From, Fr. Peter
time and throughout our lives, individuals receive various honors. Every
year we honor our parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Showing appreciation and acknowledging the efforts of those around us
are not only a good thing, but they are integral to being a good Christian
and Steward of the mission and ministry of the Church.
in life we overlook the good works of people, either out of jealousy,
out of ignorance or out of an unappreciative spirit. These past couple
months have been filled with honor for our church.
18 George Pullos was presented the Medal of Saint Paul. The honor was
bestowed on him for his laborious efforts and diligence during the restoration
of the church in 2003. George’s exemplary efforts were not only
recognized by this community, but were worthy of my communication with
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Iakovos. The medal
of Saint Paul is the highest achievement and honor in the Archdiocese
of America, and the recipients are selected by the Archbishop. We again
congratulate George and pray that he continues to serve the church with
such vigor and zeal.
very noteworthy honor was given to Penny Deligiannis. The ceremony took
place on the evening of April 26, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota where
2,500 + key college educators (college presidents and executive members)
from all over America gathered. President George Bush was also in attendance
for The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) award. Penny
was selected for this annual award with six other individuals from 1,175
community colleges representing 11,000,000 students in the United States
of America. Because of Penny’s missionary work throughout the
years, she was honored along with several prominent Americans for this
award. A full article can be found on page 10 and 11 of this Champion.
honor for our church can be found within our youth. Every year our church
has participants in the Oratorical Festival. This year we had three
participants who not only presented in church, but went to the Diocese
level and received acknowledgement there. Anthony Kosar won 1st place
in the iconography division for the third straight year. It is the efforts
of these youth within our parish that we recognize and thank God for.
It is my personal dream to have Anthony’s hand write some , if
not all the iconography in our future church that will house the rapidly
growing family at Saint Athanasios.
for honoring individuals in the church are far and few between, and
it is such a joy to see the efforts of Godly love seeing open recognition.
Honoring individuals is not only for what they give, but what they have
given. On May 2nd I marched with the Illinois State Police in the Annual
Saint Jude Parade and Memorial. This ceremony and parade of honor recalled
those who have paid the ultimate price. We honored those law enforcement
officers that lost their lives serving others. As a Chaplain for I.S.P.
my districts suffered two losses this past year. Any loss of life is
a tragedy, and yet their line of duty death, just like our troops serving
in the military, is a martyrdom for the welfare and freedom of people
Vitamin is a fifteen minute teaching segment that will begin at
9:15 a.m. the last Sunday of the month. If there is something concerning
the faith, either questions or something more that you want to know
about, please inform Father Peter by either calling the church office
or by e-mailing him at email@example.com
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inthe hall in which "your sermon" can be deposited. For now,
you can also make submissions thorugh the church office or by e-mailing
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