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: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Innocent Religious Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
AUGUST 31, 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 15:1 – 11 (#158) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Matthew 19:16 – 26 (#79) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 3 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 12h SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Most-holy Theotokos (395-408). Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (258). St. Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople (471).
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
Michelle Shirak Tucker (newly-departed, 28 August), sister of Fr. Daneil Shirak
Marsha Gelok, whose Anniversary of her repose is Today, Sunday, 31 August, by cousin Mat. Rose Marie & Fr. Roman
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); Helen Hall (cancer)
John Andrayko, who celebrates his birthday Today, Sunday, 31 August
Jennifer Lennon, who celebrates her birthday on Tuesday, 2 September
Reader Robert Latsko, who celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, 2 September
Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie, who celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday, 3 September
Cathleen Martell, who celebrates her birthday on Thursday, 4 September
MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS!
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Wednesday 9/3 7pm Moleben or Akathist
Saturday 9/6 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 9/7 13th Sunday After Pentecost
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
6pm GREAT VESPERS FOR GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
Monday 9/8 9am DIVINE LITURGY FOR GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
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THE RICH YOUNG MAN
A Sermon by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. . . .
The Lord warns us today of how difficult it is for a man who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God. Does it mean that the Kingdom of God is open only to the destitute, to those who are materially poor, who lack everything on earth? No. The Kingdom of God is open to all who are not enslaved by possessions. When we read the first Beatitude, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,’ we are given a key to this saying: the poor in spirit are those who have understood that they possess nothing which is their own. We have been created as an act of God, loved into existence; we are offered by God communion with Him to which we have no rights. All we are, all we possess is not our own in the sense that we have not made ourselves, we did not create what is seemingly ours — every thing which we are and which we have is love, the love of God and the love of people, and we cannot possess anything because everything is a gift that escapes us the moment we want to have possession of it and say, "It is mine".
On the other hand, the Kingdom of God is really the kingdom of those who are aware that they are infinitely rich because we can expect everything from love divine and from human love. We are rich because we possess nothing, we are rich because we are given all things; and so, it is difficult for one who imagines that he is rich in his own right to belong to that kingdom in which everything is a sign of love, and nothing can be possessed, — as it were, taken away from others; because the moment we say that we possess something which is not given to us either by God or by human care, we subtract it from the mystery of love.
On the other hand, the moment we cling to anything we become slaves of it. I remember when I was young, a man telling me: Don't you understand that the moment you have taken a copper coin in your hand and are not prepared to open your hand to let it go, you have lost the use of a hand, the use of an arm, the use of your body, because all your attention will be concentrated on not losing this copper coin—the rest will be forgotten.
Whether we keep in our hand a copper coin, or whether we feel rich in so many other ways — intellectually, emotionally, materially is irrelevant — we are prisoners, we have lost the use of a limb, the use of our mind, the use of our heart; we can no longer be free, and the Kingdom of God is a kingdom of freedom.
On the other hand also, how difficult it is to one who has never lacked anything, who has always possessed more than he needs, to be aware of the poverty or the need of another: poverty — material, emotional or intellectual, or any other lack. It requires a great deal of understanding and sympathy, it requires from us that we should learn to be attentive to the movements of other people’s hearts and to their material needs in order to respond to them. One says in Russian ‘A satisfied person no longer understands a hungry one;’ which of us can say that we are hungry in any respect? And this is why we do not understand the needs of people — of one another here, or of people beyond the confines of our congregation.
So, let us reflect on that: poverty does not mean destitution; it means freedom from enslavement to an illusion that we are self-sufficient, self-contained, the creator of what we are and what we possess — and also free from enslavement to what is given to us to make us husbandmen of God.
Let us reflect on this — because if we learn this, if we learn what Saint Paul said that whether he is rich, whether he is destitute, he is equally rich because his richness is in God and in human love — then we will be able, whether we possess material things or not, to be free of them, and to belong to God’s Kingdom which is a Kingdom of mutual love, of mutual solidarity, of compassion for one another, of giving to one another what we were given freely. Amen.
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ORTHODOX NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
(1) Clergy of the Central States Deanery Participate in Annual Pilgrimage in Rives Junction, MI
On Friday August 15, clergy of the Central States Deanery participated in the Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI (OCA) for the New Calendar Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The pilgrimage is a time-honored tradition for many years for clergy and faithful of the parishes around Michigan to flock to the Holy Dormition Monastery on its New-Calendar Patronal Feastday. The Monastery is under the Romanian Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America. The weekend celebration was presided by OCA Hierarchs, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Bishop Irineu of Dearborn Heights and Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Archdiocese.
Clergy representing the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA during the pilgrimage were Archpriest Roman Star, Dean of the Central States and Rector of St. Innocent Church, Redford MI; Archpriest Paul Waters, Rector of Holy Dormition Church, Benld IL; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik, Rector of St. Elias Church, Battle Creek MI and Priest Christopher Rozdilski, Rector of St. Andrew Church, East Lansing MI. (Article written by Fr. Lawrence Bacik, with photos, and posted on our Patriarchal Parishes website: http://mospatusa.com/news_140822_1.html)
(2) The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad Meets With Bishop John
On Thursday August 21, at the Synodal Residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk met with His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York.
Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated Bishop John with his recent Episcopal Consecration and appointment as Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. His Eminence then wished for continued brotherly cooperation between the two parts of the Russian Orthodox Church here in the United States.
The Archpastors then discussed the upcoming celebrations of the 700th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Cleveland, Ohio. Also taking part in the meeting was His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and the Mid-America. (Source: http://mospatusa.com/news_140822_2.html)
(3) Clerics bless humanitarian aid sent to Ukraine
Donetsk (the Rostov Region), August 21, Interfax — Moscow clerics Oleg Orlov and Alexander Soldatenkov who accompany the column with humanitarian shipment to Ukraine on the eve blessed with holy water the first 16 trucks, an Interfax correspondent reports.
There was an icon of the Holy Trinity on board the first automobile that came to the security post, and the icon of the Holy Virgin in the truck bringing up the rear.
"We spared no effort to accompany the column to the point of delivery," Father Alexander told the agency. (Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=11479)
(4) Ukrainian shell Hits Orthodox Church in Central Lugansk
Lugansk, August 21, Interfax — A shell fired by Ukrainian artillery has hit an Orthodox church in central Lugansk, the press service for the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic reported on Thursday.
"Nineteen shells were fired at central Lugansk on Wednesday afternoon. One of them hit the canteen of the Mother of God of Tenderness Church," Alexey Toporov, a spokesman for the Lugansk People's Republic, told Interfax. "There were containers with propane near the canteen. It's a miracle that they didn't explode," Toporov said. He has no information on the casualties from the attack. (Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=11480)
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ORTHODOX NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (continued)
(5) FOCUS North America Helps Bring Calm, Understanding to Ferguson, MO
FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) has been featured on multiple TV stations in Ferguson, MO, where its St. Louis Center and FOCUS Director, Eric Shanburn, have been working to embody the “U” in FOCUS, which stands for “United” and “Understanding.”
The video is accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLkqpS8h240&feature=youtu.be.
“Eric and his team of Orthodox volunteers have spent time in Ferguson promoting discussion and understanding between the police and protesters,” said Larissa Hatch of FOCUS. “On Saturday, August 23, FOCUS hosted a community cookout that brought local shop owners—many of whom were victims of looting—protesters and authorities together. In the past few nights, protests have been peaceful and there have been no arrests. Police and protestors alike have expressed their gratitude to FOCUS and Orthodox Christians for their role in reducing tensions.” FOCUS hosted the meal to act as a turning point, sending a message of peace at a time of unrest.
“An important part of our work at FOCUS is promoting understanding,” Larissa said. “FOCUS in St. Louis has always been deeply active in building community and relationships through our many programs that create jobs, provide housing and help homeless and disadvantaged children stay in school,” Larissa said.
FOCUS North America is a national movement of Orthodox Christians, united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America. FOCUS has operations and youth volunteer experiences in more than 25 cities in the US. To learn more or to donate, visit http://www.focusnorthamerica.org or visit FOCUS on Facebook and Twitter. (source: http://oca.org/news/headline-news/focus-helps-bring-calm-understanding-to-ferguson-mo
(6) Patriarch Kirill demands international protection of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine
Moscow, August 20, Interfax — Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has written to the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, setting out instances of discrimination against members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) amid the armed conflict in southeast Ukraine.
"The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has called on the UN, CoE and OSCE leaders to raise their authoritative voice in support of the Orthodox Christians in Eastern Ukraine," the Synodal Department for External Church Relations said in a statement.
The patriarch expressed the Russian Church's concerns over "attempts by the Uniates and schismatics to cause damage to the canonical Orthodox religion in Ukraine, taking advantage of the difficult situation resulting from hostilities in the southeast of the country," the statement said.
In his letter, the patriarch mentions the tragic deaths of several UOC clergymen who became victims of the armed conflict, and draws international attention to violence against clerics and the ongoing attempts to oppress and intimidate representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox clergy.
The patriarch also points to the substantial material damage caused to the Ukrainian Orthodox churches and monasteries, which have sheltered thousands of refugees who received help within the church's walls during the armed standoff.
"In his letter, His Holiness expresses hope that the highest level international organizations will not remain indifferent to the problems faced by the UOC, the largest religious organization in Ukraine, which, not being a politically-biased force, continues to provide pastoral care to millions of believers under the most difficult conditions," the statement said. (Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=11476)
(7) Twice as many churches to be built in Moscow in frames of Program 200
Moscow, August 20, Interfax –– The Program of building 200 Orthodox churches realized in Moscow will be twice extended, its curator, deputy of the Russian State Duma Vladimir Resin says. "We had Program 200, but now considering adjoining territories of New Moscow there will be 380 churches built," Resin told Interfax-Religion.
On Tuesday, he visited the Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Yasenevo, built to commemorate all Russian warriors who sacrificed their lives for Motherland. The church was awarded as the Best Project realized in 2013.
On April 29, 2011, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin laid the first stone in foundation of Ss. Kirill and Methodius Church near the theatre complex in Dubrovka where a terrorist attack was committed 12 years ago. It was a start of the program of building 200 churches in the capital that is realized based on donations of private and juridical persons. (Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=11478)
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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 + + + Child Lana Wilson, Shirley Troyer, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi Troyer + + + All departed family & friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + All departed members of the Kornievskiy family, by Yulia Kornievskaya
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; 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 + + + Joan Jurczyszyn, Michelle Tucker, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia Wilson, Hoolie Busen by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi + + + Elizabeth & Larry (safe trip), by Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie + + + Barbara, Harold & Thomas (safe trip home), by Fr. Roman & Matushka Rose Marie + + + All family & friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt
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: Libby Glover-Booher; 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, the number of pages in the printed bulletin have been increased from 4 to 6. On our church website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com, under the “Weekly Bulletin” tab, and the separate sub-page for each week, you will find not only what is in each week’s printed bulletin, but also at the bottom, you will also have what does not fit in the 4-6 pages . 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 for whom we have e-mail addresses, 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. RSVP: We still need one parishioner's e-mail address: Pat Harbut. If you wish to continue receiving a printed copy, let us know. Please communicate this information to Sister Ioanna ASAP, preferably by e-mail: email@example.com. 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 more than half-way to our goal of 100 blankets for the poor and homeless, to be distributed primarily through RIR (Redford Interfaith Relief). 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)
◆ 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–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) MEMORY ETERNAL FOR MICHELLE (SHIRAK) TUCKER, WHO REPOSED THIS PAST THURSDAY
We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Fr. Daneil Shirak and his family for the loss of his sister, Michelle Shirak Tucker. Our dear parishioner fell asleep in the Lord at around 3:00 am Thursday morning, August 28th. The Panikhida was held on Friday evening at 7:00 at the Vermeulen Funeral Home in Plymouth, and Michelle’s funeral was at St. Innocent Church yesterday (Saturday) morning at 10:00 am. Please pray for strength and comfort for Fr. Daneil and his family at this difficult time, and for the peaceful rest of the soul of the Lord’s departed servant, Michelle, in His heavenly Kingdom, and that her Memory may be Eternal.
(4) 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!
(5) 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.
(6) CONGRATULATIONS TO VASILIKI STAMOULIS FOR THE BIRTH OF HER SECOND GRANDCHILD. MARIA
Congratulations to Vasiliki Stamoulis (our homebound auxiliary parishioner in Ann Arbor) for the birth of her second grandchild, Maria, who joins her 4-year-old brother, Konstantinos. Maria, named for her paternal grandmother, was born on July 31st to the proud parents, Panagiota (Vasiliki’s daughter) and her husband, Stamati. May the Lord protect the newborn Maria & her family & preserve them for MANY YEARS!
(7) COCC ANNUAL BENEFIT CHOIR CONCERT, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, AT 6:30, IN SOUTHFIELD
Do mark your calendars and plan to attend the COCC (Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metro-Detroit)-sponsored free Annual Choir Concert on Sunday, September 28th, at 6:30 pm. It is to be held at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 21931 Evergreen, between 8 and 9 Mile Roads in Southfield, 48075. Free-will donations will be requested, and the donations will be given to one or more major Orthodox charities. The concert will be sung by the superb COCC-sponsored Metropolitan Orthodox Choir, directed by Matushka Vickie Kopistiansky. Our Elizabeth Star sings with this excellent choir. The COCC has a benefit choir concert every Fall to aid various charities, and all their concerts are magnificent!.
(8) 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 (http://www.orthodoxdetroitoutreach.org) and/or contact Janet Damian (firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 313-706-0666).
(9) SEE ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ARTICLES OF INTEREST ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE, UNDER THE TAB, “WEEKLY BULLETINS.” (http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/2014august31.html)
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS, NOT IN PRINTED BULLETIN — ANNOUNCEMENTS:
(10) PHOTO SLIDESHOW OF WEDDING PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE
A slideshow of 101 photos of Elizabeth and Larry's wedding that was celebrated on Saturday, August 23rd at St. Innocent Church is now available to view on our website, under the Photos & News tab. Click on the link to go right to it. You can view the pix automatically or manually. Enjoy!
(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/ periodical 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 each 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 8th prayer in our series of 9 Prayers for the Journey Along THE WAY, Prayer #8, "SUFFERING", go to the page on our website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/prayer_suffering.html
(2) Our latest new article, written for the September-October issue of the COCC's GOOD WORKS periodical that is being printed now, is 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) To read about the Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John, whose Feastday we observed this past Friday, August 29th, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/29/102419-the-beheading-of-the-holy-glorious-prophet-forerunner-and-baptis
(4) To read a brief Life of St. Alexander Nevsky, whose Feastday was yesterday, Saturday, August 30th, 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
(5) To read about today (Sunday, August 31st)'s feast of the Placing of the sash/belt of the Mother of God, and the miraculous healing of the empress, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/31/102442-the-placing-of-the-cincture-sash-of-the-most-holy-mother-of-god
(6) Tomorrow, Monday, September 1st, is the beginning of the new Church Year — the ecclesiastical New Year's day, and is also called the "Indiction." To learn about the history behind the church new year being observed on September 1st, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/09/01/501-church-new-year
(7) Tomorrow, Monday, September 1st, is also the feastday that commemorates the great 5th century ascetic from Cappodocia, St. Simon (Simeon) the Stylite. Read The Life of St. Simon Stylites here: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/09/01/102448-st-simeon-stylites-the-elder
(8) One week from tomorrow, on Monday, September 8th, will be the celebraation of one of the Church's 12 Major Feast Days, the Nativity of the Mother of God. To prepare yourself in advance about the meaning of this feastday, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/09/08/102541-the-nativity-of-our-most-holy-lady-the-mother-of-god-and-ever-vi
(9) Also read a sermon by Fr. Alexander Schmemann about this feast here: http://oca.org/fs/sermons/sermon-on-the-nativity-of-the-theotokos
(10) New School Removes Barrier To Learning For Uganda's Children.To learn about the struggles for education in Uganda, and the work of the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) to build more schools and provide learning materials and trained teachers, visit the IOCC website and read about how 1 teacher teaches 500 students in a one-room schoolhouse with no seats, desks or books. " (http://www.iocc.org/news/7-23-14uganda-education.aspx)
(11) Flood Recovery Efforts Continue In Serbia And Bosnia
Read here about how the IOCC is helping rebuild devasted lives and communities in rural agricultural areas of Serbia, destroyed by spring flooding. http://www.iocc.org/news/8-29-14serbia-floods-home-repair.aspx