FEASTDAY OF THE THREE HIERARCHS: At the request of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. We will be co-celebrating the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saints Constantine & Helen in Palos Hills. Immediately following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy the there will be a Greek Letters program. Everyone is encouraged to join us. Orthros begin at 8:30 a.m. with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to follow.
SAVE THE DATE: Our annual Apokriatiko will be taking place on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 here at Saint Nicholas in the Multi-Purpose Room. This is a wonderful event that we do in anticipation of the coming of Great Lent. A time we can eat, enjoy fellowship, Dance and have an all around Great Time. More details coming soon, but also see the enclosed flier. God Bless
ATTENTION PARISHIONERS: Before making any firm plans for baptisms, weddings, funerals, or memorial services, please check with the parish priest to see if dates and times are permissible. Also, please refrain from scheduling a baby, bridal shower or any other type of party celebration during the Lenten Fast period.
YOUR COOPERATION IS NEEDED: We remind our faithful that the Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Please be prompt and on time! Please turn off cell phones before entering church. No conversation should take place during worship. During the reading of the Gospel people in the narthex should not be purchasing or lighting candles but standing reverently and listen to the reading. If possible avoid using center aisle during high points of Divine Liturgy. Lipstick and lip-gloss should be removed before kissing icons, receiving Holy Communion and kissing the hand of the priest. When receiving antidoron, please use both hands and do not allow the crumbs to fall to the floor.
FESTIVAL DONATIONS-AN EARLY START: Please watch for Greek Fest 2017 Alerts. We will again begin collecting donations early. You all made it such a great success last year! Every donation in any amount helps the Church to make more money on the Fest. February is Paper Month!
PLEASE don’t leave your weekly bulletin in the pew. Take it home with you and share the message and announcements, written here, with your family and friends. Thank You
SAVE THE DATE: 90th Anniversary of Saint Nicholas Parish: St. Nicholas’ 90th Anniversary Dinner Dance is September 24th, 2017 at Tuscany Falls in Mokena. It is easily located right off of I-80 and LaGrange. Very accessible from I-355, 294 and I-57. Mark the date down and prepare for a great night of great memories and even better fellowship.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: St. Nicholas’ parish is blessed with so many creative individuals with so many talents. We are searching for volunteers to bring their creativity to the table. The only way we can make the 90th Anniversary event memorable and successful is with the help of everyone. We are also searching for old photos and memories to share with everyone. If you have any photos could you please email them to George Danos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or bring them into church and we can scan them. If you would like to contribute your talents to this event we are having a meeting February, 8 at 6 o’clock in the library. Any questions please call Dorothy Mezilson Pavlick @ 708-203-6402. Saint Nicholas parishioners can move mountains when they work together doing work for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
SUPER BOWL PARTY: Saint Nicholas will be having their annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday February 5th, 2017. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., about 30 minutes before kickoff, in our Community Center. Invite your family and friends and come and enjoy fellowship, family fun , food and the excitement of the Super Bowl! More details to come. See enclosed flier
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES: The next six-week session of Father’s Adult Religious Education Classes will begin Wednesday, February 8th . The morning class will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the evening class will begin at 6:00 p.m. The classes will be held every Wednesday with the last class being held on Wednesday, March 15th. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our faith; something that all Orthodox Christians should strive for in their lives. During this session, we will be reading the book “Saint Nektarios: Saint of our Century”. This book gives us a glimpse into the life of one of the most beloved saints of our Church. Copies of the book are now available in the Bookstore at a discounted cost of $22. Please join us for a very interesting and moving spiritual journey.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY CONFESSION: As we move ever closer to Great Lent, we should all prepare for the Resurrection of Lord by partaking of the Sacrament of Holy Confession. Make an appointment with your Spiritual Father. For details, see Fr. Christodoulos.
COMMUNION ANNOUNCEMENT: While we pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all the world's Christians, the reality remains that there is still no intercommunion between our Orthodox Churches and the Churches of the West. This means that only baptized, chrismated and observant Orthodox faithful receive Communion in our churches. At the same time, we warmly welcome all non-Orthodox to join us in prayer and celebration, and humbly offer to all present the Antidoro bread of fellowship at the end of the service. We offer this important symbol 'instead of the Gifts', in the words of the Apostle Paul, 'Till we all come to the unity of the Faith' (Eph. 4.13)