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Nancy Buha – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Nancy Buha. Memory eternal.

Nancy Buha

Nancy Buha (nee Ness), age 66, of Crown Point, IN, passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Friday, February 3, 2023.  She was born in Gary Indiana to parents Steve and Helen Ness. Nancy was a 1974 graduate of Lew Wallace High School and retired from Munster Surgery Center after many years of service. She was a member of St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Steve and Helen Ness and her brother Steve Ness.

Nancy is survived by her loving daughter Hilary Ann (Toby) Baldwin; beloved sister Dorothy “Sissy” Ness; cherished soul mate, Tom Decanter; and many other relatives, Kumovi and close friends.

Friends may visit with the family Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN.  A Pomen Service will be held, Tuesday Evening at 5:00 PM, V. Rev Marko Matic officiating.

Funeral Servies will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to either the Susan G Komen, 877-GO KOMEN or by mail: 213 W Institute Place Ste 302, Chicago, IL 60610 or St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 800-608-3203 or by mail: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

For further information please call Mileva at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840.

Stana Jelic Djinovich – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Stana Jelic Djinovich. Memory eternal.

Stana Jelic Djinovich

Stana Jelic Djinovich passed away Monday January 16 at the age 76 peacefully in her home and in her own way.

Stana was born in Montenegro to parents Milica and Veljko Jelic. Her life journey took her across the world to the United States in 1977 with three young children hand in hand with one suitcase joining her now late husband Slobodan Djinovich.

She immediately took a job at St Mary Medical Center where she worked for over 20 years. Over time she took on various additional jobs to help support her family in the new world. She was a loyal parishioner of St Sava Church and member of the Kolo Sestara actively supporting Lifeline Charitable Organization dedicated to helping poor people in the homeland.

She was preceded in death by her son Dragic “Danny” and husband Slobo Djinovich. She leaves behind her cherished and beautiful grandkids (Luka, Niko and Ana) Schaefer as well as her daughters Dragica and Dragana and son-in-law Charlie. Left to mourn her are numerous family in Montenegro, neighbors, kumovi and friends, especially her loyal friend Kathy Kljajich. Stana was an avid gardener.

Her gardens produced many beautiful flowers and vegetables that were the envy of her neighborhood and symbol of her strength, perseverance and optimism. Her faith in God never wavered in spite of numerous setbacks that included the loss of her beloved son and declining health. She was smart, creative and generous. She loved everyone and she was a proud Crnogorka until the very end. She was one of a kind and will be forever missed.

Funeral Services are the following: Saturday January 21. 2023 at 9:00 a.m. VISITATION 10:00 a.m. Pomen Service/Funeral Service officiated by Father Marko Matic St Sava Church 9191 Mississippi Street Merrillville Indiana 46410.

Internment/Burial will take place around 1 at St Sava Monastery in Libertyville where she be laid to rest next to her beloved son and husband. St Sava Monastery address 32377 N Milwaukee avenue Libertyville IL 60048.

For further information please call Mileva at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840

Celebrations begin Christmas Eve at St. Sava in Merrillville – Friday, January 6

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Join us for the celebration of Orthodox Christmas beginning with Divine Liturgy taking place at 9:00 a.m. and Great Vespers taking place at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 6 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, Indiana.

The Blessing and burning of the Badnjak will take place immediately following the Great Vespers.

Divine Liturgy will take place Christmas morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 7.

The complete listing of services taking place during this special time of the year is listed below.

The Spiritual Meaning of the Badnjak

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Burning of the Badnjak outside the Pavilion at St. Sava Church, Merrillville, Indiana.

Have you ever brought a Badnjak into your home? Do you know that the Badnjak is the finest and foremost custom of all the many traditions by which our people enhance the Christmas celebration?

Click here to read an article explaining the Spiritual Meaning of the Badnjak.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES  –   РАСПОРЕД  БОГОСЛУЖЕЊА

FRIDAY, January 6th

  • CHRISTMAS EVE: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM. Great Vespers at 6:00PM. Blessing and burning of Badnjak.
  • БАДЊИ ДАН: Света Литургија у 9:00 ујутру. Празнично вечерње у 6:00 увече. Освећење и паљење Бадњака.

SATURDAY, January 7th

  • CHRISTMAS: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM
  • БОЖИЋ: Света Литургија у 10:00 ујутру

SUNDAY, January 8th

  • ALL HOLY MOTHER OF GOD FEAST: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM
  • САБОР ПРЕСВЕТЕ БОГОРОДИЦЕ: Света Литургија у 10:00 ујутру

MONDAY, January 9th

  • ST. STEPHEN THE ARCHDEACON: Divine Liturgy 9:00AM
  • СВЕТИ АРХИЂАКОН СТЕФАН: Света Литургија у 9:00 ујутру
  • Cutting of Slava Kolach after Holy Liturgy

SATURDAY, January 14th

  • ST. BASIL (SERBIAN NEW YEAR’S DAY): Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • СВ. ВАСИЛИЈЕ  (СРПСКА НОВА ГОДИНА): Св. Литургија у 9:00 ујутру

SUNDAY, January 15th

  • SUNDAY 31st   AFTER PENTECOST: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM
  • НЕДЕЉА 31. ПО ДУХОВИМА: Света Литургија у 10:00 ујутру

THURSDAY, January 19th

  • HOLY THEOPHANY: Div. Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water at 9:00AM.
  • БОГОЈАВЉЕЊЕ: Св. Литургија и Велико освећење воде у 9:00 ујутру.

FRIDAY, January 20th

  • ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • СВЕТИ ЈОВАН КРСТИТЕЉ: Света Литургија у 9:00 ујутру
  • Cutting of Slava Kolach after Holy Liturgy

SUNDAY, January 22rd

  • SUNDAY 32nd AFTER PENTECOST: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM
  • НЕДЕЉА 32. ПО ДУХОВИМА: Света Литургија у 10:00 ујутру

FRIDAY, January 27th

  • ST. SAVA DAY: Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM
  • СВЕТИ САВА: Света Литургија у 9:00 ујутру

SUNDAY, January 29th

  • ST. SAVA DAY CELEBRATION: Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM.  Blessing and cutting of Slava Kolach; Dinner and Program.
  • CABИНДАH: Света Литургија у 10:00 ујутру. Светосавска Прослава. Сечење Славског колача, ручак и програм.

Ned M. Pujo – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Ned Pujo. Memory eternal.

Ned Pujo, age 83, of Portage, IN, passed away on December 12, 2022. Ned retired after working for 30 years at US Steel. He was a lifelong member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

Ned was preceded in death by his wife, Yolande; son, Francis Dunn IV; parents, Milosh and Bosiljka; brothers: Rodamer and Donald; sisters: Radmila, Joan and Ruth.

He is survived by his children: Virginia (Bill) Aries, Susan Adams, Lynn (Alex) Baliga, Tim (Delia) Dunn, Tina (Eric) Hansen; grandchildren: Shelby Dunn, Zachary Adams, Griffin Dunn and Olivia Hansen; sisters: Anne Marie and Angela; dear family friend, Lisa; loving sister-in-law, Donna Kennedy; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A visitation will take place Tuesday, December 20, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral at 10:00 a.m. directly at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. Burns Funeral Home & Crematory, Crown Point, IN entrusted with arrangements.

Marija “Mara” Mileusnic – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Marija “Mara” Mileusnic. Memory eternal.

Marija “Mara” Mileusnic

Marija “Mara” Mileusnic, age 95 passed away peacefully on November 11, 2022. Marija was born on July 23, 1927, to late parents: Sava and Perka Bobic in Otocac, Serbia.

During her lifetime, she had a very strong faith in God and Serbian Orthodox Christianity up until her final days. On January 26, 1957, she married her beloved Jovan – the absolute love of her life. Together, in Leicester, England, was where their young lives found a new beginning.

June 14, 1975, Jovan and Mara immigrated to America where they joined the Mileusnic Family. During her time in Lake County, Mara was dedicated lifelong member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and it’s Kolo Sestara. She supported and participated with all functions of her St. Sava Church. You would always see Mara baking for Serb Fests, assisting the sister’s auxiliary for every function in the kitchen, always smiling and happy to support her church.

Mara was also very active and loyal to the Movement of Serbian Chetniks Organization Ravna Gora along with her late husband Jovan. She was an avid gardener and an amazing cook. She loved family gatherings and enjoyed cooking for them. Mara truly cherished her children and grandchildren and always making time for everyone. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as a “Baba” grandmother.

Marija is preceded in death by her beloved husband Jovan; loving grandson Stefan “Stevie” Mileusnic; her loving parents and adoring sisters and brothers.

She is survived by her loving children: son Milorad “Mitch” (Sonja) Mileusnic; and her daughter Mirjana “Mira” (Jeff) Evans; dearly beloved grandchildren, Nikola (Lauren), Anastasia, and Tammy (David); great grandson Nathan; sister-in-law June Mileusnic; also, several nephews, nieces, and Kumovi here and in the U.S., England, and Serbia.

Funeral Services will take place Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 10:00 a.m. V. Rev Marko Matic is officiating. Interment, New Gracanica Monastery, 35240 W. Grant St., Third Lake, IL 60046. For further information please call Mileva or David at 219-736-5840. May her memory be eternal – vjecnaja pamjat!

St. Sava Circle of Serbian Sisters Slava Banquet – Sunday, Oct. 30

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The Circle of Serbian Sisters of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church – Merrillville, IN cordially invite you and your family to the celebration of their Krsna Slava Sveta Petka Paraskeva Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022.

Divine Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. with a blessing of Slavski Kolach and Parastos. A luncheon will follow immediately after the services.

Please join us for this special celebration this Sunday for Divine Liturgy and luncheon. Pastries prepared by the Sisters would be appreciated.

Fragment of the True Cross of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ at St. Sava Serbian Church in Merrillville, Indiana – October 12

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Father John of the Greek Orthodox Church, visiting from Greece will be present to bless and cross all who wish to come and venerate the Cross of Christ during special hours Wednesday, October 12 from Noon to 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, Indiana.

  • St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
    9191 Mississippi Street
    Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Fr. John has been granted the high honor of carrying a fragment of the True Cross of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, which has worked and continues to work miracles amongst the faithful, and through God’s Providence even those who are found lacking of such faith.

During the period of Greek captivity under the Ottoman Turks, and prior, many monasteries, Churches, and places of worship were desecrated and destroyed, resulting in the destruction and loss of many priceless spiritual relics and treasures from amongst the glory of Christendom.  This reality encouraged the priests, hierarchies, and Holy Fathers of the Great Church of Christ, that is the Orthodox Church, to distribute these holy artifacts amongst the faithful, entrusting to them the safeguarding of such spiritual gifts until the time was fulfilled and they were instructed on how to act with regards to these articles, icons, relics, and even pieces and fragments of the True Cross of Christ.

One fragment of the True Cross, embedded also with the sacrificial blood of our Lord, was found to be with a pious woman in Greece.  The Mother of God appeared to her instructing her to deliver the Cross to Fr John when he was still a young priest, which this pious soul was faithful to do, according to our Lady’s instructions.  Surrendering the Cross, it is until this day under the care of Father John.

The gift of the Lord’s Salvation has come to grace St. Sava’s Church.  This Wednesday the Cross will be present for all those who are able and willing to come to the Lord and turn to Him that they should be healed.  All who are able and all who ail are encouraged to come.

Extraordinary Membership Assembly Meeting Invitation at St. Sava Merrillville – Tuesday, Oct. 11

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Dear Members,

In accordance with the by-laws of the Church-School Parish, Part III, Article 17 (a, b, c, and d), we call the Extraordinary Membership Assembly meeting of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Parish membership to be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the South Wing Social Center of St. Sava Church, located at 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, Indiana.

Purpose of Meeting (Only topic that will be discussed)

To offer the purchase of a public utility easement adjacent to Mississippi Street along the front yard of St. Sava’s Church and neighboring properties.

Purpose of this easement is to run public water and sanitary utility mains adjacent to Mississippis Street to serve the Silos at Sanders Farm Business Park as well as other currently undeveloped parcels nearby.

Sincerely,

Anton Settele, President

V. Rev. Marko Matic, Parish Priest

Members in Good Standing:

  • Article 18  – The right to participate in discussion and vote at the Assembly is allowed to members in good standing only.
  • Article 12 – A member who is delinquent in his dues for 12 months or more, shall lose all rights and privileges as a member in good standing status, but the same shall be restored to him upon expiration of six (6) months from the date delinquent dues are paid in full.

Sweetest Day Dance featuring Together Band at St. Sava in Merrillville – Saturday, Oct. 15

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Together Band takes the stage Saturday October 15, 2022 in celebration of Sweetest Day. Tickets are limited so order early.

The cost for entry into the dance is $20 at the door. Our advanced pre-sale of tickets through our online store ended on Friday afternoon Oct. 14.

Hit the dance floor with someone special along with music by “Together Band” – an exciting, versatile 12-piece band, well known for playing everything from Big Band to Oldies, Motown/R&B, and popular Top 40’s Hits at their performances at venues and festivals throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland region.

Start the evening before the music begins with a Pasta Night Dinner that includes dessert. This special dinner option is available for an additional $15 charge payable in cash as you order your meals the night of the show.

OPTIONAL DINNER:

(available for an additional $15 charge payable in cash as you order your meals the night of the show)

Each dinner purchased the night of the show includes a selection of the following:

  • Pasta Alfredo (White sauce)
  • Garlic Chicken Breast
  • Penne Pasta Marinara Sauce
  • Italian Sausage with peppers & onions

All dinners served with bread, salad, slice of cake, and coffee

SCHEDULE:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Doors Open and Cash Bar Open
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Optional Dinner Available (additional $15 per person payable in cash as you order)
  • 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. – Music by “Together Band”

TICKETS:

  • Dance entry $15 per person in advance; $20 per person at the door the day of the event.