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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!

SVIAT VECHIR: JANUARY 6
Please order your Sviat Vechir / Holy Supper tickets by tomorrow, December 31 by contacting either Wara Siryj (586 751-4805) or Vera Murha (734 953-0305) or by email at veramurha@aol.com
Adults: $25 and children ages 7-16 for $15.
We need to have a good headcount in order to prepare for the supper.
COME & HELP: Please volunteer your time to help with preparations, serving and/or clean up, please contact me or stop by the sign up board in the parish hall tomorrow. Come spend the last Sunday of 2017 at Church praying together ...

JR UOL COLLECTIONS for the homeless (Orthodox Detroit Outreach) and ZOE! For Life will be picked up on December 31 by Anna Powers and family. If you haven't yet, please bring your donations of men's socks, protein bars, non-perishable (easy to open) canned goods and gently used or new children's clothing TOMORROW.

Субота, 30 грудня / Saturday, December 30
5:00 p.m. Вечірня | Vespers & confessions following the end of Vespers

Неділя, 31 грудня / Sunday, December 31
9:30 Confession / Сповідь - please be considerate of Father Paul and be on time
10:00 Divine Liturgy / Св. Літургія

FOLLOWING LITURGY on December 31, in the parish hall:
BUY CHRISTMAS ITEMS: You are invited to meet Oles Cheren from Cataract Press (Parma, Ohio) who will visit our parish with a large collection of Ukrainian & English language books, greeting cards, jewelry, mugs, embroideries, t-shirts, scarves and much more. The focus of their display is the Nativity and includes Ukrainian Christmas items. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to our parish. We encourage our members and guests to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Різдвяний парафіяльний вісник – Parish Christmas Bulletin
Дякуючи о. Павлові, ми видрукували наш різдвяний вісник.
Thanks to Fr. Pawlo, we have already published our annual parish Christmas publication.
Here is the link: http://protectress.org/bulletins/drafts/rizdvo_2018.pdf
We have copies at Church – thank you to the...

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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 , January 22, 2018
(Julian calendar:
Monday , January 9, 2018)

Martyr Polyeuctus
Afterfeast of the Theophany.
Martyr Polyeuctus of Mlitene in Armenia (259).
Prophet Shemaiah (Samaia, Semeias) (10th c. B.C.).
St. Peter, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (395), and brother of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa.
Ven. Eustratius the Wonderworker of Tarsus (821).

Monday , January 22, 2018
(Julian calendar:
Monday , January 9, 2018)