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50th Anniversary



The year 2017 is a year of vital importance in the life of St. Innocent Church, because it commemorates the parish's 50th Golden Anniversary — certainly a major milestone JUBILEE event.



Not only does 2017 mark the 50th anniversary of the parish, it is also marks the 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary of Fr. Roman and Matushka Rose Marie, who have faithfully served St. Innocent parish for the past 33 years.

View the photo-slide show and news article of the celebration on September 3rd at: .


To read and/or print the 2-page PDF file article with 15 small photos about the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and the Banquet, click here.


To view the 253 photo slide-show, consisting of 175 photos of the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at St. Innocent Church on Saturday, October 28, 2017 and 78 photos of the banquet at St. Michael's Banquet Hall, click here.


First of all, please mark your calendars for the last Saturday in OCTOBER, the 28th, to attend the grand official celebration of our parish's 50th Golden Anniversary Jubilee. Our bishop, His Grace Bishop John, will be present to preside at our celebrations. The Divine Liturgy will start at 10:00 am, preceded at 9:30 am by the customary Greeting of the Bishop with bread with salt, and flowers, and the Vesting of the Bishop. The grand banquet will then be held immediately after, at approximately 12:30-1:00 at the banquet hall of St. Michael's Orthodox Church, down the road from St. Innocent, at  26375 West Chicago, between Beech Daly and Inkster Rds.

October the 28th has come and gone, and the year-long's hard work of preparation and planning by the 50th Anniversary Committee really showed. Everything went well --- it was a magnificent and memorable Golden Jubilee celebration, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves. An extensive photographic documentation slide-show has been prepared and is posted on this website at: .


ICON CARDS OF ST. INNOCENT: In honor of our 50th Anniversary, and with Fr. Roman's blessing, icon cards of St. Innocent have been prepared and donated to the parish and are now available AS A FREE GIFT. They are beautiful 4" x 5½" ICON CARDS on super-heavy glossy cardstock of our parish patron saint, St. Innocent of Irkutsk, depicting the icon on our iconostasis. You can pick them up at church, or ask to have 1 or more mailed to you. They will continue to be available upon request or pick up at church. Additional commemorative icon cards of St. Seraphim of Sarov and St. Herman of Alaska are expected to be prepared in future months and donated for free distribution. [To see the card, click here.]


Preparations for St. Innocent's 50th Anniversary-celebration-year were planned, guided and coordinated by a team of seven dedicated parish leaders that includes the Parish Council plus several others. They were in charge of planning and coordinating the main celebration event itself on October 28th, including planning the banquet and selling tickets; inviting choir singers; preparing the anniversary commemorative booklet; soliciting ads for the booklet; selling tickets for the banquet; requesting congratulatory letters from church and civil authorities; inviting guests; sending out various mailings; preparing a commemorative gift — a magnet of the icon of St. Innocent — to be given out at the October 28th celebration; and planning and coordinating the fund-raisers.


An important element of the planning for the Jubilee celebration was the preparation of a commemorative booklet by the committee. The format is large 8½" x 11", 72 pages, with a flat glued (not folded and stapled) binding. It contains many photos, some letters of congratulations, plus many ads.

The beautiful Anniversary Booklet was distributed at the banquet, along with the gift of a magnet of the icon of our patron saint, St. Innocent of Irkutsk, and 4x6 icon cards.


It was 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. Note that the size of the booklet is a full 8½" x 11" page, (not a page folded in half, measuring just 5½ x 4¼").

Thank you so very much for all who donated ads and to those who were patrons with substantial donations.


In order to pay for the expenses of celebrating our 50th Jubilee, (especially the flights, motel, meals and honorarium for Bishop John and his assistants), the Anniversary Committee scheduled 8 fund-raising events. Your participation in these events, by both parishioners and friends of the parish, was much appreciated.

Thank you to all those who worked to make the fund-raisers successful, and to those who participated in the fund-raiser events.

There were 8 events:

(8) SOUP & SANDWISH LUNCHEON, SUNDAY, JULY 30th. (Successfully concluded.) Adults, $5 and children, $2. Our monthly luncheons have been so successful, and the fellowship with our parish family so enjoyable, we are continuing to have a luncheon each month, while at the same time we are raising money for the parish & its 50th anniversary expenses. Please mark your calendars & plan to attend. This is the last Sunday before the 2-week Dormition Fast. Planned by our 50th Anniversary Committee; proceeds will go towards our 50th fund-raising.

(7) FATHERS’ DAY BAR-B-Q, SUNDAY, JUNE 11th. (Successfully concluded.) Menu includes Brats & Beer. Adults $5, Children $2. The Mothers’ Day Breakfast was so marvelous, we did it again for Fathers’ Day. Many people enjoyed the parish family fellowship, and celebrated at St. Innocent with their fathers, grandfathers, godfathers (and in their memory). (This Fathers' Day event was moved up a week so that meat could be served, since the Apostles Fast starts on Monday June 12th.) Planned by our 50th Anniversary Committee; proceeds will go towards our 50th fund-raising.

 (6) MOTHERS’ DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST, SUNDAY, MAY 14th. (Successfully concluded.) Many people participated in our delightful Mothers' Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 14th. Instead of going out to a restaurant or cooking at home, our parish family shared a special breakfast at St. Innocent, and helped to raise funds for our 50th Anniversary at the same time. Adults were only $5 and children were $2.

(5) MAKING AND SELLING PASCHA BREAD. (Project cancelled, 4/5) The fifth attempted fund-raising event was the baking and selling of PASCHA BREAD (Kulich). It was cancelled due to insufficient orders. On Saturday, April 8th (the day before Palm Sunday), volunteers were to have met in 2 or 3, 4-hour shifts, at 7:30 am - noon, noon - 4:00, and 4:00 - 8pm, if needed to bake Pascha Bread (kulich). There were 2 types available --- with raisins ($12 a loaf) and without raisins($10 a loaf). The last day to place orders was Sunday, April 2nd, so the organizers would know how to plan. They make great Pascha gifts. There were 4 ways people could participate to help: (1) volunteer to help with the baking; (2) place orders for the bread; (3) donate ingredients; (4) help clean up. The contct people were Elizabeth and Mary Ann. There were appeals for volunteers to do the baking, donate the ingredients, and of course, to place orders.

 (4) MAKING AND SELLING PIEROGI. (Successfully concluded.) Many volunteers, including many people making pierogi for the first time, worked together to make this a successful endeavor. There were 2 pierogi-making sessions, on January 28th and March 4th. The large, delicious sauerkraut or potato and cheese pierogi sold for $7 per dozen. The first session was on January 28th, when approximately 100 dozen pierogi were made and sold. The second pierogi-making day was on Saturday, March 4th.

 People participated in three ways. First, people volunteered to help make the pierogi and to clean up afterwards. Second, people placed as many orders as possible for themselves, and solicited orders from relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers. And third, the ingredients were donated.

 As many volunteers as possible were sought to make the pierogi. If people had never made pierogi before, they were enouraged to come and learn how --- even outside "friends of the parish" who wanted to learn how to make pierogi could come and learn, or just come to lend a hand! There were different tasks for men and women, adults, teens and youth of all ages; also people volunteered for the clean-up crew. This was a great family affair.  Mary Ann and Elizabeth were the contact persons.

(3) SPAGHETTI LUNCHEON, FEBRUARY 26th.  (Successfully concluded.) On Cheesefare/Forgiveness Sunday, February 26th, after Divine Liturgy and Forgiveness Sunday Vespers, our parish sponsored another event to raise funds to help pay for expenses of our 50th Anniversary monumental celebration. Cheesefare/Forgiveness Sunday is the last day before the Great Fast/Lent starts and it is very common for Orthodox parishes to have a parish luncheon/dinner on this day. The requested donation was just $5 for adults and $2 for kids. Those who participated in this event enjoyed the delicious food and sharing in pre-Lenten fellowship, while at the same time, helping to raise needed funds.

(2) SELLING LITTLE CAESAR'S PIZZA KITS. (Successfully concluded.) Another fund-raising project to help finance our 50th Anniversary expenses was the sale of Little Caesar's Pizza Kits, with a number of varieties of kits available, including bread sticks and cookies, in addition, of course, to pizzas themselves.  People were asked to place their orders by Sunday, February 26th, with the pick up date the following weekend, on Saturday, March 4th.  This was very convenient, since many people were already at church that day, making pierogi, and were able to pick up their pizza kit orders at that time. Kim was the contact person.

 (1) COOKIE WALK, (Successfully concluded.) was held on December 18th, 2016, in time for people's Christmas festivities. A number of people volunteered to bake cookies at home and bring them for the first "cookie-walk" we ever held, on Sunday during coffee-hour after Divine Liturgy. (In a cookie-walk, people select whatever individual items they want, and pay for them by the pound.)

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