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Immediate Attention: Spring Gathering Information

TO: Reverend Clergy, Fellowship, SOYO, and Antiochian Women of the Midwest

Greetings on the Great Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Now that the "Holy Days" are behind us, the clergy and parishioners of St. Mary Church of Palos Heights, IL are excited to host the Midwest Spring Gathering of our Diocese and extend open arms to the entire Midwest family! The meetings are scheduled for the weekend of March 10-13, 2016. (Download the flyer)

The Clergy Retreat will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 10-11, 2016. Schedule will follow once approved by His Grace Bishop Anthony.

The business meetings of the organizations will begin with an informal gathering on Friday evening ("Ask Sayidna Pizza Party") and will continue on Saturday (March 11-12, 2016). His Grace Bishop Anthony will preside over the weekend festivities, which will culminate with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday. All events, including registration and meetings, will take place at St. Mary's.

The DoubleTree (by Hilton) has been reserved for our gathering. This hotel is conveniently located just over a mile from the church, on the same street as the church. The hotel is also only a 15 minute drive from the Indiana border.

Please note that the rate of $109/night is only available through February 11, 2016. We recommend you make your reservations immediately in order to receive this rate. There is ample free parking at the hotel.

You can make your hotel reservation online or by phone. Please be sure to use our Group Code when making your reservation. The information for the hotel is as follows:

Group Code: ORT

Any questions or concerns, please contact Archdeacon Saed Rihani, chairperson for the weekend, via email at or by phone at 773-454-2191.

Attached to this email is a flyer ready for immediate distribution. The schedule and registration information will follow shortly. Please disseminate this email to your local organizations in order that the hotel reservation may be made as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in Palos Heights for our Spring Gathering!

Wishing everyone a blessed and healthy New Year!

In Christ,
Fr. Mousa

Spring Gathering Flyer (PDF)504.88 KB