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

PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
      NOVEMBER 30, 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:  Ephesians 4:1-6 (#224)                                             ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL:
  St. Luke 13:10-17 (#71)                               CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE:      
8                                                                   READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko

George Hanoian

✞ 25th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞

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

COMMEMORATED  TODAY: Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the First-Called (62). St. Frumentius, Archbishop of Abyssinia (Ethiopia—ca. 380).

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 Tucker, Edwin Rusko

MEMORY ETERNAL:

FOR THE  HEALTH OF:  Archimandrite Roman (Braga) (cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon  Michael, Deacon Basil Frenchek (cancer); Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melanya 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 (cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer); Helen Hall (cancer); Fr. Slavcho Panyev (recovering from a stroke)

 MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS!

SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK

Nativity Fast (Abstain from meat, dairy, fish, alcohol)

Wednesday     12/3      7pm      AKATHIST, GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS
Saturday          12/6    10am      DIVINE LITURGY for ST. NICHOLAS THE WONDER-WORKER FEAST DAY
                                     4pm      GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday            12/7              26th  Sunday After Pentecost             
                                 9:15am     Hours & Akathist & Confessions    
                                    10am     DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour                            
Feast Days This Week: Thursday, 12/4 – St. Barbara, St. John of Damascus, St. Alexander Hotovitsky; Saturday, 12/6 – St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker of Myra in Lycia

 

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

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ON PRAYER
By Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), 25 August 2014

 The following thirty-two part series on prayer was transcribed and translated from television episodes presented on Russian television in the spring of 1999 by Igumen (now Metropolitan) Hilarion (Alfeyev) with the blessing of His Holiness, the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.  Source: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer


PART 7 (of 32): PRAYER RULES

What is a prayer rule? These are prayers that one reads regularly, daily. Everyone has a different prayer rule. For one person, the morning or evening prayers take up several hours, while for another they take a few minutes. Everything depends on one’s spiritual disposition, on the degree of one’s rootedness in prayer, and on how much time one has.

It is very important that one keep a prayer rule, even a very short one, so that one would be regular and constant in prayer. But the rule should not turn into a formality. The experience of many believers shows that, by constantly reading through the same prayers, their words can become colorless: they lose their freshness and one who has gotten used to them can no longer focus on them. This danger needs to be avoided at all costs.

I remember that when I received the monastic tonsure (I was then twenty years old), I turned for advice to an experienced spiritual father, asking him what sort of prayer rule I should have. He said: “You should daily read through the morning and evening prayers, three canons, and one akathist. Whatever happens, even if you are very tired, you are obliged to read them. And even if you read through them quickly and inattentively, that is not important. The main thing is that the rule be read through.” I tried. It did not take. The daily reading of the same prayers led to these texts quickly becoming boring. Besides, I spent many hours daily in church at services that spiritual nourished, fed, and inspired me. But reading through these three canons and an akathist turned into some unnecessary kind of “appendage.” I began to seek out different advice, more suitable to me. And I found it in the works of St. Theophan the Recluse, that remarkable nineteenth-century ascetic struggler. He advised calculating one’s prayer rule not from the number of prayers, but from the time that we are prepared to dedicate to God. For example, we can take as a rule to pray in the morning and evening for half an hour, but these half hours should be wholly given over to God. And it is less important whether we read all the prayers or only one during these minutes, or if we dedicate an evening entirely to reading the Psalter, the Gospel, or to praying in our own words. The most important thing is to be focused on God, that our attention not run away, and that every word reach our heart. This advice worked for me. However, I do not exclude that for others the advice I obtained from my spiritual father might be more appropriate. Here a great deal depends on one’s personality.

It seems to me that, for someone living in the world, not only fifteen but even five minutes of morning and evening prayer can be enough to be a true Christian — as long, of course, as they are said with attention and feeling. It is important only that one’s thoughts always correspond to the words, that one’s heart respond to the words of the prayers, and that one’s whole life correspond to prayer.

Following the advice of St. Theophan the Recluse, try to set aside some time for prayer in the course of the day and for the fulfillment of a daily prayer rule. And you will see that this will quickly bear fruit.

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ORTHODOX NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
From: http://www.interfax-religion.com

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CALLS ON U.S. CHRISTIANS TO WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE PEACE IN UKRAINE & IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Moscow, November 10, 2014, Interfax — Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, has called on American Christians to work together to take joint peacemaking efforts and protect morals. "We must work together to resolve today's conflicts, also for the reconciliation of the Ukrainian people and the prevention of the bloodshed in the south-east of the country from escalating," the metropolitan was quoted as saying by the press service for the Department for External Church Relations at the Russia-USA forum of Christian leaders held in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
       The metropolitan also said the Russian church is ready to work with American Christians to provide help to refugees from Ukraine and rebuild the cities and villages of eastern Ukraine destroyed by the war. "The whole of Christendom needs to urgently join the task of giving aid to the refugees who have found themselves today in the Iraqi mountains or in the Syrian Desert, and who have found themselves to be on the brink of starvation, almost without food, water and medicines," the metropolitan said.
       The metropolitan said another important task is to work out a set of measures to maintain a Christian presence in the Middle East. "Unfortunately, by the end of the 20th century, the relationship of the Moscow Patriarchate with many Christian communities in the USA had encountered a serious crisis. It was caused by the liberalization of the moral teaching in these communities, their deviation from the ethical norms laid down by Holy Scripture of the New Testament common for us all. Thus, in 2003 the Russian Orthodox Church had to suspend contacts with the Episcopal Church in the USA due to the fact that it consecrated an open homosexual as a bishop," Metropolitan Hilarion said in his speech.
       "At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church has remained open to contacts with the North American confessions which have stayed faithful to the traditions of our dialogue and which are firmly committed to biblical morality, in particular, with the Anglican Church of North America, as it has separated itself from the Episcopal Church because of the above-mentioned incident," he said.

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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WELCOME PATRIARCH KIRILL IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

Moscow, 11/12/14 & Belgrade, 11/14/14, Interfax — After arriving in Belgrade on Friday, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who is visiting Serbia between November 14-16, visited the Cathedral of Archangel Michael.
       Hundreds of the city residents welcomed the primate near the church, some of them were dressed in national costumes and held flowers in their hands. Accompanied by bell ringing and applause, the patriarch entered the cathedral where the ceremony to honor him was held.
        "When a Russian person comes to Serbia he really feels himself at home. The unity of faith, the unity of culture, very close historic links, one blood shed for our joint victories, it unites our peoples most closely," the patriarch earlier told the journalists at the airport of the Serbian capital. According to him, the community of the nations is "based on shared faith, shared system of moral values, attitude to native land, people and neighbors."
              The patriarch will take part in the dedication of the Russian necropolis and the monument to Nicholas II in Belgrade and will visit the University of Belgrade and the Russian Church Metochion in Belgrade, the communications service of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations has reported. Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will also perform a liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade and will meet with members of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian government officials.
               According to him, the community of the nations is "based on shared faith, shared system of moral values, attitude to native land, people and neighbors." The patriarch stressed that the Church is called to help people unite, to preserve peace, "and in this sense visits of Orthodox church heads have the great significance both for these Churches and for people who belong to these Churches.”
          In October 2013, Patriarch Kirill visited Serbia and Montenegro to participate in the celebrations of the 1,700th  anniversary of the Edict of Milan and the dedication of the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica along with other heads of local Orthodox churches.
                The Serbian Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Slavic local Orthodox Churches. It received autocephaly in the 13th century (restored in 1879). The jurisdiction of the Serbian Church applies to Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. The Serbian Church also has dioceses in Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.

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For a better, made-to-be-printed formatted version of the December monthly calendar; go to our website's Calendar pagecalendar.html

 

ST. INNOCENT ORTHODOX CHURCH
23300 West Chicago Rd., Redford, MI 48239
(rectory) 313-538-1142 / (fax) 313-538-8126

 

DECEMBER 2014

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Nov 30
25th Sunday after Pentecost
9:15, Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00, Div. Liturgy & Fellowship

Fast: wine & oil
 
 
1
 
 
 
Fast
2
 
 
 
Fast
3
 
 
7:00 Akathist, Glory to God For All Things
Fast
4
 
 
 
Fast
5
 
 
 
Fast
6
St. Nicholas
10am Liturgy for St. Nicholas Feast
4:00 Vespers & Confessions
Fast: fish, wine, oil
7
26th Sunday after Pentecost
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
 
Fast: wine & oil
8
 
 
 
Fast
9
 
 
 
Fast
10
 
 
7:00 Akathist, Glory to God For All Things
Fast
11
 
 
 
Fast
12
 
 
 
Fast
13
St. Herman of AK
10am Liturgy for St. Herman Feast
4:00 Vespers & Confessions
Fast: wine & oil
14
27th Sunday after Pentecost
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
 
Fast: wine & oil
15
 
 
 
Fast
16
 
 
 
Fast
17
 
 
7:00 Akathist, Glory to God For All Things
Fast
18
 
 
 
Fast
19
 
 
 
Fast
20
St. John of Kron.
10am Liturgy for St. John of Kronstadt Feast
4:00 Vespers & Confessions
Fast: wine & oil
21
Sunday before Nativity
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
 
Fast: wine & oil
22
 
 
 
Fast
23
 
 
 
Fast
24
EVE OF THE NATIVITY
 
7:00 Vigil for the Nativity Feast
Fast
25
NATIVITY OF THE LORD (Christmas)
10am Liturgy for the Nativity Feast
 
 
26
 
 
 
Fast free
27
Sat. after Nativity
 
4:00 Vespers & Confessions
Fast free
28
Sunday after Nativity
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
1:00 Christmas Pot-luck Celebr. at Monastic Comm.
Fast free
 
29
 
 
 
Fast free
30
 
 
 
Fast free
31
NEW YEAR'S EVE
 
6:00 Vesperal Liturgy for Circumcision of Christ & New Year's
Fast free
Jan 1
Circumcision
of the Lord

& New Year's Day
 
 
Fast free
Jan 2
 
 
 
Fast free
Jan 3
 

4:00 Vespers & Confessions
Fast free

 

Please consult the Sunday bulletin for changes to the monthly calendar.

 

 

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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 23 NOVEMBER
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) In Memory of Edwin Rusko, by the Nossal Family
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 RuskoParents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Grandmother Marguerite Slicklen (anniv. 11/7); Olive Brower (B-day 11/11);  Nina I (anniv. 11/13); Mary Nicholas (anniv. 11/11); Marion P; Mo. Benedicta; Fr. Photius (anniv. 11/1), by Sister Ioanna
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. Melanya S; Mat. Mary D; Carl; Fr. Tikhon; Sdn Andrew; Rdr Robert; Robert M; David Samuel & Sky; Jo Anne (B-day, 11/25) & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil; Mother Theodora-Amphilochia; Azbehat, all parishioners for the  parish patronal feastday on Wed. 11/26, by Sister Ioanna 

Shirley Peponis, by brother Nick & Jo Anne Nicholas
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: the Nicholas Family

in Memory Eternal of: parents: Nick & Mary Nicholas, William & Gwendolyn Brashaw; siblings: Constance Phillips, Bill Brashaw, Pete Peponis; aunts & uncles: Spyro & Mary Nicholas, Pete & Andrew Kastel, Demitra Lebeau; friends: Frank Germany, John Wells;and for the Health of: Daughter: Dawn Marie Dalsasso; grandchildren: Carl Dalsasso, Darlene Wood; siblings: Shirley Peponis, Jill & Sam Mitchell; cousins: Ted Nicholas, Patricia & Erne Marxen; all members of the Nicholas, Brashaw, Dalsasso, Marxen & Peponis families; parishioners & friends: St. Innocent Church, St. Innocent Monastic Community, Fr. Roman, Fr. Daneil, Sister Ioanna.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE:  2014 —  December: Nicholas Family.

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.

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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(1) CHRISTMAS BOWS:  Please participate in our annual fund-raising Christmas Bows project. Write the names of your living & departed loved ones, for whom you wish to pray, on pre-decorated cards which will be hung on our Christmas tree near the altar and iconostasis till Old Calendar Theophany. $5 donation requested for each “Christmas Bow.” Our goal is 100 Bows.  Please help us reach that goal. See/contact Mary Ann Harvilla.
    
(2) CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: Fr. Roman has ordered 5 giant poinsettias at $25 each. Donations requested. See/contact Mary Ann Harvilla.
        
(3) DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS: Next Sunday, December 7th, after Divine Liturgy, our Christmas trees will be set up and the church and hall decorated. Please plan to be here and help.
            
(4) FR. ROMAN EXPRESSES HIS THANKS & APPRECIATION TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE HIM GIFTS &/OR CARDS, AND TO ALL WHO WERE PRESENT, AND TO THOSE WHO WORKED IN ORGANIZING AND PREPARATION/CLEAN-UP FOR THE CELEBRATION OF HIS 30th ANNIVERSARIES. HE SAYS, “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”
            
(5) PLEASE BRING IN CLOTHES FOR THE NEEDY: COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, SOCKS, UNDERWEAR
Please bring in things for the winter for the needy: coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, sweaters, boots. RIR has especially requested that we donate socks and underwear for men and women, girls and boys, in all sizes, children and adults. Whatever you donate is brought to the Redford Interfaith Relief (RIR) on Beech Daly, with which Fr. Roman is very involved. RIR helps people right here in our own community.    
    
(6) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE

❈  GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!  ❈  GLORY FOREVER!  ❈

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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS

November 15th – December 24th, NATIVITY FAST (abstain from meat, fish, dairy products [milk, cheese, eggs], alcohol)

Saturday, November 29th, Annual COCC “St. Nicholas is Santa Claus” event, Live Reindeer, 12– 1; Program, 1–3:30. HTOC, Livonia

Sunday, November 30th, After Liturgy, PANIKHIDA FOR MICHELLE TUCKER, offered by Margie & Gerry Martell

Saturday, December 6th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR ST. NICHOLAS THE WONDER-WORKER OF MYRA IN LYCIA FEAST
Saturday, December 13th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR ST. HERMAN OF ALASKA FEAST
Saturday, December 20th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR ST. JOHN OF KRONSTADT FEAST
Wednesday, December 24th, Christtmas Eve, 6:30pm, VIGIL FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST FEAST
Thursday, December 25th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST FEAST
Sunday, December 28th, 1pm (after coffee hour), Pot-Luck Dinner Christmas Celebration & Fellowship, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Wednesday, December 31st, New Year's Eve, 6pm, VESPERAL LITURGY FOR CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST, ST. BASIL & NEW YEAR’S

 

FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday & Saturday, November 28th-29th, St. John Chrysostom, Grand Rapids, Vespers & Presentation (Fri.) & Liturgy (Sat.), Dean’s Visitation

Tuesday, February 17th, Bishop’s Council Meeting, St. Nicholas Church, Bayonne, NJ (fly early morning & return same evening)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued)

(7) THE NOV–DEC ISSUE OF GOOD WORKS NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINTED FORM (at church) AND ON LINE. You can view the latest issue and all previous issues in beautiful full color on the COCC website:  http://coccdetroit.com/goodworks.html     

(8) VISIT OUR CHURCH WEBSITE & VIEW THE MANY PHOTOS, ARTICLES, NEWS: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com

In particular, here are some new and recent or timely things to look at on our St. Innocent Church website:

✲ ST. INNOCENT’S DECEMBER CALENDAR OF SERVICES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html

✲ PHOTO SLIDE-SHOW, NEWS-ARTICLE, PROGRAM BOOKLET & MANY MESSAGES FOR FR. ROMAN’S 30th CELEBRATION: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/frromans30th.html   

✲ NEW PHOTO SLIDE SHOW WITH ARTICLE: About the celebration of Abp. Nathaniel’s 30th Anniversary as Ruling Hierarch of the Romanian Episcopate (Fr. Roman & Fr. Daneil both participated):  http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/abpnathaniel_30thanniversary.html

✲ ANOTHER BRAND NEW PHOTO SLIDE SHOW WITH ARTICLE: About the little-known monastic treasure on the east side of Metro-Detroit (St. Sabbas Monastery in Harper Woods) and its 15th anniversary gala celebration. (Fr. Roman participated.) http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/stsabbasmonastery_15th.html

✲ LIFE OF ST. INNOCENT OF IRKUTSK, WITH PHOTOS OF IRKUTSK AND HIS RELICS: This past Wednesday, 11/26 (the day before Thanksgiving), was the Patronal Feastday of our parish. Customarily, the saint (or feast) for whom a church is named and dedicated to, is celebrated in a big way each year when that Feastday is observed. (Next year it falls on Thanksgiving day itself.) We have 2 rather different accounts of our patron saint’s life on our website. One is in our “Saints’ Lives” group in our Articles section, and has several photos of  his relics and reliquary: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/lifeofstinnocentofirkutsk.html. The other rather different account of his Life is in our “About Our Parish” section: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/lifeofstinnocent.html Why not check them out.

✲ NICE PHOTO OF FR.  ROMAN RECEIVING ICON-GIFT FROM BP. JOHN:  Last week we had a real nice photo of Fr. Roman at the bottom of the last page (page 6).  In case you missed it, go to the source of the photo and also read the entire brief article about the Bishop’s Council meeting in NYC on Friday, November 14th, plus see some other photos: http://mospatusa.com/news_141114_1.html

SOME ADDITIONAL MATERIALS --- LIVES OF THIS WEEK'S SAINTS:

This week a number of wonderful saints are commemoorated. Because reading the lives of the saints is so extremely spiritually edifying, you might like to read their lives.

LIFE OF ST. ANDREW THE FIRST-CALLED OF THE APOSTLES:

Today, Sunday, November 30th, is the Feastday of St. Andrew the Apostle: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/11/30/103450-apostle-andrew-the-holy-and-all-praised-first-called

LIFE OF ST. NICHOLAS THE WONDER-WORKER [SANTA CLAUS]:

This coming Saturday, December 6th, is the Feastdayof St. Nicholas: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/12/06/103484-st-nicholas-the-wonderworker-and-archbishop-of-myra-in-lycia

LIFE OF ST.  BARBARA:

This coming Thursday, December 4th, is the Feastday of St. Barbara:  http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/12/04/103472-greatmartyr-barbara-at-heliopolis-in-syria

There are 2 other wonderful saints whose feastdays also fall on this Thursday, December 4th — the  American saint, St. Alexander Hotovitsky and the great and most famous St. John of Damascus.

LIFE OF ST. ALEXANDER HOTOVITSKY: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/12/04/103471-glorification-of-the-priestmartyr-alexander-hotovitzky

LIFE OF ST. JOHN OF DAMASCUShttp://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/12/04/103473-martyr-john-of-damascus

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PHOTO OF FR. ROMAN IN BROOKSIDE, ALABAMA

As Dean of the Central States Deanery, part of Fr. Roman’s duties is to visit all his parishes at least once a year.  Before the bad winter weather settles in, Fr. Roman has been trying to complete his parish visitations during the month of November, visiting his parishes in Brookside (Birmingham), Alabama (November 1st & 2nd); Youngstown, Ohio (last weekend); and this weekend (Friday and Saturday) in Grand Rapids, MI.  Fr. Roman has done a great deal for all 3 of these parishes.

Here is a nice photo of Fr. Roman with the 2 priests at St. Nicholas Church in Brookside (Birmingham) Alabama: on the right is the 87-year-old Pastor, Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest Fr. Benedict Tallant, and in the center is the fairly recently-ordained priest and new Assistant Pastor, Fr. Paul Davis. Fr. Paul had served the parish as a Deacon for many years, and was ordained priest in order to assist the pastor, who happens to be his father-in-law, and to help maintain the life of the small parish. Fr. Roman scheduled his visitation to coincide with the parish’s big Annual Russian Festival.

 

 

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