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Holy Cross Church
Publish Date: 2024-04-14
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Holy Cross Church

General Information

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

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Contact Information






Services Schedule

holycrossgo.org/calendar

DIVINE LITURGY

Sundays 10am

OFFICE HOURS

Monday-Friday, 10am - 3pm


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Mode

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the 8th Mode

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 1st Mode

Save, O Lord, Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting victory to the faithful over the enemy, and by Your Cross protecting Your commonwealth.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 8th Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
April 14

Thomais the Martyr of Alexandria


Allsaint
April 14

Demetrios the New-Martyr of Arcadia


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Schedule

Calendar updates: holycrossgo.org/calendar

Schedule

 

TODAY

Sunday, April 14 (of St. John Climacus)

  • 10:00 am | Divine Liturgy
  • 11:15 am | Memorial: Jim Kourtakis (1 Year)
    • Church School & Catechesis
  • 11:30 am | Coffee Hour - Kourtakis Family

 

THIS WEEK

Monday, April 15

  • 07:00 pm | Compline Service
  • 08:00 pm | Bible Study (Guest Presenter: Fr. Larry Legakis)

Tuesday, April 16

  • 10:00 am | Church Cleaning

Wednesday, April 17

  • 06:00 pm | Presanctified Liturgy

Friday, April 19

  • 07:00 pm | Akathist Hymn

 

UPCOMING

Sunday, April 21 (of St. Mary of Egypt)

  • 10:00 am | Divine Liturgy
  • 11:15 am | Church School & Catechesis
  • 11:30 am | Coffee Hour - Pauline Yiannakis

 

 Announcements & Reminders

 

UKRAINE RELIEF FUND

Click here to help.

FLOWERS

If you are interested in donating to purchase flowers to decorate an icon for a feast day, or to decorate the church for Pascha, please contact Debbie George or the Church Office or look for donation box on the pangari.

PROSPHORA

Interested in sponsoring prosphora? Please contact the Church Office.

ICONS IN THE ALTAR

If you brought icons to be blessed in the altar, please retrieve them after 40 days. 

WORSHIP

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

LIVESTREAM SERVICES

www.holycrossgo.org/webcam

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

Please continue to support our Chuch 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.

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.

SHOP AT ACE HARDWARE? 5% minus tax = (!)

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

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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Prayer Requests

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

    • Metropolitan Nicholas

    • Metropolitan Isaiah
    • Fr. John Koen

    • Fr. Demetri Tonias
    • Fr. John Stavropoulos
    • Psa. Gabriela Pantea
    • Ted Andris
    • Adam Angelas
    • Andy Athens
    • George Benardos
    • Polydora Bourdouvalis
    • Anastasia Blough
    • Tom Casoglos
    • Antonia Comer
    • Helene Cuscutis
    • Dan Dallas
    • Grace Decco
    • Maria George
    • Baby George
    • Marilyn Georgeson
    • Elise Gorman
    • Brian Heikkuri
    • Bill Hiotaky
    • Julie Hiotaky
    • Elena Howard
    • Zoe Jaimee
    • Irene Katsias
    • Maureen Kelly
    • Niki Klimatianos
    • Eva Kocoves
    • Elaine Kourtakis
    • Audrey Kourtakis
    • Tom Lagos
    • Nayiri Misirliyan
    • Beth Tudehope Moore
    • Evelyn Morris
    • Baby Myles
    • Faye Prekeges
    • Dina Rand
    • Terrie Stefanakis
    • Paraskevi Theodorou
    • Michelle Thomas
    • James Varberakis
    • Pete Varvaresos
    • Nicholas Varveris
    • James Varberakis
    • Dennis Watkins
    • Gina Weiler
    • Rick Wilson
    • Bentley
    • Heather

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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Philoptochos

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INVITATION TO JOIN HOLY CROSS PHILOPTOCHOS

All women 18 years old and over are encouraged to join our Holy Cross Philoptochos. New and returning members are welcome! The 2024 Philoptochos Stewardship Form is attached.

 

COFFEE HOUR

  • 4/14 - Kourtakis Family
  • 4/21 - Pauline Yiannakis
  • 4/28 - Palm Sunday Luncheon (Philoptochos)

 

NEXT MEETING 

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 @ 6:00 pm

 

 

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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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Registration was due September 1. Please register if you have not done so.

Teams

Team A

Team B

Mateo Pesaros (Cpt) Stavros Fekaris (Cpt)
James Drake Louis Foster
Cristo Stilianos Nikolas Greulich
Stelios Stilianos Stephen Mihos
Panagiotis Stilianos Nikolas Thanos

Schedule

Team A

Team B

2023

SEP 17 SEP 24
OCT 1, 15, 29 OCT 8, 22
NOV 12, 26 NOV 5, 19
DEC 10, 24* DEC 3, 17, 31*

2024

JAN 7, 21 JAN 14, 28
FEB 4, 18 FEB 11, 25 
MAR 3, 17, 31 MAR 10, 24
APR 14, 28 A​PR 7, 21
MAY 12, 26 MAY 5*, 19
JUN 9, 23 JUN 2, 16

* all teams can serve

 

 

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Memorial Donations

OUR THANKS

To those who in lieu of flowers gave monetary

contributions to Holy Cross Church in memory of : 

 

 

DANE ANGUS

M/M James Heller

 

MARION GINOPOLIS

James Heos

M/M George Liadis 

M/M Edward Power

Anastasia Spanos

M/M Evans Lucas 

M/M Peter Angelas 

Angela Cosma

M/M Heller

Elaine Ioanou

Steve Economy

       Drs. Pamela Georgeson and Mark Decco

 

DEMETRIUS KOURTAKIS

Elaine Kourtakis

 

 GEORGE L. LIADIS

Susan Armstrong

M/M James Heller

M/M Edward Power

The Kukunas Family

The Makricostas Family

M/M George Liadis

M/M Andrew Bittinger 

M/M Gus Zervos

M/M Tom Casoglos

Elaine Ioanou

James Portman

M/M Doug Garber 

M/M Steve Fekaris

Anna Zervos

M/M George Katsias

Patty Spanos

George Matheos

M/M Todd Barnaby

Anastasia Spanos

Bonnie Sitaras

Maria Faskianos

M/M Van Kyriakopoulos

Dr./M Marcus Zervos

Margarita Shukla

M/M Anthony Barr 

      Drs. Pamela Georgeson and Mark Decco

 

EVANGELINE LINDER

M/M George Katsias

Bonnie Sitaras

 

THOMAS & GEORGIA MORRIS

M/M Peter Morris

 

DR. PANAYOTIS PESAROS

M/M Andrew Bittinger 

M/M Albert Scaglione

M/M Tom Casoglos

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M Gonzales

M/M James Heller

Julie Hiotaky

Elaine Ioanou

M/M George Katsias

Denise Liberty

M/M Evans Lucas

The Voutsinas Family

Dr./M Marcus Zervos

M/M Todd Barnaby

M/M Michael Blough 

Hountalas Family

M/M Edward Power

Anastasia Spanos

Aspacia Spanos

Bonnie Sitaras

M/M McDonald

The Theodore Family

M/M Dr. Angelo Zervos

M/M Peter Angelas

M/M Lou Chalogianis 

M/M Bill Williams 

M/M Doug Garber

The Holy Cross Philoptochos

Margarita Shukla

M/M Van Kyriakopoulos

Penny Gehan

M/M Anthony Barr  

Mary Zervos

Diana Voutsinas

                                                                  Drs. Pamela Georgeson and Mark Decco 

 

VENA THANOS

M/M George Katsias

M/M Morris

Bonnie Sitaras

M/M George Katsias

M/M Evans Lucas

 

DAVID F. YEZBACK

M/M Anthony Barr

M/M James Bournias

M/M Casoglos

M/M George

M/M James Heller

M/M Edward Power

Aspacia Spanos

M/M Van Kyriakopoulos

Hountalas Family

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Morris

Bonnie Sitaras

Basil Stavropoulos

 M/M George Katsias

 

 

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 * Donations received after January 1st *

 MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL

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