Saint Mary’s celebrated Divine Liturgy with Father Vjekoslav Jovicic on All Souls Saturday on October 22, 2022. A Panikhida for all the departed souls of Saint Mary’s was held after Divine Liturgy. Father Vjekoslav gave the Blessing before a light lunch was served.
On October 1, St. Mary’s celebrated the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God with Divine Liturgy. This feast commemorates the miraculous intercession of the Virgin Mary during the pagan Rus attack on Constantinople in the 860s AD. The Blessed Mother has interceded for Christians in battle many times before and since then. As Orthodox Christians, we often have recourse to the Theotokos in our battles against foes of both flesh and spirit, remembering what Christ’s word on the cross: “Behold your mother!” (John 19:27).
St. Mary’s celebrated the Exaltation of the Precious Cross with Vespers and Divine Liturgy. After Liturgy, we met for our monthly parish luncheon.
We celebrated Great Vespers with Litiya, with placing the Plaschanitza of the Virgin Mary onto the tomb by Father Vjekoslav Jovicic.
Divine Liturgy of the Assumption was served by Father Vjekoslav and flowers were blessed in commemoration of the Feast Day. A breakfast was served after Liturgy and enjoyed by the faithful.
Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church in Saint Clair celebrated the Feast Day of the Holy Transfiguration on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Father Joseph Ramashvili served Divine Liturgy and blessed fruit brought in by the faithful parishioners.
We continue to post videos of our services on YouTube, with the hope of livestreaming next weekend. The Sunday reader service (Typika) from this past Sunday is now live.
On Sunday, July 17, 2022, Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church, Saint Clair warmly welcomed His Eminence, +Archbishop MARK, as he served Divine Liturgy. Following Liturgy, a delicious summer-themed luncheon was served to the faithful in the church hall and was enjoyed by all.
Many Blessed Years, +Archbishop MARK!
St. Mary’s now has a YouTube channel. We will be recording our services and posting them there, working up to livestreaming for those who are unable to attend in person. Please bear with us as we learn best recording and streaming practices.
Right now, you can watch the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Mark on Sunday, July 17.
On July 2, our parish celebrated the Feast of St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco with Divine Liturgy. Father Timothy Hojnicki, our previous administrator, introduced the parish to our new administrator, Fr. Vjekoslav Jovičić and his family. After the liturgy, we had our July parish luncheon of delicious grill-cooked hamburgers, hot dogs, and homemade desserts.
Thanks as usual to Dr. Paul Thomas for the wonderful pictures!
On the eve of Pentecost on Satuday, June 11, 2022, our parish received four catechumens into the Orthodox Church! Michael and Michelle DiBaggio, and their children Victor and Penelope, were received by Chrismation. Victor and Penelope also received their first Holy Communion that day! Fr. Tim celebrated the Divine Liturgy.
The DiBaggios come to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church from the Roman Catholic Church. They were sponsored by Larissa Holowaty of St. Mary’s and Richard (Seraphim) Rohlin, co-host of the Amon Sul podcast on Ancient Faith Ministries, who came all the way from Texas for their special day.