Hope & Joy

It's been a busy month for the HOPE and JOY group. Between learning about Saint Romanos, going on a scavenger hunt through the church, making ornaments for our Spanos Foyer tree, pageant practice, the actual PAGEANT! and our Vasilopita luncheon, we have been busy! Our kids were excited to meet Father Philemon at our December dinner where he and Father Nick led us in prayer.  Father Philemon stayed to talk with our families and got to know everyone a little better. We love getting together and having fun while learning about God and our church. We put our Faith in Action this month and donated school snacks to the students of Lois Harrison Jones Elementary. HOPE and JOY were asked to go to the store and get their favorite snack they like to eat in school and bring it in for kids just like them but are food insecure. They brought in enough snacks to last the whole school for over a month! Great job!

Click to see what HOPE and JOY have been up to since September!



We are excited to share that we are starting back our H.O.P.E. (Holy Orthodox Primary Education) (4-7 yrs of age) group this Fall. We will have fun events at church monthly, and some potential side trips planned too. Our group will meet monthly from 5:00 to 6:30 and includes dinner for your family, a fun lesson for the kids and playtime, of course!  

Please contact Krista Loucas, our Youth Director,  at youthdirector@vagocathedral.org if you are interested in joining us for fun and fellowship. Potential meet days are Fridays from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.      


H.O.P.E. (Preschool to Grade 2) is in full swing with 85 people assembled to enjoy pasta dinner, fellowship, and learn about the Seed and the Sower parable. The children picked a pumpkin from our "patch" and decorated it to bring home. It was a wonderful night and families got to know each other better while playing an icebreaker game.



JOY is a ministry for children (8-11 yrs of age) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission and goal of the JOY ministry is to lead our young people onto experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria) are the four principles in succeeding to making JOY a success.

Our group will meet monthly from 6:00 to 7:30 and includes dinner for your family, a fun lesson for the kids and playtime, of course!  For information on meetings see our monthly newsletter or calendar under Communications,  

J.O.Y. (3rd to 6th grades) had a great start with pasta dinner and ice cream and doughnuts for dessert! They raced through the hallways and rooms trying to be the first team to solve the Escape Room challenge based on the Parables of Christ. They put their faith in action and made cards to send to our homebound parishioners letting them know we miss them and are praying for them.

In November we will combine HOPE and JOY to have Friendsgiving!

For additional information contact our Youth Director, Krista Loucas, at youthdirector@vagocathedral.org.