History of Our Parish - Conclusion PDF Print
History of Our Parish
Celebrating the First Divine Liturgy
Building the First Church
Growth In The Church Community
World War II Involvement and Post War Growth
Building the Hellenic Center
Building the Present Church on South Grande Avenue
Growth in the New Church, Tragedy, and Recovery
The 80s and 90s
Conclusion
List of Chanters, Choir Director, Organists, and Sunday School Directors
List of Parish Council Presidents
List of Parish Priests
Closing Remarks
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The Philoptochos Society of the Community had existed for many years. It is the ladies’ association of the Church community. They were always ready to help the Church and the Trustees in any way they could, from making candles by hand in the early years, to sponsoring the early picnics and fundraising by selling raffles or baking delicacies. The year 2005 was to be their 80th anniversary. Many committees were established under the chairmanship of Lee Venetis for this Philoptochos event. Now it was the ladies’ turn to celebrate with the community. They held a Gala Celebration Dinner at the Dutchess Manor in Beacon, NY on October 23, 2005. There were about 300 in attendance. There were National Philoptochos representatives from the Archdiocese as well as local dignitaries and clergy.

80th Anniversary Philoptochos Committee

During this period the youth groups were becoming more active by making visits to other Church sites such as St. Basil’s Academy and several monasteries. They also made trips to social and recreational programs for their enjoyment and education and often sponsored parish brunches for the parishioners after the Sunday Liturgy. It can also be noted that in the mid 90s, our Kimisis Senior dancers were honored by being invited to perform folkdances for Patriarch Bartholomew’s first visit to the United States.

It was noted by many that we had been in the new Church since 1967 and had not been consecrated. Trustees and Rev. N. Pastrikos began to plan for a Consecration Ceremony to take place some time in the near future. This would entail a great deal of planning and participation by all segments of the community.

Plans were now set for the Consecration, which was set for the Fall of 2007. The Church was now completing its interior decoration for the event by adding marble in the area (solea) in front of the altar screen, tile-marble flooring in the sanctuary, an icon of the Crucifixion on the North nave wall, an icon of the Resurrection on the South nave wall, and a new Bishop’s throne and new Chanters’ stands. Six life-sized icons of Bishop Saints were also added to the altar wall namely: Sts. Basil, Gregory the Theologian, Chrysostom, Athanasios, Spyridon & Nectarios. New entrance doors were obtained to be installed after the Consecration. Repairs were also made on the narthex atrium to protect it from the weather, as it had been open to rain & snow over the years.

Kimisis Hellenic Dancers performing for His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on his first visit to the United States in 1997

Finally, all the preparations were completed. The Consecration Ceremony Vespers were presided over by His Grace Bishop Savas, Chancellor of the Archdiocese. Sunday Matins services were presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios who also presided over the Liturgy along with Bishop Savas and a large number of priests from the surrounding parishes. This event was a double blessing as our Reverend Nicholas Pastrikos was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter and our chanter Antonios Paravalos was elevated to Protopsalti. Following the elaborate ceremony, all present went to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel for the Consecration Banquet. Along with the Archbishop, many County and local dignitaries spoke to over 300 present that afternoon. It was a memorable Sunday October 21, 2007.

It is important to add at this stage of the history the names of some who have had a positive impact on the Community...