Newsletter - March 14th 2022



 Mark your calendars for our celebration of Greek Independence Day. We will be hosting our traditional "Steve T" Fish Dinner following services on Sunday March 27. Tickets will be sold at the door.  $15 for Fish---$6 for Mac-n-Cheese


AHEPA'S next meeting will be held on Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Basil's.


Management at Elmwood cemetery informed me that the vaults stored adjacent to St. Basil’s area will be moved to a warehouse in the near future. I am working with them to build a visual barrier around the dumpster. Although the neighbouring community is unhappy Elmwood no longer allows dog walking in the cemetery. Elmwood management welcomes input. Please be respectful and positive when presenting your concerns. My email address is:
Michael Kalogridis

Please click on the link for a complete list of Lenten & Holy Week services.

Friday, March 18 2022
6:00 pm - B! Stanza
Salutations to the Theotokos
Παρασκευή, 18 Μαρτίου 2022
6:00 μμ - Β! Στάσις
Χαιρετισμοί της Θεοτόκου

The next festival meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm.

Please mark your calendars for the following Festival Cooking dates. Many hands make for light work!!!
April 9th 9:00am Pastitsio
April 30th 9:00am Moussaka
May 16th 9:30am Kourambiethes
May 18th 10:00am Finikia baking
May 19th 9:00am Finikia dipping
June 1st 9:00am Stuffed Peppers
TBD TBD Spanakopita
TBD TBD Baklava


Thank you to everyone who brought Lenten dishes for the Mission Vespers on Sunday evening. It was wonderful to have everyone come to church again and share each other's company. Thank you to everyone who set up, served, and cleaned up. Thank you to all our brother priests and their parishioners for allowing us to show hospitality to you. Thank you to Deacon Michael and the Saint Andrew Choir for your beautiful voices. Thank you Father Gregory for the homily in honor of the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The collection gathered from the generosity of everyone in attendance will help the people of the Ukraine


We hope that you have all received and reviewed the special pricing for “Friends, Family and Founders” which was made available to you in order to ensure EVERY family is able to place an ad with picture(s) and a message regarding your family and / or loved ones.  As indicated.. that pricing is only for Family and Founders of St. Basil community and NOT available to businesses or organizations who wish to place an ad or be a sponsor of the exciting upcoming 90th Anniversary event.
Anyone needing assistance with placing a personal ad, feel free to contact Despina Bronsihan or Steve Bobarakis.  Please don't be intimidated by the formatting requirements.  We will gladly walk you through the process. 


Mission Vespers:  Thank you to all those who set up, cleaned up and brought delicious dishes to share for our reception last night.  The reception was a tremendous success because of you.  It was perhaps the largest turnout ever from our orthodox community.  A special thanks goes out to Victoria Nicholas and Despina Brosnihan for making clam chowder in memory of Nick Nicholas who faithfully made it for us every year and to Eleni Papadopoulos for her delicious "surprise". 

Tsoureki Sale:  Christina Vasilakos and the Halfmoon Diner have graciously agreed to make tsoureki for Easter.  Quantities are limited.  You may pre-order by contacting Nia Cholakis at or 518-209-1261 or Liz Thomas at or 518-496-9577.  Pick up will be on Palm Sunday after Liturgy.

Ukraine:  Emergency appeal for donations to the National Philoptochos Ukraine Relief Fund.  In addition to donations to local relief efforts, donations may be sent marked “National Philoptochos Ukraine Relief Fund” to the National Philoptochos Society at 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 or DONATE HERE at this link:  Please keep the victims, their families and loved ones in your prayers and please be as generous as possible.

Epitaphios Flowers:  Philoptochos is collecting donations for Epitaphios flowers to defray the rising costs of the flowers.  If you are able to donate, we will be passing a second tray on 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, and 4/17.  Please contact Krista Lewandusky at if you can help decorate the Epitaphios on Good Friday.

Sunshine Committee:  If you are aware of anyone who is ill, confined to hospital or homebound due to illness, please contact our Sunshine Committee Chairpersons, Helen Alesio and Miranda Polemeropoulos.

Annual Stewardship:  If you have not already completed your Stewardship Form and made payment, click to automatically down the form.  Our commitments are currently due to National Philoptochos and Direct Archdiocese. You may print out the attachment as a hard copy and give it to Nia Cholakis or Krista Lewandusky or mail it to the Church.  Minimum suggested donation is $35.00.


Monday, March 21 at 7 pm, Regal Cinemas in Colonie and Crossgates will show Man of God, a film about St. Nektarios of Aegina. Please note, there is only one showing and seating is limited, so get your tickets soon!



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