Glorification of St. Mardarije
One week from tomorrow, our Serbian Orthodox Church will be Glorifying its own Saint, the first Serbian Orthodox Bishop of America and Canada, St. Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville and All-America, whose relics are incorrupt, now in a reliquary in the Monastery.
I ask that all of you partake in this once in a lifetime event. Liturgy will be served by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and 18 other Bishops from around the world. Following the Divine Liturgy, there will be lunch on the newly renovated picnic grounds of St. Sava Monastery along with a program.
Our church has organized transportation to the event. We had planned a bus, but have not received enough responses to takeone. If the numbers don’t rise, we’ll have to take a van or carpool.
Please, let me know if you will be going and would like to go with the parish transportation by Monday, July 10. The transportation would leave from the church on Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 AM and leave the Monastery to return to Joliet at 4:30 PM. Keep in mind, there is NO LITURGY in our church next Sunday, July 16.
Below, have a look at the picture of St. Mardarije at the Consecration of our old church on Scott St. I’m sure many of you will see someone you are related to in this picture. Just look closely.
I have also included a schedule of events for the other days of the three-day celebration.
Thank you and may God bless us all through the prayers of St. Mardarije!
***Joliet Church Announces 3rd Annual SerbFest***
Joliet, IL, June 27, 2017 — Event Committee members of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Joliet are thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual SerbFest, and invite neighboring church members, family, friends and the general public to attend. Set for Sunday, July 23, 2017, Joliet SerbFest will be held from noon to 9:00 p.m. at St. Joe’s Park, located at 700 S. Theodore Street in Joliet. The event will include a full menu of Serbian specialties, from barbecued lamb, grilled ćevapčići (Serbian sausage), pork shish-ka-bob, coleslaw and a large array of delectable desserts. Carry-out meals will be available. The event will also include raffles, Bingo, games and prizes in the KidZone.
A range of entertainment will be featured, including a Serbian Orchestra and a popular folk-rock ensemble. The talented musicians of Orkestar Veseljak will perform from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by The Cruisers, featuring Dick Tezak and his crew, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Event coordinators are looking forward to another successful event. "We brought back the classic Serbian picnic two years ago, and updated it to offer something for everyone," said Co-Chair Darlene Jovanovich, of Shorewood. It's a good mix of old-school with a fresh twist, and fun for every age," she added. Additional Co-Chairpersons for SerbFest include Vicki Petrich Dorsey and Bonnie Dauer. Event Committee members include: Rev. Nikolaj Kostur, Marty Johnston Seemann, Michelle Efatoski, Gayle Shimek, Alex Starcevich, Kathy Petkovich, David and Bosa Goodale, Tana Petrich, Nancy and Michael Cora, Jack and Chris Book, Millie Rowe, Danielle Serdar, and a host of hard-working helpers.
Persons interested in sponsoring or attending Joliet SerbFest are encouraged to check out the Church's Facebook page at StGeorgeJoliet.