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Publish Date: 2022-06-26
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General Information

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

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Contact Information






Services Schedule

DIVINE LITURGY

Sundays 10 am

OFFICE HOURS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

10 am - 3 pm

(Closed Wednesday) 


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 2:10-16.

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.


Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 4:18-23

At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

But mark both their faith, and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work (and you know how greedy a thing fishing is), when they heard His command, they delayed not, ... but "they forsook all and followed," ... Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Prayer, fasting, vigil and all other Christian practices, however good they may be in themselves, do not constitute the aim of our Christian life, although they serve as the indispensable means of reaching this end. The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.
St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit: Chapter 3, The Little Russian Philokalia Vol. 1; Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood pg. 79, 19th century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

The stone had been secured with a seal by the Judeans, * and a guard of soldiers was watching Your immaculate body. * You rose on the third day, O Lord * and Savior, granting life unto the world. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ; * glory to Your eternal rule; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.
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Saints and Feasts

Tikhvin
June 26

Appearance of the Icon of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos of Tikhvin

According to one tradition, this icon was painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. It was formerly situated in the famous Church of Blachernae in Constantinople. In 1383, it appeared upon the waters of Lake Ladoga, whence it travelled miraculously through the air to the city of Tikhvin; there, it remained by the River Tikhvinka, and a monastery was built to shelter the icon. In 1613-14 this monastery miraculously withstood the many attacks of the Swedish invaders. In the early twentieth century it was brought to America and was returned to Russia in 2004. The holy icon is renowned for a great many miracles wrought through it by the all-holy Mother of God, especially for the healing of children.


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June 26

David the Righteous of Thessalonika

Saint David, who was from Thessalonica, lived a most holy and ascetical life. For some years, he took up his dwelling in the branches of an almond tree, exposed to all the elements and extremes of the weather. He reposed in peace during the reign of Saint Justinian the Great, in the sixth century.


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June 29

Peter and Paul, the Holy Apostles

The divinely-blessed Peter was from Bethsaida of Galilee. He was the son of Jonas and the brother of Andrew the First-called. He was a fisherman by trade, unlearned and poor, and was called Simon; later he was renamed Peter by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, Who looked at him and said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas (which is by interpretation, Peter)" (John 1:42). On being raised by the Lord to the dignity of an Apostle and becoming inseparable from Him as His zealous disciple, he followed Him from the beginning of His preaching of salvation up until the very Passion, when, in the court of Caiaphas the high priest, he denied Him thrice because of his fear of the Jews and of the danger at hand. But again, after many bitter tears, he received complete forgiveness of his transgression. After the Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, he preached in Judea, Antioch, and certain parts of Asia, and finally came to Rome, where he was crucified upside down by Nero, and thus he ascended to the eternal habitations about the year 66 or 68, leaving two Catholic (General) Epistles to the Church of Christ.

Paul, the chosen vessel of Christ, the glory of the Church, the Apostle of the Nations and teacher of the whole world, was a Jew by race, of the tribe of Benjamin, having Tarsus as his homeland. He was a Roman citizen, fluent in the Greek language, an expert in knowledge of the Law, a Pharisee, born of a Pharisee, and a disciple of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and notable teacher of the Law in Jerusalem. For this cause, from the beginning, Paul was a most fervent zealot for the traditions of the Jews and a great persecutor of the Church of Christ; at that time, his name was Saul (Acts 22:3-4). In his great passion of rage and fury against the disciples of the Lord, he went to Damascus bearing letters of introduction from the high priest. His intention was to bring the disciples of Christ back to Jerusalem in bonds. As he was approaching Damascus, about midday there suddenly shone upon him a light from Heaven. Falling on the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" And he asked, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." And that heavenly voice and brilliance made him tremble, and he was blinded for a time. He was led by the hand into the city, and on account of a divine revelation to the Apostle Ananias (see Oct. 1), he was baptized by him, and both his bodily and spiritual eyes were opened to the knowledge of the Sun of Righteousness. And straightway- O wondrous transformation! - beyond all expectation, he spoke with boldness in the synagogues, proclaiming that "Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 9:1-21). As for his zeal in preaching the Gospel after these things had come to pass, as for his unabating labors and afflictions of diverse kinds, the wounds, the prisons, the bonds, the beatings, the stonings, the shipwrecks, the journeys, the perils on land, on sea, in cities, in wildernesses, the continual vigils, the daily fasting, the hunger, the thirst, the nakedness, and all those other things that he endured for the Name of Christ, and which he underwent before nations and kings and the Israelites, and above all, his care for all the churches, his fiery longing for the salvation of all, whereby he became all things to all men, that he might save them all if possible, and because of which, with his heart aflame, he continuously traveled throughout all parts, visiting them all, and like a bird of heaven flying from Asia and Europe, the West and East, neither staying nor abiding in any one place - all these things are related incident by incident in the Book of the Acts, and as he himself tells them in his Epistles. His Epistles, being fourteen in number, are explained in 250 homilies by the divine Chrysostom and make manifest the loftiness of his thoughts, the abundance of the revelations made to him, the wisdom given to him from God, wherewith he brings together in a wondrous manner the Old with the New Testaments, and expounds the mysteries thereof which had been concealed under types; he confirms the doctrines of the Faith, expounds the ethical teaching of the Gospel, and demonstrates with exactness the duties incumbent upon every rank, age, and order of man. In all these things his teaching proved to be a spiritual trumpet, and his speech was seen to be more radiant than the sun, and by these means he clearly sounded forth the word of truth and illumined the ends of the world. Having completed the work of his ministry, he likewise ended his life in martyrdom when he was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero, at the same time, some say, when Peter was crucified.


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June 30

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, the First-called; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who was also the Evangelist and Theologian; Philip, and Bartholomew (see also June 11); Thomas, and Matthew the publican, who was also called Levi and was an Evangelist; James the son of Alphaeus, and Jude (also called Lebbaeus, and surnamed Thaddaeus), the brother of James, the Brother of God; Simon the Cananite ("the Zealot"), and Matthias, who was elected to fill the place of Judas the traitor (see Aug. 9).


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Announcements

METROPOLIS OF DETROIT SUMMER CAMP 2022

Register now.

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 UKRAINE RELIEF FUND

 Click here to help.

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TODAY

Sunday, June 26 - Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 am

            - Coffee hour hosted by Andrea Konsoer and Alice Smith

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UPCOMING

Monday, June 27 - Vacation Church School @ 9:00 am

            - Bible Study (Read Numbers 1-10) @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 28 - Vacation Church School @ 9:00 am

Wednesday, June 29 - Vacation Church School @ 9:00 am

            - Teaching Liturgy - Open to all @ 10:00 am 

Sunday, July 3 - Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 am

            - Coffee hour hosted by TBD

Sunday, July 3 - Thursday, July 7 - Clergy Laity Congress in NYC

Friday, July 8 - Paraklesis @ 7:00 pm

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FLOWERS

If you are interested in donating to purchase flowers or decorate an icon for a feast day, please contact Debbie George or the Church Office.

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PROSPHORA

Interested in sponsoring prosphora? Please contact Church Office.

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ICONS IN THE ALTAR

If you brought icons to be blessed in the altar, please retrieve them soon. 

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HOUSE BLESSINGS

Please contact the Church Office to schedule your annual house blessing with Fr. Alex. 

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WORSHIP

THE CHURCH IS OPEN. Please join us in prayer. 

Please use this link to view the Divine Liturgy book.

Please download the Daily Readings App Lite (free download) for the daily Gospel & Epistle readings.

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LIVESTREAM SERVICES

www.holycrossgo.org/webcam

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STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

Please continue to support our Chuch during this difficult time via your Stewardship pledge and donations. Please mail your checks directly to the church or donate online by clicking on the "GIVE" button on our website. Visit the Stewardship webpage to fill out your annual pledge card and/or to pay your stewardship.

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VIGIL CANDLES

If you would like us to light a vigil candle for you, please call the Church Office or email office@holycrossgo.org with your name(s) and Fr. Alex will light a vigil candle for you and say a prayer. Donations are optional.

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Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church or #214538. 5% line discount off everyday pricing in the store Ace Rewards as well as 6% Tax Exempt will come off automatically. 2% Ace Rewards

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SHOP AT KROGER?

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:
www.krogercommunityrewards.com
Holy Cross' ID # 83567

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Graduates

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Ioanna Goulas, daughter of Panagiotis & Vasiliki Goulas, graduated from South Lyon East High School. Ioanna is the recipient of the 2 time gold academic metal, 4 year Honor roll, 4 year Principal’s list award. She is the Senior Class Vice President, a member of the National Honor’s Society, and played high school varsity tennis. Ioanna will be attending Michigan State University in the fall.

Alexander Matthews, son of Denise Liberty and Bill Matthews, graduated from Detroit Country Day with magna cum laude academic honors and a Conservatory Distinction in Theater. He is the recipient of two faculty voted awards. Alex worked on 14 theatrical shows in high school and achieved the position of stage manager in his junior and senior years.  Alex proudly served as his school's mascot for the last three years and was the Blue and Gold Scholar Athlete in Cheerleading.  He was an active member of the yearbook staff and was the photos editor his senior year.  Alex will be attending the Honors College at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to study stage management this fall.

Dimitrios Sitaras, son of Jim and Bonnie Sitaras, graduated from Walled Lake Western High School summa cum laude. He is the recipient of the Bernie and Diane Stafford Memorial Scholarship. Dimitri is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a 4-year member of the drum line in the high school marching band and section leader his senior year. He was also a member of Walled Lake Percussion and the men’s high school golf team. Dimitri received the rank of Eagle Scout this spring. Dimitri will be attending the University of Michigan – Dearborn to study Business.

Briana Sturm, daughter of Mike and Lisa Sturm, graduated from Lake Fenton High School. Briana will be attending Grand Valley State University. She will be double majoring in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice.

COLLEGE GRADUATES

Milton Alexander, son of John and Vassoula Alexander, graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Business Degree in Marketing. Milton is currently working in Sales & Promoting.

Christina Hiotaky, daughter of Julie and the late William Hiotaky, graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a BS in Architectural Engineering. Christina was a 4 year swimmer & Captain her senior year. She is currently working at Clark Dietz in Chicago as a mechanical/architectural engineer.

Thomas Power, son of Ed & Maria Power, graduated summa cum laude from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science. He is a member of Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society. Thomas is employed as an Engineer focusing on test of fluid power and electromechanical systems at Husco International Inc. in Waukesha, WI.

POST GRADUATE GRADUATES

Lauren Bittinger, daughter of Andrew & Denise Bittinger, graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  She earned her Master of Accounting and is currently pursuing her CPA certification.  She will begin work at PwC in its audit practice in Chicago this fall.

Dr. Andrew Leamon received his Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is currently a doctor in the ER at Henry Ford Hospital - West Bloomfield.

Dr. Georgina Leamon, daughter of Peter & Evelyn Morris, received her Master of Health Service Administration from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She is currently a doctor of Internal Medicine Geriatrics at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak.

Spiridon Morris, son of Peter & Evelyn Morris, received his Master of Divinity with distinction from Hellenic College Holy Cross.

 

 

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Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for the health and healing of the following friends

  • Maria George
  • Beth Tudehope Moore
  • Fr. John Stavropoulos
  • Baby George
  • Ted Andris
  • Zoe Jaimee
  • Kalliope Christo
  • Mary Christo Alexiades
  • Heather
  • Irene Katsias
  • Mr. Adam Angelas
  • Elise Gorman
  • Paraskevi Theodorou
  • Niki Brogger
  • Dr. Nicholas Varveris
  • Irene Zervos
  • Tula Georgeson
  • Marilyn Georgeson
  • George Benardos
  • Gina Weiler
  • Terrie Stefanakis
  • Evelyn Morris
  • Dr. Pan Pesaros
  • Faye Prekeges
  • Dr. Maureen Kelly
  • Dr. Rick Wilson
  • Dina Rand

If you would like to add your name or a loved one's to the prayer list, please email the office. Thank you!

 

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Ladies Philoptochos News

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NEXT PHILOPTOCHOS MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 STEWARDSHIP

New and returning members are encouraged to complete the stewardship form. New members and new ideas are always welcome, so please consider joining and attending a meeting. Click here for the stewardship form.

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COFFEE HOUR

Sunday, June 26 - Andrea Konsoer & Alice Smith

Sunday, July 3 - TBD

Sunday, July 10 - Angel Linzell

Sunday, July 17 - Sophia Barr

 

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Altar Boys

NOTICE FOR ALTAR BOYS & PARENTS

Being an Altar Server is a GREAT RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT to the Lord. Please BE ON TIME (arrive at least 15 minutes prior to any Church Service).

SUMMER SCHEDULE IS OPEN.

 

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LIST OF ALTAR BOYS 

 TEAM A

 TEAM B

​ Dimitri Sitaras (Cpt)

 Ioannis Yiannakis (Cpt)​​ 

 Stavros Fekaris

 Louis Foster

 Alex Matthews

 Christo Stilianos

Stephen Mihos

 Dino Thanos

 Mateo Pesaros

 Nikolas Thanos

SCHEDULE 2022-2023 

TEAM A

TEAM B

2022

2022

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DEC 

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2023

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JAN 

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Memorial Donations to Holy Cross

OUR THANKS

To those who in lieu of flowers gave monetary

contributions to the Holy Cross Church in memory of :

 

RON FIELDS

M/M George Katsias

MARITSA MADIAS MAGANAS

M/M Steve Fekaris

PETER E. ZERVOS

M/M/ Tino Boudouris

MICHAEL ZERVOS

M/M/ Tino Boudouris

KATHERINE ANGELAS FOTOS

M/M Adam Angelas

CONSTANDINA GIKAS

M/M Evans Lucas

Mrs. Anna Zervos

M/M Tom Casoglos

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M James Heller

Margarita Shukla

M/M Michael Blough

M/M Lou Chalogianis

M/M Edward Power

M/M Peter Morris

M/M Albert Scaglione

M/M Marin Gehan

M/M George Katsias

Hountalas Family

M/M Andrew Bittinger

M/M Neeraj  Shah

M/M Peter Angelas

M/M/ Tino Boudouris

M/M Dan Dallas

CHRIS DEMOU

Theodora & Eugenia Kanellos

Gerry & Dora Fermani

Tom & Lori Warden

BEATRICE SIMON

Mrs. Anna Zervos

NICHOLAS G. MADIAS

M/M Steve Fekaris

Mrs. Anna Zervos

GEORGIA MORRIS

M/M George Katsias

KATHERINE CULLEY

Holy Cross Philoptochos

M/M Tom Casoglos

Dr/Mrs. Marcus Zervos

M/M Michael Blough

M/M John George

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M James Heller

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M Limperis Zervos

M/M Tim Keros

M/M George Katsias

M/M Edward Power

Mrs. Anna Zervos

Margarita Shukla

M/M John Liadis

Holy Cross Choir

Paolo & Nina Vitale

M/M Todd Barnaby

M/M Stylianos Sinanis

M/M Bill Williams

M/M Andrew Bittinger

Sofia Vlahakis

Davis-Eberts-Garber Families

M/M Anthony Barr

Hountalas Family

Paraskevi Theodorou

M/M Van Kyriakopoulos

M/M Peter Angelas

Scotch Special Ed Team

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

Elaine Ioanou

M/M Peter Morris

M/M Marin Gehan

M/M Neeraj  Shah

RUTH DOW

Mary Kargilis

MUNIM KAJY

M/M John Liadis

GUS SPANOS

The Hountalas Family

Dr/Mrs. Marcus Zervos

CELIA GONZALES

The Heller Family

MATTHEW MORRIS

Diane Morris

THOMAS & GEORGIA MORRIS

M/M Peter Morris

ANGERO SPETHOGIANIS

M/M Adam Angelas

LULA PAPPAS

M/M Steve Fekaris

HELEN VARVERIS

M/M Doug Garber

KRISTIN SEAMAN

M/M James Heller

KYRIAKI (KOULLA) IOANOU

Elaine Ioanou

M/M George Katsias

Dr/M Marcus Zervos

M/M Doug Garber

Mrs. Anna Zervos

Michael & Evdokia Philippou

M/M David West

M/M Anthony Barr

 

 MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL

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Events, Announcements and Flyers

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