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The Official Monthly Publication of Holy Trinity

ISSUE NO. 291

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MAY 2014


May 2014 SUNDAY

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MEMORIALS Sunday, May 4th : Maria Magoulas Collin - 40 days, Dimitrios Bletsas - 40 days, Dr. Charalambos Souvlis - 40 days,Petros Taxiltaridis- 40 days, Alex Vlantes - 1 year, Nettie Poulos - 4 years Sunday, May 11th: Thelma Athan - 3 years Sunday, May 18th: Cleanthes Tsorvas - 3 years , AHEPA/ Daughters of Penelope Sunday Sunday, May 25th: Mary Zervos- 1 year, Anthony Zervos- 5 years, Angelo Papageorge - 3 years 4 Sunday of the MyrrhBearing Women

Athletic Awards Martyr Pelagia , Hilarion the Wonderworker

5 3rd Monday after Pascha Great Martyr Irene , Martyrs Neophytus, Gaius and Gianus

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Philoptochos Meeting– 7:00pm 3rd Tuesday after Pascha Prophet Job Seraphim the Struggler

11 Sunday of the Paralytic DOP Mother’s Day Flower/ Bake/Gift Sale Sale after services to 1:00pm Cyril and Methodius Renewal of Constantinople

12 13 4th Monday af- 4th Tuesday after Pascha ter Pascha

18 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman Martyrs Peter, Dionysius & Paul Julian the Martyr

19 5th Monday after Pascha Hieromartyr Patrick of Prusa Memnonus the Wonderworker

20 5th Tuesday after Pascha Martyr Thalleleus Mark the Hermit

25 Sunday of the Blind Man Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist Therapon the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Cyprus

26 MEMORIAL DAY – CEMETERY VISITS— see schedule in this issue Carpos and Alphaeus of the 70 Martyr Alexander of Thessolonica

27 6th Tuesday after Pascha Hieromartyr Helladius John the Russian Confessor

Strict Fast

Fish Allowed

Epiphanius, Bp. Of Cyprus Germanos, Abp. Of Constantinople

Martyr Glyceria

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Seniors Meeting –1:00pm 3rd Wednesday after Pascha Appearance of the Sign of the Cross Cyril, Abp. Of 14 4th Wednesday after Pascha Mid-Pentecost

Sergios the Con- Martyr Isidore fessor Hieromartyr Therapontus more

THURSDAY 1 2nd Thursday after Pascha Prophet Jeremias New Martyr Maria of Mirabella

SATURDAY 3 2nd Saturday 2 Relics of after Pascha Athanasius Martyrs Timothy Hesperos & Zoe & Maura the Righteous Peter the Wonderworker

8 John the Theolo- 9 3rd Friday after gian Pascha Arsenios the Prophet Isaiah Great

10 DOP Mother’s Day Flower/ Bake/Gift Sale Sale 10:00am to 1:00pm Apostle Simon , Laurence of Egypt

Martyr Christopher

15 4th Thursday after Pascha Pachomius the Great Achillius, Abp. Of Larissa

17 16 4th Saturday 4th Friday after after Pascha Pascha Theodore the Sanctified Martyr Peter of Blachernae

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Andronicus & Junia Nectarius of Meteora more

22 5th Thursday Service 9:00am after Pascha Constantine & Hieromartyr BasHelen, Equal- iliscus to-the Apostles New Martyrs Demetrius and Pachomios the Paul Righteous New Martyr 21

28 Apodosis of Pascha Martyr Eutychius Nikitas, Bishop of Chalcedon

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23 5th Friday after Pascha Michael, Bp. Of Synnada Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas

24 5th Saturday after Pascha Symeon the Stylite Saint Vincent of Lerins

30 Isaacius of

Service 9:00am Dalmatus / Macrina, grandHoly Ascenmother of St. sion Martyr Theodosia Virgin Martyr Theodosia of Constantinople

Wine and Oil Allowed

Basil the Great

Dairy,Eggs, and Fish Allowed

31 Martyr Hermias Eusebius and Haralambos the Monk-martyrs


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Christ is Risen! by Father Andreas Vithoulkas “It is the day of the Resurrection; let us be radiant in the festival, and let us embrace one another. Let us say, O brethren, even to those who hate us: Let us forgive all things on the Resurrection..." Doxastikon of the Praises (Plagal of the First Tone)

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he closing Hymn of the Resurrection Service reveals a great blessing bestowed upon us during the Paschal Celebration. The Hymn asks us to "forgive all things," even those who "hate us," in the spirit of the never-ending joy of our Savior's Holy Resurrection. A truly forgiving person is always thinking about the Cross of Jesus Christ, upon which God displays His infinite love and is guided by this selfless action of Jesus. What does it mean that Jesus dies on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins? Let's look at what the Resurrection represents for us as Orthodox Christians, since it is the single most important event of our faith. As created beings, we fall short of the image of God in which we have been created. Often times, we find ourselves limited in our capacity to meet the ideal that God has set for us. We transgress God’s commandments and give in to our sinful passions on a daily basis. God, knowing the frailty of our human condition, has given us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean through the death and Resurrection of Jesus. One thing He asks of us is being able to forgive ourselves and others, which is where we often lack in our faith. In fact, the one thing that makes us so different from God is our inability to forgive ourselves and others. It is only through forgiveness of ourselves and others that we become God-like and are given an opportunity to reestablish our relationship with Him. It is through forgiveness that we are born anew in the Resurrection. With Jesus' death and Resurrection, forgiveness becomes an opportunity for rebirth. In fact, forgiveness becomes necessary for rebirth and for entry into the Kingdom. The Resurrection, then, not only signifies God forgiving us in order for everlasting life to occur, but it is also symbolic of us forgiving others. When we experience the Resurrection, the great joy we feel symbolizes our reconciliation to God and to others. When we hang onto our anger and bitterness towards others, it not only hurts us physically, but hurts us spiritually as well, blocking our hearts from the love we are asked by God to feel for others. Jesus leaves us with the most exemplary act of forgiveness at the Cross as He forgives the thief of all his wrongdoings and promises him a place in Paradise. "Truly I will say to you, today you

will be with me in Paradise. " He also says to the Holy Father to those who crucify Him, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do. " Surprisingly, Judas's biggest sin is not his betrayal of Jesus, as much as it is his inability to forgive himself, which ultimately shows the lack of faith that God is all forgiving and all merciful, and therefore, Judas remains unrepentant. Forgiveness and repentance go hand- inhand, since they are two sides of the same coin. You cannot be truly repentant unless you ask for forgiveness, and you cannot truly forgive yourself or others unless you are truly repentant. Forgiveness is not always an easy task, but when we have faith in God, He helps us with this process. We know the work of forgiveness is complete when we experience the spiritual freedom that comes as a result. God beckons us to forgive. He wants us to walk in the forgiveness of our sins and the sins of others, for in His Son, the forgiveness of God towards humankind is perfected through the Resurrection. Being grateful and thankful to God for all He has given us is yet another gift of the Resurrection. We were blessed to experience another spiritually uplifting Holy Week and Easter with our community. I would like to thank the Parish Council along with the entire community for a combined and loving effort during this year's Holy Week and Paschal celebration. Presvytera Anthoula, Niko, Petros and I were overjoyed to celebrate our Lord's Resurrection with all of you! We thank all of the volunteers who contributed to making this Holy Week and Easter journey a very memorable one. Many of you contributed countless hours helping, decorating, cooking, and attending church services. I would like to especially thank Katerina and Mary Bozikis for their Holy Week decorations. The multicolored Epitafios for Holy Friday was especially beautiful; thanks to all the ladies who volunteered to help decorate. The altar boys, along with the Myrofores, also contributed to the beauty of the Epitafios service. I want to thank our Holy Trinity Choir and Psaltes for leading us through the Holy Passion and Resurrection. I would also like to thank Nicholas Vlamis and John Tsiflides, who donated the wiring and speakers around the Church so that we could all enjoy the services outdoors, which was accented by the beautiful drumming of Jason Coletsos on Holy Friday. The Resurrection service outdoors with fireworks was the crescendo of the week! The perfect ending to the week is always with the Agape service, which embodies the whole spirit of Pascha. Love for one Another! It was truly an inspiring and uplifting experience. Of course, I would also like to thank Mr. Jimmy Trimbalis and Mr. Vageli Gountas for their excellent mageritsa after the Anastasi service. Christos Anesti! Christ Is Risen!


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π. Αλδξέα Βπζνύιθαο Ἀλαζηάζεσο ἡκέξα, θαὶ ιακπξπλζῶκελ ηῇ παλεγύξεη, θαὶ ἀιιήινπο πεξηπηπμώκεζα. Δἴπσκελ ἀδειθνί, θαὶ ηνῖο κηζνῦζηλ ἡκᾶο· ΢πγρσξήζσκελ πάληα ηῇ Ἀλαζηάζεη, θαὶ νὕησ βνήζσκελ· «Υξηζηὸο ἀλέζηε ἐθ λεθξῶλ, ζαλάηῳ ζάλαηνλ παηήζαο, θαὶ ηνῖο ἐλ ηνῖο κλήκαζη, δσὴλ ραξηζάκελνο». Αλαζηάζηκν Γνμαζηηθό, Ήρνπ Πιαγίνπ ηνπ Πξώηνπ. Σν Αλαζηάζηκν Γνμαζηηθό, κε ην νπνίν ηειεηώλεη ν όξζξνο ηεο Αλαζηάζεσο, καο πξνηξίλεη ζε κία γελέα πξάμε, πνπ απαηηεί από καο λα πξαγκαηώζνπκε γηα λα δεζνπκε ηελ πξαγκ αηηθόηεηα ηεο αλάζηαζεο ηνπ Υξηζηνῦ. Ο ύκλνο καο δεηᾶ λα «ζπγρσξήζνπκε ηα πάληα γηα λα γηνξηάζνπκε ηελ Αλάζηαζε» θπξίσο δε εθείλνπο πνπ «καο κηζνύλ». Απηό ην πλεύκα ηεο Αλάζηαζεο ηνπ ΢σηή ξ νο καο π νπ ραξί δε η αηέιεησηε ραξά. Σν άηνκν πνπ ζπγρσξεί πξαγκαηηθά πάληα ζθέπηεηαη ην ζηαπξό ηνπ Ηεζνύ Υξηζηνύ, ν Οπνίνο δηα ηνπ ΢ηαπξνύ θαλεξώλεη ηελ άπεηξε Θετθή Σνπ αγάπε. Ση ζεκαίλεη γηα καο πξνζσπηθά όηη ν Ηεζνύο Υξηζηόο πεζαίλεη πάλσ ζην ζηαπξό γηα ηε άθεζε ησλ ακαξηηώλ καο; Αο δνύκε πξώηα ηη αληηπξνζσπεύεη Αλάζηαζηο γηα καο ζαλ Οξζόδνμνη Υξηζηηαλνί, δεδνκέλνπ όηη είλαη ην κνλαδηθό ζεκαληηθόηεξν γεγνλόο ηεο πίζηεώο καο. Με ην ζάλαην θαη ηελ αλάζηαζε ηνπ Ηεζνύ, ν ζάλαηνο γίλεηαη επθαηξία γηα αλαγέλλεζε. ΢ηελ πξαγκαηηθόηεηα, ν ζάλαηνο είλαη πξναπαηηνίκελν γηα ηελ αλαγέλλεζε θαη γηα ηελ είζνδν ζηελ Βαζηιεία ηνπ Κπξίνπ. Ζ Αλάζηαζε, ζηε ζπλέρεηα, ζεκαηνδνηεί όρη κόλν ηελ θπξηνιεθηηθή ήηηα ηνπ ζαλάηνπ γηα ηελ πξαγκάησζε ηεο αηώληαο δσήο, αιιά επίζεο ε Αλάζηαζε είλαη ζπκβνιηθά ζεκαληηθή γηα θαζεκεξηλόηεηα ηεο πλεπκαηηθήο καο δσήο. Όηαλ βηώλνπκε ηελ Αλάζηαζε, έρνπκε ηε κεγάιε ραξά πνπ αξρίδεη ζε απηή ηε δσή. Έρνπκε ηελ πξόγεπζε ηεο Αλαζηάζεσο, αθόκε θαη πξηλ από ηνλ δηθό καο θπζηθό

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ζάλαην. Όπσο ε αλαζηάζηκνο απόδεημε ηεο Απηνύ Παλαγηώηεηνο Οηθνπκεληθνύ Παηξηάξρνπ θ.θ. Βαξζνινκαίνπ αλαθέξεη « Σὰ πάληα πεπιήξσηαη Φσηὸο θαὶ αἱ θαξδίαη καο ραξᾶο ἀλππεξβιήηνπ. Καὶ ὄρη κόλνλ ραξᾶο, ἀιιὰ θαὶ δπλάκεσο. Ὁ πηζηεύσλ εἰο ηὴλ Ἀλάζηαζηλ δὲλ θνβεῖηαη ηὸλ ζάλαηνλ· θαὶ ὁ κὴ θνβνύκελνο ηὸλ ζάλαηνλ εἶλαη ςπρηθῶο ἄθακπηνο θαὶ ἀιύγηζηνο, δηόηη ὅ,ηη δηὰ ηνὺο πνιινὺο θαὶ ἀπίζηνπο εἶλαη ἡ θνβεξσηέξα ἀπεηιή, δηὰ ηὸλ πηζηὸλ ρξηζηηαλὸλ εἶλαη κηθξᾶο ζεκαζίαο γεγνλόο, δηόηη εἶλαη ἡ εἴζνδνο εἰο ηὴλ δσήλ. Ὁ πηζηὸο ρξηζηηαλὸο δῇ ηὴλ ἀλάζηαζηλ θαὶ πξὸ ηνῦ θπζηθνῦ ζαλάηνπ ηνπ.»[1] Γηα λα επηηξέςνπκε ηνλ Θεό θαη ηελ αγάπε Σνπ λα κείλεη ζηηο θαξδηέο καο θαη ζηε δσή καο, πξέπεη λα επηηξέςνπκε απηέο ηηο ακαξησιέο ηδέεο θαη ζθέςεηο κέζα καο λα πεζάλνπλ θαη λα αληηθαηαζηαζνύλ κε δεκηνπξγηθέο ζθέςεηο αγάπεο, νη νπνίεο ζα καο βνεζήζνπλ πλεπκαηηθά ζηε δηθή καο πξνζσπηθή πνξεία πξνο ηελ ζσηεξία καο. Σν πην ζεκαληηθό εξγαιείν πνπ καο έδσζε ν Θεόο είλαη ε δύλακε ηεο ζπγρώξεζεο, κε ην νπνίν κπνξνύκε λα πξαγκαηώζνπκε ηελ ζσηεξία καο είλαη δηα ηεο ζπγρσξέζεσο ησλ άιισλ ηεο ζπγρσξέζεσο ηνπ εαπηνύ καο. Με έθπιεμε δηαπηζηώλνπκε όηη ην κεγαιύηεξν ακάξηεκα ηνπ Ηνύδα δελ είλαη ε πξνδνζία ηνπ Ηεζνύ, όζν ε αδπλακία ηνπ λα ζπγρσξήζεη ηνλ εαπηό ηνπ, ε νπνία ηνλ απνκαθξύλεη από ηελ αγάπε θαη ηελ ειεεκνζύλε ηνπ Θενύ, θαη εμ αηηίαο ηνύηνπ παξεκέλεη ακεηαλόεηνο. ΢ηελ νπζία, ζπγρώξεζε θαη κεηάλνηα είλαη δύν όςεηο ηνπ απηνύ λνκίζκαηνο. Γελ κπνξεί θαλείο λα κεηαλνήζε ρσξίο λα δεηήζεη ζπγρώξεζε, θαη δελ κπνξείο λα ζπγρσξήζεηο πξνηνύ λα ζπγρσξεζείο. Ζ ζπγρώξεζε δελ είλαη πάληα κία εύθνιε ππόζεζε. Αιιά όηαλ έρνπκε πίζηε ζην Θεό, καο βνεζά ζηελ πνξεία καο γηα λα ζπγρσξνύκε. Γλσξίδνπκε όηαλ ε ζπγρώξεζε είλαη πιήξεο όηαλ βηώλνπκε ηελ πλεπκαηηθή ειεπζεξία πνπ έξρεηαη σο απνηέιεζκα. Ο Θεόο καο δειεάδεη γηα λα ζπγρσξνύκε. Θέιεη λα βαδίδνπκε ηελ νδό ηεο ζπγρώξεζεο ησλ ακαξηηώλ καο (Continued on page 5)

When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. -Erma Bombeck


MAY 2014 θαη ησλ ακαξηίσλ ησλ άιισλ, πνπ δηα ηνπ Τηνύ Σνπ, ηε ζπγρώξεζε ηνπ Θενύ πξνο ηελ αλζξσπόηεηα ηειεηνπνηείηαη κε ηελ Αλάζηαζε. Δπραξηζηνύκε ηνλ Θεό γηα όια όζα καο έδσζε θαη θπξίσο γηα ην δώξν ηεο Αλαζηάζεσο. Θα ήζεια κε ηελ επθ αηξί α απηή λα επραξηζηήζσ ηελ θνηλόηεηα γηα κηα ζ π λ δ π α ζ κ έ λ ε θ α η α γ α π ε ηή πξνζπάζεηα πνπ θεηέβαιε θαηά ηε δηάξθεηα ηνπ ηξέρνληνο έηνπο πξνεηνηκάδνληαο ηελ γηνξηή ηνπ Πάζρα. Ζ πξεζβπηέξα Αλζνύια, ν Ν��θνο θαη ν Πέηξνο ήηαλ ελζνπζηαζκέλνη κε ηνλ ενξηαζκό ηεο Αλάζηαζεο ηνπ Κπξίνπ καο κε όινπο εζάο! Δπραξηζηνύκε ηελ Καηεξίλα θαη Μαξία Μπνδίθε γηα

5 ηνλ ζηνιηζκό ηεο Δθθιεζίαο ηελ Μεγάιε Δβδνκάδα θαη όινπο ηνπο εζεινληέο πνπ ζπλέβαιιαλ ζηελ π ξ αγκ α ηνπ νίεζε α πηή ο ηε ο αλαζηάζηκν πεξηόδνπ αμέραζηεο ζε όι νπο. Πνιινί από εζάο ζπκβάιαηε κε ακέηξεηεο ώξεο βνεζώληαο θαη λα ζπκκεηέρνληαο ζηηο αθνινπζίεο ηεο εθθιεζίαο καο. Ζ πνιπρξνκία ησλ ινπινπδηώλ ηνπ επηηαθίνπ όθεηιε ηελ νκνξθηά ηεο ζηηο θπξίεο πνπ πξνζθέξζεθαλ εζεινληηθά λα βνεζήζνπλ ζηελ δηαθόζκεζε, θαη θπζηθά, ζηνλ θ. Γεκήηξε Σξίκπαιε, θαη Βαγγέιε Γθνύληα γηα ηελ ηέιεηα καγεηξίηζα κεηά ηελ αθνινπζία ηεο Αλαζηάζεσο.

Our Parish

Θα ήζεια λα επραξηζηήζσ ηελ ρνξσδία ηεο Αγίαο Σξηάδνο θαη ηνπο ςάιηεο γηα ηηο πκλνδίεο πνπ καγεπηηθά αθνύζακε ηελ Μεγάιε Δβδνκάδα θαη ην Πάζρα, ηα παηδηά ηνπ Ηεξνύ θαη ηηο Μπξνθόξεο, ηνπο Νίθν Βιάκε θαη Γηάλλε Σζηιθίδε κε ηα αθνπζηηθά γύξν από ηελ Δθθιεζία θαη ην Ηάζσλα Κνιέηζν παίδνληαο ηα ηύκπαλα. Ήηαλ πξαγκαηηθά κηα εκπεηξία πνπ καο ελέπλεπζε θαη αλύςσζε. Υξηζηόο Αλέζηε.

Council President

shrimp in honor of his Grace, and also for the national Philoptochos president, Aphrodite Skeadas and her husband, Peter.

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Holy Week is such a busy time. The efforts of the parish, either by helping to decorate, clean, donating time or funds to make this week so exquisite, is much appreciated.

by Constantinos Vlamis , Parish

pring has finally arrived and, as I'm writing this column, we are in the midst of Holy Week. By the time everyone receives this, it will be well past Easter. So, with that in mind, I would like to wish everyone Christos Anesti. On Saturday of Lazarus, the ladies from PTO had an Easter bunny egg hunt. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, and all the children enjoyed running around looking for the hidden treats. The Easter bunny posed with all the children and took some awesome pictures. In the meantime, some of us were upstairs decorating the church with palms, preparing for the day after. Our Seniors so graciously spent the whole day that previous Wednesday preparing our palm crosses. Thank you so much! It was such a warm feeling to see everyone at church sharing the beautiful Liturgy of Palm Sunday. On Holy Monday, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zila joined us and led the matin service. The ladies of Philoptochos prepared a wonderful meal of rice and

As May approaches, we are going in full swing with preparations for our festival. This is when we all come together and volunteer in order to support our largest fundraiser. Everyone's help is so needed and , of course, appreciated. The raffle tickets will be distributed the week after Easter. Let's provide our best efforts to sell as many as possible. They play an integral role in making our festival successful. Most importantly, what makes our festival successful is everyone's participation, involvement, and generosity. Please help get the word out that our festival is on May 30th, 31st, and June 1st. I Thank you so much! Christos Anesti and a great month ahead.

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. -Florida Scott-


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άλνημε επηηέινπο έθζαζε θαη θαζώο γξάθσ απηό ην θείκελν είκαζηε ζηελ κέζε ηεο Μεγάιεο Δβδνκάδαο. Φπζηθά όηαλ ιάβεηε απηή ηελ επηζηνιή ην Πάζρα καο έρεη πεξάζεη, θαη κε ηελ επθαηξία απηή ζαο εύρνκαη «Υξηζηόο Αλέζηε». Σν ΢άββαην ηνπ Λαδάξνπ νη θπξίεο ηνπ ΡΣΟ ζεξβίξηζαλ πξσηλό ζε όιν ην εθθιεζίαζκα θαη είραλ ηελ εθδήισζε γηα ηε εύξεζε κε ηα θξπκκέλα απγά. Ήηαλ κηα επράξηζηε ειηόινπζηε κέξα θαη ηα παηδηά καο επραξηζηήζεθαλ πνιύ. Σν παζραιηλό ιαγνπδάθη έπαηξλε θσηνγξαθίεο κε όια ηα παηδηά. Δλώ όια απηά ζπλέβαηλαλ θάησ ζηελ αίζνπζα – επάλσ ζηελ Δθθιεζία κεξηθνί από εκάο ζηόιηδαλ ην ρώξν ηνπ λανύ κε ηα βάγηα γηα ηελ Κπξηαθή ησλ Βαΐσλ. Δπραξηζηνύκε ηνπο ζπληαμηνύρνπο ελνξίηεο πνπ εηνίκαζαλ ηα βάγηα ηελ Σεηάξηε πξν ησλ Βαΐσλ. Δπραξίζηεζε ήηαλ λα βιέπεηο ελνξίηεο λα ζπκκεηέρνπλ ζηελ αθνινπζία ηεο Κπξηαθήο ησλ Βαΐσλ. Σελ Μεγάιε Γεπηέξα ην βξάδπ είρακε καδί καο ηνλ

Daughters of Penelope by Kathy Yiannoulis , President Happy Spring Everyone!!

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would like to thank ever yone who contributed to our Pet Food Drive and our Soldier Support Package Drive. I would also like to extend a big thank you to all those who supported out Spring Raffle! Your support goes a long way for these worthy causes! This month is our Mother’s Day Flower Sale! We will also be having a bake and gift sale! The sale will run over two days from Saturday, May 10th from 10-1 pm and on Sunday, May

6 Δπίζθνπν ΢εβαζηηαλό, ηελ Πξόεδξν ηεο Δζληθήο Φηινπηώρνπ, θπξία Αθξνδίηε ΢θηαδά θαη ηνλ ζύδπγν ηεο Παλαγηώηε, γηα ηελ Αθνινπζία ηνπ Νπκθίνπ. Δπραξηζηνύκε πνιύ ηηο θπξίεο ηεο Φηινπηώρνπ πνύ είραλ εηνηκάζεη λεζηίζηκν θαγεηό πξνο ηηκή ηνπ Δπηζθόπνπ θαη όισλ ησλ παξεπξηζθνκέλσλ. Ζ Μεγάιε Δβδνκάδα είλαη κία έληνλε πεξίνδνο. Δπραξηζηνύκε όινπο πνπ κε θάζε ηξόπν ζπλέβαιαλ ζηνλ ζηνιηζκό, θαζαξηζκό, δσξεέο θαη όηη γεληθά πνπ έρεη λα θάλεη κε ηελ Μεγάιε Δβδνκάδα θαη ην Πάζρα. Καζώο ν Μάεο έξρεηαη αξρίδνπκε ηηο πξνεηνηκαζίεο γηα ην εηήζην θεζηηβάι. Δίλαη θαη πξέπεη όινη καδί λα βνεζήζνπκε θαη ππνζηεξίμνπκε ηελ κεγαιύηεξε εθδήισζε ηεο ελνξίαο καο. Υξεηαδόκαζηε ηελ βνήζεηα όισλ θαη θπζηθά επραξηζηνύκε όινπο γηα όηη θάλεηε θαη πξνζθέξεηε. Σα ιαρεία ζα δνζνύλ θαη ηαρπδξνκεζνύλ ζύληνκα. Άο θάλνπκε ην θάζε ηη δπλαηό λα πνπιήζνπκε όζν πεξηζζόηεξα κπνξνύκε. Σα ιαρεία είλαη ηα πην επηθεξδή έζνδα γηα ηελ επηηπρία ηνπ θεζηηβάι. Όινη καδί, αο δηαθεκίζνπκε ην θεζηηβάι ηεο ελνξίαο καο πνπ είλαη 30, 31 Μαΐνπ θαη 1 Ηνπλίνπ. ΢αο επραξηζηώ πάξα πνιύ, «ΥΡΗ΢ΣΟ΢ ΑΝΔ΢ΣΖ» θαη θαιό κήλα.

11th after church. Please come and support this beautiful sale. We will have all kinds of flowers and gifts for Mom, grandmothers, Godmothers and everyone! We will have wonderful plants for your home and garden. On Saturday, we will once again be featuring Penelope’s Café, with our famous frappe and desserts! Don’t miss out on this fun and wonderful event. All proceeds support our philanthropic activities and outreach to the community. In the coming months, we hope to continue our work with the Bridgeport Council of Churches and their Transitional Housing Program. We hope to expand our reach in the greater Bridgeport community through this and other programs with the Council of Churches.

We will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors again this year. Applications are available in the church office and are due on June 1st. If you would like to join our group, please reach out to any of our members or just come to a meeting. We are a great organization, and we are doing a lot of good work for our community. Our next meeting will be on May 21st! at 7 pm. Please visit us at http:// ho l yt r i n it ybr id g e p o r t . o r g / daughters.html. Our chapter e m a i l i s daughters@holytrinitybridgepor t.org. Lastly, “Like” us on Facebook at Daughters of Penelope - Bridgeport "Hermes" Chapter 41, District 7. Please consider being a part of the Daughters of Penelope. We would love to have you!

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them. -Phyllis Diller


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Greek School

κέξνο ζην Φεζηηβάι ηεο ελνξίαο καο – θαη ηηο ηξείο κέξεο ηα παηδηά καο ζα ρνξέςνπλ. Σν Φεζηηβάι είλαη ζηηο: 30,31 Μαΐνπ,1 Ηνπλίνπ 2014.

Διιεληθό ΢ρνιείν by Eleni Limberis, Director

Δπρόκαζηε Υξόληα πνιιά ζε όιεο ηηο κεηέξεο! Happy Mother’s Day!

Χριστός Αλέζηε ~ Christ is Risen!

E μ ε ηά ζ ε ηο η νύ Δ ι ι ε λ η θ νύ ΢ρνιε ί νπ, Σ ΔΣ ΑΡΣ Ζ 11 ΗΟΤΝΗΟΤ 2014 - 4:30 Μ.Μ

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πραξηζηνύκε ηελ Μαξγαξίηα Κνιίηζα θαη ηηο καζήηξηεο (Μπξνθόξεο): Irene Bal, Delaina Bellows, Alexandra Coclin, An g eli ki D emes t i ha s, Z oe Gountas, Violetta Griffin, Effie Hallas, Nektaria Karagiannis,

Gabriella Papanikolaou, Natalia Robbokos, Aggelika Vlamis and Margarita Vlastaris, πνύ θέηνο έιαβαλ κέξνο ζηνπο Υαηξεηηζκνύο ηεο Παλαγίαο, θαη ζηνλ Δπηηάθην – ηελ Μεγάιε Παξαζθεπή: Σν ΢ρνιείν καο θαη θέηνο ζα ιάβε

Our Greek School Graduation will be on: Wednesday, June 11, 2014@4:30 P.M. Δπραξηζηώ πνιύ, Κπξία Διέλε. Αιεζώο Αλέζηε!

Sunday School

GOYA

by Eva Vaniotis, Director

by Eleni Demestihas, President

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he St. John Chrysostom District IV Oratorical was held on Saturday, April 5 at St. George Cathedral in Hartford with an excellent presentation by two of our Sunday school children representing Holy Trinity Church. They are as follows in the Junior Division:

Xristos Anesti!

George Zachariadis – 9th Grade / Irene Bal - 8th Grade They both received an Honorable Mention

We had a great time at the Scavenger Hunt despite the rain, and the weather held up for the parade as we showed our Greek Pride down Fifth Avenue.

FORCC Scholarships are now available. For information, please contact Eva Vaniotis , E-mail evavaniotis@juno.com.

Our retreat was also a success with over 46 youth from our parish attending, thank you to all those who were involved in the preparation of this event.

Family Worship – No Sunday school classes on: May 25, 2014- Memorial Day Weekend June 1, 2014 - Festival

We are in the process of planning our end of the year trip and our dance group is preparing for the festival.

Sunday school Graduation : Sunday, June 15, 2014

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OYA would like to thank all those who helped to make our Tag Sale a success. We appreciate all your help.

Hope to see you at our next meeting.

SHE OPENS HER MOUTH IN SKILLFUL AND GODLY WISDOM, AND ON HER TONGUE IS THE LAW OF KINDNESS Prov 31:26


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PTO by Effie Vlamis, President XRISTOS ANESTI! an you believe that it is May and that there are only a few more weeks left under our PTO calendar!

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With that said, we have so much more coming up for the months of May and June. Please look for emails and flyers for the end of the year trip, as well as the PTO end of the year dinner, and some fun activities for the youth. This past month, PTO held a movie night (first one ever) where the children saw the movie Frozen , had some pizza and popcorn, while the parents enjoyed some social time as well. This year, we had a beautiful group of youth as well as adults from our parish participating in the annual Greek Independence Day Parade in NY. Even though the weather was cold and windy, it did not stop us from having a grand time. It is the experiences and memories that make everything special. Year after year, the PTO rents a coach bus, we socialize, watch movies, and look forward to marching in the parade. Dressed in our blue and white apparel, carrying our banners and lavarons, we march as a group to show our Greek pride and enthusiasm, representing our Holy Trinity, our faith , and our culture. After all is said and done, we truly do have a great time, no matter what weather is forecasted. We have sent out emails about on goings within the PTO. One email notified everyone that there will be nominations for seats on our Executive Board. If you are interested, please contact Effie Vlamis. Nominations need to be in on or before our May meeting. Elections will take place at our June meeting. Upcoming events: April 29th and 30th-PTO will supply wreaths for Protomagies. We are asking the children to bring fresh cut flowers to make our floral wreaths. Assembly for the GOYA will be before Greek dance and for the younger youth, the wreaths will

be made after Greek school. Please, parents, if you can supply the flowers and hands, that would be great. The finished wreaths will be hung up on the doors of the back entrance , and as tradition has it, will be burned in June. May 2- Festival of Tables at 7pm- PTO will have a table. Our theme for the adults table is the “The Derby Race” and for the children, “Sports.” The children can wear any favorite jersey . PTO meeting May 7 at 5pm. May 3- Shrek show at The Bridgeport Cabaret at 5pm. May 4th PTO is serving our parish for the Athletics Award Ceremony. Hands are needed to help serve and clean up. May 15- Scholarship deadline. Please contact main office for scholarship forms. May 30, 31, and June 1- Festival June 9- Our Church’s Name day- lunch served June 11- Greek School Graduation June 13- End of year adult dinner June 15- Sunday School Graduation/ Luncheon honoring Miss Eva. We need many hands for this lunch. We will be hosting celebratory lunch for Miss Eva’s retirement and all years dedicated to our church and youth. June 22- Scholarship Ceremony (distribution) "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. "- Henry Ford Our next meeting, Wednesday June 4, at 5:00 in double classroom room hope to see you there…

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. -H.W. Beecher


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Ladies Phloptochos Society by Lena Protopapas, President

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hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. The weather was a little bit cold during Holy Week, but it is Spring, and the cold is not the same as during Winter time. Did you have magiritsa, arni souvlisto, kokoretsi, garthoumbitses? Did you tsougrisate your eggs? Did you win? Easter is so wonderful. Not only from the religious point of view, but because at the time we celebrate our Easter, Spring has begun and is so beautiful with all the flowers, bushes and trees starting to bloom. On Holy Saturday evening, while everyone quietly awaited to hear the “ΥΡΗ΢ΣΟ΢ ΑΝ��΢ΣΖ , Christ is Risen,” a sweet, soft wind blew, transferring the aroma of fragrant flowers to us, making us feeling that we were in a magic world ! Υξόληα Πνιιά λα είκαζηε θαιά θαη λα μαλαγηνξηάζνπκε ηνπ ρξόλνπ. Xξόληα Πνιιά ζηνπο Α λ α ζ η ά ζ ε δ ε ο , η η ο Αλαζηαζίεο, ηνπο Λάκπξνπο θαη ηηο Λακπξηλέο. I want to thank all of you for your generous donations to the poor . This Easter we gave 300 lbs of food to the Food Bank . Let us try to make it 1000 lbs by the end of the year. We also, gave a lot of coats to the Rescue Mission. I would like to thank the few

Philoptochines for the extra long hours they spend in the kitchen without ever complaining ! Thank you girls, and God bless you. Looking at my calendar I saw that there are not a lot of celebrations after Easter, except St George one on 23rd of April ( Υξόληα Πνιιά ζηνπο Γηώξγνπο θαη Γησξγίεο ) and the 1st of May ε Πξσηνκαγηά. Mother nature έρεη ήδε πξνεηνηκαζηεί ηνλ Μάξηε πνπ πξαζηλίδεη ην ρνξηάξη θαη ηα αγξνινύινπδα ηνπ Απξίιε, κε θνξπθή ηεο Άλνημεο ηνλ Μάε κε ηα πνιιά θαη όκνξθα ινπινύδηα κηαο επνρήο πνπ θάλεη ηε γε λα κ νη ά δ ε η κ ε π ν ι π θ ε λ ηε κ έ λ ε ηξαρειηά, όπσο ιέεη θαη ν πνηεηήο καο Οδπζζέαο Διύηεο «Λνπινύδηα αο δηαιέμνπκε θαη ξόδα θαη θξίλα, Καη ειάηε λα πιέμνπκε ζηεθάληα κε θείλα…..» Έλα σξαίν ζρνιηθό ηξαγνπδάθη γηα ηελ Πξσηνκαγηά! Aπηή ε γηνξηή είλαη από ηα αξραία ρξόληα - ηα Αλζεζηήξηα , ζηηο αξρέο ηεο Άλνημεο - γηα λα ηηκήζνπλ ηνλ Γηόλπζν θαη ιίγν αξγόηεξα, ηα Αλζεζθόξηα, γηα λα ηηκήζνπλ ηελ Γήκεηξα κε ηελ θόξε ηεο ηελ Πεξζεθόλε. Δίραλ αθόκε θαη κήλα ηνλ Αλζεζηεξηώλα. Σα ινπινύδηα ζηελ αξραηόηεηα ζπκβόιηδαλ ηε δσή, ηα ληάηα, ηελ νκνξθηά, ηελ επηπρία θαη ηελ ραξά. Δηζη ινηπόλ ηελ

Πξσηνκαγηά, μερύλνληαη όινη ζηνπο αγξνύο θαη ηηο απιέο, γηα λα θόςνπλ ινπινύδηα θαη λα θηηάμνπλ ζηεθάληα, πνπ ηα θξεκάλ ζηα κπαιθόληα ή ηηο πόξηεο ηνπο κε έλα ζθόξδν ζηε κέζε γηα ην…..κάηη!!! Μέλεη εθεί κέρξη ην βξάδπ ηεο 23εο Ηνπλίνπ, ηελ παξακνλή ηνπ Αγίνπ Ησάλλνπ. Σν βξάδπ ηεο παξακνλήο ν ιαόο καο αλάβεη θσηηέο θαη θαίλε ηα ζηεθάληα. Σξαγνπδώληαο θαη ρνξεύνληαο πεδάλε πάλσ από ηηο θσηηέο κε ηε ζεηξά κηθξνί θαη κεγάινη. Ζ Πξσηνκαγηά είλαη επίζεο ε εκέξα ηνπ εξγάηε, επεηδή ην 1889 μεζεθώζεθαλ νη εξγάηεο θαη δηεθδίθεζαλ ηα δηθαηώκαηά ηνπο. Εήηεζαλ 8σξε εξγαζία, απαγόξεπζε παηδηθήο εξγαζίαο θαη άιια. Γηνξηάδεηαη ζε πνιιέο ρώξεο. Πεξίπνπ 80. Μηα από απηέο είλαη θαη ε Διιάδα. On April 29th, 2014 we have a regular meeting at 7PM. In May, we begin baking for our festival. All help is welcome and appreciated! On May 2nd, we will have the Festival of Tables. If you would like to host a table, please call Maria Matsikas at (203) 268-2788 for more information. You are all invited to come and celebrate with us the Protomaghia. On May 16th we will go to the theater to see an American Comedy. Please call Lena Protopapas: at (203) 929-1582, or Maria Cook at (203) 375-9329 for reservations. Tickets are: $20.00 ($19.00 for seniors).

The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. — Barbara Kingsolver


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Around the Parish by Stella Capiris

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ur Greek School Department celebrated Greek Independence Day with a program of poems and songs recited and sung by the children on Sunday, March 23rd following Church Services. Despite the rain and the cold, our Parish, of course, participated in the recent annual Greek Independence Day Parade held in New York City. Congratulations to all those who marched and chanted “Zeto E Ellada.� We had Eleni Georgakopoulos on the Miss Greek Independence Pageant float representing Miss Kerkyra. On the AHEPA float, sponsored by Districts 5, 6, and 7, the name of Alexander Vlantes appeared and was honored for his 75 years of dedication to AHEPA. Kai tou chronou with better weather. The GOYAns recently held a joyful retreat in our Parish during Lent, following which they all participated in the Sacrament of Confession. Thanks to Father Andreas and to Father Sergei for a meaningful day. We welcome new member Pericles Gountas to the Parish Council and thank George Mourizakis, outgoing Parish Council member, for his past dedication. Many thanks to Gus Agortsas for donating the fish luncheon held after the Evangelismos Services. Congratulations to Vanessa and Joel Rock on the birth of their baby boy Alexander. Siena and Ava adore their new baby brother. The proud grandparents are Christina and Edward Kunkel. Na sas zisse. Congratulations to Dr. Anthy Demestihas who was recently honored at the Benefit for St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound. We are indeed proud of her. Kai eis anotera.

classes for collection to support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. To date, the Mission Center has reached out to over 31 countries world-wide with various mission programs. In the Narthex, at the Pangare, for anyone interested in supporting this Mission, there is a container to which you may wish to contribute. For our high school graduates, Scholarship Forms can be picked up in the Church Office. Many Scholarships are being granted, so there is an opportunity for everyone to apply. We extend our deepest sympathy to Helen Serevetas on the death of her beloved husband , Steve. We remember him faithfully helping out in the kitchen during our Festivals. The Community extends its deepest sympathy to Nicholas and Sophia Magoulas on the death of their beloved daughter, Maria, and to Maria's children, her siblings, and to her extended family. Maria waged a courageous seven month battle with cancer. She will always be remembered as always willing to help others and she did live life to the fullest. Our deepest sympathy to the Bletsas Family on the loss of their beloved Dimitrios. He was their "guiding light" and will be very much missed. Our sympathy to Ellie Souvlis and family on the loss of their beloved husband and father, Charalambos (Harris). Dr. Souvlis will be remembered by many people in our Community - those whom he helped in many different ways and those whom he brought into the world. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Petros Taxilaridis, who fought a battle for five years with Alzheimer's. He will be deeply missed, especially by his loving grandchildren with whom he loved to spend as much time as possible. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Toula Silvestros, a devoted wife for 50 years and a loving grandmother to six grandchildren who will all miss her. May all their Memories be Forever Eternal!

Mission boxes have been given to the Sunday School

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.


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he Bridgeport Chapter of

AHEPA recently helped organize a fundraiser for the church gym. The event was held at the Two Roads Brewery in Stratford. Thank you to AHEPA member Leonidas Stefanatos (East Avenue Pizza, Norwalk) for donating pizza for the event and to the Gountas Family for helping set-up the event and for the delicious pita which was donated for the fundraiser. This was the first fundraiser held to benefit the church gym in many years, and we thank all of those

11 who attended and helped support a great cause. The Bridgeport Chapter of AHEPA was honored to have the AHEPA past Supreme Governor attend a recent monthly meeting. Dr. Grossomanides gave an interesting talk on his past experience as AHEPA Supreme Governor and gave a summary of current AHEPA events. At this year’s Greek Independence Day parade in New York , the AHEPA District float displayed the name of our dearly departed former AHEPA member Alex Vlantes. Alex was a member of AHEPA for over seventy years, and it was a beautiful tribute of his service and dedication as an AHEPAn to see

Athletic Department by Chris Danas, Director Christos Anesti! nspiration and perspiration; our Holy Trinity youth athletics has an overwhelming amount of both! We are so proud of them. Here are the seasons in review: Our basketball teams made the playoffs and the season ended with a loss in the first round for all teams. We hosted the All-Star games on March 29th as the season finisher. Our all-stars where Alex Vlandis, Alex Vlamis, for the youth team, Gus Bochanis, Justin Schiller for our JV team, and Nick Bochanis and Jake Chamberlain for the varsity team. Our girls’ volleyball league has made huge progress this year as well. They had a great season, and we are looking forward to seeing even more next year. Our girls played in the volleyball championship game and came in 2nd place. Great job, girls! The fundraiser at Two Roads Brewery on the 27th had an awesome turnout, and we can’t say thank you enough for all of those who came out to support it. A good time was had by all. Looking forward: We'll be hosting another family

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his name on the float. T wo impor tant upcoming AHEPA events include AHEPA Day and a fishing trip, which will be sponsored by the Bridgeport Chapter of AHEPA. AHEPA Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 18th. AHEPA will sponsor the coffee hour after church. The fishing trip sponsored by AHEPA is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014. We will be providing more details about the time and location of the fishing trip which will be open to all members of our community. To become a member of AHEPA please contact us at 2 0 3 - 3 9 4 - 8 0 0 1 o r ahepa@holytrinitybridgeport.org .

night in the gym soon, and conditioning nights for players will also begin mid-August. We would like to run this twice a year. If you have missed the family nights, please join us. It's been a great way to spend an active evening with other families. We'll also host a volleyball open gym night on Fridays from 7 to 10pm, hosted by Terry and Amelia, our volleyball coaches. Next season, we'll start a new program highlighting a player of the month. Starting in September, all year long, and for any sport be any sport, you will be asked to email in your nominations and why the individual should be considered. Those selected to receive an award will be honored in church for their sportsmanship. Save the Date: May 4th, Sunday, is the Awards Day for our players, followed by a PTO sponsored luncheon. We are looking for sponsors for our gym banner program. The banners are 2’x3’ in size and are displayed for 1 calendar year. Remember, a lot people come in and out of our gym. If you have a business, or know somebody that does, please contact any member of the committee to become a sponsor. All proceeds go to gym and program improvement. If you haven’t seen the new things we have done in the gym, come take a look for yourself! As you know, this league is volunteer based, and we couldn't have had such a great year without the outstanding efforts from all of the players, parents, committee members, and coaches. Thank you all!

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A Song for Mom

Yet here it was her birthday and all she had was me and a sink full of dishes. I tiptoed upstairs, grabbed my trombone then marched into the kitchen playing the most awful, off-key version of “Happy Birthday” you can imagine.

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tupidly I’d lost a credit card and was on the phone trying to get a new one rushed to me. The customer-service rep, whom I suspected was not currently in the same hemisphere as me, took my info then asked in a lilting accent a secret security question: “What is your mother’s birthday?” I hadn’t remembered ever having divulged this, and I am bad at dates in any case, but this one I knew. It was just the two of us one year. I was about 10 and obsessed with the trombone. Dad was stuck on a business trip and my brother and sister were now both away at college. Mom and I ate dinner in the

kitchen. She brought out a little cake with a single candle and we sang a halfhearted “Happy Birthday.” Mom, who lacked my sweet tooth, took a tiny piece, and I devoured the rest then tore back upstairs to my trombone and my scales. A few minutes later I came back down for something when I stopped and noticed my mom, alone, standing at the sink doing our meager dishes. I’d never felt sorry for my mom before because she never felt sorry for herself.

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e are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says, half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?" "It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations." But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she

Mom stood with her back to me until I was mercifully through, then turned. There were tears in her eyes, a rare sight. She walked over and with her sudsy hands hugged me as hard as she ever had or ever would. “September 20,” I told the woman on the phone. “Thank you,” she said from the other side of the earth. “It’s nice when a man knows his mother’s birthday.” Yes, mothers make the world go ’round. Submitted by Vicky Andriotis—as appeared in Guideposts Magazine

will forever be vulnerable. I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop a soufflé or her best crystal without a moment's hesitation. I feel I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by Motherhood. She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to

use every ounce of her discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right.

The precursor of the mirror is the mother's face.

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I want my daughter to know that everyday decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that danger may be lurking in that restroom. However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years -not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs. I want her to know that her relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should

know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic. I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk driving. I hope she will understand why I can think rationally about most issues, but become temporarily insane when I discuss the threat of nuclear war to my children's future. I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or a cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real, it actually hurts. My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret it," I finally say. Then I reach across the table, squeeze my daughter's hand and offer a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all of the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings. This blessed gift from God . . . that of being a Mother.

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hy are you crying?" a son asked his mom.

"Because I'm a mother," she told him. "I don't understand," he said. His mom just hugged him and said, "You never will!" Later the little boy asked his father why Mother seemed to cry for no reason. "All mothers cry for no reason,"

was all his dad could say. The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why mothers cry. So he finally put in a call to God and when God got on the phone the man said, "God, why do mothers cry so easily." God said, "You see son, when I made mothers they had to be special. I gave them an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times come from their children. I gave them a hardi-

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ness that allows them to keep going when everyone else gives up, and to take care of their families through sickness and fatigue without complaining.� "I gave them the sensitivity to love their children under all circumstances, even when their child has hurt them very badly. This same sensitivity helps them to make a child's boo-boo feel better and helps them share a teenager's anxieties and fears. "I gave them a tear to shed. It's theirs exclusively to use whenever it's needed. It's their only weakness. It's a tear for mankind." Submitted by Vicky Andriotis --Author Unknown

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is."


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14 there watching over the child. "Is there anyone there besides you?" the boss asked the child.

How Moms Get Gray Hair

"Yes," whispered the child, "A policeman."

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he boss of a big company needed to call one of his employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers He dialed the employees home phone number and was greeted with a child's whispered, "Hello?"

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?" "No, he's busy," whispered the child. "Busy doing what?” asked the boss.

Feeling put out at the inconvenience of having to talk to a youngster the boss asked, "Is your Daddy home?"

"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer. Growing concerned and even worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the ear piece on the phone the boss asked, "What is that noise?"

"Yes," whispered the small voice. "May I talk with him?" the man asked. To the surprise of the boss, the small voice whispered, "No." Wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?" "Yes," came the answer. "May I talk with her?" Again the small voice whispered, "No." Knowing that it was not likely that a young child would be left home alone, the boss decided he would just leave a message with the person who should be

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Alarmed, concerned and more than just a little frustrated the boss asked, "Why are they there?" Still whispering, the young voice replied along with a muffled giggle, "They're looking for me!" Submitted by Vicky Andriotis --- Author Unknown

We are wisdom Though forever in pursuit of

e are patience Not always in abundance But as often as possible We are love

"What is going on there?" asked the boss, now alarmed. In an awed whispering voice the child answered, "The search team just landed the hello-copper."

Unconditional Infinite and boundless

We Are

W

"A hello-copper," answered the whispering voice.

We are “Mother” It is the weight of the world It is endless joy It is by the Grace of God That we are

“Mother” Through joy and through pain For better or for worse There is no one we’d rather be We are now And Always “Mother” —from Prayer in Poetry for the Christian Mother / 2008

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.


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Memorial Day Cemetery Visits Monday May 26, 2014 Lakeview: 9:30 am Gate of Heaven: 11:00 am. Mt. Grove: 12:15 pm Oak Lawn: 1:00 pm Lawn Croft:2:00 pm ΕΠΙ΢ΚΕΨΗ ΢ΣΑ ΝΕΚΡΟΣΑΦΕΙΑ ΔΕΤΣΕΡΑ 26 ΜΑΙΟΤ 2014 ΛΕΪΚΒΙΟΥ: 9:30 ΠΜ GATE OF HEAVEN: 11:00 ΠΜ MT. GROVE: 12:15 ΜΜ OAKLAWN: 1:00 ΜM Lawn Croft: 2:00 MM Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church SCHOLARSHIPS 2014 1. Athletic Committee Scholarship 2. Harriett Chirigos Memorial Scholarship 3. Georgia Demont/Pappas Scholarship for High School girls students 4. Georgia Demont/Pappas for women who are currently matriculated or have been accepted as undergraduates or graduate College or university. 5. Pamela & Dean Hatzis Memorial Scholarship 6. Nicholas & Alexandra Keffas Memorial Scholarship. 7. Irene Mellas Memorial Scholarship 8. Philoptochos Scholarship 9. PTO Scholarship 10. Stavroula Rountos Memorial Scholarship 11. Petros Roussas Memorial Scholarship 12. Maria Skenderis Isola Memorial Scholarship 13. Frossie Trigonis Memorial Scholarship 14. Sophia Vlantes Memorial Scholarship 15. GOYA Scholarship 16. AHEPA Scholarship 17. Daughters of Penelope Scholarship 18. FORCC SCHOLARSHIP ( For FORCC Scholarship Applications Please call Eva Vaniotis @ 203-374-0013_ D E A D L I NE I S MA Y 1 5, 2 0 14 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS can be obtained at the Church Office. Call at 203-374-5561.


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