Festival Preparation, Church School Registration & Prayers

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the Lord bless you!

Festival Preparation
Join us tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m. to clean up our grounds in advance of our parish festival (Saturday, Sept. 16 will be here before you know it!). Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, another group will be making pirozhki for the festival in the parish kitchen. Please also remember to sign up to volunteer for our festival here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4aa9ad29a57-russian1

There are lots of opportunities for good works!

Church School Meeting & Registration
We will hold an organizational meeting on Sunday after Church for our parish Church School. Parents, please be sure to attend and register your children. Spiritual Education is one of the most important activities of a parish and sharing the wisdom of the Church with our youth is extremely important. We have classes for children from Pre-K through middle school.

Let us pray to the Lord! Lord, Have Mercy!
We have already seen the massive destruction of hurricane Harvey and now hurricane Irma is wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and headed straight for Florida. We will make another special collection in support of IOCC’s relief efforts this weekend. His Eminence, Archbishop Peter, wrote a letter about our parishes in Texas: https://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_170905_1.html

Also, please pray for the newly-departed priest Mark Gilstrap. Fr. Mark was a founding member of our parish and ordained a deacon while living here. He subsequently moved to Oklahoma to begin a mission there. May the Lord grant him His Heavenly Kingdom!

Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Our services will be as usual this weekend: Confession on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
We will serve vigil for the Beheading of St. John the Baptist on Sunday after lunch and liturgy on Monday at 9 a.m.

Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Aid to Texas, Services & Preparation for Festival

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
At Archbishop Peter’s instruction, we will make a special collection for those suffering from hurricane Harvey this Sunday and Sunday, Sept. 10

. As of this moment, 46 deaths have been reported and more are expected, not to mention the enormous damage to homes, businesses and farms. We pray especially for our two parishes in Houston and their parishioners, and for everyone who has been affected by this natural disaster. May God have mercy on them all!

Services this weekend will be as usual: Confession at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Fr. Gabriel Monforte will substitute for me while I am on the Pilgrimage Walk in Indiana this weekend. Please welcome him and his family just as we welcome all visitors to our parish. Those whom God sends to our parish are looking for communion with the Lord, but they also seek comfort in the face of their spiritual struggles, comfort which we are called to give through prayer and personal attention. Each one of you can help ease one another’s burdens by being kind and gracious to our guests. Please make a particular effort to invite new parishioners to join you for lunch. We may want to sit with our ‘typical’ parish friends, but by sacrificing our desires and choosing to sit with someone else, we put love for Christ into action.
Next Saturday, September 9 we will gather at 10 a.m. to clean the parish grounds for our Festival. Plan to join us!
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Services & Dormition

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Our two week end-of-summer Lent is drawing to a close. On Monday, we will honor the Mother of God, singing her praises mixed with echoes of her funeral.
May we all be inspired to honor her and make a sacrifice of love to the Lord on her behalf!
These are our services for the forefeast (tonight and tomorrow) and the Great Feast of Dormition:
Sat. Aug. 26 Confession-Исповедь, 5:30 p.m. & Vigil-Всенощная, 6:00 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 27 Divine Liturgy-Божественная Литургия, 10 a.m.
Sun. Aug. 27 Vigil-Всенощная, 6:00 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 28 Divine Liturgy-Божественная Литургия, 9 a.m.
Dormition of the Mother of God – Успение Божией Матери
In Christ,

Pilgrimage Walk over Labor Day Weekend

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Congratulations on the Feast of Transfiguration!
Our diocese holds an annual walking pilgrimage for youth and families over Labor Day Weekend.
Imagine a Procession with the Cross like the one that occurs around the Church at Pascha or at our parish feast — but that travels 10+ miles in a day!
This year, the Walk for Life will be taking place in Northern Indiana, starting at the Nativity of the Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Monastery in New Carlisle. This monastery has a stunning Church and the route of the pilgrimage will take us through quiet woods and lush farm fields. We gather Friday evening, September 1, walk on Saturday & Sunday and depart with renewed peace on Monday, September 4. We will pray together, camp out together, and enjoy an experience rarely found in America.
Each year several members of our parish — some young, some old! — have joined me for this very special, spiritual event. Perhaps you and your family would like to participate?
Follow this link for more details & registration: https://goo.gl/forms/jiDeihMvlco2zLL53
Services this weekend are as usual: Confession at 5:30 p.m. today, followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,

priest Daniel

Transfiguration & Parish Russian Festival

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
This Friday at 6:30 p.m. we will serve the Vigil for the Great Feast of Transfiguration (confession at 6 p.m.) and Saturday morning we will serve Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. with the blessing of grapes, apples and other fruit.
The Lord, Who created all things, reminds us in this Feast that not only do the fruits of the earth come from Him, but that we are His as well. Though the illness of sin drags us down to something less than what He intended, the Grace of the Holy Orthodox Church can heal us and transform us into the fullness of the image and likeness of Christ. May God transform us all into the human beings He intended!
Join us at these services to ask this great gift of the Lord for your own soul.
Our wonderful, annual Russian Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Make plans to visit with friends — and plan to help make our festival a success!
Sign up to volunteer here:
If you have any questions about the festival, please contact Keith Hartzler at hartzlerhome@fuse.net or (513) 903-7416.
 
Sincerely in Christ,

priest Daniel

Services this weekend

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Since I will be out of town this weekend, Fr. Gabriel Monforte will lead our services. Please welcome him warmly!
Vigil is as usual at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
There will be a potluck for lunch on Sunday; please bring a dish to share.
In Christ,
priest Daniel

Feast of St. Vladimir

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
Congratulations on this wonderful feast of St. Vladimir!
Though we do not have services today (I am in St. Louis with my mother this week, returning on Saturday), we still ask for the prayers of holy St. Vladimir for our Holy Russian Orthodox Church, our parish and all our parishioners and friends who bear his holy name! 
The importance of St. Vladimir has long been recognized by the faithful, including by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) who made plans to build a memorial church in honor of the baptism of Rus’ dedicated to St. Vladimir in the late 1930s. Vladyka Vitaly served on the east coast and chose to locate this new church in central New Jersey in the town of Jackson. This parish holds annual celebrations which, for the last several years, have included the participation of our own Fr. Deacon Alexander Petrovsky as the choir director. Fr. Alexander’s father, Archpriest Philip Petrovsky, was ordained at this parish and served there many years, so there is a long and deep family connection with this parish.
A brief recollection of this important parish follows in English: http://eadiocese.org/news_170727_4.html
We magnify thee, O holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir, and we honor thy holy memory, for thou didst trample down the idols, and enlighten with baptism the whole Russian land!
Services this weekend will be as usual: Confession on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Vigil at 6 p.m.
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Special Collection for Serbian Church & information

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
This weekend services for the glorification of St. Mardary are being held in Chicago. The Serbian Patriarch and many other bishops, including our Archbishop Peter, are attending. Among the bishops present is Bishop Vasilije, the Serbian bishop of the diocese of Srem, the same diocese which in the 1920s became the residence of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) as well as other Russian clergy and laity who had fled the communist revolution. Bishop Vasilije is seeking funds to aid in the building of a small church in his diocese in honor of the White Russian Orthodox Christians who were guests of the King of Yugoslavia following the Russian Civil War. This church will be modeled after the beautiful temple in Darmstadt, Germany.
 
Though some of our parishioners do not have any particular Russian ethnicity, nonetheless, without the White Movement there would not be a Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Further, the first First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky), the great educator and theologian who was so influential on the Orthodox world of the pre- and post-Revolutionary period, was a guest of the Patriarch of Serbia at the Patriarchal palace in Sremski Karlovci – first of Patriarch Demetrius, later of Patriarch Barnabas. In other words, this is a worthy cause and one which we really should support.
 
 
We will take a special collection on Sunday after liturgy for this cause.
Services are as usual this weekend: Confession at 5:30 p.m., followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Divine Liturgy on Sunday begins at 10 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel

Sts. Peter & Paul!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
We commemorate the leading Apostles Peter and Paul this Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. (not 6 p.m.), with confession before vigil starting at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Divine Liturgy starts at 9 a.m. (not 10 a.m.)
Learn more about these great saints here:
This is also worth reading:
In Christ,
priest Daniel

Nativity of St. John the Baptist & Prayers for Repair Work

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the Lord bless you!
We gather tonight and tomorrow morning to remember the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, he whom the Lord called the greatest of the prophets! (see Luke 7:28)
Confession begins at 6 p.m. followed by Vigil at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
As many of you have noticed, we have a problem with water leaking into the altar so that the drywall in the apse is discolored and damaged. For more than 18 months we have been investigating this problem and trying to make our contractor, Bruns, fulfill its warranty and complete the needed repairs. While we don’t yet know when the repair work will begin, we do have a commitment from Bruns to do the work. To seek God’s help in this important job — without it we cannot safely install iconography on the walls in the altar — we will serve a moleben before the start of any good work this coming Sunday at the end of the liturgy. Please join us to pray for God’s assistance!
On Saturday confession begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by Vigil at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday starts at 10 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,
priest Daniel