόγο αυτό, ας δούμε μερικά από
τα μυστικά της.
Η μητέρα λέει τα εξής στο παιδί της. «’Ακουσε παιδί
μου, με ρώτησες προχτές, γιατί ο θείος ο Πάνος δεν
ανεβαίνει στο ψηλό σπίτι, πάνω στην πλατεία, που
είναι καινούργιο, παρά μένει σ’ αυτό το σαράβαλο,
κάτω στο λιμάνι». Αυτό γίνεται γιατί ο θείος Βασίλης
δεν μπορεί να ανεβαίνει τόσο ψηλά. Και για να μην
χαλάσει την καρδιά του αδελφού του, στο καλό να
πάει και το καινούργιο σπίτι. Έτσι τα αδέρφια περνάνε
αγαπημένα. Αν θέλουμε όλοι μας να ζούμε με τους
άλλους πρέπει να μάθουμε να μην χαλάμε τις καρδιές
μας για μικροπράγματα. Ο Λίνκολν, ο περίφημος
πρόεδρος των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, είχε δώσει μια
ωραία συνταγή πάνω στο ζήτημα αυτό. «Στα ουσιώδη
ON OUR ORTHODOX EASTER SUNDAY, Pope Francis invited the Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Karekin II, to join him for a service in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
This Mass commemorated the 100th anniversary of the
genocide of the Armenian people. In Pope Francis’ own
ενότητα, στα επουσιώδη ελευθερία και σε όλα
αγάπη». Έρχονται περιστάσεις, που χρειάζεται να
μένουμε άκαμπτοι, ανεπηρέαστοι μπροστά στο
θέλημα του Θεού, κι ας στενοχωριούνται οι δικοί μας.
Όμως αυτά τα περιστατικά είναι λίγα και σπάνια. Η
καθημερινή ζωή θέλει ευελιξία, μαλακότητα, χάρη. Η
ανατροφή και η συγκατοίκηση με τους άλλους σε μια
κοινή ζωή έχει τα μυστικά της.
Πρώτο και καλύτερο μυστικό είναι να περιορίζουμε
τα ελαττώματά μας.
Το βροντοφωνάζει και ο
θεόπνευστος Απόστολος, «Πλατύνθητε και υμείς».
Πλατειά καρδιά δεν σημαίνει πως είμαι καλός με τους
καλούς ούτε θα πει πως ανέχομαι τους βολικούς
τύπους. Πλατειά καρδιά σημαίνει να δέχεσαι και να
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In the past century, our human family has lived through
three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which
is widely considered the first genocide of the 20th century,
struck your own Armenian people.
Dear Armenian Christians, today with hearts filled with
pain, but at the same time, with great hope in the risen Lord,
we recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense
and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forebears had to
It is necessary and indeed a duty to honor their memory. For
whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to
The Pope was repeating words from a joint declaration
that had been issued in 2001 by the then Pope John Paul II
along with Karekin II.
What is a moral issue for Pope Francis is the global indifference toward the killing of Christians in the Middle
East today. He is voicing his concern for Christians in
countries where they have no protection from the state.
Historians estimate that there were over 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1914 and that by 1922 less
than 400,000 survived the systematic killing and extermination forced upon the people, who were rounded up and
marched towards Syria where, along the way, through
starvation and torture, they died in large numbers and were
buried in mass graves in valleys. Torture was particularly
aimed at the clerics; the priests were targeted for the most
brutal treatment. There were other indignities levied on the
Armenians: harems of young girls, some very young, were
forced into submission for fear of their lives.
In spite of the vociferous denunciation of this commemoration by the Turkish government, which tries to paint the
event as a “civil” war, the New York Times in 1915 published over 145 articles on events in Armenia. There were
also accounts of atrocities witnessed by Consuls and other
officials present. Our own National Archives holds over
4,000 pages of documented material on the subject.
There will be a National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial with events scheduled May 7-9
in Washington, DC. These will include exhibitions and
cultural events at the Marriott Marquis as well as a service
at the National Cathedral on May 7.
Eleni Alexopoulou
ONE OF THE BENEFITS of learning another language is that it promotes a better understanding and acceptance of psychology and diversity, according to a study published in January in Developmental Science.
Researchers tested 48 children (5-6 years old) who were either monolingual, simultaneous bilingual (learning two languages at once), or sequential bilingual (learning one language, then another). They told the kids stories of English babies
adopted by Italians and ducks raised by dogs. Afterwards, researchers asked kids if the babies would grow up to speak
English or Italian and if the ducks would quack or bark.
”We predicted that sequential bilingual’s own experience of learning language would help them understand that human
language is actually learned, but that all children would expect other traits such us animal vocalizations and physical
characteristics to be innate,” says Krista Byers-Heinlein, lead study author and a member of the center for Research in
Human Development.
In fact, sequential bilinguals did show reduced essentialist beliefs about language –they knew that a baby raised by Italians would speak Italian. But they were also significantly more likely to believe that an animal’s physical traits and vocalizations are learned through experience (e.g. that a duck raised by dogs would bark and run rather than quack and fly).
Despite this, bilinguals were found to have an advantage. ”Both monolinguals and second language learners showed
some errors in their thinking, but each group made different kinds of mistakes,” Byers-Heinlein says. ”Monolinguals
were more likely to think that everything is innate, while bilinguals were more likely to think that everything is learned.”
She adds: ”Children’s systematic errors are really interesting to psychologists, because they help us understand the
process of development. Our results provide a striking demonstration that everyday experience in one domain –language
learning- can alter children’s beliefs about a wide range of domains, reducing children’s essentialist biases.”
Essentialism is the view that a specific kind of entity (e.g. people, animals) has a universal identity and characteristic,
which is not dependent on context. These findings indicate that a bilingual education reduces children’s essentialist biases
and this, the researchers explain, has social implications for adults with strong essentialist beliefs. Apparently, the stronger these beliefs, the more likely you are to endorse stereotypes and prejudiced attitudes.
”Our finding that bilingualism reduces essential beliefs raises the possibility that early second language education could
be used to promote the acceptance of human social and physical diversity,” Byers-Heinlein says.
Visit to learn more about
this study.
On the same issue:
Bill Gates –arguably one of the smartest, richest, and most successful men in the world – recently went public with his
major regret. In January, during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything’’ session, the Microsoft founder said that he wished he had
taken the time to become fluent in another language. “I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign languages,” he
said in response to the question: Is there anything in life that you regret doing or not going? “I took Latin and Greek in
high school and got As and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese. I keep hoping
to get time to study one of these—probably French because it is the easiest.”
Source: ACTFL, The Language Educator, Mar/Apr 2015, Volume 10, Issue 2, pg. 8-9
DANCE and Cultural
Arts Program’s Greek
folk dance lessons for
all youth ages 4 and up
are on Tuesdays,
6:30pm-7:30pm. The Adult performing group practices on Sundays
from 6:00pm-7:30. Please visit or contact Aris and
Anna Yortzidis at [email protected] for more information.
Gregory McKinney
Pentacost. Father Matthew the Poor (Matta El-Meskeen).
The Monastery of St. Macarius. 2015. Print Length: 43
pages. Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
It started with me misspelling “Pentecost” in the Amazon
search function, the same misspelling that appears in the
book’s title above (and only there.) “Wow,” I thought,
“so few books on Pentacost and one of them is by Matthew the Poor for $2.99 on Kindle. Lucky me!” I was
familiar with Matthew the Poor from his excellent book
Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way (St Vladimir’s
Seminary Press, 2003). While himself a Coptic Christian,
his works have been widely received in canonical Orthodox circles.
Acts 2:2-3 states, “And suddenly a sound came from
heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to
them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of
them.” This is the moment when the Holy Spirit descended into the world to stay, which Fr. Matta sees as the fulfillment of the Incarnation:
Hence, the end of the divine incarnation reached its zenith
on Pentecost day when all became in Christ “the fullness of
Him who fills all in all” (Eph 1: 23); for in the divine
body—in which “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Col 2: 9)—we have attained fullness ever since Pentecost day. Christ united with the Church and so the Church
acquired all that belongs to Christ. In the upper room there
came about and was consummated all that began in Bethlehem so that the Church might be born in the upper room.
(Kindle Locations 227-231)
Fr. Matta teaches on Pentecost in the Old Testament,
provides wonderful passages on baptism and chrismation
especially timely for those newly illumined around Pascha,
and gives a spiritual examination of wind and fire in Scripture as manifestations of God’s presence:
The fire of Pentecost was the fire of God; it illuminated the
thought of the Church with truth, and set the heart of the
new man aflame with divine love, zeal and sacrifice. On
Pentecost, the human nature of the Church partook of the
fiery nature of God, and out of this nature the new man was
born. On Pentecost the Church received the fire of God
whereby she was impregnated and sanctified, and she now
imparts its effect to all those born of her. We are no longer
in need of flaming tongues like those of Pentecost; for we
are not a mother but sons; we are not a bearing nature, but a
born one; it is the Church which is the bearing mother.
(Kindle Locations 106-111)
Fr. Matta El-Meskeen was a Coptic Orthodox monk who renewed
the Monastery of St. Macarius the Great in Egypt, becoming spiritual father of the 130 monks who eventually settled there. He is considered by many to be a renowned theologian, and was an author of
hundreds of books and journal articles covering biblical exegesis,
ecclesiastical rites, and other spiritual and theological matters.
Madilyn Sofia (April 18)
daughter of Justin Allen and Jena Brooks
Godparent: Kristen Clarkson
Zoe Elizabeth (April 25)
Godparent: Ted Theodorou
Liberty Eve Petrakis (April 26)
daughter of Chris and Evanna Petrakis
Godparent: Nicholas Grammas
Na mas zisoun.
Anthony Balabous (March 18)
Andromachi Timotheou (March 20)
Milton Meletios Sarris (March 21)
Cathy Katherine Louise Varlas (March 22)
Aspasia Makrigiorgos (March 26)
Joseph Macekura (March 27)
May their memory be eternal.
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ανέχεσαι τον άλλον έτσι όπως είναι με τις αδυναμίες
του. Μου μίλησαν άσχημα; Το παραβλέπω. Με
ειρωνεύτηκαν; ∆εν το κρατώ. Με συκοφάντησαν; Το
συγχωρώ. ∆εν στέκομαι στις αδυναμίες, αλλά στα
προτερήματα των άλλων. Προσφέρω σε όλους την
αγάπη που οφείλω. Το μυστικό λοιπόν είναι να
ξεχνάμε την λύπη που μας προκάλεσαν οι άλλοι και
να θυμόμαστε το καλό που μας έκαναν. Έτσι η ζωή
μας με τους άλλους γίνεται εύκολη, ήρεμη, χαρούμενη.
Αυτό βέβαια δεν σημαίνει ότι θα κάνουμε
υποχωρήσεις στην σταθερότητά μας και αβαρίες στις
αρχές μας, χάριν δήθεν της ευγένιας. Εκείνο που είναι
σπουδαίο είναι ότι πρέπει να μάθουμε να
περιορίζουμε τις απαιτήσεις μας, τα παράπονά μας
και τον εγωισμό μας.
Ας μάθουμε να ζούμε σωστά με τους άλλους, για να
αισθανόμαστε ευτυχισμένοι πρώτα εμείς και για να
κάνουμε και τους γύρω μας ευτυχισμένους!
Ας μάθουμε να ζούμε χαρούμενα και ειρηνικά!
Ας είναι η υπόλοιπη άνοιξη, αλλά και η ζωή μας
ολόκληρη αναστάσιμη, ειρηνική, χαρούμενη με τους
συνανθρώπους μας!
PHILOPTOCHOS (by Eleni Kanakos, President)
wonderful Easter holiday.
Thanks to all the ladies for a successful bake sale. Your
hard work certainly paid off, and I am grateful for your
hard work and dedication. Many thanks to Mary Varlas
for her tireless efforts to sell our pastries via email-orders.
A special thank you to Strati Varlas for his tireless help
during the bake sale. We could not have done it without
him! I am excited to continue working with all of you
again as we prepare for our Spring Festival. Everyone is
welcome—this is a great opportunity for all of us to get to
know each other better, so please join us!
Our yard sale will be held Saturday, May 16, 8:00am2:00pm. If you would like to make any donations, please
contact Trish Kapsidelis at 571-259-3757 or look to the
Sunday bulletins for more information.
Our next elections meeting will be Sunday, May 17 following the second liturgy.
After our spring Festival in June, we will have our Annual Philoptochos Dinner. Details to follow.
Thank you for your stewardship and for your donations
to the Saint Nicholas Shrine. Your generosity continues to
make a big difference, and I hope that we can keep supporting this initiative.
Christos Anesti! I hope everyone had a wonderful Pascha!
We thank Father Costas for a very inspirational experience when he spoke with us during Great Lent and explained many of the Icons and scenes depicted around the
inside of the church. As in past years, our time with him
during this prayerful season is something we always look
forward to. Helle Chapter served at Bailey’s Crossroads
Shelter in April and we thank everyone who helped prepare and serve. We also thank everyone who attended our
April 19th speaker presentation with Jan King. Her upbeat
personality and positive approach in facing personal trials
was uplifting.
If you would be interested in taking “gentle yoga” classes under the expert instruction of Tina Ligelis, please
contact Karen Polizos, [email protected], 571-434-7790.
The cost will be $60.00 for 6 classes held one night during
the week (Tina is donating all of the fee to Saint Katherine). Class would probably start mid-May. Tina would
like a firm commitment of at least 10 participants. Payment would be required in advance. DOP, Philoptochos
and the greater Saint Katherine community are invited to
attend the classes.
Our next monthly chapter meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 7:00pm at the church. A report on the District 3 Convention will be presented and we will hold elections for Chapter Board Officers for the 2015-2016 year.
WE HAVE JUST STARTED our new book, Prodigal Daughter: Journey to Byzantium, by Myrna Kostas. This is the
story of a woman who looked for a spiritual life in other
churches and finally, after a long journey, found her home
again in Orthodoxy. Members can find the book at our
meetings or at our church bookstore. Our meeting dates in
May are on the 17th and 27th at 10:30am. If you would
like to join us, even if we have already started a book,
please email [email protected] Our arms are open to
SINGLE PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED to come together during the first liturgy’s Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 17. A
table will be reserved for you. Please contact Andrea
Katsenes ([email protected]) for more information.
Ocean City Greek Festival
July 1 0 -1 3
ST. PHOEBE CENTER Regional Chapter for the History of
the Deaconess will present a Pan-Orthodox program, Restoring the Holy Orthodox Tradition of Deaconesses at
Saint Katherine on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30pm. The
program will include a recap of two recent conferences on
deaconesses held in New York City and Thessaloniki,
Greece. The restoration of the tradition of ordained women
deacons has been under discussion in the Church for the
past 50 years. We welcome your interest, questions, and
participation. RSVP to and get further information from
Marilyn Rouvelas at mailto:[email protected] Also,
check out
May 2015
9:30am Greek School
Cuba Mission Trip
Cuba Mission Trip
5:00pm Greek School
Adult Greek School
5:00pm Beginners/
Conversation Class
9:30am Greek School
June 5, 6, and 7 | 11am - 10pm
5 Irene the Great Martyr 6
9:30am Orthros
8:00pm HEC Basketball
10:30am Divine Liturgy
5:00pm Greek School
Adult Greek School
5:00pm Beginners/
Conversation Class
3 Paralytic
8:00am Divine Liturgy
9:30am Orthros
10:30am Divine Liturgy
6:30pm Grk Folk Dance
Adult Greek School
7:00pm Beginners
SS. C&H, Annapolis
GOYA Tournament
Cuba Mission Trip
Cuba Mission Trip
Cuba Mission Trip
Cuba Mission Trip
Cuba Mission Trip
Cuba Mission Trip
10 Samaritan Woman
(Mother’s Day)
7:30pm YAL Deuteri
6:30pm Grk Folk Dance
Adult Greek School
7:00pm Beginners
10:30am Women’s Book
8:00pm HEC Basketball
5:00pm Greek School
Adult Greek School
5:00pm Beginners/
Conversation Class
9:30am Greek School
5:00pm Greek School
Adult Greek School
5:00pm Beginners/
Conversation Class
9:30am Greek School
5:00pm Greek School
Adult Greek School
5:00pm Beginners/
Conversation Class
30 Saturday of Souls
9:30am Orthros
10:30am Divine Liturgy
9:30am Orthros
10:30am Divine Liturgy
(Note One Liturgy Only)
12pm Deadline for
8:00pm AHEPA
GOMNJ Clergy Laity
GOMNJ Clergy Laity
17 Blind Man
8:00am Divine Liturgy
9:30am Orthros and Catechetical School
10:30am Divine Liturgy
GOMNJ Clergy Laity
GOMNJ Clergy Laity
6:30pm Grk Folk Dance
Adult Greek School
7:00pm Beginners
7:30pm Parish Council
8:00pm HEC Basketball
7:30pm Missions
Food Pantry Collection
9:30am Single Parents
12:30pm Philoptochos
24 Fathers of the First
Ecumenical Council
31 Pentecost
9:30am Orthros
10:30am Divine Liturgy
25 Memorial Day
(Office Closed)
10am Trisagion Prayers
at National Memorial
6:30pm Grk Folk Dance
Adult Greek School
7:00pm Beginners
10:30am Women’s Book
8:00pm HEC Basketball
7:30pm Lecture on Re-
storing the Holy Orthodox Tradition of Deaconesses
9:30am Greek School
Second Cuba Mission Trip, April 30-May 8. As this issue
of DOXA is sent out for delivery, Fr. Costa will be leaving with a team for our second Orthodox Cuba Mission
Trip. They will participate in the 1st of May parade in
Havana with the Saint Nicholas parish of Havana. They
will also play baseball, USA vs. Cuba! They will then split
into three teams: one team will stay in Havana to assist
with preparing the new and first Orthodox monastery in
Cuba to receive monks and to train priests, another will
travel to Ranchuelo to the Saint George the New Martyr
parish to assist with building/painting/cleaning the church
building, and the third team will travel to Holguin in
Guantanamo to visit the Orthodox parish of Saint Paraskevi. They will be doing Bible study, making icons and
livani, and participating in the Divine Liturgy with respective parishioners. Presvytera Paulilne will meet with the
presvyteres of Cuba. Please keep the team in your prayers.
If you would like to donate to the Cuba mission please
make out checks to Saint Katherine and write “Cuba Mission” on the memo line.
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, June 13-14. We are excited to announce that Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, from
Oxford, England will visit Saint Katherine June 13-14.
He will be here for the whole week to participate in the
Orientale Lumen Conference—a joint Orthodox Catholic
dialogue. On Saturday, June 13, he will participate in the
Vesper service at Saint Katherine at 5:00pm and, following heavy refreshments, will make a major presentation.
On Sunday, June 14, His Eminence will officiate at the
Divine Liturgy at Saint Katherine. His topic will be announced shortly. From June 15-18 Metropolitan Kallistos
participate in the Oriental Lumen Conference XIX at the
Washington Retreat Center. The topic is The Bishop of
Rome: Past, Present and Future. Go to the website of the
Orientale Lumen Conference XIX for details.
OCMC Benefit Dinner, April 26. The Benefit dinner
took place after the DOXA was mailed. Full details will
appear in next month’s issue.
Monumental Mission Walk, September 19. Our annual
Monumental Mission Walk will take place on Saturday,
September 19, 2015. Eleni Porter and her energetic committee are organizing this year’s event. Our mission walk
this year will take us around the Tidal Basin to learn about
the monuments in that area of the National Mall. These
will include the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin
D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and others. Our tent will be set up in that area. Proceeds from our mission walk are shared with the OCMC
and our area ministries. Details for sign up and sponsorship will appear as they become available. There will be a
website to sign up and a space to sponsor others to walk.
Come and join us!!
Jesse Brandow. We are pleased to report that Jesse
Brandow is now fully funded and will be leaving for Gua-
temala in early May. Jesse visited Saint Katherine last September and captivated us all with his humility and joy of
giving his life for Christ. He was featured in the September DOXA. We will send Jesse a monthly contribution
from the funds we collected during his visit. Please keep
him in your prayers. If you would like to make a donation
to help Jesse in his missionary work, make your check
payable to OCMC and, on the memo line, write “Jesse
Brandow.” Mail checks to OCMC, 220 Mason Manatee
Way, St. Augustine, FL 32086. Jesse promises to send
regular updates on his activities in Guatemala.
2015 OCMC Mission Trips. Would you like to have a
life changing experience? Join an OCMC short-term team
in 2015. Live the experience of witnessing for Christ in a
foreign land. Several of our Saint Katherine parishioners
who have been on short-term teams would be happy to talk
to you about their experiences. A full listing of the 2015
teams is on the Saint Katherine website. If interested,
contact Dr. John Demakis at [email protected]
OCMC Spring Executive Meeting, May 12-14, Johnstown, PA. Two members of our Missions and Outreach
Committee, Betty Slanta and Dr. John Demakis, are on the
national OCMC executive board and will be travelling to
Johnstown, PA for the OCMC spring meetings. The meetings will be held at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, the
cathedral of the Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese in
America. Please pray for a successful meeting.
Food Pantry Collection, May 17. Our next collection for
the local Food Pantry will be Sunday, May 17. We will
again distribute cloth bags the two Sundays before prior.
Please be generous. The food we collect makes a major
impact on the lives of people who are not as fortunate.
Diaper Collection. On Palm Sunday, we had our first
diaper collection of 2015. Thank you all for your generosity. The diapers have already been distributed to three local
food pantries. Our next Diaper Collection will be Sunday,
December 6, the feast day of Saint Nicholas. Let’s all
make gifts to the poor children of the area.
Culmore Free Clinic. The Culmore Clinic is located in
the Columbia Baptist Church down the street from St.
Katherine. It is a clinic for those who cannot afford health
insurance. This clinic is supported by several faith-based
communities in the Bailey’s Crossroads area, including
Saint Katherine. The Culmore Clinic is only open on
Thursdays, but cares for about 400 patients. The need is so
great that we hope to be able to keep the clinic open another day a week so that we can care for more patients.
Please prayerfully consider making a donation to the Culmore Clinic to allow them to minister to the sick and elderly. A full list of the clinic’s needs is on our website.
Please make checks to Saint Katherine and in the lower left
write “Culmore Clinic.”
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May 30, 2015
We are called to pray for those who have fallen
asleep in the Lord on the Saturdays of Souls. Please
take time to prepare a list of deceased loved ones for
whom you wish the priests to pray. May the Lord
grant eternal rest to the souls of our loved ones.
for Instructions and Guidelines for Campers and
Parents, plus more information.
(Below the continuation of helpful hints (from last
month) for helping those coping with grief. The information was provided by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.)
Offer practical help; don’t wait to be asked. Grieving takes
a lot of energy, making the tasks and demands of daily
living feel overwhelming at times. Help by bringing over
dinner, offering to do the shopping or cleaning, babysitting, gardening, etc. Make specific offers several times,
and encourage your loved one to take you up on your offers. Avoid phrases such as, “Let me know if I can help.”
Usually, he or she won’t let you know for fear of imposing on you. Be direct with your offers and say, for example, “Let me cook you dinner tomorrow,” or “I’d like to
watch the kids tonight; why don’t you take a break?”
Remember that grieving is a long process. The person
you care about may be grieving for a long time. Several
months or more after the death, he or she may actually be
feeling the loss more acutely, and much of his or her support system will have backed off. This is when your loved
one may need your support the most. Birthdays, holidays
and other events may also evoke strong feelings for your
grieving loved one.
Offer your companionship. Your presence can be comforting to a grieving loved one; you don’t have to do anything special. Often, grieving people just do not want to be
alone. Don’t minimize the loss. Be careful not to say, “I
know exactly how you feel.” This can minimize your
loved one’s unique feelings. If you have been through the
loss of someone dear to you, you know how you felt, but
you don’t know just how the grieving person feels now.
Instead, use statements such as, “I know this is difficult,”
“I know how hard it was for me when my mother died,”
or some other statement that is heartfelt and accurate, but
leaves room for the uniqueness of your loved one’s experience. Encourage your loved one to share his or her feelings. Avoid saying things like, “Be strong for...” or
“Don’t cry.” This sends the message that you are uncomfortable with your loved one’s intense feelings and, therefore, you will leave him or her emotionally alone. Since
most people feel somewhat overwhelmed by the intensity
and unfamiliarity of grief, they may be worried that they
will be unable to cope, so these phrases may in fact reinforce their fears rather than help. Instead, encourage your
loved one by saying, “It’s okay to cry,” or “You don’t
have to be so strong.”
Saint Katherine offers a grief support group, GRACE
(Grief Recovery: Accepting, Coping, and Evolving). For
further information, please call Fr. Costa Pavlakos at 703671-1515. Thank you to Maria Papageorgiou for contributing articles nearly every month for the last 11 years.
SHOWN BELOW is a list of families and individuals who participated in the 2015 Saint Katherine Stewardship Program through March 31,
2015.Thank you for responding to the needs of our church.
Samia Aburdeineh
Donald and Irenelee Adams
Mr Frank Agnos
M/M John Agnos
Mrs Penelope Alatis
Ms Joanna Alexis
M Alexis
Rev/Presv Stefanos Alexopoulos
M/M Peter Aliferis
M/M Larry Anagnos
Mrs Cleoniki Anastasiou
Mrs Georgia Anastisiou and
Mr Jose Perez
Ms Janis Anderson
M/M John Andre
M/M Paul Anson
M/M Tasie Anton
Mrs Voula Antonaiou
Dr/Mrs Nicholas Argerson
Mr James Argodale
M/M Nektarios Athanasiou
Mrs Panagiota Bakatsias
Ms Emilia Bakopoulos
Capt/Mrs James Ballard, III
M/M James Ballis
Mr Richard Bambacus
Dr/Dr George Banks
M/M Tom Beck
Dr Dean Bellas
Mr Bokis Papadopoulou-Bokis
M/M Theodore Bousbouras
Mrs Stella Brackman
Ms Maria Brazda
(Leopard Media Group)
M/M Lewis Brickates
M/M David Buddendeck
M/M Elias Burton
M/M John Calamos
Ms Aikaterini Callahan
Mr William Camarinos
Mrs Catherine Speleos Canard
Mrs Gisella Caparell
M/M Aggie Capsalis
M/M Manuel Capsalis
M/M Todd Carr
Ms Olympia Carranza
Mrs Georgia Chakeris
M/M Demetris Charalambous
M/M George Charuhas
Mr Telly Charuhas
M/M Constantine Chelpon
Mr/Ms Peter Cherpes
M/M Emmanuel Chiaparas
Mrs Emerald Chiotakis
M/M George Christacos
Dr Nicole Christacos
M/M Stavros Christacos
Dr/Mrs Joseph Christodoulides
Mrs Christofi and Mr Arias
Dr Andrew Christopher
M/M Aristotle Christou
Miss Ljiljana Ciric
Walter and Theresa Cobb
Mrs/Mr Stephanie Coleman
Mrs Ileana Constantinescu
Dr George Contis
Dr Susan Coronis
Mr Michael Dakes
M/M Stephen Dakes
Mrs Theodosia Dampier
M/M Ivan Danzig
Dr/Mrs Nicholas Darzenta
Mr Lycurgus Davey
M/M Michael Davey
Dr/Mrs John Demakis
Mrs Antoinette Demeres
M/M Christian Demeter
M/M Demetrios Demetriou
Mrs Elpida Demetriou and
Mr Bruno Cardoso
M/M Lambros Demetriou
M/M Peter Demetriou
Ms Effrossini Dianelli
Miss Alexandra Diapoulis
M/M Nicholas Diapoulis
Ms Georgia Dimitras
M/M Arthur Dimopoulos
Mr Stephen Dinos and
Dr Evie Cavros
Mr Nicholas Dopuch
M/M John Doulis
Ms Mary Drakoulis
Mrs Nicolitsa Economou
Mr Paul Economou
Mrs Catherine Edgington
M/M Christos Elefantis
Maj/Mrs James Enos
M/M James Eskinzes
M/M Christopher Euripides
Mrs Niki Flevarakis
M/M Dennis Floros
Mr George Floros
M/M Nicholaos Floros
Ms Anna Flossos
Ms Ioanna Flossos
Mrs Dianne Kavros Fogarty
Mr Antonios Fotelargias
M/M Vasilios Fotinos
M/M James Francis
M/M Stephen Francis
Mr Athan Gadonas
Mr Athan D Gadonis
Mr Demetrios Gadonas
M/M Dimitrios Gadonas
Mr William Galanis
M/M Demetrios Galatis
M/M Richard Gamble
Ltc/Mrs Dennis Garbis
M/M Martin Gardner
M/M David Garnett
M/M Lampros Georgakopoulos
Mrs Aspasia Georgatos
M/M George Georgeadis
Ms Mary Georghiou
M/M Frank Gerow, Jr
M/M Chris Gianakura
Mrs Helen Gianelos
M/M Constantinos Giannoukos
Mrs Eleni Goldsmith
M/M Arthur Gomez
M/M Chad Gorman
M/M John Gouvis
M/M Peter Gouvis
M/M Spiro Grivas
M/M Mark Gull
Mrs Christina Kehayia Hadigian
M/M Andreas Hadjichristodoulou
Mr Menbere Haile
M/M John Hall
Mrs Antigone Harocopos
Alexander and Victoria Hatjis
M/M Peter Hatzi
Ms Diane Gatsis Havinga
HEC Parents Basketball
M/M Karl Hickson
Ms Georgia Higley
M/M Dimitrios Hios
M/M Everet Hoeg, III
M/M Keith Horenstein
M/M James Howard
Mrs Hariklia Ioannou
M/M Iacovos Ioannou
M/M Clinton Irby
Mrs Kim Johnson Isaac
M/M James JatrasM/M Scott
Mr James Jeweler
M/M John Jeweler
Dr Michael Jeweler
M/M Timothy Johnson
M/M Tom (Athanasios) Jouvanis
Mr Louis Junes
M/M Benjamin Jurado
Mr Christ Kacoyannakis and
Mrs Nancy Thompson
Mrs Irene Kakaviatos
M/M James Kalaris
Mr Mark Kalaris
M/M Christopher Kalavritinos
Mrs Maria Kalis
Mr Michael Kalis
M/M John Kalpos
Ms Konstantina Kalpos-Reid
M/M Tim Kalyvas
M/M Brasidas Kanakos
M/M George Kapetanakis
Mrs Konstantina Kapetanakis
M/M Bill Kapsidelis
Mr John Karabelas and
Mrs Olga Pierrakos
Mrs Koula Karabelas
M/M Harry Karageorge
Mrs Maria Karageorge
M/M John Karamanis
Mrs Helen Karambelas
Mrs Maynee Karanikas
M/M Peter Karounos
Mr/Dr Efthimios Katsapis
M/M Dean Katsikes
M/M George Kavarligos
M/M George Kavros
Dr Alexandra Kazakis
M/M Nicholas Kikis
M/M Michael Kiklis
M/M Mike Kiros
M/M Thomas Kiszka
M/M Konstantinos Kohilas
M/M Andreas Kokkinis
M/M Costas Kolas
Andreas and Lauren Kolazas
M/M Alexandros Kolovos
Mr Nicholas Kolovos
Mrs Barbara Koltos
Mr Vitali Kopylov
M/M Dionisios Korkos
Mrs Marika Koumanelis
M/M George Koumarianos
Mr Teddy Koumarianos
Mrs Maria Koustenis
Ms Christina Kanakis Kouteas
Mrs Maria Koutrouvelis
M/M Peter Kulic
Dr/Mrs Andy Kydes
Ms Andronique Kyriacou
Mrs Maria Laliotis
M/M Sheldon Lampert
Mr Nicholas Larigakis
Ms Anna Lecos
Ms Tina Ligelis
M/M George Louvis
Mr Joseph Macekura
M/M Nikolaos Makrigiorgos
Ms Ekaterini Malliou
Miss Gaye Mallis
Ms Glykeria Maniatis
M/M Frank Manno
M/M George Manoleras
Dr/Mrs John Manolis
Mr Nagi Mansour
M/M Kevork Marachelian
Ms Margarita Margaritis
M/M Peter Marketos
Mrs Anne Masters
Mrs Stasia Mastorakis
M/M Apostolos Mavris
M/M William McCarthy
M/M Gregory McKinney
Maj/Mrs Stephen McMahon
Dr/Mrs Joseph Michalowicz
M/M Peter Michos
Ms Eleni Mickles
Mrs Evdoxia Mitchell
M/M Louis Mitchell
M/M William Moore
M/M George Moratis
M/M Robert Morrison
M/M John Moschopoulos
M/M Gus Moshos
M/M Nickolaos Moustakas
Ltc/Mrs Matthew Mowery
Mr/Dr Michael Mpras
M/M Nicholas Mpras
M/M Kenneth (Kallinikos) Myers
M/M Veldon Newtson
Mr/Ms Clayton Nightingale
M/M Nicolas Nitis
Mrs Eugenia Nobes
Dr/Mrs Constantine Nonas
Mrs Roula Oktay
M/M Crysilios Orphanides
M/M Anthony Pagonis
Mr Nicholas Pagonis
M/M Harry Panopoulos
M/M George Panteleos
Mr Panagiotis Papadopoulos
Capt/Mrs Michael Papageorgiou
Dr E.C. Papailias
Mrs Anastasia Papalios
Ms Crystallo Papamichael
Mrs Daphne Papamichael and
Mr Tim Nichols
Mrs Mamie Papamichael
Dr/Mrs Alexander Papas
M/M Panayiotis Papasavvas
Dr/Mrs George Papastergiou
M/M Dennis Papathanasopoulos
M/M Jim Paras
M/M Haralabos Paraskevopoulos
M/M Charalambos Pashiardis
Ms Alexandra Pattaras
Rev/Presv Costas Pavlakos
Mrs Katherine Pergola
Mrs Kathy Pesavento
M/M John Petalas
Col/Mrs Daniel Peyser
Mrs Catherine Phass
Dr/Mrs Dean Phass
Mrs Loiza Pieri
Mrs Pezounou Pieri
Mrs Androula Pikrallidas
Mr Demetrios Pikrallidas
M/M Kostas Pikrallidas
Mr Dean Pilarinos
M/M Nick Ploutis
M/M Bill Polizos
M/M John Polizos
M/M Spyridon Polyzos
M/M Manolis Ponirakis
Mr John Pors
M/M William Porter, Jr
Mr Pete Poulos
Mrs Stella Pristouris
M/M Anthony Quebral
M/M Stephen Rader
M/M Mitchel Raftelis
Ms Despina Raizes
M/M Theofanis Rantis
Dr/Mrs Jerry Rich
Dr/Mrs Haris Riris
Dr/Mrs Adel Rizkalla
M/M George Roiniotis
M/M Gregory Romanias
M/M Emanuel Rouvelas
Mr Larry Rouvelas and
Mrs Rebecca Leung
Mr Aaron Rusnak and
Mileva Sturgis
M/M William Salavantis
Mrs Aspasia Sapountzis
M/M Christos Sarantis
Mr Saul and Mrs Pavlides
Mrs Irene Sarris
Mrs Ann Sedor
Mr Christo Sedor
Mr Andrew Sessions
M/M John Seward
Mr Eric Shiflett and
Ms Lilyanna Peyser
M/M Panos Siatis
Mr Perry Siatis
Mrs Calliope Silis
Dr/Dr Manny Silis
Mrs Katherine Simmons
Mr Charles Sistrunk
Mr Frank Sofocleous
M/M James Soiles
M/M Chris Soves
Ms Helen J. Spanos
Ms Stella Spathopoulos
M/M Eleftherios Spyridis
Mrs Rhea Stack
Ms Panorea Stalter
M/M John Stamos
M/M Apostolos Stamoulas
Mrs Maria Stamoulas and
Mr Basil Koudelis
Ms Stephanie Stanga
M/M Odysseus Stassinos
M/M George Stathopoulos
M/M Peter Stefanou
M/M Gerasimos Stellatos
Mr John Stepanchuk
M/M Demetrios Stergiou
Dr/Mrs Tom Stoumbos
Rev/Mrs Milan Sturgis
M/M Alexander Taousakis
M/M Panagiotis Taousakis
M/M Pierre Tavoularis
Mr Paul Thanos
M/M Craig Thomas
M/M James Thomas
M/M Gene Thornton
Mrs Andromachi Timotheou
John and Anastasia Topping
Mr Christakis Trahili
Mrs Mary Triarhos
Mrs Fotini Trikaliotis
M/M Richard Tritel
Ms Sophia Tsangali
Mrs Angelika Tsatsakis
M/M George Tsempales
Mrs Anna Tsimbidis
M/M Constantine Tzafolias
M/M Themis Tzamarias
M/M Thomas Vaccarello
Dr/Mrs Charles Valases
Ms Nikki Valavanis
Col/Mrs Nicholas Vamvakias
Ms Mary Van Mullekom
Ms Ann Vaffis
Ms Catherine Vangellow
M/M Christopher Vargas
M/M Stratis Varlas
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M/M Constantine Vassilopoulos
M/M George Vassilopoulos
M/M Stelios Vatikiotis
M/M Ramon Vazquez
M/M George Veletsis
M/M Stavros Veletsis
Col/Mrs James Velezis
M/M Larry Visos
M/M Demetris Voudouris
M/M Colin Waitt
M/M Donald Wills
Mr/Ms Keith Wooldridge
Mr Jason Yianilos
M/M Anthony Yiannarakis
M/M Angelos Zaloumis
M/M Enea Zaro
M/M Manuel Zavolas
M/M Nicholas Zavolas
Capt Christos Zirps
M/M John Ziu
Mrs Theodora Ziu
M/M Athanasios Zuppas
“Christian Stewardship is learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church; it is
learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of
God . . . our active commitment to use all our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love . . . caring for the needs of others . . . ” (Williams & McKibben in Oriented Leadership). If you have not yet made a stewardship commitment to your church for the year
2015, please take a moment and do so now.
----------------------------------------------------------------I (my family) pledge(s) $_______ of financial stewardship to Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church.
Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: ____________________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number: ___________________ Email address: ________________________________________
Friday, June 5
Saturday, June 6
Sunday, June 7
11am-10pm daily
Save the Date!
Traditional Homemade
foods and Desserts
Arts and Crafts
Live Music and Dancing Opa!
The Festival is
coming and
we want YOU to
be there!
Did you know that we have a live feed from our church? Relatives and friends from far away
can watch a sacrament. If you are sick and cannot make it to a service, you can still participate. Sign in to the church website,, and click on the red “Saint Katherine Live!” button in the right-hand column.
May 3, 2015 8:00am
Jim Stoucker, Captain Pierre Tavoularis
George Moshos Daphne Vaccarello
Bill Polizos Maria Vargas
Bill Porter
*One Liturgy Only*
May 10, 2015 9:30am
*One Liturgy Only*
M. Mavromatakis, Captain Bill Polizos
Kelly Alexis Dr. Jerry Rich
Artemis Dimopoulos Mary Varlas
Nick Larigakis
May 17, 2015 8:00am
Maria Vargas, Captain Dr. Jerry Rich
Kelly Alexis Jim Stoucker
Bill Polizos Pierre Tavoularis
Bill Porter
May 17, 2015 9:30am
George Moshos, Captain Van Strifas, GOYA
Chris Christou
Captain, plus 5 other
Peter Karounos
Mary Varlas
May 24, 2015 9:30am
*One Liturgy Only*
Bill Porter, Captain George Moshos
Dr. John Demakis Dr. Jerry Rich
Artemis Dimopoulos Daphne Vaccarello
Mallamo Mavromatakis
*One Liturgy Only*
D. Vaccarello, Captain Jim Stoucker
Chris Christou Pierre Tavoularis
Peter Karounos Maria Vargas
Mallamo Mavromatakis
May 31, 2015 9:30am
*One Liturgy Only*
*One Liturgy Only*
(Continued from page 10)
Feeding the Homeless. If your group would like to participate, please contact Dr. John at [email protected]
Clothes and Toiletries. We continue to collect clothes
and toiletries for the homeless shelter. Please bring new or
clean used clothes and unopened toiletries to the atrium of
the Meletis Charuhas Center.
The next Missions and Outreach meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 7:30pm in the board
room. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend!
The Macdonalds
(Jeffrey, Caryn, Alexander, Anna, Elizabeth,
Andrew, and Katherine)
serve as long-term missionaries in Albania.
Read about them in the
adjacent column.
May 3, 2015 9:30am
Nick Larigakis, Captain Artemis Dimopoulos
Kelly Alexis Peter Karounos
Chris Christou Mary Varlas
Dr. John Demakis
The Macdonald Family, serving in Albania
Dr. Jeffrey and Caryn Macdonald live in the village of
Shen Vlash in Albania as long-term missionaries. They are
both teaching at the Resurrection Orthodox Theological
Academy in Shen Vlash, near Durres. The theological
academy was established in 1992 to train Albanian clergy
and church workers to help restore Church life after the
period of communist persecution.
Dr. Macdonald previously taught for many years at St.
Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak helping to prepare Native
Alaskans to serve in the Church in Alaska. Dr. Macdonald
studied at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, following an
undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and Archaeology
at Wheaton College, in Illinois. He later completed a doctoral degree in Early Christian Studies at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC.
The Macdonalds have five children: Alexander 22, Anna
19, Elizabeth 14, Andrew 10, and Katherine 8. They are
seeking monthly supporters to help sustain their work in
Albania. If you would like to help support the Macdonalds, make your check payable to the OCMC and write
“Macdonald Family” in the lower left and mail to OCMC,
220 Mason Manatee Way, St. Augustine, FL 32086.
Non-Profit Org.
Merrifield, VA
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