Hope & Joy


Boys and girls between the ages of 4-7 are invited to join H.O.P.E., and ages 8-11 for J.O.Y.  These programs give the children the opportunity to learn about their faith, their church and the social world around them.  Meetings are held once a month on Fridays.

For More information: joy@stathanasiosnj.org


Dear St. Athanasios Families,

This past year has been a new experience for all of us, but especially for our children. Classes, 

Extracurricular activities and everyday moments were met with restrictions and new norms.

In March, just as our children were beginning our “H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. Basketball Camp,” our state went into a shutdown. Thankfully, after many months, following the safety guidelines set in place for our Church, and with the help of Father, Andy and Tonia, we were able to offer our first H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. event for the 2020-2021 year!  Children had the opportunity to decorate their own donuts and paint their pumpkins while also enjoying the activities offered at the “St. Athanasios Youth Harvest Celebration.”

We are hoping to host another H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. event within the next few weeks. Due to a fluid environment this year, we will not be collecting H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. registration. Any funds that are collected for each event are for the supplies and/or food used for the event.

ALL youth in our Community are invited to attend our activities. All activities center around the children learning about their faith, their Church & the world around them.

Again, these activities wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. families, generous contributions, volunteers, Father & our Church community…thank you!

Please follow our private Facebook page: St. Athanasios H.O.P.E./J.O.Y for up to date event information & photos.  

Please contact me at grkkukli@yahoo.com if you no longer wish to receive our emails, with any questions you may have regarding our events, or to be included on our email distribution list. 

We hope to see you all soon! 

Stay safe, 

Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos.

H.O.P.E./J.O.Y Coordinator