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APRIL 2013

IN THIS ISSUE The Benefit of Fasting in a Modern World “Modern science has proven that one of the most important things we could do to live healthier, cancer free lives without medication is to eat right and exercise. “ by Fr. Andreas Vithoulkas

Η αξία της νηστείας στον σύγχρονο κόσµο του π. Ανδρέα Βυθούλκας <<Η σύγχρονη επιστήµη έχει αποδειχθεί ότι ένα από τα πιο σηµαντικά πράγµατα που µπορούµε να κάνουµε για να ζούµε υγιέστερα, ζωή ελεύθερη από καρκίνο και χωρίς φαρµακευτική αγωγή είναι να τρώµε σωστά και να ασκούµεθα. >>

Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit

APRIL 2013 THE ώρες ORTHODOX VISION 9:00 2 am April 2013 Weekday & Saturday Liturgies/ Καθηµερινές & Σαββάτου Λειτουργίας Sun








1 3rd Monday of Lent -Mary of Egypt -Martyrs Gerontius and Basilides

2 3rd Tuesday of Lent -Titus the Wonderworker Theodora the Virgin-martyr of Palestine

3 SERVICEPresanctified Liturgy 7:00 pm

4 3rd Thursday of Lent George of Maleon Plato the Studite

5 SERVICE3rd Salutations 7:00 pm

6 Third Saturday of Lent Eutychius, Pat. Of Constantinople 120 Martyrs of Persia

8 SERVICE Great Compline 7:00 pm

9 10 Bible Study 11 4th Tuesday of 7:00 pm 4th Thursday Lent 4th Wednesday of Lent

7 Sunday of the Holy Cross Holy Martyr Calliopius Tikhon, Pat. of Moscow

4th Monday of Lent Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus of the 70

3rd Wednesday of Lent / Nicetas

the Confessor / Joseph the Hymnographer


Martyrs Terence & Companions / Hieromartyr Gregory V of Constantinople

Martyr Antipas Pharmuthios the Anchorite

16 5th Tuesday of Lent

Martyr Crescens Hieromartyr Leonidas

Virgin Martyrs Agape, Chionia, & Irene

21 Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt Hieromartyr Januarius Maximian of Constantinople

22 SERVICE Great Compline 7:00 pm 6th Monday of Lent Theodore of Sykeon

23 24 Bible Study 25 6th Tuesday of 7:00 pm 6th Thursday Lent of Lent

28 Palm Sunday / FISH LUNCHEON after Church Services

29 Holy Monday NYMPHIOS SERVICES 7:00 PM

30 Holy


Jason & Sosipater of the 70

Martyr of Alex-


12 SERVICE 4th Salutations 7:00 pm

13 Fourth Saturday of Lent

4th Friday of Lent

Martin the Confessor

of Lent

Martyr Eupsychius Vadim the Righteous of Persia

15 5th Monday of Lent

14 Sunday of St. John Climacus -Aristarchus, Pudens, & Trophimus of the 70 -Thomais the

3rd Friday of Lent Claudios & Companions/ Theodora the

Great Martyr George


New Martyr Agyre

MEMORIALS Sunday April 14 James Mellas 1 year James Vlamis 20 years

17SERVICEPresanctified Liturgy 7:00 pm 5th Wednesday of Lent Hieromartyr Symeon

6th Wednesday of Lent Elizabeth the Wonderworker Savvas the General of Rome


Basil the Confessor / Mother Anthousa

18 5th Thursday of Lent


20 5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

-John the Righteous -Euthemios the Enlightener of Karelia

5th Friday of Lent -Martyr Paphnutius -George the Confessor

-Theodore Trichinas -Apostle Zachaias

26 6th Friday of Lent

Apostle and Evangelist Mark New Martyr Emmanuel and Companions

-Hieromartyr Basil of Amaseia - Glaphyra the Righteous




Sunday April 21 Maria Golfis Petros Roussas Nettie Poulos Athena Constantine

1 year 1 year 3 years 40 Days

READING & DECORATION OF THE EPITAPHIOS 9:30 am / Unnailing from the Cross the Lamentation Service 3:00 pm/ Procession of Epitaphios 7:00 pm


27 Lazarus Saturday 9:00 am Orthros & Liturgy - Holy Communion & Breakfast by PTO and making palms

MAY 4 HOLY SATURDAY Liturgy of St. Basil and Holy Communion 9:00 am/ Canon Prior to Resurrection 11:00 pm /THE RESURRECTION – LITURGY of St. Chrysostom 12 midnight

to 1:30 am/ EASTER MEAL OF LOVE right

APRIL 2013

The Benefit of Fasting in a Modern World by Father Andreas Vithoulkas


odern science has proven that one of the most important things we could do to live healthier, cancer free lives without medication is to eat right and exercise. Eating right means decreasing our over all consumption of total fats and meat and eating more fiber and vegetables. Switching from an animal based diet to a plant based diet. What some of you may know or not know is that this proven cancer preventing healthier life style is one which the Orthodox Church has followed from very early on in during her fasting periods.

An article in the Times that wrote about a study done with Monks on Mount Athos stated, “If you want to avoid cancer, live like a monk.” The report stated that since 1994, the monks have been regularly tested, and only two have developed prostate cancer, a rate less than one quarter of the international average. Their rate of lung and bladder cancer


was found to be zero. Life on Athos has changed little for the past 1043 years. Breakfast is hard bread and tea. Much of the day is chores – followed by supper, typically lentils, fruit and salad and evening prayers. Fasting comes under the heading of Asceticism, from the Greek "askesis," which indicates athletic training, exercise, practice, or discipline. Askesis could apply to any regimen or exercise with a goal of improvement-in performance, in manner of life, or in health and effectiveness of body and mind. Ascetic discipline may involve bodily renunciations (sexual chastity, food abstinence, or poverty) or contemplative disciplines (meditation or study). These are all areas of discipline which monks devote their lives to but also which we as lay people also can derive benefit from. The Church in her two thousand year experience with the human person has devised a way for us to live a healthier, purer life, both physically and spiritually through fasting. The type of fasting or food abstinence we practice during the fasting periods in the Orthodox Church is not total abstinence from food but eating specifically prescribed foods, which have been proven to ha ve ant i -cancer characteristics. These foods consist pr i ma r il y of whol e gr a i ns , vegetables and fruits. The Church understands the human person as a psycho-somatic unity body/soul and that the two parts should work harmoniously. The relationship between body and soul is symbiotic. The body and soul work together to achieve


sanctification and holiness. The body acts as a vehicle in this process of achieving theosis. If the body is working efficiently this assists the soul in achieving sanctification and in return the body is also transformed and sanctified. If the body is diseased or not functioning efficiently this can lead to spiritual ailments. Physical passions i.e. over -eating lead to spiritual passions. Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins because it is the cause of many other spiritual ailments according to St. John Climacus of the Ladder of Divine Ascent. In step fourteen, devoted to Gluttony he says, “the mind of a faster prays soberly, but the mind of an intemperate person is filled with impure idols.” Another fourth century Christian author wrote about fasting, “Observe what fasting does: it heals diseases, dries up bodily humors, casts out demons, chases away wicked thoughts, makes the mind clearer and the heart pure, sanctifies the body and places the person before the throne of God … For fasting is the life of the angels, and the one who makes use of it has angelic rank.” Pseudo-Athanasius fourth century. The type of food abstinence practiced in the Church is not about complete deprivation but more about careful management and training of the body and soul for a particular goal or way of life. The intention is not to destroy the body but make it function as efficiently as possible through ascetic discipline.

“Shall I not inform you of a beer act than fasng, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.”

APRIL 2013

Η αξία της νηστείας στον σύγχρονο κόσµο του π. Ανδρέα Βυθούλκας


σύγχρονη επιστήµη έχει αποδειχθεί ότι ένα από τα πιο σηµαντικά πράγµατα που µπορούµε να κάνουµε για να ζούµε υγιέστερα, ζωή ελεύθερη από καρκίνο και χωρίς φαρµακευτική αγωγή είναι να τρώµε σωστά και να ασκούµεθα. Σωστή τροφή σηµαίνει µείωση πάνω από όλα της κατανάλωσης ολικών λιπαρών και κρέατος και αύξηση της κατανάλωσης περισσότερο των δηµητριακών και λαχανικών. Μετάβαση από ζωική σε φυτική διατροφή. Ίσως ορισµένοι από εσάς να γνωρίζουν ή όχι ότι αυτό που έχει αποδειχθεί σαν υγιέστερη στάση ζωής για την πρόληψη του καρκίνου, είναι αυτή που η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία ακολούθησε κατά τη διάρκεια των περιόδων της νηστείας. Ένα άρθρο της εφηµερίδος Times δηµοσίευσε µια µελέτη που έγινε σε µοναχούς στο Άγιο Όρος ανέφερε, "Αν θέλετε να αποφύγετε τον καρκίνο, ζήστε σαν ένας µοναχός." Η έκθεση ανέφερε ότι από το 1994, σε τακτικές εξετάσεις των µοναχών, και µόνο δύο έχουν αναπτύξει καρκίνο του προστάτη, ένα ποσοστό µικρότερο από ένα τέταρτο του διεθνούς µέσου όρου. Το ποσοστό καρκίνου του πνεύµονα και κύστεως βρέθηκε να είναι µηδενικό. Η ζωή στο άγιο όρος έχει αλλάξει ελάχιστα τα τελευταία 1043 χρόνια. Το πρωινό φαγητό αποτελείται από σκληρό ψωµί και τσάι. Μεγάλο µέρος της ηµέρας περιλαµβάνει χειρονακτική εργασία – ακολουθούµενη από δείπνο, που συνήθως περιέχει φακές, φρούτα και σαλάτα και ακολουθεί προσευχή – το απόδειπνο. Ο ύπνος είναι λίγος, νωρίς το βράδυ, και η έγερση είναι προ του όρθρου. Η νηστεία εντάσσεται στην άσκηση, που σηµαίνει αθλητική εξάσκηση, εγρήγορση, ενασχόληση και πειθαρχία. Η άσκηση είναι θεραπευτική και προαγάγει το άτοµο που ασκείται στη ζωή του, την υγεία του, την αποτελεσµατικότητά του, τόσο στο σώµα όσο και την ψυχή. Η ασκητική πειθαρχία συνεπάγεται φυσική αποχή (αγνότητα, αποχή τροφίµων, φτώχεια) διανοητική πειθαρχία (έλεγχο του νου και µελέτη) και φυσική εργασία. Όλοι αυτοί είναι δραστηριότητες που όχι µόνο ο µοναχός αφιερώνει τη ζωή του, αλλά επίσης που εµείς, όλοι οι άνθρωποι επίσης, µπορούµε να αποκοµίσουµε σηµαντικά οφέλη.



Η εκκλησία, στη δισχιλιοστή εµπειρία της µε τον άνθρωπο, έχει επιδείξει τη µέθοδο για να επιβιώνουµε υγιέστερα και αγνότερα, τόσο σωµατικά όσο πνευµατικά δια της νηστείας. Ο τύπος της νηστείας, ή της αποχής από τρόφιµα που εφαρµόζουµε στις διάφορες περιόδους νηστείας στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, δεν είναι συνολική αποχή από τρόφιµα αλλά ειδική προδιαγραφόµενη διατροφή τροφίµων, τα οποία έχουν αποδειχθεί ότι έχουν σηµαντικότατα αντικαρκινικά χαρακτηριστικά. Τα τρόφιµα αυτά αποτελούνται κατά κύριο λόγο από δηµητριακά, λαχανικά και φρούτα. Η εκκλησία αντιλαµβάνεται τον άνθρωπο σαν ψυχοσωµατική ενότητα µε τα δύο αυτά µέρη σε αρµονική συνεργασία. Η σχέση σώµατος και ψυχής είναι συµβιωτική. Το σώµα και την ψυχή συνεργάζονται για την επίτευξη του αγιασµού και της αγιότητας. Το σώµα είναι το όχηµα στην πορεία επίτευξης της θέωσης. Όταν σώµα λειτουργεί αποτελεσµατικά σε αυτή την πορεία, βοηθά την ψυχή στην επίτευξη του αγιασµού και σε αντάλλαγµα το σώµα µετασχηµατίζεται και αγιάζεται. Όταν ο οργανισµός είναι ασθενικός µπορεί να κατευθύνει και το άτοµο σε πνευµατικές παθήσεις. Φυσικά πάθη όπως της υπερφαγίας και λαιµαργίας οδηγούν σε πνευµατικά πάθη. Η αδηφαγία είναι ένα από τα επτά θανάσιµα αµαρτήµατα, επειδή είναι αιτία πολλών πνευµατικών παθήσεων κατά τον άγιο Ιωάννη της κλίµακoς της θείας αναβάσεως. Στο δέκατο τέταρτο στάδιο που αφιερώνεται στην αδηφαγία αναφέρει ότι, "το µυαλό του νηστευτή προσεύχεται µε εγρήγορση, αλλά το µυαλό αχαλίνωτου γεµίζει είδωλα." Ένας άλλος συγγραφέας του τετάρτου αιώνα έγραψε για νηστείας, "παρατήρησε τι αποτελέσµατα έχει η νηστεία: επουλώνει ασθένειες, στεγνώνει σωµατική λύπη, διώχνει τους δαίµονες, αποµακρύνει πονηρές σκέψεις, καθαρίζει το µυαλό και την καρδιά, αγιάζει τον οργανισµό το σώµα και τοποθετεί τον άνθρωπο µπροστά στο θρόνο του Θεού … Η νηστεία είναι η ζωή των αγγέλων, και όποιος την κάνει πράξη αποκτά Αγγελική τάξη». Ο τύπος της αποχής από τα τρόφιµα που υιοθέτησε η εκκλησία δεν είναι η πλήρη στέρηση, αλλά η προσεκτική διαχείριση και η εκπαίδευση του σώµατος και της ψυχής για ένα συγκεκριµένο στόχο και το τρόπο ζωής. Η πρόθεση της εκκλησίας δεν είναι να καταστρέψει το σώµα αλλά να το θέσει σε αποτελεσµατική λειτουργία και όσο το δυνατόν σε ασκητική πειθαρχία.

“Prayer carries us half way to God, fasng brings us to the door of His palace, and alms-giving procures us admission.”

APRIL 2013

Our Parish by George Mourizakis -Parish Council President


e had a wonderful Apokriatiko Lunchen which , was sponsored by the Coclin family in remembrance of our dear Bessie Coclin. May her memory be everlasting. Also, I would like to thank Tom Hallas and Vangelis Gountas for cooking the meal, and all the ladies who helped us prepare and serve the meal. We are now ready for Lent— celebrating Kathara Deftera, beginning our fast, and attending our Lenten services. This is a busy season for our Parish, as all organizations are preparing for Easter. Please support their efforts as they work very hard to raise monies for different causes. Our annual Parade will take place in NY on April 7th, and I hope to see representatives from all organizations on 5th Avenue. It is a day of pride and joy for our Greek community, and we would like to have a strong attendance from our Parish, as we


celebrate our 100 years of existence. Help us make it the best one yet. Also, a new ministry started with their first meeting last month. “Love 1 Another” is a ministry which connects cancer patients, survivors, families and care givers- 1 to another. The goals and objectives of this ministry are to celebrate survivors and learn from their experiences, give an inside look at what it is to go through this dreaded disease, learn about early detection and prevention by inviting various speakers, talk about nutrition, insurance, and so many other topics—and of course, to Pray together. Another ministry that is taking shape and form is a Drama club for young children between grades 2-9. The program will run for two months, starting in April. The program is in partnership with TADA, a leading producer of professional quality youth theater in NYC. It will be strictly Drama based theater, and will include workshops that focus on the non-musical actor. Please consider having your children



ιορτάσαµε το αποκριάτικο γεύµα που ήταν δωρεάν από την οικογένεια Κοκαλιάρη στην µνήµη της Βασιλικής Κοκαλιάρη. Αιωνία η µνήµη της και ευχαριστούµε πάρα πολύ την οικογένειά της. Επίσης θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω τον Αναστάση Χαλλά και τον Βαγγέλη Γκούντα για το µαγείρεµα και όλες τις κυρίες που µας βοήθησαν µε την προετοιµασία και το σερβίρισµα του φαγητού. Είµαστε έτοιµοι για την Σαρακοστή, αρχίζοντας µε την Καθαρά ∆ευτέρα


join this exciting, new ministry. It is one- of -a-kind and offered for the first time here at Holy Trinity. Our Bible class is in full swing , and will be alternate with Pre-sanctified Liturgies on Wednesdays during Great Lent. I can’t help but include a portion from St. Paul’s “works” from the last class I attended: “Many human activities, good in themselves, are not good because of the motive for which they are done. For example fasting, vigils, prayer, act of charity and hospitality are by nature good. But when performed for the sake of self-esteem they are not good. In everything we do, God searches out our purpose to see whether we do it for Him or for some other motive…..” He bestows blessings only when something is done for the right purpose. Let’s all pray together. Being as it is the Sunday of Forgiveness today, as I write this article, I ask all of you for your forgiveness. Thank and God Bless

που αρχίζει η νηστεία και µε την Λειτουργία των Προηγιασµένων ∆ώρων και τους Χαιρετισµούς της Παναγίας. Είναι µία πολυάσχολη περίοδος για την ενορία µας, όπως όλες οι οργανώσεις ετοιµάζονται για το Πάσχα. Παρακαλούµε βοηθήστε όσο µπορείτε τις προσπάθειές του, που εργάζονται σκληρά να εξοικονοµήσουν χρήµατα για τις διάφορες εκδηλώσεις τους. Η ετήσια ελληνική παρέλαση θα γίνει την Κυριακή 7 Απριλίου στην Νέα Υόρκη και ελπίζω όλοι µας να ανταποκριθούµε ειδικά (Con!nued on page 6)

“Awake, thou wintry earth -Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness!”

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(Con!nued from page 5)

φέτος που η ενορία µας γιορτάζει τα 100της χρόνια. Είναι µία ηµέρα υπερηφάνειας και χαράς για την ελληνική κοινότητά µας. Ας κάνουµε το καλύτερο. Επίσης µία νέα οµάδα άρχισε µε την πρώτη συνάντησή τους «Αγάπη ο ένας για τον άλλον». Είναι µία οµάδα που έχει να κάνει µε άτοµα ασθενών µε καρκίνο, επιζώντες, µε τις οικογένειές του, και ειδικευµένους στον τοµέα αυτό. Ο σκοπός είναι να µοιρασθούν τις εµπειρίες τους και να µάθουν για την έγκαιρη διάγνωση και πρόληψη της ασθένειας, προσκαλώντας διάφορους οµιλητές για την σωστή διατροφή, υγιεινή και για πάρα πολλά άλλα θέµατα και φυσικά να προσευχηθούµε όλοι µαζί. Ένα άλλο πρόγραµµα που έχει αρχίσει είναι το «DRAMA CLUB» για παιδιά 2ης µε 9ης τάξης. Το πρόγραµµα αυτό είναι για δύο µήνες αρχίζοντας από τον Απρίλιο. Το πρόγραµµα αυτό είναι σε συνεργασία µε το ΤΑ∆Α µε το νεανικό θέατρο στη Νέα Υόρκη. Είναι καθαρώς δράµα βασισµένο θέατρο και θα περιλαµβάνει εργαστήρια που εστιάζουν πάνω στον

Daughters of Penelope by Helen Yeotsas, President


he Daughters of Chapter 41 would like to wish everyone "Kali Sarakosti"! A blessed Lenten season for one and all.

Our Sisters along with our Brothers in the AHEPA hosted the District wide Spring Conference this past month, right here at Holy Trinity. We had a great turnout,


ηθοποιό. Είναι ευκαιρία για όλα τα παιδιά να συµµετάσχουν. Είναι κάτι που προσφέρεται στην ενορία µας για πρώτη φορά. Τα µαθήµατα Αγίας Γραφής είναι σε πλήρη εξέλιξη και από την αρχή της Σαρακοστής θα γίνονται εν αλλάξει κάθε Τετάρτη µε την Λειτουργία των Προηγιασµένων ∆ώρων. Εσωκλείω µία παράγραφο από τον Απόστολο Παύλο από το τελευταίο µάθηµα πού ήµουν: «πολλές ανθρώπινες δραστηριότητες, καλές στον εαυτό τους, το κίνητρο για το οποίο γίνονται δεν είναι καλές. Για παράδειγµα, νηστεία, αγρυπνία, προσευχή, φιλανθρωπία, φιλοξενία είναι από τη φύση καλή. Αλλά όταν γίνεται για λόγους αυτοεκτίµησης δεν είναι καλοί. Σε ότι κάνουµε, ο Θεός αναζητεί τον σκοπό για τον οποίο γίνεται ή για κάποιο άλλο κίνητρο… απονέµει τις ευλογίες Του, µόνο όταν γίνεται για το σωστό σκοπό. Ας προσευχηθούµε όλοι µαζί. Την Κυριακή της συγχωρήσεως γράφοντας αυτά, ζητώ από όλους την συγχώρηση. Ευχαριστώ και ο Θεός µαζί µας.

particularly from our own community, and it was a great way to share fellowship and ideas with chapters in District 7. Thanks to all who attended! We are selling raffle tickets for our Spring Raffle, which is on Palm Sunday, April 28th. This year we are raffling off 10 Gift Cards to several local grocery stores, (values $25 and $50. This raffle replaces our Lamb and Ham raffle). Please support our kids by buying a ticket, just $1 each, and all proceeds go into our Scholarship fund. We are also having two "mini," ONE DAY drives this month, continuing our 26 Acts of Kindness pledge. There will be a Prom Dress drive on April 7th and

a Pet Food Drive on April 21st. (We are only collecting items on that one day). Please check out the flyers in the Vision this month, and in the weekly bulletin. If you can help, please do. You will be helping wonderful causes. Our Sisters are all participating in the 26 Acts pledge - via group projects, and also each in her own way. We are most interested in spreading this movement to other DOP Chapters, AHEPA, and to other organizations as well. Join in! It feels good to be kind! (Check out the Vision to see some of the things we've done so far!) Our Flower, Gift and Bake Sale is on again for Mother's Day weekend... check out the flyer in this month's Vision too!

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~William Shakespeare

APRIL 2013


Ladies Philoptochos Society Kalliope TsitsipasPresident


would like to thank everyone who participated in our Loukoumades Fundraiser. The money that was raised is for the needy, to prepare food baskets, and for many other things. A very special “Thank You” to Mina Pertesis and Angeliki Trimbalis for all their work on that day (they make the best loukoumades!). We would also like to thank Jim Coclin and his family for offering the luncheon on the day of Bessie’s 40 day memorial. We offer the family our deepest sympathy for the loss of our sister in Christ, friend, co-worker, Philoptochos board member, and past president. We presented the family with a plaque in honor of Bessie’s love

and devotion to helping those in need. Aionia tis H Mnimi. Thanks to all who made a donation to our Philoptochos in Bessie’s memory. On March 10th, at the Terrace on the Park, we attended the Philoptochos Agape Luncheon, which honored our Philoptochos members of 50 years or more! We are proud to announce that these dedicated members from our chapter were also honored at this event: Stella Capiris—who received a certificate by his Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios for having been a National and Diocese President. Also, Evangelia Exis, Evangelia Pappas, and Helen Vittorio were honored. We wish them kai se anotera , and thank them for their love, support, and devotion. The proceeds from this event were to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts and the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. The third shipment of our relief efforts for Greece is going to be picked up by the end of the month. We were able to prepare 50 boxes containing clothes, food, and per-

Sunday School by Eva Vaniotis, Director


unday of Orthodoxy: On March 24 - All Children stayed for the Divine Liturgy and received Holy Communion with their class. Children, who have not previously carried an Icon, were selected to follow the Icon Procession. Our many thanks to the PTO for the children’s Communion breakfast. Mission coin boxes will be given to all classes. This is a very special collection for the children in Sunday school, who are requested to fill the boxes with coins to support The Orthodox Christian Mission Center


sonal hygiene items for shipment. We would like to express our everlasting gratitude for our Holy Trinity family’s overwhelming support for this project. We thank Vicky Andriotis, Helen Spyrou, Miranda Baker, Eleftheria Fatsi, and Lena Protopapas for their help sorting and packing all the goods. The recipient of our efforts will be the Metropolis of Thessaloniki. Thanks to our GOYAns for asking us to join them at their tag sale, where we set up a table with our baked goods! Upcoming events are as follows: On Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th will be our Annual Easter Bake Sale. Please see the flyer in this issue for additional information. Also, I’d like to invite anyone who would like to help us bake. Please call me (203-9260137) or the Church office for info. We are also making plans to cook and serve at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Hope to see you all at our events!

(OCMC) who carry the message of God’s love to all the nations. The Mission Center, located in St. Augustine, Florida, sends Missionaries to many Mission Centers in different parts of the world to teach the Orthodox religion. Mission Boxes will be given out on Sunday, March 31 and to be returned as soon as possible APRIL CALENDAR April 7 Veneration of the Cross April 27 -Saturday of Lazarus BONUS DAY Holy Communion Breakfast by PTO Making Palms April 28 Palm Sunday -Family Worship MAY CALENDAR May 5 Easter – Family Worship JUNE 9 Sunday School Graduation

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring. “ ~Bern Williams

APRIL 2013


Around the Parish by Stella Capiris


he Apokreatiko Luncheon was most delicious, and we thank the cooks for all their efforts. This luncheon was sponsored by the Coclin Family in memory of one of our most dedicated parishioners, Bessie Coclin. May her Memory be forever eternal! The first day of Lent (Clean Monday) was celebrated with our youth observing the traditional kite flying. Those attending brought their favorite Lenten dishes and the hostess committee, the P.T.O., also served their own Lenten dishes. It is amazing how many delicious Lenten dishes there are. The Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Lent, was celebrated with the beautiful procession of the Icons. Follow the schedule listed in this issue of the Vision for all the Lenten Services. If you would like to donate Easter Lilies

($30.00 each) for Holy PaschaEaster, kindly contact the Church Office, or fill out and return the form that is included in this issue. The Philoptochos will do their annual Easter Bake Sale for all your needs so don't forget to place your orders. The Daughters arc sponsoring a Spring Raffle. They will raffle off Gift Cards to local grocery storesfive - $25 Gift cards and five - $50 gift cards to a variety of local grocery stores. This fundraiser will go towards their Scholarship Fund. They are also planning their annual Mother's Day flower, bake, and gift sale, so please place on your calendars and remember to stop by and select gifts for your loved ones. Happy Birthday to Necktaria Rountos, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday. She was vacationing in Puerto Rico when all her family - her children and grandchildren - arrived unexpectedly, without her knowledge, to surprise her for her birthday. To say she was stunned is putting it mildly. What a lovely surprise for her. We wish her many more happy birth-


days with her lovely family! Good health to all of them. Congratulations to Elefteria Kastanaras, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Kastanaras, who is spending her third college semester in Florence, Italy. Elefteria is an excellent student, and we wish her much success in all her future studies. The Direct Archdiocesan District of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is once again sponsoring their summer camp Saint Paul in Connecticut during the month of July. If interested in sending your child, please call 212-774-0412. Registration has already begun. The Community wishes to express their good wishes to Nick Fatibene and Jimmy Leach, both recovering from recent surgery. We are delighted to learn that all went well for both of them. Perastika! The Community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Athena Constantine on her recent death. Athena was a long-time parishioner. May her Memory be Forever Eternal.

Daughters of Penelope—Acts of Kindness for the Month of April 26 Acts “ Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for each precious life lost. An act of kindness, big or small. Are you in?” Ann Curry

9. Prom Dress drive to benefit Project Hope (helping needy High School girls in Connecticut) 10. Pet Food Drive for "The Animal Center" in Newtown 11. Made a donation to "Penelope's Place" - a shelter for battered women in Brocton, MA. 12. Gave a needy stranger money for train fare 13. Donated food to Bridgeport Rescue Mission 14. Lit a candle and said a prayer for someone who is sick 15. Coordinating a Used book drive, (coming soon!) to help children who can't afford to purchase new books

“The earth laughs in flowers.” - E.E. Cummings

Come Join Father Andrea & Our Choir for a Western Good Friday Inter-Faith Service at Golden Hill United Methodist Church 210 Elm Street , Bridgeport

March 29, 2013 12:00— 3:00 pm

For more informaon, please contact: Maria Mourizakis at 203.373.0580

Easter Lilies - Donaon Loving offering Name: ___________________

DONATION: $30.00 EACH I would like to donate _______Lilies for the Holy Pascha – Easter. Please return this form with your donaon to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 4070 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604


Church of Our Saviour 2195 Westchester Ave. East Rye, NY 10580 Saturday, April 13, 2013 9 am to 4 pm ALL engaged and even married coupled from throughout the NY/CT area are invited to participate in a one-day Marriage Preparation Seminar. Engaged, newlyweds and those blessed with many years of marriage can definitely benefit from this special day which will afford you the opportunity to explore your relationship and strengthen your marriage. This exciting and rewarding program, as described by those who attended in February and November, will feature Clinical Family Therapist, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, professor of Pastoral Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology, and will end with a prayer service, drawing all to renewal of faith, love and commitment. Please mark your calendar. The fee is $100.00 per couple, and will include materials, lunch and snacks. Pre-registration is required. Contact Father Elias - for more information. Call Kathy at the Church Office (914) 967-2838 for a registration form or her e-mail address is

Saturday, April 27th


To order, please call either Holy Trinityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;203.374.5561, Angeliki Georgakopoulosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;203.268.3196, or Kalliope Tsistsipas at 203.926.0137. Pick up will be Saturday, April 27th, between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm, and Sunday, April 28th between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Philoptochos Easter Offering Please help us to stock our food pantry and prepare

Gift Baskets for the Needy Our pantry is in need of the following items:

Please bring your items to the Church or Contact Kalliope Tsitsipas for more info: 203.926.0137 . Please label your contribution as “PhilptochosEaster Baskets.”

Rice Pasta Sauce Canned Vegetables Olive Oil Cake or muffin mixes Crackers Cranberry Sauce Non-dairy Creamer Peanut Butter & Jelly Pasta Canned Soup Cookies Vinegar Canned Sweet Potatoes Chocolates

Coffee/Tea Canned Fruit Toothpaste/toothbrushes Shampoo & Soap


SCHOLARSHIPS 2013 1. Athletic Committee Scholarship 2. Philoptochos Scholarship 3. PTO Scholarship 4. Stavroula Rountos Memorial Scholarship 5. Nicholas & Alexandra Keffas Memorial Scholarship. 6. Frossie Trigonis Memorial Scholarship 7. Harriett Chirigos Memorial Scholarship 8. Irene Mellas Memorial Scholarship 9. Pamela & Dean Hatzis Memorial Scholarship 10.Maria Skenderis Isola Memorial Scholarship 11.Sophia Vlantes Memorial Scholarship 12.Georgia Demont/Pappas Scholarship for High School girls students 13.Georgia Demont/Pappas for women who are currently matriculated or have been accepted as undergraduates or graduate College or university. 14.GOYA SCHOLARSHIP 15.AHEPA SCHOLARSHIP 16.DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE SCHOLARSHIP 17. FORCC SCHOLARSHIP— Please Call Eva Vaniotis (203) 374-0013.

DEADLINE IS MAY 11, 2013 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS can be obtained at the Church Office.

Holy Trinity Centennial Anniversary Celebration Saturday, November 30th, 2013 – Holiday Inn, Bridgeport, Connecticut

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2013-2014 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NEW YORK - Applications and instructions for the three scholarships administered by the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are now available for awards to be made for the 2013-2014 academic year. Two of these scholarships are for undergraduate studies: the George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta Scholarship; the third one is the Paleologos Graduate Scholarship, which is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from our Orthodox Community. The deadline for applying for all three is APRIL 26, 2013. Further details, including complete instructions and applications, are available on-line on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at archdiocese/administration/chancellor/2013. Applications may also be requested by e-mail at or by written request to the Scholarship Committee, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 8-10 East 79th Street, New York, NY, 10075.

The Official Monthly Publica!on of Holy Trinity April 2013— Issue #278

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The Orthodox Vision - April 2013 Issue #278  

The Official Monthly publication of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Bridgeport, Connecticut

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