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Father Andrew Attends St. Mary Antiochian Parish Consecration.
St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church was founded in 2004 at St. Luke Parish. The parish under the leadership of Fr. Malek began holding services in Arabic and English at St. Luke after the regular liturgy. St Luke Welcomes The Holy Virgin Mission - View Photo.
After one year they purchased a church building in Alsip Illinois and began holding the liturgy and remodeling. On Sunday May 29, Metropolitan Philip consecrated the Altar and blessed the building. Fr Andrew was invited to participate by Fr. Mousa the who is now the rector.
The consecration involves the washing and anointing of the altar table by the Metropolitan and attending clergy. Bishop Anton was also a celebrant. Fr. Andrew is wiping the altar table with a sponge. After the anointing, the table is then vested and all necessary sacramental implements are blessed and placed on the table. Then the Divine Liturgy begins.
At the conclusion of the service, Metropolitan Phillip blessed new members of the Order of St. Ignatius.
St. Luke Parish Participates In Junior Olympics.
The 2011 Junior Olympics sponsored by Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church began with Bowling. We have four teams with 17 participants. Chuck our leader said "we are going for the gold"
Announcing the ST. Luke's team! The Olympics were a success. This was St. Constantine's 30th year for holding this event, though they were down approximately 300 from prior year. Nevertheless, they still had 1,500 Olympians.
Photo From The Girls Volleyball Competition.
School's Out For The Summer.
With school coming to an end for the summer, St. Luke Parish recognized its 8th Grade Graduates."
As part of the last Sunday of the St. Luke Education Program, Anthea Huisman, gave a brief presentation on the Orthodox Church in Japan. Followed by some questions and discussion, all of the Sunday School classes participated in a project to send Pascha cards, pictures, and notes to the children of the Orthodox parishes affected by the earthquakes and tsunami that took place on March 11th, 2011.
It was a pleasure to teach our children about their Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ in Japan and to express our concern and love for them as they tirelessly try to recover from this great devastation.
This project is the effort of St. Juvenaly Orthodox Mission in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Visit their website at www.stjuvenaly.org. Father John Schroedel is their pastor, and our friend, having formerly served in the Chicago area.
"An Ice Cream Social for the Children was held following the last day of Church School.
IOCC Charity Banquet.
This year Fr. Andrew and six parishioners attended the annual benefit dinner of the IOCC International Orthodox Christian Charities. St. Luke has donated over $4000 to help the Japanese earthquake, US flood and tornado victims and for other disasters which are supported by the IOCC.
The local and national staff of the IOCC with Metropolitan Iakovos.
Along with was dinner a silent action was held. Many wonderful items were donated.
American Mission Fundraiser.
St. Luke Parish held a fund raiser in support of our upcoming American Mission.
The luncheon featured southwest cusine.
Even the deserts reflected the upcoming mission.
Garden Center Visit For May.
Fr.Andrew started his visit with a story about Saint Colette. She was an abbess and foundress of 17 monasteries which followed her reform of extreme poverty, going barefoot and the observance of perpetual fast and abstinence. Colettine Nuns are found today in many countries. Fr.Andrew then gave the residents flowers for "Mother's Day" to plant outside by their patio. He said how our mothers love us and when we look at the flowers should think of them and say a prayer for them.
Of course as always, we end our visit with conversation, cookies and juice.
Happy Mother's Day.
Following Liturgy, all our Mothers received the gift of a plant. We at St. Lukes would like to wish all mothers everywhere a Happy Mother's DAy. "God Grant Them Many Years" Also for all those mothers that have fallen asleep in the Lord, "Memory Eternal".
PADS Site Manager's Meeting Held At St.Luke.
The PADS program ended until it will start up again in October. St. Luke is one church in a network of churches which provide food and shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. On the closing day a volunteer appreciation dinner was hosted by St. Luke PADS staff under the leadership Tom, our site manager. On the following evening all site managers gathered at St. Luke to discuss issues and problems that needed resolution before the fall start up. The parish council commends Tom, staff and all the volunteers for their dedication to this ministry of hospitality.
Children's Sermon For May
This sermon was about those who witnessed the risen Christ and Thomas who doubted. Father told a fishing story about a pelican that ate a big fish. He then related the concept of being a witness as Mary Magdalen was a eyewitness to the risen Christ.
Apostle Thomas would not believe unless he could be an eyewitness. Christ blessed those who are not eyewitnesses and believe as an act of faith. Father invited the children to place their hands on the bible and he prayed a thanksgiving prayer for the blessings received as God's children.
Cutting of the Artos for Pascha
Fr. Andrew reading the blessing for cutting. The cutting of the Artos takes place on St. Thomas Sunday. The blessed bread has been on display between the open Holy Doors for Bright Week. It symbolizes the sacred lamb of the New Passover (Pascha) which is Christ our God.
In ancient times, this bread was given to newly baptized Christians and they were introduced the Gospel of St. John during Bright Week. It was believed that only baptized Christians could comprehend the mysteries outlined in the Gospel of St. John.
The Episcopal Consecration of His Grace, MATTHIAS Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest
We pray that Bishop Matthias will have a long and fruitful ministry as he rightly teaches the Word of truth in the diocese of the Midwest. Axios and Many Years.
Metropolitan Jonah, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America and clergy of the diocese of the Midwest at Christ the Savior Chapel in Chicago.
Photos courtesy of Michele Hagerman Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Palatine, IL.