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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 21, 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:  Galatians 2:16-20 & 2nd Cor. 4:6–15                          ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL:  Mark 8:34 - 9:1 & Matthew 22:35-46             CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE:        6                                                                         READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko

George Hanoian

✞ 15th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞

✞ SUNDAY AFTER & LEAVE-TAKING OF

THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS ✞

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

COMMEMORATED TODAY:  Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross. Sunday after Elevation. Apostle Quadratus of the Seventy (ca. 130). Uncovering of the Relics of St. Dimitry, Metropolitan of Rostov (1752). Ven. Daniel, Abbot of Shuzhgórsk (Novgorod—16th c.). Ven. Joseph of Zaonikiev Monastery (Vologdá—1612). Hieromartyr Hypatius, Bishop of Ephesus, and his Presbyter, Andrew (ca. 730-735). St. Isaac (Isacius) and Meletius, Bishops of Cyprus. Martyr Eusebius of Phœnicia. Martyr Priscus of Phrygia. Twenty-six Monk Martyrs of Zographou (Mt. Athos—1285). Ven. Cosmas the Bulgarian of Zographou (Mt. Athos—1323). Ss. John and George, Confessors (Georgia, 20th c.). 

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
               David Horka, whose Anniversary of his repose is Saturday, 27 September

 

FOR THE  HEALTH OF:  Archimandrite Roman (Braga) (terminal cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Archpriest Serge Lukianov; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon Michael, Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melania Sviridov; Matushka Mary Donahue; Reader Robert Latsko, Reader George & Betty Hanoian, Jordan Manier, Rose Nossal, Mary Glover, Nancy Cupp, Deborah Dade, Dean Hough, Vasiliki Stamoulis, Gerald Martell,  Jaime Truskowski, Azbehat, Donald Yakuber, Carl deVyver, Jo Anne Nicholas, Joan Rusko, Gregory & Tamiko Star, Daria, Mother Theodora-Ampilochia (brain cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer); Helen Hall (cancer)

 

* MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! *

SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK       
Wednesday    9/24     7pm      Moleben or Akathist
Saturday         9/27     4pm      GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday           9/28           16th Sunday After Pentecost            
                                 9:15am     Hours & Akathist & Confessions    
                                    10am     DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
Feastdays this week: Mon: Prophet Jonah;Wed: Sts. Juvenaly & Peter the Aleut; Thurs: St. Sergius of Radonezh; Fri: St. John the Theologian & Evangelist

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

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THE CROSS, THE PRESERVER OF THE UNIVERSE
By St. John (Maximovitch) of San Francisco & Shanghai

In the prophet Ezekiel (9:6) it is said that when the Angel of the Lord was sent to punish and destroy the sinning people, it was told him not to strike those on whom the “mark” had been made. In the original text this mark is called “tau,” the Hebrew letter corresponding to the letter “T,” which is how in ancient times the cross was made, which then was an instrument of punishment.
And so, even then was foretold the power of the Cross, which preserves those who venerate it. Likewise by many other events in the Old Testament the power of the Cross was indicated. Moses, who held his arms raised in the form of a cross during the battle, gave victory to the Israelites over the Amalekites. He also, dividing the Red Sea by a blow of his rod and by a transverse blow uniting the waters again, saved Israel from Pharaoh, who drowned in the water, while Israel crossed over on the dry bottom (Exodus, Chs. 14, 17).
Through the laying on of his hands in the form of a cross on his grandsons, Jacob gave a blessing to his descendants, foretelling at the same time their future until the coming of the “expectation of the nations” (Genesis, Ch. 48).
By the Cross, the Son of God having become man, accomplished our salvation. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross (Phil. 2:8). Having stretched out His hands upon the Cross, the Savior with them, as it were, embraced the world, and by His blood shed on it, like a king with red ink, He signed the forgiveness of the human race.
The Cross of the Lord was the instrument by which He saved the world after the fall into sin. Through the Cross, He descended with His soul into hell so as to raise up from it the souls who were awaiting Him. By the Cross, Christ opened the doors of paradise which had been closed after our first ancestors had been banished from it. The Cross was sanctified by the Body of Christ which was nailed to it when He gave Himself over to torments and death for the salvation of the world, and it itself was then filled with life-giving power. By the Cross on Golgotha, the prince of this world was cast out (John 12:31) and an end was put to his authority. The weapon by which he was crushed became the sign of Christ’s victory.
The demonic hosts tremble when they see the Cross, for by the Cross the kingdom of hell was destroyed. They do not dare to draw near to anyone who is guarded by the Cross.
The whole human race, by the death of Christ on the Cross, received deliverance from the authority of the devil, and everyone who makes use of this saving weapon is inaccessible to the demons.
When legions of demons appeared to St. Anthony the Great and other desert-dwellers, they guarded themselves with the Sign of the Cross, and the demons vanished.
When they appeared to Saint Symeon the Stylite, who was standing on his pillar, what seemed to be a chariot to carry him to heaven, the Saint, before mounting it, crossed himself; it disappeared and the enemy, who had hoped to cast down the ascetic from the height of his pillar, was put to shame.
One cannot enumerate all the separate examples of the manifestation of the power of the Cross in various incidents. Invisibly and unceasingly there gushes from it the Divine grace that saves the world.
The Sign of the Cross is made at all the Mysteries and prayers of the Church. With the making of the Sign of the Cross over the bread and wine, they become the Body and Blood of Christ. With the immersion of the Cross, the waters are sanctified. The Sign of the Cross loosens us from sins. “When we are guarded by the Cross, we oppose the enemy, not fearing his nets and barking.” Just as the flaming sword in the hands of the Cherubim barred the entrance into paradise of old, so the Cross now acts invisibly in the world, guarding it from perdition.
The Cross is the unconquerable weapon of pious kings in the battle with enemies. Through the apparition of the Cross in the sky, the dominion of Emperor Constantine was confirmed and an end was put to the persecution against the Church. The apparition of the Cross in the sky in Jerusalem in the days of Constantius the Arian proclaimed the victory of Orthodoxy. By the power of the Cross of the Lord, Christian kings reign and will reign until Antichrist, barring his path to power and restraining lawlessness (Saint John Chrysostom, Commentary on 2 Thess. 2:6-7).
The “sign of the Son of Man” (Matt. 24:30), that is, the Cross, will appear in the sky in order to proclaim the end of the present world and the coming of the eternal Kingdom of the Son of God. Then all the tribes of the earth shall weep, because they loved the present age and its lusts, but all who have endured persecution for righteousness and called on the name of the Lord shall rejoice and be glad. The Cross then will save from eternal perdition all who conquered temptations by the Cross, who crucified their flesh with its passions and lusts, and took up their cross and followed their Christ.
But those who hated the Cross of the Lord and did not engrave the Cross in their soul will perish forever. For “the Cross is the preserver of the whole universe, the Cross is the beauty of the Church, the Cross is the might of kings, the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful, the Cross is the glory of angels and the scourge of demons” (Monday Matins).

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WORD OF A PASTOR I: ON FAITH
By PATRIARCH KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia
20 August 2014

This “I will not believe” has been pronounced by people throughout the entire time separating us from the event of the Resurrection. Some receive news of the Resurrection with an open heart and joy; others say: “I do not believe, for this does not fit in my mind; it does not correspond to the known logic of life. I do not believe, because I cannot verify it and do not have any proof.”


We are pleased to announce that we are beginning 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. Today's installment begins with the first topic, "On Faith."

In the language of the Church’s Typicon, the first Sunday after Pascha is called Thomas Sunday, or that of the Apostle Thomas. On this day the Gospel is read in churches about how the Risen Savior appeared to the Holy Apostles. But Thomas was not among them at this point. When the Apostles told him about what had happened, Thomas replied:
Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hands into His side, I will not believe (John 20:25).
This “I will not believe” has been pronounced by people throughout the entire time separating us from the event of the Resurrection. Some receive news of the Resurrection with an open heart and joy; others say: “I do not believe, for this does not fit in my mind; it does not correspond to the known logic of life. I do not believe, because I cannot verify it and do not have any proof.”
What is faith? The Apostle Paul responds to this question: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
The outstanding nineteenth century Russian theologian, the Holy Hierarch Philaret of Moscow, put it this way: “Faith is certainty in the invisible as if it were visible, and in the desired and expected as in the present.”
Faith is different than knowledge. Human knowledge is based on one’s experience and the sensations of one’s sense organs. Therefore visible objects are objects of knowledge, and not of faith. Heard words are also not objects of faith, but become objects of knowledge. Faith is certainty of the existence of that which lies beyond the perception of our physical senses.
In his “Catechism,” the Holy Hierarch Philaret of Moscow notes that faith begins in reason, although it belongs to the heart. Indeed, faith can be founded upon logical thinking. For example, from the point of view of logic, it is much easier for me to admit that the foundation of the Universe is Reason. I cannot believe that the basis of a harmonious and beautiful world lies in an unreasonable beginning, in some eternally changing material capable of transforming itself from the simple to the complex, from the non-living to the living, from the unreasonable to the reasonable. My logic excludes faith in such an origin of the world. And this is done at the level of thinking.
Man is capable of logically arriving at the idea of God, of discovering the Creator for himself, but this discovery will not yet be faith. The idea of God arising in the mind should cause a change of spirit, taking root in man’s soul not only on the level of reason, but of the heart as well. Faith is a special state of soul. It belongs to man’s inner spiritual life, to the human heart.
Theology recognizes the presence of religious feelings in every person. The religious feeling is as inherent in human nature as, for example, an ear for music. Everyone has this feeling. When this feeling is aflame, when it is active, then one believes; when it is idle, one does not believe.
Even if one denies religious faith in principle, religious feeling still does not disappear. In this case one simply, willingly or unwillingly, creates certain replacement articles of faith; one creates false gods and idols that one worships, in which one believes, and that serve almost as a religion. In the past, for example, such an object of faith for many people was an ideology with the ideal of a “bright future.” Today life provides a multitude of examples of how people, with an almost religious zeal, commit themselves to one idea or another – be it political or national – or serve with no less enthusiasm one’s own love of power, consumerism, or other vices, creating a graven image in money, things, and power.
Now here is the most important question: why does one person believe, and others do not? Unbelievers often justify themselves by saying that “it has not been given to them.” Is that the way it is?
Under the influence of atheism, for many years the idea of God – and, even more so, religious faith – has been arbitrarily placed in dependence upon knowledge, and specifically on the successes of the natural sciences. It was assumed that scientific achievements, widely promoted through the system of education, were capable of completely displacing religious feelings from human life. However, overcoming it turned out to be impossible not only through mandatory atheistic education, but even by persecution. For the presence or absence of faith depends neither upon scientific achievements, nor upon level of education. The question of the existence of God lies beyond the competence of science. It is scientifically impossible to prove or disprove the existence of God, for it is an object of faith.
Here we should speak about certain conditions under which one can develop religious feelings or acquire the strength of faith. Let us return to the analogy of someone having an ear for music, which everyone has to a greater or lesser extent. Even someone who claims to have “no ear” is capable under certain conditions of developing a rudimentary musical ear and learning to feel musical harmony. Imagine two people with identical musical abilities, one of which is a musician and has developed these abilities, and the other of which works in a blacksmith’s shop, where it is not only impossible to develop a musical ear, but where it is impossible to maintain even a normal ear. What will be the result? The person who has perfected his musical abilities will succeed, while the person who works in the blacksmith’s shop is unlikely to become a musician.
Thus, there are certain spiritual and moral conditions for the development of religious feelings. In the first place, these are a pure mind, soul, and heart. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God, says the Word of God (Matthew 5:8). St. Isaac the Syrian writes: “Faith requires a pure and simple way of thinking.” Divine wisdom cannot enter an evil soul, an impure mind, and a heart defiled by sin; light is never mixed with darkness, or cleanliness with filth. A clear moral sense – that is, the ability to distinguish good from evil and to subordinate one’s life to truth – is a prerequisite of knowing God. “Like is known by like,” the ancients said. If we live in lies and filth, then we shall not see God, feel Him in our hearts, or approach Him by our reason.
The Gospel reading tells us about the unbelief of Thomas. But Thomas acquired faith in the Risen Lord. And we should ask God to help us live according to His truth: not to perform iniquity, not to cheat people, not to construct our own prosperity on the unhappiness of our neighbors, and not to multiply evils, in which society is already immersed.
Let us pray to the Lord that we not do damage to our natural religious feelings and that we would always have the willingness to believe.

Source: http://www.pravmir.com/word-pastor-faith/#ixzz3Dj9LqyBS

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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 14 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.

N MEMORY OF (MEMORY ETERNAL!):                                        
Joseph & Estelle Star, by son Father Roman and family
Paul & Alexandra Yupco, Basil & Ellen Starinshak, by grandson, Father Roman and family
John & Anna Witkowski, by daughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Samuel & Mary Kupec, by granddaughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Parents, Helen & John Andrayko and sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko        
My husband, Joe; my sisters, Margaret & Ross Falsetti, Anna & Mike Elaschat, Theresa & Pete Harvilla, Irene, & brothers, Michael, John & Edwin (newly departed) Rusko; niece, Rose Mary Hough; Joe’s brothers, Raymond & Walter Nossal, & sisters, Theresa, Florence & Helen Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Pete & Theresa Harvilla, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski  + + + My husband, Michael Rusko, by Joan Rusko
Parents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Marion Pallas; Nina Isagholian; Fr. Photius Donahue; Mother Benedicta; Michelle Tucker (newly departed,  8/28), by Sister Ioanna  + + + Child Lana Wilson, Shirley Troyer, Michelle Tucker, Wendell Phillips, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi Troyer + + + All Family and Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + Edwin Rusko (newly departed), by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + Nick & Mary Nicholas, by son Nick & Jo Anne + + + All departed members of the Harvilla & Rusko Families, by Mary Ann & Kay
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, by Sister Ioanna + + + Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia Wilson, Gussy Toinechesky, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi
Azbehat, by Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie + + + All Family and Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt

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) OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE & IS NO LONGER BEING MAILED TO EVERYONE
Now that it is not necessary to print as many copies of the bulletin, the printed bulletin will continue to be 6 pages. On our church website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com, under the “Weekly Bulletin” tab, and the separate sub-page for each week, you will find not only what is in each week’s printed bulletin, but at the bottom, you will also have additional items. We have been e-mailing the website link each week, since the last Sunday in July, to all our parishioners and to many friends of the parish for whom we have e-mail addresses. Anyone without a computer and internet, naturally, will continue to receive the printed bulletin by postal mail when they are not in church. RSVP: We still need Pat Harbut’s e-mail address. Please communicate any changes in e-mail addresses to Sister Ioanna: sisterioanna@firebirdvideos.com.   If you do not have working e-mail, please call: 313-535-9080.

(2) OUR ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE CONTINUES. PLEASE GIVE YOUR DONATIONS NOW
We need donations for just 13 more blankets, at $5 per blanket, to meet our minimum goal of 100 blankets. We now have money donations for 87 blankets (plus 3 actual blankets), for the poor and homeless, to be distributed primarily through RIR (Redford Interfaith Relief). Anna Margaret Costa has been authorized to place an order for 100 blankets with the manager at the Walmart with which she deals. Thank you for your generosity — by both parishioners and others who read our bulletins. Now that we have almost reached our minimum goal of 100 blankets, we welcome additional donations. There are several programs for the homeless that usually contact us asking for blanket donations. As many blankets as are donated will be most welcome by the homeless or poor people who will receive them. So please continue to contribute.

(3) 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!

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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 21st, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #4, at St. Innocent MonasticCommunity
Sunday, September 28th, 6:30pm, Benefit Choir Concert by COCC Metropolitan Choir, at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cathedral, Southfield
Wednesday, October 1st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF THE PROTECTION (POKROV) OF THE THEOTOKOS

Tuesday, October 14th, 7pm, Monthly COCC meeting, at St. Clement’s Church, Ford Rd., Dearborn

Sunday, October 19th, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #5, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Saturday, October 25th, 10am, ST. DEMETRIUS SOUL-SATURDAY MEMORIAL LITURGY FOR THE DEPARTED
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
Thursday, November 27th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THANKSGIVING DAY

 

 FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE

Monday, September 22nd, noon, Clergy Brotherhood meeting, at Nikola’s Restaurant, Southfield
Wednesday, September 24th, 7:30 pm, Metro-Detroit Orthodox Prison Ministry meeting, Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia
Thursday–Saturday, October 2nd–4th, 21st Annual Ancient Christianity Conference (National Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black), Lima, OH
Saturday–Sunday, October 4th–5th, Annual Patronal Feastday Pilgrimage (O.S.), Holy Cross Monastery, Wayne, WV
Wednesday, October 8th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), St. Sergius Cathedral, Parma, OH
Thursday, October 9th, Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), St. John the Theologian Monastery, Hiram, OH
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, October 10th- 11th-12th, St. Sabbas Monastery, Harper Woods, 15th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, October 14th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), Pokrov/Protection Cathedral, Des Plaines (Chicago), IL
Monday, October 20th, 10:30am, Give OCW presentation, St. Maria of Paris, the “Rebel Nun,” at St. Thomas Albanian Church, Farm. Hills

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) SURPRISE CELEBRATION DINNER

 

MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPT. 21st
Our monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group has been meeting monthly since June. It will continue to meet for fellowship and a lively, thought-provoking discussion following a casual pot-luck lunch, on one Sunday (2nd or 3rd) a month after coffee hour, at the St. Innocent Monastic Community. The fellowship, discussion and food are all most enjoyable and pleasant. The next gathering is TODAY,  SUNDAY, September 21st. Subsequent gatherings will be on October 19th and November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
                        
(5) COCC ANNUAL BENEFIT CHOIR CONCERT, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, AT 6:30, IN SOUTHFIELD
Do plan to attend the COCC (Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metro-Detroit)-sponsored free 4th Annual Benefit Choir Concert in  2 weeks, on Sunday, September 28th, at 6:30 pm. It is to be held at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 21931 Evergreen, between 8 and 9 Mile Roads in Southfield, 48075. Free-will donations will be requested, and the donations will be given to the IOCC and other Orthodox charities to help those suffering in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Africa. The concert, 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.
          
(6) 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), 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.
                        
(7) 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.

(8) 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).  FOCUS N.A. is THE national Orthodox agency that helps local Orthodox groups develop programs to serve the poor in about 12 major metropolitan areas in the U.S.
More details have to worked out, but in the meantime, all existing ODO ministries will continue as scheduled. This includes serving a hot meal to the local needy residents and homeless every Sunday at Ss. Peter and Paul in Detroit, and preparing bag lunches and breakfasts on the 1st Saturday 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 FOCUS-Motor City. 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:

(9) 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).

(10) 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!

(11) ON-GOING CHARITABLE WORKS AT ST. INNOCENT
(1) Please continue to help the needy in our community by bringing in food, clothing, toiletries, household items, children’s toys, school supplies, etc., most of which is delivered to the REDFORD INTERFAITH RELIEF (RIR), a local organization run by Redford churches, of which St. Innocent is a very active member. They also welcome household, family & children’s items. Please don't bring in any more summer clothes,  but bring  WINTER  clothes: coats, hats, gloves and  mittens, scarves, boots, and sweaters (2) Also we continue, as always, to collect donations for the OCMC (Orthodox Christian Missions Center) CANISTER PROGRAM (to support mission priests). (The OCMC canister is by the candle stand.) (3) Please also continue to bring in your empty, clean pop cans and bottles, the refund from which we send to the ST.  INNOCENT BOYS’ ORPHANAGE IN TIJUANA, MEXICO, as we have been doing for about 9 years. (4) And your USED EYE GLASSES are given to the Lions Club’s Eyes for the Needy program, and volunteers fix them up and distribute eyeglasses to the needy in 3rd- world countries.

OTHER SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING MATERIALS NOT IN THIS WEEK'S PRINTED BULLETIN

(1) THIS SUNDAY, 9/21, IS THE LAST DAY OF THE MAJOR FEASTDAY — EXALTATION / ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

The Exaltation or Elevation of the Holy Cross, celebrated every year on September 14th, is one of the great  feastdays of the year. Usually it falls on a weekday, when it is difficult for most people to get to church. This year, it fell  on a Sunday — last Sunday,  when many people were present.

If you didn't yet read this article about the historical origins of the feast, you might want to read it now for the "Leave-taking" of the feast: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/09/14/102610-the-universal-exaltation-of-the-precious-and-life-giving-cross

(2) 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 will be discussed in our monthly Discussion Group this Sunday, 9/21.

(3) While you're at the pravmir.com website look around at the numerous other articles there and see what interests you. You might like the 32-part series on PRAYER by Metropolitan Hilarion (Head of the Department of External Church Relations). Read  it here: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer/ We will start having these short homilies in our printed bulletin soon.

(4) The pravmir website has started publishing a series of articles about the Orthodox Faith by Patriarch Kirill,  under the title, "Word of a Pastor." Four parts have been published 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 -- is in this week's printed bulletin (see pages 3 & 4 above, and we will be having the remaining 3 parts in subsequent bulletins, adding each new part when it is added to the pravmir web site.

(5) 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

(6) 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 sstatements,  one to the Orhtodox Faithfful 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.