St. Innocent Orthodox Church
✙ Founded in 1967 ✙ Moscow Patriarchal Parishes ✙
23300 W. Chicago ✞ Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-538-1142 ✞ Fax: 313-538-8126
Church Web Site: www.stinnocentchurch.org ✞ E-Mail: email@example.com
St. Innocent Religious Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
AUGUST 24, 2014 Dean, Central States Deanery, Patriarchal Parishes
Cell Phone: 313-319-0590
ASSISTANT PRIEST: Rev. DANEIL SHIRAK ✞ 313-295-3073
DEACON: Rev. Dn. Michael Comerford
EPISTLE: 1st Corinthians 4:9 – 16 (#131) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Matthew 17:14 – 23 (#72) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 2 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Hieromartyr Eutychius, disciple of St. John the Theologian (1st c.). Translation of the Relics of St. Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (1479). Repose of New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aetolia, Equal-to-the-Apostles (1779). Ven. Arsenius, Abbot of Komel (Vologda—1550). Martyr Tation (Tatio) of Claudiopolis (305). Virgin Martyr Cyra of Persia (558). St. George Limniotes the Confessor of Mt. Olympus (8th c.). St. Kozma of Berat, Evangelizer of Southern Albania (18th-19th c.).
FOR THE REPOSE OF: Estelle & Joseph Star; Ellen Starinshak; Anna & John Witkowski; Michael Sr.& Margaret Rusko; Mary, Andrew, Daniel, Michael & Lottie Yakuber; Ross & Margaret Falsetti; Helen, John & Carole Andrayko; Peter & Theresa Harvilla; Marc Dade; Betty Martell; Frances Smoly; Peter Glover; Irene Adams; Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Michael Rusko, Anna Lichagina, Yelena & Zinaïda Korniyevskaya, Joseph Nossal
MEMORY Peter Starinshak, whose Anniversary of his repose is Today, Sunday, 24 August, by nephew, Fr. Roman ETERNAL & Mat. Rose Marie
Popadia Vera Nicoloff, whose Anniversary of her repose is Today, Sunday, 24 August
Wayne Joshua deVyver, whose Anniversary of his repose is Friday, 29 August, by daughter, Sister Ioanna
Mary Latsko, whose Anniversary of her repose is Saturday, 30 August, by son, Rdr. Robert Latsko
FOR THE HEALTH OF: Archimandrite Roman (Braga),(terminal cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Archpriest Serge Lukianov; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon Michael, Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melania Sviridov; Matushka Mary Donahue; Reader Robert Latsko, Reader George & Betty Hanoian, Jordan Manier, Rose Nossal, Mary Glover, Nancy Cupp, Deborah Dade, Dean Hough, Vasiliki Stamoulis, Gerald Martell, Jaime Truskowski, Azbehat, Donald Yakuber, Carl deVyver, Jo Anne Nicholas, Joan Rusko, Gregory & Tamiko Star, Daria, Mother Theodora-Ampilochia (brain cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer)
ALSO FOR: Michelle Shirak Tucker (in critical condition in hospice home care)
Faith Redding, who celebrates her birthday on Wednesday, 27 August
MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS!
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Wednesday 8/27 7pm AKATHIST TO ST. MOSES THE BLACK
Friday 8/29 9am DIVINE LITURGY for the BEHEADING of ST. JOHN the BAPTIST, the FORERUNNER
Saturday 8/30 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 8/31 11th Sunday After Pentecost
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
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By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
A Sermon delivered on 19 July, 1970
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The world around us is full of hatred and turmoil, and however close we may feel to one another, however much we perceive a momentary peace in our hearts, “how near we are always to a moment when peace breaks down, when tensions become stronger than our sense of oneness and when strife sets in. And at those moments we must learn something which is at the very core of our relationship with men and our relationship with God, we must learn to forgive. And we do not achieve it because we expect forgiveness to be at first what it can only be at last, the Joy of reconciliation, the Joy that is born from the discovery that darkness is conquered by light, that joy has set in where bitterness and sadness were. But this is not where forgiveness begins and it is not our victory, this is a gift of mercy both divine and human forgiveness which begins at the moment when offended, humiliated, betrayed, we can say in our hearts or aloud to the person who has done this whatever you have done, I love you enough to take on all the consequences of your frailty, all the consequences of the evil which is stronger than your good will, and I will bear these consequences because my love does not falter!
This is what God does to us; this is what absolution is when we receive it in the sacrament or penance, after our confession. Forgiveness is not given to us by God because we have already changed, neither does He forgive us because we shall change. We may change as a result of forgiveness if we only understand what it all means, but God does not wait until we have changed to forgive, otherwise no one would be forgiven. When we receive absolution, when we are granted forgiveness from God, it always means that God says: I know all the depth of your faults, I know all your betrayals, I know how far from Me you are, I know that your heart is grown cold and your mind darkened, I know that your will is not strong and yet, I witness before the whole of creation that My love does not falter, that My love remains whole, that it belongs to you unreservedly; it was My joy, it has become crucifixion. It was our common life, it has now become the moment when I am on the Cross and you have brought me to it; you have been shouting "crucify Him, crucify Him", you have been walking around this Cross saying "If Thou art the Son of God, come down from the Cross." You are responsible for it and yet my last word is: "Forgive, Father, he does not know what he is doing. Forgive Father, she does not know what she is doing."
And God takes upon Himself, by forgiving us, by witnessing that His love remains unshaken, He takes upon Himself final solidarity with us. He says to us: I called you into being, to share all My life, you have renounced it and reject it. Then I shall share all your life. I called you into eternity and bliss; you have opened up a depth of hell, I will walk into this hell. I will become man and share all the limitations, all the finitudes, all the cruelty of the human condition which you have created. I will share it to the last, to the very point where your betrayal means the loss of God, and the loss of life. “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me" is the cry of Him who has willed to share with us everything, even our loss of God, because He wants to share all that is our life, because of love, and because of faith. Because not only does He love us, but He has faith in us, that all that won't be in vain.
That is forgiveness. That is the kind of forgiveness to which we are called each of us with regard to each other, indeed not to this extent, not to this depth and magnitude; but we are called to say: however cold your heart has become to me, mine is warm enough for both. We cannot share blessedness, I will share hell with you, and not only the hell which others have created for you, no, the very hell which is in your heart for me to live in. Unless we can say this, we cannot say that we begin our way to forgiveness. Oh, how much we wish to be able to say: the wounds which you have dealt on me are healed, the distress is over, peace, peace divine has come, but that comes after the agony of the Garden, it comes after the betrayal or the crucifixion, it comes after the death on the Cross, after the dereliction that kills, after three days when we lie numb and dead in the tomb. It comes when resurrection comes. Then we. who have forgiven, are risen in such a way that we can communicate life, life with abundance, life eternal, not before.
And so, here we are, in a life where nothing is unspoiled by tension, by strife, by coldness, by darkening, by hatred, by dividedness, here we are, given by God an example and indeed a challenge and an opportunity. Live in hell, walk into it. If you walk into it with a love that does not hesitate to die, then hell will cease to be hell. When Christ descended into hell, into the place where God is not, when He descended into it as a man who had accepted to lose God in order to remain with man, He brought into it the fullness of His Godhead and hell is no more the place where God is not. If it is anything, it is it is a place where we bewail our treason, our lovelessness, not a place from which God has turned away.
And what if we have no love, what if we cannot afford even this? If we have no love that will make us say "I will share with you dereliction, the Fall, hell, godlessness," then we must be prepared to say: I am like you, how can I judge you?" and humbly stay together where we are together helpless, broken, fearful, defeated, turning to God and saying "help us both, because we have both lost love, we have both lost life". How wonderful it is to be able at any moment to come to a God who can absolve, forgive, because He has chosen to be with us, while we refused or proved unable to be with Him, and what joy it is to think that we can even in our fault, even in our weakness do the same with each other, break down, explode hell, make it a place of redemption, of reconciliation, of life instead of death. Glory be to God for that He has revealed to us and for that He gives us power to recreate heaven where we have made hell. Amen!
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ST. MOSES THE BLACK
(ca. 325 – ca. 400)
Feast Day: August 28th
St. Moses is a perfect example, like St. Mary of Egypt, that sometimes the greatest sinners can become the greatest saints, by means of deep and sincere repentance. Moses had been a murderer, a thief, and a very violent person. Therefore, St. Moses is a marvelous model for us of the power of repentance and of God’s forgiveness, especially for those who might feel that they are too sinful to be reconciled to God and His Holy Church, because they have strayed and fallen into sin. The “righteous” can be further from God than the sinner, because the “righteous,” like the pharisee and the elder son of Jesus’ parables, do not see their sins, and therefore are filled with pride instead of humility. In contrast, like Jesus’ prodigal son and tax-collector, the great sinner who repents can grow ever closer to God by means of his continued sincere repentance and consequent humility and self-abasement. St. Moses is just such a person.
St. Moses lived in Egypt during the fourth century. He was a very dark-skinned Ethiopian, and thus is also called St. Moses the Black. In his youth he was a slave of a high-ranking man, but after Moses committed a murder, his master banished him. Filled with much anger and bitterness, Moses joined a band of thieves who attacked, robbed and murdered travelers in the Egyptian desert. His band of brigands chose Moses as their leader because of his enormous physical strength and readiness to sin. People were afraid at the mere mention of his name.
After a number of years of this sinful life, by the grace of God, Moses repented, abandoned his band of robbers and went to one of the desert monasteries. He had to weep and beg for a long time before the brethren believed he was sincere, and finally they accepted him. He wept bitter tears of repentance for his sinful life, and became very obedient to the abbot, his spiritual father and confessor, Abba (Father) Isidore, a wise and experienced spiritual guide. After a while, Moses withdrew to a solitary cell, where he prayed, fasted, and continued to struggle against the passions and the violent attacks of demons, with the guidance of Abba Isidore, who taught him how to pray all night and to struggle against the demons. His long struggle with the passions and demons was necessary in order to become completely cleansed of his former sins. In his battle between the legions of demons and angels, Abba Isidore assured Moses that the angels would prevail.
One time four robbers of his former band attacked him in his solitary cell, not realizing who he was. Having lost none of his great physical strength, Moses tied them up, threw them over his shoulder, and brought them to the monastery, where the elders said to release them. Upon learning that this was Moses, their former gang-leader, and that he had dealt with them kindly, they followed his example, repented and also became monks. When the rest of the band of thieves learned what happened, they too abandoned their life of sin and became fervent monks.
Intensifying his spiritual efforts, St. Moses started carrying water every night from the well to each of the brothers, especially for the Elders who lived far from the well, and for whom it was difficult to carry water. Once, while leaning over the well, the demons took revenge for Moses’ victory over them, and delivered such a severe blow to Moses’ back, that he fell unconscious, and for an entire year he lay crippled in his cell. After this, he was healed and was freed from his passions, and received from the Lord power over demons.
As the years went on, and word about St. Moses spread, people started coming to see him, and Moses left his cell to hide from visitors. Along the way he met the servants of the local governor who were sent to find the saintly desert dweller. Moses told them, “go no further to see this false and unworthy monk.” When the servants returned to the governor at the monastery, they learned that they had encountered St. Moses himself.
After many years of monastic struggles, St. Moses was ordained deacon. In his humility, he believed himself unworthy of this office. Once, wishing to test him, the bishop told the clergy to insult and ridicule him as an unworthy Ethiopian, and to drive him out of the altar. The humble monk accepted the abuse. After this test, the bishop then ordained St. Moses as a priest. He was sixty years old at this time. For another fifteen years he continued his monastic labors, and about 75 disciples gathered around the saintly Elder, who had been granted by the Lord the gifts of wisdom, foresight, and power over demons. When he was 75, he warned his monks that soon brigands would attack their small monastery (skete) and murder everyone. He begged his monks to leave, but he himself refused to leave, because he believed the time had come for the Lord’s words to be fulfilled: “All who take up the sword shall perish by the sword” (Mt. 26:52). Seven brethren stayed with their Abba, one of whom hid when attacked, and lived to tell how the robbers killed St. Moses and the other six monks. It was about the year 400.
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Page 4 of this week's printed bulletin contains our monthly calendar for Sepember, with all the Divines Services and major feast days shown in typical calendar format. You can view and print out the calendar here on our church website at: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html (Click on "September")
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 17 AUGUST
CHURCH VIGIL LAMPS:
Royal Doors Lamp:In Memory of Husband Joe; Son Kenneth; parents Michael & Margaret Rusko & John & Martha Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Altar Candles: In Memory of Nicholas and Susan Yakuber, by son, Donald Yakuber
Iconostasis Lamps: In Memory of Irene Adams, by daughter, Eileen Adams
Candles on the Solea: In Memory of Pete & Theresa Harvilla, Norman & Monica Holst, & Ricky Ellis, by Jason & Debra Truskowski
Nave Reliquary-Icon Lamps: (1) In Memory of Ross & Margaret Falsetti, by daughters, Margie Martell & Rose Ann Everhardt
Nave Reliquary-Icon Lamps: (2) Anonymous
Table of Oblation Lamp: In Memory of parents, Helen & John Andrayko, Sr. & sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko, Jr.
IN MEMORY OF (MEMORY ETERNAL!):
Joseph & Estelle Star, by son Father Roman and family
Paul & Alexandra Yupco, Basil & Ellen Starinshak, by grandson, Father Roman and family
John & Anna Witkowski, by daughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Samuel & Mary Kupec, by granddaughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Parents, Helen & John Andrayko and sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko
My husband, Joe; my sisters, Margaret & Ross Falsetti, Anna & Mike Elaschat, Theresa & Pete Harvilla, Irene, & brothers, Michael & John Rusko; niece, Rose Mary Hough; Joe’s brothers, Raymond & Walter Nossal, & sisters, Theresa, Florence & Helen Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Pete & Theresa Harvilla, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski + + + My husband, Michael Rusko, by Joan Rusko
Parents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Marion P; Nina I; Fr. Photius; Mother Benedicta; Popadia Vera Nicoloff (8/24), by Sister Ioanna + + + Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, by Manier Family
FOR THE HEALTH OF (MANY YEARS!):
Elizabeth, Caitlin & Zachary, by parents & grandparents, Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie
Gregory & Tamiko Star, by parents, Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie
Children & Grandchildren; Monk Fr. Tikhon (Dade); Dean Hough, by Rose Nossal
Father Roman & Matushka & family; Sister Ioanna; John Andrayko; Nancy; Mary G; Jo Anne N; Grandson Joey (in the Navy Reserves) & all people in the Armed Forces; & all the people of St. Innocent Church, by Rose Nossal + + + My Mom, Jaime Truskowski, by Kay Truskowski + + + Family & Friends, Aunt Rose, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay T. + + + Brother, Greg & Donna, Gregory & Liz & Alex, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski + + + Archimandrites Roman, Nafanail & Gregory; Igumen Seraphim; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie; Fr. Lawrence & fam; Fr. Daneil & fam; Dcn. Michael & fam; Mat. Melania S; Mat. Mary D; Carl; Fr. Tikhon; Sdn Andrew (safe travel home from AK); Rdr Robert; Robert M; David Samuel & Sky; JoAnne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Michelle T; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil; Mo.Theodora-Amphilochia, by Sr. Ioanna + + + Health of: Manier family, Samantha Ketelson (Infant w/ hypo-thyroidism) + + + Salvation of: Brittany, Eddie, Breonna, Bronte, Kaitlyn, RJ, Xavior, Storie, Robert, Candice, Kevin, Cynthia, Demarion, Desmond, & Shelton Family, by Manier family
PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: Sister Ioanna
in Memory Eternal of: Parents: Wayne Joshua (anniv. 8/29) & Ethel Elizabeth (B-day, 9/2); David Horka (anniv. 9/27); Alex Ruggieri (anniv. 7/21); Mother Benedicta (anniv. 8/7); Popadia Vera Nicoloff (anniv. 8/24); & all other departed family & friends; and for the Health of: Brother, Carl; Archimandrite Roman; Michelle Tucker; Mother Theodora-Amphilochia; Alice Ladhu; Reader Robert (B-day, 9/2); Subdeacon Andrew (B-day 7/23); Rose Nossal; Jo Anne Nicholas; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie (Wedding Anniversary, 9/3) & all parishioners.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2014 — September: Deborah Hartz; October: John Andrayko: November: Sr. Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family.
Offering the Holy Bread that will become the Sacred Body of Christ and received in Holy Communion is a great honor and privilege, and it is a wonderful way to commemorate one’s living and departed loved ones. It also is a very meaningful way of celebrating special events, such as birthdays & anniversaries, graduations, weddings, births & baptisms. Donations are $25 for a month.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2015: January: John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna; February: Matushka Rose Marie; March: available; April: available; May: Vasiliki Stamoulis; June: John Andrayko; July: Matushka Rose Marie; August: Sister Ioanna; September: available; October: John Andrayko; November: Sister Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR 2015 NOW.
(1) OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE & WILL NO LONGER BE MAILED TO EVERYONE
Now that it is not necessary to print as many copies of the bulletin, because it is being e-mailed to those who are not present, this week we are increasing the number of pages in the printed bulletin from 4 to 6. Please go to our church website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com, and the “Weekly Bulletin” tab, where you will find not only what is in each week’s printed bulletin, but also what does not fit in the 4-6 pages. There will be a separate sub-page for each week’s bulletin under the “Weekly Bulletins” tab. Please note that from now on, we will NOT be mailing the bulletin to those not in church, but we will e-mail the website link each week for that week’s on-line bulletin to all our parishioners and friends of the parish, while those who are at church can also get their printed bulletin in person. Anyone without a computer and e-mail, naturally, will continue to receive the printed bulletin by postal mail when they are not in church. VERY IMPORTANT— RSVP: We still need some e-mail addresses: Joe & Sue Nossal, Mary Glover, Pat Harbut, Cathy & Brenda Martell. If you wish to continue receiving a printed copy, let us know. Please communicate this information to Sister Ioanna ASAP, preferably by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have working e-mail and internet, please call: 313-535-9080.
(2) OUR ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE CONTINUES. PLEASE GIVE YOUR DONATIONS NOW
Our annual Fall Blanket Drive continues. We are half-way to our goal of 100 blankets for the poor and homeless, to be distributed primarily through RIR — we have donations for 50 blankets — only 50 more are needed. This year you don’t even have to go the store and buy blankets. Anna Margaret Costa will place an order at the Walmart with which she deals, where the manager is very sympathetic to our blankets-for-the-poor drive, and who made a big blanket donation last year. He asked Anna Margaret to let him know in August how many blankets to order, so he can make sure he gets in enough blankets. So please give your donation NOW for this order. Blankets are $5. Thank you for your generosity.
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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS
(In addition to regular weekly: 7pm Wednesday Service; 4pm Saturday Great Vespers; 10am Sunday Liturgy)
◆ Saturday, August 23rd, 11am, WEDDING, Elizabeth Star & Larry Hatfield
◆ Wednesday, August 27th, 7pm, AKATHIST TO ST. MOSES THE BLACK (for his Feastday, August 28th)
◆ Friday, August 29th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY, BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIZER/FORERUNNER (& Panikhida)
◆ Sunday, September 7th, 6pm, GREAT VESPERS FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Monday, September 8th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Tuesday, September 9th, 7pm, Monthly COCC meeting, at St. Michael’s Church, W. Chicago, Redford
◆ Saturday, September 13th, 4pm, GREAT VESPERS & LITIYA FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE ELEVATION OF THE CROSS
◆ Sunday, September 14th, GREAT FEAST OF THE ELEVATION/EXALTATION OF T HE HOLY CROSS (Liturgy as usual)
◆ Sunday, September 21st, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #4, at St. Innocent ReligiousCommunity
◆ Wednesday, October 1st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF THE PROTECTION (POKROV) OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Sunday, October 19th, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #5, at St. Innocent Religious Community
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 28th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Dormition Cathedral, Ferndale, Parish Patronal Feastday (O.S.)
Thursday–Saturday, October 2nd–4th, 21st Annual Ancient Christianity Conference (National Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black), Lima, OH
Saturday–Sunday, October 4th–5th, Annual Patronal Feastday Pilgrimage (O.S.), Holy Cross Monastery, Wayne, WV
Wednesday, October 8th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), St. Sergius Cathedral, Parma, OH
Thursday, October 9th, Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), St. John the Theologian Monastery, Hiram, OH
Tuesday, October 14th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), Pokrov/Protection Cathedral, Des Plaines (Chicago), IL
Monday, October 20th, 10:30am, Give OCW presentation, St. Maria of Paris, the “Rebel Nun,” at St. Thomas Albanian Church, Farm. Hills
ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued from previous page)
(3) UP-DATE ON THE HEALTH OF MICHELLE (SHIRAK) TUCKER
Michelle Tucker, Fr. Daneil’s sister, is still in critical and rapidly deteriorating condition at her daughter’s home in Pinckney, under hospice care. Please keep her and her family in your prayers during her final days and hours.
(4) CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH STAR & LARRY HATFIELD WHO WERE MARRIED YESTERDAY
We extend our hearty congratulations to Elizabeth Star and Larry Hatfield who were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony yesterday at St. Innocent Church. The presiding priest, of course, was her Dad, Fr. Roman. They are on their honeymoon this week. We wish the new couple many blessings in their married life together, and pray that God will preserve and protect them for MANY YEARS!
(5) THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HELPED THE COCC BY DONATING FOR THE TIGERS’ GAME RAFFLE.
The drawing for the $4,000 prize of 20 Tigers baseball game seats in a deluxe private suite and buffet was held on August 12th. The chances of winning were 1 in 74. The winner is a member of Fr. John Fenton’s Holy Incarnation Church. Many thanks for all who bought a ticket or part of a ticket— your donation helps the COCC continue its Inter-Orthodox witness and charitable and educational work. Maybe next year?
(6) THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE MOWED OUR CHURCH YARD & WORKED IN OUR GARDENS.
We continue to thank for their on-going sacrificial labors in taking care of and beautifying our church property: John Andrayko & Fr. Roman who mowed, edged, and cleaned-up the lawn; and Matushka Rose Marie & Fr. Roman for their work in weeding, and general maintenance of the flower gardens. We always still desperately need some more volunteers to help maintain our beautiful church’s property. Please offer to come for a few hours and help. Thank you very much!
(7) THANK YOU TO ELIZABETH & LARRY FOR SHAMPOOING THE CARPET ON THE ENTRANCE STAIRS
We are the happy beneficiaries of Elizabeth and Larry cleaning the church and the hall for their wedding. We are especially thankful to them for doing the much-needed shampooing of the carpet on the entrance stairs — a much needed improvement. Thank you!
(8) NEXT MEETING OF MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP WILL BE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
Our monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group that has been formed has met so far on June 22nd, July 13th and August 10th. It will continue to meet for a lively, thought-provoking discussion following a casual pot-luck lunch, on one Sunday (2nd or 3rd) a month after coffee hour, at the St. Innocent Religious Community. The fellowship, discussion and food are all most enjoyable and pleasant. The next gatherings will be on September 21st, October 19th, and November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
(9) SEE ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ARTICLES ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE, UNDER THE TAB, “WEEKLY BULLETINS.” ( http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/2014august24.html)
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS, NOT IN PRINTED BULLETIN — ANNOUNCEMENTS:
(10) SUPPORT THE ODO (ORTHODOX DETROIT OUTREACH)
If you would like to do more in a hands-on way to help the poor, needy, hungry and homeless in our community, and put your faith into action, consider volunteering to help the ODO (ORTHODOX DETROIT OUTREACH). They especially need volunteers on Sundays from 1 to 3:00 to serve meals to the needy at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Gilbert Street, near Livernois & Michigan, in Detroit. To learn more, visit their website (www.orthodoxdetroitoutreach.org) and/or contact Janet Damian (email@example.com, or call 313-706-0666).
(11) ON-GOING CHARITABLE WORKS AT ST. INNOCENT
(1) Please continue to help the needy in our community by bringing in food, clothing, toiletries, household items, children’s toys, school supplies, etc., most of which is delivered to the REDFORD INTERFAITH RELIEF (RIR), a local organization run by Redford churches, of which St. Innocent is a very active member. They also welcome household, family & children’s items. (2) Also we continue, as always, to collect donations for the OCMC (Orthodox Christian Missions Center) CANISTER PROGRAM (to support mission priests). (The OCMC canister is by the candle stand.) (3) Please also continue to bring in your empty, clean pop cans and bottles, the refund from which we send to the ST. INNOCENT BOYS’ ORPHANAGE IN TIJUANA, MEXICO, as we have been doing for about 8-9 years. (4) And your USED EYE GLASSES are given to the Lions Club’s Eyes for the Needy program, and volunteers fix them up and distribute eyeglasses to the needy in 3rd- world countries.
(12) LATEST ISSUE OF THE COCC’S “GOOD WORKS” IS AVAILABLE
We still have a few copies left of the current issue (July–August) of “Good Works” — the highly successful newsletter of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metro-Detroit (COCC). Look for it on the right end of the front pew, by the window, behind the current week’s Sunday bulletins. (If you would like a printed B&W copy mailed to you, please notify Sister Ioanna at sisterioanna@firebirdvideos.) The 16-page, 8½ x 11 publication has now changed from being published quarterly, to bi-monthly. Thus it will be published 6 times a year instead of 4 times. In a few weeks the September-October issue will be out. Make a point of getting your copy of eaach new issue each time it comes out, so you can enjoy reading the very diverse articles, news and announcements about the Orthodox community in southeast Michigan. You can also read the issues in color on the COCC’s website: http://www.coccdetroit.com.
OTHER SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING MATERIALS NOT IN THIS WEEK'S PRINTED BULLETIN
(1) For the 7th prayer in our series of 9 Prayers for the Journey Along THE WAY, Prayer #7, "SECURITY", go to the page on our website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/prayer_security.html
(2) Our latest new article, written for the September-October issue of the COCC's GOOD WORKS periodical that will be going to press at the end of this coming week, is now available for you to read on our website. The very interesting title is "WHAT IS THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE?" Check it out here: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/whatisthemeaningandpurposeoflife.html
(3) In light of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony celebrated yesterday, Saturday, August 23rd, you might like to read our St. Innocent Church's pamphlet, written for educational use here at our parish, "The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony," that explains the meaning of the different parts of the Marriage Service. Read it here on our own website at: sacramentofholymatrimony.html.
(4) You also might like to read the chapter on Marriage in Fr. Thomas Hopko's 4-volume introductory series about the Orthodox Church, that can be read on line at: http://oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/marriage
(5) To read about the Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John, whose Feastday we will be observing this coming Friday, August 29th, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/29/102419-the-beheading-of-the-holy-glorious-prophet-forerunner-and-baptis
(6) To read the wonderful and edifying Life of St. Pimen the Great, a 4th century Egyptian desert saint, whose Feastday is this coming Wednesday, August 27th, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/27/102404-venerable-pimen-the-great
(7) To read a brief Life of St. Alexander Nevsky, whose Feasstday is this coming Saturday, and to see some photos of where his relics are located, go to our article on our own website: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/lifeofstalexandernevsky.html