December 2017

In the Fullness of Time 

“When the appointed time had arrived, then God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those, who lived under the law, and enabled us to receive adoption as his sons.” (Gal 4:4-5).

“In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord sudden-ly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there ap-peared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:8-14

“After hearing the king, (the Magi from the East) went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they re-joiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:9-11

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!


Father, we pray that Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven and for the successful renovation of our Annunciation Church project. We believe that You have made our planning agreeable to Your will, so that the plans for this project may suc-ceed. Gracious Lord, we pray for the laborers and arti-sans for this project, that they serve us faithful and their labor gives you Glory! We pray that they will be filled with the Spirit of wisdom, understanding and knowledge in all manner of workmanship. May all who are in-volved in this project focus their attention and efforts so that they can successfully complete their assignments and bring honor to Your Name. 

Oh Lord almighty, we are confident that the church will be beautifully restored, for we know that You have planted this good work in our hearts. Ever loving Lord, we commit to praying without ceasing for this project. Please Lord provide all the wisdom, financ-es, and resources that we will need for it’s completion. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house, by your divine power, reward them with glory and do forsake us who put our hope in you. And so we give you thanks and worship, to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Trinity, one in essence and undivided. Amen! 


WHY I COME TO CHURCH……. By– Kevin Phelan 

As the body needs food for nourishment, so also does the soul need nourishing. Through contemplation & prayer and participation in the sacraments the soul is sustained. By attending Divine Liturgy, I am provided with time to set aside worldly cares and focus on my spiritual renewal. By attending church I express my gratitude for Christ’s saving grace through the Eucharist.

By attending I become a member of a community of like minded believers and share in their strength, hope and joy, knowing that Christ is in our midst in fulfill-ment of his promise that: “where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them “ (Matt. 18:20)

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


We have to date 383 parishioners with a pledge of $201,352.00
The Actual Amount Received as of November 30, 2017 $190,488.35

Since our last newsletter, the following pledges have been received for 2017:
M/M Vassilios Chrysanthopoulos, M/M Robert Devlin, M/M George Fidas, M/M Dimitrios Markos, Anthony Pappas, M/M Athanasios Petropoulos, M/M Nikolaos Petropoulos, M/M Steven Richard, M/M Dimitrios Sterpis, Evanthia Theodoridis, Heidi Titelis, Kay Tomson, M/M Christopher Tribelli & Alexa


“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (I Peter 4:10)

9th Annual Annunciation Golf Tournament Thank You! 

Thank God the weather was excellent! The conditions couldn’t have been any better for a round of golf in August at Metacomet CC. It was a good way to end the month before focusing on the festival, and to take an opportunity to honor the memory of Presvytera Maria George.

Congratulations to this year’s winning foursome of Dr. John Zervos, Greg Zervos, Ron Amirault, and Pete Lewis, They shot an eleven under par 59. For more information be sure to visit the tournament website,, or on Facebook

The golf committee would like to thank all of the sponsors and participants that made this year’s Annunciation Golf Tournament a success! Sponsors of this year’s tournament were: Costa Perdikakis, Dean Perdikakis, Peter Vican, George Coclin, Dennis Sampalis, Jeffrey Cas-cione/Navigant Credit Union, Law Offices of Michael Campopiano, Mardo Lachapelle & Pa-lumbo, Nicole Ruggieri Lehourites & Family, Maria Leroux & Family, Greg Zervos, and Walpole Cooperative Bank.

Also, a very special thank you to the volunteers who spent their Sunday afternoon helping to make things run smoothly: Theofanis Markos, Kevin Phelan, Voula Devlin, Rebecca Cardillo, Christian Mitrelis, and Anthony George.

Through the generous support or our sponsors and participants, the golf committee was able to make a donation to the Interfaith Food Ministry, in an effort to help the homeless and hungry. Additionally, the committee decided to sponsor the purchase of a projector and screen for the parish which has now been installed in Demetrakas Hall. To date, the Annunciation Golf Tour-nament has raised $149,000 since it began in 2009 through the kind support of its participants and sponsors.

The Golf Tournament Committee looks forward to seeing everyone next year for the 10th anniversary of the tournament! God Bless.

Dr. Mary Despina Lekas Endowment Fund News 

Financial Report for the period ending 11/30/17
Endowment Fund Portfolio: $884,975.98
Endowment Fund Checking Account: $2,000.40

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: M/M Lawrence Levine, M/M Lawrence Macedo, M/M John Menard & Family, M/M Ernest Pappas, Dennis A. Psilopoulos, in memory of George Grammas 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: M/M Michael Haralambides in memory of Elpida “Hope” Carabitses 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: M/M Thomas Coyne, Jean Mihelakos, Carole Xanthakis, Drs. John & Eleni Zervos in memory of Nick Stappas 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: Drs. John & Eleni Zervos in memory of Kay Tomson “Tomadjoglou” 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: Anna Demetrakas, M/M Peter Microulis, M/M Michael Papigiotis, Carole Xanthakis in memory of Carroll Promades 

A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by: Anna Demetrakas in memory of Effie Christelis 

Dr. Mary Despina Lekas Endowment Fund 

As we bid farewell to the Year 2017, we do so again with pride as the Endowment Fund con-tinues to grow as evidenced by the 2017 Morgan Stanley Financial Report below:
December 31, 2016 to November 13, 2017
Opening Balance $783,915.64
Donations 25,825.00
Interest Earned 64,739.88
Ending Balance $874,480.52

It bears repeating that we, as a parish, in recognizing our sacred obligation to perpetuate the faith, culture and traditions of our forefathers, also recognize the significance of the Endow-ment Fund as a means of achieving the financial stability for our church and the fulfillment of these obligations.

With gratitude, the Endowment Fund Committee thanks you for your support and extends to you and your families a blessed and joyous Christmas season.

Mary Samaras, Secretary
Endowment Fund Committee

The Financial Corner 

On Sunday November 26, 2017 our church held its Parish Assembly meeting. I had the pleasure to present the financial report along with the proposed budget for the year 2018.

The actual report which was passed out to everyone had a column outlin-ing the projected revenues and expenses for the year 2017. These num-bers were a projection because we only had the actual numbers for Janu-ary through October 2017. November and December figures were not yet available.

Unfortunately, there was a mathematical formula error in the report which caused several of the revenue projections to add up incorrectly. The scope of the error was minimal and resulted in overstating the total reve-nues by $2,127.22. This had absolutely no impact on the final 2018 budget proposal.

With that said I have full confidence that the proposed 2018 budget which was approved by the Parish Assembly, is a very accurate projection of what to expect for the year 2018.

Total projected revenues expected to be: $823,230.00
Total projected expenses expected to be: $742,545.00

In conclusion it is important to note that the proposed 2018 budget now includes anticipated income and expenses from the three-day festival. If anyone has any questions, please submit those questions to the church office to my attention.

Thank you, Submitted by James Silva 

For those who missed the assembly, copies of the 2018 budget are available through the office or in the lobby of Demetrakas Hall. 

Recent Deaths 

Kay “Koula” Tomson “Tomadjoglou”, age 89, of Narragansett, RI, passed away on 11/7/17, the funeral was held on 11/10/17. Carroll Promades, age 86, of Bristol, RI, passed away on 11/12/17, the funeral was held on 11/17/17.

Thank You to all the Thanksgiving Donors 

Josephine Aliferakis, Dr. & Mrs. James Andriotis, M/M Dionysi-us Argeris, M/M Dimitrios Arsenis, Nicholas Bouris, M/M Mi-chael Campopiano, M/M Gerald Carignan, Sue Cimino, M/M Thomas Coyne, M/M Constantinos Dafoulas, M/M Gaby Dai-aa, Louis Dostou, M/M Steven Filippou, Drs. John & Melissa Gaitanis, Constance Georgeadys, Argiri Ghionis, M/M Con-stantine Grammas, M/M Michael Haralambides, Margaret Jani-kies, Julie Karahalios, James Kripotos, Niki Kyrou, Angelo Laz-arides, M/M William Lehourites, Dr. & Mrs. James Manis, Peter Manis, Elizabeth Marses, Marianthi Mastriano, M/M Vasilios Melanis, M/M Emanuel Mihailides, M/M George Mihailides, Theodore Nicolopoulos, M/M Christo Pakuris, Mary Pereira, M/M Kevin Phelan, M/M James Rengigas, M/M Peter Simone, M/M Raymond Sinapi Jr., Elle Strekouras, Ethel Strekouras, Virginia Strekouras, Dean Trigg, M/M Dimitrios Tsimikas, M/M Soterios Tsimikas, M/M Aristotelis Tsonis, Antonia Vanikiotis, David Wernette & Dr. Golfo Tzilos Wernette, Carole Xanthakis, Peter Yidiaris, M/M Socrates Zafiriades, Jr., M/M Frank Zavota. 

Total Donation $1900.00


The Philoptochos Prayer Shawl Ministry Project has been our project for many years and we have made over 500 prayer shawls, preemie blankets and hats, baby blankets for 40-day Blessing for babies in our parish, prayer shawls for chemo patients, nursing homes, and individual people. We invite all with knitting or crocheting skills to help with this ministry. Please contact Bessie Papigiotis at for the upcoming schedule.

Thank you to members Katie Silva and Roula Mantsos for their contributions to the Sis-terhood of St. Basil! We remind our current and future members to contact Carol Rothemich (787-5496) for any questions regarding Sisterhood and Mary Samaras (781-5528) for Membership information and status. Don’t forget to pay your dues!

Speaking of “Thank You”s, our Chapter is grateful for the support of the Parish and community for, once again, making our annual Christmas bazaar a success! Kudos to our hard-working members without whom this event would not happen!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Next Philoptochos Meeting is—Monday, January 15, 2018  COME & SEE…. WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH

A Pastoral Expression, by Fr Andrew George 

During these days of preparation for the Birth of Christ in the Flesh, we read in one of the daily Gospel lessons (Nov 30), this beautiful commission “come and see…..we have found the Mes-siah,” (John 1: 39 /41). It is part of the assigned reading (John 1:35-52). In this account we read how Christ began to call his first disciples and how they in turn went and told someone else.

All of the bible passages are applicable to us in our day and age as well. Each of us who love Christ and are active in our parish, should tell others as well, to COME & SEE. Christmas is an ideal time to do this for it is the day that He came to earth, the beginning we can say of His ministry of love and sacrifice. It is a celebration filled with warmth, love and beauty. If we ap-preciate Christ and benefit from our relationship and honoring of Him, then we should go and tell others as well.

The first level of telling others, I would suggest is to our own family members who may not be as connected as we might be to Christ and the parish.

The second level is to reach out to general parishioners who have stopped coming. 

The third level of telling others, I would suggest is to our friends, neighbors and co-workers who may not have any connection to any church community on a regular basis.

In fact I would say it is our duty to do this, as “modern day missionaries” in our own setting. I say this, for therein we emulate the message of this Bible passage, assigned for the Observance of St Andrew, the 1st called of the 12 Apostles. We need to remember that the disciples of Christ, became missionaries, “those sent out” to bring others into the fold, through teaching and then through baptism.

What more beautiful time of the year than Christmas to bring someone extra to church to witness our Ortho-dox Tradition? Most residents of RI are already Chris-tian, but 24% of them are unattached to any particular church tradition, be they our family or others. Invite them to come with you these current days or in the weeks ahead during 2018, to “come and see.”

As a parish, some are slow in welcoming visitors, but other are not shy and they are embracing. Our parish is not perfect, but we do a lot and we try hard. We have many wonderful expres-sions of love, compassion and philanthropy. We recognize Christ as the long awaited Messiah, prophesized for centuries who finally came and changed the mind set of millions over these current centuries. We are beneficiaries of His love and ultimate salvation, we pray. Let us share this with others who may not currently understand. Keep in mind that the first apostles were not trained theologians, neither are most of us. The first step is to “see” and the teaching follows afterwards.

Bring others with you soon, that they may come and see and find the Messiah. 

Attention College Students and Young Adults: We continue in our parish to have a Young Adult League (YAL) and all those aged 18 thru 35 are INVITED to attend. For this new church year, serving as President is- James Harritos, V-President is Atha-nasios Petropoulos, Treasurer is CJ Mitrelis, Secretary is Anthony Pappas and advisor, is the most recent president, Alexis Harritos. Most recently Yal held a Bake Sale on Dec 3rd in observance of their annual St Nicholas Sunday Observance, with proceeds to benefit the St Nicholas National Shrine Construction at the World Trade Center.


a. Planning is in motion to have a New Year’s Eve gathering. Watch for details 

b. A “winter retreat weekend” has already been set for Martin Luther King Weekend (skiing, tubbing or just relaxing), to be held at the Metropolis Camp & Retreat Center in NH (using the retreat house-hotel style rooms). Arrival will be Fri night Jan 12 and departure, Sun afternoon Jan 14. Save the date now – watch for the pricing soon. 

c. The annual blood drive sponsored by Yal will be held this year in April.

Beloved, always look for young faces in the congregation and welcome them warmly, ask where they are from, get their email and cell phone and what college they are at-tending and pass the information over to Fr. Andrew or Fr. Manny. Invite them down to coffee hour and/or to your own home for a home cooked meal.



The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is offering $250,000 in scholarship awards to exceptional Greek-American college students. The application for scholarships is now available and can be completed online on their website and is now electronic!!! Application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2018. To be eligi-ble to apply for a scholarship, applicants must be US Citizens or US permanent resi-dents; must be of Hellenic descent; must be a full-time undergraduate student at an ac-credited 4-year university in Fall 2017; and must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. All eligible undergraduates are encouraged to apply. For more information, you can call their office at 312-357-6432 or email Peter Korbakes, Director of Scholarships at

Greek Festival 2018 

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS – Mark your new 2018 calendars for: Tues-Thurs Sept = 4-6 (prep and set up evenings) / Fri—Sun Sept = 7-9 (actual Greek Festival weekend). The gyro booth especially needs new and young helpers! 

We were so happy to spend and evening together with the youth who attended our latest Goya Dance. We thank all the who came and look forward to seeing you at our next event. 


Thursday December 28th 2017 Family Game Night / 6-10PM Back by popular demand we will be holding the 2nd Family Game Night on

Thursday December 28. Join us for a night of family vs family games and trivia.

Sunday January 7th 2018 

Goya Meeting
We will be holding the first Goya Meeting of the 2018 year. This meeting is open to any Goya age youth (6th—12th graders) or parent. We will be discussing the upcoming year of events.

Saturday January 20th, 2018 – Ski Trip to Wachusett Mountain, $71.00 for a lift ticket (plus rentals if necessary) 7:00 am—4:00 pm TO RSVP TO ANY OF THE MENTIONED EVENTS PLEASE CONTACT CJ MITRELIS AT 401-632-8752 OR CMITR1@uNH.NEWHAVEN.EDU


Basketball has started every Friday Night from 7:00 pm—9:30 pm. Located at the Hope Highlands Middle School, 300 Hope Road, Cranston, RI. Ages 5—18, Open to Male & Female If any questions please contact Stephen Sterpis @ 401-226-3116 or email


Message Concerning Our Youth By the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops 10/5/17 

Among the many themes addressed during our Assembly, one of the central this year was that of youth ministry: the place of children and young adults in the Church. We affirmed the need to enhance our ministry to those for whom the Church is their hope, their glory, and their salvation. We listened to presentations by Dr. Richard Flory, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, and by Dr. Ann Bezze-rides, Director of the Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. They highlighted the importance of ministry di-rected to all ages and stages of youth and identified various challenges and opportu-nities to the care of youth and emerging leaders. We remain mindful of the beauty and sanctity of childhood, which our Lord Himself experienced, sanctifying its vulner-ability and integrity, its dependency and its development into Godliness.

Jesus Christ welcomed and blessed the young children, and we are thus reminded that “for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 14.14). We remain stead-fast in our commitment to guard “their lives according to God’s word” (Psalm 110.9), so that they may “set an example for all believers in speech and conduct, in love, faith and purity” (1 Timothy 4.12).

Saint John Chrysostom’s love and compassion for children moves us to urge the clergy, the faithful, and all people of good will, to

“let everything take second place to our care of our children…” (Homily 21, Homilies on Ephesians). 

In this spirit, and in common cause for the benefit of all our children, we voice our fervent prayers and unyielding support for the children and youth of our Church and assure all our faithful of the tireless commitment of the Hierarchy to the welfare of its youngest and most vulnerable flock.

We encourage all our youth, in unity of mind and heart, to grow in wisdom and the understanding of the treasures of the Church, which are the firm foundation of their future and the ground that may support their labors in and for the world. 

In a connected way, we denounce all social, political and cultural travesties which threaten the physical safety and moral security of God’s children. The plight of hun-dreds of thousands of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children, as well as the millions of women, men, and children exploited in modern slavery across the globe touches our hearts. We beseech the faithful to see in them Christ Himself, Who also fled to foreign lands in infancy, and to assist them whenever possible. Similarly, we unequivocally denounce the continuation of violence and bloodshed throughout the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, where ongoing brutality—too often in the name of religion—threatens children and adults alike. We pray for the protection of Christians and all other vulnerable communities throughout the world; for the cessation of terrorism and persecution wherever they occur; and for lasting peace and justice to reign throughout God’s world.

Reprint From 8/16/17— National Philoptochos News “Warm Hearts Reach Across Philoptochos To Provide Aid” 

One of the great strengths of a national organization is its unique ability to provide assistance locally, regionally and nationally. A recent case in Cranston, Rhode Island is the perfect example of this collaboration.

A woman whom we will call Anna traveled from Greece to America to receive medical treatment for a complicated condition. After surgery, she suffered a severe setback, ne-cessitating an extended stay in the US. Fulfilling their mission to help those in need, Philoptochos stewards from the local Philoptochos chapter, the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos and the National Philoptochos—three tiers of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society– came together in support of Anna.

According to local Philoptochos Social Services Chair Bessie Papigiotis, “Our chapter is the Good Samaritan. We try to live up to our name, so we sprang into action.” Led by President Georgia Pappas, the ladies investigated ways to help Anna. When Anna was being treated in the hospital, they provided rides to and from the hospital for her parents, as well as translators so that they could be kept up to date with her progress in their na-tive Greek language.

After this, they contacted the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos and the National Philoptochos office in New York and furnished the requisite information for assis-tance. Because of the economic situation in Greece, the family had limited funds. The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos provided gift cards for groceries, and National Philoptochos paid to rent a local apartment for the family. Once Anna was released from the hospital, the Cranston Philoptochos rented a hospital bed for her use during her ex-tended recuperation.

“It’s an amazing feeling when the ‘family’ of Philoptochos comes together with compas-sion and determination, and all the pieces fall into place,” said Georgia Lagadinos, the social services representative of the Metropolis. Papigiotis added, “This is what Philoptochos does. We do it quietly, confidentially, discreetly, without fanfare, daily, 365 days of the year.”

Father Andrew George of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Parish of Greater Provi-dence in Cranston was a constant source of strength. He visited the family in the hospi-tal, providing Holy Unction (Efhelio) and Holy Communion on various occasions. At Easter, it was difficult for Anna and her parents to be away from loved ones at home, so parishioners brought an entire Easter feast including tsourekia, red eggs, souvlakia, katsiki tis souvlas and koulourakia.

The journey continues for Anna. Her condition is such that she will always require medical intervention. In a few months, she will return to teaching in Greece, utilizing her doctoral degree in nursing. She is grate-ful for the assistance and kindness she has received and plans to stay in touch with her friends in Philoptochos.


The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach, to preserve the sanctity of life and family, and to perpetuate and promote the Orthodox faith and traditions. The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop De-metrios, Chairman; His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor; Maria Lo-gus, President; Jeannie Ranglas, First Vice President; Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President; Joanne Stavrakas, Third Vice President; Barbara Pasalis, Secretary; Mar-tha Stefanidakis, Treasurer; and Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer. The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.

•The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered 85 years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the Unit-ed States and throughout the world. The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch.

•Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabil-ities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.

•His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”

To learn more about the National Philoptochos Society, visit For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson Communications Manager at


Sunday, January 28, after Liturgy
Renown author and speaker will make his follow up visit with us from the special program back 2 years ago, to speak with our families.

Apokriatiko 2018
Saturday, February 10, 6pm—midnight
Family fun, kids games & dinner buffet begins at 6pm
Greek entertainment, appetizers & desserts begin at 9pm
DJ Nikos Rakis


As you may know we have started the improvement projects inside the church proper. The old carpet is being removed and the pews are being refinished. Liturgy is currently being held inside the Demetrakas Hall. We have received a total of 103 donor pledges totaling $210,227.00. The total amount of donations paid and deposited at this time is $147,867.00.

The following people have submitted their 2 year pledge: Thank You All.

Ahepa, Josephine Aliferakis, Elaine Allendorf, M/M Andreas Andreopoulos, Dr. & Mrs. James Andriotis, Ilias & Katherine Antonakos, Nicholas Apostolou, M/M Dionysious Argeris, Nicole Arsenis, M/M Dimitrios Arsenis, Catherine Baldoumis, Dr. Peter & Mrs. Baziotis, Michael & Kassiane Campopiano, M/M Gerald Carignan, Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Chihlas, Haralambos Dafoulas, Vivian Dafoulas, Gabby Daiaa & Family, Mr. Louis Dostou, Steven Drager, Drs. Sadie & Nicholas Elisseou, Mr. Stephen Erinakes, Stephen & Joanne Filippou, John & Constantina Fotopoulos, Reverend Andrew George, M/M Peter &Argiri Ghionis, Michael Giouras, Anna Gountra, Costa & Kathy Grammas, Dr. John-Anna-Helene Grossomanides, M/M Anesti Halkidis, M/M Elias Haralambides, James & Nancy Harritos, M/M Michael Haveles, M/M Paul Hosey, Joseph & Joann Howard, Ernest & Aldina Kanelakos, Julie Karahalios, Drs. James & Nikki Karon, Arthur & Dorothea Kazianis, Peter Kolentsas, Vassilios & Cara Kotsiris, Dr. Mary Lekas, Brian & Maria Leroux, M/M James Maintanis, M/M James Manis, Costa & Tina Marses, Elizabeth A, Marses, George & Garifalia Melanis, Andrew & Lise Mihailides, George & Diane Mihailides Jr., M/M Emmanuel Mihailides, Jean Mihelakos, John & Maha Mitrelis & Children, M/M Andrew Mitrelis, M/M George Moragemos, Demetra & Theodoros Moran, Richard & Elaine Otto, Christo & Sophie Pakuris, Ernest-Helen-Georgia Pappas, Chris & Joan Pappas, Gus & Joanne Pappas, M/M Arthur Pappas, Dr. & Mrs. James Pascalides, M/M Jimmy Petrou, Kevin & Marianne Phelan, Philoptochos, Dorothy Pliakas, Carroll & Angela Promades, M/M Gus Proyous, Michael & Elaine Psikakos, Mrs. Mary Quinn, Constantine-Koula-Andrew Rougas, Dr. & Mrs. Savvas Rougas, William & Angela Rougas, The Samaras Family, M/M Demetrious Sampalis, Angela & Phillip San Souci, Dr. & Mrs. Peter Sardella, James & Kate Silva, Dimitrios-Nancy-Steven-Nicholas Sterpis, Elle Strekouras, Ethel Strekouras, Vasilios Strekouras, Nicholas & Anastasia Tanionos, Robert Tessier, Stavros & Maria Theodosiou, Paul Thompson & Margaret Tryforos, Kay Tomson, M/M Christopher Tribelli, Dr. William Tsiaras, Golfo Tzilos, M/M George Vanikiotis, M/M John Vanikiotis, Frank-Angela-Christos Vasiliadis, Peter & Stella Vassilopoulos, Carole Xanthakis, Christos Xenophontos & Family, Jason & Rebecca Xynellis, Marie & Ken White, Maria Zaharakos, Drs. John & Eleni Zervos.

Submitted by James Silva 

December 2017 – January 2018 

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

Sun Dec 10—Sun 10th of Luke / Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes & Eugraphos
– Children’s Pageant Practice (after classes)
– Philoptochos Christmas Outing—1PM

Mon Dec 11– Eve of St Spyridon (Vespers—6PM) in Newport
Wed Dec 13- Shut-in Visitations / 2nd Portion of Advent (Christmas Lent) Begins
Fri Dec 15 – Shut-in Visitations
Sun Dec 17—Sun 11th of Luke / Prophet Daniel & Dionysios of Aegina
– Artoclasia in Honor of St Dionysios by the Dennis Sampalis Family
– MEMORIALS: Carroll Promades-40days, Angela Promades-1yr, Helen Kanelos–10yrs
– Children’s Christmas Pageant following Liturgy

Tue Dec 19– Parish Council Meeting—7:30PM

Fri Dec 22— ROYAL HOURS OF THE NATIVITY—9:30am (No Communion)
Sun (AM) Dec 24—CHRISTMAS EVE MORNING – Orthros and Liturgy as usual on Sundays MEMORIAL: Kay (Koula) Tomson– 40days

Sun (PM) Dec 24 – 6PM followed by caroling
Mon Dec 25— Nativity of Christ / CHRISTMAS DAY- Orthros & Liturgy at usual hours
Wed Dec 27- St Stephen the 1st Martyr—Orthros & Liturgy at usual morning hours
Sun Dec 31— Sunday Before Theophany— Orthros & Liturgy as usual on Sundays
Mon Jan 1, 2018—The 8-Day Naming of Christ, St Basil & New Year’s Day

Services per usual morning hours with Blessing of a Vasilopita
Thu Jan 4– Sr Citizens—12 Noon
Fri Jan 5- Eve of Theophany / Vesper/Liturgy and 1st water Blessing—9:30am
Sat Jan 6– BAPTISM OF CHRIST – Theophany/Epiphany—usual morning hours-
– Orthros / Liturgy and Water Blessing
Sun Jan 7—Sunday After Theophany / St John the Baptist
Wed Jan 10— Phase 2 Committee Meeting– 7:30PM
Fri Jan 12 – Yal Winter Retreat—Metropolis Retreat Center (NH) – thru Sun afternoon
Sun Jan 14 – Apodosis of Theophany / Fathers Slain in Sinai & Ratho
– Phase 2 General Information Session / Church School Teachers Meeting
Mon Jan 15 – Philoptochos Board-6:15PM / General Membership– 7PM
Tue Jan 16 – Parish Council– 7:30PM
Wed Jan 17 – St Anthony the Great / Services at usual morning hours
Sun Jan 21 – Zacchaeus Sunday—St Maximos the Confessor


The Greek Christmas has almost no difference from celebrations in the rest of the Christian world. Most importantly, like everywhere else, Christmas is the best holiday for the children. It means 2 weeks away from school, pastry sweets, Christmas tree and plenty of Carols (Kalanta or Kalanda) .Of course something missed most in southern Greece is the white Christmas but the northern regions have no problem with that as many northern areas of Greece have snowy winters every year. For the Greek mother or wife, Christmas is a very busy time in the kitchen. Almost one week before Christ-mas, in every Greek house, you can smell the cloves, cinnamon and baked almonds from the Kourambiedes and Melomakarona- the famous Greek Christmas cookies . Big trays with Kourambies, Melomakarona, Nuts, Oranges and Mandarins are part of the Christmas decoration of a Greek living room. 

The decorated Christmas tree, artificial or natural, is in many houses many weeks before Xmas with Christmas lights, stars ,angels, and any kind of shining Christmas ornaments. Also, most Greek houses will decorate the exterior of their house with Christmas lights. Carol singing Santa’s and the latest Xmas deco-rations. In Athens almost every balcony of the concrete jungle of Athens is decorated with small illuminated Christmas trees and singing Santa Clauses which give a unique, if somewhat kitsch, atmosphere that Athens can have only during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. All this can be more magical if Athens is covered with snow (something very rare and very short). 

Christmas Eve is the main day of celebration. From the crack of dawn, children all over Greece get ready for their Carols, equipped with their triangles they go all over the neighbor-hoods singing the Kalanda, the Greek Christmas Carol, 

“Kalin Imera Arhontes an in o Orismos sas Hristou ti Theia Gennisi na Po sto Arhontiko sas”. 

This means “Good morning sovereigns if you allow me in your Mansion, I will tell you about the Holy Birth of our Christ”. After they finish their song people will give them some money and both sides will say the wish “Ke tou Hronou” (Next year again). It is truth that the most beautiful sound of Christmas is the sound of children singing accompanying themselves with their little triangles. 

On Christmas morning, in fact very early morning, families will attend church services after having fasted and receive the Eucharist. They will then celebrate with family and friends with a big feast that usually includes roast turkey, stuffed with rice and chestnuts. Later on, they will play board games. Traditionally the majority will play the popular Christmas card game “Triantamia”. Gifts are given on New Years Day and not on Christmas Day.

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.