Welcome to St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church in Chicago! Please join us on Sundays for Divine Liturgy at 10:00 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 10.00 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.
Please Note: Sunday and weekday Liturgies will now begin at 10:00 AM year round.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 - A CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND LED BY HIS GRACE BISHOP ILIA.
His Grace Bishop Ilia will be leading a 12-day tour to the Holy Land beginning on Wednesday, November 1 and ending on Sunday, November 12. Participants will visit Nazareth, the Garden of Gethsemane and the original baptismal site of our Lord at the Jordan River. In Jerusalem they will visit the Patriarchate and have a private audience with His Beatitude Theophilos. The all-inclusive cost for the tour is $3,893.00 per person based on double or triple occupancy. If interested, you can pick up a registration form in the St. Nicholas Church narthex which contains a detailed itinerary.
Proclaiming 2017 as the “125th Year of Orthodox Christianity in Greater Chicago”, the region’s ruling bishops have endorsed a historic celebration to take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association [OCCA] of Greater Chicago, the commemoration will include the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Lane Tech Auditorium, 2501 West Addison, Chicago, followed by an anniversary banquet at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, 8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago. St. Nicholas is renting a bus to transport our parishioners to the Liturgy. To reserve your seat, please call the church office at 773-889-4282 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your full name, number of seats you need, your email address and a phone number where you can be reached the day of the event in case there are any last minute changes. The bus will arrive at St. Nicholas Church at 8:00 AM. Boarding will begin at 8:15. The bus is scheduled to leave at 8:30. Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 1:00 PM after which we will board the bus for the ride back to St. Nicholas. The bus is only for transportation to Lane Tech. You are responsible for your own transportation to the anniversary banquet at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. If you would like to place a listing in the commemorative donor book or would like to reserve a seat at the banquet, please click here for the reservation form, fill it out and follow directions for payment and mailing.
Reminder: Church membership dues for the year 2017 must be paid before March 31, 2017. Current members will be receiving an annual dues reminder form in the mail. Please fill out the form with any changes and return it to St. Nicholas with your check. Forms will also be available at the candle stand for your convenience. For more information click here to view the membership renewal form in English or in Albanian. (Please check back - 2017 forms will be uploaded soon.)
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!
UPDATE: As of September 30, 2015 contributions to this fund total $41,000.00, which is slightly over 70% 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.
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