St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN, was established in 1914 in Gary, IN. Divine Liturgy Sundays 10am, Fr. Marko Matic officiating. Liturgical responses by Karageorge Choir. Sunday School starts after Holy Communion (around 11:15) until 12:15. Serbian School will be incorporated into Sunday School. Vespers served Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Join us, everyone welcome! Folklore dance group and choir always accepting new members. Attend Sunday Luncheons after Liturgy, hosted by families or organizations, serving delicious homemade food and desserts.
South Wing SOCIAL CENTER NOW AVAILABLE for hosting social events, newly renovated and tastefully decorated. Showers, graduation parties, business meetings, Skup Svatova, wedding receptions, baptisms, birthdays, and retirements can all be accommodated. For more info, call (219)736-9191.
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
"Thank you to everyone who made the soccer camp a great success. To Milan Marinkovich, Zeljko Novakovic, Zoran Andric, and Mladen Tolimir who made the field come to life. It took a few years but they kept on with it. Thank you to Fr. Marko for your support, Danny Jeftich and his assistant coaches for their dedication to the children. To Dennis and Lynn Svilar for donating the shirts and Myra and Mike Ajder for the hotdogs and snacks. Thanks to Mara Savic for her help in registering the campers. Everyone had a great time, even the parents."........Mike Ajder
St. Sava's new Obilic Soccer Field is ready! Soccer Camp training offered the kids an advantage in developing their own skills and talents for the upcoming school year.
Thanks to Milan Marinkovich for the photos.
Easter Blessings to all Orthodox Christians.
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
May you and your Family be Blessed and have a joyous Feast. You may recognize the photos below of our St. Sava Church, 1300 Connecticut Street in Gary, with the beautifully decorated Plastanica.
Please join us for an exhibit and presentation during the Luncheon after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 7th. Mr. Radovan Pejovic, architect of our own St. Sava Church, will give a short and informative presentation about Serbian lyric poet Jovan Ducic on the 70th Anniversary of his death. Please join us for a delicious luncheon buffet and see the connection between St. Sava Gary and the famous poet. This event is presented by the Serbian Historical Society of St. Sava Church. Everyone is welcome!
The Serbian Historical Society presented a plaque to the church board commemorating the couple who blessed this church with a million dollar gift. Mile and Ella also bought the main bell for the church, paid for the monument dedicated to all Serbs who served and were victims of all previous wars. He labored tirelessly to help build this church along with many others who have since passed. He also served up "vruca rakija" every Badnje Vece. The plaque was the suggestion of Historical Society member George Skrivan, himself a large donor, and designed by Paul Jancarich. Look for this plaque where it will be permanently displayed in the north wing. Fr. Marko held Parastos for Mile (5 years) and Ella (4 years) Kosanovic and also for Milan Opacich's 40 Day Memorial. Milan's daughter Karin paid tribute to her father's memory, and hinted to a biography in the works. Luncheon Buffet was hosted by the Historical Society, and tables were decorated in Milan's favorite wine theme, Opolo wine, made by his dear Serbian friend Rick Quinn of Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used toward the purchase of blinds for the south wing's many windows.
"This is to thank the three generations of Serb descendants in America who have for the past forty three years respected, honored, and protected the tomb of my father, King Peter II, at the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Libertyville Illinois. Many of you I know personally having lived in Chicago as a young family man and from my many visits these past sixty years. In some cases I also knew your parents and even grandparents just as my father knew many of them.
My father’s resting place these past four decades has been among his friends, soldiers and fellow refugees from World War II at our cemetery in Libertyville. Whatever tragic consequences my father, King Peter II, suffered as a result of World War II, they were no greater than those suffered and endured by your own parents and grandparents who, like him, were wrenched from their beloved country and thrown out into a strange and sometimes hostile world. These blessed souls, your families, my father’s friends, arrived and lived with him in the United States after World War II as refugees and “displaced persons” sometime pejoratively called “DPs”.
My father was born a King and fulfilled his duties faithfully as best as he could under the circumstances. During World War II your parents and grandparents chose whether to be Royalists. They were the military professionals of the Royal Army who became prisoners of war in 1941, or they chose to join the Chetniks and other members of the Royal Yugoslav Army of the Homeland under General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovich rather than join the Partisans. For the choice your parents and grandparents made I know my father was grateful just as I am grateful today for that exercise of free will and display of loyalty.
To bring my father home required some difficult decisions in the face of possibly long and unsettling proceedings. The circumstances of my father’s death and funeral in 1970 are best left to history. Thus, a quiet and dignified transfer was arranged. I know all who respect the monarchy and my father’s memory understand that his return was necessary and long overdue. King Peter’s final resting place at the Royal Mausoleum at Oplenac nearby his father King Alexander I in the now free and democratic Serbia will be open to you at all times to come and pay the respect you were unable to demonstrate last week. Thank you again for your past and continued loyalty."
King Peter II, Crown Prince Alexander II as a young boy, and Queen Alexandra
The Karageorgevich Family
Queen Maria, King Peter II as a boy, and King Alexander I of Yugoslavia Circa 1930
Badnje Vece was a long night for Santa Claus. He listened to detailed toy requests from good children who assured him of their best behavior. Santa's many elves offered their assistance to move the line along and gave out candy canes and gift bags, Thanks, Santa!
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Vespers started at 6:00 p.m. as we solemnly celebrated the eve before Our Savior's birth. Sunday School students presented a short program starting with a procession of angels, shepherds, sheep, and kings awaiting the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Karageorge choir sang hymns honoring the occasion. Fr. Marko led the faithful outdoors and blessed the burning badnjak. Hundreds packed the south wing for refreshments and caught up with old friends. Santa photos and video will be posted soon.
The hard working ladies of the Serbian Sisters Circle let someone else do the cooking as they celebrated the Holiday Season Saturday afternoon. Poetry, Christmas stories, games, and songs were all part of the program. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and friends laughed until they had tears in their eyes when Olga Galich Velasquez lead the Kolo Chorus in "The Twelve Days of Christmas". "Kolo Men" Simo Glumac and Richard Vrtikapa were thanked for all their help during the past year, and first time inductee Paul Jancarich was presented with his own pair of rubber gloves, apron, and bottle of Palmolive dish soap. "Youngest" Kolo member Karavelka Petrovich (well into her 100's) was honored with a bouquet of fresh flowers by Alexis Orlich. Kolo President Beba Rudman also had a special gift for Donna Nicolich - her very own Chef's hat! Special thanks to Kathy Vrtikapa Friedlander and her daughter Susan, who traveled from Indianapolis to coordinate the party activities and games. Please join us next year and be sure to invite a friend!
St. Sava Church celebrated 98 glorious years as an Eastern Orthodox Christian Serbian parish on Sunday, November 18th. Traditional memorial wreaths were used to commemorate the sacrifices of all members who served in previous wars. His Grace Bishop Longin presided Divine Liturgy as Deacon Nikolaj Kostur, V. Rev. Tom Kazich, V. Rev. Marko Matic, and V. Rev. Bogdan Zjalic held a Parastos for all deceased members and benefactors of St. Sava Church. The new outdoor Pavilion was consecrated with donors Nicholas and Eleonore Chabraja in attendance. A permanent plaque will be displayed in loving memory of Nick and Angie Chabraja, parents of Nicholas Chabraja. Nick Chabraja was a past church president and dedicated member who served our church in many capacities. Angie was an elegant woman who was an active member of our Kolo for many years. Kolo Sisters prepared a fantastic meal for the banquet that followed in the south wing. Church Board President Vonnie Orlich welcomed the guests and Keynote speaker V. Rev. Tom Kazich spoke of his personal memories and inspirational figures of growing up in a "Serbian Gary" environment.
The first American-born Serbian Saint was born in Gary, Indiana, where St. Varnava attended St. Sava Church. The Serbian Historical Society chose him for their Patron Saint, at the suggestion of Roz Opacich. After the blessing and cutting of the Slava Kolach, parishioners gathered in the south wing for a fall themed luncheon buffet. Also celebrating Veteran's Day, Paul Jancarich set up a display paying tribute to St. Sava's veterans from previous wars. Thanks to all who attended and for your continued support.
On September 21, His Grace Bishop Longin presided at Hierarchical Divine Liturgy along with about two dozen priests from various Orthodox Chicagoland and NWI Churches celebrating the Slava at Nativity of the Mother of God Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana. Lenten Luncheon was prepared and served by KOLO Sisters from St. Sava and St. Elijah parishes. Several hundred faithful worshipers attended the Service and blessing and cutting of the Slavski Kolach. Bus transportation was provided for a nominal fee. Please feel free to visit the Sisters at the Monastery for a quiet place to reflect and worship. The Sisters maintain the buildings and grounds themselves. The Monastery is located at 32400 Early Road, New Carlisle, IN. You may want to call ahead for a schedule of services and activities.
Lou Stefanovic will be remembered as one of Merrillville High School's greatest basketball players. He graduated in 1981 and went on to attend Illinois State University in Normal. Lou took their basketball team to three NCAA tournaments in four seasons. He was recently inducted to the ISU Hall of Fame. Read more about it.
We're proud to have Lou Stefanovic as an active member of our St. Sava Church family. He has been very generous, sharing his skills and time whenever the SNF Basketball Tournament is in town. Sincere Congratulations and Zivio, Big Lou!
The following letter is a direct appeal for emergency aid from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in North Port, Florida. The church is "in costly litigation and negotiations with the contractor to replace the entire roof and repair all the mold and water damaged interior walls". Please read the letter below and give as generously as you can.
July 22, 2012
SRPSKA PRAVOSLAVNA CRKVA SVETOG SAVE
8 0 6 5 W. P r i c e B l v d. N o r t h P o r t, F L 3 4 2 8 7
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As many of you know, it has been several years since we received the blessing to build our historic new church,a replica of a Church in Obilic, Kosovo and Metohija which was damaged in 1999, and in 2004 it was burned and severely damaged. As construction began and we saw our church taking shape, we were overjoyed with the progress. Unfortunately, the roof was improperly installed and began leaking into interior of the church. Both interior and exterior independent inspections confirmed that there are major flaws in the construction of the roof which has lead to significant water damage of the drywall resulting in numerous areas of very dangerous black mold.
This was the beginning of our ongoing legal battle with our general contractor for the past 2 years. Attorney fees and fees paid to independent inspectors has been a huge financial burden on our small church community. The funds which were accumulating through generous donations by our parishioners and friends were needed to pay for legal expenses. We are now approaching the final stages leading to the arbitration which is scheduled at the beginning of October.
Prior to the discovery of this negligence on the part of our general contractor, we stopped payment towards the $176,000 still owed per our contract with them. Although we have a very solid case and strong evidence to potentially win this case, the general contractor has placed a lien on ALL of St. Sava Church property and buildings to be able to collect the $176,000 owed to him.
Most recently our attorney has been negotiating with the general contractor to settle the law suit before going to arbitration and ultimately to court. It would be more costly for the Church to proceed to arbitration due to additional legal expenses and even if we win this case, there is no guarantee that we will be able to collect the judgment against the contractor. The general contractor has proposed a settlement in which he has agreed to remove the lien from our property, remove the de- fective roof and replace it with a new roof and repair all the drywall damage resulting from the roof leak. The construction would begin 60 days after St. Sava has confirmed $176,000 in an escrow account to be paid to the General Contractor upon completion of the project and only after passing inspection by our independent inspector. The church is currently operating on a dangerously low budget.
In light of this crisis, an emergency meeting was held at St. Sava Church on July 8th 2012, with his Grace, Vladika Mitrofan in attendance. The purpose of this meeting was to inform our parishioners of the situation and to appeal for their financial help to raise $176,000. We were blessed with the generous donations totaling $55,400 so far. Once we have this amount in escrow, and the reconstruction begins, the general contractor has projected completion of the project within 6 months!
As you can see, we are in a desperate situation and we appeal to you in this great time of need to ask you for your prayers and financial support. Please consider being generous according to your means and help us to complete this very special and holy project. We invoke the Lord’s blessing upon all those who have extended their efforts and help in this holy work and upon all the pa- trons who have contributed in the past to the completion of our new church, and we pray that the Lord may reward you all with His heavenly and eternal riches.
Please make your checks payable to: St. Sava Serbian Church Building Fund and mail to: Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 7912, North Port, FL 34290
With great respect,
Rev. Dragan Zaric and Executive Church Board
So many volunteers, young and old, helped make this year's Serb Fest a great success. Months of planning, building, cleaning, and baking resulted in a grand celebration of sharing our Serbian culture. Many workers took time off work to help, while Dave and Beverly Suban once again faithfully came up all the way from Florida to help out. Relatives from Canada and Chicago pitched in all weekend. The new Pavilion proved invaluable to provide spacious seating and protection from the terrible storm. Temperatures in the mid 90's made working so much more difficult, especially for cevap grillers and lamb roasters, but great volunteers were up to the challenge. Sincere THANKS to all who helped in any way - hope to see you next year!
In spite of the extreme hot weather, many parishioners attended the annual Serbian Day Memorial Service for General Draza Mihajlovich and other deceased members who served their country. After Divine Liturgy, a procession led the faithful to the new Legacy Tree for a short service. Special guests included Fr. Dragomir and Kristina Tuba from Akron, Ohio with their family, as they make their way to Phoenix to serve that parish. Young Lazo Knezic was in charge of the lamb and pig crew - great job, gentlemen! Thanks also to the Ajder family and Snezana for serving a delicious luncheon.
Violet Milanovich was remembered with a 40 Day Parastos when members returned into the church before the luncheon.
Three Illinois Circles of Serbian Sisters hosted an outstanding afternoon of food and entertainment to benefit Lifeline Humanitarian Organization's Chicago Office. As guests arrived, they were treated to a musical performance by "Veselo Selo" Youth Tamburitza Orchestra. Dozens of lavish themed gift baskets were displayed for a lively, competitive auction. Baskets were donated by various businesses, individuals, church organizations, and Kolos. Volunteers served up a great meal that included homemade sarmas and baked chicken. A "Sweet Treat Walk" offered guests a chance to select and pack their own dessert items to enjoy now and later.
The serious and urgent needs of children in Serbian orphanages were discussed as Kathy Fanslow and Melanie Sever presented videos that also highlighted accomplishments achieved to date. There is much to be done for these innocent children with special needs. Lifeline is working through area churches and Kolo organizations and is eternally grateful for the support received through the years. Special Thanks to the three Illinois Serbian Sisters Circles - St. George, Joliet, St. Archangel Michael, Lansing, and Knjeginja Zorka, Lansing for their hard work and all the guests for their generosity.
Please watch the short videos below and understand the urgency for helping these children of Serbia. Share the videos with friends and family so that they might also help. Donations may be made directly to Lifeline on their website (link at top of page).
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Children, Moms, and Dads were in attendance for Divine Liturgy followed by Blessing of Eggs Service. Executive Board President Vonnie Orlich, KOLO President Beba Rudman, and folklore dancers Marija Novakovich, Camille Sisk, and Sofia Grimsgard passed out beautifully colored Easter eggs. Enjoy the family photos below, and be remember to click on the picture to enlarge. If you'd like a copy, email email@example.com.
His Grace Bishop Longin presided at Lenten Vespers on Saturday, March 17. Also serving were visiting clergy from various Orthodox parishes throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic from St. George Serbian Church in Schererville was preaching. After Vespers, a delicious Lenten supper was served by our Kolo Sisters in the south wing. Thank you to Xenia Jancarich for taking photos.
Ruth Ann Bjelopetrovich has a talent for baking beautiful, tasty cakes. She uses the classic Lenten chocolate cake recipe submitted by +Loretta Popyk from page 23 of the Serbian Sisters Cook Book. The frosting recipe is a blend she has created. Once you've tasted it, you'll find it hard to believe it's Lenten!
3 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1/3 cup cocoa, 2 cups water,
1 tsp. vanilla, 2 Tbsp. vinegar, 3/4 cup oil
Combine oil, sugar, water, vinegar, and vanilla until well mixed. Sift together flour, soda, salt, and cocoa; add dry ingredients to liquid mixture, mixing after each addition. Bake at 350 degrees until it tests done. +Loretta Popyk
Amounts are approximate: 1 to 2 sticks Fleischmann's corn oil margarine, 1/3 cup Crisco, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioner's sugar. Add water or liquid non-dairy creamer in small amounts to get the right consistency. For a 9X13 cake, cut recipe in half. For white frosting, omit cocoa powder and sprinkle coconut on the cake. She uses a pastry bag and tops with nuts, cherries, or coconut.
Thanks to Ruth Ann for sharing this delicious recipe.
Musical highlights from this year's St. Sava Day program are presented in the videos below. Under the direction of Joanne Samardzija, the students worked hard to learn several new songs. Thank you to Fr. Marko, parents, and teachers for all their help, and to Deena Galich, whose handmade props have become a part of every St. Sava Day program. Along with the many poems recited in Serbian and English, Olga Micic gave a wonderful rendition of "Rastko". Teens Rebekah Gerbick, Sasa Labovic, and Chris and Alexis Orlich read "Life of St. Sava". Maya Radjenovich, Savka Popovic, and Rachel Gerbick sang "Vesela Je Srbadija" - what beautiful young voices! There were many proud parents, grandparents, Kumovi, and friends in the audience to cheer them on.
St. Sava's Sunday School students presented a fabulous program celebrating the Patron Saint of all Serbian children. The program included several musical numbers as well as individual poems recited in Serbian and English. Program video coming soon - check back in a couple days!
Fr. Marko blessed the Slava Kolach with the Sunday School children on Sunday, January 29 following Divine Liturgy. Each year we celebrate the Patron Saint of all Serbian children, St. Sava, and we are treated to a wonderful program of music and poetry.
There were many GOOD boys and girls who sat with Santa Friday evening in the south wing after the blessing and burning of the badnjak. Extraordinarily mild 40+ degree temperatures allowed for a huge crowd and a comfortable service outdoors. (Click the thumbnail photo to enlarge).
Our devoted church choir, Serbian Singing Society Karageorge, hosted a festive lenten luncheon buffet to honor their Slava Saint, Andrew the First Called. On Sunday, December 18, the south wing was cozy and decorated for the holiday season. The beautifully prepared meal started with homemade soup and included bakalar and fried fish as well as an assortment of colorful salads, sides, and desserts. Even the kids couldn't wait to eat! Choir president Gerbick organized her team for a successful Slava celebration.
St. Sava Church parishioners celebrated 97 glorious years on Sunday, November13 at St. Elijah's Hall, where we were treated to a fantastic meal. Srbadija Folklore dancers proudly performed lively traditional Serbian dances. Alex Djordjevic recited the long, difficult poem "Ratsko" enhanced by the vocals of singers Maja Radjenovich, Rachel Gerbick, and Savka Popovich, accompanied and instructed by Joanne Samardzija. Several children recited poetry and read short historical stories presented in both Serbian and English languages, reassuring us of a future generation of church leaders. This extended program was a surprise to many of us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Many Thanks to the children and parents who encourage them!
Keynote speaker Ljubisa Milicich gave an entertaining reflection of growing up among us in the Gary church, also reminding us of the reason we need to re-connect with the homeland. Executive Board president Dennis Svilar presented Ljubisa with a commemorate plaque to mark the occasion.
Several local priests, representing area Orthodox Churches, celebrated Vespers to commemorate St. Varnava. In attendance were V. Rev. Peter Bodnar, Rev. Aleksandar Savic, Rev. Sasa Nedic, Rev. Sergii Alekseev and our own Very Rev. Marko Matic.
After the service, everyone gathered in the conference room for light refreshments, hosted by our Serbian Historical Society, which celebrates St. Varnava as their Patron Saint.
On behalf of the St. Sava Executive Board and Father Marko Matic, you are cordially invited to attend our church congregation's 97th Anniversary Celebration.
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Parastos
Laying of Memorial Wreath at the Monument
12:30 p.m. Anniversary Banquet & Program at St. Elijah Hall
(Featuring St. Sava Srbadija Folklore, SSS Karageorge, Guest Speaker Address)
We are pleased to have Louis-Ljubisa Milicich as our keynote speaker for the 97th Anniversary celebration of St. Sava Parish.
Ljubisa is the son of one of our parish's pioneers, the late Marko Milicich (1891-1979), and the long-time officer and past President of our Circle of Serbian Sisters, the late Jelena (Perisic) Milicich (1935-2005), who both hailed from the Niksic region of what is today the Republic of Montenegro.
Ljubisa was born in Gary in September 1959 and baptized/christmated at St. Sava Church by Protojerej-stavrofor Dusan Sukletovic in January 1960.
Ljubisa was a St. Sava Church School Student (both Saturday Serbian classes and Sunday Orthodox classes). He was Head Altar Boy as a teen and was tonsured a Reader/Ctec at St. Sava Church by +Metropolitan Irinej (Kovacevich) in November 1976.
Louis attended Franklin Elementary School and Bailey Junior High School and graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1977 (Honor Society President; Verna Hoke Award; Tennis Letterman). Louis graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston/Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors (1981), a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies (1981) and his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law (1984).
Louis is an international transactions lawyer and is the Head of the Central and Eastern Europe and the Southeastern Europe Desk of the global law firm SNR Denton. He is based in Chicago, but spends most of his time in the CEE/SEE region and in the SNR Denton offices in Washington, New York, London and Moscow. From 2006-2010, he was based in Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia and Belgrade, Serbia. Earlier in his legal career, Louis was a Partner in the US law firm Jenner & Block.
Ljubisa was a member of our St. Sava Church Executive Board, a member of the Church Building Committee and was a delegate of our Parish to the Diocesan Church-National Assembly in 1985. He was a member of the Diocesan Council (US-Canada Diocese1985-1991; New Gracanica USC Diocese 1993-1999; Midwest Diocese 2003-2006) and has acted as an advisor both to +Metropolitan Irinej and to Bishop Longin. He was the chair of the Parish Trusteeship of St. Basil of Ostrog Mission Parish in Lake Forest-Mettawa, Illinois (1997-2008). He is a Consultant to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Christian Bishops in North and Central America.
Ljubisa was a National Vice President of both the Serbian National Defense Council of America (1993-1998) and the Serb National Federation (1999-2003). He is a Past President and Officer of the Serbian Bar Association of America. He is a founding member of the Belgrade Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities program.
Louis is married to Marya (Savich), the daughter of the late Protojerej-stavrofor Milan and the late Protinica Constance (Vuckovich) Savich and they reside in Lake Forest, Illinois. Marya is a lawyer with Travelers Insurance and the choir director of Bishop Longin's Episcopal Choir at New Gracanica Monastery.
(Photos courtesy of Darlene Sever)
Leave it to the hard-working women of St. Sava's Serbian Sisters Circle to host a delicious homemade meal with an elegant dessert table for the celebration of their Slava, St. Paraskeva. Father Marko blessed the Kolach after Divine Liturgy Sunday, October 30th and the names of all deceased Kolo Sisters were read - a touching tradition that honors the memory of our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts. Kum Dan Sever expressed his love and appreciation for the women who work tirelessly for this church. The story of St. Petka's life was read by Alex Djordjevich, Alexis Orlich, and Savka Popovich. Kolo President Milena (Beba) Rudman thanked the guests and acknowledged Zoran and Milena Andrich and family for their generosity; they paid all the expenses for the dinner. Congratulations and Ziveli! to the lovely ladies of our KOLO.
Sts. Peter & Paul Church parish in South Bend held their gala 100th Anniversary celebration this past weekend. His Grace Bishop Longin gave blessings for the occasion and presided over the festivities along with several clergy members in attendance: parish priest Rev. Sasha Nedic, Rev. Lazar Kostur, Rev. Marko Matic, Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic, and Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic. Milan Medich, church president, directed the combined choirs from Sts. Peter & Paul South Bend, St. Elijah Merrillville, and St. Sava Merrillville, who sang opening prayers and gave a fantastic choral performance accompanied by MISMO Tamburitza Orchestra. Bishop Longin addressed the guests and presented Gramatas to Rose Mandich, Bud Medich, and Eve Balaban for many years of hard work and dedication to their church. Rev. Sasha Nedic, Milan Medich, Rev. Kostur, Valerie Phillips, and Rose Mandich all spoke of their experiences of church life through the years. David Medich, event chairman and vice president, also made remarks. A 100 year commemorative video played throughout the evening, made by Robert Medich. After a delicious dinner, SUMADIJA Orchestra played for all the kolo dancers as they danced the night away. Our sincere Congratulations to Sts. Peter & Paul Church on this joyous celebration. Special thanks to Paul and Xenia Jancarich for the photos and contributing story.
On loan to the Serbian Historical Society is this authentic Serbian costume worn by Mrs. Rajna Otic from Munster on her wedding day in late 1959 in Koretiste, Kosovo, Serbia. All pieces; the blouse, vest, and customary apron called the “bosca” are hand made and passed down many generations, as seen in the various photos.
The beaded headpiece was made by Mrs. Otic’s mother-in-law, Stana Otic, and presented to her on the wedding day. This headpiece is over 70 years old. It has two beaded patches in the back, spelling out the groom’s nickname “Blaza” for Blagoje, (added just in time for the wedding) and Mrs. Otic’s father-in-law’s nickname “Traje” for Trajko, which most likely has been added before his own wedding.
The customary apron or “bosca” is over 50 years old, and is hand made as well, on the loom pictured, called “tkanje”.
The Serbian Historical Society is forever grateful to the Mrs. Rajna Otic for sharing these priceless family heirlooms for this exhibit. She stopped by during Serb Fest to see how we incorporated her costume into the display.
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THE GENIUS SPARK OF NIKOLA TESLA, presented by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology in partnership with the Belgrade Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, can be viewed daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Navy Pier. Staffed by volunteers, you'll have plenty to read in Serbian and English. Replicas of several inventions are also on display. Several members of St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society, along with Fr. Marko, made the short trip to Chicago to view this wonderful exhibit. Special Thanks to volunteers Jovan Ignjatovic and Tanja Barac for the demonstrations of several invention models. Thanks also to the many corporate and personal sponsors, among them Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Chabraja, Kathy Fanslow and Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, and many others.
Visit http://www.teslaexhibitchicago.com for more info.
Children of all ages enjoyed this year's Serb Fest, where they can run around and enjoy the inflatable slides and amusements in a safe, friendly environment. This year's "Tamburitza Spectacular" Exhibit was a big hit with children who enjoyed playing various string instruments. Perhaps this would be a good time to start a new youth tamburitza group like the ones at St. Sava in the 1960's and 1970's?
Serb Fest relies solely on the army of volunteers who spend months planning, organizing, selling tickets, baking, and preparing for the 3 day event. Some church members even take unpaid time off from work to help out. Many of these volunteers are not pictured below, but our sincere THANKS and appreciation goes out to anyone who helped in any capacity. Whether you're a palachinka princess, krofne queen, or lamb roaster, it seems that working for a common goal among your Serbian friends can be lots of fun.
Live background music is performed at Saturday's music tent by "Srpski Sinovi".
Thanks also to Borka Grimsgard for sharing some of the photos below.
Today's hours are from Noon to 9:00 p.m., so this is your last chance to enjoy the food, music, and fun. Be sure to visit the Tamburitza Spectacular historical exhibit in the north wing. Tonight's highlight will be the BIG CASH RAFFLE Drawing for several prizes, including the $25,000 Grand Prize, plus the Smithsonian Prima made by Milan Opacich.
Pictured above are veteran tamburasi George Tatalovich, Wally Pravica, and Milan Opacich in the Serbian Historical Society's exhibit "Tambura Spectacular!"
Lucky Gordon Gerbick would like to sell you that winning raffle ticket, so what's his secret?.....Must be that hat!
As is our tradition, Serbian Day celebrates the memory of General Draza Mihajlovich and all others who lost their lives in wars of many generations. We gather at the new Legacy Tree and present a remnant of the tree used at the 49th Avenue picnic grounds. The excessive heat was a bit unbearable for most, but those who were able to attend enjoyed a special meal of traditional Serbian food. Special Thanks to the Ajder family for sharing these photos.
Remembering the Good Old Days.......Thank you to Darlene Sever for these priceless photos from Serbian Days past.
Join us for music and dancing outdoors and under the stars!
Sunday Evening July 17, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
Featuring music by:
FOOD AND DRINKS AVAILABLE for purchase.
Sunday Nights don't have to be boring any more!
Photos from last Sunday night with Nocna Smena:
The S.O.C.A. Executive Board hosted it's 46th Annual Festival several weeks ago , June 4, 5, and 6, at the New Gracanica Monastery in Grayslake, Illinois. Several choirs performed, including St. Romanos Choir, Toronto, Canada - S.S.S. Karageorge, Merrillville, IN - Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac Choir, Old Holy Resurrection, N. Chicago, IL - Stevan Mokranjac Choir, Hamilton, Canada - S.S.S. Branko Radichevich, Chicago, IL - and S.S.S. Draza Mihailovich, Cudahy, WI. The audience was treated to a variety of choral selections, performed beautifully by all the participating choirs. Both nights were spent dancing and of course singing along with Mismo Tamburasi. Thanks to Xenia Jancarich for sharing her wonderful photos. You'll notice that the music caught the attention of an unexpected guest - a small deer, who obviously has great taste in music!
At the end of the night, there were lots of clean kids. What's a thunderstorm among Serbs? Not enough to ruin their fun, obviously. Srbadija Folklore Group hosted their first ever "Luda Zurka" Foam Dance Party to mark the end of the Sunday School and Folklore event year. DJ Spaz entertained the teens outdoors while Danny Danilovich played for the adults indoors. Grillers served up hundreds of cevaps, and everyone had a great night of fun. Just ask Lazo!
Get your own cool Luda Zurka t-shirt. Contact Borka Grimsgard. Proceeds benefit Srbadija Folklore Dance group. Adult and children's sizes are $8 each, 2 for $15.
Well, the weather was certainly "luda" that night on May 28th. Thunderstorms were threatening to ruin this party, but you can't stop Serbs from having a great time in spite of the weather. Sunday School and Folklore kids, teens, college students, Moms and Dads, all turned out for cevaps, music, and dancing. Srbadija Folklore sponsored this fun event to celebrate the end of the school year and dance season. The foam pit was the highlight for children of all ages, where they played in a deep pool of continuous bubbles. DJ Spaz entertained the dancers as bubble clouds blew by.
Contact Borka Grimsgard to purchase a cool Luda Zurka T-shirt. Little Vaso wore his!
The "Niska Banja" craze is spreading to schools across the U.S. The song has been performed at several public schools, all recorded on YouTube. After receiving a last-minute invitation, several girls from St. Sava's Srbadija Senior Folklore Group volunteered to perform a casual interpretation of the gypsy dance "Niska Banja" with the 7th and 8th grade choir. Thomas Jefferson Middle School Choirs held their spring concert at Valparaiso High School's Auditorium on May 25th. A variety of songs were presented, including a medley from Fiddler on the Roof and several Beatles hits. Choir director Lynda Galbiati surely was proud of all who participated. The concert was delightful and showed all the hard work involved in preparation.
"Niska Banja" dancers were Sarah Jackovich, Jelena Djurdjevich, Sofia Grimsgard, Camille Sisk, Gorana Bilbija, Mia Vasiljevich, and Caitlyn Baroevich. Dusan Simic was percussionist, and students Dimitrije Simic and Andrew Flasch played piano quite well!
The weather was absolutely delightful for all Moms on their special day. Srbadija Folklore Group hosted the event, and some of the Dads helped with preparations and serving. Thanks to all the Kolo ladies for their dessert and salad donations.
Special Thanks to Borka Grimsgard for the lovely photos.
Fr. Marko Matic officiated this year's Easter Divine Liturgy Service, celebrating The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. You can watch small clips from this service and children receiving eggs and Fr. Marko's blessing below.
Hristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Last year's joint festival "One Love Serbian Song" inspired choirs to sing together for the first time since the mid 1960's. St. Sava and St. Elijah from Merrillville and Sts. Peter & Paul from South Bend combined their 3 choirs and recruited director Milan Medich to lead them on their musical journey. Mismo Tamburitza Orchestra members volunteered their talents along with Nicky Sever. The festival preparation turned out to be such a wonderful experience, so they agreed to keep the group together. Since then, they have performed spiritual music and folk songs at Lifeline's Fundraiser, several festivals, Slavas, and Anniversaries. They practice hard, and celebrate when they're done. Last year was filled with fun and outstanding performances, and there's always great food available - many bring a side dish. New friendships for a lifetime were made. The choirs finished the season with a Christmas Party.
Join this choir!
The first practice of the season is scheduled for Sunday, June 26th at 4 PM at Nick & Melanie Sever's home in Ogden Dunes. New members are encouraged to join. Teens and young adults, boomers and seniors are all welcome! Milan Medich is the director of this lively group. Call Melanie at (219) 762-9652 for details and directions.
Thank you to all the families who colored and donated eggs for sharing on Easter. Special thanks also to our folklore dancers for passing out the eggs after Divine Liturgy.
At the personal invitation from Portage Mayor Olga (Galich) Velazquez, St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society proudly participated in the first ever Portage Cultural Festival on Sunday, April 10th. Several countries were represented at the event hosted by the Portage Youth Commission. Samplings of art, national costumes, music, food, and culture were beautifully presented at the many booths. "First Mom" Tamara Galich showed off her Latvian roots and a collection of hand - decorated eggs that she decorated many years ago. Congratulations to the Portage Youth Commission for celebrating the diversity that is such an important part of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. The Serbian Historical Society was also invited to set up a traveling exhibit last October for Lifeline Humanitarian Organization's Gala Fundraiser at the Chicago Cultural Center. We're proud of our Mayor Olga for all she has accomplished and congratulate her on her recent re-election!
"Springtime In The Park" was the perfect theme for an afternoon of fashion, food, and fun at the recent event co-hosted by St. Sava and St. Elijah Kolo Sisters. What a pleasure it was to see so many young, beautiful Serbian children and teens model current fashion trends available for purchase at Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and THE BUCKLE in Westfield Southlake Mall. Kolo Sisters attended from St. Louis, South Bend, Milwaukee, and many other midwest parishes. Enjoy the videos and be sure to post them on your facebook pages. Click on the video outside the arrow, and it will take you directly to YouTube, where you can get the video link, or click on the blog title, go to the top of the page and copy the new URL and post the entire story with the videos.
Many Thanks to all the volunteers who worked for weeks planning and organizing this successful event. The combined Kolo Sisters from St. Sava and St. Elijah donated and solicited Silent Auction Items and Door Prizes, sold tickets, served tables, made horsd'oeuvres and baked cookies. Simo Glumac, Arfin Grimsgard, Steve Baroevich, and Nick Knezich served cocktails. Kathy Friedlander made aprons in spring colors for all the servers. Sladjan prepared a fabulous Lenten dinner. Melanie Sever coordinated the style show, and Borka Grimsgard was the commentator. Thanks also to the numerous vendors who tempted us all with their merchandise and services.
Special Thanks to Nancy Van Santen, owner of Piper Children's Boutique in Valparaiso and Vido Ivanovic, assistant manager of THE BUCKLE in the Mall for their patience and assistance throughout the planning and day of the show.
Thanks to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization's efforts to inform us of the urgent and immediate needs of countless Serbian orphan children, there has been an aggressive campaign to gather necessary items to send to Serbia. St. Sava's choir, folklore group, Kolo, and Sunday school participated in crafting homemade twin-sized fleece blankets for the children to cozy up. What a wonderful way to show that someone far away cares about them. Beanie Babies, games, and new clothing will also be tucked into the blanket packs for an extra surprise! If you would like to help with Lifeline's continuing efforts, contact Melanie Sever or visit Lifeline's website for information or to DONATE.
Thanks to the following individuals who spent many Saturdays making blankets. Fabric was donated by Kolo - Serbian Sisters Circle, Srbadija Folklore Groups, S.S.S. Karageorge Choir, and St. Sava Sunday School. Special Thanks to Violette Kristoff, who also made many personal sized blankets and donated fabric.
Smilja Andric, The Baroevich's - Helen, Kathy, Marie, Lauren, & Caitlyn, Goran Bilbija, Ruth Ann Bjelopetrovich, The Gerbicks - David, Gordana, Sarah, Rachel, & Beki, Zorka Glumac, Borka & Sofia Grimsgard, Desa Halstead, Sarah Jackovich, Lela Jensen, Millie Kokotovich, Sonja Mancich, Dusan Matic, Radmila Milivojevic, Millie Moncilovich, Snezana, Marija, & Sasha Novakovich, The Orlich's - Vonnie, Millicent (Mimi), Nada, & Danilo, Dara Perry, Beba (Milena) Rudman, Violet Sekulich, Stana Sesto, Dawn Sisk, Florence Stefanovich, Dragica Trikich, Richard & Polly Vrtikapa, and many more.
Children from St. Elijah and St. Sava parishes came dressed in their National Costumes and waited in anticipation for a rare event; a chance to see Patriarch Irinej of Serbia at Vespers on Tuesday. St. Elijah Cathedral and Fr. Novakovich hosted the spiritual evening, attended by many priests from nearby parishes as well as a surprise visit from our own Father John, who came up from Florida. The banquet that followed services was well attended in the nearby church hall. Special Thanks to Mileva Savich for providing the wonderful photos for the slide show below.
A heartfelt Thank You! goes out to all the parishioners who attended the Bookcase Fundraiser Luncheon hosted by the Serbian Historical Society. In a Valentine themed setting, the highlight of the meal, of course, was the traditional "Serbian-Style" dessert table. Special Thanks go out to all the Kolo Sisters who baked elegant cakes and cookies and made delicious jello treats and salads. The ladies also helped in the kitchen. We couldn't have done this without all your help and support.
By the time Serb Fest arrives, the Cultural Room will have a new look, featuring 6 new oak bookcases and 5 elegant curios for displays. All donations received will help furnish this large room and pay for exhibit supplies. We'll soon be collecting books, old Srbobrans, Observers, photos, Serb Worlds, etc., so keep us in mind.
Remembering Robert (Bob) Nickovich:
Our dear church member +Robert Nickovich was remembered in our prayers on his one year Parastos, also held Sunday by his family Loretta, Lori, and Keith.
Children of all ages enjoyed a visit with Vinko Claus on Badnje Vece. This Santa has personality plus! Treat bags and candy canes were handed out by the elves to all good children. Please contact Simo for professional photos taken that evening.
St. Sava's parishioners celebrated 96 joyous years of church history on Sunday, November 14th on a very cold, windy day. Sts. Peter & Paul parish members, Fr. Sasa Nedic, and their Aleksa Shantich Choir came by bus from South Bend to help us celebrate this special day. We were honored by their participation and support. Also in attendance were Mother Antonina and Sister Marina from Nativity of the Mother of God Monastery in New Carlisle. After Divine Liturgy, the faithful joined the procession to the war memorial monument for a solemn Parastos and laying of a red, blue, and white wreath by guest speaker Desko Nikitovic. St. Elijah's Hall catering served a delicious meal, and we were all treated to a fabulous Kolo - style endless dessert table. Program highlights included a performance by the combined choirs of St. Sava and St. Elijah from Merrillville, and Sts. Peter & Paul from South Bend, and a lively dance performance by our own Srbadija Folklore Groups. Church President Dennis Svilar touched on his own personal memories of growing up at St. Sava, and guest speaker Desko Nikitovic inspired us to strive to stay in touch with our strong Serbian roots. Mismo Orchestra treated everyone to a sing - along before and during the meal, and they also accompanied the combined choirs. A slide show of old and new photos was played on 2 large screens. The photos honored the memory of deceased family members, the church on 13th & Connecticut, and recent events, perhaps to inspire us to recognize the responsibility we have to keep this church strong.
On a very special sunny November afternoon, our church parish family celebrated 96 years of history that started with early immigrants in Gary. This day gives us the opportunity to reflect on how far we've come and how many memories we can grasp from our childhoods growing up at St. Sava Church. We were honored this year by St. Peter & Paul Church from South Bend, whose Choir, Parish Priest Fr. Sasa Nedic, and many parishioners came by bus to attend and participate in our celebration. Thank You to all who attended and made generous donations. Soon it will be time to plan and celebrate our 100th Anniversary - only 4 more years, imagine that!
Sunday, November 14th was a very special day for our church congregation. 96 years have passed as many generations have enjoyed memories of growing up in a wonderful church community. On a cold, windy day, many gathered for the solemn procession and Parastos in memory of all deceased church family members. Fr. Marko and Fr. Sasa Nedic from South Bend officiated. As is our tradition, fresh wreaths made of red, blue, and white flowers were placed at both Memorial Monuments by guest speaker Desko Nikitovic, Counsel General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.
SRBADIJA FOLKLORE TRAVELS TO PHOENIX
Our senior folklore group dancers traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to the Pholkfest sponsored by St. Sava Phoenix. The event was one that was a result of some fundraising and determined and committed parents. The festival began with a welcome dance on Friday, October 8th and the festival was Saturday, October 9th. Phoenix hosted groups from California, Milwaukee, Indiana, and Arizona. Our kids performed outstanding and more importantly, made some new friends and have already asked to go back next year. “The bonding and camaraderie that resulted during the trip was priceless,” said Borka Grimsgard, President of the folklore group.
Many of our dancers arrived a few days earlier and were able to experience some of the
sites in Arizona—including Sedona (photos attached), where they jumped into a river that had natural rock slides at Slide Rock State Park and Tempe, where they experienced what campus life is like at Arizona State University.
Thank you to those who have contributed and supported our folklore group!
Thanks to the dancers for sharing these wonderful photos.
Once again the combined efforts of 4 KOLO's Humanitarian Fund Mothers Against Hunger Banquet was hugely successful and well attended. Representatives of all four KOLO's (St. Sava - Merrillville, St. George - East Chicago, St. Elijah - Merrillville, and St. George - Schererville) planned and coordinated the annual fundraiser for Serbian orphans in the homeland. This year's host was St. Sava, Merrillville, and the banquet was held at St. Elijah's Hall. Milena Rudman was mistress of ceremonies for the event. Thanks to all the ladies who served, baked, set up, and cleaned up for this worthy cause. If you missed the banquet, donations can be sent to St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St. Merrillville, IN 46410, checks payable to: Humanitarian Fund.
Enjoy the sights and sounds from this year's Serb Fest. Join us next year as we host another fun weekend. Thanks to "Prazna Flasa" for providing background music.
Serb Fest is almost entirely staffed by volunteers of all ages. Our sincere Thank You goes out to anyone who helped in any way. Pictured below is only a part of the hundreds of great volunteers. This year presented difficult challenges for chairpersons Melanie and Vinko because of our church president Dennis Svilar's absence due to illness. Everyone stepped up to the challenge and pulled together to make it a successful event. Thankfully, Dennis is slowly recovering and surely very proud of his team.
Sincere THANKS to anyone who worked for months planning and organizing, scheduled volunteers, chaired the golf outing, solicited sponsors, placed signs all over town, worked the cash room, baked at home, sold baked goods, parked cars, pulled 54 cars out of the mud Saturday night, made repairs, painted safety stripes, worked the food line, tended bar, sold tickets, drove carts, supervised inflatables for kids, made 400 nut rolls - 1000+ strudels - 2000 palachinke - 1000 krofne - countless sarmas, ordered supplies, washed dishes, set up tables and chairs, cleaned up Monday, worked the Sunday School tent, set up the historical exhibit, roasted lambs and pigs, performed folklore dances, performed in the combined choir, sold raffle tickets, cleaned tables, and for months helped transform the kitchen and storage facilities to a beautiful workplace with a walk - up service window.
Many volunteers took time off from their jobs or used vacation time to help. Hundreds of sore feet and backs later, we'll all be back again next year to do it all over again. There's a special love and commitment we have to our Church and to each other in preserving what our parents and grandparents built for us. Thank you all and Ziveli! See you next year, "Ako Bog Da".
After a great round of golf, everyone was treated to an all-you-can-eat Serbian Luncheon Buffet.The selections included endless rounds of roasted lamb, sarma, cevaps, chicken, and all the trimmings, followed by homemade apple strudel. PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra entertained the golfers as they relaxed among friends. Many golfers stayed on all afternoon and enjoyed Serb Fest music and activities. Everyone had a great time, so be sure to join us next year.
Golf prizes were awarded for:
LOWEST SCORE - Steve Buha's Foursome
CLOSEST TO PIN - Stevan Ivetich
LONGEST DRIVE - Bob Drobac
ONE LOVE SERBIAN SONG - JEDNA LJUBAV SRPSKA PESMA Chorus performed their theme song flawlessly and set the tone for an incredible concert weekend. The combined choirs of S.S.S. Branko Radichevich and Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac planned an event that will be remembered for years to come. With 30 choirs in attendance, everything from housing to the Ad Book was done in perfect detail. A casual idea of combining all the choirs and performing together became a dream come true for the organizers. It wasn't easy, but they made it happen by working together for 2 years. Congratulations to all volunteers, organizers, and singers for their outstanding efforts. Enjoy a sampling below, and as soon as the professionally edited complete Concert CD and DVD are available for sale, we'll let you know how to purchase these items.
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Mom - Mama - Mommy - Ma - Mother; no matter what you call her, she is very loved. Our church board hosted this year's Mother's Day Luncheon. It's always a treat to get Mom out of the kitchen for the day, so Thanks to all the men who served. Perhaps you'll notice that up to three generations attended this wonderful celebration. Borka Grimsgard took these lovely photos........Thanks, Borka!
Pictured below are Karen and Lazo Knezich. Too cute!
St. Sava Church members George and Millie Moncilovich, parents of Navy Commander Milan Moncilovich, have much to be proud of. The following article is from the Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Times.
NAVY RESERVIST RETURNS FROM HAITI WITH STORIES OF HEALING
For U.S. Navy Cmdr. Milan Moncilovich, the most harrowing part of his trip to Haiti was not the wreckage left by the Jan. 12 earthquake but the plight of the thousands that live there and the uncertainty of their future.
“What I saw made me take back … not so much the devastation of the earthquake,” Moncilovich said. “The thing that immediately hit me was the extreme poverty of the people in Haiti. I’ve never seen that kind of poverty before. The earthquake did nothing to help that.”
The Drexel Hill reservist and pharmacist boarded a C-130 in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 16 and arrived in Port-au-Prince under the cover of darkness. He then boarded a bus that weaved its way through the downtown area to a dock, where boats waited to take the new arrivals to the USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), a vast hospital ship two miles offshore.
Looking out the bus window, Moncilovich saw towns comprised of hundreds of 8-by-8-foot corrugated tin boxes.
“It would literally be a house or dwelling,” he said. “That was where a family lived. You could see the rust and the wear and the tear. It was just rows and rows behind rows.”
Then, there was the rubble.
“Everything was pretty much in ruins,” Moncilovich said. “The buildings didn’t have any metal infrastructure. It was cinder block and cement. That’s why so many buildings came down.”
Once Moncilovich boarded the Comfort, he adjusted to his role as department head for pharmacy services and the 12-to-16-hour days ahead.
Seahawk helicopters would transport patients to the ship on a nonstop basis, where crew members awaited their arrival with gurneys. Moncilovich said there were eight or nine days where a patient was arriving every six minutes.
“At one point, we had over 490 patients aboard ship,” he added. “The number of surgeries we did was over 900 throughout the mission.”
He said pain management and orthopedic concerns were the biggest issues.
Moncilovich said the Comfort brought $5 million worth of orthopedic hardware, such as internal plates and screws. “We used every bit of it,” he said.
In addition, he said the reservists prepared and dispensed more than 70,000 doses of medication during the 60 days the Comfort was docked offshore.
Every other day, Moncilovich would go ashore with two armed guards and an interpreter.
There, he would take medications to the hospitals, even the Haitian University Hospital, which was operating in the streets and alleys as the main structure was condemned.
That was one of the most difficult parts of the mission — providing the care and then not knowing what the follow-up care would be like, Moncilovich said.
“We just had top-level care on the ship,” he said. “The challenge was … we needed to place them somewhere where they could continue that care.”
He said he felt sympathy for all of the victims, but especially the children.
“There were a lot of children for whom we couldn’t find parents,” Moncilovich said. And, he added, there were the injuries ranging from broken bones to amputations.
Ronnie, the Comfort’s last patient, reminded him of the other children he had met on land.
“When we got him, his entire one side of his face was completely infected,” Moncilovich said, adding that the 10-year-old’s cheek had shattered.
Flies had gotten into the wound and laid eggs, leaving the surgeons to pull the larvae worms out of the boy’s cheek, he said.
“We got it under control,” Moncilovich said.
On Ronnie’s last day, he made certain the boy was well equipped with needed medications, an act that the boy reciprocated with a smile.
Moncilovich returned to Delaware County Monday and to his job as a corporate manager at Universal Health Services in King of Prussia Wednesday.
However, he’s headed to Nicaragua in May for a three-week humanitarian mission.
“After seeing what I saw on this mission, I don’t think I’m going to see anything that will surprise or startle me,” Moncilovich said. “This was almost life-changing with the amount of poverty and the daily struggle just to survive.”
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Once again St. Elijah of Merrillville hosted a great tournament. Their facility is spacious, the food was delicious, and The Fieldhouse was the perfect choice for games. Even the weather cooperated for a perfect weekend of fun. Final game scores and winning trophy details will be published in the next issue of the SRBOBRAN. (more videos and photos still coming)
Lake Michigan's Ogden Dunes shore on a rainy Sunday afternoon - could this be choir practice? Nick and Melanie Sever opened their home and hearts once again to host a practice session for the combined choirs of Merrillville and South Bend, Indiana. Two different time zones and up to 90 minutes of travel can't discourage this group. St. Elijah Cathedral Choir, Aleksa Shantich Choir, and S.S.S. Karageorge will perform together for the first time at the upcoming "One Love" Choir Festival in Chicago. Two hours of intense practice were followed by a little kolo dancing, great food, and lots of hugs and kisses. Oh, yes, and John Japa's homemade goulash was incredible. New friendships are the best result of this combined effort. If you have the opportunity to participate next year, you certainly won't regret it.
Steve Baroevich, Dan Orlich, Mike Jaksich, and Nick Sever accompany the choir on their tamburas........Thanks, guys!
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Our sincere Congratulations to Milojko Galich on his special day. Family from around the country made a trip to sunny Florida to celebrate his 90th Birthday on April 10th (actual birthday was March 3rd). Surrounded by his lovely daughters Zora, Mara, Libby, and Dara, he couldn't be happier. Son-in-laws, grandchildren, Kumovi, and dear friends helped him party "Serbian Style" with live music, great food, and a birthday cake topped with a Chetnik hat replica. Milojko and his late wife Dragica were long-time active members of St. Sava Church and he now lives with his daughter Mara (his care-giver) in the Sarasota area. We wish Milojko a Happy 90th Birthday, Zivio! i Mnogaja Ljeta!
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Dressed in their Sunday best, three and four generations of families attended Divine Liturgy on Easter. Beba Rudman and Zoran Andrich passed out colorful Easter eggs that were donated by Kolo Sisters.
Look who was busy in an Easter egg challenge in Florida? Our very own Father John and Protinica Mirijana were happy to compete. You may also recognize the Nogulich's, Mihajlovich's, and Peter Puhar! Florida photos provided by Jelena Mulin.
Laurenn Baroevich took some fantastic photos for us to enjoy. You can see her unique, youthful perspective and the response of the children. Sunday School sponsored an egg hunt on the east lawn. In spite of the fierce windy weather, all the eggs were recovered. Thanks, Easter Bunny!
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Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday.
Immediately after the end of the forty days of penitence and before the days of darkness and mourning of Passion Week, the Holy Church celebrates the bright festivals of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday. Lazarus Saturday commemorates the raising of Lazarus from the dead and serves as a reminder that Jesus is the Master of life and death, and foreshadows the Lord's glorious Resurrection eight days later. Palm Sunday, of course, commemorates Our Lord's glorious entrance into Jerusalem. On this day Palm branches are blessed and held by the faithful (pussy-willow branches in the Russian Church) in remembrance of that joyous day. (from www.babamim.com)
On Saturday, January 23, several children came to the south wing kitchen to get hands-on experience making the Kolach and Zito for their St. Sava Day Celebration. Under the supervision of Sonja Mancich and Ann Rudman, they created a beautifully decorated Kolach and Zito. Thanks to Beba Rudman, Zorka Glumac, and Danica Beslich for their help in the kitchen Sunday, and to Marie Baroevich for all the hard work and planning. Along with a bouquet of flowers, sincere Thanks were expressed to Teta Joanne Samardzija for sharing her personal talents and time teaching and rehearsing songs for this year's St. Sava Day program.
After the program, the children were treated to cash prizes and 3-foot long licorice.
Vinko Claus heard many requests for new toys and dolls, and assurances of good behavior. After a short visit with Santa, all children received treat bags filled with goodies. This is just a sampling of photos taken. Contact Simo Glumac for a professional copy from the complete selection of Christmas Eve pictures with Santa.
Hundreds of Serbs, young and old, braved the cold weather and threat of a snow storm to participate in evening Vespers and burning of the Badnjak. A large heated tent was set up to accomodate the huge crowd and made a cozy place to visit with friends and relatives. Our Kolo Sisters served up lenten sandwiches and fruit trays for refreshments. The traditional "vruca rakija" helped keep everyone warm as holiday greetings and gifts were exchanged. (Click small photos to enlarge)
Nicholas D. Chabraja and his lovely wife Eleanor honored us with their presence at St. Sava Church's historic 95th Anniversary. At the conclusion of his heartwarming speech, Mr. Chabraja was presented a plaque of appreciation from church president Dennis Svilar. Mr. Chabraja acknowledged his Sunday School teacher from many years ago, Miss Daisy Wuletich, also in attendance. "Thank You, Ziveli, and Mnogaja Ljeta!" to the Chabraja's for their support through the years and for making this Anniversary a very special memory.
St. Elijah Hall Catering served up a delicious meal, and our own Kolo Sisters provided elegant table decorations and an endless selection of delicious homemade desserts. Incredibly, the weather was unseasonably warm and sunny at 70 degrees - imagine that in November! This was truly a special day for St. Sava Church members.
Enjoy the slide show video from last week's Serb Fest 2009. In a few days, check back to see the slide show video from this year's exhibit presented by the Serbian Historical Society. Thanks to Milan Opacich for sharing background music from the "ZORA Tamburitza from Old Gary" CD.
At the re-dedication of the WWII Memorial Monument in early June, several Veterans were in attendance. One Veteran, George Tatalovich, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Play the video about the monument re - dedication in the videos section on the right, and you'll see an "animated" George pointing to his name listed on the monument. The music fits his personality. He was spotted at this year's Serb Fest with his family.
Enjoy the pictures from this year's wonderful Serb Fest. Beautiful weather and non-stop music provided the perfect background for a great weekend.
This festival is staffed by volunteers, a commitment that is truly appreciated. The second and third generation is represented in many families. Without our volunteers, we couldn't have the festival, a fund-raiser that our church depends on. Thank you all once again! The photos below are only a small representation of the great number of volunteers.
Kids of all ages found good, old fashioned fun at Serb Fest. They took a break from all the electronics,TV, and video games. They actually played games outdoors and spent time making new friends.
This is your last chance to enjoy the non - stop live music, dancing, and delicious food. Serb Fest opens at noon, closes at 10 p.m. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, This year's theme is "Immigrants, Serbs of Steel", plus a special display honoring Gary's very own Karl Malden. The Serbian Bakery and Kafana are open as well. "Serbs of Steel" program in the tent starts at 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers Stephen McShane, Gary Wilk, and Nick Tarailo. The BIG CASH RAFFLE is always exciting, so buy your ticket for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000! Church Tours start at 3 p.m.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Elijah Cathedral, Bishop Longin and Fr. Marko officiating. There will be no service at St. Sava. St. Elijah Cathedral celebrates their Slava today.
WATCH THE VIDEO COMMERCIAL BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILS.
After a day at the beach or pool, choir members enjoyed a casual dinner cruise aboard the StarLite Majesty. The Gulf Coast is famous for dramatic sunsets, and Friday evening was no exception. The sunburned singers danced the night away; kolos, cacak, electric slide, and slow dancing. Amazingly, they all made it to the concert Saturday in time. These photos were provided by Jelena Mulin.........Thanks! More photos have been submitted by Daniella Mancich and Karen Christoff, and will be up in a couple days. Check back soon.
Mirko Roknich Orchestra provided non-stop music for dancing and plenty of sing-alongs. Several rounds of "Mirjanaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" were heard across town, as is the case when Joey Puhar and friends are in the house. As seen in the photos, everyone had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and making new ones. Check back for more pictures soon.
Click the small thumbnail photo once to enlarge; then once you're on Photobucket, click it again for a full screen view. Photos can be purchased on Photobucket and picked up at Target. (Saturday photos by Jelena Mulin. Thanks, Jelena!)
70th Annual SNF Basketball Tournament
St. Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church
Champions by Division:
Over 35 Division:
Champions: Serbian Eagles A.C.â€”Lansing, IL
Runners Up: Aliquippa Serbsâ€”Aliquippa, PA
Final Score: 65 â€“ 45
Senior Men's Division:
Champions: Cevap Amigosâ€”Clarendon Hils, IL
Runners Up: Duquesne Principâ€”Duquesne, PA
Final Score 59 â€“ 57
MVP: Milos Pujo, Cevap Amigos
Steppo Rebounding Award: Greg Foster, Duquesne Princip
+Nick Medich Sportsmanship Award: Mike Jaksich, Cevap Amigos
Champions: Klub Karageorgeâ€”Monroeville, PA
Runners Up: Ranko's Meatsâ€”Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Final Score: 52 â€“ 45
MVP: Leah Hurst, Klub Karageorge
Olga Tomich Sportsmanship Award: Bojana Kovacevic, Ranko's Meats
Champions: Chicago Starsâ€”Chicago, IL
Runners Up: St. Elijah Lodge 170 Aâ€”Merrillville, IN
Final Score: 72 â€“ 66
MVP: Nick Stojanovich
Junior Boys Division
Champions: Serbian Eagles A.C. #1â€”Lansing, IL
Runners Up: EZ Marketâ€”Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Final Score: 56 â€“ 42
MVP: Jake Raspopovich
Junior Girls Division:
Champions: St. Sava Milwaukeeâ€”Milwaukee, WI
Runners Up: Serbian Eagles A.C.â€”Lansing, IL
Final Score 27 â€“ 26
Pee Wee A Division:
Bato Hayden Pee Wee A Champions: St. Sava Fudbaleriâ€”Milwaukee, WI
Runners Up: Chicago Stars # 1
Pee Wee B Division:
Champions: All Seasons Travelâ€”Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Runners Up: St. Georgeâ€”Schererville, IN
Wee Wee Division:
Serbian Eagles A.C. #1â€”Lansing, IL
Serbian Eagles A.C. #2â€”Lansing, IL
Serbian Eagles A.C. #3â€”Lansing, IL
St. George Lodge 171â€”Shererville, IN
St. George Scherervilleâ€”Schererville, IN
St. Sava Merrillvilleâ€”Merrillville, IN
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Better make some popcorn, it's time to re-live Saturday night. Enjoy the slide show below with family, friends, other Serbs, and others who wish they were Serbs! More pictures coming in the next few days. Don't forget to send your own photos so we can share them.
In 1947, a large Memorial Monument was erected and dedicated to honor those young Serbian men from St. Sava Church, who bravely fought in the Second World War. Several perished and are listed among approximately 200 church members who proudly served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. On our Church's Anniversary, we still pay tribute to them each year at the new Church property in Merrillville. The original Monument has remained at the old Church property at 1300 Connecticut Street since it survived the fire in the late 70's.
Recently, Nicky Joe Sever has taken on the task to dis-assemble, secure and move the Monument. It is a difficult project, but he is skilled, determined, and passionate about fulfilling the dream of many Church members. His father's name is among those listed on the original plaques that have been in storage. The process of storing, transporting, and re-building the structure will take weeks, but we all look forward to an emotional day when we can re-dedicate this beautiful tribute to a previous generation of heroes. The Monument will be placed in the area around the flag poles, and it will be visible for passing traffic to appreciate. The Serbian Historical Society would like for anyone who has a relative listed on the Monument to please provide a copy of a photograph in uniform (5 X 7) for historical preservation. Please provide details such as dates, branch, rank, etc. if possible. A complete list of servicemen will be on display on the south and north wing bulletin boards.
Special Thanks to Greg Traicoff for providing a crane, truck, and other equipment at no charge. Others pictured are Chris Traicoff, Eric Seville, Nick Sever, and Christopher Stevens, and Fred. And to Nick Sever, heartfelt Thanks and appreciation for your hard work and the respect you've shown for St. Sava's servicemen.
All the children were dressed in their Easter finery as they received brightly colored eggs from "Beba" Milena Rudman, Dennis, and Lynn Svilar. Thank you to everyone who brought dozens of colored eggs to pass out. Enjoy the photos and be sure to click on the small thumbnail photos to renlarge, and once again on Photobucket for an even larger image.
The Church was beautifully decorated Sunday for Divine Liturgy. Icon frames were adorned with daisies and carnations, and pots of lillies and azaleas were spread throughout. Fresh flowers added a festive backdrop to the Altar as well.
These days commemorate the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, after performing the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus. In memory of this, on Saturday there is a procession of children carrying banners, crosses and little bells. A special hymn is sung. Green branches of a willow are placed on a table in the church and remain there until the next day, Palm Sunday. Willow branches were used because palms were not available in Serbia when this custom began. The priest blesses the branches and distributes them to the congregation, along with the blessed bread (nafora), on Palm Sunday. The willow is taken home and placed behind the family Icon. The very name of the holiday-Vrbica comes from the Serbian word 'vrba', meaning "willow".
"2 Thumbs Up!" The critics agree that every year the talented children work hard to learn their poems and music. It's a pleasure to attend this wonderful program each year. Thanks to Kim Simic and all the teachers for working with the kids and preparing them just 3 weeks after the Christmas play. Sofia Grimsgard played Minuet #8 by Bach on her cello. Danilo Orlich, Sasha Novakovich, and Dimitri Simic brought the house down with a comedy sketch. Xenia Jancarich provided these wonderful photos.
Our wonderful holiday traditions were celebrated once again this year on January 6th. After the evening service and Christmas play, Father Marko blessed the badnjak and everyone enjoyed refreshments in the south wing.
And now, the STARS OF THE SHOW!!!!!!!!
The South Shore Wall of Legends has 3 new faces: actor Karl Malden, boxer Tony Zale, and artist Frank Dudley. All were honored Thursday evening at the Indiana Welcome Center in Highland. Hosted by the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, Speros Batistatos opened the program and turned it over to Master of Ceremonies John Davies. Milan Opacich of the Serbian Historical Society of St. Sava and William Nangle of The Times Newspaper spoke on behalf of Karl Malden. Frank Dudley was honored for his Artistic talents and conservation efforts by Gregg Hertzlieb, Director and Curator of Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University. Tony Zale was fondly remembered by Chet Dobis, who took us all back to the ethnic melting-pot days of old Gary. Remarks were also made on Tony Zale's boxing career by Tom Higgins. The program ended SERBIAN STYLE with a performance by MISMO Tamburitza Orchestra, who also played in the reception area as refreshments were provided by the St. Sava Serbian Sisters. The Welcome Center is beautifully decorated with the theme of the movie classic "A Christmas Story". Please make a point to bring your family to this wonderful exhibit and events that celebrate the 25th Anniversary of "A Christmas Story". MISMO entertained for the remainder of the evening; Thanks to all the guys! What a finish to a great event!
Read more about The South Shore Wall of Legends in The Times.
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At the 94th Anniversary Banquet, Simo Glumac, Mike Suvajac, Miodrag Vasiljevich, Stanley Galich, and Richard Vrtikapa were honored and thanked for their volunteering. These men have spent countless hours doing physical work around the church almost every day for months, and continue to do so. The garage was transformed in just a couple of weeks into a fully functional kitchen under tremendous pressure, just in tine for Serb Fest. Some have helped in other capacities. There are many others among this parish who have dedicated their time and talents. This week alone, Simo Glumac and Paul Jancarich worked out in the cold 20 degree weather boarding up the old hall. Hopefully we'll be able to acknowledge them all someday.
In tribute to all our volunteers, we THANK all these dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay!
On Sunday, November 23rd, St. Sava Church celebrated it's historic 94th Anniversary. Father Marko Matic and Father Dennis Pavicevich served Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m., followed by an outdoor Memorial Service at the Monument, honoring deceased members. The long-held tradition of placing a red, blue, and white wreath of fresh flowers is still followed. The Anniversary Banquet and Program were held at St. Elijah's beautiful banquet hall, also in Merrillville. St. Elijah's Catering crew served up a fabulous meal, and our own St. Sava Kolo Sisters treated us to a colorful dessert table spread. St. Sava's Folklore Groups performed lively Serbian dances.
Mistress of Ceremonies for this year's event, Portage Mayor Olga (Galich) Velasquez, reminded us of those members before us, who sacrificed and worked so hard to build and support this wonderful congregation. Church President Dennis Svilar announced the recipients of the "Extra Mile Club" Award, given to five men who have done tremendous tasks this past year for the benefit of our Church. Sincere Thanks were given to Simo Glumac, Richard Vrtikapa, Mike Suvajac, Stanley Galic, and Miodrag Vasiljevich. Representatives of each church organization presented gifts to the church, and Father Dennis Pavicevich, keynote speaker, reminded us of how the Gary Parish has evolved to become one of the most respected ones in the country. Once again, we would like to Thank Father Dennis for accepting our invitation to speak at our Anniversary Celebration, and we all pray for good health for Father Dusan Bunjevic, who was unable to attend.
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Father Marko ended Divine Liturgy Sunday with blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo at the base of the Icon of Holy Confessor Varnava Bishop of Hvosno. Serbian Historical Society's talented member Paul Jancarich sang the Troparian for Bishop Varnava in his own musical arrangement. Many church members helped with preparations and baking. and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all who stayed for the wonderful Luncheon and offer their support for St. Sava's newest organization. A Supporting Membership Drive will be presented in 2009, so be sure to become a Charter Member!
Every two years, one of the member choirs of the Serbian Orthodox Choral Association hosts their convention. This year's meetings proved to be very productive. The Delegates met in Merrillville, where they spent both days updating By-Laws and discussing future festivals. Choirs from Hamilton, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, East Chicago, and Merrillville were represented. Everyone took a break and spent Friday night at Bronko's enjoying a great meal. Of course, there was kolo dancing and sing-alongs to the sounds of "Mismo" Tamburitza Orchestra. Sunday the combined choirs sang the Liturgical responses and also held Parastos remembering deceased SOCA members. (Click photo to enlarge)
Re-live the fun at this year's Serb Fest, Northwest Indiana's best ethnic festival. If you missed this year's event, visit us next year, always the first weekend in August. This annual fund raiser will help build facilities for future festivals and events on the Church grounds in Merrillville. Serb Fest is staffed by dedicated volunteers of all ages. The first day is always kicked off with the Golf Classic, followed by a Serbian Buffet, and the evening is filled with music, dancing, and of course, more great Serbian food. This 3-day event includes a Big Cash Raffle with a $25,000 Grand Prize, many live bands, and a Cultural Exhibit. Serb Fest Menu includes BBQ Lamb, Cevaps, Raznici, Sarma, Chicken, Palachinke, Krofne, Nut Rolls, Strudels of many flavors, and the fabulous Serbian Bakery! See you next year! Watch all 3 Slide shows below.
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Everyone had a great time. The food was outstanding, the palachinka lines were long, the pivo taps were working non-stop, and Thanks to all the hard-working Volunteers, Serb Fest 2008 was a successful new beginning for St. Sava Church. Non-stop music kept everyone dancing. Saturday night's highlight was hearing all the young voices singing "Djurdjevdan" with "Sumadija" Orchestra in the moonlight with the lighted domes of the church behind them. Positive remarks from the public were focused on being impressed with the number of workers of all ages, and the friendliness and hospitality they were shown. Check back daily for more info and photos from Serb Fest.
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St. Sava Church towers over the many tents, providing a picturesque backdrop for the festival. This was the first year for hosting our Serb Fest in Merrillville, and proved to be the right choice. As soon as the final attendance and food numbers come in, we'll let you know. Check back daily for more photos.
The volunteers are the foundation for the success of this monumental event, and we'd like to THANK each and every one of them. Many have worked for months preparing nut rolls and strudels, while others worked feverishly to remodel the garage and transform it into a functioning kitchen. Planning the layout, utilities, and set-up took weeks. Raffle Ticket sellers had an especially big challenge this year. Preparations in all areas were covered by our parishoners and our dear friends. Moving Serb Fest to Merrillville in such a visible location has drawn many new local faces this year. And of course, with all your help, we handled it. Thanks to everyone!
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Family and close friends from church fondly joined in the celebration of Ann Pamachena's 100th Birthday. Karageorge is proud of their relationship with one of the most incredible women you'll ever meet. She can tell you all about the early days in Gary and the pioneers from our church. Ann has enjoyed many long, healthy years and we are all blessed to be among her circle of friends. Zivela, Ann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The heat was extreme, but so was the fun. Turkey Creek Golf Course was filled with carts full of Serbs and their dear friends from the business community and other nearby churches. Father Marko's opening prayer is a traditional beginning for the event.The luncheon was held at the church grounds in Merrillville for the first time. T-Roma played tamburitza music for everyone's enjoyment. And of course, the lamb, pig, sarma, and cevaps were delicious too. Looks like everyone had a great time. Special thanks to all sponsors for supporting this annual fund raiser. The festival and golf outing proceeds will help fund the building of new facilities for future festivals on the Merrillville property.
Serbs who served in both World Wars in Yugoslavia and those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces were honored Sunday on Serbian Day. St. Sava's new Serbian Historical Society displayed tributes to every generation of men and women who sacrificed so much for their country. Draza Mihajlovich and his brave Chetniks were honored with a video presentation and photographic display provided by many of our members and our friends from St. Elijah. Rare books have been collected and copies were provided for viewing. The Nogulich Family was kind enough to provide a DVD documentary about the first Serbian Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Corporal Jake Allex Mandusich. Along with many photos and artifacts, Serbian Pride was evident on Serbian Day.
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This year's Serbian Day Celebration marked many new beginnings for our Church. After closing our Church Hall last August, we were forced to make adjustments, and we certainly did. A long-time tradition of the Draza Mihajlovich Memorial Service was celebrated for the first time in Merrillville, and a new Legacy Tree was chosen and dedicated. A piece of the original tree from 49th Avenue was cut out and brought to the new Church. The Cross carved in the trunk was carefully preserved. The few remaining Chetniks who were able to attend stood proudly and emotionally as their Leader was remembered. Pictured are Milos Katic, Petar Baljak, Chedo Radovich, Jovan Mileusnic, and Milorad Mileusnic. Not pictured is Nikola Loncar. Unable to attend was Blazo Dragich. A breezy, sunny day was the backdrop for a sky of many flags. Some parishoners stayed for a luncheon and took in the Memorial displays honoring the many Serbs who served their countries proudly. Even the kids had a great time playing games and relays Thanks to Kim Mileusnic. And of course, a perfect ending to a Serbian celebration is for all the women to come out of the kitchen and join everyone in dancing a Kolo.
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Host choir Holy Trinity from St. Louis hosted this year's festival. Choirs attending and performing in the concert were: Guest Choir Branko Radichevich from Chicago, Kornelije Stankovich from East Chicago, SSS Draza Mihajlovich from Cudahy, SSS Karageorge from Merrillville, Stevan Mokranjac from Hamilton, and St. Archangel Michael from Toronto. Thanks to Desa Halstead for these photos.
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The Serbian Folklore Federation of North America celebrated it's 8th Annual Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida June 20th through 22nd. Our own Srbadija senior group attended the event and performed along with many groups from around the country. Wonderful memories were made with friends old and new. Looks like half the fun was just getting there. The performing groups traveled from Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Joliet, Cleveland, Monroeville, Merrillville, McKeesport, Schererville, Aliquippa, and the host town of St. Petersburg. Send us your concert photos to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share them. Thanks to Erin Devaney for sharing these photos.
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Congratulations to our own Pee - Wee Championship Winners! Coaches D. Tomich and Zeljko Novakovich should be very proud of their tough competitors. Thanks to Betsy Kirby for providing the video and pictures of the recent SNF competition. Enjoy the short video, and be sure to click on the photos to enlarge.
Thanks to John Buffalini, Associate Director of Basketball for the SNF, for providing these images from some of the games and awards presentations. Send us your photos to email@example.com so that we can share them. More pics in previous blogs and in your upcoming SRBOBRAN Issue.
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The excitement built up to the Championship games played Sunday afternoon at Purdue Calumet. Sunday evening concluded 4 exciting days of games, music, dancing, and socializing. St. Elijah Cathedral's hard working volunteers handled the huge crowds efficiently, serving up countless meals and drinks throughout the long weekend. Everyone had a great time, and all the players made new friends. Early Sunday evening, trophies were awarded in various categories, including Sportsmanship, All-Stars, and the winning and runner-up teams. This year's Senior Men's Winning Team is Cevap Amigos. Congratulations to all players, St. Elijah, Nick Beader, Mico Stojic, and the SNF for continuing the tradition of the historic Serb National Federation Basketball Tournament. See you next year in Lansing, Illinois.
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Where were you Friday night? St. Elijah Church sure put on a great event for all who attended. So many celebrated being Serbs by showing off those kolo dance moves this weekend. Srbija Band from Arizona, and local bands Ti Roma and Dunav entertained the huge crowds. The kitchen offered tasty plates of sarma, lamb, and cevaps and a bake sale with endless choices. You still have two days left to enjoy the games and evening festivities, so don't miss out!
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Many celebrated this happy occasion after Divine Liturgy Sunday. Moms were treated to a gift of geraniums from the Sunday School children. Do you remember the fabulous Mother's Day Banquets years ago when the MEN prepared and served the meal on this day? We found and displayed several old photos from those occasions in the late 1980's. The mood was cheerful in spite of the cold, dark, rainy weather. The Serbian Historical Society hosted this event and appreciates the many generous donations. Once again, Happy Mother's Day!
Parastos was also served by both Father John and Father Marko for the memory of our past President Mike Galich, members Mile Kosanovich, Donald Sekulich, and Zivka Stankovich. May their memories be eternal.
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Mother Nature provided a perfect natural frame for us to enjoy the beauty of St. Sava Church on this spring afternoon. Perhaps it was her Mother's Day gift to us?
Church was filled to capacity on the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. Read Father Marko's interview in The Times newspaper Saturday's edition. The Sunday School children were treated to an Easter Egg Hunt on the north lawn, and then they surprised us all by singing "Hristos Voskrese" right before the Church Board passed out colored eggs. As you will see in the photos, this was a very special day enjoyed by everyone.
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Stojanka Radulovic was kind enough to send us her photos and a wonderful Thank You for all the hospitality extended to Sumadija Folklore Group from Whitby, Ontario, Canada. We're glad they made it home safely and enjoyed their visit and new friendships. What a wonderful way for all the dancers to get to know each other.
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Thanks to Betsy Kirby for these photos. We encourage you all to send us your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Click photo to enlarge)
Three days of Serb Fest ended months of preparation by the members (all volunteers).
of our parish. 1110 strudels, 3964 sarmas, 3862 palachinke, 280 nut rolls, 1350 krofne 160 lambs, 1650 pounds of cevaps, countless raznici and muchkalize, chicken dinners, and thousands of freshly-baked goods were served up cheerfully over that long weekend. 64 kegs of beer also disappeared. The hard work paid off, and now it's time to save for future building on our church grounds.
A special thank you goes out to the Kolo Sisters who worked for 2 months this past hot summer to prepare the sarmas, nut rolls, and strudels, on their feet for hours.
Their names are:
Smilja Andrich, Helen and Kathy Baroevich, Danica Beslic, Kay Bozich, Mary Christoff, Stana Djinovich, Olga Dotlich, Manda Andrejich Ellison, Lillian Galich, Tamara Galich, Rada Gaslich, Zorka Glumac, Millie Griggs, Xenia Jancarich, Millie Kokotovich, Marilyn Leach, Mary Magurean, Dorothy Majstorovich, Sophie Makivich, Popadija Vesna Matic, Radmila Milivojevic, Millie Moncilovich, Loretta Nickovich, Mara Pokrajac, Ann and Beba Rudman, Nada Samardzija, Violet Sekulich, Olga and Sandy Shinovich, Barbara Skala, Florence Stefanovich, Lynn Svilar, Carolyn Tomich, Dragica Trikich, Slobodanka Vasiljevich, and Polly Vrtikapa. Mike Suvajac was also a great help. Your commitment is greatly appreciated.
More photos from Serb Fest 2007 were sent by Mileva Savich. Roll your mouse over each to zoom in.
The 2007 Serb Fest marked the second year for the mini museum display. Hundreds of visitors toured the museum each day, learning about the history and culture of the Serbs. Many took the time to glance through articles and books, and view photographs and movies. Among topics of interest displayed were; icons, slava items, priests, authors, and antique musical instruments.
A Wall of Fame highlighted achievements of church members Bishop Varnava, Diana (Chirich) Henery-opera singer, Nick "Jumbo" Strincevich-retired MLB player, Walter Bogdanich-Pulitzer Prize Winner, Milo Komenich-Basketball Hall of Famer, and of course, Karl Malden-Academy Award Winning Actor and great benefactor of St. Sava Church. General Draza Mihailovich was given special recognition as well as those who served under him in WWII, supporting the allies. Nikola Tesla and the automobile named in his honor were also highlighted, as were the Vajagich Brothers, Kolo Sestara, and the long history of SSS Karageorge Choir.
St. Sava Church's roots are in Gary, the steel mills, and the Gary schools. A display related to Gary's Golden Jubilee in 1956 featured a silent movie of the parade in which St. Sava's float passed through crowded Gary streets.
Children rushed into the museum to find their individual photos labeled with titles of future leadership positions within the church. They brought their friends back and asked "what did you get?" The walls outside the museum were lined with rows of old photos from the 1930's to 1970's. It was important to identify the persons in the photos because they represent the hardships and sacrifices made to build our church as we know it today. The Museum Committee would like to thank everyone who donated items or photos and encourage you to continue donating interesting items for future displays. Photos by Jelena Mulin. Click on photo to enlarge.
Was it the delicious food, lively tamburitzas or our much-loved heritage museum? Take your pick, but the combination is a recipe for success! St. Sava's Serb Fest Committees, volunteers, church board, membership, and Father Marko would like to thank everyone who visited and supported our annual fund raiser.
Enjoy these photos taken by Jelena Mulin and Dorothy Paunovich. Send in yours! Use the contact button in our profile.
Don't miss these two newspaper articles on the heritage museum:
Our first round of Serb Fest photos are from the golf outing on Friday and were taken by Borka Grimsgard. Check back soon for more festival photos. Send in yours to email@example.com
The American Srbobran has sent us an electronic copy of the picturesque four page spread on the 2007 SNF Basketball Tournament. If you don't receive the Srbobran biweekly, then you're missing out. Every Serb should read it!
These pages are from the June 6, 2007 American Srbobran, official publication of the Serb National Federation. To subscribe to the American Srbobran and/or to join the Serb National Federation call 800-538-7372, or write to SNF, 938 Penn Avenue, 4th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
The St. Sava Karageorge choir was a perfect host. A welcoming party was held on Friday evening, along with a reception and dance following Saturday's concert. On Sunday the Branko Choir from Nis sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy and a banquet was held in their honor following the church services at St. Sava Hall in Hobart, IN. Paul Jancarich, the historian for the Karageorge Choir, displayed an impressive pictorial exhibit of the history of Karageorge from its' beginning. Father Marko Matic is the new parish priest at St. Sava Church. Father Jovan Todorovich retired after serving 36 years.
Photos sent in by Danny Petkovic. All photos can be viewed on our Photobucket Page.
St. Sava last hosted the event 40 years ago in 1967. And we were happy to host this year's 68th annual basketball tournament. We'll see everyone next year at St. Elijah for another weekend of fun.
Photos are starting to make it to our inbox. We will be posting them as they come in, so check back throughout the week. Send your photos and videos to stsavachurch AT gmail DOT com. Also, professional photos will be posted soon and prints will be available for purchase.
These photos were sent in by Dorothy Paunovich. You may have to reload the page if the slideshow does not laod properly. Photobucket seems to be having some issues.