Family & Friends of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios
Sunday, April 4, 2021
3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Holy Cross
Blessed New Month to All!
Adoration of the Holy Cross:
Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church
Fr. Philip LeMasters

       In any kind of difficult challenge, it’s always inspiring to know that you are halfway to the end. It might be a race, a school year, or a project at work; if you’ve made it this far, you know that you can eventually reach your goal.
           We are now half way through the season of Lent, and the Church calls our attention today to the great symbol of victory, the great sign of hope, our Lord’s cross. During the time of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, of course, no one was inspired by the cross, for it was a feared instrument of execution. No one honored the cross and certainly no one thought that God’s Messiah would die on one. 
Epistle Reading (4/4/2021): Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6
Gospel Reading (4/4/2021): Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.
St. Demetrios Parish Information

 This Week at St. Demetrios
As a courtesy reminder, it is necessary to sign up on our website. 
Live-streaming is offered on Sundays for Orthros and the 1st Divine Liturgy.

Sunday, April 4th
Όρθρος, 7π.μ. / Orthros, 7a.m. (Live)
ΠΡΩΤΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 8:30π.μ. / FIRST Divine Liturgy, 8:30a.m. (Live)
ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 11:00π.μ. / SECOND Divine Liturgy, 11:00a.m.
7th/8th Grade BOYS Basketball Game @ St. Nicholas, Oak Lawn, 2p.m.
9th-12th Grade BOYS Basketball Game @ St. Nicholas, Oak Lawn, 3:15pm
9th-12th Grade BOYS Basketball Game @ St. Nicholas, Oak Lawn, 5:45p.m.
Please note: Games are for Athletes & Coaches Only
Religious Education/Sunday School Zoom Sessions
6:30 p.m.: 3rd-5th grades
7:00 p.m.: 6th-8th grades
7:30 p.m.: 9th-12th grades

Monday, April 5th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Tuesday, April 6th
Philoptochos Baking, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
7th-8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice, 5-6p.m.
9th-12th Grade Boys Basketball Practice, 7-9p.m.

Wednesday, April 7th
Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία / Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
9η Ωρα, 8:30π.μ. & Λειτουργία, 9π.μ. / 9th Hour, 8:30a.m. & Liturgy, 9a.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)
School Board Zoom Meeting, 7p.m.

Thursday, April 8th
Philoptochos Baking Day, 7a.m.-4:30p.m.
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Jr./Sr. GOYA Gathering, 6:15p.m.-8p.m.

Friday, April 9th
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Fourth Salutation Service to the Theotokos, 7p.m.

Saturday, April 10th
Pythagoras Greek School (PSGS), 9a.m.-12p.m.
9th-12th BOYS Basketball Game @ Home, 2p.m.
Please note: Games are for Athletes & Coaches Only

Sunday, April 11th
Όρθρος, 7π.μ. / Orthros, 7a.m. (Live)
ΠΡΩΤΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 8:30π.μ. / FIRST Divine Liturgy, 8:30a.m. (Live)
ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 11:00π.μ. / SECOND Divine Liturgy, 11:00a.m.

Live-streaming is offered on Sundays: Orthros & the 1st Divine Liturgy.
Links may be found at saintdemetrioselmhurst.org/live or below.
1. Church You-Tube Channel
2. Church Facebook Page
Saint Zosimas of Palestine,
Who Encountered
St. Mary of Egypt in the Wilderness
April 4

St. Zosimas was born in the late fifth century, who from childhood had been brought up in monastic ways and customs. He had been through the whole course of the ascetic life and in everything he adhered to the rule once given to him by his elders as regards spiritual labors. He had also added a good deal himself whilst laboring to subject his flesh to the will of the spirit. And he had not failed in his aim.

Praying that your Lenten journey is bringing you growth and change in your spiritual life.

Below, click to view and print our schedule of Lenten Services
Online Sign Up for Church Services

It is so great to see so many taking advantage of this opportunity to sign up for multiple services and make any changes to your reservations!

Just a reminder:
  • When you go to sign up and click on the small white box (which is marking your service choice), please go to the bottom of the page and click on "Sign Up and Submit"! This is where you enter your information and your reservation is made.
  • You will know that your reservation has been successful once you receive a confirmation notice.
  • An automatic reminder is also sent two days prior to each service.

We ask that you sign up only your household and please include all the names of those attending. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Church Office.
Schedule for Holy Week
and Anastasi!
We thank you for your patience as we make final preparations for Holy Week and Pascha!
In an effort to accommodate as many faithful as possible during this solemn week, Fr. Dionysios and your Parish Council have been in discussion and the schedule and sign up will be released during the middle of this coming week.
Again, your patience is greatly appreciated!

Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9a.m.-5p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

New Email for Fr. Dionysios:

200 Χρόνια Επέτειος της Ελληνικής Επανάστασης!!!

See the March 25th Virtual Program on this link:
Youth Ministry, Religious Ed. & Athletics Update
A big thanks to the amazing group of young people and families we had at Feed My Starving Children this past Thursday. They did a great job preparing food packs that are sent around the world. A simple task, but with much benefit to those in need. Our group, along with the other volunteers, packed enough food to feed 50 children for a year. 
Upcoming Dates:
This week...
Thursday, April 8th - Jr./Sr. GOYA Gathering - 6:15pm to 8pm. 
In addition, if any Goyans did not answer this ONE question, please do so...(Goyans only!)
Looking ahead...
  • Thursday, April 15th - WOW...EXCITING!!! We welcome our K-5th graders for our "It's Been Quite A While, Welcome Back Meeting" - 6pm-7:30pm
Please check out our complete youth ministry calendar for the remainder of this school year. In addition, if you have not registered, please do so - ESPECIALLY for those who will be joining us on the 15th for Joy & The Way - so we can update our info for all the younger grades!! THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Our GOAL Basketball 
There is REVISED schedule for our games this weekend (April 3 & April 4). 
Please go to our B-Ball webpage for the details. 
We wish the best to our athletes and coaches for this weekend's games.
Religious Education/Sunday School

We invite all 3rd-12th graders to join us every Sunday evening for a half hour zoom meeting. Grades 3-5 @ 6:30pm, Grades 6-8 @ 7pm and Grades 9-12 @ 7:30pm.
You may also contact our director, Mrs. Lia Papadopoulos, to be added or with any questions at religiousedteacher@gmail.com.
The St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos Scholarship Application
for 2021 is now available!

If you are a high school senior or college student, we encourage you to apply. We congratulate you in advance for all the hard work that you have put into your education. We are very proud of you!

If you have any questions please contact Helen Romios at helenromios23@gmail.com.
2021 Stewardship of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios

Stewardship as of Friday, April 2nd: 243 Stewards
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios’
13th Annual Grocery Bag Parish Food Drive
We thank everyone who has donated food for our Compassionate Friends Ministry's ANNUAL GROCERY BAG FOOD DRIVE. To date we have received over 75 bags, of which about half were recently picked by by the Addison Community Switchboard for local distribution.
We will be collecting food for another THREE weeks-until Palm Sunday.
We thank everyone again and may God bless your expression of
love to help those in need.
Saint Demetrios Parish Bookstore

Filling your Pascha Baskets?
Don't forget your Parish Bookstore! 
Mrs. Theresa Kekatos will be available by appointment for "In-the-Church-Office Pick-Up" on Fridays, 3:30pm to 5p.m.
Many of you know what items you may need or perhaps you want to pick up a book or icon. 

Please contact Mrs. Kekatos at tkekatos@hotmail.com or 708.373.5614 for inquiries, to place your order and/or arrange a time for pick up on Friday. Exact cash, check or credit card is required for payment. Thank you!
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios
Have you visited our Online Giving page
found on our parish website?
Here you can contribute towards
"Light a Vigil Candle" and more.
Please visit the Metropolis of Chicago Young Adults page for information about upcoming events, including:
  • Weekly ZOOM Bible Studies on Tuesdays
  • April 16th-18th - Annual Spring Retreat @ St. Iakovos Retreat Center
Your Church Office of The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios
Elmhurst, IL
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios - Elmhurst, IL