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

  

Summer hours began on Pentecost Sunday, May 31 and will continue through the months of June, July and August.  Sunday and weekday Liturgies will start at 10:00 AM.

We have a new page!  Please click here to view the Weekly Bulletins.

A word from Bishop Ilia:  St. John Chrysostom writes in a final prayer of the Divine Liturgy, "Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your House."  This request is made since "...every good gift and perfect gift is from above coming to You, the Father of lights."  Think about it!  We are blessed and made holy when we take care of the Church.  Our love for God is so great that it includes the beautification, preservation and maintenance of the Church building.  The prayer also reminds us that every good gift comes from God.  This includes the money we earn and aquire which we do so because God blesses us in good health, favorable work conditions and freedom to prosper.  Because of all these things let us not hesitate to contribute time and again to the Building Renovation Fund.  The Parish goal is $58,500.00.  Donate today!

As of Sunday, May 17, contributions to this fund total $14,180.00, which is just shy of 25% of the total funds needed.  We thank everyone for their continued support.  To view the Building Renovation Fund letter sent out to our parishioners and friends, please click here.

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

UPDATE:  Bishop Ilia and the Parish Council are pleased to report that a total sum of $4,565.00 was collected and contributed by the members and parishioners of St. Nicholas Church and has been sent to His Beatitude Anastasi, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania for flood relief.  The Lord will bless the contributers who will receive the prayerful thanks of those in need who will receive this life changing aid because somebody cared about their plight.

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.

NEW!  Ladies Auxiliary Charitable Giving Project

The Ladies Auxiliary, in support of the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, is collecting School Supply donations during the month of July to help the Pantry fill 400 backpacks for neighborhood children in need.  Please click here to view the flier for the list of school supplies needed.  Drop off is at St. Nicholas church. Thank you in advance for your generous donations. 

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.

OUR NEW SURVEY IS HERE!  INTERESTED IN STARTING AN ALBANIAN FOLK DANCE GROUP FOR ADULTS AGE 15 AND ABOVE...PLEASE CLICK ON THE SURVEY BELOW AND LET US KNOW.

Fill out this survey if you enjoy dancing and want to pass on our Albanian heritage and traditions to future generations.  Hard copies of this survey in both English and Albanian will be available at the candlestand should you chose not to take this survey online.  Please drop off your completed hard copy survey at the candlestand.  This survey HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 15, when it will be closed at midnight. 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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