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IN THIS ISSUE Resurrection: A Time for Joy and New Beginnings ―Even though change is a natural process, we are often reluctant to accept change in our lives, since we seek stability. Change can be scary, but change is important in our physical lives and also in our spiritual lives. Growth is impossible without change.‖

by Fr. Andreas Vithoulkas

The Ascension of Jesus ―...Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, He ascended into heaven. ―

―Come and See.‖


LITURGY HOURS / ΩΡΔ΢ ΛΔΙΣΟΤΡΓΙΑ΢ (ΚΤΡΙΑΚΔ΢) THE ORTHODOX VISION 2 ORTHROS: 8:30 DIVINE LITURGY,SERMONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS: 9:45AM – 11:30AM SATURDAY & WEEKDAY LITURGY HOURS / ΚΑΘΗΜΔΡΙΝΔ΢ & ΢ΑΒΒΑΣΟΤ ΩΡΔ΢ ΛΔΙΣΟΤΡΓΙΑ΢ : 8:30 AM

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Weekday Services: Thursday May 24 Holy Ascension Ιεπέρ Ακολοςθίερ: Πέκπηε 24 Μαΐνπ Αλαιήςεσο

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Meetings Bible Class— Every Wednesday— 7:00 pm Choir Practice– Every Tuesday7:00pm Philoptochos – Tuesday May 8, 7:00pm Events / Activities Friday,May 4- Festival of Tables

Sunday, May 6- General Assembly Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13 Flowers Sale – Daughters of Penelope Sunday, May 20- Sunday School Commencement Ceremonies - Goya Car Wash June 1, 2, and 3— Annual Olympiad Festival

MEMORIALS Sunday, May 20, 2012 Cleanthes Tsorvas - 1 year Nettie Poulos - 2 years Sunday, May 27, 2012 Petros Roussas - 40 Days

A Mother is the Truest Friend A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Submitted by Vicky Andriotis— by Washington Irving— American Author—1783– 1859 - This work is in the public domain

Presidential Proclamation Mother’s Day

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enerations of mothers have labored tirelessly and selflessly to support and guide their children and families. Their loving, devoted efforts have broadened horizons for their children and opened doors of opportunity for our Nation's daughters and granddaughters. On Mother's Day, we pay tribute to these women who have given so much of themselves to lift up our children and shape America's character. Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words for the song The Battle Hymn of the Republic, led early efforts to

Memorial Day - Monday May 28, 2012 Cemetery visits Lakeview: 9:30 am Gate of Heaven: 11:00 am Mt. Grove: 12:15 pm Oak Lawn: 1:00 pm

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establish a day honoring the influence of mothers on our lives and communities. In the ensuing decades, many Americans rallied to support this cause, including Anna Jarvis. After the loss of her own mother, Anna helped spur the nationwide institution of Mother's Day we celebrate each year. From our first moments in this world and throughout our lives, our mothers protect us from harm, nurture our spirits, and encourage us to reach for our highest aspirations. Through their unwavering commitment, they have driven and inspired countless acts of leadership, compassion, and service across our country. Many mothers have struggled to raise children while pursuing their careers, or as single parents working to provide for their families. They have carried the torch of trailblazers past, leading by powerful example and overcoming obstacles so their sons and daughters could reach their fullest potential. ... Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by two parents, a single mother... a step-mom, a grandmother, or a guardian. Mother's Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate these extraordinary caretakers, mentors, and providers who have made us who we are. As we honor today's mothers, we also reflect upon the memory of those who have passed, and we renew our commitment to living the values they cultivated in us. The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as "Mother's Day" and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance. Submitted by Vicky Andriotis/ www.whitehouse.gov/ Presidential Proclamation--Mother's Day-2010


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The Resurrection: A Time for Joy and New Beginnings by Father Andreas Vithoulkas Christos Anesti! "For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born a time to die."

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photo courtesy of Michael Hasiotis The Resurrection Service & The Divine Liturgy—Pascha 2012 photo courtesy of Michael Hasiotis

his line from the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that our lives are in constant change. As we experience the change of seasons, we are reminded that our lives follow a similar pattern. Even though change is a natural process, we are often reluctant to accept change in our lives, since we seek stability. Change can be scary, but change is important in our physical lives and also in our spiritual lives. Growth is impossible without change. In the past year, there have been many changes at our Church. At first glance, these changes seem to be very negative and undeserved. These changes may have challenged your faith to its very core, and you may have even questioned God, but questioning God and being challenged in our faith can be a good thing from time to time, since it helps to revitalize and strengthen our faith once again. Remember, the Gospel tells us that Peter had denied the Lord three times. Thomas doubted, and all the disciples had forsaken Him. It was not until they were reunited with

the Resurrected Lord that they fully believed and stopped doubting; and even then, when they first saw the Resurrected Christ, they stood and gazed in astonishment. It's normal to doubt. That's what makes us human. Change is the current challenge of our parish. We must embrace change in order to grow spiritually as a family and move forward, whether it's subtle changes in the services, such as going outside for Anastasi, which has always been a custom in Greek Orthodox Churches and most Orthodox Churches, or changes in our social aspects of the Church. Orthodox priests all keep the same general liturgical practices, but as individuals, we add individual and inspirational nuances of our own, enhancing the spiritual life of the community. One man got so upset with the idea of going outside this year that he approached me afterwards and exclaimed, "Father, this is not the way we do it at Holy Trinity, and if you don't like it, go back to New York!" These changes can, at first, seem inconvenient or intimidating, but when embraced, can prohibit complacency and

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stagnation and lead to new levels of community and foster spiritual growth. Thus, it is not my desire to "go back" to New York. In fact, it is not my desire to go "back" at all, but to move forward, embrace this time of change, and grow together as a spiritual family in Christ. With this said, I urge and invite everyone who may have left and been doubting their Church, their faith, and even God, to return home to grow with us again in our journey as

a parish. This year, the words of the closing hymn of the Resurrection Matins service really spoke to my heart; "It is the day of the Resurrection; let us be radiant in the festival, And let us embrace one another. Let us embrace one another. Let us say, O brethren, even to those who hate us: Let us forgive all things on the Resurrection." The hymn is a call to heartcentered intimacy; a call to forgive everything— past and present - in the spirit of the never ending JOY of our Saviour's Holy Resurrection, even those who "hate" us. Equally as important is the notion of embracing change. The Resurrection emphasizes a new beginning for the life of the Orthodox Christian. Going through Lent, Holy Week, confession, Communion, and witnessing the Resurrection means we start our lives anew, each and every year. It is a new chance and new beginning where our sins and our slates are wiped clean. It is not a time of death, as much as it is a time of (Continued on page 4)


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birth, a birth of how we are to conduct our lives in the coming year, which requires both examination and CHANGE. So, please help me in this journey of change that our parish is undergoing. I feel very optimistic about the future of our parish and that the necessary changes we have to make to move forward will make us an even stronger community than before, both in numbers and spiritually. I thank you all for supporting and attending the Holy Week, Resurrection, and Agape services. Change and spiritual growth is not possible without your love and support of the Church. I would also like to thank those who made our first Paschal journey together a memorable one. My family and I would like to thank you for welcoming us with such open arms.

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Many of you contributed countless hours helping, decorating, and attending services. Many have noticed some wonderful improvements to our Church, such as new altar covers and cabinetry. I would like to thank the anonymous donors and seamstresses who sewed the covers. I would like to especially thank John T. Stevens for the architectural design for the new cabinets in the altar and Christopoulos Designs who worked very hard in order to have them built for Easter. The Church looked beautiful, and the choir sounded heavenly! In light of the Resurrection and Paschal Season, I urge all to forgive one another, as Christ has forgiven us. We need to forgive past grievances, open our hearts to everyone, and embrace the bright future of our parish not only for ourselves, but also for our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit— Commemorated on June 3rd Acts 2:1-21,41 ESV:

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hen the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine." But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel ―'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' …So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls. Submitted by V. Andriotis—The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles


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ηνπ π. Ανδπέα Βςθούλκαρ «Ἀναζηάζεωρ ἡμέπα, καὶ λαμππςνθῶμεν ηῇ πανηγύπει, καὶ ἀλλήλοςρ πεπιπηςξώμεθα. Δἴπωμεν ἀδελθοί, καὶ ηοῖρ μιζοῦζιν ἡμᾶρ· ΢ςγσωπήζωμεν πάνηα ηῇ Ἀναζηάζει …»

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επραξηζηήζσ ηδηαηηέξσο ηνπο αλσλύκνπο δσξεηάο ησλ θαιπκάησλ ηεο Αγίαο Σξαπέδεο ζηελ εθθιεζία καο θαη ηηο θπξίεο πνπ ηα έξαςαλ. Δπηπιένλ, ζα ήζεια λα επραξηζηήζσ ηδηαηηέξσο ηελ Christopoulos Designs γηα ηα λέα ληνπιάπηα ζην Ηεξό. Δξγάζηεθαλ πνιύ ζθιεξά γηα λα είλαη έηνηκα ην Πάζρα.

Οξηζκέλνη από εζάο κπνξεί λα έρεηε επίζεο παξαηεξήζεη θάπνηεο αιιαγέο ζρεηηθά κε ηηο αθνινπζίεο θαη λα αλαξσηήζεθαλ γηα ηελ αηηία ηεο δηαθνξάο. Γηα παξάδεηγκα ε έμνδνο από ηνλ λαό γηα ηελ Αλάζηαζε είλαη έλα πνιύ δηαδεδνκέλν έζηκν ζηηο πεξηζζόηεξεο Διιελνξζόδνμεο ελνξίεο. Μεξηθνί έηνο, ηα ιόγηα ηνπ ύκλνπ πνπ θαηαθιείεη ηνλ ελνξίηεο κε ξώηεζαλ γηαηί λα θάλνπκε θάπνηα Αλαζηάζηκν όξζξν κίιεζαλ πξαγκαηηθά πξάγκαηα δηαθνξεηηθά από ην παξειζόλ; Έλαο ζηελ θαξδηά κάιηζηα κνπ κνπ. Δίλαη θιήζε είπε όηη δελ θαξδηνθεληξηθήο θ ά λ ν π κ ε νηθεηόηεηαο, κη α Αλάζηαζε κε θιήζε γηα λα απηόλ ηνλ ηξόπν ζπγρσξήζνπκε ηα ζηελ Αγία πάληα – ζην παξειζόλ Σξηάδα θαη όηη θαη ζην παξόλ - ππό ζα πξέπεη λα ην πλεύκα ηεο άπεηξεο γπξίζσ ζηε Nέα ΥΑΡΑ΢ ηεο Yόξθε. Όπσο Αλαζηάζεσο ηνπ ό ι ν η ΢σηήξα καο, αθόκε γλσξίδνπκε, θαη ζε όζνπο καο όινη νη ηεξείο κηζνύλ. δηαηεξνύλ ηελ ίδηα ιεηηνπξγηθή Απηέο νη ιέμεηο πξαθηηθή, αιιά αληερνύλ από ηελ ζαλ άηνκα έκθαζε πνπ ν πξνζζέηνπκε Good Friday 2012 επίζθνπόο καο ηελ πξνζσπηθή photos courtesy of Michael Hasiotis Αληώληνο έζεζε θαηά καο απόρξσζε ηε Μεγάιε Σξίηε· ηελ πνπ πηζηεύνπκε επηηαθηηθή αλάγθε γηα ζπγρώξεζε θαη ζπκθηιίσζε ζηε ζα εκπλέζεη θαη βειηηώζεη ηελ πλεπκαηηθή δσή ηεο δσή καο, πξνθεηκέλνπ λα πξνρσξήζνπκε ζην κέιινλ. Κνηλόηεηαο. Οη αιιαγέο απηέο ίζσο λα μαθλνηάδνπλ Κίλεζε πξνο ηα εκπξόο κε ην πλεύκα ηεο Αλαζηάζεσο αιιά όηαλ ηηο απνδερζνύκε κπνξεί λα νδεγήζνπλ ζε ηεο εθθιεζία καο, γηα πλεπκαηηθή νπζηαζηηθή λέα επίπεδα ηεο Κνηλόηεηαο θαη λα πξνάγνπλ ηελ αλαγέλεζε. πλεπκαηηθή αλάπηπμε. Γη᾽ απηό ε ιεηηνπξγηθή δηαθνξνπνίεζε βνεζά ζηελ απνηξνπή ηνπ Σόζν εγώ, όζν ε πξεζβπηέξα Αλζνύια, ν Νίθνο θαη εθεζπραζκνύ θαη ηεο ζηαζηκόηεηαο ν Πέηξνο, ήκαζηαλ πιεκπξηζκέλνη από ραξά γηνξηάδνληαο θέηνο ηελ Αλάζηαζε ηνπ Κπξίνπ καο κε Τπό ην θσο ηεο αλαζηάζεσο, παξνηξύλσ όινπο γηα όινπο εζάο! Δπραξηζηνύκε όινπο ηνπο εζεινληέο πνπ ζπγρώξεζε κεηαμύ καο, όπσο ν Υξηζηόο καο ζπγρσξεί ζπλέβαιαλ ζηελ πξαγκαηνπνίεζε ηεο Παζραιηλήο θαη καο πεξηκέλεη ζηελ αγθάιε ηνπ. Έρνπκε αλάγθε πνξείαο λα είλαη αμέραζηε. Πνιινί από ζάο ζπζίαζαλ λα ζπγρσξέζνπκε παξειζνύζεο πηθξίεο θαη λα ακέηξεηεο ώξεο βνεζώληαο, δηαθνζκώληαο θαη αλνίμνπκε ηα ρέξηα θαη ηελ θαξδηά καο ζε όινπο, παξαθνινπζώληαο ηηο αθνινπζίεο ηεο Δθθιεζίαο καο. εηδηθά δε ζε εθείλνπο πνπ εγθαηέιεηςαλ ηελ Αγία Πνιινί από εζάο ζα έρεηε ίζσο παξαηεξήζεη Σξηάδα θαηά ην παξειζόλ. ΢αλ Πξντζηάκελνο ηεο ζαπκάζηεο αηζζεηηθέο θαη πλεπκαηηθέο βειηηώζεηο ζηελ Αγίαο Σξηάδνο ζαο πξνζθαιώ λα επαλέιζεηε. Μαο εθθιεζία καο κε ηα θαηλνύξηα θαιύκαηα ηεο Αγίαο ιείςαηε θαη ζαο αγαπνύκε. Σξαπέδεο θαη ησλ ινηπώλ ζθεπώλ. Θα ήζεια λα Γνμαζηηθόλ Αλαζηάζεσο εηο ήρνλ Πιάγηνλ ηνπ Πξώηνπ

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The Ascension of Jesus Commemorated on May 24

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he Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on the fortieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter). Since the date of Pascha changes each year, the date of the Feast of the Ascension changes. The Feast is always celebrated on a Thursday. The Feast itself commemorates when, on the fortieth day after His Resurrection, Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, He ascended into heaven. Biblical Story And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ―which,‖ He said, ―you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.‖ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ―Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?‖ And He said to them, ―It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.‖ Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ―Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.‖ (Acts 1:4-11 NKJV)

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Icon of the Feast The icon shows that as Christ was raised from the dead in a physical body. He departs physically from this earth in His Ascension to the Father in glory. This is manifested in the icon by His throne, and once again the halo that surrounds Him. The concentric circles here are a symbol of the high heavens. He goes ahead to abide in that Kingdom which is to come, to sit at the Father's right hand. He is accompanied by angels who are the expression of His glory and greatness and also are a symbol of the Kingdom of Heaven. The emphasis in the Gospel narratives of this event, as well as in the liturgical texts and in the icons itself, is, as we see, not on the figure of Christ, but on those that stand below Him. This group represents the Church, which He visibly leaves on earth. The icon speaks of the establishment of the Body of Christ and the relationship to Her head, which is Christ. The group consists of the twelve apostles, but also the Theotokos and St. Paul, two that are not in the Gospel narrative. The inclusion of them is a good example of how the icon transcends time. It cannot be read as an actual illustration or "newspaper photo." Rather, it reveals to us what is more important for our understanding of the Ascension of our Lord and the establishment of the Church. The Theotokos stands as the central axis of the group which is her place in the Church. The Apostles' gesture and turn their heads upward towards the source of Life of the Church. "Come let us rise and turn our eyes and thoughts on high..." (Ascension Canon). With His right hand He blesses them. Christ had told them, "If I do not go away, The Counselor will not come to you" (Jn 16:17), and even as He leaves He says, "Lo, I am with your always" (Mt. 28:20). The Kontakion describes the icon very well: "When Thou didst fulfill the dispensation for our sake, and unite earth to heaven, Thou didst ascend in glory O Christ our God not being parted from those who love Thee, but remaining with them and crying : I am with you and no one will be against you." All this is to say that the icon, as well I as the feast itself, looks to and is fulfilled in the Pentecost; He goes that He might send the Holy Spirit. (Continued on page 7)

“No painter's brush, nor poet's pen In justice to her fame has ever reached half high enough to write a mother's name.” - unknown


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Within these two icons we see the mystery of Christ's saving work. He has filled all things with Himself and by so doing unites earth we are made partakers with Him of the divine life. In our baptism we partake in His death, and it is He alone who pulls us up out of the depths of Hades. "Today Thou dost ascend in glory from the Mount of Olives. Thou hast shared our human nature.

THE ORTHODOX VISION Today Thou hast raised it up to the Father's throne on high . . ." (Aposticha of Ascension.) Orthodox Christian Celebration of the Feast This Feast of our Lord is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, which is conducted on the day of the Feast and preceded by the Matins service. A Great Vespers is conducted on the evening before the day of the Feast. Scripture readings for the

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he heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:11-31 ESV) Famous Biblical Mothers Naomi—She was the Mother-in-law of Ruth. Ruth accompanied Naomi to her homeland saying 'Where you go, I will go, where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.' She guided her daughter in law into a marriage with Boaz.

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Feast are the following: At Vespers: Isaiah 2:2-3, 62:10-63:9; Zechariah 14:1,4,8-11. At the Orthros (Matins) Mark 16:9-20; At the Divine Liturgy: Acts 1:1-12; Luke 24:36-53. Submitted by V. Andriotis— sources: goarch.org , dce.oca.org, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Hannah— She was the wife of Elkanah. She was childless for many years, but after much prayer, became mother to Samuel the prophet. She dedicated him to the Lord and brought him a linen ephod every year. After Samuel, she became mother to three more sons and two daughters. 1 Samuel 1; 2:1, 21 Elizabeth—She was the Mother of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord. She was Mary's cousin and a godly woman who in her old age, God allowed her to give birth. Sarah—She is the wife of Abraham and gave birth to Isaac when she was over 100 years old. Isaac was the father of Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Mary—She is the Mother of Jesus and it often remembered for her answer faith when she asnwered the angel Gabriel. 'I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said.' (Luke 1:38) Bathsheba- She was the mother of Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. She is mentioned in Jesus' family tree - Matthew 1:6 -'whose mother had been Uriah's wife.' Eve—She is known as the "Mother of mankind" because she was the very first mother. Rebekah—She ensured that the more righteous son, Jacob, receive the patriarchal blessing from his father, as the Lord intended (Genesis 27). Rachel—She was the mother of Joseph who had a coat of many colors. Submitted by V. Andriotis– Scripture fromThe Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, and www.creativeyouideas.com under creative commons license:attribution

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. “ - Tenneva Jordan


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Our Parish by George Mourizakis -Parish Council President C h ri st i s R i s en ! hat a wonderful sight it was to see all of you on Holy Week. The Church was full to capacity with young and old celebrating our Lord’s Resurrection. Celebrating the Anastasi outside brought me back to my childhood years in Greece . The weather was co-operating and what an Easter it was. Everyone contributed in many ways, which made Holy Week so special. I would like to thank Father Andrea for making it a memorable Easter by bringing back many of the traditions of our Church. I hope to see those kinds of crowds every Sunday. I would like to see our Church filled to capacity at every Liturgy. In these happy days of the Anastasi, it disturbs me to hear people’s negative comments towards me, personally, and towards some members of the Parish Council. After all that we’ve been through, and after all the countless hours I devote to our Parish, I cannot believe that people are still at it. As I’ve said in the past, if there are people who have a personal issue with me, and have something better in mind, then come forward and speak with me. Poisoning and spoiling events with those negative comments has to stop. I want them personally to come to me and express those feelings. We have to focus our energy on more positive things in order to move forward. Right now, we are focusing on the small things, and in the meantime, missing the big picture. Our attention should be on the expansion of our parish by spreading our faith, as Saint Paul did, and especially to nonOrthodox. Become a missionary of our faith, and do not keep it a secret. I do understand that it must be

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Daughters of Penelope—Easter Food Baskets for families in need—photo courtesy of Patricia Stevens

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difficult for some of you, after 30 years of having the same priest, to come to Church and see changes. However, we must remember that the Liturgy itself is the same, but some things change with a new priest. As you all know, when a change in management occurs within your work environment, some things will be done differently. Let’s stay open to change and embrace it. I invite all paid stewards to our Spring General Assembly meeting on May 6th. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the appropriate forum to express them. We are planning a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Saint Paul on May 17th to venerate the tearing Icons. Please join us. Call the office for reservations and further details. As you all know, our festival is fast approaching. Save the dates. They are: June 1st, 2nd, 3rd. All preparations are well under way. All parishioners have been sent raffle tickets to sell. Please don’t forget them in your desk drawer! Fill them out and return them to us. It is a major source of income to our Festival. As every year, I plead with all of you to offer either your physical or monetary support (or both) during the festival days. Please volunteer your time and talents to ensure a successful event. Our Ladies, our cooks, and all of our volunteer staff works very hard during the weeks leading to the main event. We would love to see new faces getting involved in the various departments. Please help spread the word to your friends and coworkers about our annual tradition. We have secured the parking in all adjacent properties, which includes: Fitness 4000, JCC, Discovery Magnet school, and Veteran’s Park. We need all the help we can get during preparation week, as it is short by a day this year (Memorial Day). Thank you and God bless.

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Η ΔΝΟΡΙΑ ΜΑ΢ ΓΔΩΡΓΗΟ΢ ΜΟΤΡΗΕΑΚΖ΢, ΠΡΟΔΓΡΟ΢ Υξηζηόο Αλέζηε! η ππέξνρν ζέακα λα δoύκε όινπο εζάο ηελ Μεγάιε Δβδνκάδα. Ζ Δθθιεζία καο ήηαλ γεκάηε κε ηελ παξνπζία κηθξώλ θαη κεγάισλ γηα λα γηνξηάζνπκε όινη καδί ηελ Αλάζηαζε ηνπ Κπξίνπ καο. Με έθεξε πίζσ ζηα παηδηθά κνπ ρξόληα ζηελ Διιάδα λα γηνξηάδνπκε ηελ Αλάζηαζε έμσ ζην πξναύιην ηεο Δθθιεζίαο. Ο θαηξόο ήηαλ επλντθόο θαη ό θόζκνο εμήιζε ηνπ λανύ γηα λα γηνξηάζεη. Ο θαζέλαο καο ζπλεηζθέξεη κε πνιινύο ηξόπνπο θαζηζηώληαο ηελ Μεγάιε Δβδνκάδα ηόζν μερσξηζηή. Θα ήζεια λα επραξηζηήζσ ηνλ Παηέξα Αλδξέα γη α ε λ α αμέ ρ αζ η ν Π άζ ρα , θέξλνληαο πίζσ πνιιέο από ηηο παξαδόζεηο ηεο Δθθιεζίαο καο. Διπίδσ λα δσ ηα πιήζε θάζε Κπξηαθή. Θα ήζεια λα δσ ηελ εθθιεζία καο λα είλαη έηζη γεκάηε ζε θάζε Θεία Λεηηνπξγία. ΢ε απηέο ηηο επηπρηζκέλεο κέξεο ηεο Αλάζηαζεο κε ελνριεί λα αθνύσ αξλεηηθά ζρόιηα ησλ αλζξώπσλ πξνο εκέλα πξνζσπηθά θαη νξηζκέλα κέιε ηνπ Δλνξηαθνύ ΢πκβνπιίνπ. Μεηά από όζα έρνπκε πεξάζεη θαη όιεο ηηο ακέηξεηεο ώξεο πνπ αθηεξώλνπλ γηα ηελ Δλνξία καο, δελ κπνξώ λα πηζηέςσ όηη απηνί νη άλζξσπνη είλαη αθόκε ζην ίδην θεθάιαην. Δάλ έρνπλ έλα πξόβιεκα κε εκέλα πξνζσπηθά θαη όπσο είπα θαη ζην παξειζόλ αλ έρνπλ θάηη θαιύηεξν ζην κπαιό ηνπο λα έιζνπλ πξνο ηα εκπξόο θαη λα κνπ κηιήζνπλ. Με ην λα δειεηεξηάδνπλ θαη λα θαηαζηξέθνπλ εθδειώζεηο κε αξλεηηθά ζρόιηα πξέπεη λα ζηακαηήζεη. Σνπο ζέισ πξνζσπηθά

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Good Friday—2012 photo courtesy of Michael Hasiotis

λα έξζνπλ ζε κέλα θαη λα εθθξάζνπλ ηα ζπλαηζζήκαηα ηνπο. Πξέπεη λα εζηηάζνπκε ηελ ελέξγεηά καο ζε ζεηηθά πξάγκαηα γηα λα πξνρσξήζνπκε κπξνζηά. Δπηθεληξσλόκαζηε ηώξα ζε κηθξά πξάγκαηα θαη ράλνπκε ηε κεγάιε εηθόλα. Ζ πξνζνρή καο πξέπεη λα είλαη πξνο ηελ θαηεύζπλζε ηεο επέθηαζεο ηεο ελνξίαο καο, κε ηελ εμάπισζε ηελ πίζηε καο ζε κενξζόδνμνπο, όπσο εθαλε ν Απόζηνινο Παύινο . Να είζηε έλαο ηεξαπόζηνινο γηα ηε δηάδνζε ηεο πίζηεο καο θαη λα κελ ην θξαηάηε κπζηηθό. Καηαιαβαίλσ όηη πξέπεη λα είλαη δύζθνιν γηα θάπνηνπο από εζάο κεηά από 30 ρξόληα κε ην ίδην ηεξέα λα πάηε ζηελ εθθιεζία θαη λα δείηε αιιαγέο. Να ζπκάζηε ε Λεηηνπξγία είλαη ε ίδηα αθξηβώο κεξηθά πξάγκαηα αιιάδνπλ κνλν κε έλα λέν ηεξέα. Όπσο όινη γλσξίδεηε κέζα ζην πεξηβάιινλ ηεο εξγαζίαο ζαο, όηαλ επέξρεηαη αιιαγή ζηε δηαρείξηζε, ζα δείηε αξθεηέο αιιαγέο. Αο ηηο αγθαιηάζνπκε κε όιε ηελ θαξδηά καο θαη λα είκεζα αλνηθηή ζηελ αιιαγή. Καιώ όινπο ηνπο παξνίθνπο λα έ ι ζνπ λ αλ νημηάηηθε Γε λ ηθή ΢πλέιεπζε ζηηο 6 Μαΐνπ. Αλ έρεηε νπνηεζδήπνηε απνξίεο ή αλεζπρίεο απηό είλαη ην ζσζηό κέξνο γηα λα ηηο ππνβάιεηε. ΢ρεδηάδνπκε έλα πξνζθύλεκα ζηνλ θαζεδξηθό λαό ηνπ Αγίνπ Παύινπ ζην Λνλθ Ηιαλη γηα λα

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hristos Anesti! On behalf of the Athletic Committee, I pray you all had a Blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Pascha. The Athletic Program finished the year with an awards presentation and fun day in the gym on April 21st. The following awards were handed out for each division in basketball and Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball: Div. 1 (Midgets)- Nicholas Tsorvas – MVP, George Maurer – Most Improved, Manny Andriotis– Sportsmanship Div. 2 (Juniors)- Philip Vlandis – MVP, Brian Schiller – Most Improved, Jake Chamberlain – Sportsmanship Div. 3 (Intermediates) - George Pertesis – MVP, George Kolitsas – Most Improved, Evan Yiannoulis – Sportsmanship

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for Outstanding Player JV Volleyball— Chrysoula Vlamis – MVP, Nikki Hasiotis – MVP, Katerina Hasiotis – Most Improved, Katie Bouloubasis – Sportsmanship Varsity—Marena Cruz – MVP, Demi Skenderis – MVP, Evangelia Sandalidis – Most Improved, Margarita Kolitsas – Sportsmanship Coach of the Year-Stella Katsetos Our Junior Varsity volleyball team came in second place in a tournament against Waterbury and St. Barbara that was held on March 17th in Bridgeport. A 2nd session of volleyball for girls ages 8 and up started on Friday 4/20 and will end on Friday 5/25. It is being run by Stella Katsetos and takes place on Fridays from 6:30-8. Our Senior team has been invited to participate in the AHEPA Basketball Tournament. It will be held in our gym during the first weekend of May. P l e a se f ee l f r e e t o e ma i l me a t pakoutroulas@yahoo.com or call me at 203 556-0489 with any questions, concerns, and/or ideas.

Seniors- James Tsouris – Peter Carawlinas Award

GOYA - by Nicole Pettas and Evan Yiannoulis Co-presidents GOYA wishes everyone Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! s of this writing we are in the process of finalizing our plans for the GUY ―End of the Year‖ trip. We will be going to Boston, Massachusetts in June. We are so excited about it and looking forward to it. We have scheduled our spring ―CAR WASH‖ on May 20th. The proceeds will go directly to our

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Scholarship Fund for the deserving GOYAns from our Parish, and as always, we appreciate your support. Candidates: Please stop by and pick up a Scholarship application from the Church office. The deadline to submit your documents is May 29th. We would like to congratu-

late the three GOYAns, Katie Bouloubasis, Katerina Hasiotis (both Junior division), and Nicole Pettas (Senior division) for participating in the District Oratorical. We are so proud of them. Our next all-member GOYA meeting will be in early May. We will hold elections for the 20122013 new Board Members. As always, please feel free to send us your comments, ideas, suggestions, or questions. Visit o u r w e b s i t e : www.holytrinitybridgeport.org/ GOYA.html, or like us on our Facebook page ―GOYA of Holy Trinity.‖

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events are as follows: Friday, May 4th: Festival of Tables—7:00 pm (please see the flyer in this issue of the Vision) Kalliope TsitsipasShow your talent and President creativity by hosting a table! It’s our creative hosts/hostesses who are hristos Anesti! I an integral part in makwould like to start ing this event a success! with a heartfelt Don’t forget– this is a Philoptochos: Kalliopi Tsitsipas & Maria Cook deliver supplies thank you to everyone who family affair, so bring supported our ―Easter Food for Easter to the Bpt Rescue Mission –photo courtesy of Maria Cook your family and friends and Baked Goods‖ sale of all ages. All proceeds ciated by our Philoptochos memagain this year! The proceeds from from this evening will be used to bers. this effort will help the less fortucover our baking expenses for our nate and others in need. I would Church’s annual Olympiad FestiThe baking and cooking for our especially like to thank all of the val. festival will start on May 2nd, and ladies who helped to bake, cook, or Tuesday, May 8th: Our regular will continue until the week of the sell all of our delicious goodies. monthly meeting is at 7:00pm. If festival. All are welcome to join us Thank you for taking up your preyou are considering becoming a during our baking and cooking sescious family time to help. member, please feel free to join us sions. If you would like to help, on this day, and bring your ideas! please call the Church office (203Thank you to George 374-5561) or Kalliope (203-926Christopoulos for making 11 crossThanks again to everyone for 0137) for our cooking/baking es that are to be used on the Kolyva their constant support of this orschedule. trays. George, your generous supganization and our various proport and gifts are very much appregrams and projects. Our upcoming activities and

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aster Sunday was a glorious day with all youngsters attending the Agape Service with their Easter outfits. It is with great love and belief in the Resurrection of Christ that the parents brought their children to Church and lead them to understand the miracles of God. St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Sunday, March 31 –the District IV Oratorical was held at the Archangels Church in Stamford with an excellent presentation by three of the Sunday school students representing Holy Trinity. They are as follows:

JUNIORS: Katherine Bouloubasis, Katerina Hasiotis, Honorable Mention - 8th Grade SENIOR: Nicole Pettas, Third d Place: 10th Grade Elementary Oratorical - Sunday, April 29, in the double classroom. With parents and grandparents attending. A special "thank you" to the teachers who worked very hard to help the children. Class Oratorical: To be determined FORCC SCHOLARSHIPS are now available. For information, please see Eva Vaniotis E-mail evavaniotis@juno.com. Sunday school Graduation is on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Also , we will Honor students from grades 10, 11, 12 who will receive Graduation diplomas for completing their designated year in 2012.

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hristos Anesti! The year is flying by and I can't believe it's already May! This month is our "big" Mother's Day Flower, Bake and Gift Sale! The event runs for two days - Saturday May 12 from 10:00 to 2:00, and on Sunday, May 13 after services. Please support our beautiful sale once again this year. We'll have all sorts of plants, things you can put into your gardens and

beautiful gifts for mom, daughter, godmother or anyone! We'll have home made baked goods, and assorted gifts as well. On Saturday, we'll also have our renowned "Penelope's Cafe" serving coffee, tea and frappe, along with spectacular desserts. You won't regret coming, I can assure you! All proceeds go to our philanthropic endeavors, as we try to make a difference to others who are in need. We are also giving our our scholarships again this year, and your support helps us continue with this cause. In addition this month we will be participating in the church Festival of Tables. Additionally, we will try to send a few Sisters to the Ahepa/Daughters Convention which is taking place in Newport this year.

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θ κέξνπο ηνπ ζρνιείνπ καο, ζέινκε λα εθθξάζνπκε ηα ζεξκά καο ζπιιππεηήξηα ζηελ Πξόεδξν ηνπ ΢πιιόγνπ Γνλέσλ θαη Γηδαζθάισλ θπξία Μαξία Γθνύληα γηα ηνλ ζάλαην ηνπ αδειθνύ ηεο. Ο ζεόο αο ηνλ αλαπαύζεη θαη λα ζαο δίλεη δύλακε θαη θνπξάγην θαη ζε ζέλα θαη ηελ νηθνγέλεηά ζαο. Δπραξηζηνύκε ηηο καζήηξηεο (Μπξνθόξεο) πνύ θέηνο έιαβαλ κέξνο ηελ Κπξηαθή ησλ Βαΐσλ θαη ζηνλ Δπηηάθην – ηελ Μεγάιε Παξαζθεπή: Υξηζηίλα Βιάκε, Υξπζνύια Βιάκε, Δηξήλε Bal, Καιιηόπε

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Before you know it, the Festival will be here, and we will once again, run the "Greek Traditional Foods (Deli)" booth for the church. If you are interested in helping out at our Flower sale, or in joining this wonderful group, please feel free to email us at daughters@holytrinitybridgeport. org, or see any of the Daughters for more information. Our next meeting is on May 16th at 7:45 pm. Hope to see many of you there as we plan for the end of the year. This year we plan to honor Sisters for their many years of service at our group's luncheon in June.

Bellows, Εσή Γθνύπηα, Αγγειηθή Γεκέζηηρα, Αξγπξνύια Κνπβάηα, Ρόδα Bogardus , Δπηπρία Υαιιά θαη Καιίζηα Hainsworth. Σν ΢ρνιείν καο θαη θέηνο ζα ιάβε κέξνο ζην Φεζηηβάι ηεο ελνξίαο καο – θαη ηηο ηξείο κέξεο ηα παηδηά καο ζα ρνξέςνπλ. Σν Φεζηηβάι είλαη ζηηο: 1, 2 & 3 Ηνπλίνπ 2012. Υξόληα πνιιά ζε όιεο ηηο κεηέξεο! Happy Mother’s Day! Οη εμεηάζεηο ηνύ Διιεληθνύ ΢ρνιείνπ, ΓΔΤΣΔΡΑ 11 ΗΟΤΝΗΟΤ 2012- 4 :30 Μ.Μ Our Greek School Graduation will be on: Monday, June 11, 2012 @4:30 P.M. Δπραξηζηώ πνιύ, Κπξία Διέλε.

Αιεζώο Αλέζηε!

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Congratulations to Nick Phakias who has photo courtesy of Vicky Andriotis been elected President of the "James Fund" Committee. Many thanks to Bill Pappas by Stella Capiris who served for many years on the Committee and has hristos Anesti! We now retired. Also, thank everyone who ser ving on t hi s helped our Parish to committee will be a celebrate Easter. Thanks to : new member from our Our Seniors for making over Parish - Pauline 1,500 palm crosses that were Halkias. This distributed on Palm Sunday, committee is and to our Sunday School children for making more of comprised of parishioners from the Orthodox Churches them on Saturday of Lazarus, to the Sunday School in this area who periodically get together and discuss "readers," to our P.T.O. for Communion Breakfast, how to anonymously financially help "needy females" Easter candies, and Easter Egg Hunt, to all of our from a "trust fund" which was set up by the "James cooks, to our Philoptochos for baking and for the red Family" many years ago. eggs, to our Philoptochos and Daughters for putting together and distributing food baskets for Easter to Congratulations to Nick and Bessie Phakias on the those in need, to the women who cleaned the Church, birth of their first great grandchild, a baby girl. Na sas to those volunteers who decorated the Epitafion, to our zisse. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Choir for giving their time and voices during services, Hendrickson on the birth of their 3rd baby son. Na sas and especially for the beautiful Hymn of Kassiani (on zisse. The proud grandparents are Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Holy Tuesday), to all of our Psaltes/Cantors, to the Petrakopoulos. We also thank them for their donation Parish Council for all their efforts, to all Church of the Palm Sunday luncheon. organizations, to our Schools, to ALL parishioners who donated in any and every way. Of course, we thank The community extends its deepest sympathy to the Father Andreas on his first Easter with us and for all family of Spero Yeotsas, who had been a parishioner in his beautiful services. this community for many years before retiring to Greece. Mr. Yeotsas died suddenly in Greece, but Our Parish participated in the recent Greek according to his wishes, his body was returned to the Independence Day Parade in New York. United States for burial, where he was mourned by his Congratulations to all those who marched and chanted devoted family and many friends. We also extend our "Zeto E Ellas." We congratulate Margarita Kolitsas, sympathy to the family of Konstantinos Hardas on his daughter of Effie and Themi Kolitsas, who was a recent death. He was a chef at the Andros Diner for runner-up to the Miss Greek Independence Pageant many years. Our deepest sympathy to the family of held in New York. Catherine Gregory upon her recent death. Our deepest sympathy to Mark and Joanna Elsasser on the death of The Daughters of Penelope thank everyone for their Mark's mother. Our deepest sympathy to the family of support on their Easter Raffle, the drawing of which Deacon John Zarras. John was a parishioner for many took place on Palm Sunday. Winners were: HAM years and served on the Parish Council. Our sympathy Mary Zervos, Helen Yeotsas, Evan Yiannoulis, Maria to the family of Efransia (Spyrogolou) Raditsas, a Pertesis, Maria Gountas: LAMB - Leonidas Andriolas, former parishioner and sister-in-law of Helen Spyrou Nick Fatibene, Helen Yeotsas, Stacie Karavitis, and aunt to Vicky Andriotis. Our deepest sympathy to Barbara Tsoupas. The proceeds from the raffle will be Maria Gountas (our P.T.O. President) and family on placed in their Scholarship Fund. the loss of her brother. May all their Memories be Forever Eternal!

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In the Aegean Room at Holy Trinity

Friday, May 4, 2012 7:00pm For your entertainment: A Very Special Dance Performance All proceeds from this event will be used for the baking expenses of our 2012 Olympiad Festival

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

SCHOLARSHIPS 2012 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—Applications for the FORCC Scholarship are available. Please Call Eva Vaniotis (203) 374-0013. DEADLINE IS MAY 29, 2012 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS can be obtained at the Church Office. Call at 203-374-5561.


“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every Creature.” Mark 16:15 The Official Monthly Publication of

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Parish Council Robert Arvanitis Michael Bouloubasis Stella Capiris Phil Georgas Argyris Karagiannis A.J. Metsopoulos

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church The Official Monthly Publication of Holy Trinity 4070 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 May 2012— Issue #267 Address Service Requested

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The Orthodox Vision - May 2012 Issue #267  

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

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