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96th Annual Dinner Dance Sunday, October 27th, 2013

THE VOICE — October 2013 - Volume No. 277
Father’s Article ...........................2
Stewardship ................................3
Sunday School News ................4
P.T.A. News ................................5
Archangels Academy ................6
Iconography ................................8
Parish Events ..............................9
September Pictures ............. 10,11
Announcements .......................12
Metropolis Events ............... 13,14
Κοινοτικά Νέα ........................14
Liturgical Schedule .................15
Calendar of Events ..................16
Η λατρεία τής Εκκλησίας ..17
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
96th Annual Dinner Dance
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church of Palos Heights,
Cordially invites you to the celebration of our
96thAnnual Dinner Dance
October 27th, 2013
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. • Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Catered by Dean Eliacostas—Executive Chef
Live Music by Hellenic Five - Open Bar
Donation: $50 adults • $15 children under 12
Please call the Church Office for Reservations by October 20th
Church Community Hall
12307 S. Ridgeland Ave. Palos Heights
The Voice - H ΦΩNH
Why we venerate icons
Official Monthly
Community Publication of
St. Spyridon
Hellenic Orthodox Church
12307 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Last month, we began a new series of articles whose theme was
‘Catechism 101’. The first topic was the symbolism of candles and why
we light them at church. In this month’s issue we will examine another
practice whose significance is often overlooked: The veneration of icons.
Every time we enter an Orthodox church, before we even light our candles, we make the sign of the cross and venerate the icons in the narthex.
Furthermore, we venerate the icons in our home and we teach our children to do the same. To those not familiar with Orthodoxy, lighting candles is somewhat understood, but kissing icons seems very strange, or
even idolatrous. Therefore, we have the responsibility to be able to explain the significance of venerating icons as it is so prevalent within our
faith tradition.
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
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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First of all, icons are not idols. We do not venerate the wood or the paint.
We venerate the icon of Christ as an act of confession that the Son of God
became incarnate. God took on material form, and therefore He can be
represented in material form. The Word of God became man and consequently He can be depicted as a man. When someone denies the freedom
to form a representation of Christ on a piece of wood, stone, metal, or any
medium, it is equivalent to denying that the incarnation of God ever happened. The incarnate Lord, according to the Apostle Paul is the foremost
Icon of God. When we venerate the icon of Christ, this expression of devotion is not given to the icon as a material object but as a material expression of the prototype which is the Incarnate Word.
Of course, we often venerate icons which do not depict Christ but depict
the Virgin Mary and the saints. All human beings, even though we are
marked by sin, we never lose the image of God within us. We are all
icons of our Creator. That is why, for example, the priest censes all the
faithful after censing the icons, because we are icons of God. Those who
have attained holiness in this life are even more clearly icons of God having also achieved the likeness, which was lost at the Fall of Adam. This
holiness, however, and the restoration to the likeness of God, is made
possible by the incarnation of Christ. What it means to attain holiness is
to allow Christ to be your prototype. As Christians we are called to no
longer live for ourselves but to have Christ living in us. It is noticeable
that all the icons of saints look alike. While maintaining some physical
characteristics pertaining to their gender, age, and occupation, the prototype for the face of every saint is the face of Christ. Therefore, the veneration of the icon of a saint is connected to the veneration of Christ Who is
the source of their holiness. Giving honor and showing devotion to the
Panagia or the saints is to give honor to their prototype, to the Christ
whom they served and worshiped throughout their life.
Likewise, we venerate other material expressions which point to sanctification of all nature through the incarnation of Christ. We venerate the
Gospel book, the cross, relics, or even the right hand of the priest, be-
cause they are material objects that point to the source of holiness that fills them. The veneration is not to the
object but to Jesus Who sanctified all creation by His incarnation.
We are all made in the image of God and by His incarnation all humanity has been sanctified. If we treat objects
made of wood and metal with such veneration, if we kiss them with love and devotion, if we handle them with
respect and awe, how much more are we to venerate one another. The honor we pay to holy images should pale
in comparison to the honor we pay to one another, the living icons of God Who created us in His image. When
we venerate and kiss the feet of Christ on an icon or show honor by our devotion to the saints, let us remember
to honor and venerate the image of God in every person, even the least of our brethren among us. Amen.
Stewardship 2013 Progress Report
As of September 28th, 2013
Pledged Stewards:
Average Stewardship:
Amount of Stewardship donated: $123,300
Stewardship 2013 Goal: 400 Stewards
The Stewardship Committee thanks our
320 Stewards who have fulfilled their
pledge for the 2013 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
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 που ανήκει, δηλαδή σε
μας τους ίδιους. Ευχαριστούμε πολύ τις 320 οικογένειες που εκπλήρωσαν τις υποχρεώσεις τους για την
φετινή χρονιά. Οι υπόλοιποι παρακαλούνται να ανανεώσουν την συνδρομή τους προς την Εκκλησία μας,
συμπληρώνοντας την Κάρτα Υποσχέσεως και επιστρέφοντάς την, μαζί με το δώρο της αγάπης τους, στο
γραφείο της Εκκλησίας μας.
Mr. & Mrs. Nika Alex
Mr. & Mrs. Dimitri Delis
Ms. Andrea Dermos
Mr. & Mrs. John Fotropoulos
Ms. Demetra Garinis
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Gllikis
Mr. & Mrs. Ari Halikias
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Halikias
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Halikias
Mr. Constantine Karampelas
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Karras
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Kavvadas
Mr. & Mrs. John Kladis
Mr. & Mrs. George Kopitas
Mrs. Georgia Korbakes
Mr. & Mrs. Dean Korolis
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Iovino
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kunz
Dr. & Mrs. Makis Limperis
Mr. & Mrs. Andy Litsogiannis
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Marinos
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Mastorakos
Ms. Maria Mataragas
The Melone Family
Mr. & Mrs. Ted Mikroulis
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Mullen
Mr. & Mrs. P. Panagiotopoulos
Mr. & Mrs. John Papaioannou
Ms. Constance Pappas
The Gregory Pappas Family
Mr. & Mrs. Ioannis Polyzos
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Proutsos
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Proutsos
Mr. & Mrs. Vasilios Rodogiannis
Mr. & Mrs. John Ruzich
Mr. & Mrs. Gust Siamis
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Simandirakis
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Spanos
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Spinos
Mr. & Mrs. Ioannis Synadinos
Mrs. Athena Tsinoukas
Mrs. Maria Venardos
Mr. Nicholaos Voutsinas
Mr. & Mrs. Gleb Urobushkin
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Welcome back to Sunday School! Our first day of class was September 8th. It was so exciting to see all the children sitting with
their classmates and teachers anxiously awaiting to get to their
classrooms. We have over 150 children registered in our Sunday
School program and offer classes for Pre-School through High
Our Sunday School is sponsoring a Walk for the IOCC on Saturday
November 2nd at the Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Garden in Palos Heights. The 1 mile walk will begin at 9:30am, and
should conclude no longer than 11am. We are asking for a minimum of $25 per person or $40 per family to register for this event.
All proceeds will go to the International Orthodox Christian Charities and their worldwide mission of offering emergency relief and
development programs. Please come out and show your support
for this worthy cause!
St. Spyridon Sunday School has an amazing staff of dedicated
teachers, many who have been teaching for several years, and others who are newer members. Whether you would like to volunteer
for one class, or several, please consider helping in Sunday School,
we would love to see you! If you are interested in becoming involved in Sunday School, please contact me at [email protected] Zoe Kopanis—Sunday School Director
WALK the WALK for
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic
Garden in Palos Heights.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
1K Walk/Run: 10:00 a.m.
We are asking for minimum Donations:
$25/person or $40/Family
All Proceeds to benefit IOCC
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“We are Family”
November 10th, 2013
Divine Liturgy: 9:45 am
A special day to celebrate the
bond of godparents and their
spiritual family.
Brunch to follow immediately
following the Divine Liturgy.
Reservations required.
Cherubs has kicked off to a
wonderful start!
We have twelve children currently registered. Our first two
meetings were spent getting to
know each other and playing. We had an Agiasmo service with Father Tim on September 24th. Our little ones
learned about holy water, the
cross, and took turns smelling
the basil Father used in his
blessing. Then our class made
their own crosses that you can
see displayed in the window of
our classroom.
Parents, grandparents and children alike are all having fun at
Cherubs. Please join us if you
and your young children are
available on Tuesday mornings
for our playgroup.
Janine (Georgiopoulos) Riley
Cherubs Advisor
School has begun and students in both Sunday school and Plutarchos Greek School are off to a great
start. Please don’t forget to sign up and join our PTA. Together, we can make this a fantastic and exciting year for our children!
There will be a PTA meeting on Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m.. We hope you can join us!
Picture day for Greek School students will be on Monday, October 7th and Friday, October 11th. All
our Greek School students should wear their blue and white uniform on both days.
During the month of October we will be sending out letters assigning parents to host the fellowship
hour following the Divine Liturgy. Details will be mailed to all our Sunday School parents.
This year’s Dinner Dance will be held on Sunday, October 27th and preparations are under way. The
P.T.A. will hold a raffle fund-raiser. You will find your raffle tickets in your children’s backpacks.
Godparents Sunday will be held on Saturday, November 10th. It’s never too early to make your reservations.
Don’t forget that this year our parish is hosting the Jr. Choir Conference on October 19th & 20th. Let us
all bring our children for an edifying and fun weekend with Jr. Choir members from throughout the
Chicago Metropolis.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your active participation for a successful
school year.
Angela Evangelopoulos, P.T.A. President
Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians
Metropolis of Chicago
Invite you to participate in the
17th Annual Youth Choir Conference
October 19th & 20th, 2013
Saint Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Registration Fee is $10.00 per child.
Registration forms are available at
the Church Office
For more information please contact
Ida Trakadas at 708-532-3191
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
School is in full swing and we are enjoying every minute of it! We had a great first day of school with
children and parents attending an Agiasmo and then they painted a pot in which the students later planted their vasiliko.
On Sept. 27th we had our 9th Annual Open House where the students came in the evening with their parents to show off their classroom and all the “big work” they have been working on these past few weeks.
We were very excited that Evan and Peter brought in some of their plants that they had planted during
summer camp and last spring’s science class. Evan’s sunflower grew over 7 feet tall and both students
brought in potatoes that they had cultivated all summer. Thank you to both boys for sharing with the
One of the traditions that we are very proud of are our field trips. We are excited about our first field trip
of the year which will be to The Children’s Farm. This trip is part of our unit on the community and its
many helpers. The Farm is a real working farm and pumpkin patch. The children will be able to hold,
touch and learn about a variety of animals, as well as go on a hay rack ride and pick their own pumpkin.
Archangels Academy continues to excel in the field of early childhood education and in our continued
effort to stay competitive the field we have incorporated tablets into our classroom. The iStartSmart is
researched-and standard-based educational software applications designed to increase school readiness
skills. The exclusive software is designed to develop 18 core skills essential for children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The staff will be
attending an in service this month to familiarize themselves with the technology.
Tuesday, Oct. 8th … Picture Day
Thursday, Oct. 10th … field trip to The Children’s Farm in Palos Park
Monday, Oct. 14th … NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
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Μετά από το όμορφο και ξένοιαστο Καλοκαίρι μας,
επιστρέψαμε όλοι, μαθητές, γονείς και δάσκαλοι
ανανεωμένοι: με νέες δυνάμεις, ζήλο, προθυμία και
υπομονή, στο Ελληνικό μας Σχολείο Πλούταρχος για
να συνεχίσουμε το όμορφο και δύσκολο έργο μας.
Αρχίσαμε τα μαθήματά μας, στις 9 Σεπτεμβρίου, με
Αγιασμό κι ευχές για μια ευλογημένη σχολική
χρονιά, γεμάτη υγεία αγάπη και ΠΡΟΟΔΟ.
Καλωσορίζουμε όλους τους δασκάλους μας και την
νέα μας δασκάλα της Α ´ τάξης, την κυρία
Παναγιώτα Βυθούλκα, όλους τους 131 μαθητές μας
και όλους εσάς τους γονείς και σας ευχαριστούμε
πάρα πολύ, που και για μια ακόμη χρονικά μας
εμπιστεύεστε τα παιδιά σας. Σας υποσχόμαστε ότι
θα κάνουμε το καλύτερο που μπορούμε για τη
μόρφωση τους.
Το σχολείο μας λειτουργεί δύο φορές την εβδομάδα:
Δευτέρα και Παρασκευή 4:30 - 6:30 μ.μ. Με τάξεις,
από Προνηπιαγωγείο μέχρι και την ογδόη τάξη και
με καλούς, εκπαιδευμένους και με πολύχρονη πείρα
δασκάλους. Εχουμε πλούσιο και γερό Αναλυτικό
Πρόγραμμα Μαθημάτων για όλες τις τάξεις κι επί
πλέον πολιτιστική μόρφωση κάθε Δευτέρα και
πολλούς και διαφορετικούς παραδοσιακούς χορούς
κάθε Παρασκευή.
Βασικός Σκοπός του Σχολείου μας είναι: Να
κρατήσουμε την Ελληνική μας ταυτότητα. Να
αγαπήσουν οι μαθητές μας την πανέμορφη Ελλάδα
μας. Να μαθαίνουν φυσικά και αβίαστα να μιλούν,
να διαβάζουν, να γράφουν, να σκέφτονται και να
ενεργούν ελληνικά. Να γνωρίσουν τις ρίζες μας, την
Ορθόδοξη Θρησκεία μας, την μακραίωνη κι ένδοξη
Ιστορία μας και το μεγαλείο του Πολιτισμού μας. Με
άλλα λόγια να μάθουν τα Ελληνοχριστιανικά
γράμματα και να γίνουν καλοί και αγαθοί πολίτες.
Εχουμε ήδη αρχίσει το "Open House" στο σχολείο μας
και προετοιμαζόμαστε να γιορτάσουμε πανηγυρικά
την Εθνική μας Γιορτή, την 28η Οκτωβρίου, 1940.
Ευχόμαστε να έχουμε μια Καλή Σχολική Χρονιά.
Καλή Πρόοδο!!!
Λαμπρινή Σταύρου
Our St. Spyridon Athletics program is underway. We are teaming up again with St.
Nicholas in Oak Lawn to form three teams.
Our Biddy team is for 4th-6th grade boys
and girls. John Lavvas, Mike Fragis, and
Georgia Alexakos are the coaches and the
practices take place at St. Spyridon’s on Fridays 6:45 p.m.—7:45 p.m.
Our Grammar School team is for 6th-8th
grade boys and girls. Kids in 6th grade
may play on both teams. Dean Karampelas
and Mike Vlahos are the coaches and the
practices take place at St. Spyridon’s 6:45
p.m.—8:15 p.m.
High School Boys are coaches by Zeno of
St. Nicholas, and the practices will be on
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.—9:30 p.m. at St.
Nicholas, starting on October 9th.
The Pee-Wee Basketball practices for boys
and girls K-3rd grades take place on Saturday mornings, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Spyridon’s. We have two new coaches, Margaret Kolyvas and Chris Kapsalis.
Finally, an old athletics program has been
revived: Cheerleading. Our young girls
have been practicing their cheers every Friday evening, 6:45 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. Polytimi
and Tiffany are the coaches. We look forward to their cheers at our basketball
The practice schedule is continually updated on St. Spyridon Google calendar which
can be easily accessed through the Events
Calendar tab on our website:
We are still waiting for the game schedule
for the upcoming season. It will be posted
on our calendar as soon as it is made available.
Many thanks to our athletic director, Mr.
John Angelos, and all our coaches for their
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Phase I is nearly complete and we are now preparing to order the icons for
Phase II. We still need a minimum of $40,000 in pledges before we can proceed. Groups of individuals or families may come together to sponsor the remaining icons. All pledges that are made toward particular icons may be recognized and listed in our donor board. The icons still remaining are:
The Adoration of the Magi
The Flight to Egypt
The Wedding in Cana
St. Jesse, Father of King David
Transfiguration of our Lord
The Last Supper
Saturday of Lazarus
The miracle of Saint Spyridon
One Medallion icon
All donations are welcome. For more information on the iconography project please consult the brochures available at church or contact Fr. Tilemahos.
Το πρώτο στάδιο της εικονογράφησης του ναού μας έχει σχεδόν τελειώσει. Τώρα γίνονται
προετοιμασίες για να παραγγείλουμε τις εικόνες για την τελική φάση που θα καλύψει την βόρεια
και νότια καμάρα της εκκλησίας. Χρειάζονται περίπου $40,000 σε δωρεές νέων εικόνων. Ο
καθένας μπορεί να προσφέρει ότι επιθυμεί για κάποια συγκεκριμένη εικόνα χωρίς να είναι
ανάγκη να καλύψει μόνος ολόκληρο το ποσόν. Η κάθε προσφορά θα αναγνωριστεί ως
αφιερωμένη στην συγκεκριμένη εικόνα. Έτσι ομάδες δωρητών μπορούν να αφιερώσουν από τις
ακόλουθες εικόνες στην εικονογράφηση του ναού μας.
Η Προσκύνησις των Μάγων
Η Φυγή του Χριστού στην Αίγυπτο
Το Θαύμα του Αγίου Σπυρίδωνος
Ο Γάμος της Κανά
Όλες οι δωρεές είναι ευπρόσδεκτες.
περαιτέρω πληροφορίες.
Η Ανάστασις του Λαζάρου
Ο Προφήτης Ιεσσαί
Η Μεταμόρωση του Σωτήρος
Ο Μυστικός Δείπνος
Μπορείτε να επικοινωνήσετε με τον π. Τηλέμαχος για
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.
This month we would like to thank the anonymous donor for their donation in loving memory of
George, Patricia and Stephen Zouyras .
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The Parish Council is working
on the Album for our 96th Annual Dinner Dance to be held
on October 27th, 2013 at our
community hall. Dedications
are now being accepted on behalf of parishioners and businesses, as well as in memory of
loved ones. Supporting the Ad
Book is also an excellent way to
ensure the well being of our
parish and its ministries for
generations to come.
The Album Sponsorship forms
are available in the church
office and at our website: The
deadline for submission of
forms is October 18th, 2013.
The Donation for the ads
are as follows:
As always we would like thank everyone who participated in our Annual
Golf Outing this year The net profit from the Golf outing supports in the
Building fund of our church. The financial results of the outing are sum-
Half Page: $50
Full Page: $100
Inside covers: $250
Outside Back Cover: $500
Please show your support for
the 96th Anniversary Commemorative Ad Book by submitting your dedication today!
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
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St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Kosta Vasilopoulos and Sophia
Husentdinova were joined in
the sacrament of marriage on
September 1st, 2013.
sponsors were Mr. & Mrs.
George Tsigolis.
Να ζήσετε!
The son of Mr. & Mrs. Chris
Proutsos was baptized on September 7th and given the name
Thomas. Mr. & Mrs. Michael
Vlahos were the sponsors.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Proutsos was baptized on
September 7th and given the
name Emily Claire. Ms. Demetria Proutsos was the sponsor.
The son of Mr. & Mrs. John
Ruzich was baptized on September 8th, and was given the
name John Anthony. His sponsor was Dr. George Borelli.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
John Ruzich was baptized on
September 8th, and was given
the name Juliana Marie. Her
sponsor was Ms. Nikoletta
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Nicholas Karras was baptized
on September 14th, and was
given the name Lila Sophia. Her
sponsor was Ms. Andrea Dermos.
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The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Nicholas Karras was baptized
on September 14th, and was
given the name Zoe Her sponsor was Mrs. Panagiota Papaioannou.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Kostas Mastoras was baptized
on September 15th, and was
given the name Elianna Her
sponsors were Dr. Constantine
Peters and Kiki Kazazakis.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Brad Jones was baptized on
September 28th, and was given the name Dionisia. Her
sponsor was Ms. Emily Stetler.
The daughter of Dr. & Mrs.
Makis Limperis was baptized
on September 29th, and was
given the name Ekaterina. Her
sponsors were Mr. & Mrs. Tony Alexander.
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Peter Gountanis was baptized
on September 29th, and was
given the name Katerina. Her
sponsor was Ms. Connie Tonar.
Να σας Ζήσουν!
In Memoriam
On September 20th, Mrs. Sophie Siannis fell asleep in the
Lord. Her funeral took place.
on September 23rd.
On September 28th, Mr. Filippos Petropoulos fell asleep in
the Lord. His funeral took
place in October 1st.
Our condolences and deepest
sympathy to their families.
May their memory be eternal.
Sunday, September 15th
Karampelas and †1 year for
Vasilis Simandirakis
Sunday, September 29th
†40 days for Angela Maltou
May their memory be eternal! Our deepest sympathy to
their families.
To the family of Mrs. Sophie Sianis for their donation
to the Church, in her loving
 To Mr. & Mrs. Kostas Mastoras for their donation to the
Altar Boy Fund.
 To Mrs. Roula Karampelas
and Mr. Nick Karras for their
donation to the Church.
 We also wish to thank all
the donors who contributed
to our Iconography Project
during the month of September: Mr. Leonidas Hatzis,
Anonymous donor and Mrs.
Georgia Evangelopoulos.
Coffee social
The Coffee Social for the
month of October will be
hosted by the St. Spyridon
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Ο εορτασμός των ονομαστηρίων του Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτη μας
και της 33ας επετείου της θεάρεστης ποιμαντορίας του στο Σικάγο θα
κορυφωθεί με δείπνο προς τιμήν του στο Concord, Kildeer, IL την
Πέμπτη 24η Οκτωβρίου, στις 6:00 μ.μ..
Όλοι προσκαλείσθε στην τιμητική αυτή βραδυά για τον Σεβασμιώτατον
Μητροπολίτην μας. Ο σκοπός του εορταστικού δείπνου δεν είναι μόνον
για τιμήσουμε τον Μητροπολίτην μας αλλά και να υποστηρίξουμε την
ανέργεση της κατασκηνώσεως St. Iakovos Camp and Retreat Center στο
Brighton, Wisconsin. Όλοι καλείσθε να προσέλθετε στο δείπνο του Σεβασμιωτάτου και να
συμβάλετε τον δώρο σας για το έργο της κατασκηνώσεως. Η δωρεά για το δείπνο είναι $100 το
άτομο και για κλείσεις θέσεως τηλεφωνήστε τον π. Τηλέμαχο ή το κοινοτικό μας γραφείο.
The celebration of the feast day of His Eminence will culminate at the Banquet given in his honor at the
Concord, Kildeer, IL, on Thursday, October 24th , 2013, with cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner at
7:00 p.m. The proceeds from this dinner will benefit the St. Iakovos Camp and Retreat Center of our
The donation for the October 24th banquet is $100, and all the faithful are asked to attend or to offer
their gift on this momentous occasion for a worthwhile cause. For reservations please call Fr. Tilemahos or the church office.
Ετήσια Χοροεσπερίδα
Η 96η Ετήσια Χοροεσπερίδα της Ενορίας μας θα γίνει την Κυριακή 27 Οκτωβρίου στην κοινοτική
αίθουσα της Ενορίας μας. Ο Κωνσταντίνος Ηλιακώστας, που μαγείρεψε το θαυμάσιο δείπνο
πέρυσι, θα έλθει πάλι με το προσωπικό του να μαγειρέψουν και φέτος. Η δωρεά για το δείπνο
είναι $50 για τους ενήλικους και $15 για τα παιδιά. Για κλείσεις θέσεων επικοινωνήσετε με το
κοινοτικό γραφείο πρίν τις 22 Οκτωβρίου.
Βιβλίο Διαφημήσεων
Το Κοινοτικό μας Συμβούλιο και ο Σύλλογος Γονέων και Διδασκάλων θα εκδόσουν και πάλι το
ΒΙΒΛΙΟ ΔΙΑΦΗΜΗΣΕΩΝ το οποίο θα παρουσιάσει τις προσφορές των ενοριτών και διαφόρων
επιχειρήσεων που υποστηρίζουν και κατά αυτό τον τρόπο τις ανάγκες της ενορίας μας. Ολόκληρη
σελίδα είνα $100, μισή $50. Άν επιθυμείτε να προσφέρετε προς αυτόν τον σκοπό, επικοινωνήσετε
με το Κοινοτικό μας Γραφείο πρίν από τις 18 Οκτωβρίου. Παρακαλούμε όπως προσφέρετε την
υποστήριξή σας σε αυτήν την προσπάθεια.
The Voice
Tuesday, October 1st
Saturday, October 5th
Sunday, October 6th
Monday, October 7th
Tuesday, October 8th
Saturday, October 12th
Sunday, October 13th
Friday, October 18th
Sunday, October 20th
Monday, October 21st
Tuesday, October 22nd
Wednesday, October 23rd
Friday, October 25th
Saturday, October 26th
Sunday, October 27th
Monday, October 28th
Friday, November 1st
Saturday, November 2nd
Sunday, November 3rd
St. Romanos, Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Agiasmos—8:00 a.m.
Great Vespers—6:00 p.m.
3rd Sunday of Luke—Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.
Paraklesis - 6:00 p.m.
Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m. & Christian Philoxenia at Holy Cross
Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council, Orthros & Divine Liturgy— 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke the Evangelist—Orthros & Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross—8:00 a.m.
6th Sunday of Luke, Orthros & Divine Liturgy — 8:00 a.m.
Paraklesis - 6:00 p.m.
Great Vespers - St. Iakovos in Valparaiso, IN—7:00 p.m.
St. Iakovos, Orthros & Divine Liturgy—at the Annunciation Cathedral.
Vespers @ St. Demetrios Church in Chicago, Elmhurst, & Hammond — 7:00 p.m.
St. Demetrios the Myrrhbearer Orthros & Div. Liturgy - 8:00 a.m.* Great Vespers 6:00 p.m.
7th Sunday of Luke, Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.
Holy Protection of Theotokos, Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m. * Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Sts. Cosmas & Damian, Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Agiasmos—8:00 a.m.
Great Vespers—6:00 p.m.
5th Sunday of Luke, Orthros & Divine Liturgy—8:00 a.m.
Τρίτη 1 Οκτωβρίου
Σάββατο 5 Οκτωβρίου
Κυριακή 6 Οκτωβρίου
Δευτέρα 7 Οκτωβρίου
Τρίτη 9 Οκτωβρίου
Σάββατο 12 Οκτωβρίου
Κυριακή 13 Οκτωβρίου
Παρασκευή 18 Οκτωβρίου
Κυριακή 20 Οκτωβρίου
Δευτέρα 21 Οκτωβρίου
Τρίτη 22 Οκτωβρίου
Τετἀρτη 23 Οκτωβρίου
Παρασκευή 25 Οκτωβρίου
Σάββατο 26 Οκτωβρίου
Κυριακή 27 Οκτωβρίου
Δευτέρα 28 Οκτωβρίου
Παρασκευή 1 Νοεμβρίου
Σάββατο Νοεμβρίου
Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Αγιασμός—8:00 π.μ.
Μέγας Εσπερινός -6:00 π.μ.
3η Κυριακή του Λουκά –Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία –8:00 μ.μ.
Παράκληση –6:00 μ.μ.
Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ. και Χριστινική Φιλοξενία στον Τίμιον Σταυρό
Μέγας Εσπερινός— 6:00 μ.μ.
Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Αποστόλου & Ευαγγελιστού Λουκά -Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία στον Τίμιο
Σταυρό—8:00 π.μ.
6η Κυριακή του Λουκά, Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία —8:00 π.μ.
Παράκληση –6:00 μ.μ.
Μ. Εσπερινός στον Ιερό Ναό Αγίου Ιακώβου στο Valparaiso, IN—7:00 μ.μ.
Αγίου Ιακώβου, Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία, Καθεδρικός Ναός Ευαγγελισμού -9:00
Εσπερινός στους Ι. Ν. Αγ. Δημητρίου—Σικάγο, Elmhurst, & Hammond —7:00 μ.μ.
Αγ. Δημητρίου του Μυροβλήτου, Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ. * Μέγας
Εσπερινός— 6:00 μ.μ.
7η Κυριακή του Λουκά, Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ.
Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία—8:00 π.μ. * Παράκληση –6:00 μ.μ.
Αγίων Αναργύρων, Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Αγιασμός—8:00 π.μ.
Μέγας Εσπερινός— 6:00 μ.μ.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
Greek School-4:30 pm
Bible Study—10:30 am
Byzantine Music—4:30pm Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
Greek Bible Study—7pm
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
Greek School OXI Day Bible Study—10:30 am
program-4:30 pm
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
GOYA & Jr. GOYA 7pm
Sunday School
Junior Choir Conference
Sunday School
Dinner Dance
Archangels Academy
Iconography - 6 pm
HS Bball—7:30 pm
Archangels Academy
Iconography - 6 pm
HS Bball—7:30 pm
Archangels Academy
Iconography - 6 pm
HS Bball—7:30 pm
Office Closed
Sunday School
Archangels Academy
Bible Study—10:30 am
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
GOYA & Jr. GOYA 7pm
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
Christian Philoxenia at Iconography - 6 pm
Holy Cross
HS Bball—7:30 pm
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
GOYA & Jr. GOYA 7pm
Archangels Academy
Greek School-4:30 pm
Byzantine Music—4:30pm
Greek Bible Study—7pm
Archangels Academy
Iconography - 6 pm
Archangels Academy
Bible Study—10:30 am
Cherubs—10:30 a.m.
Parish Council— 7pm
Sunday School
Philoptochos Luncheon
Family Worship
Archangels Academy
Altar Boy Mtg—10 am
Handmaidens—10 am
HOPE—10:00 a.m.
Fall Youth Outing -10 am
Pee-Wee Ball—11 a.m.
Altar Boy Mtg—10 am
Handmaidens—10 am
HOPE—10:00 a.m.
PTA meeting—10 am
Pee-Wee Ball—11 a.m.
Altar Boy Mtg—10 am
Handmaidens—10 am
HOPE—10:00 a.m.
Pee-Wee Ball—11 a.m.
Greek School—4:30 p.m. Junior Choir Conference
Biddy & Grammar School
B-ball—6:45 pm
Greek School—4:30 p.m.
Biddy & Grammar School
B-ball—6:45 pm
Greek School—4:30 p.m.
Archangels Academy
Greek School—4:30 p.m.
Metropolitan’s Feast Day Biddy & Grammar School
Dinner –6:00 pm
B-ball—6:45 pm
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
Archangels Academy
October 2013
Η λατρεία τής Εκκλησίας ως χώρος αναγεννήσεως τού ανθρώπου
Σεβ. Μητροπολίτου Ναυπάκτου και Αγίου Βλασίου Ιεροθέου
Άν κάποιος θέλη νά ζήση τήν εκκλησιαστική
ζωή καί νά μάθη τί είναι η Εκκλησία, πρέπει νά
εισέλθη στήν λατρευτική της ζωή μέ ταπείνωση καί
ευλάβεια. Είναι γνωστόν ότι στό Άγιον Όρος έχουν
μεγάλες ακολουθίες καί οι μοναχοί διήρεσαν τό
εικοσιτετράωρο σέ τρείς περιόδους, ήτοι οκτώ καί
περισσότερες ώρες προσευχή τήν ημέρα στόν Ναό,
περίπου οκτώ ώρες παραμονή στό κελλί γιά κανόνα,
ανάγνωση καί ξεκούραση, καί οκτώ ώρες στό
διακόνημα, τό οποίο γίνεται μέσα στήν ατμόσφαιρα
τής υπακοής καί τής προσευχής.
Μέσα στόν Ναό οι μοναχοί περνούν πολλές
ώρες τήν ημέρα, στήν πραγματικότητα παραμένουν
τό μεγαλύτερο χρονικό διάστημα τής ζωής τους.
Εκτός από τίς καθημερινές ακολουθίες έχουν συχνά
καί ολονύκτιες ακολουθίες-αγρυπνίες- τίς οποίες
αγαπούν πολύ. Θυμάμαι ότι, όταν πήγα κάποτε σέ
κάποια Ιερά Μονή τού Αγίου Όρους, συνάντησα
τούς μοναχούς νά είναι χαρούμενοι. Καί στήν
σχετική ερώτησή μου γιά τό πού οφειλόταν αυτή η
ψυχική ευφορία, μού απάντησαν ότι τό βράδυ είχαν
αγρυπνία. Η αγρυπνία είναι τό πνευματικό γλέντι
τού μοναχού.
Κάποτε ένας προσκυνητής ρώτησε έναν
αγιορείτη μοναχό, γιατί οι μοναχοί παραμένουν
τόσες ώρες μέσα στόν Ναό καί χάνουν τόν χρόνο
τους. Καί εκείνος απάντησε ότι ομοιάζουν μέ
έμβρυα. Όπως τό έμβρυο κάθεται μέσα στήν μήτρα
τής μητέρας του γιά εννέα μήνες, χωρίς νά κάνη
τίποτε, αλλά μεγαλώνει έως ότου έλθη η ώρα νά
γεννηθή, έτσι καί αυτοί παραμένουν μέσα στήν
λατρευτική μήτρα τής Εκκλησίας έως ότου κάποια
μέρα αναγεννηθούν πνευματικά, ή έως ότου έλθη η
ημέρα νά φύγουν από αυτόν τόν κόσμο καί
οδηγηθούν στήν πραγματική πατρίδα, τόν ουρανό.
Δέν είναι χαμένος χρόνος, αλλά δημιουργικός γιά
τήν γέννησή τους στό αιώνιο.
Η απάντηση αυτή δείχνει ότι μέσα στήν
λατρεία τής Εκκλησίας αισθάνεται κανείς τήν
θαλπωρή καί τήν ζεστασιά τής μητέρας Εκκλησίας
καί χωρίς νά τό αντιλαμβάνεται ωριμάζει
πνευματικά καί κάποτε γεννιέται εκκλησιαστικά.
Είναι γνωστόν ότι τρία είναι τά στοιχεία
κάθε θρησκείας, ήτοι η πίστη, η λατρεία καί τό
ήθος, καί επιδιώκεται αυτά νά είναι ενωμένα
μεταξύ τους.
Η πίστη αναφέρεται στόν τρόπο μέ τόν οποίο
νοείται ο Θεός κάθε θρησκείας, η λατρεία είναι ο
τρόπος μέ τόν οποίον εκφράζεται ο σεβασμός τών
πιστών στόν συγκεκριμένο Θεό καί τό ήθος
προσαρμόζεται η ζωή καί η κοινωνία στίς επιταγές
τού συγκεκριμένου Θεού.
Αυτά τά τρία γνωρίσματα συναντώνται καί
στόν Χριστιανισμό, μέ τήν διαφορά ότι ο
Χριστιανισμός δέν είναι θρησκεία, όπως νοείται η
θρησκεία στά άλλα θρησκεύματα, αλλά Εκκλησία
καί έχει πραγματική, προσωπική κοινωνία καί
σχέση μέ τόν αληθινό Θεό καί αυτό μεταμορφώνει
όλη τήν ύπαρξή του καί έτσι διαφοροποιείται από
τίς άλλες θρησκείες ως πρός τήν πίστη, τήν
λατρεία καί τό ήθος.
Στήν συνέχεια θά αναπτυχθούν τέσσερα
χαρακτηριστικά σημεία γιά τήν λατρευτική ζωή
τών μελών τής Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας καί αυτό θά
προσδιορίση καί τήν διαφορά της μέ άλλες
Θρησκείες καί θρησκευτικές παραδόσεις, ήτοι ο
ορθόδοξος Ναός, η αγιογράφηση τού Ιερού Ναού, η
λειτουργική καί λατρευτική ζωή τής Εκκλησίας καί
ο έσω τής καρδίας άνθρωπος, όπου γίνεται η νοερά
λατρεία. (Συνέχεια στο επόμενο τεύχος)
St. Spyridon Community Hall
Come and celebrate the
Saturday, December 7th
& Sunday December 8th, 2013
New Year 2014
St. Spyridon Community Hall
Hosted by the St. Spyridon Philoptochos
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
St. Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church
October 1st—Parish Council Meeting
October 2nd-5th—Clergy Laity Conference
October 5th—P.T.A. Meeting
October 7th & 11th - Greek School Pictures
October 8th—Christian Philoxenia at
Holy Cross
October 12th—Youth Outing
October 14th—Office & Schools Closed
October 19th & 20th—Jr. Choir Conference
Oct. 23rd– Metropolitan Iakovos Feast Day
October 24th—Metropolitan Iakovos
Feast Day Dinner
October 27th—96th Anniversary
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Time—6 pm Reception & 7 pm Dinner
Location– The Empress, 200 East Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101
Community Dinner Dance
October 28th—OXI Day Celebration
November 2nd—IOCC Walk
November 3rd—Philoptochos Sunday
November 10th—Godparents Sunday
Attend Church Regularly with Your Family!
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