Parish News

Independence Day at the Greek School of Perth Amboy

Commemorative photo with students and community members. In the lower row to the left are distinguished, Spyros Kalambakas, Judge Marina Corodemus (parish council president), Wilda Diaz (mayor of Perth Amboy), Dimitrios Kakadelis, Alexandra Velmahou (Greek teacher), Konstantinos Kakadelis. Photo: Ag. Dimitriou.

PERTH AMBOY. On Sunday, March 25th, the community and Greek School of St. Demetrios, honored Greek Independence Day in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

The pupils performed poems, sang and danced, offering joy, emotion and pride to the packed event hall.

Judge Marina Corodemus, parish council president, congratulated students who, as she stressed, continue to celebrate the brilliant tradition and history of the homeland.

The Greek teacher, Alexandra Velmahou, wished many years to the Greeks abroad for the double celebration of Hellenism and Orthodoxy and good progress in all Greek schools.

Perth Aboy mayor, Wilda Diaz, attended the event and praised the work and contribution of Hellenism.

“We feel very proud,” she said, “for our fellow citizens, the Greeks who live and work in our city. What they have offered for more than a century is invaluable.

I support St. Demetrios with all my strength as well as their future plans to expand to the surrounding area. ”

 March 27, 2018 – Ethnikos Kyrie

Γιορτή Ανεξαρτησίας στο Ελληνικό Σχολείο Περθ Αμπόι

Αναμνηστική φωτογραφία με τους μαθητές και τα μέλη της κοινότητας. Στην κάτω σειρά από αριστερά διακρίνονται, Σπύρος Καλαμπάκας, δικαστής Μαρίνα Κοροδήμου, πρόεδρος εκκλησιαστικού συμβουλίου, Wilda Diaz, δήμαρχος Περθ Αμπόι, Δημήτριος Κακαδέλης, Αλεξάνδρα Βελμάχου, δασκάλα Ελληνικών, Κωνσταντίνος Κακαδέλης. Φωτογραφία: Σχολείο Αγ. Δημητρίου

ΠΕΡΘ ΑΜΠΟΪ. Την επέτειο της Ανεξαρτησίας τίμησε την Κυριακή 25 Μαρτίου το Ελληνικό Σχολείο της κοινότητας του Αγ. Δημητρίου στο Περθ Αμπόι Νέας Ιερσέης.

Οι μαθητές απήγγειλαν ποιήματα, τραγούδησαν και χόρεψαν προσφέροντας χαρά, συγκίνηση και υπερηφάνεια στην κατάμεστη αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων.

Η δικαστής Μαρίνα Κοροδήμου, πρόεδρος του εκκλησιαστικού συμβουλίου, συνεχάρη τους μαθητές οι οποίοι, όπως τόνισε, συνεχίζουν επάξια την λαμπρή παράδοση και ιστορία της πατρίδας.

Η δασκάλα των Ελληνικών, Αλεξάνδρα Βελμάχου, ευχήθηκε χρόνια πολλά στην Ομογένεια για την διπλή γιορτή του Ελληνισμού και της Ορθοδοξίας και καλή πρόοδο σε όλα τα Ελληνικά σχολεία.

Η δήμαρχος του Περθ Αμπόι, Wilda Diaz, που παρακολούθησε την εκδήλωση εξήρε το έργο και την προσφορά του Ελληνισμού.

“Νιώθουμε πολύ υπερήφανοι” τόνισε, “για τους συμπολίτες μας τους Ελληνες που ζουν και εργάζονται  στην πόλη μας. Η προσφορά τους για πάνω από έναν αιώνα είναι ανεκτίμητη.

Στηρίζω με όλες μου τις δυνάμεις την εκκλησία του Αγ. Δημητρίου όσο και τα μελλοντικά τους σχέδια για την επέκταση στο γύρω χώρο.”

Article on St. Demetrios in Ethnikos Kyrie

On the left, the community hierarch, Stavros Tsapatsaris, with the members: Lambros Simatos and Stamatis Souravlas. On the right, Mary Simatou, Eleni Souravla, Argyro Achladianaki. Photo: National Herald. Michalis Kakias.

On Friday, March 9th, the third meeting of the Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos was held at St. Demetrios in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Father Petros Souritzidis, who performed the service, due to the absence of Fr. George Parsenios, wished to the Greeks Abroad, through the “National Herald”, a good rest of the Forty, a good and bright Easter, with the Resurrection of the Lord illuminating souls of all.

Judge Marina Corodemus, president of the parish council, pointed out that March has three very important celebrations for all Hellenism. “First,” she said, “we keep the great fast that prepares us spiritually and for Holy Easter. Secondly, we celebrate the Annunciation of the Virgin, the joyous news of Christianity, the imminent birth of Jesus Christ. Thirdly, we honor the Revolution of 1821 and the liberation of Greece from the Turkish yoke.”

The protopsaltes of the church, Stavros Tsapatsaris, wished to the readers and co-workers of the newspaper health, joy and spiritual peace.

Lambros Simatos, a member of the community for 40 years, spoke about the history of the church of St. Dimitriou, who, as he said, has been doing a very important spiritual, social and charitable work for 101 years.

Stamatis Souravlas, a member of the community for many decades, has invited the Hellenes to visit the church to admire the recent exceptional hagiography of the temple.

Finally, Argyro Achladianakis, who serves the church for 45 years in all programs, Greek School, Philoptochos, Choir, Parents’ Association, Youth Departments, expressed her love and gratitude for all that the community has provided. “I grew up here,” she said, “my two boys, Nicholas and Constantine, and I am very happy and proud of the Greek Orthodox values ​​and ideals that have been taught.”

GOYANS & Sights and Sounds

GOYANs at Sights & Sounds

On Saturday, March 3rd, our GOYANs participated in our Metropolis-wide 2018 Sights & Sounds in Westfield, NJ. They performed a group skit, Greek danced, performed individually and submitted amazing pieces of art. On Sunday, March 4th, they not only sponsored a fantastic Spaghetti lunch but displayed to our parish all of their Sights & Sounds and performances. Congratulations to all of our GOYANs and their parents. A special thank you to our wonderful advisors and Sights & Sounds coaches, Nick & Cindy Giannakopoulos, Demetra Wagner, George Kane, Callie Vosinos and our dance coaches George and Despina Markos.

GOYANs performing at St. Demetrios’ Annual GOYA Spaghetti lunch.

GOYANs Chant Compline Service of Lent

St. Demetrios held it’s first Compline Service of Great Lent on Monday, February 19th. Our GOYANs accompanied Fr. George in chanting the beautiful hymns. They practiced and prepared for several weeks prior to the service. The service was followed by a Lenten meal and fellowship. A big thank you to all of our GOYANs for their hard work and commitment and to the many parishioners who attended and contributed to the wonderful meal.