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KENOSHA, WI [MW Communications] - Several young families with children gathered at St. Nicholas in Kenosha for Great Vespers on the evening of Saturday, October 31st to have a family-friendly alternative to the increasingly ghoulish festivities of All Hallows Eve.

The celebration began in church with the divine service at the conclusion of which the kids heard the moving story of heroic pastoral service and sacrifice of St. John of Chicago and Tsarskoe Selo, whose feast had just concluded. Families were then invited to the Spiritual Life Center for a grand party that included a hearty hotdog supper, hot cider, pumpkin-painting, make-your-own caramel apples, gourd-bowling, goodie bags, near fatal bouts of fake sword fighting, and lots of warm-hearted fellowship. Knights, Cossacks, angels, cats, and even a deviled egg made an appearance.

The kids were invited back into church for a sacred quest, essentially a treasure hunt, in which they competed in teams of two to complete a series of questions based upon information they gleaned from several of the holy items within the narthex and nave of the temple.

“One of our homeschooling families asked me what I thought about Halloween a couple of weeks ago,” shares Fr. Stephen Hrycyniak, Rector of St. Nicholas, “and one thing led to another, and the idea of a family-friendly alternative celebration was born—the receptive response among the families to a churchly alternative gathering was surprising and gratifying.” The event even drew other homeschoolers from outside the parish, making it that much more of an enriching experience in a safe and wholesome environment for all in attendance.

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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
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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
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