News & Upcoming Events

Fellowship Hour

The Fellowship Hour is a favorite tradition of our church and is held each Sunday directly after the Liturgy in the family room.  It's a time of offering hospitality to everyone with beverages, coffee, snacks, breakfast and brunch treats.  Fellowship Hour offers us an opportunity to pause for a while from our busy schedules and catch up with each other, chat and visit with old and new friends while building and strengthening Christian Fellowship.

The church is asking for all of us to participate in this tradition by hosting a Fellowship Hour one Sunday of the year.  It is recommended that you share the responsibilities with other friends and family.  You will find the details on our website by clicking on the "Fellowship Hour" link or you may call the church office at (708) 562-2744.  The Sundays that are available are listed on the "sign up sheet" located on the wall by the kitchen door.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Paraklesis Prayer Service Schedule

The Paraklesis Services will be held on the following days:

Tuesday-August 4, Thursday-August 6, Monday-August 10 and Wednesday-August 12.  All services begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Dormition of the Theotokos Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m on Saturday, August 15 with Orthros beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Junior GOYA Pool Party--Tuesday, August 11

Junior GOYA invites 7th & 8th grade and outgoing 8th grade students as well as their family members to their Pool Party on Tuesday, August 11 from 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. at the Westchester Community Pool.

Please RSVP by August 1st to Frieda Karafotias at (630) 625-2398 or

Family Synaxis Retreat

Family Synaxis Planning Committee…invites you to join them to the first Labor Day Weekend Retreat at the recently completed and open Saint Iakovos Retreat Center. Because there is limited lodging space available onsite they will be assigning accommodations in the order that registrations are received (i.e., first-come-first-served).  Registrations are time stamped as they come in, so they will have the information they need to do so. You will indicate your lodging preferences on your registration form. You will follow this link to A Friday and Saturday night stay is required to reserve lodging space at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.

Due to the change in venue, registration costs will be structured differently this year.  For those registering by August 17, 2015, registration costs will be as follows:

Base registration fee: $225 - this fee covers the oldest two members of your family (i.e., the couple, or one adults and oldest child)

Children age 12+: $50 each

Children age 3-11: $25 each

Children under 3: free

*Cost will be capped at $375/family.

When you register, you will let them know who is attending and their ages.  From this information, they will generate an invoice for you, which you'll receive via email within a few days.  You may pay this with any credit card online, or by printing it out and sending a check to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.

Save the Date--Philoptochos Fashion Show, Oct 17

This year's Luncheon Fashion show "A Southern Soiree" will be held on Saturday, October 17 at The Empress Banquets in Addison.  The proceeds from the event will benefit C.U.R.E.D. (Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease) and Paradise 4 Kids which is an Orthodox led mission in Sierra Leone.

The committee is seeking patrons for this event.  For more information you may call the church office at (708) 562-2744.  Invitations will be available soon.








Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 8/4/2015

10th Tuesday after Pentecost
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