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Our history

Parish Board. 1951

In March of 1950 a group of Ukrainian new immigrants in the Detroit area resolved to establish a parish under the  Protection of the Virgin Mary, the Protectress of the dispossessed. The founders of the parish were Maxim Boychuk, Ivan Lukianchuk, Michael Boyko, Peter Trepet, Paul Palanytsia, Michael Kos, Eng. Liampychkyj, Dmytro Liubansky, Ivan Kytasty, Mykola Liskiwskyi, Peter Fylonenko, Hryhorij Kytasty, Serghij Fursa, Wasyl Kotovych, Wasyl Kitsul, Ivan Scherbij. 

The parish became a cathedral under the spiritual guidance of Bishop Volodymyr who fell asleep in the Lord in 1967 – to this day, his bishop’s staff stands by the iconostasis.

29 streetFor 20 years, the parish was located on 29th Street and Michigan Avenue in Detroit. In 1970, after many years of fundraising and planning, the parish family moved to the current location in Southfield, Michigan. 

A very active group of parishioners were involved with the site selection and building of the new parish complex, they were: Mytro Jarosh, Mykola Szwed, Mykola Oleksienko, Ivan Romanchuk, Leonid Kowal, Ivan
Zholobetsky and others. The Southfield location was scouted by the parish council, Father Mykola Lytwakiwsky and President of the Parish Council Ivan Zholobetsky (along with his daughter Alexandra Misiong) and then the fundraising began in earnest. A building committee was formed and consisted of Vitalij Brylko, Roman Sepell, Peter Kytasty and Serge Omelchenko all engineers or businessmen. The architect responsible for the design of the church and hall was Alexander Nazaretz. The project was further coordinated by subsequent parish council presidents Mykola Samokyshyn and Fedir Fedorenko. In 1985, the building and mounting of the new iconostasis was completed. Mykola Liskiwskyi designed and built the iconostas and the icons from the studio of Boris Makarenko (Yonkers, NY) were installed with the framework. 


verbnaIn 1972 Father Nestor Stolarchuk came to our parish as an energetic pastor and during his 15 years of work many aspects of our parish life flourished – Lesia Ukrainka School of Religious and Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian Orthodox League as well as the scouting organization of ODUM. Once Fr. Nestor retired, Fr. Mykola Newmerzyckyj served our parish for 13 years until his health required him to serve a smaller parish. Fr. Pawlo Bodnarchuk has been with the parish for over 13 years now and brings with him a great love for his faith and Ukraine. 


Many events have occurred during the course of these 60 years – many of the founders and parish activists have left this earthly life and we who remain must care for our Church and preserve our Ukrainian identity . Our mission and responsibility is to safeguard our next generations allowing them to grow and thrive within the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and to understand the Mother Church in Ukraine.We are obliged to give these children the opportunity to learn Ukrainian, the traditions of Ukraine and our Orthodox faith. We must treasure and appreciate each parishioner - for every individual is unique and irreplaceable. Let us also appreciate and respect our spiritual leaders and the hierarchs of the UOC of the USA and Ukraine.

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Slava Isusu Christu! 
Слава Ісусу Христу!

Субота . Saturday, JUNE 3 -
10:00 a.m. Свята Літургія – Батьківська або Родительська Субота

Please come on Saturday to attend Memorial Sunday Services when we have an opportunity to pray for all our family members who have Fallen Asleep in the Lord. The day before the Feast of Pentecost is one set aside by the Orthodox Church for remembrance and prayer for those who are no longer with us.

Перед святкуванням свята Тройці, з давніх давен у Православній Церкві відбувається особлива поминальна служба: Троїцька батьківська поминальна субота. В суботу звершується поминальна літургія, після якої служиться вселенська панахида.
Свято Святої Тройці – це свято заснування Церкви, тож не дивно, що святі отці вирішили напередодні цього свята поминати всіх раніш спочилих отців, матерів, братів та сестер наших. Таким чином і їх прилучити до свята заснування Церкви Христової. В день заснування Церкви, день Святої Трійці, Дух Божий все в світі освятив: і живих, і померлих. Тому отці Церкви від заснування Церкви поминали померлих, своїх батьків, братів і сестер.

4:00 p.m. – Wedding Service
Lilya Gerasymchuk & Nicholas Hadjicharalambous

5:00 p.m. - NO Vesper services
Неділя . Sunday, JUNE 4 – 10:00 a.m. Свята Літургія /Divine Liturgy
Неділя 8-ма після Пасхи.
ДЕНЬ СВЯТОЇ ТРОЙЦІ. П'ЯТИДЕСЯТНИЦЯ
Pentecost – Trinity Sunday
The holy and great feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, that gave life to the
Church 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ, will be celebrated on this Sunday, June 4. No one should be absent from the Divine Liturgy of
that day, the 'Birthday' of the Church. What a great joy we have all experienced when we have gathered together for the feast, as the Lord calls us.

12:00 p.m. – Baptism. Pokerwinski Family
2:00 p.m. – Wedding Service
Ivanka Shchur & Ihor Olkhovetskyy
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SUNDAYS

Confession: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

SATURDAYS

Vespers: 5:00 PM
Confession: 5:40 PM

CHURCH HOLIDAYS

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Monday , July 24, 2017
(Julian calendar:
Monday , July 11, 2017)

Blessed Equal-to-the-Apostles Olha, great princess of Kyiv

8th Week after Pentecost.   

Commemoration of the Miracle (451) of Great-martyr Euphemia the All-praised, of Chalcedon (+304).
Hieromartyr Cindeus of Pamphylia (3rd-4th c.).
Blessed Equal-to-the-Apostles Olha, princess of Kyiv, in holy baptism called Helen (969).


Apostle: 1Cor. 9:13-18
Gospel: Mat. 16:1-6

To Equal-to-the-Apostles:
Apostle: 2Cor. 6:1-10
Gospel: Luk. 7:36-50

Monday , July 24, 2017
(Julian calendar:
Monday , July 11, 2017)

Luk. 7:36-50
36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
37 And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting at meat in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment,
38 and standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee that had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him, that she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Teacher, say on.
41 A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty.
42 When they had not [wherewith] to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that even forgiveth sins?
50 And he said unto the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

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