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: email@example.com
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
OCTOBER 26, 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: Gal. 1:11-19 & 2 Tim. 2:1-10 (#292) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: Luke 16:19-31 & John 15:17-16:2 CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 3 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 20th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & CANON TO ST. DEMETRIUS; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Holy and Glorious Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myrrhgusher of Thessalonica (ca. 306). Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople in 740 A.D. St. Theóphil of the Kiev Caves, Bishop of Novgorod (Far Caves—1482). Martyr Lupus (ca. 306). Ven. Athanasius of Medikion Monastery (ca. 814). Monk Martyr Joseph of Dionysiou (Mt. Athos—1518).
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
Eva Zalluski, whose Anniversary of her repose is Monday, 27 October
Fr. Photius Donahue, whose Anniversary of his repose is Saturday, 1 November
FOR THE HEALTH OF: Archimandrite Roman (Braga) (cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Archpriest Serge Lukianov; 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)
ALSO FOR: Raphael Shirak, who celebrates his birthday on Saturday, 1 November
Nick & Jo Anne Nicholas, safe travel in the Carribean & drive home
* MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! *
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
TODAY, Sunday, 10/26 PANIKHIDA FOR MICHELLE TUCKER, by the Nossal family & Celebration Dinner
Wednesday 10/29 7pm MOLEBEN
Saturday 11/1 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS (Change clocks back 1 hour)
Sunday 11/2 21st 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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GROUND BLESSING FOR SAINT NICHOLAS WTC,
A PLACE OF PRAYER AND PEACE, A PLACE OF HOPE AND LOVE
NEW YORK, October 19 – More than 2,000 people gathered yesterday Oct. 18, 2014 at 130 Liberty Street, the new site for Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, for the historic event of the Blessing of the Ground and the symbolic “laying of the corner stone.”
The small and humble church of Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The new Greek Orthodox Saint Nicholas National Shrine Church, designed by world-renowned Architect Santiago Calatrava, is expected to begin construction this year and to be completed within 24 months.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presided at the agiasmos service, the sanctification of water and the blessing of the foundation for the new church.
Family members of victims of 9/11 carried vessels of water from the two memorial pools, which now occupy the footprints of the fallen twin towers. The Metropolitans of the Holy Eparchial Synod, concelebrating the service, received the water and poured it into the crystal fount used for the sanctification of the water.
Following the Agiasmos and as a symbolic act of “laying of the corner stone” for the new church, two Cairns (a memorial collection of stones) were built, with a total of 12 white marble stones each, laid down by donors and benefactors, community and institutional representatives and public officials. Archbishop Demetrios blessed with sanctified water the two Cairns, which will eventually be incorporated into the new church.
“What we establish today will be a house of prayer and a place of peace, a place of hope and a place of love,” said Archbishop Demetrios in his remarks following the service. His Eminence recounted in brief the long road traveled in the last 13 years, he recognized the contributions and efforts of many individuals and in particular the “decisive action of Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
Several officials delivered remarks. Former Governor of New York George Pataki spoke of his resolute commitment from the start to the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas. Architect Santiago Calatrava said that in his design for the new church edifice, his inspiration came from Hagia Sophia, in Constantinople. Senator Charles Schumer said that this day “is a testament to the courage of our spirit.” Patrick Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spoke of the resolve of two men, the Archbishop and the Governor that led to this day of celebration. Metropolitan Methodios of Boston read a letter from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Concelebrating the ground blessing service with Archbishop Demetrios were Metropolitans Iakovos of Chicago, Methodios of Boston, Alexios of Atlanta, Nicholas of Detroit, Savas of Pittsburgh, Gerasimos of San Francisco and Evangelos of New Jersey. Assisting the Hierarchs were Frs John Touloumes and John Romas, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos and Deacon Eleftherios Constantine. Also present at the ceremony were the Chancellor of the Archdiocese Bishop Andonios of Phasiane and the Chief Secretary of the Synod Bishop Sevastianos of Zela.
Religious leaders included Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), Metropolitan Tikhon (Orthodox Church in America), Bishop Nicholas (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia), Bishop Daniil (Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia), Bishop Daniel (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA) and Roman Catholic Bishop Gerald Walsh, representing Cardinal Dolan.
Other officials present included former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerry Nadler, former Mayor of New York David Dinkins, New York State Senators Dean Skelos and Michael Giannaris; and Assemblywomen Aravella Simotas and Nicole Malliotakis, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and NY Councilman Costa Constantinides. Greece was represented by Ambassador to the United Nations Michael Spinellis and Counsul General in New York Goerge Iliopoulos. Cyprus was represented by Minister of Health Philippos Patsalis and Consul General Ambassador Vasileios Philippou.
The service concluded with a moment of silence remembering the victims who perished in the tragic attacks on September 11. The program and the speakers were presented by Anthoula Katsimatides. The Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir chanted the service hymns. Georgia Linaris sang the concluding patriotic song “God Bless America.”
Once rebuilt, the National Shrine will include a 2nd floor non-denominational bereavement center welcoming all those seeking comfort and prayer and a place of solace. For more information about Saint Nicholas National Shrine, or to make a donation, please visit: http://www.stnicholaswtc.org/
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PARABLE OF THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS
By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
A Sermon delivered on 5 November 1989
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
As every of Christ's parables of the judgement, today's parable has a very simple aspect and at the same time should be reflected on a deeper level. The simple aspect is this: you have had on earth all that was good, Lazarus has had nothing; he therefore receives in eternity all the goods which he has lacked on earth and you are deprived of it. But this is not the real and deeper meaning of it. Who is this rich man? It is a man who not only possessed all that the earth could give him: wealth, a good name, a status among his follow-citizens; it is a man who craved for nothing else. All he wanted, all he needed was material wealth, a good standing among men, reverence, admiration, a slavish obedience of those who were under him.
Lazarus possessed nothing; but from the parable we see that he did not complain, he received what the rich man needed not; he ate the crumbs from his table. But — he had a living soul; perhaps did he crave for more: who doesn't want to have a roof, who doesn't want to have the security of food? But he received what was given with gratitude.
And when they died, what did they take with them? The rich man had nothing to take because he had never had any concern for anything that the earth couldn't give. Lazarus had always longed for more than the earth could give: for justice, for peace, for love, for compassion, for human brotherhood — for all those things which make the human being human. The rich man was in condition which is described in one of the prophecies: Israel has grown fat with wealth and has forgotten God... The poor man could do no such thing; he was too poor to be rooted into the earth — he was free.
Now, this applies to all of us; because all of us possess within ourselves both the rich man and Lazarus. On the one hand, how much we have, how rich we are, how secure, how opulent. On the other hand, if we are here, it means that there is another dimension within our soul that longs for something else. But the question is to be asked: if we had to choose — what we would choose? What is what we really treasure? Is it security which the earth so far has given us — or is it the vastness, the depth of understanding, communion with God, love of our neighbor, compassion — so many other things which the Gospel has taught us? And this is where the parable refers not only to two men of the past, or to others than we are, it refers to us personally: who am I, — or if you prefer, which is more fair — who predominates in me? Am I more like the rich man, so rooted into the earth that the things of God, the things of the spirit, the things of eternity, or simply, what is truly human comes secondly — or am I one of those for whom what to be human matters more than anything?
And then, there is another thing in the parable. The rich man, seeing himself devoid of all, of every thing turns to Abraham and says, Send Lazarus to my brothers who are still on earth to give them a warning, that they may not come to this place of torment... And Christ says, Even if one came back from the dead, if they have not listened to what has been revealed in the past, they will not believe, they will perish in their sin...
How that echoes in a tragic way with the situation in which people were when they stood as a milling crowd around the Cross on which Christ was dying. Some were believers, His own people — but where were they? They had fled. Some were His disciples faithful at the core of their being, faithful with their hearts, the women who had followed Him — they stood at a distance; only the Mother of God and John stood by the Cross.
But in the crowd there were such who, together with the High Priest, the Pharisees who had condemned Christ, were saying: Descend now from the Cross — and we shall believe... How many thought: If He only did that, we could believe without taking any risk, believe with security, safely; believe and follow One Who had already won His victory; but can we, can we possibly believe and follow One Who now, defeated, reviled, rejected, hangs on the Cross between two criminals? We can't... That is what the parable says; and which is shown in the lives of so many.
Where do we stand? Are we prepared to believe Christ's word? Are we prepared, captured by the beauty, the ineffable, the unutterable beauty of Christ's personality to follow Him at all risk? And risk, we know, is great: we will be reviled, we will be laughed at, we will be strangers, people will think that we are tramps on earth, not that we are pilgrims of Heaven; but are we prepared to do this? We must give thought to these two aspects of the parable; because otherwise it is irrelevant, it has nothing to do with us — and yet, so much it has!
Let us think of it, deeply, standing judgement before it. God does not judge us in order to condemn. God presents us with reality and asks of us only one thing: Respond to reality! Do not accept a world which is a mirage! Do not accept yourself while you remain a mirage: be real, and then you will be children of the Kingdom. And what can be greater: brothers and sisters of Christ, sons and daughters of the Living God; and messengers — messengers of God on earth. Can we hope for anything greater? And yet — this is what is offered to each and all of us! What a wonder, what a joy! How can we turn away from this? Amen
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LIFE OF ST. DEMETRIUS
Whose feast day is today, October 26th
The Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica was the son of a Roman proconsul in Thessalonica. Three centuries had elapsed and Roman paganism, spiritually shattered and defeated by the multitude of martyrs and confessors of the Savior, intensified its persecutions. The parents of St Demetrius were secretly Christians, and he was baptized and raised in the Christian Faith in a secret church in his father's home,
By the time Demetrius had reached maturity and his father had died, the emperor Galerius Maximian had ascended the throne (305). Maximian, confident in Demetrius' education as well as his administrative and military abilities, appointed him to his father's position as proconsul of the Thessalonica district. The main tasks of this young commander were to defend the city from barbarians and to eradicate Christianity. The emperor's policy regarding Christians was expressed simply, "Put to death anyone who calls on the name of Christ." The emperor did not suspect that by appointing Demetrius he had provided a way for him to lead many people to Christ.
Accepting the appointment, Demetrius returned to Thessalonica and immediately confessed and glorified our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of persecuting and executing Christians, he began to teach the Christian Faith openly to the inhabitants of the city and to overthrow pagan customs and idolatry. The compiler of his Life, St Simeon Metaphrastes (November 9), says that because of his teaching zeal he became "a second Apostle Paul" for Thessalonica, particularly since "the Apostle to the Gentiles" once founded at this city the first community of believers (1 Thess. and 2 Thess.).
The Lord also destined St Demetrius to follow the holy Apostle Paul as a martyr. When Maximian learned that the newly-appointed proconsul was a Christian, and that he had converted many Roman subjects to Christianity, the rage of the emperor know no bounds. Returning from a campaign in the Black Sea region, the emperor decided to lead his army through Thessalonica, determined to massacre the Christians.
Learning of this, St Demetrius ordered his faithful servant Lupus to distribute his wealth to the poor saying, "Distribute my earthly riches among them, for we shall seek heavenly riches for ourselves." He began to pray and fast, preparing himself for martyrdom.
When the emperor came into the city, he summoned Demetrius, who boldly confessed himself a Christian and denounced the falsehood and futility of Roman polytheism. Maximian gave orders to lock up the confessor in prison. An angel appeared to him, comforting and encouraging him.
Meanwhile the emperor amused himself by staging games in the circus. His champion was a German by the name of Lyaeos. He challenged Christians to wrestle with him on a platform built over the upturned spears of the victorious soldiers. A brave Christian named Nestor went to the prison to his advisor Demetrius and requested a blessing to fight the barbarian. With the blessing and prayers of Demetrius, Nestor prevailed over the fierce German and hurled him from the platform onto the spears of the soldiers, just as the murderous pagan would have done with the Christian. The enraged commander ordered the execution of the holy Martyr Nestor (October 27) and sent a guard to the prison to kill St Demetrius.
At dawn on October 26, 306 soldiers appeared in the saint's underground prison and ran him through with lances. His faithful servant, St Lupus, gathered up the blood-soaked garment of St Demetrius, and he took the imperial ring from his finger, a symbol of his high status, and dipped it in the blood. With the ring and other holy things sanctified by the blood of St Demetrius, St Lupus began to heal the infirm. The emperor issued orders to arrest and kill him.
The body of the holy Great Martyr Demetrius was cast out for wild animals to devour, but the Christians took it and secretly buried it in the earth.
During the reign of St Constantine (306-337), a church was built over the grave of St Demetrius. A hundred years later, during the construction of a majestic new church on the old spot, the incorrupt relics of the holy martyr were uncovered. Since the seventh century a miraculous flow of fragrant myrrh has been found beneath the crypt of the Great Martyr Demetrius, so he is called "the Myrrh-gusher."
The St Demetrius Memorial Saturday was established for church-wide remembrance in 1380. St Demetrius is regarded as a protector of the young, and is also invoked by those struggling with lustful temptations.
(Excerpted and shortened from www.oca.org)
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 19 OCTOBER
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;, by Sister Ioanna
Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family
All family & Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + Child Lana Wilson, Shirley Troyer, Wendell Philips, by Becky J. & Levi
Our grandparents Harvilla & Holst; brother Ricky, by Debra Truskowski
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; JoAnne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil & Rozana; Mo.Theodora-Amphilochia; Azbehat, by Sister Ioanna
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
Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia Wilson, Mike Wilson, Andrea Faust, Liz Tomachewski, Richard Bussen, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi
All family & Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + All family & Friends, by Margie Martell
My husband & children, by Debra Truskowski + + + All Family & loved ones, by Debra Truskowski
PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: John Andrayko
in Memory Eternal of: John’s mother, Helen Andrayko (3rd anniversary, October 24th); his dad, John Andrayko, Sr. (anniv., January 28th); his sister, Carole Andrayko (anniversary, June 5th); all departed members of the Andrayko & Mehalacki Families; Joe Nossal; friends & loved ones; and for the Health of: John Andrayko; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie; Rose Nossal & all parishioners; & all family & friends.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2014 — October: John Andrayko: November: Sr. Ioanna; 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.
(1) MAKE SURE YOU PLAN TO ATTEND OUR CCELEBRATION DINNER FOR FR. ROMAN, TODAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 26, AFTER LITURGY
PLEASE NOTE: IN OUR PRINTED BULLETIN WE HAVE BEEN CALLIING THIS DINNER "OUR FALL PARISH POT-LUCK DINNER," SO THAT FR. ROMAN WON'T KNOW WHAT IT REALLY IS. IN REALITY IT IS A GALA, FESTIVE 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY FOR HIM. HE DOESN'T HAVE A COMPUTER, SO HERE, ON-LINE, WE CAN SAY WHAT IT REALLY IS. THIS IS A SUPER MAJOR CELEBRATION (NOT A PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER) OF FR. ROMAN'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION, HIS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS SERVING AS PASTOR OF ST. INNOCENT, AND IS ALSO CELEBRATING HIS 30 YEARS OF SERVING THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF METRO-DETROIT, SOUTHERN MICHIGAN AND THE ENTIRE PATRIARCHAL PARISHES. [THINK OF THIS AS BEING EQUIVALENT TO A 50TH ANNIVERSARY, BECAUSE IF FR. ROMAN HAD BEEN ORDAINED WHEN HE WAS 26 — AS IS COMMON — RATHER THAN 46, THIS WOULD BE HIS 50TH ANNIVERSARY.] IN ADDITION TO ABOUT 40 OF OUR PARISHIONERS, WE EXPECT TO HAVE ABOUT 30 PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE PARISH, INCLUDING 10 CLERGY, WHO WISH TO EXPRESS THEIR APPRECIATION FOR ALL THAT FR. ROMAN HAS DONE DURING 30 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN AND BEYOND, WHO WILL COME AFTER THEIR OWN SERVICES ARE OVER. SO WE MIGHT HAVE AS MANY AS 70 PEOPLE.
ALSO, WE PLAN TO PRESENT FR. ROMAN WITH A BIG BASKET OF CARDS. SO PLEASE HAVE A CARD FOR HIM (A 'THANK YOU' OR 'CONGRATULATIONS' CARD, OR WHATEVER IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU), HOPEFULLY WITH A PERSONAL MESSAGE EXPRESSING YOUR APPRECIATION FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU AND YOUR LIFE AND THE ORTHODOX CHURCH.
IF YOU CANNOT BE HERE, DUE TO DISTANCE OR PHYSICAL INFIRMITY, PLEASE SEND A CARD AND MESSAGE TO BE INCLUDED IN OUR BASKET OF CARDS. (SEND TO: Sister Ioanna, St. Innocent Monastic Community, 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239-1138). OR, DUE TO TIME, SEND A MESSAGE BY E-MAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU ARE PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF BEING HERE, PLEASE DO SO, BECAUSE THAT IS THE NUMBER- ONE BEST WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR APPRECIATION TO FR. ROMAN FOR HIS 30 YEARS OF SACRIFICIAL LABORS ON OUR BEHALF.
(2)OUR NOVEMBER MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP WILL MEET ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th.
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 will be on November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
(3) LAST MONDAY, 10/20, FR. ROMAN GAVE A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION AT ST. THOMAS CHURCH, FARMINGTON HILLS
Last Monday evening, October 20th, Fr. Roman gave an inspiring presentation at St. Thomas Albanian Church, Farmington Hills, about the life of St. Mother Maria of Paris, the “Rebel Nun,” whose icon adorns our rear narthex wall. The gathering was well-attended, and included the priest and 3 parishioners from St. Demetrius Church in Jackson, who drove all the way from Jackson to hear Fr. Roman speak. We have now just added Mother MAria's LIFE to our church website. Read her fascinating Life here: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/stmothermariaofparis.html
(4) PASCHA BOOKS & GIFTS IN LIVONIA IS CLOSING — 40% OFF SALE ON ALL INVENTORY
After 17 years of serving Metro-Detroit, our area’s major Orthodox bookstore, Pascha Books and Gifts, is closing. Now is your chance to buy Orthodox items at 40% off. Check out their books, icons, CD’s, crosses, children’s books, Christmas items, and many other Orthodox things. 29107 W. 6 Mile (east of Middlebelt), Livonia. (located in a conference building on the grounds of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church.)
❈ 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, October 26th, PARISH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DINNER.
◆ Saturday, November 1st, Daylight Savings Time ends; Change clocks 1 hour back before going to bed
◆ Sunday, November 9th, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #6, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
◆ Tuesday, November 11th, 7pm, Monthly COCC meeting, at St. Mary’s Protection Ukrainian Church, Evergreen, bet. 8 & 9 Mile, Sthfld.
◆ 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,
◆ Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 10am, “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?”, OCW Presentation by Fr. Laurence Lazar, St. Mary’s, Berkley
◆ 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
◆ Saturday, November 29th, Annual COCC “St. Nicholas is Santa Claus” event, Live Reindeer, 12– 1; Program, 1–3:30. HTOC, Livonia
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
Saturday & Sunday, November 1st & 2nd, St. Nicholas Church, Brookside (Birmingham), AL; Vespers (Sat.) & Liturgy (Sun.), Dean’s Visitation
Saturday, November 8th, 6pm, 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Enthronement of Abp. Nathaniel, St. George Rom. Cath., Southfield
Thursday, November 13th, 10am, Divine Liturgy & lunch, Clergy Brotherhood Patronal Feast celebration, St. Mark’s, Rochester Hills
Friday, November 14th, 11:00am, Bishop’s Council Meeting, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, NYC, fly early morning & return same evening
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 18th & 19th, Central States Deanery Meeting, at St. Michael’s Church, Redford
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
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(5) NEEDS LIST: THE PARISH NEEDS TO REPLENISH SOME BASIC KITCHEN SUPPLIES
It is time to replenish some of our basic kitchen, coffee hour and other supplies. These are the things needed: Coffee (regular), dairy creamer (liquid, refrigerated type), cases of water (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.
(6) PLEASE BRING IN WINTER CLOTHES FOR THE NEEDY — COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, SWEATERS
Please bring in things for the winter for the needy: coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, sweaters, boots. They also especially need socks and underwear for men and women, girls and boys, in all sizes, children and adults. Things that are donated are brought to the Redford Interfaith Relief, on Beech Daly, with which Fr. Roman is very involved. RIR helps people right here in our own community. The people are screened, so you know that they need what they receive.
(7) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
This past week Father and Matushka brought over to Redford Interfaith Relief 110 blankets purchased with donations from our parishioners and parish friends to give to the needy. Blankets are a top need, and 110 needy people are going to be very thankful for being warmer. Please continue to donate blankets or money for them. However many blankets we can donate will be eagerly received and used.
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UNCONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN HOUSTON
In a breathtaking violation of religious freedom, attorneys for the city of Houston are demanding via court order that the sermons of area pastors dealing with homosexuality, gender issues, or the city’s lesbian mayor be turned over to the city.
The action is in response to a petition opposing the city’s new ordinance that allows cross-dressing men to use women’s public restroom facilities. Five targeted pastors were involved in opposing the ordinance, called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance [HERO].
Yesterday, Houston mayor Annise Parker ominously tweeted, “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game.”
The subpoena demands that the pastors provide “[a]ll speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”
According to the Washington Times, the subpoena also demands “[a]ll communications with members of your congregation regarding HERO or the Petition.” Source: D. James Kennedy Ministries (See also: http://www.monomakhos.com/houston-we-have-a-problem)
ALSO, for our on-line web viewers:
You might like to view several new articles here on our St. Innocent Church website:
(1) The Life of Grand Duchess St. Elizabeth Romanova: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/grandduchessstelizabethromanova.html
(2) That's So Beautiful!: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/thatssobeautiful.html
(3) Article about Fr. Roman being honored: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/frromanhonored.html
(4) COCC Choir Concert with 19 photos slide-show: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/2014coccbenefitchoirconcert.html
(5) November printable Calendar: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html