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SUNDAY                    FEBRUARY 18 - FORGIVENESS SUNDAY, (CHEESEFARE)

  8:15 a.m.                    Orthros

  9:30 a.m.                    Divine Liturgy

Memorials:                 Joanna Kopetas, Gus Lykos, Demetra Psimos

                                    Macaronatha Luncheon

  6:30 p.m.                    Forgiveness Service

MONDAY                   FEBRUARY 19 –LENT BEGINS

12:00 p.m.                    Sixth Hour

  6:00 p.m.                    Holy Unction

TUESDAY                  FEBRUARY 20

10:00 a.m.                    TOTS

12:00 p.m.                    Sixth Hour

  4:30 p.m.                    Greek School

  7:00 p.m.                    GOYA Meeting

  7:00 p.m.                    Missions Meeting

WEDNESDAY             FEBRUARY 21

12:00 p.m.                    Sixth Hour

  1:00 p.m.                    Adult Fellowship and Bible Study

  5:30 p.m.                    Ninth Hour

  6:00 p.m.                    Presanctified Liturgy

THURSDAY               FEBRUARY 22

12:00 p.m.                    Sixth Hour

  4:30 p.m.                    Greek School

FRIDAY                     FEBRUARY 23

12:00 p.m.                    Sixth Hour

  4:30 p.m.                    Adventure Theater

  7:00 p.m.                    First Heretismi Service

                                    Communing with the Saints

  8:30 p.m.                    Choir Rehearsal

SATURDAY               FEBRUARY 24 – SATURDAY OF THE SOULS

  8:00 a.m.                    Orthros

  9:00 a.m.                    Divine Liturgy

SUNDAY                    FEBRUARY 25 – SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

  9:30 a.m.                    Divine Liturgy

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Epistle Reading: Rom 13: 11-14; 14: 1-4 -- Gospel Reading: Mt 6: 14-21 – Reader: Lou Kafkes

 The Season of Great Lent …is a time for prayer, a time for us to return to God, to be faithful to Him as He has been to us, to renew our commitment to follow His will. It is a time of repentance, as we examine our actions, attitudes, and priorities, and approach Him seeking His forgiveness.  It is a time to reflect on our relationships with others and on our responses to human need. It is a time when we keep our hearts and minds focused on Christ. Through His life and passion, through His presence and offering for our salvation, our hope will be renewed and our joy restored in the light and life of His glorious victory! (Message from our Archbishop Demetrios)

 Clean Monday, (Καθαρά Δευτέρα)...is tomorrow! The Holy, blessed Lenten season begins! To help us start well, the Church will be open for Holy Confession all day! You do not need an appointment to come for Holy Confession tomorrow. To schedule any other day, please email or call the church. On Clean Monday night, the Church will offer Holy Unction and the chanting of the Great Canon of St. Andrew. We wish you all a blessed Lenten season!

 “Communing with the Saints”...will be the topic of our Lenten study series. We will meet the first four Fridays of Lent following the Salutations (Heretismi) services. The discussions will be 30 minutes long and they will focus on the Holy Saints’ lives and what we can learn from them. We hope you can join us!

 Hot Off the Press...For those who have been waiting patiently, “Wounded by Love: the Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios” is now available! Stop in HARC this morning to secure your copy.

 Lenten Family Retreat: Join other Orthodox families at St. Demetrios’ Church in Chicago on Saturday, March 10, for a one-day Lenten Retreat titled Transforming our Baptismal garments into the Armor of God. The retreat leader, Rev. Fr. Ephraim Peters, has extensive experience assisting families and individuals in crisis. Workshops for adults, interactive sessions for children, “coffee talks” for teens, as well as child-care for babies! Support for children with special needs will be available upon request. To register online go to

www.GOCFamilySynaxis.org or email Chicago.Family.Synaxis@gmail.com.

 Philoptochos...

Blankets of Love...Do you like to knit, crochet or make fleece blankets? Please consider making a blanket or two for a sick infant or child. We will collect these “Blankets of Love” throughout February and then donate them to the NICU at Central DuPage Hospital.  There is a "Blankets of Love" Collection box in the multi-purpose room.  Those who are unable to make a blanket can still participate by donating money that can be used to purchase yarn or fleece. For more information, please contact Faye Adams at (630) 517-8097.

Celebration of Books Reception...On Sunday, March 4, we will be hosting the reception on the opening night of Celebration of Books. Baked goods would be greatly appreciated, especially Lenten desserts. If you would like to help with the event or are able to bake, please contact Mary Tsoulos at (630) 885-6659.