December 6, 2015-Communiqué
DECEMBER 6, 2015
10th Sunday of Saint Luke
FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES
George E. Preonas, President; James A. Demetriou, PhD, Vice
President; Constantine M. Boukidis, Secretary; Tina Callas,
V. Rev. Fr. John S. Bakas; Timi Loomos Freshman; Alek Haidos;
Steven C. Hanna; Gig Kyriacou; Brent A. Noyes; John T. Pappas;
Anthony A. Demetriou, Presidential Assistant; John G. Marakas
III, Sr. V.P. of Wells Fargo, Advisor to the Board; Andrew J.
Demetriou, Foundation General Counsel
PARISH COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brent A. Noyes, President; Dean Peratsakis, Vice President;
Peter Triantafyllos, Treasurer; Karen Sarames, Secretary; Jeanine
Hanna, Corresponding Secretary
Bertha Angels; Jonas Metin; Costa Bargeliotes; Peter Cosfol;
Mauro Metini; George Rizkalla; Dorothy Spirus; William “Bill”
Striglos, Anna Yallourakis; Dinah Wellington, Chris Stavaridis;
BOARD OF AUDITORS:
Jim Ananias; Anthony A. Demetriou; Tom Moore
Saint Sophia Cathedral
1324 S. Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
When you write your will or update it, won’t you please remember Saint
Sophia Cathedral? Such a gift will live forever as our church ministers to
our spiritual needs. It’s an investment in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dear Members and Friends of Philoptohos,
As you can see each week, we are a very busy group of
dedicated women of all ages who help the needy and poor.
We hope that you will support our efforts and we encourage
you to join our ministry. Please contact V.P. Jan Pastras, our
Membership Chair for more information.
Also, we are most grateful to the families of Irene Poullos,
Deon Burk and Helene Ballas (women of blessed memory)
who have chosen to donate to Philoptohos in lieu of funeral
flowers. These monies help with our tremendous outreach
We welcome you to stop by our table during Coffee Hour
most every Sunday, where you will be greeted by the
wonderful women of Philoptohos.
Thank you to the many people who support our mission,
allowing us to do the work of our Lord.
May God bless you and your families with a safe and blessed
Christmas Holiday and a Happy New Year filled with good
health and much happiness!
In Christ’s service,
Judith Christopoulos, Philoptohos President
and all Board Members
Please note…We are collecting names of Philoptohos
members who are homebound and need a visit. Please call
the Sunshine Committee Chairs Sonia 818) 881.8321 or
Pauline 818) 784.5178 with names.
IMPORTANT~ Philoptohos is selling See’s Candies during
the holidays to benefit our seminarian & students
Call Scarlett (310)214-6711 for
more info. See flier attached.
Please mark on your calendar the following dates and events.
DECEMBER 4TH ~ BENEFIT FOR ST. NICHOLAS
CHURCH & SHRINE at World Trade Center, Assumption
Church, Long Beach $20. Donation Contact: Diana Jianas
(949) 422-9504; [email protected]
You can help by donating just $20 today toward this fund.
Our Philoptohos ladies will be in the hall accepting
DECEMBER 10TH ~ PHILOPTOHOS CHRISTMAS
PARTY to be held at the Christopoulos home, Pasadena. All
Philoptohos members welcomed. Please call Dorothea Ales
by Monday for reservations 818. 990.6241; [email protected]
REMEMBER to SAVE THE DATE ~ SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 27, 2016 for “Evening with Friends”.
1. Thursday, December 10: Philoptohos Christmas Party
2. Saturday, December 12: Light the Path Luncheon
3. Saturday, December 12: The Sound of Music
4. Sunday, December 13: AHEPA Annual Christmas Party
5. Tuesday, December 15: Philoptohos V.I.P. Christmas
LIFE IN FAITH STUDIES Fr. John S. Bakas
Increase your knowledge about our faith at our weekly Bible
study class. You’ll have a chance to ask Fr. John questions and
engage in interesting discussions with your fellow parishioners
in a casual setting. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to
grow in your faith. Classes meet in the General Assembly
Co-Ed Bible Studies classes are every Wednesday at 10:30 am.
CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY LITURGY
Christmas Eve Vesperal Liturgy service will begin at 4:00
pm. Christmas Day Divine Liturgy will begin at 10 am.
Donations are being accepted for Cathedral Christmas
flowers and for the Ikona of the Nativity of out Lord. Your
donations can be made in any amount large or small, Please
include on your Check Christmas Flowers you may see Jimmy
for additional information. Merry Christmas.
YOUNG PEOPLE - LEARN BYZANTINE CHANT!
Our assistant chanter, Michael Kontaxis will be offering
simple instruction and easy to learn Byzantine music to
youngsters from ages 8 to all who are young at heart. We are
looking for boys and girls to learn to chant, especially for the
Orthros service, prior to the Divine Liturgy and other
services as well. We hope the class will begin after the
Sunday Divine Liturgy. If your youngsters are interested
(please encourage them) call our office and sign up. The
future of our liturgical services must be preserved by
our youth. All will not only learn to chant but also learn the
beautiful spiritual meaning behind the hymns. Please get
HUFFINGTON CENTER AT SAINT SOPHIA
Are you looking to impress your guests? With beautiful
rooms, ample parking and a state-of-the-art kitchen, Saint
Sophia Cathedral’s Huffington Center is well equipped to
host your next big event. Our eloquent and spacious
Maniatakos Ballroom is a perfect fit for wedding receptions,
family reunions, business meetings, or fundraisers! For a
more intimate setting the Maria Maniatakos Pavilion is a
beautiful setting to create wonderful memories. Share the
word with friends and associates. Please call the office or
send an email to [email protected] to schedule a
tour and set the date for your event.
TUESDAY, December 15th: V.I.P. Christmas Luncheon at
11:00 a.m. at the Maniatakos Fellowship Hall. Following a
delicious luncheon, we will enjoy a Christmas musical
program feauturing our very talented parishioner Korinna
Kaplanis. Donation is $25.00. Co-Chairs for the event are
Mersy Loukaris (323) 661- 1592 and Faye Demetriou (818)
981-6088. Please it is very important to call for
reservations by December 7, for catering arrangements.
Make your check payable to Philoptohos V.I.P., and mail to:
Mersy Loukaris 3841 Edenhurst, Los Angeles, CA 90039.
In His Service,
Athina Lolonis, VIP President
SAINT SOPHIA SUNDAY SCHOOL
Saint Sophia Sunday School is currently collecting shoeboxes
filled with treasures for underprivileged children ages 214. We welcome participation from our entire parish so we
may meet our goal of 100 shoeboxes for 2015. For detailed
information on Operation Christmas Child, please visit:
pack-a-shoe-box. Or come by the Sunday School office to
pick up a shoebox and brochure.
THE ART OF THE GREEK DANCE
WHEN: Saturday, January 16 to March 14, 2016
WHERE: St. Sophia Huffington Community Center
TIME: 10 AM – 11:45 AM
FEE: $140 First Time / $120 Returning/$100 Students
INSTRUCTOR: Ramsay Seikaly, [email protected]
CONTACT: St. Sophia 323-737-2424
Ramsay Seikaly 818-929-1180
THE HELLENIC SOCIETY OF
The Hellenic Society of Constantinople will celebrate their
49th Annual Vasilopita Dinner Dance on January 23, 2016 at
the Wilshire Country Club, 301 N. Rossmore Ave., Los
The evening will include music, dancing and the traditional
cutting of Vasilopita with the gold coin. For information,
please call Mary Morrison at (818)500-0904 or Jeanette
Owens Benedatos at (323)660-5705.
"JOY OF PARENTING" CLASSES IN THE
HUFFINGTON CENTER RESUME IN NOVEMBER
Join your fellow parishioners in a lively discussion of
parenting children of all ages. Classes are held in the Work/
Study Room in the Huffington Center, upstairs, near the leftside staircase, immediately following Holy Communion and
concluding at 12:15 p.m. Come with your concerns and
questions or just listen; there is no pressure to speak to the
class. It’s a wonderful way to become acquainted with other
parents. There is no fee to attend. The Joy of Parenting
Ministry is facilitated by Barbara Kappos, LCSW and Dr. Nik
Stefanidis, Ph.D. Upcoming classes: December 6 “Monitoring
Your Children,” and December 13 “The Importance of
ATTENTION SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES
The first two pews on the left side are reserved for Sunday
School children and their parents. Please take advantage of
this up-close view of Divine Liturgy.
Feb. 6, 2016: Greek Dance Groups Annual Glendi
At the Huffington Center of Saint Sophia Cathedral
Happiness and Spirituality
A new monthly, eight-session expanded version of the initial Inner
Stillness Meditation workshop
On Monday nights following the first weekend of every month, 7:00
pm - 9:30 pm
Maria Baltazzi , Meditation Teacher and Purveyor of Happiness,
V. Rev. Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral, and
John Kopatsis, Huffington Center Director
Each session will cover a specific topic. The teachings are based on
Maria’s studies in the field of Happiness and Orthodox Spirituality.
There will be group exercises to highlight the week's teachings, along
with the discussion of the topic. We will be closing with a group
Prayer of the Heart meditation to discover how Inner Stillness
Meditation can benefit the participants and the world around them.
Time will be given at the end for everyone’s questions and feedback.
Call 323-737-2424 for more information and registration.
Science and Spirituality
Four sessions of science and spirituality talks as integral aspects of a
at the Huffington Center of Saint Sophia Cathedral, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
February 4, 2015, March 10, 2016, April 7, 2016 and May 12, 2016
Dr. Menas C. Kafatos
with Maria Baltazzi, and V. Rev. Fr. John Bakas
November 9, 2015 "Happiness and Spirituality" Faith.
December 7, 2015 "Happiness and Spirituality" Love
January 11, 2016
"Happiness and Spirituality" Health
February 8, 2016
"Happiness and Spirituality" Peace
March 7, 2016
"Happiness and Spirituality" Gratitude
April 4, 2016
"Happiness and Spirituality" Forgiveness .
May 8, 2016
"Happiness and Spirituality" Detachment
June 6, 2016
"Happiness and Spirituality" Abundance
Dr. Menas C. Kafatos, Ph. D., is a quantum physicist and international
writer on science. He is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of
Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in
Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He is the Founding
Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman
University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of
Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has
published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The
Non-local Universe , Principles of Integrative Science, and the
forthcoming book The Creative Cosmos with Deepak Chopra; and
more than 300 articles in computational science, astrophysics, Earth
systems science, hazards and global climate change, regional impacts of
climate change, environmental issues, general relativity, cosmology,
quantum mechanics, and consciousness. He has written and lectured
extensively on the convergence between science and philosophy to
promote discourse between science, spirituality, and religion.
Saint Sophia Cathedral is proud to present special
screening of a special film with a special guest
Introducing the 20th Century Fox production of
Rogers and Hammerstein’s
The Sound of Music
to a new generation of families
Please join us for a special Christmas presentation with
guest Kym Karath,
who appeared in the role of “Gretl”, the youngest Von
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:00 pm - Free will