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St. Luke Parish 30th Anniversary Celebration
His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Québec City is surrounded by Archpriest Paul, Protodeacon Robert, Protodeacon Andrew, altar server James, Archpriest Andrew and Father Howard.
Peter, Mark and Steven are set aside as candle bearers.
His Grace tonsures Peter, Mark and Stephen as readers.
Peter is ordained to the subdiaconate.
Subdeacon John performs a prostration as he passes through the royal doors into the altar.
Father Howard and Protodeacon Robert assist His Grace, Bishop Irénée during as Subdeacon John is ordained to the Holy Diaconate.
The new deacon is vested.
His Grace, Bishop Irénée presents Deacon John to the parish community.
The beautiful Pontifical Liturgy concludes.
The parish community gathers for a portrait.
The celebration continues with a festive banquet.
Lay Chairperson Reader Stephen serves as master of ceremonies at the banquet.
Subdeacon Peter entertains parishioners and guests with his many musical talents.
The Brkic Triplets tell stories and sing in stunning harmony.
His Grace, Bishop Irénée reminds parishioners to take good care of Father Andrew.
Archpriest Paul shares his vision for the Diocese of the Midwest.
Father Andrew recounts his 19-year pastorate of St. Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Christian Church and speaks of the many ministries that offer members the opportunity to grow closer to Christ, one another and those in need.
Under the direction of Anthea, Julia and Pat, the St. Luke Church School Dancers perform Russian Troika and Lebanese Dabke dances.
The 30th Anniversary Committee put together a wonderful banquet that was enjoyed by all.
Founders of St. Luke Church recall the early days and how the parish community has reached out and welcomed all people who seek the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
We had a visit from Felice Stewart who is a mission specialist for the Orthodox Christian Mission commission OCMC.. She is returning from several years in Tanzania and Romania where she help set up a hospital and develope Alcoholism treatment programs. Fr. Andrew met her in Tanzania when he went with Floyd Franz to present a seminar to Priests about Alcoholism. His lecture was on Alcoholism and the family. Click Here see a slide program on Father Andrew's mission to Africa.
Archpriest Paul Gassios Nominated
One hundred and three clergy and lay delegates representing parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest gathered at Archangel Michael Church here on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, for a special Assembly at which Archpriest Paul Gassios was nominated to fill the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest.
Father Paul's name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election.
His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo, Locum Tenens, opened the Assembly immediately after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
For several months, Father Paul has served as Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest.
Raised in a Greek Orthodox family, Father Paul became a member of the Orthodox Churh in America in the mid-1980s. He received a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary in 1994. After his ordination, he served in the Diocese of the Midwest as rector of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Kokomo, IN for 11 years and as rector of Archangel Michael Church, St. Louis, MO, for an additional seven months. In 2007, he was transferred to the OCA’s Bulgarian Diocese and assigned Dean of Saint George Cathedral, Rossford [Toledo], OH.
Food For The Christian Soul - Chuck's Sourthern Comfort
This month Food For The Christian Soul held an outing at Chuck's Southern Comfort.
"19 Foodies for the Soul" attended.
"Dinner on us soon to be 'Deacon John' "
"Food for Soul honors soon to be Deacon John wit a southern style hat". As usual the food and the fellowship were outstanding.
Children's Sermon For October
The children's sermon this month was about cleaning up bad habits. The children described a number of bad habits like not doing your home work or cleaning your room. Fr. Andrew compared this to cleaning your lawn of dead leaves. Just like dead leaves can kill the grass so bad habits can damage you physically and spiritually. He gave the children the verse from scripture, Roman 12:1 which tells about presenting your bodies as a living sacrifice.
September 11th Memorial
This was the 13th year St. Luke parish remembered the terrorist attack on September 11th. A memorial Liturgy commemorating all who perished was held in the morning and a memorial service in the evening.
The public was invited to the services and to view the artifacts which were given to St. Luke to remember the tragedy.
The photo shows an I beam from the World Trade Center, a rock from the point of impact of Flight 93 and rubble from the Pentagon.
Close up view.
Fr. Andrew in front of the Icon of St. Nicholas and World Trade Center giving the blessing after the service. This Icon remembers St. Nicholas Orthodox Church which was next the World Trade Center when it collapsed, destroying the church.