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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Every Friday, Kolomejka Dance group rehearsals from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Every Monday, 7:00 p.m. -Weekly choir practice / Репетиції хору

Sunday, March 25th Annual Parish Meeting – please take care of any outstanding membership dues for 2017

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to make over 1000 varenyky on February 28-March 1: Ludmila Adler, Oksana Heba, Georgia Kereluik, Barb Kowalenko, Christina Legunyak, Olga Liskiwskyi, Sonya Petrusha, Olympia Protsko, Valentyna Shevzoff, Wara Siryj, Nina Starostenko, Natalia VanHoef, Irene Wasylenko, Tanya Wowk, and Ruslana Zahajko.

Saturday, March 3
9:00 a.m. Moleben – school (Шкільний молебень)

9:30 a.m. Confessions / Сповідь

10:00 a.m. Memorial Saturday (Поминальна субота)

5:00 p.m. Vespers

Sunday, March 4
Неділя 2-га Великого посту – Свт. Григорія Палами
2nd Sunday of Great Lent – St. Gregory Palamas
9:30 a.m. Confessions / Сповідь

10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (Св. Літургія)

Luncheon / Обід – Sisterhood St. Olga

2:00 p.m. Свято Шевченка - «Шевченко у Вашингтоні» Український Культурний Центр.
У програмі беруть участь учні школи ім. Лесі Українки, ансамбль «БРЕВІС» та молоді таланти Детройту

Wednesday, March 7
Літургія Ранішосвячених Дарів
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is an evening service. It is the solemn Lenten Vespers with the administration of Holy Communion added to it. There is no consecration of the eucharistic gifts at the presanctified liturgy. Holy Communion is given from the eucharistic gifts sanctified on the previous Sunday at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy hence its name of "presanctified."
6:00 p.m. Confessions (no eating from 12:00 Noon)

6:30 p.m. Liturgy begins

Saturday, March 10
9:00 a.m. Moleben – school (Шкільний молебень)

9:30 a.m. Confessions / Сповідь

10:00 a.m. Memorial Saturday (Поминальна субота)

2:00 p.m. Baptism / Хрестини - Danilo Bilynskyj

5:00 p.m. Vespers

Sunday, March 11 –

FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES – contact Elizabeth Symonenko

Saturday, March 17 - Pysanka...

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


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


Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Monday , March 19, 2018
(Julian calendar:
Monday , March 6, 2018)

St. Helen with Precious Cross

Fifth Week of the Great Lent.   

The 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, including: Constantine, Aetius, Theophilus, Theodore, Melissenus, Callistus, Basoes, and others (845).
Monk-martyrs Conon and his son Conon of Iconium (270-275).
The uncovering of the Precious Cross and the Precious Nails by Empress St. Helen (326).
St. Arcadius, monk, of Cyprus (361), and his disciples Julian and Bulius.

6th hour: Is. 27:3–28:6
Vespers: Gen. 13:12-18; Prov. 14:27–15:4

Monday , March 19, 2018
(Julian calendar:
Monday , March 6, 2018)

Gen. 13:12-18; Prov. 14:27–15:4
12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners against Jehovah exceedingly.
14 And Jehovah said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward and southward and eastward and westward:
15 for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: So that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then may thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for unto thee will I give it.
18 And Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built there an altar unto Jehovah.