Course on the New Testament Being Taught at Holy Assumption
As many of you are aware, there is a course on the New Testament being taught at Holy Assumption. The course is taught by the St. Macrina Orthodox Institute: Introduction to the New Testament – This course will be taking place at Holy Assumption with the 2nd class on Saturday Oct 22 from 11 am to 2 pm, and will usually be every two weeks. Good news! This class is now available free of charge to all who wish to attend. No registration necessary. For those who would like a copy of the course syllabus please email Fr Jonathan Cholcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be having a yard working party this Saturday, October 29, from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Bring shovels, gloves and an extra working hand. We will dig up weeds and plants, then plant grass in bare spots. Many hands make light work!
The early years of the 20th century witnessed the rise of a unique Chicago ecclesiastical landmark—Holy Trinity Cathedral, designed by noted architect Louis Henry Sullivan. Collaborating with Sullivan in the cathedral’s construction was the parish’s rector, Archpriest John Kochurov, who had been assigned to serve Chicago’s Orthodox Christian community in 1895. Consecrated in 1903, the edifice drew much attention at the time, being the first example of Byzantine and Russian architecture and iconography in the US Heartland.
Father Kochurov faithfully served the cathedral until he and his family returned to their native Russia in 1907. Ten years later—on October 31, 1917—he became the first clergyman to be martyred for his faith at the outset of the Russian Revolution. Canonized as a saint in December 1994—during the bi-centennial year of Orthodox Christianity’s arrival in North America—he is remembered to this day as “Saint John of Chicago”.
A major celebration of Saint John’s feast day will be observed at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral on the last weekend of October 2016. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will join His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago for the celebration. Also participating in the weekend’s services will be His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, Russia, who will gift the cathedral will an exact reproduction of the wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God—the widely venerated, ancient icon that had been enshrined for centuries in Jerusalem, Constantinople and since the 1400s, northern Russia. After World War II, the icon was brought to Chicago and enshrined in Holy Trinity Cathedral. In 2004, it was returned to Tikhvin and once again placed in the monastery there. The reproduction will be permanently enshrined in the cathedral.
According to the cathedral’s Dean, Archpriest John Adamcio, the celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 with the greeting of the hierarchs at the cathedral entrance and the singing of the Akathistos Hymn in honor of the Tikhvin Icon. The Vigil will follow at 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, October 30, the festal Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the entrance of the hierarchs. Another icon—depicting 19th and 20th century saints associated with the cathedral, painted by local iconographer Arlene Tilghman—will be blessed at the conclusion of services. The icon anticipates the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the cathedral community and the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint John which, according to Father Adamcio, will be celebrated in 2017.
During their Spring Session here October 18-21, 2016, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved five full and one partial Church Planting Grants for 2017.
Saint John the Evangelist Mission, Tempe, AZ [Priest Andre Paez, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint James Mission, Beaufort, SC [Priest James Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge] will receive third-year grants. Receiving second-year grants will be Saint Nektarios Mission, Waxahachie, TX [Priest David Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint Juvenaly and His Companion Mission, Wasilla, AK [Archpriest Mikel Bock, Priest-in-Charge]. Receiving a first-year grant will be the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission, Saint James, MO [Priest Joel Wilson, Priest-in-Charge], while Saint Katherine Mission, Cardiff, CA [Priest Andrew Cuneo, Priest-in-Charge] will receive a partial-year grant.
“Each of these missions receives a substantial grant—$24,000.00 for the first year, $20,000.00 for the second year, and $16,000.00 for the third year—matched by the missions, in order to support the full-time ministries and missionary work of their priests,” explained Priest John Parker, who chairs the OCA’s Department of Evangelization. “Once again, it is encouraging that representative missions from across the OCA, representing four dioceses, applied this year. Please pray for these missions and missionary efforts, including those who were not able to be funded. Pray for missions to be established, and for our current parishes to thrive.
“There is remarkable talent and energy in our Orthodox Church in America, demonstrated in creative ways in our Planting Grant Missions,” Father John added. ” Here, on the ‘front lines’ of evangelistic work, priests and devoted parishioners labor to bring Orthodox Christianity to new towns and cities—places in which Orthodox Christianity has never been. It is our humble joy to participate is such life-changing apostolic work, in the long line of missionary saints like Saint Herman, Saint Innocent, Saint John Kochurov, Saint Alexander Hotovitsky, Saint Raphael, and the newly-canonized Saint Sebastian of Jackson. We are indeed grateful for their examples, and for the generosity of so many in the Orthodox Church in America whose offerings make the Planting Grant Program possible.”
The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during the course of their Fall Session here October 18-21, 2016, gave their blessing to convene the 19th All-American Council at the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO, July 23-27, 2018.
Nineteen US and Canadian cities had been considered in the extensive site search.
“The venues were whittled down to three finalists, and the final selection was presented to the Metropolitan Council in September for their recommendation,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “The Metropolitan Council unanimously recommended Saint Louis. Utmost consideration was given to lodging costs location, ease of access and associated costs, availability and range of dining options, and the flexibility and ability of hotels to accommodate our requirements.
“As with the 18th AAC in Atlanta, there will be a youth program during the Council, in conjunction with the annual Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] Convention, which will be held at the same location July 20-23,” Father Eric added.
In related actions, the Holy Synod appointed the Preconciliar Commission, which is charged with organizing the AAC. His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, will chair the commission, which in addition to Father Eric, AAC Director, will include Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Melanie Ringa, Treasurer; Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Consultant; Deacon Peter Ilchuk, Council Manager; Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Metropolitan Council representative; Becky Tesar, FOCA representative; and Priest Benjamin Tucci, Youth Coordinator. Archpriest Timothy Sawchak, Dean of the Kansas City Deanery, and Robert Butchko of Saint Louis will serve as the clergy and lay chairpersons respectively of the Local Organizing Committee.
“In line with the finance resolution adopted at the 18th AAC, the Holy Synod blessed that AAC assessments will be by diocese according to the proportion of the overall budget, with each diocese determining its own assessments for its respective parishes,” Father Eric added. “It is strongly recommended that parishes begin to budget delegate expenses—travel, hotel and food costs, etc.—in order to be able to send delegates to the AAC.”
Additional information—theme, agenda, speakers, registration, etc.—will be posted as it becomes available.
The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions. Members include the Metropolitan, who serves as Chair; the Chancellor, the Secretary, and the Treasurer; one priest and one layperson elected by each diocese; and three priests and an equal number of laypersons elected by the All-American Council.
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