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Holy Trinity – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
307 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-716-3080
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Cathedral Ministries & Organizations

Acolytes - The Acolytes are a group of dedicated males who desire to serve their church in special way by assisting the priest during the Divine Liturgy. Any young man is eligible to join. A monthly schedule is prepared and the Acolytes rotate each week. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the Acolytes, please contact the cathedral office.
Cathedral Choir & Jr. Choir - The Cathedral Choir & Jr. Choir lead the congregation in chanting the responses and hymns for the Sunday Liturgies, Vespers and other special occasions. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the Cathedral Choir or Jr. Choir, please contact the cathedral office.
GOC Athletics - GOC Athletics is a ministry for the Orthodox faithful of our cathedral to achieve Orthodox fellowship through athletic activities. The cathedral hosts many athletic events for the community and diocese ranging from volleyball, basketball, softball, golf tournaments, and more. If you are interested in learning more or want to particpate in the GOC Athletics, please contact the cathedral office.
GOYA - The Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) and Jr. GOYA are open to all boys and girls of the cathedral, ages 13-18. Within our cathedral, the GOYA is an important organization that enables our youth to establish a Greek Orthodox identity. In addition, our youth is given the opportunity to expand from our own cathedral boundaries and establish bonds with GOYAns from elsewhere. The GOYA is a microscope of our own Parish Council, for it has its own President and officers, and is under the guidance of the local Parish Priest. The GOYA is the future of the cathedral. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the GOYA or Jr. GOYA, please contact the cathedral office.
Junior Goya - Junior GOYA is the ministry that is dedicated to the youth in grades 6 though 8.
Greek School & Greek Dance Guild - The Greek School and Greek Dance Guild are ministries whose missions are to to promote the Greek Language, the Greek Culture and the Greek Orthodox Heritage. If you are intersted in learning more or would like to learn the Greek language or dancing, please contact the cathedral office.

HOPE & JOY - HOPE & JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth) are ministries leading the children in to experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our children will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them through life. HOPE is for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade children and JOY is for 3rd Grade - 6th Grade children.  Space Cubs is also a ministry for Pre-Kindergarten children. If you are intersted in learning more or would like to get your children involved with Space Cubs, HOPE, or JOY, please contact the cathedral office.
Sunday School Program - The Sunday School Program is a very strong religious education program for pre-school through high school aged students. Staffed by dedicated and trained volunteers, students participate in weekly classes following the Divine Liturgy each Sunday during the academic year. The instruction materials are those which have been developed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education. Special projects, including art and music, are also offered at certain grade levels. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the Sunday School Program, please contact the cathedral office.
The Cathedral Bookstore & Gift Shoppe - The Cathedral Bookstore & Gift Shop offers a wonderful selection of books regarding the greek orthodox faith available for purchase. Also available are beautiful icons in sterling silver or mounted on wood imported from Greece, incense, prayer ropes, and a variety of gift items for people of all ages. When planning a baptism or wedding, stop by the Cathedral Book and Gift Shop and purchase candles, favors, stefanas, or just to get some ideas. The staff is here to help you after Liturgy on Sundays (approximately 11:45 - 12:15) or by appointment contact the cathedral office.
The Cathedral Day Care - The Cathedral Day Care provides a safe, comfortable, stimulating and fun place in a home environment while providing nutritious meals, snacks, and encouraging good personal hygiene skills / manners. The Cathedral Day Care is a place where your children can grow! If you are interested in learning more about the cathedral day care, please contact Katherine Sissa at 716-3083 or GOCDayCare@aol.com
The Forever Young - The Forever Young is a ministry for the senior citizens of the cathedral. Meetings are held each month and many varied activities are scheduled. Rides are provided for those who need them. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the Forever Young, please contact the cathedral office.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society - The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is an official philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, established in November of 1931. Philoptochos is the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women which supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its philanthropic work. In over 65 years of existence, we can proudly state that Philoptochos is the second largest women's philanthropic organization in the United States in terms of money donated to charitable causes. It is second only to the Sisterhood of Hadassah, the Jewish women's charitable group. Philoptochos functions at the local, diocesan, national, and international levels and is open to all women over 18 years old who are of the Greek Orthodox faith. It is your right and your privilege to be a member of Philoptochos. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the Philoptochos Society, please contact the cathedral office.
The Makaria & Koliva Committee - The Makaria & Koliva Committee are a group of dedicated individuals of our cathedral who prepare the "Meal of Blessedness" following a funeral and the koliva for memorial services. If you are interested in learning more or want to join these committees, please contact the cathedral office.
The Stewardship Ministry - The Stewardship Ministry tries to acheive in action true meaning of the term "Orthopraxia." Effectively living and practicing our belief in Jesus Christ through faithful stewardship means that we offer our Time, Talents, and Treasures to the glory of God. If you are interested in learning more about stewardship, please contact the cathedral office.
YAL - The Young Adult League (YAL) is open to all young adults of the cathedral. The YAL creates a setting where Young Adults grow spiritually through experiencing the four characteristics, which symbolize the YAL movement. Namely, Worship (Liturgia), Witness (Martyria), Service (Diakonia), and Fellowship (Koinonia). Using these four characteristics, we will live a balanced Orthodox Christian life, growing in His likeness. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join the YAL, please contact the cathedral office.
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