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THE VOICE — AUGUST 2004- Volume No. 288
Father’s Article ...........................1
Stewardship ................................3
Philoptochos News ....................4
Parish Registry ...........................5
Archangels Academy ................5
Iconography Update ..................6
Parish News ........................ 5,6,13
Festival 2014 .......................... 7-12
Religiouis Education ...............14
Liturgical Schedule ........... 15-16
Κοινοτικά Νέα ........................17
Community Events ..................20
Ten Years
This August marks ten years of being together with all of you at the
blessed community of Saint Spyridon. For these ten years of ministry, I
am grateful to our patron Saint Spyridon whose footsteps have marked
and blessed every aspect of our community life. Furthermore, I am forever indebted to His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos for His unwavering
trust and pastoral guidance through the years and to all the worthy
priests who labored in the vineyard of Saint Spyridon before me. Finally,
I am most thankful for all you, the dedicated and loving faithful of Saint
Spyridon for granting my family and me a beautiful place to call home.
Looking back over the past ten years, I can’t begin to recount all the beautiful memories whether they took place in the Divine services, weddings,
baptisms, festivals, dinner dances, our schools, bible studies, social gatherings, field trips, service projects, games, and youth events. Countless
are the volunteers who offered their time, talent, and treasure, to make
Saint Spyridon the vibrant and youthful community that it has always
been. They follow the example of those who came before them, genera-
17th Annual Golf Outing
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Odyssey Country Club, Tinley Park
The Voice - H ΦΩNH
Official Monthly
Community Publication of
St. Spyridon
Hellenic Orthodox Church
12307 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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]
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
Angelo Angelos .................................... 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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tions of faithful parishioners, many of whom we have already entrusted
to the eternal kingdom.
At this ten-year mark it is also useful to make an assessment of our parish
life in order to help set a course, God willing, for the years to come. Our
community is indeed blessed with wonderful parishioners, both young
and young at heart, both those who have been in the community for generations and those who have recently joined. With over three hundred
services yearly, our parish is first and foremost a vibrant community of
prayer, celebrating and nourishing our souls with the grace of the Holy
Spirit and the prayers of the saints. Our worship life is at the center of all
we do and for that we must be proud and thankful to our good and merciful Lord. As a result, all our organizations work peacefully, fruitfully,
with great leadership and transparency that inspires trust and participation by the entire community in beautifying our church edifice, and supporting our parish ministries, our Archdiocese, and those among us in
need. Our schools, Religious Education, Plutarchos Greek School, and
our Archangels Academy, are the most joyous aspect of our community
life. Over the years, our schools have been growing steadily as they continue to attract good and faithful young families in our midst. Our parish
ministries have grown thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, and
new programs have been established such as the Byzantine Music School,
iconography school, internet ministry, Handmaidens for our young
women, and the Greek Experience for our Greek School graduates. Overall, we can be very proud of our community and thankful to our patron
Saint Spyridon for guiding us to where we are at this time.
Of course there is always room for growth in all aspects of our community life. While our community is growing in the number of stewards, I
hope to see that our Sunday attendance grows proportionally. Participating in the Sunday and feast day services is the main reason for our community’s existence. While all the programs and ministries are important,
they are meaningful only within the context of an active worship life.
Sometimes we are not aware of the significance of our liturgical life because of lack of education. Over the next few years we should take advantage of more opportunities for adult religious education through classes and the internet. Our youth ministries are always in need for new
leaders. Whether in Sunday School, P.T.A., or our athletics and youth
groups, we are in constant need of volunteers and leaders in order for
these ministries to grow. Saint Spyridon’s is the largest parish in our Metropolis without a second priest or a hired youth worker. Our parish finances simply do not support hiring any more help. It is up to us as parents and young leaders to volunteer as youth workers, Sunday School
teachers, coaches, or in the P.T.A. in order to sustain and grow these vital
ministries. Finally, as successful as our fundraisers have been, such as
the festival and the craft show, we should not continue to rely on these
fundraisers for our annual budget. At some point in the near future, we
have to show to all the non-Orthodox visitors who support our fundraisers that we can support our church on our own. It is proper and right to
do so. This would show to them and most importantly to ourselves that
our parish is important enough to us that we do not rely on the wider
community to pay our bills. I hope that in the years to come that we will
become more fiscally self-sufficient.
We are at the footsteps of our 100th anniversary. This very important milestone is coming up in three short years.
In the coming months we need to put together the 100th anniversary committee. We need to start thinking about
the variety of events that will mark this celebration throughout the anniversary year and the different ways in
which we will honor and mark this momentous event. Everyone who is interested in participating in this committee should communicate with the church office or with me. In the meantime, I am looking forward to the
completion of our iconography, which will be a crowning conclusion for so many of our projects that have beautified our church edifice over the years. However, after the iconography is finished, or when we cross the threshold of the 100th anniversary, what lies ahead of us? What will all these little ones sitting on the front rows of our
Sunday School look to accomplish? Let us pray that our patron Saint Spyridon will guide them and us onto
greater journeys to come.
Thankful for ten years of blessings and for all of you faithful of Saint Spyridon.
Fr. Tilemahos
The Stewardship Committee thanks our 278 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.
Το Χριστιανικό πρόγραμμα της Εκούσιας Εισφοράς μας δίνει την ευκαιρία να ανταποκριθούμε στην αγάπη
του Χριστού με το να διαιωνίσουμε τις διδασκαλίες του Κυρίου και την αποστολή της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας
μας. Η Εκούσια Εισφορά θέτει την ευθύνη
για την υποστήριξη της Εκκλησίας εκεί
Stewardship 2014 Progress Report
που ανήκει, δηλαδή σε μας τους ίδιους.
Ευχαριστούμε πολύ τις 278 οικογένειες
As of July 24th, 2014
που εκπλήρωσαν τις υποχρεώσεις τους
για την φετινή χρονιά. Οι υπόλοιποι Pledged Stewards:
παρακαλούνται να ανανεώσουν την
Average Stewardship:
συνδρομή τους προς την Εκκλησία μας,
συμπληρώνοντας την Κάρτα Υποσχέσεως Amount of Stewardship donated:
και επιστρέφοντάς την, μαζί με το δώρο
Stewardship 2014 Goal: 400 Stewards
της αγάπης τους, στο γραφείο της
Εκκλησίας μας.
Dr. & Mrs. Alex Alemis
Mr. & Mrs. Tareq Amin
Mr. John Cervantes
Ms. Vivian Dandinidis
Mr. & Mrs. Constantine Falakos
Mr. & Mrs. Anastasios Kladis
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Korbakes
Mr. & Mrs. John Korbakis
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kunz
Mrs. Mary Limparis
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Melone
Ms. Constance Pappas
Ms. Penny Poziopoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Schultz
Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Sipka
Mr. & Mrs. Khalil Sweis
Mrs. Diane Trembone
Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Tsantilis
Ms. Joanna Tzaferis—Kolios
Mr. & Mrs. George Vassiliou
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Dear Parishioners and sisters in Christ,
Philadelphia was the setting for the Clergy Laity and Philoptochos Bienial Convention of 2014.
The theme this year was "The Orthodox Christian Family A dwelling of Christ and a
witness of His Gospel". Over 440 delegates represented their chapters. We are the
largest Women's Christian Philanthropic organization in the United States, boasting
over 27,000 members.
For over eight decades Philoptochos has continued its mission of helping those in
need. In the past two years we have contributed over $3,000,000.00 to worthy causes, thanks to the efforts of our hard working women around the country.
The agenda at the conference was filled with informative and inspiring topics and
ongoing programs. Mental illness was discussed focusing on our communities journey in understanding and
hope. The Philoptochos literacy Program with Nick Katsioris attorney author of the Loukoumi children's books
was presented.
Other Philoptochos ministries were reported on the convention. St Basil's Academy, Hellenic College Holy Cross,
IOCC, Orthodox Christian Mission Center, and orthodox Christian fellowship which ministers to our college students were all reported on. Social Services and what is available to all chapters by National Philoptochos was explained.
Along with the theme was stated that we need to strengthen our family unit then the church's. This has been
done by: having mandatory seminars for new couples, churching of forty day blessing in front of the church,
family nights at church and at home, formation of Handmaidens, GOYA and other organizations.
We spoke of protecting our environment.
Chapter challenges or special projects were presented by various chapters.
The Agape Award was presented to a lady from each Metropolis who gave her all to her chapter for many years.
Religious freedom for our Patriarchate and throughout the world was presented by Michael Emanuel, Archon
and Fox News reporter.
Prison ministry was presented and how children of the prisoners are being helped.
A very poignant presentation was given by a woman caught in human trafficiking and who has formed an organization in stopping it.
Baskets were made with supplies and items needed by homeless veterans who are given
A second chance.
Catherine Avgiris, chief financial officer of Comcast told us in reference to leadership and mentoring "if you want
to go fast go alone, if you want to go far take others with you."
The rebuilding of St. Nicholas Shrine at ground zero was presented.
There was a presidents' forum discussing how we can improve our chapters and our role as president.
As one can see the topics were many and the rewards were even more.
I thank you for the opportunity in representing our chapter and quoting one of our presenters to go far take others with you. Thank you Philoptochos ladies for making us go far!
With sisterly agape,
Olga Paxinos
Philoptochos President
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On June 21st Aleksandar Sipka
and Mary Koutavas were
joined together in the sacrament of marriage. Their sponsor was Marko Sipka.
We accept Food Pantry donations every day from 9:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. During the month
of August, we are concentrating
on school supplies for the children of our families in need, as
well as breakfast items such as
cereals, oatmeal, pancake mix,
and other non-perishable breakfast foods and paper goods.
Please support our Food Pantry
and Orthodox Missions Bank so
that we may continuously help
those who are less fortunate and
also spread the word and message of God our Food Pantry.
The son of Mr. & Mrs. Khalil
Sweis was baptized on June
14th and was given the name
Hanna John. Elias Facuse and
Julie Zaghloul were the sponsors.
The son of Mr. & Mrs. George
Vassiliou was baptized on June
15th and was given the name
Thomas. Jason Demas was the
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Mike Data was baptized on
June 21st and was given the
name Miranda Maria. Konstantina Kolios was the sponsor.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
John Cervantes was baptized on
June 29th and was given the
name Isabella Athena. George
Kleopas and Cicilia Cervantes
were the sponsors.
The son of Mr. & Mrs. George
Pappas was baptized on June
29th and was given the name
Tinos Georgios. The sponsor
was Jimmy Panagiotaros.
Να σας ζήσουν!
Flowers for Panagia
Everyone is invited to donate
flowers for the icon of Panagia
which is decorated for the
Paraklesis Service. Please contact the Church Office.
On July 19th, Tyler Green and
Anna Eliacostas were joined
together in the sacrament of
marriage. Their sponsor was
Dean Eliacostas.
Να ζήσετε!
We hope that everyone is enjoying their families and the beautiful
weather we finally got in the Chicagoland area. It’s hard to believe the
lazy days of summer will soon come to an end!
As the school year approaches we, at Archangels Academy, have been
busy preparing for the upcoming year. Parents should be looking in the
mail for the beginning of the year information that was recently sent
home. Included in the packet will be the school calendar.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Anna Angelos
at [email protected]
Dates to remember:
Wednesday, August 27th, 6pm to 7pm, New Parent Orientation
Tuesday, September 2nd, 9am to11am, Agiasmo and classroom visit
with parents and students
Wednesday, September 3rd, 9am to12noon, first day of student
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Again this year our community
participated in the Annual 4th of
July Parade that was held in Palos
Heights . Together with their
American Pride our students displayed their Greek Pride by wearing their Greek Tsolias and Amalia
costumes. Thank you to Ruth Faklis for driving her new convertible
and printing the signs, and thank
you to all who came to participate in this year’s parade and passed out our festival flyers.
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. Tilemahos.
Η τελική φάση της εικονογραφίας προετοιμάζεται και μόνον 6 εικόνες
μένουν διαθέσιμες πρός δωρεάν: Η Ανάστασις του Λαζάρου, Ο
Μυστικός Δείπνος, Η Μεταμόρφωση, Το θαύμα του Αγίου Σπυρίδωνος,
Η Φυγή στην Αίγυπτο, και Η Προσκύνησις των Μάγων. Όλες οι
εικόνες έχουν ήδη δεχθεί δωρεές σύμφωνα μέ το ακόλουθο
Όλες οι δωρεές είναι ευπρίσδεκτες για την
ολοκλήρωση του εικονογραφικού έργου της Εκκλησίας.
Saturday of Lazarus
Last Suppe r
Only six icons remain available for donation in our iconography
project. 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.
Miracle of St. Spyridon
Flight to Egypt
Adoration of the Magi
Ple dge d or Donate d
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A big Thank You to goes out to all those who planned,
worked and supported this year’s festival. Once again,
our parish was successful in making the weekend truly
enjoyable for everyone.
Many thanks to our festival chairman Kosta Labrakis,
and his planning committee for their efforts in making
everything run smoothly.
Of course, we couldn’t pull it off without all of our
tireless volunteers that worked so hard to: prepare,
cook and serve all of the delicious food; serve us beverages to keep us cool; make frappe after frappe in the
relaxing Café Opa; sell many, many raffle tickets; offer
Greek & Orthodox items for sale at the Bookstore; greet everyone with a warm smile at the Welcome
Entrance. To our Philoptochos ladies, who baked and sold delectable sweets & loukoumades, we love
all you do for us! To the youth of our parish, and the very talented St. Spyridon Dance Troupe, taught
by Angelo Angelos thank you for entertaining us with your beautiful dancing! We are also grateful to
our generous donors for the ongoing support. Και του χρόνου!
City of Palos Heights
Trinity College
Palos Courts
95th Produce, Hickory Hills
X’s & O’s Bar & Grill
Blueberry Field Restaurant
Larry’s Diner, Plainfield
Les Brothers Restaurant
Tassos Group
Prime Time Restaurant & Bar
Lumes House of Pancakes (Frankfort)
Louie’s Chophouse
Pappas Restaurant
The View Restaurant
Mr. John’s Hot Dogs
Nick’s Barbeque
The Pit Rib House
The Golden Griddle
Pete’s Produce
Jullianis Pizza
Lumes (Palos Heights)
Georgios Banquets
River Oaks Gyros, Calumet City
Jacky’s Hot Dogs
Nicky’s Carry Out
Eggman’s Restaurant, Alsip
Nicky’s Gyros (Chicago)
Nicky’s Gyros (Crestwood)
Chicken Wild
Freshmarket, Chicago
Morse Market, Chicago
Anthony’s Gyros
New Horizon Restaurant
Uncle Sam’s
Alpha Gyros
Kronos Foods
Windy City Hot Dogs & Subs
Westfield Restaurant
Huck Finn Restaurant
South Fork Restaurant
The Breakfast Club
Bon-a-Pit BBQ & Grill
Oven Fresh Baking
Geo’s Gyros
Bar 123, Alsip
Dennis Wholesale, Chicago
Korbakes Liquors
George Patras
John Perakis
Odyssey Banquets
Egg Headz Restaurant
Olympic Star Restaurant
Villa Park Fruitmarket
Countryhouse Restaurant
Lucky’s Hot Dogs
Olivers (Oak Forest & Bourbonnais)
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Les
...and many more dedicated donors
and volunteers. If we have forgotten to
list a supply donor name, we apologize, and please bring it to our attention so they you may be included in
the next issue of the VOICE.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
95th Produce
Aboor Kareem
Adamowicz Jim
Alexakos D.
Alikakos Litsa
Alikakos Spiro
Andricopulos Nick
Anestis Tsonis
Anost Chris
Antonopoulos Chris
Argires Sophia
Argires Steve
Argiris Nick
Argiris Ted
Argos City, Inc
Arturi Matt
Arvanites George
Arvanites John
Athenian Body Shop
Augustine Jan
Bairactaris Ageliki
Banakis Gus
Barlas Paul
Bastas Chrisi
Bastas Nickolas
Bechrakis ted
Besbekos Andrew
Besbekos Angelo
Besbekos Mark
Bill & John T.
Bisbikis Eleftheria
Bisbikis Jim
Bizoukas Eleni
Boundos Dave
Brite-O-Matic Mfg
Buedel Fine Meats
Cacis Bill
Captain LeRoy
Carlotta Lily
Catsogiannis Chris
Catsogiannis Chris
Charalambos Sam
Chemelovsky Steve
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Chiagouris Louis
Christou Melissa
CK Richton Park
Confer Jim
Contos Chris
Conway Tom
Cosmopolita, LLC
Cosmos, LLC
Crawford Byron
Cuculich Michael
D & M Emporium
Dagres Nikos
Danifrio Nick
Davis Christopher
Davis Courtney
Davis Jerry
Dawn M
DeBoer Jorie
Demet Sam
Demet Spiro
Dhima Anesti
Dicharia Steve
Drikos George
Duffner Jill
Dykstra Andy
E & R Towing
Eliacostas George
Eliacostas Jen
Eliocostas John
Eliocostas Sam
Eusebios Monahos
Evangelopolos A
Evangelopoulos G
Evergreen Produce
Faklis Routh
Flap Jack's
Forni Don
Fountotos G & MaryAnn
Fountotos G & P
Four Seasons Café
Franciosi Federico
Gacis John
Garinis Antonia
Gatsios George
Gatsios Theofanis
Gavas Maria
Georgelos G
Georgelos Georgia
Georges John
Georgiakas Constantine
Georgiopoulos Antonia
Georgiopoulos Karly
Georgiopoulos Nia
Georgiopoulos Ted
Georgiopoulos Toula
Giardina Thomas
Gikas Alex
Glikis Andy
Gliksi Nicky
Global Telecom
Golden Griddle
Golden Shoes
Gonzalez Jose
Gotsis Mike
Granat Rick
Grapsis E & K
Haralambous Bill
Hatzis & Primbas
Hatzis Gianni
Hatzis Jim
Hatzis Niko
Heartland Produce
Hernandez Edwin
Hernandez Mario
Highland Pancake
Hrysikos Thano
Intzes Dim
J & R Dairy Services
Jackson Duane
Janinah Helena
Janinah Issa
Johnson Kenny
Jones Michael
Jos & Ross IceCream
Jullianni's Pizza
Kakos Toula
Kalanizis Spiros
Kalliongis Marissa
Kallongis Annie
Kamberos George
Kanavos Peter
Kapsaskis Gus
Karavites Amanda
Karavites Angela
Karountzos Jim
Karras Gus
Kastanas Peter
Kastanes Bill
Katris Tom
Katsis Michael
Katsoulis Dina
Ketsios Stan
King David
King Gyros
Kladis Tasia
Klapsis Dimitrios
Klioris Louis
Kolyvas E & S
Kolyvas Gus
Kolyvas M & P
Kolyvas Pete
Kopp Tom
Korbakis Joy
Korellis Gus
Kosmas Erini
Kotsiovos Chris
Kotsiovos Joanna
Kotsiovos Patricia
Kottaras Boys
Koumargia, INC
Kouros Peter
Kyriazopouos Louis
Kyroudis George
Labrakis Dino
Labrakis Pam
Ladias Angela
LaGaleva Produce
LaMonto Irene
Landis David
Larry's Dinner
Latsonas Ted
Leonard F & J
Les Bill
Les George
Les Harry
Levine Shel.
Limperis George
Limperis Ruby
Londos George
Lopez Stacey
M & N, Inc.
Machairas Nestor
Malamis Zafiri
Manasses Peter
Manolis Anastasios
Manolis Eleni
Manolis Evangelos
Manolitsis Krissa
Mantas April
Maras Ted
Marchione Joe
Masiovick Ed
Matsas Demetri
Matsas Kons.
Matty's Rest
Mazi, LLC
Meklis Angelo
Michaels Rest
Mitrakis Spiro
Mitropoulos Tony
Mock Angela
Moran Breda
Moran Eileen
Moros Angelos
Moshos Gus
Mouk Angela
Napi, Inc
Nawara Andy
Nealey Foods
Nichols Marie
Niko's Breakfast
No 15
No 9
Nusko Mark
O'Dwyer Gus Jerry
Oliver's Bar
Olympic Produce
Orfanos C
Panagiotaros P
Panagiotaros Alexandra
Panagiotaros George
Panagiotaros Georgia
Panagiotaros N
Panagiotaros Nick
Panagiotaros Peter
Panagiotopoulos Ted
Papadatos Antonis
Papadopoulos Demetria
Papadopoulos George
Papadopoulos Katerina
Papadopoulos Nina
Papamakarios Philip
Pappa George A
Pappas Deke
Pappas Dino
Pappas George
Pappas Mark
Pappas Pauline
Pappas Ted
Paraskevopoulos Christos
Park Elle
Patio Food
Patrsavas P
Patsavas P
Pavlopoulos John
Paxinos Peter
Peoria Packing
Perakis John
Perros Eleni & Alex
Peters Pete
Petinatos Family
Petropoulos Despina
Petropoulos Marino
Pierre's Bakery
Pirgos, Inc
Polmen Peter
Poulos Alex
Primbas K & P
Regling Mary
Righetti Rob
Robinson Lisa
Rodgers Lester
S & S Automotive
S. P.
Saint Spyridon Church
Sakis, LLC
Sampalis Andrew
Sarlas Nick
Searl Glynn
Shamma Jordyn
Simmons Keith
Skarpathiotis G
Sofinopoulos Bill
Sophia's III
Sophia's Kalamazoo
Spanos Christina
Spengler E & L
Sperlakis Rita
Spiro John
Stacked Rest.
Stacks 3, Inc
Stamatoglou John
Stameson Demitra
Stameson Ted
Stavrou Lambrini
Stergiou Kyriakos
Stive James
Stonci Richard
Strube Rob
Synadinos John
Tallager Inc
Tasos Kostas Y
Taylor Alex
Thanasouras Prop
Thanopoulos George
The View
Theoharis George
Thiakos Daniel
Thiakos Fay
Thiakos O & A
Thiakos Paul
Thiakos Steven
Tomaras Cathy
Toscas John
Treantafeles Tom
Trikorfa LLC
Trzpit Pete
Tsinoukas Nick
Tsonis Vasiliki
Tsoukatos Stoes
Tsu-Ma, Inc
Tzaferis - Kolios
United Packing
Valley John
Vardalos Nicholas
Vasilopoulos Pete
Vassilakis Paul
Vastillo Raul
Velasquez Gomer
Verduber Karen
Villies Odyssef
Vlahos George
Vranas Steve
Vranas Tony
Walloch James
Whitingham Rick
Windy City
Yedidiah Israel
Zaharopoulos Ellie
Zaharopoulos Philipos
Zorbas Effie
Congratulations to the our
Drawing Winners:
$10,000– Angela Mock
$1,000—Georgia Georgelos
$500—Alex Gikas
We apologize for the
misspelling or omitting of
any names. Please bring it
to our attention.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
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St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
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Mr. Peter Stribakos,
Asimakis Gotsis and
Kyriaki Kaloghirou for
Church donation.
Friends and Family members of our beloved presbytera Helen Tzerdimos for
their generous donations in
her memory.
Friends and Family members of Carol Polimenakos
for their generous donations
in her memory.
Friends and Family members of John Arger for their
generous donations in his
Friends and Family members of Theoney Bouris for
their generous donations in
her memory.
Patricia Vythoulkas for her
donation to
Academy through an Avon
Mr. & Mrs. Ari Paxinos and
Ms. Angela Mock for their
donation to the Endowment
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Kopanis,
Ms. Violet O’Donnell and
Dr. & Mrs. Ted Bechrakis for
their monetary festival donation.
Tree of Love
In the main hallway of St. Spyridon stands a golden and bronze
“Tree of Love” with an icon of our patron saint at its base. This
“Tree of Love” is a symbol of our commitment to the ministry of
our community. With great hope for our community’s future and
with love for St. Spyridon, we invite you to join the numerous supporters whose names are engraved on these golden and bronze
leaves in recognition of their gifts to the Church. There are numerous ways to contribute to our “Tree of Love” such as to honor a
friend or in memory of loved ones. For more information, please
call the church office.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
For over eighty years, the Religious Education Ministry of
Saint Spyridon has offered the
basic knowledge of our faith to
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and the hard work of the
P.T.A., all children ages 3-18,
have the opportunity to learn
and be inspired by our teachers, and to participate in the
different retreats and events
such as the Lenten Retreat, the
Oratorical Festival, the Advent
and Lenten Projects, Bible
Christmas Outing, Godparents
Sunday, the mission drive, the
Saturday of Lazarus breakfast,
Vacation Bible School and
much more.
Mrs. Zoe Kopanis, our Sunday
School Director, and her dedicated staff, are preparing for a
productive year of religious
education for our children.
The 2014-15 Sunday School
year begins on Sunday, September 7th. Registration is required and forms are available
in the church office.
The Voice
St. Spyridon Church School
Back to School Retreat &
Blessing of the Backpacks
Saturday, August 16, 2014
9am-12 noon
Grades Pre-Kindergarten-8th
High School Volunteers needed
Join us for a day of prayer and fellowship as we prepare for the new school
year. The children will enjoy a variety of presentations
and fun activities.
First Day of Sunday School
Sunday, September 7th
First Day of Greek School
Monday, September 8th
First Day of Archangels Academy
Tuesday, September 2nd
All Parish Ministry Programs:
GOYA, Jr. GOYA, Hope, Cherubs, Altar Boys,
Handmaidens, Byzantine Music, Jr. Choir,
Iconography, Athletics, & Adult Religious Education
begin in September
Community Labor Day Picnic
Monday, September 1st, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Location: Church Grounds
All our parishioners, and festival donors and volunteers are
invited to the Community Labor Day Picnic. As we say goodbye to summer and kick off another school year, we are called
to come together as a family and spend a relaxing day in fellowship. Donations are welcome.
Liturgical Schedule
Friday, August 1
Procession of the Holy Cross, Orthros, Liturgy & Agiasmos—8 a.m.
Paraklesis —7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 2
Vespers—6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 3
8 Sunday of Matthew, Orthros & Divine Liturgy —8:00 a.m. Paraklesis —
7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 4
Paraklesis—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5
Great Vespers at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery—7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 6 Transfiguration of our Lord, (fish permitted)
Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Blessing of the Grapes—8:00 a.m.
Paraklesis—7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 7
Paraklesis—7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 8
Paraklesis—7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9
Great Vespers—6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10
9 Sunday of Matthew, Orthros & Divine Liturgy —8:00 a.m. Vigil for Saint
Spyridon—6:30 p.m.
Monday, August 11
Paraklesis—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12
Paraklesis—7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13 Paraklesis —7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 14
Vespers at Assumption Church, Orland Park, Chicago, and Hegewisch, IL. —
7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 15
The Dormition of the Theotokos (fish permitted)
Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Artoclasia—8:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 16
Great Vespers—6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 17
10 Sunday of Matthew, Orthros & Divine Liturgy —8:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 23
Leavetaking of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.
Great Vespers—6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24
11 Sunday of Matthew, St. Kosmas & St. Dionysios, Orthros & Divine Liturgy (Blessing of Phanouropites)—8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 26
Vigil of St. Phanourios—6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 29
Beheading of St. John the Baptist, (strict fast)
Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 30
Great Vespers—6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 31
12 Sunday of Matthew, Orthros & Divine Liturgy —8:00 a.m.
The fast for Panagia begins August 1st and ends on August 14th. Oil and wine are allowed on the weekends and
fish is allowed on August 6th. Otherwise it is a strict fast: no meat, dairy products, eggs, oil and wine.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Παρασκευή 1 Αυγούστου
Σάββατο 2 Αυγούστου
Κυριακή 3 Αυγούστου
Δευτέρα 4 Αυγούστου
Τρίτη 5 Αυγούστου
Τετάρτη 6 Αυγούστου
Πέμπτη 7 Αυγούστου
Παρασκευή 8 Αυγούστου
Σάββατο 9 Αυγούστου
Κυριακή 10 Αυγούστου
Δευτέρα 11 Αυγούστου
Τρίτη 12 Αυγούστου
Τετάρτη 13 Αυγούστου
Πέμπτη 14 Αυγούστου
Παρασκευή 15 Αυγούστου
Σάββατο 16 Αυγούστου
Κυριακή 17 Αυγούστου
Σάββατο 23 Αυγούστου
Κυριακή 24 Αυγούστου
Τρίτη 26 Αυγούστου
Παρασκευή 29 Αυγούστου
Σάββατο 30 Αυγούστου
Κυριακή 31 Αυγούστου
Πρόοδος του Τιμίου Σταυρού, Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Αγιασμός –8:00 π.μ.
Παράκληση – 7:00 μ.μ
Μ. Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
8η Κυριακή του Ματθαίου, Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Παράκληση – 7:00 μ.μ.
Παράκληση—700 μ.μ.
Μέγας Εσπερινός στην Ι.Μ. Mεταμορφώσεως – 7:00 μ.μ.
Η Θεία Μεταμόρφωση του Κυρίου ημών Ιησού Χριστού, Όρθρος,Λειτουργία
& ευλογία των σταφυλιών–8πμ Παράκληση –7:00 μ.μ.
Παράκληση –7:00 μ.μ.
Παράκληση—7:00 μ.μ.
Μ. Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
9η Κυριακή του Ματθαίου, Όρθρος & Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Αγρυπνία του Αγίου Σπυρίδωνος—6:30 μ.μ.
Παράκληση —7:00 μ.μ.
Παράκληση –7:00 μ.μ.
Παράκληση—7:00 μ.μ.
Μέγας Εσπερινός στον Ιερό Ναό της Κοίμησης της Θεοτόκου στο Orland Park,
Chicago, και στο Hegewisch, IL. – 7:00 μ.μ.
Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου, Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Αρτοκλασία —8:00 π.μ.
Μ. Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
10η Κυριακή του Ματθαίου, Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία —8:00 π.μ.
Απόδοση της Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου
Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία —8:00 π.μ.
Μέγας Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
11η Κυριακή του Ματθαίου, Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία (Ευλογία
Φανουροπιτών)—8:00 π.μ.
Αγρυπνία του Αγίου Φανουρίου—6:00 μ.μ. –10:30 μ.μ.
Αποκεφάλιση του Αγ. Ιωάννη του Βαπτιστού
Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία —8:00 π.μ.
Μ. Εσπερινός —6:00 μ.μ.
12η Κυριακή του Ματθαίου
Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία —8:00 π.μ.
Η Ανάμνησις του εν Κερκύρα υπερφυούς κατά Αγαρηνών θαύματος του
εν Αγίοις πατρός ημών Σπυρίδωνος του θαυματουργού.
Κυριακή , 10 Αυγούστου, 6:30μ.μ –10:30 μ.μ.
Αγρυπνία Αγίου Φανουρίου
Τρίτη, 26 Αυγούστου, 6:30μ.μ.–10:30 μ.μ.
The Voice
Ή χριστιανική ζωή είναι ασκητική, αγώνας να ελευθερωθούμε από το
ζυγό της αμαρτίας και την κυριαρχία των παθών, προσπάθεια να φθά­
σουμε με τη χάρη του Κυρίου στον αγιασμό και στη θέωση. Στον
αγώνα αυτό σημαντικότατη θέση κατέχει και ή νηστεία.
Ή νηστεία είναι εντολή του Θεού αρχαιότατος θεσμός της Εκκλησίας·
όπλο από τα βασικότερα της εν Χριστώ ζωής. Με τη νηστεία πού
αποκρούουμε τις επιθέσεις του διαβόλου
χαλιναγωγούμε τις άτακτες επιθυμίες της σάρκας
καθαρίζουμε την ψυχή μας από τα διάφορα πάθη
αποδιώκουμε τους αισχρούς λογισμούς
βοηθούμαστε στην προσευχή
ενισχυόμαστε στον αγώνα για την απόκτηση των χριστιανικών
Ή σημασία πού έχει για τη χριστιανική ζωή ή νηστεία οδήγησε την
Εκκλησία μας στο να καθορίσει με σοφία και τον χρόνο και τον τρόπο
με τον όποιο οι ορθόδοξοι χριστιανοί οφείλουμε να νηστεύουμε.
Ή νηστεία με την οποία τιμούμε την Παναγία μας, αρχίζει την 1η και
λήγει την 14η Αυγούστου. Είναι νηστεία αυστηρή, Εφόσον μπορούμε,
νηστεύουμε από λάδι όλες τις ήμερες, πλην Σαββάτου και Κυριακής.
Ψάρι καταλύουμε μόνο κατά την εορτή της Μεταμορφώσεως.
Φέτος και πάλι, παρακαλούμε όλους όσους έχουν την ευχαρίστηση να
προσφέρουν χρήματα για την αγορά λουλουδιών για τον στολισμό της
εικόνας της Παναγίας μας για τις Άγιες ημέρες του
Δεκαπανταύγουστου, να επικοινωνήσουν με το γραφείο της Εκκλησίας
Μή ξεχνάτε ότι η εκκλησία μας παρέχει τρόφιμα σε οικογένειες που
έχουν ανάγκη. Τούτον τόν μήνα ζητούμε κυρίως σχολικά είδη για τους
παιδιά των οικογενειών που υποστηρίζει η αποθήκη μας, καθώς και
συσκευασμένα τρόφιμα για πρωϊνό όπως cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix,
κ.λ.π. Θα θέλαμε να ευχαριστήσουμε όλους τους δωρητές για την
αγάπη και την συνεχή γενναιοδωρία τους προς τους συνανθρώπους
μας που βρίσκονται σε υλική ανάγκη.
Σας κάνουμε γνωστό ότι την Κυριακή 10 Αυγούστου, στις 6:30 μ.μ. θα
τελεσθεί Αγρυπνία στον Ιερό Ναό μας εις ανάμνηση του θαύματος
του Αγίου Σπυρίδωνα δια του οποίου απηλλάγει η Κέρκυρα το 1716 της
πολυορκίας των Τουρκων. Επίσης την Τρίτη 26 Αυγούστου και στις 6:30
θα τελεσθεί αγρυπνία για την εορτή του Αγίου Φανουρίου. Ας κάνουμε
όλοι μας προσπάθεια να παρευρεθούμε στις κατανυκτικές αυτές
Αγρυπνίες και να τιμήσουμε τους Αγίους μας όπως πρέπει.
Παναγιά, το Εικόνισμά Σου
στ΄ Αυγουστιάτικο το δείλι,
ποιό ζωγράφισε απ’ τά ύψη
αχειρόπιαστο κοντύλι!
Και θαμπώνει τη ματιά μας,
η Πανάχραντή Σου χάρη
κι ας την θόλωσαν του κόσμου
προβολείς και φάροι πλάνοι!
Της καμπάνας το γλωσσίδι
γλυκολάλαο το λέει:
-Κουρασμένοι στρατοπόροι,
η Παρθένα σάς προσμένει!
Κι άκου γλυκασμού τροπάρι,
που ξεχύνεται στην πλάση!...
Η Γιορτή Σου, έχει αρχίσει!
κι η ψυχή μου, άς την προφθάσει!
Χίλιοι πόνοι, χίλιοι φόβοι
μύριοι πόθοι εκεί μπροστά Σου
θ’ ακουμπήσουνε, Παρθένα,
στη ποδιά Σου απ΄ τά παιδιά Σου!
Και Σύ σαν καλή Μητέρα,
σ΄ όλους μάλαγμα θα ρίξεις!
Το γλυκύτατο φιλί Σου
στην καρδιά μας θα χαρίσεις!
Το γλυκό Εικόνισμά Σου
πώς μιλάει πάντα εντός μου!
Ποιές βαθιές χορδές χτυπάει
το δοξάρι των ψαλμών Σου!
Και ο νούς μου, ανοίγει σ’ άλλο
φως και σ’ άλλη Βίβλο,
να διαβάσει το δικό Σου
ανερμήνευτο μυστήριο!
Και στό Εικόνισμά Σου πάντα
κάθε Αύγουστο τέτοιο δείλι,
η ψυχή μας να Σου ανάφτει
της αγάπης το καντήλι!
Κουραστήκαμε στούς δρόμους
μακρυά απ΄ τήν Εκκλησιά Σου!
Την Ελπίδα Εσύ κρατάς
μοναχά στην αγκαλιά Σου.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
August 1st-August 15th
The Fast of the Dormition of the
Virgin Mary
Tuesday, August 12th
Parish Council Meeting
Saturday, August 16th
Back to School Retreat
Tuesday, August 19th
17th Annual Golf Outing
Monday, September 1st
Parish Labor Day Picnic
Tuesday, September 2nd
1st Day of Archangels Academy
Sunday, September 7th
1st Day of Sunday School
Philoptochos meeting
Let’s hit the links!
St. Spyridon’s
17th Annual Golf Outing
Enjoy a fantastic day of golf & a delicious dinner!
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Odyssey Country Club,
Tinley Park
$125 per golfer
($75 for students)
Registration Fee includes:
18 holes of golf
Golf Cart, Lunch, & Dinner
Monday, September 8th
1st Day of Greek School
Sponsorship Opportunities for your Business or Family:
$150 per hole
Reserve your sponsorship & tee times now!
Attend Church Regularly with Your Family!
St. Spyridon Hellenic
Orthodox Church
12307 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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