Boys mature enough are called to serve their Church
as Altar Boys. Altar Boys attend the priest during the
Divine Liturgy and other religious services. To serve the
Lord as an Altar Boy is a great honor as only Bishops,
Priests, Deacons and Altar Boys ARE ALLOWED IN THE ALTAR.
Rev. Constantine Aliferakis is the advisor of the Altar Boys.
The boys are trained in the altar and at regularly scheduled
training sessions. A schedule is posted in the monthly
bulletin. The boys should be registered and actively attending
Sunday School to participate as an Altar Boy.
This program is for children of all ages, who meet and learn
the Byzantine Hymns of our Church. They are not only taught
the music, but the meaning and theology behind the hymn. Our
Chant group will assist in the Sunday and weekday services.
Lessons are offered by accomplished Chicago Diocese chanters
here at St. George.
The Greek Orthodox Athletic League is a ministry that fosters
athletics in a Christian spirit of competition. Participation
varies according to each program, but all require Church/Sunday
school attendance and enrollment in Sr Goya or Jr Goya. This
program includes the Annual Junior Olympics in May and in the
Diocese's GOAL Basketball League.
The Junior Orthodox Youth group welcomes parish children between
the grades of 5th (by Sept 1st) through 8th. This is a fun-filled and
spiritual youth group. Children should be registered and
actively attending Sunday School to participate in all Jr.
Chaired by our President, Danny Tzotzos, the Parish Council is
a body of Practicing Orthodox Christians sacramentally in
good standing with the Church. They are elected by the members
of our parish for the purpose of working together with the
priest in fulfilling the goals and needs of the parish. This
brief description of a local governing body also reflects the
fundamental structure of the Orthodox Church. That is, we as
clergy and laity together, are the "People of God" seeking to
the best of our human capabilities to fulfill the mission
entrusted to us by our Lord and Savior Jesu Christ.
The Pavlos Melas Macedonian Society was first established in East
Chicago, IN in Feb. 1965 by some of the first Macedonian land
families to have immigrated to the region. Deeply rooted to the
original St. St. George Church in East Chicago the families were
critical in moving and re-establishing St. George in Schererville,
IN. The society presently consists of 39 families from the area.
The Association has society branches all across the US and world.
The primary need in creating the association was in order to
protect its land, its history and its culture from the
expansionistic views and stance of the northern neighbors of Greece.
The Philoptochos Society is the ladies of our parish who strive
to meet the philanthropic challenges put before them, to reach
out not only to the membership, but also to the community and
the world at large.
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America is geared for teenagers grades
8th through 12th. The planning of activities and running of the
business meetings are done primarily by the teens. Activities
include an annual overnight Winter camp/retreat, participation
in the Diocesan Basketball and outings such as bowling or
sledding. Attendance at monthly meetings is mandatory for
participation in athletic events. Children should be
registered and actively attending Sunday School to
participate in all GOYA activities.