Monthly Pastoral Message from Fr. Christ




Fr. Christ's Pastoral Message

Fr Christ's

St Nicholas Shrine Appeal


Χριστός Ανέστη – Christ is Risen!


Nothing expresses life, rebirth and renewal better than the triumphant exclamation we share with one another during these 40 days after Easter:  Christ is Risen! It is with similar enthusiasm that I share with you a sacred task set before us as Orthodox Christians in the United States.


          I invite you today to participate in a Historic Event for the Greek Orthodox Church in America.  We are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring healing, hope and a real spiritual haven on the sacred ground that was created on 9/11.  As you know, together with the 2977 tender souls who tragically and heroically lost their lives that day, a humble beacon was extinguished as well, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship annihilated on that fateful day.


Because it is the will of God, St. Nicholas will rise again!  From our mass emails, our website and publications we have been given a glimpse into the new incredible House of God that will be rebuilt on Ground Zero.  This National Shrine which will be the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will become our Church and belong to every Orthodox Christian of our Archdiocese.  It is my hope and prayer that after it is completed, we will be able to set out on a pilgrimage to St. Nicholas and worship there together.


          We are now beginning a National Campaign to help raise the forty million dollars it will cost to erect this Church.  Each parish in our Archdiocese in America has been asked to raise $10,000 to help in this sacred task, with larger parishes such as ours, to raise more. 


           The President of our Parish Council, Andrea Papadopoulos along with her family, joins my family with our gifts of $100 toward our Parish goal; please join us!  

          The names of each person/family who donates $100 will be recorded in the new St. Nicholas Church and will become an eternal memorial of all of us who helped build this new beacon of Orthodoxy in this cradle of America in New York City. Join us friends, with your donation of $100 toward the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shine.  Any gift greater or smaller will of course be honored and recorded as well.


Just as our Lord filled the cold dark tomb with warmth and life, we are resurrecting a beacon for the glory of God as St. Nicholas will embrace and comfort the millions who will walk through the Church’s doors.


Your gift of $100 should be mailed or dropped at St. Luke at your convenience.  Please make it payable to “St. Luke” with the memo indicating “St. Nicholas Shrine”.   


Let’s give thanks to God for all things my beloved, including this opportunity we have to take the ugliness of a few and turn it into a beautiful collective expression of love created by us, for the glory of God as we share Orthodoxy with the entire world.


Join us as we embark on this sacred work my beloved, by sending in your contribution today.  May 31st is Holy Pentecost which is considered the birthday of the Church by some, how wonderful it would be if we all made our contribution by that day. 


Make your secure online payment for the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine hereONLINE DONATION
Paypal Account not required

On the final link, before you click the 
"Donate (dollar amount) USD Now"...
Click the link which states:

"Add special instructions to the seller"  located on the mid/left side of screen and Include the following information in the space provided. 
"St Nicholas Shrine & the names you are submitting."


Αληθως Ανεστη - Truly He is Risen!

Rev. Father Christ Kontos, Protopresbyter