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A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Nancy Cosmos

Nancy Cosmos, 76 of Dunedin, FL was born March 23, 1945 in Cleveland Ohio, and fell asleep on August 22, 2021 after a brief stay at Suncoast Hospice Care Center. Nancy is survived by her sister, Karen Duffey; nephew, David Arthurs Jr.; nieces Amy (Tim) Coan, Rebecca (Jimmy) Garcia, Elizabeth Cosmos, Karen Cosmos, and Linda Batman, along with many grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Those who knew Nancy knew that she dedicated her life to her family and so many dear friends. She had a positive attitude, a kind heart, an infectious smile, and gave the best hugs. Nancy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 22 years, Thomas A. Cosmos and her parents Alma and Gilbert L. Patch. Nancy was always very athletic and loved all sports starting as a young child and even into her retirement. In high school, in the 1950s, Nancy once got to be the kicker on the Upper Arlington, OH high school football team. She graduated high school from Rocky River High in Ohio and then attended college at The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. Golf was always her first love and in college she competed on The OSU Varsity Women’s Golf Team. She was retroactively awarded an athletic letter in golf some 50 years later. 

After a brief stint working for the Detroit Social Security office, Nancy decided an office job was not for her. She then began a long and successful career managing and buying for the golf pro shops at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, MI. There she met the love of her life and future husband, Tom. She then went on to Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL and finished her career at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL. During her retirement Nancy enjoyed working for Publix Super Market in Customer Service and in the back office. Nancy was a member of the P.G.A., the Florida State Golf Association, and the Ohio State University Alumni Association. 

She was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, FL, where she volunteered in the Soup Kitchen. Nancy had great times traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad with her husband Tom and, after he passed, with her many dear girlfriends. She enjoyed watching sports, especially golf, OSU Football and the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey games. Nancy was a wine connoisseur, master on the grill and expert Call Now (727) 524-9202 - Available 24/7 sous chef to her husband. She enjoyed fine dining, golf outings, playing bridge and canasta and spending time with friends and family. Nancy especially loved visiting her sister, Karen, and the rest of her family for extended periods during the summers and holidays, where many front porch happy hours, games, laughter, puzzling and story-telling occurred. 

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation in Nancy’s memory to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 17 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; or to Suncoast Hospice at suncoasthospice.org. The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 1:00pm. 

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, August 23, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Mary Yanna

Mary Yanna, 93 a native of Tarpon Springs, FL, fell asleep on August 14, 2021. She is predeceased from her husband, Marco Yanna and daughter Michele; she is survived by her daughter Annette Yanna of Palm Harbor, her beloved dog - Zoe; sister Lula Alexiou and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation at Dobie's in Tarpon Springs on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral will be at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Cycadia Cemetery after the funeral.

 

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Mary Vaporis Pikos

Mary Vaporis Pikos, 90, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend fell asleep peacefully in our Lord Jesus Christ on August 8, 2021 surrounded by her family.  She was preceded into His kingdom by her beloved husband Tony of 64 years, her parents, Michael and Kaliope Vaporis, and her brothers, Fr. Nomikos Vaporis, Attorney John Vaporis, and Fr. George Vaporis.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio on September 2, 1930, Mary grew up in Campbell, Ohio and is a 1948 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.  She attended St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, New York and returned to Campbell where she met her husband, Tony.  They were married on October 16, 1949 and were blessed with three children that they joyfully raised in Campbell.

In 1985 Tony and Mary relocated to Tarpon Springs, Florida.  Mary was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and was a devout Orthodox Christian of great faith and spiritual strength.  She faithfully lived her solid core values and will always be remembered for her radiant smile, kind demeanor and passion to always help others.  She touched so many lives during her lifetime.  She was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Her unwavering faith was equaled only by her unconditional love for her entire family.  Always smiling, always giving, always helping, always caring – she was the epitome of selflessness.

She is survived by her three children, Dr. Michael (Diane) A. Pikos of Palm Harbor, Colleen Pikos and Anna Pikos of Tarpon Springs; grandchildren, John Pikos, Maria (Kosta) Karatzas, Virginia (John) Brokalakis, Dr. Lindsey (Samuel) Pikos Rosati, Dr. Tony (Rebecca) Pikos and great grandchildren; Tony, Michael, Georgie, Anna, Giuliana, Ella Sophia, and Andrew Samuel.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with a funeral service starting at 11:00 am, all on Tuesday August 10th, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs. Interment will immediately follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Dobies Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Mary be sent to Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery; 13486 Northwest Highway 225, Reddick, FL 34686 (352-591-1803).

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Tom Harry Billiris

Tom Harry Billiris, 55, native of Tarpon Springs, fell asleep on Sunday,
July 25, 2021. He was born in Tarpon Springs to his parents, Harry and
Kaliope (Mahinis) Billiris, who both preceded him in death. Tom was a 1983
graduate of Tarpon Springs High School. He was an attorney in private
practice. Tom was a member of Interact and Levendia. Tommy loved his family
and friends, and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he was
also preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Billiris. He is survived by
one aunt, Kathy Alesafis; five cousins, Maria (Gert Jan) DeKoter, Georgii
(Shahn) Michael, Pelagia (Kent) Kilgore, Nick (Katherine) Mahinis, Tom
Mahinis; Godson, Johnny Billiris. In lieu of flowers, please consider a
donation in his memory, parents and brother, to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox
Cathedral, https://stnicholastarpon.org/give. A visitation will be held
from 10am to 11am, with a funeral service starting at 11am, all on, Friday,
July 30, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Interment will
immediately follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.
Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tropical Storm Else Update #2

Good morning Brothers and Sisters,

Through the constant intercessions of St Nicholas, we have again been blessed with no damage from last night’s storm. The Cathedral Office and Cathedral will open today as normal. Since the City has closed Sunset Beach, GOYA will meet tonight in the Community Center. Remember to check on family members as there are reports of local power outages.

Giving glory to God and thanks to St Nicholas,

 

Reverend Protopresbyter Athanasios C Haros, Dean

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Tarpon Springs, FL

www.StNicholasTarpon.org

www.LiveANewLifeInChrist.org

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Tropical Storm Elsa Update #1

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

It is that time of year when we must adapt our ministry to storms in our area. As Tropical Storm Elsa approaches our coast, the following program changes have been made.

 

The Cathedral Office will close today, July 6 at 2pm. We will reopen after we have verified the safety of our employees, power etc. We will announce the specific office schedule in another update.

 

All Church services are cancelled today and tomorrow.

 

Little Lambs is cancelled for tomorrow, July 7.

 

St Nicholas Preschool is closed today and tomorrow, following Pinellas County Schools safety protocols.

 

Tomorrow's GOYA BBQ at Sunset Beach is tentatively still on as planned, pending the end of the storm sometime tomorrow. I will include GOYA updates tomorrow.

 

According to reports the greatest threat is coastal flooding, but high winds might bring some power outages. Stay safe and call your friends and neighbors to check in on each other, especially seniors who live alone. 

 

I'll update everyone again as the storm develops.

 

In Christ,

Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Tuesday, July 6, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Sam Diamandis

Sam Diamandis, 61, life long resident of Tarpon Springs, fell asleep on, June 21, 2021. He was born in Tampa, to his parents, Diamond and Diana (Aralios) Diamandis. He was a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School and was a deep sea fishing, boat captain for many years. He is survived by his brother and sister in law, Bill and Helen Diamandis. A visitation will be held from 1pm to 2pm, with a service starting at 2pm, all on Thursday, June 24, at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Interment will follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements.  

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Dimitra M. Polyzos

Dimitra Polyzos, 77, of Holiday, Florida, fell asleep on June 10, 2021. She has 2 daughters: Rhea Polyzos and Laine Salazar; 1 grandson Dimitri Salazar; and 2 sisters: Antonia Grant and Julia Barcelona.

 

A funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 2:00pm

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Friday, June 11, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Konstandinos "Gus" Smalios

Konstandinos “Gus” Smalios, 72, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, fell asleep on June 5, 2021. Gus was born in Kalymnos, Greece on August 11, 1948, the son of Georgeos and Flora (Aspromatis) Smalios.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Gerakios) Smalios of Tarpon Springs, son Georgeos and his wife Athina Smalios of Trinity, daughter Irene and her husband Stavros Zaronias of Tarpon Springs, grandchildren Ioannia Zaronias, Polixenia Smalios, Maria Zaronias, two brothers and five sisters in Greece.
Visitation at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, June 08, 2021 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, June 09, 2021, at1:00 p.m. 

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, June 7, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Alexios Michael Boulafentis

Alexios Michael Boulafentis, 69, fell asleep on May 18, 2021. He is survived by his wife Konstantina, daughters Ekaterini Mougros and Chrisovalandou Boulafentis and Nektaroula Boulafentis; 3 grandchildren Dina Mougros, Angelo Mougros, Alex Mougros. 1 great granddaughter Victoria Mougros, 1 brother Drossos Boulafentis and 3 sisters Agatha Lempidakis, Irene Simotas, Kaliope Boulafentis, and a furry companion Gizmo.

The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Tuesday, June 8 at 2pm. Burial will follow in Cycadia Cemetery.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, June 7, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Kiriaki Loparnos

Kiriaki Loparnos, 86, of Avgonima Chios, fell asleep peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 4th, 2021 in Tarpon Springs.

Kiriaki was born in Avgonima, Chios, Greece to Nicholaos and Theodora Mourounas on June 16, 1934. She married Vasilios Loparnos in 1954 who preceded her in death in 2016. Together with their two children they immigrated to America in 1970. After living in Brooklyn for many years, they settled in Tarpon Springs with their children and grandchildren. Kiriaki was devoted to her family and joyfully cared for them.

 

Kiriaki is survived by daughter Evelyn (Nick) Georgakakis and son Peter Loparnos. Granddaughters Sandy Chambers, Nikki (Jose) Santiago, Kiki Loparnos, and grandson Vasilios Loparnos.

Blessed with four great grandchildren Evangelia & Kosta Chambers and Emanolia & Nicholaos Santiago.

 

Visitation will be 4:30-7:00 PM Tuesday, June 8th at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683.

 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday June 9th, 2021 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral with Fr. Athanasios officiating. Burial will follow at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home. 

 

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Suncoast Hospice for their exceptional care and support. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Suncoast Hospice or St. Nicholas Philoptochos.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, June 7, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Constantine "Dino" Michalopoulos

Constantine "Dino" Michalopoulos, 73 of Orlando, fell asleep on June 2, 2021. He is preceded in death by his wife Maria. There are 2 daughters: Nicole Michalopoulos, Orlando and Lea Klonaris, Tarpon Springs. 4 grandchildren: Costa Renda, McKena Renda, Maria Renda and Mica Klonaris; a brother Saki Michalopoulos and a sister Kalliope Rappis. A funeral will be held on June 5, 2021 at 12:00pm. Visitation will be at Dobies in Tarpon Springs on Friday from 6 to 8pm. Burial will be in Cycadia.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Friday, June 4, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Andreas Salivaras

Andreas Dimitrios Salivaras, 80, longtime resident of Tarpon Springs, passed away on May 18, 2021. He was born in Kimolos, Greece, and came to Tarpon Springs in 1984 from Cleveland, Ohio. He was the owner and operator of Mykonos Restaurant on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. He is survived by three children, Demetri Salivaras, Sofia (Anthony) Zaronias, Kiriakoula Salivaras; two brothers, Dean Salivaras and Stavros (Flora) Salivaras; one sister, Smaragtha (John) Tsouchlis; six grandchildren, Irene (George) Dennison, Nichole Pastis (Arsany Nagib), Kostandinos Salivaras, Renee Zaronias, Katerina Zaronias, Savvas Zaronias. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to, Tarpon Springs High School Band, Jacobson Culinary Institute, Tarpon Springs Historical Society or to St Nicholas Cathedral Youth Ministry. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7, on Friday, May 21, at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The funeral service will be held at 10 am, on Saturday, May 22, at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Interment to follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by Denise Letourneau at Thursday, May 20, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Kay (Katina) Tsakizis

Kay Tsakizis, 89, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, fell asleep on May 14, 2021. She is survived by her children, Noreen Bilderback, George Tsakizis, Faye Bryan; grandchildren, James and Katina.

A funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 11:00am. Covid protocols are still in effect with mask wearing in church.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Addiction Support Group Re-Established

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

Christ is Risen!

As we all know, our community has been suffering for along while with the affects of addiction. A few years ago we were working to establish St Anastasia’s Fellowship as a way to come together for prayer, love and support as an Orthodox Christian Family. With the pandemic slowly improving, I have decided to begin the support group again so that as a family we can begin to heal from this horrible problem that plagues our Church Community. Please join me, whether you are an addict, you were an addict, or if you know someone who is suffering with addiction. The only thing you need is to be willing to love and be a healing presence. We have buried too many of our family members. We need to do something! 

We have the power of the Risen Christ on our side! Please join me and we will begin to heal.

FRIDAY, MAY 14TH at 7pm in Fr Tryfon Hall for our newly re-established St Anastasia’s Fellowship.

Truly He is Risen!

Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Chris Michael Kouskoutis

Chris Michael Kouskoutis, 56 of Tarpon Springs, Florida, fell asleep on May
4, 2021. Many knew him as an extremely hard worker who loved his family,
friends and work family. He also loved his job and his Cadillac.
He is survived by his former wife Michelle, daughters Danielle (Chris)
Perez, Charlotte Vanderham, son and best friend, Michael C., and newborn
grandson Easton Perez.
He is also survived by his mother Anna (Emmanuel) loannidis, preceded in
death by his father Michael P Kouskoutis, three brothers Peter M., Nomikos
"aka Michael" (Tina), George M (Maria), Kouskoutis. Nephews Michael and
Peter Kouskoutis, Nieces Fotini (Ray) Lanners, and Panayiota Kouskoutis. In
addition to having 3 brothers, Chris had several cousins whom he viewed as
brothers. Chris was well respected in his profession as a supervisor of
quality control and safety director for Southern Road and Bridge. He
achieved the highest level of certifications in his profession. He enjoyed
life and loved to laugh. He will be missed.
A funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Friday,
May 7, 2021 at 3:00pm. Masks must be worn in the church. Burial will be in
Cycadia Cemetery.
May his memory be eternal!
Posted by Denise Letourneau at Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Katina Hiou

Katina Hiou, 87, of Holiday, Florida passed away April 29th, 2021. She is survived by her daughter Alexandra “Sandy” Silva; eight grandchildren Patricia Dean, Nicole Dean, Angela Dean, Jaquelyn Dean, Katina Dean, Angelo Silva, Katlin Silva, Christle Silva; seventeen great grandchildren; sister Xapiklia Stopatas.

The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Thursday May 6, 2021 at 11:00am, mask wearing is still in effect. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Trinity Fl.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, May 3, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - John Alexandros Himonetos

John Alexandros Himonetos, 39, lifelong resident of Tarpon Springs, passed away, April 29, 2021. He was born in Dunedin to Alexandros George and Mary (Koulias) Himonetos. He grew up in Tarpon Springs and graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in 2001. John was a bridge painter, along with various other jobs and enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and sports, especially the Miami Dolphins. He loved his nieces and nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Koulias Himonetos. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Alexandros and Kathy Himonetos; one brother, George (Stella) Himonetos; four nieces and nephews, Tula Himonetos (also Goddaughter), Alex Himonetos, Pantelis Himonetos, Mairi Himonetos. A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00, with the funeral service starting at 2:00, all on Tuesday, May 4, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Mask wearing is still in effect. Interment to follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, May 3, 2021

Holy Unction today at 3pm

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

As we continue our Holy Week Journey together to the Cross, today is the Mystery (Sacrament) of Holy Unction at 3pm. For those who are UNABLE to attend the service at 3pm, we will be anointing faithful Orthodox Christians after the Bridegroom Service tonight and after every service for the remainder of the week until Saturday morning.

 

Remember Holy Unction is a Mystery (Sacrament) of the Church, and we should be prepare ourselves with prayer and fasting before being anointed.

 

Reverend Protopresbyter Athanasios C Haros, Dean

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Wednesday, April 28, 2021

"Bible Study on First Corinthians CANCELLED Tonight?"

Due to technical difficulties, we WILL NOT have Bible Study tonight. I apologize for the late notice. As Pascha is just a couple weeks ago, we will look at restarting our Bible Study on 1st Corinthians when there are fewer time conflicts.

 

Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Tuesday, April 13, 2021

COVID19 Update - March 31, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,


With the blessings of the Metropolis of Atlanta, and in compliance with Pinellas County regulations, we are pleased to announce some important updates and much anticipated changes to the COVID19 Protocols for our St Nicholas Cathedral effective immediately.

 
  • Face masks ARE MANDATORY for people inside the Cathedral at all services. They may be removed temporarily in order to receive Holy Communion.

 
  • Capacity inside the Cathedral will be returned to 100%, with no standing in the aisles. For those who are not comfortable with being in a crowded Cathedral, Fr Tryfon Hall will be set up with strict social distancing and the big screen. During Holy Communion, a chalice will be brought to Fr Tryfon Hall so you may receive Holy Communion. If you prefer to attend Divine Liturgy inside the Cathedral, but are not comfortable with crowds, each Saturday we will continue to maintain 50% capacity to allow for more social distancing.

 
  • If you wish to attend Divine Liturgy without a mask, you may remain outside in the plaza during Divine Liturgy on any day. During Holy Communion, a chalice will be brought outside for you to receive Holy Communion. Please maintain social distancing in the plaza area if you are without a mask.

 

We will continue to evaluate the situation, but unless otherwise informed by myself or the Parish Council, these protocols will be in use during Holy Week and Pascha. While we expect large crowds to return to Church, please be respectful and follow the instructions of the Parish Council and Ushers. We simply cannot accommodate everyone inside the Cathedral in a safe manner. Once we have reached capacity, you will be asked to remain outside.

 

I remain thankful to God for our health and safety, and look forward to the day soon when we can return to normal. Until then, please be respectful of each other’s needs and opinions on this very challenging issue. I pray Great Lent continues to be a blessing for you, your family and our entire community.

 

In Christ,

 

+Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Friday, April 2, 2021

Great Lent Has Begun!

As we are now fully in the first day of Great Lent, we wish you a Blessed Lenten Journey. Holy Unction will take place today, March 15th at 3pm in the Cathedral. Following Holy Unction many members of the Community will gather at Howard Park for our annual Kite Flying. Great Lent is not just about fasting, but about growing closer to Christ TOGETHER as a family. To assist you, visit our special Great Lent and Holy Week Page.
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Monday, March 15, 2021

Little Lambs Ministry Returns March 10 @11am

Our Little Lamb Ministry for mothers and children 40-days through VPK will restart each Wednesday at 11am in the Spanos-Pappas Community Center. Masks are required for all adults.
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in the Lord - Andreas Adamopoulos

Andreas Adamopoulos, 64, fell asleep on March 3, 2021. He is survived by his wife Angelika Adamopoulos; son Nick Adamopoulos; mother Tasia Adamopoulos; and brother Spiro Adamopoulos. He lived in Denton, Texas and was an educator.

 

The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:00am. Covid protocols will be in place with mask wearing and social distancing. Burial will be in Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens following the funeral.

 

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Friday, March 5, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in the Lord - Eleni Vorvis

Eleni Vorvis, 89, fell asleep on February 27, 2021. She was born in Sparta, Greece and lived in Clearwater, Florida. She is survived by her children Panagiotis Vorvis; Vasiliki Vorvis; Stella Lepetsos; Demetrios Vorvis; and predeceased by her husband, and her children Ioana Petredis and Betty Vorvis. She also has 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

 

The funeral will be at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11am. Covid protocols will be followed by wearing masks in the church, and practicing social distancing.

Burial will be in Cycadia Cemetery following the funeral.

 

May her memory be eternal!

 

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Pericles Tiliakos

Pericles Tiliakos, 40, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, fell asleep on February 25, 2021. He is survived by his parents, Drossos and Athena; siblings, Niki, Sevasti, John; nieces and nephews.   

The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Covid protocols will be followed by wearing of masks and social distancing in the cathedral. Burial to follow at Cycadia Cemetery. 

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, March 1, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Afroditi Mouhourtis

Afroditi Mouhourtis, 100, of Fleming Island, formerly long time resident of Tarpon Springs, departed her family on February 13, 2021. Afroditi was born in Kalymnos Greece, July 27, 1920 and Immigrated to the United States in 1949. She was married to, Nicholas Demetrios Mouhourtis, her loving husband and devoted life partner for 40 years, until his passing in 1990.

Afroditi was mother to Jimmy and Elaine, both of whom she raised along with her husband, with uncompromised love and devotion. She was beloved mother or, “Mama’” to her two adult children, Jim (Diane) Mouhourtis and Elaine (Slater) Browne; known as, “Yia Yia” to her seven grandchildren, Nick, Christopher, Tanya, Yanni, Fotini, Jimmy and Michael; known as “Great Yia Yia” to her ten great grandchildren, Alexia, Christopher, Evan, Nixon, Haylie, Niko Alexander, Isadora, Joseph and Nicholas; also survived by countless extended family and lifelong friends. Mom, you are so loved by so many, because of the Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Friend and Woman that you were. We love you and will miss you dearly. You will be in our thoughts and hearts forever. May your memory be eternal.

Funeral service will take place at 11:00 am, on Friday, February 19, 2021, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Covid protocols will be in place with the wearing of masks and social distancing. Interment will follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Mihail J. Stilianos

Mihail J. Stilianos, 71, fell asleep February 11, 2021; he is survived by his wife Irene; daughter Niki Stilianos of Tarpon Springs, son John Stilianos of Tarpon Springs, FL; and a sister Rinoustsa Stilianos of Greece. Visitation will be held in the Dobies Funeral Chapel in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:30 - 12:30 before 

Funeral service will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:00pm. Covid 19 protocols will be followed by wearing masks and social distancing in the church. Burial will be in Cycadia Cemetery.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, February 15, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Mercury George Angeliades

Mercury George Angeliades fell asleep on 2/2/2021 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife Diana, his sons George (Georgene); Michael (Olgo); and predeceased by daughter Anna (1979); grandchildren Christina, Panormitos, Anna, and Savvina; sister Faye Fatimus and brother Gregory (Maria) Angelaidis. He was born in Symi, Greece and was a crane repairman in the steel industry.

His funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:00pm. Covid protocols will be enforced by the wearing of masks, social distancing, and 50% capacity seating in the church. Burial will be in Ohio.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Thursday, February 4, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Thomais (Tommie) Angelis

Thomais (Tommie) Angelis, 79, a longtime resident of Tarpon Springs and devout Greek Orthodox Christian, fell asleep at home surrounded by her loved ones, on January 23, 2021. She was born in Monolithos-Rhodes, Greece and she spent her life raising her family in Tarpon Springs. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will always be remembered as an incredibly strong, brave, thoughtful, kind, giving and loving person who always put the needs of others before her own and she possessed a beautiful soul.  She loved and was loved by many friends who will miss her greatly.  She was a truly genuine person who freely gave loving greetings to everyone and whose smile was always from the heart. You could rely on her to be your best critic, and yet your strongest supporter, the greatest friend and most trusted advisor, that always spoke the truth even if it hurt. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Angelo C. Angelis and her beloved brothers, George Seitis and Larry Seitis. She is survived by two sons, Cimos Angelis and Jackey Angelis; one daughter, Mary Ann Angelis; the joys of her life, her two grandchildren, Miros Petru and Thomaitsa Petru; two sisters, Joyce Psaroulis and Avgi Pouliasi; her loving brother, Michael Seitis; three sister-in-laws, Nikki Seitis, Irene Seitis and Bonnie  Seitis; one brother-in-law, Peter C. Angelis; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and lifelong friends. She earned the respect of her community by giving freely of love and kindness and never had an enemy. Her legacy will be that she was the rock and foundation of a very close and loving family whose values and morals were shaped and influenced by her example of a life well lived. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Covid 19 precautions must be followed by wearing a mask, social distancing, and church is limited to 50% capacity. Graveside services will follow at Cycadia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a  donation to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, https://stnicholastarpon.org/give, or call the church office at (727)937- 3540. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 17 East Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs FL 34689 Tel: 1-727-937-3540 Web: http://stnicholastarpon.org/give (http://stnicholastarpon.org/give)   

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, January 25, 2021

House Blessing Season Begins

Please contact Denise at the church office to schedule a house, or a business blessing.

727-937-3540

 

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Carol Elaine Frantzis

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Carol Elaine Frantzis, loving wife, mother, and Yiayia fell asleep at the age of 73. Carol was born on June 14, 1947 in Madison, WI to Franklyn and Elizabeth Timm. She graduated from the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 1969 with her R.N. degree. She practiced as a caring and devoted nurse for 35 years until the physical nature of the job became too much to bear. On December 12, 1971 she married Dr. Theodosios (Ted) George Frantzis. They raised one son, Franklyn, and two daughters, Lea and Georganna.
Whether at family events, or just running errands around town she spread joy wherever she went. Carol had a passion for reading and was never seen without a book. She loved mysteries, thrillers, and especially medical thrillers. Nothing got past her. Whether it was a book or a movie, she always solved the “whodunit” before anyone else. She also had a passion for cooking. People who would eat over at her house would frequently ask why our family would ever dine out. She was famous for her rum cake, grape leaves, and feta artichoke dip. She had a passion for her dogs and cats as well. Most notably were her German Shepherds, Kasey and Thor. After three difficult back surgeries, they were always there watching over her, and would show up immediately to assist her around the house.
But Carol’s biggest passion was her family. She was a most selfless person who always put others' needs ahead of her own. Her love for her four grandchildren was boundless. She showered them with gifts, kisses, and her legendary hugs. Her grandchildren will always remember the precious time they shared with their beautiful Yiayia.
Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Timm, her father, Franklyn Timm, her step-mother, Nell Timm, and her brother, Douglas Timm. Her father, Franklyn, was a World War II veteran. Her brother, Doug, was a sniper and a Marine Captain, and was awarded a purple heart for his service in Vietnam.
Carol is survived by her husband, Dr. Theodosios Frantzis, Tarpon Springs, her son, Franklyn Frantzis (wife Lauren), Palm Harbor, her daughter, Lea Barlow (husband Scott), St. Petersburg, and her daughter Georganna Frantzis, Tarpon Springs. She is survived by four grandchildren, Breyanna, Thi, Tennison, and Grayson. She is also survived by her brother Timothy Timm, Minneapolis, MI, her sister Marie Prescott, Green Bay, WI, her sister Pamela Timm, Madison, WI, and her brother Richard Timm, Austin, TX.

A wake will be held on Monday, January 18th, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at Dobies Funeral Home, 701 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Covid 19 precautions will be in place with mask wearing, and practicing social distance. The church will open at 50% capacity.
It was Carol’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the American Cancer Society.

 

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, January 18, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - George Lykopoulos

George Lykopoulos, 85, of Holiday, Florida, fell asleep on January 5, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Margarita Lykopoulos; his son, Konstantinos (Wendy) Lykopoulos; his two daughters, Magdalena Kennedy and Barbara Lykopoulos; his five grandchildren, George, Terry, Chrysta, Alexis, Matthew; one great-grandson, Alexander.   

There will be a visitation at Dobies Chapel in Tarpon Springs on Monday, January 13 between 6 and 8pm.  The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Tuesday January 14, 2021 at 11 am. Please remember there are still Covid protocols in place, everyone must wear a mask, social distancing, and the church will be at 505 capacity. Burial will follow at Cycadia.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Parishioner Passes for Epiphany

Dear Brothers and Sister in the Lord,

Happy New Year! As the Feast of Theophany is upon us, the Parish Council would like you to know how distribution of the Parishioner Passes will work for the Blessing of Spring Bayou on January 6th. After weeks of discussion with the City of Tarpon Springs and the Pinellas County Sheriff, we have been granted permission to distribute approximately 800 passes to Greek Orthodox Christians who wish to attend the Blessing of Spring Bayou. Parents of divers will receive a special Parent Ticket in advance. Parents of divers will not need Parishioner Passes. Here are bullet points to know…

 
  • Tickets will be distributed outside the St Nicholas Cathedral beginning at 8:00am on January 6th

  • All tickets are first come - first served and no reservations will be taken

  • Tickets will only be distributed to people present. If your family needs three (3) all three (3) must be present

  • Everyone who plans to attend the Blessing of Spring Bayou MUST HAVE a pass.

 

We know this has been a very trying time, but our annual Epiphany celebration will take place. We will ask for God’s blessings upon our city. We will ask God to bring the pandemic to an end. We cannot lose sight of these important truths.

 

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL FAITHFUL AND FRIENDS TO REMAIN HOME ON EPIPHANY. If you still wish to attend either the Divine Liturgy or the Blessing of Springs Bayou, a Parishioner Pass must be used. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

 

Asking for God’s healing and blessing,

 

Fr Athanasios C Haros, Dean

 

Nikitas Manias, Parish Council President


 
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Monday, January 4, 2021

Fr Simeon's Reflection - January 2, 2021

St. John the Baptist and Forerunner came out of the Wilderness of the Holy Land preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. We should look at this prophetic statement carefully. He does not say that the Messiah or Christ is coming. He does not say that the King of Israel was born and has now reached the age of maturity (which at that time was considered roughly about 33 years of age). He says the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. In the Gospels the phrases Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are used interchangeably, with Heaven as sort of reverent substitute for the word God as there is still to this day a Jewish avoidance to saying anything that resembles the name of God (Even today the word God is written by some Rabbis today as "G-D" out of reverence). It is interesting to note that the word in Greek βασιλεία that is translated as Kingdom here is universally agreed on by Biblical Scholars and many Orthodox Christian Theologians does not in fact mean Kingdom but is a noun meaning the reign or rule of a Ruler. In the New Testament, there is a divergence in terms of choice by the Gospel Writers and the Epistle Writers. St. Paul used the term Χάρις and the Gospel Writers use βασιλεία, but they are both speaking about the same thing: The Divine Uncreated Ruling Energy of God which Christ gives freely to us as a Gift as long as we are prepared to see it with the Eyes of our Heart.

Matthew 5:8 says Blessed are they who are pure in Heart for they shall see God. St. John the Theologian is no exception to this, as a Prophet he is pure in heart and thus sees God. He knows full well who the Messiah really is, he remembers deep in his Heart that when his mother Elizabeth was visited by her cousin the Virgin Mary, he leaped in his mother's womb (Luke 1:41). He leaped because he saw God in the womb of the Virgin Mary the Theotokos. In the narrative of Saturday's Gospel, he is a grown man who is a Prophet who sees God regularly.

He sees the God who has become Man in Jesus Christ, in his prophetic visions of God. So with Christ about to begin His Earthly Ministry, He sees the Divine Uncreated Ruling Energy of God, the βασιλεία (which is a part of God-- God is both Essence and Energy), coming. He sees that Christ is God working to bring the Tongues of Fire of Pentecost, which is this same Ruling Energy of God, into the world (Luke 12:49). Therefore St. John says repent for the Rule of Heaven (God) is at hand. It is not a shock to St. John who Christ is, but it will be a shock that God Himself is asking to be baptized by Him (Matthew 3:14). He does not expect to be asked by Christ God to be baptized but He does expect that God is bringing His Light, His Uncreated Ruling Energy into the World (John 1:6-10).

May the Light of God, God’s Uncreated Ruling Energy His Grace, that St. John the Baptist would see in His Prophetic Visions, that the Apostles received at Pentecost, that we received at our Baptisms, also come and enlighten us!

Fr. Simeon Pardalis

 

Posted by Fr Simeon Pardalis at Saturday, January 2, 2021

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - William Andrew White

William Andrew White, 30, of Holiday, Florida, fell asleep on December 27, 2020. He is survived by his two sons, Emmanuel Velez and Kenny White; his three daughters, Leamaris White, Janiah White and Andreanna White; his parents, Andrew and Freda White; his brother, Nicholas White; his sister, Francine White; and two grandmothers, Theresa White and Efrosyne Gardner.   

Visitation Information: Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes 701 E. Tarpon Avenue Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689, Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Funeral will be held at St Nicholas Cathedral, Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 am. All covid 19 protocols will be followed - wearing of masks, social distancing, and the church will be open at 50% capacity.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Thursday, December 31, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Glyceria Vasilopoulos

Glyceria Vasilopoulos 87, of Tarpon Springs, fell asleep on Wednesday, December 26, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Panagiotis; children, Fredericka (Vicki) and Argirios (Eddie); daughter-in-law, Chriss; and grandson, Michael.

Visitation will be held on Thursday December 31, 2020 from 9am-10am at Curlew Hills, funeral service will be at 11am at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs. All covid-19 protocols will be in place, masks must be worn, practice social distancing, and the church will be open at 50% capacity. Interment will be in Curlew Hills Memory Gardens.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Wednesday, December 30, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Angelo Boudalis

Angelo Boudalis, 92, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, fell asleep on December 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alexandra; Survived by his daughters, Efthalia Boudalis, Eleftheria Konstantakopoulou; grandchildren, Anthony Kallivrousis, Angela Kallivrousis, Konstantinos Kallivrousis, Eva Konstantakopoulou, George Konstantakopoulos; great-grandchildren, Leah, Adonia, George, Eleftheria, Alexandra, Efthalia.

The funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral onTuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 am. Covid 19 protocols will be strictly enforced in the church with masks being worn, social distancing and 50% capacity limited inside.

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Epiphany 2021 UPDATE!

TARPON SPRINGS, FL (December 22, 2020) – The annual celebration of the Baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan will be celebrated on January 6, 2021 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, Florida.  Due to COVID19 Protocols, a limited procession to the Spring Bayou consisting of Clergy, Dignitaries and this year’s Cross Divers will commence immediately following the church to the Spring Bayou. This year’s blessing will include a Prayer to End the Pandemic prior to commencement of the Blessing of the Spring Bayou.

 

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, will be among the participants in this year’s observance, said the Reverend Fr. Athanasios Haros, Dean of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. “This year’s blessing is a unique opportunity for us to recall our need for God’s grace. As the Archbishop beckons the Holy Spirit to descend upon the waters of Spring Bayou, we will pray also for the end of the Pandemic that has plagued our world for more than a year.”

 

On January 6th, Epiphany observances begin at 8 a.m. with Orthros (Matins) followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 9 a.m.  The Cathedral is located at 36 N. Pinellas Ave.

 

Due to COVID19 protocols, the general public is being asked to remain home this year and watch the blessing online at the Cathedral’s website or various local television stations. Any Greek Orthodox Parishioner who desires to attend the Blessing of Spring Bayou must pick up a special Parishioner Pass outside the Cathedral on the morning of January 6th. The wearing of masks and social distancing will be enforced in the Cathedral and at the Bayou. Seating will be limited within the Cathedral.

 

Following the Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of the waters, Archbishop Elpidophoros, hierarchs, clergy, dignitaries and 55 young men, will proceed to the Spring Bayou. There, an invocation is recited and a white dove is released symbolizing the Holy Spirit to fly over the Bayou. The Archbishop will cast a white cross into the water and dozens of young men will dive for the cross, each seeking the honor of retrieving it. The retriever then kneels with the cross before the Archbishop for a blessing.

 

The traditional Epiphany Glendi, normally held following the ceremony, has been cancelled this year due to COVID19.

 

END

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Michael Psilakis

Michael Psilakis, 62, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, fell asleep on  December 12, 2020. Survivors wife Ekaterini, daughters Evangelia, Erasmia, Vasiliki; grandson Anthony; brother Steve; father Emanuel.  The funeral will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be at Dobies Chapel, Tarpon Springs on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:30 am.     May his memory be eternal!
Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Evangeline Anna Korfias Rigas

Evangeline Anna Korfias Rigas, 87, of Tarpon Springs, fell asleep on December 12, 2020. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill. She is survived by her sons, Stratos (Maria) Rigas and Theo (Carol) Rigas; brother, George (Antonia) Korfias; nephew, Theo Korfias; niece, Sophia (Dan) Schooler; several great nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held at 2:00, Thursday, December 17, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Covid 19 protocols will be in place: must wear masks, social distance, and church at 50% capacity. Interment to follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Vinson Funeral Home.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Carols in the Cathedral

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Since we would have gathered in the unity of love this evening for our annual Carols in the Cathedral, I invite us all to gather virtually in unity tonight at 6pm and watch via YouTube last year’s Carols in the Cathedral. The pandemic might  be able to stop this year’s concert, but it can never stop our love and unity as a family.

Fr Athanasios

https://youtu.be/UZvyE1dmQSM

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, December 13, 2020

COVID19 Cancellations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Due to the drastic increase in COVID infections within our parish in the past few weeks, Sunday school, Greek Folk Dance, GOYA and Bible Study will not meet in person until further notice. We will reevaluate after Epiphany. Please be safe, and remain cautious when you are in public. Wash your hands, wear your mask, and don’t touch your face, eyes or mouth.

We will send out ZOOM links for Sunday school at the end of the week.

Divine Liturgies will continue as scheduled for the time being following COVID19 Protocols.

Praying for protection,
Fr Athanasios
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Tuesday, December 8, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Paneromitis "Pete" Koulianos

Paneromitis "Pete" Skevos Koulianos, 42, native of Tarpon Springs, fell asleep on November 27, 2020. He was born in Dunedin, to Skevos P. and Paula Koulianos. He was a painter and carpenter.  He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include, son, Jackson Koulianos; two brothers, Nicholas Pasvantis and Mike Pasvantis. Funeral services at 2pm, on Wednesday, December 2, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Covid protocols are in place with mask wearing, social distancing, and cathedral is limited to 50% capacity. Interment to follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

May his memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Vasilios "Bill" Demetropoulos

Vasilios “Bill” Demetropoulos, 93, of Tarpon Springs, Fla, formerly of Chicago, IL, fell asleep on Friday, November 27, 2020.  He was born, January 3, 1927, in Gargalianoi, Greece, to Demetrios and Georgia Demetropoulos. He worked for Acme Sponge & Chamois Company for 65 years.  He loved working there. He is united at last with his late wife, Maria Demetropoulos. Bill’s legacy is left behind in his family whom he loved dearly and was very proud of. Survivors include his sister, Toula of Gargalianoi, Greece; two daughters, Georgia Pappas, her husband Tony Pappas and Niki Demetropoulos, who lived with him and was always there for him; son, Jim Demetropoulos, his wife Lori Wilcox; four grandchildren, Irene Pappas, George Pappas, Steve Demetropoulos, and David Demetropoulos; and many nieces and nephews. Vasili was our beloved Dad, Papou, Brother, Uncle, Friend. He was strong, smart, friendly, helpful anytime you needed him, and fun to be with. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice or to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, https://disasterphilanthropy.org/donate-to-the-cdpcovid-19-response-fund/. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs. Covid protocols in place with mask wearing, social distancing, and church is at 50% capacity. Interment to follow at Cycadia Cemetery in Tarpon Springs.

May his memory be eternal!  

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, November 30, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - James William Bradford

James William Bradford, Jr, 87, of Palm Harbor, fell asleep on Monday, November 23, 2020. He was born in Abilene, Texas and was a long time resident of this area. He was a United States Air Force veteran and  worked for the United States Postal Service for many years. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Alice Pondakos Bradford; brother in law, Manuel (Sylvia) Pondakos; niece, Stephanie (Stelios) Splennis; many cousins. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 27, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Covid 19 protocols are still in place - must wear a mask, social distance 6ft, and the church seating is at 50% capacity. Interment to follow at Cycadia Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May his memory be eternal!  

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cathedral Reopens for Personal Prayer and Reflection

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After more than seven months, beginning today, the St Nicholas Cathedral will again be open to the public for personal prayer and reflection. The following schedule and COVID19 safety protocols will be in place until further notice.

  • Hours for personal prayer and reflection - Tuesday through Friday 11am - 1pm
  • All visitors will be required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Before entering the church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated person. If the person’s temperature is above 100.4oF he or she will be kindly asked to return to their home, both for their safety and the safety of others.Seating in the Cathedral is not permitted at this time except during public worship services.

We continue to pray for God’s blessings and the protection of St Nicholas, the Panagia and the Archangel during this pandemic.

In Christ,

Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tropical Storm Eta Update 2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Glory to God! Through the intercessions of St Nicholas, the Archangel and the Most Holy Theotokos, we have again been blessed by God during last night’s Tropical Storm. I entered the Cathedral, the Office and the Community Center this morning, and all our buildings have power and no visible damage. There are reports of localized power outages and flooding in town, but I was able to travel with no difficulties this morning. Weather reports call for on-and-off rain throughout the day, so be cautious when you are driving as we all know our local streets tend to flood during weather like this. Thank God, though the main storm has passed and for that we are thankful.

In terms of ministries, the St Nicholas Preschool will remain closed today. All other ministries scheduled for today are virtual ministries, so they will take place as scheduled. The Office will function (not open to the public) according to COVID19 Protocols which means all business must be done only through email or phone.

Divine Liturgy will take place tomorrow, Friday November 13th at 9am, for the Feast of St John Chrysostom.

I don’t anticipate another Eta Update at this time. 

In Christ,

Fr Athanasios


 
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Thursday, November 12, 2020

Tropical Storm Eta Udpate 1

Dear Brother and Sisters in the Lord,

As Tropical Storm Eta approaches the Tampa Bay area this afternoon, in an abundance of caution, and having discussed the situation with President Nikitas Manias, we have made the following ministry changes for the remainder of today. As the storm develops we will know more about tomorrow. Please remain safe and do not venture out of your homes unless absolutely necessary. Remember to download the free StNicholasTarpon App to receive immediate updates directly to your phone.

  • Ministry Updates for Wednesday, November 11, 2020 as of 1:45pm
  • Office CLOSED for the remainder of the day
  • GOYA CANCELLED
  • Paraklesis CANCELLED
  • Virtual Men’s Book Club CANCELLED

Weather permitting, I will enter the Cathedral this evening for Virtual Evening Prayers. Please join me online at https://StNicholasTarpon.org/livestream so we can pray together for safety.

In Christ,

Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Arete Corcodilos

Arete Corcodilos, 86, of New York, NY, fell asleep on November 3, 2020. She is survived by her sister Aphrodite Coronis of Clearwater, FL.

Her funeral will be held at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11:00am. Covid 19 precautions are in place: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and only 50 people are to be in the cathedral for the funeral service.

A graveside service will be held at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, 2860 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759.

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, November 9, 2020

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