Occasionally, we see dates in religious books, bulletin or calendars like June 4 / 17 or September 1 /14 and we may get confused about why we have two dates. The first number is the church calendar date and the second is the date according to our old Julian calendar, which is always 13 days behind. The celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ is December 25 /January 7. This means the church calendar states the Nativity of Christ is December 25, which is true but for us who follow the Julian calendar December 25 is actually January 7, again because we are 13 days behind.
Sunday, September 16th will be the beginning of Church School for 2018/19. After the Divine Liturgy, there will be a service of the Invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the teachers and students and the classes will start after the Liturgy today. On the following Sundays, the teachers and students will be leaving the church right after communion. Parents, please stay in church today while your children are in the classroom to have a meeting with Fr Aleksandar.
This year we will try to have the church school classes after the Liturgy, and hope parents will understand the importance of the religious education of their children and not schedule activities on Sunday directly after Liturgy. While the children are in class, the parents can enjoy the coffee hour and in no time the children will be out. Having classes before the Liturgy did not work out well. Keeping the children from attending Liturgy on Sundays in order to have classes during the Liturgy is against the recommendation of the Diocesan Department of Religious Education. Children should be in church and participate in worship with their families. Another reason for not having classes during Liturgy is that the teachers would have to miss Liturgy and many of them also sing in the choir.
Orthodox children who have been baptized should partake of Communion regularly. Younger children may take Communion without Confession. Confession and preparation should start when they can understand preparation and the meaning of sin usually at the age of 7 or 8. Parents as the child’s first teachers of the faith, should explain to their children the importance of proper preparation and the true meaning of Confession and Holy Communion and monitor their spiritual as well as their physical development.
September 6, 2018 - If you missed the opportunity to sponsor a brick paver, we are offering $20.00 sponsorships for the 90th Anniversary Commemorative Book (to cover printing costs) whereas your name would be listed on a sponsorship page. If you are interested, please make checks payable to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church or pay with cash. You can submit your payment to Fr. Ned or to the wardens (tutori). The 90th Anniversary Committee greatly appreciates your support of our Commemorative Book. The deadline for these sponsorships is September 20, 2018.
The American Serbian Social Club will have a fellowship luncheon on Sunday, September 23, 2018 after the Liturgy. Please join us.
St. George Parish 90th Anniversary, November 4, 2018 - 90 years seems to be a long time. Four generations lived during this period. Our pioneers with limited resources organized the church life in the city of Joliet. Most of them held manual jobs, working hard in those days to make it going even for their own families. Nevertheless, because of their strong faith and sense of belonging to Serbian people, they gave the maximum to build the church and other facilities to have regular church services. Invitations coming mid September 2018. If you did not receive an invitation by mid-September and would like one, please contact us at email@example.com.