Looking for a great gift idea or just interested in Greek Orthodox traditions, we have "Greek Traditions and Customs" books for sale at $30, in limited quantities, contact the cathedral office to purchase your copy.
Informal Coffee Hour Fellowship, March 9th at 9:30 a.m.
Board Meeting (via Zoom), March 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting (via Zoom), March 21st at 3:00 p.m.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Frederick Keonig
This quote spoke to me as I reflected on how much my life changed over the past year. I was upset with Covid-19 and all of the restrictions that had been put in place as a result of the pandemic. I was upset about not being able to sing in the choir on Sundays, during Holy Week, Christmas and about missing my choir family. I was upset about not being able to host Leisure Group once a month that so many of you enjoy. I was upset about not being able to cater to the Torch Club once a month. I was upset about not being able to have monthly Philoptochos in-person meetings and socializing with you all. I was upset about not being able to have our mini festival. I was upset about having to cancel a family vacation to Florida, about not eating out in a restaurant once in a while and I could go on and on. Realizing that being upset was getting me nowhere fast, I had to come to terms with my attitude and turn it around. On the bright side, I WAS able to sing on Sundays, during Holy Week and Christmas, only it was virtually, along with John Bletsos and Dean Tiggas. A few of our ladies started a little coffee gathering once a month just to be together instead of lunch and bingo. I was able to fly down to Alabama at Christmas to visit my son and his family. The truth is, I have my family, my friends, my health and my faith. How ridiculous and unproductive I had been by dwelling on what I couldn’t do anymore instead of being grateful and appreciative of all the blessings in my life. Does any of this speak to you? This has truly been a trying year for everyone. My hope and prayer is that the worst is behind us and we will start seeing things opening up again soon. In the meantime, I know that I must commit this quote to memory! On a happy note, we are excited about the new cookbook that will be coming out in the future. The cookbook committee is working diligently to gather new recipes as well as including the favorites from our last cookbook. Don’t forget to submit any recipes you would like included to the church office. We will be holding elections in May for our board and are taking names of those who would like to serve on our board. Think about it and we will be discussing details at our meeting. Mark Your Calendars Upcoming Meetings: Tuesday, March 9 – Informal Coffee Fellowship 9:30 am, Wednesday, March 17 – Board Meeting via Zoom 7 pm, Sunday, March 21 – Regular meeting via Zoom 3 pm. As always, I appreciate and thank you for your continued support.
Barbara Bambacus, Philoptochos President
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:
■To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
■To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
■To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
■To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.