Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization (ODUM)

The Simon Petlura Detroit Chapter of the Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization (ODUM) was formed in 1953. Throughout its existence there have been many active members including Peter Kytasty, Lida (Korol) Kytasty, Jurij and Taisa Rozhin, Luba (Khudiak) Zura, Halyna and Vasyl Kolosiuk, Nina (Vovenko) Starostenko, Lesia Ciura, Alexander Siomka, Andriy Smyk, Vera Petrusha and others. The cultural work of the chapter flourished – a newsletter was published, choirs were organized, a theater group was formed and presented the play Bondarivna as well as the Fialky young women’s singing ensemble led by P. Kytasty. There was also a volleyball team in the 1970s. Members of the ODUM chapter participated in cultural programs presented by the Detroit Ukrainian community and helped organize Ukrainian cultural evenings at local universities to better inform others about the history and culture of Ukraine. 

In 2010, the leadership of the ODUM Detroit chapter are: Ivan Kytasty (President), Anatoli Murha (1st VP), Halya Petrusha- Zarewych (2nd VP & youth chairperson), Natalie Prytula (Treasurer). In the summer of 2010, ten scouts camped at the ODUM “Ukraina” encampment near London, Ontario in Canada. Participants included: Gabriel Poletz, Maxym and Zynoviy Birko, Tatiana and Emiliya Smyk, Timko and Evdokia Blysniuk, Yarko Petrusha, Zachary and Ava Zarewych.


ODUM celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2010 and in 2011, the 50th anniversary of ODUM camps. From July 1-4, 2011 there will be a Jamboree of all past and present members of ODUM at “Ukraina” near London, Canada. There will be sporting competitions, concerts, a dance and other activities for young and old. The plans for this event are being coordinated by Vera Petrusha (elected President of ODUM Central Committee) and Sonia Smyk (2nd VP and Camp Chairperson). 

Andrew Smyk

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Слава Ісусу Христу!

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.