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On Stewardship Sunday Estimate of Giving cards are collected, blessed and placed on the Holy Altar. Each family is asked to write down the amount they will offer each week during the year. The amounts are then tallied and they form the basis of the annual budget.
The 40 day memorial for Tony was held today after the liturgy. Tony was 36 years old when he died of a brain tumor. His wife Jessica and child Victoria were present holding candles. We pray for their comfort and the soul of Tony. May his memory be eternal.
A hand held censor was donated in his memory. It will be used during the Great Entrance in the Divine Liturgy each Sunday.
Many Years To Elizabeth and Greg
This week following Liturgy, Elizabeth and Greg celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary. "God Grant Them Many Years!"
75th Anniversary Benefit Banquet Of St.Vladimir's Seminary
Father Andrew attends the 75th anniversary benefit banquet of St.Vladimir's Seminary held at Glen island Harbour club in New Rochelle, New York.
The reception. During the reception there was a silent auction.
Some the items in the silent auction. Shown is a print of the seminary grounds.
Dean Fr. Chad Hatfield with visiting church dignitaries.
Fr. Andrew with friends gathering at the beginning of the banquet. Each table was named after a country representing a graduate serving in that country. This table was South Africa.
Garden Center Visit For November
Fr. Andrew started our visit with the story of St. Catherine of Alexandria who was a Christian maiden who possessed beauty, brains and noble birth. She rebuked the heathen emperor Maxentius for his idolatry and after he found out Catherine had converted his queen and 200 soldiers, he had her sentenced her to be tortured on a spiked wheel, but the wheel flew apart and the fragments killed many of her accusers. The emperor then had her beheaded. The angels carried her to Mount Sinai, where St. Catherine's Monastery is now located.
Fr. Andrew gave all the residents "prayer ropes" he brought back from Greece.
He explained how the prayer ropes help us when praying the Jesus Prayer.
Our visit ended with conversation, a poem from Janet and some healthy refreshments.
A Visit To Pads
Fr. Andrew and Jill visited the new pads facility with Dawn the superviser of all pads homeless sights.
The is one of the temporary apartments for homeless families.
The visit included a reception for the new CEO of P.A.D.S., Dr. Geraldine Palmer. She is on Jill's right.
The lobby of the new facility in Country Club Hills.
This is a training kitchen for unemployed homeless. They are trained for restaurant jobs.
Children's Sermon For November
The monthly children's sermon was about stewardship and self denial. Fr. Andrew quoted Mark 8:34 where Jesus said we should deny ourselves take up his Cross and follow him.
The example he used was Halloween candy. He made three piles of candy and one of the piles had only one piece. He explained that giving from the other two piles would not be self denial but if you gave away the only piece you had to your brother that would be self denial.