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St. Luke's Get Together Luncheon
Today we honored our long time parishioners Vasilika and Corneliu. They will be moving to Bucharest, Romania. Fr. Andrew presented them with an Icon of St. Luke. A photo album is also being prepared for them as a remembrance of there dedicated service to Christ and His Church. Fr. Andrew said they are examples of devoted Orthodox Christians who should be emulated.
Our Fellowship team under the leadership of Luba and Nadia organized another successful dinner of Lamb, Chicken and other tasty foods. The Lamb was cooked by George.
The food disappeared quite quickly as everyone filled there hungry belly's.
A delicious cake was shared in honor of Vasilika and Corneliu.
Cornielieu and Vasilika cutting the cake. We will miss them.
While the dinner was served our youth finished up their summer craft projects.
The older children made birdhouses in the shape of a church and the younger children made door hangers, decorated flower pots, braclets and colored mugs.
White Coat Ceremony
St. Luke, whose feast day is observed on October 18, is called "beloved physician" by St. Paul and "Paul’s disciple" by St. John Chrysostom. Luke, a physician whose skills healed many of his suffering comrades, joined St. Paul on his second missionary journey, as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles. St. Luke is the patron saint of physicians and artists. This being so, it is fitting that we have so many physicians and health care professionals as members at St. Luke Parish. In additon it is also fitting that we currently have several of our young adults attending medical school or in their residency programs.
It has become a custom in medical school to have a ceremony where the new students are given a white coat for the first time. It is a symbol of their lifetime committment to the care and healing of others as servants to all. This saturday, Julie received her white coat at a ceremony at the University of Illinois Medical School.
Julie with family members following the ceremony.
We congradulate Julie along with our other medical students and recognize their accomplishments. We pray that Our Lord gives them the strength, courage, and wisdom to properly serve and glorify Him through their lifetime of service to others.
The Baptism Of Naomi Grace
Today at St. Luke Parish we celebrated the baptism of Naomi during the Divine Liturgy. Before the start of Liturgy her mother received prayers and was "churched".
The service began at the rear of the church where Naomi's sponsors proclaimed their rejection of Satan and their unity to Christ.
Father Andrew, Naomi, and her sponsors moved to the center of the church as the Liturgy continued.
Father Andrew blesses the baptismal water.
Naomi is immersed into the baptismal font three times by Father Andrew saying "The servant of God, Naomi, is baptized, in the name of the Father, Amen.(Immerse); and of the Son, Amen. (Immerse); and of the Holy Spirit, Amen." (Immerse)
Naomi is dressed in her white baptismal garment while Father Andrew says " The servant of God, Naomi, is clothed in the robe of righteousness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Naomi receives the gift of the Holy Spirit. She is annointed on her forehead, eyes, nostrils, lips, ears, breast, hands, and feet. Each time Father Andrew states "The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" while the congregation replies "Sealed".
According to tradition, Naomi is now shorn of a piece of hair, this is her first offering to God.
The baptismal party lead by Father Andrew processes around the baptismal font while "As Many As Have Been Baptized Into Christ" is sung.
Naomi dressed in her baptismal gown.
At the end of Liturgy, the newly baptized Naomi is churched and presented to God. Congratulaions to Naomi and her family on this very special day. May God keep her, grant her peace, health, happiness, and many years.
Fr. Andrew returned from a trip to ancestral villages in Poland. While there he visited Auschwitz concentration camp. He wanted to hold a memorial service there but was unable because of the crowds of people. So instead he held the memorial service after the liturgy on Sunday at St. Luke. Fr. Andrew placed the Icon of Christ which commemorates the suffering of the death camps on the Icon stand for the memorial service. He had this Icon with him at the camp.
Children's Sermon For August
The children sermon was about the feast of the Transfiguration. Fr. Andrew explained how important the feast is because Jesus revealed His divinity to his apostles. He then presented the King of Cakes called a Senkach which he brought back from Poland to the children.
Senkaches are made for special events in Poland. The cake was given to Fr. Andrew when he visited His Beatitude Sawa Metropolitan of Poland. Each child was offered a slice of the cake to celebrated the Transfiguration.