WEEKLY BULLETIN www.holyapostleschurch.com
SUNDAY AUGUST 12
8:15 a.m. Orthros
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Memorials: Olga Andrejeva, Helen P. Karras, Esther Moustos, Gus Stathis, James Stathis, Mary Stathis, George Stathopoulos
MONDAY AUGUST 13
7:00 p.m. Paraklesis Service
TUESDAY AUGUST 14
7:00 p.m. Vespers at Assumption Church
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15 - FALLING ASLEEP OF THE THEOTOKOS
8:00 a.m. Orthros
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Adventure Theater BBQ
FRIDAY AUGUST 17
4:30 p.m. Adventure Theater
SUNDAY AUGUST 19 -HOLY APOSTLES ANNUAL PICNIC
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Epistle Reading: 1 Cor 9:2-12 --- Gospel Reading: Mt 18:23-35 -Reader: Vanessa Clohessy
Fellowship Hour is hosted today by the Stathopoulos Family in loving memory.
Repose of the Blessed Virgin Mary…August 15 of each year remains on the Greek Orthodox calendar as the day commemorating the passing from this earth of the Virgin Mary.
According to our Holy Tradition when the Theotokos sensed that her earthly life was coming to a close, she summoned all the Apostles to be with her in Jerusalem.
Except for the Apostle Thomas, all of them were gathered together at her bedside. When the Apostle Thomas arrived in Jerusalem he sorrowfully requested the opportunity to see the body of the Virgin Mary, which had already been buried for three days. Following her repose, the body of the Theotokos was taken in procession and laid in a tomb near the Garden of Gethsemane. To the amazement of the Apostles, her body was nowhere to be seen in the tomb in which she had been placed!
Today the Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land can visit her tomb which is actually one hundred feet below the surface of the earth and is reached by a descent of stairwell whose every step is sacred. At about the fifty-foot level, one pauses at the tomb of Joachim and Anna, the parents of Panagia, at the right of which is the tomb of the protector of the Mother of God, St. Joseph. At the base of the marble staircase is the tomb of Mary, but her remains are not encased there. The tomb is empty but still venerated, not only out of sentiment but also out of belief in what tradition says about her assumption.
The Troparion hymn tells the Church’s teaching concerning this feast day: “In giving birth you kept your virginity, in falling asleep did not forsake the world, Oh Mother of God. You passed over into life, you who art the Mother of Life, and by your intercession you deliver our souls from death.”
Philoptochos Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon...The Holy Apostles Fashion Show will be held at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, October 20th. This year’s beneficiaries are Gigi’s Playhouse and Philoxenia House. Tickets will be on sale in the multipurpose room beginning Saturday, September 8th following Divine Liturgy. Start time for Fashion Show ticket presales is 12:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available for purchase every Sunday after Divine Liturgy beginning September 9th.
Adventure Theater...will present its radio play, Out on a Limb, on Sunday, August 26, following Divine Liturgy. The play will be preceded by a deluxe, Continental Breakfast. The barbecue will take place at Mr. D.’s house on Wednesday, August 15, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Annual Church Picnic-August 19th...Join us for a family day of food, fellowship and fun this coming Sunday, August 19, immediately following Divine Liturgy. Please bring your own favorite picnic sides and beverages, and a dessert to share with everyone! Reminder: Dress code will be casual but no shorts in the church.
DO GOOD WITH BURRITOS...Plan to eat at Chipotle for a fundraiser and support Holy
Apostles Greek School PTO. Just come in to the Chipotle at 2103 Clearwater Drive in Oak Brook on Tuesday, September 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and bring in a flyer, available at the candle stands or on our church’s website: www.holyapostleschurch.com. You can also show the flyer on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Apostles Greek School PTO.
Greek School…Register your children for Greek School! The Program runs its classes every Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The program includes Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and Grade levels students. Registration forms are on our website: www.holyapostleschurch.com. For questions and inquiries please call the Church Office at (708) 562-2744 or Mrs. Argiro Tobasi at (708) 579-5251.
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 Dr. Philip Mamalakis, author of the book Parenting Toward the Kingdom, a professor, family therapist, and father of seven will present workshops on the theme The Vocation of Parenthood. Interactive sessions for children and teens, fun outdoor activities and fellowship time. Find more information and register online at www.GOCFamilySynaxis.org or email Chicago.Family.Synaxis@gmail.com. Register by Aug. 15 for the best rate.
Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; The Holy Prophet Michaias (Micah); Holy Hieromartyr Marcellus, Bishop of Apameia; Holy New Martyr Symeon of Trapezoundos (1653)