All Saints Greek Orthodox Church
102 N. Broadway Joliet, Illinois 60435 Tel. - 722-1727 / Fax - 722-6980 Fr.’s cell phone - 815/342-8000 Fr.’s E-mail address – FrStefanos@aol.com Church E-mail address – Saints@allsaintsjoliet.org Church Web Page – www.allsaintsjoliet.org Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Web Page – www.goarch.org Sunday of The Samaritan Woman
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Sunday, May 25, 2003
THE THIRD RECOVERY OF THE HEAD OF JOHN THE BAPTIST This third finding occurred in 823, when the Head of the Forerunner was transferred to Constantinople. THE FOUR RIVERS A lesson can be learned from the story of a conversation among four rivers. The Danube boasted that she carried the heaviest load: “Look at all the ships I carry every day.”
The Nile said, “I am the longest. I travel nearly four thousand miles each day.” The Ganges said, “I help people to be holy. Many come to wash away their sins in my holy water.” At last a meek, insignificant little river said, “I cannot boast of the things you larger rivers can. But every year my banks overflow, and I freely give water to needy fields so they can become fertile and yield great crops to feed hungry people. All I do is simply overflow.” Christ calls upon us to be givers overflowing with God‟s love. CHRIST IS RISEN Christ is risen from the dead By death, trampling upon death And to those in the tombs Granting everlasting life. PROKIMENON How great are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all. Stichon: Bless the Lord, O my soul! You are very great indeed, O Lord my God! EPISTLE READING ACTS OF THE APOSTLES: 11:19-30 IN those days, when the disciples were dispersed by the persecution that had broken out over Stephen, they went all the way to Phoencia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none but the Jews. But some of them were Cypriots and Cyreneans, and as they reached Antioch, they were speaking to the Greeks, announcing the Good News of the Lord Jesus. And the Lord‟s hand was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. And word concerning them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. And when he
got there and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to stay in the Lord with steadfast hearts: for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord. And Barnabas traveled to Tarsus, looking for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. And it happened that for a whole year they took part in the church meetings and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.” Now in those days some prophets from Jerusalem came down to Antioch, and one of them named Agabus got up and revealed through the Spirit that a dire famine was threatening the whole world – and it occurred during the reign of Emperor Claudius. And so, the disciples decided to send relief to the brethren living in Judea – each one as much as he could afford – and this they did, sending it to the presbyters by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. GOSPEL READING ST. JOHN 4:5-42 AT that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob‟s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, „Give me a drink,‟ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever
drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, or come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, „I have no husband‟; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband, this you said truly.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming, he who is called Christ; when he comes, he will show us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “What do you wish?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the city and were coming to him. Meanwhile, the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him food?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, „There are yet four months, then comes the harvest? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who
reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, „One sows and another reaps.‟ I set you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman‟s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed Christ the Savior of the world.” The All Saints Community wishes to extend its sympathies to Jen Honiotes and her family on the passing of her husband James who fell asleep in the Lord this past week. May his memory be eternal. TRISIGION AND FLOWERS Flowers are being offered in loving memory of our mother Nickoleta (5 years) and Nicholas (30 years) Honiotes by their beloved family; George and Mary Kesich, and JoAnn Honiotes, with thoughts and prayers and love always. May their memories be eternal. FLOWERS An offering of flowers will be given in loving memory of our father Mathew Dragatsis (43rd anniversary) with our loving thoughts and prayers. The families of Ted Deimer and Christo Dragatsis. May his memory be eternal. PROSFORO Georgia Xydis June 1st – Irene Vasiliades
FELLOWSHIP HOUR GOYA June 1 – Philoptochos Benefit Luncheon ALTAR BOY TEAM ST. MATTHEW ~ Captain ~ Dennis Gkotsis Daniel Contos, Mathew Haywood, John Kontos, Andrew Polykandriotis & Jerry Polykandriotis June 1 – ST. MARK ~ Captain ~ Kostas Sparagis Bill Booras, Jim Donisch, Alexander Skiniotes, Stephan Skiniotes, Dean Sparagis & Dimitri Sparagis FOR YOUR INFORMATION . . . THANK YOU Christ is Risen! I want to thank the All Saints Community for all the prayers, get well wishes, and concerns during my recent surgery. It was greatly appreciated. God Bless. Truly He has Risen! - Kay Deimer ALL SAINTS BOOKSTORE Come and browse our beautiful selections of books, icons, etc. We have many gift ideas for graduation, anniversaries, birthdays, baptisms, etc. We will be here during fellowship hour to assist you. LIVING WATER Your copy of the “Spring-Summer” Living Water is ready to be picked up in the Alphabetical Boxes in the Narthex of the church today. PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION Our UPS Delivery man, Bill Simotes Petrovic, will be presenting a collection of Black and White Photography at the Ainsworth
Photography Gallery, 721 Taylor Street, Joliet – 726-1840 – from May 30th through June 27th. Opening reception will take place May 30th at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All parishioners are most welcome. BENEFIT LUNCHEON Three Hierarchs Philoptochos is hosting a luncheon on Sunday, June 1, 2003, immediately following Liturgy. All proceeds will benefit the Kalamaras Fire/Emergency Fund. Tickets for the luncheon are $3.00 for a hot dog lunch (hot dog, salad, chips, dessert) or $5.00 for chicken breast lunch (chicken breast, rice, salad, roll, dessert). Tickets will be sold during Fellowship today, or available from Philoptochos Board members. There will also be raffle prizes with raffle tickets available during the luncheon. Thank you for your support. MYKONOS PICNIC The Annual Mykonos Picnic will take place Sunday, June 8 th, following Divine Liturgy until 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A Shish-ka-bob Dinner will be served. Tickets are $7 and will be available following Liturgy in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you there!! PRINTER CARTRIDGES AND CELL PHONES Thank you to those who are participating in our recycling program. We have received 108.5 points to date. This is equal to a little over $43. There is a drop box in the room adjacent to the Narthex for used inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges (please include original boxes), toner cartridges and cell phones. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Thank you to everyone who has donated items for our troops overseas. We have sent three boxes of miscellaneous items so far. We will still be collecting miscellaneous items to send overseas.
The donation box is located in the Narthex. Some items that we are collecting are: foot powder, razors, paperback novels, toothpaste, handkerchiefs, tobacco, soups, chili, tea bags, canned goods, snacks or nuts, coffee, pocket flashlights, candy bars, writing paper, pens, black or green socks, monetary donations (will be used to help pay the postage to send these items). Any questions please see Jennie McKanna. MAY 2003 WEEKLY PLANNER Sun. 25th 8:00am – Orthros/Divine Liturgy Jr. Olympics – SS Constantine & Helen th Mon. 26 Cemetery Schedule 8:00am – Elmhurst 9:15am – Hills of Rest 9:45am – Woodlawn th Tues. 27 7:00pm – Parish Council Meeting Wed. 28th 7:30pm – Choir Practice Thurs. 29th 7:00pm – Paraklesis Service JUNE 2003 WEEKLY PLANNER Sun. 1st 8:00am – Orthros/Divine Liturgy Kalamaras Benefit Luncheon SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY Mary Dragatsis, John Georgis, Bill Honiotes, Alice Loutos, Marilyn Passas, and Flora Yale.
ALL SAINTS WELCOMES ALL VISITORS TO JOIN US FOR FELLOWSHIP IN THE CHURCH HALL AFTER LITURGY. VISITATIONS Please inform the church office of any loved ones who are hospitalized or “shut ins”, so that they may be visited and receive the grace and comfort of the sacraments. SUNDAY BULLETIN DEADLINE The deadline for submission to the Sunday Bulletin is Thursday by 12:00 noon. THE SOWER DEADLINE The deadline for the July Sower is Friday, June 20th by 1:00 p.m.
TRULY HE HAS RISEN!
ST. MATTHEW ~ Captain ~ Dennis Gkotsis Daniel Contos, Mathew Haywood, John Kontos, Andrew Polykandriotis & Jerry Polykandriotis ST. MARK ~ Captain ~ Kostas Sparagis Bill Booras, Jim Donisch, Alexander Skiniotes, Stephan Skiniotes, Dean Sparagis & Dimitri Sparagis ST. LUKE ~ Captain ~ Tony Hohlastos Daniel Analytis, George Dedetsinas, John Drackley, Sam Miller & Bill Schmidt ST. JOHN ~ Captain ~ John Xydis Thomas Charles, Blake Cousins, Jim Georgantas, William Kalamaras, Charles Roumeliotis & Paul Roumeliotis