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
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church celebrated The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on May 5, 2013, according to the Julian calendar. Families came to worship at Divine Liturgy, Rev. Marko Matic officiating, responses by S.S.S. Karageorge Choir. Visit St. Sava every Sunday morning for Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.
St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society honored Poet Jovan Ducic on the 70th Anniversary of his death. Guest speaker Rade Pejovic told of the lyric poet's early days and accomplishments, talents, and styles. Rev. Marko Matic introduced Mr. Pejovic along with Simeon Vasic, Jelena Milinovic, and Miodrag Djordjevic, who recited several of Ducic's famous poems. April 7, 2013 was exactly 70 years to the date when Jovan Ducic passed away in Gary, Indiana. His funeral was held at St. Sava Church on 13th & Connecticut Street. Please stop by to view the exhibit through the month of April in the south wing during fish fry Fridays and Sunday Luncheons.
Lenten Services throughout the Midwest Diocese offer an opportunity for your family to attend many area church services during this Holy period leading to the Resurrection.
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!
Please join us for choir practice this Thursday, April 11th. This is a new beginning for Karageorge, our wonderful choir, who will host this year's annual SOCA Festival in early June. NEW MEMBERSHIP is encouraged - parents and children welcome, 5th GRADERS and older! Practice THURSDAY April 11th and every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the north wing conference room. Let's recruit those young voices, and teach a new generation the joy of our music! S.S.S.Karageorge will also celebrate their 100th Anniversary during this same weekend!
Yes, Google got it right...not much more to say. Enjoy.
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.
St. Sava's got talent! We all look forward to the St. Sava Day program each year. Please take a few minutes to watch highlights from this year's presentation of music and poetry. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have encouraged the students to learn new songs arranged by Joanne Samardzija, who has spent many hours practicing with the children. Both Popadija Vesna Matic and Joanne worked on song selections and translations. Most of all, we're so proud of the students - they are the future leaders, teachers, and members of St. Sava Church. Looks like we're in good hands!
Please take the time to watch both videos. Send these videos to relatives who may have missed the program or live out of town.
We all look forward to the St. Sava Day program each year. Please take a few minutes to watch highlights from this year's presentation of music and poetry. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have encouraged the students to learn new songs arranged by Joanne Samardzija, who has spent many hours practicing with the children. Both Popadija Vesna Matic and Joanne worked on song selections and translations. Most of all, we're so proud of the students - they are the future leaders, teachers, and members of St. Sava Church. Looks like we're in good hands!
At 99 years young, Blazo Dragic was honored by Dusan Matic reading this poem "Sveti Sava", written by Blazo in January of 1947 in a displaced persons camp in Eboli, Italy. Blazo wrote many beautiful poems during those years spent in Italy and Germany. Blazo's poems have been published and can be purchased through the church office (219) 736-9191 during office hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. "Zivot I Ja Unjemu - Life and Me in It" is priced at only $15 with entire purchase price donated to St. Sava Church.
"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
Aleksandar, Isabela, and Zivana Labovic, children of Susan and Dragan Labovic, were honored to serve as Kumovi for this year's St. Sava Day celebration. With all the distractions of school sports and weekend activities, the Labovic family has consistently chosen to attend Divine Liturgy and Church School instead. Young Kum Aleksandar spoke of the significance of St. Sava always watching over his family. Just this past Friday, his father, Dragan, was involved in a serious auto accident and miraculously suffered only a black eye. Sixteen years ago, his uncle and cousin were also involved in a serous auto accident on St. Sava Day and survived! Baba always reminded them that St. Sava has protected the Labovic family and his memory should be celebrated as we did Sunday.
Read about the true story of Serbian Dusko Popov, Ian Fleming's inspiration for the character of James Bond.
|Birth:||Jul. 10, 1912, Serbia|
|Death:||Aug. 10, 1981
Dusan' Dusko' Popov was a double agent working for British Intelligence Service MI5 during the Second World War under the codename 'Tricycle.'
Popov was born into a wealthy family in Titel, Vojvodina (part of Austro-Hungary, at the time) and received a good education and spoke fluent German. He had many highly placed German friends - secretly he despised the Nazis and their brutal regime and aim to conquer the world. He had an unpleasant encounter with Nazi party members, during his student days at university in Freiburg, where Popov gained a Doctorate in Law.
Popov joined the Anti-Hitler Abwehr agents early in the war and also joined British Intelligence MI5 as a double agent, working for the British. He came to live in London and travelled frequently to Lisbon, Portugal.
Popov was able to give the Germans approved information from MI5 - this gave British Intelligence a clear insight into German thinking and operations, which were vital to the war effort.
Popov carried out many perilous wartime missions for British Intelligence. He had the codename of 'Tricycle'.
Popov lived a very extravagant lifestyle and was well known to be a ladies man and had many romantic encounters. He had a well known affair with French actress Simone Simon.
Popov is also the inspiration for the Ian Fleming character...of James Bond.
Seven Spies Who Changed The World. by Nigel West.
Codename Tricycle:The Playboy Double Agent. by Russell Miller.
A Man Called Intrepid - The Secret War. by William Stevenson.
Spy/Counterspy. The Autobiography of Dusko Popov.
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
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!
Please click thumbnails to enlarge.
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 angel said, "shepards, fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOUR, which is CHRIST THE LORD. And this shall be a sign unto you, Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
Today we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord according to the Julian calendar. The original artwork below was created by Adam Popovich. Thanks to Vonnie Orlich for sharing this family treasure.
Call today (219) 406-7910 or email email@example.com for your holiday lamb or pig order. Proceeds to Srbadija Folklore and Sunday School. Pick up Monday from Noon to 1 p.m. Details and prices below:
The south wing was filled with families celebrating the arrival of 2013. Lively Serbian music was provided for dancing by Preldzlije Band. Buffet style dining offered guests endless choices from appetizers to desserts! Club Krajina sponsored this event to raise funds for Krajina's Serbian victims. Happy New Year 2013!
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.
You are cordially invited to attend the St. Sava Serbian Sisters
Annual Christmas Luncheon
Saturday, December 8th, 12:30 p.m.
Innsbrook Country Club 6701 Taft St., Merrillville
$20 per person, friends and family welcome!
Reservations a.s.a.p. to Mimi Orlich 219-310-8044 or Donna Nicolich 219-226-1758
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.
"The Deafening Cadence of Biblical Defection is more than a revelation of personal encounter. It is a written observation of the world, not as I see it, but as it truly is. Each chapter is a true-to-life account surrounding some of the most troublesome historicity of the Christian Church, all the way up to the more menacing tentacles of the anti-Christian movement in America. Of particular mention are the biased leftist media, inaccurate political propaganda from the film industry, the selling of militant humanism in our schools, political correctness, and a liberal court system that finds it appropriate to assist and legitimize Scriptural abominations into law.
Showing little regard for the Word of God, these anti-Christian agencies have become a menacing, parasitic force tearing at the very fabric of Christian ideology and the moral stability of America. The question is, what kind of world will we assign to the next generation if man’s self-serving, immoral inequities are the measuring tool that represents final authority? Important to this work is the presentation of the one true God as delineated throughout the Old and New Testament. It is by this method understanding and resolutions for conceptual issues in this book emerge. In the end, the book answers one of the most reigning questions corroborated throughout each chapter, and that is, can Christianity as we know it survive in a society that vilifies anything that represents Christian symbolic ideology?
About the author: Robert Delich, Ph.D., is the brother of St. Sava member Janice Delich. Robert grew up in South Chicago and was an active member of St. Archangel Michael parish. He is a world traveler, educator, author, drummer, triathlete, performer, and mental health professional with a Ph.D. in religious studies. The book is available at book stores or Amazon.com in hardcover or Kindle format.
Please join us after Divine Liturgy for the blessing and cutting of the Slavski Kolach in celebration of St. Varnava.
Wonderful, hard-working, devoted, loving, talented, inspiring......there aren't enough adjectives to describe our ladies of St. Sava's Serbian Sisters Circle. Once again they celebrated their Slava, St. Petka Paraskeva, with a solemn memorial service as Fr. Marko read the names of hundreds of deceased Kolo members that have passed throughout the years. Every year our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and Kumovi are remembered in our prayers. The Kolo Sisters are the backbone of our church, and we all acknowledge the fact that we could not exist without them. The Djordjevic family and Sisters from New Carlisle also celebrated their Slava that day. After Divine Liturgy, the ladies treated us to a delicious meal served by young folklore dancers and future Kolo leaders. A new framed photo tribute to past Kolo presidents was unveiled and will now be permanently displayed in the north wing. President Milena Beba Rudman thanked all the guests as well as her sisters "Martha Stewart" (Mimi Orlich) and "Paula Dean" (Zorka Glumac). There were many more to thank, but she hasn't nicknamed them yet! Guests included Kolo Sisters representing NWI and Chicagoland Circles. Kum Dan Sever expressed his personal admiration for and memories of our sisters. A grand Serbian dessert table offered an unbelievable assortment of homemade desserts and pastries!
Please order early for best selections. Frozen, pre - baked golden brown nut rolls and frozen ready to bake strudels to complement your holiday meal were homemade by our ladies of St. Sava's Serbian Sisters Circle. This is the only bake sale event for this holiday season. Call your order in to 219-736-9191 or Fax it to 219-736-7836 with your name, phone number, and request. Prices and details below:
Help support our Srbadija Folklore groups by attending their Luncheon Buffet this Sunday immediately after Divine Liturgy in the South Wing. Our dancers spend hours weekly practicing for upcoming performances and we're proud of them for representing our St. Sava Church family.
The Circle of Serbian Sisters of St. Sava Church - Merrillville
cordially invite you and your family to the celebration of
our Krsna Slava Sveta Petka Paraskeva
SATURDAY, October 27, 2012
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Blessing of Slavski Kolach and Parastos
Luncheon in South Wing Following Service
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!
Please visit www.sight4hopeandfreedom.com
The Brkic triplets now have a website where you can donate for surgical expenses to restore sight for Nada and Slobodan. Their Serbian names Vera, Nada, and Slobodan translate to Faith, Hope, and Freedom. Two of the triplets were born blind as a result of overdose of oxygen in their incubator, by mistake of their doctors. Dr. De Juan will treat them at the University of San Francisco. Our prayers will help as will donations to help with medical and travel expenses.
Please give what you can. So far, the first surgery has been successful. You can use PayPal for credit card donations on the website or mail a check payable to Dragisa Brkic c/o
Rev. Marko Matic
St. Sava Church
9191 Mississippi St.
Merrillville, IN 46410
Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! Order tickets today and support our own folklore group Srbadija as they host the fantastic live performance of TALIJA International Folk Ensemble from Serbia on Saturday, October 20th. The concert will start at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. Enjoy an affordable evening out with family, neighbors, or friends at this convenient location. Details below, or contact Borka Grimsgard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or group sales.
Call the Box Office soon at (219) 548-9137 for Tickets or Directions.
$21 Adults, $16 Seniors and Students
Sunday, September 16th marked the first day of religious classes. Fr. Marko read a special prayer to mark the beginning of the new season. Note the new class schedule. Children should attend Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. with their families and class will start at 11:15 a.m. after Holy Communion and end at 12:15 p.m.. Students are welcome to enroll anytime during the school year. Luncheons will follow in the south wing after Divine Liturgy.
Don't miss the opportunity for your children to learn traditional Serbian dances and to make lifelong friends. It's so much fun for the dancers, and many performances are planned for the upcoming year. PLEASE TURN IN ALL COMPLETE COSTUMES at registration. THIS INCLUDES OPANKE, SASHES, HATS, for inventory purposes. Board positions for parents are available. Please contact Borka if you are interested at 219-617-1645 or email@example.com - we need your continued support! Three levels are offered for dancers: Pee-wee, Juniors, and Seniors. Registration is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13th in the north wing and Sunday, September 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the north wing. First practice will resume on Thursday, September 27th and Pizza and Punch will be served! Hope to see you all!
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in north wing outside church office on Sunday, Sept. 16th. Sunday School starts at 11:15 a.m. after Holy Communion and ends at 12:15 p.m.
***Please note the change in start time for classes. Fr. Marko encourages families to attend church services together, to give our children an opportunity to experience Divine Liturgy. Divine Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
Classes will be held in the downstairs learning center. Please register your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and Kumovi.
COST: $50 First Child, $25 for Each Additional Child
Ages: 3 and up Grades: Preschool thru 8th
In Eastern Christianity the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Christ, Mary, saints, angels, or the cross. These religious works of art adorn our churches and homes. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, painted on wood, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc. Icons served many purposes in the Orthodox Church. A person can walk into an Orthodox Church and see the whole Bible story unfolded on its walls. Icons of Old and New Testament were used to teach the faithful about the Christian Faith. At this year's Serb Fest, the Serbian Historical Society presented an exhibit of unique Orthodox icons featuring the work of iconographer Drazen Dupor. Many individuals and local priests shared their personal favorites. Sisters from The Most Holy Mother of God Monastery in New Carlisle displayed their hand embroidered icons as well as a unique icon on silk from Japan. Young iconographer Steven Kozabarich showed a work-in-progress as well as a beautiful image of St. Demetrius. On the ceiling in the center of the room was an image of St. Elijah Cathedral's cupola (dome) that has recently been adorned with hand-painted frescoes. One part of the exhibit featured photos of all the Northwest Indiana Orthodox Churches as well as an icon on loan from each parish. Hundreds of Serb Fest guests enjoyed the exhibit daily. Special thanks to everyone who shared their precious icons; many of these were treasured family heirlooms. Sincere thanks also to Fr. Marko for his support and travels twice to Madison, Wisconsin to the Dupor Studio to pick up and return the large icons. Enjoy the video below: (To play in full screen, just start the video and click on the 4 arrows in the bottom right corner: click escape to return to this page at the end)
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
St. Sava's Srbadija Folklore Group performed Sunday afternoon for Serb Fest guests. The senior group gave their skilled routines, but the younger 2 groups had technical difficulty with their music CD and were unable to perform their rehearsed dances. Drina Tamburitza Orchestra stepped up and played live music for the kids to dance a casual kolo. Moms, Babas, and friends joined in to lend their support to the disappointed children and it all turned out well! Srbadija welcomes new members, so please contact Borka Grimsgard or the church office for details (219) 736-9191.
With amazing energy, young guests from Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland enjoyed three nights of kolo dancing at St. Sava's Serb Fest 2012. Musical entertainment for dancing was provided by Orchestra Sumadija, Maestro, and DJ Spaz. See if you can keep up!
Here's a fun option for your Google page. Sign in to your account and click on "change background image", search for Serbian images. The photo below is one of many choices found for St. Sava Serbian Cathedral. It's quick and easy, and can be changed at any time. Thanks to Nenad Konjevic for the tip!
Join us today for live music by Drina from 1 to 6 and DJ Spaz for dancing from 5 to 9 pm. Be sure to stop by the fantastic Serbian Bakery and view the art exhibit "Images of Faith" in the north wing. Folklore Dancers will perform at 2:00 pm in front of the new Pavilion. Buy a chance to wind the $25,000 Grand Prize - BIG CASH RAFFLE. Everyone is welcome!
The brand new 3 Season Pavilion will offer comfortable dining - rain or shine. Hope to see you there.
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.
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 15TH, at the Serbian Day Celebration, the SECOND DRAWING for the EARLY-BIRD RAFFLE will be held in the south wing after the luncheon. It's a chance to win an extra $1000 Prize, plus your ticket will be re-entered into the drawing for the $25,000 Grand Prize and all other Prizes in the SERB FEST RAFFLE! Get your tickets soon from any church member, or contact Vinko Mancich, Mike Jaksich, or David Gerbick. Ticket price is $100. Good Luck! Winner need not be present.
Set aside this date to spend with your church family; a long-standing tradition at St. Sava Church. Divine Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. followed by a short solemn Memorial Service outdoors at the memorial monuments and Legacy Tree. On this day, we remember all deceased church members who served their country both in the US and Europe, General Draza Mihajlovich is remembered for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his men, who helped the Allies in WWII.
A delicious luncheon ill be prepared in the south wing, hosted by the Ajder family and friends.
REMINDER: GET YOUR SERB FEST RAFFLE TICKET for the Early Bird Drawing held at the Serbian Day Celebration Luncheon in the south wing.
NORMAL, Illinois – After helping lead the Redbirds to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the early 1980s, Lou Stefanovic is heading to the 2012 Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame.
Coached by Bob Donewald, the 1982-83 Redbirds stepped into the Big Dance for the first time in program history. Illinois State would make it back to the tournament the next two seasons, with forward Lou Stefanovic leading the team in scoring during the 1984-85 season.
Stefanovic will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony Oct. 6.
“It was just a great, great experience, and I want to thank the entire Bloomington-Normal area for their support,” he said.
Eat at Fresh 3 in nearby Crown Point, save your receipt, and you'll help support our Sunday School and Folklore Group Srbadija. Just save your receipt and turn it in to Lela Jensen or Borka Grimsgard, and the generous people at Fresh 3 will donate 10% of the total purchase excluding sales tax to our organizations. It's a Win, Win!
Fresh 3 offers Fresh, Lean, Juicy Certified Angus Beef Burgers, Burritos & Healthy Bowls with a simple twist of unique seasonings and sauces at a reasonable price.
Find them at 10761 Broadway in Crown Point. Click the link for full menu and photos.
Orthodox Christian churches, including the Serbian Orthodox church, celebrate the “miracle of Easter” or Pascha on the Easter Sunday date in the Julian calendar. Many people see Easter as the most important event in the church calendar. Orthodox Easter preparations begin with 40 days of strict fasting prior to Easter Day. Faithful Orthodox Christians attend liturgies during the Holy Week that leads up to Easter Sunday. Below are three videos that show excerpts of the Easter Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please bring all children to the lower level classrooms this Sunday by 10:00 a.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. If it rains, the event will be held indoors. All children are welcome to participate, even non-members, so please join the fun!
On Sunday evening March 25, on his way home from Lenten Vespers, Father John was involved in a serious auto accident in Florida. He had surgery earlier this week to put a rod in his left arm and suffered some complications. We are happy to report that he was able to attend and assist during Palm Sunday service, and wish him a full and speedy recovery. (photo by Jelena Mulin, taken February 2012 with Peter Mulin at Tradesmen's Slava)
Father Marko reminded us that every service during Holy Week offers a unique spiritual and informative experience. Please attend any of the morning or evening services listed below.
HOLY WEDNESDAY - APRIL 11
Presanctified Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
The Sacrament of Holy Unction, St. George Schererville at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY THURSDAY - APRIL 12
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
The Great Vigil: Reading of 12 Passion Gospels at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY FRIDAY - APRIL 13
Morning Service at 10:00 a.m.
Vespers with laying of Holy Shroud & Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY - APRIL 14
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
Resurrection Matins at 11:30 p.m.
PASCHA - SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
EASTER MONDAY - APRIL 16
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
EASTER TUESDAY - APRIL 17
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.
In many Orthodox churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day's ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of pussy willows or other native trees.
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.
Call the church office (219) 736-9191 to place order soon for roasted lamb or pig for both Easter dates.
Price is $10/Lb. for Pig, $13/Lb. for Lamb, 2 Lb. Minimun
Order Deadline is Tuesday, April 3rd for 1st Easter.
Order Deadline is Tuesday, April 10th for Orthodox Easter.
All orders will be pre-packaged, ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY, NO SAME DAY SALES
Pick up for 1st Easter is from 10 am to noon on Sunday, April 8th.
Pick up for Orthodox Easter is from noon to 1 pm on Sunday, April 15th.
Come to the north building in the rear church lot at 9191 Mississippi Street.
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PLAYGROUND FUND
Special Thanks to Nick and Karen Knezic for their hard work once again to make these traditional offerings available for holidays, and benefiting our church.
Mike Suvajac and his family will be your hosts this Sunday, April 1st after Divine Liturgy in the South Wing Social Center. Please join us for this great meal among friends, all to support St. Sava Church. There are still open dates available for families or groups to host a Sunday Luncheon. Contact Snezana at 219-736-9191 for information.
Confession at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
Don't miss the opportunity to support our youth teams, already practicing hard in preparation for the SNF Basketball Tournament.
The Sever Family is hosting a Lenten Luncheon Buffet after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 4 in the south wing. These players will represent our St. Sava Church at the tournament hosted by St. Elijah Cathedral in Merrillville in June.
SNF membership deadline is Wednesday, April 11; entry deadline is Monday, May 7. Contact Mr. Eli Roknich to join the SNF soon or call the church office for details.
Please plan to attend this spiritual evening of prayer sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy Association of Northwest Indiana hosted by St. Archangel Michael in Lansing March 4th at 5:30 p.m. Video below is from last year's service at our St. Sava Church.
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.
Save the date! Help support our friends in Lansing by attending this fun event filled with great Serbian food, music, and dancing.
BLESSING OF HOMES
Dear Members and Parishioners,
It is time for the blessing of homes. The following schedule will inform you as to when I will be in your area.
From Monday January 23rd to Sunday January 29th
HEBRON, KOUTS, LA CROSSE, DEMOTTE,
Monday January 30th
From Tuesday January 31st to Thursday February 2nd
PORTAGE, OGDEN DUNES
From Friday February 3rd to Sunday February 5th
From Monday February 6h to Tuesday February 7th
From Wednesday February 8th to Sunday February 12th
From Monday February 13th to Wednesday February 15th
DYER, ST. JOHN
Thursday February 16th
CEDAR LAKE, LOWELL
Friday February 17th
From Saturday February 18th to Sunday February 19th
From Monday February 20th to Wednesday February 22nd
From Thursday February 23rd to Sunday February 26th
Dr. Jolynn Derado, Mike Suvajac, and Paul Jancarich read the Epistles during Christmas Divine Liturgy at St. Sava. Very Rev. Marko Matic gave his blessing to the readers, who read the English and Slavonic verses. Responses by S.S.S. Karageorge Choir under the direction of Ms. Kathy Baroevich. We truly appreciate the devotion of the readers who read every Sunday and are most grateful for our choir members. Mike Suvajac and Paul Jancarich also read for every funeral service and weekday services.
Mim Bizic posted this lovely sketch on Facebook during Christmas. The drawing was done by Sonja Kalember over 40 years ago, and is featured in our own St. Sava's Serbian Sisters cook book. Best of all, the carolers are Fr. John and Protinica Mirijana's daughters Vera, Nada, and Dara Todorovich. Visit babamim.com, where Mim Bizic shares a wealth of information about our Serbian history and culture.
Fr. Marko celebrated Great Vespers on Christmas Eve with a church full of parishioners. At the end of the service, we were all anointed with Holy Oil from Christ's Tomb in Jerusalem. The special oil was a gift from Sister Serafima, Fr. Marko's dear friend who lived in Jerusalem for 15 years before returning to California. This year's balmy 45 degree weather was truly appreciated by those who remained for the blessing of the Badnjak outdoors. Lenten sandwiches, relish trays, and assorted fruit trays were served in the south wing, as well as the traditional hot tea and sljivo. Children of all ages had a great time with "Serbian Santa".
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).
Order today for pick up on Saturday, January 7 from Noon to 1 p.m. at the outside north kitchen area.
Pre-sales orders only. $12 per pound
LAMB & PIG
Proceeds benefit the Playground Fund
Contact Snezana at 219-736-9191 to order
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.
On Sunday, December 4, the wonderful ladies of our Serbian Sisters Circle relaxed and enjoyed the afternoon at Innsbrook Country Club as they celebrated the holiday season. After another year of hard work making thousands of strudels, nut rolls, sarmas, and palachinke, it was time to kick back and be served for a change. The ladies enjoyed a delicious meal and Kathy Freidlander took charge of fun and games. Kolo sister Karaveljka Petrovich was presented with a bouquet of red roses to mark her 100 plus* years. "Kolo brothers" Richard Vrtikapa, Simo Glumac, and Stanley Galich also attended. Stanley was presented with a bag of walnuts, honoring his expert nut grinding this past nut roll making season. All joking aside, the men have been a tremendous help and are greatly appreciated!
Thanks to Xenia Jancarich for taking these lovely photos.
On Sunday, November 20, St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society celebrated their patron Saint, St. Varnava The Holy Confessor with a festive luncheon in the south wing. Fr. Marko, with board members in attendance, blessed the Kolach at the end of Divine Liturgy. 40 day Parastos was also held for +Cvijeta Rajkovich. Paul Jancarich sang the Troparian and read the story of St. Varnava's life and his childhood in Gary. On display were articles and photographs showing the remarkable yet tragic life of St. Varnava, the first American - born Serbian Saint.
Thank You to all who attended the luncheon or sent donations. Thanks also for all the families who brought salads and baked goods, and for their continued support. Special Thanks to Beba Rudman, Donna Nikolich, and Mimi Orlich for their hard work.
Order your by-the-pound LAMB and PIG for December 25th and January 7th.
All proceeds will go to the playground fund.
PRICE IS $12 PER POUND, ADVANCED ORDERS ONLY
ALL ORDERS WILL BE PRE-PACKAGED. NO SAME DAY SALES
Call Snezana in the church office to order at 219-736-9191.
American Christmas order deadline is Wed., December 21st.
Pick up on Sunday December 25 from 10 a.m. until Noon.
Serbian Christmas order deadline is Tues., Jan. 3rd.
Pick up on Saturday, January 7 from Noon to 1 p.m.
PICK UP AT NORTH BUILDING BEHIND CHURCH
Sincere Thanks to Nick and Karen Knezic for preparing and packaging the lambs each holiday.............St. Sava Executive Board
Message from Borka Grimsgard:
Need to know if any of your high school kids will be attending the Gracanica Winter Retreat (for high schoolers only) at the end of the month. It runs from December 26-29 and the cost is $85.00. They’ve extended the registration deadline date to this weekend.
Contact Borka at email@example.com directly.
FOR REGISTRATION FORM and INFORMATION Go to:
On Saturday, November 5, 2011, His Grace Bishop Longin blessed the construction grounds for St. Sava's new pavilion at the northeast end of the parking lot. He prayed for the safety of the construction crew and for many memorable events to be hosted in the new building. Also celebrating Divine Liturgy and the blessing were Protodeacon Milovan Gogic, Deacon Nikolaj Kostur, and our Very Rev. Marko Matic. The procession was led by flag bearers and clergy, followed by parishioners on a very blustery windy morning. A delicious luncheon was hosted by our Kolo Sisters in the south wing.
St. Sava's Srbadija senior folklore group was honored to perform for a huge crowd during St. George Schererville's 100th Anniversary Celebration program Saturday, October 22nd. The dancers proudly represented our church as they have in the past, and have reached new levels of skill, mastering lively steps and difficult routines. Congratulations to the dancers, who have matured under the direction of Nenad Nikolic. Please support all our folklore groups whenever possible. Children of all ages are encouraged to join our pee-wee, junior, and senior groups. Contact Borka (Barb) Grimsgard for information.
You are cordially invited to attend the St. Sava Serbian Sisters Annual
Sunday, December 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Insbrook Country Club - 6701 Taft Street
Reservations a must by November 29th
Call Beba Rudman (219) 462-4524
Kay Bozich (219) 980-1805
Mimi Orlich (219) 310-8044
$20 per person
Please bring a friend and join us in the holiday spirit!
St. Sava’s Serbian Historical Society
Invites you to their Slava Celebration
HolyConfessor St. Varnava
First American-Born Serbian Saint, from Gary St. Sava
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Luncheon Following Divine Liturgy
in the South Wing
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.
St. Sava Serbian Sisters Circle
Cordially Invites You and Your Family
to Celebrate Our Krsna Slava
Sveta Petka Paraskeva
Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.
Blessing of Slavski Kolach and Parastos for our
deceased members following Divine Liturgy
Slava Banquet immediately following church services in our South Wing
Upon Milan Opacich's personal invitation, three generations of the Popovich family attended a private showing of "Tamburitza Spectacular". A section of this tambura exhibit was dedicated to the legendary Popovich Brothers, including a photo album containing hand-written personal notes and letters, comedic and political drawings, photos, and newspaper articles, many of which the family had never before seen. Milan's love, respect, and close friendship with Mikey, Adam, and Teddy triggered memories of the good times shared many years ago. On display are Adam Popovich's drawings and wrought iron sculptures, Marko's (Mikey) hand carved miniatures, posters, and a collection of record albums. Adam's vest, worn to countless performances, weddings, and joyous occasions, is proudly displayed, on loan from the family.
Milan was 19 years old when he first met the Popovich Brothers on a night out with returning WWII veterans. They visited CLUB SELO in South Chicago, owned and operated by the Popovich family. The brothers played to a full house every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night on a corner stage. This is where Milan would court his lovely Roz, who later became his wife. Mikey, the prima player, came to Milan's house for the first time in 1974. Adam and Teddy showed up later. Every December 19, (Sveti Niloka - the Popovich family Slava) Adam, Teddy, and Eli brought bread to Milan's house and enjoyed coffee with Slivo added for dunking their bread. Milan played several occasions with the brothers and substituted for Adam when his wife was ill. When the Crljenica Brothers from California visited Milan's home, Adam hosted a party for them at his home. It was Mikey who first loaned photographs of tamburitza orchestras to Milan for preservation. All in all, this was not just a traditional friendship, but a friendship full of tradition. May their Memories Be Eternal!
If you've never known of the Popovich Brothers and their story, watch the documentary video hosted on Folk Streams The Popovich Brothers of South Chicago.
Pictured are standing, l to r, Stephanie Sims, Chris Ozment, Harry, Marco Glumac, Dan Glumac (holding Noah Bilgi). Middle row: Jim Kundrat, Natalie Peinovich, Melanie Ozment Evancevich, Elaine Glumac. Front row: Sarah Kundrat, Jackson Kundrat, Madeline Kundrat, Tina Bilgi, Sofia Bilgi.
Elaine and Melanie are the daughters of the late +Adam N. Popovich, and Natalie Peinovich is the daughter of the late +Ted N. Popovich.
Also visiting the exhibit during Serb Fest weekend were Sophie Popovich Ostoich (the only surviving sibling of the 10 Popovich's) along with her daughters, Ljubi Hayden, Martha Teshich, Ljubi's husband Bato Hayden, and Sophie's nephew Marco Trbovich and niece Vonnie Orlich, children of +Mila Popovich Trbovich.
On Sunday, October 9, His Grace Bishop Longin presided Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Church, along with guest clergy Diocesan Dean Nikolaj Kostur, Very Rev. Lazar Kostur, Very Rev. Bogdan Zjalic from Chisholm, Minnesota, and our Rev. Marko Matic. This was a remarkable day for new altar boy Ilija Roknich. It was his first church service in the altar, and he had the honor of serving with His Grace Bishop Longin.
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 Sunday, August 28, Proto Dobrivoje blessed the new picnic pavilion recently completed at St. George Church grounds in Schererville. The parish is extremely grateful to Jovica Tica, Momir Keric, Michael Radjenovich and all the parishioners who came to help under their direction to construct this pavilion. Now the Midwest weather won't be such a factor when planning future picnics and outdoor events.
New Gracanica Diocese of Midwestern America
40th Annual Bowling Tournament Hosted by your Family, Friends & Kumovi at
Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church – Saint Louis MISSOURI
St Louis is once again proud to host another New Gracanica Diocesan event. We’ve been hard at work
preparing for your arrival. Please find below an itinerary of events for the weekend as well as information for
Registration and Event Sponsorship. Visit us on Facebook at Gracanica Bowling for updated info!
There are absolutely no Entry Restrictions, Come One Come All, Serbian Orthodox & all other’s Welcome!
Welcome Back To St Louis – Welcome Back To Good Times
Friday October 7th 2011
Registration & Welcome dance featuring the music of Orchestra MLADOST 6:00pm, Tambura TBD
Food & Drink available throughout evening
Saturday October 8th 2011
8:30am Check in at Tropicana Lanes, 8:50am Prayer, 9:00am Bowling begins
1st Team Event – 2nd Doubles Event – 3rd Singles Event
6pm Banquet Facility Opens for Casual Style Dinner & Cocktails – Music Starts at 7:30pm
Featuring Mladost in Main Hall and Tambura (TBD) Music on Patio
Awards Presentation at 9:00pm
Sunday October 9th 2011 (Traditional “Serbian Day Celebration” in St Louis)
Hierarchal (Pending) Liturgy 9:45am – Annual Serbian Day Banquet to follow
For Registration, Sponsorships, and all info. contact:
Branko Puhar firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Lekich (314) 267-9659 or Branko Puhar (314) 496-5169
Members from St. Nicholas Church in Indianapolis Visits Tamburitza Spectacular Exhibit and St. Sava Church
Deacon Marko Bojovic from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, organized a day trip to Northwest Indiana this past Tuesday for Fr. Dragan Petrovic and several parishioners. Their first stop was to see The Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John and, of course, lunch at Bronko's, where host Nick Tarailo served up his signature pizza and chicken.
Milan Opacich was there to greet everyone and gave a brief presentation about his many vintage string instruments on display in the exhibit "Tamburitza Spectacular!". Nut rolls and cookies were served by Xenia and Roz as everyone relaxed before the church tour. Paul Jancarich played background music on the piano for a sing-along. The visitors left with a bundle of commemorative books for each family.
For many of our guests, it was their first visit to St. Sava Church, where Fr. Marko gave a detailed tour inside the church. Among the group was our dear Nena Popovich, who is truly missed. It was great to see her again! We enjoyed making new friends and look forward to visiting them in Indy one day soon. Special Thanks to Fr. Dragan and Deacon Marko for treating us to a wonderful afternoon with our new friends.
To complete their busy day, they stopped at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm on the way home.
Thank You to everyone who purchased a chance to win a "Smithsonian Prima" built by Milan Opacich. He spent many hours in his workshop crafting the prima, with the entire proceeds donated to the Serbian Historical Society. Sarah Gerbick pulled the winning ticket belonging to Mike Stoyshin from Canada. Congratulations, Mike!
Steven Kozobarich, 36, is a young man from Cleveland who studied Iconography in Russia and painted icons for several years. He visited our Tamburitza Spectacular Exhibit at Serb Fest, where he enjoyed all the wonderful instruments, photos, and artifacts. Tamburitza is a tradition in his family that goes back several generations. His mother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all played tamburas. His great-grandfather had orchestras in Serbia and the United States at the turn of the century, and was constantly moving his family back and forth. His grandfather had a small folk group of his own. "I grew up with the music because my parents had an orchestra called "Vatra Ziva" that practiced at our house every week. My dad was the lead prim player, and my mom was the bassist. We had boxes of old 78 rpm records that I used to take out and listen to sometimes, and I was always amazed at the passion and raw talent of those early tamburitza orchestras. Years later I bought a turntable made especially for 78 rpms so that I could transfer them to CD's. Eventually I just wanted to hear more and realized that the only way was to find the records and digitize them myself. Before I knew it I had a real collection on my hands. I started the blog with the hope of building some appreciation for the music, as well as possibly inspiring some current or future tamburasi. But, most of all I just wanted other people like myself to be able to enjoy these old records. There's a lot of history there too that needs to be remembered. Some of those recordings were made before 1910 and are important historical documents".
Visit http://www.tamburitza78s.blogspot.com for a musical treat that should inspire memories of good times.
The site is a blog so it's made up of individual posts that start from the most recent date added. You can go through page by page. When you get to the bottom of a page click "Older Posts". Or you can look for names or subjects in the "Categories" column on the left side of the page and click on those. To listen to music just click on the photo of the record label you want to hear.
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?
Where do they get the energy? Not a single pair of opanke was spotted in this young crowd, but you'll see some great dance moves. Young adults and teens from all over the Midwest came to St. Sava's annual Serbian Festival to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Music all three nights was provided by "DJ Spaz" and "Nocna Smena".
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.
Srbadija Folklore Groups - Pee Wee, Junior, and Senior - performed for the crowd at Serb Fest on Saturday, August 6th. Some of these children even worked the food line, kitchen, and Sunday School tent during the weekend. We applaud them for dressing and performing in full costume in 90 degree heat. Still don't know where they get their energy! Their instructor is Nenad Nikolic. Thanks to all the groups for sharing an important part of our Serbian Culture with the northwest Indiana community.
Chicagoland's DUNAV Orchestra has performed at St. Sava's Serb Fest for many years, as far back as we can remember, even at the old hall on 49th Avenue. The band members include Walter Pravica on violin, Frank Jovanovich on bugarija, John Miksich Sr. on brach, John Miksich Jr. on bass, and Mike Hairlich on brach.The original DUNAV Orchestra has had many different members over the last 50 plus years. The current band members have performed as a group for more than 10 years. Read more about Walter Pravica below.
To hire DUNAV Orchestra, call Walter at (773) 481-8375 or (847) 852-6167
As you may already know, most musicians have "real jobs". Walter Pravica, pictured below with his buddy Milan Opacich, is not only an accomplished violinist, but also is a Professor of Chemistry at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, and Chair of their Physical Science Department. Walter also plays concert violin with the Northwest Symphony for over 20 years. Best of all, he's a really great Serb with a heart of gold!
What Is a Liturgy?
We as Orthodox Christians, having been brought up in our
faith do not see anything foreign or out of the ordinary when
approaching our most celebrated service, Divine Liturgy. Have
you ever wondered what it is that goes on? Why is it mostly the
same week after week and even weekdays? Why does the choir
sing a long Amen instead of a short one? What are those changes?
The Liturgy is complex in its simplicity and dynamic in the way
it is always the same. Nearly all Orthodox Christians everywhere
in the world will celebrate Liturgy in the same way since the last
part of the 4th century! Why is this?
The Liturgy is an invitation. We have been called to not only sit
at the table with Our Lord and Savior and all the Saints, but to
partake of the life giving mystery which is Holy Communion.
This invitation has remained unchanged and so too the Divine
Liturgy remains unchanged.
At the start of the service, the doors are open and the Kingdom of
Heaven is open to us as well. The service begins with the main
celebrant taking The Word of God, (the Gospel) and making
the sign of the cross over the antimens. Soon enough, we find
ourselves separated, as the Royal doors are closed. Each time
the doors are re-opened typifies an event where God interacts
with man, culminating with communion when the doors remain
open until the end of the service. We should look at the service
in the same way. It is not a series of pieces thrown together but
instead, one long prayer where the goal is communion with
our Lord and Savior. It has triumphant moments, moments of
sadness, moments of instruction, and ends in joy. The prayers
and responses are specifically designed to bring us to this goal.
The long amen and To Thee O Lord, are just as important as the
incense and candles. All these details are important and should
not be overlooked and should come together in such a way as to
magnify the invitation. Nothing in the Church has been put there
by chance, but is there to serve a particular service. To unite us as
one Church in communion with Him who created us, to the Glory
What a treat! Bob Bratina, Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, honored us all with an impromptu frula (flute) performance of "Cacak" with Srpski Sinovi Orchestra. Bob and his wife Carol perform with "Balkan Strings" Orchestra in Hamilton. Tambura fans from all over the US and Canada attended Serb Fest - Florida, California, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all throughout the Midwest region - so make plans to visit next year's event. Oh yes, and VOTE FOR BOB!
DJ Spaz will entertain the dancers this Sunday on the patio, starting at 6:00 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. There's always lots of food available. This is a great way to spend an otherwise boring Sunday evening. Bring a friend.
Do you really think you can keep Serbs from celebrating? The food kept coming, the bar kept serving, and we got just a little wet early Sunday evening. Grilling volunteers used their strengths to hold down tents. Mother Nature can't ruin our fun! We won't be inviting her next year. Seriously, "Ako Bog Da", we'll have a new Four Seasons Building built in time for next year's Serb Fest, so rain will never again be a problem. Borka Grimsgard, always a good sport, looked lovely in her fashionable rain bonnet.
Our sincere THANKS to everyone who visited our Serb Fest celebration this past weekend. We hope you enjoyed all the traditional food offerings and all the talented orchestras that performed non-stop music. Our culture is worth celebrating and very contagious!
Our folklore dance groups are fun to watch and remind us of how important it is to keep these traditions alive. The youth dance tent was filled with hundreds of teens and young adults dancing and singing the night away. It warms your heart to know that they still feel a connection and passion for our music and traditions.
"Tamburitza Spectacular", an exhibit of vintage string instruments was viewed by many, and may have inspired some future tamburasi, the brotherhood of musicians who seem to have a special bond and love for the music of the southern Slavs.
Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who came to dine, enjoy the music, purchased baked goods, bought raffle tickets, sponsored our golf outing, and supported our main fund raiser. Please check back daily for many videos and photos from Serb Fest 2011, and always check the "Events" listing to see what's happening at St. Sava and other churches.
This video by Mike Paunovich is just a small sampling of the weekend events.
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!
We'd like to welcome Srpski Sinovi Orchestra from Pittsburgh to perform at St. Sava for the first time. Although everyone knows Marco Trbovich, Vonnie Orlich's brother, the band is new to our entertainment schedule. Here's a little info:
The five member Srpski Sinovi Orchestra is comprised of all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation American Serbians. Accordianist, Aleksandar "Sasha" Slavkovic, born in Cacak, Serbia, and Brock Belich, bassist and the only Pennsylvania native in the group, both studied and performed with the Duquesne Tamburitzans. Mark Doncic, originally from Toronto, Ontario, plays cello with the group and is also the director of the Tsar Lazar Male Chorus. Dan Jovanovich, originally from Joliet, IL is on the bugarija and Marco Trbovich, originally of Hammond, IN plays brac.
The orchestra features Slavkovic's accordion virtuosity and unique three-part harmonies among the group's three elite singers. Srpski Sinovi has been performing for five years throughout the Northeastern US and has occasionally appeared in the Midwest.
Set aside some time each day to visit Serb Fest. Come hungry, come often. Nine different orchestras and singers are scheduled for 3 days of non-stop Serbian music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Traditional offerings of homemade Serbian dinners and baked goods will be abundant. Your children can enjoy amusements both Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget to purchase your chance to win $25,000 in the BIG CASH RAFFLE. There's still plenty of time left to buy that winning ticket!
Visit "Tamburitza Spectacular", an exhibit of vintage string instruments, photos, and artifacts researched and presented at this free cultural exhibit.
Everyone is welcome to experience our culture.
Dobro nam Dosli!
Welcome to Serb Fest 2011!
FRIDAY 4 - Midnight
SATURDAY - Noon to Midnight
SUNDAY - Noon to 9 pm
This is your last chance to buy a chance to own a replica of the tamburitza PRIMA that was displayed at the Smithsonian Exhibit "Old Ways In The New World" in Washington, D.C. Milan Opacich built the prima to raise funds for the Serbian Historical Society of St. Sava Church. Buy Raffle Tickets at the Tamburitza Spectacular Exhibit during Serb Fest, or at the food ticket tables, the Bar, or from any member of the Historical Society. Drawing will be held Sunday evening, August 7th during the BIG CASH RAFFLE Drawing. Good Luck!
Price: $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds benefit the Serbian Historical Society.
Just in time to get you in the mood for Serb Fest, Jay Leno kicks it off with guest Super Serb Novak Djokovich on Tuesday's Tonight Show. Novak Djokovich has been a positive representative and role model for all Serbs, and Jay Leno has taken a liking to our World Champion Tennis Player. Who would have imagined Serbian kolo dancing on the Tonight Show.........maybe Kolo Dancing with the Stars is in the near future?
This is your invitation to a memorable 3 day weekend of non-stop Serbian music, great food, dancing, and a whole lot of culture! Bring the family, co-workers, and friends to enjoy the sights and sounds of old country traditions. Take a few minutes to visit "Tambura Spectacular", a free exhibit of Milan Opacich's personal collection of 60 vintage tamburitza string instruments, photos, sheet music, and artifacts. Children will enjoy amusements on Saturday and Sunday. You can golf with your Serbian friends Friday. BIG CASH RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold for the $25,000 cash prize! Everyone's welcome!
Please copy and share the link below to this commercial with friends by email or facebook.
http://youtu.be/3CYaa5g4KQU Hope to see you there!
NOCNA SMENA is the featured entertainment for this Sunday night. Cevap Pita Pockets, Krofne, and cool drinks will be available for purchase. Plan a relaxing night among friends before next weekend's Serb Fest.
There's still time to purchase a sponsor package for this year's 46th Annual Serb Fest Golf Classic. Your signage will be viewed by thousands all weekend at Serb Fest and at Summer Tree Golf Course. Contact the church office at (219) 736-9191 for details and sign-up. Details on printable form below. Packages priced at $100, $200, and $500.
NOTE: Deadline for Sponsors has been extended to July 31st. Please print the form below and email it to Vonnie Orlich at: email@example.com or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
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:
There's still time to sign up for this year's Serb Fest Kick-Off Golf Classic, always a great time on the course and at the luncheon. You'll be treated all day with great food and refreshments, and end with a luncheon buffet of traditional Serbian food and prizes at the church grounds. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., Shotgun Start at 7:30 a.m. at Summer Tree Golf Course. Please print the form below and email it to Vonnie Orlich at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
Click on the link below to print the registration form.
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!
ST. SAVA SERB-FEST 2011 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE!
FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH!
DINING FOOD TENT (TAMBURA MUSIC)
"T-RROMA" - from Chicago, (4 to 8PM)
"DRINA" - from Northwest In., (8 to midnight)
MAIN BAR TENT
Featuring Singer "Milana Anicic"
Accomp. By "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(7:30 to midnight)
PATIO AREA (YOUTH MUSIC/KOLO DANCING)
Orchestra "DELIJE" - from Northwest In., (7:30 to midnight)
SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH!
DINING FOOD TENT (TAMBURA MUSIC)
"DUNAV" - from Northwest In., (noon to 3PM)
"SRPSKI SINOVI", from Pittsburgh (4 to midnight)
MAIN BAR TENT
Featuring Singer "Milana Anicic"
Accomp. By "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(7:30 to midnight)
PATIO AREA (YOUTH MUSIC/KOLO DANCING)
Featuring "DJ SPAZ" from Chicago!!!! (7:30 to midnight)
SUNDAY AUGUST 7TH!
DINING FOOD TENT (TAMBURA MUSIC)
"DUNAV" - from Northwest In., (noon to 4PM)
"PRAZNA FLASHA" - from Milwaukee (5 to 9PM)
MAIN BAR TENT
Featuring Singer "Milana Anicic"
Accomp. By "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(5 to 9PM)
PATIO AREA (YOUTH MUSIC/KOLO DANCING)
"NOCNA SMENA" - from Indiana (5 to 9PM)
Novak Djokovic makes every Serb proud today, not only for defeating World Champion Rafael Nadal, but for his journey leading to this wonderful day. He has won over audiences and fans for his character, sense of humor, and poise both on and off the court.
A group of Serbian students from the University of Belgrade has created the world's first public solar-powered mobile phone charger, installed in a town outside Belgrade.
It led to the team winning a prestigious European Union prize for their efforts as the BBC's Belgrade correspondent Mark Lowen reports. Watch the Video and read more.
Thanks to Nancy Beric for sharing the great news.
Congratulations to our Sunday School students for another fun year of learning about their church and religion. Betsy Kirby's 2nd and 3rd grade classes were joined by several other students who wanted to participate by keeping their own personal journals. Students shared their personal thoughts about sacraments, family, heaven, and marriage. You may be surprised at the depth and maturity of their thoughts. This short program was presented Sunday, May 22nd after Divine Liturgy. Thanks to Fr. Marko, Marie Baroevich, all teachers, and parents for another great year!
We couldn't be more proud of our Olga. She grew up in our St. Sava Church community, attending Sunday School, participating as a dancer in our Folklore Group, and is still an active member of Karageorge Choir. She even manages to donate time to help at Serb Fest, in spite of her demanding schedule as the Mayor of the City of Portage, Indiana.
Olga is the daughter of +Nikola and Tamara Galic, and is married to Julio Velasquez with sons Adam and Daniel. Congratulations, Olga!
HOBART | Some 550 people came together Thursday to honor women from 11 business, nonprofit and political fields at the inaugural Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Banquet at Avalon Manor.
More than 120 Northwest Indiana women were nominated for the honors. An "Influential Woman of the Year Award" and an "Up and Coming Woman of the Year Award" were presented in the 11 categories.
Read the entire article in The TIMES.
45th ANNUAL S.O.C.A. FESTIVAL
June 3, 4, & 5, 2011
New Gracanica Monastery, Grayslake, IL
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Afternoon Welcome Desk at the Comfort Suites, Grayslake, IL
6 :00 p.m. Vesper Services – New Gracanica Monastery
7:30 p.m. Liturgical Concert – New Gracanica Monastery
Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac Choir, OHR, N. Chicago, IL
Otpuscajesci & Opelo (part of Requiem)
Stevan Mokranjac Choir, Hamilton, Ontario
Bogorodice Djevo & Tebe Pojem
8:30 p.m. Welcome Social/Dance – Camp Hall
Admission: $10.00 • 12 & under free
• Mismo Tambura Band from Merrillville, IN
• Dinner & Bar
Saturday, June 4
1:00 p.m. Festival Concert – New Gracanica
7:00 p.m. Dance – New Gracanica
THE ANNUAL SOCA BANQUET WILL BE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH WITH THE DANCE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATELY AFTER.
Dance Only Admission: $15.00 • 12 & under free
Sloboda Band from Milwaukee, IL
• Mismo Tambura Band from Merrillville, IN
• Bar open all night, food & refreshments available
Sunday, June 5
Holy Liturgy – Mass Choir – New Gracanica
• 50/50 Draw Winner Announced
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.
The Tennis Channel interviews Novak Djokovic. You won't believe what he's packing.
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!
Congratulations to Mileva Savich and Nancy Samardzija for successfully organizing a blanket swap to benefit children in orphanages in Serbia. On Sunday, March 13th, blanket donors received one of 280 Gold Canyon Candles or one of 50 pieces of Lia Sophia Jewelry, donated by Mileva and Nancy. St. Elijah Church provided a spacious facility for the Sunday afternoon event. Donna Stojsavljevich Kennedy and Branka Manojlovich set up a bake sale with pastries baked by ladies from local parishes. Diane Gligich and friends are busy crocheting colorful slippers with a goal of 1400. To date, they have finished more than 400 pairs., made from donated yarn. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization will soon distribute the twin sized blankets to children in poorly furnished Serbian orphanages. Please support this valuable organization. Monetary donations are always welcome.
St. Sava Folklore Group is hosting this year's Mother's Day Luncheon in the South Wing after Divine Liturgy. What a great way to spend the day with Mom! Everyone is welcome.
"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.
A bottle of wine or Rakija is a typical Slava gift, so why not dress it up with an embroidered cloth gift bag? It's re-usable and tastefully embroidered with "Srechna Slava" and matched with a ribbon to tie at the top. The bottle bag is available in white, and embroidered in assorted colors. Priced at only $10, just in time for The Feast of St. George. Contact Dorothy at (510) 289-9862 or email at email@example.com to order and choose colors. (Can be mailed for $2 S&H in the US) Proceeds will go to St. Sava Church.
*Fondly remembering our sweet Teta Milica, who worked tirelessly for our St. Sava Church.
1 lb. ground walnuts
1 lb. sugar or powdered sugar
1 lb. wheat
1 tsp. vanilla, rum, or almond flavor
1 tsp. cinnamon
Clean wheat and wash thoroughly. Put wheat in pan in which you are going to cook it. Then put hot water, not boiled, and let stand for 1 hour. Wash it well in lukewarm water 2 times. Put on to cook in 4 quarts hot water; add a little salt. Cook until tender; do not overcook. When wheat is done, strain in lukewarm water 2 times. Put in strainer and wash again. Then let it stay overnight in a strainer. Put where it will drain.
When you want to mix the wheat, put in pan or bowl where you could mix the best. Mix it thoroughly, put in wheat, nuts, sugar, flavor you want and cinnamon. Sugar may be added if desired. When all mixed, put in glass bowl; shape it up. Put ground walnuts on top of wheat; let some nuts on a side from top, make a cross in the center with cubed sugar, decorate around the cross with raisins, and around the side of the bowl.
Thank you to all the hard working ladies of the Serbian Sisters Circles from St. Elijah and St. Sava, who jointly hosted this year's camp kick-off fund raiser luncheon. The event was a huge success and very well attended. This video is a reminder of all the fun and wonderful memories that our children take away from attending camp at Gracanica and St. Elijah's day camp, thanks to our Kolo ladies and very dedicated volunteers. Check back in about a week for the style show video.
Update from Anna Pavichevich regarding Jelena's bone marrow transplant donor:
United in Faith – United in Love - United in Action
Urgent Appeal to Serbian-Americans!
DUE TO THE TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR OUR SERBIAN SISTER, JELENA, NEW BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE DATES AND LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED:
• Sunday, March 27th and April 3rd - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago, (after English and Serbian Liturgies) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Sunday, March 27th - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 4021 Elm Street, East Chicago, IN (After Liturgy) 1 p.m – 4 p.m.
• Sunday, March 27th - St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, 18550 Stony Island Ave., Lansing, IL (after Liturgy) noon- 2 p.m.
• Sunday, March 27th - St. Ilija’s Serbian Orthodox Church, 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN (after Vespers) 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and Cultural Center, 3201 South 51st Street, Milwaukee
o Thursdays, March 24th and March 31st – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
o Sundays, March 27th and April 5 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thus far, we have collected approximately 170 swabs to be analyzed for a match for Jelena. OUR GOAL IS TO COLLECT 1,000 SWABS! WILL YOU HELP US ACHIEVE THAT GOAL WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS?
St. Sava Church hosted this year's Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service, Restoration of the Icons, sponsored by the NWI Orthodox Clergy Association. Presiding the service was Chancellor of the Chicago Greek Orthodox Diocese, Archbishop Demetrios., assisted by Dean Kartsimas. Guest speaker was Rev. Ted Poteres of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral. Also serving were Rev. James Greanias, Rev. Aleksandar Novakovich, Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovich, Rev. Peter Bodnar, Rev. David Hudson, Rev. Sergei Alexeyez, Rev. Luka Lukich, Rev Ioan Ionita, Rev. Aleksandar Savich, and our own Rev. Marko Matic. Also in attendance were Rev. Evagoras Constantinides and Rev. William Bass. Special Thanks to the combined choir from local Orthodox Churches under the direction of Gene Adamczyk from St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in Chesterton for the beautiful responses.
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." Read more about this day.
Support our talented folklore dancers by attending this All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet Dinner with all the trimmings and dessert! Traditional and Lenten selections will be available. While they last, Bakalar dinners will be available, for separate purchase, as well as Palachinke. Bring the entire family to this fund raiser to help pay an instructor and travel expenses. Monetary Donations are always welcome. See you there, and bring a friend for a delicious meal.
St. Sava and St. Elijah's Kolo Sisters will together host a Luncheon to raise funds for this year's summer camp season. This relaxing afternoon event will feature a delicious meal, children's style show, cocktails, silent auction, door prizes, and even a Martini Bar! Bring a friend or the entire family. Doors open at 11:30. Details below:
PRICES: Adults $20 - Children 12 & Under $5 - Teens 13 to 18 $10
In an extremely urgent appeal, the Serbian Community has pulled together to rally fellow Serbs to be tested to be a match for bone marrow transplant. Jelena Stojakovich, a 31 year old college student from Trbinje, is working on her P.H.D. at the University of North Carolina. She is suffering from Lukemia. A Serbian donor gives her the best chance for survival. The testing is simple - a cheek swab. The current testing schedule is posted below. Please watch the videos for more information.
Anna Pavichevich wrote: They are keeping Jelena in remission with chemotherapy. They are making arrangements to take her to Seattle to do a transplant with cord stem cells that are not a match. This is very risky and does not have a high chance of success. WE HAVE TO FIND THE MATCH quickly!
Schedule of drives:
* St. Basil of Ostrog, 27450 N Bradley Rd, Mettawa-Lake Forest, IL 60045 – Sunday, March 20, after Divine Liturgy from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
* Old Holy Resurrection, 3062 W Palmer Sqr, Chicago Sat, March 19, 3 – 8 p.m.
* Holy Resurrection Cathedral, 5701 Redwood Dr, Chicago Sunday 3/20, 3/27, April 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
You can also partner-up with other churches in your geographic area!
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.
Sunday of Orthodoxy will certainly be a busy one. This will be a fun afternoon event for the girls, and you'll feel better knowing that you've help keep a Serbian orphan child warm. After the blanket swap, join us for Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Sava, starting at 6:00 p.m.
St. Elijah Parish
Is pleased to welcome
His Holiness Irinej
The Patriarch of Serbian Orthodox Church
At our St. Elijah Cathedral
On Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Vesper service starts at 6pm
Followed by the banquet at St. Elijah Hall
We would like to invite all parishioners,
Friends from neighboring parishes
And all people of faith
To join us in prayer as we welcome His Holiness
Our talented Sunday School students once again worked hard to memorize their poems. In case you were unable to attend or couldn't see from the back of the room, you can watch it here. Send it to family and friends, or facebook it. Click on the movie itself to get the YouTube link, or send this entire blog (click the blog title, go to the top of the page, copy the URL, and send it in an email. Enjoy the show, and watch the other 2-part videos in the blog below to see the musical performances.
Thanks also to the older teens for reading stories about the Life of St. Sava and Life of St. Varnava. GREAT JOB!
Great Vespers and Burning of the Badnjak (Yule Log) were celebrated on the evening of January 6, 2011 by Fr. Marko. S.S.S. Karageorge Choir sang the responses to a church full of parishioners. Sunday School children performed Christmas songs and were anointed with Holy Oil. All the traditional treats: Lenten sandwiches, fruit, figs, and vrucha rakija were served in the South Wing Social Center after burning of the Badnjak.
Dear members and parishioners of St. Sava Church,
It is time for blessing of homes. The following schedule will inform you as to when I will be in your area.
---Fr. Marko Matic
The sanctification of the home takes place with prayer and the sprinkling of Holy Water. The priest, at this annual visit, asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil and to fill if with every blessing. Everyone of the house, prays together for the living and the dead of the family, and all who live and have lived in the house. They all sing the hymn of salivation and progress from room to room while the priest blesses the house.
Winter Blues got you down? Cheer Up! "Plavi Safir" is Coming to Town!
Halls of St. George
905 East Joliet Street
Saturday, February 12th
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Dance – 8 p.m.
from Cleveland, OH
Join us for a wonderful evening
of Music, Dancing, Great Food….
Cevaps, Pljeskavica, Meza Plates, Desserts..
Mark your calendars –
tell your family and friends!
Great Vespers will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Burning of the Yule Log and refreshments in the South Wing. Bring the entire family for this wonderful traditional celebration. Santa will greet the children.
Yes, it was finally their time to sit back, have a glass of wine, and be served. This past year proved to be among the busiest. The Serbian Sisters Circle members made thousands of strudels, nut rolls, palachinke, and baked goods for seasonal bake sales and Serb Fest. Holiday gift baskets and boxes of Thanksgiving turkeys (donated anonymously) with all the dinner trimmings were packed and delivered to members who can't come to church for health reasons. Kolo sisters prepared and served many Sunday Luncheons and participated in events hosted by other churches and Kolos, always ready to help with charitable causes. St. Sava's sisters hosted the 4 KOLOs Humanitarian Banquet this year. Innsbrook Country Club was beautifully decorated for the Annual Christmas Luncheon and Kathy Friedlander kept it lively with fun Holiday games. Donna Erceg read Holiday poetry. It was wonderful to see Kay Bozich, Violet Milanovich, the Mileusnic sisters, and many faces back again as well as daughters of Kolo members. Please join us again next year.
This has been an exciting year for our Srbadija Folklore Groups. All 3 groups performed for the church's 96th Anniversary. The Senior group recently visited Phoenix, Arizona for a dance festival and made new friendships as well as lifelong memories. President Borka Grimsgard keeps the dancers busy hosting luncheons and fundraisers, and concerts. They performed at Serb Fest and several Chicago area Serbian Churches. Under the direction of Nenad Nikolic, the dancers have excelled to a new level. We are always happy to watch them perform and are very proud of them. Somehow they maintain a balance between school, sports, and church activities. Congratulations to all the dancers!
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.
There are hundreds of innocent children living in orphanages in Serbia. Through no fault of their own, these children have lost parents, siblings, and loving homes. LIFELINE members recently visited the orphanages to assess the needs and challenges that are still ahead. Please help by reviewing the list for basic items that would be greatly appreciated. You can print the form below and mail your donation to:
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization
200 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 502
Chicago, IL. 60601
Download the PRINTABLE Version of the form:
For many years we've enjoyed a sing - along with the guys from MISMO at our anniversary banquets. This year they also accompanied the combined choirs from St. Sava and St. Elijah in Merrillville and St. Peter & Paul from South Bend. Band members are Steve Baroevich, Mike Jaksich, Dan Orlich, and Mike Ticich, along with special guest musician Nick Sever. Enjoy the samplings in the video below.
When: Friday November 26th
Where: St George Serbian Hall
Time: 7:00pm until 12:00am
Admission: $5.00 / 16 and under free
Serbian & American Music
Food Will Also Be Served
All proceeds will go towards the St George Basketball fund!
TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS
Only a few days left, so hurry in your order for take-and-bake homemade strudels and pre-baked nut rolls for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our Kolo Sisters have that "magic touch", and have been busy for several weeks preparing delicious baked goods. Pick up your order from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th in the south wing. Call in your order (219) 736-9191, or FAX it to (219) 7836.
Apple, Cheese, or Cherry Strudels $10 each
Nut Rolls $10 each
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization Charity Event "FLAVOR OF SERBIA IN CHICAGO" Features Serbian Choir and Dancers
LIFELINE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION PRESENTS
Flavors of Serbia in Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, October 16, 2010
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tickets are $100 per person and include food, drinks, and entertainment.
Seating is limited, reservations are required.
(Register now!) or call our Chicago office at (312) 781-9300
What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon:
while enjoying the flavors of Serbia,
help our mission of aiding the orphans.
Enjoy the talents of Serbian Choir, Tamburitza musicians, and colorful Kolo folklore dancers around the regional food and wine pairings of Serbia.
IMPERIAL PARKING, 60 EAST RANDOLF
Attend the Diocese Bowling Tourney for a fun-filled weekend. Games start early Saturday morning at 8 am. St. Nicholas Church, 7855 Marsh Road, Indianapolis, will host this year's Bowling Tournament. St. Sava has several teams participating. Registration is Friday night with a Lenten Meal offered at the Church Hall. All day bowling starts at 8 am at PINHEADS, 13825 Britton Park Road, Fishers (317) 773-9988 (Singles & Doubles). Saturday night schedule: 6:30 pm dinner, awards, and dance at church hall, music by Sumadija. For Registration Forms and Contact Info, call or email George Stanjevich at (317) 490-4926, firstname.lastname@example.org or Daniel Stanjevich at (317) 490-4927, email@example.com.
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.
Your Eminences, Your Graces, Revered Clergy,
Dear family and friends of our newly departed +Metropolitan
Allow me to express the condolences of the Executive Board
and member choirs of the Serbian Singing Federation.
With his passing, the Serbian singing community has lost one
of its staunchest supporters. It is a void which shall not easily
be filled, for his was a true love of the Federation. During
the +Metropolitan’s years as a parish priest and continuing
through his years as Bishop and Metropolitan, his love for the
choirs of the Serbian Singing Federation never waned.
+Metropolitan Christopher, when asked to speak at various
choral or Federation functions, always had the greatest praise
for our endeavors and our successes. His love of the Serbian
choral composers, not the least of which was the late +Adam N.
Popovich, was well known to all who knew him.
As a parish priest in Johnstown, Pa, “Fr Vel” joined the Josif
Marinkovich choir. From there he moved to Pittsburgh, PA,
where he became an active member of the Filip Visnich choir
at St. Sava church. At his final parish, St. Archangel Michael
parish in South Chicago, “Fr. Vel” once again became a choir
member, this time with Sloboda. He was, during those years,
what we fondly called an active “choir priest”, one of a group of
many; his kum, Fr Markovina of Milwaukee; Fr. Baich of Kansas
City; and Fr. Lunich of Schererville and Joliet to mention just
a few. Fr Vel was a willing participant in Sloboda’s concerts
and activities and was honored with a private concert by the
Sloboda members just a few days before his passing.
+Metropolitan Christopher’s love of his Serbian folk and
liturgical music has been passed on to his children, two of
whom are directors of Serbian choirs. As recently as May of
this year at the joint SSF/SOCA One Love Serbian Song Choral
Festival , the +Metropolitan gave a moving speech at the Holy
Resurrection Church on Palmer Square speaking of the glory
of the Federation and SOCA being reunited for a long overdue
festival. His words were full of praise for the choirs and their
struggles, their place in the community and in the Serbian
We at the Serbian Singing Federation shall always hold dear
the +Metropolitan’s love of the music and his encouragement
of our efforts to remain true and strong within the Serbian
communities. He shall not be forgotten. We hope that his hand
will continue to guide us forward from his new position with
Serbian Singing Federation
Vonnie Orlich, 1st Vice President
His Eminence +Metropolitan Christopher passed away on Wednesday, August 18. As soon as it is available, information about details of funeral date and time will be posted here. He was just recently diagnosed with brain and bone cancer. Read about his life here in detail. May he rest in peace. Memory Eternal.
MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, 10:00 AM, Monday, August 23, 2010, at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60631.
Funeral Matins (Burial Service), 7:00 PM, Monday, August 23, 2010, at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60631.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service (Trisagion), 9:00 AM, Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery 32377 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048, followed by burial at grave on south side of church.
A memorial lunch will be served at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60631, following interment.
Donations in memory of His Eminence Metropolitan + Christopher may be made to the St. Sava Monastery Fresco Fund.
No wonder the food was so good.
Leave it to this group to make work so much fun that you'll want to work the food tent next year. They serve.......they sing.......they dance........who knew?
Three choirs from Merrillville and South Bend decided to join together and perform for this year's "One Love Serbian Song" Festival in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend. They had so much fun practicing and performing together, so they decided to stay together and continue performing as a group. The dining crowd at St. Sava's Serb Fest was treated to a casual performance. Milan Medich directs, and Nick Sever, Steve Baroevich, Dan Orlich, and Mike Jaksich have all volunteered their time for this choir. Many new friendships have resulted from this effort. Membership is open. Contact your church choir director for details.
In spite of the intense heat, all 3 folklore groups entertained the crowd in full costume on Serb Fest Saturday. Several dancers were missing because of family vacations planned, and they had no formal practice all summer. Thanks to all the dancers for a great show and special treat!
He's only 3 years old and he's already comfortable playing his guitar with the seasoned band PRAZNA FLASA from Milwaukee. Lukie is the son of Adam and Beth Hayden, and grandson of Bato and Ljubi Hayden. He has also performed with DRINA Tamburitza Orchestra with his buddy George Ivancevich. "Aman" is one of Lukie's favorite songs.
Go Lukie! Go Lukie! Go Lukie!
Our sincere Thanks and appreciation are extended to everyone who visited this year's Serb Fest. It was our pleasure to serve you. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed the Serbian food, entertainment, and live music. Your support will help fund future improvements and building on our church property.
Check back daily for photos, videos, and a listing of our golf sponsors, all local businesses that need our support.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! ZIVELI!
Serb Fest Sunday will be full of non - stop music, dancing, and great food: cevaps, lamb, pig, raznicici, palachinke, and strudel. All this with a background of wonderful live Serbian music. You can even dance off those calories and start all over again. At 5:00 pm, the combined choirs of St. Sava and St. Elijah in Merrillville along with St. Peter & Paul from South Bend will perform a medley of Serbian Folk Songs, accompanied by tamburitza musicians. You won't want to miss this performance. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, featuring the Serbian Sisters Circle and Serbs in Sports. Bring the kids, there are plenty of activities for all age groups. Sunday Hours: Noon to 10 pm.
BIG CASH RAFFLE TICKETS can be purchased for the $25,000 Grand Prize, Total $50,000 Pay Out Raffle. Purchase tickets from any church member or at the food ticket tents for $100. We're very happy to see that Lucky Gordon Gerbick broke out of the hospital just in time to sell you a winning ticket wearing his lucky hat. Pictured below are National Treasures Gordon Gerbick and his buddy Milan Opacich. Visit Milan today in the north wing exhibit room (museum).
Saturday hours are from noon to midnight, so come spend a few hours relaxing with us. Enjoy live Serbian music and come hungry, we're well prepared to offer up some great Serbian specialties. There's something new this year: St. Sava Folklore Group 'Srbadija' will perform traditional dances in full costume at 5:00 pm. Church Tours schedule will be announced. The Serbian Bakery has palachinke, strudels, and assorted pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Exhibits honoring our hard - working Serbian Sisters Circle (Kolo), Serbian athletes, Mile Kosanovich, Karl Malden, and our music can be seen in the North Wing from noon to 10 pm. Please join us, everyone's welcome!
Little Lukie Hayden accompanied "Prazna Flasa" Friday and received his first $1 tip. The boys in the band want him to join them, but he'll just start his own band Prazna Drink Box. Just wait til you see the video!
Get ready for the main event: SERB FEST 2010. Find your dancing shoes and cameras, and start dreaming about cevaps, raznici, lamb, and palachinke. Bring all your non-Serb friends to this great celebration of culture. Golf foursomes and sponsorships still available. Check back daily for event info. Everyone is welcome!
SERB FEST HOURS
FRIDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT
SUNDAY, NOON TO 10 PM
Get ready for the MAIN EVENT: SERB FEST 2010. Let's use our social networking tools to help get the word out. Simply copy this link
to an email or post to your Facebook videos to help get the word out. Invite all your friends and family for a weekend of great food, music, dancing, and Serbian culture. Welcome to Serb Fest 2010!
Friday, July 30
PRAZNA FLASA Tambura Band
Golf Luncheon 1:30pm - 3:30pm, and 7pm - Midnight, Patio Area
Milana Anicic & Deki Petrovic 6 pm - Midnight, Bar Tent
ORCHESTRA SUMADIJA 7pm - Midnight, South Tent
Saturday, July 31
DUNAV Tambura Band 2pm - 6 pm, Patio Area
Milana Anicic & Zoran Miletic 6pm - Midnight, Bar Tent
UNITED SERBS 7pm - Midnight, South Tent
DUNAV Tambura Band 7pm - Midnight, Patio Area
Sunday, August 1
KRILICH BROTHERS Tambura Band 3:30pm - 10pm, Patio Area
Neda Gorancic & Milan Spase Spasojevic 4pm - 10pm, Bar Tent
ORCHESTRA SUMADIJA 6pm - 10pm, South Tent
Enjoy the sounds of great Serbian Music daily at Serb Fest!
All week long, volunteers will be needed for general cleaning, set - up, and preparation. Call the church office, or just show up, we'll be glad to see you. Snezana has a list of committee chairmen, and you can reach her at (219) 736-9191. We need everyone's help. If you can't do physical work, perhaps you can sell raffle tickets to friends and family, sell golf sponsorships, sell food tickets, or bake for the fantastic Serbian Bakery. We appreciate everyone's effort in making this year's festival a huge success. Thank you all in advance.
Our sincere Congratulations and best wishes go out to all the high school graduates from St. Sava, St. Elija, St. George, and other nearby churches. We wish them continued success in their college years and encourage them to remain active in their church communities. The graduates are listed alphabetically. If we missed a name, please let us know and we will add it. Use the contact button above or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over 70 videos created about church events, Serb Fest, Serbian Historical Society displays, church services, and more...........follow the link and watch at your leisure. Put us in your favorites, subscribe or become friends, or share on your facebook page. Once there, select UPLOADS at the top of the page to see the complete listing. To watch any of our previously featured videos, here's the link:
You'll notice the new tool on the right where you can also click on the photo to go directly to the channel.
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.
To share this blog, simply click on the blog title: it is a permanent link and will turn blue. Now copy and paste the URL from your address bar and send it in an email or link on your facebook. You can also click on the video and go to YouTube for the video link.
Young voices filled the room and our hearts with songs. The next generation of singers has reassured us that we will not lose our musical traditions. The junior choirs stole the show during the concert and brought many in the audience to cheers and tears. Congratulations to the Mass Junior Chorus and Junior Brankies for sharing their talents.
Below is just a sampling of the Sunday concert. As soon as they are available, we will let you know how to purchase the professionally produced complete Concert CD and DVD.
To share this blog, simply click on the blog title: it is a permanent link and will turn blue. Now copy and paste the URL from your address bar and send it in an email or link on your Facebook.
Good things do come in three's; three choirs of course. Aleksa Shantich from South Bend, SSS St. Elijah and SSS Karageorge, both from Merrillville, were directed by Milan Medich of South Bend. We all know how much fun they had at practice, especially at Nick and Melanie Sever's house. The historic ONE LOVE SERBIAN SONG Festival did much more than unite choirs for 3 days of fabulous music to warm our hearts. It brought new friendships and hopes for future generations of singers as we witnessed the children's choirs. This event was so well planned and we congratulate both parishes for their hard work and hospitality.
Below is just a sampling of the Sunday concert. As soon as they are available, we will let you know how to purchase the professionally produced complete Concert CD and DVD.
To share this blog, simply click on the blog title: it is a permanent link and will turn blue. Now copy and paste the URL from your address bar and send it in an email or link on your Facebook.
It was OCE NAS like you've never heard it before at the start of Saturday's concert and once again Sunday as performed by St. Elijah's Church Choir from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Enjoy this sampling of the ONE LOVE SERBIAN SONG combined choir festival performances. Very soon we will let you know how to purchase the professionally edited CD and DVD. To share this blog, simply click on the blog title: it is a permanent link and will turn blue. Now copy and paste the URL from your address bar and send it in an email or link on your Facebook.
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!
Friday May 28th - Schedule of Events
Friday, May 28, 2010
9:00am - 11:55pm
RENAISSANCE HOTEL AND HOLY RESURRECTION CHURCH
RENAISSANCE SUITES HOTEL
Registration Area for Badge Pick-Up: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Badges can be picked up after this time at Holy Resurrection Church, 3062 W. Palmer Square
HOLY RESURRECTION CHURCH (3062 W. PALMER SQUARE, CHICAGO)
Vespers: 5:30 p.m.
Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Dance: 8:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Entertainment: Sumadija Orchestra indoors in the main hall & Prazna Flasa Tambura of Milwaukee in the outside tent
Saturday, May 29th - Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 29, 2010
9:00am - 11:55pm
Renaissance Suites Hotel and Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Registration Area for Badge Pick-up: 9:00 to 3:00 PM
Concert - Renaissance Grand Ballroom: 12:30 to 4:30 PM
HOLY RESURRECTION CATHEDRAL (5701 N. REDWOOD DRIVE, CHICAGO)
Directors' Reception (Cathedral Library/Conference Room) : 5:30-6:30
Gala Banquet and Awards (Cathedral Main Hall, by reservation only)
Eyes Manouche in the main hall
Admission price for adults is $15, children 12 and under $5.
RENAISSANCE SUITES HOTEL HOSPITALITY AREA: 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Hotel Foyer Adjacent to the Bar Area
Sunday, May 30th Schedule of Events
Sunday, May 30, 2010
9:30am - 11:30pm
Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.
Responses to be sung by Honored S.O.C.A. Church Choir: Holy Trinity of St. Louis
HOLY RESURRECTION CHURCH (3062 W. Palmer Square, Chicago)
Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.
Responses to be sung by Honored S.S.F. Church Choir: S.S.S. Ravanica of Detroit
RENAISSANCE SUITES HOTEL
Concert- Renaissance Grand Ballroom: 1:30-4:30 PM
HOLY RESURRECTION CATHEDRAL (5701 N. Redwood Drive, Chicago)
Farewell Dance/After Glow Bash
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Bar and Kitchen Open at 4:00 PM
Entertainment: Orkestar Majstori in the Cathedral Hall
T-Rroma in the Lounge
If you do not have a singer's badge admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.
In case you missed the final game of this year's basketball tournament, you can watch it now. Fr. Marko Matic opened the game with a prayer, followed by National Anthems. Thanks to all players from both teams for an exciting game. You can share these videos all at once by clicking on the blog title, copy the URL at the address bar, and send it to your friends and family. You'll have to watch the game to see the final score!
The next issue of the SRBOBRAN will have photos and results from all game divisions plus trophy winners.
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!
(Click photo to enlarge)
Mark your calendar! You won't want to miss this exciting event. Join us Saturday, April 24 for Srbadija's Spring Spectacular Folklore Festival at St. Elijah's Hall at 8700 Taft Street in Merrillville. The Concert starts at 6 pm, ending at midnight. Live music will be provided by "Sumadija" for dancing after the program. Food and drinks are available, so bring the entire family. Nenad Nikolic is the new Instructor for Srbadija dancers, and you'll be quite impressed with the results! Several guest dance groups will perform. Enjoy the slide show from their recent performance at St. Archangel Michael Church in Lansing. Congratulations to Daniella Hojnacki on her final performance before she leaves to attend Indiana University. We'll truly miss her!
Photos provided by Finn and Borka Grimsgard.
The doors of the Iconostasis and Church are left open during the entire Liturgy on Easter Sunday, proclaiming the "Light and Joy of the Resurrection". At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy the priest proclaims "Christ is Risen!" and the people respond "Indeed, He is Risen!". Also sung throughout the service is The Paschal Troparion, the Great Hymn of the Resurrection of Christ. This Great Hymn of Pascha will be sung repeatedly in the weeks to come. (Info from www.babamim.com and www.lasvegasorthodox.com)
The Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed is the Orthodox article of faith. It is spoken by all believers at each Divine Liturgy and outlines the core beliefs of the faithful.
The Nicene Creed was formally drawn up at the First Ecumenical Council (325 AD) and at the Second Ecumenical Council (381 AD) in order to address theological issues/questions that arose during the early years of Christianity.
The first council was called together by Constantine to discuss the nature of the Son of God, a direct response to the Arian controversy of that time. Arius claimed that the Son of God was a creature created by God the Father to serve a specific function (the salvation of mankind), and that Jesus Christ was not eternal.
The Nicene Creed developed at the first council was not immediately accepted in all Christian churches. In addition, the false teachings of Arius gained Roman support and the defenders of the Nicene faith were persecuted. In order to address these problems another council was called together, this time in Constantinople, at which time the original creed was reaffirmed and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit was proclaimed. (from www.ststevanofdechani.org)
About the soloist:
Paul Jancarich is an active member of SSS Karageorge for many years, and has created the choir's History Room adjacent to the choir loft. He is a founding Board Member of St. Sava's Serbian Historical Society. Paul is always there to help at any church function, looks in on the elderly, and is an all-around "really nice guy".
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!
Remember to click on the images below to enlarge:
Hristos Voskrese! Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!
Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00 a.m.
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)
Our Serbian Sisters Circle members have been busy preparing for this upcoming Easter Holiday. Purchase Apple Strudels, Cheese Strudels, or Nut Rolls for $10, and Palachinke for $2. Pick up your pre-orders or just stop by this Saturday, March 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm in the south wing, Strudels are frozen, ready-to-bake, and nut rolls and palachinke are baked ready to eat.
We have a limited number of cook books for $15, gift wrapped. Pick one up Saturday. Only 25 left.
Serbs count! Thanks to the efforts of the Serbian Unity Congress, you can fill in QUESTION 9 as SERBIAN on the 2010 Census Form. That's how we'll be recognized as Americans of Serbian descent. Please let all your Serbian friends know, and help your elderly parents or grandparents fill out their forms.
MARK "SOME OTHER RACE" ON THE BOTTOM LINE AND FILL IN "SERBIAN".
We have a historic chance in April 2010 to act and count ourselves as Americans of Serbian heritage in the official 2010 Census. In April 2009, the Serbian Unity Congress signed an agreement with the 2010 Census to act as the official partner of the US Census.
The Serbian Unity Congress
202 463 8643
Milan Medich from South Bend will direct the combined choirs for this year's "One Love" historic festival in Chicago. Choirs from St. Elijah, Karageorge, and South Bend have started practicing on Sundays after church. March 14th practice will be at St. Sava in Merrillville at 2 pm and Sunday March 21st will be in South Bend at 2 pm Central Standard Time. Almost 50 singers came to last Sunday's practice at St. Elijah. Be sure to join soon if you want to participate.
Thanks to Nancy Beric and Nadine Djordjevic for sharing this wonderful product designed by and for Serbian families who celebrate our unique traditions for Easter. Visit WWW.PRETTY-EASTER.COM for more information.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Easter Egg project came out of the initiative to revive traditional Serbian values and keep them through further promotion from sinking into oblivion. Thus, by binding one of the greatest Christian holidays – Easter and Serbian medieval wall painted ornaments, a new egg in old Serbian garments has been created – an egg cherishing Serbian cultural and art heritage – the guardian of our tradition.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The idea emerged from the inspiration and enthusiasm of a Creative Family that lives in Belgrade but thinks in Serbia, although the author of this project is considered to be each and every one of you that brought it to life.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The product consists of 10 decorative wrappers for decorating eggs and is produced in 6 different sets. The whole collection comprises of 60 different motifs in total. The motifs are printed on a plastic shrinking foil which is harmless in contact with food, however inedible. Each motif is to be cut separately, placed on a previously boiled and cooled egg and then dipped into a pot of boiling water for a few seconds for the wrapper to shrink around the egg
The favorite recipes of your Babas and Mamas have been preserved in this 300 page collection of Serbian and International recipes. They're almost all sold out, so be sure to order soon. Stop by the church office to pick one up, or order with your credit card in the "Goods & Services" section on your right. You can also call Dorothy at (219) 613-6133 to order one if you don't use PayPal. Price is $15 plus $5 Priority shipping & handling, and includes free gift wrap.
For Canadian and International orders, shipping & handling is $14, so contact Dorothy at (219) 613-6133 to order.
* Includes Lenten and Slava recipes
Our Kolo Sisters are busy preparing delicious homemade baked goods for the Easter Holiday. Order early and be sure to pick up a couple extras for unexpected company.
Call in, fax, or email your order. Information below:
ST. SAVA CHURCH IS TAKING
LAMB ORDERS FOR EASTER
$12.00 PER POUND – 2 POUND MINIMUM
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO
SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOLKLORE AND PRE-SCHOOL
PLEASE CONTACT KAREN KNEZIC AT 219-406-7910 OR email@example.com TO PLACE YOUR ORDER
ORDER DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH
ALL ORDERS WILL BE PRE-PACKAGED. ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY.
NO SAME DAY SALES.
***NOTE: PICK UP TIME IS FROM NOON TO 1 PM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 4 IN THE NEWLY REMODELED NORTH BUILDING KITCHEN.
Don't miss this historic weekend of Serbian music for the heart and soul. Both SOCA and SSF singers will perform concerts in the Chicago area to celebrate their religious and cultural roots and will join together nightly for zabavas. Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss this special weekend!
Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday-May 28, 29, 30, 2010
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Shared Locations: Palmer Square AND Redwood Drive
Friday: Vespers @ Palmer Square 5:30 P.M.
Concert @ Palmer Square 6:30 P.M.
Dance @ Palmer Square 8:00 P.M.
Saturday: Concert @ Redwood Drive
Cocktail Attire Dinner @ Redwood Drive 6:30-8:30 P.M.
Zabava @ Redwood Drive 9:00 P.M.-1:00 A.M.
Sunday: Liturgy @ Palmer Square 9:30A.M. and Redwood Drive 10:00 A.M.
Concert @ Hotel 1:30-5:00 P.M.
Zabava @ Redwood Drive 5:30 P.M.
This logo was a collaboration of ideas from the committee. The graphic designer was Boban Markovic. He did a great job!
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.
Once again, the children learned to recite lengthy poems for everyone's enjoyment, only two weeks after their Christmas program. The south wing was packed full of proud parents and grandparents, who also helped the children practice their poems. Great Job, Kids!
Yes, Simon, Serbian children can sing. In two languages, in fact! As is our tradition, Sunday School children recited poetry and sang several songs for their proud parents, babas, and dedas. St. Sava Day celebrates the patron saint of all Serbian children. The Palachinka Song and S-E-R-B-I-A-N Song are the creative works of Joanne Samardzija, who also taught the musical performances and accompanied on piano. Enjoy the video below and check back soon for more photos and videos from this wonderful program.
Saint Sava Day will be celebrated with Divine Liturgy starting at 10 am, followed by Blessing of the Kolach, Luncheon, and program presented by our Sunday School children. Every year we're treated to a delightful afternoon of songs, poems, and musical performances.
St. Sava from Wikipedia ( Read More)
Saint Archbishop Sava (Serbian:, Sveti Sava; (c. 1175, Ras - January 14, 1235, Trnovo, Bulgaria), baptised name Rastko Nemanji? (Serbian: ) was the youngest son of Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja, Eastern Orthodox monk, first archbishop of Serbian Orthodox Church, diplomat, writer, law giver and founder of several important medieval monasteries. He heavily influenced Serbian medieval literature and art.
He is widely considered as one of the most important figures of Serbian history and he is canonized and venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Also his life and personal devotion has been interpreted in many artistic works from the middle ages to modern times. The Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade is his major shrine and the largest Eastern Orthodox church.
Videos below are from the January 7 Divine Liturgy Christmas Service. Singing with our own Karageorge choir was Diana Henery (Danica Chirich), who grew up in Gary and enjoyed a long professional career as a leading soprano with the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria.
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)
Old Country customs and traditions are still celebrated each Christmas Eve and Christmas Day by Serbian Orthodox Christians. Once again, our Sunday School children treated us to a wonderful performance of a Serbian family's observance of Christmas. Thanks to all the teachers and Joanne Samardzija for their hard work preparing the play and rehearsing songs. Most of all, we Thank the children for this special gift.
At last night's Badnje Vece Service, we were all treated to a wonderful play presented by the children of our Sunday School. Customs of the holidays in a centuries old tradition were celebrated, followed by a selection of Christmas songs. Read the reviews and see the related photos at NWI TIMES.
Check back daily for photos and video from this year's holiday services and celebration.
Mir Bozi, Hristos Se Rodi! May the birth of Our Lord bring blessings, peace, and happiness to you and your families today and always. Christ Is Born! Indeed He Is Born!
Come and Hear a Lecture on
Presented by Kathryn Saclarides
(after church service and luncheon)
Seminar posle sv. Liturgije
Kathryn Saclarides, M.A. QMHP
Chicago Based Orthodox Mission Activist
Topic: FAITH UNASHAMED
Kathryn was born in Chicago, IL and has three sisters and one brother. She majored in
Anthropology and Spanish at Vanderbilt University and recently she completed a
Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Kathryn worked with the Red
Cross in Spain for 2 years, after which she moved to San Francisco and served at the
Raphael House (an Orthodox homeless shelter). Over the past two years Kathryn has
worked with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in Albania, and
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in Ethiopia. Currently Kathryn is the
supervisor of a mental health clinic for immigrant families in Cicero, IL. She specializes
in violence prevention and gang intervention with at-risk youth.
There's still just enough time left to order one of our Serbian Sisters Cook Books, gift wrapped for the holidays and sent via Priority Mail. Use our Goods & Services tool to your right and order with your credit card. If that's not possible, Please email Dorothy at: firstname.lastname@example.org to order and make payment arrangements, or stop by the church office from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see Snezana and pick up a copy for only $15. Deadline to order for December 25th Christmas is midnight, December 20. Cook Book is priced at only $15 plus $5 shipping.
If you would like a gift card and message enclosed, use the email address for instructions for any mailed item.
"Sretna Slava!" to all families who celebrate St. Nikola as their Patron Saint. This Saturday blessing of kolach will follow Divine Liturgy, which starts at 9:00 am.
Our Serbian Sisters Circle will offer pre-baked nut rolls and take-and-bake strudels, all flavors. All items are homemade by our Kolo Sisters, and are priced at only $10 each. Stop by from 9 am to 2 pm to pick up your order. Call 736-9191 to order, or fax your request to (219) 736-7836. You can also email an order to email@example.com.
Pre - order your nut rolls and strudels for this Thanksgiving Holiday. Delicious Apple, Cherry, Sweet Cheese, or Salty Cheese Strudels are Take-and-Bake, Frozen for your convenience. Nut rolls are pre-baked. All items are only $10 and are made by our Kolo Sisters. Call your order in to (219) 736-9191 or Fax our request to (219) 736-7836. You can even email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cook Books, pre-wrapped for the Holidays, will also be available for purchase for only $15. Pick one up for yourself and for a great Holiday gift.
The following new article appears in the NWI TIMES Newspaper Monday, November 9, 2009 as reported by Lu Ann Franklin:
MERRILLVILLE | A church built and supported by families for the past 95 years received a gift from two late longtime members Sunday as Mile and Ella Kosanovic bequeathed a trust fund of more than $1 million to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.
The Gary couple's bequest of $1,057,576.77 asks the congregation to match $500,000 in donations, said Dennis Svilar, president of St. Sava's congregation. The check was presented to the Rev. Marko Matic, St. Sava's spiritual leader, during a lunch celebrating the church's heritage at St. Elijah Serbian-American Hall.
"We are entrusted with the responsibility of making sure St. Sava goes forward," said Svilar, of Park Ridge, Ill.
Keynote speaker Nicholas Chabraja Jr., a third-generation son of the church, echoed those sentiments as he addressed hundreds in attendance.
Chabraja, the recently retired chairman and CEO of General Dynamics Corp., a Virginia-based defense industry conglomerate, noted, "The Serbian Orthodox Church always provides a source of pride and keeps the culture (of its people)."
He pointed out that those who immigrated to Northwest Indiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to work in the steel industry faced discrimination, dangerous working conditions and the "rough and tumble town" that was Gary.
But, this wave of Serbian immigrants "endured, as Serbs have always done" in large part because of "their belief in their church and their way of life," said Chabraja, 65.
Chabraja's grandparents were among the first members of St. Sava, at its original location at 20th and Connecticut streets in Gary. His parents raised him and his two brothers in the church. His father, Nicholas Chabraja Sr., was on the committee that bought the 140 acres on Mississippi Street in Merrillville after a fire in February 1978 destroyed the original church. The current church was built in 1991, and relics that survived the fire were blessed and installed there.
"I learned the richness of the Serbian Orthodox liturgy as an altar attendant," Chabraja said. "My family history is inexorably intertwined with this church, but this story is not unusual for Serbians."
The descendants of those early Serbian immigrants to Northwest Indiana have achieved successes that would have been unimaginable to their ancestors, Chabraja said. The successes and St. Sava are affirmations of the Serbian immigrants' dreams, he said.
Raised in Gary, Chabraja received his law degree from Northwestern University in 1967. He worked for the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block from 1968 to 1993, and served as special counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. In 1993, Chabraja was named senior vice president and general counsel for General Dynamics. In 1997, he became CEO and chairman of the board. He retired in July.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., also spoke briefly at the celebration, congratulating the congregation on the longevity of the church.
Please join the Kolo Sisters on Sunday, October 25th as they celebrate their Slava after Divine Liturgy. Blessing of the kolach and koljivo will precede the luncheon. On the actual Slava day, October 27th, the sisters will read the names of all deceased members, a tradition of remembrance for all our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and kumas. Please make every effort to attend both services.
Our Venerable Mother Petka-Paraskeva, as she became known, was born in the 11th century in the city of Epivat, which is between Silivria and Constantinople. Her parents were very religious and raised their children to be pious. After her parents died, St. Petka strictly devoted herself to the monastic life, and with fasting and prayer, she committed her life to God. After five years of fasting and prayer, she went to the Holy Land (Palestine) to live in the desert of Jordan. In her old age, she returned to Constantinople to the Church of Holy Theotokos in Blaherna to revere the miraculous icon of the Mother of God.
Two centuries after her death (1238 A.D.), the Bulgarian emperor John Asen decided to move St. Petka's relics from Epivat, which then was under the Crusader's control, to Trnovo, the capital of Bulgaria. After the Turkish occupation of Bulgaria, the relics were moved again--this time to Vidim on the Danube (Vlaska). In 1396 when the Turks also conquered this area, the Serbian princess Milica acted to bring the holy relics to Belgrade. In 1417 the Church of St. Petka was built in Belgrade and her holy relics were placed there. In 1521 after the mighty Sulleyman II conquered Belgrade, St. Petka's remains, along with many Serbian families, were moved to Constantinople. There her remains were received with great respect and solemnity and the Sultan brought them to his castle. Numerous miracles occurred there, which caused the holy Mother Petka-Paraskeva also to be worshipped by Muslims. In 1641, with permission from Constantinople's patriarch Partenije I, the pious Moldavian ruler Vasilije Lupul brought St. Petka's remains to Moldavia's capital, Jash, where on 14/27 October they were placed in the church of the Three Holy Hierarchs, where St. Petka's holy relics continued to glorify the Lord with wonders and miracles.
(Text from westsrbdio.org)
Don't miss the fun as both St. Sava and St. Elijah Sunday Schools enjoy an Autumn evening together at St. Elijah's picnic grounds. Bring the kids, your cameras, and your appetites! Sign up this Sunday the Learning Center and please bring a side dish.
Mike Bjelopetrovich meets with students every Sunday for Serbian School Classes. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn our language. Adult classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Children's classes (ages 4-14) meet from Noon to 12:45 p.m. after church.
His Grace Bishop Longin and several members of the clergy dedicated the new bronze tribute to General Draza Mihajlovich. The Serbian Combatants of the Royal Yugoslav Army, Draza Mihajlovich, proudly hosted the event on Labor Day Monday, September 9th after Divine Liturgy. Photos were provided by Jovan Ivancevic of Bolingbrook, Illinois.
SRBADIJA - ST. SAVA FOLKLORE GROUP
YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER
SEPTEMBER 17 â€“ OCTOBER 1, 2009
PLEASE HELP OUR DANCERS WITH THIS
VERY IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER
BUY A CANDLE
WITH YOUR HELP OUR GROUP CAN PURCHASE NEW COSTUMES
AND TRAVEL TO OTHER FOLKLORE COLONIES
THE ORDERS WILL BE BACK BY THANKSGIVING
SEE A SRBADIJA DANCER
LELA JENSEN 219-202-4240
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Each dancer has a catalog, and will sell candles every Sunday after church services.
Srbadija Folklore Group
$100 for the first child
$ 50 for second child
After the second child all other children in your family are free.
PeeWee Group 6:15-6:45 p.m.
(must be at least 4 years of age)
Juniors 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Seniors 7:45-9:00 p.m.
Dancers will be placed in a group based on the instructor's assessment at the first prac-
tice on Thursday, September 17th in the south wing of the church. If your child is
attending for the first time, please contact Borka Grimsgard at 219-462-8574 to find
out what time your assessment will be. Season is from September through mid-May.
Instructor: Neso Nikolic Assistant: Dana Nikolic
Questions? Call Borka at 219-462-8574 or email email@example.com
â–ª Is your child is interested in Serbian dancing?
â–ª Is your child able to attend practices every
â–ª Would you like your child to participate in an
activity that reflects their heritage?
Sunday, September 13th during Sunday School
registration in the North Wing at 9:45 a.m.
Register Sunday, September 13th in the north wing office area at 9:45 a.m.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center Goal: The long-term goal of the St. Sava Enrichment Pre-school Program is to help your child begin the journey into kindergarten and beyond as a successful lifelong learner. As we enter our second year, we have included more activities and classes for each developmental age. The curriculum includes arts and crafts, music, story time, games and sports. Our competent and certified early education teachers provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children all the while helping them develop fine motor skills, focus and confidence as well as making lasting friendships and memories! All classes are held in the St. Sava Learning Center, North Wing.
- Session 1 begins: September 14 â€“ Oct 23
- Session 2 begins: October 26-December 4
- Session 1 begins: September 14 â€“ Oct 23
FALL CLASS SCHEDULE
TINY TOTS CLASS (2-3 yr olds) *parents are invited to stay with their little ones and participate
9-10:30 a.m. M & W $40/session
*This class will encourage your tot to listen, work together and share through music, story time and crafts.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASS (4-5 yr olds)
9:30-12:00 p.m. 2 days M & W or W & F $70/session (Add $10 for an additional day)
*This class is designed to encourage your pre-schooler to think, reason, create and express themselves through drawing, reading, sports and music. Snacks are provided during the class. Outdoor activities.
E-mail The Learning Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, you too can be the Palachinka Princess of your household. The complete recipe is included among all the traditional favorite Serbian recipes. Classic recipes for complete meals and desserts are listed in the 324 page spiral - bound book, including Lenten dishes. It's only $15 (plus $5 shipping & handling). Free gift wrap makes it an easy gift choice. Pick one up at the church office daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or send a check to the church office with shipping info. ORDER IT ONLINE with PayPal in the Goods & Services section to your right.
The very next morning after preparing and cleaning up the Senior Luncheon, our Kolo Sisters were all glamorous and ready to board the bus to Gracanica. They made the long trip to Grayslake and enjoyed the day once again among friends. Thanks once again to Donna Nicolich, our new stand - in photographer.
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.
"THE STIMULUS GOLF PACKAGE"
Friday, July 31, 2009
8:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start - Scramble Format
SUMMER TREE GOLF COURSE, 2323 E. 101st Ave., Merrillville, IN
ENTRY FEE $100 / Person or $400 Foursome
18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Continental Breakfast, Refreshments on Course
Longest Drive (Men / Women) Contest
Longest Putt (Men / Women) Contest
Closest to the Pin Contest
Serbian Buffet Luncheon (Split - Roasted Lamb, Pig, Cevaps, Salad, Dessert)
7:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon & Prizes
St. Sava Church Grounds, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
SPONSOR PACKAGES AVAILABLE:
FEATURED SPONSOR $500
COGNAC CART SPONSOR $200
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST PATRON $200
CLASSIC SPONSOR $100
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steve Baroevich (219) 713-1031 email@example.com
Barb (Borka) Grimsgard (219) 617-1645 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jovan Djokic (219) 241-7750 email@example.com
Yes, Serb Fest now has a commercial!
Send this to all your Serbian friends and relatives, to friends who know Serbs, and to those who wish they were Serbs...........That's just about everyone, isn't it?
- To send this blog:
- Click on the blog title (permanent link)
- Copy the URL, paste it an email, and send to to all your friends.
Be sure to attend St. Elijah's Serb Fest July 17, 18, and 19. Come for the delicious Serbian food and baked goods, dancing, and relax while you enjoy fantastic Serbian music. St. Elijah Cathedral is located at 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville. Sign-up and details for the Saturday Golf Outing are below.
The Brkich triplets will perform at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19th. You won't want to miss this special event!
Father Aleksandar Novakovic
The Executive Board President Nick Beader
Would like to invite YOU to participate at our annual
On Saturday, July 18 at
St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
8700 Taft, Merrillville, IN 46410
Our SerbFest GOLF OUTING will be held
at Summertree Golf Course in Merrillville
For details and to sign up call
Nick Beader (219-405-2175) or Pete Grubnich (219-663-1558)
Our sincere Congratulations go out to all the wonderful, young Serbian men and women who have completed their high school education. We wish them great success in their continuing education as well as future careers. To all the graduates: Please remember your church and how much it has influenced your spiritual growth and charachter.
This is a partial list of graduates from several area Serbian Churches: Let us know if we forgot a name, and we'll add it to the list. Use the contact button at the top of the page.
Karl Malden has been a source of pride for Serbs from St. Sava Church in Gary. We all remember his humble beginnings: his father, Peter Sekulovich, sold candles on Sundays in church and held many plays on the stage at 1300 Connecticut Street. His mother, Minnie, was an active member of the Serbian Sisters Circle and lived to be over 100 years old. Karl was a member of Karageorge Choir and participated in plays at the old church.
Karl Malden never forgot his Serbian Gary roots. He was the greatest benefactor of St. Sava Church. He passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
May his memory be eternal, Vecnaja Pamjat!
Last year, St. Sava Church presented a program in his honor at the Lake Shore Visitor's Center in Highland, where he was inducted to their Wall Of Legends.
Be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful pictures and collection of articles on display in the north wing Cultural Display Room. Four generations of Serbian weddings are displayed and you will see how little our traditions have changed. Danica Bikoff's satin gown from 1943 is on display as well as Manda Andrejich's bridal gown from 1952. George and Smelia Mitrovich's cake top from 1938 is also on loan from Paul and Xenia Jancarich. The room will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. It's not too late to turn in photos because we'll be adding to our collection for next year's exhibit. If you would like to make special arrangements to see the exhibit at any other time, please call Dorothy at (219) 613-6133.
Sunday, July 5th is the last day for viewing this exhibit. The Serbian Historical Society will need some time to prepare the room for Serb Fest. This year's theme will be "Immigrants - Serbs in the Steel Mills".
Special Thanks to Orkestar Junaci from Pittsburgh for permission to use their music for our slide show video.
Perhaps a few raindrops were welcome, because they hid the tears during a solemn, respectful tribute honoring St. Sava's WWII Veterans. After 31 years of separation, the monument built in 1947 was standing next to St. Sava Church once again. It's even more beautiful than many remember, sitting alongside the monument donated by the late Mile and Ella Kosanovich, also dedicated to Serbs of all wars.
Several Veterans proudly attended the service and luncheon, and were "celebrities" for the day. Reporters and photographers were competing for their stories and photos. Remarks were made by Dennis Svilar, Desko Nikitovic, Portage Mayor Olga Velasquez, Lake County Police Chief Marco Kuyachich, and Korean War Veteran and Author Ted Erceg. Milan Opacich was recognized for writing many articles challenging someone to move the monument. His dream was realized on June 7, 2009. Enjoy the video below, and be sure to visit the Memorial Monument at it's new home.
For many of us, this is a dream come true. It took a special man to figure how it could be done. Nicky Joe Sever had a plan. He carefully took apart all the pillars, arches, and forms; labeled them, transported, stored, and pressure washed all the pieces. With the help of his skilled friends, a new foundation was poured, and the monument was rebuilt within a few weeks. This majestic tribute to the men and women of St. Sava who served in WWII now sits proudly at the south side of the church property. Everyone who passes by the church can appreciate its beauty and purpose: to remember the sacrifices of the 278 young Serbian American men and women from Gary whose lives were interrupted by the events of World War II.
A handful of men listed on the monument are still living in the area and will try to attend.
Please join us this Sunday, June 7th immediately following Divine Liturgy, for the historic re-dedication of the monument originally built in 1947. A special military tribute program will be presented, and a buffet luncheon will be served. Visit the "Serbian Weddings" Exhibit display in the north wing. Attend this Open House and enjoy dessert, punch, and coffee as you remember friends and family on their wedding days. Our rich wedding customs are unique to the Serbs, and you'll find how each generation has celebrated, and how little has changed.
"Svadba, Svadba, Svadba, Hej!" Here come the brides! You might see your mother, baba, or even yourself in one of the great photographs now on display in the Cultural Room. The Serbian Historical Society is hosting an Open House this Sunday, June 7th. Please proceed to the north wing following the re-dedication ceremony. You'll be treated to a selection of desserts, punch, and coffee.
You are invited to furnish 8 X 10 copies of family wedding photographs to add to this display and future displays. It's never too late. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Photos can be from any Serbian wedding, from any parish, any country. The collection is part of many future themed exhibits.
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.
Enjoy the 2-part video of the exciting finale to the 70th Annual Serb National Federation Basketball Tournament. St. Archangel Michael parrish hosted the 2-day event on May 15th and 16th. Championsip games were played at nearby Thornton Fractional South High. Men's final teams were Duquesne Princip (home) vs Cevap Amigos (guests). Equally matched, both teams played hard and well. Next year's games will be hosted by St. Elijah in Merrillville, Indiana. See you there!
(More photos and winners list will follow!)
St. Archangel Michael Church, 18550 Stony Island, in Lansing, Illinois will host this year's exciting SNF Basketball Tournament. Games will be played at Purdue Calumet, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, and Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Street, Highland. Click the links for maps.
Click the Link below to view the Brackets:
SCHEDULE OF SOCIAL EVENTS:
THURSDAY, MAY 14
St. Archangel Michael Social Center opens at 6 p.m., DJ at 7:30,
Serving Cevaps and sandwiches
FRIDAY, MAY 15
Social Center opens 6 p.m., Dance starts at 7 p.m.
Music: T-Roma in Bar, Mladost in main Hall
Kitchen open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Serving Chicken, Shishkobob, Fish
SATURDAY, MAY 16
Social Center opens 1 p.m., Dance starts at 7 p.m.
Music: Drina in Bar, Mladost in main Hall
Kitchen open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Serving Lamb, Pork Loin, Cevaps
ADMISSION FOR NON-PLAYERS: $10
Narrow Path Book Store will be open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All Championship Games will be played at Thornton Fractional South
High School, 18500 Burnham Ave., Lansing, IL 60438, starting at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
SNF Lodge 170 is sponsoring this fun event. Enjoy the participation of a diverse group of players from different Orthodox Churches.
These recipes are from our Serbian Sisters Circle Cook Book, available for purchase in Goods & Services or at the Church entrance display.
SLAVSKI KOLAC (Slava Bread)
- 4 1/2 Cups flour
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 2 Pkg. dry yeast
- 1 1/2 Cups lukewarm water
- 1/2 Lb. butter
- 3 Large or 4 small eggs
- Peel and juice of 1 lemon
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon sugar and 3 teaspoons flour; let it rise. Mix all ingredients together as you would for a bread. Let it rise until it doubles in size. Knead once again. Save some of your dough for top decorations. Put bread in pan, remembering a smaller one will make a higher bread. Decorations are usually a cross, 4 C's and a braid around the edge. Pan used should be greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
(Recipe by Milica Milojevich)
- 1 Lb. ground walnuts
- 1 Lb. sugar or powdered sugar
- 1 Lb. wheat
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla, or rum, or almond extract
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
Clean wheat and wash thoroughly. Put wheat into pan in which you are going to cook it. Then add hot water, not boiled, and let stand for 1 hour. Wash it well in lukewarm water 2 times. Put on to cook in 4 quarts of hot water; add a little salt. Cook until tender; do not overcook. When wheat is done, strain in lukewarm water 2 times. Put into strainer and wash again. Then let it stay overnight in a strainer. Put it where it will drain.
When you want to mix the wheat, put in pan or bowl where you could mix the best. Mix it thoroughly, put in wheat, nuts, sugar, flavor you want, and cinnamon. Sugar may be added if desired. When all mixed, put in glass bowl; shape it up. Put ground walnuts on top of wheat; leave some nuts on a side from top, make a cross in the center with cubed sugar, decorate around the cross with raisins, and around the side of the bowl.
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.
Enjoy the small video segments from Easter Sunday Divine Liturgy, celebrated April 19.
Hristos a Ã®nviat!
Krishti u ngjall!
Õ”Ö€Õ«Õ½Õ¿Õ¸Õ½ ÕµÕ¡Ö€Õ¥Õ¡Ö‚ Õ« Õ´Õ¥Õ¼Õ¥Õ¬Õ¸ÖÕœ
áƒ¥áƒ áƒ˜áƒ¡áƒ¢áƒ” áƒáƒ¦áƒ¡áƒ“áƒ’áƒ!
Christ has risen! Happy Pascha, everybody!
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".
Videos: St. Sava's "Srbadija" Folklore Group and St. Simeon Mirotocivi's "Bozur Dancers" Showed Their Talents at PURDUE
Serbian music filled the entire room as both folklore groups proudly performed the difficult dance steps at Saturday's wonderful celebration of culture sponsored by PURDUE Calumet. The event was part of the university's Building Community through the Arts program. Included were ethnic displays, music, dancing, foods, poetry, history, and focus on continuing these valuable traditions. Thanks to all these young Serbs, whose participation made us all very proud! Niko Nema Sto Srbin Imade!
Thanks to everyone at PURDUE University for hosting a fantastic program featuring the cultures of the different regions of the former Jugoslavia. Their "Building Community through the Arts" program successfully demonstrated the importance of sharing our rich customs, dances, music, language, and foods. "Mismo" Tamburasi welcomed everyone as traditional ethnic foods were offered: sarma, cevapcici, burek, pogacha, and palachinke were served up by students and faculty. The Serbian Historical Society provided items unique to our culture for the display cases, and the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization provided information about their relief efforts. Vera Barach Mileusnic shared a personal story of a wooden trunk that represented her heritage and culture, certainly not the physical items, that were brought here by her family almost 60 years ago.
Chancellor Howard Cohen greeted the audience, and Natalie Vujovich reminded us that we live in a richly diverse community built by immigrants from the region. Biljana Dimovski and Marija Dobratic read poetry in Macedonian and Serbian. Croatian Author Rosemary Gard read passages from her first novel, "Destiny's Dowry", and was moved to tears by the dance performances, reminding her of the Zabavas of yesterday.
Folklore groups treated us to lively Serbian and Macedonian dance performances by Srbadija of St. Sava, Kitka of Sts. Peter & Paul Macedonian Church in Crown Point, Goce Delcev Dancers of Sts. Kiril & Metodij Macedonian Church in Hinsdale, IL, and Bozur Dancers of St. Simeon Serbian Church in South Chicago. The Grand Finale was a huge kolo as "Mismo" Tamburasi got everyone off their feet - you just couldn't help it! The Purdue committee members certainly welcomed us with "Dobro Dosli", and we sincerely thank them and would like to wish them all "ZIVELI" (Cheers, and long life!).