Saints Peter & Paul
Greek Orthodox Church
Saints Peter Paul Greek Orthodox Church
1401 Wagner Road
Glenview, Il 60025
Phone: (847) 729-2235 Fax: (847) 729-6562
Rev. Father Panagiotis Boznos, Proistamenos ([email protected])
Deacon Vasilios Smith
Sunday &Weekly Services
Matins 8:15 am
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
Church Office Hours:
Fri. 8:30am - 3:00pm
Office Administrator: Jeannine McIntyre
Office Assistant: Toula Garbis
Bookkeeper: Diane Bravos
2015 PARISH COUNCIL
Rev. Father Panagiotis Boznos, Proistamenos
James Santos, President
Jim Gottreich, Vice President
Steve Koulogeorge, Treasurer
Demete Papson, Assistant Treasurer
Therese Speropoulos, Assistant Treasurer
Keith Anderson, Recording Secretary
Christy Gouletas, Corresponding Secretary
May Ann Langas
Agape Preschool: Renee Tzakis
Altar Boys: Dr. Ted Saclarides, Elias Papadakis
Athletics: Chris Atsaves
Book & Icon Store: Pat Nassos
Choir Director: Therese Speropoulos
Church School Coordinators:
Coffee Fellowship: Lucy Economos (847) 827-5593
Dynamis Group: Gail Kachoyeanos
Georgia Photopulos Cancer Support Group:
Bud Photopulos and Phyllis Perivolidis
Greek School: Stella Theoharopoulos (847) 803-4792
Morning Bible Study: Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos
OPA: Rev. Fr. Panagiotis Boznos
Organist: Helen Mariano
Outreach: Mary Ann Langas
Philoptochos President: Pat Nassos
PROSPHORA: Calliope Prekezes
Stewardship: Chris Atsaves
Ushering: Bo LaMotte and George Kirie
Youth Ministries: Michael Kallis
Please telephone the Church office (847) 729-2235 during daytime hours for all spiritual emergencies. For evening
emergencies contact Fr. Panagiotis at (630) 664-2173. God bless you always!
The stroke of midnight on December 31st brings with it the desire to make the most out of the New
Year. Many of us spend the time leading up to the New Year reflecting on the year gone by and identifying
past joys and troubles. We make conscious decisions to start new diets, to sign up for a gym memberships,
to try to quit smoking, or to save more. The New Year is a new start. This is all to say that January highlights our desire to change.
In that light, I am going to take a slightly different approach to January’s Pastoral Message. Usually
I look at the major feast or celebration within a month and try to create a small sermonette using the ecclesiastical events of the month. Instead I would like to talk about change. As in our lives, January will see some
changes in the parish, and it is my desire to introduce them and explain the reasoning behind them here.
First, and most excitingly, our parish will be welcoming Michael Kallis as our Youth Director. Michael graduated from the Seminary this past summer, and has continued his studies in Greece for the past
semester. He has worked for numerous Archdiocesan Youth Ministries in the past, including Crossroad,
HCHC Ambassadors, and multiple Summer Camps. He will be a wonderful asset to our parish and I look
forward to the beautiful relationships he will be cultivating with our young members.
Our parishioners will see a few changes to the Divine Liturgy that I would like to explain. In order
to insure that our Church School students have an adequate amount of time for class, and that they are all
arriving to class at relatively the same time, we will begin dismissing the Church School students for communion first. We ask that parents of older children remain in their pews until all the children have received,
while parents with young children can accompany them to receive before returning to their pews.
Two additional liturgical adjustments will begin in January. You may have noticed that there are
prayers in our Liturgy books that are marked as silent prayers of the priest, and yet I read most of them
aloud. Silent prayers within communal worship is actually a later modification to the service. In fact, in the
6th century St. Justinian Emperor of Constantinople set forth a law making it illegal for any clergymen to
perform the Liturgy with silent prayers. In this light, we would like to reintroduce the practice of reading
the prayers of consecration aloud, with the entire community responding “Amen” to each of the three petitions of consecration.
Choir/Chanters sing “Come let us worship…” at
Priest does not cense after Small Entrance
Priest does not chant after the Small Entrance
Priests sing “Come let us worship…” at Small Entrance
Priest censes after Small Entrance
Priests chants 1st and last Hymn after Small Entrance
Agios O Theos (3 Times)
Agios O Theos (5 times with Priests chanting #3 & 5)
The second liturgical shift that you might notice in January is one that completes a series of changes
that you might have already picked up on, but perhaps did not know the reasoning or their interconnection.
These changes are based on the number of priests that are serving at a given Liturgy (deacons, while members of the clergy, do not factor into this count). The rubrics for how to conduct certain aspects of the Liturgy change when two or more priests are serving together. Currently we use a mixture, doing some things
according to the single priest guidelines, and others according to the multiple priest guidelines. My hope is
to establish consistence in our observation of these rubrics. Here is a little chart to show you how the number of serving priests affects the Liturgy.
Thank you for your patience as you witness and participate in these changes in the parish, and may all
God’s blessings be with you in the New Year.
+ Fr. Panagiotis
Parish Council News
Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas and New Year holiday season brought happiness,
good health, and hope to you and your families.
On December 7th, the parish held its annual election of the parish council. Nine of the
eighteen seats were up for election and we had fourteen highly qualified candidates run.
Congratulations to returning council members, Chris Atsaves, Fritz Freidinger, Jim
Gottreich, Christy Gouletas, Nick Mechales, George Nassos, and Demete Papson. Also
elected and will be serving the parish as council members for the first time are Frank Andreou and Louis Pappamichiel. I would also like to express my thanks and appreciation to
the other candidates for their candidacy and interest in serving our parish. The new council will be sworn in at Liturgy on Sunday, January 4th, followed by a council meeting to
elect officers for the coming year. We look forward to a busy and productive year.
I would also like to thank George Pontikes, the chairman of the elections committee, and
his committee members for organizing and running a very efficient and professional election.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of Michael Kallis as our new youth director. Michael is a 2012 graduate of the Hellenic College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Religious Studies and a 2014 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, as a Master of Divinity. He has extensive training and experience in youth related activities. Among his experiences include the coordination of several youth retreat camps
both through the Hellenic College and in his home Metropolis of Detroit. His presence
will provide Fr. Panagiotis with much needed assistance and a focused responsibility on
the nurturing and spiritual development of our youth. Please help me welcome Michael
and his wife Anna to our community.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our Godparents Sunday Liturgy and event
on February 15th. As we have done twice before, there will be a lunch served, along with
bowling and bocce at Pinstripes in Northbrook following Liturgy. This is a great opportunity for Godchildren and Godparents to get together for worship and fellowship. This
event is not only for those with Godchildren, but open and encouraged for the entire parish
community. You will see announcements regularly, but if you need more information,
please contact our events committee chairperson, Christy Gouletas
I wish you all a very happy and holy New Year. May we always remember that all things
are from Him and we remain forever thankful.
President, Parish Council
Wanted to update the Parish regarding the Athletic Ministry. We began to form
teams in Early October. Our season began on November 4th and we just finished
the Thanksgiving Tournament. We have 111 children enrolled in the Athletic program spread across 6 different age groups. There are 30 players on the 3/4th grade
co-ed team, 28 players on the 5/6th grade co-ed team, 13 players on the 7/8th grade
team, 12 players on the Girls team, 15 players on the High School boys team and
15 players on the Men's team. The Men's team is comprised of College and older
kids. I wish to congratulate the 5/6th grade and the Girls team for finishing 2nd in
the GOAL Metropolis of Chicago Thanksgiving Tournament. As you can see with
111 active players….our Basketball program has turned into a very vibrant Ministry. It has been great fun for me to watch these kids and parents participate, bond
together, form friendships and increase their participation in the other youth Ministries at our Parish. Want to thank our 10 coaches (John Hatzigiannis, Pete Maris,
Pete Petrakis, Dan Garbis, Angelo Costas, Rob Mastros, Jim Kanellos, Jim
Limperis and John Buscemi) for all their help and support for our program. Our
season will end in -February and I will update the Parish on our progress after the
season ends. If you are age 40 and over and still like to play, we have open gym
on Wednesday evenings from 8:30 to 10:00 where we play pick-up games. We
have been averaging 10-14 "old timers" every week. It is great fun. If you have
questions or need info regarding any of the programs…please contact me.
Parish Athletic Coordinator
Gianna, daughter of Christopher and Athanasia (Kotis) Bertsch
Sponsor: Spiridoula Arceo
GOD’S BLESSINGS AND LOVE!
Alvaro and Allison (DeSent) Lima
Sponsor: Kristin Ryan
Stephen and Kristin (Furla) Coorlas
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Helen Gravenites - 3
Nick and Mary Kanelos - 1
Carl and Elaine Mitsakopoulos - 2
Yong Sung Lee - 1
Pamela and Kevin Paradies - 1
On behalf of the Parish, the Outreach Committee will partner with Philoptochos , the Youth,
and other ministries to follow the words of Matthew 25:35:
..for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a
stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was in prison and you came
There will be several opportunities to volunteer for short-term as well as long-term projects.
Please see the website SSPPGlenview.org , the newsletter and the Sunday bulletins for more
Please mark your calendars to attend the January 25 coffee fellowship hour at which time we
will be honoring our new stewards. Come, meet, and greet your new fellow parishioners. We
will be contacting our honorees soon!
If you are interested in joining the Outreach Committee, please contact co-chairs Mary Ann
Langas at [email protected] or Theresa Speropoulos at [email protected]
by Milly Pappas
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Philoptochos has complimentary tickets for our Parish during
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HOLIDAY FAIRE 2014 - Thank you to all of our friends and parishioners for your support of our major
fundraiser – The Holiday Faire 2014. Over 500 people attended and approximately 400 people were served
the delicious homemade luncheon. Thank you to all of the wonderful helpers, especially the bakers who
baked their delicious pastry.
General Chairlady, Kris Tsitsis Scannell and Philoptochos President, Pat Nassos
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FROM ALL OF US AT AGAPE!
For questions regarding the Agape Preschool or Kindergarten, please call Renée at
847-729-5814. Kindergarten registration will begin mid-January. Our Kindergarten
program is from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and includes Come and See with Father
Panagiotis, Greek Language Instruction, art, music, religion, cooking, and gym. The
Sts. Peter and Paul Agape Kindergarten program is aligned with the Illinois core standards, serves a daily hot lunch, and is DCFS approved.
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