A Roof Over Our Heads
Things are really starting to take shape. The brickwork continues on
the front of the building and in the staircase area. Temporary entrance to building is
shown and the old brickwork removed for the corner of the existing structure.
Here we can see the inside of the building with the roof overhead. This
gives us an idea of the actual size of the space involved. Also we see a view from the
inside looking out where the entrance to the new building will be.
Bishop Job Blesses Iconastasis
His Grace Bishop Job
(His Grace Bishop Job: Biography Page) made
his Lenten visit to St. Luke on Wednesday March 27th. Before celebrating the Presanctified
Liturgy he blessed our new Iconostas. Rob Ketchmark a member of our Parish family
constructed it of oak. The Icons
(see Iconography) in the Iconostas were painted
in the traditional egg tempera method by Heather Mac Kean. Heather, who resides in
Portland, Oregon, recently finished the Royal Doors which hold icons of Solomon, David,
the four Evangelists and the icon of the Annunciation of Mary the Theotokos.
Sunday of Orthodoxy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Three Bishops, forty Priests and 1000 faithful gathered at Holy
Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago for the annual celebration of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
This event has been celebrated by Orthodox Christians around the world since 787 A.D. It
commemorates the restoration of Holy Icons, which were banned from use in Orthodox
Churches. A faction within the Orthodox Church using political intrigue had them banned
because they believed there use was against the second commandment of God. The 7th
Ecumenical Council settled the argument and restored them for veneration on the bases of
the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Front of New Building Takes Shape
Brickwork continues as almost all of the cinder block work in
completed. In this picture you can see the new window opening on the left, the area
for the entrance to the new building in the center, and in the right foreground the base
of the new bell tower.
Fundraiser For Orthodox Translation Of Old Testament A Success
March 16, 2002
On the evening of March 16, 2002, several Orthodox Christians from
various Orthodox jurisdictions gathered at the home of St. Luke parishioners, Ken and
Carla Stevens. Fr. Peter Gillquist (Dept. of Missions and Evangelism, Antiochian
Archdiocese) described the process, progress, and needs of the Old Testament Project
currently being carried out at St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology in Elk Grove,
California. The project's goal is to produce an English-language Orthodox Old Testament
from the Septuagint version that was completed in 246 B.C. (This is the only version of
the Old Testament that is recognized by the Orthodox Church).
In response to a mailing entitled "A Call to God's People in
Chicagoland," over $16,000 was presented to Fr. Peter that evening. Money still coming in
will bring the total to over $25,000.
Included in the pictures above are Bill Morrison (Antiochian Orthodox,
Warrenville) and Speros Kinnas (Greek Orthodox, Westchester). Peter Jokich (Serbian
Orthodox, South Chicagoland) and Lou Milicich (Serbian Orthodox, North Chicagoland) were
also present. All of these men, as well as St. Luke parishioner Lee Kopulos, facilitated
For more information or to make donations to this worthy project,
please email Lee Kopulos, our Outreach Leader
Progress, Progress, Progress
With the streak of good weather, the construction project is really
starting to roll along. Below you can see the cinder blocks forming the new narthex of
the church and the beginnings of the roof in this area. The second picture shows a side
view from inside the new building. In the lower right hand corner is the beginnings of
the bell tower and on the second floor of the cider blocks, you can see the opening into
the choir loft that will allow access from the bell tower.
Below we can see the beginnings of the front wall of the new addition.
The other view gives us an idea of how much more the addition will add to the existing
On March 11 the cornerstone which was part of building facade since
1904 was removed for construction of the new narthex. Upon removal it was discovered that
the block of stone had a compartment. Fr Andrew inspected the block and phoned Fr. Homer
the Rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Palos Hills. More research will be needed
before a decision will be made to open it.
History of St. Luke Parish Building since 1904
New Members Welcomed to St. Luke
St Luke welcomed it's new members today. Father Harrison prayed for
them and asked us all to welcome and help them. The Prosphora (monastery baked altar
bread) was donated today by the parish for our new members: Jim and Laura Paris, Dan
Mahoney, Elvira Badica and Alexander, and Adolph Harrison (Laura had a baby girl). In
addition, new members will receive an icon from the parish. We pray for them and welcome
them into our family.
Service for Welcoming New Members
Priest - Do you wish to become members of St. Luke Parish
New Member - I do
Priest -Will you do you part to for the building up of Christ
New Member - I will
Priest: Let us pray to the Lord,
Choir: Lord have mercy
O Lord God Almighty, because of Your great and incalculable love for
us You have shown us the right path to the knowledge of You, the one true God, worshiped
and glorified in the Trinity. We give thanks to You because You have directed Your
servants (Names) to become members of St. Luke's parish. We pray that they will be
illumined with the knowledge and understanding of Your Holy Scripture so that they will
follow your ordinances. We pray that they may not be absent from Your house but will enter
it with faith and thanksgiving always worshiping and glorifying Your holy name. We pray
that they may partake often of Your holy body and blood not unto judgement or condemnation
but to eternal life. We pray that they will be preserved from all evil attacks of the
enemy. So that on Your fearful judgement day they will be numbered with those on your
right hand. And we pray that we may all become one as You are one with your eternal
Father, and Life Giving Spirit always now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen
Icon is presented - Turn to face Congregation
Priest - These new members are given to your care. Love them as
Christ loves you. Help them mature in the faith so they may fulfill Christ command to
preach the gospel.
New Bond Issue Starts for the New Building
The second phase of our bond program for the new building got underway
today. An additional 200,000 in Church bonds are avialable for sale at highly favorable
rates. If you missed out the first time, now is the time to get involved before they are
gone again. A representative from the bond company spoke to the parish. Father Harrison
also spoke to us about the need for us to tithe our 10 percent of the building costs and
offered the building fund envelopes as a possible way to do this. He also suggested
donations to the Buy a Brick program, the Bell Fund, or to the Adopt A Room program.
Youth Organization Bake Sale for Charity
Y.O. the St. Luke Youth Organization held a bake sale with the proceeds being donated to the Coptic Orphans. In addition to providing the parish with some tasty baked goods, they raised a nice amount to be given to the orphans.
New Entrance Takes Shape
Despite the cold and the snow, construction continues to move ahead.
The addition to the front of the Church is seen here.
St. Luke Attends Service for Christian Unity
St. Luke parishioneers attended the 16th Annual Service Of Prayer for
Christian Unity. The service was held in Lemont at SS. Cyril and Methodious Parish at
3:00 P.M. on March 3rd. Archpriest Andrew Harrison spoke concerning the aspects of
faith that unite us all and the efforts that are going on to truely bring this about.
The St. Luke choir sang Blessed is the Man and participated in singing the rest of the
Liturgy in The Catacombs
Due to the construction and the cold weather, the front of the Church
had to be covered in plastic this week. Liturgy was held in the old basement. The
founders of the parish refer to it as the catacombs because of the poor shape it was in
when we first purchased the building. Hence Liturgy in the catacombs. Talk about going
back to your roots. Following Liturgy, Father Harrison explained some of the events that
occur during the Liturgy that the congregation doesn't normally see due to the
iconastasis. Everything went smoothly and this will be one of those times that we talk
about in the future.