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Apr
22
Mon
St. George Church celebrates 25th Anniversary of Weeping Icon miracle @ St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

St. George Church celebrates 25th Anniversary of Weeping Icon miracle

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago’s west suburb of Cicero will hold a special service on Tuesday April 22 to honor the 25th anniversary of the discovery of a weeping icon of the Virgin Mary that has come to be known officially as “The Miraculous Lady of Cicero, Illinois.”

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church officials will join other clergy, hierarchy and the faithful including Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Anthony at a celebration of the anniversary to be held on Monday, April 22, at the church, 1220 S. 60th Court in Cicero, Illinois beginning at 7 PM. Officials said they will host a celebration November 14 – 17th, 2019 at the church also.

On April 22, 1994, parishioners witnessed tears shedding from the eyes of The Icon of the Theotokos on the Church’s Iconostasis. His Eminence the late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who only last month passed away, formally declared the weeping icon a miracle and named it “The Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Cicero.”

Weeping Icon, Miraculous Lady of Cicero, St. George Church, Cicero, Illinois

The 25th Anniversary of the Miraculous Weeping Icon of Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero, Illinois, is this Monday, April 22, 2019.

There will be Supplication Prayers to the Virgin Mary following the Bridegroom Service which starts at 7:00 pm this Monday.

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The miracle began as just an ordinary day. The congregation was engaged in the traditional Lenten chanting at St. George Church as Father Dahdal was preparing for the Friday evening services. Also visiting at the time was Father Douglas Wyper. Dahdal, Wyper and other parishioners at the church noticed that an Icon of the Virgin Mary had what appeared to be streaks coming from the Icon’s eyes. By the stroke of midnight at the church, the witnesses saw four streams of tears flowing down the icon that continued to the bottom of the icon itself.

In the 20 years since, more than 1 million visitors from around the world have traveled to the community of Cicero, Illinois in the United States, to visit St. George Antiochian Church and to view the Weeping Icon which is on continuous display for public viewing. Many people who came to the church with their ailing family members claimed that they experienced miracles as their family members were healed.

May
17
Fri
Candlewick Lakes opens gates for Garage Sale May 18-19 @ Candlewick Lakes
May 17 @ 9:00 am – May 18 @ 4:00 pm

Candlewick Lakes opens gates for Garage Sale May 18-19

The Candlewick Lakes Association will open the private neighborhood association which features one of the largest lakes in Northern Illinois to the public for its annual Garage Sale Saturday, May 18 from 9 AM until 4 PM and Sunday, May 19 from 12 noon until 4 PM.

The event is a great opportunity for families outside of the gated community to explore Candlewick, enjoy the lake and consider opportunities to purchase homes or property there while exploring a community-wide garage sale program both days.

Homeowners will display garage sale items in front of their garages during the three-day event (a two-day event for the general public). It’s a great opportunity not only to explore for antiques but to also find equipment for boating and lake pleasure.

The garage sale event will be open to residents-only and their guests on Friday, May 17 from 9 AM until 4 PM

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Sep
12
Thu
Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library @ Orland Park Library
Sep 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library

Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.

Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.

An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).

A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York.  In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.

Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.

Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.

For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.

Sam Buca's Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sam Buca’s Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster