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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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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)