Saint Paul’s Parish Oratorical Festival:  Sunday, March 21, 2020

The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is an opportunity for our young people to learn more about their faith and to be able to articulate that understanding. The Oratorical Festival takes place yearly in all of our Greek Orthodox parishes throughout the United States. At Saint Paul’s, it has also become a tradition to include a non-competitive Youth category for 4th-6th grades, joining our 7th-12th grade speakers. This year, our Parish Festival will take place on Sunday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m., and it certainly isn’t too soon for our students to begin thinking about their presentations now. The topics and research helps for grades 7-12 are found on our parish Church School website. Scan the VR code box or visit:   www.stpaulsirvine.org.churchschool.

Students in the Youth category may speak on any topic of their choice, with a recommended length of 1 minute to 90 seconds. Representative speakers from St. Paul’s in the Junior and Senior divisions will participate in the District Festival, hosted this year here at Saint Paul’s on April 26th  (the same day as our Godparent-Godchild Sunday!) From there, one Junior and Senior speaker will move on to the Metropolis festival at St. Nicholas Ranch, which will take place on May 9th. We ask parents to encourage their students to take part in a valuable component of our religious education program. It will involve a minimal amount of their time, but the rewards can last a lifetime! Teachers in our 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes will be assisting their students with the speech topics and prompts. Additional assistance with grammar and pubic speaking tips will be offered to students in grades 7-12 who express an interest in speaking at the Oratorical Festival. All the information may be found on our parish Church School website: (www.stpaulsirvine.org/churchschool).

Download: 2020 Oratorical Festival Topics (pdf)

Link to : 2020 Topic Tips

Download: 2020 Metropolis Flyer with districts (pdf)

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Sunday Schedule

Ages 3-12th grade

10:00 Divine Liturgy

Families worship together. This is critical to true Christian Education. You are giving your children a great blessing by allowing them to learn to participate in the community of Faith in the Divine Liturgy.

10:15 “On-Time” ticket distribution ends (Some classes have a small “on-time” reward program)

Students will be ushered for Holy Communion after the Choir

Students will exit at South rear door of Church, (due to construction) then proceed to their classes.

12:00-12:15 Class dismissed.

(Parents are asked to wait until class has been dismissed before calling for children.) Occasionally a student needs to be released prior to dismissal. To avoid lesson disruption, he or she should come to class with a parent note indicating the time and reason for early release.

Classes meet every Sunday except

December 29, 2019, January 5, 2020
April 19, 2020 – Great & Holy Pascha (Easter) Sunday,
and April 26, 2020 – Godparent/Godchild Sunday

What your student should know

Objectives by grade level

High School

  • Contemporary Moral Issues (9th/10th grades)
  • Teenage Ten Commandments (9th/10th grades)
  • Come Receive the Light Bible Studies, vol. 1
  • Come Receive the Light Bible Studies, vol. 2
  • Who Is God? Who Am I? Who is my Neighbor? (11th/12th grades)
3/4 yr. olds

CoTeacher: Joann Cokas

Co-Teacher: Juliana Wissa

5 Yrs. & Kindergarten

Co-Teacher: Regina Blankenhorn

Co-Teacher: Connie Cunningham

Co-Teacher: Kana Tesfa

Aide: Sherie Sardis

Aide: Debbie Neforos

Aide:  Nevine Erian

Aide: Dina Lidis

1st//2nd Grades

Co-Teacher: Bea Dargavel

Co-Teacher: Georgia Theodorou

Co-Teacher: Poly Zweigle

Aide: Andrea Britigan

Aide: Jennifer Durban

Aide: Cassiani Kateyiannis

3rd /4th Grade

Co-Teacher: Denise Canellos

Co-Teacher:  Maria Conley

Aide: Monica Leontas

Aide:  Katherine Canellos

Aide:  Nikki Koutures

5th/6th Grade

Co-Teacher: Lydia Pearson

Co-Teacher: Tom Neforos

Aide: Laura Brozek

Aide:  Nicholas Kouracos

7th/8th Grade

Co-Teacher: Steve Tibbs

Co-Teacher: Jim Leontas

Aide: Rob McLin

9th/10th Grade

Co-Teacher: Dean Langis

Co-Teacher Patricia Schneider-Zioga

Aide: Kyro Beshay

11th/12th Grade
Co-Teacher: John Britigan
Co-Teacher: Dorothea Love
Co-Teacher: Jennifer Hampson
Aide: Jennifer Mitchell
Special Ed. Coordinator: Helen Condas

Oratorical Festival Chair: 
Calee Lee

Youth Choir: Director: Andrea Fouts; Asst. Director: Jennifer Hampson

Room Parent Coordinator: Irene Aviles

Church School Board of Directors: Dorothea Love , MaryAnne Smith , Steve Tibbs, Denise Canellos, Dora Morley, Eve Tibbs (Superintendent)

New students are welcome throughout the year!

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