Monday, April 4, 2011
5:30pm - Great Compline
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
6:00pm - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (Communion may be received with proper preparation.)
Friday, April 8, 2011
7:00pm - Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Welcome Metropolis of Chicago Youth Choir Conference:
Our parish of Panagia cordially welcomes the children, young people, parents, and participants who are here attending the Youth Choir Conference this weekend. It is a joy to receive you and be able to celebrate this morning’s Divine Liturgy together.
Welcome Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos:
We again welcome His Grace Bishop Demetrios this morning as he leads us in Worship. Bishop Demetrios is here representing His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos.
Youth Choir Conference Luncheon Today:
The Youth Choir Conference is hosting the luncheon that will be held today in Plato Hall immediately following the Divine Liturgy. Donation is $10.00. Please make every effort to attend and support our young people. Everyone is invited to Plato Hall to enjoy Fellowship.
Easter Bake Sale - Palm Sunday:
Our Philoptochos ladies will be holding a bake sale of traditional Greek Easter Breads and Sweets. Orders can be placed after Divine Liturgy in Plato Hall starting Sunday, March 27th until Sunday, April 10th. Orders will be ready for pickup on Palm Sunday, April 17th. Proceeds will benefit the philanthropic charities of the Philoptochos Sisterhood.
Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon:
Please join us at the Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon on Sunday, April 17th immediately following Divine Liturgy. Tickets: Adults $12.00 and children 12 and under $6.00. Reservations can be made by calling Mrs. Demetra Spyropoulos at 630-789-4559 or 630-833-1773, or stop by the bookstore NO LATER THAN April 10th. The proceeds of this year’s Luncheon will benefit The Philoxenia House, Rochester, MN.
Lenten & Easter Needs
Icon for Friday Salutations, 4 Fridays during Lent – apprx. $140 each
Palms for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011 – apprx. $850
Icon of the Bridegroom for Nymphios Services – apprx. $170
Carnations, Friday, April 22, 2011 – apprx. $400
Flowers for decorating the Epitaphio, April 22, 2011 – apprx. $900
Lavaro, April 23, 2011 – apprx. $200
Easter Lilies for Holy Pascha, April 24th and 25th, 2010. – apprx. $520 or $20 per plant.
Weekly Sunday Evening Solemn Lenten Vespers Schedule:
The Metropolis of Chicago has released the schedule of Weekly Sunday Evening Solemn Vespers for Great Lent.
Sunday, April 3 (St. John of the Ladder)
Solemn Vespers beginning at 7.00PM. St. John the Baptist Church, Des Plaines, IL.
Rev. Nicholas Georgiou, preacher.
Sunday, April 10 (St. Mary of Egypt)
Solemn Vespers beginning at 7.00PM. Saint Sophia Church
Rev. Sotirios Malamis, preacher
Scriptures for the Week:
"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." ---John 15:11
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." ---Galatians 5:22
Question of the Week:
What is it that I think people will remember about me? Does it line up with what I hope people will remember about me?
Quotes for the Week:
"It is possible to grieve for our own sins and yet to rejoice in Christ."
---St. John Chrysostom
An old lady asked Fr. Thaddeus what she was to do in order that her grandchildren might become pious. He replied, ‘Let their grandmother always be meek and good; let her never be angry and always be happy (joyful). Perhaps the grandchildren will not become pious, but one day they will remember their grandmother, and the memory of her will make them better people.’
A Wise Man:
A wise man should have money in his head, not in his heart. (Jonathan Swift)
We are grateful to all who have already pledged for 2011. As we have come to the end of the First Quarter of this year, we ask all Stewards who have NOT made their pledge commitment yet for 2011, to please do so as soon as you can. Reminders are being sent to those who were pledged last year, and we hope that you will again make your commitment to Panagia for this year. For your convenience, if you should wish to pay by credit card, we are able to accommodate this payment method. We thank you for your continued support of the Assumption Church.
Please visit the Religious Bookstore for your Easter needs. They have Easter Cards and books; Red Easter Egg Dye; Icons which make beautiful gifts for your children, grand children and Godchildren. The Bookstore is open every Sunday during Coffee Fellowship, please stop in.
Dates to Remember:
Monday, April 4th
5:30pm-Great Compline Service
Wed., April 6th
6:00pm-Liturgy of the Presanctified
Fri., April 8th
7:00pm-Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Sun., April 17th Palm Sunday Luncheon
Orthodox Adult Bible Study:
The Adult Bible Study education class will meet on Monday, April 11th at 7:00 pm in St. Catherine's Meeting Room. The Class meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This year’s Bible Study centers on the New Testament Book of Acts. The class is open to all and it is hoped that you will avail yourself of the opportunity to study the Bible in-depth. All you need to bring is your Bible. For further information, please see Father Timothy.
Saint Iakovos Retreat Center Fundraiser:
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the Midwest Premiere, “Mysteries of The Jesus Prayer” will be playing at the Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL at 7:00 p.m. Ticket Price is $20.00, which includes complimentary popcorn and soft drink and free parking is available. All proceeds for this event will benefit the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center. If you are interested in attending and wish to purchase a ticket, please call the Church Office. Checks are to be made Payable to the Metropolis of Chicago.
Annual Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics:
Once again, the Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics will be held at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Palos Hills, Illinois. The dates for the Olympics are Friday through Sunday, May 27th/29th. Please encourage your children and young people to sign up for the Junior Olympics to once again represent our Panagia Parish. For further information, please contact either Mr. Tom Poulos, Jr. Olympics Parish Coordinator or Father Timothy. We wish our participants well in the spirit of competition.
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 welcome children to participate in the liturgical life of the Church, it remains the responsibility of parents to make sure that children do not become a distraction to those around them. Therefore, if a child is crying, or in some way in need of attention, please feel free to take him/her to the Narthex or Cry Room. You are most welcome to enter and exit the Church proper as many times as necessary. By doing this, all who are in attendance will be afforded the opportunity to worship and pray together. (Please keep in mind that we are also privileged to have a complete Sunday School Liturgy celebrated in Saint Catherine’s Chapel each week for your use as well). We ask for your cooperation. Ushers will be available to help you, if needed.
The Sacraments of the Orthodox Church, including the reception of Holy Communion, are reserved for those of the Orthodox Faith only, and who are also in Good Standing Ecclesiastically with the Church. If you are a visitor from another Denomination/Faith, we welcome you as an observer and guest.
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 to the schedule of religious services, events, and news of our Community.
Website News www.AssumptionChicago.org
Did you know that you can find Articles and Resources for the Orthodox Church on our web site. They include the history of Orthodoxy, special Services and Blessings, Spirituality, Teachings of the Orthodox Church, how to become a member of the Orthodox Church, the meaning and celebration of The Holy Eucahrist, the form and characteristics of Orthodox worship, the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide, Fasting, and many others. Just go to our website and click on the heading Faith, read, learn, and enjoy. The latest editions of the Assumption Newsletter and the St. Catherine Newsletter are now available online.
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