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Annual Quad-Parish Picnic
Another beautiful day for a picnic in the Forest Preserve. This is the twelfth year for our Quad Parish Picnic. The picnic begins with the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Andrew was main celebrant. The other priests were Fr. Myron from St. Panteleimon's, Fr. Gregory from St. Michael's. Fr. Danial represented Sts. Peter and Paul.
Sub deacon John Segwich from St. Luke read the Epistle.
John Sutko from Sts. Peter and Paul led the composite choir from all four parishes.
Under a tent the children were entertained by a magic show, balloon making and face painting activity by Peter & Linda Baxter www.entertainersrwe.com.
The children wearing country western hats.
The adults also had western hats and bandannas.
The children participated in various games.
Fr. Andrew and Duke making plans for a visit to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Duke is a long time volunteer for the Coast Guard and is called upon the monitor Chicago waterways.
Prayer for blessing of food.
Garden Center Visit For June
Fr. Andrew began his visit with a story about Saint Catherine, who was a Christian martyr. In the 9th century, the site of Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt, Saint Catherine's relics were miraculously transported there. The monastery is set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments.
Fr. Andrew showed pictures of Holy Pentecost from a book he brought back from Africa. He explained how Holy Pentecost is the celebration by the church of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
As always, our visit ended with conversation and cookies.
Four teens members of St. Luke were presented with the Orthodox Study bible in honor of their graduation from High school. Father wrote on the first page of the bible a verse which was selected at random when he opened each bible.
Our honored teens who are graduating from High school.
Those who are graduating from Junior high.
On memorial day weekend St. Luke participated in the Junior Olympics hosted by our sister parish Sts. Constantine and Helen. Father Nicholas Jonas was instrumental in inviting St. Luke which is not a parish in the Greek Orthodox Metropolises of Chicago . This was our 14th year of participation. Again we thank Fr. Nick and Sts. Constantine and Helen parish.
Children's Sermon For June
The children's sermon this month was about the feast of Pentecost. After receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit the apostles began preaching the Gospel. It was St. Mark who preached the Gospel in Africa.
Fr. Andrew returned from his 3 week mission to Tanzania. He brought back a picture book which is used by African Christians to teach about Jesus Christ. The picture that is being shown is the story of Pentecost.
Photo from the opening ceremony of the Junior Olympics.