Sunday, 6/25/2023

June Charity – St. Peter’s School & Camp in GHANA!

 St. Luke 2023 Strategic Plan 

St. Luke Strategic Plan Tally
(Fill out the form in order to prioritize action steps). 


  • Saturday, June 24h, 9:30am, Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner.
  • Saturday, June 24th, 5;30pm, Great Vespers with Confessions following.
  • Sunday, June 25th, 8:30am: Matins; 9:30am: Divine Liturgy followed by Coffee-Fellowship in the downstairs parish hall; Food for the Soul after at Genneti’s Bistro.
  • Wednesday, June 28th, 6pm, Great Vespers for the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul at Sts. Peter & Paul parish in Burr Ridge.
  • Thursday, June 29th, 9:30pm, Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul at Sts. Peter & Paul parish in Burr Ridge.
 The Loneliness Epidemic – Part 2
Ah! Look at all the lonely people.
(‘Eleanor Rigby,’ George Harrison & the Beatles, 1966).

It is not for nothing that the word “individual” is unused in the Bible, in the Liturgy, and in the writings of the holy fathers. Instead, the word “person” is used, and from our standpoint as Orthodox Christians there is a world of difference between an “individual” and a “person.” (Though our society uses these two terms interchangeably.) On the one hand, and more precisely, an individual is someone who can only arrive at a sense of self by adopting a posture of resistance towards others. This posture of resistance means that an “individual” must always be opposing what others are saying about who they are, and most especially, individuals will need to be fighting off the many labels that society may be imposing upon them. In most cases, this clash against social labels is a necessary one, in that deep down everyone knows that their truest sense of self cannot be defined by any collective description.

We might note, here, that Moses was originally called the “Egyptian,” but after murdering the “Egyptian,” he flees into the desert not only to save his life, but to also rediscover his true identity. Indeed, the name Moses in Hebrew means “drawn from the water,” for as Israel’s greatest prophet he will soon be drawing his people out from the water of the Dead Sea in order to give them a new birth. So in the fallen world, most people end up adopting a posture of resistance out of necessity. But the downside of this is that as one matures from childhood into adulthood, this posture of resistance to others creates barriers to healthy relationships.

A genuine person, on the other hand, is someone who comes to a sense of self not in contradiction to others, but by living in a state of loving communion with other persons. For it is only through loving communion that a person is able to see himself or herself “reflected” back in relationships with other persons. Mothers and fathers who truly love their children raise them in a way that allows a child to discover who they are in this mystery of relational reflection. This is why parents are especially careful not to obstruct the growth of a child by forcing upon him/her their own ideas about who they think their child should be, but by allowing the child to slowly learn who he or she is by being loved. The same will be true in every healthy marriage: husbands and wives will come to a much deeper understanding of their unique identities by seeing themselves “reflected back” to each other in trust, openness, and most especially, by constructive criticism.

Loneliness, then, is a symptom (the most prominent symptom to be sure) of being cut off from loving relationships with other persons. Sometimes this is no one’s fault. Young single adults, widows and widowers are some (along with couples living in stale marriages) who tend to experience chronic loneliness. Yet this is not the end of the story. Because the fact-of-the-matter is that a great deal of the loneliness which is unique to 21st century America is self imposed. For if the “individual” fails to overcome his or her “posture of resistance” towards others, then it will be impossible to open oneself to a demonstrably loving relationship. Subsequently, these are the ones characterized as “serial lovers,” that is, as those who go through life with a string of failed relationships. They are unable to take the risk of being open to genuine love because they have not yet overcome their “me first” individualistic attitudes about life.

One final note must also be considered, which is that loneliness (a product of our fallen, human existence) must not be confused with solitude. In the gospels, we learn how our Lord made it a regular practice to take refuge in the wilderness so that by being alone and undisturbed by the noisy rush of the world, He could devote Himself wholly to prayer. By so doing, He shows us that there is a fundamental order to the experience of loving communion with others: first, one must achieve oneness with God, which then allows a person—by participating in the mystery of trinitarian love—to experience healthy, life-giving connections with other human beings through the self-sacrificial act of loving communion.

People today are starving for human connection. As Orthodox Christians, it is imperative that we share with others our experience of human connection as being icons of the communion of love that exists for all eternity between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, BE with all of you!”

Fr. Paul Jannakos

 Click to Watch Last Wednesdays Bible Study on the Book of Acts!

SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS! The thirty-sixth annual CHICAGO DEANERY YOUTH CAMP WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, Check in at 1PM – Check Out at 3 PM on SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2023 At Edwards YMCA Camp, N8901 Army Lake Road East Troy, WI 53120 Orthodox Church in America, Chicago Deanery For deanery youth, ages 11 – 18 (For questions of eligibility, call the Coordinator). ALL-INCLUSIVE FEE (lodging, meals, activities) $170. (Registration form attached…) CAMPING SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR OUR CHILDREN AT ST. LUKE – Contact Fr. Paul at  FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM CLICK HERE. 

THE APOSTLES FAST: Just a reminder that we are still observing the Ss. Peter and Paul Fast which will last until June 29th. During this fasting period we not only refrain from meat (and dairy if possible), but we also intensify our prayer life. May God bless our efforts!


  • July 16: Students meet with Protinica Michelle to learn hymns for the Dormition. During coffee hour.
  • July 30: Adult mini-class on Rubrics. Presented by Protinica Michelle during coffee hour.
  • August 27: Group blanket making for Project Linus during coffee hour. Bring your own fleece and scissors. 60″ x 72″ single or double.

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ELIJAH’S CHARIOT: This is a wonderful ministry here at St. Luke to help our elderly (and others) find transportation to Church for the services. Given the rise in gas prices, we will be expanding it to include gas cards for those in financial difficulties (distributed anonymously by Fr. Paul). If you would like, buy a gas card for $20 or $30 and help us out! 

2023 PARISH DEVELOPMENT FORUM: In Parma ,Ohio at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1:00 PM EDT Thursday July 13 2023 thru Noon July 15. Theme: Our Parish and the Future. At this forum attendees will face forward — actively considering what it will take to build a brighter parish future.  Attendees will collaborate on The 2030 Project — a set of structured, facilitated discussions designed to share experiences and identify the key behaviors, skills and “new muscles” parishes will need to thrive amidst future societal, cultural, demographic and technological trends.  In depth discussions will include:

  • Healthy Clergy-Laity Dynamics,
  • Attracting and Integrating Converts intoYour Parish/Sharing the Faith
  • Connecting Your Parish to the Neighborhood Community.    
  • Additional presentation segments.

To maintain an intimate setting for thoughtful exchange among attendees the 2023 Forum attendance will be limited to 100 persons.  There will be no live streaming of the Forum sessions.. Register Early — Before June 22. Registrations received before June 22 will be eligible for a $75 per attendee early bird rate. After June 22 registration will be $150 per attendee. Registration fee includes lunches, dinners, breaks, an attendee reception Friday night & conference materials. You may register here:

YOCAMA SUMMER MISSION TRIP!: July 21 to July 28 Mission trip to Navajo Nation New Mexico. Work on construction and the food pantry and food distribution. Ages 16 and up with parents. Check out

ST. LUKE STRATEGIC PLAN: Our St. Luke Strategic Plan report is ready to be viewed and the tally sheets for our Action Items are now available. If you have NOT filled out a tally sheet please take the time to do so.

LUBA’S KITCHEN ANNOUNCEMENTS: Update: Summer Coffee Hour is in effect. Reminders: Clean up own table. Kitchen clean up will begin around 11:45. Kitchen closed by noon. Please help Crys and Matt out by washing some dishes, put items away, learn to start the dishwasher and just overall be more proactive each Sunday. Thank you all!

JUNE MONTHLY CHARITY: Our Monthly Charity is for ORTHODOX GHANA – St. Peter’s College & Summer Camp. Please be generous!

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