Dear Faithful of St. Demetrios,
Glory to God!
O Wednesday, Nov. 7th, we took another significant advancement in our building plans with the approval of our site plan by the Perth Amboy Planning Committee.
Lead by our Vice Chair Kenneth J. Doukas, along with our lawyers from the Greenbaum firm, our wonderful engineer Sean Delaney and talented architect Dave Minno, we received approval by a vote of 5-1.
We thank Ken Doukas, members of Philotimo Board, St. Demetrios members and of course the Planning Board officials.
We now move on to have our President Marina Corodemus working with the various State of New Jersey agencies for approval.
Keep praying for our efforts advancing our cause all in His Name.
Father George conducted a ceremony to honor our St. Demetrios Church Choir on Sunday, October 28th. Each choir member was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and gift to demonstrate our gratitude for their service every Sunday, under the direction of Irene Pakis. They add a deeper spiritual meaning to our Divine Liturgy through their melodious voices and hymns. May they all continue to serve our Lord through their talents and commitment to our church for many years to come.
Parishioners of all ages enjoyed our Annual Church Dance. Father George opened the event with a special blessing and President Marina welcomed everyone. A bountiful buffet menu that was entirely donated fulfilled everyone’s appetites. Music was provided by the Stavros Theodorou Greek Band that inspired dancing and singing-along for hours on end. Several donated Gift Baskets were raffled to the delight of the winners. President, Marina Corodemus, presented a 360° video of the interior and exterior of our Church property. It was a wonderful, well-attended event that provided time to relax and enjoy each other’s company in a social atmosphere. There were numerous requests to do this more often!
Our St. Demetrios community celebrated the Feast Day of St. Demetrios with a Vesperal service on Thursday, October 25th followed by Divine Liturgy on Friday, October 26th. Chronia Polla!
Relive our Joy with the rebirth of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church for the next 100 years.
Come revisit our glorious 100th anniversary celebration celebrated in prayer and song. Come and see our church historically restored and enhanced by the resplendent iconography of Panagiotis and Dimitri Christodoulou.
The Arcadian Chorale – St. Demetrios 100th Anniversary Concert
The Arcadian Chorale, under the direction of Marina Alexander, performs a musical tribute to The Great Martyr Demetrios in celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
St. Demetrios 100th Anniversary – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos. Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choir Musicians performs the premiere of the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom in the Fourth Plagal Mode by Anna Gallos, conducted by Nicholas Kyrus and accompanied by Theodora Adzharova.
Memorial Tributes to Tom & Sylvia Kress
President Marina Corodemus addressed parishioners in regard to the One-Year Memorial for Sylvia Kress who is considered among the great people of our Church, a Mother of our Church. She came to Perth Amboy after marrying Tom Kress and, together, they became Ambassadors of our Church.
In her bequest, Sylvia was extraordinarily generous to the Church she and Tom loved so dearly.
Philoptochos President, Stella Wacker, told stories of Sylvia’s devotion to Philoptochos which, at times, may have seemed overwhelming but was always well-intended through her deep caring and commitment to accomplishing her goals.
Sylvia’s nephew, Simon Bogiages, spoke of Tom and Sylvia’s most caring and good-hearted nature. The Church and its parishioners became their family; their children, which is why they were so generous on many levels. They were available to the Church 24/7; all times of the day. He, sincerely, thanked everyone on behalf the Kress family for recognizing their beloved aunt and uncle today.