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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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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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Sunday , September 24, 2017
(Julian calendar:
Sunday , September 11, 2017)

Ven. Theodora of Alexandria

16th Sunday after Pentecost.
  Tone 7

Sunday before Exaltation.
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Ven. Theodora of Alexandria (490).
Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Euanthia, and their son Demetrian at Skepsis on the Hellespont (1st c.).
Martyrs Diodorus, Didymus, and Diomedes of Laodicea (4th c.). Martyr Ia of Persia and 9,000 Martyrs with her (363).
Ven. Euphrosynus the Cook of Alexandria (9th c.).


Matins Gospel (5): Luke 24:12-35

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Apostle: 2Cor. 6:1-10
Gospel: Mat. 25:14-30

Sunday , September 24, 2017
(Julian calendar:
Sunday , September 11, 2017)

Mat. 25:14-30
14 For [it is] as [when] a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.
16 Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents.
17 In like manner he also that [received] the two gained other two.
18 But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them.
20 And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 And he also that [received] the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter;
25 and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.
26 But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter;
27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.
28 Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away.
30 And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

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