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2020 STEWARDSHIP: Our 2020 Stewardship packets and cards have been mailed. Please review all the information carefully and pray about it before returning your Stewardship card. Please note that cards have to be filled out every year. Thank you in advance for your continued support of St. Iakovos.
ANNOUNCING CONSTANTINOPLE & HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE – NOV. 2022: After the great success of our October 2019 pilgrimage to Constantinople and The Holy Land – and the numerous requests of those asking for an opportunity to participate in a future pilgrimage – Fr. Jim is honored to announce that dates have been set for our next pilgrimage which will be a twelve day excursion. Those dates are November 1 – 14, 2022. We will leave in the evening of November 1st from O’Hare International Airport. While a full itinerary and details are still being worked out – we did want to announce this opportunity now. In this manner, those who have expressed interest and or might want to join us will be able to plan accordingly and begin any savings necessary to participate. Once again, we anticipate the cost to be in the $4,000 to $4,500 range per person double occupancy (there will be single rooms available at a higher cost - final cost will be determined by January/February 2022). For this pilgrimage we will be looking into an upgraded price for business class travel and suite accommodations at hotels. The pilgrimage will be led once more by Fr. Jim and Fr. Apostolos Georgiafentis of St. Demetrios in Chicago. We are organizing this spiritual journey in conjunction with Paisadventure and T.I.T.A. Travel who have extensive experience in both countries. We will be leaving Chicago on the night of Tuesday, November 1st and travel overnight to Istanbul to begin our journey.
Regarding the trip’s cost, as was our goal on our first pilgrimage, it is very important to Fr. Jim and Fr. Apostolos that the cost of the trip be as inclusive and affordable as possible. Affordable because we truly want as many of our friends and parishioners as possible to be able to feel the holiness, blessing and soul awakening experience of visiting the City of St. Constantine, the center of Orthodox Christianity and the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Of course, there are no words to describe being in the Holy Land where our Lord walked the earth, teaching, healing, dying and Resurrecting for our salvation. Our desire to make the cost inclusive is because we wanted to make sure that there would be no hidden surprises or last-minute fees or charges. Included in the cost of the trip are all airfares, hotels, transportation, gratuities, admission to sights and most but not all meals.
For practical reasons our goal is not to take an unlimited group size but a smaller more manageable group. This ensures our ability to get from site to site in a timely manner; to give more personal attention to our pilgrims by allowing greater access to both priests and our tour coordinators; more time at the sites for a greater personal experience; quicker processing through customs, airports and admission to sites and restaurants.
We will be capping the Pilgrimage to 40 travelers. This may sound like a lot, but we are dealing with two parishes and regions from N.W. I. and the North side of Chicago. Fr. Jim will be creating a list of those interested – and this will be on a first come first served basis. At a future date, a deposit with a limited full refund will be offered to insure pilgrimage participation. If you have any questions or would like to be added to a list of interest, please see or contact Fr. Jim via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 219-508-0493.