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Blessing of graves Memorial Day Weekend 2022

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With the weekend of Memorial Day approaching, let us remember all of the departed from this life, their names and their deeds, and let us rededicate ourselves to work for peace and good will and love among all people.

Beginning Saturday, May 28 Father Marko Matic will be blessing graves at Graceland cemetery in Valparaiso. Sunday, May 29 Father Marko will be blessing graves at our Holy Cross Cemetery at St. Sava Church. Monday, May 30 Father Marko will be blessing graves at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville and Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary. The complete list of times is available below.

In these days when so much is said about the high cost of living, it is fitting to pause on Memorial Day and acknowledge the great price that thousands of others have paid that we might live in this land of freedom, the United States of America.

Memorial Day came as a result of Civil War. This was America’s greatest war – in the lives that were lost, in the issues and principles at stake, in the fact that it was fought on American soil, and in the results that have come from it. American Land flowed red with blood in this terrible conflict. It was fitting that a solemn day of memory be set aside for such a conflict as that.

Just as the Jewish people have their feast of Passover to remind them of their freedom from Egyptian bondage, so America has its Memorial Day to remind us of the Salvation and rebirth of the United States as a free nation.

Since that time, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to honor the dead of all wars. Even more, it has become a day in which fitting remembrance is made of all of our relatives, kumovi and friends who rest in peace.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us remember all of the departed from this life, their names and their deeds, and let us rededicate ourselves to work for peace and good will and love among all people.

Memorial Day Weekend May 28-30, 2022

Services offered by Saint Sava Church

Saturday:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso

Sunday:

  • Parastos and blessing of graves at the Holy Cross Cemetery (at Saint Sava Church) immediately after Holy Liturgy

Monday:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Parastos and blessing of graves at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville
  • 1:00 p.m. –  Parastos and blessing of graves at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Gary

Desse Crnoevich – 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 Desse Crnoevich (née Chelovich). Memory eternal.

Desse Crnoevich

Desse Crnoevich (née Chelovich), age 98, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2022.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Milan “Mickey” Crnoevich and cherished son Michael “Butch” Crnoevich. She is survived by her devoted son Charles (Marcia) Crnoevich, adored grandchildren Charles and Alexandra, and many dear nieces, nephews, and kumovi.

Desse and Mickey operated the Glen Park Tavern for over thirty years and were lifelong members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Desse was also a lifelong member of the Church’s Circle of Serbian Sisters and, in retirement, was the financial secretary of the Church for twelve years. She was a champion bowler and an even better baker. Her family especially enjoyed her Christmas cookies and her chocolate chiffon cake.

Desse lived a long, full life and will be missed.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Sava with the Very Reverend Marko Matic officiating. The burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information, please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 219-736-5840.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church – Click now to make a donation at www.saintsava.net/donate on our secure online form.

Mille Kokotovich – 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 Mille Kokotovich (née Kuprešanin). Memory eternal.

Mille Kokotovich

Mille Kokotovich (née Kuprešanin), age 92, passed away peacefully April 8, 2022. Mille was a life-long member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and its Circle of Serbian Sisters, Kolo Sestara.

She is preceded in death by her husband William Kokotovich; parents Dusan and Sofi Kuprešanin;  and sister Ann Keprešanin Markovic.

Mille is survived by her 4 loving children, Dara (Tom) Perry, Vasilije (Mileva) Kokotovich, Desa Kokotovich- Halstead, Kevin (Betty) Kokotovich; beloved grandchildren, Timothy, Jacquelyn, Kristina, Nicole, Dustin, Aleksandra & Natalija; cherished great-grandchildren, Matthew, Kalani, Aria, Lawson & Brynn; Nieces and Nephews, Chris, Karen & Sophie; and dear Kumovi Gerbick, Ivankovich, Rudman & Derado.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at St. Sava with V. Rev. Marko Matic officiating. Public burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery. For further information please call Mileva at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 219-736-5840.

Any expressions of sympathy including flowers, cards, or donations to the family in Mille’s loving memory are welcome.

Post-Tribune Easter article features Father Marko and holiday message

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A special holiday Easter newspaper article in the Post-Tribune features Father Marko Matic from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

In the article written by Post-Tribune freelance reporter Jane Bokun, Easter is recognized as a time where congregations celebrate the holiday as a way of forgiveness for their sins.

Father Marko reminds us in the the article, “The best thing we can do is have compassion for each other and pray for each other.”

Read the entire article online: https://digitaledition.post-trib.chicagotribune.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?&edid=dbc8eab3-7ca8-45f7-bdf2-612c7c6e7a96

Photo credit: Kyle Telechan/Post-Tribune

Mladen Bobic – 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 Mladen Bobic. Memory eternal.

Mladen Bobic

Mladen Bobic age 64 of Schererville, IN passed away April 7, 2022. Son of Milos and Savka. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Milka. Daughters: Tatjana and Radmila. Future son in law Richard. Brother Rade. Kumovi and dear friends.

Mladen was born in Otocac, Croatia. He attended school in Zagreb and Gospic, Croatia where he studied to be an electrician. He then worked in Rijeka, Croatia for 14 years.

In 1994, he married Milka and had two daughters. In the year 2000, the family immigrated to the United States and were generously taken in by Jovan and Mara Mileusnic. He then continued to work as an electrician on boats for numerous years.

Funeral Services for Mladen Bobic will take place Friday, April 15, 2022 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, IN at 11:00 AM, with visitation being held an hour prior to the service. At rest, Holy Cross Cemetery Merrillville, IN.

Dragica Matijevich – 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 Dragica Matijevich. Memory eternal.

Dragica Matijevich age 84 of Crown Point, Indiana passed away Monday, March 21, 2022. She is survived by her loving daughters;  Anka Matijevich and Danka Lekovic,  and son Rade Vuckovic.  Five grandchildren;  Nikola, Ivan, Vladimir, Stefan, and Natalia.  Dragica is preceded in death by her husband Radomir.

Funeral Service for Dragica will take place Friday, March 25, 2022 directly at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Merrillville, Indiana at 10:00 a.m.  Friends are invited to visit with Dragica’s family on Friday at Church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.  At rest, Holy Cross Cemetery Merrillville, Indiana.

Special Thanks to Landscape Volunteers

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Holiday planters by volunteers.

Gordana Gerbick, George Skrivan, and David Gerbick spent many hours this past year maintaining and improving the landscape around our church and pavilion. Spring clean-up included trimming many shrubs and general cleaning of leaves and branches.

Decorative planters were filled with seasonal flowers, shrubs, and dry trimmings. All overgrown perennials were cut down or trimmed around the front of the church, hauled away, and finished with a fresh layer of mulch.

Gordana’s always willing to share her gardening skills with her neighbors and friends, and we are fortunate to enjoy the results. George has been cutting the grass in our Holy Cross Cemetery at no charge in his commitment to his St. Sava church. Many of our parishioners have shared their time, expertise, and talents with our church.

If you’d like to offer your skills, please see Fr. Marko (marko.matic@saintsava.net) or Tony (tony.settele@saintsava.net). There’s always a need for maintenance, repairs, and clean-up around the property.

Please consider making a donation today to our St. Sava Church with our convenient, secure online donation form at https://www.saintsava.net/donate/ here on our website.

Nikola “Nicky” Tomich – 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 Nikola “Nicky” Tomich. Memory eternal.

Nikola “Nicky” Tomich

Nikola “Nicky” Tomich, a gentle giant, entered the gates of heaven on Thursday, March 10th 2022 from Hobart, Indiana.

A loyal and kindhearted friend, brother, and son, he was born in Gary, IN November 6th, 1965 to Miholjka (nee Herin), and Walter “Vlado” Tomich to which he was preceded in death;

A graduate of Hobart High School’s class of 1984 where he excelled in physical fitness and the sciences. He especially enjoyed physics, photography, and chess;

Unconditionally loyal, helpful, and caring with an infectious laugh the timbre of which is on par with that of a grizzly bear. Generous to a fault and a smidge stubborn at times. He was well known for his analytical mind, persistence, defense of the downtrodden, and for solving complex problems on a napkin;

A traditional and moral man who was spiritually and inextricably at one with his beloved Eastern Orthodox faith and the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church;

Nikola is survived by his brothers Ilija (Tammy Podunovich), and Ostoja (Natalie “Mimi” nee Pastar) Tomich; his three nephews Ristan, Milan, and Damjan;

His Uncle Alex and Aunts Alexandra (nee Tomich, Bob) Jeka, Mary (nee Persley, Pokonji Tihomir “Cheech”) Tomich, Michelle (nee Foster) Tomich;

Cousins Tommy (Dianne), Sandy, and Marko Tomich; Angelia and Gabriel Jeka; and many other familija, Kumovi, and prijatelje, both here and overseas;

While we’re on the way to there, Why not share. Please honor his memory with an unexpected act of kindness for some less fortunate soul. May His Memory Be Eternal;

Visitation will be Friday, March 18, 2022 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville at 9:30 a.m. with Funeral services beginning at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Very Reverend Father Marko Matic. Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery. CV19 contagion prevention encouraged.

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

Karageorge Choir practices open to everyone Thursday nights

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Karageorge Choir members are asked to join us for practices in preparation for Easter services on Thursday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the South Wing of the Church.

Even if you are not a choir member currently, these practices are a great opportunity to visit, learn more, and find your voice in the group. Karageorge Choir is one of the only organizations where the entire family can take part together at the same time.

If you are not a member and would like to join us please feel free to visit us on a practice night or call 219-898-0602 for more details we would love to have you.