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Community Dinner

  St. Maria of Paris Community Outreach Ministry       “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”    Matthew 25:35   It has been almost two years since the initial seeds were planted for organizing a free dinner for those in need in our community.  Through the support of our parish, this vision has now become a reality and we are proud to report on the successful delivery of the first 12 weeks of community dinner offerings.   The St. Maria of Paris Community Dinner is an activity of the St. Maria of Paris Outreach Ministry.  The mission of the ministry is to provide much needed physical and spiritual nourishment to low-income men, women and children of the Norfolk area. Inspired by St. Maria of Paris (Saint Maria Skobtsova), the ministry caters to anyone in need without judgment or discrimination.   The Community Dinner is a weekly event during which a free meal is prepared by volunteer parishioners and delivered in our Hellenic Center to anyone who wishes to attend.   Initially advertised through local non-profit outreach ministries and eventually through word-of-mouth, attendance has grown from 20 guests (and 35 portions served) to over 60 guests (and over 80 portions served) for a total of 414 guests (and 567 portions served).  The dinner always begins with a prayer, providing an opportunity to share our faith with our guests.  Emphasizing the mission of the ministry as well as the hospitality associated with our Greek heritage, guests do not have to wait in line to get food, instead are seated and served by volunteer parishioners, something that has not gone unnoticed by guests.  Another thing that has not gone unnoticed is the welcoming and nurturing atmosphere created by our volunteer greeters, servers and cooks as well as the superb quality of the meals, again courtesy of our heritage.  The age of community dinner guests varies from children to elderly.  They all appreciate the physical nourishment but a lot seem to appreciate the hospitality and opportunity to socialize with each other in an environment that would otherwise be out of reach.   To manage the workload associated with the weekly preparation and delivery of the dinner, volunteers are organized in teams, each team organizing a meal once every few months.  This provides a sustainable level of effort for everyone involved.  The outpouring of support and volunteers is a great testament to the goodwill, generosity and energy of our parish.  We hope and pray that everyone in the parish can participate in this ministry, either by offering time or much needed resources to sustain the ministry.   For information regarding the Community Dinner or offers to volunteer time or resources, please call any of the following:   Yiannis Papelis, Chair: 757-440-0500 Cindy Dragas, Treasurer: 757-440-0500 Debbie Woodell, Recording Secretary: 757-440-0500 Antonios Leondaridis, Pantry Manager: 757-440-0500...

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Adult Religious Education

Learning about the Orthodox faith is a life-long pursuit.   Being well grounded in our Orthodox faith is important as we face the challenges of life:  our careers, marriage, raising children, welcoming grandchildren, confronting health issues, loss of loved ones and our own mortality.  Our Orthodox Tradition and the writings of the Church Fathers will guide and sustain us. Knowledge of the Gospel and Orthodox Tradition will allow our faith to come alive within us and flourish in our souls and hearts.  Come and join us!   We meet most Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the fall and spring.  Our next session will begin on Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 in the Bible Study room. The topic for the 2013 – 2014 year will be “The History of Ancient Christianity from the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles till to 1054, the time of the Great Schism.”  The Annunciation Bookstore does not carry this book at this time. You should also bring a Bible.   Past topics have included: The Gospel of John St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans Explanation of the Divine Liturgy Analysis of the Resurrectional Gospels The Sermon on the Mount with a focus on The Beatitudes   Adult Religious Education is led by Father George Bessinas.  Everyone is invited to attend these enlightening sessions.  The atmosphere is informal and encourages participation from everyone who attends.  Feel free to bring a family member or friend.  Join us for coffee, dessert on the first Tuesday of each month....

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The Annunciation Bookstore

Over the years, the Annunciation Bookstore has been committed to making our Orthodox faith accessible through books, icons, music and media. Our Bookstore carries an inventory that many feel rivals that of the seminary bookstores, offering a large selection of icons and the capability to order many others that might not be stocked on an everyday basis. Icon shrines, votives (hanging & free standing), jewelry, censers, incense and charcoal, greeting cards (name-day, all occasion and seasonal) are also available. A large quantity of books are also on hand with subjects ranging from catechetic writings, ecumenism, liturgy, service books, theology, spirituality, family topics, children’s books and Bibles, saints, Tradition, tradition, Bibles and Bible study aids and more.Our Bookstore is located in the Social Hall of our main church area. We are open Sundays after Divine Liturgy until the crowd thins between 12:30 & 1 pm and weekdays by...

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Cathedral Library

Our library operates as our cathedral’s research center supporting both ecumenical and cultural study. This center is a true tool to those who attend bible study, greek school, sunday school, and is open to the entire Hampton Roads community for those who want a better understanding of the richness of the Orthodox Faith. LIBRARY HOURS: Every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and every second and third Sunday after the Divine Liturgy. However, these hours are subject to change. We strive to constantly update our library with quality Orthodox literature. Monetary memorial donations are always welcomed and appreciated. Our Annunciation Library has numerous books on the shelves for your holiday research or personal reading. Among the titles are: The Bible, The Orthodox Study Bible, Jesus of Nazareth, The Life and Times of Jesus, The Spirituality of Imperfection, All the Teachings of Jesus, All the Prayers of the Bible, Christ in the Psalms, Christ: The Conqueror of Hell, The Winter Pascha, The Great I Came’s of Jesus and many more. Contact Person: Presbytera Eleni Rogakos Phone: (757)...

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Choir and Chanters

The purpose of the choir & psalti (chanters) is to provide the musical component of our services, representing the laity and complementing the clergy. Each year, on the first Sunday in October, parishes across the Archdiocese of America celebrate NATIONAL CHURCH MUSIC SUNDAY. His Eminence, Archbishop Iakovos inaugurated this event in 1982, and has been re-affirmed by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America. NATIONAL CHURCH MUSIC SUNDAY is a day we set aside particularly to honor the contributions of local choir and psalti members who serve their church through the hymnology of our Orthodox Church. Choir The choir provides the musical component of our services, representing the voices of the people. The Greek term “horos” is today used for both the Byzantine and tetraphonic choirs within the Greek Orthodox Church. Our adult choir is comprised of members of our congregation 13 years and older singing in four-part harmony. Our choir attends most all services including Sunday services, Lenten and special feastdays. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. If you are interesete in joining the choir, please contact the Church Office. Psalti The Psalti (Chanter or Reader) is a lay person who assists the priest by chanting responses and hymns in the services or sacraments of the church.  The Psalti is blessed by the Metropolitan with special prayers in a special...

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Church Ministries

The members of our Annunciation Cathedral are called to witness to those within and those outside the community. If we believe that in Orthodoxy we have the fullness of the Truth, then we have the great responsibility to share this truth with all people. When Christ said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” he commissioned us to transform our parish into an agency of Christian outreach. Our culture offers us great opportunities to conduct successful parish renewal, outreach and evangelism. It is time for a new beginning and a renewed effort to inspire creativity and revival in Orthodox Christianity in the United States. It is time for our beacon to shine, shine before all people regaining the missionary model that established our Church. We must let our light so shine – because unless people see in us the light and the love of Christ, they will not believe. Adult Religious Education Annunciation Bookstore Cathedral Library Choir and Chanters Cultural Committee Golden Years Club Hellenic Woman’s Club The Philoptochos Society Young Adult League Adult Green School Adult Religious Education Youth Ministries Religious Education Greek School H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. G.O.Y.A. Altar Boys Greek Dancers Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)...

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Cultural Committee

The Annunciation Cathedral Cultural Committee works to identify, research, propose, produce and evaluate programs appropriate to the educational, social, and recreational concerns of our Hellenic community. We believe that there is a continuity of the Greek language, literature, and arts from antiquity to the present, and that the values of ARETE (a striving for excellence); SOPHIA (the wisdom of Greek culture); and TECHNE (the expression of one’s aesthetic sensibility); are cornerstones of Greek culture. All the programs and events of our committee are designed to reflect these values. They also reveal the strong presence of Greek culture in Western civilization. One of the events that we participate in and are most proud of is the annual Norfolk N.A.T.O. Festival. The mission of the Cultural Committee Book Club is to promote interest, discussion and fellowship through the reading of books which are culturally relevant to the Hellenic community or which are of special interest to our participants. The Book Club is open to the public and does not require membership.   Contact Person: Jane Williams Phone: (757)...

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Golden Years Club

The Golden Years Club was organized in the 1970’s with the support of the Hellenic Woman’s Club and Fr. Charles Goumenis. Senior Orthodox Christians are welcomed to share in fellowship and friendships every Tuesday morning. They share stimulating conversation with programs and parties of every conceivable nature. In addition, out of town trips are planned. Through the years, our senior women have created handcrafted items that they sell at our festival. Of all of the Annunciation Family, this group merits this time to be together with friends they have known all their lives and to share the love, joy, memories and at times sadness that they have experienced over the years together. Contact Person: Virginia Elliot Phone: (757)...

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Hellenic Woman’s Club

As members of the Hellenic Women’s Club, we support philanthropic, scholastic and charitable objectives, purposes and obligations of our community. Giving assistance to the poor, sick, widowed, and orphans of families of Greek-American decent of both sexes, and if possible, of other nationalities of Greek Orthodox Faith. We establish scholarships, prizes, and awards for needy and meritorious students of Greek birth, or Greek decent, or Greek Orthodox faith. Voluntarily, we offer assistance and support to the Church and its schools. Our Organization at Pascha “Easter” dyes the Red Pascha eggs for the Church. We hold two bake sales one in the springtime and one during the Christmas Holiday, with proceeds supporting the Building Fund and Community-Related Projects. Our Feast Day, Tis Zoodochos Peghi, ” The Feast of the Life-Giving Font”, falls on the Friday after Easter and celebrated by our members at the Cathedral and the giving of the Artoklasia, “the Blessing of the Five Loaves, for that day’s service.  2016 HWC Scholarship: Applications are due to the office on or before April 7, 2016 Contact Person(s): Elizabeth Woods, President Phone: (757)...

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Philoptochos Society

The Philoptochos Society, meaning, “Friends of the Poor”, is the largest Christian charitable women’s organization in the world. Founded in 1931 by then Archbishop Athenagoras; today, Philoptochos chapters are located in every Greek Orthodox parish in the United States. In 1962, our local chapter was founded. The Philoptochos Society is the only women’s philanthropic society recognized by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Our Goals are to aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, and the victims of disasters. To undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and by promoting the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars, and other educational resources. We preserve and perpetuate our Orthodox Christian concepts, and through them, we promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worships, usage and customs, in unison with the Parish Priest and the Parish Council. Locally we support many organizations such as: UNICEF, Cardiac Fund, Cancer Fund, Joy Fund, Samaritan House, Ronald MacDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Union Mission, Support a Mission Priest, Project Life Saver, Peace Corp, Holy Cross/Hellenic College, Seaman’s House, Judio Christian Outreach, Orthodox Christian Mission Center, St. Basil Academy in Garrison, New York, Tidewater Food Bank, Youth Challenge, and Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughter. Philoptochos Society Application 2016   Contact Person(s): Joanna Goumenis Phone: (757)...

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Young Adult League (Y.A.L.)

The Young Adult Ministry Prayer Lord, as we struggle for meaning and purpose in life, guide us with Your helping hand.  Teach us to be aware of God’s abiding love, and stir our concern for our fellow man.  We commit to You our lives in the spirit of dedication and obedience so that we may e spiritually renewed through the teaching of our Faith and the guidance of the Greek Orthodox Church.  For you are the God that loves mankind and to you we ascribe glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen It is the purpose of the Annunciation Cathedral’s Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (YAL) Ministry to lead all persons to the fullness of the Faith and Likeness of God, through the example of it’s patron saint, St. Stephen the Protomartyr. Consequently, young adults must be integrated into the active life of the Orthodox Church on all levels; Parish, Diocesan, and Archdiocesan; dedicated to serving the Church, it’s missions and ministries. Our YAL creates a setting where Young Adults grow spiritually through experiencing and living the four characteristics which symbolize our faith. Namely, Worship (Liturgia), Witness (Martyria), Service (Diakonia), and Fellowship (Koinonia). Using these four characteristics, we will live a balanced Orthodox Christian life, growing in His likeness. Contact Person(s): Aliki Pantas Email: hamptonroadsyal@gmail.com Phone: (757)...

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Youth Ministries

Cathedral Youth Programs Our mission is to lead our youth into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith by developing a relationship with Christ and His Saints. By becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our youth will be equipped with the tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them through life. Youth Ministry Handbook SUMMER YOUTH CAMP The Annunciation Cathedral offers an annual summer youth camp for children who are rising 1st graders through graduating 12th graders.  Summer camp includes: Bible study, games, sports, ponies, arts & crafts, lunch and snacks, special guest speakers, fellowship and much more!  The camp hours are from 9 am – 3 pm, Monday – Friday. This year the camp will take place on June 26-June 30.  TO REGISTER: 2017 registration + medical Mail completed forms (registration & medical) along with your check payable to: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral c/o Youth Day Camp 7220 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505 For more information, please contact Linda Meares at (757) 424-9662 or email agocyouthcamp@gmail.com. Our Youth Camp is run solely by volunteers.  And we can always use extra help!  If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity or just want to find out more about what would be involved to volunteer, please contact Linda Meares at 424-9662 or email the Youth Camp team at agocyouthcamp@gmail.com  We truly appreciate ANY amount of time you can give! Would you ever leave for school without brushing your teeth or putting on shoes? Never! In the same way, we can begin to see prayer as an essential part of our day, for the benefits are greater than fresh breath or comfortable feet! Start small, with an icon of Christ and just five minutes, but strive for consistency. The goal is to remember, thank, and glorify God each and every day by coming to meet Him face to face. By doing this, we grow to rely on Christ and He becomes the center of our lives. Remember, when we pray, we open the communication between us and God in a very personal way. There’s no one who knows us better than our Lord. He is with us each step of the way, and He knows exactly what we need. In the Orthodox Church, we learn how to pray from the Saints who are illumined by God and who share in His glory. When we use their prayers that were written and passed on to us, we become like them and follow them into union with God. Certainly, we can also speak from the heart, but to rely on the words of the Saints for help is the most accurate way of reaching our Lord – for not every ship that sets sails reaches it’s destination. Click here to read The Jesus...

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