On this day - July 7th - we remember the 47th anniversary of the falling asleep of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople. He was the former Archbishop of (then) North and South America from 1930 to 1948. He left our Archdiocese with many legacies - Holy Cross School of Theology, Saint Basil’s Academy, the founding of the National Philoptochos, as well as the purchase of our Archdiocesan headquarters on E. 79th Street in Manhattan. May the memory of this great hierarch be forever eternal.
The Senior Choir sang their final Liturgy this morning as they will recess for the summer months. God bless our Choir director, Helen Hiotakis and all of the Choir members for their dedicated service to our community.
by Despina Kartson
On a hot, sticky evening in New York City, a large crowd awaited our caravan of cars and more than 25 volunteers as we turned onto 33rd Street to serve 110 meals during Last Night's Soup Run. Anticipating our arrival, some of our guests helped unload bins and set up tables while others patiently stood in line. We served spaghetti with meat sauce, vegetables, oranges, water, juice and coffee.
We met new guests and talked with some of our "regulars" who expressed their gratitude for our food and clothing. One man talked about the beauty of caring for one another no matter the race or ethnicity. He told us how much our monthly outreach is appreciated and that those guests who have come to know us will always look out for our safety on the streets.
Last night, we had an extraordinary outpouring of generosity from our volunteers. Melina Morris of Bombas Socks distributed 250 pairs of socks. Bombas donates a pair of socks for every pair purchased. Zoe MacMahon distributed 54 backpacks and tote bags that she collected from students at her high school.
At the end of the evening when all of our food and clothing had been distributed, we walked to a homeless drop-in center on 31st Street and distributed 75 sandwiches that were made by Kathryn Papataros. The drop-in center opens its doors at 9 p.m. every night for homeless to sleep on folding chairs. It does not provide food. The supervisor of the center announced to those inside that our group was distributing sandwiches. Immediately, we were surrounded by a crowd and we gave out the sandwiches.
Without the support of our generous donors and volunteers, we would never be able to help feed and clothe those whom we do every month. This month, we express gratitude to our supporters from Westchester County, NY; New York City; Queens; Long Island and Connecticut:
Diane Louros for her sponsorship and clothing donations
Manny Louros and Zachary Karounos for cooking and Basil Apostle for packing the meals
Kathryn Papataros for 75 sandwiches
Minos Samoladas for his generous donation which enabled us to purchase clothing
Bombas (https://bombas.com/) for donating 250 pairs of socks and to Melina Morris for joining the Soup Run
Zoe McMahon for 54 backpacks and tote bags
The Legal Marketing Association for 35 tote bags
Maria Dikeos, Irene Drivas, Tina DiMino, Kevin & Christina White for clothing, toiletries and shoes
Koula Paloungos and the Martinez family for 25 pairs sneakers
May Vlachos (St. George NYC) for preparing the Mental Health Clinic guide and including the Soup Run dates
Constance Mavrovitis and Cynthia Herzegovitch for organizing the clothing
Georgeann Mavrovitis and Loredana Soravito Curtis for preparing the toiletry kits
Keep those who are hungry and homeless in your minds, hearts and prayers. Give what you can, when you can, and join us next month on July 25.
We thank Jon and Maria Kohilakis for hosting the “end of the year” GOYA party at their home tonite. We also thank Alexis Cossifos for another year as the GOYA Advisor! Thanks Alexis. Have a wonderful summer everyone. We’ll gather in September to welcome the incoming 8th Graders!
New Rochelle was well represented at the enthronement of our new Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. AXIOS!
The Scouting Program End of Year BBQ at Holy Trinity honored Mr David Kerwick for being their Scoutmaster for a total of 15 years! We congratulate him and thank him for his dedicated service to Scouting and Holy Trinity Church
Celebrating the end of another year of Philoptochos service, our ladies recognized the leadership of Marina Sirras, outgoing President, welcomed incoming President, Elizabeth Zoulis, and Executive Board Members Agathy Gerkis, Angie Lambros, Stephanie Madouros and Susan Russon. “Taki, Laki and Naki” once again served frappes at the pop-up cafe which raised over $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House, Greek Division. Ariana Dos Santos and Christina Florakis, recipients of Philoptochos awards, spoke about their service projects in Kenya and on Chios and about the inspiration Philoptochos has given them to go out and do good in the world.
The Feast Day of our Parish - a magnificent day, highlighted with a pastoral visitation by Bishop Andonios, the Vesper service of Pentecost and our annual Panygiri Picnic for all of our parishioners. Music was provided by Michael Zoulis and his Orchestra. Many, many thanks to the Modroukas family for cooking and donating the delicious food enjoyed by all!