Food For The Christian Soul Visits Papadeaux
This Sunday our Food for the Christian Soul Ministy took a trip to Papadeaux for some cajan style seafood.
Some of the group waiting to be seated.
Group photo. The food was wonderful and once again so was the fellowship. Thanks to our ministry leader Matt for another great time.
This week Fr. and Pres. Rucker from Alaska and Guatemala visited St. Luke Parish. Currrently Fr. Rucker is teaching at St. Herman's Seminary in Alaska. Fr. Rucker preached the sermon and gave a presentation in the fellowship hall following Liturgy.
Many Years To Richard On His Chrismation
This week during the Liturgy, Richard was Chrismated into the Orthodox Church.
Father Andrew reads the prayers.
The "Seal" of the Holy Spirit.
We welcome Richard and we wish him many years.
Father Byron Golf Tournament
Fr. Andrew attended the Tournament dinner. St. luke was a major sponsor. All proceeds are for Koras School. Fr. Andrew was seated at the head table with Fr. Byron, Fr. Nick and their families.
Ping Pong Anyone?
Joe assembled our new ping pong table. Now the children can play during the coffee social. Adults may be interested in playing also.
Following Liturgy all fathers received a gift from the parish. We at St. Lukes wish all departed fathers "Memory Eternal" and "Many Years" to all still present in this life.
Mission To Guatemala
We arrived yesterday after a 6 hour flight to Hogar Raphael orphanage in Guatemala. Today we took the children to the zoo.
After the zoo we took all the children out to lunch at a fast food restaurant in Guatemala City.
Shirlie and one of the children at the restaurant.
All of children gathered for a birthday party. The cake was donated by one of the supporters of the orphanage.
Lynn is cutting hair for Jesus. She offered to cut the hair of all the orphans and staff. Fr. Andrew received the first haircut.
Fr Andrew getting ready to do plumbing. Several showers and toilets are not working. He is waiting for tools.
Team coloring with the little girls on a rainy afternoon.
Linda Kopulos making skirts for the teens.
Lee and Fr. Andrew installing shower heads. The orphanage does not have a janitor. All of the heads need to be replaced. About six toilets are unusable and in need of repair. Still there are 3 days left to complete the work.
The dormitory where most of the women on the team are staying. Fr. Andrew, Lee and Michaelyn are staying in private rooms.
This is the local church that is interested in the orthodox faith that has invited us to speak to them about the faith. The name of the church is : Christ is with us.
Today we met with a church group interested in becoming Orthodox. Fr. Andrew is presenting an icon of Christ as high priest.
Fr. Andrew spoke to the children about icons. The team handed out icons for the children to color. Lee had a teaching session with five of the leading men.
This is a picture of the tiles that we loaded by hand up a hill in order to make room for more additions by the Hogar.
Female work crew moving tiles.
Youngest child....age 2...at the Hogar riding the food cart lunch.
Fr. Andrew giving instructions about the seal which is on the phosphora. The team gave lessons on how to bake them.
Today we took the older children out to McDonalds for breakfast then went to Antigua for sightseeing and shopping. This is the oldest church.
St. Hermono Pedro is buried in the church. He was canonized as the first Guatemala saint by the Catholic Church. He was adopted by the orthodox church and commemorated on all regional saints Sunday.
Today we are touring in Tikal. Michaelyn, Cheryl and Sherlie at the top of the highest temple which is as tall as a twenty story building.
The team climbed to the top of this temple. It is half the size of the largest temple. We will be returning to Chicago on Wednesday after a very successful mission experience. The team thanks all of you for your prayers and support.
At the conclusion of the liturgy Fr. Andrew and Fr. Howard celebrated the service for commissioning missionaries. This team of ten parishioners will be going to Hogar Raphael orphanage in Guatemala.
Since Fr. Andrew is part of the team, Fr. Howard who will be covering while he is away, gave the blessing with holy water.
The team will be doing service projects, interacting with the orphans by taking them to the zoo and other activities. They also will be meeting with a group of local people interested in converting to the orthodox faith. Donations are still needed to support the team. Use paypal.
New Bike Trail
A new bike trail opened close to the church. Fr. Andrew peddled the 26 miles from Archer at route 83 to Cicero along the Cal-Sag Canal.
Along the way he met members of the Palos Park peddlers club. They invited him to join and asked him to bless the trail.
Senator Dick Derben gave the opening address. Fr. Andrew was able to speak to the Forest Preserve director about St. Luke parking lot issues.
This beautiful section of the trail is close to St. Luke church at 104th street. The trail connects to the centennial trail which goes to Lemont. Father can now bike to church.
Father Andrew under the bridge at 104th.
Children's Sermon For June
Father talked about at the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. He used a flashlight as an example.
We are like this flashlight without batteries without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives the power to follow the teachings of Christ.
Garden Center Visit For June
Fr. Andrew started our visit with the story of Moses. The new Pharaoh of Egypt was frightened the children of Israel had grown powerful and numerous, made a ruling that any male child born to an Israelite woman should be put to death. So Moses' mother hide her child in a basket made of papyrus reeds and put him in the Nile River to protect him. Catching sight of the little cradle was the Pharaoh's daughter, who raised Moses as her own child. One day Moses saw a Egyptian savagely beating an Israelite and killed the attacker, buried his body in the sand trying to hid what he had done. Knowing he was in danger, he left Egypt and went to the land of Midian. There on the mountain Sinai, the Lord spoke to Moses from a burning bush.
John helped Fr. Andrew with the service reading from Hebrews.
Fr. Andrew showed a paper with a word misspelled. He tried to cover it up with another paper, but it was still there. Only our Lord Jesus Christ can erase of our bad behavior through confession. For Jesus came into the world to take away our sins.
Refreshments were enjoyed by everyone, along with lively conversation.