(Christmas Pageant 2017, Photo by Arthur Gergoudis)
Newcomers and visitors are always welcome at Saints Constantine and Helen. We hope this website will help you learn more about our parish and its ministries. Above all, we hope you will personally visit and pray with us on any given Sunday. You will discover a welcoming Church family, an ancient yet dynamic Orthodox Christian Faith, and perhaps even a spiritual home where you and yours may want to plant roots and expand your relationship with God and others.
To become a member in the Greek Orthodox Church requires a valid (i.e. Trinitarian) Christian Baptism and an Orthodox Christian Chrismation. If you are new to our area and are a member of an Orthodox Church, a letter verifying your previous membership from your former priest is recommended. If you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, we suggest your contacting one of our priests to set an appointment. He will provide guidance based upon your particular circumstances.
Welcome packets offering helpful information about our parish are available. If you plan to visit our Church, they are available in the narthex from a member of our Welcoming Committee, who will assist you with any questions. If you would like to have one mailed to you, please contact the church office.
Welcome Packet and Organization Information
Financial Crisis at the Archdiocese
It has come to light that because of poor oversight and the lack of checks and balances, there is a financial shortfall at the Archdiocese. Previous deficits had been made up by generous benefactors which allowed the books to be balanced. However, several of these donors have recently died and there were no replacements for their generosity. Thus the Archdiocese found itself with a financial crisis.
This was first addressed internally by the resignation of the Executive Director of Administration, and the Director of Finance, under whose watch this occurred. There was a drastic reduction of staff at the Archdiocese which will lessen expenses. Audits are being undertaken and will be publicized. Attached (linked here) is the report of all the measures being taken as reported by Michael Psaros, Archdiocese Council Treasurer. The report was presented at the Archdiocese Council meeting and initiated an in-depth discussion on measures to be taken.
Greek Orthodox parishes will not be called on to make up the deficit. The commitment of the parishes in support of the Ministries of the National Church will remain the same in 2018 as they were in 2017. There will be accountability and transparency once everything has been reviewed. New controls and procedures will be put in place. Although this is long overdue, at least it is finally being implemented.
Please read Mr. Psaros’ attached report (linked here) for an honest analysis of what is transpiring. Other reporting outlets do not have full information, which leads to speculation which may or may not be true. We need to deal with facts and support ways to rectify the situation. May our Lord guide those entrusted with these responsibilities to bring about the resolution of this unexpected challenge.