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 Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
SEPTEMBER 14, 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 1:18 – 24 (#125) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35 CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 5 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 14th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ FEAST OF THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: THE UNIVERSAL EXALTATION OF THE PRECIOUS AND LIFEGIVING CROSS. Repose of St. John Chrysostom (407). Monk Martyr Macarius of Dionysiou (Mt. Athos—1507). Monk Martyr Joseph of Dionysiou (Mt. Athos—1819).
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
Margaret Falsetti, whose Anniversary of her repose is Today, Sunday, 14 September
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)
ALSO FOR: Lindsey Ann Harbut, who celebrates her birthday Tomorrow, Monday, 15 September
Rahwah Iskias, who celebrates her birthday Tomorrow, Monday, 15 September
Mary Ann Harvilla, who celebrates her birthday on Wednesday, 17 September
Brittany Manier, who celebrates her birthday on Saturday, 20 September
* MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! *
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK (Today is a Strict Fast Day)
Wednesday 9/17 7pm Moleben or Akathist
Saturday 9/20 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 9/21 15th 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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THE EXALTATION (ELEVATION) OF THE CROSS
By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
A Sermon delivered on 28 September 1986
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We have been keeping these days the Feast of the Exaltation (Elevation) of the Cross. There is a passage in the Gospel in which the Lord says to us, "No one has greater love than he who gives his life for his neighbor." And these words resolve the antimony between the horror of the Cross and the glory of it, between death and the Resurrection. There is nothing more glorious, more awe-inspiring and wonderful than to love and to be loved. And to be loved of God with all the life, with all the death of the Only-Begotten Son, and to love one another at the cost of all our life and, if necessary, of our death is both tragedy but mainly victory. In the Canon of the Liturgy we say, "Holy, most Holy art Thou and Thine Only-Begotten Son and Thine Holy Spirit! Holy and most Holy art Thou because Thou hast so loved Thy world that Thou hast given Thine Only-Begotten Son that those who will believe in Him do not perish but have life eternal, Who hath come and hath fulfilled all that was appointed for our sakes, and in the night when He was betrayed — no! — when He gave Himself up, He took bread, and broke it and gave it to His disciples ..."
This is the divine love. At times one can give one's own life more easily than offer unto death the person whom one loves beyond all, and this is what God, our Father has done. But it does not make less the sacrifice of Him who is sent unto death for the salvation of one person or of the whole world.
And so when we think of the Cross we must think of this strangely inter-twined mystery of tragedy and of victory. The Cross, an instrument of infamous death, of punitive death to which criminals were doomed, because Christ's death was than of an innocent, and because this death was a gift of self in an act of love — becomes victory.
This is why Saint Paul could say, "It is no longer I, it is Christ Who lives in me." Divine love filled him to the brim and therefore there was no room for any other thought or feeling, any other approach to anyone apart from love, a love that gave itself unreservedly, love sacrificial, love crucified, but love exulting in the joy of life.
And when we are told in today's Gospel, ‘Turn away from yourself, take up your Cross, follow Me' (Mark 8: 34) - we are not called to something dark and frightening. We are told by God: Open yourself to love! Do not remain a prisoner of your own self-centeredness. Do not be, in the words of Theophanes the Recluse, like a shaving of wood which is rolled around its own emptiness. Open yourself up! Look — there is so much to love, there are so many to love! There is such an infinity of ways in which love can be experienced, and fulfilled and accomplished... Open yourself and love — because this is the way of the Cross! Not the way which the two criminals trod together with Christ to be punished for their crimes. but the wonderful way in which giving oneself unreservedly, turning away from self, existing only for the other, loving with all one's being so that one exists only for the sake of the other — this is the Cross and the glory of the Cross.
So, when we venerate the Cross, when we think of Christ's crucifixion, when we hear the call of Christ to deny ourselves — and these words simply mean: turn away from yourself! Take up your cross! — we are called to open ourselves to the flood of Love Divine, that is both death to ourselves and openness to God and to each and to all.
In the beginning of the Gospel of St. John we are told, "And the Word was with God." In the Greek it says "Godwards." The Word, the Son had no other love, no other thought, no other movement but towards the Beloved One, giving Himself to Him Who gave Himself perfectly to Him. Let us learn the glory of crucified Love, of this Love sacrificial which is, in the words of the Old Testament, stronger than death, stronger than hell, stronger than all things because it is Divine Life conquering us and poured through us onto all those who need to be loved in order to come to Life, to believe in Love and themselves to become children of Love, children of Light, inherit the Life eternal. Amen.
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MESSAGE FOR THE DAY OF THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
By: Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW of Constantinople
September 1st, 2011
God’s grace renders us worthy today to commence yet another ecclesiastical year, one more festive cycle, within whose blessed opportunities we are called to struggle spiritually in order better to evaluate the potential that we have been granted for growing “in the likeness” of God so that we also might become His saints.
However, today, on September 1st, the first day of the church year, is also dedicated — at the initiative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate — to prayer for the natural environment. This pioneering decision is by no means unrelated to the beginning of the new ecclesiastical year inasmuch as the spiritual struggle that brings about the good transformation of the human person contributes to the improvement of our relationship with the environment and the cultivation of our sensitivity for its protection and preservation.
Therefore, today, we praise the holy name of God for granting to humanity the gift of nature, which he preserves and sustains, as the most suitable environment for human beings to develop in body and spirit. A the same time, we cannot remain silent about the fact that humanity does not properly honor this divine gift and instead destroys the environment through greed and other selfish ambitions.
As we know well, our environment consists of land, water, sun, air, but also of fauna and flora. Humankind can take advantage of nature for its own benefit, but only up to a certain point, so that it may blossom and so that it may have the opportunity to propagate the consumed energy resources as well as the living, animal creatures. In any case, the proper exploitation of nature comprises a commandment of God both before and after the fall of Adam. Yet, the extreme exploitation — which is, unfortunately, a phenomenon of the last two centuries in human history — destroys the balanced harmony of nature and leads to the exhaustion and destruction of nature as well as of humanity itself, since we cannot survive in an ecosystem whose balance has been irreversibly injured. The result of this phenomenon is the appearance and proliferation of illnesses caused by the pollution of nutritional goods through human actions.
In our time, there is appropriate emphasis on the vast significance of forests and generally of plants for the flourishing of the earth’s ecosystem as well as for the protection of water resources. But we cannot undermine the crucial importance of animals, too, for the orderly function of the world. Animals have always been friends of humanity and servants of human needs, providing food, clothing, transportation but also protection and affection. Man’s relationship with animals has been very close, as demonstrated by the fact that they were created on the same day as Adam and Eve (Gen. 1:31) and by God’s commandment to Noah to save each species of the animals in pairs before the great flood (Gen. 6:19). It is characteristic that God reserves special care for the preservation of the animal kingdom. In the lives of the saints, there are numerous stories about the excellent relations between saints and wild beasts, which would not normally be associated with friendliness toward human beings. This, of course, is not due to an evil nature on the part of animals but to our resistance to God’s grace and the consequences of this for our relationship with the elements and animals. After all, one of the results of Adam and Eve breaking their relationship to their Creator God was the disruption of their relationship with the environment: “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken” (Gen. 3:17-19). Man’s reconciliation with God results in man’s reconciliation with nature.
After all this, it is clear that our good relationship with the environment develops parallel to our proper relationship with God. We all know the story from the lives of the saints about the experience of St. Anthony the Great, who at the age of ninety decided, with the guidance of the Lord’s angel, to enter the deeper desert of the Nile in search of another hermit, St. Paul of Thebes, in order to benefit spiritually from the latter. After walking for three days and following the tracks of animals, he came across a lion that bowed before St. Anthony and turned around to lead him to St. Paul’s cave, where he found the hermit being served by animals. A crow would bring him his daily bread! In fact, on the day of St. Anthony’s visit, the crow brought a double portion so as to provide for the visitor!
These saints developed a good relationship with God, which meant that they also enjoyed a good relationship with all of nature. The creation of such a good relationship with God should become our foremost priority, while the attending good relationship with the animal, natural and inanimate world should flow spontaneously from this. In this perspective, love for animals will not simply comprise a sterile social expression of compassion for our favorite animals, which might even sadly be accompanied by indifference for suffering human beings, who are created in the image of God, but the result of our good relationship with the Creator of all.
May the Creator of the “very beautiful” universe (Gen. 1.31) and the wonderful earthly ecosystem inspire all of us to treat all the elements of nature with affection, with a compassionate heart for all human beings, animals and plants, just as Abba Isaac the Syrian once replied to the question: “What is a merciful heart?” “It is a heart burning for the sake of the entire creation, for men, for birds, for animals, for demons and for every created thing; and by the recollection and sight of them the eyes of a merciful man pour forth abundant tears. From the strong and vehement mercy gripping his heart and from his great compassion, his heart is humbled and he cannot bear to hear or see any injury or slight sorrow in creation” (Ascetic Treatise 81).
Through such compassion toward the natural creation we shall honor our divine dignity as stewards of creation, concerned with paternal love for all its elements, which will obey us when they discern our benevolent disposition as they realize their own commission to serve our needs.
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER
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.
N 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 & Edwin (newly departed) 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 Pallas; Nina Isagholian; Fr. Photius Donahue; Mother Benedicta; ); Michelle Tucker (newly departed, 8/28), by Sister Ioanna + + + Child Lana Wilson, Shirley Troyer, Michelle Tucker, Wendell Phillips, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi Troyer + + + All Family and Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + Edwin Rusko (newly departed), by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + Nicholas & Susan Yakuber (Memory Eternal), by son, Donald Yakuber + + + John Joe Rock (Memory Eternal), by Donald Yakuber
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; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil; Mo.Theodora-Amphilochia, by Sister Ioanna + + + Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia Wilson, Richard Bussen, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi + + + June Rock (God Bless), by Donald Yakuber + + + Nancy Cupp (God Bless), by Donald Yakuber
PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: Deborah Hartz
in Memory Eternal of: Paul & Bernadette (parents); Infants Mark & Barbara; John & Elizabeth; Phillip & Hilda; Edward & Irene; Caroline & Louis; Agnes & August; Charles & Stephen; & all members of the Hartz, Zwilcher, Smith, Nied & Fisher families; and for the Health of: Fr. Roman Braga; Mother Gabriella & all the sisters of HDM; Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie; Larry & Elizabeth & family; Elaine; Sherri.
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: Deborah Hartz; May: Vasiliki Stamoulis; June: John Andrayko; July: Matushka Rose Marie; August: Sister Ioanna; September: Deborah Hartz; October: John Andrayko; November: Sister Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family. The 2015 Prosfora Schedule is now complete. Thank you to the donors.
(1) OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE & IS NO LONGER BEING MAILED TO EVERYONE
Now that it is not necessary to print as many copies of the bulletin, the printed bulletin will continue to be 6 pages. 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 at the bottom, you will also have additional items that do not fit in the 6 pages . We have been e-mailing the website link each week, since the last Sunday in July, 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 Pat Harbut’s e-mail address. Please communicate any change in e-mail address to Sister Ioanna: email@example.com. If you do not have working e-mail, please call: 313-535-9080.
(2) OUR ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE CONTINUES. PLEASE GIVE YOUR DONATIONS NOW
We need donations for just 13 more blankets, at $5 per blanket, to meet our minimum goal of 100 blankets. We now have money donations for 87 blankets (plus 3 actual blankets), for the poor and homeless, to be distributed primarily through RIR (Redford Interfaith Relief). Anna Margaret Costa has been authorized to place an order for 100 blankets with the manager at the Walmart with which she deals. Thank you for your generosity — by both parishioners and others outside the parish who read our bulletins, printed or on-line. Even after reaching our minimum goal of 100 blankets, we welcome additional donations. There are several programs for the homeless that usually contact us asking for blanket donations. However many blankets are donated will be most welcome by the homeless or poor people who will receive them. So please continue to contribute.
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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, 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 THE HOLY CROSS (Liturgy as usual)
◆ Monday, September 15th, 7pm, OCW Presentation, “Orthodox Position On Same-Sex ‘Marriages,’” by Fr. Andrew Yavornitzky, at Ss.Constantine & Helen Greek Church, 36375 Joy Rd., Westland (bet. Newburgh & Wayne) All welcome.
◆ Sunday, September 21st, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #4, at St. Innocent MonasticCommunity
◆ Sunday, September 28th, 6:30pm, Benefit Choir Concert by COCC Metropolitan Choir, at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cathedral, Southfield
◆ Wednesday, October 1st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF THE PROTECTION (POKROV) OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Tuesday, October 14th, 7pm, Monthly COCC meeting, at St. Clement’s Church, Ford Rd., Dearborn
◆ Sunday, October 19th, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #5, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
◆ Saturday, October 25th, 10am, ST. DEMETRIUS SOUL-SATURDAY MEMORIAL LITURGY FOR THE DEPARTED
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 18th, noon – 2:00, Redford Ministerial Alliance Monthly Meeting, at Prayer Temple, 27350 W. Chicago @ Inkster
Monday, September 22nd, noon, Clergy Brotherhood meeting, at Nikola’s Restaurant, Southfield
Wednesday, September 24th, 7:30 pm, Metro-Detroit Orthodox Prison Ministry meeting, Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia
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
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 10th- 11th-12th, St. Sabbas Monastery, Harper Woods, 15th Anniversary Celebration
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
Friday, November 14th, 11:00am, Bishop’s Council Meeting, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, NYC, fly early morning & return same evening
Saturday & Sunday, November 22nd- 23rd, Nativity of Christ Church, Youngstown, OH; Vespers (Sat.) & Liturgy(Sun.), Dean’s Visitation
Friday & Saturday, November 28th-29th , St. John Chrysostom, Grand Rapids, Vespers & Presentation (Fri.) & Liturgy (Sat.), Dean’s Visitat
ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued from previous page)
(3) OCW PRESENTATION TOMORROW, SEPT. 15th, AT 7PM ON “ORTHODOX POSITION ON SAME-SEX “MARRIAGES”
Tomorrow evening, Monday, September 15th, the OCW will sponsor a presentation by Fr. Andrew Yavornitzky (of St. Mark’s in Rochester Hills), on the very timely subject, “The Orthodox Position on Same-Sex ‘Marriage.’” It will be held at Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 36375 Joy Rd., Westland (bet. Newburgh & Wayne) All welcome. Free.
(4) NEXT MEETING OF MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP WILL BE NEXT SUNDAY, SEPT. 21st
Our monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group has been meeting monthly since June. It will continue to meet for fellowship and 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 Monastic Community. The fellowship, discussion and food are all most enjoyable and pleasant. The next gathering will be NEXT SUNDAY, September 21st. Subsequent gatherings will be on October 19th and November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
(5) COCC ANNUAL BENEFIT CHOIR CONCERT, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, AT 6:30, IN SOUTHFIELD
Do plan to attend the COCC (Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metro-Detroit)-sponsored free 4th Annual Benefit Choir Concert in 2 weeks, 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 the IOCC and other Orthodox charities to help those suffering in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Africa. The concert will be sung by the superb COCC-sponsored Metropolitan Orthodox Choir, directed by Matushka Vickie Kopistiansky of Holy Trinity OCA Church, Detroit. Elizabeth Star sings with this excellent choir. The COCC has a benefit choir concert every Fall to aid various charities. You are guaranteed to enjoy this concert. Bring friends. It is an especially good opportunity to introduce non-Orthodox friends, co-workers, neighboors and relatives to Orthodoxy.
(6) THE PARISH NEEDS TO REPLENISH SOME BASIC KITCHEN SUPPLIES (such as coffee) — TALK WITH MATUSHKA ROSE MARIE
(7) PLEASE BRING IN WINTER CLOTHES FOR THE NEEDY — COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SCARFS, SWEATERS
(8) GOOD NEWS! OUR LOCAL ODO HAS MERGED WITH FOCUS NORTH AMERICA!
It is wonderful news that as of September 3rd, our local ODO (Orthodox Detroit Outreach) has merged with FOCUS North America (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve). Fr. Roman, as then President of the Clergy Brotherhood and Spiritual Advisor of the COCC, had invited the then Director of FOCUS to come to Detroit and speak at the Lenten Clergy Retreat and Lenten Vespers in March of 2011, with the goal of establishing a Detroit FOCUS North America Center. FOCUS N.A. is THE national Orthodox agency that helps local Orthodox groups develop programs to serve the poor in about 12 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. More details have to worked out, but in the meantime, all existing ODO ministries will continue as scheduled. This includes serving a hot meal to the local needy residents and homeless every Sunday at Ss. Peter and Paul in Detroit, and preparing bag lunches and breakfasts on the 1st Sat. of each month at various Orthodox churches. 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 Orthodox faith into action, consider volunteering to help the ODO/FOCUS. Contact our good friend, Janet Damian: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 313-706-0666. For more info about both groups, visit: http://www.orthodoxdetroitoutreach.org, and http://focusnorthamerica.org/
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS, NOT IN PRINTED BULLETIN — ANNOUNCEMENTS:
(9) PHOTO SLIDESHOW OF WEDDING PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE
In case you haven't sseen it yet, 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. http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/wedding_elizabeth_larry.html You can view the pix automatically or manually. Enjoy!
(10) THIS SUNDAY, 9/14, IS A MAJOR FEASTDAY — EXALTATION / ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
The Exaltation or Elevation of the Holy Cross, celebrated every year on September 14th, is one of the great feastdays of the year. Usually it falls on a weekday, when it is difficult for most people to get to church. This year, it falls on a Sunday — this Sunday. Take advantage of this opportunity to worship before Christ's cross on this glorious feastday by making a point to come to Divine LIturgy this Sunday, the 14th, and to Great Vespers on Saturday the 13th, when the cross is brought out in procession.
To prepare for the feast, if you read this before, you can learn more about the historical basis of the feast, by reading this article:http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/09/14/102610-the-universal-exaltation-of-the-precious-and-life-giving-cross
And to learn more about the spiritual meaning of the feast, read a sermon by St. John Maximovitch of San Francisco and Shanghai, entitled, "The Cross, the Preserver of the Universe" at http://oca.org/fs/sermons/the-cross-the-preserver-of-the-universe
(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. Please don't bring in any more summer clothes, but bring WINTER clothes: coats, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, boots, and sweaters (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 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.
OTHER SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING MATERIALS NOT IN THIS WEEK'S PRINTED BULLETIN
(1) Are tragic events the result of collective sins of nations or other groups? This idea is very unpopular in our secular Western and American society. But Patriarch Kirill of Moscow expresses the belief that recognizing historical tragedies as the consequences of our sins is 100% biblical, as seen throughout the Old Testament. Read a fascinating sermon by Patriarch Kirill in which he discusses the experience of the role of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in saving Moscow three times in the broader context of discerning God's role in history. Read it on the pravmir.com website: http://www.pravmir.com/the-vladimir-icon-and-gods-role-in-history/
(2) While you're at the pravmir.com website look around at the numerous other articles there and see what interests you. You might like the 32-part series on PRAYER by Metropolitan Hilarion (Head of the Department of External Church Relations). Read it here: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer/
(3) The pravmir website has started publishing a series of articles about the Orthodox Faith by Patriarch Kirill, under the title, "Word of a Pastor." Four parts have been published so far. Each part is between 1 and 2 pages. Take a look: http://www.pravmir.com/word-pastor-faith/
(4) To read about the on-going work of the IOCC (International Orothdox Christian Charities) in helping the suffering in natural and man-made disasters, go to their website: http://www.iocc.org/ Their latest up-date is about helping the hundreds of thousands who are now homeless in the devasting flooding in Pakistan. http://www.iocc.org/news/9-12-14pakistan-flooding.aspx