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THE VOICE — April 2014 - Volume No. 283
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Father’s Article ...........................1
Stewardship ................................3
Great Lent....................................4
Philoptochos ...............................5
Sunday of Orthodoxy................6
Parish Events` .............................7
P.T.A./Sunday School ...............8
Archangels .................................9
Ordination........................... 10-11
Talent Show ..............................12
Iconography ..............................13
Cherubs......................................13
Κοινοτικά Νέα ........................14
Liturgical Schedule .................15
Community Events ..................16
Πρόγραμμα Ακολουθιών ....17
ST. SPYRIDON
HELLENIC ORTHODOX
CHURCH
Several times a year, groups of students from Trinity Christian College
visit Saint Spyridon as part of their religious studies. After speaking
about the church and our faith traditions, there is always time for Q & A,
and every single time, one of their questions is the following: “We are
commanded to worship God alone. How is it that Orthodox Christians
pray to saints?” I am not surprised to receive this question from our
Protestant friends, but lately I have been hearing the same concern from
Orthodox faithful. For this reason, I wish to address in our ‘Catechism
101’ series the Orthodox understanding of the intercession of the Saints.
In Orthodoxy, we have great respect for the saints and they are an integral part of our life. At birth, a saint is picked for us. A convert will pick
a patron saint at baptism. A parish will be dedicated to a patron saint
with the blessing of the local hierarch. The patron saint is a protector, an
intercessor, and a model for the individual or for an entire community.
In celebration of these saints, the church places their relics in the altar table, and their icons on its walls and in the homes of the faithful. Hymns
and services are composed in their honor extolling their virtuous deeds
and witness to our faith. We, the faithful, aspire to imitate them, and we
fervently ask them to intercede on our behalf to God.
The key word in this last point is that we ask the saints to ‘intercede’.
The saints do not possess the ability to save us. Only Christ is the Savior
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The Voice - H ΦΩNH
Official Monthly
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St. Spyridon
Hellenic Orthodox Church
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REV. FR. TILEMAHOS
ALIKAKOS
IERATIKOS
PROESTAMENOS
Church Office
Hours: ................. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phone: ...................... 708-385-2311, 2313 or 0787
Fax: ................................................. 708-385-0166
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.Saint-Spyridon.org
Parish Council Officers
Taso Panagiotopoulos ........................ President
James Korbakes ......................... Vice-President
Konstantine Labrakis................. Vice President
James Xeros ......................................... Secretary
Frank Kopanis ................... Assistant Secretary
Gus Kolyvas ........................................Treasurer
Nicholas Chibucos ............. Assistant Treasurer
Auxiliary Officers
Stylianos Bonanos ................................ Chanter
Olga Paxinos ................................. Philoptochos
Angela Evangelopoulos ........................... P.T.A.
Kiki Kazazakis......................................... Kentro
Lambrini Stavrou ..... Plutarchos Greek School
Anna Angelos............... Archangels Academy
Zoe Kopanis................ Sunday School Director
Nicky Glikis ................................ Choir Director
Dana Vasilakos ........... G.O.Y.A. & Jr. G.O.Y.A.
Janine Riley ............................................ Cherubs
Presvytera Georgia .................................. HOPE
Fr. Tilemahos .......................... Byzantine Music
Panagiotis Mihalopoulos ............. Iconography
Fr. Tilemahos ................................... Bible Study
Vicki Drikos ................................ Handmaidens
Nick Chibucos & Labros Malfas .... Altar Boys
John Angelos ........................................ Athletics
“And what does the Lord require of
you? To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
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and the Mediator and High Priest Who offers Himself for our salvation.
When we as Orthodox pray to the saints, we do not pray to them as the
source of salvation. We are communicating with them and we are praying ‘with’ the saints. We enlist the saints to pray with us and on our behalf, but the final destination of every prayer is Christ. We venerate the
saints, we respect them, we imitate them, and we humbly ask them to
intercede for us, but we do not worship them. Worship belongs to God
alone since Christ is our only Mediator and Savior. St. Cyril of Jerusalem
states the following in his Catechetical Lectures: “During Eucharistic
prayer, we make mention also of those who have already fallen asleep:
first, the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, that through their
prayers and supplications, God would receive our petitions.”
One of the arguments that our Protestant friends pose to us is that the
saints have no knowledge of the affairs of the world and that there is no
way for them to hear our prayers. After all, the saints are not omnipotent and omnipresent like God. While it is true that the saints are not
omnipotent and omnipresent, they are very aware of events on earth.
For example, on Mount Tabor, where Christ was transfigured, we see
Him conversing with Moses and Elijah about the coming events of
Christ’s crucifixion. Not only were the Old Testament prophets aware of
current events, but by God’s revelation they were cognizant of future
events as well. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the saints are alive; they
have not abandoned the world; they are concerned with the affairs of
this world and of our lives, our needs, and our prayers. In one of my
favorite hymns, the apolytikion of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, we
chant: “In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not
abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the
source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions”.
One last argument that I have heard against the practice of praying to
saints is that it is not specifically mentioned in the Bible to do so. However, there is no directive not to pray to the saints either. The fact that
the scriptures are silent on the issue simply means that it was not a point
of contention within the life of the Church. The Church Fathers barely
spoke on the issue but rather accepted and lived the practice without it
being a source of controversy. And since the earliest of the Church Fathers attest to the practice as commonplace and accepted among believers, there is no reason to reject it. There are indeed many things that we
do in church that are not specifically mentioned in scripture. The
Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and we trust the Holy Spirit to guide
us to all truth. The scriptures, as authoritative as they are, do not contain
the entire experience of the life of the Church. The supreme authority
within the Church is the grace our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the love
of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit Who guides
and forms what we call Holy Tradition, within which the scriptures are
contained.
Intercession of the saints which has been practiced throughout the history of the Church was never considered as constituting heresy, idolatry,
or polytheism. The practice has always served to enhance the prayer life
of the Church. To commune with the saints and to ask them to intercede
for us is to confess that the Church is a community of the living. At this
time that we are preparing to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, we
become keenly aware that there is life after death. Without the cloud of
STEWARDSHIP 2014
Stewardship 2014 Progress Report
As of March 27th, 2014
Pledged Stewards:
207
Stewardship Goal for 2014
400 Stewards
The Stewardship Committee thanks our 207 Stewards who have fulfilled their pledge for the 2014
year. We wish to express our gratitude for your
commitment to the Lord’s work through our
Church of Saint Spyridon. And to you who have
not yet pledged, we ask of you to commit yourself
and your family so that the Word of God may continue in His glorious name.
STEWARDS 2014-FEBRUARY 28TH-MARCH 27TH
Mr. & Mrs. Dimitrios Alexakos
Mr. & Mrs. Nich. Andricopulos
Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Angell
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Argyropoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Gus Banakis
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Battersby
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Besbekos
Mr. & Mrs. Garnet Bremner
Mr. & Mrs. Sam Charalambos
Ms. Elena Dalleck
Dr. & Mrs. George Danos
Mr. George Eliacostas
Mr. & Mrs. John Eliacostas
Ms. Angela Evangelopoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hic
Mr. & Mrs. Brad Jones
Mr. & Mrs. Dim. Karamagianis
Ms. Georgia Karuntzos
Mr. James Karuntzos
Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Kavvadas
Mr. & Mrs. Pete Kazazakis
Mr. & Mrs. Emman. Kekempanos
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Kekempanos
Mrs. Helen King
Mrs. Tasia Kladis
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kopanis
Mr. James Korbakes
Dr. & Mrs. Dimitrios Kotsopulos
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Koulogeorge
Mr. & Mrs. George Kyroudis
Ms. Georgia Malamis
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Manasses
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Manolitsis
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Lamonto
Mr. & Mrs. Demetrius Marines
Mr. Eustratios Marinos
Mr. John Mazarakos
Mr. & Mrs. Dale Morrone
Mr. & Mrs. An. Panagiotopoulos
Mr. Philip Papamakarios
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Papoulias
Mr. Andrew Pappas
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Paraskis
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Petinatos
Mr. Marino Petropoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Kostas Retsinas
Mr. & Mrs. Rob Righetti
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Riley
Mr. Gus Roros
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Smirnis
Fr. & Pr. Anargyros Stavropoulos
Mr. Peter Stribakos
Mr. & Mrs. George Theoharis
Mr. Angelo Tsakolas
Mrs. Mary Tsiggos
Mr. & Mrs. George Tsikouris
Mr. John Tsikouris
Mr. Michael Valaris
Mr. & Mrs. John Virosztko
Mr. & Mrs. George Vasilakos
ΓΙΝΕ ΚΑΛΟΣ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ
ΤΟΥ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΣΠΥΡΙΔΩΝΑ
Ευχαριστούμε τις 207 οικογένεις που εκπλήρωσαν τις υποσχέσεις τους για το έτος 2014.
Υπενθυμίζουμε σε όλους ότι έχουν ταχυδρομηθεί οι Καταστάσεις Υπόσχεσης του Καλού
Οικονόμου για το τρέχον έτος. Σας παρακαλούμε να ανανεώσετε την συνδρομή σας το
γρηγορώτερο δυνατόν. Η υποστήριξη όλων είναι αναγκαί για την συνέχιση του έργου της
Εκκλησίας μας.
witnesses such as our saints praying with us and interceding on our behalf, the church would quickly become a
very lonely and dying place. In Orthodoxy, we are never alone. Death no longer separates us from each other.
In every Eucharistic gathering, we all come together: the Theotokos, angels, prophets, apostles, teachers, martyrs,
ascetics, and all the saints, with the living and those who have fallen asleep, as we form the image of the Church,
the Body of Christ Who has risen from the dead and Who forever shall be. By the intercessions of Saint Spyridon
and of all the saints, may the days of Holy Week and Pascha find you in fervent prayer, heartfelt repentance and
true joy in our Risen Lord. In His love, Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos
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LENTEN EVENTS
HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN IAKOVOS
AT ST. SPYRIDON, FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH
On Friday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m.
His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos will officiate at the Liturgy
of Presanctified Gifts. Following the service, the Philoptochos
will be hosting the Lenten Meal. All faithful are invited to
attend. Please make every effort to attend this special service.
LENTEN MEALS
During the Great Lent period we will have Lenten Meals hosted by the
different Parish organizations of our community. Each dinner is pot-luck
and always delicious. We ask for the members of each organization to
bring a Lenten dish for the meal.
The Lenten Meals are held every Wednesday of Great Lent after the
Presanctified Liturgy. All Free Will Donations will benefit our Iconography Project
The Lenten Meal schedule is as follows:
 Wednesday, April 2nd—Altar Boys
 Wednesday, April 9th—P.T.A.
 Friday, April 11th—Philoptochos Society
HOLY CONFESSION
Please observe the Holy Confession Schedule as outlined in page 15.
You may also make an appointment with Fr. Tilemahos by calling the
church office at (708) 385-2311
MYROFORES
Once again, the tradition of the Myrofores during Holy Week and
Pascha continues. The Myrofores, this year, will be led by Eleni
Alexakos and Maria Mataragas. Please let them or the church office
know that you are willing to participate in the Myrofores. While a
white robe is provided, the girls need to come dressed appropriately for church and with white shoes and white stockings. The Myrofores need to be at the church fifteen minutes before the start of
the following services:
Palm Sunday, April 13 – Service of the Bridegroom – 7:00 p.m.
Holy Monday, April 14th - Service of the Bridegroom – 7:00 p.m.
Holy Tuesday, April 15th - Service of the Bridegroom – 7:00 p.m.
Holy Friday, April 18th – The Epitaphios Service – 7:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 19th – The Resurrection Service – 11:00 p.m.
PASCHA Sunday, April 20th – The Agape Service – 12 noon
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RED PASCHA EGGS
The dying and wrapping of the
Red Pascha Eggs will be on Thursday, April 17th, Holy Thursday
morning at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is
invited to help.
HOLY WEEK FLOWERS
The Great Lent and Easter Season
is approaching quickly and once
again we are asking for your
contributions
and
donations
towards the adornment of our St.
Spyridon Church during the
Lenten and Paschal season. Please
call the Church office if you are
interested in donating for the
flowers. Your generous assistance
will be appreciated.
DECORATING THE
EPITAPHION
The Epitaphion of our Lord will be
decorated during the All-Night
Vigil on Holy Thursday Evening
on April 17th. All parishioners and
friends are invited to this beautiful
Orthodox Tradition in which everyone can participate.
WANTED!!!
FOREIGN LANGUAGE READERS
We are looking for foreign language readers for the Agape Service on Sunday, April 20th at noon.
If you can read any language other
than Spanish, English and Greek,
please contact Fr. Tilemahos.
PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS
IN MEMORIAM
MEMORIALS
Dear Philoptochos Sisters and Fellow Parishioners,
Kalo Mina,
We have had a busy March. The Kathara Deftera service and reception bonded us as we started Lent together.
The Philoptochos Metropolis Retreat at St. Demetrios Libertyville
was attended by over 200 members. The Topic “The Theotokos
and the Modern Woman” was very inspiring.
The ordination at our parish to the Diaconate of Chris Mihalopoulos was a very beautiful service. Thank you to all the parishioners
who helped make the reception a success.
On March 23rd our annual loukoumada sale went very well!
April too will be busy as we culminate the Lenten Season by His
Resurrection.
Every Sunday there will be spanakopites and tiropites available for
sale. Stock up now before they are all gone!
On Wednesday April 9th we will be making tsourekia for the Palm
Sunday bake sale.
On Friday evening April 11th, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos
will be here for the service and reception afterwards.
On Palm Sunday April 13, we will have the annual fish luncheon.
We will also have the combined bake sale with the PTA for the
needy.
On Thursday April 17th we will by dyeing the Easter eggs for Pashca.
The services this month are beautiful and we seem to learn more
each year as we follow the text.
I wish everyone Kalee Anastasee and all the best with your families.
With Sisterly Agape,
Saturday, March 8th
†1 yr for Diamantis Andonopoulos
Sunday, March 9th
†3 yrs for Demetria Proutsos
Sunday, March 23rd
†1 yr for Spiro Vythoulkas
†17 yrs for Stamata Vythoulkas
Sunday, March 30th
†6 months for Fillipos Petropoulos
†Irene Chrisovalantou Hatzitheodorou
Olga Paxinos, Philoptochos President
Seniors' Christian Fellowship Luncheon
The Spring General Assembly meeting
will be held on Friday, April 4th, 2014
following the 7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn
service..
Chicago's South Suburban Greek Orthodox Parishes
cordially invite their Senior Parishioners on
JR. OLYMPICS MEETING
Friday, April 25, 2014
to celebrate together our Lord's Holy Resurrection
during Bright Week, which is being hosted by the:
St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society
10301 S. Kolmar Ave. Oak Lawn, IL
Orthros Begins - 8:30 A.M. * Followed by luncheon & fellowship
So as to prepare appropriately, please make your reservation by
calling the St. Nicholas Church office: 708-636-5460
Admission: Free of charge
BAPTISMS
The son of Mr. & Mrs. John Virosztko
was baptized on March 1st and given
the name David. Mr. Peter Panagiotaros & Mrs. Dena Petrakopoulos were
the sponsors.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nick Argyropoulos was baptized on March
22nd and given the name Styliani. Her
sponsors were Ms. Stacy Kolios and
Cindy Dababneh.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Angelo
Tsokolas was baptized on March 22nd
and given the name Sofia Grace. Mr.
John Tsokolas and Mr. & Mrs. John &
Sarah Stickelmaier were the sponsors.
SPRING GENERAL
ASSEMBLY
All coaches and volunteers for the Jr.
Olympics are invited to an organizational meeting at church on Thursday,
April 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. We are always
looking for new people to join our veteran volunteers to help with signing
up the kids and organizing the practices and athletes for basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball, swimming,
track, tennis, and much more.
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Sunday Of Orthodoxy
An overwhelming number of children participated in the litany of icons on Sunday of Orthodoxy. It was a beautiful sight to see as all
our Sunday School students held up their
icons and proclaimed the beauty and glory of
our Orthodox faith. Many thanks to all our
Sunday School staff and parents who organized all our young faithful and thanks to
everyone who took the wonderful pictures in
church and at the brunch afterwards hosted
by our Archangels Academy parents.
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PARISH EVENTS
GREEK INDEPENDENCE
DAY
St. Spyridon’s P.T.A.
invites the children and families of the parish to
worship together at the
Saturday of Lazarus
Divine Liturgy
followed by the
Annual Communion
Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, April 12th
Orthros & Divine Liturgy 8:00 am
After Liturgy, please join us for the Lenten Communion Pancake Breakfast and preparation of the palms
for Palm Sunday Worship. This is a wonderful Lenten
opportunity to come together as a family to prepare
the palms and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast.
Students are encouraged to prepare themselves
through prayer, fasting and confession to receive the
Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Lenten Luncheon
Hosted by the St. Spyridon
Parent-Teacher Association
Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Immediately following
the Divine Liturgy
ADULTS - $ 12.00
CHILDREN under 12 - FREE
Followed by a delightful program from
our
Plutarchos Greek School Students.
Featuring a special Greek Dance
performance!!
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P.T.A. NEWS
We finished the month of February with a very successful Talent Show Night, on Friday, February 28th. Students showcased their amazing talent and everyone had a great time! Thank you to Mrs. Maria Baltsas, and all
the P.T.A. members that helped plan, donated food and served at our Talent Show. Pictures from the Talent
Show are at page 12.
On April 6th we will hold the Greek Independence Day Celebration with a program and luncheon. The luncheon
donation for adults is $12, and for children under 12 it is free of charge.
THIS PARISH ROCKS!! The PTA has collected ALL items on our donation lists! We will only be in need of individuals to help us serve & clean up on April 6th. Please see a PTA board member if you are available to assist us!
Now if I can just bore you guys a teensy bit…We've been greatly overwhelmed by everyone's independent desire
to help us. Which got me to thinking about communities & parishes and how nowadays, they are not often interlinked.
Community actions (whether they be visiting the terminally ill, supplying clothing to the homeless, donating to
church events or the food pantry, or even participating in liturgical acts) all help in feeling rootedness. In developing this sense of belonging or loyalty, it further empowers our actions & encourages a development of standards which directs just and honorable participation. This building of community is vital to a parish!
I sincerely feel that we are witnessing a vibrant community within our parish. The PTA is overjoyed by all the
families and individuals which have come forward to give selflessly for our children's programs. But most importantly, through our actions, we will have a community parish to hand over to our children. Let us continue to
model behavior for our children to grow by - "Roots sink in soil and draw vitality from the nutrients around
them."
Our meeting this month will be held on Friday, April 4th at 5:00 p.m. Please make every effort to attend.
Angela Evangelopoulos, P.T.A. President
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Please note the important events coming up for Sunday School.
If your daughter is interested in being a Myrofora, please contact Maria Matarangas at your earliest convenience at [email protected] or (708)545-8053. On Saturday April 5th, immediately following the Lenten
Retreat, we will be assigning gowns for all the girls who would like to participate. We will also be distributing a schedule for the services they will participate in during Holy Week.
Many thanks to all students who participated in the Oratorical Festival. We had several younger children
make beautiful art projects and some students in the Junior & Senior Division write essays , poems and
speeches. In an effort to increase participation, Junior & Senior entries will continue to be accepted through
April 5th and then sent to the Metropolis for further evaluation and placement. Elementary division entries
will also be accepted until that time. Ideally, all of our students will participate.
Last month, Martha & Mary bottles were distributed to students. Please return those on April 12th, as we
would like to send the final proceeds from this effort no later than April 20th.
On April 12th, Saturday of Lazarus, we ask that all students come together for Communion as well as a pancake breakfast. Please note, the change in the class calendar.
There will be no class on April 6th due to the March 25th Greek School Program. However, classes will be
held on Palm Sunday.
Zoe Kopanis, Sunday School Director
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SUMMER CAMP 2014
JUNE 2ND-6TH & JUNE 9TH-13TH
Camp will run from June 3rd through June 14th, Monday – Friday 9am to 12noon and is open to 4-6
year olds. Applications and summer camp forms are available in the office and on our website.
Please feel free to contact Mrs. Anna at [email protected] or 385-2311 if you have any
questions about summer camp or registration for next year.
We wish to send a sincere thank you to everyone who came to our Archangels Academy parent’s PANCAKE BREAKFAST and supported the raffle.
Not only was the food delicious but sharing the Divine Liturgy and the
breakfast with our St. Spyridon family made the event a success all around.
Thank you to our donors:
Archangels Academy Parents, DWF Foods, Eggmans Restaurant, Nick’s
Gyros and the Odyssey Country Club.
Our 9th Annual Raffle will be drawn at our End of the Year Banquet in May.
We will continue to sell tickets up through the event. If you wish to purchase tickets please contact an Archangles Academy parent or Mrs. Anna
Angelos.
Students working of the rule of when “two vowels go walking the first one does the
talking.” Students show off their hard work.
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ORDINATION OF DEACON CHRIS MIHALOPOULOS
On Sunday, March 16th, we had the blessing at St. Spyridon to celebrate the ordination of Dn. Christos Mihalopoulos. Dn. Chris grew up at St. Spyridon, and after his studies at Holy Cross, he married Toni Poteres last October while serving as the lay assistant at St. Nektarios in Palatine. With the blessings of Metropolitan Iakovos,
His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos ordained Chris to the Diaconate in the presence of many clergy, family
and friends who came to witness the ordination. Following the service, a set of vestments was presented by our
parish to the new deacon. A reception for all the faithful was hosted by the Philoptochos in the community hall.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and donors who made the day memorable and beautiful. Also many thanks to
John Spero and Sam Bisbikis for the pictures. AΞΙΟΣ!!!
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AXIOS—ΑΞΙΟΣ –AXIOS
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TALENT SHOW 2014
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ICONOGRAPHY PROJECT
The final phase is our iconography project is under way and soon the iconography of our beautiful edifice will be completed. All 34 medallions and 13 out of the 19 icons have been donated or
pledged. Only six icons remain available for donations. All donors for each icon may be recognized and listed on our donor board and any size donation is welcome. For more information
on the iconography project please consult the brochures available at church or contact Fr.
Saturday of Lazarus
Last Supper
$2,000
$0
Transfiguration
Out of the 53 icons in our iconography project, only these six
icons remain available for donation. The chart shows how much
of each icon has so far been pledged.
Please help us meet our goal of fully pledging each icon.
Every donation is helpful and appreciated.
$100
Miracle of St. Spyridon
$500
Flight to Egypt
$1,100
Adoration of the Magi
$1,790
$0
$2,500
$5,000
$7,500
$10,000
$12,500
$15,000
Pledged or Donated
CHERUBS
It has been some time since we updated the
community on our Cherubs activities. After a
long winter, our children have been eagerly
anticipating spring by painting rainbows,
making and flying kites, and practicing riding bicycles. We are looking forward to celebrating Easter together with our friends.
Καλή ανάσταση!
Janine Riley Georgiopoulos
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
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ΚΟΙΝΟΤΙΚΑ ΝΕΑ
PASCHA
GREETINGS
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ ΠΛΟΥΤΑΡΧΟΣ
From our Priests
Fr. Tilemahos and Fr. Athenagoras
the President of the
Parish Council
Mr. Taso Panagiotopoulos
and the board members
Την Παρασκευή, 11 Απριλίου, το Ελληνικό Σχολείο μας διακόπτει τα
μαθήματά του για τις Εορτές της Μεγάλης Εβδομάδας και του Αγίου
Πάσχα. Θα λειτουργήσει πάλι κανονικά την Παρασκευή, 25 Απριλίου,
στις 4:30 μ.μ.
Το Σάββατο, 12 Απριλίου, Σάββατο του Λαζάρου οι μαθητές
Ελληνικού και Κατηχητικού Σχολείου θα εκκλησιασθούν,
κοινωνήσουν και μετά την Θεία Λειτουργία θα έχουν πρωινό
στην συνέχεια θα ετοιμάσουν τα βάια και τα στραυρουλάκια για
Κυριάκη των Βαϊων.
του
θα
και
την
ΛΟΥΛΟΥΔΙΑ ΜΕΓΑΛΗΣ ΤΕΣΣΑΡΑΚΟΣΤΗΣ
ΚΑΙ ΠΑΣΧΑ
Φέτος και πάλι, παρακαλούμε όλους όσους έχουν την ευχαρίστηση να
προσφέρουν χρήματα για την αγορά λουλούδιων για τον στολισμό
των εικόνων των Χαιρετισμών της Παναγίας, της Σαρακοστής, της
Μεγάλης Εβδομάδας, του Επιταφίου, καθώς και για τις γλάστρες με
τα παραδοσιακά κρίνα, να επικοινωνήσουν με το γραφείο της
Εκκλησίας μας.
ΙΕΡΑ ΕΞΟΜΟΛΟΓΗΣΙΣ
Το εσώκλειστο πρόγραμμα υποδυκνείει τίς ώρες για Ἱερά
Ἐξομολόγηση πού θα προσφέρεται στην εκκλησία μας. Μπορείτε
επίσης να κανονίσετε διαφορερική ώρα επικοινονώντας με το
κοινοτικό γραφείο.
ΒΑΨΙΜΟ ΑΥΓΩΝ
Όλοι μας είμαστε καλεσμένοι να βοηθήσουμε στο βάψιμο των
κόκκινων αυγών που θα γίνει την Μεγάλη Πέμπτη, 17 Απριλίου,
αρχίζοντας στις 10:00 π.μ. μετά την Θεία Λειτουργία.
ΕΟΡΤΗ ΤΗΣ ΜΗΤΕΡΑΣ
Τήν Κυριακή 11 Μαΐου, ἑορταστικό γεῦμα θά δωθεῖ στήν Κοινοτική
Αἲθουσα πρός τιμήν τῆς ἑορτῆς τῆς Μητέρας, μετά τήν Θεία
Λειτουργία. Παρακαλοῦμε νά τηλεφωνήσετε στό Γραφεῖο γιά
κλείσεις θέσεων.
ΑΠΟΘΗΚΗ ΤΡΟΦΙΜΩΝ
Μή ξεχνάτε ότι η εκκλησία μας παρέχει τρόφιμα σε 22 οικογένειες
που έχουν ανάγκη. Μπορείτε να φέρετε τις δωρεές σας στο κοινοτικό
γραφείο.
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The Voice
the President of the
Philoptochos
Mrs. Olga Paxinos and its
members
the President of the P.T.A.—
Angela Evangelopoulos
and its members
the Teachers of
Archangels Academy, the
Greek and Sunday Schools
the Church Staff and all the
Parish Organizations
wish all parishioners a
Blessed Lent and
a Glorious Pascha!
Schedule of Divine Services
Tuesday, April 1st
Wednesday, April 2nd
Thursday, April 3rd
Friday, April 4th
Saturday, April 5th
Sunday, April 6th
Monday, April 7th
Tuesday, April 8th
Wednesday, April 9th
Friday, April 11th
Saturday, April 12th
Sunday, April 13th
Monday, April 14th
Tuesday, April 15th
Wednesday, April 16th
Thursday, April 17th
Friday, April 18th
Saturday, April 19th
Sunday, April 20th
Tuesday, April 22nd
Wednesday, April 23rd
Friday, April 25th
Saturday, April 26th
Sunday, April 27th
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —8:00 a.m. * Bible Study – 10:30 a.m.
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —6:00 p.m.
Great Canon of St. Andrew— 8:00 a.m.
Holy Confession – 10 a.m. * Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos—7:00 p.m.
Holy Confession – 4:00 p.m. * Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
St. Mary of Egypt, Orthros & Divine Liturgy – 8:00 a.m.
Great Compline—6:00 p.m.
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —8:00 a.m. * Bible Study – 10:30 a.m.
Holy Confession – 10:00 a.m. * Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —6:00 p.m.
The 9th Hour & Hierarchical Pre-Sanctified Liturgy– 6:30 p.m.
Saturday of Lazarus, Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8 a.m.
Holy Confession—12 noon * Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
Palm Sunday - Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Palms- 8:00 a.m.
Bridegroom Service (Nymphios) - 7:00 pm
HOLY MONDAY, Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —8:00 a.m.
Holy Confession—10:30 a.m.
Bridegroom Service (Nymphios) - 7:00 p.m.
HOLY TUESDAY, Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —8:00 a.m.
Holy Confession—10:30 a.m.
Bridegroom Service (Nymphios)—(Tropario of Kassiani) - 7:00 p.m.
HOLY WEDNESDAY, Pre-Sanctified Liturgy —8:00 a.m.
Holy Unction Service —4:00 p.m.
Orthros of Holy Thursday - 7:00 p.m.
Holy Unction will be given to the faithful during the service)
HOLY THURSDAY, Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil—8:00 a.m.
Holy Passions Service, Reading of the 12 Gospels followed by the All Night Vigil
and decorating of the Epitaphio —6:30 p.m.
HOLY FRIDAY, Great & Royal Hours—8:00 a.m.
Apokathelosis Service (Descent of Christ from the Cross) - 4:00 p.m. Lamentation
Service & Procession of the Epitaphio—7:30 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY
Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil—6:00 a.m.
Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil—8:30 a.m.
MIDNIGHT RESURRECTION SERVICE -11 pm
HOLY PASCHA
ORTHROS & PASCHAL DIVINE LITURGY –12 a.m.
Agape Vespers, Reading of the Gospel in many languages - 12 noon.
Raphael, Nicholas & Irene, Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Artoklasia—8:00 a.m.
St. George the Trophybearer—Orthros & Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m.
Life Giving Fountain of Mother of God, Orthros & Divine Liturgy — 8:30 a.m.
Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday of Thomas, Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.
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7
MONDAY
8
15
HOLY TUESDAY
16
HOLY WEDNESDAY
17
HOLY THURSDAY
18
HOLY FRIDAY
Greek School—4:30 p.m.
Lenten Meal hosted by the
Philoptochos
11
Greek School—4:30 p.m.
P.T.A. Meeting—5 pm
General Assembly
4
FRIDAY
30
Archangels Academy
Iconography - 6 pm
29
Archangels Academy
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
28
Archangels
Greek School-4:30 pm
Archangels Academy
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Sunday School
(No fasting all week)
No community activities
(parish office closed)
23
Archangels Academy
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
Bright Week
22
21
PASCHA
Archangels Academy
24
.
Christian Philoxenia
Greek School—4:30 p.m.
25
GREAT & HOLY WEEK
Consult Calendar on pg. 15 for Schedule of Divine Services / Πρόγραμμα Ιερών Ακολουθιών στην σελ. 17
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HOLY MONDAY
Bible Study—10:30 a.m.
20
Sunday School
Palm Sunday Luncheon &
Bake Sale
13
PALM SUNDAY
Bible Study- 7pm
10
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
Lenten Meal hosted by the
P.T.A.
9
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
Lenten Meal hosted by the Jr. Olympics Mtg. 7 p.m.
Altar Boys
3
2
THURSDAY
Archangels Academy
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
Bible Study—10:30 a.m.
Parish Council Mtg 7pm
WEDNESDAY
1
TUESDAY
Archangels Academy
Greek Independence Greek School-4:30 pm
Music—4:45pm
Byzantine
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
Day Program
6
SUNDAY
April 2014
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19
HOLY SATURDAY
Saturday of Lazarus
Communion Breakfast
(hosted by the P.T.A.) and
making of the Palms
12
5
Lenten Retreat 9 am
SATURDAY
ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΙΕΡΩΝ ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΩΝ
Τρίτη 1 Απριλίου
Τετάρτη 2 Απριλίου
Πέμπτη 3 Απριλίου
Παρασκευή 4 Απριλίου
Σάββατο 5 Απριλίου
Κυριακή 6 Απριλίου
Δευτέρα 7 Απριλίου
Τετάρτη 9 Απριλίου
Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία -8:00 π.μ.
Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία -6:00 μ.μ.
Μέγας Κανών του Αγίου Ανδρέου -8 π.μ.
Ιερά Εξομολόγησις -10 π.μ. * Ακάθιστος Ύμνος -7:00 μ.μ.
Ιερά Εξομολόγησις -4:00 μ.μ. * Μέγας Εσπερινός -6:00 μ.μ.
Κυριακή της Αγίας Μαρίας της Αιγυπτίας, Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 πμ
Μέγα Απόδειπνο—6:30 μ.μ.
Ιερά Εξομολόγησις– 10:00 π.μ. – 1:00 μ.μ. * 9η Ωρα & Προηγιασμένη Θεία
Λειτουργία—6:30 μ.μ.
Παρασκευή 11 Απριλίου 9η Ωρα & Αρχιερατική Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία—6:30 μ.μ.
Γεύμα για όλους από την Φιλόπτωχο Αδελφότητα - 8:00 μ.μ.
Σάββατο 12 Απριλίου Σάββατο του Λαζάρου, Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία —8:00 π.μ.
Πρωϊνό για όλους τους μαθητές του Ελληνικού και Κατηχητικού Σχολείου
Προετοιμασία για την Κυριακή των Βαΐων.
Ιερά Εξομολόγησις—12 μ.μ. * Μέγας Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
Κυριακή 13 Απριλίου
Κυριακή των Βαΐων
Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία και Ευλογία των Βαΐων— 8:00 π.μ.
Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου—7:00 μ.μ.
Δευτέρα 14 Απριλίου
Μεγάλη Δευτέρα
Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Ιερά Εξομολόγησις—10:30 π.μ. * Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου—7:00 μ.μ.
Τρίτη 15 Απριλίου
Μεγάλη Τρίτη, Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Ιερά Εξομολόγησις—10:30 π.μ.
Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου (Τροπάριον της Κασσιανής) - 7:00 μ.μ.
Τετάρτη 16 Απριλίου
Μεγάλη Τετάρτη, Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Ακολουθία του Ιερού Ευχελαίου και Μύρωσις των Πιστών—4:00 π.μ.
Ὁρθρος της Μεγάλης Πέμπτης και Μύρωσις των Πιστών —7:00 μ.μ.
Πέμπτη 17 Απριλίου
Μεγάλη Πέμπτη, Εσπερινός & Λειτουργία του Μ. Βασιλείου—8:00 π.μ. Ακολουθία
των Παθών του Χριστού (Τα δώδεκα Ευαγγέλια) —6:30 μ.μ.
Αγρυπνία και Στολισμός του Επιταφίου.
Παρασκευή 18 Απριλίου Μεγάλη Παρασκευή, Ακολουθία των Μεγάλων Ωρών— 8:00 π.μ
Ακολουθία της Αποκαθήλωσης—4:00 μ.μ
Επιτάφιος Θρήνος & Περιφορά Επιταφίου—7:30 μ.μ.
Σάββατο 19 Απριλίου Μεγάλο Σάββατο
Εσπερινός & Θεία Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου—6:00 π.μ.
Εσπερινός & Θεία Λειτουργία Μ. Βασιλείου—8:30 π.μ.
ΜΕΣΟΝΥΚΤΙΚΟ ΤΗΣ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΣ —11:00 μ.μ.
Κυριακή 20 Απριλίου ΑΓΙΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ, ΟΡΘΡΟΣ & ΘΕΙΑ ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑ –12 π.μ.
Εσπερινός της Αγάπης και Ανάγνωση του Ευαγγελίου σε διάφορες γλώσσες—
12:00 το μεσημέρι
Τρίτη 22 Απριλίου
Tων Αγίων Ραφαήλ, Νικολάου & Ειρήνης—Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία
&
Αρτοκλασία—8:00 π.μ.
Τετάρτη 23 Απριλίου
Αγίου Γεωργίου του Μεγαλομάρτυρος, Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Παρασκευή 25 Απριλίου Ζωοδόχου Πηγής—Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία, I.Ν. Αγίου Νικολάου— 8:30 π.μ.
Σάββατο 26 Απριλίου Μέγας Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
Κυριακή 27 Απριλίου
Κυριακή τοῦ Θωμά -Ορθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία –8:00 π.μ.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
April 1st—Parish Council Meeting
April 4th— Akathist Hymn
General Assembly
April 6th—Plutarchos program
April 11th— Pre-Sanctified Liturgy with
His Eminence Metropolitan
Iakovos officiating
Last day of Greek School
April
12th—Saturday
of
Lazarus
Communion & Breakfast
April 13th—Palm Sunday Luncheon
Philoptochos Bake Sale
April 8th—19th—Holy Week & Pascha
April 25th—Seniors Fellowship
May 11th—Mother’s Day Luncheon
Please join us on
Sunday,
April 13th
Orthros & Divine Liturgy
beginning at 8 a.m.
Immediately following the
Divine Liturgy
the Philoptochos
Invites you to a
Palm Sunday Luncheon
Adults $15.00
Children $7.00
Please make your reservations by April 10th
By calling the Church Office @ 708-385-2311
May 23th-26th—Jr. Olympics
May 25th—”Tree of Love” Memorial
June 1st—Sunday School Graduation
June 2nd—Plutarchos Graduation
SAVE THE DATE!!!
ST. SPYRIDON SUMMER FESTIVAL
JULY 12th & 13th, 2014
Attend Church Regularly with Your Family!
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St. Spyridon Hellenic
Orthodox Church
12307 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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Palos Heights, IL.
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