St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America
300 Stryker Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60436
Fish fry fundraiser: Order by Friday, pickup Sunday, June 28!

We will have another curbside pickup fish fry dinner this Sunday!

Pre-order by Friday, June 26 at 9 p.m. Pickup will be Sunday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. from the east side, main entrance of the social hall.

Orders will be taken by phone until Friday, June 26 at 9 p.m. Call or text Tana Petrich at 815-207-0737, and include your name and number of dinners.

Pick up between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm from the East side (main entrance) of the Social Center dinner includes:
Choice of baked or fried cod
Choice of vegetable- corn or green beans and French fries
- Green salad, bread and home-made strudel

Cost: At-will donation. Cash or check only!

Remember to preorder by Friday, June 26 at 9 p.m.!

The Sunday of Holy Pentecost / Duhovi June 7, 2020

Saturday, June 6- vigil / confession at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Immediately after the Liturgy, Pentecost vespers with kneeling prayers.…/


Our Church calls upon all of us to please follow the directions of medical and civil officials to stay at home. All services in church are being conducted by clergy and chanters. 

Because of the corona virus and our congregation not being allowed to attend the services, we will celebrate Paschal Liturgy immediately after the Resurrection Matins which will start at 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. On Pascha Sunday, April 19 at 10 a.m we will have the Paschal - Agape Vespers

Parishioners, friends, if you would like to light candles in church during the services for the health and salvation of your family and/or repose of souls of your beloved ones during Holy Week and Bright Week, please call or send a text or email to Fr. Aleksandar with their names and check made out to: St. George Church 300 Stryker Ave, Joliet, IL 60436. Father will gladly do it for you.

The Serb, our parish newsletter, will not be mailed anymore and future issues will be sent via email, please make sure Fr. Aleks has your correct email. Several hard copies of the Serb will be available in the church narthex for parishioners who do not have email.

Unless the stay at home ban is lifted, we will not celebrate St. George Church Slava on Sunday, May 3, but we will have services on May 6, St. George Feast Day, with clergy and chanters only. If St. George is your Krsna Slava, please talk to Fr. Aleks regarding your slava rites.


Complying with stay at home directive

Christ is in our midst!

We are following the order of our Governor of the State of Illinois to stay at home from Saturday, March 21 through April 7, 2020, to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. This airborne virus can be spread on from person to person, therefore we ask you to please stay home on Sundays and during other church services.

St George church in Joliet will have Divine Liturgy tomorrow, and other scheduled services, for up to 10 people in attendance, and maintaining social distancing from each other. If we have more faithful in attendance, no one will be turned away, but we have to understand the risk we are taking.

Please continue to pray and keep the fast at your homes during this time.

May God help us through the prayers and intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos and all saints in heaven!

+Milan Laketa

+Milan Laketa 90, entered into his rest on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 15 at Markiewitz funeral home in Lamont, IL in the afternoon with pomen service at 7 p.m.

Funeral service - opelo on Monday, March 16 at 11 a.m. in St. George Church in Joliet. Visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial in Abraham Lincoln National cemetery.

Our deepest condolences to the Laketa family. May Milan's memory be eternal. Vjecnaja pamjat.

Have a blessed and spiritually beneficial Great Lent! 

Troparion, Tone 8

Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life-giver.
For my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy holy temple,
bearing the temple of my body all defiled.
But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.

Lead me on the paths of salvation, O Mother of God,
For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins,
and have wasted my life in laziness.
But by your intercessions, deliver me from all impurity.

When I think of the many evil things I have done, wretch that I am,
I tremble at the fearful day of judgement.
But trusting in Thy living kindness, like David I cry to Thee:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

The Prayer of St Ephraim of Syria supplicates God for those virtues especially necessary to the Christian life:

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power and idle talk.  Prostration

But grant rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.  Prostration

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen. Prostration

The best way to experience Great Lent is to attend the services and try to change your everyday routine and modify it according to the Lenten practices.

+Paul Shimek

+Paul Shimek 73, entered into his rest on Saturday evening, February 15 - Feast of the Presentation of our Lord into temple. He was a longtime member and a great supporter of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Joliet, IL.

Visitation and pomen service will be at Tezak Funeral Home in Joliet, IL on Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service on Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. at St. George Serb Orthodox Church. Interment will follow in Woodlawn cemetery in Joliet, IL.

Sincere condolences to his wife Gayle, daughter Stephanie and her husband Deacon Nenad, family and kumovi.

May Paul's memory be eternal! Vjecnaja Pamjat!

Ash Wednesday Fish Fry on Feb. 26 + Fish Fry Fridays throughout Lent

We're hosting Fish Fries beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, and Fridays throughout Lent from Feb. 28 - April 10. Check out this flyer for the details. 

Join us for our parish Lenten retreat on Tuesday, March 10!

We are welcoming our guest speaker Fr. Milos Vesin who will discus Orthodox Worshiop and Spirituality. Get more details here

2020 Calendar of Events

Click here for a calendar of major dates and events throughout 2020.

Valentine Party is Saturday, Feb. 15

Click here to see our flyer for more details. 

Мир Божији Христос се роди!

Срећан Празник Рођења Христа Спаситеља и Нова 2020 година!

Peace of God  Christ is Born!

Blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and a happy New Year!

See you in church for the Nativity services.

Join us for blessing of badnjak Jan. 6

On January 6 after the Vigil Service in church, we will have a blessing of the badnjak (Yule Log) in the social hall and refreshments for all who attend. Please encourage your family and friends to come even if they don't belong to our church. This is a chance for us to invite and bring a non-Orthodox to our church services and show them how we celebrate the Birth of our Savior.   The Culture Club and children will decorate the badnjak on Sunday, January 5 after the services. Fr. Alex and John Dauer cut the badnjak on John's property. Badnje Vece is a church event and we would appreciate if you can bring a posno snack, salad, or dessert to the hall to share for the evening celebration. Please bring your food in a disposable container or one you can take home with you.  This can be dropped off at the hall prior to the 6pm Vigil Service. We will also need help with setup and ask that EVERYONE help with cleanup after the event. Please see Sue Kljaich to offer your help.

Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 6 /19 - Feast of St Nicholas the Wonderworker
Blessed Krsna slava to all who celebrate! Srecna Slava!
Services at St. George Church:
Wednesday, December 18 - Vespers and confession at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Decemebr 19 - Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m., blessing of slava kolac and koljivo after the liturgy.
Kolo Christmas luch is Dec. 29
Serbian Cooking Class POSTPONED

The Serbian Cooking Class previously scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17 is POSTPONED: The Serbian cooking class that was schduled for Nov 17 will be postponed. We will plan a Lenten cooking class in December and schedule another cooking class in February. Dates and further information will be provided very soon. We apologize for  any inconvenience.

Please visit our bookstore

Please visit our bookstore in lower level of church to purchase your Orthodox Christmas and other occasions cards, books, ikons, incense and other Orthodox giftsPlease see Nancy Cora if you need help or have questions about the store.

Attention Amazon shoppers!

Attention Amazon shoppers - You can now shop at AmazonSmile to support St George SOC Joliet. The direct link is, or just go to AmazonSmile and add St George as your charity. Support us every time you shop. Amazon will donate 0.05% of the purchase price on eligible products to St George SOC.

Reminder: The end of year is coming up

Reminder: The end of the year is coming up. Please make sure you are up to date with your financial obligations to St George Church. Please consider the extra expenses we had this year including painting the classrooms, new carpeting and leaks on church roof that had to be repaired as well as other expenses/bills that have to be paid. Orthodox Christian stewardship is a way of life which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. How much you are involved in Church life and donate - returning to God what He has blessed you with will be the sign of how spiritual and strong an Orthodox Christian you are.

+Sam (Sava) Konjevich

+Sam (Sava) Konjevich entered into his rest on October 16, 2019 in Rushville, IL. He was a lifelong and very active member of St. George Serbian Orthodox church in Joliet. May Sam's memory be eternal.


  • Tuesday, October 22, visitation will be at Tezak Funeral Home in Joliet, IL from 4 pm to 8 pm with pomen service at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 23, funeral service - opelo at 10 a.m. in St George Serbian Orthodox church in Joliet, IL, interment in Woodlawn cemetery in Joliet.

Our deepest condolences to +Sam's family, friends and kumovi. Vjecnaja Pamjat.


Join us for our Fall Party Sunday, Oct. 20

Our Fall Party is Sunday, Oct. 20, following Divine Liturgy. Join us at the St. George Hall, upper level – see this flyer for more info, hope to see you there!

Choir Concert and Zabava Nov. 2

Be there Saturday, Nov. 2 as we are joined by our honored guest choir S.S.S. St. George along with the St. George Folkore Group of Lenexa (Kansas City), Kansas at the lower level of the St. George Social Center , 310 Stryker Avenue, Joliet, IL 60436. Read more here

Upcoming St. George Cultural Club events this fall

The St. George Cultural Club is planniing a fall party for kids and all parishioners on Oct. 20, and a Serbian cooking class Nov. 17. Read more here


St. George Church School will begin on Sunday, Sept. 8.

After the liturgy there will be a service of the invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the teachers and students followed by an introduction class in church.

Church school classes will be every Sunday, unless it is previously cancelled, after holy communion. Church school children should take holy communion regularly and confession monthly.

The classrooms are going to be painted and carpeted in late August and September therefore some classes will be held in the hall, lower level.

  • Register your child for our Church School Program.
  • Bring them to Church on time.
  • Stay and worship at the Divine Liturgy in the Church.
  • Be positive about Church.
  • Discuss with them what they learned each Sunday.
  • Teach your children Christian living through your own actions.
  • Emphasize regular repentance and Holy Communion.
  • Put Church before every other activity on Sunday.
  • Avoid criticism of others.
  • Let your love for Our Lord Jesus Christ radiate.

Plan to bring your child/children to the culture classes during the weekdays as this is an extension of our church school. Parents and parishioners are welcome to participate in the culture classes which consist of basic Serbian language, basic Serbian history and geography, songs and folklore. Please let Fr Alex know if you are willing to help / teach any of the mentioned activities.

Parents mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept,. 25 after the kolo sestara slava lunch or Sunday, Sept. 1 after the liturgy to have parents / priest meeting.

For more info, please talk or call Fr Alex or Gayle Shimek.


Kolo Sestara slava celebration Aug. 25

Please join us for the Kolo Sestara slava celebration the Dormition of the Theotokos on Sunday, August 25, 2019. The Divine Liturgy at 10 am and parastos for all reposed sisters after the liturgy.

Blessing of slava kolac in hall and dinner. Please bring your family and friends.

Svi ste pozvani na proslavu slave kola sestara Uspenije Presvete Bogorodice u nedelju 25 avgusta, 2019. Posle Svete Liturgije ce biti sluzen parastos za sve upokojene clanice kola sestara. Blagoslov slavskog kolaca I u nastavku rucak u sali. Pozovite vase prijetelje I familiju.


Time change for Divine Liturgy on July 21

Please remember the Divine Liturgy this coming Sunday, July 21 will start at 9 a.m. instead of the regular time at 10 a.m. The reason for starting the liturgy earlier is our Serb Fest which will be this Sunday at St. Joseph park in Joliet from 12 noon to 9 p.m.

Please offer your help if you have not so far. St. George Church need your help and support!

Invite your friends and neighbors to come and enjoy Serbian food and fellowship.


Join us for Serbfest July 21!

Serbfest 2019 will be on Sunday, July 21 at St. Joe’s Park, 700 Theodore Street,Joliet, Illinois Get all the details here

Lifeline Banquet is June 14
RSVP for June 14 Three Kolos Lifeline Banquet

The Three Kolos Lifeline Banguet is June 14. Please see this invitation and RSVP. 

Slava celebration is May 5
Join us for our Slava celebration Sunday, May 5!

On Sunday, May 5 we celebrate the feast of our patron saint, St. George. Get the details here.

Holy Week Services
Holy Week Services, 2019

Click here for our schedule of Holy Week services. 

Lenten Retreat
Lenten Retreat Tuesday, April 2

Join us for a Lenten Retreat on Tuesday, April 2. Vespers at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation by Heiromok Alexii Altschul in the social hall at 7 p.m. Read more 

Schedule of Lenten Services

Be sure to attend as many services as you an during this Lenten season. Here is a printable Schedule of our Lenten services for 2019

Lenten Fish Fries
Lenten Fish Fries

Our Lenten Fish Fries begin Ash Wednesday, March 6, and continue every Friday through April 19. See the flyer for details

Prayer of repentance

On each of the three Sundays before Lent, the church brings before us a plea for repentance, set to sacred music. Here are the words of that prayer. From the Matins of Publican and Pharisee, Lenten Triodion:


The gates of repentance, do Thou open unto me, O Giver of Life,  for early in the morning my spirit seeketh Thy holy temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But as One who art compassionate cleanse it by Thy loving-kindness and mercy.  

Both now...,

Guide me on the paths of salvation, O Theotokos, for I have polluted my soul with shameful deeds, and wasted all my life in slothfulness. But by thine intercessions do thou deliver me from all impurity.  

In Tone VI: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy:  and according to the multitude of Thy compassion  blot out my transgressions. 
As I the wretched one ponder the multitude of evil deeds I have done, I tremble for fear of the dread day of judgment. But trusting in Thy compassionate mercy, like David do I cry unto Thee: 'Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy'.

Wednesdays during Great Lent

Every Wednesday evening during Great Lent, we will have religious discussions in one of the classrooms beneath the church. If the liturgy is in the evening, the discussion will be after the liturgy at approximately 7 p.m. When the liturgy is in the morning, a religious discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the Bible, our practices, Orthodox faith, prayer, or other topics, please tell Fr. Aleksandar, and we will have it as a topic of our discussion. If you wish you may bring fruit, pastry and/or other posno snacks especially after evening Liturgy.

Fasting before Presanctified Liturgy

When the Presanctified Liturgy is served in the evening, those who will partake of Holy Communion should fast from 12 p.m. (noon) until receiving communion. For those who can physically endure an all-day total fast, please do so.

Bowling party and potluck meal Sunday, March 3

The Cultural Club is sponsoring a bowling party and potluck meal on Sunday, March 3. For students of the church school, admission and shoes will be paid by culture club. Parents, friends of culture club and parishioners are invited to join us. Sign up in lower level of the church.

Shop at St. George the Great Martyr Bookstore

Throughout the Western and Eastern Christmas Seasons, please shop at our St. George the Great Martyr Bookstore (located in the lower level of our church) for hostess gifts, stocking-stuffers, and other lovely and meaningful gifts. Proceeds from the bookstore benefit our Church School children with Orthodox and faith-based gifts at Christmas, Easter and other occasions, and help defray costs of activities.

Church Calendar vs. Julian Calendar

Occasionally, we see dates in religious books, bulletin or calendars like June 4 / 17 or September 1 /14 and we may get confused about why we have two dates. The first number is the church calendar date and the second is the date according to our old Julian calendar, which is always 13 days behind. The celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ is December 25 /January 7. This means the church calendar states the Nativity of Christ is December 25, which is true but for us who follow the Julian calendar December 25 is actually January 7, again because we are 13 days behind.

Today's Readings

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church