March 2, 2020

Pastoral Message for Lent
We are entering the most beautiful and sacred period of the Church, the Lenten period. For us as Orthodox Christians, we are tasked to take up our cross and follow Jesus. What better way to do that than actually attending the Lenten Services and following in Christs’ footsteps as he approaches Golgotha to be crucified. As Orthodox Christians, many of us, because we were born into the faith, take it for granted. We know what we know from our grandmothers and mothers, very basic things about our faith. When you truly start to understand our faith, you will not see a faith of strictness but one of leniency, forgiveness, empathy, philanthropy and most importantly love. You will hear the words of St. Basil, “True Fasting lies in rejecting evil, holding ones tongue, suppressing ones lust, evil words, lying and betrayal of vows” or St. John Chrysostom, “Let the mouth fast from foul words, and unjust criticism of others, for what good is it if we abstain from birds and fish but bite and devour our brothers. Let the ear fast, by not listening to gossip and evil talk.” 
The Gospel we hear on Meatfare Sunday, Christ opens up paradise to those who fed the poor, gave drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked and visited the sick or imprisoned. He did not ask, what did you eat Wednesday or Friday! Fasting will not gain entry to paradise. Fasting is a tool that we use as Christians to purify ourselves and to focus on what’s important spiritually and to increase the good works/deeds that Christ asks us to. We have many weekly services in Lent and in my opinion, the most beautiful one takes place Wednesday nights, the Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy. The Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy is only about an hour long, performed in darkness and truly something everyone should participate in. This is a perfect time for us as Christians to dive into our faith! One tool that many people use is the Daily readings app by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the U.S. It tells us the saints of the day, gospel/epistle readings and a description of important events. 

Let’s use this time to focus on the words of St. Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Christ to put fasting into perspective. Once again, fasting is an important tool and something we should all try to do but it is not the most important thing and if you are having trouble keeping the fast, please come speak to me. According to the church canons, the parish priest can modify the fast. Basically, we can work together on a custom meal plan!

Open your eyes to identify those in need! Open your wallet to help those in need and make a difference! Open your heart to love your neighbor! Plug your ears from hearing gossip! Hold your tongue from hurting someone! Each of us must focus on these things to make the world a better place and to make us better people/Christians! By doing these things, we will be able to approach Christ Himself every Divine Liturgy by receiving Holy Communion.

God bless you and have a Blessed Lent!

FP

*NEW* Office Hours

Our office hours have changed. They will be as follows:
Monday: 9am - 3pm
Tues & Wed: 9am - 2pm
Thursday: 9am - 1pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed

Capital Projects Fund
To make a donation to the Capital Projects Fund, click here and be sure to submit the brochure (click here) to Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com. Thank you to our Socrates (Philoptochos & the Hellenic Seniors) & Aristotle (Mrs. Vasilike Vasilakos & Marinakos Family - In Memory of Andreas Vasilakos) Donors, along with everyone else! 

Fr. Peter's Office Hours
Fr. Peter's office is now open once a week on Tuesday's, from 9-11am! Everyone is welcome during those hours. Appointments are still highly recommended. Email Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca or call his office at (403) 249-8876. 

2020 Hellenic Heritage Greece Program
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will be sponsoring five students from across Canada to partake in their program this summer. This two-week trip is open to students of Hellenic descent, aged 18 to 26. The deadline to apply is March 18th. For more information, please click here to view the flier.  

Maids of Athena Fundraisers 
On Sunday March 8th, the Maids of Athena will be hosting their Annual Bake Sale after church in the Hellenic Community Hall. Items purchased from the Krinos fundraiser will be available for pickup that day. 
ALL proceeds will be donated to the Build Them Up Campaign for the *NEW* Alberta Children's Hospital Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. Hope to see everyone there! 

Greek School
The Ellhnomatheia online registration portal is now open for students ages 8+ and adults, who wish to write the Greek language competence exam. Please click here by March 22nd to register. For more information please contact Greek School at
principal@calgaryhellenic.com.

Sunday School
The lesson plans for March will focus on the Journey to Pascha. Great Lent is a time for self-examination and self-denial - a time for taking control of our lives and our bodies. The purpose of the fast is to give us a greater awareness of our dependence on God. It is a time to improve ourselves and our relationship with God. Check out this link for more information.

The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian to be read each week-day during Great Lent:
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.   

Met Youth
Come join Met Youth Calgary on April 11th for the 5th Annual Lenten Retreat! To celebrate the five years, we will also be hosting the 2020 Alberta Regional Assembly in conjunction to the Lenten Retreat. For anyone that is interested in attending or helping with the planning process please email us at orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com, or contact us via Instagram or Facebook. Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming newsletters and social media! It’s going to be a weekend you do not want to miss out on! 

2020/21 Minister’s Youth Council
Alberta Ministry of Education is looking for approximately 40 junior and senior high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta. Of those 40, they will be accepting up to eight returning council members and at least 32 new members. The council will continue to give students the opportunity to build their leadership skills at the provincial level, make an impact on education and leave a legacy that will last well into the future. Students can apply before March 18th. For more information, please click here.

Calgary Hitman Multicultural Night
Come celebrate with the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club the 5th Annual Multicultural Night on Saturday, March 7th! Tickets are only $12 and can be purchased here. Remember to bring your flags!

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Lost & Found
Now located in the church office. Stop by on Sundays after church to see if your belongings are there! 

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.  

To view this newsletter in Greek, click here.


February 17, 2020

Capital Projects Fund
To make a donation to the Capital Projects Fund, click here and be sure to submit the brochure (click here) to Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com. Thank you to our Socrates (Philoptochos & the Hellenic Seniors) & Aristotle (Mrs. Vasilike Vasilakos & Marinakos Family - In Memory of Andreas Vasilakos) Donors, along with everyone else! 

Fr. Peter's Office Hours
Fr. Peter's office is now open once a week on Tuesday's, from 9-11am! Everyone is welcome during those hours. Appointments are still highly recommended. Email Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca or call his office at (403) 249-8876. 
Bible Study is back! On February 26th at 6pm in the church. The topic for the class is the Divine Liturgy explained.

2020 Hellenic Heritage Greece Program
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will be sponsoring five students from across Canada to partake in their program this summer. This two-week trip is open to students of Hellenic descent, aged 18 to 26. The deadline to apply is March 18th. For more information, please click here to view the flier.  

Maids of Athena Fundraisers 
On Sunday March 8th, the Maids of Athena will be hosting their Annual Bake Sale after church in the Hellenic Community Hall. Thank you to those who purchased items from Krinos. They will be avail
able on March 8th (day of Bake Sale) for pick up from 11am-2pm.  
ALL proceeds will be donated to the Build Them Up Campaign for the *NEW* Alberta Children's Hospital Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. This new centre will be dedicated to helping children, adolescents and their families in need of urgent and intensive mental health care. 

Greek School
The Ellhnomatheia online registration portal is now open for students ages 8+ and adults, who wish to write the Greek language competence exam. Please click here by March 22nd to register. 
For more information please contact Greek School at principal@calgaryhellenic.com.

2020/21 Minister’s Youth Council
Alberta Ministry of Education is looking for approximately 40 junior and senior high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta. Of those 40, they will be accepting up to eight returning council members and at least 32 new members. The council will continue to give students the opportunity to build their leadership skills at the provincial level, make an impact on education and leave a legacy that will last well into the future. Students can apply before March 18th. For more information, please click here.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is now live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Lost & Found
Our lost and found is growing! If you have misplaced something, also please call the admin office at 403-246-4553 ext 5 to check if we have it!

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.  

To view this newsletter in Greek, click here.


February 3, 2020

Capital Projects Fund
To make a donation to the Capital Projects Fund, click here and be sure to submit the brochure (click here) to Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com. Thank you to our Socrates (Philoptochos & the Hellenic Seniors) & Aristotle (Mrs. Vasilike Vasilakos & Marinakos Family - In Memory of Andreas Vasilakos) Donors, along with everyone else! 

Fr. Peter's Office Hours
Fr. Peter's office is now open once a week on Tuesday's, from 9-11am! Everyone is welcome during those hours. 

2020 Hellenic Heritage Greece Program
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will be sponsoring five students from across Canada to partake in their program this summer. This two-week trip is open to students of Hellenic descent, aged 18 to 26. The deadline to apply is March 18th. For more information, please click here to view the flier.  

Met Youth - Apokries Party - CANCELLED
We would like to thank everyone that supported the upcoming Apokries Party hosted by Met Youth Calgary. Unfortunately, due to the lack of interest we made the difficult decision of cancelling this upcoming event on Saturday February 8th, 2020. We would like to thank those of you that purchased tickets and supported the success of this event. If you have purchased tickets, we will be getting in contact with you shortly. Future events are in the works. Stay tuned to our social media for updates. God Bless you all.

Maids of Athena Fundraisers 
On Sunday March 8th, the Maids of Athena will be hosting their Annual Bake Sale after church in the Hellenic Community Hall. Additionally, they are hosting a Krinos Fundraiser, where you can order frozen tiropites, spanakopites and bougatses for your home! Click here to complete your orders for Krinos. The deadline for Krinos orders will be February 8th and pick up of orders will be March 8th (day of Bake Sale) from 11am-2pm.  
ALL proceeds from the Krinos Fundraiser and the Bake Sale will be donated to the Build Them Up Campaign for the *NEW* Alberta Children's Hospital Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. This new centre will be dedicated to helping children, adolescents and their families in need of urgent and intensive mental health care. 

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is now live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge.  Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Lost & Found
Our lost and found is growing! If you have misplaced something, also please call the admin office at 403-246-4553 ext 5 to check if we have it!

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here 

To view this newsletter in Greek, click here.


January 20, 2020

Poker Night 2020
Join us for the 12th Annual Poker Night on January 25th! Proceeds will benefit the Community Capital Projects Fund and Scleroderma Canada. To view the event page and to register, please click here. The entrance fee for players is $250 but if you'd like to join us for dinner only, tickets are just $50 and can be purchased online as well. We hope to see everyone there!

Capital Projects Fund
To make a donation to the Capital Projects Fund, click here and be sure to submit the brochure (click here) to Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com. Currently, we have raised just over $150 000! Thank you to our Socrates (Philoptochos & the Hellenic Seniors) & Aristotle (Grand Central Bar & Grill & Mrs. Vasilakos - In Memory of Andreas Vasilakos) Donors, along with everyone else! 

URGENT! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CASINO! 
The upcoming AGLC Casino will be held on February 2nd and 3rd at the Elbow River Casino. Volunteers are needed! We will receive $60 000 - $80 000 from this casino! The funds we receive from volunteering at the casino are integral to the operation and sustainability of our Greek School, as well as other programs. Please click here to sign up!

Fr. Peter's Office Hours
Fr. Peter's office is now open once a week on Tuesday's, from 9-11am! Everyone is welcome during those hours. 

Philoptochos
Happy New Year to all! We wish the members of the community good health, joy and peace in 2020! 
We are hoping to have new members join Philoptochos in 2020! We are looking for ladies of the Greek Orthodox Faith - 18 years and older who are positivewho enjoy working with othersladies who have a passion for helping the poor, who want to serve in their community, and ladies who want to be active members of Philoptochos. 
To accommodate our elderly Philoptochos members, for the months of January, February and March, our meetings will be held on Sundays after church. Our first meeting of 2020 will be January 26th at 12:30 in the Board Room downstairs. We are asking all Philoptochos members and those interested in joining, to please bring your membership payment of $20 to the January meeting.  

Sunday School
We pray you all had a bright Christmas and start to the New year. May God’s light guide your way in 2020. 
All children ages 3+ are welcome to join Sunday school. Children meet at the front right pews for 11am, take communion and then proceed downstairs to the classrooms for lessons. Children are picked up following Divine Liturgy from the classrooms.  
Why Go To Church?
In 2008, a parishioner wrote a letter for the newspaper editorial and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. He wrote “I’ve gone to church for 30 years now and in that time I have heard probably 1,500 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one. So I must be wasting my time and the priest is wasting theirs by giving those lengthy sermons.”  This started a real debate in the “Letters to the Editor” column. After a couple of weeks someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my spouse has cooked some 10,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to work. If my spouse did not prepare these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would probably be spiritually dead today”. When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical and spiritual nourishment! When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, “Jesus, could you get that for me!”

Met Youth - Apokries Party
Join Met Youth Calgary on Saturday February 8th for the 2020 Apokries Party! Come and experience a true festival of fun for both young and old! Cocktails will be at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! All ages are welcome! There will be contests and prizes, face painting, cotton candy, and music provided by DJ Stappas from Halifax, NS! Tickets are $50, with tickets reduced to $25 for 9pm entrance. Email Met Youth Calgary at orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com, or contact (403) 690-4523 to purchase your tickets today!

Maids of Athena Fundraisers 
On Sunday March 8th, the Maids of Athena will be hosting their Annual Bake Sale after church in the Hellenic Community Hall. Additionally, they are hosting a Krinos Fundraiser, where you can order frozen tiropites, spanakopites and bougatses for your home! Click here to complete your orders for Krinos. The deadline for Krinos orders will be February 8th and pick up of orders will be March 8th (day of Bake Sale) from 11am-2pm.  
ALL proceeds from the Krinos Fundraiser and the Bake Sale will be donated to the Build Them Up Campaign for the *NEW* Alberta Children's Hospital Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. This new centre will be dedicated to helping children, adolescents and their families in need of urgent and intensive mental health care. 

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is now live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge.  Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory. Please ensure that your membership for 2020 is paid in January to have your business listed for all 12 months. If not renewed by January 31st 2020, your listing will be removed until your membership is renewed. 

Lost & Found
Our lost and found is growing! If you have misplaced something, also please call the admin office at 403-246-4553 ext 5 to check if we have it!

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here 

To view this newsletter in Greek, click here.


January 6, 2020

Poker Night 2020
Join us for the 12th Annual Poker Night on January 25th! Proceeds will benefit the Capital Projects Fund and Scleroderma Canada. To view the event page and to register, please click here. Entrance fee for players is $250 (and if you register online 
prior to January 17th, you'll be entered into a draw to win 2 free re-buys!) If you'd like to join us for dinner only, tickets are $50 and can be purchased online as well. We hope to see everyone there!

Capital Projects Fund
To make a donation to the Capital Projects click here and be sure to submit the brochure (click here) to Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com. Currently, we have raised just over $150 000! Thank you to our Socrates (Philoptochos & the Hellenic Seniors) & Aristotle (Grand Central Bar & Grill & Mrs. Vasilakos - In Memory of Andreas Vasilakos) Donors, along with everyone else! 

Hellenic Society Casino
The upcoming AGLC Casino will be held on February 2nd and 3rd at the Elbow River Casino. Volunteers are needed! We will receive $60 000 - $80 000 from this casino! The funds we receive from volunteering at the casino are integral to the operation and sustainability of our Greek School, as well as other programs. Please click here to sign up!

Fr. Peter's Office Hours
Fr. Peter's office is now open once a week on Tuesday's, from 9am-11am! Everyone is welcome during those hours!

NIATA
Starting January 13th, Niata will once again be running their Monday classes from 6PM to 7PM. This is in addition to the current Saturday class. Both classes are open to new and returning students, grades 1 to 12. The cost of attending either class is waived for community members. Click here to complete the registration form. Offering Niata classes two days a week will grow our program and help accommodate everyone’s busy schedules. The continued demand for this dance program exists because it honours our cultural history and promotes our Greek identity within our youth.
As always, do not hesitate to contact Effy Klironomos at niata@calgaryhellenic.com or 403-701-8496 with your questions, comments, or concerns.

Adult Greek Dance
TONIGHT!  Adult Greek Dance will be starting up again! Classes will be held on the first Monday of the month at 7pm in the lower hall of the Community. The registration fee will be $20 members and $30 for non-members. For more information, please contact Kathy at kdesautels@shaw.ca

Greek School
Wishing everyone  a very Happy New Year! 
May 2020  be even more prosperous and enjoyable than the previous years. Classes resume on January 8th and January 11th with the Vasilopita cutting.
Want to improve your Greek language skills this winter? Our adult classes will begin on January 15thPlease visit our website by clicking here, or call 403-246-4553 ext. 4, or contact the school by email at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com

Hellenic Seniors Society
The Hellenic Senior Society would like to wish you all a wonderful healthy happy blessed  and prosperous new year. We would like to invite you to the cutting of the Vasilopita on Sunday, January 12th right after Church service at the community hall. See everyone there! 

Philoptochos
Happy New Year to all! We wish the members of the Hellenic Community good health, joy and peace in 2020!  Thank you to all those who came to church on January 1st and who celebrate the cutting of the Vasilopita with us! As decided upon in our previous meeting, meetings during January, February and March will be held on Sundays after church. Our first meeting of 2020 will be January 26 at 12:30 in the Board Room downstairs. Please remember to bring your payment for the Philoptochos 2020 membership to the first meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Met Youth - Apokries Party
Join Met Youth Calgary on Saturday February 8th for the 2020 Apokries Party! Come and experience a true festival of fun for both young and old! Cocktails will be at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! All ages are welcome! There will be contests and prizes, face painting, cotton candy, and music provided by DJ Stappas from Halifax, NS! Tickets are $50, with tickets reduced to $25 for 9pm entrance. Email Met Youth Calgary at orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com, or contact (403) 690-4523 to purchase your tickets today!

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is now live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge.  Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory. Please ensure that your membership for 2020 is paid in January to have your business listed for all 12 months. If not renewed by January 31st 2020, your listing will be removed until your membership is renewed. 

Lost & Found
Our lost and found is growing! If you have misplaced something, also please call the admin office at 403-246-4553 ext 5 to check if we have it!

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.


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