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Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League

In 2008 St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, in Southfield, MI, saw a new beginning, a renewed commitment to the future of the Orthodox Church. In September of that year the parish organized a new chapter of the Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League. Under the guidance of their Spiritual Advisor, Father Paul Bodnarchuk; Senior Chapter Advisor, Liza Symonenko; and newly elected president Natalie Serdiuk, the chapter began to take shape. As the saying goes, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” and the parish has a plentiful harvest of acorns, 17 of which are registered Jr. U.O.L. members.

Over the course of the last couple years the chapter has grown into a stable and integral part of this parish. The children have taken Christ’s instruction to “let their light shine before all men” literally, by serving those in their own congregation and beyond.

Chapter members have undertaken a number of activities in their efforts to be of service and to aid others. The parish has benefited from the children working in the kitchen, providing food to break parishioner’s Sunday morning fast, holding annual Christmas and Pascha stores (where parishioners can acquire many items needed to celebrate the holidays – from kutia to kovbasa), participating in church services, planning and performing a Christmas program, decorating the church for holidays, creating, printing and passing out commemorative bookmarks, icons and leaflets to mark various Church Feast days, delivering Holy Water during Theophany to the elderly and shutins, as well as blessed Easter baskets during Pascha. The local community has benefitted from the children collecting non-perishable foods for a local food pantry, clothing and toiletries for St. Herman’s Monastery (homeless shelter), cleaning gravesites of parishioners, as well as strangers, writing letters and sending funds to support the OPM (Orthodox Prison Ministry). 

The world community has benefited from the children collecting funds to aid the less fortunate in Ukraine (St. Andrew’s Soup Kitchen), Haiti (Earthquake relief), donating funds and supplies to the I.O.C.C. (International Orthodox Christian Charities), etc. 

In 2009 the Jr. U.O.L. chapter from our parish was awarded the “Chapter of the Year” award during the annual Ukrainian Orthodox League Convention. This was quite the accomplishment considering it was the chapter’s first year in existence. In their second year, 2010, the chapter has earned awards in the Cultural Contest for the category they entered. Additionally, the children once again entered the essay contests for their age groups and brought home a number of awards, certificates and icons. More important than the recognition and awards, is the fact that the children are growing in the way’s of the Lord – learning to love and care for their neighbors, learning compassion, selflessness and dedication to the Church. Not only are they Ukrainian, they are Orthodox – the best of both the physical and spiritual worlds. All these activities aid our children, our little acorns, to spread their branches and reach towards God. May they continue to grow tall and strong in their faith. May Christ, our God, always be with them, helping them, guiding them and motivating them to do His work! 

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! Слава Ісусу Христу! Слава на віки! 

Elizabeth Symonenko

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Update: Georgia Kereluik is doing very well after her surgery this past Monday and I am happy to report that her son, Greg let me know that his mom is back home today. Her doctors at U of M Hospital agree, as we already know, that she was a "rock star" through her surgery and recovery. Her family & Georgia express their thanks for all your prayers and support.

Субота, 11 листопада / Saturday, November 11
9:00 a.m. Школа - Молебень (просимо приїжджати вчасно)
School - Moleben begins at 9:00 a.m. - please come on time

NO VESPERS / Не буде Вечірні

EVENTS:
1:00 p.m. Renowned Orthodox author Frederica Mathewes-Green will be giving a talk at St. Mark Orthodox Church at 400 West Hamlin Rochester Hills 48307 will be speaking on the topic of "Men, Women, and Marriage: The Building Blocks of the Church" Meet Frederica

UKRAINIAN AMERICAN ARCHIVES & MUSEUM
GRAND OPENING
Saturday, November 11th
Time: 4 p.m. - 7p.m.
RIBBON CUTTING at 5:00

9630 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck 48212
Урочисте відкриття нового приміщення музею (Укр. Амер. Архів-Музей Детройту)
Субота, 11 листопада
4:00-7:00 веч.
Відкриття офіційне о 5:00 год.
Адреса: 9630 Joseph Campau
Hamtramck 48212

Неділя, 12 листопада / Sunday, November 12
9:30 Confession / Сповідь - please be considerate of Father Paul and be on time
10:00 Divine Liturgy / Св. Літургія

11:45 Панахида родина Петруші /Panachyda - Petrusha Family
Обід - Сестриці запрошують / Lunch hosted by the Sisterhood

12:30 Засідання парафіяльної управи - Meeting of the Parish Council

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

SATURDAYS

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

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Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Thursday , November 23, 2017
(Julian calendar:
Thursday , November 10, 2017)

Apostle Herodion
Apostles Erastus, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipater, Quartus, and Tertius of the Seventy (1st c.).
Commemoration of the torture of Great-martyr George (303) (Georgia).
Martyr Orestes of Cappadocia (304).
Ven. Theocteristus, abbot of Symbola on Mt. Olympus.


Apostle: 2Thess. 2:13–3:5
Gospel: Luk. 13:1-9

Thursday , November 23, 2017
(Julian calendar:
Thursday , November 10, 2017)

Luk. 13:1-9
1 Now there were some present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answered and said unto them, Think ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, think ye that they were offenders above all the men that dwell in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
6 And he spake this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none.
7 And he said unto the vinedresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why doth it also cumber the ground?
8 And he answering saith unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9 and if it bear fruit thenceforth, [well]; but if not, thou shalt cut it down.

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