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4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland CA 94602  510/531-3400 fax 531-3711

Father Thomas J. Paris Father Gary Kyriacou

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman May 9, 2004 Epistle: Acts 11:19-30

Mother’s Day Gospel: John 4:5-42

Prophet Isaiah, Martyr Christopher Tone Four | Orthros Seven

Memorial Service

Nitsa Allen 40 Days Stephen Peppas 1 Year

May Their Memory Be Eternal

40 Day Baby Blessings: Sophia Strouzas, Parents Don and Irene; and Aglaia Christina Roy and Panayota Maria Roy, Parents Roger and Leann

Today’s Events

Happy Mother’s Day! Welcome! We are glad you are with us today and would like to invite you to join us for coffee hour sponsored by Sr. GOYA after Divine Liturgy.

Visit the Bookmobile today! Many new selections are available.

Liturgical Calendar

May 19, Wednesday, Divine Liturgy Ascension, 6:30 pm

May 20, Thursday, Divine Liturgy Feastday of Ascension, 10:o0 am

May 21, Friday, Divine Liturgy Sts. Constantine & Helen, 9:30 am

June 29, Tuesday, Divine Liturgy St. Paul, 9:30 am

Parish Life

Wednesday, May 19, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Complimentary for Entire Parish, 7:45 pm

Thursdays, Ascension Senior Center, 9:00 am, May 13 the Senior Center will be closed, May 20 Nameday Lucheon

Thursday, May 20, Philoptochos Monthly Meeting at PAOI, 7:15 pm

Fridays, MOMs & Tots, 10:30 am–12 noon. May 14 Festival of Greece—meet at the Windmill. May 21 Fairyland (weather permitting, otherwise cancelled). For details email Maria Zigenis at

Saturday, May 22, Young Couples Family Dinner, 6:00 pm

May 28-31, Friday-Monday, Spring Family Camp—St. Nicholas Ranch, Remake the Lake. Come to Family Camp at “The Ranch” and experience its natural beauty while at the same time restore its peaceful lake and surroundings. Join other families as we build a boat dock, remodel the fire-pit and bleachers, clear some paths and clean the lake so future generations can enjoy the precious serenity of the Ranch’s lake. The weekend will also be filled will activities such as archery, canoeing, fishing, ice cream making, games, hayrides, field rips to Sequoia Kings Canyon, campfires and more! Registration is $275 and $30 per additional member. For more information, please call Fr. Paul at 559-338-2103.

Monday, May 31, Memorial Day—Office Closed

Educational Opportunities

Tuesday, May 25, YAL Bible Study at Fr. Gary’s home, 7:30 pm dessert, 8:00-9:00 pm study of the Gospel of John as it relates to ethical situations we face. Call 510-387-2683 for information.

Wednesday, May 26, Greek School Graduation & Promotional Exercises, 4:30 pm

Youth Events

Monday, May 10, Greek Folk Dance—All Groups, 6:00 pm

Festival of Greece

Monday, May 10, Festival of Greece Dipping Diples & Melomakarona, 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Georgia Preftokis, Chair and Tasia Glafkides, Chair. Parish ladies and men are asked to help. Lunch is provided.

Tuesday, May 11, Festival of Greece Prepares Galaktobouriko & Karidopita, 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Yvonne Koupas, Chair and Penny Polyzos, Chair. Parish ladies and men are asked to help. Lunch is provided.

Wednesday, May 12, Festival of Greece Gyro Preparing Tsaziki Sauce, 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 13, Festival of Greece Prepares Lamb Shanks, 9:00 am

Additional Volunteers Needed for the Greek Salad Booth, kitchen helpers, Front Souvlakia, parking and Dining Room Souvlakia. Please sign up for at least one shift per day. Everyone’s help is needed!

Space Needed to Park Semi-Trailer filled with Festival equipment and lumber between Festivals. Present location is closing. Call Mike Heath 925-447-2207.

For Your Information

Two Bedroom House with Single Garage For Rent, 2956 Carmel Street, Oakland. Contact Jim Streel at 510-530-4434.

Nanny Needed in August for infant in Orinda, 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. Contact Laura on her cell at 415-297-0315.

Insights & Inspiration

A mother's love determines how

We love ourselves and others.

There is no sky we'll ever see

Not lit by that first love.

Stripped of love, the universe

Would drive us mad with pain;

But we are born into a world

That greets our cries with joy.

How much I owe you for the kiss

That told me who I was!

The greatest gift—a love of life—

Lay laughing in your eyes.

Because of you my world still has

The soft grace of your smile;

And every wind of fortune bears

The scent of your caress.

Construction Has Begun!

Progress to Date

as of May 27, 2004

Goal: $7,900,000

Pledged so far: $5,258,198


Pledges sought: $2,641,802

We sincerely appreciate those who have stepped forward and contributed as well as those who have called and asked to meet with us so as to become a part of our campaign. Our goal is that everyone has an opportunity to participate and we encourage you if you have not yet been contacted to call and arrange for an appointment. Call 510-531-3400 to arrange a meeting with a Cabinet member.

$10,000 to $1,000,000 Pledges

As of February 27, 2004

Many thanks to our Lord for continuing to send us additional supporters for our Capital Campaign. We are encouraged by the excitement of those who are stepping forward with “Major Gifts.” With recent pledges, we have now achieved 66% of our goal! Many thanks to those listed below who have already made a commitment for a Major or Leadership Gift:

Dino and Emily Anast

Mike & Evelyn Kutsuris

Demetra Andronico and +John Andronico

Blair & Parie Lambert

Anonymous (5)

Ted & Georgia Lamph

John & Kathy Apostol

Dimitri & Sophia Magganas

Nick & Helen Apostolopoulos

Athan & Edel Magganas

Ascension Liturgical Choir

Paul & Elene Manolis

Ascension Senior GOYA

Robert & Koula McCormick

Bassili & Sheilda Attia

Faye Mellos-Holland

Hon. Steven & Evanthia Spanos Austin

Meniktas Family

George & Kristine Banis

Tom & Kris Natsues

Tom & Marie Banis

Dr. Dean Nickles & Kathryn Doyle

Dr. John & Eva Barakos

Order of AHEPA Chapter 171

John & Despina Bogdanos

Gaye Pappas

Gus & Kari Boosalis

Pan Arcadian Federation of America Skopi Chapter 85

George Borikas

Rev Fr Tom & Pres Vaso Paris

Nick Brogolias

Philoptochos Society of Ascension Cathedral

John Buranis

Nick & Panagoula-Yula Piperis

Dr. Ted & Cecile Chaconas

Gust & Elaine Platias

Christ & Betty Christ

Athan & Denise Poulos

Dan & Jeanie Christopoulos

Dr. Straty and Mary Righellis

George & Carrie Constantouros

Roger & Leann Roy

Geoffrey & Martha Deacon

Angie Sardell Digiusto

Matthew Davis

Byron & Stephanie Scordelis

James & Maria Delvizis

Mary Maniates Shurtz (& Hangares Family)

Victor & Anastacia Drabkin

+Dr. Anastasios & Athena Simonidis

John Elefther

Nick & Catherine Stamatakis

Milton & Angie Folas

Nick Stefan

John & Cathi Frangoulis

Don & Irene Strouzas

David & Pamela Fullerton

Sully & Maria Sullivan

Manny & Minette Garcez

Renee & Brad Taylor

Tom & Ana Geanikos

George & Mary Triantafyllos

Pat & Maria Geoghegan

Constantine & Lisa Triggas

Dr. Aristides & Vicki Gousios

Dean & Dena Valavanis

Ann Guy

Michael & Tina Vawter

Dr. Peter & Susan Haikalis

Mike & Cheryl Vawter

Michael & Leah Heath

Andrew Vawter

Scott & Rosemary Jackson

Daniel Vawter

Sophia Johnston

Jason Vawter

Demos & Evelyn Karas

Nicole Vawter

Dr. Nestor & Lilian Karas

Sarah Vawter

Carol Kassouf Siri

Dr. Chris Vitakes

Janet Kassouf Quan

Tony & Zoë Vlahiotis

Jerry & Linda Katopodis

James & Argie Vlamis

Klearchos & Nancy Katsouras

Tasso & +Becky Voulgares

Jim & Norma Kolokotrones

Vukasin Family Trust

George & Anna Konstantopoulos

+Carole Windsat

+John Koplos

Gary & Vicky Yancey

George & Georgia Koregelos

Dino & Maria Yiannakopoulos

Georgene Kosmos

Young Adult League of Ascension Cathedral

Gregory Kutsuris

Eugene Zahas

Acts 11:19-30

Of The Apostles

Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, deterred to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

The Gospel According to

St. John 4:5-42

At that time Jesus came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband, this you said truly.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming, he who is called Christ; when he comes, he will show us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “What do you wish?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the city and were coming to him. Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him food?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed Christ the Savior of the world.”

Just a Reminder

Festival of Greece 2004

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

May 14, 15, 16

We are eagerly anticipating the glorious days of Festival of Greece—Oakland style. This is our 33rd year and it promises to be one of the best.


One Thousand Students from Bay Area Schools will be attending on Friday. One High School is from San Jose. Doors open at 10:00 am on Friday to accommodate the crowds. We have limited the school participation to the first 1,000.

We actually have more space for Vendors and seating this year as we covered 6,000 more square feet of the rock areas. Come see the new layout!

Look for the new Food Court and Taverna in the Windmill Plaza.

Free Parking, Free Shuttles and Free Admission for those parking in the Woodminster Amphitheatre and Sequoia Elementary School.

Festival of Greece Check List

  • Remember to post a flyer or poster in offices, stores, and businesses

  • Buy or sell $100 Raffle Tickets to win the $10,000 prize

  • Bring lemons from your gardens to the Church

  • Help with Diples on May 10 and Galaktobouriko May 11

  • Sign up for a shift in one of the booths or service areas

  • Booth Chairs fax in the names of volunteers to Tina TODAY

  • Pray for the success of Festival of Greece

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