October 12th, 2018

Saint Demetrios Party
On Saturday, October 27th, our community will be hosting a party in honor of our Church's Patron Saint. Cocktails are at 6PM, and a prime rib dinner will be served at 7PM. Tickets are $50 and kids 12 and under are $20. To purchase your tickets, please contact Kathy at 403.836.3665, Diane at 403.616.3426 or the Admin office at 403.246.4553 ext 5. Mrs. Adamandia Foka will be in attendance and representing the Greek Consulate at this years party. 

Stampeders Multicultural Day

On Saturday, October 13th, the Stamps will be facing the Lions. For those interested in attending, click here to get your tickets. Be sure to take some flags and face paint!

MET Youth
Met Youth is excited to start off the year with Sandwich making for the  Drop In Centre, this Saturday at 12pm, October 13th. We ask you and all of your children to stay and help out! We would like to reach our goal of 1200 sandwiches, so if everyone could bring one or two loaves of bread that would be great. If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us at orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com.

Evolution of Health - Marijuana Discussion
On Monday, October 15th, the Bow Cliff Seniors along with others
 are having a discussion at the Community Hall, collaborating to raise funds to support the like-minded goals of inspiring adults to stay active and involved. For more information, please click here to view their poster. 

Community Blood Drive
On Wednesday, October 17th from 4PM until 8PM, our community along with Canadian Blood Services, will be hosting another blood drive. To register, please go to www.blood.ca

Met Youth
On Saturday, October 20th, we invite all family, friends and youth to the join us at The Calgary Corn Maze. We ask everyone to be there for 1:30PM. Please RSVP via the Facebook Event or by emailing Met Youth at orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com. It will be an eventful afternoon, with a short discussion with Father Peter. Hope to see everyone there!

Consular Visit
Mrs. Adamandia Foka, Consular Officer will be visiting Calgary to offer consular services on October 27th & 28th. All Greek citizens interested in receiving consular services, must contact urgently Mrs. Adamandia Foka, Mrs. Anna Karamaroudi or Mrs. Evi Tzatzani at the e-ail address vancouver@mfa.gr or by calling 604.681.1381. 

Greek School
On Sunday, October 28th, the Greek School invites you to cheer for our students for an OXI Day celebration  following the Divine Liturgy. Come celebrate the bravery of the Greek nation in its defiant "OXI" of October 28, 1940! Mrs. Adamandia Foka will be in attendance and representing the Greek Consulate at this years celebration.

Niata
The first day of Niata will be on Monday, October 29th at 6PM. Community members are invited to bring their children to this FREE program, running on Monday evenings until May. We welcome Effie Klironomos to the position of Director for this year! Thank you to the outgoing director, Angela Grammatikos for her dedication to the program for so many years!

Philoptochos
Our Philoptochos Bazaar is happening on November 2nd& 3rdand finishing off with a Luncheon on November 4th. We are asking for your assistance with this as it is our biggest fundraiser for the year. Did you know that last year Philoptochos donated over $10, 000 to local charities? Your support of the Bazaar helped us do that!  We have created an online sign up for baking or cooking donations, and any shifts needed to be filled for the Bazaar. If you are able to assist us in any way, please click here to sign up!  If you ask your friends to sign up for shifts with you it will be more fun!

Greek School - Purdy's Fundraiser 
With all that snow outside, you have probably started thinking of Christmas. 
The Purdy's Greek School Fundraiser has begun! If you want to treat your loved ones and help our school, we encourage you to fundraise with us! Catalogues along with order forms will be sent home with students, but they will also be available in the display case in the foyer of the hall, or you can click here to order online. Orders can be placed until November 28th and will be ready for pick up on December 12th & 15th.  

Dimitris Mpasis Live!
On November 3rd, Dimitris Mpasis will be performing at the Greek Cultural Center in Edmonton! Tickets are $125 and the evening begins at 8pm. For more information, click here to view their poster. If you haven't heard one of his songs, click here to check out his Youtube channel. 0000000

Indigo Book Fair Fundraiser 
The Hellenic Society invites you to its Indigo Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14th from 6PM - 8:30PM at the Westhills Indigo. Please invite your friends and family and get some of your Christmas shopping done! 15% of the total amount spent by our guests will go towards supporting our Greek School. 
When you arrive at Indigo, please check in with Dimitra Fotopoulos to be registered. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact, dimfoto403@gmail.com. Thank you for your support! 

Samaritans Purse - Shoeboxes!
Throughout the Church and community, there are numerous shoe boxes waiting to be filled for children, who won't get much else this Christmas season. Please grab a box or maybe even two, and fill it for some boys and girls! We will not be collecting the filled boxes, so please find a drop off location close to you by clicking here.

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
As a perk of your membership, you can choose to have your business added to our membership directory! Please contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

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

To view this newsletter in Greek, please click here


September 28th, 2018

Saint Demetrios Party
On Saturday, October 27th, our community will be hosting a party in honor of our Church's Patron Saint. Cocktails are at 6PM, and a prime rib dinner will be served at 7PM. Tickets are $50 and kids 12 and under are $20. To purchase your tickets, please contact Kathy at 403-836-3665, Diane at 403-616-3426 or the Admin office at 403.246.4553 ext 5. 

Greek School
Another exciting year at the Greek School has begun and we are thrilled to be working with close to 150 students and their families from Preschool through Greek 35. We are pleased to announce we are the recipients of a grant from the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to completely support the costs of the books for this school year. HHF is a national charitable and non-profit organization established in Toronto in 1996 by a group of professional business people of Hellenic descent. With a mission to preserve, promote and advance Hellenic education, culture and heritage in Canada, the HHF commits to engaging with communities across our country in an effort to keep the Greek language alive. We are thankful for the support the HHF has provided for this school year and look forward to a continuing relationship and the opportunity to further develop our programs in collaboration with the networks, professional development programs and resources available through the Hellenic Heritage Foundation. If you would like to learn more about the HHF, please visit www.hhf.ca

Afternoon Preschool classes on Tuesdays is a go! Our first class is October 23rd, we are looking forward meeting our new students. There is still time to register your children/child in our program. Call Jeannette @403-246-4553 ext.4 or you can email her at greekchool@calgaryhellenic.com.

Philoptochos
Welcome back to all, we hope you had a wonderful summer. Save the Dates - we are gearing up for the Philoptochos Annual Bazaar taking place on November 2nd and 3rd! As in the past, we will also be hosting a luncheon after the Divine Liturgy on November 4th. We will begin reaching out to people for help with food, baking and volunteering for the bazaar. If you helped us out last year, we hope to count on you again this year. If you did not, but would like us to contact you for help this year, please contact Tina Liaridis with your contact information by clicking here.

Sunday School
Sunday School will begin the first Sunday in October. The schedule for the classes is posted on the Hellenic Community website calendar for your reference. We encourage all children from ages 4 up to 12 to attend Sunday school as much as possible! If you are interested in teaching Sunday school, 
please contact Father Peter by clicking here. God bless you all.

Niata
We are currently searching for a new director/directors for the Niata program. Anyone interested in taking on this commitment for the current year please contact Diane Polesello @ 403-616-3426. Until such time the, program will be put on hold!

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
As a perk of your membership, you can choose to have your business added to our membership directory! Please contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Community Blood Drive
On Wednesday, October 17th from 4PM until 8PM, our community along with Canadian Blood Services, will be hosting another blood drive. To register, please go to www.blood.ca

Stampeders Multicultural Day
On Saturday, October 13th, the Stamps will be facing the Lions. For those interested in attending, click here to get your tickets. Be sure to take some flags and face paint!

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


September 13th, 2018

Building Re-opening 
Today we have re-opened the church and the hall for use. 

Greek School - Message from the Principal
Another school year is about to begin and Greek school is ready to welcome all new and returning students and their families.
Our first day for  Saturday classes is September 15th at 9:00 am. The first day for Wednesday classes September 19th at 5:30 p.m.  
The students will participate in the Blessing of our school at these times, by Father Peter. We encourage you to register, if you have not already, prior to start of school and you can do so by contacting Jeannette at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com or phone (403)246-4553 ext 4. If you are unable to register prior to start of school, we welcome new registrations on the first day of school, beginning at 10 am on Saturday and 6.30 pm on Wednesday.
We are excited to announce that our Preschool program is back starting October 20th at 9 to 11am we are looking forward meeting our younger students (ages 4-5). We are also offering afternoon preschool classes starting Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:30 to 2:30pm. Evening classes are also offered for adults starting October 10th at 6 pm. For more information  on our programs, please email us at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com.
A big thanks to all the greatly appreciated volunteers who have a huge impact on the quality of learning. We would like to invite all our members to support our wonderful projects this school year by investing their time.
We are proud to continue to offer programming from Preschool all the way through the Accreditation Program of Greek 15, 25, 35.
Our dedicated teachers and I wish you all a wonderful school year!

Vasiliki Koutroumpi 
Principal - Greek School

Muay Thai Nado #4
THIS SUNDAY! September 16th, our community along with WTM Muay Thai are having another fight night! Doors open at 5PM and the first round begins at 6PM. Tickets for this event start at $45. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Building Maintenance Fund and specifically to renovating the front stairs of our church. The organizing committee is still looking for a few volunteers! Please contact John at jyannitsos@shaw.ca if you are able to volunteer your time for this great event. For more information, please click here to view the event poster.

Golden Ladies Luncheon
On Sunday, September 23rd, the Golden Ladies will be hosting a luncheon right after the Divine Liturgy. It will be $15 a person and it will be pastichio with salad and dessert and coffee. They are raising funds to restart their organization as it has been on hold for the last year and a half. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Community and to Philopochos as well.

Membership Directory
As a perk of your membership, you can choose to have your business added to the directory! Please contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

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

September 4th, 2018

Temporary Building Closure
The floors of the banquet hall are being refinished from September 4th to September 13th. As a result, the entire building will be closed and church service on September 9th will be cancelled. The hall will be open for fellowship following church service on September 14th. Office staff will be working remotely during this time so please don't hesitate to reach out! 

Greek School
Although the offices will be closed due to the floor refinishing during the first 2 weeks of September, the school will still be accepting registrations via email. Please email the five 
completed forms to Jeannette at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com to register prior to the first days of school, starting September 15th and 19th
Adult classes are scheduled to begin on October10th and Preschool will begin on October 20th. For more information, check the website! 

We are very excited to announce that a Greek School Principal has been hired. Please join us in welcoming Vasiliki Koutroumpi to the position! We are thrilled that a principal is in place that has experience with the school as she has already taught there for a number of years. We are grateful for her commitment and look forward to a productive and successful school year.

Muay Thai Nado #4
On Sunday, September 16th, our community along with WTM Muay Thai are having another fight night! Doors open at 5PM and the first round begins at 6PM. Tickets for this event start at $45. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Building Maintenance Fund and specifically to renovating the front stairs of our church. 
For more information, please click here to view the event poster.

Membership Directory
As a perk of your membership, you can choose to have your business added to the directory! Please contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory
.


August 16th, 2018

Go Fund Me for Greek Wildfires
Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to the fires in Greece. Through funds raised at our community and through the Go Fund Me website, we raised a total of $8,790 for the Hellenic Red Cross! Great job everyone!

Greek School Principal Posting 
We are looking for a new principal for the Greek School!  Having a certified teacher in place as principal is integral to the accreditation program and the success of our school. Please click here to see the posting or contact any member of the Greek School Committee for more information.

Greek School Registrations
Be sure to sign up your children before the first day of school on Sept. 15th! Please call the Greek School office at 403-246-4553 ext 4 to set up an appointment! 

Hellenic Banquet Hall
The floors of the banquet hall are being refinished during the first 2 weeks of September. As a result, church service on September 9th will be cancelled. The hall will be open for fellowship following church service on September 14th

August 7th, 2018

Go Fund Me for Greek Wildfires
We are proud to announce that we have surpassed our goal of $5,000 for the devastating fires in Greece. Through funds raised at our community and through the Go Fund Me website, we are currently at $8,540 for the Hellenic Red Cross! Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated! If you would still like to make a donation, the Go Fund Me page will be active until August 8th. Click here to donate today!

Greek School Principal Posting 
We are looking for a new principal for the Greek School!  Having a certified teacher in place as principal is integral to the accreditation program and the success of our school. Please click here to see the posting or contact any member of the Greek School Committee for more information.

Greek School Registrations
Be sure to sign up your children before the first day of school on Sept. 14! Please call the Greek School office at 403-246-4553 ext 4 to set up an appointment! 

AHEPA/Daughters of Penelope Scholarship Announcement 
Congratulations to both Nefeli Kotopoulos (AHEPA family scholarship - $1000) and Alex McNally (Hellenic decent scholarship -$750). 
Thank you to all the students that applied! Best of luck in your future endeavours!

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


July 19th, 2018

Blood Drive
On August 6th, our Community is hosting the 3rd Blood Drive for Canadian Blood Services. As always, the need for life saving blood is in high demand, and this demand increases during the summer months. Please sign up online at bloodservices.ca. If everyone from our community signed up one more person, we could have 80 people donating from our community alone. Hope to see you there!

Greek School Principal Posting
We are looking for a new principal for the Greek School!  Having a certified teacher in place as principal is integral to the accreditation program and the success of our school. Please click here to see the posting or contact any member of the Greek School Committee for more information.

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


June 21st, 2018

It's Casino Time!
We are looking for a few more volunteers for this weekends casino on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd at the Elbow River Casino. Please click here to sign up!

2018 Western Canadian Greek Open
The 2018 Greek Open is being held in Calgary on June 24th and 25th. Click here to view the invitation and hereto register!

Blood Drive
On July 3rd, our Community is hosting the 2nd Blood Drive for Canadian Blood Services. As always, the need for life saving blood is in high demand, and this demand increases during the summer months. Please sign up online at bloodservices.ca. If everyone from our community signed up one more person, we could have 80 people donating from our community alone. Hope to see you there!

Greek School
The Greek Community Council would like to wish Yanna Papadopoulos and Fofo Zannis all the best as they take on new roles for the 2018 year and will be leaving the school. Both principals did a great job working with students and teachers and helped to support an integral program in our community this past year. Please join us in thanking them for their service!

Also, Argiro Lambrinoudis, our Greek 25/35 teacher, will be leaving us. We thank her and are grateful for all of her hard work and commitment to her students- she will be missed- Best of luck Argiro! Georgia Paschalis, our Level 1 teacher, will be going on maternity leave. Congratulations Georgia! May God bless you and your precious baby! 

Greek School Principal Posting
We are looking for a new principal for the Greek School!  Having a certified teacher in place as principal is integral to the accreditation program and the success of our school. Please click here to see the posting or contact any member of the Greek School Committee for more information.

Philoptochos
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here

Banquet Hall Bookings
The Banquet Hall Team has been working very hard to rent out our space to Calgarians and would you believe that the banquet hall is booked every Saturday until the middle of October?! We are busier than ever before so don't wait to make a booking!
 


June 8th, 2018

Greek School Registration - LAST DAY!
We welcome new and returning families to register for the 2018-19 Greek School year this spring! The Greek School is accepting registration for Preschool - Greek 35 on the following dates:

- Saturday, June 9th - 9:30 – 11AM

Forms are now in writable PDF formats, so feel free to complete them on your computer! Click on the following forms to download and edit: 
 - Registration Information
 - Registration 2018/19 School Year
 - Emergency Contact/Medical Information

Blood Drive
On July 3rd, our Community is hosting the 2nd Blood Drive for Canadian Blood Services. As always, the need for life saving blood is in high demand, and this demand increases during the summer months. Please join us on Sunday June 10th after Church Service to sign up to donate blood on July 3rd.  We are asking everyone to bring a "plus 1" to the sign up event or try to have one more person sign up online at bloodservices.ca. If everyone from our community signed up one more person, we could have 80 people donating from our community alone.  Hope to see you there!

It's Casino Time!
We are looking for volunteers for the upcoming casino on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday June 23 to be held at the Elbow River Casino. For details and to sign up, please contact John Yannitsos at jyannitsos@shaw.ca

Philoptochos
At our last Philoptochos meeting, it was mentioned that clarification was needed in regards to Philoptochos services for a funeral and memorial (mnimosino) service. If the family of the departed would like Philoptochos to provide the coffee for the fellowship following the service, they are to contact the President Kathy Vlismas at 403-836-3665. For Koliva preparations, the family is asked to contact Vasiliki Doikas at 403-246-8579 or by email at vdoikas@icloud.com. Please note, the family would contact the Philoptochos ladies AFTER having confirmed the services with Father Peter Rougas and after connecting with the Hellenic Banquet Hall Manager, Shannon, to confirm the availability of the hall.  If the family would prefer to take care of the fellowship but would still require the use of the hall, they would need to contact Shannon at events@calgaryhellenic.com to make those arrangements.

2018 Western Canadian Greek Open
The 2018 Greek Open is being held in Calgary on June 24th and 25th. Click here to view the invitation and here to register!


May 25th, 2018

Niata Greek Day - HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY!
Niata's annual performance will take place
 on Sunday,May 27th right after church. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. There will be food, dancing and fun! Tickets can be purchased from Angela Grammatikos at Greekdancing1@gmail.com. Thank you! 

Greek School Registration - THIS WEEK! 
We welcome new and returning families to register for the 2018-19 Greek School year this spring! The Greek School is accepting registration for Preschool - Greek 35 on the following dates:

- Wednesday, May 30th - 5:30 – 7PM
- Saturday, June 2nd - 9:30 – 11AM
- Wednesday, June 6th -  5:30 – 7PM
- Saturday, June 9th - 9:30 – 11AM

Forms are now in writable PDF formats, so feel free to complete them on your computer! Click on the following forms to download and edit: 
 - Registration Information
 - Registration 2018/19 School Year
 - Emergency Contact/Medical Information

Ahepa-DOP Scholarships
The Ahepa Family Scholarships are now available! Clickhere to view the information guide and here to apply. The deadline is June 1st.

Muay-Thai Nado/Fight for Kids! 
Our community, in conjunction with Master Albert Han of WTM Muay Thai studio of Calgary, will be hosting a Muay-Thai Nado/Fight for Kids event on June 2nd at the Calgary Hellenic Banquet Hall! Click here to view the event poster!  A portion of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the Kidney Foundation of Alberta and Cornerstone Youth to help with their valuable programming, as well as our community. 
This event is selling fast! Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Volunteers are needed!! From cooks to bar tenders to food runners and everything else in between, we are asking our community members to help out. If you or someone you know is able to volunteer on that day, please call John Yannitsos at 403-614-7365 or send an email tojyannitsos@shaw.ca

Sunday School
Join us on Sunday, June 3rd for our final Sunday school class. Class pictures will be taken and certificates of participation will be presented at the end of Divine liturgy. On behalf of Father Peter and all the Sunday school teachers, we’d like to wish all the children a wonderful summer and hope to see you again in the Fall. Interested in teaching Sunday school next year? Contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca

Philoptochos
At our last Philoptochos meeting, it was mentioned that clarification was needed in regards to Philoptochos services for a funeral and memorial (mnimosino) service. If the family of the departed would like Philoptochos to provide the coffee for the fellowship following the service, they are to contact the President Kathy Vlismas at 403-836-3665. For Koliva preparations, the family is asked to contact Vasiliki Doikas at 403-246-8579 or by email at vdoikas@icloud.com. Please note, the family would contact the Philoptochos ladies AFTER having confirmed the services with Father Peter Rougas and after connecting with the Hellenic Banquet Hall Manager, Shannon, to confirm the availability of the hall.  If the family would prefer to take care of the fellowship but would still require the use of the hall, they would need to contact Shannon atevents@calgaryhellenic.com to make those arrangements.

Our last Philoptochos gathering for members before the summer, will be on June 19th at Paros restaurant inAirdrie. We will be having a dinner to bring our year to a close. We want to thank all our Philoptochos members for all they have done this year and all those in our community and beyond who have supported our events. We hope you have a wonderful summer. Our first meeting in the fall will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 7pm.

2018 Western Canadian Greek Open
The 2018 Greek Open is being held in Calgary on June 24th and 25th. Click here to view the invitation and hereto register!


May 10th, 2018

Niata Greek Day
Niata's annual performance will take place on Sunday, May 27th right after church. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. There will be food, dancing and fun! Tickets can be purchased from Angela Grammatikos at Greekdancing1@gmail.com. Thank you! 

Greek School Registration 
We welcome new and returning families to register for the 2018-19 Greek School year this spring! The Greek School is accepting registration for Preschool - Greek 35 on the following dates:

- Wednesday, May 30th - 5:30 – 7PM
- Saturday, June 2nd - 9:30 – 11AM
- Wednesday, June 6th -  5:30 – 7PM
- Saturday, June 9th - 9:30 – 11AM

Forms are now in writable PDF formats, so feel free to complete them on your computer! Click on the following forms to download: 
 - Registration Information
 - Registration 2018/19 School Year
 - Emergency Contact/Medical Information

Ahepa-DOP Scholarships
The Ahepa Family Scholarships are now available! Clickhere to view the information guide and here to apply. The deadline is June 1st.

Golden Ladies
The more dynamic than ever Golden Ladies are having our monthly meeting on May 10th downstairs at 6PM. We will be having a supper and new and old members are invited but you must be of the young age of 55 or older. If you need any more information, please contact Rita Efthimiou at 403-287-7915.

The Hellenic Seniors Society of Calgary
The Seniors Annual Picnic Trip will be in Drumheller this year, on Saturday, May 12th. The bus leaves at 9AM sharp from the church. There are only 55 spots on the bus, so please register with Sakis if you plan on attending. The fee for the bus trip as well as museum entrance fee will be covered by the Seniors. Snacks and drinks will be provided as well. On the way back to Calgary, dinner will be at the Station Restauraunt in Strathmore. The cost of the dinner is not included with the trip.

MET Youth
Please join the Met Youth in celebrating all of our Mom's with a Mother's Day Lunch after the Divine Liturgy this Sunday! Tickets are $10 and Mimosas will be available for purchase. 

MUAY THAI NADO / FIGHT FOR KIDS
Our community, in conjunction with Master Albert Han of WTM Muay Thai studio of Calgary, will be hosting a MUAY THAI NADO / FIGHT FOR KIDS event on June 2nd at the Calgary Hellenic Banquet Hall! Click here to view the event poster! The event will feature a number of local and out of town amateur Muay Thai fighters. We have also partnered with Kidney Foundation of Alberta and Cornerstone Youth as our local charities of choice. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go directly to these local charities to help with their valuable programming.

This event is open to all ages to enjoy and tickets start at $25. Click here to purchase! Please be advised that due to the tremendous response from the martial arts community, tickets/seats are limited. 


 April 26th, 2018

Paint Night
On Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30PM, we are hosting a paint night at the Community Hall! The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. This will include all of your supplies and take home artwork. Wine will be available for purchase with light snacks. This is  a 14+ activity. For more information and to register online, please click herePlease note: the registration deadline is May 5th!

MET Youth
Met Youth Calgary will be hosting their first ever Alberta Regional Youth Assembly this May! It is a three day event from May 4th-6th, where the youth will have a chance to further learn about our faith, network with other Orthodox youth from the city and from the rest of Alberta! As some youth are in Greek School on Saturday, all major events are to occur after 12PM, when they can join us. Click hereto view our Facebook page for more info! 
Please click here to register for the Assembly. Payment can be sent to the Church Office, or received on the first day of attendance.

This is our first regional assembly since the 90’s, and we hope that with your support it is a big success! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com.

Ahepa-DOP Scholarships
The Ahepa Family Scholarships are now available! Click here to view the information guide and here to apply. The deadline is June 1st.

Golden Ladies
The more dynamic than ever Golden Ladies are having our monthly meeting on May 10th downstairs at 6PM. We will be having a supper and new and old members are invited but you must be of the young age of 55 or older. If you need any more information, please contact Rita Efthimiou at 403-287-7915.

The Hellenic Seniors Society of Calgary
On Sunday, April 29th after church, the Seniors Society is hosting their Annual Lunch at Mr. Schnapps Restaurant (South location) at 1PM. Space is limited. Please let Sakis know if you are coming at 403-988-8553. Meet you there!

The Seniors Annual Picnic Trip will be in Drumheller this year, on Saturday, May 12th. The bus leaves at 9AM sharp from the church. There are only 55 spots on the bus, so please register with Sakis if you plan on attending. The fee for the bus trip as well as museum entrance fee will be covered by the Seniors. Snacks and drinks will be provided as well. On the way back to Calgary, dinner will be at the Station Restauraunt in Strathmore. The cost of the dinner is not included with the trip.

Greek School
Our live theater production from Greece, 'A Masked Ball' this past Sunday, was a great success. Children were happy, people laughing and participating; parents, thank you for your support!

Our technology has arrived! iPads and Chromebooks are already being used. Thank you to all the parents who helped us raise money and to the Cretan society for their generous donation.

We conducted our scheduled fire drills since the weather has begun to cooperate. Both drills were completed under 1 min 50 seconds- children exited our building in an orderly and safe manner.

Two students in our accredited program will be writing the Ellinomatheia test in May. This test will written in Edmonton- best of luck to the girls!

The Stats of Life!
CBC is casting singles, couples and families for their program the Stats of Life! If you are interested in applying, click here for some more information.

To view these announcements in Greek, please click here.


April 2nd, 2018

Security
For the safety of our staff, it has been decided that the doors of the community and church will all be locked during office hours. Please ensure that you have made an appointment. 

Consular Visit
Deputy Consul Mrs. Anna Karamaroudis will be in Calgary at the Hellenic Community on: 

  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Sunday, April 15th
  • Monday, April 16th

If anyone is in need of Consular Services, please call Simeon (Mike) Sinesios at 403-818-8481 to arrange an appointment for the above dates. 

Before booking an appointment, it is strongly recommended that individuals first contact the Consulate in Vancouver to discuss their situation with the Consulate staff. This allows time for any necessary preparations to be made in Vancouver ahead of the Deputy's visit, as this frequently the case. The Greek Consulate in Vancouver: 1-604-681-1381. 

Philoptochos
Thank you to everyone that purchased Tsourekia from Philoptochos.  We sold out after church on Sunday, thank you for supporting us.  A reminder to our community members that Philoptochos continues to make over 1200 sandwiches for the drop-in centre each month.  The donations that are placed in the Agia Philothei collection box, located near the candles on the left side of the church entrance,  fund those sandwiches.  We have been able to do provide sandwiches each month because of your love and generosity.  Thank you to the group of volunteers that come to help us make the sandwiches!  When we work together with love, we accomplish great things!  We wish you all a Blessed and beautiful Pascha!

Sunday School
We are hoping to have some volunteers to be Myrofores and Angles during the Good Friday evening service. If you have a daughter that is 7 years or older and would like to volunteer, please click here and complete the form. We would like to have at least 6 of each (Myrofores and Angels).

Holy Week is a beautiful time to come to church.  It is helpful for children to have the liturgical book that accompanies Holy Week so that they can follow along during the church services.  On Easter Sunday, it is a very special service.  Among other things, you hear the Gospel in different languages and Father Peter makes it fun for the children with an Easter egg cracking challenge after church.  It is a wonderful time to come together in prayer and thanksgiving.   Kalo Pascha to all!

Easter Baskets
Easter baskets are on sale this week! Each basket is $50 and will contain an Easter Story book, an Easter activity book, a Labatha for Good Friday and Holy Saturday, plus a couple of extra goodies! All proceeds will go towards our Church. Limited quantities available. 

Epitaphios Preparations
Thank you to Pamela for organizing the construction of the Epitaphios this year!Please see the schedule below for dates and times:

  • Wednesday, April 4th at 3:00 pm - flower prep, removing from boxes, trimming and placing in water
  • Wednesday, April 4th following the Holy Unction Service - preparation of floral sponge
  • Thursday, April 5th following the Twelve Gospels Service - floral arranging and construction of Epitaphios.

If anyone has questions or would like to help out, please contact Pamela at 403-863-9607 or pdouvis@telusplanet.net

ARK Seniors
Join the ARK Seniors on April 14th & 15th on their trip to Swift Current to Zoodohou Pigis! The price is only $75 per person and includes the hotel, breakfast and dinner on Saturday night! For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact Vaggelis Couvaras at 403-852-7646. 

Study Abroad in Greece
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Greeks Abroad is offering a study program to 20 students between ages 18 and 27 of Greek Decent of either one parent or both. The program will last for 10 days and will take place between July 9th and 18th in Athens. If you are interested please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com  for an application and information.


March 15th, 2018

Giannhs Sofillas - Live!
Our Community is hosting a concert featuring Giannhs Sofillas on March 24th! This is a 16+ event with proceeds to benefit the Facility Maintenance Fund for our Community. For tickets, please contact Angela at 403-966-6930, Diane at 403-616-3426 or Katerina at 587-998-9322. We hope to see everyone there! 

Greek School
On March 25th, after the Divine Liturgy, Greek School will be joining the congregation for the Doxology of Independence Day. Following the Doxology, please join the Greek school and their families in the Hall for the celebration, where the students will recite poems, perform a dance and sing a song to commemorate the Independence of Greece!

Greek School Purdy's Fundraiser
Greek School is fundraising with Purdys Chocolate, just in time for Easter! If you’d like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Easter gifts for friends, family and yourself, please click here

You can create a profile and start buying.  If you already have a profile, you can get right to shopping! 

The order deadline is today, March 15th, and your order will be available for pick up on Wednesday March 21st during Greek school hours (5:30-8:00pm) or Sunday March 25th after the celebration. 

Youth Lenten Retreat
Met Youth Calgary will be hosting their 2nd Annual Youth Lenten Retreat on March 31st from 12:00pm-3:30pm in the Hellenic Community Hall. All youth are welcomed to attend. We will be making Palm Crosses, have a lesson about Holy Week, and then a scavenger hunt around the church. Lunch will be provided. We ask all participants to bring $2 and a food bank donation. 
Please RSVP to orthodoxmetyouth@gmail.com if your children are able to attend. 

Easter Baskets
We will be selling a few Easter baskets this year for our young members, starting on Palm Sunday, April 1st! Each basket is $50 and will contain an Easter Story book, an Easter activity book, a Labatha for Good Friday and Holy Saturday, plus a couple extra goodies! All proceeds to go towards our Church. Limited quantities available. 

ARK Seniors
Join the ARK Seniors on April 14th & 15th on their trip to Swift Current to Zwodoxou Phghs! The price is only $75 per person and includes the hotel, breakfast and dinner on Saturday night! For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact Vaggelis Couvaras at 403-852-7646. 

2018 Calgary European Film Festival
Preparations have begun in planning this years European Film Festival, and we are looking for a community volunteer to represent our community in the Film Festival. The volunteer will help with organizing and also, with the help of the other members of the CEFF, choose a film from Greece. Interested members can contact Beatrix Downton at beatrix.downton@gmail.com

Inquiry
A family from Lethbridge has reached out to our community to find out if there is anyone in their area who would be able to provide Greek lessons for their children. If you are or someone you know would be able to provide lessons, please contact the Greek School at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com

Study Abroad in Greece
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Greeks Abroad is offering a study program to 20 students between ages 18 and 27 of Greek Decent of either one parent or both. The program will last for 10 days and will take place between July 9th and 18th in Athens. If you are interested please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com  for an application and information.

Newsletter for the Diaspora
Click here to read the March newsletter from the Hellenic Parliament for Greeks abroad!


March 1st, 2018

Spiritual Retreat
This Saturday, March 3rdfollowing the Divine Liturgy, we are having a spiritual retreat open to everyone. The schedule for the day is as follows:
   -   10:30am-11:15am Brunch
   -   11:15am-12:30pm Presentation by His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios – On the theme “Whosever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven”.
   -   12:30pm-1:00pm Coffee break
   -   1:00pm-1:05pm Greetings by Sapfo Rassias, Philoptochos President of Cananda
   -   1:05pm-1:30pm Presentation by Rev. Fr. Peter Rougas on the theme – “Philoptochos and Missions; internal and external philanthropy”.
   -   1:30pm-2:00pm Question and answer session
   -   2:30pm Closing Prayer

Greek School
Volunteers are needed for the celebration on March 25th. Please see the attached document by clicking here for areas that require volunteers. Parents, this will count towards your mandatory 10 hours of volunteering for the year. Interested parents can email Fofo or Yanna atprincipal@calgaryhellenic.com.

Easter Baskets
We will be selling a few Easter baskets this year for our young members! They will be available in mid March. More details to come in the next newsletter! 

Multicultural Night at the Hitmen Game!
The Calgary Hitmen are hosting their 3rd Annual Multicultural Night on Sunday, March 4th at 4:00 p.m. Please join us for the game with your Greek flags and blue and white to showcase our community. Tickets are $10.00/each. For more information or to reserve your tickets, please contact dimfoto403@gmail.com

Giannis Sofillas - Live!
Our Community is hosting a concert featuring Giannis Sofillas on March 24th! This is an 18+ event with proceeds to benefit the Facility Maintenance Fund for our Community. For tickets, please contact Angela at 403-966-6930, Diane at 403-616-3426 or Katerina at 587-998-9322. We hope to see everyone there! 

2018 Calgary European Film Festival
Preparations have begun in planning this years European Film Festival, and we are looking for a community volunteer to represent our community in the Film Festival. The volunteer will help with organizing and also, with the help of the other members of the CEFF, choose a film from Greece. Interested members can contact 
Beatrix Downton at beatrix.downton@gmail.com

Inquiry
A family from Lethbridge has reached out to our community to find out if there is anyone in their area who would be able to provide Greek lessons for their children. If you are or someone you know would be able to provide lessons, please contact the Greek School at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com. 


February 16th, 2018

Multicultural Night at the Hitmen Game!
The Calgary Hitmen are hosting their 3rd Annual Multicultural Night on Sunday, March 4th at 4:00 p.m. Please join us for the game with your Greek flags and blue and white to showcase our community. Tickets are $10.00/each. For more information or to reserve your tickets, please contact dimfoto403@gmail.com

Greek School
Greek School will be welcoming parents and students to our parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, February 21st and Saturday, February 24th. Sign up sheets will be posted outside the classrooms by February 14th. 

As in the past session, we will be dismissing students an hour early in order to accommodate the conferences. We will be offering a Greek movie in the boardroom for those students that need to stay behind in order for parents to conference with teachers. 

Thank you to those who have approached us with kind support and constructive feedback. We value your input in moving forward together. Please let the teachers know if there are any pressing concerns prior to these conferences. A progress report will be sent home in April, prior to our final report in June.  

Philoptochos 
On Sunday, February 18th, Philoptochos will be selling Tiropites and Spanakopites after the Divine Liturgy for Tirinis. 

Sunday School
Upcoming Sunday school on February 18th. Happy Valentine's Day to all! Continue to be a light in people's lives by spreading kindness and love wherever you go!

Apokriatiko Party in Edmonton
Join the Hellenic Community in Edmonton this Saturday, February 17th for their annual party! Click here to find out more! 


February 2nd, 2018

2018 President's Message
Dear community members, 

I want to start by wishing all of you a Happy New Year. The community council met earlier this month and we are all looking forward to a productive year ahead. This year we welcomed three new council members, George Mylonas, Kathy Vlismas, and Kathy Marinakos. We would also like to welcome back to the council Nick Zannis and John Yiannitsos. During our first meeting of the year, we focused on the importance of transparency, community engagement and the future of our community. The executive for the 2018 term was elected and committees were put into place. To see a list of all council members, the executive, and committees please click here

As always, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you have questions or concerns. 

Thank you, 

Nick Vasilakos
President
Hellenic Community of Calgary 

Community Blood Drive
Thank you to all who have signed up for our first hosted blood drive in the Hellenic Community.  We still require more donors.  Please consider registering today for Monday February 5th, and bringing along a friend or family member to donate with you! God has given us all the ability to GIFT LIFE - with your blood donation, you can save someone's mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, child.  It is the greatest gift you can give someone. Please sign up today at blood.ca or 1-888-2-DONATE.

Philoptochos 
To honour the golden aged members of our community for their hard work and dedication, the Greek Ladies of Philoptochos will be hosting a Senior's Luncheon on Sunday, February 4th right after the Divine Liturgy. Seniors, ages 65 and up are free.  For those under 65, the price will be $10 a person. We hope to see you there!

Sunday School
Upcoming Sunday school dates are February 4th and February 18th. Happy Valentine's Day to all! Continue to be a light in people's lives by spreading kindness and love wherever you go!

10th Annual Poker Tournament
Thank you to all who attended our 10th Annual Poker Tournament and making it a huge success! A special thank you to the volunteers and donors - this event couldn't have happened without you! 

Stay tuned for our next community event on March 24th


January 16th, 2018

10th Annual Poker Tournament
Join us on Saturday, January 27th for our 10th Annual Poker Tournament! Proceeds from the night will go towards the Hellenic Community of Calgary and the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at the Peter Lougheed Centre. Tickets to this wonderful event are $250 (includes the tournament buy in, prime rib dinner and all drinks) or $50 (includes the prime rib dinner and all drinks). Doors open at 5PM and dinner service will begin at 5:30PM. Register before January 20th  by calling Gus at 403-998-3386 or Mitch at 403-862-9459. For sponsorship opportunities, please call Diane at 403-616-3426. Jackets and some purple attire requested.

Community Blood Drive 
Our community has teamed up with Blood Services to host our first Blood Drive on Monday, February 5th from 3pm-8pm. This clinic is open to anyone, so get your family, friends, and neighbours to sign up. Simply go to www.blood.ca to register today! 

Fun Casino Night

Mark your calendars - the Daughters of Penelope and Ahepa are hosting their Fun Casino on February 10th! For event details, cick here to visit their Facebook page. Tickets go fast, so be sure to get yours early by contacting Diane Polesello at 403-616-3426.

2018 Community Memberships
As a reminder, memberships run on a calendar basis so please be sure to renew your membership at the church office or online for 2018 to ensure your status remains active! Currently, we have no active student members. Parents of young adults aged 18-25 and attending a post secondary institution, please encourage them to pay their dues. Doing so as young adults will ensure that they too have a community for their future use. Our church and community can only continue to grow when we inspire, encourage and embrace our youth!

Greek School
We had a festive time at Greek School, right before Christmas! Our lovely teacher, Nancy Koutselas, prepared a traditional craft for our students. The traditional sailing boat the signifies the Greeks decorating the sailing boats in the harbour to welcome the sailors coming home during this season. Click here to see what the students made! Thank you to all the teachers for helping and participating!


January 2nd, 2018

Office Hours
Please note that regular office hours will resume on January 8th.

Greek School
The Greek 15 class has a new teacher - welcome Maria Brophy! Maria is originally from Crete and is now working on her Bachelor of Education. To our outgoing teacher Eirini Psaropoulou, the Community thanks you for your years of dedication to the Greek School program and to the students you worked with. 
Towards the end of January, we are offering a begginers-intermediate adult class with Nancy Koutselas, on Wednesday evenings. We are also offering a beginners adult class on Saturday mornings. For more information on either classes please contact Yanna or Fofo at principal@calgaryhellenic.com
We hope you had a festive season and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Philoptochos News
Happy New Year! Thank you to all who supported and attended the Philoptochos New Years Eve Celebration! Without your continued support, we would not be able to help as many people as we are able to. 

Sunday School
Our Sunday school classes for January are: January 7th & 21st.

Epiphany 2018
The Blessing of Homes for Epiphany will take place on January 5th, from 11AM to 9PM, and on January 6th, from 1PM to 9PM. If you would like to receive the blessings of Epiphany for 2018, please fill out the form by clicking here and sending it to Father Peter at Fr.Peter@shaw.ca.  

MET Youth 
Met Youth Calgary is having a soup and sandwich luncheon after church on Sunday January 7th. All proceeds will be going to the youth group and their upcoming events. Any youth interested in volunteering, please email orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com. We hope to see everyone there! 

10th Annual Poker Tournament
Join us on Saturday, January 27th for our 10th Annual Poker Tournament! Proceeds from the night will go towards the Hellenic Community of Calgary and the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at Peter Lougheed Centre. Tickets for this wonderful event are $250 (includes the tournament buy in, prime rib dinner and all drinks) or $50 (includes the prime rib dinner and all drinks). Doors open at 5PMand dinner service will begin at 5:30PM. Call Gus at 403-998-3386 or Mitch at 403-862-9459 for tickets before January 20th. For sponsorship opportunities, please call Diane at 403-616-3426. Jackets and some purple attire requested.

Fun Casino Night
Mark your calendars - the Daughters of Penelope and Ahepa are hosting their Fun Casino on Saturday, February 10th! For event details, cick here to visit their Facebook page. Tickets go fast, so be sure to get yours early by contacting Diane Polesello at 403-616-3426.

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