We are very excited to announce the hiring of Christo Pappademos as the Annunciation Cathedral's new Pastoral Assistant, effective September 1st! He is a dynamic young man with strong faith who is excited to bring his ministries to San Francisco and help grow the Cathedral's programs.
To learn more about Christo and his exciting work, check out this article from the Hellenic Journal.
Welcome to the Annunciation Cathedral Community Christo!
Dean Nicolacakis, Chairman of the Cathedral’s Stewardship Committee, addressed the congregation with the message "We are a family" - a Church family. As such, we belong. We belong to Christ and to His Church. It’s only natural that we would want to support the work of the Church, through time, talent, and resources. To find out more about supporting this vibrant Cathedral community, visit our web site, www.annunciation.org or e mail Dean: Dean.Nicolacakis@annunciation.org
The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected a new Archbishop of America on May 11. He is the former Metropolitan of Bursa, Elpidoforos. Until his election, His Eminence served as Abbott of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity at the Theological School of Halki. Annunciation parishioners may remember him when he came to San Francisco in 2004, as a Deacon, and served the Divine Liturgy with Father Stephen on the Saturday of Lazarus and with Metropolitan Anthony of blessed memory from Palm Sunday through Holy Pascha. Addressing him, following his election, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew told our new Archbishop: “Distinguish yourself as an Archbishop of love, of peace, of humility, of unity. Axios!” We join in acclaiming, “Axios!” (Worthy!). The new Archbishop will be enthroned at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on June 22.
The Cathedral Ladies Philoptochos presented its 2019 Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on May 11th and honored its Mothers of the Year 2019 Joanne Glafkides and Kathy Dermitzakis. We join in congratulating our Mothers of the Year 2019, as we pray for the well-being of their families and blessings on their continued service to the Lord and His Church. Axies! Worthy!
Kathy Dermitzakis was born and raised in San Francisco. Her Parents; Nick and Christina come from the Island of Crete, Greece. They owned and operated the Dermitzakis Leather Co., on Market St. for over 50 years.
A lifelong member of Annunciation Cathedral, Kathy was active in the inaugural Jr. GOYA and in later years with the Philoptochos Society. She completed a degree in Nursing at San Francisco City College and worked as a surgical nurse at Seton Medical Center for 23 years until retirement in 2002.
Kathy proudly served in the government program, The American Peace Corp, serving 2 years in India. Her passions include mountain hiking and open water swimming.
In 1989 she met her husband Paul, and after a 23-year courtship they were married here at the Annunciation in 2012. Kathy's son Nick Pittler and daughter-in-law Nancy also reside in San Francisco with their 4 children, twins Elyse & Paige, Devin and Ava. Kathy's sister Jackie, also an active member of our Orthodox faith, attends Saint Anna Church in Roseville, Calif. Kathy continues to enjoy serving her church and the Philoptochos Society whenever the need arises.
Joanne Glafkides, daughter of Rose and Thomas Venizelos, was born January 20, 1943 raised and educated in San Francisco. She has two brothers Dennis and Thomas Venizelos. Rose, of Armenian decent was born and raised in Fresno and Thomas was born in Pyrgos, Greece.
She married Constantine Glafkides on November 28, 1964; they met at the Coronation Ball at Holy Trinity. Together, God blessed their lives with Christina Rose and James Thomas. The family continued to be involved and attended Annunciation Cathedral. Joanne worked in the Convention, Event and Meeting Planning industry co-managing conventions and educational seminars for those in the Pharmaceutical and Medical industries for the next 30 years until retirement a year ago.
The Annunciation Cathedral has always been very special to her and her family. She was very active following in her mother’s footsteps helping with many of the Philopotchos activities beginning at age 12, with the Bazzar’s continuing to the Food Festivals where she also volunteered. Joanne was involved in GOYA, taught Sunday school, was an Annunciation camp counselor and kitchen staff at Pine Crest and Yosemite. In past years she modeled for Philoptochos Fashion Shows. Joanne is a board member of Philopotchos, has been an officer and member of Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) in Berkeley. In addition volunteered at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.
Joanne and Con have enjoyed many trips both in the United States and Greece, Panama Canal, Alaska, Barbados to Spain, Northern Europe, South America, Caribbean, Italy, Suez Canal, Petra, Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and most treasured the Holy Land tour with Father Nicholas Krommydas. Many of these trips were with Greek friends called the “Cruise Group”.
Her greatest joy next to Motherhood is being a Yiayia to Jack Christian 20, attends Santa Clara University, William Constantine 17, who will attend Stanford University in the fall, Alexander Joel 15, attends Santa Barbara High sons of Christina Glafkides Rottman. Kaia James 13, attends Cunha Middle School and Indie Rose 10, attends El Granada Elementary daughters of Reva and James Glafkides.
Joanne is very proud of Philoptochos’s amazing devotion to our community and to those around us in need of assistance; and is honored to be recognized alongside Katherine.
It began as an idea. To invite parishioners and friends of the Cathedral to laser inscribe their names and/or the names of loved ones in one of the pavers in the courtyard and all around the new Cathedral. The idea was mentioned at the Parish Council. Then, a company was identified that that does this, a company called Customize my Concrete. In turn, the idea was discussed by the Capital Campaign Committee, where it was adopted. Briefly, each of the pavers, measuring 2 feet by 2 feet, is available for “adoption.” The particulars are being worked out. That is, how many lines, the donation amount, and the like. A brochure is being developed, as this issue of the Herald goes to print, with more specific information. Meanwhile, everyone who’s heard about the Paver Project is very excited.
The Annunciation Boys High School Basketball team, which is open to all boys attending 9-12 grade, has begun practicing every Thursday, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Jefferson High School Gymnasium located at 6996 Mission Street, Daly City, while the Adults have also been practicing on Thursdays, beginning at 7:00 p.m., although they practice in our Cathedral gym. All of the practice pays off, as we are up against some formidable teams this year. The reason for the selection of Jefferson for practices is that most high school boys live on the Peninsula and travel to the City can be challenging. For further information, please contact coaches Tom Nuris at (650) 520-6963/ firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Kontonis at (415) 706-1545/ email@example.com.
Games for the remainder of the season, involving Annunciation’s teams, are as follows:
Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Pascha 2019: a historic moment for San Francisco and the Greek Orthodox community. Hundreds of worshipers, led by Metropolitan Gerasimos and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, gather in the unfinished new Cathedral to acclaim the Resurrection of Christ, for the first time since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake claimed the original sanctuary. The 100 year old community is being resurrected!
The First Easter Resurrection Service at the New Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco - Film by Kostas Petrakos:
As we prepare to celebrate the holiest of Christian days—the day of the Resurrection of our Lord—I write to commend you upon our spiritual journey of 40 days. A journey that takes us to the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (which, this year, falls on April 28), but also a journey that takes us to a higher level of personal awareness. Awareness of who we are, why we are born, what it is we should be doing all the years given to us in this life, and where we go, following our earthly death.
These are profound questions. They are, however, necessary questions, as we journey. Questions that are asked by us “moderns.” Questions that have been pondered since the beginning of creation, by all people, and especially by Christian writers. It is for this reason I recommend you do some additional reading this Great and Holy Lent. I recommend the Ladder of Divine Ascent, written by St. John Climacus, or St. John of the Ladder, as he is called. St John died in 649 AD, while serving as abbot of St. Catherine’s Monastery, on Mount Sinai. His Ladder of Divine Ascent engages us in our struggles, inviting us to raise our soul to God, in steps, as if on a ladder. I also recommend On the Soul and the Resurrection by St. Gregory of Nyssa. St. Gregory, who lived in the 4th century AD, was brother of St. Basil the Great, whose Divine Liturgy we celebrate on Sundays during Great Lent. The resurrection of the body, perhaps more than any other Christian doctrine, requires us to face the implications of faith for our personal lives and for our understanding of the world. Indeed, it helps us understand that we are immortal beings.
All this is firmly rooted in Scripture, as I shared with you at this time, last year. Specifically, it is based on the Lord’s words in the Gospels, having to do with the life hereafter and our own “resurrection,” in bodily form, at the end of time, when the Resurrected Lord will return to judge the living and the dead, as we profess every time we recite the Nicene Creed. St. Paul emphasized this foundational teaching in his first letter to the Corinthians, especially in 1 Corinthians 15:14, where he proclaims, if Christ has not been raised [from the dead] our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith.
The Resurrection of our Lord, therefore, is much more than a remembrance of what occurred 2,000 years ago. It is the apex of our existence. For, it is in the Risen Christ, in the Living God, that we live and move and have our being, as St. Paul preached in Athens, following the Resurrection (Acts 17:28). This is precisely why we proclaim: Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! And not just once, but countless times, for 40 days following Pascha. This year’s celebration of Pascha will be especially meaningful for, following the lighting of our paschal candles, in the chapel, we will process to the new Cathedral (though unfinished), where we will hold the Anastasis service, after which we will return to the chapel for the Pascha Divine Liturgy. In this way, we will also reflect on why we are rebuilding the Cathedral at all, and why we need to complete it. Why? So that we may proclaim the Resurrection, from the heart of the City, to the City, the Bay Area, and to all the world!
Please join the Annunciation Dance Groups for a fun night cheering on our San Francisco Giants against the rival LA Dodgers on Friday, September 27th at 7:15pm at Oracle Park. This is a very special night as the Giants are hosting their first ever "Greek Heritage Night". Let's show the Bay Area our Greek Pride at a Giants game! Tickets are $47 each in the Bleacher Section 137 and includes a special Giants Greek t-shirt, shown below. The sale of every ticket will contribute $5 in support of our Annunciation dance groups.
If you are interested, please email Stephanie Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a limited number of tickets in our section of the bleachers for this special first-time event, so act fast and come join the fun!
Godparents Sunday is a Cathedral tradition. Every year, Godchildren invite their Godparents, or vice versa, to come to church for the purpose of “renewing” our baptismal vows. At the time of our baptism (most of us were baptized as infants) our Godparents spoke for us. When the priest asked, in the service, “Do you renounce Satan/have you renounced Satan,” our Godparents answered on our behalf: “I do/I have.” Or, when they were asked, “Do you join/have you joined Christ,” they answered, “I do/I have.” They recited the Creed, that is, the summary of what it is we believe as Orthodox Christians. The Creed as we know it, came to us from the First Ecumenical Council, which took place in Nicaea in 325 AD and also the Second Ecumenical Council, which took place in Constantinople in 381 AD. Following the answering of the questions and the recitation of the Creed, we were baptized. We were chrismated. That is, we were confirmed in the Faith. And, therefore, as full members of the Body of Christ, we received Holy Communion for the first time. Being a Godparent is very special, because we get to mentor our Godchild. Being a Godchild is also very special, because we grow up having, in addition to our physical parents, a spiritual parent. And, so, as we prepare to celebrate Holy Pascha—the Resurrection of Christ—we gather together, Godparents and Godchildren, recite the baptismal vows, and receive Holy Communion together. Godparents Sunday this year will take place on the Sunday before Palm Sunday. That is, it will take place on Sunday, April 14.