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"Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood

has eternal life,

and I will raise him up at the last day."

"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;

and My father will love him,

and We will come to him

and make Our home with him."

(St.  John 6:54 and 14:23)

Welcome to Our Parish Website!

We welcome you to our website of ST. INNOCENT ORTHODOX CHURCH IN REDFORD, MICHIGAN. We are a small, new-calendar ("revised Julian") parish under the Moscow Patriarchate. Our church is located in Redford Township, on the western side of Metropolitan Detroit, at 23300 W. Chicago, Redford, MI  48239 (just east of Telegraph). The parish was established in 1967 as an English-speaking parish by the American-born descendants of those who came here from Eastern Europe in the beginning of the 20th century, and named in honor of St. Innocent, the first Bishop of Irkutsk (an eastern Siberian city). Today the parish is comprised of Americans of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, including numerous converts, and a few immigrants. Although the services are celebrated following the Russian musical and liturgical traditions, they are almost entirely in English. We are commemorating our 50th anniversary during this year of 2017.

NEW! To view/print a 2-page PDF file of a tri-fold brochure, to be printed back-to-back, entitled "THE ORTHODOX FAITH: Some Basic Principles," click here. (For details, see below in "New Additions to Website.")

NEW! To read more about our 50th Anniversary activities, we have added a new sub-page in our "About Our Parish" section: click here.

NEW! (4/1) To view and print out the AD FORM for our 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet, click here.

To read more about the parish history and its life today, click here.

To view an article that depicts all of our numerous iconsclick here.

To see photos of our extensive and beautiful gardens, click here.

For monthly, printable calendars with all our services, click here.

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NEWEST ADDITIONS/UPDATES TO OUR WEBSITE:

9/14/17, Latest/next week's bulletin: for Sunday, September 17th, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost click here

9/7/17, Previous/current week's bulletin: for Sunday, September 10th, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost click here

9/4/17, St. Innocent Church Monthly Calendars: for Months of September, October & November click here

 

3/18/17, A new tri-fold brochure, entitled "THE ORTHODOX FAITH: Some Basic Principles," has been prepared. This brochure, with 7 photos, concisely explains the basic principles of the Orthodox Faith. It is intended especially to be shared with non-Orthodox who want to know briefly what the Orthodox Faith is all about, and for people who might be interested in attending St. Innocent Church, as well as a quick "refresher" for Orthodox. Includes a short "About St. Innocent Church" section. Intended to be printed back-to-back and folded in 3. To view/print 2-page PDF file, click here.

 

2/14/17, A new sub-page about our 50th Anniversary, has been added to the "About Our Parish" section: click here.    [Check this sub-page regularly for up-dates.]

 

3/30/17, An AD FORM for our 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet has been added to our 50th Anniversary sub-page. To view the form, click here, or to go to the sub-page, click here.

2/15/17, A new sub-page showing our 10 Icon Cards, has been added to the "About Our Parish" section: click here

 

NEW ARTICLES, added under the "Articles" tab:

9/6/17, "Why the Transfiguration is So Important for Orthodoxy," by Sister Ioanna (includes printable PDF file): click here.

6/17/17, Saint's Life: "St. Matrona of Moscow," by Sister Ioanna (includes printable PDF file): click here.

6/17/17, Saint's Life: "St. Anthimus of Chios," by Sister Ioanna (includes printable PDF file): click here.

6/17/17, Saint's Life: "St. Antipas the Hesychast of Romania," by Sister Ioanna (includes printable PDF file): click here.

6/12/17, "Saints Are Not Born — Saints Are Made," by Fr. Joshua Genig (incudes printable PDF file): click here.

4/26/17, "THE ORTHODOX FAITH: Some Basic Principles," by Sister Ioanna (includes printable PDF file): click here.

 

 RECENT PHOTOS, added under the 'Photos & News' tab:

 

9/9/17, "Chrismations of Fran & Ken Roy on 8/6/17," slide-show and news article: click here:

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NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS:.

9/9/17, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET ASAP.  In order to meet our caterer's requirements for our golden jubillee banquet on Saturday, October 28th, we need to receive immediately your reservation card and payment (just $20 per person; children 12 & under are free). Please mail in IMMEDIATELY the banquet reservation card and check in the stamped, addressed envelope that was included in the formal invitation that you should have received in the mail. If you didn't receive an invitation, but would like to attend, please contact Elizabeth Star Hatfield immediately. Cell Phone: 734-306-1486 (texting is good), or e-mail: starelizabeth70@gmail.com. Don't miss out and not have a ticket --- take care of this NOW. The deadline is NEXT Sunday, September 17th.

3/30/17, ADS FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET. It is vital to the success of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative booklet to have as many ads as possible, from St. Innocent parishioners, friends of St. Innocent, other churches and parish organizations, and from businesses and civic groups. Anyone reading this is asked to consider donating an ad, and to solicit ads from businesses with whom you do business, or have a relationship. Whereas many ad forms and letters were sent out, if you did not receive one, or the one you received has been misplaced, please click here to view and print out a 1-page PDF file of the ad form, with pricing and sizes. Note that the size of the booklet is a full 8½" x 11" page, (not a regular sized page folded in half, measuring just 5½ x 4¼").

 1/25/17, ICON CARDS OF ST. INNOCENT: We now have available beautiful 4" x 5½" ICON CARDS on super-heavy glossy cardstock of our parish patron saint, St. Innocent of Irkutsk. They have been prepared and donated in commemoration of our parish's 50th Anniversary, this year of 2017. Pick them up at church, or ask to have 1 or more mailed to you. (They are a free 50th Anniversary gift.)

7/12/17, THE LATEST ISSUE OF GOOD WORKS THAT IS NOW AVAILABLE IS THE MAY-JUNE ISSUE. GOOD WORKS is the COCC's marvelous bi-monthly publication that is available in FULL-COLOR on-line, and in a 2-color printed version, with full-color front and back covers. The full-color printed version of the MAY-JUNE ISSUE IS AVAILABLE on-line at: http://coccdetroit.com/goodworks.html . Printed copies in 2-colors are also available at church. Every bi-monthly issue is expertly and artistically done, (even though way behind schedule), with many interesting articles on varied topics, with numerous photos.

9/28/16, On Sunday, September 25th, DOOR Radio's interview with Fr. Roman Star about the new organization, "One Redford," was broadcast on DOOR Radio. Fr. Roman is the Co-Chair and one of the 8 co-founding Redford clergy of the "One Redford" organization. The purpose of "One Redford" is to bring together the people of Redford Township and build a sense of a unified community based on open interactions between the residents, churches, schools, businesses, police, courts, fire departments and Township officials, in order to prevent interracial clashes, such as have occurred in other communities in the nation, and, if clashes might occur, to have already laid down the community interracial bridges to defuse  further violence. One of the other Redford clergy involved, also participated in the interview. You can listen to the interview in the archived past programs (Program #70, September 25th) at http://www.doorradio.org/doorpodcast.html.

5/25/17, updated. THE DETROIT ORTHODOX RADIO HOUR (DOOR) programming is now broadcasting live on-line, with the launching of a new website in September 2015, http://www.doorradio.org/.  You now have a choice of listening to the weekly program on your radio at WNZK-690-AM, or on your computer at their website live, between 4:00 and 5:00 pm each Sunday. If you are not available to listen to the live program, all previous weekly programs are archived on their website, so you can listen at your convenience. Plus, there is additional interesting information on the website about the history of Orthodox radio in Detroit, about the production of the programs and the volunteers who create and produce the programs. These weekly Orthodox radio-hour programs are sponsored by the Metro-Detroit Council of Orthodox Christian Churches (COCC). The inaugural program was on the Feast of Pentecost, May 31st, 2015. The radio programs are excellently planned, organized and assembled by a group of volunteers, with a variety of topics, voices and speakers. DOOR Radio Hour just passed a major milestone of airing their 100th weekly program. People listen from all over the country on their computers.

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Prepared in 2007 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the parish, a fascinating 2-hour photo-history DVD that documents the 40-year life of the parish, including all of its numerous icons, is available. It contains about 1500 photos with a carefully-integrated narration and background music. (To obtain a copy, contact Fr. Roman: 313-538-1142 or frroman@firebirdvideos.com)

On July 27th, 2014, we started having our weekly bulletin available here on our church website. Each week has its own separate sub-page under our "Weekly Bulletin" tab. Pull down the tab to select each week's bulletins.

Associated with the parish is the St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community, that does many things to assist in the life and ministry of the parish and its priest. To read more about the St. Innocent Community and its ministry click here.

Our website contains more than 70 articles about different aspects of our Orthodox Faith under the Articles tab/section, including about 35 (mostly short) articles, prayers and poems, saints' lives, plus the recent new articles written for the COCC's (Council of Orthodox Christian Churches) bi-monthly "Good Works" periodical, plus special, concise 'Meditations' about Sunday Gospel readings by our Subdeacon Dr. Joshua Genig. In addition, our web-host, Orthodox Web Solutions, provides a very excellent section of extensive, detailed instruction about the Orthodox faith (the separate pages appear to be chapters of a book) under the About Orthodoxy articles section (at the bottom).

The  Photos & News tab contains numerous archived photos and events, listed by the year, including slide-shows of Fr. Roman's 30th Anniversaries' celebration (2014), Elizabeth and Larry's wedding (2014), Fr. Roman and Matushka Rose Marie's 40th wedding anniversary (2007) and the parish's 40th anniversary (2007).

Pull down the About Our Parish tab for a number of other pages: Our Clergy, Our Gardens, Our Services, Directions, Parish Activities, and the Life of St. Innocent of Irkutsk. (See a second and very different Life of St. Innocent in the  Saints' Lives section of our Articles section.)

To contact the webmaster, send a message  to: webmaster@stinnocentchurch.com

A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO OUR  VISITORS: Are you already an Orthodox Christian and new to the Metro-Detroit area, and looking for a parish home? Or are you already a Metro-Detroit resident and looking for a different parish? Or are you perhaps still on your personal spiritual quest — your faith-journey? Are you looking for a small, intimate 4-generational church family that welcomes everyone regardless of ethnic, racial or social background? Are you searching for a church home where you can sincerely worship God in Spirit and in Truth in the 2,000-year unbroken line of the Orthodox Church that goes back to Christ Himself and to His Apostles? If so, then we cordially invite you to visit us and worship with us, and consider making St. Innocent your church home. If you are not satisfied with your present spiritual life and yearn to know God on a deeper level, we invite you to explore the Orthodox Church and its 2,000-year Faith. If you are searching for "something more," and wish to encounter the fullness of historic Christianity and the riches of the Orthodox worship and spiritual life, we would be happy to explain things to you, answer your questions, and instruct you in the Orthodox Faith, to see if your personal quest to know and worship God more fully would be satisfied in the Orthodox Church with its lively Faith, worship and spiritual life. You are cordially invited to visit us and "come and see."

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