St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
The miraculous Weeping Icon of the Blessed Virgin
The miraculous Weeping Icon of the Blessed Virgin
The miraculous Weeping Icon of the Blessed Virgin


Welcome to St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church in Chicago!
 Please join us on Sundays for Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m.  
Miresevini ne kishen Orthodokse te Shen Kollit ne Chicago!  Ju lutemi beni te mundur pjesmarrjen tuaj c'do te Djele ne Liturgjine Hyjnore ne oren 10.30 a.m.

Our parish was founded in 1944 by Albanians from the southeastern part of the country, near the city of Korca. The current church building was built in 1961 and the beautiful interior is filled with wonderful icons, including the miraculous Icon of the Blessed Virgin, whose story is found here.  Read the full history of our parish here. 

 

Bishop Ilia Katre
Bishop Ilia Katre
Bishop Ilia Katre
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Interior
Church Interior
Church Interior

  

Sunday, February 15, 2015.  Annual Pre-Lenten Luncheon.  It will be held in the church hall immediately following Divine Liturgy.  Flyers have been mailed.  If you did not receive yours, please click here to view.  Tickets can be purchased in the church hall every Sunday following services.  Please purchase your tickets by Sunday, February 8 as none will be sold at the door.  For more information please call the office at 773-889-4282 or send an email to luncheon@stnicholasalbanianchicago.orgProceeds from this event will go toward fund raising efforts to replace the kitchen stove and ovens which are the original appliances installed in 1961 when the church was built.

Reminder:  Church membership dues must be paid before March 1, 2015. Current members should have received an annual dues reminder form in the mail. Please fill out the form and return it to church with your check.  For more information click here to view the membership renewal form in English and in Albanian.

On Sunday, December 21, 2014 our St. Nicholas choir/Kori i Kishes se Shen Nikolles, assisted by the Sunday School children, performed a beautiful Christmas Program/ Programi Krishtlindjes which was enjoyed by all. The children, dressed as angels and shepherds, joined the choir in the loft to sing Christmas carols then made their way to the front of the church where they lead the congregation in singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".  Please click here to view the program cover and interior pages.

Thank you to all the members who attended and voted on various issues important to our parish that were proposed in our 2014 GENERAL MEETING held on Sunday, December 14, 2014.  Watch the monthly bulletin for detailed information on the outcome of the meeting and don't forget to check back here for a list of proposals that were debated, voted on and passed by the general assembly.

FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS / FESTA E SHËN KOLLIT - Bishop Ilia, the Parish Council and the Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all those who volunteered their time and talents to help make the feast day celebrations a success again this year.  There were many tasks that were performed by our dedicated parishioners working together to make sure everything went smoothly.  From making and baking the burek, putting up the Christmas tree, setting the tables, donating sweets and coffee, cutting and serving the burek and sweets, to ushering, taking the collection, greeting people at the candle stand, and cleaning up and putting things away.  God Bless You All!

We celebrated our annual Shen Kolli Dinner Dance on Sunday, December 7, 2014.   Click here to view the event program.  Music was provided by Memedheu featuring guest singer Gazim Kaso from Albania.  Grupi Arberia also performed several dances. All those who attended enjoyed the meal, the entertainment and the fellowship.  We ask all those who attended to please fill out an evaluation form available at the bottom of this page.  Please check back to view photos of the event, they will be uploaded shortly.    

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE - A huge thank you to those who donated much needed toys for deserving boys and girls. This was our first Ladies Auxiliary sponsored parish-wide toy drive. We hope to make this a yearly event to benefit neighborhood children served by the Irving Park Food Pantry.  The toys were distributed on Wednesday, December 17 to some very happy kids.  To learn more about the Ladies Auxiliary please click here

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 we celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the founding of our St. Nicholas Church. The sold out event was a great success. Thank you for attending and supporting our community.  To read the write up of the event in the November issue of the monthly bulletin click here. You can find the event program cover and interior pages here. For information on viewing and purchasing event photographs click here.  Please be patient and check back often as these items become available for viewing.  

SUNDAY SCHOOL began on Sunday, October 5.  It's never too late to enroll your children and give them an opportunity to learn about their religion.  You can find registration forms in English or Albanian here.  Please fill one out for each child and return it to one of the Sunday School teachers before class begins at 10:30 am.

Please Note:  Shkolla Shqipe (Albanian language school) and Grupi Arberia (dance troupe) first semester ends on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  Please register your children for the second semester which will begin immediately on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  Letters have been sent to the parents.  If you did not receive your letter or are not on the mailing list, you can view the information, schedule and forms online.  Click here for Shkolla Squipe and here for Grupi Arberia.   

PLEASE TAKE OUR NEW CONFIDENTIAL SURVEY!  IT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015.  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY.

The Ladies Auxiliary is asking you to give your feedback and evaluate your experience at the annual Shen Kolli Dinner Dance held on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  It will take about 5 minutes of your time to take the survey.  The responses from this survey will be used to plan future St. Nicholas church functions and events.  Thank you for your participation.  We appreciate your comments and suggestions.  If you prefer not to take the survey via this link, hard copies of the survey, in both English and Albanian, will be available at the church candle stand.    

Any and all online surveys St. Nicholas church conducts will be provided by QuestionPro.


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