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The Youth and the young adults were extremely active during the past weeks. The Agape group visited Schneider’s Children’s Hospital and they have also planned to cook for Ronald McDonald House. They are donating time, talent and treasure for their friends, the kind and inspiring children, who are spending these most sacred days in medical facilities.

Our hearts and prayers go out to them. Philoptochos had a Winter Gala event, honoring Diane Calimopulos and celebrating the worthy and admirable efforts of the organization to support the poor and the ailing. Currently, Philoptochos is also assisting with the decoration of the Epitaphios for Good Friday and selling Easter candles and sweets for Pascha. March was dedicated to offering Lenten breakfasts for the congregation after Church and promoting the cause of the sisterhood.

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The Church School held its annual Oratorical Festival, workshops and weekly lessons that all inspire and promote our faith to the younger generation. Many more activities are included in the Church School calendar for Holy Week and until graduation. The Golden Years meet regularly and share fellowship and delicacies listening to the jokes of Father Nikiforos (always after the serious discussions). These days, they are assisting with the Church beautification and decorations. The Little Angels had a visit to the Circus with over 40 participants of the group in attendance. They are currently assisting the Greek School with the fundraiser for a much needed playground, which will spread smiles and cheer amongst our younger Parishioners (and some peace and quiet to the parents when they enjoy their coffee after the Sunday services).

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The Greek School had a wonderful Independence Day celebration, a festive Apokriatiko Glenti and many great projects to make Greek language and culture learning fun and enjoyable. Coming up will be events like the Lukumi Book series presentation in our Parish, a Kids’ Fashion Show etc. Stay tuned! JOY had a re-enactment of ancient Greek Olympics and Games on the occasion of celebrating Greek Pride during the month of March. Memorial weekend is the time when JOY and GOYA participate in the Archdiocesan Olympics representing Saint Demetrios and giving pride and honor to all of us. GOYA had a wonderful Lenten retreat, many volleyball and basketball games and arguably the most enthusiastic presence in our Annual Parade. The Lenten retreat was marked with great success, as the youth talked with Father Nikiforos and shared fellowship and fun. The Young Adults (YAL) have attended Bible Studies all year long (Fridays at 8 pm) and they were now rewarded with a Greek Music Night on the last Friday before Lent (Elias Makrinos and his friends provided the live music entertainment). It was an unforgettable evening with lots of dancing, great home-made food and some spirits… The next similar event will be the Paschalino (Sunday, April 22nd, after the service), when roasted Lamb and live Greek music will bring the Greek Village Easter celebrations in the heart of Merrick. Saturday, May 12 is the Pins for Pauly Bowlathon (10 a.m.). Bowling, live music and food will be offered as a thanks to all the kind souls, who never forget the children with leukemia and their families. Our Annual Festival is on June 7-10 and 15-17 (Father’s Day Weekend). Please, support our raffle, our Festival and our Church. Volunteers and donors are needed to make our Festival a success. There are many other events that the Church is organizing for our spiritual nourishment, our edification, our fellowship and for charitable purposes. When we come in unity, we become a Community!