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Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John The Theologian
Volume 14: No. 2
FR. PANAGIOTIS’ MESSAGE
Let God be part of our summer!
It is true that during the
summer months many of us are
busy planning our vacations and
enjoying our time off from school,
work, and afternoon activities
and forget our spiritual life.
Church becomes a secondary
thought and tends to be left out
from our daily lives, especially on
Sundays. This is the summer
challenge. The hot weather and
the whole summer environment,
tends to cause us to grow lazy in
our
church
attendance
and
participation
in
the
various
services. The question is how can
we continue our journey with
Christ
during
the
summer
months? We have to remember
that God never goes on vacation
and we should never find excuses
to take a vacation from Church.
The following story reveals
that God never goes on vacation.
I think by reading the story you
can find some inspirational ideas
that you may implement, so you
can keep your family close to
church and Christ. This article is
adapted from the Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America’s Center
for Family Care and you can read
more
at
www.goarch.org/archdiocese/de
partments/family.
July 31st , 2013
Where does God go for
summer vacation? A little girl I
know
pondered
that
same
question not too long ago. Sarah
loved Sunday school; she went
every Sunday. She liked being in
church with her parents… but
when summer came- it would all
end!
Why wasn't there church?
Why wasn't there any Sunday
school? Where did her friends go?
She really was concerned. She
wondered why the choir stopped
singing on Sundays. Even worse,
she wondered why there wasn't
church in the summer… when in
actuality, her parents would just
stop going to church in the
summer!
The summer was their "time
off". It was time to lounge in the
sun, time to plan family vacations
and weekends away. It was time
to concentrate on rest and
relaxation. But for Sarah, it was
strange not to go to church, see
her friends, or be with God.
On the day that her family
piled into the station wagon to
visit their grandmother, Sarah
asked her mother, "Mom, where
does
God
go
for
summer
vacation?”
Her mother chuckled at the
question, and told her God
doesn’t go on vacation.
Sarah
wondered,
"Why
don't we go to church then? Why
isn't there any Sunday school?
Why don't I get to see my church
friends?"
Her parents weren't really
prepared to deal with questions
like this! What could they say?
After
all,
God
wasn't
on
vacation… they were! Imagine
her parents' surprise when they
realized their little daughter had
"stumped them." They just didn’t
know
how
to
answer
her
question. But what was really
great was that they were worried
enough about it to look for an
answer!
Until
now,
her
parents
thought: Church was only a 2hour responsibility on Sunday
mornings. For Sarah though, it
was a different story. She lived
what she learned. Church wasn't
just an obligation for her. No
way! In fact, it was a way of
living… a way of being!
Where Does God Go for
Summer Vacation?
So, is God part of your
family’s summer plans? Will you
take Him with you on vacation, or
a break from work, school and
others responsibilities mean a
break from God? This summer we
should take the challenge and let
God be with us everywhere we
go. Summer should not be the
time that we rest from our
spiritual life; in fact it could be
the best time for our family to
grow closer to God. We can
achieve that if we become
creative, committed and seek for
Christ’s presence.
Here are some tips to get
you started:
1) Go to the Church! And
worship God with your family.
When
you
are
away,
visit
different
Greek
Orthodox
Churches.
2) Send your children to
Camp Good Shepherd! Camp Good
Shepherd is under the auspices of
the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of
NJ and is a great place for our
children to experience the faith
and Christian friendships.
3) Explore the Orthodox
Faith in any possible way! Decide
on something that you like to
learn about Christ and His Church
by:
a) Reading the bible
b) The hymns or perhaps you
want to learn how to chant.
c) There is a great book for
the children “Where does God Go
for Summer Vacation”? This will
help your children in their
summer’s spiritual journey.
d) Attend a vesper service
and try to reflect on the beautiful
hymnology of our Tradition.
4) Help out! During the
summer there are many projects
that you can help others in your
parish, neighborhood, globally
ext.
5) Listen to spiritual programs
from the radio or TV!
There is so much noise in our
lives
daily.
The
Orthodox
Christian Network has great
music, interviews that enlighten
the mind and the soul.
That is the only way brothers and
sisters that God will be part of
our summer vacations and He will
help us to continue our spiritual
journey.
Have a Blessed and Joyful
Summer!
With God!
Fr. P.L.
Οί Δωρεές του Θεού
Πλούτος τού Άνθρώπου.
–
΄Ο
Στίς μέρες μας πολύς θόρυβος γίνεται
γιά τά κεκτημένα καί ΄εντυπωσιακές
προτάσεις
προσφέρονται
πώς
μπορούμε ΄ενώ διανύουμε δύσκολες
΄οικονομικές
περιόδους
νά
΄αποκτήσουμε περισσότερα ΄αγαθά
περισσότερο πλούτο! ΄Ακούγοντας και
διαβάζοντας
όλες
αυτές
τις
πραγματείες ΄εμείς ως ΄Ορθόδοξοι
Χριστιανοί έχουμε επωμιστεί τεράστιο
πλούτο ΄από τον πανάγαθο Πατέρα
μας.
Ποιὸς εἶναι ὁ πλοῦτος αὐτός; Εἶναι ἡ
χάρις τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὁ πλοῦτος
τοῦ
ἐλέους
Του,
ἡ
ἀπέραντη
εὐσπλαχνία Του, ἡ ἀνοχὴ καὶ ἡ
συγχωρητικότητά Του, ἡ σοφία καὶ
ἀλήθεια Του, ποὺ χαρίζει σ΄ ὅλο τὸν
κόσμο.
Εἶναι
ἡ
ἄπειρη
καὶ
ἀνερμήνευτη ἀγάπη τοῦ Θεοῦ.
Ποιὸς μπορεῖ νὰ τὰ καταλάβει αὐτά;
Ποιὸς μπορεῖ νὰ μετρήσει τὸ ἄμετρο
μέγεθος τῆς θείας ἀγάπης καὶ νὰ
ἐξιχνιάσει τοὺς τρόπους, μὲ τοὺς
ὁποίους ἐκδηλώνεται καὶ προσφέρει
τὰ
ἀτίμητα
δῶρα
της
στοὺς
ἀνθρώπους; Ποιὸς μπορεῖ νὰ πεῖ ὅτι
τὴν κατανόησε, τὴ μέτρησε, εἶδε ὅλες
τὶς ἐκδηλώσεις της στὸν κόσμο καὶ
ἔφθασε μέχρι τὰ ἔσχατα βάθη της;
Ποιὸς μπορεῖ νὰ ἐξαντλήσει τὸν
πλοῦτο
αὐτῆς
τῆς
ἀγάπης;
Ἑκατομμύρια καὶ δισεκατομμύρια ἀνθρώπων κατέφυγαν στὴν ἀγάπη τοῦ
Θεοῦ καὶ πῆραν αὐτὸ ποὺ ζητοῦσαν:
τὴ λύση τῶν προβλημάτων τους, τὴ
θαυμαστὴ διάσωση ἀπὸ φοβεροὺς
κινδύνους, τὴ θεραπεία ἀπὸ ἀνίατες
ἀσθένειες, τὴν ἄφεση τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν,
τὴν εἰρήνη τῆς ψυχῆς, τὴν αἰώνια
λύτρωση καὶ σωτηρία. Καὶ ὁ πλοῦτος
τοῦ Θεοῦ δὲν ἐξαντλεῖται οὔτε κἂν
μειώνεται. Ὁ ἥλιος δισεκατομμύρια
χρόνια λάμπει στὸν οὐρανὸ καὶ
φωτίζει τὴ γῆ μας, τὴ θερμαίνει καὶ τὴ
ζωογονεῖ. Ὅμως ὁ ἥλιος σταδιακὰ
ἐξαντλεῖται,
τὰ
καύσιμά
του
μειώνονται, καὶ κάποτε – ἔστω σὲ πολὺ
μεγάλο βάθος χρόνου – θὰ ἐξαντληθεῖ
τελείως, θα συρρικνωθεῖ καὶ θὰ
σβήσει.
Ὁ ἥλιος ὅμως τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ Θεοῦ
δὲν θὰ σβήσει πότε! Θὰ λάμπει
πάντοτε καὶ θὰ λάμπει ὁλοένα
περισσότερο ὅσο ὁ χρόνος θὰ περνᾶ,
διότι νέες ἐκδηλώσεις της θὰ
φανερώνονται
στὸν
κόσμο
καὶ
περισσότεροι
ἄνθρωποι
θὰ
ἀπολαμβάνουν τὶς ζωογόνες ἀκτίνες
της, χωρὶς αὐτὲς νὰ ἐξασθενοῦν, χωρὶς
ποτὲ νὰ μειώνονται. Ὅσοι ἄνθρωποι
καὶ ἂν ζητήσουν νὰ πλησιάσουν τὸν
Κύριο, Ἐκεῖνος θὰ τοὺς γνωρίζει ὅλους
«κατ’ ὄνομα», τὸν καθένα χωριστὰ
σὰν νὰ μὴν ὑπῆρχε ἄλλος. Ὅσοι
ἁμαρτωλοὶ καὶ ἂν ζητοῦν ἄφεση,
Αὐτὸς ποτὲ δὲν θὰ κουρασθεῖ νὰ δίνει.
Καὶ ἂν ὅλοι οἱ ἄνθρωποι ποὺ πέρασαν,
περνοῦν καὶ θὰ περάσουν ἀπὸ τὴ γῆ,
θελήσουν νὰ συμμετάσχουν στὸ
δεῖπνο τῆς Βασιλείας Του, γιὰ ὅλους
θὰ ὑπάρχει θέση καὶ θὰ μένει ἀκόμη
τόπος γιὰ ἄλλους, «καὶ ἔτι τόπος ἐστί»
(Λουκ. ιδ΄ 22).
Ὁ πλοῦτος τοῦ Χριστοῦ! Φάνηκε τόσο
καθαρὰ ὅταν μὲ πέντε ψωμιὰ καὶ δύο
ψάρια χόρτασε πέντε χιλιάδες ἄνδρες
καὶ ἐπιπλέον τὶς γυναῖκες καὶ τὰ
παιδιά. Ἔκοβε καὶ μοίραζε, ἔδινε, ἔδινε
σ’ὅλους, χωρὶς νὰ Τὸν ἀπασχολεῖ
πόσοι εἶναι ἀκόμη αὐτοὶ ποὺ δὲν
πῆραν καὶ χωρὶς νὰ ἀνησυχεῖ μήπως
στὸ τέλος κάποιοι δὲν πάρουν. Στὸ
τέλος περίσσεψαν πολὺ περισσότερα
ἀγαθὰ ἀπ’ ὅσα ὑπῆρχαν στὴν ἀρχή!
Δώδεκα κοφίνια γεμάτα! Ποιὸς ἄλλος
μπορεῖ
ἔτσι
ἁπλόχερα
καὶ
ἀνεξάντλητα νὰ δίνει; Ποιὸς ἄλλος
μπορεῖ ὄχι μόνο νὰ τρέφει τὰ σώματα,
ἀλλὰ νὰ χορταίνει τὶς ἀνήσυχες καὶ
ἀπαιτητικὲς ψυχὲς τῶν ἀνθρώπων καὶ
νὰ ἱκανοποιεῖ ὅλους τοὺς βαθύτατους
καὶ ἀσίγαστους πόθους τους γιὰ φῶς,
γιὰ χαρά, γιὰ εἰρήνη, γιὰ ἀλήθεια, γιὰ
ζωή;
Μόνο Αὐτὸς ποὺ εἶναι ὁ Ἴδιος τὸ φῶς
τὸ ἀληθινό, ἡ ἀναφαίρετη χαρά, ἡ
ἀδιατάρακτη εἰρήνη, ἡ ἀπόλυτη
ἀλήθεια, ἡ αἰώνια ζωή. Ὅσοι σὲ
κάποιο βαθμὸ ζοῦν τὸ μεγαλεῖο τῶν
δωρεῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ, ποὺ ὑπερβαίνουν
«πάντα νοῦν» καὶ εἶναι ἀνεξιχνίαστες,
θεωροῦν πὼς ὅλα τὰ ἄλλα, τὰ
ἀνθρώπινα, τὰ γήινα, τὰ ἐφήμερα,
εἶναι μικρὰ καὶ ἀσήμαντα. Γι’ αὐτὸ καὶ
τὰ πωλοῦν, γιὰ νὰ ἀγοράσουν τὸν
πολύτιμο μαργαρίτη, τὸν δωρεοδότη
Κύριο Ἰησοῦ Χριστό. Γιὰ τὸν Χριστό,
γράφει ὁ ἀπόστολος Παῦλος, «τὰ
πάντα
ἐζημιώθην,
καὶ
ἡγοῦμαι
σκύβαλα εἶναι ἵνα Χριστὸν κερδήσω»,
ὅλα τὰ στερήθηκα καὶ τὰ θεωρῶ
τιποτένια καὶ ἄχρηστα, προκειμένου
νὰ κερδίσω τὸν Χριστό (Φιλιπ. γ΄ 8).
Ὁ Χριστὸς εἶναι ὁ μέγας πλοῦτος τῶν
πιστῶν, καὶ ὅποιος ἔχει τὸν Χριστό,
ἔχει τὸ πᾶν.
Θα ήθελα να ΄εκφρασω τίς θερμές μου
΄ευχαριστίες σ’ όλους τούς ΄ενορίτες
πού βοήθησαν στην ΄επιτυχία του
φετινού φεστιβάλ. ΄Ιδιαιτέρως όλους
τους έπιχειρηματίες και επωνύμους
ένορίτες πού γιά άκόμα μία φορά
ύποστήριξαν
την
Μητροπολιτική
ένορία
γενναιόδωρα. Εύχομαι ό
πανάγαθος Θεός να χαρίζει σε όλους
σας ένα έυλογημένο και ξεκούραστο
καλοκαίρι.
π. Π.Λ.
President’s Message:
My Fellow Parishionhers
We have just finished a productive
and exciting second six months since my
Christmas message. As many of you have
seen, our renovations to the Narthex are
complete and have made the Narthex an
even more beautiful space. And just last
month, we all celebrated the Resurrection
of our Lord in a beautiful and moving
Easter service. I know that many of us
emerged from our Lenten Journey
spiritually cleansed and energized and this
energy was on display shortly after Easter
when we had our annual church festival.
The festival was once again a success
thanks in large part to our community’s
hard work and dedication, and for that we
should all feel very proud and thankful.
As we enter the summer months,
we have much to look forward to,
beginning with the consecration of our
chapel on October 27, 2013. This will be
a once in a lifetime event that should not
be missed so please mark your calendars.
And, of course, as part of the chapel
consecration, many donors have come
together to fund renovations to the chapel,
the chapel lobby and the offices so that we
may consecrate our Chapel in beautiful,
new surroundings. Construction for this
project is underway and will be complete in
time for the consecration. Please consider
making a donation to this important project.
καλο καλοκαίρι. Have a Great Summer!
Yours in Christ,
George Tsougarakis
PTO – Mothers’ Club:
These past few months have been very
busy for the PTO Mothers Club.
Our cultural event, Art Through the
Ages, portrayed our children's beautiful
interpretations of Greek art. We should be
proud of our Greek school and our
children. Thanks to Mrs. Megaris and the
teachers for their hard work and
dedication.
Congratulations to the graduates of the
2013 class and best of luck to them in their
future endeavors. The program was surely
a memorable one.
Next, we had the end-of-the-year party,
Kids Rule, in Hackensack. The kids had a
blast and it was a great way to both
celebrate the end of Greek school and kick
off the summer.
We
celebrated
the
Teacher
Appreciation Dinner at Bacari Grill in
Washington Township, New Jersey. We
had wine, music, fine dining, and dancing.
The event celebrated the hard work and
importance of our teachers throughout the
year.
We are looking forward to Saturday
Greek school classes to increase the
Greek school enrollment. Lastly, we, the
PTO Mothers Club, would like to
congratulate Ceres Ruzich and Rania
Stratis, our new co-presidents, and wish
them the best of luck in the coming year.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer and
we will see you in September.
Eleni
J.O.Y.- Junior Orthodox youth
Hello everyone,
Another fantastic year has come to an end
for our beloved JOY.
We had a very productive and fun year
starting with our elections in September,
our Harvest dance in October, our ice
skating outing, our trip to Woodlock Pines,
our mini golf night, movie night ,and many
gym nights. Also, lots of great events to
celebrate Christmas and Easter with all our
traditions of our religion like Vasilopita
cutting and prosfora making. We had so
much fun in all of our events and we are
looking forward to a fun year after our
summer vacation.
JOY is a great way for children of the ages
of 8 to 12 to come together, make
everlasting friends and have tons of fun
and learning about our faith and culture.
Litsa Milionis and Penny Diamantis have
been our JOY advisors for many years and
we want to thank them for all their hard
work organizing JOY and making it so
much fun. We will miss you both so so
much and we will cherish the memories
forever.
We are looking forward to see everyone in
September. Good luck to all the boys and
girls that are moving up to GOYA.
Have a great summer everyone!
Natasha Vazacopoulos
JOY secretary
PHILOPTOCHOS:
Election of officers and Board Members for
the tern 2013-1015 were held on June 23rd
after receiving the Oath of office
The results are as follows:
President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Treasurer Asst. Treasurer -
Barbara Kostakis
Stella Baker
The first item on the agenda will be hosting
dinner after Verper Services
for the Name Day of our Cathedral.
I thank Father Panagiotis for his spiritual
help and guidance.
.
Barbara Kostakis
President
Maria Kamilaris
Aspasia Panaretos
Katina Halkias
Recording Secretary – Paulette
Geanacopoulos
Corresponding Secretary - Sophia KInnis
Board Members
Pota Arvanitis
Theodora Manolis
Georgia Christofides
Aphrodite Microutsicos
Xanthi Athanassenas
Maria Meidanis
Melpo Floratos
Harriet Nikolaidis
Dina Gaitanaros
Marina Philliou
Katina Kavalas
Sotiroula Savva
Joanne Kos
Morphia Tsocanos
The results of the Elections have been
ratified. Congratulations to all. I thank
everyone for their support over the past 2
years and I look forward
to working again for another 2 years. We
will be very busy, since the NJ Metropolis
will be hosting the 2014 Clergy Laity in
Philadelphia
Our calendar is filling up and if anyone has
any ideas for projects please inform us,
AHEPA:
We celebrated AHEPA Sunday on
May 19th and were honored to present a
recognition award to our Barbara Kostakis
for her service this past year.
We also presented 3 scholarships to
Zoe Ferranti, Alexander Mikelis and
Aristotelis Zigouras.
The AHEPA will be hosting its First
Annual Car Show, as a Fundraiser to
benefit multiple charities, including St. John
the Theologian. It will occur on Saturday,
September 21st, in the Church’s parking lot,
with all types of Show Cars being
displayed proudly by their owners.
Trophies will be presented in multiple
categories, to the cars and their owners!
So, come and visit the show, and take in
the sights, enjoy some food and drink for
our inagrual event! If you have a friend
you know that might have a car they like to
show, please pass this info on.
Visit the facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/BergenKnightsCarS
how
Or the Web site at:
http://bergenknightscarshow.com/index.html
THE “BERGEN KNIGHTS CAR SHOW” BENEFITTING CHARITABLE
CAUSES – SEPTEMBER 21st in TENAFLY, NJ
The AHEPA Bergen Knights Chapter 285 is proud to announce the 2013 BERGEN KNIGHTS CAR
SHOW, with all proceeds for the benefit of various charitable and philanthropic programs. This year’s
show will be a day long affair, taking place from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 21st in
the lot at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian, located at 353 East Clinton
Ave. in Tenafly, New Jersey.
There will be from 120 to 200 collector automobiles and motorcycles on full display, from all eras and
marques. Featuring classic American iron as well as rare import models, attendees can expect
everything from Alpha Romeos to Z28’s, modest daily drivers to fully restored trailer queens. Entries
will be divided into three unique categories: Pre-World War II, from post war to 1979, and 1980 to
present and all cars will be viewed by a panel of judges.
The BERGEN KNIGHTS CAR SHOW, held just outside Manhattan - 8 miles from the George
Washington Bridge and 20 miles from the Tappan Zee - will undoubtedly attract countless vintage car
and motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the Tri-State area.
For participants who would like to showcase their classic vehicle or bike, the BERGEN KNIGHTS
CAR SHOW encourages pre-registration (and it makes coming through the gate a snap). Full
registration details can be found at http://bergenknightscarshow.com
The BERGEN KNIGHTS CAR SHOW is a completely free, family-friendly event as well as a non-profit
venture. To ensure success for this charitable fundraiser, the organization relies solely on both local
Bergen based and national businesses for sponsorship. Commitment is encouraged by August 15th,
and complete sponsorship details are available at http://bergenknightscarshow.com
Founded in 1922, AHEPA is non-profit organization whose mission includes philanthropy, education,
civic responsibility, and family excellence. AHEPA’s outreach includes grants for cancer research,
Hurricane Sandy relief, fund raising for Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise in Bergen, and support
to the Hackensack University Medical Center, to name just a few causes that effect Bergen County
and the Hudson Valley. All donations to the AHEPA are tax deductible under IRS Section 170(c)(4)
media contact: Rob Moore, 60 Cycle Media LLC
[email protected]
phone 646-918-4360
Goya Olympics
Baptisms:
04/20/2013 M/M Peter Charles Rinaldi for
Nikolas / Νικόλαος with Kalliopi Paleoudis
Kousis as Godparent.
Weddings:
05/11/2013 Ervin Sheati and Rosalyn
Angelidis with Dora Catechis and Orlando
Christ Economos as Paranymphoi.
05/18/2013 M/M Minas P. Bottos for Pete
Minas / Παναγιώτης Μηνάς with Alexandra
Spyridaki Anastassiou as Godparent.
05/25/2013 Charles S. Anastos and
Rebecca S. Auerhahn with Nicholas
Anastos and Thomas Anastos as
Paranymphoi.
05/18/2013 M/M Louis M. Macchiaroli for
Augustina / Αυγουστίνα with Dimitri Paul
Vallis as Godparent.
05/18/2013 M/M Alexander Pappas for
Charles
Alexander
Konstantinos
/
Κωνσταντίνος with Theodore George
Pappas as Godparent.
05/19/2013 M/M
Efmorfopoulos
Panagiotou
fo r
Peter
Nicholas
/
Παναγιώτης Νικόλαος with Achilleas
Tzoulafis and Michelle (Press) Tzoulafis as
Godparents.
05/26/2013 M/M Antonio G. Anamisis for
George Antonio / Γεώργιος Αντώνιος with
Konstantina Kostara as Godparent.
06/09/2013 M/M
Andonis
Michael
Demetriades for Michael / Μιχαήλ with
Nicholas Louis Vlantes and Cassandra
Renne Collum as Godparents.
06/08/2013 Sean P. W engerter and
Cindy Aspasia Kotopoulos with Maria
Zachariadis as Paranymphos.
06/16/2013 Sotirios V. Malamis and
Maria Amaxas with Christopher Kyriakou
as Paranymphos.
07/06/2013 Konstantinos Kefalas and
Marianthi Sapaskis with John Thomas and
Deana Balahtsis-Thomas as Paranymphoi.
07/07/2013 George M. Maroules and
Anna T. Malafis with Athena Maroules and
Ja m e s
Alexander
Maroules
as
Paranymphoi.
Funerals:
04/06/2013 Nicholas Kourambis
04/11/2013 Leonidas Kotsogiannis
04/18/2013 Socrates Dimataris
04/26/2013
06/16/2013 M/M Kiriakos Hatziminadakis
for Constantino / Κωνσταντίνος with
Tsampicos A. Perides and Athena
(Troianos) Perides as Godparents.
Melpo Parlitsis
05/13/2013 Helen Papantonis
05/17/2013 Agnes Kamenos
05/29/2013 James N. Apostle
06/07/2013 M/M Niko Jeljenic Jr. for Niko
/ Νικόλαος with Vasilios Tsagaratos and
Anastasia
(Gallios)
Tsagaratos
as
Godparents.
06/07/2013 Sophia Lafharis
06/14/2013 Theodora Triandafillidou
06/24/2013 Theodora Christie
06/27/2013 Basil Williams Jr.
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