Monthly Pastoral Message from Fr. Christ




Fr. Christ's Pastoral Message






          I am delighted to announce to you that the Fifth Annual Metropolitan Evangelos Ambassador Awards Program, sponsored by the Delaware Valley region Youth Commission of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey, will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Merion Caterers, Cinnaminson, NJ.


          The Holy Metropolis of New Jersey sponsors youth ministry for teens under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA). GOYA programming is defined by the four basic components of Orthodox life: Worship, Service, Witness and Fellowship. The Metropolitan Evangelos Ambassador Awards Program is established as a means for the church to recognize young men and women residing in the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey who significantly personify the attributes of these components.


          All parishes, including St Luke, will be offering four young parishioners, who will be honored and recognized at the October 26 banquet.  In addition to the youth, a Philoptochos member, a Parish at large member, Sunday School and Greek School Educators will be honored by Metropolitan Evangelos.


This year's recipients are:


        Nick Lamprinakos                     Ambassador of Faith

        Aleko Kontos                            Ambassador of Hope

        Maria Raptis                             Ambassador of Love

        Christina Zografakis                  Ambassador of Peace.


          Nick and Anna Hadgis                            Parish At Large Honorees

          Diane Sioutis                                  Philoptochos Honoree


In appreciation for the tremendous support priests wives give and have given to their husbands, this year His Eminence will be recognizing the Presbyteres also.  From St Luke, he will be recognizing:


        Presbytera Michele Kontos, my dear wife...

        Presbytera Hrisafei Sophocles of the late Fr Sophocles &

        Presbytera Maria Theophilos, of former pastor of St Luke, Fr Stephen.


Finally, His Eminence will be recognizing the educators of our community as we choose educators from our Greek School and Sunday School programs.  This year's honorees are:


        Panayota & George Kevgas for Sunday School &

        Magdalene Pastris for Greek School.


Congratulations to all of our recipients!


A blessed month to all as we look forward to celebrating our parish Patron Saint on the Feast of St. Luke beginning with Great Vespers October 17th at 7pm and then October 18th with Orthros at 9am and the Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Our gracious Ladies of Philoptochos will be hosting a wonderful reception both days.


With brotherly love,

Rev. Father Christ Kontos