GOYA Introduction

Boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join the G.O.Y.A. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. The G.O.Y.A. meets once a month on Thursdays.


Dear Parishioners,

As winter quickly approaches, our GOYA continues to learn more about our faith and take part in amazing experiences.

On November 3rd, we had the opportunity to participate in the AHEPA History Tournament, which takes place in Connecticut. St. Athanasios was very well-represented by 3 teams: Yanni Leakas, Fanourios Tsatalios, Stelios DiSilvio, Evan Zanakis, Billy Zanakis, Christina Salemme, Markianna Lekkas, George Tsatalios and Thodoris Costa-Aganthelou.  This was a wonderful experience for our GOYAns and we are proud of their strong performance!  We would like to thank the AHEPA Alexander Hamilton Chapter Number #54 for sponsoring us. We hope to participate again next year!

Our GOYA held a Coat Drive during the month of November.  We would like to thank all those who supported us and donated winter coats. In total we collected thirty-six coats that have been distributed to those less fortunate in the streets of the Newark area.

At the end of November we took an overnight team-building trip to Frost Valley, which is a retreat located in Claryville, NY. Without the distraction of cell phones, we spent our time hiking in the wilderness (at night!), took part in team-bonding activities, and enjoyed games/conversation/singing by the fire in our lodge.  We will all cherish this trip for bringing us closer together as one Saint Athanasios GOYA family!

The month of December was full of joy for all of us, as we celebrated the Nativity of Jesus Christ.  It is very heartwarming to see our community come together at the Lenten Retreat and at the Christmas pageant.  We hope you and your families enjoyed a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Looking ahead, our Parish will be hosting the Bridges Retreat on Friday January 11, 2019.  All the Greek Orthodox Churches in northern New Jersey are invited to join us in making sandwiches.  These sandwiches will be distributed to the needy in the streets of the Newark.

On Saturday February 23, the highly-anticipated GOYA Beefsteak Dinner will be held in our Community Hall.  Our GOYA looks forward to this yearly event because the proceeds allow us to give back to our Church for all our Church has done for us. The night is filled with fun as we enjoy the all you can eat steak along with dancing and other surprises. We invite everyone to attend this event!!

With Love in Christ,

George Makris

GOYA President

GOYA Board

This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:

President:                               Pennie Papamichael

Vice President:                        Efthimia Mitchell

Treasurer:                               Charlotte Joannidis

Recording Secretary:               Theo Leakas

Asst. Recording Secretary:       Katherine Scoullos

Corresponding Secretary:         Teddy Kesoglou


Head:                                       Manny Jouvanis

Asst. Head:                               Reina Phillips

Activity Advisor:                        Sophia Makris

S & S Advisor:                           Dee Hunter

Sports Advisor:                          Paul Venizelos


Registration:                            Dee Hunter

Finance:                                  Nick Joannidis

Fundraising:                            Debbie Leakas

Assistants:                   Angela Koutsouras, Lucy Papamichael

Coffee Hour:                            Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell

Assistants:                   Karen Scoullos, Maria Salemme

Dance:                                     Reina Phillips

Assistants:                   Joanne Glavas, Vanessa Juvelis-Mitchell

Sights & Sounds Assistants:     Dee Hunter

Assistants:                    Kally Williams, Vicky Larosiliere

for more information email: goya@stathanasiosnj.org