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. Please R.S.V.P. to the church office today.
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.
CHILDREN’S GREEK DANCE CLASSES: It's time to DANCE again! Tracey Fiffles-Nusko has agreed to teach Greek dance again. Classes will begin on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6:30 p.m. We will meet again every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30. (Father Christodoulos would like to note that Adult Religious Education is at the same time, so bring the kids and join him in the library for class.) All children age 6 and over are invited to participate. Registration Forms are available in the Church Office.
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!
KOULOMA DINNER: On Monday, February 27th our Ladies Philoptochos will be hosting the Koulouma dinner. It is traditional that on the first day of Lent ”Clean Monday” that we all gather following the Great Compline at 6:00 p.m. With a traditional fasting meal. The dinner should begin around 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults & $5 for children. Join for a beautiful night of prayer & fellowship.
APOKRIATIKO RAFFLE: Tickets are now on sale in the Multi-purpose room for the Apokriatiko Raffle. We have over $1,000 in prizes. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Take a moment today to buy your raffle ticket as well as reserve your seat for this great event.
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 Today, 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.
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)