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Address: 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI 48130-9426
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St. John of Kronstadt Glorification Anniversary is Today 
1/11/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Today the Holy Church commemorates St. John of Kronstadt - the great all-Russian pastor of the times immediately proceeding the Revolution. At St. Vladimir's we will hold Divine Liturgy this morning at 8:00 a.m., followed by a moleben to St. Varus and the reading of his canon. Please join us if you are able! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the glorification of St. John by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Learn more about St. John at the links below.

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/12/20/ ... -kronstadt

Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life6616.htm
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Visit the Sick and the Homebound 
31/10/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Do you have 10 extra minutes per week? Could you put those ten extra minutes per week together once per month to visit one of our parishioners in the hospital or unable to leave their home? If so – please contact Fr. Gregory! Your 30 to 40 minutes per month could make the difference in someone’s life! Members of our parish family deserve better than to be lonely! Train your children in the pious Christian virtue of caring for those less fortunate – visit our parish family members in the hospital, nursing home, and at home this month! Those who are aware of parish family members who are in hospitals, nursing homes, or who are home-bound should contact Fr. Gregory so that these parishioners may be added to our list of those to be visited and spiritually cared for.
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St. Luke Commemorated Today 
31/10/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Today the Holy Church commemorates the Apostle and Evangelist Luke. At St. Vladimir's we mark this feast with Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. this morning. Many know that St. Luke wrote one of the gospels, but did you know he is consider the first iconographer of the Church? To find out more about his life please the links below!

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/10/18/ ... elist-luke

Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life1764.htm
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Halloween Alternative Additional Details 
30/10/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Please note that the 5:00 p.m. service on 10/31 will be Matins only. Following the Matins service (this should end about 6:30 p.m.) we will have activities for the children which will include arts and crafts, preparation for Pascha (yes – we are preparing already! Parents – please bring empty glass jars for this activity), and a service project (making soups for shut in and ill parishioners). We will also have a bite for the kids to eat since they are likely to be hungry by that time. Please plan to join us for this or any part of our Halloween Alternative at St. Vladimir's!
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Having a Chat – In Church – During the Services 
30/10/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This short article discusses the issue of people talking during the Divine Services. Thankfully we do not have that problem at St. Vladimir's but we wanted to share this with our readers anyway so we would understand what happens in other parishes and how we could avoid such a problem. I'm sorry – was that wrong? You say we DO have this problem at St. Vladimir's? Well then, if that is the case we should probably be very attentive to this article so we can nip this in the bud as soon as possible! It is understood that sometimes we have to say something during the services, that a child may need a word, or we may need to otherwise wisper something. This is not what this article is calling into question. What this article is pointing out to us that chatting during the services about this, that, or the other thing that has nothing to do with the Divine Services should really be avoided. We hope our readers find this short article edifying and that we all take action accordingly to help support each other in avoiding such idle chatter in church!

http://www.pravmir.com/chatting-divine-liturgy/
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Saturday Evening Services - A Quick Note on Saturday Night Fever 
29/10/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
This is a short and interesting article that shows that ours is not the only parish that encourages its parishioners to attend services on Saturday nights. :) In fact – we see here that attending Saturday evening services is really the standard and that missing them should be an exception. In any case, we find it is sometimes helpful to see that others are striving with us to live pious Orthodox lives. We recommend this article for those that have two extra minutes to spare today but are ready to change their lives to make Saturday evening worship an integral part of their Christian lives!

http://www.pravmir.com/saturday-night-fever/
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Weekly Educational Offering 
29/10/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. Parents are asked to review the children’s portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For Adults: an explanation on last Sunday's Gospel reading by Blessed Theophylact:

http://chrysostompress.org/c_21st_pentecost.html

For Children – an activity based on last Sunday's Gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 0-12-a.pdf
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Halloween Alternative + 50th Anniversary of the Glorification of St. John of Kronstadt – Please Join Us! 
28/10/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
It has become our tradition to provide an alternative to our parish families that choose not to participate in the Halloween festivities this time of year. At St. Vladimir's we will start the Halloween alternative on October 30 at 6:00 p.m. with Vespers and Matins for the Apostle Luke. At 8:00 a.m. on October 31 we will celebrate Divine Liturgy for the Apostle Luke. Following the Divine Liturgy we have organized a hike with a treasure hunt for our young people. Those under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Children will eat lunch on the hikes – that lunch should be provided by the child's parents. After the hike we will return to St. Vladimir's for a 5:00 p.m. Vigil to St. John of Kronstadt. Liturgy for St. John will be served at 8:00 a.m. on November 1. November 1, 2014 marks 50 years since the glorification of St. John! All are welcome to join us for any part of these special days at St. Vladimir's!
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Church School Pilgrimage is December 12-15, 2014 
28/10/14, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
With Bishop Peter's blessing we will hold our first Church School pilgrimage this year December 12-15. We invite all our Church School students, parents, and teachers to participate in this spiritually important growth opportunity! Pilgrimage is a venerable tradition of the Orthodox Church – visiting and supporting monasteries helps the monks and nuns do their important work: praying for the entire world. Such a pilgrimage with our Church School also helps the young people to see that monasticism is a real option in life – something that they can either engage in or at the very least support. The health of the Church has always been measured by the health of the monasteries. Participating in pilgrimages helps to strengthen these crucially important spiritual institutions. Our pilgrimage will be to Holy Dormition Convent in Rives Junction, MI. This is a beautiful monastery with many divine services, scenic views, and a very nice guest house. We have reserved the entire guest house – 24 beds. We have many more students, parents, and teachers than this, so PLEASE reserve your space right away by contacting our Church School Coordinator, Lilia Vershynin!
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Church Starts at 10:00 a.m. Sharp beginning November 30 – Really – No, REALLY! 
27/10/14, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory
Every now and then we need to readjust our start time at St. Vladimir's. That is not to say we need to CHANGE our start time. We have started at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday for as long as anyone can remember and we don't need to change that. What we need to change is that we really will start at 10:00 a.m. Beginning November 30 – the first Sunday of the Nativity Fast. And by 10:00 a.m. we do not mean 10:10, 10:15, or even later. We mean 10:00 a.m. sharp. What this means is: we are growing. We are in fact the largest parish in the diocese by the metric of membership. Sometimes we only have one priest to hear confessions and perform all other duties on Sunday mornings. That would sound pretty funny to most parishes since most always have at most one priest for every service. We are blessed to have two or three priests at every service. But we simply cannot be soft about the start and end times for Confessions on Sunday morning any more. It is not fair to those who come on time to the Divine Liturgy to wait 10, 15, 20 minutes or more for those to go to Confession WHO COULD HAVE COME SATURDAY NIGHT OR EARLIER ON SUNDAY. We are a regional parish – we have people that come from far and wide to our Divine Services and that is a good thing. But we need to reserve Confession on Sunday mornings (from 9:00 a.m. To 9:45 a.m. only - Confession endS at 9:45 a.m. sharp) for those folks who are traveling from more than an hour away or who are too ill to confess on Saturday afternoons/evenings. This includes children – they too will need to confess on Saturday if they do not live far away. We encourage our parents with children of the age that they have the privilege to confess to bring them on Saturday afternoon for Church School, Confession, and to attend at least a portion of the Vigil services. Those who attend Vigils are much more likely to feel attached to the Church and thus much more likely to persist in their faith as they grow into adulthood.

We hope sincerely that our parish family will not see this as a punishment or that somehow someone is upset about this situation. No one is upset! It is GREAT that we have so many who attend the Divine Services and who have the pious initiative to partake of the Holy Mysteries! This is something to be HAPPY about. This is just one of those “growing pains” that we will experience from time to time as we continue to grow as a parish family. Let us rejoice that more and more people join us and struggle to live a pious Christian life centered around the Eucharist. In fact, we are all called to this same struggle as Orthodox Christians. May it be that even MORE people come more often to confess their sins and partake of the Holy Mysteries! Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions.
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