June E- Newsletter

Fr. Anastasios' Message


Beloved in Christ,

This morning it was announced in Church that Fr. Anastasios is being re-assigned from our parish as of August 1st. This transfer is one that is being made in consideration of the needs of a number of parishes and communities throughout the Metropolis of Chicago, and does not reflect on Fr. Anastasios or our community.

Many have already expressed shock and concern both for my family, and for the community here in Peoria. We appreciate the many words of support and encouragement, and understand the frustration that many feel as their first reaction to hearing this news.

As I said in Church this morning, I truly feel that it was the will of God that I come to Peoria. That means however, that I did not come here on my own, I came here because I was called to come here from above. I would remind you of the Prophet Jonah, who rejected the call of God to go to the city of Nineveh, who as a result was ship-wrecked and pulled down into the deep by a sea beast. Instead of this fate, when I was called to Peoria, my family thrived here, this community was a second family to us, and we truly felt home here.

I cannot now, because I have called this place my home and my family ignore the command of Christ to his disciples: "everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life." (Matthew 19:29). I must continue to follow the command of Christ, and to accept the call as a servant.

If we have been successful together, it is because we have followed the will of God harmoniously together, we cannot stray from that path now. If we have faith in Christ, we remember his parting words to the disciples "I will not leave you as orphans" (John 14:18). Indeed, in His great mercy He never does. As of August 1st, Fr. Theofanis Rauch will be appointed as the presiding priest of All Saints. Fr. Theofanis is a close friend, an honorable man, and a pious priest. I know that he and his family will find All Saints and Peoria as a sanctuary and home, as I have over the last four years.

With faith and love,

Fr. Anastasios

Parish Council President's Message

June Newsletter

We have all been extremely busy this past month with graduations, Presyvetra’s baby shower and quite a few other programs, along with becoming acquainted with Father Theofanis.

Congratulations to all of our recent graduates! May your next chapter be a journey that provides many opportunities for you!

Important Dates to Remember

Please join us for All Saints Vespers and Sunday services, along with attending the picnic. Please make an effort to attend the services and the picnic at Fondulac Park.

Vesper services for All Saints Feast day is Saturday, June 10 and the picnic will be at Fondulac Park 400-500 Springfield Road, E. Peoria, on Sunday, June 11 .

Please bring a dish to share for the picnic and we will provide the rest. 

Thursday, June 22, 6-9 PM Holy Cross is sponsoring paint nite at Olympia. Andrea Enderle will be showing us how to paint and we will take home our masterpiece! A flyer on the event will be distributed soon! We are limited to an attendance of 25, so please make your reservation with me by calling 309 363 3141 or emailing me at [email protected]

Have a safe and fun summer!


May Recap

In may we celebrated the blessing of the Animals and a baby shower for Presvytera Elizabeth. Thank you to all those who coordinated this beautiful event, Tatiana Chaikin, Lisa Gerontes-Bowe, Myrna Ghantous, Julia Issa-Ghantous, Emily Simms, and Nikki Vulgaris-Rodriguez. Thank you also to Becky Lagouros for hosting at her home. Thank you also to the women of all ages who came out in support of Presvytera Elizabeth!

Coming in June

All Saints Day

Join us for the celebration of our Patronal Feast:

Saturday, June 10 - Great Vespers of All Saints - 6pm - Reception to follow.

Sunday, June 11 - All Saints Day

Don't forget to RSVP for our picnic at Fondulac Park. Please note that the location has changed from last year, we will NOT be at Fondulac Farm Park.

Foondulac Park is located on Springfield Rd. in East Peoria.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the picnic and sign up to bring a side dish or dessert:


Senior's Club

Will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at Schooner's in Peoria Heights at noon.


June Weekday Services

Saturday, June 10 Great Vespers of All Saints

6:00pm - Reception to follow

Friday, June 30 - Synaxis of the Holy Apostles

9:00am Matins 10:00am Divine Liturgy

Philoptochos Paint Night

Vacation Church School

Guardians of God's Creation

Will take place June 19-23 with our field trip on Friday June 23. Every morning 9-noon.

Students up to grade 8. High Schoolers invited as councelors.

We hope to see you there!

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