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 nonOrthodox 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).
PARISH ORATORICAL FESTIVAL WINNERS We are proud to announce the oratory winners of our Parish Oratorical Festival which was held on Friday, March 10th, 2017 Senior Division: First Place - Theodore Greanias Second Place - Justin George Junior Division: First Place - Lukas Isberg Second Place - Griffin Isberg CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU! You are all awesome! Winners have the opportunity to compete at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival, which is being held at the Parish of Saint Mary’s in Minneapolis Minnesota this year.
PASCHAL CANDLES: Our Greek School P.T.O. is once again making Pascha Candles and making them available for sale. This is a great opportunity to support our Greek School Program. They cost $20 each and come in many different designs. See samples in our Church office window and our bookstore. See enclosed flier for more details.
COME TO CHURCH, MAKE PALMS AND HAVE A LENTEN REAKFAST On Saturday, April 8th, the Saturday of Lazarus, there will be Orthros & Divine Liturgy at 8:30 a.m.. Following the Liturgy, the Sunday School will be making Palm Crosses and sharing a Lenten Breakfast. All are welcome!
“PARADOSIS” ADULT GREEK DANCE TROUPE: Has begun and is meeting every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. & Open to all Adults College Age and Above, who are interested in learning a variety of Greek dances. This year we will be alternating practices between Saint Nicholas & Saint Spyridon. This week we will meet here at St. Nicholas.
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. March is Oil & Lemon Month! Please see the enclosed flyer for details.
S.O.N. BOOKSTORE - LENTEN/EASTER BOOKS AVAILABLE We've transformed the bookstore into a Lenten haven. Aside from books on the Presanctified Liturgy, Akathyst Hymn and combination Holy Week/Easter service we have an array of new Easter books for children. Also, we have many unique gift items that are sure to please. We invite you to come in and browse
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 today following Liturgy 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.
PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON: Our Ladies Philoptochos will once again be hosting a Palm Sunday Luncheon on Sunday, April 9th. See enclosed flier for more details and R.S.V.P. today
ALTAR BOYS MEETING There will be an Altar Boys Meeting on Saturday, April 8th , immediately following the Divine Liturgy for Lazarus. Please let Father Christodoulos know if you will not be attending.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING: The Spring General Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 immediately following the Divine Liturgy. Many important issues will be discussed & we hope and pray to see you all there.
CALLING ALL READERS Any parishioners who are able to read a foreign language and would enjoy reading the Gospel at the AGAPE Vespers on Pascha, April 16th, please contact Father Christodoulos.
HOLY CONFESSION IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF LENT: Each of us should go to the priest for Holy Confession during this period of Great Lent. Our very salvation can be threatened when we ignore this most beautiful sacrament of our Church. This year make the effort to the office for an appointment.