Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL PUBLISH DATE: February 16, 2014

Epistle Reading
St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but ...Read Full Text >

Gospel Reading
Luke 15:11-32
Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to ...Read Full Text >

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
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Saturday of Souls
February 22 ...Read Full Text >

Resurrectional Apolytikion First Tone
Savior, Your tomb was sealed with a stone. Soldiers kept watch over Your sacred body. Yet, You rose on the third day giving life to the world. Wherefore the powers of heaven cried out, "O Giver of Life, glory to Your Resurrection O Christ; glory to Your Kingdom, glory to Your dispensation who alone are the Loving One." - copyright Narthex Press and used by permission. All rights reserved.

Apolytikion of the Church
In giving birth, O Theotokos, you have retained your virginity, and in falling asleep you have not forsaken the world. You who are the Mother of Life have passed over into life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death.

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants." - copyright Narthex Press and used by permission. All rights reserved.

Apolytikion for Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria
Let us praise the most auspicious bride of Christ, the divine Catherine, protectress of Sinai, our aid and our help. For, she brilliantly silenced the eloquence of the impious by the sword of the spirit, and now, crowned as a martyr, she asks great mercy for all. - copyright Narthex Press and used by permission. All rights reserved.

O friends of martyrs, now divinely raise up a renewed chorus, praising the all-wise Catherine. For, she proclaimed Christ in the arena, trampled on the serpent, and spat upon the knowledge of the orators. - copyright Narthex Press and used by permission. All rights reserved.

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he  ...Read Full Text >

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same  ...Read Full Text >

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Parish Information
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
601 South Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644

Phone: (773) 626-3114
Fax: (773) 626-3141

Proistamenos: Very Rev. Timothy G. Bakakos

Assistant: Fr Athanasios Papagiannis


Welcome Father Stamatis Sfikas:
Our Parish of Panagia welcomes Father Stamatis Sfikas this morning. Fr. Stamatis is the assistant priest at the Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, and is filling in for Father Timothy while he is out of town. Father’s Presbytera is the grand daughter of our chanter, Mr. Nick Georgiafentis and ...Read Full Text >

40 Days ~ Penelope Vlahos, Right Rows 1 – 2
40 Days ~ Presbytera Christina Blathra, Right Rows 3 – 4
1 Year ~ Martha Sellas, Left Rows 1 - 2
1 Year ~ Theodore S. Panoplos, Left Rows 3 – 4
2 Years ~ Evangelos Glotsos, Right Rows 5 - 6
5 Years ~ Nick (Nicholaos) Bastounes, Left Rows 1 - 2
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Coffee Fellowship:
Today’s Coffee Fellowship is hosted by the Assumption Community. Please join us in Plato Hall to enjoy fellowship.

Please Note:
We want to inform all stewards of this Parish that effective February 1st, 2014, checks that you submit to the Church for stewardship, donations, or payment of any kind, will no longer be returned to you. With the new procedure set up in the office, upon processing the transaction with the bank, all checks ...Read Full Text >

Stewardship Message:
You Are The Carpenter Green Book
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
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2014 Stewardship:
We thank and are appreciative to all stewards who have pledged to our beloved Parish of Panagia. Through your continued and loving support, the Parish Council has been able to serve as caretakers and deal with the needs and priorities that face our Church. We ask that you complete your 2014 pledge card for ...Read Full Text >

Thinking of Converting to Orthodoxy?
If you, a family member, or friend, who may not be of the Orthodox Faith, and is considering conversion to Orthodoxy, please contact the Church Office (773.626.3114) or speak with Fr. Timothy. A Confirmation Class is being formed to prepare those who have expressed interest to convert. This includes ...Read Full Text >

Second Tray:
Collections from the second tray each Sunday benefit various specific ministries, as determined by the Clergy and Parish Council. The Parish Council has determined that the second tray will be earmarked for the Restoration Fund.

Dates to Remember:
Thursday, February 20th
10:30 am – Philoptochos General Meeting, St. Catherine’s Meeting Room

Friday, February 21st
7:00 pm – GOYA Meeting

Saturday, February 22nd
1st Saturday of the Souls
8:30 am – Orthros
9:30 am – Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 22nd
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Our Assumption Church Among Six “Houses of Worship” to be on Display:
Suzanne Morgan, founder of Sacred Space International, and Sacred Space Ambassador for the Council for a Parliament of the World`s Religions is proud to invite you to join us at Fourth Presbyterian Church to see our Assumption Church and five other houses of worship being featured in our growing ...Read Full Text >

Assumption Dance Troupe:
The Greek Dance lessons are held from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm. Please meet in Plato Hall following the Divine Liturgy.

Sunday Church School:
The Sunday Church School Divine Liturgy begins promptly at 9:45 am. SCS Classes will take place immediately following the Divine Liturgy in Plato School. If you have not, as yet, registered your child for the 2013-14 school year, please do so by contacting the Church Office, securing a registration form ...Read Full Text >

Next Orthodox Adult Bible Study Class, Monday, February 24, 2014:
The next Adult Bible Class will be, Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm, in Saint Catherine’s Meeting Room. We will continue our course of study with the New Testament and begin a new Book, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. This class is open to all, and it is hoped that you will avail yourself to the ...Read Full Text >

Panagia’s Monthly Book Club:
The next gathering of the Monthly Book Club will take place on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Pan Arcadian House, 880 North York Road, Elmhurst, IL. The discussion will center on the book Fr. Arseny: Cloud of Witnesses. The Monthly Book Club will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month. If you would like to ...Read Full Text >

Apokreatiko Glendi:
Our Philoptochos Sisterhood invites everyone to join them for their ‘Sail the Aegean”. This fun-filled Glendi will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the Diplomat West Banquets in Elmhurst, IL. Reception is at 4:30pm and dinner promptly at 5:30pm. Guests are encouraged to wear nautical attire, ...Read Full Text >

College Students -- Check Out OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship):
To our young people who are going away to college for the first time, or to those returning to school to continue their studies, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the organization which keeps you connected to your Church and your Orthodox Faith. OCF has 300 chapters in colleges and universities ...Read Full Text >

13th District AHEPA Scholarship Foundation Inc:
Applications are being accepted for the Order of AHEPA’s 13th District Scholarships for the year 2014. Eligible students must be a high school senior, have a minimum four year cumulative grade point average of B, and be either of Greek heritage or have a parent that is an active member of the AHEPA family.  ...Read Full Text >

Do you need gifts for your family or relatives? Then please visit the Bookstore in Plato Hall after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. There you will find unique gifts for everyone, such as books for children and adults, icons of your or your children’s patron saints, crosses, key chains and other beautiful ...Read Full Text >

Coffee Fellowship Hosts Needed:
Have you considered selecting a day to host the Weekly Fellowship Hour following Worship Services on a specific Sunday in 2014? You might want to celebrate a family event, a memorial, or just want to share time with the Church family. The following dates for the first part of 2014 are available:
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Prosfora Bakers Needed:
One of the blessings of Stewardship that we are given is the ability to serve our Church in a number of ways. Our Church is in need of individuals who can offer the weekly Prosforo (Bread) for the Divine Liturgy. Should you be able to offer your service, please inform the Church office or see either Fr. ...Read Full Text >

Cemetery Graves:
Periodically, we place a reminder in our Weekly Bulletin about the availability of cemetery plots (graves) for purchase from our Church in the Panagia sections at Elmwood Cemetery. For further information, please call the Church office and speak with Gail (773.626.3114).

Proper Church Etiquette:
Worship Services are vital instruments and components to our prayer development. In order to help us achieve this, we need to be cognizant of our fellow parishioners and all those around us. Therefore, please make sure that cell phones are completely turned off during Services. In addition, while we most ...Read Full Text >

Holy 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 are allowed to receive Holy ...Read Full Text >

We Need Your E-mail Address:
Are you receiving the weekly bulletin online in your e-mail mailbox each week? How about our Assumption Church’s Newsletter and the Saint Catherine’s Newsletter? If not, please give the Church Office your e-mail address so that you can stay informed about the schedule of religious services, events, and ...Read Full Text >

Website News:
We are excited to announce that many additions/changes have been made to our Church’s Website. In addition to upcoming events in our Parish and throughout our Metropolis of Chicago, we are constantly updating information as well regarding our faith. You can find articles and resources for the Orthodox ...Read Full Text >

Our Sunday Church Services are broadcast live on the Internet each week:
A reminder to all, in April of last year, our Parish of Panagia began broadcasting live to the internet each Sunday. This is of particular benefit to our shut-ins, elderly, college students, and vacationers who are away from home, yet need to receive the benefit and blessing of the weekly Divine Liturgy ...Read Full Text >

Dean Bastounes, Nick Mansour, Joann Stavropoulos, Bill J. Vranas

Previous Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Bulletins
Publish Date:February 9, 2014
Publish Date:February 2, 2014
Publish Date:January 26, 2014
Publish Date:January 19, 2014
Publish Date:January 12, 2014
Publish Date:January 5, 2014
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