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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

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Anthea Maillis McKinney

Anthea Maillis McKinney, 77, born in Tampa, FL and a native of Tarpon Springs, Graduate of Tarpon Springs High School fell asleep on November 5, 2020.

She was a long time associate in Walmart cash office in Georgia.

She is survived by her sister Mary Baker and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family has requested contributions to St. Nicholas Cathedral or to St Nicholas Philoptochos Society.

Funeral service will be Tuesday 11-10-2020 at one o'clock at St. Nicholas Cathedral with burial to follow at Cycadia Cemetery.

Arrangements by VINSON FUNERAL HOME. Covid 19 precautions are still in place: must wear masks, follow social distancing, and the funeral is limited to 50 people in the cathedral.

 

May her memory be eternal!

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, November 9, 2020

PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

Dear Rev. Fathers and Church Administrators,
 

We are pleased to share with you that the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will once again offer $250,000 in scholarship awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates

We kindly ask you to present this opportunity to your congregation and encourage college students in your parish to apply.  

Attached you will find a flyer for your bulletin (in JPEG & PDF format).

The application is currently available on our website, and the deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31, 2021.  The scholarships will be distributed at our Awards Ceremony and Gala, which will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021.  

Our scholarship awards are available to all undergraduate students of Hellenic descent.  They are offered to recognize students of high scholastic achievement for their accomplishments, and to provide support to those in financial need.

$200,000 are awarded to 20 students based on financial need and academic achievement$50,000 are awarded to 20 students based solely on academic achievement

$20,000 are specifically awarded to music and arts majors.     

The Foundation strives to promote education which, combined with the values of our Faith and Heritage, encourages and guides our scholarship recipients to become significant achievers and contribute meaningfully to society. 

We thank you for your assistance and support.

All my best,

Peter C. Korbakes

Director of Scholarships

PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

8501 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 210

Chicago, IL 60631

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October Matching Campaign - Help Our Diakonia Center

October Matching Campaign

   - October 2, 2020

   Dear Metropolis of Atlanta Family,

   We need your help!

   Due to the pandemic shutdown the last 8 months, we have had no income
   which has made our budget very tight. However, we are so grateful for a
   generous donation of $25,000 with a matching challenge. Would you please
   donate to support the DRC? All donations will be put in a restricted
   account to cover monthly expense shortfalls.

   Although the DRC has been temporarily closed, we have been extremely
   busy ensuring the campus is in great condition for re-opening. The
   following are just a few our accomplishments:

   We are in unique times. A season of constant change. What hasn’t changed
   is our purpose at the Diakonia Retreat Center - to be a place of life
   Transformation which enables growth in faith, family and friendships.
   
   - Cleaned up tornado damage and replanted trees where appropriate
      - Remodeled 3 cabins including new bathrooms and flooring
      - Upgraded and fixed our outdoor low ropes course
      - Replanted grass and leveled our soccer field
      - Continued work on our beautiful Panagia Chapel
      - Refinanced our mortgage
      - Began developing our long-term plan for space utilization & design
      - Updated our website to include e-commerce capabilities for our
      Candle Ministry

   We have done all of this with anticipation of re-opening the retreat
   center for you. Starting in October, we will be able to host 4 families
   safely at any one time. We will be strictly following CDC and local SC
   guidelines. If interested in relaxing and reconnecting with God and your
   family in a retreat setting, going to Church services - please email
   diakoniaretreatoffice@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.

   In addition to making a donation, we would like to also request that you
   and your family remember the DRC Staff, Board, and all the ministries in
   your prayers. If you have kids that have gone to St. Stephens Camp, it
   would be great to ask them to light a candle and say a prayer for all of us
   as we get ready to have camp again next year.

   *Donate Today <https://thediakoniaretreatcenter.com/donate/>*

   Thank you for your constant expression of love toward our wonderful DRC.

   With a grateful heart,

   Mark G. Moraitakis
   DRC Board Co-Chair
   
 

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, October 20, 2020

2020 Fall Parish Assembly - November 1, 2020

Νotice of Parish Assembly

For St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

October 12, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

There will be a Parish Assembly Meeting for the Stewards in good standing of

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday, November 1, 2020 to be held in St. Nicholas Cathedral after Divine Liturgy. The first call will be immediately after Antidoron with the second and final call at 11:30 am. There will only be one Divine Liturgy on this Sunday.

We appeal to all stewards to attend. Christ gave us this wonderful community and it is our obligation to assist in its administration. Please come and participate as we have many important issues to discuss and take action on.

AGENDA

1. Parish Assembly called to order

2. Invocation by Rev. Father Athanasios C. Haros

3. Election of Parish Assembly Chairperson and the Secretary of the Assembly

4. Parish Council Secretary’s Report that a proper and timely notice went out to all Parish Members as per the Parish By-laws and UPR

5. Approval of Minutes of previous Parish Assembly

6. Treasurer’s Report – John Stamas

a. Chriss Trust Fund Update

7. Cathedral Dean’s Report – Rev. Father Athanasios C. Haros

8. Presentation of the 2021 Proposed Budget * – John Stamas

9. Parish Council President’s Report – Nikitas Manias

10. Presentation of 2019 Audit – Nick Samarkos, Audit Committee

11. Election of 2020 Audit Committee

12. Epiphany 2021 Update – Emmanuel Gombos

13. Ministries Update – Irene Karavokiros

14. Old Business

a. St. Dionysios Chapel Project Update – George Stamas

b. Cathedral Restoration Update – Mike Kouremetis

c. St. Nicholas Legacy Foundation Update – George Stamas

15. New Business

16. Adjournment – Benediction by Father Simeon Pardalis

*Copy of the Budget will be available in the Cathedral office three days prior to Parish Assembly.

EΙΔΟΠΟΙΗΣΗ ΓΕΝΙΚΗΣ ΣΥΝΕΛΕΥΣΗΣ ΚΑΘΕΔΡΙΚΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΥ

12 Οκτωβρίου, 2020

Αγαπητοί εν Χριστώ αδελφοί,

Η Γενική Συνέλευση των εγγεγραμμένων μελών της κοινότητας του Καθεδρικού Ναού του Αγίου Νικολάου θα διεξαχθεί την Κυριακή, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2020 μέσα στoν ναό, αμέσως μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία. Η πρώτη σύγκληση θα γίνει αμέσως μετά το Αντίδωρο και η δεύτερη και τελική στις 11:30 μμ. Την Κυριακή αυτή θα έχουμε μόνο μία Θεία Λειτουργία.

Κάνουμε έκκληση προς όλα τα μέλη να παραστούν. Ο Ιησούς μας χάρισε αυτήν την πανέμορφη κοινότητα και είναι υποχρέωσή μας να συνεισφέρουμε όλοι στη διαχείρησή της. Σας παρακαλούμε λοιπόν να συμμετάσχετε καθώς έχουμε πολλά συμαντικά θέματα για τα οποία πρέπει να συζητήσουμε και να ενεργήσουμε προς αυτά.

ΗΜΕΡΗΣΙΑ ΔΙΑΤΑΞΗ

1. Έναρξη Γενικής Συνέλευσης

2. Προσευχή παρά του Αιδεσιμότατου Πατρός Αθανασίου

3. Εκλογή Προέδρου και Γραμματέως της Γενικής Συνέλευσης

4. Αναφορά της Γραμματέως του Εκκλησιαστικού Συμβουλίου ότι η ειδοποίηση για την Γενική Συνέλευση ταχυδρομήθηκε σε όλα τα μέλη της κοινότητας έγκαιρα και σύμφωνα με το καταστατικό της ενορίας και της Μητροπόλεως

5. Έγκριση των Πρακτικών της τελευταίας Γενικής Συνέλευσης.

6. Αναφορά της Ταμία του Εκκλησιαστικού Συμβουλίου – Τζον Στάμας α. Ενημέρωση Κληρονομιάς Chriss

7. Αναφορά Προϊστάμενου Ενορίας – π. Αθανάσιος Χαριλάου

8. Παρουσίαση Προϋπολογισμού για το 2021 – Τζον Στάμας

9. Αναφορά του Προέδρου του Εκκλησιαστικού Συμβουλίου – Νικήτας Μανιάς

10. Αναφορά Ελεκτικής Επιτροπής των Οικονομικών – Νικ Σαμάρκος, Ελεκτική Επιτροπή

11. Εκλογή Ελεκτικής Επιτροπής των Οικονομικών

12. Ενημέρωση για τα Θεοφάνεια του 2021 – Εμμανουήλ Γόμπος

13. Ενημέρωση Διακονικών Τμημάτων – Ειρήνη Καραβοκυρού

14. Παλιά Θέματα

α. Ενημέρωση για το Παρεκκλήσι του Αγίου Διονυσίου – Γιώργος Στάμας

β. Ενημέρωση για την Αποκατάσταση του Καθεδρικού Ναού – Μιχάλης Κουρεμέτης γ. Ενημέρωση για το Ίδρυμα Συνέχισης Αγίου Νικολάου – Γιώργος Στάμας

15. Νέα Θέματα

16. Λύση συνέλευσης – Προσευχή από τον π. Συμεών Παρδάλη

*Αντίγραφο του προϋπολογισμού θα είναι στην διάθεσή σας στο γραφείο του Καθεδρικού Ναού πριν από την Γενική Συνέλευση.

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Monday, October 12, 2020

Parish Council Seat Open for a One Year Term for 2021

Parish Council Seat Open for a One Year Term for 2021

If you are a St. Nicholas parishioner in good standing and interested in being considered for the open Parish Council seat for 2021, please contact Denise at the church office no later than Friday, October 16, 2020.

The Parish Council will review the list of applicants and vote at the next scheduled Parish Council meeting.

Thank you!

 

Nikitas Manias

Parish Council President

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Friday, October 9, 2020

Live Stream Not Functioning

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

 

It came to my attention last night the live stream has not been working for several days. I have been working to restore the live stream today with no success. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. I am working to fix the problem before the weekend.

 

In Christ,

Father Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Thursday, October 8, 2020

New Priest Arrives October 17

Good morning Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I am very excited to share with you the news that His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta has selected a clergyman to serve as a second priest (as it is known ephemerios). I know you are as excited as I am to meet him along with his family when they arrive in two weeks! Please join me in Church either October 17 or October 18 to welcome him to our St Nicholas Cathedral Community. Please choose one of the two dates as seating inside the Cathedral is still limited to 50% seating capacity due to COVID19 Safety Protocols.

In Christ,

Fr Athanasios

Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Friday, October 2, 2020

Orthodox Observer News - 9/28/2020 Holy Eparchial Synod -

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NEW YORK: On September 28th, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened a regularly scheduled Holy Eparchial Synod meeting via a teleconference in order to review the up-to-date matters of the Agenda.

In the beginning of the meeting, gratitude was expressed to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for His inspiring message, as well as congratulations to all those who worked tirelessly for the successful and proficient organization of the 45th National Clergy Laity Congress. It was the first time in the history of the Holy Archdiocese that such participation numbers were achieved for the Congress and despite the adverse circumstances caused by the pandemic.

The Holy Eparchial Synod reaffirmed the harmonious deployment and mobilization in the effort of informing the public with regards to the crucial matter of the conversion of Hagia Sophia to an Islamic Mosque, which causes pain to every good-willing and civilized person, regardless of their religious background or ethnic origin.

Lastly, the motions for election of Auxiliary Bishops were validated, on behalf of the Archbishop for the V. Reverend Archimandrite Spyridon Kezios, on behalf of the Metropolitan of San Francisco for the V. Reverend Archimandrite John Constantine, and on behalf of the Metropolitan of Chicago for the V. Reverend Archimandrite Timothy Bakakos, respectively. Having procured the three Triprosopon lists in accordance with the regulations pertaining to the Election of Auxiliary Bishops, it was decided that they will be sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the petition that the canonical elections be considered.

From the Office of the Chief-Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod.

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A Loved One Has Fallen Asleep in The Lord - Victoria Gerakios

Victoria Gerakios, 90, longtime resident of Tarpon Springs, fell asleep on September 28, 2020. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to Emmanuel and Maria (Koufaki) Gerakios. She was a healthcare activity therapist and member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Koulianos, Irene (Ted) Radakovic, Pamela Blevens; five grandchildren, Victoria Blevens, Katherine Blevens, Michael Kesselring, Nicholas Kesselring, Sarah Koulianos; eight great grandchildren, Gabriel Negron, John Lacen, Alex Blevens, Alex Kesselring, Grace Kesselring, Mason Kesselring, Emily Kesselring, Abigail Kesselring; one great great grandchild, Reed. Funeral service will be held at 11:00, on Wednesday, September 30 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Covid 19 precautions are still in place - by wearing a mask, using social distancing, and uo to 50 ppl in the church. 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, September 29, 2020

Follou Up - Important Message from Parish Council President Nikitas Manias

September 22, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. Nicholas Cathedral,

Following my initial letter yesterday, as per requirements of Covid 19 protocol I will attempt to update everyone.

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, a person who was under a 14 day quarantine attended services.  Even though the quarantine period was close to expiring, it had not.  The person had been in minimal contact with a positive Covid 19 person, but was still told to quarantine. Thus a breach of rules.

At this time nothing is required by the other attendees.  I will monitor the situation with the local officials and keep the Parish updated.

At this time the Parish Council must re-evaluate its decision to proceed with Phase 3.   We do this for the best interest of our Parish.

Thank you for your assistance in this most SERIOUS matter.

Nikitas Manias

Parish Council President

St. Nicholas Cathedral

Posted by Denise Letourneau at Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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