Dates to Remember

SCS 2016-2017 Assumption Youth Calendar
2016-17 Adult Education Program flyer

Summer Sunday Worship Hours
Please make note that beginning Sunday, June 4th, we begin our summer schedule for Sunday Worship Services.  Orthros begins at 8:00 am, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.  We will return to our regular schedule on Sunday, September 10th.

Annual Panagia Names Day Appeal
The Annual Panagia Appeal has been sent to all parishioners/stewards/supporters of our blessed Parish of Assumption.  As we approach the Feast of the Dormition of the Panagia, we respectfully ask that you remember your Church and the Patron Saint of this Parish, the Blessed Theotokos, with your prayers and loving gift.  It is because of your continued support and love that allows this Church, through the intercession of the Theotokos, to minister and continue to spread the Grace, Love and Word of Jesus Christ.  Included in the packet being mailed will also include the complete schedule of Worship Services during the fifteen day Panagia period, as well as a form to write the names of your loved ones to be remembered/commemorated at these Services.  Blank prayer list forms for your departed souls and living loved ones can also be found on the Pangari, as well as offering envelopes.

Panagia Feast Day Flowers
We are forever grateful for the love and support of our parishioners and friends of Panagia who generously defray the expenses of the flowers that so beautifully adorn our Icons of our Patron Saint, the Blessed Theotokos, on Her Feast Day.  If you are interested in making this gift specifically for the flowers decorating the Icons of the Panagia, please inform the Church Office (773.626.3114), or see Father Timothy.

Artoclasia Service for Panagia Feast Day Observance
As is the tradition, our Parish honors the Feast Day of the Dormition of the Panagia with the Service of Artoclasia at BOTH the Great Vespers on Monday evening, August 14th, and the Divine Liturgy on Tuesday morning, August 15th.  Those individuals/families wishing to offer the bread (artos), oil, and wine for the health of their family are asked to call the Church Office (773.626.3114), or see Father Timothy.

Sunday Church School – Help Needed!
Just around the corner is the start of our Sunday Church School year, September 10th to be exact.  Now more than ever we need your help!  We are in need of teachers and assistants to join our team. Specifically grades 5 and 6.  Unfortunately, if these teaching slots are not filled there will be no Church School for the children of 5th or 6th grade.  In addition we have several teachers who could use the assistance of aides.  I ask that you prayerfully and lovingly consider giving some of your time and talent back to our church.  Our program can only succeed and grow with your participation and dedicated involvement, the teachers and I cannot continue to do it on our own.  If you have any questions or if you need more detailed information regarding joining our team please feel free to contact Mrs. Christina Arvanites.

Byzantine Music Class
This fall, our parish will be introducing a Byzantine Music class for all those interested in learning the art of Orthodox music. Classes will be led by Fr. Dimitri and are for students in middle school through college. If interested in registering or if you have any questions, please contact Fr. Dimitri at


Saturday, August 5 -- Forefeast of the Transfiguration, NO SERVICES - Vespers at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Harvard, IL.

Sunday, August 6 -- The Holy Transfiguration Of Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ, 8:00 a.m. - Orthros, 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy.  The Annual Blessing of the Grapes will take place at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.  This tradition occurs in our Orthodox Churches on August 6th each year, giving thanks to our Lord for the ‘first fruits of harvest’ given to us by our God.  Should you wish to contribute to defray the expense of the grapes, please call the Church office at 773-626-3114.

Monday, August 7th -- Dometios of Persia, Wonderworker Nikanor, 6:00 pm - Holy Confession, 7:00 pm - Small Paraklesis Service

Tuesday, August 8th -- Emilian, Bishop of Cyzikos, Myron the Wonderworker, Triandaphyllos the New Martyr, 6:00 pm - Great Paraklesis Service (There is No Holy Confession)

Wednesday, August 9th -- Apostle Matthias, Apostle of the 70, Anthony of Alexandria, 6:00 pm - Holy Confession, 7:00 pm - Small Paraklesis Service

Thursday, August 10th -- Archdeacon Laurentios, Sixtus of Rome, 6:00 pm - Holy Confession, 7:00 pm - Great Paraklesis Service

Friday, August 11th -- Martyr Eupius the Deacon, 7:00 pm - Akathist Hymn, Epitaphios and Lamentations to the Virgin Mary

Monday, August 14th -- Forefeast of the Falling Asleep of the Theotokosn
     8:00 am - Orthros
     9:30 am - Divine Liturgy
     7:00 pm - Hierarchical & Panegyric Great Feast Day Vespers
    11:00 pm - Small Supplication to the Theotokos
    12:00 am - Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos (Names of the living inaudibly commemorated.)

     2:00 am - Sacrament of Holy Unction
     4:30 am - Orthros
     5:30 am - Divine Liturgy
     8:30 am - Hierarchical Orthros
    10:00 am - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy


Friday, September 1st -- Ecclesiastic New Year, 8:30 am – Orthros, 9:30 – Divine Liturgy

Metroplis of Chicago Family Synaxis: Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat
 Join other Orthodox families at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Wisconsin over Labor Day Weekend for a fun-filled time reconnecting with your family and reconnecting with God. Retreat leader Fr. Stephen Freeman, a priest, author, blogger and podcaster (learn more at, will present workshops on the theme Living the Mystery. Children’s workshops will also be provided, as will childcare for babies. Find more information and register online at or email . Register by Aug. 18 for the best rate.
Registration for the Family Synaxis Labor Day Weekend Retreat is now open.  Register today to ensure the lodging you prefer. There is limited lodging space available onsite and we are assigning accommodations in the order that registrations are received (i.e., first-come-first-booked).  Registrations are time stamped as they come in, so we will have the information we need to do so. You will indicate your lodging preferences on your registration form.
Registration costs for those registering by August 18, 2017, will be as follows:
Base registration fee: $225 - this fee covers the oldest two members of your family (i.e., the couple, or one adult and oldest child)
Children age 12+: $50 each;  Children age 3-11: $25 each;  Children under 3: free.  *Cost will be capped at $375/family.
Due to the popularity of the speaker and the lodging space limitations of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, we are offering a Saturday-only rate this year (price includes Saturday lunch and workshops). The cost is $125/family (up to 5 people) plus $12/additional family member ages 4+.  Day rate is capped at $150.  When you register, you will let us know who is attending and their ages.  From this information, we will generate an invoice for you, which you'll receive via email within a few days.  You may pay this with any credit card online, or by printing it out and sending a check to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plains, IL.  We look forward to spending Labor Day weekend with you!  Please spread the word to your family and friends.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Eleni Anast at 708-250-0034 or
In Christ’s Abiding Love,  Family Synaxis Planning Committee of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago


Saturday, October 21st -- Fall Harvest Day, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Plato Hall.


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 throughout North America.  So be sure to check out their web site to locate and find out about your chapter --  WWW.OCF.NET.  We also encourage our college young people to share their e-mail addresses with our Church so that we may keep them informed of their “Spiritual Home” while they are away.  And always remember, your Assumption Church’s weekly Divine Liturgy Services are just a click away on your computer each Sunday as we now broadcast live each Sunday.  Just access it by going to our website at:
Also, our parish is starting a database of all college students in the community. If you have a college student in your family or if you are a college student, please send your name, school, area of study, address, and email address to Fr. Dimitri at
The Call is Sent Out For Sunday Church School Teachers and Assistants:
Our Church puts out the “call” for qualified and loving individuals (men and women) to join our Sunday Church School teaching staff for the 2017-18 school academic year.  There is no more rewarding or fulfilling feeling, nor gift that we can give back to our Lord other than to impart to His children, the Word of God, and the blessed teachings of our Holy Orthodox Church.  Helping to mold the formation of a child’s faith and belief in the Lord is a commission that each of us is bestowed with as baptized Orthodox Christians.

Therefore, we ask that you give thought and prayer to the enormous opportunity of becoming a Sunday Church School assistant to assist the teacher and children. Please speak with Fr. Timothy, or the Sunday Church School Director, Mrs. Christina Arvanites. The SCS academic year begins on Sunday, September 10th.

Contact Us

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
601 S. Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644
Phone:  (773) 626-3114
Fax:      (773) 626-3141

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