Community Outreach

Outreach meeting in person at the Cathedral, Tuesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you for a successful Blood Drive   -  The Community Outreach Ministry committee wishes to thank all those who made the June 2 Red Cross blood drive at the Cathedral such a resounding success.  The blood drive exceeded its goals with 36 signed up donors — half of whom were our parishioners and the other half from the community. In the end, the Red Cross collected 31 units of blood products, potentially impacting 93 patient lives. The blood products will be used to help patients of all ages, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer.  To help with recruitment, the Red Cross donated a family pack of Kings Dominion day passes for donors. Congratulations to Chloe Stratiou who won the raffle for the tickets and we thank her for her donation.

Thank you also to Father Nicholas, our Cathedral leaders and staff, especially Caroline Moses and Athina Plaka, for their assistance in hosting and advertising the drive, and to Dr. Martha Sotos for coordinating the event on behalf of the Outreach Ministry. The Ministry will sponsor another blood drive in the fall.

The Outreach committee continues to explore ways in which it can help those in need during these times. If you have suggestions for ways the committee can help in our community or if you would like to participate in its meetings, please contact the cathedral office.

Community Outreach Ministry Vision

To grow closer to the broader Richmond community through acts of service as a Cathedral family and, by this, unite ourselves to Christ.

To achieve this Vision, we will:

  • Help build awareness of existing outreach activities at the Cathedral
  • Be a resource to facilitate involvement and participation of Cathedral parishioners in outreach activities
  • Serve as a sounding board for expanding the scope of volunteer outreach
  • Sponsor community-wide activities (outside existing organizations) targeted for the local community
  • Coordinate Cathedral response to national & international crisis/emergencies

Community Outreach Ministry Members:

Jim Katsaros, Chair / Parish Council Liaison

Tom Kazas, Co-Chair / Communications Director

Father Nicholas Bacalis, Sponsor / Inspiration

Key Ministry Champions:

Calypso Bletsos, College Student Ministry

John Bletsos, Companionship Ministry

Ruth Catherines, Philoptochos Liaison / Saints Cosmos & Damianos House

Mark Chronis, IOCC Liaison: Emergency Supply Drives & Tennis Tournament / Fisher Guest House Meals

Gina Guinn, FeedMore / Food Drives

Elaine Hall, Clothing Supply Drives

Nikki Katsaros, ICU Comfort Kits

Katherine Boege (Bradely), Habitat for Humanity Programs

Krista Loucas, Elementary School Ministries / Micah Initiative

Greg Silvestri, Reinhart House Guest Meals / FeedMore & Food Drives

Martha Sotos, Medical Services Ministry, Blood Drives

If you would like more information contact the cathedral office.