The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry for teenagers in our community from grades six through twelve. The mission and goal of GOYA is to lead our young people in the path of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ experiencing the Orthodox Faith.
In developing a personal relationship with God, becoming active sacramental members of the Church, our young people will grow through God’s grace in the areas of worship, fellowship, witness and service. The various activities throughout the year reinforce this mission and goal giving youth the tools necessary to help them on their journey toward salvation.
Such activities for GOYA include: Basketball League, Paraklesis Services with once a month group dinner, food, clothing, and toy drives throughout the year, helping the homeless, dances, Orthodox Life, social outings, family nights, and much more!
Click HERE for Saint Catherine's GOYA Guidelines.
Click HERE for Saint Catherine's GOYA 2018-2019 Registration
GOYA 2018-2019 Board
Lia Vassiliadis, President
Natasa Zygouras, Vice President
Eleni Kroumpouzos, Recording Secretary
Victoria Zahopoulos, Corresponding Secretary
Theodora Zygouras, Treasurer
Vassiliki Boutalis, Fundraising/Hellenic Nursing Home
Rachel Chornovas, Saint Basil Liaison
Christiana Christopoulos, Fundraising/Hellenic Nursing Home
Telly Gregoriadis, Media Manager/Social Media
Demi Kroumpouzos, TBD
GOYAns enjoyed making their own s’mores. They discussed upcoming plans for philanthropic activities, fellowship events, and community projects. In addition, Father Dionysios and Presbytera Maria led discussions on Orthodox Life.
GOYAns were part of the choir for the Christmas Eve Pageant celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Georgia Kazis sang “O Holy Night.” as a solo.
GOYAns from throughout the Metropolis of Boston came and had great fellowship at the 2018 Winter Dance! Many thanks to everyone who made it possible!
Sponsored jointly with Philoptochos, we raised 51 coats that were designated to youth in the Braintree area who were in need through the Marge Crispin Center. The Marge Crispin Center is a non-profit organization that supports residents of Braintree, Massachusetts who are in need.
"Prayer for GOYA Leaders" occurred at the end of the Divine Liturgy today! As Father Dionysios said, may God bless the FUTURE and the PRESENT of the Church.
Prayer for G.O.Y.A. Leaders
"O Lord and God, you have taught us that, “whoever of you desires to be first shall be a slave of all.” Lord, help us to lead the ministry by serving our fellow GOYA Ministry participants, our advisors, and our parish as a whole. Lord, enlighten our minds and strengthen our bodies, that we may direct this ministry according to Your will. Guide us to bring about works of goodness to Your service and glory. We thank You, Lord for the many blessings and mercies You continually bestow on us. In everything we do, in word or deed, may we always do so in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through His Holy Spirit. Amen."
The GOYA board was officially introduced and the President and Vice-President led the agenda. The GOYAns discussed upcoming events, philanthropic service projects currently ongoing, GOYA Sunday, the Christmas dance and more! In addition, Father Dionysios led a discussion on managing stress from an Orthodox Christian perspective. There was great fellowship with the 30 GOYAns who were present! Many thanks to our GOYA advisors who make these events possible for our youth!
Great fellowship was had by all the GOYans, families, and advisors! We look forward to next year!
Click on the link below for pictures from today's GOYA Sunday! God bless all the youth who came to serve the parish in the narthex, as ushers, altar boys, epistle readers, and greeters.
GOYAns had great fellowship in their first meeting of the year where they had a team-building activity, discussed upcoming events, philanthropic endeavors, GOYA Sunday and more! Father Dionysios held the first in a series of discussions on relevant topics for the youth from an Orthodox perspective beginning with peer pressure. A great time was had by all!
Father Dionysios began the year with several Agiasmos Services for Greek School and pictured here Sunday School! May everyone have a blessed year!
GOYAns enjoyed a fun evening of fellowship walking around Legacy Place in Dedham, going to the candy shop, having dinner, bowling, and finishing the evening with ice-cream.
GOYAns handed out carnations to all the women of the church in honor of Mother’s Day!
Congratulations to everyone for a wonderful year! God bless!
Congratulations to all the students, teachers and director for a marvelous year!
Metropolis of Boston GOYAns gathered together for a wonderful night at Saint Catherine’s. We welcomed Astoria, NY GOYAns from Saint Demetrios.
Our community participated in the parade celebrating our Greek heritage! Zhtw h Ellas!
On Holy Saturday, young ladies received the light and brought it to the congregation. As it is written in Scripture, it was the myrrh-bearing women who were first to discover Christ is risen!
All youth participated in services, activities and projects throughout the day focusing on the theme Our Journey Following Christ.
Families worked together to make palms and eat dinner. We had breakout sessions for adults and youth of all ages including GOYAns discussing the theme "Do we live to die, or live to never die" while playing the 1960 version of the "Game of Life."
Students performed poems, songs, and dances in honor of Greek Independence Day! Zhtw h Ellas!
Braintree/Brockton vs. Andover; score 62 to 74. The GOYA boys played a great game! God bless all the players and coaches!
Braintree/Brockton vs. Peabody, Score 70 to 61. Braintree/Brockton advances to Semi-Finals.
"This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe."
GOYAns and Philoptochos offered a coffee hour at the Hellenic Nursing Home where GOYAns passed out carnations with notes for the upcoming Valentine's Day. It was a beautiful afternoon for all!
GOYAns volunteer their time and talents to serve as chanters, altar boys, collecting donations, greeters, and helping with the candles in the narthex. They also attend Sunday School and have a GOYA meeting.
GOYAns had a fun filled evening at Altitude Park where they jumped for an hour and then enjoyed pizza!
GOYAns from throughout the Metropolis of Boston attended with DJ Lacos entertaining. There were over 150 GOYAns present! Until next year!
GOYAns volunteer their time and talents to serve as chanters, altar boys, collecting donations, greeters, and helping with the candles in the narthex.
Here are pictures of Viya Chrissafi and family at Saint Basil's Academy on December 10th for their annual Saint Basil Academy Christmas Party and Gingerbread House building where they spent the day with the children. We look forward to a trip in the Spring!