GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Non-profit Org.
500 West Hollis Street, Nashua, NH 03062-1314 U.S. POSTAGE PAID
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Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church
500 West Hollis St. Nashua, New Hampshire 03062
St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church Sponsorship Page –We thank our sponsors for their support!
500 West Hollis St. Nashua 03062 603-889-4000
REV. THOMAS CHININIS 603-672-8357
www. stphilipnh.org frtom@ stphilipnh.org office@ stphilipnh.org
Divine Liturgy 10AM
2011 PARISH COUNCIL parishcouncil@ stphilipnh.org
John Dagianis Jeff Basile
Nashua, New Hampshire
Cosmos Marandos William Polychronopoulos
PARISH OFFICE Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm
Father Tom is generally in the office Tuesday thru Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm
and always by appointment.
Parish Office Staff Cheryl Petren/Sophie Theoharis 889-4000
Custodian/Maintenance Mark Lavoie/David Lavoie 889-4000 of
Parish Nurse Ministry
Sunday School Director
889-4000 St. Philip
Choir Director Rebecca James 809-4003
Hellenic Dance Troupe
Maria Donati /Marisa Donati
Greek Orthodox Church
Irene Rassias Alton 673-2811
GOYA Adviser Marisa Donati 672-1914
Greek School Instructor George Kitsis 669-9041
Ladies Society AGAPE Iris Houdyshel 864-8130
AHEPA Don Lebrun 886-1725
Elpis Ladies Society Maria Donati 672-1914
Pan Macedonians Charles Paskaley 889-1368
Welcome Committee Matthew Matsis 424-2219
Outreach Committee Jamie Pappas 883-8770
Forever Young Father Tom 889-4000
Food Festival Chr. Jamie Pappas/Christy Houpis 889-4000
Newsletter Deadline-15th of each month: Please submit entries for this newsletter as early in
the month as possible but no later than the 15th. Email your articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles may also be faxed to the office at 603-889-3763 or dropped off during church office hours.
Sponsorship Page – We thank our sponsors for their support! Feast of Saint Basil and New Year
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The conclusion of one calendar year and the beginning of another is a time filled with reflection and anticipation. It
is a time when we look back over the past year and consider our challenges and joys, our highlights and struggles,
and our accomplishments as well as the tasks that are not completed. It is also a time when we look ahead to a new
year with a sense of anticipation, contemplating what may come, planning our activities, and hoping for health and
All of this reflection and anticipation is encouraged by a culture around us that celebrates the passing of the year
and of time without a deep spiritual connection to the events and commemorations that reflect genuine hope and
assurance. As Orthodox Christians we are blessed at this time of year to celebrate two beautiful and holy feasts of
the Church which are filled with both reflection and anticipation. Only a few days have passed since our celebra-
tion of the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity, a commemoration of the light of truth dispelling the darkness of sin and
death and a feast of joy in anticipation of God’s blessings.
In a few days we will celebrate the Feast of Theophany, another great occasion filled with light and grace. We will
commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan and the revelation of the Holy Trinity as Christ inaugu-
rated His earthly ministry. On this day we will reflect on the spiritual significance of this miraculous event, and we
will anticipate our continuous transformation in the journey of faith unto salvation.
Both of these feasts help us to put the passing of time and the beginning of the new year into a proper and spiritual
context. This is not simply a non-religious event marking the changing of a number or turning of the calen-
dar. When joined with our festal commemorations as Orthodox Christians, this beginning of a new year, this time
of reflection and anticipation is focused on our spiritual lives and on our ministry of prayer and service. In the
Feast of the Nativity we are presented with the One who became man for our salvation, and in the Feast of
Theophany we are enlightened by the witness of the One who sanctifies our lives with His presence. In His holy
birth we receive the gift that should be offered and proclaimed throughout the world, and in His baptism we see the
power of the Holy Spirit who also anoints us to share grace and truth through our lives.
Thus, we begin a new year with our hearts and minds filled with these celebrations and with the grace and calling
we share as the children of God. We begin a new year with opportunities for worship and service as we deepen our
communion with God and strengthen our witness to others. We begin a new year in the Lord with a commitment to
live each moment in the presence of Christ and to use each day to bring Him honor and glory. We begin a new year
Your Ad Here reflecting on the revelation of God’s love, on His forgiveness, on our journey, and we anticipate the blessings of
His power and grace in days to come.
It is also our tradition on this Feast of St. Basil and the inception of the New Year to honor a faithful and beautiful
ministry of our Holy Archdiocese, Saint Basil Academy. During this first month of the year we are led by our
Ladies Philoptochos Society in collecting offerings to assist in the witness and service of the staff and directors of
Saint Basils as they nurture and guide young lives with compassion and faith. This is a ministry of reflection and
anticipation. It is a reflection on over sixty-five years of dedicated service and on the numerous lives that have
found hope, love, and support at Saint Basils. It is also a ministry of anticipation. All children who come and
reside at Saint Basil Academy have a need for an environment that will give them guidance and encouragement and
develop their potential. For all of us, we can only anticipate the great and wondrous things that will be
accomplished in and through the lives of the children and youth who are blessed by this ministry.
On this New Year’s Day and the Feast of our Father and Teacher, Saint Basil the Great, I encourage you to give
generously to the work of Saint Basil Academy, and to offer your prayers for those who work diligently and
faithfully in the service of our youth and of God. May we also share in the joy of this season of light and life,
Your Ad Here expecting the great and abundant blessings of God in the coming year as we offer our worship and prayers and as
we serve one another and all people in the grace and power of Jesus Christ our Lord.
With paternal love in Christ,
Archbishop of America
Sponsorship Page – We thank our sponsors for their support!
Father Tom welcomes the opportunity to visit with you and bless your
home during the first weeks of the New Year. Please call the church office to
schedule a time for Fr. Tom to visit.
REUSE YOUR HOLY WATER CONTAINERS
Agiasmos Services (Blessing of the Waters) will be held on the Eve of
Epiphany, Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Epiphany, Thursday, Jan. 6.
If you have holy water remaining from the previous year either
consume it or pour it into your plants. You can then reuse your holy water
container. There will also be additional containers available.
PASTORAL VISIT BY METROPOLITAN METHODIOS
On Sunday, January 16, 2011, Metropolitan Methodios will join our parish for
worship. We are blessed to have him join us and lead us in worship. Orthros will QUALITY DRY CLEANING
begin at 9 am followed by Liturgy at 10 am. Due to his schedule and responsibilities in 3 Convenient Locations
November, he was unable to join us for his annual visit. We are honored that he will • 84 Canal St. Nashua 880-4002 Main Plant & Office
• 264 Main Dunstable Rd Nashua 880-6650
be with us in January. Please make plans to participate in worship during his visit and
• Rte. 130 Ash St. Hollis 465-7117
arrive in a timely manner.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3490 Nashua, NH 03061
From the Metropolis
As we celebrate the miracle of Christmas and the Light of Epiphany, and as we embark
upon the New Year 2011, we want to thank you for your love and support of our
Metropolis Ministries. Over the past 20 years, God has blessed thousands of young
people with the opportunity to grow in the Faith while building friendships that last a Nashua Eye Associates, a provider
lifetime through the Metropolis of Boston Camp Ministry. With the addition of the
new Retreat House, our Camp can now share this faith-building ministry with the adults of comprehensive eye care for the
of our Metropolis. We look forward to many years of fun and fellowship together! Greater Nashua community.
Winter Camp is just around the corner!
We hope that your camper-aged children/grandchildren will join us for either: 603-882-9800 www.nashuaeye.com
GOYA Winter Camp - February 18-21
Our 2nd annual Family Winter Camp - February 25-27
Check out our website for more information: www.m bcam p.org
Our Metropolis could not have realized the blessings of our camp programs at the Faith
and Heritage Center without your love and support over the past two decades. During
this season of gift-giving, please join us in giving a lasting gift that will both ensure the
expansion and strengthening of our ministries and continue our dream of reaching out
to our faithful of all ages. We invite all of our Metropolis family members to become
"Ministry Partners" in support of this vital ministry. Your $10 a month donation will
advance our ministry outreach by providing camper scholarships, and the resources to
establish new programs and initiatives. Please sign up at: www.boston.g oarch.org /
Sponsorship Page – We thank our sponsors for their support!
Parish Council Election Results
Congratulations are extended to Kostas Baryiames,
2011 Sponsorships Welcomed! Bill Polychronopoulos, and Jeff Basile on their election to the 2011
Become a 2011 Newsletter Sponsor by contacting Parish Council. Elections were held on Dec. 12th. They will assume
office once the election is ratified by the Metropolis. The remaining
Cheryl Petren at church office: 889-4000
two vacant seats will be filled in accordance with the Parish By-Laws.
or email: email@example.com
Business card $ 250 Stewardship 2011
Half page $ 500 We offer our appreciation to all who have offered their
Full page $1000 stewardship during 2010. We look toward the New Year for your
continued commitment and support during 2011. During December
-Sponsorships will run for 1 year information about 2011 Stewardship Commitments was mailed to the
(11 monthly issues, July/Aug combined) faithful of the parish. As reported, 2010 Stewardship is not as
vibrant as the community needs. Please prayerfully consider
increasing your commitment for 2011. We encourage the stewards
of the parish to make their contributions monthly. These monthly
contributions will help your budget and the Parish Budget.
Month of November
Salaries $10,041.00 Stewardship $ 7,253.00
Utilities 1,966.00 Candles & Trays 2,242.00
Other Expenses 6,259.00 Other Income 609.00
TOTAL $ 18,266.00 Total $10,104.00
YEAR TO DATE
Cumulative Income $ 156,554.00
Expenses $ 214,519.00
Shortfall/Increase $< 57,965.00 >
Thank you from the Outreach Committee to all who
donated to the Outreach Ministry to help 14 area
families enjoy a brighter Christmas !
Jamie Pappas, Tina Pappas, Effie Anthony, Joan Lavoie,
Diana Paskaley & Stephanie Norris.
SACRAMENTS AGAPE NEWS
BAPTISMS HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
Please Note: No General Meeting scheduled for January.
...are extended to Evangelos and Adriana Gioumbakis on the
baptism of their children, Ioannis and Katerina, on
...are extended to Michael Saucier and Kerry Conlin on the
baptism of their daughter, Bethanie Nicole, on December
On Dec. 14th, the AHEPA Chapter was visited by the Lodge for
the purpose of installing the current sessions officers.
The officers are as follows:
Attention High School Seniors ! President:Don LeBrun
THE FOLLOWING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE CHURCH OFFICE: V. Pres:Basil Papanicolaou
Ahepa Scholarships Secretary: Evan Kouchalakos
Bazdanes Memorial Scholarship Treasurer: Cos Marandos
Ladies Society Agape Scholarship Chaplain: Nick Kallan
Lazarus Dikos Memorial Scholarship Warden: Charles Paskaley
The District Governor, Jim Nicholas, presided over the cere-
FOR MORE INFORMATION , mony.
PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AT 603-889-4000 Brother Shannon Whitmore was initiated into the Order of
The Next meeting will be held on January 18 at 7:00pm at
AHEPA Scholarship Information the AHEPA Manor.
• AHEPA District #9: The deadline for the submission of the schol-
arship Application is April 15, 2011 and is open to High School sen-
iors who are a child or grandchild of an active member of the Order
of AHEPA or Daughters of Penelope.
• National AHEPA Scholarship applications are only available on
line by going to www.AHEPA.Org and clicking on the Education/
The Pan Macedonian Association
• Please note: Applicants can also apply on line for “The Journey to
Nashua Chapter #9
Greece Program” For more information, please contact wishes its members
pitals are not making the names of parishioners available to visiting clergy. and
Nicholas Kallan at 603-424-3925.
the Saint Philip Community
Attention College Students: a Happy and Healthy New Year!
If you would like to receive news from our parish, please send in your
new addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org!!
Parish Nurse Ministry By Katherine Richo
"To Your Health"
Healthy tidbits: Did you know that chronic dieting can be bad for
your health and is actually a predictor of future weight
gain? Lynda Murray, Registered Dietitian from Burlington, Iowa,
ST. PHILIP HELLENIC DANCE TROUPE
reports that the ten characteristics of people who have lost by Maria Donati
weight and kept it off are: Dance practice will be held on Sundays during coffee hour.
• They eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and small amounts of Please plan to attend practice for at least 45 minutes on the dates
lean proteins below: January 9th & 23rd,
• They eat breakfast-your body's metabolism is highest in the morning, so don't skip February 6th & 20th, March 6th & 20th,
April 3rd & 10th, May 1st & 8th
• They move throughout the day-exercise doesn't have to be continuous; every 10
This year's performances include but are not limited to:
**Greek Independence Day (date/time TBA)
• They keep records of their food intake/exercise.
**Hunt Community (date/time TBA)
• They limit TV/computer use to 2 hours/day. ** Food Fest (date/time TBA)
• They eat at least 3 fresh fruits/day-natural sugars boost brain power. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact
• They limit salt. Dance Instructor Maria Donati at 603-672-1914.
• They eat food in its most natural, unprocessed form.
• They have social support.
• They smell their food-may not be polite, but this starts the process of feeling full.
Try one or all of these tips toward a slimmer and healthier you for 2011.
SUNDAY SCHOOL Calendar By Bill Chouramanis
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Jan. 2 No Classes
Jan. 9 Classes
Blood Pressure Screenings will be held on the last Sunday of each
month after Liturgy and also on every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Jan. 16 Classes
The Wednesday sessions will allow more time for each parishioner's needs to Jan. 23 Classes
be met. Please use the side door entrance. Should it become necessary for the Jan. 30 Classes
Parish Nurse to cancel a session, a message will be left with the church For more info, contact Fr. Tom 889-4000
office. (email@example.com) or Bill Chouramanis at 672-2923.
Hospitals and HIPAA… don’t forget to call Fr. Tom!
Thanks to all who have contacted the office when their family mem- JOY and GOYA
bers have been in the hospital. Please continue to contact the office if a family If you have children GOYA (7th – 12th grades) or JOY (2nd – 6th grades) age,
member or friend has been admitted to the hospital so Father Tom can make please encourage them to join us. We always welcome new participants. For
a pastoral visit. Due to new interpretations of the HIPAA regulations, the hos- more information please contact the leaders listed on the first page.
pitals are not making the names of parishioners available to visiting clergy. • GOYA will be gathering for an activity following services on Sunday, Jan 9th.
Please make sure to contact the office. Better six calls about someone
than none. If you think about it, we can’t pray for the health and well being of • JOY will gather for an activity on Sunday, January 23rd.
our loved ones if we don’t know they are sick. Please watch the weekly bulletins and email for additional details of these
activities. If you are not on the email list, but would like to be, please speak
with Father Tom.
Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church 500 West Hollis Street 603-889-4000
Nashua NH 03062 603
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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Divine Liturgy 10am
Happy New Year!!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sunday before Epiphany Parish Council Mtg. 11am-1pm Holy Epiphany
BP Screening 11am John the Baptist
Orthros 9am 7pm Greek School classes Orthros 9am Orthros 9am
Divine Liturgy 10am Divine Liturgy 10am Divine Liturgy 10am
No Sunday School Eve of Epiphany 7pm
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Sunday after Epiphany 11am-1pm
BP Screening 11am
Orthros 9am Greek School classes
Divine Liturgy 10am
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
12th Sunday of Luke St. Athanasios 11am-1pm
BP Screening 11am
Orthros 9am Orthros 9am Greek School classes
Divine Liturgy 10am Divine Liturgy 10am
Pastoral visit AHEPA Mtg @ Manor
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Blind Man 11am-1pm
BP Screening 11am District Family
Orthros 9am Greek School classes Retreat
Divine Liturgy 10am
Joy Activity 9:30am-2pm
30 31 !! Book Club
Orthros 9am ew starting in February.
N Please watch Sunday Bulletin for
Divine Liturgy 10am
BP Screening more details!!