November 2017

“Excuse our Appearance” – Phase 2 In Full Swing Soon

Church Renovations / Phase 2 

“One generation shall praise Thy work to another.” (Psalm 145:4)

We draw near to the 50th anniversary year of our church edifice which will be marked in 2018. The behind the scenes work of planning for the renovations and enhancements of our church interior are now at hand. They will take effect on Monday November 20 when the church will be closed and the renovations will start.

The first projects will be the re-staining of the pews and replacement of the carpet, these 2 aspects being the most major. Simultaneously, there will be some electrical work and potentially some carpentry work as well; these are mainly associated to the Altar area and the Solea.

During this time (perhaps 6 – 8 weeks) we will still be doing Sunday and weekday ser-vices as normal, but they will be held in Demetrakas Hall until further notice to move back into our newly renovated church. This will necessitate that some of our traditional after Liturgy luncheons will not be held and these will take a new format.

Coming up in the spring and summer will be the replacement of the icon screen with new mosaics and HVAC improvements. These aspects of the Phase ll program howev-er will not necessitate the closing of the church.

We are thankful for all who have thus far made a 2 year pledge to the Phase ll Program and those as well who have already completed their offerings early on, who are making this project possible. Additional Phase ll pledges are of course desired which would lessen the need to borrow. Response forms were recently mailed out and are also avail-able through the parish office.

Clearly there has been wear and tear over these 50 years and this 50th anniversary has become the ideal time to move ahead to restore our church edifice to its pristine appear-ance and functionality. Let us remember and honor with great respect those who 50 years ago made building fund pledges and donations to build our neo-byzantine church through our giving today in fulfillment of the scriptural passage …..

“One generation shall praise Thy work to another.”
Fr. Andrew

Senior Citizens Thursday, November 9th 

Orthros & Liturgy will be served in Commemoration of St. Nektarios followed by lunch at 12 noon, followed by an educational DVD entitled:

“Protect your Brain!”
Five Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp and Brain-Healthy 

In this DVD you’ll learn everything you need to enjoy for a healthy brain and stay men-tally sharp for life. In this five-part presentation, nationally known experts in the areas of neurology, cognitive science, psychiatry, and longevity share simple, practical infor-mation from the latest medical research to help you make the right health choices to protect your brain. You’ll discover:

  • How to eat and drink smarter
  • Ways to build positive habits
  • Strategies for beating those “senior moments”
  • How to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ways to reduce your chance of stroke and know its warning signs

Protecting your brain starts Nov. 9th. Come and get the information so you can begin to use it and enjoy a healthy brain.







St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Fall River will be hosting their Annual Dinner Dance on Sunday, November 12th, at the Venus DeMilo, 75 Grand Army Highway (Route 6)Swansea,Massachusetts. Cocktails will begin at 6 P.M. and Dinner at 7 P.M. Dinner choices are chicken, fish, or beef. Ticket prices are $50 Adults, $30 Dance Only, and $25 Children. Music will be provided by Kostas Haloulakos. For reservations, please contact John Vlahos at 508-674-9042. 

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A Prayer that needs to be said and spread to all our people out there this year that have been victimized by horrific attacks or their home, business or shelter destroyed by a hurricane or earthquake and fire. May God be with them at this time to re-strengthen and re-build.


Gracious God.
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions.
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear.
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities.
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers, now and always.

Memorial Bench 

To all the families of deceased relatives, just a reminder that we still have space for a Memorial Bench on the Church property. Please call or email the office if you are interested in purchasing a space for your loved one that has passed. (401-942-4188)

Church is a place of Mercy & Hope, where everyone is Welcomed, Loved & Forgiven! 


Be Welcoming / Be on the Look Out
Beloved, always look for the young faces of college students attending our services, as well as visitors and new residents in general. Welcome them warmly, ask for their hard mail address, email and cell phone and pass that information over to Fr Andrew or Fr Manny. Invite them to coffee hour and/or to your own home to get acquainted.

We would like to welcome Jeffrey Sisson our new full-time janitor M-F and Edward Vasquez, our new part-time weekend janitor, although “Eddie” will also be helping Jeffrey during the week on special projects , when needed. We wish them well and that they both enjoy their employment here with us.

Parking Lot Lines
Between rain falls, hot sun and cold days we say Thank You with great appreciation to Lakis Andriotis. We now have new white lines and yellow handicap symbols, redone in our parking lot. Weather permit-ting Lakis was outside several days with his painting equipment and did a Great Job. 

Festival Follow Up
The Financial Report of the Greek Festival will be issued soon. PLAN FROM NOW FOR NEXT YEAR—new workers needed, especially in the Gyro area—September 7, 8 & 9, 2018. Save the dates and plan to volunteer in general. 

Festival Raffle Winner!
Our Festival winner of the Grand Prize $5000.00 cash raffle was Charlie Petris. Congratulations Charlie may you enjoy the funds in the best of health and fond memories of our 32nd Annual Annunciation Church Greek Festival. 

Additional Epistle Readers Sought
Those desiring to be trained as Readers (especially teens and young adults) should contact Fr Andrew 942-4188.

Nominations for Parish Council 

Each year a portion of our parish council is elected for the new civil year, in a two-year term of office. Serving on the Council is a wonderful witness to the Lord in enabling the local parish to function in a witness of love and sacrifice. There are eligibility requirements which include: being over age 18, active in the worship life of the parish, contribute to the stewardship pro-gram yearly, if married, married in the Orthodox Church, if divorced, had received an ecclesi-astical divorce, adhere to the moral teachings and canons of the church and the Archdiocese regulations. A full list of eligibility requirements can be obtained from our parish office or online at the <> Those desiring to submit their name in nomination are encouraged to do so before-November 26th, to the Chairman of the Board of Elections (John Psikakos – 401-944-6856).

Dr. Mary Despina Lekas Endowment Fund News
Financial Report for the period ending 9/30/17
Endowment Fund Portfolio: $861,650.84
Endowment Fund Checking Account: $5,115.00

“Our Legacy”
A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
M/M Ilias Antonakos, Marcel Berard, M/M Kenneth Bianchi, M/M James Demetriou, Deruosi Family, Olga Haveles, M/M Bruce Iannuccillo, M/M James Karpeichik, Elizabeth Marses, Stavroula Marsis, Penny Letros & Georgia Matadis, M/M Kenneth Morrissey, Andrew Rougas & Stephanie Papadopoulos, M/M Costas Perdikakis, Philoptochos Society, Mary Samaras, M/M James Santaniello, M/M Peter Simone, Pashalia Strekouras, Virginia Strekouras, Antonia Vanikiotis, M/M John Vanikiotis, M/M Frank Vasiliadis, M/M Dean Vose, M/M John Zervos.
In Memory of George Grammas 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
Arthur Samos in memory of Gregory Demetrakas 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
M/M Michael Papigiotis in memory of Panagiotis Sampalis 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
Elizabeth Marses in memory of Nick Stappas (brother of Julie Karahalios) 

Recent Deaths 

The father of Elaine Andrade (our recently retired bookkeeper) Raymond Brien, age 93, of West Warwick, passed away on 10/8/17. The brother of our parishioner Julie Karahalios, Nick Stappas, passed away in Canada on Oct 9. Effie Christelis, age 88, of Cranston, RI passed away on 10/19/17. Funeral & burial were private. Elpida “Hope” Carabitses, age 84, of Warwick, passed away on 10/24/17. Funeral & burial was held on 10/27/17. The father of our parishioner Christina (Florio) DiDino, Joseph Florio, age 76, passed away on 10/18/17, in Texas. His funeral was here in RI., on 10/28/17. The brother of our parishioner Demetrius Sampalis, passed away recently in Greece. The brother of our parishioner Maryanne Cragin, Stephen McGill, age 59, of Lincoln, RI, passed away on 10/24/17. The grandmother of our parishioner Rebecca Stanley recently passed on in MA.
~May their Memory be Eternal~

We have to date parishioners with a pledge of $189,877.00
The Actual Amount Received is $173,796.13

Since our last newsletter, the following pledges have been received for 2017: M/M Dean Costakos, Alexander Dimitriadis, William Frangos, Christine Kitsilis, Cynthia Springer, Antoine Topouzis, Aristotelis Tsonis, M/M Kenneth White, Maria Vlahos, Katherine Xiarhos.



Our fund-raising effort has become very active again because of a recent reminder letter that was sent out. That is very good news.

We have a total of $191,667.00 that have been pledged from 94 donors. As of today, $130,742.00 has been paid and deposited. Since last month the following parishioners have submitted a pledge: Andreas & Marie Andreopoulos, M/M Dionysious Argeris, Nicole C. Arsenis, Michael & Kassiane Campopiano, Peter Kolentsas, Dr. Mary D. Lekas, Brian & Maria Leroux, Gus & Joanna Pappas, M/M Demetrious Sampalis, Dr. William Tsiaras, Jason & Rebecca Xynellis.

Thank you all for your generous pledges. If you have not yet submitted your 2-year pledge, please do so. We have a lot of work to complete in the coming months. -Submitted by James Silva 


New Comers 2017-2018
If you have a friend or relative interested in joining the parish, please have them call the office so that we may send out the proper paper work for them to register. (If you are referring a family or individual to the church, please let us know). We also have a committee that invites new comers to a small gathering so they may become acquainted with others from the parish. It is our way to welcome new parishioners and make them feel comfortable. 

New Year’s Eve
Usually we always do an event for New Years here in the church hall. This year we will be cancelling the New Years Event, since the hall is being used for church services in regards to the Phase 2 project going on in the church. In place of the Family New Years Eve event, we will be having an Apokriatiko event on Saturday, February 10, 2018. More details will follow. 

The Financial Corner 

I would like to address several misconceptions that exist within our parish community. I have heard some parishioners comment that – “our church is making a lot of money from the real estate property next door”. This concept is false and incorrect.

Another misconception I heard from a different parishioner is “our church is losing money from the real estate property next door and our church needs to pay a lot of money in order to keep the property solvent”. This comment is also incorrect.

The truth regarding our property next door is that it is classified as an LLC and the finances are kept separate from parish funds. We have six apartments and one house that is currently rented. Our property is self-sufficient and standing on its own. This is a very valuable asset and we are fortunate to have purchased the property.

Initially we acquired the property on September 20, 2011. The original loan amount at that time was $485,000,00. Six years later, as of September 30, 2017 the loan balance was $347, 378,00.

Because of the house being un-occupied for more than one year we had a net loss of $ 802.39 for 2016.

For the year 2017 we are projecting the profit / loss status to remain approxi-mately the same.

– Submitted by James Silva

November 5, 2017

~Notification for Regular Fall Parish Assembly~

Dear Parishioners,

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Parish Assembly. This Assembly will be held at the Mihailides Center on Sunday, November 26th following coffee hour. We urge all our parishioners to attend this Assembly for you will have the opportunity to nominate Parish Council Members for the up-coming elections, and act upon the Proposed 2018 Budget while being informed directly on various im-portant topics listed below.

As always, only our parishioners, Baptized or Chrismated in the Orthodox Church, who are in ecclesiastical order, and are financially in good standing with the parish, may vote at this Assembly; your 2016 stewardship pledge must have been paid in full prior to the meeting and a stewardship pledge form for 2017 must have been submitted. These can also be executed the day of the Assembly, but it is strongly encouraged to do this through the office well before the meeting to avoid confusion at the registration table.

The Agenda is as follows:

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Election of Assembly Officers
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the last Regular Assembly (June 4, 2017)
  4. President’s Report – Kevin Phelan
  5. Priest’s Report – Fr. Andrew George
  6. Auditor’s Committee Report for 2016 Financials – Maria Markos
  7. Presentation of the Proposed 2018 Budget – James Silva
    ~Proposed Budget will be available after November 15, 2017
  8. 145-151 Oaklawn LLC Report – George Coclin
  9. Dr. Mary Lekas Despina Endowment Fund– Peter Manis
    ~Nominations for the new term on Endowment Committee – Alex Carr
  10. Phase II Report – Nick Tanionos
  11. Board of Elections Report – John Psikakos – Nominations for Parish Council
  12. Unfinished Business:
  13. New Business:
  14. Closing Prayer

We look forward to welcoming you at the Parish Assembly on November 26, 2017.

Faithfully yours,
Kevin Phelan
Elaine Otto
Fr. Andrew G. George

Minutes of the Parish Assembly, Sunday, June 4, 2017 

The meeting opened with prayer by Fr. Andrew George at 11:57a.m. and attending by 26 stew-ards. Elected officers were: Chairman Nick Tanionos, Vice-Chairman John Psikakos and Sec-retary Marianne Phelan. Motion to approve the November 20, 2016 Assembly minutes was made by Elaine Crabtree and Theofanis Markos and passed.

Treasurer’s Report of the 2016 Financials – James Silva 

Complete Report distributed showing Revenues of $653,317.79 and Disbursements of $657,665.45.

Auditor’s Committee Report on 2016 Financials-Maria Markos 

Due to extenuating circumstances Maria will present her report at the Fall Parish Assembly.

Appointment of Board of Elections 

The motion to approve John Psikakos as chairman for the board of elections made by Kevin Phelan and Jason Maintanis and passed. Also nominated and approved was Emile Sarkis. Alt-hough absent, Russ Wheatley will be asked if he’d like to serve.

Report of the Phase II Planning-Nick Tanionos 

The response and the compliments of the Platytera installation have been plentiful, many stat-ing that it is as if it was always there. Nick reported that the fundraising is ongoing, and the planning schedule is scheduled to be in place during the summer months. The carpet will be replaced after the subfloor repairs are completed and electrical is reviewed. This is scheduled to be completed from October until Christmas depending on the availability of vendors. Cur-rently the pledges total $172,592 of which $114,000 has been collected. It was expected we would need up to $400,000 to complete Phase II. The more donations we receive in the Phase ll Drive, the less we would need to borrow, estimating perhaps $200,000 -$230.00. Nick also explained that the refinishing of the pews would be coordinated with the carpet replacement and the icon screen replacement. The quotes received for the air conditioning and heating sys-tems are following within the budget allowances.

Unfinished Business: 

The Archdiocese assessment is still being contested by the Parish Council and they will be meeting with the Metropolis representatives to review the financial statements.

New Business: 

A discussion ensued about the memorial funds—if they are being earmarked for Phase II ex-penses. More information will be forthcoming.

Retirement of Elaine Andrade- Fr Andrew rose to announce that Elaine, after 10 years of service to our parish will be retiring at the end of June and he acknowledged her dedication and faithfulness to our parish.

Closing Prayer & Adjournment at 12:14PM
Respectively submitted, Marianne Phelan, Assembly Secretary

Sunday, November 19, 2017 Hope and Joy Event
We will be having our First Hope and Joy Event on November 19th after Coffee Hour. We will have age appropriate activities and will be serving lunch for all who attend. More information to come.

Friday, December 1st, 2017 Christmas Dance
Join us on December 1st from 6pm to 10pm for our Christmas Dance. Tickets will be $15. More information to come.

December 28, 2017 Family Game Night
Back by popular request we will be holding another Family Game Night during Christmas Break. SAVE THE DATE—THURSDAY DEC 28—6PM

Any questions contact CJ Mitrelis at, or 401-632-8752.

Baby Sitters Available
If any family is in need of babysitters we have several Goyans who are able to help during the week and weekend. (Other teens who may not have already expressed interest to be part of this baby sitting pool should sign up with CJ.) Families desiring to use parishioners as baby sitters should contact CJ Mitrelis at (401) 632-8752 to receive this listing of contacts.


At the recent Lock In, elections were held for the new church year: President—Eleni Mihai-lides, V-President– Christian Mitrelis, Treasurer– Katherine Mitrelis, Recording Secretary–Joseph Bunch, Corresponding Secretary–Nathaniel Nichols. With great enthusiasm Sophia Sarkis (a 12th grader) has offered herself to do “outreach” to activate more teens.


Are you on Facebook? We have a new, private Facebook group for families in our par-ish! The purpose of this group is to support each other in living our Orthodox Faith, encourage intentional parenting, celebrate our children’s accomplishments, and share information on par-ish youth events. Comments/posts are only visible by members. If you’d like to join the group, just send your email to and you’ll receive an invitation.”

REMINDER– Every Thursday 

Watch the weekly edition of “BE THE BEE” from our Archdiocese Youth Office. Visit-



President: Marianne Phelan
First Vice President: Koula Rougas
Second Vice President: Carol Rothemich
Corresponding Secretary: Nikki Samaras
Recording Secretary: Helen Argeris
Treasurer: Nancy Harritos
Assistant Treasurer: Karen Drager
Advisor: Georgia Pappas, Past President


To all who worked the just completed Food-Fair and Christmas Bazaar we extend a huge THANK YOU…workers in all the various booths, the bakers, the kitchen taverna staff, the donors of the various raffle prizes, our new janitors—everyone for everything and all those who attended!

Prayer Shawls and Preemie Hats 

Recently a delegation of our shawl weavers traveled to Yonkers, NY to St Michael Home for the Aged and delivered prayer shawls to the residents there. Preemie baby hats were also taken to Hasbro Hospital (in fact 72 of them) for use in the “NIC Unit.”

“Beneath The Olive Tree” Well Attended 

A good 90 people attended the Oct 27th screening of this very powerful film, truly in-formative on a piece of post WW2 history in Greece often overlooked.


November 17—Share the warmth with those less fortunate! 

The Providence “Buy Nothing Day” Coat Exchange will take place on November 24, 2017 on the front lawn of the RI State House. Each year, there is a growing need for coats, scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters, sweatshirts and other winter gear for our State’s homeless and low income population. Please spread the word and donate your “gently-used” items by Friday, November 17th at a designated box in the Demetrakas lobby. Any questions, contact Gail Erinakes at 401-225-9997.

November 20—Board Meeting 6:15 pm., General Meeting 7:00 pm.

Thanksgiving Baskets—If anyone is in need, contact Fr. Andrew or Bessie Papigiotis.

December 10– Christmas Outing—1PM / Providence Performing Arts Center attend-ing the musical “Kinky Boots” followed by dinner at Kleos. Details to follow.


Each year November 15 heralds the beginning of Advent (The Nativity Fast) or “little lent” as it also called.

“Advent” means the coming or arrival of someone or something. During these 40 days we prepare to celebrate the coming of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Clearly the Lord is already present with us today, but the Season of Advent allows us to experience more vivid, perhaps new, awareness of this pres-ence when we follow the daily Advent readings (refer to your Church Wall Calendar) and ex-ercises. Due to the ex-treme hustle and bustle of Pre-Christmas prepa-rations, most of the

Advent practices have been ignored or missed through the years. We should all grab hold of this opportunity and learn to live Advent to its fullest which gives us spiritual nourishment while also shopping and baking and doing the “secular side” of Christmas. They easily can go together.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Parishioners

May all of you be Blessed and Enjoy a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving

With family and friends
The Annunciation Church


Mid-November – Mid December 2017 

Divine Services (year round) Orthros (morning prayer) 8:15 am / Liturgy 9:30 am 

Thurs Nov 9—St. Nektarios / service per usual morning hours 

Sr Citizens Luncheon – 12:00 noon (Protect Your Brain DVD to be shown)

Bible Study “Epistle to the Romans” – 7:30-9PM (last class to this series)

Sat Nov 11- Let us honor our Veterans acknowledging their most valuable service 


Sun Nov 12—Sun 8 of Luke / John the Merciful / Nilus the Myrrh Gusher

-New Comer Welcome Gathering (after Liturgy)

Tues Nov 14—Phase 2 Committee Meeting- 7:30PM

Wed Nov 15– Advent Begins (The Nativity Fast) / Endowment Committee—7:30PM


Sun Nov 19—Sun 9 of Luke / Prophet Obadiah / Martyr Barlaam

– Church School Teachers Staff Meeting / Boy Scout Wreath Sale

– Hope & Joy Activity after coffee hour

Mon Nov 20– CHURCH RENOVATIONS BEGIN/ Phase 2 takes effect. 

Philoptochos Meeting 6:15 Board / 7:00PM– General Membership

Tues Nov 21—Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple—(TA EISODIA) 

-service per usual morning hours held in Demetrakas Hall.

– Parish Council Meeting 7:30 pm.



Sun Nov 26—Sun 13 of Luke / Stylianos of Paphlagonia / Nikon, Preacher Repentance

Parish Assembly (after Coffee Hour)

Tues Nov 28—AHEPA Meeting -7:00pm

Wed Nov 29- Great Vespers (Eve of St Andrew) – 6PM (in Demetrakas Hall) 

Thu Nov 30- St Andrew the 1st Called—Services per usual morning hrs (in hall) 

Fri Dec 1– Goya Teen Dance—6-10PM

Sat Dec 2- Orthodoxy 101 (Part 3) – 12:30-2PM


Sun Dec 3– Sun 14th of Luke / Prophet Zephaniah / New Martyr Angelis


Mon Dec 4– Revitalization Initiative—7PM

Wed Dec 6- St Nicholas– Services per usual morning hours (in hall) 

– Stewardship Committee– 7:30PM

Thu Dec 7- Sr Citizens Luncheon– 12 Noon

Sat Dec 9- Orthodoxy 101 (Part 4) – 12:30—2PM


Sun Dec 10– Sun of 10th Luke / Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes & Eugraphos

– Pageant Practice after Liturgy and classes

– Philoptochos Christmas Outing—1PM

Mon/Tues Dec 11/12– Observance of St Spyridon in Newport (Vespers Mon. at 6PM)

Orthros 9:00 am/ Liturgy 10:00 am on Tues.

October 2017


We know from our studies of Holy Scripture that the Bible is divided into two sections, commonly referred to as the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testa-ment consists of forty-nine books which relate the events from the beginning of the world to the last of the Prophets. The New Testament consists of twenty-seven books which begin with the coming of Jesus Christ and ends with “revelations” of things to come. The New Testament begins with four Gospels written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four great writers of the Church were called Evangelists taken from the Greek which means ”one who proclaims the Good News” who wrote about Christ and his mission among men.

On October 18 we honor the memory of St. Luke. 

According to the Church historians, Luke was from the ancient city of Antioch in Syria. Of all the countless followers of Christ during the first years of Christianity, Luke was by far the most talented. Luke was educated in Athens and Alexandria. He was a skill-ful physician and a master artist. Luke spoke many languages and was considered one of the greatest scholars of his day. He became very friendly with St. Paul, and he ac-companied him on many of his journeys into Asia Minor, Greece and Rome.

It was while in Rome that Luke wrote his famous Gospel. He is also the author of the Book of Acts. St. Paul refers to Luke as “the glorious physician” (Colossians 4, 14). Luke could also be called the Church’s first “iconographer” (a painter of Holy Icons). According to Holy Tradition, Luke had painted three Icons of the Blessed Mother and the Christ Child. One of these three masterpieces was given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Jerusalem when Luke was visiting the city. One of these Icons is now located within the Church of the Holy Patriarchate in the City of Constantinople. Many scientists have examined this famous Icon and all of them confirm the fact that the wood upon which the painting was made is at least 2,000 years old. St. Luke lived to the ripe old age of 80 years, and his last days were spent in the city of Thebes.

(Guest Article) – Fr. George Poulos

ORTHROS & LITURGY WILL BE SERVED ON OCT 18 at the usual morning hours

This Annunciator is sponsored by Linda, Mark and Alyssa Limperis
January 31, 1956—October 20, 2015

Everyday I find it hard to breathe Your hand I long to hold
As my broken heart continues to bleed. Our relationship was pure gold!
It pains me beyond belief What we had was so unique and rare
That you are not here and I’m in deep grief. We were such a special pair.
Can’t believe that two years have gone by Without you I am not me
Each and every day I still cry. I lost her when I lost we.
Our lives came to an earth shattering halt I am in so much sorrow and pain
And each minute I’m on emotional assault. When oh when will it ever wane?
All of our dreams would go bye bye The pain is so sharp like a knife in my heart
As quickly as a blink of the eye. To describe it, I don’t know where to start.
Our oneness is no longer here Lonely and lost, sad and so blue
My future without you I fear. You cannot believe how much I miss you!
With every passing day and night I am struggling as you can see
I dig deep to continue to fight. I LOVE you my soulmate to infinity.

Festival Volunteers—We Thank You 

The Annunciation Church volunteers are worth their weight in gold, you share your time and talents without any compensation. We thank you for your commitment, dedication and greatly appreciate our passionate volunteers like yourself, for your hard work. The countless hours were an incredible generous gift to our church. 

May God Bless all of you for enabling us to have another successful Festival for 2017. 

A Thank You Dinner for all Festival volunteers will be offered by the Parish Council on Tues., October 2, @ 6:00 pm. Please reserve your place by contacting the office (

RESERVE Sept 7,8,9, 2018 

New volunteers are always needed each year for the Greek Festival, especially those mid 20 year olds through mid 40 year olds. Thank God we have a good crew currently helping, but more is even better. Mark your mobile calendars from now to offer your time and talent for next years event.

Community & Out-of-State Festival Sponsors 

We would like to thank the community and all others that travel in for their continued support. Although there are several festivals throughout the year at several churches and functions going on, we are very fortunate the crowd of people that are so dedicated to being a part of ours. People travel in from many other states and actually call ahead to make sure of the dates and times to plan a mini weekend vacation for the event. When you are young and raised with values and traditions it stays with you through-out your adulthood. Our Greek heritage is important to us and we like to share our culture with everyone, so we are happy to see each year the different nationalities of people that enjoy the tasteful food and pastries we have to offer. 

We thank everyone for the spot you have reserved on your calendar for the Annunciation Church Annual Greek Festival

Welcome Home Fr Andrew 

On Sunday, September 3rd we welcomed Fr. Andrew back from his sabbatical. He was greatly missed by everyone and we are all happy to see him back, rested and doing well. He will in gradual steps assume responsibilities, yet make some adjustments along the way to preserve his health. We thank God for bringing him back to us.

Welcome Aboard to our new Bookkeeper 

We would like to welcome Paula Bovay to our staff here in the office. Paula is our part-time bookkeeper replacing Elaine Andrade that has retired. Paula will be working Tues, Wed, & Thurs, 9am—3pm. If you have any financial or accounting questions, please call her at this time frame. We pray Paula enjoys her stay here with us!

Because He Lives Ministry Has Closed 

For some 30 years, one of our parishioners Pat (Stergios) Dempster, has directed the Woon-socket based “Because He Lives Ministry” (soup kitchen) which in recent years functioned out of the All Saints Catholic Church. The time has come for Pat to retire and we commend her for her devotion to the needs of others with Christ’s love. Over the years we have worked in cooperation with her with our own Cranston Inter-Faith Food Ministry and with Harrington Hall here in Cranston as she provided many food items for these ministries. Now in closing up, Pat has given to our parish a number of remaining supplies (beyond food products) and we thank her. Most importantly, we pray for her good retirement with health and the knowledge that she has performed so many virtuous duties.

Overhead Projector Being Installed 

With the anonymous donation of $10,000 along with proceeds from recent golf tournaments, an overhead projector and screen will be installed in our Demetrakas Hall this month of October, for use by all of our parish organizations for educational and social purposes. It’s first use will be for the upcoming film showing of “Beneath the Olive Tree” on Fri Oct 27, sponsored by the Philoptochos Society. See separate write-up elsewhere in this newsletter.

Recent Special Collections 

Sunday School Children’s Lenten Mission Collection boxes – $244.95 (OCMC)
Sept 3rd offering tray for Hurricane Relief- $570.00 (IOCC)
Festival Collections for Hurricane Relief – $315.67 (IOCC)
Festival Collections for Inter-Faith Food Ministry – $784.00
Sept 17th offering tray for Hellenic College / Holy Cross – $215.00
Thank you to all. Donations are still welcomed for all these special causes.

Dr. Mary Despina Lekas Endowment Fund News
Financial Report for the period ending 8/31/17
Endowment Fund Portfolio: $857,484.34
Endowment Fund Checking Account: $3,598.28

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: Mary Samaras in loving memory and great esteem of Presv. Maria George on the 5th anniversary of her passing 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: M/M William Rougas, M/M John Vanikiotis, in memory of Panagiotis Sampalis 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: M/M Thomas Coyne, Mary Samaras in memory of Mary Kanelos 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: Ann Demetrakas & M/M Michael Haralambides in memory of Eugenia Zaharakos 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: James Coclin, M/M Steve Damaskos, M/M Steve Daras, M/M James Degaitas, Ann Demetrakas, Dorras Family, Argiri Ghionis, John Gionis, M/M Michael Haralambides, M/M Michael Haveles, Julie Karahalios, M/M Christos Mantsos, M/M Peter Microulis, Jean Mihelakos, M/M Emmanuel Mihailides, Jeanne Nenarella, Dr. & Mrs. Peter Petropoulos, M/M Polydoros Petrou, Diana Psilopoulos, M/M Jack Renza, M/M William Rougas, M/M Richard Sipka, M/M John Stergiou, Elle Strekouras, Paul Tsamis, Carole Xanthakis, in memory of George Grammas 



We have to date 354 parishioners with a pledge of $184,102.00
The Actual Amount Received is $163,197.52
Since our last newsletter, the following pledges have been received for 2017: Harry Bablenis, Karen Bablenis, Maria Degaitas, M/M Demetrios Ladas, M/M George Melanis, Michael Politis, M/M Hrisostomos Tsioplakis, Zambeta Xiarhos

When Sending Checks 

There are several different funds in our parish and at times various special collections also take place. When sending a check to the office, for whatever purpose, we would appreciate it if you could please include a note with the check, or mark on the memo line of the check, the inten-tion of the check, be it stewardship, the Phase 2 Fund, a memorial donation, and the like. Thank you so much. 

We would like to inform everyone that Donald our janitor is no longer employed here. We wish Donald well and we will be filling the position soon.


Change to Office Lunch Time 

Please be aware when stopping at the church office for any pick-ups, drop-offs or even scheduling time for a repair person, that the office is closed from 1:00 pm—2:00 pm for lunch. During that hour if you come by you will find the door locked and unable to enter. We would not want you to make the trip down if you are unable to enter the building for the purpose you are coming for. This new time has been chosen because of a very busy parking lot at noon, with the Nursery School, with parents entering the building, picking up children and everyone’s safety in the parking lot.

Entering the Church Center or Exiting 

Regular office hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. When entering the center and you have a key that you are allowing yourself in with, please notify the office that you have arrived. Also, when exiting the center please notify the office that you are leaving. We need to know at all times in the office who and what activity is going on in the center, including people renting the hall and having the decorators come in to get the hall ready for an event. We need to be notified concerning the hours of their being here. Also, please call ahead as to when you are coming to make sure the person you are re-questing to see is here. This is a very large building with 2 floors and we need to monitor all activity for everyone’s safety.


Please be aware that everyone deserves privacy when calling the office. With that being said, the secretary or bookkeeper needs to give the caller their attention. Please, upon entering the building check to see if the office person is in fact on the phone. Please take a seat in the hallway so we may call you in when the phone call has ended. Parishioners and the public call the office for many different reasons which mostly are private matters. Also if you do enter the office and you are having a conversation with someone else that has arrived, please have the courtesy to step out of the office into the hallway to speak. This allows the secretary or bookkeeper the privacy and quiet to an-swer the phone and give the caller the proper attention.

At times, the offices in the morning have been disarrayed from use by others at night, with tape dispensers, pens and staplers found elsewhere in the building and desk drawers left open. Please respect the work space of others and return items, but also leave the office neat and clean. We in the office are trying our best to always have a profes-sional clean look when people come into the office. It shows that we care about our church and center as we do our own homes. In honesty, this is Gods home and He trusts us to always do what He expects from us. We Thank You for your Consideration & Understanding!


Sunday Church School 

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12



Our mission is to serve the children and families of our Parish as they bear witness to our Orthodox faith in their spiritual journey towards theosis. We dedicate ourselves to guide and support the children and families of our Parish to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3.18


Our vision is to imbue our families with the desire to seek unity with Christ and His teachings through fervent participation in Divine services. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20


Our Goal is to inspire enthusiasm within the hearts of our families through opportunities which will bring our community together to celebrate our faith with love and joy. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6


Why I come to Church……… By– Elaine Otto 

Each week, life presents me with many challenges, some requiring much thought and consideration, others fleeting and unimportant. The continuous bombardment of the deafening sounds of life can confuse and confound. Life is a busy whirlwind of activi-ties and distractions, some of my own creation and others landing upon me unprepared. These situations can make me take my eye off the ball and cause me to lose focus on what is most important and that is my relationship with God. Coming to Church to par-ticipate in divine services helps me to regain my focus and enables me to confront with confidence all that life has to offer. Ironically, the times that I have been the busiest and have felt the most overwhelmed is exactly when I have benefited the most from taking the time to come to Church. Participation in our divine services each week is exactly the remedy I need. The serenity, the sense of peace, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that envelopes me gives me the focus and direction I need, and that is why I come to Church

We welcome the submittal of other parish to write as well “why they come to church” 


Join us this fall as we take a look at one of St. Paul’s most influential epistles, the Letter to The Romans. St. Paul in his letter tells us to confess with our lips and believe with our hearts; Christianity at it’s most simple and basic understanding. Let us take a deep-er look into the verses of the Apostle for better understanding and edification. Who knows where the conversation will lead us. The Bible Study will be led by our parish-ioner and Holy Cross Seminary graduate, Emile Sarkis, this fall. It will be held on Thursdays at 7:30pm starting Oct 5th and will run until the second Thursday of No-vember. Please come and be a part of the discussion.


Beginning Monday October 30th through December 4th a six week seminar will be offered on the classical masterpiece of Aeschylus ” The Eumenides-The kindly ones”.The central theme of the play is that in the 5th century Athens ( “The Golden Age of Greece”), the old tribal law of blood feud (“eye for an eye”) must give way to democratic legal procedures (judgement by a jury of peers) and a distinction must be made between premeditated and involuntary death. Brute force must be reconciled with mercy. As the human mind-consciousness evolves it inter-prets the individual and social values in a new enlightened vision. We will read the play and discuss these issues in light of the great transformation of consciousness that took place not only in Greece but also in Israel (the prophets), in India (Buddha) and in China (Confucius). This is The Axial Age worldwide.

The class will meet every Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the community center of the Assumption in Pawtucket. For more information please call John Lyssikatos at 401-728 4452 after October 17th.


A gathering of Orthodox Christian attorneys from across the country for a time of fellowship, networking, and learning from an excellent lineup of speakers has been planned. This inau-gural event of the ORTHODOX ATTORNEY NETWORK will be a one-day gathering held in conjunction with the national Christian Legal Society’s annual conference in New-port Beach, CA, October 26th– 29th, 2017. Participants are welcome to come just for the Orthodox gathering on Saturday, October 28th, the CLS banquet on Saturday evening, and/or the entire CLS conference. A special discount is provided for the main conference to all attendees of the Orthodox gathering. A special hotel group rate is available at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. For details, go to

Additional Graduates 

John DiMaio received his PHD, in organic chemistry at the University of Rochester in 2016 and his law degree at University of Buffalo in May 2017. He now is presently employed at a large law firm in Buffalo.

Eleanor Michailides graduated from Exeter West Greenwich High School and is now attending Johnson & Wales taking Psychology.

Nicholas Simijis graduated from Cranston East High School and is now attending CCRI tak-ing Sports Broadcasting.

Nominations for Parish Council 

Each year a portion of our parish council is elected for the new civil year, in a two-year term of office. Serving on the Council is a wonderful witness to the Lord in enabling the local par-ish to function in a witness of love and sacrifice. There are eligibility requirements which in-clude: being over age 18, active in the worship life of the parish, contribute to the stewardship program yearly, if married, married in the Orthodox Church, if divorced, had received an ec-clesiastical divorce, adhere to the moral teachings and canons of the church and the Archdio-cese regulations. A full list of eligibility requirements can be obtained from our parish office or online at the <> Those desiring to submit their name in nomination are encour-aged to do so, to the Chairman of the Board of Elections (John Psikakos – 401-944-6856).


The father of Jennifer Carr, Richard Martin, age 75, of Guildhall, VT passed away on 7/27/17. The father of Dionisios (Dennis) and Charlie Sampalis, Panagiotis “Panos” Sam-palis, age 85, of Cranston, RI passed away on 7/25/17, his funeral & burial was in Greece. Eugenia Zaharakos, age 84, of Providence, RI passed away on 8/19/17, her funeral was on 8/28/17. Dimitra Vourvachakis, age 85, of Warwick, RI passed away on 8/28/17, her fu-neral was held at the Assumption Church, Pawtucket, RI on 9/1/17. George C. Grammas, age 85, of Cranston, RI passed away on 9/7/17, his funeral and burial was on 9/12/17. The mother of Frank, Harry and Robert Masiello, Bessie (Hoopis) Masiello, age 99, of Coventry, RI passed away on 9/13/17, her funeral and burial was held on 9/18/17.
~May their Memory be Eternal~

GOYA FALL CAMP WEEK-END, Contoocook, NH = Oct 27-29
“Recharge / Reconnect Retreat” for teens – $125
Registration at <> 603-746-2132


Greek School Graduation Speech 


Good morning everyone. My name is Angela Marses and I would like to first thank my won-derful teachers, Kyria Koula, Kyria Eleni, and Kyria Ioanna for helping me learn the Greek language for the past 6 years. Even though I’ve been counting down the weeks to graduate, I did learn a lot from Greek school. Throughout the years, I not only learned how to read, write and speak, but also about the culture and religion too. I definitely will not miss memorizing poems and trying to do my homework the night before class, but I will remember the many memories that I have made during these 6 years. Some of the best memories that I have is when Kyria Koula tells me that I take after my mother when I do something correctly. Although I always take this as a compliment, five minutes later when I make a mistake, she tells me that I take after my father. I am very proud to say that I have graduated Greek school, and that I can speak the language that my grandparents grew up speaking. Also, now when my parents are talking about me in Greek, I’ll know what they are saying!


Sun Oct 1 – Full Liturgy through Holy Communion; First Youth Choir Rehearsal
Sun Oct 8 – Full Liturgy through Holy Communion; Youth Choir Rehearsal
Sun Oct 15 – Full Liturgy through Holy Communion; Youth Choir Rehearsal; STAFF MEETING
Sun Oct 22 – Full Liturgy through Holy Communion; PHOTO DAY
Sun Oct 29 – Full Liturgy through Holy Communion; Distribution of Oratorical Topics; Food Drive; Youth Choir Sings in Liturgy; Choir Rehearsal


October 2017 

The new year brings new happenings for our chapter. We had a productive board meeting planning on our fall commitments and events.

Our major fundraiser is the Annual Food Fair and Christmas Bazaar on November 4 and 5, 2017 

The committees are meeting and working to make this a successful event again this year. The schedule for baking our outstanding pastries is as follows and we welcome all to come be part of the team.

Friday, October 13 at 6:00, Spanakopita, Tyropita & Baklava
Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00pm, Koulouria
Saturday, October 21 at 9:30, Diples (lunch included)
Monday, October 23 at 6:00pm, Kourabiedes & Melamakarona
Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm, Macaroons & dipping the cookies and Diples

Upcoming events: 

Mon. October 16th Board Meeting at 6:30pm and General Meeting at 7:00pm with guest speaker Attorney Nicholas A. Lambros to speak about basic estate planning.

Sun. October 22nd Flu Shot Clinic held in the Demetrakas Hall after Liturgy

Fri. October 27th Film Screening of ‘Beneath the Olive Tree’ at 7:00pm in the Deme-trakas Hall. Coffee and Dessert will be served and with a $5 entrance fee.

Sun. Oct. 29th Coffee Hour to honor past Philoptochos President, Georgia Pappas.

November 11th National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon hosted by the Metropolis of New Jersey at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. If you are interested in attending please contact Marianne Phelan through the church office.

Respectively submitted, Marianne Phelan, President 


Good Samaritan Philoptochos Society
Saturday, November 4th 10:00 am—9:00 pm
Sunday November 5th 11:30 am—4:00 pm
Jewelry Agora Handcrafts Raffles Greek Pastry Religious Book Store White Elephant Vintage Treasures Gift Baskets Serving delicious food & pastry Saturday & Sunday featuring Roast Lamb, Gyros, Souvlakia, Greek Baked Macaroni, Spanikopita Baklava, Rice Pudding & More***********



Oct 28
Nov 4
Dec 2
Dec 9
12:30PM –2PM


Owners Tom Bovis and his wife Lauren Lynch are pleased to announce the recent opening of their new Greek inspired restaurant, Kleos, located in downtown Providence at 250 Westminster Street. The restaurant is named after their 20 month old son Heracles or Heracleos who Tom named in honor of his late father as past parishioner Hercules Bovis. Kleos offers traditional Greek dishes as well as new ones with a contem-porary twist on the classics. The restaurant is open seven days a week at 4 PM, with complimentary valet parking, and will begin serving a quick ser-vice lunch by the end of September. Kleos is featured in the food section of the September’s issue of Rhode Island Monthly magazine.

Tom and Lauren are also the owners of Rosalina Italian restaurant at 50 Aborn Street in downtown Providence.



COLLEGE STUDENT WEEK-END, Newport, RI = Oct 13-15 

Northeast Fall Regional Retreat, sponsored by Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) – for those age 18-25 “Beauty, Science and the Spiritual Life” with Dr Timothy Patitsas Discussions, free time to enjoy Newport, walk the cliff walk together, outdoor Compline Service, lobster dinner. Full weekend is free – Bring a sleeping bag. Host parish is St Spyridon. Questions and Registration to Caroline at

Flu Shots & Blood Pressure Checks 

Sunday Oct. 22 flu shots and blood pressure checks will be offered during coffee hour. Flu vaccines will be available to those age 18 and older, also pneumonia vac-cines will be available to those 65 and older. Please contact Christina Vose RPH @ 401-413-2793 or Nancy Harritos NP @ 401-965-5133 with any questions.


Sunday Oct 22 is the Bi-Annual RI Orthodox Fellowship sponsored Spiritual Concert at which various choirs from our parishes of the various Orthodox jurisdictions will participate in…..6PM at the St Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Parish in Providence.

A NIGHT OF KEFI, Sponsored by Assumption Parish– Pawtucket = Sat Oct 28 

Rembetika, Laika and Horeftika– by Revma Donation $25 adults (students $15) Includes meza, dessert & coffee / cash bar To reserve your table contact Andrea at 401-528-7685. or Proceeds to benefit Greek Pride Hellenic Dance Troupe

October 2017 

Divine Services (year round) Orthros (morning prayer) 8:15 am / Liturgy 9:30 am 

Sun Oct 1—Sun 2nd of Luke / Protection of Theotokos / Romanos the Melodist – National Church Musician Sunday – MEMORIAL: – Joseph Maintanis 30/yrs.

Mon. Oct 2 – Festival Volunteers Thank You Dinner—6PM

Wed. Oct 4– Stewardship Committee Meeting 7:30pm

Thu Oct 5- Senior Citizens Lunch– 12Noon / Marriage Prep Seminar—7PM (part 2) – Bible Study “Epistle to the Romans” – 7:30—9PM


Sun Oct 8—Sun 3rd of Luke / New Martyr Ignatios / Virgin Martyr Pelagia MEMORIAL: Eugenia Zaharakos 40/days, Dimitra Vourvachakis 40/days, Emmanouel Vourvachakis 1/yr.


Thu Oct 12- Bible Study “Epistle to the Romans” – 7:30—9PM – OCF Northeast Regional Retreat– 8PM (St Spyridon—Newport)


Sun Oct 15—7th Ecumenical Synod (4th L) / Hieromartyr Loukianos / Righteous Savinos MEMORIAL: George C Grammas—40 days

Mon Oct 16- Philoptochos Gen Membership– 7PM (guest speaker Attorney Nick Lambros)

Tues Oct 17—Philoptochos Baking- 6:00pm / Koulourakia – Parish Council—7:30PM

Wed Oct 18—St Luke the Evangelist– usual morning hours – Parish Revitalization Initiative—7PM

Thu Oct 19- Bible Study “Epistle to the Romans” – 7:30—9PM

Sat. Oct 21— Philoptochos Baking- 9:30am / Diples (lunch included)


Sun Oct 22—Sun 6th of Luke / Isapostle Averkios / 7 Youths of Ephesus MEMORIAL: Penagos Family—visiting with us Fr Dean Penagos RI Orthodox Fellowship—Spiritual Concert—6PM (St Sahag & Mesrob Parish)

Mon Oct 23—Philoptochos Baking- 6:00pm / Kourambiedes & Melomakarona

Tues Oct 24—Philoptochos Baking- 6:00pm / Macaroons & dipping the cookies and Diples – Parish Council Budget Meeting– 7PM / Ahepa– 7PM

Wed Oct 25- Great Vespers (Eve of St Demetrios)- 6 PM (Fall River)

Thu Oct 26- ST DEMETRIOS THE GREAT MARTYR– usual morning hours 

Fri Oct 27- FILM SHOWING- “Beneath the Olive Tree” – 7PM


Sun Oct 29—Sun 7th of Luke / Anastasia of Rome / OCHI DAY PRAYERS MEMORIAL: Mary (Rougas) Alexion—10 years Philoptochos Coffee Honoring Georgia Pappas, immediate past president


Mon-Fri / Oct 30-Nov 3- Fr Andrew at APC meeting & National Clergy Retreat

Sat / Sun/ Nov 4-5- Philoptochos Greek Food Fair & Christmas Bazaar


Nov 5—Sun 5th of Luke / Galaktion & Episteme / Apostle Hermas (of 70)

Friday October 27, at 7:00 pm 

Philoptochos invites you to a special screening of

“Beneath the Olive Tree”

Beneath the Olive Tree is based on secret journals found buried beneath an olive tree on the island of Trikeri, which served as a concentration camp during the Greek Civil War (1946-1949). The journals, buried for close to three decades, tell the inspiring stories of the thousands of women political exiles during the war, explore the involve-ment of the US and British governments at the time, and draw a line between past and present. 

Director Stavroula Toska takes the journey from New York to Greece to shed light on a part of modern history the world knows very little about, and in the process, discovers a family secret that shakes her to her core. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis serves as Narrator and Executive Producer. 

Demetrakas Hall, Admission $5.00 @ the door & refreshments served. Open to the public, enjoy the night and bring a friend.

August/September 2017

On Our Cover

Saint Kosmas Aitolos

The holy, glorious, and right-victorious New Hieromartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Kosmas Aitolos was born in 1714 in Mega Dendron, Aitolia, Greece, to a father who was a weaver and very devout mother. He attended public schools, but was also tutored by an Archdeacon. He later attended the Monastic Academy on Mount Athos in 1749. Eventually, he was tonsured a Monk and later was ordained a Priest at the Philotheou Monastery where he remained for several years. After a time, Kosmas felt a calling to attend to the spiritual needs of the world doing mis-sionary work in Greece, especially in the remote areas where there was a lack of churches and priests for the many unbaptized adults. As an aftermath of four centuries of Turkish oppression in Greece, Kosmas received the patriarchal blessing from Patriarch Sophronios II in 1759 to travel wherever needed, for however long, with complete independence, to breathe life back into Christianity in Greece. He felt called by God to undertake the mission of regenerating his fellow Christians and was willing to sacrifice himself for the salvation of his brethren.

Kosmas traveled in Greece, its islands, and Albania for 25 years, founding over 200 schools, as well as charities and rural churches. He traveled by foot, by donkey, and by ship. When he arrived at a village he would ask the villagers to plant a large wooden cross in the village square. Then he would mount a bench next to the cross and preach to the villagers about the love of God and the Orthodox faith. Kosmas’ preaching was exceedingly effective; it brought about an im-mediate and profound transformation to the hearts of his listeners. His humility and his identifi-cation with the people among whom he moved and worked, the austerity of his character, and the evangelical simplicity of his words brought about an inspiration and feeling of hope to many families. For this reason the Greek nation was to experience a spiritual revival and awakening by the itinerant preaching of Kosmas. His many prophecies also became a wake-up call to the Greek nation and to it enemies.

On 24 August 1779, Kosmas was to meet his death through the hand of the Turkish Governor named Knut Pasha who had him imprisoned for his confession of faith for the One, Holy, and Apostolic Church for which he was hanged. One account, however, reports that Kosmas prayed and gave up his spirit before this occur. His body was disposed of by being thrown naked into a river; three days later his body was found by a certain priest named Fr. Markos, and ever since his holy relics have been the result of many miracles. Patriarch Athenagoras glorified him in 1961. His feast day is celebrated on the 24th of August.

+Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris, M.D., M. Div.

Annunciation Church Brings Our New Bulletin to Sunday Service 

Starting July 2, we have a weekly bulletin at the entrance of the church you make pick up as you enter. This has been an addition we have been working on for some time now to allow our attending parishioners to follow along with the service and to take home.

Thank You 

Philoptochos donated a full scholarship to the Metropolis of Boston Camp, allowing a child to go to the summer camp this year for one week. The joy expressed by the par-ents and the child for such consideration in recognizing a child’s want to be involved is greatly appreciated.


Peter E. Baziotis M.D. has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy RI.. Dr. Baziotis has served on the board since 2010. Dr. Baziotis also serves on the boards of the YMCA of Pawtucket, Navigant Credit Union, Pawtucket Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Foundation. Our best to you on such great accomplishments.

Phase 2/Fall Construction Starting 

Starting the 20th of November—December the church will be under construction on the interior. This is our Phase 2 renovations taking place. During these months we will be having Sunday Church Service in the hall. At this point in time we are unsure of the exact first Sunday we will be having Sunday Church Service in the hall, that exact Sunday date will be later announced. We will also still be doing sacraments for who is requesting a Baptism or Wedding, for which we will be using another Orthodox Parish. You may still request memorials that will also be done here, at Sunday service.

To the Liturgical Donors & Time Donors 

Thank You, last month we announced in the Annunciator requesting donors for a few items needed in the church. Through the generosity of three parishioners all the amounts for each item listed, have been donated. We are a very fortunate parish to have such giving parishioners, that give to us in such good faith. Also a parishioners time given to the church in various areas is also appreciated, important and needed.

We appreciate your sense of giving in all different ways.

~ May God Bless all of You, with Good Health, Peace and Happiness.~

Marriage Prep Classes 

Please call the office (401) 942-4188, classes will be Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th at 7:pm


If anyone would like an ad entered in our 32nd Annual Festival Sponsor Book for a loved one or a business, please submit your check and advertisement to us by August 16th. You may call the office (401) 942-4188 or email your ad to:

It is time:

Our 2017 Festival

Do you think maybe this year we could have too many volunteers????

Let’s try and see how many we can get!!!! 

Volunteering is rewarding not just to the cause but to yourself. 

You make a difference!!! 

Baking, Kitchen helpers, Food preparations, Outdoor stands, the list goes on and on and on, that we can use another set of hands for. Amazing the work that needs to be done to present this Festival to our community. We should all be very proud of our-selves that we have been able to put together such an event every year and make it a SUCCESS. Will 2017 be our best ever, let’s try and see just how far we can take an event like this for our 32nd one. But it all relies on your help, your dedication. When you volunteer to helping out at an event like this, the memory remains with you a lifetime. The reward you feel, that feeling never goes away. 

We look forward to seeing your name on one of the volunteer lists.

Get Involved, Its Fun & Thank You

Remaining Baking Dates 

Wed. Aug. 16, Diples (Please note date & time is now the 16th @ 6:pm) 

Tues, Aug 22, Koulourakia 6:pm 

Wed. Aug. 23, Koulourakia 6:pm 

Tues. Aug. 29, Kourambiedes 6:pm 

Wed. Aug. 30, Melomakarona/Pack Kourambiedes 6:pm 

Tues. Sept. 5, Honey Diples/Melomakarona 9:am 

Wed. Sept. 6, Pack Pastry 6:pm 

(Many hands are also needed at 4:pm for pre-work)


Will be open to the public in the Mihailides Center Library 


Asteria Orchestra, Orfeas, Kokoras Brothers & Angelki, & Kostas Haloulakos


We have to date 343 parishioners with a pledge of $178,677.00 

The Actual Amount Received is $141,865.30 

Since our last newsletter, the following pledges have been received for 2017 

Dimitri Benekos, M/M Richard Cragin, M/M James Degaitas, Joanne Spires-Fay,

M/M Marcos Fountoulakis, M/M Cody Harris, M/M James Harritos, Dr. & Mrs. James Karon, Niki Kyrou, M/M David Loffler, M/M Constantine Marses, Marianthi Mastri-ano, M/M Athanasios Meltsakos, Stephanie Papadopoulos, M/M Steven Rothemich, M/M Dionisios Sampalis, Dr. & Mrs. Peter Sardella, M/M George Stergis, Peter Strekouras, M/M Socrates Zafiriades, Jr., Drs. John & Eleni Pappas-Zervos.

God provides all that we need and we give in response to God’s provision. God desires intentional gifts that can be freely given with a smile. As we give we not only meet the needs of others but we also give thanks to God.


Our fund-raising effort continues and we have received to date a total of $176,592.00 in pledges. This is an increase of $4,000.00 since our last month’s edition of the Annunciator. As of today, a total of $116,304.50 has been paid and deposited. Since last month the following parishioners have submitted a pledge: 

James & Nancy Harritos, Dr. James P. & Nikki L. Karen and Drs. John & Eleni Zervos. 

Thank you all for your generous pledges. 

If you have not yet submitted your donation, please do so. We have a lot of work to complete in the coming months. 

Submitted by James Silva 


“Prayer is the road to Heaven, but Faith opens the door”

Dr. Mary Despina Lekas Endowment Fund News 

Financial Report for the period ending 6/30/17

Endowment Fund Portfolio: $836,170.84

Endowment Fund Checking Account: $8,723.28

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:

M/M Michael Haveles, M/M Emmanuel Mihailides, Elizabeth Marses,

in memory of Mary Kanelos

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:

M/M James Demetriou in memory of Nicholas Apostolou

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: 

M/M Frank Vasiliadis in memory of Eleftheria Perdikakis 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: 

Flora Popovici in memory of Richard Popovici 


In memory of Presvytera Maria George

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 @ 1pm, Metacomet CC, East Prov., RI
Registration deadline: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Register online:
11:30am Registration /Lunch will be available
1:pm Shotgun start/Scramble format
6:00pm Cocktails/Hors D’oeuvres
6:30pm Awards Dinner 

This is a Charity Event to benefit the Church of the Annunciation and the Interfaith Food Ministry 

St. George Greek Orthodox Church Comedy Night 

The Greek Goddess of Comedy, Ellen Karis will be at the St. Greek Orthodox Church of Cape Cod, 1130 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, Ma. 02632, on Saturday, August 19th. Tickets are $35.00 includes mezedakia, Tickets at the door are $40.00. A 50/50 raffle. Also featuring Preston Simpson, Flapjack. Door @ 7 pm & show @ 8pm. Call 508-775-3045. RSVP by Aug.15th.

God is Love 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). So great is the love of God the Father that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, by way of our Lord being incarnated by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary to become man, and allowed Him to be sacrificed on the Cross, so that humankind might be forgiven And reconciled with God the Father, thereby granting us the gift of salvation. This, my beloved, is the very essence of the Gospel, that God’s gift of His Son is the ultimate expression of His love for the world.

Many of us take the word “love” for granted in our post modern society and American cul-ture. In the English language in particular, we tend to use and misuse the word “love” in many ways, for instance, in correctly saying to someone, “I love you,” to applying the word “love” to material or other things, for example, ‘I love your dress,” or ‘Don’t you just love going apple picking?” as thee is only one and no other word for “love.” In the Greek language, however, there are four words for ‘love,” the first is eros, meaning physical love, the second is philia, meaning platonic love between friends, as well as that which is good, beautiful, and perfect, and that is selective, and the third is stratigos meaning affectionate, fond, or loving of a parent or sibling. The fourth Greek word for “love” is agape that especially became manifested when God became man, because this agape/love allowed Jesus Christ to sacrifice Himself on the Cross for the love of others, and in so doing, God lavished His agape/love upon all of humani-ty.

God redeems us in love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for 

God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only be-gotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:7-11). True Christian love is agape. We must experience the infinite agape/love of God in order to love one another. God’s agape is different from human love. I does not take into consideration the worth of the person loved. God’s agape is for all persons, it is neither selective nor racist, rather, it is inclusive and all em-bracing. All races of people are equal before God because He created them in His image and likeness. God’s agape/love is everlasting. It is not here today and gone tomorrow. Since God is changeless, so is His agape; it is perfect love. It is not based on what people think about us or what they say about us. No matter what happens to us in our life, no matter what crisis we face, no matter what illness, disappointment, sorrow, or failure we experience, we must always trust in God’s agape/love to see us through all. We must respond to His agape/love by wor-shipping and praising Him and by loving others as He loves us all.

Thus we ultimately rely upon the scriptural words of St. John the Evangelist, “God is Love.” God the Father, though He had the power to prevent the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ for the atonement of the sins of all humanity throughout the ages, showed the depth of His agape/love for humankind by allowing His Son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified, thereby granting us the gift of salvation. We must live and breathe and have our being by consciously witnessing our Orthodox Christian beliefs, commitments, and experience by loving God and one another un-conditionally. O THOES AGAPE ESTIN. 

+Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris, M.D., M. Div.

September 22nd is the first day of Fall 

Autumn Prayer

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn. We thank you for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy, for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist, for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches, for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls, for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children, for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land, for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.

God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit. Amen

Good Health for Singing Seniors 

A U.S. study of 166 older adults revealed that those who joined a choir were in bet-ter health, used less medication, were less lonely, and had fewer falls after a year that a similar group of non-singers. This could be due to the effect that singing has on breath-ing as well as the emotional benefits of creating harmony with a group. Another small study out of Sweden found that when choir members sang in unison, their heart rates slowed down and eventually synchronized which may have long-term benefits for both cardiovascular and mental health.

Our choir is taking a summer break, but we will start up again in September. Please contact Beth Nichols ( or call 401-383-6708) if you’d like to join us. It will be good for your body and mind as well as your heart and soul!

Thank You Dr. Eleni Pappas-Zervos 

September Brings Busy Days 

You’re busy– who isn’t these days? Whether at work or at play, you’re always on the go. From the moment you wake up, as you drive through rush-hour traffic, when you’re talking on your cell phone, until your head hits the pillow, you’re in a hurry. And the drive to get things done is taking its toll. Your mind gets overwhelmed, and your body gets tense.

It’s time to slow down and think clearly, you become more efficient. When you take time to be friendly and polite to those around you, the day is much more pleasant. When you’re rested, you make fewer mistakes. When you take de-stress breaks, your creativity skyrockets. When you focus on giving to others, your relationships improve. Taking care of each area, step by step, you are guaranteed to find more peace of mind.

Take Your Two-Minute Calm Break 

Turn the phone off, sit quietly, for two minutes you will do nothing but breathe and relax. Your mind will be chattering, but tell it to be quiet. Keep returning to your deep, relaxing breaths. When your two minutes are complete, go slowly and you will find you remember forgotten things, be-come more efficient. So when overwhelmed try this quick fix. You will feel good.

Additional Graduates 

Since our last issue’s tribute to graduates, we have received the following additional information.

Sandra Maliangos, graduated from URI /Doctorate in Physical Therapy &Accepted a Posi-tion at a Nursing Home in Woonsocket.

Job Opportunity 

Because He Lives Food Ministry located in Woonsocket, RI , has an opening for a part-time cook to prepare meals. The days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The hours would be from 8Am to 2PM each day. This will be a paid position. If you are interest-ed please contact, Pat Dempster @ (401) 648-1328 or Lisa Wheatley @ (401) 965-9558 for additional information.

Importance of Sunday School 

The greatest gift, the most precious inheritance that we have to give to our children is our Greek Orthodox Faith. Jesus makes it clear that He wants children to come to know Him, and the He considers it a grave offence for an adult to hinder this process or lead child astray: “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be bet-ter for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matt 18:6

The Central aim of Christian education in our Church is to evoke and nurture faith in Je-sus Christ according to the Orthodox phronema (vision) out of which issues a genuine Orthodox way of life. The Church nurtures a living awareness of the risen Christ in our midst, who is the true Celebrant of Sacraments and the true Teacher of His people, and makes Himself known to use by the grace of the Holy Spirit. The whole range of Ortho-dox educational material- books, filmstrips, visuals, Bible Studies, lives of saints contem-porary discussion of Christian values- becomes effective to the degree that communi-cates the love and sprit of Christ.

The focus of our efforts to educate our beloved children in the Orthodox Christian Faith must remain in our Sunday School program. When we bring our children regularly to Sunday School we provide them with a gift of knowledge that has lifelong value and sig-nificance.


Dimitrios Tsoukatos, age 86, of North Providence, RI passed away on 6/10/17. His funeral was held on 6/13/17. Nicholas Apostolou, age 92, of Warwick, RI passed away on 6/10/17. His funeral was held on 6/15/17. Mary Kanelos, age 97, of East Providence, RI passed away on 6/20/17. Her funeral was held on 6/24/17. Virginia DeNinno, age 75, of Warwick, RI passed away on 7/16/17. Her funeral was held in Brooklyn, NY. Peter Kapanakis, age 96, of Foster, RI passed away on 7/24/17. His funeral was held on 7/24/17. The father of Dio-nisios (Dennis) Sampalis, Panagiotis “Panos” Sampalis, age 85, of Cranston, RI passed away on 7/25/17, his burial was in Greece.

Back to School 

Back-to-school prep is upon us! The summer is drawing to a close, and it will soon be time to get ready to begin a new school year. We know it can be overwhelming when you start to think about the long list of things to do in order to prepare for school, so here are some steps to help you get orga-nized for back to school and start the year off with confidence and on a successful note!

Write down goals! Review last years notes! Get one step ahead! Form a study group with a chart! Purchase a daily planner! Organize your study time before school starts! Seek out a tutor now (if needed)! Being prepared is a good way to start the year! Good Luck!


Cranston & Providence Public Schools First day of school for ALL students is Sept. 5, 2017

TEENS Make a Difference at the Festival 

All the areas need help and our volunteers make it happen. We want to extend an invi-tation to all the children ages 14 and up to come volunteer for the weekend! 

Let us know the area in which you would like to assist and our team leaders will place you. Provide us with the hours you can help and we will see that your request is met.

(Please call the office (401) 942-4188 or email

Greek School Classes 

Greek School will be Tuesday thru Thursday this year. Children have to be at least 6 years old to attend. If you do have a child that is younger and you would like for them to attend, you need to speak with Koula Rougas. The hours are 4-6 pm. Tues. are for 1st & 2nd graders, Wed. are for 3rd & 4th graders, Thurs. are for 5th & 6th graders. We also offer parent and child classes.

* Registration date, start date and registration fees will be announced.



We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather and are now getting ready for the fall activities. First, of course, is our Annual Parish Greek Festival September 8, 9, 10. Please volunteer your time to help with the baking, and to help the weekend of our Greek Festival.

Recently, Philoptochos women met to begin planning our Annual Greek Food Fair and Christmas Bazaar. This year our major fund-raiser will be held on November 4-5. Chairlady, Diane Mitrelis, discussed the various booths and is urging Booth Chairla-dies to have their workshops in order to prepare their areas. Workshops may be held at the Church Center or in their homes if they so wish. The Booth Chairladies are: Ago-ra, Bessie Papigiotis; Day Raffle, Georgia Pappas; Handcraft, Maria Zaharakos; Jew-elry, Anna Demetrakas, Anna Massenzio, Marie Andreopoulos; Taverna, Koula Rou-gas and Roula Proyous; Pastry, Nancy Harritos and Angela Provost; Kaffenio, Mari-anne Phelan; White Elephant, Eleni Trikoulis. We must stress those items for the White Elephant must be clean, glassware not chipped or broken, and everything in good working order. Please, no clothing, shoes, baby items. We appreciate your donations, but ask that donations not be brought prior to the week before the Ba-zaar. We simply do not have storage space. Thank you so very much for your co-operation. 

As always we ask for ideas and suggestions for new, exciting booths. New this year will be Themed Gift Baskets which will be available for purchase as gifts for the up-coming holidays, or other special events. Ideas for themes are Easter, Wedding, Victo-rian, Christmas, Baby, Movie or Theater Night, Sports, Bridal Shower, Breakfast/Coffee, Beach, Travel, Beauty, Special Birthday, or any other idea you may have. We hope to have these baskets donated. We are asking that they be of a good dollar value, so we are able to sell them, and of course, profit from the sale. If items are provided, with a basket if possible, we will put the basket together for you. Please call

Diane Mitrelis 946-3339 if you can donate a basket. This is an easy area to work, and we are asking for a volunteer to chair the Gift Baskets.

On-Going Philoptochos Projects: Our Homeless Veterans’ Project is ongoing and we ask you to please bring your household products and place them in the large barrel provided at the entrance to the Demetrakas Hall. We also continue to collect Health and Beauty Aid Products and Eyeglasses of all types which are donated to the proper agencies. Baskets for these items are also in the entrance to the Demetrakas Hall.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is continuing and recently Anna Demetrakas, Josie Alifer-akis, and Bessie Papigiotis traveled to St. Michael’s Home in Yonkers, NY to fulfill our commitment and delivered almost 50 prayer shawls to the residents there. Beneath the Olive Tree movie and book presentation is on our Fall agenda. Date and time will be announced soon.

National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon will be hosted this year by the Metropolis of New Jersey at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey on Saturday, No-vember 11, 2017. More information will be announced at our September meeting when we have received details from National Philoptochos.

Chapter Elections: Our Philoptochos Board for the term 2017-2019 has been ratified by the National Philoptochos Board, and they are the following: Marianne Phelan, Geor-gia Pappas, Helen Argeris, Koula Rougas, Nancy Harritos, Karen Drager, Elizabeth De-gaitas, Nikki Deary, Bessie Papigiotis, Carol Rothemich, Eleni Trikoulis, Kate Silva, An-gela Provost, Ann Heberg, Elaine Crabtree, Josephine Aliferakis, and Roula Proyous.

Honorary Lifetime Board Members are: Helen Pappas, Mary Quinn, Mary Samaras, Anna Demetrakas and Diane Mitrelis.

We are following the Election Procedure for Philoptochos and our Chapter Officers’ Election has now been sent to the National Office. As soon as we receive our ratification, we will announce the Philoptochos Officers for the next two years.

Important: We have reached a point in our Philoptochos Chapter where we must ask all the women in our parish to become members of Philoptochos. To those who are already members, we thank you and ask that you please take a more active role. In order for us to continue in this philanthropic ministry, we need your help. Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 18th, Board Meeting at 6:15 p.m. and General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Please come and be part of this important ministry.

Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Georgia Pappas, President Karen Drager, Corresponding Secretary

September 14, Feast Of the Holy Cross 

September 14, Feast Of the Holy Cross “0 Lord, save thy people and bless thine inher-itance: To our Rulers grant victo-ries over the barbarians, And by thy Cross protect thine own Es-tate.”

Each year on September 14 the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of “The Elevation of the Honorable and Life-giving Cross.” This is one of the great feasts of the Church year, and one which has an important historical background. Although one or two of the hymns for the day refer obliquely to the vision of the cross in the heavens, the actual commemoration is not that of Con-stantine’s vision before his battle with Maxentius on Oc-tober 28, 312.

On that occasion, while he was in doubt about the out-come of the impending battle for Italy, he saw in the heav-ens the arms of the cross stretching far and wide, and the words. “In This Conquer.” The battle won, he did begin to aid Christians, and ended by being baptized himself….

Mid August – Mid September 2017 

Divine Services (year round) Orthros (morning prayer) 8:15 am / Liturgy 9:30 am 

Sun Aug 13 Sun of 10th Matthew– Transferal of the Relics of St. Maximos

MEMORIAL—Harriet Butler 2/yrs.


Vespers (Eve of Dormition) – Assumption Parish (Pawtucket)

Tues Aug 15 Dormition of the Theotokos-Services per usual morning hours 

Parish Council Meeting 7:30 pm

Wed Aug 16 Festival Baking/Diples 6: pm

Thu Aug 17 Festival Committee Meeting


Sun Aug 20—Sun 11 of Matthew / Prophet Samuel Loukios the Senator

MEMORIAL—Presv. Maria George 5/yrs.

Tues Aug 22—Festival Baking—Koulourakia—6:PM

Wed Aug 23—Festival Baking—Koulourakia—6:PM


Sun Aug 27—Sun 12 of Matthew / Righteous Poemen Great Martyr Phanourios

9th Annual Annunciation Golf Tournament/1:pm/Metacomet CC, E. Prov

Tues Aug 29—Beheading of St. John—Fast Day/ Service per usual morning hours 

Tues Aug 29—Festival Baking—Kourambiedes—6:PM

Wed Aug 30—Festival Baking—Melomakarona/Pack Kourambiedes—6:PM


Sun Sept 3—Sun 13 of Matthew / Hieromartyr Anthimos New Martyr Polydoros

MEMORIAL— Frank DiMaio 7/yrs.


Tues Sept 5—Festival Baking Honey Diples/Melomakarona—9:AM / Festival set up

Wed Sept 6—Pack Pastry—6:PM / Festival set up

Thu Sept 7—Festival set up

Fri Sept 8—ANNUAL FESTIVAL BEGINS 5 pm.—10 pm. 

Sat Sept 9– ANNUAL FESTIVAL 12 pm—10 pm. 


Sun Sept 10—Sun bef Holy Cross / Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora & Nymphodora

ANNUAL FESTIVAL 12 pm—9 pm. 

Thu Sept 14—Holy Cross Day—Service per usual morning hours 

Sunday School Teachers start up meeting 7: pm


Sun Sept 17—Sun aft Holy Cross / Sophia & 3 daughters Faith, Love & Hope

Sunday Church School Begins

Mon Sept 18—Philoptochos Meeting 7: pm

Faith Nursery Pre-School begins for 2017-2018


Sun Sept 24—Sun 1 of Luke / Protomartyr Thekia Righteous Koprios

MEMORIAL—Liselotte (Lilo) Topouzis 1/yr.