EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
PHILOPTOCHOS MEETING: There will be a General Meeting of the St. Helen Philoptochos TODAY, Sunday, March 20 following the service in the multi-purpose room. Please plan to stay as we discuss Lent, Easter, and future philanthropic efforts.
ORATORICAL FESTIVAL: Our Oratorical Festival for youth, grades 7 – 12 will be held immediately following church today. If you would like to hear our young people give their speeches, you are asked to remain in the church following today’s service.
PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY/ICONOGRAPHY/POT LUCK SUPPERS: Each Wednesday evening during Lent, following the 5:30pm Presanctified Liturgy service, Father Teodor will have a short presentation on our new iconography and its symbolism. Following the presentation, please join us for a complimentary Lenten Pot-Luck Supper in the HCC. Bring a Lenten dish to pass if you can! The schedule is as follows:
- March 23 – Icons of Annunciation, Nativity, Presentation to the Temple, Jesus in the Temple at 12 years old (Pot-luck sponsored by Choir/GOYA)
- March 30 – Baptism of Christ, Transfiguration, Resurrection of Lazarus, and Palm Sunday; Guest Speaker, Fr. Mark Sietsema – Holy Trinity Church, Lansing. (Pot -luck sponsored by Philoptochos/Moms’ Group)
- April 6 – Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Decent of the Holy Spirit (Pot -luck sponsored by HOPE & JOY/Sunday School)
Both the services and the lectures will be available via live video-feed on the parish website, www.stcons.org, if you are unable to attend in person.
HOPE AND JOY EASTER BASKET BRUNCH: Our children, ages 4 – 12 and their families are invited to join us on April 3rd for an “Easter Basket Brunch”! We will put together Easter baskets to be given to low-income children, have fun craft activities, and learn about Holy Week and Easter from Fr. Teodor! Please RSPV to Frances Marinos at 734.776.4484 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 27th if your family can attend. We are also in need of GOYA and teen volunteers.
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade will be held on Sunday, April 10th, starting at 3:00 pm on Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown Historic District. His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be in attendance. Please plan to walk the parade route with your family in the Saints Constantine and Helen Church group!
FRIDAY SALUTATIONS/CONFESSION: There will be no Friday Salutations service this week (March 25). We will still be having our Lenten Seafood Buffet and Carry Out in the Hellenic Cultural Center on Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm until April 15th. The remaining Friday night Salutation to the Theotokos services will be held at 6:00 pm. Father Teodor will be available after the service for confession for those who wish. No appointment is necessary.
COCC VESPERS: Each Sunday evening throughout Lent the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches holds a Vespers service at a different area Orthodox church, beginning at 6:00 pm. Tonight’s 3/20/22 service will be held at the Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia. Fr. Radomir Obsenica, will serve as Homilist. All are welcome. For a full schedule, visit their website at www.coccdetroit.org
PALM SUNDAY LUNCH: After church on April 17th, we will have our annual Palm Sunday Lunch. Let’s begin Holy Week together with our parish family! The menu includes baked White Fish, Fried Calamari, Pasta, Roasted Potatoes, Peas, Salad Fries, and Sorbet. There will be open seating, no reserved seats., so buy your tickets in advance and skip the line at the door. Tickets will be available for sale at coffee hour and in the church office.
MAN OF GOD: An additional screening of the award-winning film “Man of God” about the life of St. Nektarios of Aegina, has been added on Monday, March 28th at 7:00pm at the Phoenix Theatres, Laurel Park Place. If you wish to see the film, purchase tickets directly from the theatre, or your regular online ticket source.
NEWS AND NOTICES
ICON DONATIONS: Our Sunday School will continue accepting donations through the Saturday of Lazarus (April 16th) of used icons to be sent to the Orthodox Public Action Project, to distribute to Orthodox Christians facing religious persecution in the Middle East and South Africa. Please leave your icons in the basket in the Narthex when you come to church.
THANK YOU! Many thanks to all who donated to our H.O.P.E. and J.O.Y. Easter Basket project! Your generous donations will be given to the City of Westland Housing Commission, providing Easter Baskets for 36 low-income Westland area families. Baskets will include toys, books, personal care items, and some special treats from our children to theirs!
“SENSE-SATIONAL” VCS - SAVE THE DATES! Our Vacation Church School will be held the week of August 8th – 12th. This year we will focus on the 5 Senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell – as we help our kids connect with our unseen, untouchable God through their physical senses. If you have a young person between the ages of 4 and 12, save this week for learning about our faith, making new friends, and big fun! Teens ages 13 – 18 are needed to work as volunteers, teacher’s aids, etc. We also need adult help that week with teaching, crafts, and outside play. If you can help, contact Frances Marinos at fmarinos @comcast.net or the church office.
STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE: If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to submit your 2022 Stewardship Pledge card today. You ae not considered a member in good standing at the parish, unless this card is completed each year. Stewardship Pledge cards are available at the Pangari or the church office. Parishioners can also complete the 2022 Stewardship Pledge Card online from our website, or at this direct link: https://form.jotform.com/220062911610138
MEMORIAL SERVICES: Koliva that has been prepared for memorial services can now be distributed to parishioners at the end of service. Requested Coffee Hour sponsorship donation is $150, and the HCC will set up a table with cloth and coffee, etc. for your family. Paximadia and koulourakia may also be distributed at the coffee hour. Please call the church office to schedule memorials and coffee hour sponsorships in a timely manner so we can include the information in the bulletin. On the day of the service, please bring a list of family names you would like Father to remember in prayer.
WE’RE HIRING! We are looking for staff to fill several positions at the Hellenic Cultural Center, including servers, event managers, bartenders, office staff, and maintenance. If you are interested, or know somebody who might be a good fit, please talk to Nicki at email@example.com or 734.525.3550; or the church office.
Non-Orthodox Visitors Please Note: Holy Communion is offered to Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared themselves. Visitors are welcome to receive the Antidoron (Blessed Bread), which is distributed at the end of the Divine Liturgy.