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June

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Garden Center Visit For June

Scene from Garden Center Visit For June.

Fr. Andrew started our visit with a story about Adam and Eve. He explained how God made Adam from the dust and Eve from one of Adam's ribs. They were happy in the Garden of Eden until, with the help of the serpent, disobeyed God and ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Then God cursed the serpent and made Adam and Eve leave Eden.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For June.

Fr. Andrew showed a thank you card from the children from Hogar Raphael Orphanage in Guatemala. The children thanking Fr. Andrew and the mission crew for all their help when they visited last week.

Scene from Garden Center Visit For June.

Book markers brought back from the Orphanage.

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Fr. Andrew passing out book markers to all the residents.

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Refreshments and conversation about next month's celebration of our 15th year anniversary.

Father's Day.

Scene from Father's Day.

Following Liturgy our fathers were recognized and received a gift from the parish. We at St. Luke Parish would like to extend a Happy Father's Day to all fathers everywhere and "God Grant Them Many Years!" Also "Memory Eternal!" for all departed fathers as well.

Children's Sermon For June.

Scene from Children's Sermon For June.

When Fr. Andrew goes on a mission trip he usually brings presents for the children. For the mission trip to Guatemala he brought back book markers. Each marker has a small child doll attached to it.

Scene from Children's Sermon For June.

He spoke about the meaning of the word orphan and how difficult it would be for them not to have parents to take care of them. He showed them a thank you note from one of the Children at the Hogar orphanage for the help given by our mission team. He asked the children to pray for them.

Scene from Children's Sermon For June.

Then he quoted John 14: 18 which tells us that Jesus does not leave us as orphans from God our Father. This he related to Fathers day, Pentecost and the giving of the Holy Spitit.

Mission Trip to Hogar Raphael Orphanage Guatemala.

Scene from Mission Update.

Waiting for the plane at O'Hare for our flight to Guatemala city. The team is led by Michaelyn, Mission Ministry Leader pictured in the center. On her right is Luke and Sue. On her left is Kevin. Fr. Andrew the spiritual adviser, Lynn, Jenny, Sarah and Joan are not shown. Helen is the last member who will join up with the team in Guatemala. Jenny is from Denver' Colorado, Fr. Andrew's daughter-in-law and Helen is a friend of Michaelyn from Naples Florida.

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Lynn and Jenny working at the fish pond. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in the background.

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View from the Hogar Orphanage. The mountain is a live volcano. At night you can see fire coming out.

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Prayer before breakfast. Beans, cooked bananas, fruit, and oatmeal.

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Each morning after breakfast the team met with Fr. Andrew for reflection on subjects related to being a missionary. Father used Gospel verses and the writings of saints who were missionaries for discussion subjects.

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All of the women missionaries stayed in one large dormitory room by the dinning room while the men stayed in individual rooms by the Church. They have to walk down a hill to get to the dinning room.

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We also had some time off for recreation. Joan and Sarah kayaking.

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The volcano giving off smoke. They say when that happens, it is saying hello. They have had eruptions. The ground is covered with volcanic ash. People are permitted to hike to the summit. We chose not to.

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Our task. Carrying the tiles to the top of the hill. We are cleaning up an area which will be made into a picnic grove.

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The bucket we used to carry the tiles.

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We had to carry the buckets full of tiles up this hill.

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Helen standing next to the pile.

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Jenny carrying tiles.

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Work project. Moving these tiles up the hill.

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The tiles loaded into a truck.

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The team celebrating after completing the task.

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The piles of tiles before we started.

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The team does their best to entertain the kids with some songs, accompanied by Kevin on guitar.

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We are at the zoo. Everyone is doing fine and enjoying the mission trip.

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Lunch at Campernix after the trip to the zoo. This is the favorite chicken place for the children. They cheered when we arrived. It is now pouring rain outside.

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Kevin and Luke at the chicken place.

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Fr. Andrew repairing a toilet.

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Fr. Andrew unclogs a shower.

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Hogar Raphael Orphanage - Upper and lower levels. The ladies stayed in the lower level with eight to a room.

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This building houses the dinning room and classrooms.

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Inside photo of Holy Trinity. The Sunday Liturgy celebrated the feast day of the church. Father Andrew served the liturgy with Father Antonio.

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Fr. Andrew reading the Gospel with Luke and Kevin holding the liturgical fans.

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The great entrance with Father Antonio and Father Andrew.

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Missionaries receiving Holy Communion.

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Father Andrew giving the blessing. After the liturgy all processed to the dinning room for brunch.

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Procession to the dinning room. The nuns were lining up the young children all dressed in green for Pentecost.

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Procession.

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Blessing the food for the celebration.

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Father's Andrew and Antonio.

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Father Andrew blessing new refrigerators. They were donated by a company owner.

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Group photo with Mother Inez, the abbess of the monastery and director of the orphanage, the nuns and our missionary team after the Pentecost Vespers Kneeling prayers.

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The Icon of the Holy Trinity, the patron of the Church, with the sun shinning on the symbolic Holy Spirit.

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Our bell ringer Lynn was impressed with the bells at Holy Trinity. She had an opportunity to teach bell ringing to the children at Hogar and to ring them during the service. She said our bells have a better sound but they lack a large bell. She is hugging the largest bell which she asked Mother Inez if she could have for St. Luke.

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We took a last day tour of Antigua. Here we are having lunch of traditional Guatemalan food and after lunch we went shopping.

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We are waiting for the plane to return to Chicago. A wonderful experience. The Sisters of Hogar thank all for the generous donations and the mission team for supporting this mission trip. May God bless you.

Awards Sunday

Scene from Awards Sunday.

James received from Aristea and Father Howard an award for graduating 8th grade.

Scene from Awards Sunday.

Kate receives from Father Howard an award for graduating 8th Grade.

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Alexandria received an award for graduating high school from Father Howard.

Scene from Awards Sunday.

Honoring the St. Luke's 2014 Junior Olympians!

Annual Quad Parish Picnic

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

The Little Entrance is underway with Protodeacon Robert, Subdeacon John, Reader James and Nicholas our server.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

Clergy from across the area gather in the High Place.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

Fr. Andrew of St. Nicholas delivers the homily.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

Paulette leads choir members from all four parishes.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

Fr. Andrew of St. Luke blesses the missionaries at the end of the service.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

The faithful are anointed as Liturgy ends and lunch is served.

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The young men test the well.

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The children participates in many games and activities.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

Breaking the piƱata to release treats is something the children eagerly await each year.

Scene from Annual Quad Parish Picnic.

A sweet ending to another great picnic!

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