Welcome to the parish website of

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. On this home page you will find information about upcoming events, retreats and more both at our parish and around the Metropolis. Join us Sunday mornings for Orthros/Matins between 8:30-9:45am. Divine Liturgy at 9:45am.

Great Vespers Saturday evenings at 6pm. Click here for additional upcoming services.


Important Links

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Our Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School

Our Pythagoras Greek School

Our Church Bookstore

Parish Events

Stewardship 2020
A Night Out with the Beach Boys
See the flyer for complete details. You may also RSVP by emailing either: frontdesk@gaods.org or angelike@stjohnthebaptistgoc.org.
Philoptochos New Year's Celebration
Blessing of the Des Plaines River
All are invited on Sunday, January 26 at 1:30pm for the 3rd historic blessing of the Des Plaines River. We will be meeting near the intersection of Miner St & Camp Ground Rd, alongside the Des Plaines River Trail.
St. Efstathios Men's Group
Announcing the St. Efstathios Men’s Group Gatherings for 2020! Save the date for our first (monthly) meeting which will be on Saturday, January 18th at 10:30am. Click on the link below for the flyer with complete information.
Mission Team Chicago Benefit Dinner
Featuring Special Guest
His Eminence, Metropolitan THEODOSIUS of
Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
2350 East Dempster Street, Des Plaines, Illinois, 60016

$35 donation requested per person
(All proceeds will support missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the work of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center around the world.) Click below for tickets.
Part-time Custodian
St. John the Baptist is looking for a part-time custodian. ~15-20 hours/week. Flexibility needed. Mostly evening hours during weekdays and occasional weekend hours. Contact the church office for more information.
Attention: College Students
We’d like to stay connected to college students residing ON CAMPUS. This year our Philoptochos will be sending out 2 care packages to college student living on campus to keep them connected with information, prayers, and treats. Send the following to Kathy Pappas at  Kcarlispappas@gmail.com:
Student’s First & Last Name; College/University attending 2019-20; City, State; Campus address w/room # & hall); Student Email, Student Phone #;
Parent’s Name and Email.
Adult Greek
Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm. Classes begin this Wednesday, October 2. Interested? Email George Katsis at the email below.
Click on the link below to find out about Ellinomatheia which begins on Wednesday, October 2.
Greek School Registration
Now Open for the 2019-2020 School year. Visit the Greek School website at the link below for more information and registration forms.
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Join us for HOPE
See the flyer at the link below for this ministry for children 40 days to pre-school age.
Announcing: Icon/Saint of the Week
The Iconography Committee is pleased to announce the
Saints/Icons of the Week: HOLY PROPHET ZACHARIAH & ARCHANGEL MICHAEL, COMMEMORATION OF THE MIRACLE IN CHONAE. Click on the link below to find out more.
Oratorical Topics 2020
Click on the link below to see the list of topics for both Jr. & Sr. Division for 2020!
Sunday School Registration
Sunday School Registration forms are now available! Register today!
Wedding & Baptism Icon Sponsors
Did you know our parish gives an icon of the Wedding at Cana icon to each couple married in our church, and a Guardian Angel icon to each child baptized? Help continue this. Give a donation towards the purchase of these icons. Click on the link below and note on the Note/Memo: Icon Sponsor.
Amazon Smile
You shop. Amazon gives to St. John the Baptist. Click on the link below.
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Around the Metropolis and beyond

2020 Metropolis Philoptochos
Vasilopita Celebration on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 6pm at St. George, Chicago. Click on the link below for the flyer with all the information.
Men's Retreat
Metropolis of Chicago Family Synaxis is pleased to announce the ‘20 Men’s Retreat at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.
Fri 1/31-Sat 2/1. Topic: Men & Fathers of the Bible. Retreat leader: Rev. Dr Rick Andrews. Visit the link below for all the details.
YAL Conference 2020
February 14 - 17, 2020. Click on the link below for all the details.
For juniors & seniors in high school who are yearning to explore their faith in a deeper way.
Applications now available. Visit the link below for more information.
Servant Leadership Awards
The purpose of the Metropolis of Chicago Servant Leadership Award is to honor lay stewards from within the Metropolis who have demonstrated exceptional and innovative servant leadership and in so doing, inspire others to get involved in the life of the Church.
Fanari Winter & Summer Camp
Click on the link below for more information and online registration.
Annual Western B-ball Tournament
Registration and further information available at the link below.
Camp for 12th Grade Grads
Helping prepare graduates for college. Click on the link below.
Divorce Rebuilders
Support, guidance and hope to those who are separated or divorced. Find out more about this ministry at the link below.
Semester of Faith
A wonderful opportunity for short-term study at Hellenic College. Students take college-level courses that enrich their spiritual lives and help them complete their bachelor’s degrees while living in a very special Orthodox Christian community. In addition to courses on religion, there are liberal arts courses in a wide range of subjects, from literature and history to science and business. Click at the link below for more info.
Hellenic Legal
With the help of the Hellenic Foundation and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the Hellenic Bar Association is starting a pro bono clinic for our community. This clinic will meet on a monthly basis (the second Saturday of every month) to provide Greek Americans in the Chicago-land area with access to legal information, referrals and potential representation in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment.
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GAODS Cookbook
Guardian Angel Cookbook “Angel Food”: Now available! Pick up your copy in the Great Hall today or stop by either the church or school office to purchase this beautiful cookbook.
Coffee Hour
Join us for coffee and continued fellowship after Divine Liturgy every Sunday! Interested in hosting a coffee hour? A coffee hour can be hosted in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or a namesday. You can host as a family or with a group of koumbari or friends. Many of life's moments can be celebrated with our church family. Click on the link below for guidelines. Contact the church office or George Yannoulis at gulliverspizza@gmail.com for further info.
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For High School seniors with a minimum B GPA and of Greek heritage. Applications are due 3/15. Visit the link below.
Pan-Hellenic Scholarship
For H.S. or college students of Hellenic descent. Applications (due by 1/31/20) and are available at the link below.
Greek Women's University Club
Greek Women’s University Club Music Competition 2020: For young men and women of Greek heritage between 20-29 years of age. Applications due by 3/15 and must be accompanied by an audition CD. Visit the link below.
Theology Students
Scholarships for full-time or part-time graduate and doctoral students pursuing theology degrees.
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Consecration of our Guardian Angel Chapel

Consecration & Banquet Photos
Visit the link below for the photos from both the consecration and the banquet. If you'd like to order photos contact Yiannis at events@yiannisphotography.com.
Consecration Brochure
All the important details about the Consecration available at the link below. A Greek version is also available.
Holy Altar Sponsorship Program
Consecration of the Guardian Angel Chapel: Sponsor a liturgical item for the Holy Altar. The list of liturgical items needed is available at the link below or you may visit the table in the Great Hall after Divine Liturgy. To sponsor an item you may also visit the SUPPORT page and click on Consecration.
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