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 5, 2014 Dean, Central States Deanery, Patriarchal Parishes
Cell Phone: 313-319-0590
ASSISTANT PRIEST: Rev. DANEIL SHIRAK ✞ 313-295-3073
DEACON: Rev. Dn. Michael Comerford
EPISTLE: 2nd Corinthians 6:16 – 7:1 (#182-ctr) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Luke 6:31-36 (#26) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 8 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Martyr Charitina of Amisus (304). Ss. Peter, Aleksy, Jonah, Philip, and Germogén, Metropolitans of Moscow and All Russia. Ven. Damian the Healer (1097), Jeremiah (ca. 1070), and Matthew (ca. 1085), Clairvoyants, of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves). St. Charitina, Princess of Lithuania (1281). Hieromartyr Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria (264-264). Martyr Memelta of Persia (ca. 344).
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 Shirak Tucker (40th-Day, Monday, October 6th), sister of Fr. Daneil Shirak
Edwin Rusko (newly-departed, 1 September), brother of Rose Nossal
Joseph Kopcho, whose Anniversary of his repose is Today, Sunday, 5 October, by cousin, Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose-Marie
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)
Patricia & John Harbut, who celebrate their Anniversary Today, Sunday, 5 October
St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community, that celebrates its Patronal Feastday, Tomorrow, October 6th
* MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! *
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Tuesday 10/7 7pm PANIKHIDA for 40th-Day of Michelle Tucker
Wednesday 10/8 7pm NO SERVICE TONIGHT
Saturday 10/11 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 10/12 18th Sunday After Pentecost
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
Feastdays this week: Mon, 10/6: St. Innocent of Alaska; Thurs, 10/9: St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow ; Sat: 10/11 Apostle/Deacon St. Philip
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
[PRINTED BULLETIN, PAGES 2 & 3]
In 1824, 30 years after the establishment of the Russian Orthodox mission on Kodiak Island, a new phase of mission work among the Alaskan people commenced. At that time Fr. John Veniaminov, a 27-year old priest, arrived on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska, Alaska, with his wife and family, thus beginning the 37 years of missionary work in Alaska of St. Innocent, Apostle to America. On Unalaska the young Fr. John built the Holy Ascension Church (photo to the right).
Fr. John was born in 1797 in the small village of Anga, near Irkutsk, Siberia, seven years before the glorification of St. Innocent of Irkutsk. After his father reposed, the future saint lived with his uncle, the parish deacon, in the family house in Anga (photo to the left). Then, for eleven years he attended the school that St. Innocent had established in Irkutsk. Thus, it was very appropriate when Fr. John later received his monastic name in honor of St. Innocent of Irkutsk, the "Holy Man of Siberia."
The brilliant future saint and bishop had numerous gifts in addition to his zeal and love of God. Besides being a scholar, linguist, scientist and writer, he also had many practical and technical skills. In Alaska he worked tirelessly on behalf of the people. He learned the Aleut and other native languages and created written alphabets for them, so he could translate the catechism, liturgical books and Bible for the natives and teach them to read. His famous book, The Indication of the Path to the Kingdom of Heaven has gone through countless editions in many languages (the photo to the right shows an 1899 edition), and is an Orthodox spiritual classic.
An original copy of his translation of the Gospel of St. Matthew into the Aleut language (photo to the left), that includes some of his own hand-written notes, is still in the Ascension Cathedral in Unalaska.
Throughout his 43-years of missionary work in Alaska and Siberia, the saint traveled extensively, teaching and preaching to the people, who loved him for his gentleness and compassion. As Fr. Herman also had done, Fr. John taught the natives practical skills: construction, carpentry, gardening, animal husbandry, metalworking. He built churches, orphanages and schools, where trades were taught along with religion and traditional studies.
While on a trip to Moscow on behalf of his Alaskan mission work, Fr. John’s wife died, and in 1840, he was tonsured a monk, given the name Innocent, in honor of the first Bishop of Irkutsk, and glorified in 1804, and consecrated as the first resident Bishop of Alaska. Bishop Innocent traveled throughout his large, new diocese, preaching and serving in the native languages, expanding his prior work. His diocesan center was in Sitka, where he built the St. Michael Cathedral (photo to the right), and established a seminary to train native clergy. (This work is continued today at the St. Herman Seminary on Kodiak Island.)
The seminary was located in the Bishop's House (photo to the left) which St. Innocent built, and where he lived. [The Bishop of Alaska continued to live in that house until about 1970, when the State of Alaska bought the historic buillding, restored it, and converted it into a museum. The second floor has been restored to its appearance when St. Innocent lived there, including the still functioning Chapel and bishop's quarters, and includes one of the clocks and some of the furniture that St. Innocent made.]
In 1852 Bishop Innocent’s diocese was enlarged to an archdiocese, to include the northeastern areas of Siberia. When he moved the center of his activity to Yakutsk in Siberia, he appointed an auxiliary bishop for Alaska. In spite of his requests to retire due to ill health, in 1869 (just two years after Russia sold Alaska to the United States), St. Innocent was made Metropolitan of Moscow (the Head of the entire Russian Orthodox Church), from where he continued to watch over his former mission fields. When St. Innocent reposed in 1879, he was buried at the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Monastery in Sergiev Posad, about 45 miles north of Moscow. He was glorified as a saint in 1977, and now his relics are in a very prominent place, in front of the left front pillar in the Dormition Cathedral at the Lavra (photo to the right).
As a result of the missionary work of St. Herman and St. Innocent, many thousands of native Alaskans came to know the Lord, and Orthodoxy was established in America, of which all Orthodox people in America are heirs today.
In the photo to the left we see a contemporary Russian icon, which includes scenes from the saint's life.
In the photo to the right is a small detail showing St. Innocent of Alaska, which is a part of a full-wall size icon of the first five of the American saints, painted/written in 1971 by Fr. Theodore Jurewicz of Erie, Pennsylvania, and located on the solea of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford, Michigan.
By Sister Ioanna, St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community, Redford, Michigan
All the photos are by the author, except for the icon with scenes from the saint's life at the top, which is © by the OCA, and is located in the OCA Chancery in Syosset, Long Island, New York.
TROPARION TO ST. INNOCENT OF ALASKA
(Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Melody)
O Holy Father Innocent,
In obedience to the will of God,
You accepted dangers and tribulations,
Bringing many peoples to the knowledge of Truth.
You showed us the way,
Now by your prayers help lead us
into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Panel Icon of St. Innocent, by Fr. Theodore Jurewicz,
with a particle of his relics,
at St. Innocent Orthodox Church, Redford, Michigan
[PRINTED BULLETIN, PAGE 4]
Here is the Schedule/Calendar for the Month of October. For a better-formatted and printable version, go to the Calendar page on our church website: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html
| Sep 28
| Sep 29
|| Sep 30
| Nov 1
Please consult the Sunday bulletin for changes to the monthly calendar.
[PRINTED BULLETIN PAGE 5]
CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 28 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 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 (2nd Anniversary, 9/27); Marion Pallas; Nina Isagholian; Fr. Photius Donahue; Mother Benedicta; Michelle Tucker (newly departed, 8/28), by Sister Ioanna + + + All Friends & Family, by Margie Martell + + + All Family & Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt
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 + + + All Family and Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt
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) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
(5) THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE MOWED OUR CHURCH YARD & WORKED IN OUR GARDENS.
(6) OUR NEXT MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th.
(7) READ OUR 6-PAGE WEEKLY BULLETIN ON-LINE on our church website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com
(8) OUR LOCAL ODO HAS MERGED WITH FOCUS NORTH AMERICA & IS NOW “FOCUS + MOTOR CITY!”
For more info about both groups, visit: www.orthodoxdetroitoutreach.org, and http://focusnorthamerica.org
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
[PRINTED BULLETIN PAGE 6]
SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS
(In addition to regular weekly: 7pm Wednesday Service; 4pm Saturday Great Vespers; 10am Sunday Liturgy)
◆ Tuesday, October 7th, 7pm, PANIKHIDA, for 40th-Day of Michelle Tucker
◆ 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
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
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
WHO IS ST. INNOCENT?
There are two St. Innocents, as shown in the icon to the left. The first one is St. Innocent of Irkutsk (ear-kootsk). Most American Orthodox are not acquainted with this St. Innocent, and when they hear his name, they think it is the same person as the second St. Innocent, St. Innocent of Alaska, Metropolitan of Moscow and Apostle to America.
St. Innocent of Irkutsk, originally from European Russia, was the first bishop of Irkutsk, the largest city in eastern Siberia, and was a missionary to the Native people of the region. He fell asleep in the Lord in 1731, and was universally glorified as a saint in 1804. His relics remain incorrupt to this day, and countless healings have occurred by venerating his relics and through the prayers of the saint. Called the "Holy Man of Siberia," he was the patron of all the missionaries to Alaska, when it was part of Russia and called "Russian America." One of the things this first St. Innocent did was to establish a seminary/school in Irkutsk. (See two accounts of his Life on our church website for more information and many photos: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/lifeofstinnocentofirkutsk.html and also http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/lifeofstinnocent.html.)
St. Innocent of Alaska was born about 200 miles from Irkutsk in 1797, and he studied for 11 years at the very school that the previous Bishop Innocent of Irkutsk had established in Irkutsk. As a young man, this second St. Innocent was a married priest named Fr. John Veniaminov (ven-ya-meen-off). He moved from Irkutsk to Alaska with his family, and labored there as a missionary priest to the Native Alaskan people for 16 years. When his wife died, he became a monk and was given the monastic name of "Innocent," in honor of the saint of his Eastern Siberian homeland, St. Innocent of Irkutsk. This second "Innocent" was then consecrated Bishop of Alaska and Eastern Siberia, and he continued his missionary labors for an additional 27 years, before he was chosen Metropolitan of Moscow. He was universally glorified as a saint in 1977. As the Apostle to America and Enlightener of Siberia, this second St. Innocent continued the missionary work that the first St. Innocent had begun. (See an account of his Life on our church website: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/lifeofstinnocentofalaska.html for more information and many photos. This Life of St. Innocent is also in this week's bulletin, pages 2 &3 above.)
Our St. Innocent Church is dedicated in honor of St. Innocent of Irkutsk, (founded in 1967, 10 years before St. Innocent of Alaska was canonized/glorified as a saint). Our St. Innocent Monastic Community is dedicated to St. Innocent of Alaska as its patron.
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS, NOT IN PRINTED BULLETIN — ANNOUNCEMENTS:
(1) OUR NEXT MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th.
Our monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group that has been meeting monthly since June, will continue to meet for fellowship and a lively, thought-provoking discussion following a casual pot-luck lunch, on one Sunday (2nd or 3rd) a month after coffee hour, at the St. Innocent Monastic Community. The fellowship, discussion and food are all most enjoyable and pleasant. The next gathering is SUNDAY, October 19th. The November gathering will be on November 9th. All are welcome. Mark your calendars.
(2) 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).
(3) ON-GOING CHARITABLE WORKS AT ST. INNOCENT
(1) Please continue to help the needy in our community by bringing in food, clothing, toiletries, household items, children’s toys, school supplies, etc., most of which is delivered to the REDFORD INTERFAITH RELIEF (RIR), a local organization run by Redford churches, of which St. Innocent is a very active member. They also welcome household, family & children’s items. Please don't bring in any more summer clothes, but bring WINTER clothes: coats, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, boots, and sweaters (2) Also we continue, as always, to collect donations for the OCMC (Orthodox Christian Missions Center) CANISTER PROGRAM (to support mission priests). (The OCMC canister is by the candle stand.) (3) Please also continue to bring in your empty, clean pop cans and bottles, the refund from which we send to the ST. INNOCENT BOYS’ ORPHANAGE IN TIJUANA, MEXICO, as we have been doing for about 9 years. (4) And your USED EYE GLASSES are given to the Lions Club’s Eyes for the Needy program, and volunteers fix them up and distribute eyeglasses to the needy in 3rd- world countries.
OTHER SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING MATERIALS NOT IN THIS WEEK'S PRINTED BULLETIN
(1) Are tragic events the result of collective sins of nations or other groups? This idea is very unpopular in our secular Western and American society. But Patriarch Kirill of Moscow expresses the belief that recognizing historical tragedies as the consequences of our sins is 100% biblical, as seen throughout the Old Testament. Read a fascinating sermon by Patriarch Kirill in which he discusses the experience of the role of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in saving Moscow three times in the broader context of discerning God's role in history. Read it on the pravmir.com website: http://www.pravmir.com/the-vladimir-icon-and-gods-role-in-history/ This topic was discussed in our monthly Discussion Group last Sunday, 9/21. This issue is part of the broader question that every person wonders about: why do things happen the way they do? We might possibly continue this discussion at our next Discussion Group gathering on October 19th.
(2) While you're at the pravmir.com website look around at the numerous other articles there and see what interests you. You might like the 32-part seriesON PRAYER by Metropolitan Hilarion (Head of the Department of External Church Relations). Read it here: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer/ We will start having these short homilies in our printed bulletin soon. Parts 1, 2 & 3 have already been formatted for 2 pages of our bulletin, and might be in next week's bulletin.
(3) The pravmir website has started publishing a series of articles about the Orthodox Faith by Patriarch Kirill, under the title, "Word of a Pastor." Five parts have been published on-line so far. Each part is between 1 and 2 pages. Take a look: http://www.pravmir.com/word-pastor-faith/ Part One -- FAITH -- was in our printed bulletin (pages 3 & 4) 2 week's ago. Part 2 -- ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD -- was in last week's bulletin (page 3) and we will be having the other parts in future bulletins, adding each new part when it is added to the pravmir web site.
(4) To read about the on-going work of the IOCC (International Orthdox Christian Charities) in helping the suffering in natural and man-made disasters, go to their website: http://www.iocc.org/ Their recent up-date is about helping the hundreds of thousands who are now homeless in the devasting flooding in Pakistan. http://www.iocc.org/news/9-12-14pakistan-flooding.aspx. Now there is a second article: http://www.iocc.org/news/9-19-14pakistan.aspx
(5) ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS CONCLUDES
The fifth annual meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America recently gathered in Dallas, Texas — on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 16th, 17th and 18th. At the conclusion of the meeting they issued 2 statements, one to the Orthodox Faithful of the United States, and the second, a statement about the conflicts 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.