Blessing homes

The priest started blessing the homes in the parish starting on the eve of Theophany, and will continue until everyone who desires has their home blessed. For some parishioners, this time of the year is too busy and they prefer to do this later on in the year. Some like to bless their home a day before or on the day of their slava. It is important to understand that you can bless your home anytime during the year, beside the traditional Theophany blessing of home period. Theophany water is a must in every Orthodox home, and should be used during the year with prayer and respect in time of illness, tribulations, when there is a need for special blessing to be used, and not kept year after year in jars and bottles.

In case you run out of the Theophany water, you can always bring the bottle, and Fr Aleksandar will be glad to fill it up for your use at home.

Important EOYC dates

Mark these important EOYC dates for 2017:

  • EOYC 5K, Saturday, June 17. Hosted by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
  • EOYC 2017: Staff only, Saturday, July 22 after 3 p.m. Campers, Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29. Times to be announced. We will be spending an additional night at Tall Oaks this year. We are very excited about this 6th night for EOYC!More info here.

Book: Serbian-American saints

The Lives of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and St. Sebastijan of Jackson book is available for purchase at wardens table in narthex of the church. The price is $22. Every Serbian Orthodox house should have this book and know the lives and struggles of these two wonderful Serbian - American saints.

Join us after church for coffee hour

We invite all to join us at our coffee hour after each Sunday's Divine Liturgy. This is an integral part of our fellowship and allows parishioners to meet and get to know each other. Also the many fundraisers such as bakes sales, festal/memorial luncheons, slavas, and so forth give parishioners a chance for fellowship as they work to help the church.

Arriving at church on time

Often the faithful come to the church services late and don't hear the epistle or Gospel lesson of the day, and some are even late for the most sacred part of the Liturgy which is the Canon of the Holy Eucharist. By doing this, they miss a lot and their Sunday worship is not complete. Please try not to make a habit of it, and encourage yourself to get up earlier and give yourself enough time to get ready and come to the house of God on time.

Commemorating names

The lists of Christian names to be commemorated at Proskomidia, the preparation for the Divine Liturgy, are by the candles for your use. Please write the names – full baptism names please, no nick names – of your family members, including your relatives or Orthodox friends living and reposed and give it to the tutor (warden) to bring it to the altar for the commemoration. For your slava, birthdays, anniversaries, or other occasions, remember to use the lists and write the names for the altar commemoration at the Liturgy.