May 13, 2021

Greek Festival Update
Save the Dates!

- Teddy Hontzas -




Christ is Risen!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the dates and times for our Annual Greek Food Festival have been set and approved for 2021.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: October 14th, 15th, & 16th

10:30 am until 7:30 pm

Drive Thru and Walk Up Only

We learned a lot about ourselves as a parish in 2020 during the current pandemic. Perhaps the most inspiring thing is just how resilient we are as a parish. While many parishes and society as a whole simply stood still and waited for a better day, we adapted, with inspiring pastoral leadership, to the circumstances and even flourished as a community. Our Cathedral doors never closed as we continued to offer spiritually edifying opportunities and bring the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only our parish, but the city of Birmingham and beyond.

The painful decision to cancel our 2020 Greek Food Festival is behind us now and, as we move forward, each of us should embrace this year’s event whole heartedly. As we plan for our Festival this Fall, we are forced to make decisions based on current facts concerning the pandemic and not speculate on what they could be in October.

The Festival perhaps will not look or feel exactly like years past, but its success, as in years past, will depend 100% on each one of us taking ownership and personal responsibility in our efforts to make this year’s Festival better than ever. The Festival is dependent on willing and motivated volunteers. This will never change, so please make plans now to ensure you will be available to participate in this year’s event.

As we reflect on this past year, we can all agree that one of the most significant and devastating effects of the pandemic was our inability to fellowship and see each another in person. This year’s Festival, as in years past, will be highly anticipated in the city of Birmingham and will show our hospitality and bring them joy, but the fellowship, love, and working together for a common goal will bring each of us a much greater joy.

As we move forward in planning, we will share information with you as it develops.

God Bless each of you,

Teddy, Jimmy, and Pete



Teddy Hontzas was raised here in Birmingham, Al and is a lifelong member of Holy Trinity - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He graduated from UAB in 1990 and has a BS

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Photography Credits: Beth Hontzas - Music: Presbytera Katerina Makiej





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Teddy Hontzas was raised here in Birmingham, Al and is a lifelong member of Holy Trinity - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He graduated from UAB in 1990 and has a BS degree in General Management. Teddy is married to Jackie (Smith) Hontzas and they have four children, Georgia, Sophia, Olivia and Constantine. He and his brother Pete own and operate a successful restaurant, which demands most of his time. Teddy loves working with youth and has taught Sunday School for 11 years. He is involved in various other ministries here at the Cathedral and at the present time is Greek Festival Chairman.