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ORTHODOX VISION Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Bridgeport February 2019

Father Georgios Livaditis, Presbyter January 2019


Upcoming Liturgies and Events

February 2019 Liturgies: Saturday February 2

The Presentation of the Lord to the Temple

Sunday February 3

16th Sunday of Mathew

Sunday February 10

17th Sunday of Mathew/St. Charalambos the Martyr

Sunday February 17

16th Sunday of Luke -- TRIODION BEGINS

Sunday February 24

17th Sunday of Luke -- Prodigal Son

Thursday February 28 Tsiknopempti (Shrove Thursday) Celebration by the Ladies Philoptochos

Memorials: Sunday February 3

Sunday February 10

Andreas Alatakis 40 Days John Agronis

5 years

Mary Agronis

2 ½ years

Dionisia Balik

1 year

Nick Tsaousis

1 year

George Gountas

1 year

Christ Demetros 40 Days


A MESSAGE FROM FATHER GEORGIOS FatherGeorgios@holytrinitybridgeport.org

ΣΥΝΘΗΜΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ «Πας ο υψών εαυτόν ταπεινωθήσεται» Πολύ συνηθισμένο φαινόμενο είναι το να υψώνει ο άνθρωπος τον εαυτόν του. Φαντάζομαι πολλοί, ότι έχουν μεγάλη αξία. Διότι νομίζουν, ότι έχουν πολλά προτερήματα και προσόντα και ικανότητες. Επίσης πολλοί έχουν μεγάλη ιδέα για την καλοσύνη τους και τις αρετές τους και τα καλά τους έργα, μολονότι διάφορες περιστάσεις και γεγονότα φανερώνουν ότι «πολλά πταίομεν άπαντες», όπως λέγει ο Απόστολος Ιάκωβος (Ιακ. γ΄2). Επομένως, ευρίσκονται σε μεγάλη πλάνη όσοι φαντάζονται ότι δεν έχουν αμαρτίες, αλλά αρετές, και γι αυτό καυχώνται και υψώνουν τον εαυτό τους. Είναι δε άξιον προσοχής, ότι η υψηλοφροσύνη και η υπερηφάνεια έχει πολλές συνέπειες και εκδηλώσεις στην καθημερινή ζωή του ανθρώπου. Διότι ο υπερήφανος δεν δέχεται απο τους άλλους υποδείξεις και συμβουλές, όσον και αν είναι αυτές σωστές και ωφέλιμες. Αντιθέτως έχει την αξίωση να ακούει πάντοτε επαίνους για τον εαυτόν του. Όταν δε ακούει να επαινούνται άλλα πρόσωπα, τότε στενοχωρείται και θλίβεται. Δεν διστάζει να κατηγορήσει εκείνους τους οποίους οι άλλοι θαυμάζουν και επαινούν. Επειδή δε, έχει μεγάλη ιδέα για την εξυπνάδα του και τις γνώσεις του, είναι πρόθυμος να δίδει συμβουλές στους άλλους, δεν δέχεται αντιρρήσεις στα όσα λέγει αυτός. Ζητεί να επιβάλει τις δικές του γνώμες, μολονότι σε πολλές περιστάσεις είναι άκριτος, επιπόλαιος και άδικος. Αρχή Τριωδίου – Κυριακή 16η Λουκά, - «Τελώνου και Φαρισαίου» It is a very common phenomenon for man to boast about himself. When he receives accolades, he believes himself to possess the qualities, skills and abilities worthy of bragging. Many men think more of themselves especially when it concerns their kindness, virtues and good deeds; however, often times various factual circumstances indicate otherwise. Men have big ideas of their knowledge and are ready and willing to give advice to others, without being ready to accept criticism. And so the Triodion begins on the 16th Sunday of Like with the parable of Publican and the Pharisee.


PARISH COUNCIL Sylvia Bal Congratulations to our Parish council board: President: Peter Karagiannis Vice President: Sylvia Bal Treasure: Dimitri Hasiotis Assistant Treasurer: Takki Angelopoulos Secretary: Stella Capiris Assistant Secretary: Maria Gountas Robert Arvanitis George Christopoulos George Malitz Steve Foundoukis John Tsilfides Thank you to our out going parish council members Peter Tsimbidaros And Perry Rountos for their many years of service on the parish council. Their countless years of service to our parish is very much appreciated and valued. I would like to thank everyone for their support during my presidency and look forward to continuing to support the many projects of Holy Trinity. With respect, love and appreciation Sylvia Bal


Sunday School Sophia Hallas – Director

* THANK YOU to PTO for the delicious Vasilopita! Lucky coin winners were Evangelia Sandalides, Niko Koutouvides and Johnny Angelopoulos. * January’s Student of the Month for JUSTICE is Dylan Hasiotis! Dylan is in Kindergarten and likes things done right! He is the son of Jimmy and Rebecca Hasiotis. Dylan is a special and loving little man! * The focus of the Gospel Value - Justice is on societal issues where people should be treated with respect and dignity. We especially consider the injustice that may occur in the school community, such as bullying. Through age appropriate resources students were taught that bullying is “the use of coercion to abuse or intimidate another person” and that this type of behavior is NOT ACCEPTABLE! Bullying can lead a person into deep depression, hostility, and even suicide. Fr George and the entire Sunday School staff is here to protect your children! Please let us know if you see or hear of any bullying situation in the Church. The younger grades discussed how to “Love One Another” * St John Chrysostom Parish Festival is February 16th @ 10 am. Everybody is welcomed! We have 3 Divisions: Elementary (Grades 4-6), Junior (Grades 7-9) and Senior (Grades10-12). Our Sunday School Program is in need of more parent involvement! We need Office Staff, Aides and Substitutes. I feel that being involved boosts the mental health of children. It encourages communication between children and parents, and lead to a healthier self-esteem and confidence. It is also a great way to meet other parents in the Community!


PTO Irene Rountos, President January was filled with lots of vasilopites! PTO provided vasilopites to both Sunday school and Greek school. On the 9th, Father George performed the Epiphany blessing and vasilopita cutting during Greek school. Congratulations to Xander Kantzas and Chris Rountos for getting the flouri! On the 13th, Sunday school cut the vasilopites downstairs following services. Congratulations to Evangelia Sandalides, Niko Koutouvides and Johnny Angelopoulos! Congratulations to Olga Valbuena for finding the flouri on the 14th during the PTO meeting! On January 30th, Greek School students, teachers, parents and parishioners attended services in honor of the Three Hierarchs. Past graduates were honored on that day. Afterwards, PTO provided coffee and desserts. Coming up for Sunday school is the Oratorical on February 16th. Good luck to all the participants! PTO will award prizes to the winners and host a pizza lunch following the speeches. PTO’s next event includes a movie outing with our own private theatre on Saturday, February 23rd, at Bow Tie Cinemas in Trumbull at 10:00 to see Lego Movie 2. Check out the flyer for more details! Please also join us at our next general meeting on Sunday, March 3rd, in the double classroom after church services. Nominations for various positions will take place at this meeting so please make every effort to be there, thanks!


Philoptochos Effie Vlamis, President

We distributed 100 first aid kits to the homeless on January 9th at Golden Hill United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. One of the lucky coin recipients from our Vasilopita cutting in church was St. Basil’s. This month we have the annual Tsiknopempti Celebration!!!! Please save the date on your calendars for Thursday, February 28th from 6-10pm adults and kids come dressed in costume, prizes will be given out for best adult and best kids costume, dancing, come hungry!!!! Beer and wine will be sold * Goyans are $10 * kids crafts * call church office for table reservations. Let’s celebrate our festive and fun culture with kefi. Sunday February 3rd GO RED SUNDAY wear red in support of Women’s Health. Our monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, February 5th at 6pm. We are still collecting Philoptochos stewardship $35 for a year. We would love for our organization to gain members from ages 18+ and grow our Philanthropic arm to be able to do more. Saturday of Souls is March 2nd (1st), 9th (2nd), and 16th (3rd). Please contact Lena Protopapas for your individual koliva bowl orders. $10 a bowl . Please fill out the form with payment and give to either church office or Lena Protopapas. The bowls are yours to be taken home after each service. Deadline for the individual bowls are February 27th. The Greek Independence Day Parade in New York will be on Sunday April 14th. College care packages will be going out soon. Information on Visit to St. Nektarios will be coming out shortly. We are currently planning on cooking for the homeless at a nearby kitchen. Details to follow we are always looking for helping hands with all that we do, whether it be serving during coffee hour, serving and setting up for a memorial meal, packaging for homeless kits, college care packages, baking and packaging. We are humble servants of God and everyone’s help is always needed and appreciated What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson Until next month… Effie Vlamis 203-685-5464 or evlamis@yahoo


GOYA Liam Waldron Our Goya group has started the new year with some fun outings. We had a lot of fun going to NYC to see the Broadway show “The School of Rock.� It was an amazing show and we all loved it. We also had our first meeting of the year where we cut the Vasilopita. Congratulations to Eleni Valbuena on winning the coin! February is also going to be quite busy. We have our annual GOYA Scavenger Hunt in NYC scheduled for February 9th. We will also be hosting coffee hour at church on February 24th. On this day we will also offer our technology services to our parish seniors (or anyone who would like some help with texting, facetime, google, social media, etc.). We look forward to helping you out with your technology questions! Finally, an email will be sent with details about our next meeting which will be in February. We will finalize plans for a possible ski outing and any other ideas for the upcoming months. Thank You! Liam


Daughters of Penelope Cindy Waldron

We started the year off with our annual Vasilopita cutting along with our Brother Ahepans. It was a fun meeting which included some wonderful traditional singing led by Van Hatzis. Congratulations to Stella Capiris on winning the coin! Thank to everyone who helped make our “Penelope’s Tailgate” a success! Many came out to participate in the fun. This was our 3rd year with this event and we do love celebrating it. We look forward to brining it back next year! We are completing our Let’s Keep Them Warm Drive. We had a successful year and have given out many items to various charities including the Under the Bridge and other charities. We would like to give a big thank you to all who donated and made a difference to all those in need. We would also like to acknowledge all those people in the greater Bridgeport community who left us hand-knitted items in all our collection boxes. We would also like to thank the businesses that supported us by having a box collection box in their stores. It all made a difference. Our knitting group has made over 60 blankets and shawls for our Seniors! Our group is also making baby blankets as gifts to the 40-day old babies. We welcome beginners and anyone can come join us to learn and participate. Our knitters are having a lot of fun too! We typically meet on Monday nights. 2019 will bring another year of Acts of Kindness. Look out for the dates of our minidrives, which will be held on dedicated Sundays during the upcoming months. Our next meeting will be on February 20th at 7 pm. We will be discussing our Acts of Kindness in addition to planning for our spring raffle, and our annual Mother’s Day Flower sale. Please visit us at http://holytrinitybridgeport.org/daughters.html. Our chapter email is daughters@holytrinitybridgeport.org. Lastly, “Like” us on Facebook at Daughters of Penelope - Bridgeport "Hermes" Chapter 41, District 7. We are now on Instagram under dopchapter41. Please consider being a part of our group. We would love to have you!


Choir Director Joanna Bogardus “Let us sing together” Written By: Carol Vaniotis When the church was built, the wall at the back of the choir loft was blank. The choir members desired having an iconographer design an icon that would represent a “Chorus of Angels.” Under the leadership of our former choir director, Phoebe K. Leask, we started in October of 2013 with a once-a-year silent auction. These auctions and social hours, hosted by the choir, took place after services. With the hard work of the choir and the generous contributions from many parishioners and church organizations (Choir, Holy Trinity Seniors, Hellenic Cultural Association, AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Philoptochos, Parish Council) we raised $10,000.00. This past year, Fr. George contacted the iconographer, Miltiadis Afentoulis, a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, to present a proposal. At a meeting with the iconographer, he assured us that we would all love the results of his work. The additional gold background and the two separate Icons of St. Romanos the Melodious and St. Cassiani, mounted on the choir loft railing, increased the final cost to $12,000.00. The Iconography is now completed and it is truly beautiful. “Since this is the choir’s project, we will raise the additional $2000 to pay the balance, instead of the church.” If any parishioners would like to contribute toward this beautiful project, now would be a welcome time. Also, contributions may be made in memory of a loved one. Please make checks payable to the Holy Trinity Choir and either mail to the church or present it to any choir member. Donations for this project would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks to all and may God keep you well. A MUSIC NOTE: • I would like to thank my fellow choir member, Van Hatzis, for all his valuable input and for the writing of this article. His help is truly appreciated.


AROUND THE PARISH Stella Capiris Congratulations to Father George on his recent elevation to the office of “Oikonomos”. Congratulations to Helen and Jimmy Zervos on their son “John” being accepted into the Police Academy in Stamford. We wish him good luck in his new position. Now is the time to renew your Stewardship “2019” in order to continue being a parishioner “in good standing”. We thank the Philoptochos for hosting the annual “Vasilopita” celebration. As usual the “Vasilopites” were delicious. All of the proceeds went to towards the “needs” of the children at St. Basil Academy. Philoptochos recently visited St. Michael’s Home for the Aged in Yonkers, New York. With them they brought gifts and Christmas Cards for all the residents which were made by our Greek School children. Thanks to the Daughters for continuing with their “Knitting Club”. They are presently knitting shawls for all the Senior Citizens in our Community. They held their “Tailgate Luncheon” which included many Super Bowl goodies. Thanks to the GOYANs for participating with the Daughters in providing food for the “homeless” at “under the bridge”. The GOYANS donated all the “candy bars”. They also attended the Broadway show “School of Rock”. We are indeed proud of our youth as they continue their education. Congratulations to Irene Bal for making the Dean’s List in her first year of college. Congratulations to Nicholas Tsorvas having been accepted to Fordham College. We wish them and all our students, continued good luck and success wherever their paths may lead them. Our Sunday School department is preparing for the annual St. John Chrysostom Parish Festival. The elementary, junior and senior grades will all be participating. Do encourage your children to participate with their individual essays. We offer our deepest sympathies to the following families: -

The family of Christie Demetros – an active life long member of our Parish, community and devoted member of AHEPA. The family of Andreas Alatakis – devoted member of our Parish and Parish Council. The family of Aliki Mchalous Scrascia – a lovely voice in our Choir that will be missed. And the family of Carole Demont – a lifetime member of our Parish. She will be missed by her six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. May their memories be Eternal


Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Bridgeport CT 06604 (203) 374 -5561 Father Georgios Livaditis Presbyter Parish Council Peter Karayiannis (631) 258-3933

Sylvia Bal - (203) 814-2131

Taki Angelopoulos (203) 767 0783

Robert Arvanitis (860) 488-4447

Stella Capiris (203) 259-7344

George Christopoulos (203) 520-3284

Steve Foundoukis (917) 817-1094

Maria Gountas (203) 650-3246

Dimitrios Hasiotis (203) 257-7452

John Tsilfides (203) 371-7261

AHEPA John Bochanis (203) 254-7595 Athletic Director Chris Danas (860) 916-3777 Cantor George Bakes (203) 374-8561 Choir Joanna Bogardus (203) 650-4204 Cultural Association Van Hatzis (203) 268-7231 Council of Churches Stacey Kapateneas (203) 926-1751 Daughters of Penelope Cindy Waldron (203) 455- 4429 ESF Scholarship Rebecca Hasiotis (203) 258 - 1826 GOYA Liam Waldron (203) 814-0535 Greek School Eleni Limberis (203) 371-6305 Nursing Home Ministry Stella Capiris (203) 259-7334 Maintenance Committee Gus Hatzis (203) 260-5359 PTO Irene Rountos (917) 376-8075 Philoptochos Effie Vlamis (203) 685-5464 Senior Citizens Van Hatzis (203) 268-7231 Sunday School Sophia Hallas (203) 522-5022 Vision Faye Demestihas (917) 217-8530 If you would like to receive notifications from our church via email please email us at holytrinity4070@gmail.com.


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