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May 2015 - Holy Trinity - St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
The Voice
Volume : 15
Number : 5
Month : May 2015
The Monthly Newsletter of Holy Trinity–St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
The Ascension of the Lord
May 21
Jesus did not live with his disciples after his resurrection as he had before his death. Filled with the glory of his divinity, he appeared at different times and places to his people, assuring them that it was he,
truly alive in his risen and glorified body.
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 (Acts 1:3).
It should be noted that the time span of forty days is used many times
in the Bible and signifies a temporal period of completeness and sufficiency (Genesis 7:17; Exodus 16:35, 24:18; Judges 3:11; 1 Samuel
17:16; 1 Kings 19:8; John 3:4; Matthew 4:2). On the fortieth day after
his passover, Jesus ascended into heaven to be glorified on the right
hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51). The Ascension of
Christ is his final physical departure from this world after the resurrection. It is the formal completion of his mission in this world as the
Messianic Savior. It is his glorious return to the Father who had sent him into the world to accomplish the work that
he had given him to do (John 17:4-5).
... and lifting his hands he blessed them. While blessing them, he parted from them and was carried up into
heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. ... (Luke 24:51-52).
The Church’s celebration of the Ascension, as all such festal celebrations, is not merely the remembrance of an
event in Christ’s life. Indeed, the Ascension itself is not to be understood as though it were simply the supernatural
event of a man floating up and away into the skies. The holy scripture stresses Christ’s physical departure and his
glorification with God the Father, together with the great joy which his disciples had as they received the promise of
the Holy Spirit who was to come to assure the Lord’s presence with them, enabling them to be his witnesses to the
ends of earth (Luke 24:48-53; Acts 1:8-11; Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:16-14).
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In the Church the believers in Christ celebrate these
very same realities with the conviction that it is for
them and for all men that Christ’s departure from this
world has taken place. The Lord leaves in order to be
glorified with God the Father and to glorify us with
himself. He goes in order to “prepare a place” for and
to take us also into the blessedness of God s presence.
He goes to open the way for all flesh into the
“heavenly sanctuary ... the Holy Place not made by
hands” (see Hebrews 8-10). He goes in order to send
the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father to bear
witness to him and his Gospel in the world, making him powerfully present in the lives of disciples.
The liturgical hymns of the feast of the Ascension sing of all of these things. The antiphonal verses of the Divine Liturgy are taken from Psalms 47, 48, and 49. The Troparion of the feast which is sung at the small entrance is also
used as the post-communion hymn.
Thou hast ascended in glory O Christ our God, granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world! (Troparion).
When Thou didst fulfill the dispensation for our sake, and didst unite earth to heaven, Thou didst ascend in glory,
O Christ our God, not being parted from those who love Thee, but remaining with them and crying: I am with you
and no one will be against you! (Kontakion).
PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our parishioners, George and Alexandra Sarros, are currently in assisted living at Twin Towers on Hamilton Ave. Their family
is reaching out to us for help. Both of them would very much enjoy a visit from members of our community. If anyone would
like more information, please contact Kathy Leon at 513-923-1826 or at [email protected]
Sydney Artemis Cantrell, the daughter of proud parents Kathy and Dan Cantrell, and granddaughter of YiaYia, Artemis
Thomakos, was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Monday, March 30, 2015. You go girl.
Assistance Requested: It's that time of year and the Hellenic Dancers of Cincinnati (the adult group) are already preparing for the
dance season. Besides the Panegyri, the Hellenic Dancers represent and promote our culture, Church and Panegyri at functions
around Cincinnati. We are in need of costumes and are politely requesting assistance. If you are able and willing to help us create
costumes, we would be grateful. Please contact Christy Toth at 502-797-6301 or [email protected]
Eugene Nicholas and his family would like to extend a sincere thank you to our Parish Family. The prayers, cards, flowers and well
wishes were overwhelming. Through all of your prayers, the medical procedure went well and his recovery is exceeding all expectations. He should be back in the office sometime in May.
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Inside this Issue:
The Ascension of the Lord................ 1
Parish Announcements.................... 2
Christ is Risen!.................................. 3
Youth Ministries............................... 4
President’s Message......................... 5
Outreach Ministries.......................... 5
Church Organizations ...................... 6
41st Panegyri..................................... 6
Transitions........................................ 7
A message from
Christopher Vlachos ........................ 7
Orthodox Fundamentalism.............. 8
Paschal Items Thank You.................. 9
DOP Mothers Day Form................... 9
Christmas in Bethlehem................... 10
ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ! ΑΛΗΘΩΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!
Stewardship Message....................... 11
Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!
Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam!
Hristos a Inviat! Adeverat a Inviat!
Hristos Vaskrese! Vaistinu Vaskrese!
Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Stewardship List .............................. 11
Parish Calendar ............................... 14
Church Information ......................... 15
Saturday of the Souls........................ 16
For the electronic version of
THE VOICE visit our website at:
www.holytrinity.oh.goarch.org/
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YOUTH MINISTRIES
By: Father William Redmon
Christ is Risen!
Our May GOYA meeting will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, after Liturgy.
On April 25th, GOYA hosted the Family Taverna Night, which had been rescheduled from February due to inclement weather.
We had a fantastic turnout, and we were blessed by the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan NICHOLAS, who was in attendance. Everyone had a great time, and GOYA raised funds which will allow the youth of our parish to participate in activities and to offer charity and aid to others.
Our May HOPE/JOY meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7th, at 6:30 p.m.
At the April Meeting, the children heard the story of Palm Sunday, and discussed the connection between Palm Sunday and
Holy Week with Fr. William. After this, they made prayer palms by tracing their hands on construction paper. The children
were then able to choose their own prayers to write on the palms. Finally, the children had the opportunity to play hide-andseek, under adult supervision.
During April, our parish was also honored to host the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival District Competition. The
gratitude of our parish goes out to Peter Aamodt and Cara Chryssovergis, who organized the event and made sure that it was
a success.
I continue to be grateful for the continued support of our officers and our Ministry Teams. May Christ our God, who rose
from the dead for our salvation, continue to bless and keep you all in his care!
-Fr. William
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Parish Council President's Message
by Jim Gelis
Χριστός ἀνέστη! Christ is risen! Those familiar words announce Christ’s resurrection and the hope of salvation. This message
is at the heart of all that we do. It is why we gather every Sunday to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and why we are tasked to
share this good news with the entire world. Like those who have gone before us, we will pray and work together to bring the
light of God’s word to all.
A year that began with optimism for the Parish Council has brought challenges that we did not anticipate. At this hour it is
hard to imagine that everything will be, in that oft-repeated phrase, “same as before, only better.” As you know, Parish
Council and our entire community lost a dear friend. Yet a firm foundation has been built for us to carry on what began at
the time of that first Pascha. And carry on is what we will do. Gathering in prayer, teaching the Word, feeding the poor, and
visiting the sick are just some of the tasks the Church has performed since it was founded. From that point of view, things
have been, are, and will be the same as before…only better, because of the hope that the empty tomb brought to Christ’s
disciples and to the world.
If there is a lesson that I have learned from all this, it is found in the cumulative impact that daily routines, small tasks, and
random acts of kindness can have on an entire community. Too often we take for granted the work and contributions of
those around us such as our Clergy, our Parish employees and the numerous volunteers who serve this community, whether
it is at the Parish office each day, the classroom on Sunday, the pulpit, this year’s Agape Luncheon, or one of our big fundraising events. We should pause to appreciate and thank these individuals for all that they do.
Among those is our Parish Administrator, Eugene Nicholas, who is recovering from his cardiac by-pass surgery and is expected
to be back at work by mid-May. Although he is supposed to be resting, he continues to work on the computer at home preparing financial statements and various reports for the Parish Council to keep us on track. We are all thankful the surgery
went well and look forward to welcoming Eugene back. Meanwhile as he recovers, I want to thank Eleni Zaferes, Helen Nicholas, Elaine Snyder and Mary Morgan for running the office each day to take care of our Parishioners. Also to Chris Jonson and
Craig Sansone, thanks for taking my calls at all hours to deal with issues big or small. Finally, here’s to all the volunteers who
are busy planning and preparing food for this year’s Panegyri.
At the beginning of my message, I quoted a phrase ascribed to our late Parish Council President, Frank Cook, whom we sadly
lost at the start of Holy Week. His absence from the Narthex, from the spring General Assembly, and other parish functions
has left a void in the hearts of our Community. Frank worked tirelessly yet joyfully to serve this Parish and help fulfill the mission of the Church. Although we all wanted to see him finish the race to recovery, we can find comfort in knowing that he
"fought the good fight" and "kept the faith." So, we bid farewell to a friend who picked up his cross one last time and went
home to Christ's kingdom. We will miss his welcoming presence and the way he treated everyone as special.
Frank set an example from which we can all learn. Though we are sad today, we can find hope in the resurrection. That is
the message that Frank shared with us every Sunday and the one that we should continue to share.
May his memory be eternal!
OUTREACH MINISTRIES - THE GOOD SHEPHERD FOOD PANTRY
Kroger Community Rewards Renewal
Last year, we received $2,716 from our participation in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This was achieved with an average of 70
families participating each quarter. All funds received were used to support our Food Pantry. Kroger sets aside 4 million dollars to help
non-profit organizations through this program. Just imagine how much it could benefit our Pantry if we could raise our participation.
Please consider taking a few minutes to attach your Kroger Rewards card to our Church. The process is simple and once you are registered, all you need to do is renew each year in April. If you have previously registered, please remember to renew this month.
Here are simple instructions for enrolling or renewing:
1. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
2. If you already have an account, click on “Sign In”, or click on “Create An Account” to set up an account
3. Follow the enrollment instructions
4. Our Organization Number is 82785
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CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS
OVER FIFTY CLUB…Ann Jonson
PHILOPTOCHOS…Georgianne Gaz
Our sympathy to Father Bill, Presvytera and family on the
passing of Father Bill’s mother. May her memory be eternal.
We lit a candle in her memory.
In celebration of Mothers’ Day, the Ladies of Philoptochos
are sponsoring the Festival of Tables on Saturday evening,
May 9 at 7pm. We’re asking the members of the community
to honor the women in their lives by bringing their mothers,
daughters, grandmothers and sisters to celebrate. The dinner will be catered by Grecian Delight of Middletown and our
music will be provided by our own “George and the Corner
Band”. Each table will have a Hostess and a decoration
theme. The hostess will be making the dessert for her table. The cost is $25 per person with a cash bar and a raffle. The proceeds of this celebration will go towards the
building of the St. Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero in New
York City. Tickets and information can be found at the
Philoptochos table in the hall after the Divine Liturgy. We
hope that you will join us.
Our sympathy to Karen Cook and family on the passing of her
husband Frank. Frank will be terribly missed by so many of
us. May his memory be eternal.
So glad that Eugene is on the mend. We surely do miss him
in the office.
The luncheon at Red Lobster was a big success. We had 47
hungry members show up. We had excellent service and
they want us to come back. We will have to go again next
year. We welcomed back our good friend, Jinny Balli, after a
long illness. It was so nice to see her.
As of March 31, we have 86 paid members. If anyone would
like to join, please see Ann Jonson or Koula Alex. We would
love to have you join us.
We would like to thank our Parishioners for their support of
the Palm Sunday Luncheon.
Our next luncheon will be on May 16, at a restaurant.
The May Philoptochos meeting will take place on Sunday,
May 3 after the Divine Liturgy. This meeting is also our biennial Chapter Election meeting. If you are interested in running for the new Chapter Board, please contact Ann Jonson,
41st Annual Panegyri
There are only 7 weeks until the Panegyri! As the festival draws near,
our volunteer needs continue to grow. Our Pastry Ladies continue to
bake each week, and help is needed. Please check the Sunday Voice for
upcoming baking dates.
At this time it appears that all Chair Person positions have been filled.
Please take a moment to contact your booth chair and let them know
your availability. If you have not picked a booth to volunteer in yet,
feel free to contact the Church Office at 513-591-0030. We will help
direct you to the booths needing the most help.
The Panegyri is our largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds fund
30% of our operational needs. We need EVERYONE’S help to make it
successful. Please consider offering your time and talents to this year
41st Panegyri.
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Transitions
BAPTISMS:
The New Christian: Athanasia
Parents: Dino and Julie (Zarkos) Kanelos
Sponsor: Eleni Kanelos
Date: April 18, 2015
The New Christian: Jackson Konstandinos
Parents: Brian and Maria (Stamatakos) Birch
Sponsors: Antonios Stamatakos and Marianthe Burns
Date: April 19, 2015
FUNERALS:
Eleni Tipis, age 87, on March 26, 2015.
Tellis D. Jones, age 50, on April 3, 2015, at Middletown, OH
Susan Georgeton, age 57, on April 7, 2015.
Frank Cook, age 65, on April 11, 2015.
Dear Community,
My name is Christopher Vlachos and I have been given the opportunity to travel abroad on an international service
trip. The organization through which I will travel is called Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC). OCMC is an organization that sends Orthodox Christians all over the world, including the United States. I am excited to be a part of a team that
will be traveling to Albania to serve at an orphanage.
On this trip our team will be traveling to Children’s Home of Hope in Slen Vlash, Albania on June 15-July 1, 2015. The
Home of Hope began in 2003. It serves as a home for children in need in Albania. During our stay we will be participating in
sharing the love of Christ with the children through assisting in the running of a summer youth camp. Although this will be
my first trip with this team and OCMC; based on past experience I will be coordinating activities, sharing my knowledge and
experience of my faith, and caring for the children.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to share God’s love through providing children with a youth camp. My
hope is to allow Christ to work through me to let them know how much they are still loved even with their current situations.
Not only that, but to also learn from them. God provided me with a wonderful family and friends that, like many people, often times take for granted. The children at the orphanage have stories longer than mine at a fraction of my age. I believe that
experiencing and working with the children at the Home of Hope in a completely different culture will allow me to grow in
my faith.
The reason I am sending this letter is because I need your help. I am trying to raise $3,000. OCMC is not able to help
with the cost of the trip. I will need help from my community. The trip is expensive, for changing the lives of others and providing them opportunities that we may take for granted is priceless. To reach this goal, I am looking for 15 people to donate
$100 and 30 people to donate $50. Please, if you could help me in my cause and donate whatever you feel comfortable.
Every penny matters. If you are not able to provide money donation, prayers are equally appreciated.
To find more information on OCMC and my trip you can go to ocmc.org. To send any gifts for the trip you can click on
the “Orthodox Missions Teams” tab. My name will be under Youth Work in the Albania section. Or you can send a check to
9113 Cherryblossom Ln. Cincinnati, Ohio 45231.
Thank you for your consideration and time.
Sincerely,
Christopher Vlachos
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ORTHODOX FUNDAMENTALISM
One of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity is its reverence for the great Fathers of the Church who were not only exemplars of holiness but were also the greatest intellectuals of their age. The writings of men like St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. Maximos the Confessor have been and will always remain essential guides to Orthodox Christian
living and Orthodox Christian faith.
Thus it is alarming that so many Orthodox clerics and monks in recent years have made public statements that reflect a
“fundamentalist” approach to the Church Fathers. And unless leaders of the Orthodox Church unite to repudiate this development, the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists.
Like other fundamentalist movements, Orthodox fundamentalism reduces all theological teaching to a subset of theological
axioms and then measures the worthiness of others according to them. Typically, this manifests itself in accusations that
individuals, institutions, or entire branches of the Orthodox Church fail to meet the self-prescribed standard for Orthodox
teaching. For example, when the Theological Academy of Volos recently convened an international conference to examine
the role of the Fathers in the modern Church, radical opportunists in the Church of Greece accused it and its bishop of heresy.
The key intellectual error in Orthodox fundamentalism lies in the presupposition that the Church Fathers agreed on all theological and ethical matters. That miscalculation, no doubt, is related to another equally flawed assumption that Orthodox
theology has never changed—clearly it has or else there would have been no need for the Fathers to build consensus at successive Ecumenical Councils.
The irony, as identified by recent scholarship on fundamentalism, is that while fundamentalists claim to protect the Orthodox
Christian faith from the corruption of modernity, their vision of Orthodox Christianity is, itself, a very modern phenomenon. In other words, Orthodoxy never was what fundamentalists claim it to be.
Indeed, a careful reading of Christian history and theology makes clear that some of the most influential saints of the Church
disagreed with one another—at times quite bitterly. St. Peter and St. Paul were at odds over circumcision. St. Basil and St.
Gregory the Theologian clashed over the best way to recognize the divinity of Holy Spirit. And St. John Damascene, who lived
in a monastery in the Islamic Caliphate, abandoned the hymnographical tradition that preceded him in order to develop a
new one that spoke to the needs of his community.
It is important to understand that Orthodox fundamentalists reinforce their reductionist reading of the Church Fathers with
additional falsehoods. One of the most frequently espoused is the claim that the monastic community has always been the
guardian of Orthodox teaching. Another insists that the Fathers were anti-intellectual. And a third demands that adherence
to the teachings of the Fathers necessitates that one resist all things Western. Each of these assertions is patently false for
specific reasons, but they are all symptomatic of an ideological masquerade that purports to escape the modern world.
The insidious danger of Orthodox fundamentalists is that they obfuscate the difference between tradition and fundamentalism. By repurposing the tradition as a political weapon, the ideologue deceives those who are not inclined to question the
credibility of their religious leaders.
In an age when so many young people are opting out of religious affiliation altogether, the expansion of fundamentalist ideology into ordinary parishes is leading to a situation where our children are choosing between religious extremism or no religion at all.
It is time for Orthodox hierarchs and lay leaders to proclaim broadly that the endearing relevance of the Church Fathers does
not lie in the slavish adherence to a fossilized set of propositions used in self-promotion. The significance of the Fathers lies
in their earnest and soul-wrenching quest to seek God and to share Him with the world. Fundamentalist readings of both the
Fathers and the Bible never lead to God—they only lead to idolatry.
George E. Demacopoulos: Professor of Historical Theology; Director and Co-Founder, Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University. @GDemacopoulos
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Father Bill, Father William, and the Parish Council would
like to express their gratitude to the following members who
donated our Holy Week and Paschal items:
Vasso Apostolides
Karen Beish
Sam & Esmine Beltsos
William & George-Ann Brown
Anthony & Antoinette Caneris
Dr. Onassis A. Caneris
George Chantilas
Vassiliki Christopoulos
Brad & Tricia Fielden
Christine Fotopoulos
George & Maria Georgiou
George & Pam Grammas
Alex & Ann Jonson
Chris & Loy Jonson
John & Teddi Kladakis
Pete & Katerina Kontopos
Anthony & Georgia Lydia Korvessis
Helen Lambrinides
Ted & Kimberly Lambrinides
Lee & Stephanie Megois
Marilyn Mirkos
Nick & Helen Nicholas
Gus G. & Jo Ann Perdikakis and Family
Nikitas & Rena Poneris
Mary Psihountas
Angie & Tom Rombes
Anthony & Angeleke Sansalone
Afrodite Seremetis
Mina Sideris
Marianthi Simos
James & Maria Tsolometes
Eleni Zaferes
Patricia J. Zaferes
Patricia P. Zaferes
CHRISTOS ANESTI!
We also wish to thank those members who anonymously offered gifts throughout the season of Great
Lent and Holy Week. Our gratitude is also offered to all who generously supported our requests for
flowers for the Epitaphios.
The Daughters of Penelope will again offer Memorial and Artoklasia services on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. These services
will be in memory and in honor of the important women in our lives. Requested donation is $5 per name. If you would like to
have your loved one’s name included in the prayers, please complete the form below and return it with your check to: Daughters of Penelope, 7000 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45224. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 4. Contact Helen
Nicholas at 513-697-0583, if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.
In Memory of:
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Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the
tombs He has granted life!
I invite all of you to share in the Joy of Pascha, in the Joy of our Glorious and Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. As
we again experience the present reality of the Resurrection, please take a moment to reflect on your commitment to
our Mother Church, the Bride of Christ. For me, one of the joys of the Resurrection is my belief in my place in the Kingdom. A very dear friend of mine once told me that he likes to be one of the last to receive Holy Communion so that he
may be among the first to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. What a wonderful precept to live our lives by!
Jesus teaches us that “In my Father’s house there are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you.” Don’t wait until you get to Heaven to find a place for yourself in the Church.
We are all aware of the financial responsibility that maintaining a large parish such as ours demands, think too of the
other ways you can participate in the life our community beyond writing a check every Sunday or every month. While
sharing your Treasure is needed and appreciated, your Time and your Talents make up an important part of your stewardship contribution as well.
Do you participate in the any of the ministries of our Church? There are countless opportunities available: donate to the
Good Shepherd Food Pantry, help in the office or on committees, be a Lay Reader, serve on the Parish council, attend,
teach or assist with Sunday Church School. Do you ever sit next to someone new and welcome them or bring a family
member or friend to Church?
There are so many ways in which you can open your heart, take into yourself the Good News and share it with others in
your life. Find your room, become active in our faith community and change your life. We’ll leave a candle burning in
the window to guide your way.
I wish all of you the blessings of this Paschal season and hope that your Faith in and Love for our Mother Church will be
renewed and strengthened.
2015 STEWARDSHIP LIST THROUGH 4-20-15
Aamodt, Peter & Karen
Adinamis, George & Robyn
Allgeier, Brian & Ellen
Anastasiou, Demetra
Andreadis, Paul
Andreadis, Sophie S.
Andrews, Evan & Terry
Antoniades, Anthony & Tracey
Apostol, Katherine
Apostolides, Vasso A.
Argeros, Aristea
Arvanetes, Gregory & Sandra
Assaley, Lewis & Patricia
Bakiri, Keti & Andrew Murray
Balli, James & Virginia
Basile, Courtney
Batsakes, George P.
Batsakis, Chris & Lydia
Beish, Andrew
Beish, Karen
Bender, Robert & Kathy
Bertok, Christina
Betas, Dimitrios
Bikas, Michael & Anna
Bikas, Nicholas
Bilionis, Charles & Angela
Binzer, Brian & Chrisanthi
Borcoman, Tate & Nicole
Borod, Gregory & Gloria
Bottomley, Stephen & Stephanie
Boulmetis, Samuel N. & Anita
Boumis, Peter & Kimberly
Brausch, Robert & Julie
Bouras, Anna
Brown, Bryan & Nickie
Brown, William & George-Ann
Bugitzedes, Marian
Caddell, Chris & Eleni
Callos, Harry† & Angie†
Callos, Thomas & Patricia
Caneris, Adonis & Ana Maria
Caneris, Anthony & Antoinette
Caneris, Dr. Onassis A.
Cardullias, Dr. Peter & Elaine
Carey, Lee & Tula
Carras, Evan & Betsy
Carumpalos, Constantine
Cassis, Constantine & Carrie
Cassis, Fr. William & Presvytera Anastasia
Chachoff, Nada
Chantilas, George
Chantilas, James & Dr. Lydia
Chapas, Lefty
Charnas, Terry & Koula
Christman, Carl & Becky
Christofield, Angeliki
Christopher, Spiro & Olga
Christopoulos, Vassiliki
Christos, Mary J.
Chryssovergis, Chris & Cara
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The rich man is not the one who has much, but the one who gives much.
For what he gives away remains his forever.
St. John Chrysostom
The parishioners listed here have made a commitment and/or contribution towards 2015 Stewardship. If you have not made your
Stewardship Pledge for 2015, we encourage you to do so today. Pledge Cards are available through the Church Office or can be
obtained by contacting any member of the Parish Council or the Clergy.
Claffie, Sean & Angela
Colak, Tony & Joan
Colyer, Jeff & Laura
Colyer, Keith & Diane
Condorodis, Anestis J. & Janeen D.
Cook, Barbara
Cook, Frank† & Karen
Coures, George
Cranley, John & Dena
Dargis, Melody & David
David, Mossa & Caroline
Demetrion, Jim J. & Carole
Diaz, Chris & Stephanie
Drew, Dr. William & Katherine
Economacos, Demetrios & Christine
Economacos, Tom & Jennifer
Economakis, Tina
Edgington, Paul & Mary Lou
Elias, Nicholas
Elias, Tom & Tina
Eliopoulos-Rosenbloom, Connie
Evangelou, Sofia
Fawcett, Tracy & Jessica
Fekkos, Haralambos & Loella Ann
Fielden, Brad & Tricia
Fillios, Elias & Mary
Firman, Nancy & Jerry
Francis, Dean & Kathy
Frangowlakis, Thomas
Frankenstein, George & Christine
Franklin, Gari
Frantzis, Kosta & Tammy
Freeman, Maria
Freudenberg, Grey & Eleni
Fritz, Christine
Furkas, Lisa
Gaier, Dean
Gaier, Jeffrey & Chris Anne
Galanes, George
Gaskins, Mark & Kristin
Gaz, Georgianne
Gelis, James & Kathy
Gelis, Maria
Georgeton, John C. & Ann
Georgeton, Peter T. & Nancy
Georgiou, Dean
Georgiton, Nick & Kristy
Georgiton, Peter J. & Betsy
Georgostathis, Gus & Connie
Georgostathis, Gus & Eleni
Georgostathis, Maria
Georgoulakis, Athanasios & Sofia
Geromes, Alexander
Gerros, Mary
Ghiz, Leslie
Ghizas, John & Helen
Gilbert, Bob & Faith
Gionnette, Lena & Mike
Giovis, Thomas M.
Glaser, Brian & Stella
Gormas, Pete
Grammas, George & Pam
Greene, David & Maria
Gregory, Dean & Hedy
Gregory, Matula
Gregory, Thomas & Pamela
Gregory, Victoria
Haddad, Saba & Elise
Haralamos, George & Eleni
Haralamos, Mike G. & Akrivi
Hayden, Jason & Rebecca
Herrmann, Dennis & Stacy
Hill, Ann “Tasha”
Himonidis, Chris & Ruth
Hodges, Nick & Millie
Humbert, Randy & DeDe
Hudson, Christine
Iatrides, Panawiota
Iatrides, Steve & Christina Kutsubu
Ioannou, Maria & John
Ioannou, Michael & Meagan
Jones, Carolyn
Jones, Demus J. & Betty
Jones, James A. & Jo Ann
Jonson, Alexander & Ann
Jonson, Chris C. & Loy
Jonson, George N. & Sophia
Jonson, James G. & Thelma
Jonson, Luke & Lauren
Jonson, Patricia J.
Kahle, John & Nickie
Kalemanis, Gary & Maria
Kalemanis, George & Nikki
Kalomeres, Carol
Kambelos, John P. & Erato
Kambelos, Dr. Peter J.
Kanaris, Christos
Kanaris, Kostantinos & Katy
Kanelos, Eleni
Kaniaris, John & Idalia
Kappas, James P.
Karageorge, Dimitri & Athena
Karakatsani, Marianthi
Karampas, George & Diane
Karas, Bill J. & Lynn
Karas, Ted & Dixie
Karras, Giorgio & Erene
Kasprzycki, Peter & Edyta
Katsanis, Claire C.
Katsaounis, Nick & Fay
Kavouras, George & Fran
Kehayes, Peggy
Kehayes, William & Melissa
Kellaris, Dr. James & Janice
Kelley, Michael & Pauline
Kelso, Greg & Kelly
Kereiakes, James & Helen
Kessis, Nick
Kessis, Paul
Kevin, Patrick & Diane
Kissopoulos, Nick & Effy
Kladakis, John & Teddi
Kontonickas, Mary
Kontopos, Pete & Katerina
Kontopos, Vagelis & Amanda
Kontsis, George & Melissa
Koros, Kostas & Dina
Korvessis, Anthony & Georgia Lydia
Kostopoulos, Dina
Kostopoulos, Nikolaos & Dana
Kotsovos, Christos & Victoria
Kranias, George & Litsa
Kranias, Stratos & Amanda
Kunkemoeller, Thomas & Janice
Kurlas, Gus
Kyrios, Eleni
Kyrios, Irini
Kyrios, Tassos & Maria
Lambrinides, Ted & Kimberly
Lambrinides, Thomas J. & Mary Ann
Landando, James & Yvonne
Landers, Lauren
Lazares, Gus J.
Lazares, John K. & Patricia
LesChander, Scott L. & Alexandra
Leslie, Wayne & Peggy
Levenderis, Bill & Jill
Liaros, Vasilios & Evangelia
Liston, Robert & Eleni
Loukoumidis, George & Stacey
Lysko, Bob & Stacy
Makris, Thomas & Ellen
Maleas, Pete C. & Pearl
Mamaligas, Mike & Joann
Manolakas, Alexander & Vera
Marinakis, Bill D. & Evonne
Marinakis, George D. & Eleni
Marinakis, Panagiota
Marinakis, Ted D. & Katie
Maris, George & Tricia
Masella, Ron & Christine
Mathes, Robert & Dena
Mavridoglou, George & Penny
Mavridoglou, Konstantinos
Mavridoglou, Michael & Laura
Mavridoglou, Nicholas & Jessica
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McKay, Betty Jo
McKay, Phil & Chris
McLeish, David & Kiki
Megois, Lee S. & Stephanie
Merianos, Ted
Meyer, Andy & Maria
Minor, Eleni
Mintsoulis, Maria & Jack O’Banion
Mirkopoulos, Nicholas
Mirkos, Marilyn
Mirkos, Steve & Edyta
Misali, A. J. "Ike"
Misali, John P. & Deborah
Misali, Mary Jean
Mohler, David & Angel
Mokas, Mary
Monroe, Angeliki
Morgan, Paul & Mary
Morris, John & Christine
Mortensen, Danny
Moyer, Gabe & Maria
Muennich, Sam & Melissa
Murray-Nikias, Stella P.
Naser, Jacoub & Dina
Nathan, Jaimie & Amy
Neuendorf, David & Patricia
Nicholas, Eugene & Cindy
Nicholas, George & Eugenia
Nicholas, Nick & Helen
Nichols, Ron & Philanthy
Niehoff, Barbara
Nikias, Charles P. & Vicki
Nikias, Vasilia
Nitsis, Dimitrius & Leisa
Nourtsis, Sam & Alexandra
Nyktas, George W.
O'Neill, Brian & Stephanie
Orphanos, Peter & Angela
Palassis, Nick & Maria
Paliobagis, Vasiliki
Panagiotidis, Pantelis & Anastasia
Panagis, Nick & Maria
Papakirk, James & Maria
Pantel, Nicholas J.
Papaioannou, Thomas & Mary
Paparodis, Bess
Papasavvas, Nektarios & Sally
Papathanas, Harry & Joyce
Pappas, Steven & Jolene
Parsenios, Lewis G.
Parthenakis, Nicholas & Angie
Pascal, Betsy
Pascal, James
Pastroumas, Evgenia
Pavlakis, George & Suzanne
Perdikakis, Constance
Perdikakis, Gus G. & Jo Ann
Perdikakis, Lynn
Perdikakis, Maria
Peters, Claire
Petkos, Joannis & Christina
Phillips, Joshua & Katherine
Pilipovich, George & Cynthia
Plomaritis, Peter & Elsa
Politis, Michael & Carmen
Poneris, Constantino & Tara
Ponticos, George D.
Prasinos, Jim & Nicki
Prasinos, Zoe
Priest, Daniel & Christina
Psihountakis, Manouso & Anastasia
Psihountas, Mary
Quill, Kevin & Mary
Ramstetter, Robert & Lisa
Raptis, James & Maria
Redmon, Fr. William & Presvytera Elizabeth
Riber, Sam & Filio
Riemann, Christopher & Blanca
Rodish, Peter & Suzanne
Romanos, Michael & Carla
Rombes, Tom & Angie
Rombis, Petros & Sofia
Rose, Marvin & Chrysoula
Saba, Youhana
Sajkich, Steven
Sakellariou, Maria B.
Sakelos, James
Sakelos, John & Kathleen
Sampson, Angeline
Sampson, Michael G. & Roxanne
Sampson, Tony & Mary Ann
Sansalone, Anthony & Angeleke
Sarakatsannis, George & Marie
Sarakatsannis, Nicholas J. & Vicki
Sarakatsannis, Nicholas L. & Carla
Sarakatsannis, Panny
Schmalz, Mary Ann
Schmidberger, Gary & Elizabeth
Schmitz, Thomas & Cathy
Schneider, Elizabeth R.
Schooley, Barbara
Schuler, Bill & Julie
Schulte, Nick & Ianthe
Schultz, James & Sarah
Schutter, Michael & Lynne
Semertzides, Manos & Elizabeth
Seremetis, Afrodite K.
Seremetis, Stratin & Marjory
Sherlock, Michael & Chrysanne
Sias, Georgios N. & Kathy
Sideris, Danny & Amy
Sideris, Mina
Sideris, Nick & Jane
Siegel, August C.
Simos, Marianthi
Snider, Luke & Dacia
Snyder, Milan & Elaine
Spanorigas, Nicholas & Becky
Spanos, Van & Litsa
Sparks, Ryan & Sophia
Spirtoff, John & Vicki
Stamatakos, Anthony
Stamatakos, Dino & Diamanto
Stanifer, Randy & Eleni
Stathis, Angelos & Aspasia
Stathis, Lee & Evie
Stavros, Cathy
Stefanopoulos, Andrew & Carol
Stenger, Doug & Lauren
Stephan, Charles M.
May 2015
Stephan, George
Stephan, Kara
Stephan, Melinda
Stephan, Michael
Stephan, Nicholas & Alyssa
Steppe, Greg & Ellene
Stergiopoulos, James & Dilys
Stergiopoulos, William M. & Janis
Stergiopulos, Anna
Storch, Mark & Angela
Storgion, James & Terry
Strain, Richard & Katherine
Strike, Louis
Stringas, Emanuel
Stroplos, Gus
Suhar, Sylvia
Sweiss, Riyad
Tassopoulos, Michael & Ritsa
Thomakos, Artemis
Tipis, Constantine & Lisa
Tipis, Eleni
Trennepohl, Mike & Tina
Trester, Ron & Maria
Triantafillou, Nicholas
Triantafillou, Tilemahos
Triantafilou, Alex & Jennifer
Triantafilou, Nicholas P. & Lenna
Triantafilou, Rita
Trivett, Michael & Matina
Truta, Traian & Alina Campan
Tsolometes, James & Maria
Valcarcel, John & JoAnne
Vardaka, Marianna
Varnell, Charles & Krista
Vasiliou, Angelo & Maria
Vasiliou, Demetrios & Gloria
Vessey, Lenie
Vidas, Cynthia
Vidas, Ethel
Vlahakis, Tom & Carol
Watson, Douglas & Akrivi
Weis, Daniel & Anastasia
Weisenborn, Cary & Maria
Weitfle, Christopher & Maria
Williams, Jacinta
Wilson, Beth & Martin
Wilson, Wallace & Michelle
Witt, Alan J. & Bessie
Wright, Duane M. & Stacy
Xanthakos, Stavra & Helmut Roehrig
Zaferes, Eleni
Zaferes, Katherine (Tina)
Zaferes, Patricia P.
Zaferes, Toula
Zaharopoulos, Antonios & Dimitra
Zigoris, Mark & Irene
Zolotas, Pete & Papy
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May 2015
For the most updated Calendar, visit www.holytrinity.oh.goarch.org
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
3
4
5
8:15 a.m. Matins
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
6:30 p.m.
Orthodox
Reading Group
7:00 p.m.
DOP Mtg.
10
11
12
8:15 a.m. Matins
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
6:30 p.m.
Orthodox
Reading Group
6:30 p.m.
AHEPA Mtg.
17
18
19
8:15 a.m. Matins
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
6:30 p.m.
Orthodox
Reading Group
Wednesday
6
Thursday
7
Friday
Saturday
1
2
8
9
15
16
6:30 p.m.
HOPE & JOY
Meeting
Scholarship Sunday
GOYA Mtg.
Philoptochos Mtg.
DOP Mothers Day
Artoclasia and
Memorials
13
12:00 p.m.
Over Fifty
Lunch
20
7:00 p.m.
Great Vespers
@ Middletown,
OH
SCS and Greek
School Recognition
Sunday
AHEPA Sunday
25
26
8:15 a.m. Matins
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
Memorial Day
Church Office Closed
6:00 p.m.
GOYA Picnic
9:30 a.m.
Cemetery Visitation
No Orthodox
Reading Group
Holy Pentecost
8:15 a.m. Matins
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
21
22
23
29
30
The Ascension of
the Lord
Sts. Constantine
and Helen
8:30 a.m.
Matins and
Divine Liturgy
6:00 p.m.
Parish Council
Dinner & Mtg.
24
31
14
27
28
Saturday of the Souls
for Pentecost
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and
Memorials
THE VOICE
May 2015
Clergy
Presiding Priest: Very Rev. Father William Cassis
Assistant Priest: Rev. Father William Redmon
Staff
Parish Administrator: Eugene Nicholas
Facilities Manager: Chris Jonson
Officers
Parish Council Members
Members
Jim Gelis, President
Chris Chryssovergis
TBA, Vice-President
David Greene
Peter Rodish, Treasurer
Stacey Loukoumidis
Justin Bates, Asst. Treasurer
Christine Masella
Karen Aamodt, Secretary
Jessica Mavridoglou
Matthew Neuendorf, Asst. Secretary
Michael Mavridoglou
Nektarios Papasavvas
Organizations and Ministries
Philoptochos Society: Georgianne Gaz, President
Parish Choir: Janice Kellaris, Director
Cantors: Louis Kapourales, Tasos Ioannides, James Raptis, Philanthy Nichols
Altar Boys: Gus Siegel, Father William Cassis, Father William Redmon
Sunday Church School: Cara Chryssovergis, Director
Greek School: Alexandros Laftsidis, Director
GOYA: Father William Redmon, GOYA Ministry Team
HOPE and JOY Groups: Father William Redmon, Ministry Team
Mothers Club: Catherine Stavros, President
AHEPA: Peter Rodish, President
Daughters of Penelope: Jacinta “Jay” Williams, President
Over 50s Club: Ann Jonson, President
Our Mission
THE VOICE is the official monthly
newsletter of Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas
Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Our Parish was founded in 1907
and serves Orthodox Christians
throughout the tri-state area. Our mission is to reach out to all members of
the Community by providing relevant
information on the religious, spiritual
and cultural life of the Parish; news on
the accomplishments of Parish members and organizations, and editorial
points of view.
The next deadline for submitting
news to the "Voice" is
May 10, 2015
Submissions can be dropped off or
mailed to the Church Office or
e-mailed to
[email protected] or
[email protected]
Our Church website can be found
at
www.holytrinity.oh.goarch.org
Parish Bible Study and Orthodoxy 101: Father William Cassis
Orthodox Reading Group: Father William Redmon
Outreach/Samaritan Fund: Father William Cassis,
THANK YOU
Father William Redmon, Eugene Nicholas
The Good Shepherd Food Pantry: Stephanie Diaz, Maria Freeman,
Mary Morgan, Matina Trivett
Agios Demetrios Society: Jim Grammas, Maria Panagis
PANEGYRI: Eugene Nicholas, Chris Chryssovergis
Parish Bookstore: Christina Polychroniou
Office Hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Worship Schedule: Matins, 8:15 a.m.; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.
Other Services as scheduled.
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Saturday of the Souls (for Pentecost)
“For Thou, O Christ our God, art the Resurrection, the Life, and the blessed
Repose of all those who have fallen asleep in the Faith and unto Thee do we offer up glory, to the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen”.
May 30, 2015
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