Christmas Lenten Retreat

Please join us for the Christmas Lenten Retreat about Religious symbols

2015 Sunday School RetreatThis Saturday, December 5th at 9:30am, all children of the St. Athanasios community are invited for the Sunday School Christmas Lenten Retreat 2015.

Please click the attached form for more details and remember to RSVP for the Christmas Lenten Retreat which is less than a week away.

Thank you,

St. Athanasios Sunday Church School

Stewardship Sunday

Stewardship“Those that Seek the Lord Shall Never be in Want of Any Good Thing” Psalm 34:10 (from the Service of the Artoclasia)

A traditional American proverb says that, “God makes this request of his children: Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have, now.” The story of Jesus Christ feeding the 5,000 illustrates this – five loaves and two fish. Jesus used it to perform an incredible miracle. Just like that, if we offer what we have – however great or small our gift – God will receive our gifts and multiply them to feed His people.

I invite you to be with us at Saint Athanasios Church on Sunday, December 13, 2015 for “Stewardship Sunday” Please join us in the Divine Liturgy, we will worship together as we do every Sunday. 

Christmas Program and Seasonal News


Fr. Anargyros, Fr. John, the President of the Parish Council and its members, President of the Philoptochos and its members, PTO President and its members, the teachers of the Greek and Sunday Church Schools and the entire staff of St. Athanasios Parish wish everyone….MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Ο πατήρ Ανάργυρος, ο πατήρ Ιωάννης, ο πρόεδρος και τα μέλη του Εκκλησιαστικού Συμβουλίου, η πρόεδρος και τα μέλη της Φιλοπτώχου Αδελφότητος, η πρόεδρος καί τα μέλη τού Συλλόγου Γονέων καί Διδασκάλων, οι Διδάσκαλοι του Ελληνικού και Κατηχητικού Σχολείων και ολόκληρο το προσωπικό της ενορίας του Αγίου Αθανασίου, εύχονται σε όλους….



Philoptochos Christmas Party

St. Irene Philoptochos Society of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church cordially invites you to our Christmas Party on December 8th at Seasons in Washington Township.

Join us for a fun evening of fine food, open bar, and festive DJ music.

Tickets are $60 – contact Amy Papaloukas: 551-486-4184 or Georgia Eleftheriou: 201-385-4149

Father’s Message – December 2015

Dear Parishioners,

Saint Athanasios the Great, a marvelous fourth century writer and father of Christendom wrote a magnificent treatise called, “On the Incarnation.”  He says, God became “sarkophoros” so that we could become “pneumatophoros .”  God bore our flesh so that we could bear His spirit.   In Orthodox liturgical theology Christmas and Epiphany go hand in hand.  Christmas is the prelude.  On Christmas God enters our world.  On Epiphany He makes manifest His Plan of salvation for us.  How can God make manifest His plan of salvation for us if we do not allow the Infant Baby Jesus to grow into full manhood?  How can we grow into Christian maturity to recognize and receive the grace of God, if we remain at our infancy?

St. John reminds us in his Gospel, “But to all who receive Him (Jesus), who believed in His Name, He gave power to become Children of God.”  (1:12)

Christmas is a joyous journey but it is also one of responsibility and commitment.  This is why we must approach the whole Christ, not just bits and pieces of Him. 

Christmas Fast


The forty day fast for the feast of the Nativity begins on Sunday, November 15th. According to the Church Canons, fish, wine and oil are allowed until December 17th, except for Wednesdays and Fridays. Strict Fast is observed from December 18th to the 24th.


Την Κυριακή, 15 Νοεμβρίου αρχίζει η 40 ήμερη Νηστεία των Χριστουγέννων. Σύμφωνα με τους Ιερούς Κανόνες της Εκκλησίας μας, επιτρέπονται το ψάρι, το λάδι και το κρασί έως και τις 17 Δεκεμβρίου, εκτός Τετάρτη και Παρασκευή. Από τις 18 Δεκεμβρίου ως και τις 24 Δεκεμβρίου τηρείται αυστηρή νηστεία.