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WHEATON, IL [MW Communications] -- On Saturday, July 25, 2009, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, accompanied by His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago, joined the clergy and faithful of Saint Joseph Church here for the celebration of Great Vespers for the seventh Sunday of Pentecost and the Feast of Saint Jacob Netsvetov.

The visit coincided with the ongoing celebration of the parish's 20th Anniversary, and marked Metropolitan Jonah's first visit to a parish church in the Chicago Deanery.

After Vespers, Metropolitan Jonah blessed the parish's newly completed deacons' doors, which feature icons of the Wise Thief and the Righteous King and Priest Melchisedek. The Very Rev. John Matusiak, rector, presented Metropolitan Jonah with an icon of Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam as a memento of his first visit to the parish.

Over 230 faithful welcomed the hierarchs and enjoyed a festive pot luck dinner after the service.

Father John presided at Great Vespers, assisted by the parish's associate pastors, the Very Rev. Mykola Bodnarchuk and the Rev. Joseph Kopka; Protodeacons Joseph Matusiak and John Coleman, and Deacon Lawrence Dugoni. Also in attendance were clergy from parishes in the immediate area, including the the Very Rev. Myron Manzuk, rector of Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit, IL; the Rev. Herman Kinkaid, rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Burr Ridge, IL; Rev. Jeremiah Loch, rector of Saint Innocent Russian Orthodox Church [ROCOR], Carol Stream, IL; Rev. Elijah Mueller, rector of Saint Macarius Mission, Hyde Park/Chicago; and the Rev. Pawel Falkowski, rector of Saint George Byelorussian Orthodox Church, Chicago.

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Upcoming Feasts of the Church

Polyeleos-rank Jun 23 - Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
Great Feast Jun 24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
Polyeleos-rank Jun 26 - Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jun 28 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman, Wonder-workers of Valaam
Great Feast Jun 29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
Polyeleos-rank Jul 2 - The Holy Hierarch John Maximovich, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco;
Polyeleos-rank Jul 3 - The Holy Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow
Polyeleos-rank Jul 5 - Our Venerable Father Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh
Polyeleos-rank Jul 6 - Our Venerable Father Athanasius of Mount Athos
Vigil-rank Jul 8 - The Sitka (Kazan) Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 10 - The Deposition of the Robe of our Savior; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves
Polyeleos-rank Jul 11 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Blessed Princess Olga
Polyeleos-rank Jul 12 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands
Polyeleos-rank Jul 14 - Our Venerable Father Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
Vigil-rank Jul 15 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
Polyeleos-rank Jul 17 - New Royal Passion-bearers Tsar Nicholas and his family
Vigil-rank Jul 19 - Our Venerable Father Seraphim, Wonder-worker of Sarov
Vigil-rank Jul 20 - Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah
Polyeleos-rank Jul 23 - Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 24 - Right-believing Russian Princes Boris and Gleb
Polyeleos-rank Jul 26 - The Righteous Priest Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Native Peoples of Alaska
Polyeleos-rank Jul 28 - Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 30 - The Holy Martyr John the Warrior


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