Weekly News
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
“O God, You are my God; Early I will seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water."
Psalm 63:1
Sunday's Gospel reading of the Samaritan woman (St. Photini) provides us with a rich example of what happens when we open ourselves to the moment of encountering Christ in our daily lives. St. Photini was doing what she did every day when Christ came to her. We, too, have the opportunity to open ourselves up to meet Christ in our daily routines. As Father Dahdal reminds us, such encounters offer us the opportunity to illuminate our hearts with the light of Christ: "The Gospel tells us that she left her jar and went to tell the people in the city. Leaving the jar is analogous to what we pray during the Great Entrance 'We who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-giving Trinity lay aside all earthly cares.' The "jar" for the Samaritan woman was the "earthly care." She then went into the city to bring the people to Christ. It says in the Gospel that the entire city went out after her. Do you know why? Because all the people saw in her face, her action, and in her heart that she had been enlightened—that she had seen the true light. So when we have the true light, you don't need to preach—when the people look at you, they will know." To watch the entire sermon, please click on the video.
Friday, June 4, 7:00 PM
Paraklesis to the Holy Theotokos

The Small Paraklesis, or Supplicatory Service, is sung to petition for spiritual and physical health for the living. On Friday evenings, we will gather to pray for Father Nicholas Georgiou and others who are ill in body or spirit. If you would like to submit a prayer request, please click on the button below and be sure to check the box for 'Paraklesis' on the form. We hope you'll join us in lending your heart and voice to this prayer service. 



Sunday, June 6th, 8:15|9:30 AM
Orthros and Divine Liturgy

"I come to You, O Christ, as the man blind from birth. With the eyes of my soul blinded, I cry out to You in repentance, 'You are the resplendent Light of those in darkness.'"




Prayer & Candle Requests
"Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything." Saint Theophan the Recluse
Prayer and Candle Requests

If you would like to have your living or departed loved ones commemorated during the Divine Liturgy, please submit your names using the button below. Likewise, if you cannot attend a church service and would like to light a candle, please click on the buttons below.All requests should be made by 7 pm the night before the service.

Ever wondered how the names you submit are commemorated in the Divine Liturgy? Click on the button below for a simple guide to the Proskomedia (Offering), which is completed during the Hours before the Divine Liturgy begins. 
Feed6
Final Call for Volunteers - FEED6 - Can you offer 2 hours this Saturday?

We are so excited for our Feed6 this coming Saturday, June 5, 2021. But we still NEED YOUR HELP! We are looking for 10 more volunteers for each shift (9:00 am-11:00am; 11:30am-1:30pm; and 2:00pm-4:00 pm) for a total of 30 more people. If you already signed up, be sure to double-check the shift you've signed up for and mark it on your calendars. Each meal packed and each dollar donated goes to help local families undergoing food insecurity. To join us in packing food or to donate, please click on the buttons below. 
Weekly Offering
"If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday." Isaiah 58:10
A new week has begun, and with it, a new opportunity to offer the first fruits of your labor to Our Lord. Your weekly tray offerings go toward the many day-to-day operating expenses, support ministries, and assist Holy Apostles in its ability to minister continually. We are so thankful for your continued generosity. Without you, we could not be one faith, one family, one Holy Apostles.

To make your weekly tray offering, please click below:
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Memorials

+Elaine Alex
+Dr. Thomas Manolis
+Bess Poulos
+John Gramas
+Pat Gramas

May their memory be eternal!
Sacrements & Blessings
Sunday, June 6th, 2021
The Sacrament of Marriage


Samuel Hailman and Arielle Zakos
Sponsor: Alexandra Zakos
Sunday, June 6th, 2021
40 Day Blessing


Kassondra Schref
Ministry News & Events
In-Person Fellowship Hour

We want to thank everyone who made last week's Fellowship Hour possible and a special thank you to our Parish Council for hosting. It was such a blessing being able to gather and share conversations in person once more. All are welcome to attend after Divine Liturgy. Weather permitting, we will also have the memorial garden open (in addition to the Multipurpose Room) for fellowship. 

June 6th's Fellowship Hour is Sponsored By:
 
Tom Poulos and his family in loving memory of their mother, Bess Poulos. May her memory be eternal!
Volunteer to Host Fellowship Hour

Are you looking for a way to give back your time and talents? Do you wish to honor someone's memory or celebrate a loved one? Please consider volunteering to host an upcoming Fellowship Hour! Your generosity allows our Holy Apostles' family and friends to gather and welcome visitors to our parish. We are looking for those interested in hosting beginning Sunday, June 27, 2021. Fellowship Hours can be hosted by individual families, multiple families, and ministries who desire to give their time and talent.

To host a Fellowship Hour or to view the latest hosting guidelines, please click on the buttons below.
Are you graduating from grammar school, high school,
college, or graduate / professional school? If so, we want to celebrate the fruits of your labors. This year Graduate Sunday will be held on June 13, 2021. If you or a family member would like to be honored on Graduate Sunday, please fill out the following form with your information or call the church office at 708-562-2744 by June 9th.

Holy Apostles looks forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with you!
Stewardship
UPDATED News from our Stewardship Committee:

Our Stewardship Committee is challenging every family and member of Holy Apostles to offer their time, talent, or treasure and unite as one. So far, we have reached 75% of our goal of total pledges and 66% of dollars pledged. We thank all who have already pledged, but still have a long way to go and we can't do this without you. Holy Apostles needs you!

Compassionate stewardship is about how our Holy Apostles family can do God’s work with love and compassion. As Scripture teaches, It is less about the parish’s need to receive and more about our spiritual need to give back in thanksgiving the gifts and blessings God has entrusted to us.

Click below to see the Stewardship Report as of April 30th and to give back to our beloved home today:
Explore Your Faith
Father Roman Braga on the Spiritual Life

Father Roman Braga was a Romanian Orthodox monk who spent 11 years in a Communist prison in Romania. In 1948, he was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison. He was placed in solitary confinement for three years and later was part of a forced-labor crew of political prisoners who dug a canal joining the Danube River to the Black Sea. Father Braga served as priest and spiritual father to the community of nuns at Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan. Here he offers a talk on the spiritual life with beautiful reminders such as: "We are God-bearers, consecrated temples of God, set apart for Him...Not outside of ourselves is God; He is inside. To explore the inner universe, you have to live God because God is life." Click the video to watch Father Roman's full presentation.
Community News
2021 Clergy-Laity Assembly

Registration is now open for the 2021 Clergy-Laity Assembly held October 7-10th, 2021, in St. Louis, Missouri. For early-bird registration rates, please register by Sunday, August 1, 2021. To learn more or to register, please click HERE.
2021 IOCC Chicago Annual Event

On Thursday, June 17, 2-021, the Chicago Metropolitan Committee will be hosting two events in support of International Orthodox Christian Charities. You’re invited to join us either virtually via Zoom or at a small, socially distanced in-person dinner at Café la Cave. For more information or to register, please click HERE.
Men In Black, Priests Who Cook

Join the (virtual) fun and watch our Metropolis Clergy --including Father Nicholas Dahdal-- serve up some of their favorite dishes on June 20, 2021! 
Registration includes access to the Men In Black: Priests Who Cook series where you will be able to get a first hand look into the kitchens of our Metropolis Clergy. Like what you saw in the series? Great!
Cookbooks with all of the featured recipes will be available for sale – great for yourself or as a gift! Event proceeds
will benefit the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Philanthropy Fund. For more information, to register, donate, or buy raffle tickets, please click HERE.