May 17, 2021

*The community office will be closed next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (May 24th-26th) but will be open on Thursday and Friday, May 27th & 28th

Sunday School
Christ has Arisen! Ο Χριστός αναστήθ
ηκε!
Kalo Pascha - Kαλό Πάσχα to all. Join us for our final online class of the year on May 30th at 12-12:30 pmTo enroll your childrenclick here.

Ahepa & Daughters of Penelope Scholarships
Calling all high school & university students! Please visit www.dopcalgary.com/scholarships to view and apply for the different scholarships available. 

Maids of Athena - Fundraiser
The Maids of Athena are having a Bake Sale on June 20th. and the last day to pre-order is this Sunday, May 23rd. Click here to submit your orders:
 MOA Bake Sale Order Form. Proceeds will be donated to "Made by Momma'', an organization that helps mothers facing situations of adversity by providing meals, baby essentials, supportive in-home visitors and other much needed services. We have the following for sale: Krinos (frozen packages): spanakopites, tiropites, bougatsa. Home baked: Koulouria (nistisima), Rice Krispie squares, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, etc.

2021 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship
The EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship seeks to foster links between Europeans and Canadians and to raise awareness of the European Union among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists. Since 2001, three candidates have been selected every year to participate in a week-long study tour to experience the EU institutions, the Canadian Mission to the EU, and media outlets in Brussels. Winners will also attend the daily European Commission press briefing. For more information on eligibility, please click here. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021. 

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here
Parishioners can contact a funeral home of their choice first. Please contact Fr. Demetrios Polychroniades at either (403) 970-5548 or (587) 353-6112 while Fr. Peter Rougas is on leave. 


Changes Effective Immediately - May 5, 2021

Dear members, 

Given the new restrictions set forth by the Alberta Government, all Church services will be live stream only, effective immediately . You can watch services on our Youtube Channel St. Demetrios Calgary.  

Our Greek School will also be moving fully online starting Saturday. Detailed information will be sent to our families directly from our Greek School principal.

Sent on behalf of the community council.  


May 4, 2021

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

AHEPA/DOP Greek School Awards 
The AHEPA Family has for over 50 years presented awards to students in the Greek School. You are very aware that restrictions last year prohibited us from making these presentations during the Greek School Award ceremony that was cancelled. We are communicating with the Greek School Principal and administration to determine the best way to acknowledge the students for this year and last year. Please have patience because protocols change daily and we are trying to be as safe as possible for all involved. We are very proud of our support of the Greek School and of the students who have worked to learn a second language. 

Vasilia Kachmarski
Greek School Committee
AHEPA Family

Ahepa & Daughters of Penelope Scholarships
Calling all high school & university students! Please visit www.dopcalgary.com/scholarships to view and apply for the different scholarships available. 

Maids of Athena - Fundraiser
The Maids of Athena are having a Bake Sale on June 20th. Pre-Orders for the Sale can be made through this
 MOA Bake Sale Order Form and will close May 23rd. Proceeds will be donated to "Made by Momma'', an organization that helps mothers facing situations of adversity by providing meals, baby essentials, supportive in-home visitors and other much needed services. We have the following for sale: Krinos (frozen packages): spanakopites, tiropites, bougatsa. Home baked: Koulouria (nistisima), Rice Krispie squares, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, etc. The pick up date will be on SUNDAY, JUNE 20th at the church.

Greek School
We would like to congratulate our students, Gerasimos Karras and Theodora Girgulis for successfully participating in the Independence Day Challenge, held by the Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada. Gerasimos received the 1st place and Theodora the 3rd in the 13-17 years old age group. We are so proud for all our students who took the time and submitted their essay. 

Niata
Thank you to all that attended our Niata Get Together over Zoom! It was a great turnout and so nice to see so many Niata dancers again. We'll definitely be hosting another get together so that we can all touch base and talk about our love of Greek dance. Niata would like to wish everyone Xristos Anesti!

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here

Click here to view this newsletter in Greek.


April 15, 2021

Palm Sunday TO-GO Lunch
The community will be selling a salmon lunch for Palm Sunday. All lunches will include salmon, rice and salad, and be sold for $15 per plate. All orders must be pre-purchased and the deadline to place an order will be April 22nd. Orders can me made online by clicking here or by contacting Penelope at the office either by phone (403-246-4553 ext 5) or email (admin@calgaryhellenic.com).  

Labathes & Easter Books for Sale!  
As Easter approaches, we are selling large ($20) and medium ($15) size labathes for girls and boys. We also have a few children's easter books and activity books as well the Holy Week Liturgy book (in English and Greek). They can be purchased online by clicking here and picked up during any service. 

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here


AGM Update - April 9, 2021

Dear members,

In keeping with typical timing, Council had planned for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be scheduled for mid April; as we all know, this year continues to be anything but typical. Ongoing and tightening COVID restrictions as well as unpredictability and ever changing demands on the time of the Council volunteers has resulted in an adjustment to the scheduled timing. 

Our goal is to ensure the year-end financial documentation for 2020 will be sent to all members by the end of April and for the AGM to be scheduled at a time when restrictions will permit the indoor gathering at our Community Hall. 

We thank you for your patience and support.

-- 

Σύμφωνα με το τυπικό χρονοδιάγραμμα, το Συμβούλιο είχε προγραμματίσει να γίνει η Ετήσια Γενική Συνέλευση στα μέσα Απριλίου. Οπως όλοι γνωρίζουμε, φέτος συνεχίζει να μην είναι μια τυπική χρονιά. Οι συνεχιζόμενοι περιορισμοί του COVID, καθώς και οι συνεχώς μεταβαλλόμενες απαιτήσεις κατά την ώρα των εθελοντών του Συμβουλίου, οδήγησαν σε προσαρμογή του προγραμματισμένου ΑGM. 

Στόχος μας είναι να ετοιμάσουμε το οικονομικό απολογισμό και να σταλεί σε όλα τα μέλη έως τα τέλη Απριλίου και η συνελεύση θα προγραμματιστεί όταν οι περιορισμοί θα επιτρέψουν την εσωτερική συγκέντρωση στην κοινότητα μας. 

Σας ευχαριστούμε για την υπομονή και την υποστήριξή σας. 


Sent on behalf of the Community Council. 


Important Update - April 4, 2021

Dear members,

On Friday, April 2nd at 9:00 am, the Parish council received notice from His Grace Bishop Bartholemew that Fr. Peter Rougas will be on leave for the next three months. 
The Bishop has asked Fr. Demetrios Polychroniadis to preside over our church services for that time frame. If any parishioner wishes to contact Fr. Polychroniades, please call either (403) 970-5548 or (587) 353-6112.  
We thank Fr. Polychroniadis for his support during this busy time of lent and Easter services. We also request that anyone who is available to assist Fr. Polychroniades in the alter please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. 

On behalf of the community council.


March 29, 2021

Greek Flag Fundraiser 
Thank you to all who generously donated to this fundraiser! Our church and community were so beautifully decorated with the flags for the Bicentennial of Greek Independence. Flags are still available for purchase with a minimum donation of $30 by clicking hereProceeds will be going towards our Community and the Greek School. 
Flags will be available for pick up on and after Sunday, April 4th from the church office. You can pick them up at any church service (dates and times of church services are listed on the calendar - click here to see more!). 

Sunday School
Sunday School will remain online until the end of May 2021. The next two months are full with weekly religious sessions.  If you haven't done already,  click here, to enroll your children in the appropriate level(s). Unless notified, classes are offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:30-1pm.

Consider including the Prayer of St. Ephraim in your family's daily program during Great lent:
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. 
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. 
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

The Hellenic Initiative 
THI Canada would like to invite you to attend their upcoming virtual discussion on March 31st @ 10am:
 In conversation with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece. About the event: On the occasion of the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, join us for a virtual event with the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis: A discussion with THI Canada Honorary Director and former Ambassador of Canada to Greece Robert Peck on his vision for Greece, economic recovery, bilateral relations and the diaspora. To register, please click here

Alberta Gov - Working Parents Benefit 
Working parents have until March 31st to apply to receive a one-time $561 per child benefit to help with the cost of child care. To apply, please click here.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here

Click here to view this newsletter in Greek.


200 Years of Greek Independence - March 4, 2021

Dear members,

As you are already probably familiar, this year marks the 200th  Anniversary of Greek Independence. Although restrictions are still in place and we will not be able to celebrate in our usual ways, we have planned several other ways to celebrate this important milestone in our cultural and religious history. 

Community Fundraiser:
Join us in celebrating the 200th year anniversary of the Independence of Greece, by sponsoring a Greek Flag. These flags will decorate the outside of our St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and our Hellenic Community Hall. You can also include a special message in honor of a war hero that will be added to your flag. After March 29th, you will get to keep your flag as a memento of this special anniversary.
The minimum donation per flag is $30 (flag size 3x5 foot). Proceeds will be going toward the Calgary Hellenic Community and the Greek Community School of Calgary. To purchase your flag please visit us online at www.calgaryhellenic.com or contact our community office at (403) 246-4553 ext 3 or 5.

Calgary Tower:
On March 25th, the Calgary Tower will be lit up Blue and White in honor of this historic milestone.

City of Calgary:
The City of Calgary will be raising the Greek Flag from sunrise to sunset on March 25th. Those who have time are welcome to go to City Hall (north side of the municipal plaza) and take photos with our flag.

City of Calgary Proclamation:
A request has also been made for a proclamation from the City of Calgary acknowledging the 200 years of Greek Independence. Once it has been received, it will be shared broadly with our members.

Greek School Celebration:
Once again we will not be able to celebrate the event in our usual format, all together in the Church and in the hall. However, our Greek School staff and students will be preparing a video to share. We are all looking forward to seeing the wonderful work our students will put together. Those interested in seeing the video please contact principal@calgaryhellenic.com.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada:
Essay challenge for all youth ages 8-17, on the topic of Why are you proud to be Greek? Contest deadline is March 31st. Click here for more information.

Official Song of the 200 years of Independence:
Listen to this beautiful song commemorating this historic time in our history by clicking here.  


On behalf of the Community Council and Fr Peter Rougas,

Diane Polesello
President

February 22, 2021

House Renovation Update
After a few months of necessary renovations to the community house, it is finally ready to be put on the market for rent. The revenue collected from the house will be used to offset the utilities and property tax. A heartfelt thank you to the following for their generous donations and time/labour/supplies:
    - Calgary Foundation - $15,000
    - George, Gus and Platona Apostolidis - Painting (all supplies and labour)
    - Anonymous
It could not have been done without you!

Christmas Ornament Donation
Thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds during our Christmas Ornament Fundraiser for the Drop-In Center. We will be donating $1,250 to sponsor a lunch at the Drop-In Center. The remaining $2,300 will be used to support the costs of the building. 

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Greek School
The Ellhnomatheia online registration portal is now open for those 8 years of age and older wanting to write the certification exam. It will be open until March 21st, 2021. If you find yourself stuck in the process of registering, please email Olga Sarlis  at olga.sarlis@edmontonhellenic.com or Eleni Tsekoura eleni.tsekoura@edmontonhellenic.com.

The exams will be taking place at the Hellenic Heritage Language School/Hellenic-Canadian Community of Edmonton & Region in May of this year with a date and time to be determined and then announced.

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

College Year in Athens
College Year in Athens (CYA) is offering two opportunities for Gap Year students: one for those passionate about antiquity with the program "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" and one for those interested in learning more about activism and diversity, with the program "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece". If you think this option may be of interest to you please email 
gapyear@cyathens.org for additional information.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.


February 9, 2021

2021 Vic Alefantis Memorial Poker Night
Thank you to all the sponsors and participants of this year's virtual poker night! Over $19 000 was raised for our community with a portion going towards Scleroderma research. Congratulations to the final table winners, all who won a prize!

     1st place - Randy Jennings
     2nd place - Jay Hanzel
     3rd place - Gordon Nelson
     4th place - Sally Zehan
     5th place Dimitrios Hontzias
     6th place - Chris Chrisohou
     7th place - Theodoros Alefantis
     8th place - Tim Matchim
     9th place - George Liaridis

Greek Tax Residency Webinar
On February 10th, 2021 at 10am, The Hellenic Initiative is hosting a webinar on the recently adopted Greek tax legislation providing incentives to people who consider relocating their primary tax residency to Greece. For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

College Year in Athens
College Year in Athens (CYA) is offering two opportunities for Gap Year students: one for those passionate about antiquity with the program "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" and one for those interested in learning more about activism and diversity, with the program "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece". If you think this option may be of interest to you please email 
gapyear@cyathens.org for additional information.

Council Vacancies 
Your community council is looking for two energetic volunteers to fill two, one-year terms on council! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of council, please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. As a reminder, you must have been a paid member for 2-years since December 6th, 2020.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Niata
Hello Niata Families,
It’s been far too long since we’ve all been together. We hope that you’re all well and making the best of this cold winter. We can’t wait to see you all again, but we’re not sure when that will be yet. In an effort to lift spirits and continue our mission to pass on our Greek cultural history to our youth, we will be organizing a Zoom get together in March. Details will follow. Wishing all of you the best.
Effy Klironomos - Niata Director

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.


January 27, 2021

Greek Tax Residency Webinar
On February 10th, 2021 at 10amThe Hellenic Initiative is hosting a webinar on the recently adopted Greek tax legislation providing incentives to people who consider relocating their primary tax residency to Greece. For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

Save Our Church
Thank you so much to everyone who has so graciously donated to our Save Our Church fundraising campaign. To date, we have raised just under $179,000! Covid-19 has presented challenges for everyone, so if you are able to, please give what you can. 

If you haven't donated yet, here's how:

All the funds raised will be used to sustain the maintenance, utilities and insurance of our church and community hall to ensure that we can remain open for the 2021 year and beyond. 

We are grateful for your support! 
Hellenic Community Council & Fr. Peter Rougas
(Click here to view the donation meter!)

Council Vacancies 
Your community council is looking for two energetic volunteers to fill two, one-year terms on council! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of council, please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. As a reminder, you must have been a paid member for 2-years since December 6th, 2020.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here
 


January 11, 2021

Save Our Church
Thank you so much to everyone who has so graciously donated to our Save Our Church fundraising campaign. To date, we have raised just about $ 178,000!! Covid-19 has presented challenges for everyone, so if you are able to, please give what you can. 

If you haven't donated yet, here's how:

All the funds raised will be used to sustain the maintenance, utilities and insurance of our church and community hall to ensure that we can remain open for the 2021 year and beyond. 

We are grateful for your support! 
Hellenic Community Council & Fr. Peter Rougas
(Click here to view the donation meter!)

Council Vacancies 
Your community council is looking for two energetic volunteers to fill two, one-year terms on council! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of council, please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. As a reminder, you must have been a paid member for 2-years since December 6th, 2020.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Maids of Athena
The Maids of Athena gathered and delivered items to the Drop In Centre in support of the "Togetherness" initiative. Three of the Maids also volunteered to be greeters at our church during a recent Sunday service. Additionally, one of the Maids, with her family, created a Santa's Workshop in their garage where they collected and packaged items for seniors' homes, and ended up giving presents to over 200 residents! For their New Year’s fundraiser, the Maids have created a special video. Give them a follow on Instagram @moa.calgary to watch it. All the best of health and happiness in 2021!  

Philoptochos
Philoptochos continued to give to those in need during December! They purchased 20 backpacks and filled each backpack with winter items (tuques, warm gloves, neck warmers) hygiene items, masks, hand sanitizers, nutritional bars and much more. Pictures of the items are on the Philoptochos Facebook page. They were dropped them off at the Mustard Seed a few days before Christmas to help the homeless in Calgary. The Philoptochos Ladies are very proud to have been able to continue their good work, despite the challenges of 2020. They wish you all a healthy and joyful new year!

Sunday School
We wish everyone a healthy, prosperous and joyful start to the New Year and XRONIA POLLA to
 all who celebrate this month too!
"A tree is known by it's fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." - Saint Basil

Online Sunday School returns on January 17th. Register for classes by clicking here, to enroll your children in the appropriate Level(s). Unless notified, classes are offered the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:30-1pm. Sunday School Chat's with Father Peter resume on January 24th.

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

Met Youth Chats
Calling all youth 15+! Join Father Peter for monthly Google Meets sessions after his Religious Education classes. Be sure to check the community calendar for upcoming dates and the link to the meeting. 

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.  

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