Holy Cross Church
Publish Date: 2018-12-16
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Holy Cross Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (248) 477-1677
  • Fax:
  • (248) 477-0231
  • Street Address:

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Services Schedule

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Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 14:16-24

The Lord said this parable: "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"


Saints and Feasts

December 15

Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum, and his mother Anthia

This Saint had Rome as his homeland. Having been orphaned of his father from childhood, he was taken by his mother Anthia to Anicetus, the Bishop of Rome (some call him Anencletus, or Anacletus), by whom he was instructed in the sacred letters (that is, the divine Scriptures). Though still very young in years, he was made Bishop of Illyricum by reason of his surpassing virtue, and by his teachings he converted many unbelievers to Christ. However, during a most harsh persecution that was raised against the Christians under Hadrian (reigned 117-138), the Saint was arrested by the tyrants. Enduring many torments for Christ, he was finally put to death by two soldiers about the year 126. As for his Christ-loving mother Anthia, while embracing the remains of her son and kissing them with maternal affection, she was also beheaded.

December 16

11th Sunday of Luke

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law.

Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to forsake his country, parents, and kinsmen, and to depart to the land of the Canaanites. When he arrived there, God told him, "I will give this land to thy seed" (Gen. 12:7); for this cause, that land was called the "Promised Land," which later became the country of the Hebrew people, and which is also called Palestine by the historians. There, after the passage of twenty-four years, Abraham received God's law concerning circumcision. In the one hundredth year of his life, when Sarah was in her ninetieth year, they became the parents of Isaac. Having lived 175 years altogether, he reposed in peace, a venerable elder full of days.

December 17

Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths

The Prophet Daniel and the Three Children were all descended from the royal tribe of Judah. In the year 599 before Christ, in the reign of Joachim, who was also called Jechonias (I Chron. 3:16, and II Chron. 36:8), while yet children, these righteous ones were led away as captives into Babylon together with the other Jews by Nabuchodonosor. He singled them out from among the other captives to serve him, and renamed them thus: Daniel was named Baltazar; Ananias, Sedrach: Misail, Misach; and Azarias, Abednago. They were reared in the royal court, and taught the wisdom of the Chaldeans; and after the passage of three years, they surpassed all the Chaldean sages (Dan. 1).

Thereafter, Daniel, being still a lad, interpreted that mysterious image seen by Nabuchodonosor in a dream, an image that was composed of different metals, but was shattered and ground to dust by a certain stone which had been hewn out of a mountain without the hand of man. This vision clearly portrayed through the mountain the height of the Virgin's holiness and the power of the Holy Spirit which overshadowed her. Through the image of the Stone, Christ was portrayed, Who was seedlessly born of her, and Who by His coming as the Godman would shatter and destroy all the kingdoms of the world, which were portrayed through the image; and He would raise them that believe in Him into His Heavenly Kingdom, which is eternal and everlasting (ibid. 2:31-45). Thereupon, he signified in prophecy the time of His appearance in the Jordan, the beginning of His preaching of the Gospel, the time of His saving Passion, and the cessation of the worship according to the Mosaic Law, (ibid. 9:14-27). He portrayed most excellently the majestic and dread image of His second coming, presenting by means of words, as with living colours, the fiery throne which shall be set, the Eternal Judge Who shall sit thereon, the river of fire that shall flow forth before Him, the calling to account before the impartial judgment seat, the opened books of each ones deeds, the thousands upon thousands of them that minister to Him, and the ten thousands of them that stand in His presence (ibid. 7: 9-10). Daniel (whose name means "God is judge") was called "man of desires" by the Angels that appeared (ibid. 9:23), because he courageously disdained every desire of the body, even the very bread that is necessary for nourishment. Furthermore, he received this name because, in his longing for the freedom of those of his tribe, and his desire to know their future condition, he ceased not supplicating God, fasting and bending the knee three times a day. Because of this prayer he was cast into the den of lions, after he had been accused by his enemies as a transgressor of the decree issued through the proclamation of the king, that no one should worship or ask for anything from God or from men for thirty days, but only from the king. But having stopped the mouths of the lions by divine might, and appearing among them as though he were a shepherd of sheep, Daniel showed the impious the might of godliness (ibid. 6:1-23).

As for the Three Children, Ananias ("Yah is gracious"), Misail ("Who is what God is?), and Azarias ("Yah is keeper"), since they refused to offer adoration to Nabuchodonosor's image, they were cast into the furnace of fire. They were preserved unharmed amidst the flames - even their hair was untouched - by the descent of the Angel of the Lord, that is, the Son of God. Walking about in the furnace, as though in the midst of dew, they sang the universal hymn of praise to God, which is found in the Seventh and Eighth Odes of the Holy Psalter. And coming forth therefrom, without even the smell of the fire on their clothes (Dan. 3), they prefigured in themselves the Virgin's incorrupt giving of birth; for she, on receiving the Fire of the Godhead within her womb, was not burned, but remained virgin, even as she was before giving birth.

Therefore the Church celebrates the Three Children and Daniel on this day, on the Sunday of the Forefathers, and on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, since they prefigured and proclaimed His Incarnation. Furthermore, they were of the tribe of Judah, wherefrom, Christ sprang forth according to the flesh. The holy Three Children completed their lives full of days; as for the Prophet Daniel, he lived until the reign of Cyrus, King of Persia, whom he also petitioned that his nation be allowed to return to Jerusalem and that the Temple be raised up again, and his request was granted. He reposed in Peace, having lived about eighty-eight years. His prophetical book, which is divided into twelve chapters, is ranked fourth among the greater Prophets.

December 23

Sunday before Nativity

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eighteenth of this month, we celebrate all those who from ages past have been well-pleasing to God, beginning from Adam even unto Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, according to genealogy, as the Evangelist Luke hath recorded historically (Luke 3:23-38); we also commemorate the Prophets and Prophetesses, and especially the Prophet Daniel and the Holy Three Children.


Holy Cross Notices


12/16:40 days Katherine Lagos

12/16: Trisagion following Services: Milton Alexander

Doug Garber, Ed Power, Benny Zervos
2019 Parish Council Oath of Office: January 6, 2019

Saturday from 12:00-2:00pm

After Dismissal

A 50th Anniversay Celebration Event

Philoptochos and Parish Community (including GOYA)

Collecting items for Homeless Shelter in Detroit: see Flyer below for what is needed!
will deliver to shelter within the "12 days of Christmas"

December 27,28,29
(Details can be found on the attached flyer)

Links to eBulletin, Facebook, Metropolis
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Farmington Hills Nursery School/ Early Childhood Center

  FHNS/Early Childhood Center- is owned and operated by Holy Cross. This is a premier Nursery School and Early Childhood Center for infants and children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.  We have been providing these services to our community for the past 30 years.  We are always in need of volunteers, donations, or special program directors (reading, music, art, etc.). We are now accepting new students. Please refer your family or friends in need of childhood services to our school. FHNS/Early Childhood Center is a curriculum based, non-denominational school committed to preparing our students to enter Kindergarten.  We have a very caring, talented and well-trained staff. 

  All inquiries should be directed to our School Director:  Katherine Melistas

Phone: 248.476.3110 

Visit our web page:



5% minus tax = (!)

  Holy Cross has been entered into our system for business rewards and discounts.  When you or any of your church members visit any our stores right around the corner or any 47 stores (list attached), simply let the cashier know your Church is in the system under Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church or #214538.  This will give you a 5% line discount off everyday pricing in the store + earn you 2% Ace Rewards as well as 6% Tax Exempt will come off automatically. 


Register your card in a few steps. Each May the registration needs to be renewed,
so if you were part of the program last year and haven't renewed, please do so. Go to:
Holy Cross' ID # 83567



Holy Cross 50th Anniversary News


This section of the Holy Cross eBulletin is dedicated to the events and announcements leading up to the Holy Cross 50th Anniversary Celebration. Save this important date - September 15, 2019.

Stay tuned to this section for updates and see the Events, Announcements and Flyers section of this bulletin to print out and save reminders.

UPCOMING EVENTS - Mark Your Calendars!

- Dec 23: Altar Boy Sunday
- Feb 2019: Bowling Event (Date TBD)

The 50th Anniversary Committee is looking for photos documenting 50 years of history at Holy Cross.  If you have pictures you would like to share, please drop them off in the Photo Drop Box located near the Church office.  Label each picture with your name if you would like them returned.  Thank you!

A friendly reminder to please go to the LifeTouch website and sign up for a photo session for you and your family .

No personal sign in /login is necessary for you to secure your session. 

Dates and times are:

Thursday, December 27:   2:00 - 9:00pm
Friday, December 28:   2:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 29: 10:00am - 5:00pm

If you need help in selecting a date and time to bring your family please call or text Mary Lucas 248-496-9172.


Ladies Philoptochos News

Contact Debbie George to participate

16: Sunday School Pageant & Philoptochos Bake Sale
23: Altar Boy Reunion Sunday - 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Event
30: Steve & Madeleine Hountalas

Call Bonnie Sitaras or Debbie George
Thank you to all who sign up in offering hospitality/filoxenia

January 6, 2019

Altar Boy List


HOLY CROSS   ALTAR BOYS 2018-2019             


Captains: Matthew Fekaris, Sam Zervos, Chris Zervos, Alex Matthews


TEAM 1              TEAM 2


Nicholas Barnaby        Yianni Giannakis

Benjamin Barnaby      Dimitri Sitaras

Mateo Pesaros            Pano Stilianos

Stavros Fekaris           Dino Thanos             

                                 Niko Thanos                  


Team 1                          Team 2

December 2,16,30           December 9,23

January 13, 27                January 6,20

February 10,24                February 3,17

March 10,24                    March 3, 17, 31

April 7, Palm Sunday 21   April 14-Holy Pascha 28

May 5,19                         May 12,26

June 2,16,30                   June 9, 23

July- open   come any Sunday!      July- open

August- open come any Sunday!      August-open

September 1,15,29  (registration again)      September 8,22

On holy days, if you come on Time you can serve :

for robes on holy days it’s first come-first serve.




This is a great commitment to the Lord and it is an important RESPONSIBILTY to be on Time for the Divine Liturgy!

Liturgy begins at 10 a.m. SO please be on time !

DO NOT come into the Holy Altar  after 10:05 a.m.



Events, Announcements and Flyers


Memorial Donations to Holy Cross



To those who in lieu of flowers gave monetary

contributions to the Church in memory of :



Mr. & Mrs. John Liadis

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Fekaris

Christine Naife

Aggeliki Zafiropoulos

Mrs. Judy Lamanna

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Casoglos

Mr. & Mrs.  George Psaros

Mrs. Kanella Katsikas

Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Fefopoulos

Mr. & Mrs. Evans Lucas

Mr. & Mrs. Lambros Stassinos

Dr. & Mrs. Marcus Zervos

Mr. & Mrs. John George

Mrs. Patrice Weaver

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Heller

Mr. & Mrs. George Golematis

Odisseys Zigouris Family

Mr. & Mrs. Gus Varlamos

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sitaras

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Power

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zervos

Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Kargilis

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Bittinger

Mrs. Marge Lazarou

Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Angelakis

Mrs. Lambrine Ethans

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tsavalias

Mr. & Mrs. James Lagos

Mrs. Audrey Kourtakis

Mr. & Mrs. John & Mary Kotsogiannis

Mr. & Mrs. Leonidas & Maria Pappas

Vassiliki Gikas

Mr. & Mrs. Evans & Diane Bageris

Mr. & Mrs. Pete & Koula Melistas

Mr. & Mrs. George & Leah Spanopoulos

Dr. Gregory Zotos

Mr. & Mrs. Dimos & Popi Renieris

Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Sofia Kavalos

Mr. Tom Lagos

Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Elizabeth Karamihas

Mr. & Mrs. John & Hariklia Sinanis

Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Fevronia Pappas

Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel & Mary Marakis

Mr. & Mrs. Frank & Mary Varlamos

Mr. & Mrs. Gus & Lillian Demas

Mr. & Mrs. Mike & Mary Melhem

Mr. & Mrs. George & Barbara Tecos

Mr. & Mrs. Kon/os & Aspasia Dimopoulos

Maria Peslis

Barbara Paterakis

Mr. & Mrs. Lou & Venus Chalogianis

Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Regina Angelas

Mr. & Mrs. Frederic & Susan Meyers

Mr. & Mrs. Stylianos & Helen Sinanis

Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Lisa Sturm

Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Colleen Kapas

Mr. & Mrs. George & Terrie Stefanakis

Mr. & Mrs. John & Anna Petrou

Boloven, Tiano & Associates, PC



Mr. & Mrs. Steve Fekaris

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Casoglos

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sitaras

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Power

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zervos

Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Kargilis

Mr. George Matheos

Mr. & Mrs. James Heller

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Bittinger

Mrs. Marge Lazarou

Mrs. Audrey Kourtakis



Mr. & Mrs. John Liadis

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sitaras

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Power

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zervos

George Matheos

Mr. & Mrs. James Heller

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Keros




Susan Armstrong

Elaine Ioanou



Dr. & Mrs. James Stewart



Lucy Macres



Mr. & Mrs. Steve Fekaris



Denise Varvaresos



Anastasia Spanos

Dr. & Mrs. Pan Pesaros

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou



Dr. & Mrs. James Stewart



Susan Armstrong

Maritsa Loizos

Mr. & Mrs. Adam Angelas

George & Irene Katsias

Scott & Angel Linzell

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zervos

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Power

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

Jason & Vivi Gehan

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Gehan

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Keros



Kalliope Christo

Patty Weaver