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Our family welcomes your family


For Greeks & Greek Americans, family life is considered very important and life revolves around the family, the Church, our community and food. Children often live with their parents until they are ready to marry, and stay close with their parents and siblings once they have married and started a family of their own. Greek children grow up close to their grandparents as well, whom they refer to as yiayia (grandmother) & papaou (grandfather) and form a lasting bond with them that stays with them throughout life. Getting together often to celebrate the joy of life with family and friends while eating yiayyia’s food and pastries is the way we all grow up. The result of this lifestyle is that Greeks live long, fulfilling lives and it is thought that their varied diet of olives, olive oil, tomatoes, lamb, fish, chicken, yogurt, feta cheese and lots of fruits and vegetables keep them healthy… along with a little wine every day. Greeks love life and enjoy sharing it with others in hospitality and celebration.

Greece has a long tradition of hosting festivals as part of the local culture. Most towns in Greece host a festival, which they call a “Panayiri” (meaning a celebration for all) usually coinciding with the Feast day of the main church in the center of town. Usually, the celebration is kicked-off in the main square with a Church service on the Feast day of the churches patron saint. Following the service, a procession with the icon from the church occurs, which parades through the town’s main street. The procession includes priests, local bishops, police, city officials and soldiers from the Greek army, along with other dignitaries. Thousands of people line the streets to witness the procession and kick-off the festival.

Panayiris in Greece are family events enjoying traditional and new foods, music, dancing, carnival rides, shopping as well as attractions for kids. As Americans with Greek ancestry as well as converts into the Orthodox Christian Church, all whom have enjoyed the benefits of this great country, we are delighted to present this year’s festival and share our Greek cultural traditions, hospitality, and our faith as well as some of yiayia’s best food recipes with our local community. We look forward to seeing you on September 29th & 30th, 2018 at this year’s SJC Greek Fest. http://www.sjcgreekfest.org

May God grant you many blessings!

Rev. Fr. Bill Tragus

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Message from Fr Bill

Fr Bill

Come, Receive, Take Action ~ A Lenten Invitation, RSVP to Jesus ASAP


Lent & Pascha are quickly approaching and so is the moment when we hear the invitation from Christ with the words chanted every year at the Anastasi service; “Come Receive the Light.” We will light our candles which symbolizes the Light of Christ and sing Christos Anesti to celebrate His victory over sin and death. To some peoples’ surprise, this moment happens just before we begin the Divine Liturgy, where we will receive once again. This time we receive Holy Communion. All our preparation during lent should be followed by the action of taking Holy Communion that night. Yes, we are all tired and have the urge to go back to our cars with our lit candles instead of going back into the Church for the Paschal Liturgy. We need to remind ourselves that Christ offers us His body and blood that night as His gift to us. The Apostles themselves came together for a service that went till midnight as they celebrated the Sabbath on a Sunday, which signified honoring the Sabbath on a new day (Sunday) focusing on Christ’s Resurrection and the New Covenant that He established on the day of His Resurrection. “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:7). I’m sure The Apostles were tired too that night. Yet, they were with the family of believers, receiving the Eucharist with one another and hearing St. Paul preach the word of God. They must have been inspired to stay up late that night to fill their souls with spiritual nourishment that Paul was called to deliver to them.


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