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From the 02-01-15 bulletin

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:58 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 6:58 PM ]
This week at St. John 
  • Sunday, February 1 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
    • Memorial for Vassiliki Hadjis (21 years) 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Monday, February 2 - The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Wednesday, February 4 
    • 9:30 a.m. Paraklesis 
  • Thursday, February 5 
    • 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Friday, February 6 - St. Photios the great 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy 
  • Saturday, February 7 
    • 4:30 p.m. Chant and Liturgy music 
    • 5:30 p.m. Great Vespers 
  • Sunday, February 8 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son 
    • 9:00 a.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy with fellowship to follow 
We need prosfora for the upcoming feasts and Sundays. If you are able to provide this blessing to our parish, please let Fr. Peter know. 

Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015. 

The 2015 Metropolis of Chicago Family Synaxis Men's Retreat has been postponed until after Pascha 

The schedule for house blessings has been mailed and emailed. Please let Fr. Peter know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule, as lent begins the last week of February 

Our parish St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be on Sunday, March 15. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anne Gasperetti or Fr. Peter. 

There will be no adult education classes this week. Office hours on Tuesday are also canceled as I will be in Chicago for a clergy meeting. 

Stewardship corner 

“You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 RSV) Human beings belong to one great family, the family of God. The Creator designed that they should respect and love one another, showing forth a pure, unselfish interest in one another’s welfare. But from the very beginning, it has be Satan’s aim to lead human beings to self first. And, ever since that first temptation led to that first sin, human beings have yielded themselves to Satan’s control. They have developed a selfishness that has filled the world with misery and strife, setting up human beings one against another. 

Selfishness is the essence of sin. Because human beings have yielded themselves to selfishness, the very opposite to faithfulness to God is rampant in our world. It always has been. Nations, ethnic groups, individuals and families are filled with a desire to make self the center. One seeks to rule over another. Each act as if the good of others is totally dependent on the other’s subjection to his supremacy. 

Selfishness has brought discord into the Church, filling individuals with ambition and self-love. That self-love is blind to the perfection that Christ requires: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Christ came into this world to reveal the love of God. His followers are to continue in the work which He began. Seeking the good of others is the primary way in which true perfection can be found. Christ Himself demonstrated this at the Cross. 

If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out a pledge form for your 2015 stewardship! So far in 2015 we have $78,283 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.