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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: frroman@firebirdvideos.com
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239  313-535-9080

PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
         SEPTEMBER 28, 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:  2nd Corinthians 6:1–10 (#181)                                    ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL:  St. Luke 5:1-11 (#17)                                      CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE:        7                                                                        READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko

George Hanoian

✞ 16th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞

✞ 9:15 AM HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 

COMMEMORATED TODAY: Ven. Chariton the Confessor, Abbot of Palestine (ca. 350). Synaxis of the Saints of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves). Ven. Kharitón of Syanzhémsk (Vologdá—1509). Ven. Herodion, Abbot, of Iloezérsk (1541). Prophet Baruch (6th c. B.C.). Martyrs Alexander, Alphius, Zosimas, Mark, Nicon, Neon, Heliodorus, and 24 others in Pisidia and Phrygia (4th c.). Martyrdom of St. Wenceslaus (Viachesláv), Prince of the Czechs (935). Schema-monk Kirill and Schema-nun Maria (parents of Ven. Sergius of Rádonezh).

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 ETERNAL

               Michelle Shirak Tucker (newly-departed, 28 August), sister of Fr. Daneil Shirak
               Edwin Rusko (newly-departed, 6 September), brother of Rose Nossal

 

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:      Azbehat, who is recovering from surgery at home (mother of Aster Menghstab)
* MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! *

SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK       

Wednesday    10/1     9am   DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF THE PROTECTION OF THE THEOTOKOS              Wednesday    10/1     7pm      Moleben or Akathist
Saturday         10/4     4pm      GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday            10/5           17th Sunday After Pentecost            
                                 9:15am     Hours & Akathist & Confessions    
                                    10am     DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
Feastdays this week: Wednesday: Protection (Pokrov) of the Theotokos

❈  CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST!  ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE!  ❈

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THE PROTECTION OF OUR MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY

Feastday:  October 1

The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together, Since for our sake she prays to the Eternal God!”

This miraculous appearance of the Mother of God occurred in the mid-tenth century in Constantinople, in the Blachernae church where her robe, veil, and part of her belt were preserved after being transferred from Palestine in the fifth century.

On Sunday, October 1, during the All Night Vigil, when the church was overflowing with those at prayer, the Fool-for-Christ St Andrew (October 2), at the fourth hour, lifted up his eyes towards the heavens and beheld our most Holy Lady Theotokos coming through the air, resplendent with heavenly light and surrounded by an assembly of the Saints. St John the Baptist and the holy Apostle John the Theologian accompanied the Queen of Heaven. On bended knees the Most Holy Virgin tearfully prayed for Christians for a long time. Then, coming near the Bishop’s Throne, she continued her prayer.

After completing her prayer she took her veil and spread it over the people praying in church, protecting them from enemies both visible and invisible. The Most Holy Lady Theotokos was resplendent with heavenly glory, and the protecting veil in her hands gleamed “more than the rays of the sun.” St Andrew gazed trembling at the miraculous vision and he asked his disciple, the blessed Epiphanius standing beside him, “Do you see, brother, the Holy Theotokos, praying for all the world?” Epiphanius answered, “I do see, holy Father, and I am in awe.”

The Ever-Blessed Mother of God implored the Lord Jesus Christ to accept the prayers of all the people calling on His Most Holy Name, and to respond speedily to her intercession, “O Heavenly King, accept all those who pray to You and call on my name for help. Do not let them not go away from my icon unheard.”

Sts Andrew and Epiphanius were worthy to see the Mother of God at prayer, and “for a long time observed the Protecting Veil spread over the people and shining with flashes of glory. As long as the Most Holy Theotokos was there, the Protecting Veil was also visible, but with her departure it also became invisible. After taking it with her, she left behind the grace of her visitation.”

At the Blachernae church, the memory of the miraculous appearance of the Mother of God was remembered. In the fourteenth century, the Russian pilgrim and clerk Alexander, saw in the church an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos praying for the world, depicting St Andrew in contemplation of her.

The Primary Chronicle of St Nestor reflects that the protective intercession of the Mother of God was needed because an attack of a large pagan Russian fleet under the leadership of Askole and Dir. The feast celebrates the divine destruction of the fleet which threatened Constantinople itself, sometime in the years 864-867 or according to the Russian historian Vasiliev, on June 18, 860. Ironically, this Feast is considered important by the Slavic Churches but not by the Greeks.

In the PROLOGUE, a Russian book of the twelfth century, a description of the establishment of the special Feast marking this event states, “For when we heard, we realized how wondrous and merciful was the vision... and it transpired that Your holy Protection should not remain without festal celebration, O Ever-Blessed One!”

Churches in honor of the Protection of the Mother of God began to appear in Russia in the twelfth century. Widely known for its architectural merit is the temple of the Protection on the Nerl River, which was built in the year 1165 by holy Prince Andrew Bogoliubsky. The efforts of this holy prince also established in the Russian Church the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, about the year 1164.

At Novgorod in the twelfth century there was a monastery of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos (the so-called Zverin monastery). In Moscow, also under Tsar Ivan the Terrible, the cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God was built in Red Square (known as the Church of St Basil the Blessed).

On the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we implore the defense and assistance of the Queen of Heaven, “Remember us in your prayers, O Lady Virgin Mother of God, that we not perish by the increase of our sins. Protect us from every evil and from grievous woes, for in you do we hope, and venerating the Feast of your Protection, we magnify you.” 

Source: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/10/01/102824-the-protection-of-our-most-holy-lady-the-mother-of-god-and-ever  [slightly edited]

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WORD OF A PASTOR II: ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
By PATRIARCH KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia
26 August 2014

The entire history of mankind is a history of God-seeking, for life’s main question – the question of God – has always tormented people. The history of civilization offers a vivid picture of such searches. The most significant works of art – architecture, sculpture, painting, and music – are in one way or another connected with the search for the Divine. There are many barriers on humanity’s thorny and torturous way to God, and this path has often led to false gods.

We continue the serialization in English of an extensive series on the fundamentals of the Orthodox Faith by His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Even atheistic Marxist ideology recognized that the fundamental philosophical problem is the question of God. True, Marxism formulated it as a question of which was primary: material or consciousness? And, depending on the answer thereto, a philosophical system was recognized as either materialist or idealist.

The theme of God is, without a doubt, the main question of world-view. One can say more: the question of God is not only the main question of philosophy, but of all of human life. A great deal depends on how one answers it: relations with people, with the surrounding environment, with society, and with the state. This is, indeed, the fundamental question.

Thus, some people believe, and other people do not believe. Such is the reality that bears profound reflection. Some people do not believe because they do not have developed religious feelings. Others cannot believe because their moral sense is darkened, and their minds have confused good and evil, truth and falsehood. However, there is still one more very important condition for knowing God.

God abides in the supersensible world outside of physical space and time. But man, by nature, is confined to time and space. Thus, the answer to the question

of whether man, basing himself on his feeling and reason, can know what lies beyond the boundaries of the physical world is obvious: no, he cannot. “Just as no one has ever inhaled all the air into himself, so neither can the mind accommodate, nor the word embrace, God’s essence,” said St. Gregory the Theologian. On this basis, very many people make this inference: the supersensible world does not exist. After all, if I cannot see, hear, feel, contain, embrace, or mathematically analyze that world, that means that it simply does not exist. And if there is no supersensible world, it follows that there is no God.

The entire history of mankind is a history of God-seeking, for life’s main question – the question of God – has always tormented people. The history of civilization offers a vivid picture of such searches. The most significant works of art – architecture, sculpture, painting, and music – are in one way or another connected with the search for the Divine. There are many barriers on humanity’s thorny and torturous way to God, and this path has often led to false gods.

It is well known that the ancients identified God with the forces of nature: thunder, lightening, and wind. It is another case when men created an image of the divine that acquired their own characteristics and qualities: love and anger, irritability and envy. It was in this way that the famous Greek gods of Olympus came to be inhabited by god-men.

Similar searches for God led to the emergence of religions that are called natural. They are based on the desires of men, on their own feelings and powers to know God. But we have already said that this is impossible, for God abides in another, supersensible world, which man cannot penetrated. This world is inaccessible, not being subject to either our intellect or our emotions. But then cannot God Himself cross the boundary of the supersensible and physical worlds in order to enter into communion with man? Holy Scripture answers this question in the positive, for The things that are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27).

God, in a special way, made something of Himself known to people and thereby helped them set out on the path of the knowledge of God. This knowledge, which God communicated about Himself to people, is called Divine Revelation. Thanks to Revelation, people are able to know God to the extent that God wills to reveal Himself.

Source: http://www.pravmir.com/word-pastor-ii-knowledge-god/#ixzz3ESXtucCQ

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PRAYERS

  for the Journey

  Along THE WAY

(3) YOUR PRESENCE

My Lord and my God —

What a joy it is to be with You, and to fall down before Your Holy Presence!  I am sorry that I so easily walk away from Your Presence, and so easily allow myself to get caught up in the negativity of the world-that-knows-You-not.  Please forgive me.  Please yell at me, shout at me, bang loudly on the door of my heart; do whatever is necessary to make me hear You and to open up to You. 
 
I really want to bask in the peace, the joy, the delight of living and abiding continually in Your Presence.  I know that without You there really isn't any true life — just misery and emptiness. So I don't know why I keep filling the beautiful silence of Your sweet, melodious voice, the magnificence of the aroma of Your Presence, with the noise and stench of the world-outside-You, the world-that-knows-You-not. 
 
Please keep on calling me back to You — scream if that is what it takes for me to respond to You.  Please, please, keep on knocking on the door of my heart — knock on it however loudly is necessary until I finally stop locking the door — locking You out.  Help me so that someday I will remove the lock permanently, and that no matter what I do, no matter where I am, I will always abide in Your Presence.  Maybe then I could walk in the midst of the world-that-knows-You-not, and not be touched by it; that instead of me being affected by it, it would be affected by me — or really, by You working through me.  I'm sure that it must have been like this for people like Mother Teresa, as it has been for so many of Your saints. 
 
Ah — what a marvelous dream.  Grant, please, Lord, that one day I will allow You to so fill my heart that I will never again let the noise and stench of the world-that-knows-You-not distract me from being filled with Your Holy Presence. Amen.
By: Sister Ioanna, St. Innocent Monastic Community, Redford, MI
Source: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/yourpresence.html

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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 21 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 LampIn 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 & 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 (2nd Anniversary, 9/27); 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 + + + Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family
FOR THE HEALTH OF (MANY YEARS!):         
Elizabeth, Lawrence, 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; Azbehat, by Sister Ioanna + + + Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia Wilson, Andrea Faust, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi + + + Health of: Manier family, Samantha Ketelson (Infant w/ hypo-thyroidism) + + + Salvation of: Brittany, Eddie, Breonna, Bronte, Kaitlyn, RJ, Xavier, Storie, Robert, Candice, Kevin, Cynthia, Demarion, Desmond, & Shelton Family, by Manier family

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:  2014September: 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(1) COCC ANNUAL BENEFIT CHOIR CONCERT IS TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPT. 28th, AT 6:30, IN SOUTHFIELD

The COCC (Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metro-Detroit)-sponsored free 4th Annual Benefit Choir Concert is TODAY, 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, entitled “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord,” will be sung by the superb COCC-sponsored Metropolitan Orthodox Choir, directed by Matushka Vickie Kopistiansky of Holy Trinity OCA Church, Detroit. This is one of the best Orthodox choirs in the country — if you have heard them before, you know that; if you haven’t attended any of their previous concerts, you don’t know what you are missing! The COCC has a benefit choir concert every Fall to aid various charities. You are guaranteed to enjoy this concert. Bring friends. This is a perfect introduction to the Orthodox Church for your non-Orthodox friends.
          
(2) NEEDS LIST: THE PARISH NEEDS TO REPLENISH SOME BASIC KITCHEN SUPPLIES
I
t is time to replenish some of our basic kitchen, coffee hour and other supplies. These are the things needed: Coffee (regular), small disposable plates, dairy creamer (liquid, refrigerated type), cases of water (8 oz & 16 oz.), SOS scouring pads, take-out containers, dispenser paper towels (these are a special type to fit our dispensers in the bathrooms). Options: (a) buy the items, or (b) donate money & Matushka will buy them.

(3)  PLEASE BRING IN WINTER CLOTHES FOR THE NEEDY — COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, SWEATERS
Don’t bring in any more summer clothing. But please bring in things for the winter: coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, sweaters, boots. Most things that are donated are brought to the Redford Interfaith Relief, with which Fr. Roman is very involved. They help people right here in our own community. The people are screened, so you know that they need what they receive.

❈  GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!  ❈  GLORY FOREVER!  ❈

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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 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
Sunday, October 26th, Parish Pot-Luck Dinner. Please contact Mary Ann Harvilla about what you are bringing
Saturday, November 1st, Daylight Savings Time ends; Change clocks 1 hour back before going to bed
Saturday, November 15th, NATIVITY FAST BEGINS (abstain from meat, fish, dairy products (milk & cheese, etc.)
Thursday, November 20th, 7pm, GREAT VESPERS & LITIYA, for the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
Friday, November 21st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY, for the Great Feast, the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
                                     7pm, FOCUS Motor City Benefit Dinner & Auction (6:30 Hors d’Oeuvres), $75 donation; St. Mary’s, Livonia
Wednesday, November 26th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR PARISH PATRONAL FEASTDAY OF ST. INNOCENT OF IRKUTSK

Wednesday, November 26th, 7pm, COCC-sponsored Moleben for Thanksgiving, at St. George Romanian Cathedral, Southfield
Thursday, November 27th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THANKSGIVING DAY

 

 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
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

Saturday & Sunday, November 1st & 2nd, St. Nicholas Church, Brookside (Birmingham), AL; Vespers (Sat.) & Liturgy (Sun.), Dean’s Visitation
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
Visitation

ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued from previous page)

(4) MESSAGE ABOUT AZBEHAT & UPDATE ABOUT HER HEALTH
Three Sundays ago, at the very end of the Service, Azbehat (Aster’s elderly mother, who is visiting from Eritrea/Ethiopia), experienced a medical situation, and medics were called. Whereas she declined to go to the hospital at that time, she did enter the hospital after that, and had stomach surgery. Aster and Iskias sent this note last Sunday evening to Fr. Roman & Matushka, Fr. Daneil and all the parishioners: “Our mother, Azbehat/Atsbehet, is out of the hospital and recovering at home. She is doing very well. Our heartfelt appreciation to you ALL for your concern, and the support you provided her when she got sick during the Sunday service two weeks back. Additionally, we are grateful for your prayers while she was admitted to the hospital.”

(5) OUR NEXT MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th.
Our monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group that has been meeting monthly since June, 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 is  SUNDAY, October 19th. The November gathering will be on November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
                        
(6) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
Thank you for the generosity of all those who helped us reach our minimum goal of 100 blankets, which will be given to the Redford Interfaith Relief (RIR). We welcome additional donations, either of blankets or money with which to buy more blankets. Additional blankets donated will be given to homeless or poor people by several groups that St. Innocent partners with to help the needy, including FOCUS+Motor City.        

(7) READ OUR 6-PAGE WEEKLY BULLETIN ON-LINE
Anyone without a computer will continue to receive the printed bulletin by postal mail when they are not in church. Those with computers, please read the weekly bulletin on our church website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com, under the “Weekly Bulletin” tab. At the end, you will also have additional items.
        
(8)THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE MOWED OUR CHURCH YARD & WORKED BEAUTIFYING OUR GARDENS
We continue to thank for their on-going sacrificial labors, John Andrayko, Reader George Hanoian, Matushka Rose Marie & Fr. Roman for their work taking care of and beautifying our church property, by mowing, edging, weeding & clean-up. 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!
        
(9) OUR LOCAL ODO HAS MERGED WITH FOCUS NORTH AMERICA & IS NOW “FOCUS + MOTOR CITY!”
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).  Their new name is FOCUS + Motor City. FOCUS North America 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: janet@orthodoxdetroitoutreach.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:

(10) FOCUS - MOTOR CITY SPONSORS FUND-RAISER DINNER & AUCTION, NOV. 21st

On Friday, November 21st, the newly-merged ODO and FOCUS, now FOCUS - MOTOR  CITY, will  sponsor a  Benefit Dinner & Auction to support and expand their work. At 5:30 there will be Vespers; at 6:30 there will be Hors d'Oeuvres; and the Dinner and Auction will be at 7:00 pm. It  will be held at St. Mary's Antiochian "Basilica" Church at 18100 Merriman Rd, Livonia, 48152 (between 6 and 7 Mile Roads).

(11) PHOTO SLIDESHOW OF WEDDING PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE

In case you haven't seen 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 this link to go right to it. http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/wedding_elizabeth_larry.html You can view the pix automatically or manually. Enjoy!

(12) 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/ This topic was discussed in our monthly Discussion Group last Sunday, 9/21.

(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 seriesON PRAYER by Metropolitan Hilarion (Head of the Department of External Church Relations). Read it here: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer/ We will start having these short homilies in our printed bulletin soon. Parts 1, 2 & 3 have already been formatted for 2 pages of our bulletin, and might be in next week's bulletin.

(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." Five parts have been published on-line so far.  Each part is between 1 and 2 pages. Take a look: http://www.pravmir.com/word-pastor-faith/  Part One -- FAITH -- was in last week's printed bulletin (pages 3 & 4). Part 2 -- ON  THE  KNOWLEDGE OF GOD -- is in this week's bulletin (see page 3 above) and we will be having the other parts in future bulletins, adding each new part when it is added to the pravmir web site.

(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 recent  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. Now there is a second article: http://www.iocc.org/news/9-19-14pakistan.aspx

(5) ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS CONCLUDES

The  fifth annual meeting of the Assembly of Canonical  Orthodox  Bishops in America gathered in Dallas, Texas, this past week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 16th, 17th and 18th. At the conclusion of the meeting they issued 2 statements,  one to the Orthodox Faithful of  the United States, and the  second one a statement about the confliicts in the Middle East. Here is the link to the Assembly's website's news item: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2014/assembly-of-bishops-issue-message-to-the-faithful-statement-on-middle-east  In the article there are  separate hyperlinks to each of the  2  released statements.