Saint Demetrios - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

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Saint Demetrios - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Monthly Bulletin
October 2011
Inside this issue:
From The Metropolis 2
From Father Anthony 4
Greek Message
6
Calendar
8
Philoptochos
9
Youth News
10
Sacraments
Donations
12
Parish News
13
Ministries
16
Due Date for
November Bulletin
Saturday, October 15
Annunciation
Greek Orthodox
Church
Rev. Presbyter Anthony Evangelatos
457 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Tel. 508-559-0910
Fax 508-584-8679
www.annunciationbrockton.org
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FROM THE METROPOLIS
ARCHPASTORAL REFLECTIONS
The story is told about a number of frogs which were placed by scientists in a tub of water whose temperature was exactly the same as the pond from which they were taken. The scientists slowly increased the
temperature and were soon astonished to see that, even though the water gradually became warmer, the frogs
did not react. It was only when the temperatures were increased to a boiling point that the frogs reacted. It was
too late. Before they knew it, they burned to death. Had they realized the slow increase in the water temperature, they would have reacted and thus spared their lives. The frogs grew accustomed to the slow rise in temperature and adapted. The change in water temperature occurred slowly but deliberately, and because of this
process, the frogs failed to pay attention.
For us Orthodox Christians, the changes in the moral standards in our society have occurred so slowly
that they have become imperceptible. We have adapted to the slow deterioration of moral life in society to the point where we
have adapted to the moral decay in our midst and have taken it for granted. Sadly we live in a world of moral and ethical relativism, hedonism and selfishness; in a world in desperate need of spiritual renewal. Sunday is no longer the day that we worship
Almighty God and then sit at our dinner table to enjoy fellowship. Rarely do we read the Bible. Prayers are no longer offered in
our schools. The Ten Commandments have been removed from our civil courts. Lifestyles previously kept in the closet are now
championed as reputable and worthy of emulation. The other day while driving to a liturgical service, a fellow priest pointed to a
decal placed prominently on the bumper of the car in front of us. It was the symbol of a new atheist group in America.
The admonition of Saint Paul addressed to the Ephesians should echo in our hearts, “no longer live as the Gentiles do, in
the futility of their minds.” (Eph.4:17) We need to re evaluate our lives and ask ourselves how the way we live differs from the way
others live who have no faith. Do we differ as Orthodox Christians from our secular and oftentimes atheist neighbors? How do we
live our Orthodox Faith?
I am concerned that we have become so accustomed to sin and immoral behavior, that we do not notice it. We must not
accept the prevailing permissive immoral and unethical standards of modern day society which are clearly at odds with the tenets
of Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Fathers of the Church.
Remember the frogs in the experiment, and be wary of their mistake of growing accustomed to an environment which
eventually caused their demise.
+ Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
ORTHODOX TRADITIONS
(the following is taken from The Law of God, by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY 1996)
The Sign of the Cross
We call ourselves Christians because we believe in God as we were taught to believe by the Son of God Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ not only taught us to believe in God correctly, but He also saved us from the power of sin and eternal death.
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, out of love for us sinners came down from Heaven and, as a man, suffered instead of us for our
sins: He was crucified, He died on the Cross, and on the third day He resurrected. As the sinless Son of God, by His Cross...He conquered not only sin but also death itself – He arose from the dead, and He made the Cross the weapon of His victory over sin and
death…
This is why, in order to express our faith in Jesus Christ our Saviour, we wear a Cross on our body, and during prayer we form
the Cross over ourselves with our right hand…For the sign of the Cross we put the fingers of our right hand together as follows. We bring
the tips of the first three fingers together (the thumb, index and middle ones), and bend the last two (the “ring” and little fingers) against the
palm.
The first three fingers together express our faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, as the Trinity one in
essence and indivisible, and the two fingers bent show how the Son of God, when He came down from heaven, being God, became man;
that is, they signify His two natures – divine and human.
In order to make the sign of the Cross, with our fingers in this position, we touch our forehead, for the blessing of our mind, our
stomach, for the blessing of our internal feelings, then our right and left shoulders, for the blessing of our bodily strength.
The sign of the Cross gives us great strength to repel and conquer evil and to do good, but we must remember to make the sign
of the Cross correctly and without haste, otherwise it will not be the sign of the Cross, but just waving our hand around, which only gladdens the demons. By making the sign of the Cross carelessly we show a lack of reverence for God. This is a sin. This sin is called sacrilege.
We make the sign of the Cross, or “cross ourselves,” at the beginning of prayer, during prayer, at the end of prayer, and when we
draw near to anything holy: when we enter the church, when we reverence the cross or an icon. We should cross ourselves at every important moment in our life: in danger, in sorrow, in joy, and so on.
When we cross ourselves, mentally we say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Thus we express
our faith in the All-holy Trinity and our desire to live and labor for the glory of God.
The word “amen” means in truth, truly, let it be so, so be it…
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FROM FATHER COSTIN POPESCU ~ DOVER, NH
The True Pragmatism
We live in the age of pragmatism. We value action, results, efficiency. There is not much time left for contemplation, and yet very few things are
accepted without questioning.
It is important therefore to address head-on a set of important issues that have to do with the very reason of existence of the Church: why do we
need a church? What is the special role of the priest? Why isn’t the local parish sufficient? Do we need a bishop? All these questions have
clear, logical answers, and all these answers are closely connected, as we will presently see.
We all value life. Unfortunately, our biological life is limited, and there is little we can do about it. Seventy, eighty years is all that these bodies
can sustain (Ps. 89:10). If there is an alternative to the finality of death, it is definitely worth pursuing, even for the most pragmatic amongst ourselves.
This alternative exists indeed, and has been called salvation from eternal death, redemption from the tyranny of sin. There can be no salvation
without a Savior, no redemption without a Redeemer, and that Savior and Redeemer is our Lord Jesus Christ. Only the Son of God can defeat
the power of death, and therefore only in Him can we, limited, mortal beings, attain to Immortality.
To put this in the simplest way, we can only overcome death by being joined to Christ in one mystical Body. This Body is called the Church, and
it extends both geographically and historically. It even extends beyond the earthly level of existence to include the saints that live with the Lord.
We become members of this Body when we are baptized, and we are further joined to it whenever we eat the Body and drink the Blood of Christ
in the Holy Eucharist.
Life in Christ is therefore a journey, and we cannot undertake it by ourselves. We need specialized guides that bring us into God’s presence in
the Mysteries of the Church. This is the role assigned by God to the priests. The priests have no special powers of their own: it is always the
Power of God that is at work. Nevertheless, in His benevolence that surpasses all understanding, God has allowed humble human beings to
have access to His unlimited power, for the benefit of the whole Body.
It is essential to pause here and realize that it is God who elects His priests, and that they work for the benefit of the whole Body. The individual
Christian, the Christian family and even the local parish, while being essential members of the Body, are not the whole Body. A priest therefore
does not merely serve individuals, families, or even his parish, but always the Church as a whole.
To make this reality concrete, the Holy Spirit has instructed the Apostolic Church to assign a bishop, or overseer (episkopos) for every area, as
embodiment of the oneness of the church. The priests, or elders (presbyteroi), represent the variety of gifts, and function as a council to the
bishop. There can be no Church without a bishop, just as there can be no Church without priests, and there can be no Church without the people of God.
If we want to partake of the Eternal Life in Christ, we need to become familiar with this inner logic of the mystical Body, as designed by God, and
“take advantage” (pragmatically speaking) of its inner workings. We need to rediscover the tremendous healing and transformational power of
the Divine Mysteries of Repentance/Confession, Holy Unction and Holy Eucharist. We need to develop a close relationship with a spiritual guide
(most often our parish priest, or any other priest who has received the special blessing to hear confessions), because the journey is long and
arduous. We also need to experience the Church as a whole, beyond the limits of the parish.
This is why we, the clergy, have regular meetings of the Brotherhood, where we become attuned to one another and receive the guidance of our
bishop, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios. It is our hope that we can speak to you as a Brotherhood through these monthly messages.
The best way, however, to experience the Church as a whole is through direct participation in inter-church and Metropolis-wide activities: Choir
Federation, Metropolis Philoptochos, DOXA Conferences, Young Professional gatherings would be a few examples. Those of you who want to
take the next step and be fully immersed in the reality of the Church as a whole should take advantage of family camps and other retreats at St.
Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, one of the best facilities of its kind in the country. Hundreds of families have already gone through such
retreats, and they can share with you how incredible the experience of life in Christ can be when practiced thoroughly, even for a few days.
Rejoice, therefore, for being joined to Christ for all eternity! Believe in Him, and you shall have everlasting life (John 3:16)! Become an active
member of Christ’s Mystical Body by exploring all that the Church has to offer. Then and only then you will be entitled to call yourself a true pragmatist. Amen!
Fr. Costin Popescu
Annunciation Church
Dover, NH
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FROM FATHER ANTHONY
Beloved in Christ, it seems that in
recent years we have seen a number of
natural catastrophes. The magnitude of the
destruction caused by these disasters is
incomprehensible. The scenes we have all
witnessed in the media seem surreal. To
many, it is unthinkable that God would allow
such things to happen. As Orthodox Christians, however, it is important for us to realize that He is not a cruel tyrant who periodically punishes mankind. Instead, it is necessary for us to be well grounded in our
understanding of natural disasters and
God’s will, especially those of us raising
children, so that they won’t have misguided
ideas about Him.
First of all, we must remember that
the earth is a living organism created by
God. Human beings are the crown of creation, and have been given dominion over the
earth and all living things. As a living organism, the earth is dynamic. Many of the great
forces of nature such as earthquakes and
volcanic activity, are part of the continuing
growing pangs of our earth. The wisdom of
the Creator is also responsible for the necessary and finely balanced conditions that
affect the earth’s climate. In short, nothing
in Creation is evil since God can only create
good. These various consequences of the
dynamic forces of the earth, are responsible
for what we call natural disasters. Recently,
there seems to be more and more evidence,
however, that mankind’s activities may also
have a direct bearing on climatic changes
throughout the world, which may have an
impact on violent weather.
Some extremists, both Christian
and non-Christian, have taken the opportunity of recent natural events to point out
that God is punishing us for a variety of reasons. This attitude was prevalent with the
Jews of the Old Testament who didn’t know
God in a personal way. The Fathers of the
Church have explained many of the destructive events of the Old Testament, as a
means of bringing repentance and reunion
with God into the heart of man. St. John of
Damascus wrote the following: “…He (God)
first schooled him (man) and exhorted him
to conversion in many ways – by groaning
and trembling, by a flood of waters and the
near destruction of the entire race, by the
confusion and division of tongues, by the
tutelage of angels, by the destruction of cities by fire, by prefigurative divine appearances, by war, victories and defeats, by
signs and portents, by diverse influences, by
the Law and the Prophets, all of which were
directed to the destruction of that sin which
had abounded under many forms and had
enslaved man and heaped every sort of evil
into his life, and to his return to the blessed
existence.” (The Fathers of the Church,
Book 3, Chpt. 1).
In the New Testament era, the first
believers in Christ had a new understanding
of God, for they had experienced Him in the
flesh. Christians, therefore, have always
believed in the unending mercy and love of
God, as was clearly demonstrated through
Christ’s ministry on earth. One of the most
poignant passages in the Gospel is from
John (3:16-17): “For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life. For God did not
send His Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world through Him might
be saved.” These words of Christ clearly
show us that the essence of the Gospel’s
message is salvation, not condemnation.
What we also need to remember, is
that God as Creator has ultimate authority
over the universe. After all, He created everything that exists from nothing through His
word alone. As a Church, we continually
pray for fair weather, and for protection from
natural disasters. Through the prayers of
the righteous, God can intervene in human
and natural events as demonstrated many
times in the history of the Church. Therefore, it is important for us to pray for His
mercy before and during these types of
events. Of course, the pious Orthodox
Christian always accepts God’s will in all
things, even when the outcome of such an
event is devastating. God in His holy wisdom has a reason for all things that occur in
our world, and we, His obedient servants,
can never know nor understand His will, but
only accept it.
No matter what happens to us in
this world, whether through our own actions,
those of nature, or through bodily illness, we
must always keep in mind that the message
of salvation through faith in Christ remains
intact. Our homes may be literally shaken
from their foundations, but when the foundation of faith is sound, we can bear all things
and never lose focus on the Kingdom of
Heaven.
Since the first coming of Christ, two
thousand years have passed in which there
have occurred myriad unfortunate events –
natural disasters, persecutions of the faith,
wars, famines, holocausts, terrorist attacks,
slavery and foreign occupation, epidemics,
man-made disasters – and the list can go on
and on. Always remember that the saints of
our Church and all pious believers lived
through all these things and kept their faith.
Generation after generation of Orthodox
hierarchs have passed on the faith to future
generations, and it has remained pristine
and intact through the collective faith of the
believers, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit even during the most trying times.
Let us all take account of our own
lives and strengthen our faith through prayer, and the liturgical and sacramental life of
the Church. We never know when our own
“spiritual foundation” will be shaken to the
core, so please be prepared!
In Christ’s love,
+Fr. Anthony
The grace of God is the life of our souls. Our
soul cannot be alive without the grace of God.
For as our body lives by the soul, so our soul
lives by the grace of God. Pray then always,
and sigh unto God that He give you His grace,
and that He preserve you in it. We need the
grace of God every minute. For this reason,
sigh often from the depths of your heart,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew
a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from
Thy Presence, and take not the Holy Spirit from
me (Psalm 50).”
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Do not ask how a poor man can be selfindulgent when he lacks the material means.
For it is possible to be self-indulgent in a yet
more despicable way through one’s thoughts.
St. Kosmas Aitolos
As our body becomes dead and full of stench
when the soul leaves it, so a soul in which prayer is not active is dead and stenches. That to be
deprived of prayer should be counted worse
than death is clearly shown us by the Prophet
Daniel, who was ready to die rather than be
deprived of prayer at any hour. One should
remember God more often than one breathes.
St. Evagrios the Solitary
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FROM FATHER ANTHONY
FROM THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS
October 1 – The Holy Protection of the Theotokos
The feast of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God was established following a vision of our Holy Father Andrew the Fool-forChrist, during the course of a vigil in the Church of Blachernae at Constantinople. At the fourth hour of the night, while deep in prayer, the
Saint lifted up his eyes to heaven and beheld the holy Mother of God watching over the congregation as she covered the faithful with her
Veil. Epiphanius, the disciple of Saint Andrew, who was also accounted worthy of looking upon this wonder, confirmed the truth of the vision. Whereupon the Saint hastened to the altar, opened the coffer containing the precious Veil of the Queen of the world and, standing in
front of the royal doors, extended it above the worshippers. Upheld by an invisible power, the Veil hung in the air and was of such size as
entirely to cover the great congregation. Then, amid a shattering burst of light, the Mother of God went up into heaven and out of sight, but
leaving the Christian people in possession of her holy Veil as a pledge of her loving Protection.
Many a time did the Mother of God give clear evidence of her protection of the imperial City and, by analogy, of the entire holy
Church of Christ, which is the new Jerusalem. Indeed, everywhere and at every moment, the Sovereign Lady of the world casts her Veil
mystically over Christians as she makes prayer and intercession for the salvation of the world to her son and Lord.
October 1 – St. Romanos the Melodist
Romanos had not been blessed with a well-modulated voice so was unable to glorify the Creator melodiously as he wanted to.
One Christmas in the Church of Blachernae (in Constantinople) at the vigil of the Nativity, the Mother of God appeared to him holding in
her hand a scroll which she gave him to eat. As soon as he tasted it, an indescribable sweetness filled his mouth and, going up into the
ambo, he began to intone in an angelic voice the kontakion that has come down to us: Today the Virgin gives birth to Him who is above all
being…
This gift remained with him for the rest of his life. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he adorned most of the feasts of the
liturgical year with wonderful hymns. More than one thousand kontakia are ascribed to him. Some say that he also composed the renowned Akathist to the Mother of God. Saint Romanos died in peace some time after 555 to join the angelic choir that he so well represented on earth.
October 17 – Memory of the Translation of the Relics of the Holy and Just Lazarus
The Emperor Leo VI the Wise (886-912), inspired by godly zeal, built a magnificent church in Constantinople in honor of the Holy
and Just Lazarus. When the church was completed, he sent to Cyprus for the Saint’s body, that had lain for almost one thousand years in
a marble sarcophagus with the inscription: Lazarus, the friend of Christ raised on the fourth day. After his resurrection, Lazarus lived for a
further eighteen years, and the Apostle Peter instituted him Bishop of Kition in Cyprus. Many miracles were wrought by the relics of Lazarus after their translation to the imperial City. Through simple anointing with oil from the ever-burning lamp above his tomb, demons were
expelled, a woman with an issue of blood was healed, and people with eye afflictions recovered their sight.
IN APPRECIATION
Once again, another festival has come and gone. As we do each year, we stop to express our extreme gratitude to all of our beloved
parishioners involved with every aspect of the festival. Our biggest expression of gratitude needs to go to our Philoptochos women who
put so much effort into the preparation of foods and pastries – the heart of the festival. Secondly, the festival committee and entire parish council have put many hours into the background preparations. Besides them, our many “seasoned” gentlemen are instrumental in
the proper grilling and roasting of meats and handling of gyros. Thanks to all who helped in general at the various booths and other
activities under the tent, including our Goyans and dance troupe. Our parish is also very grateful to all of those who sponsored and/or
solicited various forms of advertising, as well as those who generously donated product or funds toward the success of the festival.
God bless all of you and our entire parish family!
Adult Religious Education Resumes 10/5
Our annual program of Small Vespers and adult religious education will resume on Wednesday, 10/5 at 7:00 pm. Each year, on most
Wednesday nights from fall through spring (except during Great Lent), we offer an evening of worship and spiritual reflection for adults –
both “cradle” Orthodox as well as non-Orthodox who want to learn more about our Faith. We begin with the half-hour service of Small
Vespers completely in English, then spend an hour in the conference room with Scriptural reflection, a short reflection on the life of a
saint, an informal presentation on a particular topic, as well as an open forum for questions and answers. The atmosphere is casual and
there is no continuity in subject matter, so one can drop in at any time. Please join us and enrich your knowledge of Orthodoxy, and
enjoy the fellowship!
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GREEK MESSAGE
Τέκνα ἐν Κυρίω ἀγαπητά,
Ἡ Χάρις τοῦ Θεοῦ καταξιώνει ἡμᾶς σήμερον ὅπως ἐναρξώμεθα ἑνὸς εἰσέτι ἐκκλησιαστικοῦ ἔτους, ἑνὸς εἰσέτι
ἑορτολογικοῦ κύκλου, ἐντὸς τῶν εὐλογημένων εὐκαιριῶν τοῦ ὁποίου καλούμεθα νὰ καταβάλλωμεν ἀγῶνα πνευματικὸν
διὰ νὰ ἀξιοποιήσωμεν καλλίτερον τὴν δοθεῖσαν ἡμῖν δυνατότητα τοῦ γενέσθαι «καθ’ ὁμοίωσιν» Θεοῦ ὥστε νὰ
καταστῶμεν καὶ ἡμεῖς ἅγιοι Αὐτοῦ.
Ἡ σημερινὴ ὅμως ἡμέρα, ἡ 1η Σεπτεμβρίου, ἡ πρώτη τοῦ νέου ἐκκλησιαστικοῦ ἔτους, εἶναι ἀφιερωμένη, πρωτοβουλίᾳ
τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Πατριαρχείου, καὶ εἰς τὴν προσευχὴν διὰ τὸ φυσικὸν περιβάλλον. Ἡ δὲ πρωτόβουλος αὕτη ἀπόφασις
οὐδόλως τυγχάνει ἄσχετος πρὸς τὴν ἀνωτέρω σημειολογίαν τῆς σημερινῆς ἡμέρας, καθὼς ὁ πνευματικὸς ἀγὼν ὁ
ὁποῖος ἐπιφέρει τὴν καλὴν ἀλλοίωσιν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου συμβάλλει καὶ εἰς τὴν βελτίωσιν τῶν σχέσεών του πρὸς τὸ
περιβάλλον καὶ εἰς τὴν καλλιέργειαν τῆς εὐαισθησίας τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ὑπὲρ τῆς προστασίας καὶ διαφυλάξεως αὐτοῦ.
Δοξολογοῦμεν, λοιπόν, σήμερον τὸ ἅγιον ὄνομα τοῦ Θεοῦ, διότι ἐχάρισεν εἰς τὴν ἀνθρωπότητα καὶ διατηρεῖ καὶ συνέχει
τὴν φύσιν, ὡς τὸ καταλληλότατον περιβάλλον διὰ τὴν ἐν αὐτῷ ὑγιεινὴν ἀνάπτυξιν τοῦ σώματος καὶ τοῦ πνεύματος τοῦ
ἀνθρώπου. Ταυτοχρόνως δὲν δυνάμεθα ὅμως νὰ παρασιωπήσωμεν καὶ τὸ γεγονός, ὅτι ὁ ἄνθρωπος δὲν τιμᾷ
πρεπόντως τὴν δωρεὰν ταύτην τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ καταστρέφει τὸ περιβάλλον, ἐκ πλεονεξίας ἢ ἐξ ἄλλων ἐγωϊστικῶν
ἐπιδιώξεων.
Τὸ περιβάλλον ἡμῶν ἀποτελεῖται, ὡς γνωστόν, ἐκ τοῦ ἐδάφους, τῶν ὑδάτων, τοῦ ἡλίου, τοῦ ἀέρος ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐκ τῆς
πανίδος καὶ τῆς χλωρίδος. Ὁ ἄνθρωπος δύναται νὰ ἐκμεταλλεύηται πρὸς ἴδιον ὄφελος τὴν φύσιν μέχρις ὅμως ἑνὸς
ὁρίου, ὥστε νὰ διασφαλίζηται ἡ ἀειφορία, ἤτοι ἡ δυνατότης ἀναπαραγωγῆς τῶν καταναλωθέντων ἐνεργειακῶν πόρων
ἀλλὰ καὶ τῶν ἐμβίων, ἀλόγων, κτισμάτων. Ἄλλωστε, ἡ καλῶς ἐννοουμένη ἐκμετάλλευσις τῆς φύσεως ἀποτελεῖ καὶ
ἐντολὴν τοῦ Θεοῦ πρὸς τὸν ἄνθρωπον, πρὸ καὶ μετὰ τὴν πτῶσιν αὐτοῦ. Ἡ ὑπέρβασις ὅμως τοῦ ὁρίου τούτου, ἥτις
δυστυχῶς ἀποτελεῖ φαινόμενον τῶν δύο τελευταίων αἰώνων εἰς τήν ἱστορίαν τοῦ ἀνθρωπίνου γένους, καταστρέφει τὴν
ἁρμονίαν τῶν φυσικῶν συνισταμένων τοῦ περιβάλλοντος καὶ ὁδηγεῖ εἰς τὸν κορεσμὸν καὶ τὴν νέκρωσιν τῆς
δημιουργίας, ἀλλὰ καὶ αὐτοῦ τούτου τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ὁ ὁποῖος δὲν δύναται νὰ ἐπιβιώσῃ ἐντὸς ἀπερρυθμισμένων εἰς
βαθμὸν μὴ ἀναστρέψιμον οἰκοσυστημάτων. Ἀποτέλεσμα δὲ τοῦ φαινομένου τούτου εἶναι ἡ ἐμφάνισις καὶ ἐξάπλωσις
ἀσθενειῶν προκαλουμένων ὑπὸ τοῦ, ἀνθρωπίνῃ εὐθύνῃ, μολυσμοῦ τῶν διατροφικῶν ἀγαθῶν.
Εἰς τὰς ἡμέρας μας, ὀρθῶς μὲν τονίζεται ἡ μεγάλη σημασία τῶν δασῶν καὶ ἐν γένει τῆς χλωρίδος διὰ τὴν ἀειφορίαν τοῦ
γηΐνου οἰκοσυστήματος ὡς καὶ τὴν διασφάλισιν τῶν ὑδατίνων πόρων, ἀλλὰ δὲν πρέπει νὰ ὑποτιμᾶται καὶ ἡ μεγάλη
συμβολὴ τῶν ζώων εἰς τὴν εὔρυθμον λειτουργίαν αὐτοῦ. Τὰ ζῷα ἀνέκαθεν ὑπῆρξαν φίλοι τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ οἱ
ὑπηρέται τῶν ἀνθρωπίνων ἀναγκῶν καθὼς παρεῖχον καὶ παρέχουν εἰς αὐτὸν τροφήν, ἔνδυσιν, μεταφορικὸν ἔργον ἀλλὰ
καὶ προστασίαν καὶ συντροφικότητα. Στενωτάτη εἶναι ἡ σχέσις τοῦ ἀνθρώπου μὲ τὰ ζῷα, ὡς καταδεικνύεται ἐκ τοῦ
γεγονότος ὅτι αὐτὰ ἐπλάσθησαν τὴν ἰδίαν ἡμέραν μὲ αὐτόν (Γεν. 1, 24-31) ἢ καὶ ἐκ τῆς δοθείσης ὑπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐντολῆς
εἰς τὸν Νῶε ὅπως διασώσῃ ἕν ζεῦγος ἐξ ἑκάστου εἴδους ἀπὸ τὸν ἐπικείμενον κατακλυσμόν (Γεν. 6, 19). Τυγχάνει
χαρακτηριστικὸν τὸ γεγονὸς ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ἐπιδεικνύει ἰδιαιτέραν μέριμναν διὰ τὴν διάσωσιν τοῦ ζωϊκοῦ βασιλείου. Εἰς
τοὺς βίους τῶν Ἁγίων ἀναφέρονται πολλαὶ διηγήσεις διὰ τὰς ἀρίστας σχέσεις μεταξὺ Ἁγίων καὶ ἀγρίων ζώων, τὰ ὁποῖα
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GREEK MESSAGE
ὑπὸ ἄλλας συνθήκας δὲν διατηροῦν φιλικὰς σχέσεις πρὸς τὸν ἄνθρωπον. Βεβαίως αὐτὸ δὲν ὀφείλεται εἰς τὴν κακὴν
φύσιν των, ἀλλὰ εἰς τὴν ἀντίστασιν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου πρὸς τὴν Χάριν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ τὴν συνεπακόλουθον συγκρουσιακὴν
σχέσιν αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν στοιχείων καὶ τῶν ἀλόγων ἐμβίων ὄντων τῆς φύσεως. Ἄλλωστε, συνέπεια τῆς διαταράξεως τῆς
σχέσεως τῶν πρωτοπλάστων πρός τὸν Δημιουργόν των καὶ Θεὸν ἦτο καὶ ἡ διατάραξις τῶν σχέσεων αὐτῶν μετὰ τοῦ
περιβάλλοντος: «ἐπικατάρατος ἡ γῆ ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις σου· ἐν λύπαις φάγῃ αὐτὴν πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς ζωῆς σου·
ἀκάνθας καί τριβόλους ἀνατελεῖ σοι, καὶ φάγῃ τὸν χόρτον τοῦ ἀγροῦ. Ἐν ἱδρῶτι τοῦ προσώπου σου φάγῃ τὸν ἄρτον σου
ἕως τοῦ ἀποστρέψαι σε εἰς τὴν γῆν, ἐξ ἧς ἐλήμφθης·» (Γεν. 3, 17-19) Ἡ εἰρήνευσις τοῦ ἀνθρώπου μετὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ
συνεπάγεται καὶ τὴν εἰρήνευσιν αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν στοιχείων τῆς φύσεως.
Εἶναι φανερόν, κατόπιν τούτων, ὅτι ἡ ἀγαθὴ σχέσις τοῦ ἀνθρώπου πρὸς τὸ περιβάλλον ἀναπτύσσεται ὅταν
παραλλήλως ἀναπτύσσηται ἀγαθὴ σχέσις αὐτοῦ πρὸς τὸν Θεόν. Τυγχάνει γνωστὴ ἡ ἀφήγησις τοῦ Συναξαριστοῦ περὶ
τῆς ἐμπειρίας τοῦ Μεγάλου Ἀντωνίου, ὁ ὁποῖος εἰς ἡλικίαν ἐνενήκοντα ἐτῶν ἀπεφάσισεν, καθοδηγηθείς ὑπό Ἀγγέλου
Κυρίου, νὰ πορευθῇ ἐνδότερον τῆς ἐρήμου πρὸς ἀναζήτησιν καὶ ἄλλου ἀναχωρητοῦ, τοῦ Ὁσίου Παύλου τοῦ Θηβαίου,
ἵνα λάβῃ παρ’ αὐτοῦ ὠφέλειαν πνευματικήν. Πορευθεὶς ἐπὶ τριήμερον εἰς ἀναζήτησιν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἰχνηλατήσας σημεῖα
θηρίων ἀγρίων συνήντησε λέοντα, ὁ ὁποῖος ὑπεκλίθη ἤρεμος ἔμπροσθέν του καὶ ποιήσας μεταβολὴν ὡδήγησε τὸν
Μέγαν Ἀντώνιον εἰς τὸ σπήλαιον τοῦ Ὁσίου Παύλου, ἔνθα εὗρεν αὐτὸν διακονούμενον ὑπὸ θηρίων. Κόραξ ἐκόμιζεν
αὐτῷ τὸν ἐπιούσιον ἄρτον! Τὴν ἡμέραν μάλιστα τῆς ἐπισκέψεως τοῦ Μεγάλου Ἀντωνίου ἐκόμισεν εἰς αὐτὸν διπλῆν
μερίδα μεριμνήσας καὶ διὰ τὸν ἐπισκέπτην αὐτοῦ! Οἱ Ἅγιοι οὗτοι εἶχον ἀναπτύξει ἀγαθὴν σχέσιν μετὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ, διὸ καὶ
εἶχον φιλικὰς σχέσεις πρὸς πάντα τὰ ζῷα τῆς φύσεως. Ἡ δημιουργία αὐτῆς τῆς ἀγαθῆς σχέσεως πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν πρέπει
νὰ προτάσσηται ὡς τὸ κύριον μέλημά μας, καὶ ὑπηρέτης αὐτῆς τῆς προοπτικῆς πρέπει νὰ εἶναι ἡ ἀγαθὴ σχέσις μας
πρὸς τὸ ζωϊκόν, τὸ φυτικὸν καὶ τὸ ἄψυχον περιβάλλον μας. Ὑπὸ τὴν προοπτικὴν αὐτὴν ἡ ζωοφιλία δὲν θὰ ἀποτελῇ
στεῖραν κοινωνικὴν ἐκδήλωσιν συμπαθείας πρὸς τὰ προσφιλῆ μας ζῷα, πολλάκις συνοδευομένην δυστυχῶς καὶ ὑπὸ
ἀναλγησίας διὰ τὸν πάσχοντα συνάνθρωπον, τὴν εἰκόνα τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀλλὰ θὰ εἶναι ἀποτέλεσμα τῆς ἀγαθῆς σχέσεώς μας
πρὸς τὸν Δημιουργὸν τοῦ παντός. Εἴθε ὁ Δημιουργός τοῦ καλοῦ λίαν σύμπαντος καὶ τοῦ καλοῦ λίαν γηΐνου
οἰκοσυστήματος νὰ ἐμπνεύσῃ ὅλους ἡμᾶς νὰ συμπεριφερώμεθα εὐσπλάχνως πρὸς ἅπαντα τὰ στοιχεῖα τῆς φύσεως, μὲ
καρδίαν ἐλεήμονα ὑπὲρ πάντων αὐτῶν, ἀνθρώπων, ζώων καὶ φυτῶν, ὡς καὶ ὁ Ἀββᾶς Ἰσαὰκ ὁ Σύρος λέγει, ἀπαντῶν
εἰς τὴν ἐρώτησιν: “Τί ἐστι καρδία ἐλεήμων;”. “Καρδία ἐλεήμων ἐστί, καῦσις καρδίας ὑπὲρ πάσης τῆς κτίσεως, ὑπὲρ τῶν
ἀνθρώπων, καὶ τῶν ὀρνέων, καὶ τῶν ζῴων, καὶ ὑπὲρ παντὸς κτίσματος. Καὶ ἐκ τῆς μνήμης αὐτῶν, καὶ τῆς θεωρίας
αὐτῶν ρέουσιν οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ δάκρυα. Ἐκ τῆς πολλῆς καὶ σφοδρᾶς ἐλεημοσύνης τῆς συνεχούσης τὴν καρδίαν, καὶ ἐκ τῆς
πολλῆς καρτερίας σμικρύνεται ἡ καρδία αὐτοῦ, καὶ οὐ δύναται βαστάξαι, ἢ ἀκοῦσαι, ἢ ἰδεῖν βλάβην τινά, ἢ λύπην
μικρὰν ἐν τῇ κτίσει γενομένην” (Ἀββᾶ Ἰσαὰκ τοῦ Σύρου, Ἅπαντα τὰ εὑρεθέντα σχετικά, Λόγος ΠΑ’).
Διὰ τῆς τοιαύτης εὐσπλαχνίας ἡμῶν πρὸς ἅπασαν τὴν κτίσιν θὰ τιμήσωμεν τὸ θεόσδοτον ἀξίωμα ἡμῶν ὡς ἀρχηγῶν τῆς
Κτίσεως, ἐνδιαφερομένων μετὰ πατρικῆς στοργῆς ὑπὲρ πάντων τῶν στοιχείων αὐτῆς, τὰ ὁποῖα οὕτω θὰ μᾶς
ὑπακούουν αἰσθανόμενα τὴν ἀγαθοεργὸν διάθεσίν μας, καὶ θὰ πειθαρχοῦν εἰς τὴν ἐπιτέλεσιν τῆς φιλανθρώπου καὶ
ὑπηρετικῆς τῶν ἀναγκῶν μας ἀποστολῆς των.
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PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS
KOLIVA
A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
For Koliva please call the church office at 508-559-0910. We
would appreciate one weeks notice in advance of the memorial service to prepare your koliva. The cost is $85 and
checks should be made payable to the Philoptochos Society.
DESPINA PAPADOPOULOS
SHUT IN VISITATIONS
Anyone who would like a visit from the Ladies of Philoptochos , or
knows of someone who would like some company, please contact
our chairlady Soultana Kotsiopoulos at 508-584-8838.
A Taste of Greece
The Ladies Philoptochos Society is offering classes to preserve the tradition of Greek cooking, passing on our traditions one recipe at a time
Session I will run from October 6th thru December 15th every other
Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00
$40 per class
Class includes:
I would like to thank all of the members for their help
before and during the festival. With your help, this
years festival was a tremendous success!
On behalf of the Philoptochos Society, I would like to
thank the Lingos Family for their most generous gift in
memory their beloved mother Sonia who was also an
inspirational sister of ours. The funds were applied to
the new walk in cooler that was greatly needed. Again,
thank you!
POTLUCK SUPPER & GENERAL MEETING
Please join us at our first meeting of the year
on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 pm. Please
bring an appetizer, entrée or dessert and a new
member. Come share your food and ideas with
us as we begin a new ecclesiastical year.
Sit down dinner
1 standard glass of wine, water, coffee or tea
Recipes
Class participation is optional
Upcoming Classes
Oct. 6th
Fried Eggplant & Peppers, Horiatiki
Salad, Pastitchio, Greek Peas, Kadaifi
Oct. 20
Tsatziki & Tarama with Gyro Bread,
Greek Salad, Mousaka, Kourabiethes
Nov. 3rd
Chicken Lemon Soup, Spanikopita,
Baklava
Nov. 17
Fish Plaki, Horta, Finikia
Space is limited and classes are almost full!
You May Register online
THE LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS PRESENTS
A Celebration of the One Year Anniversary of
the
Consecration of Our Church on
Sunday, October 9th
The Ladies Philoptochos will sponsor koliva to
honor all our deceased church members who
have given most generously, along with an
Artoklasia for the health of all our current members and their families.
All our parishioners are invited to celebrate along
with us on this special Sunday. At the conclusion
of the Divine Liturgy, a light brunch will be served.
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YOUTH NEWS
DANCE NEWS
GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH OF
AMERICA—GOYA
The group resumes its fall practice schedule on the following Sundays, after the Divine Liturgy:
Sunday, October 9th – Monthly Meeting
Preparation for upcoming Harvest Fest
October 2, 9*, and 23
Friday, October 28th – Harvest Fest (all ages welcome)
We are looking for any donations to make this a successful event.
We are in full swing and are looking for new members.
Join us and share in our Fun, Games, and Fellowship!
If you know anyone in grades 7 – 12, please have
them email one of the below Advisors.
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
November 6*
PERFORMANCE at the Godparent Sunday Luncheon on November 13th
December 4, 11*
*These dates there are also GOYA meetings; senior dancers
should report to GOYA first on these dates, and will join practices
for the second hour.
ALL CHILDREN OF OUR PARISH, AGES 5-18 ARE WELCOME
TO JOIN US!
YOUTH BASKETBALL
Save the Date!!
November 13, 2011
is
Godparent Sunday!
Together with St. Catherine's of Braintree the second year of the youth basketball season through the Metropolis will be underway soon. All boys ages 718 are welcome. New program and new coaches! Practices start at 5:30 on
Friday October 21 and the season starts in November. Ages 7-14 year olds
play on Saturday's and 15-18 on Sunday's. For more information and sign
ups, please go on-line to Annunciationbrockton.org as soon as possible.
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Coming in mid-November our Annual Toy Drive.
H.O.P.E./J.O.Y.
More details to follow in next months bulletin
Friday, October 7th @ 6:30
Welcome Meeting/Pumpkin Decorating (rsvp by Oct. 4th in order to ensure we have enough pumpkins to
[email protected])
Thursday, November 10th @ 6:00
Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Friday, December 9th @ 6:00
Annual Christmas Party
PUMPKIN DECORATING
Join us for the HOPE/JOY Welcome Meeting
Friday, October 7th
6:30 pm
Join us for a fun night as we decorate pumpkins!
We are looking for new members to join us and share in our
Fun, Games, and Fellowship! Anyone in grades K-6 is welcomed
to join. If you are interested, please email the Advisor,
Paula Tsitsopoulos at [email protected]
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YOUTH NEWS
Upcoming Events
Sunday, October 2nd
Dance Practice
Friday, October 7th
HOPE/JOY Welcome Meeting
Pumpkin Decorating
Sunday, October 9th
GOYA Meeting Preparation for
Harvest Fest
Dance Practice
CONTACTS FOR YOUTH
PROGRAMS
ALTAR BOYS
Father Anthony
[email protected],org
BASKETBALL
Steve Passias
[email protected]
Sunday, October 23rd
Dance Practice
Friday, October 28th
Harvest Fest (all ages welcome)
Sunday, October 30th
Greek School OXI Day
Sunday, November 6th
GOYA Monthly Meeting
GREEK SCHOOL
Dance Practice
Jon Buterbaugh
[email protected]
DANCE GROUP
Penny Buterbaugh
[email protected]
Thursday, November 10th
HOPE/JOY Thanksgiving Feast
Sunday, November 13th
Godparent Sunday
JUNIOR CHOIR
Friday, November 18th
GOYA Fun Night
Heidi Mason
[email protected]
Sunday, November 20th
Youth Sunday Bake Sale
ORATORICAL FESTIVAL
Friday, December 9th
HOPE/JOY Christmas Party
Rhoda Economos
508-587-4907
Sunday, December 11th
GOYA Christmas Baskets Items
Due/Wrapping Gifts
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Thursday December 15th
Christmas Retreat
Sunday, December 18th
Sunday School Christmas Pageant
Friday, December 23rd
Greek School Christmas Pageant
HARVEST FEST
Annual Costume Party For All Children Of The Parish
Friday, October 28th
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Join us for a spooktacular fun night of food and games
In lieu of an admission charge, we kindly ask that you make
a donation to UNICEF that night
Please no violent costumes
Dina Coon
[email protected]
H.O.P.E./J.O.Y
Paula Tsitsopoulos
[email protected]
G.O.Y.A.
Jon Buterbaugh
[email protected]
YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM
[email protected]
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DONATIONS
Memorial Donations as of September 19, 2011
Elisabeth Jacoubs
$2,107
Mr. and Mrs. George Alexis— $250
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Beserick—
$250
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Karavites—$250 Macy’s Gift Card &
$175 Counting Machine
Areti Potsis
Mr. and Mrs. Pavlos Dosis
$100
George Terzakis—$200 New Festival Welcome Sign
Mr. and Mrs. Ilias Potsis
$100
Portional discount from the Divi Aruba-Inclusive Resorts thru
Olympia Forrester
Mr. and Mrs. Ilias Potsis
Areti Potsis Scholarship Fund
$200
SACRAMENTS
2011 Festival Donations
Christos Tsaganis— Chicken, Sauce, Rice, Dressing, Hamburg,
BAPTISMS
Stella and Nicholas Bulgaris
$100
Seraphim and Fotini Boutas
$200
August 21
Eric and Maria Terzis
$200
James Zaros
$ 50
Son of George & Alyssa Lazarakis
Anastacia Ellard
$ 50
Sunny Side Café
$300
Concord Foods
$ 50
Nicoletta and Maria Kallas
IMO of Nicholas Kallas
$ 50
Jimmy Sarantopoulos – 90 dozen eggs and 36 pounds butter
Alexander
Godparent Zoi Lazarakis
September 4
Stilianos
Son of Craig Butler & Ekaterini Antoniou
Godparent Anastasia Antoniou
Bessie Passias – 10 pounds butter
Haedo Barbas – 90 pounds spinach
September 11
Despina Papadopoulos – 90 pounds cottage cheese
Son of John & Rosie Nenopoulos
Sofia and James Lambrakis—
$700
Ilias and Tasia Lainas—$200
Godparent Steve Passias
Roxanne Veremis Ultra Travel Service— $200 toward Airline
tickets
Irakli Savas—10 Cases Budweiser
Wine Basket Tom Sedell Assorted Beer and Wine
Alexandros
WEDDINGS
August 21
Vasilios Papastathopoulos &
Tessa Wiegele
Colonial Beverages—13 Cases Beer
Sponsor – Philip Pappas
Martignetti Liquors (Ilias Potsis)—Assorted Wines & Liquors
Horizon Beverage—15 Cases Beer
Giannaros Liquors—5 Cases Assorted Beers
Demoulas Market Basket—All ingredients for Loukoumades
Demakes Enterprises Inc.—7 cases Loukanico
Costco— Water
September 4
John Palamaris &
Angela Pertesis
Sponsor– Margarita Palamaris
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sedell—$3000 Mixer for Loukoumades
Chris and Nafsika Constantinou—Painting for Raffle
Chris Kotsiopoulos—$266 Loukoumades Ingredients
James P. Mihos—$1,350 One Night Band Expense
Charlie – Constantine Savas—$300 Butter
HOLY CONFESSION
Every Saturday after Great Vespers or
during office hours by appointment.
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PARISH NEWS
ONLINE BILL PAY
Now a convenient new way to fulfill
your stewardship.
Available on our website
www.annunciationbrockton.org
CHURCH SERVICES
SATURDAYS
GREAT VESPERS
6:00 PM
WEEKDAYS
ORTHROS
9:00 AM
DIVINE LITURGY
SUNDAYS
ORTHROS
DIVINE LITURGY
8:45 AM
Harvest Ball Dance
submit your 2011
Saturday, October 22nd
The Lantana
Randolph, MA
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m.
10:00 AM
9:00 ΠΜ
ΘΕΙΑ EITOYPΓΙΑ 10:00 ΠΜ
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Please do not forget to
ΜΕΓΑΣ ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ 6:00 MM
ΚΑΘΙΜΕΡΙΝΕΣ ΟΡΘΡΟΣ
Join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary
10:00 AM
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Reminder!!
8:45 ΠΜ
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Stewardship
Obligation
Stewardships are the
greatest source of income for our Church.
Thank you!
$60 per person
$30 for children’s meal
Upcoming Events
Harvest Ball Dance
Sat. October 22nd
Godparents Sunday
Sun. November 13th
Fall General Assembly
Sun. November 20th
Parish Council Elections
Sun. December 4th
Parish Council Oath of Office
Sun. December 18th
Parish Council Meetings
October 11th
November 8th
December 13th
BOOK STORE
Our bookstore offers many items for our parishioners:
 Prayer books
 Incense and censors
 Children’s books (we have new items)
 Books for teens and adults
 The very popular icons of either the girl or boy with the guardian
angel. (A great gift item for Baptism)
All icons in stock or upon request.
For those interested in architecture and New England history, we offer a
beautiful hardback containing fantastic photos of Greek Orthodox churches
throughout New England, including photos inside the churches and brief,
engaging community histories
Also available are the DVD’ of our Church’s Consecration Service
Please stop by the Bookstore after Divine Liturgy on Sundays
If you are interested in joining the Bookstore Committee, please call
the Church Office or see one of our members on Sundays.
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PARISH NEWS
On behalf of Fr. Anthony and the Parish Council, I would like to thank everyone for their time,
talent and donations towards our Annual Food
Festival. Like every year, we had another successful event! I was most joyful seeing our
youth of all ages perform dances from across
Greece.
The Annual Food Festival is one of, if not THE
LARGEST event in the city of Brockton. As Greek Americans, we
should be very proud of our heritage and traditions. Seeing everyone work together for one purpose was a true blessing.
I also want to thank His Eminence, Metropolitan Methodios accompanied by Chris Tsaganis for taking the time to visit our parish on the Saturday of our festival. I look forward to seeing all of
you next year.
God Bless our Parish
John Karolemeas
Parish Council President
Αγαπητοί Ενορίτες
Εκ μέρους του Αιδ. πατρός Αντωνίου και του Συμβουλίου της
Κοινότητός μας θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω όλου σας για την
συμβολή σας και τις δωρεές σας στην επιτυχία του Ετήσιου
Φεστιβαλ της Κοινότητός του Μπρόκτον. Όπως καί στο
παρελθόν, έτσι κι εφέτος, είχαμε ένα επιτυχές, καλά οργανωμένο
Φέστιβαλ. Όλοι μας, μαζι σας κι εγώ, γευτήκαμε τα νόστιμα
φαγητα και ωραία γλυκίσματα που ετοίμασαν με τόση καλωσύνη
αλλά και τόσο κόπο οι κυρίες της κοινότητος και απολαύσαμε τα
νέα μας παιδιά να χορεύουν τους λεβεντικους ελληνικούς χορούς
καθε γωνιάς της Ελλάδος.
Το ετήσιο Φέστιβαλ της κοινότητός μας είναι ίσως το μεγαλύτερο
κοινωνικό γεγονός της πόλεως Μπρόκτον. Ως Αμερικανοί,
ελληνικής καταγωγής, πρέπει να είμαστε υπερήφανοι για την
κληρονομιά μας και τις ωραίες παραδόσεις μας. Η συμμετοχή
όλων σας στην επιτυχία του σκοπού μας ήταν όντως συγκινητικη.
Δεν πρέπει να παραλήψω να ευχαριστήσω τον Σεβασμιώτατον
Μητροπολίτην μας, Κον Κον Μεθόδιον, για την ευγενή καλωσύνη
του να επισκεφθεί και να ευλογήσει το Φέστιβαλ μας, καθώς
επίσης και τον Πατριαρχικόν Άρχοντα, Κον Χρήστον Τσαγγάνη, ο
οποίος καθε έτος με τις συνήθεις προσφορές του και την
παρουσία του συνδράμει στην επιτυχία του Φέστιβαλ.
Και πάλιν ευχαριστώ εγκαρδίως όλους όσους πλαισίωσαν την
ωραία μας αυτή
γιορτή και προσβλέπω στην παρουσία
όλων σας και πάλιν του χρόνου. Να είστε πάντα καλά.
Με τιμή
Γιάννης Καρολεμέας
Πρόεδρος του Κοινοτικού Συμβουλίου
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Reverend Presbyter Anthony Evangelatos
George Stavropoulos, Chanter
Heidi Mason, Choir Director
Ona Calogrias, Organist
PARISH COUNCIL
OTHER MINISTRIES
Executive Board
Sunday School
John Karolemeas, President
Tina Boutas Dina Coon
Steven Passias, 1st Vice President Administration
Rhoda Economos
John Papadopoulos, 2nd Vice President Maintenance
Greek School
Steve Lainas, Secretary
Tina Boutas
Argyro Papadopoulos
Christine Karavites, Treasurer
Vicky Papaioannou
Tulla Giannaros, Assistant Treasurer
G.O.Y.A.
Members of the Board
Kristen Barrows Jon Buterbaugh
Arthur Adamopoulos
Georgia Besarick
Christy Mihos
George Alexis
Jon Buterbaugh Jr.
Nicholas Palantzas
Ernest Anthony
John Kolentsas
Avraam Vardaxis
Chris Kolentsas
J.O.Y. & H.O.P.E.
Barbara Mantalos
Paula Tsitsopoulos
PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY
Executive Board
Despina Papadopoulos, President
Heido Barbas, 1st Vice President
Penny Kazis, 2nd Vice President
Ethel Savas, Recording Secretary
Tina Boutas, Corresponding Secretary
Lori Stasiewski, Treasurer
Liz Karolemeas, Assistant Treasurer
Members of the Board
Peggy Cuilla
Maria Fitopoulos
Helen Holevas
Ann Marie Horne
Soultana Kotsiopoulos
Eleni Stamboulidis
Vasiliki Syrniotis
Sophia Terzakis
Tina Tsarhopoulos
Adult Greek Classes
Arthur Krikis
Koliva
Ladies Philoptochos
Coffee Hour
Bertha Weinberg
Shut-In Visitations
Soultana Kotsiopoulos
Basketball
Steve Passias
Dance Group
Jon & Penny Buterbaugh
Junior Choir
Corinne & Heidi Mason
EMAILS
Oratorical Festival
Father Anthony
[email protected]
Rhoda Economos
Church Office
[email protected]
Bookstore
Youth Ministry Team
[email protected]
Linda Sakelaris Stephen Savas
Joanna Stellakis Paula Odierno
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
457 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Non-Profit
Organization
U.S. Postage
PAID
Brockton, MA
Permit No. 258
Phone
508-559-0910
Fax
508-584-8679
Email
[email protected]
We’re on the Web!
www.annunciationbrockton.org
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