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

  

Darzez Village
Darzez Village
Darzez Village
Leading Cattle Out of Barn
Leading Cattle Out of Barn
Leading Cattle Out of Barn
Fitore Village
Fitore Village
Fitore Village

Please help flood victims in Albania.  St. Nicholas church has begun collecting funds for flood relief during our church services on Sundays.  To view the flood relief flyer please click here.  Donations can be made by check; in person or mailed to St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, 2701 N. Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634.  Please note "Flood Relief " on your check and envelope.

Heavy rainfall since the beginning of February 2015 caused major flooding in the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania. Some 42,000 people have been affected, and houses have been damaged, around 3,500 heads of livestock killed, and 17,000 acres of farm land flooded. The Albanian Government is preparing to declare a state of emergency for the worst affected areas. (IFRC, 6 Feb 2015)

To view a map of the affected areas and lists of items donated by various European Union nations please click here.  To view the Red Cross Emergency Plan of Action please click here.  To read a report from World Vision on their relief efforts in Albania please click here.  To see how Islamic Relief has helped the flood victims please click here and here.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - St. George Luncheon, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary in honor of Archbishop Nikon of the Albanian Archdiocese of Boston (OCA).  Archbishop Nikon, along with Bishop Ilia and clergy of our Diocese will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Church. We are very honored to have him visit our parish for the first time. To view a brief biography of Archbishop Nikon, please click here.

If you would like to meet the Archbishop and join us for fellowship following liturgy, tickets for the St. George Luncheon will be available in the church hall on Sundays. Please view the flyer here in English or in Albanian for more information. Proceeds from this event will go toward the kitchen oven renovation project.

Again, this year, for our midnight Resurrection Service on Sunday, April 12, we will have the overflow crowds gather in the church hall.  This will be the first time our new audio/visual equipment will be used for filming our Easter service live and broadcasting it in the hall.  Click here to view the Schedule for Services for Easter

Please join us in the church hall following the Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy for fellowship, coffee, eggs, cheese and bread.  All donations of sweets accepted and greatly appreciated!  Sponsored by the St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary.

Reminder:  Church membership dues must be paid before March 31, 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.

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) second semester began on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  Letters were 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.   

THE SHEN KOLLI DINNER DANCE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED!  WATCH THIS PAGE AND PLEASE TAKE OUR NEXT SURVEY COMING SOON!

The Ladies Auxiliary will be planning the 2015 annual Shen Kolli Dinner Dance based on your feedback and evaluation of your experience at last year's event.  Thank you for your participation.  We appreciate your comments and suggestions.     

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


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