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: email@example.com
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
OCTOBER 12, 2014 Dean, Central States Deanery, Patriarchal Parishes
Cell Phone: 313-319-0590
ASSISTANT PRIEST: Rev. DANEIL SHIRAK ✞ 313-295-3073
DEACON: Rev. Dn. Michael Comerford
EPISTLE: 2nd Corinthians 9:6 – 11 (#188) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Luke 7:11-16 (#30) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 1 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 18th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Commemoration of the Holy fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council. Martyrs Probus, Tarachus and Andronicus, at Tarsus in Cilicia (304). St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, Bishop of Majuma (ca. 787). Ven. Amphilókhy, Abbot of Glushetsk (11452). Martyr Domnica of Anazarbus (286). St. Martin the Merciful, Bishop of Tours (ca. 400). The “Jerusalem” Icon of the Theotokos (48)
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
Edwin Rusko (newly-departed, 1 September), brother of Rose Nossal
Protodeacon Raymond Shvira, whose Anniversary of his repose is Tuesday, 14 October, by Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose-Marie
Peter Harvilla, whose Anniversary of his repose is Thursday,16 October, by daughter, Mary Ann Harvilla
FOR THE HEALTH OF: Archimandrite Roman (Braga) (terminal cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Archpriest Serge Lukianov; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon Michael, Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melania Sviridov; Matushka Mary Donahue; Reader Robert Latsko, Reader George & Betty Hanoian, Jordan Manier, Rose Nossal, Mary Glover, Nancy Cupp, Deborah Dade, Dean Hough, Vasiliki Stamoulis, Gerald Martell, Jaime Truskowski, Azbehat, Donald Yakuber, Carl deVyver, Jo Anne Nicholas, Joan Rusko, Gregory & Tamiko Star, Daria, Mother Theodora-Ampilochia (brain cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer); Helen Hall (cancer)
ALSO FOR: Azbehat, who is recovering from surgery at home (mother of Aster Menghstab)
Debra Truskowski, who celebrates her birthday Tomorrow, Monday, 13 October
Nick Nicholas, who celebrates his birthday Tuesday, October 6th
Nick & Jo Anne Nicholas, safe travel to Florida & the Carribean
* MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! *
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Wednesday 10/15 7pm Moleben or Akathist
Saturday 10/18 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 10/19 19th Sunday After Pentecost
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour; Pot-Luck Lunch & Discussion Group (1:00)
Feastdays: Last Thurs, 10/9: St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow.
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
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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 1 (of 32): PRAYER AS ENCOUNTER
Prayer is an encounter with the Living God. Christianity gives man direct access to God, Who listens to man, helps him, and loves him. This is the fundamental difference between Christianity and, for example, Buddhism, in which during meditation the one praying deals with a certain impersonal super-being, in which he is immersed and in which he is dissolved, but he does not feel God as a living Person. In Christian prayer, man feels the presence of the Living God.
God-become-Man is revealed to us in Christianity. When we stand before an icon of Jesus Christ, we contemplate the Incarnate God. We know that it is impossible to represent, depict, or portray God on an icon or picture. But it is possible to depict God-become-Man, such as He revealed Himself to people. Through Jesus Christ as Man we uncover God for ourselves. This uncovering takes place in prayer, in conversion to Christ.
Through prayer we know that God participates in everything that takes place in our lives. Therefore, conversation with God should not take place in the background of our lives, but should be its main content. There are many barriers between man and God that can be overcome only with the help of prayer.
It is often asked: why do we need to pray, to ask God for something, if God already knows what we need? This is how I would reply. We do not pray in order to beg for something from God. Yes, in some cases we do ask Him for specific help in various everyday circumstances. But this should not be the main content of prayer. God cannot only be an “intermediate agent” in our earthly affairs. The main content of prayer should always be standing before God, encounter with Him. We need to pray in order to be with God, to come into contact with God, to feel God’s presence.
However, an encounter with God does not always take place in prayer. After all, even when meeting with a person we are not always able to overcome the barriers that divide us and to descend into the depths; often our communication with people is confined to the surface level. Such it is in prayer, too. Sometimes we feel that between God and us is a kind of blank wall, that God does not hear us. But we should understand that God did not place this barrier there: we ourselves have erected it through our sins. In the words of one Western medieval theologian, God is always next to us, but we are often far from Him; God always hears us, but we do not hear Him; God is always within us, but we are on the outside; God is at home in us, but we are strangers to Him.
Let us remember this when we are preparing for prayer. Let us remember that every time we stand in prayer we are coming into contact with the Living God.
PART 2 (of 32): PRAYER AS DIALOGUE
Prayer is a dialogue. It includes not only our own turning towards God, but also the response of God Himself. As in every dialogue, in prayer it is important not only to speak out and express oneself, but also to listen to the response. God’s response does not always come directly in the minutes of prayer; sometimes it happens somewhat later. It can happen, for example, that we ask God for immediate help, but it only comes after several hours or days. But we understand that it took place because we asked God for help in prayer.
Through prayer we can learn a great deal about God. When praying, it is very important to be prepared for what God reveals to us; but He can prove to be other than we had imagined Him. Often we make the mistake of approaching God with our own ideas about Him, and these ideas can obscure from us the real image of the Living God, which God Himself can reveal to us. Often people create in their own minds a kind of idol and then pray to this idol. This dead, artificially created idol becomes an obstacle or barrier between the Living God and us people. “Make yourself a false image of God and try praying to him. Make yourself an image of an unmerciful and cruel Judge, and try praying to Him with confidence and love,” remarked Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh. Thus, we should be ready for God to reveal Himself as different than we had imagined Him. Therefore, approaching prayer, one needs to abandon all images that our human imagination and fantasy produce.
God’s response can take place in different ways, but prayer is never unrequited. If we do not hear a response, it means that something is not right in us ourselves; it means that we have not yet sufficiently tuned ourselves to the right way for encountering God.
There is an instrument called a tuning fork, used for tuning pianos; this device gives the clear sound of an “A.” The strings of the piano must be strung in such a way that the sound they produce is in strict accordance with the sound of the tuning fork. As long as the “A” string is not sufficiently taut, no matter how many times you hit the keys, the tuning fork will remain silent. But the moment the string reaches the necessary degree of tension, the tuning fork – a lifeless piece of metal – will suddenly begin to sound. Having adjusted the one “A” string, the master can then configure this “A” in the other octaves (in a piano each key strikes several strings, creating a special surround sound). Then he can set the “B,” “C,” and so forth, one octave after another, until finally the entire instrument will be configured in accordance with the tuning fork.
So it must be with us in prayer. We should tune into God, adjusting our entire life – all the strings of our soul – to Him. When we adjust our life to God; when we learn to fulfill His commandments; when the Gospel becomes our moral and spiritual law; and when we learn to live in accordance with God’s commandments, then we begin to feel how the soul responds to the presence of God in prayer, just as a tuning fork responds to a perfectly stretched string.
PART 3 (of 32): WHEN SHOULD WE PRAY?
When and how long should one pray? The Apostle Paul writes: Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). St. Gregory the Theologian writes: “One needs to remember God more often than one breathes.” Ideally, the Christian’s entire life should be imbued with prayer.
Many troubles, sorrows, and tribulations come about because people forget about God. There are criminals who are believers, but at the moment of committing their crimes they did not think about God. It is hard to imagine someone who would commit a murder or theft while thinking about the all-seeing God, from Whom no evil is hidden. And man commits all sin precisely at such times that he does not remember God.
The majority of people are not able to pray during the course of the day, for which reason one needs to find a time, even if a short one, when one can remember God.
In the morning you wake up with thoughts about what needs to get done that day. Before you begin work and getting immersed in the inevitable bustle, dedicate at least a few minutes to God. Stand before God and say: “Lord, Thou hast given me this day; help me to spend it without sin, without blemish; keep me from all evil and misfortune.” And invoke God’s blessing on the day that is beginning.
Throughout the course of the entire day, strive to remember God more frequently. If you do not feel well, turn to Him with prayer: “Lord, I am not well; help me.” If you feel well, say to God: “Lord, glory to Thee; I thank Thee for this joy.” If you are worried about someone, tell God: “Lord, I am worried for him; I am concerned about him; help him.” And so forth throughout the course of the day: whatever happens to you, put it into prayer.
When the day has come to an end and you are ready for bed, remember the past day, thank God for all good things that have taken place, and offer repentance for all those unworthy deeds and sins that you have committed during the day. Ask for God’s help and blessing for the coming night. If you learn to pray like this over the course of every day, you will soon notice how much sounder your life will become.
People often justify their reluctance to pray by the fact that they are too busy and are overloaded with things to do. Yes, many of live in sort of rhythm unlike that of people of antiquity. Sometimes we have to do a great number of things over the course of the day. But in life there are always certain pauses. For example, we might stand at the bus stop for three to five minutes; if we take the train, for twenty or thirty minutes. We dial a number and get a busy signal – another few minutes. Let us at least use these pauses for prayer; let it at least not be wasted time.
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STATEMENT ON THE MIDDLE EAST
BY: ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Blessed are the peacemakers (Matt. 5.9)
We, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, gathered in Dallas, Texas, on September 16 - 18, 2014, prayed “for the peace of the whole world” (from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom) and decried the brutal and bloody violence in the Middle East.
The barbarity perpetrated against Christians, Muslims and vulnerable communities in the Middle East by the self-named Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as other jihadist groups has claimed numerous innocent lives and driven countless people from their homes. It has also threatened the existence of Christian communities, which enjoy an uninterrupted presence there for over two thousand years. Recent hostility not only against Christians and Yazidis, but also against Muslims, has shocked the entire civilized world.
Echoing the statement of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East as well as the other Patriarchs of the East (August 14, 2014), we lament and denounce the egregious and barbarous incidents in the area, including religious intolerance and fanaticism, that erode the social fabric and unity of the region, destroying churches, shrines and monuments, which are the common heritage of all Christians and, indeed, all humanity.
Along with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, “we cannot remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when caused by religious hatred and racial hostility” (August 13, 2014). The recent horrific events in Iraq and Syria, Libya and Egypt, and especially in Palestine and Lebanon, demonstrate the dire consequences of remaining complacent in the face of evil.
In this regard, we affirm the Message of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches (March 9, 2014), which called “for the immediate cessation of military action, liberation of captives, and establishment of peace in the region through dialogue,” stressing “that Christians in the Middle East are a leaven of peace" and emphasizing that “peace for all people also means peace for Christians.”
1) We affirm our solidarity with and pray for the safety of Christians in the Middle East, committing ourselves to work for peace and justice in the region.
2) We support international efforts to resolve the Israel-Palestine issue, ensuring the security, freedom and human rights of their peoples, and bringing peace to the Holy Land.
3) We encourage all people of good will to support agencies, already hard at work throughout the region, in their efforts to assist the displaced populations in order that they may return to their homes.
4) We urge governments and authorities to insist upon the fundamental human rights and religious freedom of all, urgently establish the rule of law, and immediately desist from supporting extremist groups and oppressive governments whether through financial means or military arms.
5) We urge the United Nations and the international community, and especially the government of our United States of America, to establish policies that promote peace and justice for all in the region, while refraining from all forms of violence.
6) We firmly reiterate our call for the immediate release of our brothers, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Paul Yazigi and the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop John Ibrahim, both of Aleppo in Syria, who were kidnapped on April 22, 2013, as well as the release of all innocent captives.
Finally, above and beyond our appeal and prayer for peace and justice, mindful that “what is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18.27), we place our ultimate hope in “God, who is the source of peace” (Rom. 16:20).
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 5 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.
IN MEMORY OF (MEMORY ETERNAL!):
Joseph & Estelle Star, by son Father Roman and family
Paul & Alexandra Yupco, Basil & Ellen Starinshak, by grandson, Father Roman and family
John & Anna Witkowski, by daughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Samuel & Mary Kupec, by granddaughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Parents, Helen & John Andrayko and sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko
My husband, Joe; my sisters, Margaret & Ross Falsetti, Anna & Mike Elaschat, Theresa & Pete Harvilla, Irene, & brothers, Michael, John & Edwin (newly departed) Rusko; niece, Rose Mary Hough; Joe’s brothers, Raymond & Walter Nossal, & sisters, Theresa, Florence & Helen Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Pete & Theresa Harvilla, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski + + + My husband, Michael Rusko, by Joan Rusko
Parents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Marion Pallas; Nina Isagholian; Fr. Photius Donahue; Mother Benedicta; Michelle Tucker (40th-Day), by Sister Ioanna
Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family
Michelle Tucker (40th-Day, 10/7), by brother, Fr. Daneil
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 & 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
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.
Offering the Holy Bread that will become the Sacred Body of Christ and received in Holy Communion is a great honor and privilege, and it is a wonderful way to commemorate one’s living and departed loved ones. It also is a very meaningful way of celebrating special events, such as birthdays & anniversaries, graduations, weddings, births & baptisms. Donations are $25 for a month.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2015: January: John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna; February: Matushka Rose Marie; March: Libby Glover-Booher; April: Deborah Hartz; May: Vasiliki Stamoulis; June: John Andrayko; July: Matushka Rose Marie; August: Sister Ioanna; September: Deborah Hartz; October: John Andrayko; November: Sister Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family. The 2015 Prosfora Schedule is now complete. Thank you to the donors.
(1) MAKE SURE YOU PLAN TO ATTEND OUR FALL PARISH POT-LUCK DINNER, SUN., OCT. 26, AFTER LITURGY Please contact Mary Ann Harvilla to confirm that you are coming and what you will bring for the pot-luck.
PLEASE NOTE: IN OUR PRINTED BULLETIN WE MUST CALL 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 ALL OF OUR PARISHIONERS, WE EXPECT TO HAVE MANY PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE PARISH, INCLUDING CLERGY WHO WILL COME AFTER THEIR OWN SERVICES ARE OVER. SO WE MIGHT HAVE AS MANY AS 75 PEOPLE. SO, DEAR PARISHIONERS, PLEASE BRING SOME EXTRA SPECIAL NICE FOOD, AND LOTS OF IT, SO WE CAN FEED OUR VISITORS.
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. THE PARISH IS ALSO PLANNING TO PRESENT HIM WITH A GROUP GIFT, FOR WHICH YOUR DONATION -- OF WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD -- WILL ENABLE US TO PAY FOR. AFTER THE MEAL WE WILL HAVE A SHORT PROGRAM. IF ANYONE HAS A PERSONAL GIFT, WE WOULD WELCOME YOU PRESENTING IT DURING OUR PROGRAM, ALONG WITH A FEW COMMENTS THAT YOU WISH TO MAKE. 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)
WE HAVE ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT, AND WE NEED A HEAD-COUNT, SO PLEASE LET MARY ANN HARVILLA (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND/OR SISTER IOANNA (email@example.com) KNOW: (1) THAT YOU ARE COMING, AND HOW MANY OF YOU; (2) WHAT FOOD YOU WILL BRING; (3) HOW MUCH FOR A GROUP DONATION YOU CAN GIVE; (4) AND THAT YOU WILL BRING A CARD. IF SHOPPING OR FOOD PREPARATION IS DIFFICULT, YOU CAN GIVE A CASH DONATION FOR FOOD, AND WE WILL BUY WHAT IS APPROPRIATE ON YOUR BEHALF. 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. [ONLY PARISHIONERS ARE BEING ASKED TO BRING FOOD AND MAKE A DONATION. ]
(2) OUR NEXT MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th.
Our monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group that has been meeting monthly since June, will continue to meet for fellowship and a lively, thought-provoking discussion following a casual pot-luck lunch, on one Sunday (2nd or 3rd) a month after coffee hour, at the St. Innocent Monastic Community. The fellowship, discussion and food are all most enjoyable and pleasant. The next gathering is NEXT SUNDAY, October 19th. The November gathering will be on November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) 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
(In addition to regular weekly: 7pm Wednesday Service; 4pm Saturday Great Vespers; 10am Sunday Liturgy)
◆ 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
◆ Monday, October 20th, 10:30am, "Rebel Nun: St. Maria of Paris, OCW Presentation by Fr. Roman, at St. Thomas Church, Farm. Hills
◆ 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
◆ 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
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
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
Thursday, October 16th, noon-2:00, Redford Ministerial Alliance Monthly Meeting, El Bethel Church, Grand River
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
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
MITERED ARCHPRIEST ROMAN STAR HONORED FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE
On Sunday, September 28th, the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) held its 4th Annual Benefit Concert, performed by the Orthodox Choir of Detroit, to benefit the IOCC’s aid to the suffering in the Middle East and North Africa. Approximately 35 singers, directed by Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit, performed a variety of Orthodox liturgical music in English, before an enthusiastic audience of several hundred people. The free-will offering benefits the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in its aid for the suffering people in the Middle East and North Africa. (Click here for a full photo-report slide show here on our church website.)
Protopresbyter Laurence Lazar, Dean of St. George Romanian Cathedral in Southfield, and current Spiritual Advisor of the COCC and Acting President of the Clergy Brotherhood, chose to use this COCC-sponsored event as the occasion for publicly honoring Mitered Archpriest Roman Star for his 30 years of dedicated service to the COCC and to the Clergy Brotherhood of Metro-Detroit, and the overall Orthodox community of Metro-Detroit. He gave his tribute near the end of the concert, and spoke about Fr. Roman’s great contributions to the Orthodox Church community. Fr. Laurence then presented Fr. Roman with a gift from the Clergy Brotherhood of a beautiful contemporary Illuminated Gospel of St. Matthew by iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. After the Vice President of the COCC presented Fr. Roman with a bouquet of flowers, the Choir sang Many Years as a tribute to Fr. Roman.
It wa most appropriate for Fr. Roman to be publicly honored at a COCC function, because for 30 years he has sacrificially dedicated himself to promoting Inter-Orthodox unity and good relations among the almost 40 canonical Orthodox churches and their clergy in the Metropolitan-Detroit area and throughout Southern Michigan, through leadership positions with the COCC and the Clergy Brotherhood, including many years as president of both organizations. He has sought to reach out into the metropolitan community making Orthodoxy more visible, and to serve through education, music, mission/evangelism and charity. The current President of the COCC, Richard Shebib, wrote in the September-October 2014 issue of the COCC’s 20-page bi-monthly publication, “Good Works,” that if it were not for Fr. Roman’s “devoted service, there would not be a Clergy Brotherhood nor a Council of Orthodox Christian Churches in Detroit today,” and commends him for his “30 years of devoted and dedicated service,” saying that “he always kept the COCC a viable organization...We owe Fr. Roman a debt of gratitude...” (Article abbreviated in the printged bulletin, for lack of space. See the complete article with photos here on our church website, under News & Photos, 2014)