Welcome back, everyone and what a summer it was! We’re pleased to share with you that our cookbook took on a life of its own over the summer and the results have been noteworthy.

Since publication in 2008 our cookbook has found a home in our Cathedral Bookstore. We are grateful to Margaret Hunt who managed the bookstore at that time. For years Margaret helped popularize our cookbook, lovingly promoting it.  She welcomed parishioners and visitors and sales increased. Thank you, Margaret, for showcasing and selling our cookbook. The past few years, Marlene Thomas has been the bookstore manager and makes purchasing our cookbook easy. Stop in and purchase seasonally gift-wrapped books thanks to Marlene’s creative talents. We are grateful for her continuing enthusiastic support.

After 9 years of enthusiasm and capable record keeping as treasurer, Mary Dedes decided to retire from this important position and Sophie Stathopoulos has agreed to take on the responsibilities of keeping us financially on track. Thank you, Mary for your stewardship. We are grateful for your dedication and welcome Sophie! We also welcome new committee members Barbara Sarantou and Penny Jenkins and look forward to their help as we forge ahead in new directions.

We proudly announce the 4th printing of our cookbooks this past spring. One thousand books were delivered in time for anticipated new sales this summer and fall. Gene Haberman, our parish computer guru and web master, guided this printing to a successful conclusion and we thank him for his seamless expertise and direction working with the printer.  It would not have been accomplished without him.

In the spirit of our long and fruitful relationship with the Toledo Museum of Art beginning in the 1980’s, our parish participated on Saturday, July 8th in the opening of The Berlin Painter, a glorious exhibition of Athenian Vase-Painting.  We are honored that our cookbook is featured in the exhibition gallery and will continue on sale there until the exhibition closes on October 1st.

Again this year, our cookbook committee staffed a booth at the University of Toledo’s Art on the Mall event on Sunday, July 30th. Cookbook and apron sales were brisk and flyers promoting coming parish events were handed out to thousands of visitors. We thank parishioners Pam Martin, Jalna MacLaren, Sophie Stathopoulos, Terry Irmen (set up and tear down,) Phyllis Manton, Kathy Andros, Chris Veronie, Pattie Senerius, Joanne and Greg Cook and Despina and Basil Apostolou.

Back by popular demand, our Make and Take Cooking Classes will take place in September and October showcasing our very own expert chefs and open to the public once again. On September 19th we offer “Fun with Phyllo Techniques” featuring chicken and demonstrated by George Kamilaris, chef owner of Georgio’s Cafe International; on September 26th, Joanne and Greg Cook offer the ever popular Dolmathes/Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Maria and Andy Petros demonstrate the art of making Spanakopita on October 3rd.The cost per class is $45.00 or enjoy the discounted price of $125.00 for the series. Make your reservation with payment by calling the Cathedral Office, 419-243-9189 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.