Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA 8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10075-0106 * Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0237 www.goarch.org - Email: communications@goarch. org Friday, August, 18, 2017 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released the following statement in response to the events in Charlottesville, VA. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America
Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Orthodox Church emphatically declares that it does not promote, protect or sanction participation in such reprehensible acts of hatred, racism, and discrimination, and proclaims that such beliefs and behaviors have no place in any community based in respect for the law and faith in a loving God. The essence of the Christian Gospel and the spirit of the Orthodox Tradition are entirely and self-evidently incompatible with ideologies that declare the superiority of any race over another. Our God shows no partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17, Romans 2:11). Our Lord Jesus Christ broke down the dividing wall of hostility that had separated God from humans and humans from each other (Ephesians 2:14). In Christ Jesus, the Church proclaims, there can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, but all are one (Galatians 3:28). Furthermore, we call on one another to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather to expose them (Ephesians 5:11). And what is darkness if not hatred? The one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness (1 John 2:11)! Furthermore, in 1872, Hierarchs from around the world assembled in Constantinople and denounced all forms of xenophobia and chauvinism (phyletism). They agreed that the promotion of racial or national supremacy and ethnic bias or dissension in the Church of Christ is to be censured as contrary to the sacred teachings of the Christian Gospel and the holy canons of the Church. It is formally condemned as heresy, the strongest category of false teaching. Finally, such actions as we have witnessed in recent days, by self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and various racists and fascists, betray the core human values of love and solidarity. In this, we pray wholeheartedly for the families of those who lost their lives or suffered in these tragic events. In like manner, we cannot condone any form of revenge or retaliation by any group or individual. Therefore, we fervently appeal to every person of good will, and especially the leaders of our great nation, to consider and adopt ways of reconciling differences in order to rise above any and all discrimination in our history, our present, and our future. GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA 8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10075-0106 * Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0237 www.goarch.org - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: PRESS OFFICE Stavros Papagermanos email@example.com
Date: June 28, 2017 ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ENDORSES CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has officially endorsed a commentary on climate change that appears today, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Nature the international weekly journal of science. On behalf of His All-Holiness, Archdeacon John Chryssavgis collaborated with Christiana Figueres – former director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, principal architect of the Paris Agreement, and current convener of Mission 2020 – on a six-point plan entitled “Three Years to Safeguard our Climate.” The sixty-two signatories include distinguished scientists, business leaders, prominent economists, religious leaders, representatives of non-government organizations and former heads of State, making the article one of the most significant pieces on climate change to date. For over twenty-five years – even before the United Nations realized the severity of environmental degradation – the Green Patriarch has emphasized the need for a collaborative and concerted response to caring for God’s creation. More recently, he was instrumental in the process leading up to the Paris Agreement, participating in several events in Paris and Manila, where he accompanied President Hollande of France. The article appears online today, June 28, 2017, and in print on June 29, 2017. == 30 == Saint George celebration Shreveport, Louisiana Denver Metropolis
2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION St. George Greek Orthodox Church 1719 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA 71101 318-222-5225 www.gosaintgeorge.org
JANUARY - 8 "Blessing of the Founders and Loved Ones” memorial service and prayers at cemetery FEBRUARY - 12 Valentine Dinner
MARCH - 12 "Scan Your Picture Day" - 26 Greek Independence Day, sponsored by AHEPA and Daughters APRIL - 16 Pascha - 23
"Loukoumades Sunday" for Feast of St. George MAY - 28 "Unveiling of Mosaics” and Pot Luck lunch JUNE - 3 “My Big Fat Greek Golf
Tournament!” - 11 Final “Scan Your Picture” Day JULY - 2 "Coming to America” Barbecue - 30 "Movies of the Past” dinner, wine, beer ..... and popcorn! AUGUST - 12 Church Tour, Icon Show and Icon Scavenger Hunt SEPTEMBER - 17 "Celebrate Your Heritage Luncheon"
OCTOBER - 20, 21, 22 "Homecoming Weekend” - Metropolitan Isaiah’s visit - 20 Wine and cheese reception at Norton Art Gallery - 21
Banquet with Basile the Comedian as master of ceremonies NOVEMBER - 12 "Celebrating our Military and Veterans Lunch" DECEMBER - Christmas with St. George - 31 Kalanda (carols for Christmas and the New Year) Caroling 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 100TH
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION St. George Greek Orthodox Church 1719 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA 71101 318-222-5225 www.gosaintgeorge.org ** For dates and details, please see your monthly St. George Lance and Calendar. To receive The Lance by email or more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Any one offering donations to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Baton Rouge, LA for flooding disaster relief, please contactMs. Dee Nicolaou at 1-813-294-0346. Ms. Nicolaou is Director of Disaster Response for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta. Thru the efforts, dedication, co-ordination and response of Ms. Nicolaou; families affected by the flooding disaster in Baton Rouge have already been helped. So, we ask anyone wishing to donate to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Baton Rouge to direct your donation to Ms. Nicolaou. Her phone is 1-813-294-0346; email: email@example.com
Pay To The Order Of Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos Dee Nicolaou 27242 Breakers Drive Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544
Many thanks with appreciation for your generosity.
+Fr. Anthony Monteleone, Pastor Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, LA
As we welcome in the New Year, we welcome you to our (your) new and revised web-site --reflective of the call and blessings that God is showering on our community and parish, as --by His abundant grace, and through His Holy and life-giving Spirit, and with His steadfast and everlasting Love-- we grow in union with Him, with one another, with our metropolis, our archdiocese, and the great and authentic current of Orthodoxy throughout the world, throughout time and the Ages! All glory to Him who is our Source, our Life, and our Hope --Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen!
OUR HISTOTY... Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was founded in 1976 by a group of faithful and dedicated Orthodox families that had moved to Baton Rouge. As one of the early members said, more prophetically perhaps than he may have realized: “God wants there to be a church here.”So it was… so it is! A decade later, the church building was dedicated on April 4, 1987, at its present location at 2510 N. Stevendale Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70819. The icons of the iconostasis of the church were painted in Greece.Many icons, together with various other items, were donated by relatives and friends from New Orleans, Greece, and various parts of the United States. For many years the community in Baton Rouge was served by the priest coming from New Orleans one Saturday a month for the Divine Liturgy.During that time; for Holy Week, and other such holidays and services, the people from Baton Rouge would have to go to New Orleans. As the saying goes, “God works in strange ways”...Katrina, though tragic and devastating in many and terrible ways, had the effect and result of setting the stage for the transformation of the church in Baton Rouge from a mission into a parish. It resulted (with the authorization and blessing of Metropolitan Alexios; together with God’s goodness and care for His people wherever they may be) in the coming and assigning of a priest to Baton Rouge in 2007; making it possible to help support and guide the Baton Rouge community in the process of transformation from being a dependent mission, into developing a full parish life and reality; with a complete Sacramental and Liturgical life; together with the provision of other essential pastoral services; including, along with the weekly Sunday Divine Liturgy: the Sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, and Confession; as well as Memorials, Shut-in Visitations, and House/Business Blessings, Religious Education, and so on. In addition to English and Greek; we have members whose native languages and origins are Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic; reflecting the broad spectrum, embrace, and reality of the Orthodox Church. The church in Baton Rouge embodies the words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel according to Saint Mark: “Then he taught them saying, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.’” And so it is…. To the glory of God, and the salvation of His people! (c2014)
Our Church belongs to: - Metropolis of Atlanta -Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America -Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
· 1976-1987 Church Founding · July 2000: Metropolitan Alexios’visit · 2001: 25TH Anniversary of Church Establisment · September 2005: Archbishop Demetrios of America, Metropolitan Alexios, Bishop Andonios, and others visited Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Baton Rouge, following Hurricane Katrina. · November 2007: Ordination of Deacon Anthony Monteleone to the Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. . April 2013: Metropolitan Alexios' visit
Clergy: Rev. Fr. William G. Gaines Rev. Fr. Demetrios S. Katerlis 1976-1977 Rev. Fr. George Konstantopoulos 1977-1980 Rev. Fr. Demetrios Lokis 1980-1982 Rev. Fr. Nicholas Pastrikos 1982-1992 Rev. Fr. Nicholas W. Jonas 1992-1994 Rev. Fr. Anthony Stratis 1995-2007 (from New Orleans, LA) Rev. Fr. Constantine Regopoulos 2007 (from Florida) Rev. Fr. Anthony Monteleone 2007-current (first full time priest assigned to Baton Rouge)
Mailing Address (all correspondence): HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH PO Box 82483 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70884 Phone: 225-384-0571