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 2017-2018 Registration
GOYA 2017-2018 Board
Lia Vassiliadis, President
Angelina Spiropoulos, Vice President
Eleni Kroumpouzos, Recording Secretary
Anastasia Zygouras, Corresponding Secretary
Theodora Zygouras, Treasurer
Arianna Carroll, Council Member
Alexandra Nichols, Council Member
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!
GOYAns participated in the Good Friday Retreat which offered opportunities for witness, ministry, worship and fellowship. They made No-Sew Blankets to donate to those in need such as Philoxenia House.
A group of 19 GOYANS went into Boston today to distribute the Blessings Bags they assembled two weeks ago. They walked nearly five miles (almost 10,000 steps) through the Boston Commons a few times, Washington Street, Chinatown and Tremont Street and then drove to the Pine Street Inn to give what we had left
GOYAns are preparing to go to Boston Commons and hand out Blessing Bags to the homeless. Each bag contains some toiletries, socks, Dunkin Donuts gift card, and various essentials.
Saint Catherine GOYAns provided dinner for the needy. They prepared, cooked, served and cleaned up afterwards. Thanks to all who participated and helped including Nick and Diane Seremetis and Lena Deaibes! God bless all!
Saint Catherine's parishioners donated new coats to the Braintree Food Pantry for our annual Coat Drive. GOYAns had the honor to pass out these coats to all those that had requested them. Coats were collected by the faithful of Saint Catherines Church for those in need. Coats were delivered when the GOYAns offered the dinnermeal. The youth and there families were very appreciative.