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,

It is hard to believe we are ringing in 2020! Our GOYAns have been very busy the past few months enjoying dances, volleyball and basketball games and many more activities.  We had a fun time at our annual Christmas party with delicious food, gift exchange and a gingerbread house making contest.

Our GOYA along with other members of our community visited St. Michaels Nursing Home on December 28.  It was such a heartwarming, wonderful day spent with the elderly spreading our Christmas spirit and making their day feel extra special.

Once again, our GOYA was invited by the Philoptochos to help assemble food bags at the Center for Food Action in Saddle Brook.  Thank you to the Philoptochos for allowing our GOYAns to be part of this rewarding experience.

Also in December, the Philoptochos invited Patty Trava, a community activist for Opioid abuse  to come speak to us about the Opioid crisis.  Sadly, she lost her daughter to an opioid overdose. Her story was a harsh reality that opioid abuse is a real crisis.

The month of December is full of joy as we celebrate the Nativity of Jesus Christ.  Our community came together for the Christmas Lenten Retreat and the beautiful Christmas Pageant.

Looking forward into January and February, our sports teams will participate in the District One Volleyball and Basketball Tournaments.  We also look forward to our traditional Lock-in!  This year, we added a fun surprise for the GOYAns.  We are being treated by the GOYA to a fun trip snow tubing at Camp Gaw, in Mahwah.   In addition, we will begin preparing and practicing for Sights and Sounds that will be hosted in March.

On Saturday February 22, the highly-anticipated GOYA Beefsteak Dinner will be held in our Community Hall.  Our GOYA looks forward to this yearly event!  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!!  Please come out and support our GOYA!

On behalf of our GOYA, I wish our entire Saint Athanasios Community and their families a

Merry and Blessed Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!

With Love in Christ,

Teddy Kesoglou

GOYA President

GOYA Board

This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:

Teddy Kesoglou, President

Teddy Psarianos, Vice President

Christos Papamichael, Treasurer

Jennie Koutsouras, Recording Secretary

Mikey Kesoglou, Corresponding Secretary

GOYA Advisors

Anthi Kesoglou   Head Advisor
Tonia Yiangou   Activities Advisor
Reina Phillips  Sports Advisor
Dee Hunter     Sights and Sounds Advisor
Lucy Papamichael    Treasurer
Joanne Glavas    Fundraising
Debbie Leakkas    Fundraising

for more information email: goya@stathanasiosnj.org