IOCC Special Presentation – “Your Faith in Action” – St. Nicholas Day

6 December 2015
St. Nicholas Church
4313 18th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53140-2707

As part of St. Nicholas’ celebration of the church’s patron saint, Nick Kasemeotes, gift officer for International Orthodox Christian Charities will be giving a brief talk about IOCC and a recent trip to the Middle East.

St. Nicholas - Kenosha

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St. John Kochurov Feast Day Dinner

Sunday, 1 November 2015
following the Divine Liturgy (ca. 12pm)
Holy Trinity Cathedral
1121 N. Leavitt
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Tickets: Adult- $20, Child (5-12) – $5, Teen (13-18) – $10

The St. John’s Society of Holy Trinity Cathedral welcomes you to a dinner commemorating the feast day of St. John of Chicago.


To make ticket reservations, please call Nancy at 773.282.3291.

Fr. John Kochurov (also spelled Kochuroff) was priest at Holy Trinity just before and after the turn of the 20th century. He was instrumental in the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral building, and served as a missionary not just to the Chicago area but to Orthodox Christians in many far-flung locales in the United States. In 1907, he returned to Russia, and, in October 1917, was the first priest murdered in the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Memory Eternal: Archpriest Sergei Garklavs

According to the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest, Archpriest Sergei Garklavs fell asleep in the Lord on October 19th.

Fr. Sergei was the adopted son of Archbishop John (Garklavs), who was the bishop of Riga, Latvia, and who, after emigrating, became Archbishop of the American Metropolia. The future Fr. Sergei was an altar boy and helped protect the Tikhvin Icon after it came into Bishop John’s possession. Bishop John, along with Fr. Sergei, were forced to leave Latvia, and arrived in the United States in 1949, with the icon still in their possession.

In the United States, Fr. Sergei married Alexandra Iowina, then was ordained first to the diaconate and then the priesthood. Fr. Sergei served in churches around the Chicago area, including Holy Virgin Protection Church in Gary, Indiana (now in Merrillville), and Saint Panteleimon Church, Argo, IL before becoming dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago.

After the death of Archbishop John in 1982, Fr. Sergei became the caretaker of the Tikhvin Icon, and it was he, who in 2004, returned it to Russia, amid great festivities.

Fr. Sergei was predeceased by his wife, Matushka Alexandra, and is survived by five children and eleven grandchildren.

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St. Spyridon’s 7th Annual IOCC Walk

Saturday, 24 October 2015
7402 West Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463
9:30am Check-in
10am Walk Begins
$25 single walker minimum donation
$40 family group minimum donation

St. Spyridon’s 7th Annual IOCC Walk

Enjoy the beauty of scenic Lake Katherine while raising money for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)!


For more information, please contact Zoe Kopanis at 708.878.0528 or fzkopanis@comcast.net

To register, please go to IOCC event registration

Martha & Mary Maternity Home Grand Opening Dinner

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
2350 East Dempster Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tickets – $40 (+ credit card processing fee); sales through 3 November

The Martha & Mary Maternity Home Grand Opening Dinner


After years of preparation, the Martha & Mary Maternity Home will be opening! This home seeks to serve pregnant women who find themselves alone or without a safe home through pregnancy and childbirth by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support.

This ministry is operated under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, but with a pan-Orthodox board.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/martha-and-mary-maternity-house-tickets-18788887067?ref=ebtnebtckt. The website of the Martha & Mary Maternity Home can be found here: http://www.marthamarychicago.org/

St. George Cathedral Centennial Banquet

Sunday, 25 October 2015
St George Cathedral
917 N Wood St.
Chicago, Illinois 60622

12:30pm Social Hour & Appetizers
1:30pm Banquet & Entertainment

Tickets: $75 adult/$35 children (6-12)
Please purchase tickets by October 18
Tickets can be purchased at the candle desk at church or by calling 312.666.5179

St. George Cathedral Centennial Banquet

Celebrating 100 years of Life in Christ!


Full schedule of celebrations:

Sat., October 24
3:00 pm Moleben of Thanksgiving
3:30 pm Memorial Service for the Departed of the Parish
4:00 pm Great Vespers
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception at Erie Café

Sun., October 25
9:30 am His Grace Bishop PAUL Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
12:30 pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
1:00 pm Dinner and Entertainment

For more information, please see http://saintgeorgecathedral.net/centennial.html