AMAZON SMILE: Visit smile.amazon.org and choose St. Iakovos as the charity to benefit. You then shop Amazon just like you normally do. There is no cost to you, and after checkout a percentage of the sale will go to St. Iakovos. What better way to shop and help the Church at the same time.
CANDLE STANDS: Thank you to everyone who donated to purchase the six new candle stands for the Church.
In Memory of George & Christine Schmidt
Valerie Tanke In Memory of husband John Tanke
Tess Bereolos In Loving Memory of husband James “Skip” Bereolos
Debbie Panagakis In Memory of Father Dimitrios and Grandmother Demetra
MEMORIALS: Please note that for the time being Themi Gorman will not be making Koliva for Memorials. If you need a Koliva for a Memorial please call the Church office in advance so that we may help you.
CHANGE FOR THE CHURCH: We are still collecting piggy banks for our Change for the Church program. All change collected will go into the building fund to help build our Church.
OLIVE OIL FOR ALTAR: We are in need of Olive Oil for the Altar. You can donate a bottle to the Church by dropping it off during office hours M-F from 9-2. You may also drop it off at the candle stand to any council member during any Church service.
ANNOUNCING CONSTANTINOPLE & HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE – NOV. 2022: After the great success of our October 2019 pilgrimage to Constantinople and The Holy Land – and the numerous requests of those asking for an opportunity to participate in a future pilgrimage – Fr. Jim is honored to announce that dates have been set for our next pilgrimage which will be a twelve day excursion. Those dates are November 1 – 14, 2022. We will leave in the evening of November 1st from O’Hare International Airport. While a full itinerary and details are still being worked out – we did want to announce this opportunity now. In this manner, those who have expressed interest and or might want to join us will be able to plan accordingly and begin any savings necessary to participate. Once again, we anticipate the cost to be in the $4,000 to $4,500 range per person double occupancy (there will be single rooms available at a higher cost - final cost will be determined by January/February 2022). For this pilgrimage we will be looking into an upgraded price for business class travel and suite accommodations at hotels. The pilgrimage will be led once more by Fr. Jim and Fr. Apostolos Georgiafentis of St. Demetrios in Chicago. We are organizing this spiritual journey in conjunction with Paisadventure and T.I.T.A. Travel who have extensive experience in both countries. We will be leaving Chicago on the night of Tuesday, November 1st and travel overnight to Istanbul to begin our journey.
Regarding the trip’s cost, as was our goal on our first pilgrimage, it is very important to Fr. Jim and Fr. Apostolos that the cost of the trip be as inclusive and affordable as possible. Affordable because we truly want as many of our friends and parishioners as possible to be able to feel the holiness, blessing and soul awakening experience of visiting the City of St. Constantine, the center of Orthodox Christianity and the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Of course, there are no words to describe being in the Holy Land where our Lord walked the earth, teaching, healing, dying and Resurrecting for our salvation. Our desire to make the cost inclusive is because we wanted to make sure that there would be no hidden surprises or last-minute fees or charges. Included in the cost of the trip are all airfares, hotels, transportation, gratuities, admission to sights and most but not all meals.
For practical reasons our goal is not to take an unlimited group size but a smaller more manageable group. This ensures our ability to get from site to site in a timely manner; to give more personal attention to our pilgrims by allowing greater access to both priests and our tour coordinators; more time at the sites for a greater personal experience; quicker processing through customs, airports and admission to sites and restaurants.
We will be capping the Pilgrimage to 40 travelers. This may sound like a lot, but we are dealing with two parishes and regions from N.W. I. and the North side of Chicago. Fr. Jim will be creating a list of those interested – and this will be on a first come first served basis. At a future date, a deposit with a limited full refund will be offered to insure pilgrimage participation. If you have any questions or would like to be added to a list of interest, please see or contact Fr. Jim via email at email@example.com or by calling him at 219-508-0493.
11th Friday after Pentecost
Saints and Feasts Commemorated
Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedea; Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler Euthymius the Great; Polydorus the Martyr of New Ephesus; Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Pentopolis; Chariton the Martyr; Phoebe the Deaconess
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