2018 Mothers Day Banquet - 05/13/18
ST. Michael's held its annual Mother's Day Banquest on Sunday following liturgy. Thanks to co-chairs Sarah Mindala and Melissa Tesar, the event was a true celebration for all who attended. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal and prizes and gift certificates were given to a number of lucky mothers.
2018 National FOCA BB Tournament Championship Games - 04/22/18
On Sunday, April 22nd, following Divine Liturgy and a brunch, we again gathered at the Independance Field House for the championship games of the National FOCA Basketball Tournament.
2018 National FOCA Basket Ball Tournament in Cleveland - 04/21/18
On Saturday April 21, St. Michael's hosted the national FOCA Basketbal Tournament. Teams from all over gathered for a weekend of fun and fellowship.
2018 Great & Holy Pascha - 04/08/18
Christ is Risen!
We celebrated our "sunrise" Paschal services and made our three-fold procession around the church in cold temperatures with a crest of newly fallen snow. After liturgy we again retreated ourside to the front of the church where we blessed baskets amidst a picturesque backdrop of gently falling snow. Then everyone proceeded to our Event Center for food, libations, and fellowship.
2018OrthodoxySundayandStGeorgeAwards - 02/25/18
On Sunday - the Triumph of Orthodoxy - the Sunday School Children held Icons during the Gospel reading. Also, following liturgy, St. George Medals were awarded to Cub Scouts David and Thomas Visocky.
2018 St Tikhons Choir Trip - 01/28/18
St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir, under the leadership of Rd. Benedict Sheehan, visited our parish over the weekend and sang at both, Saturuday's Great Vepser service and Sunday morning's Divine Liturgy. In addition, Archpriest David Fox - Director of Missions for St. Tikhon's - was also in attendance and served. He gae a homily about vocations and tied it in with our responsibility to maintain and support our seminaries. The students also sold bookstore item and the now-famous St. Tikhons blend coffee!
2018 Chili Cook Off - 01/21/18
The Senior "R" Club's 5th Annual Chili Cook Off was a grand success. Besides a meal of hot dogs, chili entrees included Traditional, Non-Traditional, and Hot! Parishioners feasted and rated each chili and filled out voting ballots. Winners this year were:
Best Traditional - David Pfeiffer
Best Non-Traditional - Ryun Louie
Best Hot Chili - Katya & Nina Kovalak
2018 Diamond Project Concert - 01/19/18
We kicked off our Woodside Live season with a concert by The Diamond Project: a Neil Diamond tribute band. Approxiamately 350 concert goers enjoyed three hours of live entertainment from the mezmerizing singer and his ten-person ensomble. All of Neil's greatest hits were covered with a special acknowlegement of veterans, the singing of the National Antham, and the band's grand finale: Coming to America.
2017 55 Plus Christmas Party - 12/28/17
On December 28 the 55+ Club held their annual Christmas Party at Woodside Event Center. After a brief program, members enjoyed a meal consisting of: our famous signiture salad, breaded pork cutlet, mashed potatoes, gravy, and glazed carrots. Cake was served for dessert. Afterwards, an exchange of gifts game was played - all to the enjoyment of the members.
2017 Christmas - 12/25/17
Following the Festal Liturgy of our Lord's Nativity, the Senior "R" Club sponsored the annual Christmas Social in the basement of the church. This was a perfect opportunity for all of our faithful to come and share fellowship and rejoice in the Feast. Much thanks to Cheryl Andrews for spearheading this project!
Eagle Scout Project - 12/17/17
After a very detailed and well thought out strategy, Brian Supina came before the Board of Trustees to ask permission to do his Eagle Scout Project to benefit our parish. Seeing a need for better and more well-placed First Aid kits for medical emergencies, he formulated a plan to build and stock First Aid recepticles in our vestibule, church basement, and in our Shanty. In addition, the two existing kits in Woodside's upstairs and downstairs kitchens, he would restock and supply. With a green light from the parish, Brian fabricated the three FirstAid kits and installed them on Sunday, December 17 (as well as stocking the other two kits). This was a wonderful project and much-needed addition for our parish and its property.
2017 Ted Geletka Retirement - 12/17/17
On Sunday, December 17, after a wonderful Divine Liturgy, our long-time Choir Master of sixteen years stepped down and retired. In honor of this bitter-sweet event, a special honorary brunch was served at Woodside and various testimonials and gifts were presented to Ted. Aftershich, he took the microphone and gave an overview of his carreer at St. Michaels. In so doing, he moved us to both, laughter and tears as he recounted the years and various events from days passed. Congratulations to Ted and his lovely wife Debbie. We wish them all the best and implore God to grant them Many Years!
2017 St Michaels Day Banquet - 11/12/17
We celebrated our annual St. Michael's Day Banquet and honored David and Marianne Gaydos on thei fiftieth wedding anniversary. Natalie Boyd and Lisa Lyons - "The Sekerak Sisters" - co-chaired this event and, as always, entertained us with a livey show; including the "Not So Newly Wed Game!"
2017 Annual Parish Golf Outing - 09/24/17
St. Michael's held its annual Golf Outing at Valleyaire Country Club after liturgy. Despite unseasonal warm weather (it reached 92 degrees!), all who participated enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf and fellowship. Afterwards, a steak dinner was served and prizes were awarded to all who participated.
2017-18 Sunday School Year Begins - 09/17/17
Shildren, parents, and teachers gathered together for a special prayer service (molieben) to inaugurate our 2017-18 Sunday School program. After the service the children went downstairs to meet their teachers and see their classrooms. They then returned to church for the Divine Liturgy and afterwards, pizza was served to everyone during coffee hour to help mark the occasion.
2017 Pet Blessing Service - 08/18/17
On Friday, August 18, we held a Pet Blessing Service. About 30 faithful brought their dogs, hamsters, rats (yes, we had a pet rat) and other animals to be blessed. After the service, we processd around the church with the animals.
2017 R Club Steak Roast - 08/15/17
The Senior R Club held its annual Steak Roast in the Shanty with over thirty people in attendance. Steaks were cooked to perfection by master chefs John Mindala and Mickey Herzak. Other foods included cheesy potatoes, grilled onions, mushrooms, salads, and ice cream for dessert. The children in attendance enjoyed grilled hot dogs! Various door prizes were awarded and we enjoyed great fellowship and fun!
2017 55+ Club Picnic - 08/15/17
Following the festal divine liturgy for the Dormition, the 55+ Club held their annual picnic in the Shanty. Fried chicken was the main course with corn on the cob, potato and pasta salads and lots of fruit! It was a wonderful time of fellowship and a good time was had by all!
2017 Fathers Day Picnic and Honoring of Graduates - 06/18/17
Following Divine Liturgy on Father's Day we honored all of our Sunday school, High school, and college graduates with gifts - and all of our fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers with a carnation to wear on their lapel. Afterwards, down in our Shanty, we held our annual Father's Day Picnic at which all of the men of the parish, as well as those who graduated, recieved a free meal of brats or hotdogs, saur kraut, beans, chips, cake and beer or soft drinks.A fun time was had by all and we certainly enjoyed "warm" fellowship due to the weather!
2017 Bingo Workers Appreciation Rib Dinner - 06/01/17
On June 1 all of our dedicated and tireless Bingo Workers gathered in our Shanty for a delicious rib dinner. Besides snacks and drinks, each person enjoyed a rack of ribs, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and ice cream for dessert. After which, door prizes were raffeled and a few games of Bingo were played as well. Thanks to all who give of their time to work Bingo!
St Michaels Annual Mothers Day Banquet - 05/14/17
St. Michael's held its annual Mother's Day Banquet in our resplendant Woodside Event Center following yesterday's Divine Liturgy. Co-chair persons, Debbie Ramsay and Sarah Mindala did a marvelous job of organizing this successful event and delicious meal of our famous signiture salad, glazed pork loin, garlick-smashed potatoes, breen beans, and fancy cheese cake dessert. Door prizes.and gift certificates were also given away to various lucky mothers.
Bright Friday Basket Ball - 04/21/17
On Bright Friday our Junior "R" Club sponsored a "Basket Ball." All you could eat wings, hamburgers, and hot dogs plus loads of snacks and desserts. While the adults watched the Cleveland Indians on the big screen in the Shanty, the kids played "Bubble Soccer" and other games. A free-throw shooting contest also added to the fun and excitement.
Great and Holy Pascha! Christ is Risen! - 04/16/17
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Xpuctoc Bockpece! Bouctiny Bockprece!
"Come, let us drink not miraculous water drawn forth from a barren stone, but a new vintage from the fount of incorruption springing from the tomb of Christ in Him we are established."
Food Donations for St. Herman's - 04/10/17
On Monday, April 10, the St. Herman's FOCUS van came by to pick up the non-perishable food items that were so generously donated by our parishioners during Great Lent. Once again, our parish showed the love and support for the less fortunate.
FOCA Gifts of Love Spaghetti Coffee Hour - 02/12/17
On Sunday, February 12, the R Club hosted a Spaghetti Coffee Hour following Divine Liturgy, with ALL free-will donations benefiting the FOCA's Gifts of Love campaign. During 2017, the FOCA Gifts of Love campaign will raise funds to repair and restore the St. Nicholas Chapel, which is part of the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church complex in Kenai, Alaska. This church is one of the oldest in Alaska – completed in 1896 – and the entire complex (church, chapel, rectory and cemetery) was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. This church is a major link to western culture for the Kenaitze Indians who comprise a significant portion of the population. Unfortunately, the long-term preservation of the church with its rich collection of icons and historic objects is jeopardized due to lack of funding for conservation work, proper environmental controls and basic repairs.
4th Annual Chili Cook-Off - 01/22/17
On Sunday, January 22, the R Club hosted the 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Woodside! We had a terrific turnout and 15 chili recipes were submitted into the three categories - Traditional, Non-Traditional & Hot and Spicy. Congrats to our winners - Emily Gaborick (Traditional), Melissa Tesar (Non-Traditional) and Drew Ramsay (Hot and Spicy).
Food Collection for St. Herman's FOCUS - 12/19/16
On Monday, December 19, the St. Herman's FOCUS van came by to pick up the non-perishable food items that were so generously donated by our parishioners over the past few weeks. Once again, our parish showed the love and support for the less fortunate.
Samaritan's Christmas Cookies - 12/14/16
On Wednesday, December 14, the Samaritan's group gathered to package cookies for our parishioners 80+ and our shut-ins. The cookies were baked by a number of parishioners, and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support of this special holiday project. We know our shut-ins appreciate your efforts!
Family Fun Night - 12/09/16
On Friday, December 12 we held a Family Fun Night for our parishioners. The church provided pizza, pop, popcorn, and cookies and had a company come in with gigantic bubbles that the kids and adults could go inside and smash into one another. Of course there were regular games using the bubbles also, like soccer and various relay races. About 70 people showed up to enjoy the food, fun, and festivities... as well as try their luck inside a large plastic bubble!
7th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Lecture - 12/08/16
We held our 7th Annual Fr. Vladimir Prislopsky Lecture on December 8, which was postponed from September due to the Lower Level Renovation Project. Mr. Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, was our guest lecturer and spoke on "Why our young people are leaving the Church."
Seraphim utilized a series of surveys of teens and young adults across the United States and made up of a huge cross-section of denominations and socio-economic backgrounds. The basic findings were that youth are not as interested in religion because adults are not that interested - and that those youth who do stay in the church are those who have:
A). a faith-based home in which religion is practiced and reinforced, and
B). a good interaction with the multigenerational population of the parish (meaning that the old and young work and interact together on projects and that the older generation actively mentors the younger).
Sunday School Yolka - 12/04/16
Following Divine Services, our congregation went down to Woodside Event Center to share a meal and watch the Sunday School children perform in our Annual Christmas Yolka.
The meal consisted of various pastries, French Toast Sticks, Eggs, Potatoes, and crepes. After the meal the children put on skits which recalled the upcoming Nativity Feast, the meaning behind the Twelve Days of Christmas, and the Junior/Senior high class' self-written play about why we come to church.
Everyone did a great job and we ended the day with a visit from Santa who gave gifts to all the Sunday School kids!
St. Michael's Day Hierarchical Liturgy and Banquet - 11/13/16
On sunday, November 13, His Grace, Bishop Paul celebrated a Hierarchical Liturgy at our parish in honor of its Patronal Feast. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, His Grace presented Special Diocesan Awards (Gramota) to Michael Macko and Bob Macko for their many years of serving as greeters of our parish.
After this presentation, our annual St. Michael's Day Banquet was held at Woodside Event Center where we honored Bill and Pauline Mehalik as a 50th anniversary couple. Much thanks to Natalie Boyd and Lisa Lyon - aka "The Sekerak Sisters" who again co-chaird this event and delighted us with their comedic stylings. A wonderful time was had be all!
Annual Browns Tailgate Party - 10/16/16
After liturgy on Sunday, October 16, the Senior "R" Club hosted its annual Cleveland Browns Tailgate Party in the Shanty. The price of the ticket got you a fun-filled, all-you-can-eat afternoon watching Cleveland take on the Titons on the Big Screen. Everyone enjoyed wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili - as well as a plethora of snacks and desserts. However, and despite Drew Ramsey wearing two, mis-matched right-footed sneakers for good luck, the Browns lost with a score of 26 to 28. Still, it was an exciting game and an obvious good time was had by all!
Annual Parish Golf Outing - 09/10/16
On Saturday, September 10, our parish held its annual gold outing at Hinkley Hills Golf Course. The day was great and the fellowship was phenominal! After a full day of swinging clubs, a steak dinner was held in the course pavilion. Prizes were awarded for various "skins," as well as door prizes for all who played.
Fr John's 20 Anniversary Brunch - 06/26/16
On Sunday, June 26 the parishioners of St. Michael's honored Fr. John and Matushka Jani and their family upon the 20th anniversary of Fr. John's pastorate at the parish. After the singing of Many Years and a few short speeches, a delicious brunch was served. Michael Herzak spoke about Fr. Prislopski's 37 year tenure and Fr. Gabora's pastorate lasting 25 years - thus showing that our parish is NOT the type to "chew-up and churn-out" its priests. Congratulations for Fr. John and his family on this momentous occasion!
55 Plus Club June Meeting - 06/21/16
The 55+ Club met today for their monthly meeting. After a quick meeting conducted by President Pat Patrick and singing Happy Birthday to longtime member Liz Spiwak, a delicious lunch was served. Members socialized and enjoyed the afternoon together.
Parishioners gather to watch game 7 of NBA finals - 06/19/16
On the evening of Father's Day, there was an impromtu gathering of parishioners in our Shanty to watch game 7 of the NBA finals and witness the historic come-from-behind-win of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The edge-of-our seat, nail-biting excitement of the came was only escalated by its consistant neck and neck score quarter after quarter. Yet in the end, the Cav's pulled ahead and won by four points! Amidst cheers and celebration, Champaigne was uncorked as those in attendance witnessed the impossible!
Pentecost, Fathers Day and Honoring Graduates - 06/19/16
This year's celbration of Pentecost was something of a "perfoect sotrm." Not only did we clebrate this wondrous Feast of the Church, but we also celebrated Father's Day and honored all those graduating from Sunday School, High School, Colleges, and places of secondary learning. All the men of the parish were given carnations to wear and all ofthe graduates were given gifts from the parish. Following the service, our annual Father's Day Picnic was held in the shanty. Each father and graduate recieved a free kielasi sandwhich with sour kraut, potato salad, beans, chips, and beer or soda. Cakes were also cut and distributed for dessert.
Camp Clean Up at St. Vladimir's Camp - 06/18/16
All this week, but especially today, a general camp clean up took place to get St. Vladimir's Church Camp ready for the upcoming camping season. Parishioners from St. Michael's, aided by volunteers from some other parishes, dedicated a long, full day to clean cabins, scrub down floors and mattresses, change lightbulbs, vacuum, dust, scour the kitchen, paint, replace doors, windows, make repairs, etc. With a great lunch and lots, and lots of water, pretty much was accomplished. Thanks to all for volunteering and giving your time and stewardship to the camp!!!
Mothers Day - 05/08/16
On Mothers Day our parish honored all of our living mothers, godmothers, grandmothers, as well as those who have reposed in the Lord. Mat. Jani and Mat. Catrina each held a troitsa during the gospel reading and Fr. John and Jani held their wedding candles during the singing of "The Angel cried..." in honor of their wedding anniversary. After liturgy, flowers were blessed and distributed to all of the woman of our pairhs. Following this, a wonderful Chicken Paprakosh dinner was held at Woodside. A photot booth was available for fun family pics with mom! Thanks to Paula Gaydos and Debbie Ramsay for co-chairing this event and doing such a fantastic job!
Palm Sunday Baptismal Liturgy - 04/24/16
During today's Festal Liturgy of the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, we baptized Malakai Tesar and honored seven Sunday school students who made their first confession. We also blessed and distributed pussy willows.
Lazarus Saturday Church Cleaning - 04/23/16
On Lazarus Saturday, the Junior "R" Club, their parents, and other volunteers helped to clean the church before Pascha. They spent most of their time polishing, dusting, hosing down screens, and other general clean-up of the church and its property. In the Afternoon Fr. John met and talked with the second grade Sunday school class prior to making their first confession.
Lenten Retreat: Marriage as a Path to Holiness - 04/16/16
Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Orthodox theological Seminary, visited our parish and gave a wonderfully recieved retreat about married saints in the Church, entitled: "Marriage as a Path to Holiness." Dr. Ford gave two lectures, each delving into married saints through time as well as edifying advice from the Church Fathers regarding the sanctity of marriage and its unique place in the life of the Church and our own salvation.
Junior R Club Meat Fair - 02/26/16
On the Fast-Free Friday before Great Lent, the Junior "R" Club held its first annual Meat Fair. Set up like a carnival with games for both, young and old, participants enjoyed never ending hamburgers, bratwurst, chicken fillet sandwiches, chicken nuggets, french fries, and pizza. A vast assortment of cookies, brownies, and ice cream treats awaited those who could still find room for dessert! Over 150 people participated in the event and it was enjoyed by all.
2016 Annual Parish Meeting - 02/21/16
Our Annual Parish Meeting took place following Sunday's liturgy. A luncheon was served at Woodside before the meeting. Various reports, business matters, and policies were addressed, andan election of church officers was conducted.
Pre-Teen Glow in the Dark Party
February's Pre-Teen Club event was a Glow in the Dark Party in the gym. With lighted Baloons, Frizbees, and Basket Balls - not to mention Glow Sticks, Glow Rings, and Glow-in-the-dark slime - the kids and parents had a great evening! One might even say it was a "glowing success!"
Annual Chili Cook-off
Our Annual Chili Cook-off was another success this year. The competition was judged in three catagories: Conventional, Unconventional, and Hot. This year's winners were: John Mindala - Conventional; Jim Kormos - Hot; and Mat. Jani Memorich for her unconventional Morrocan Chili - which was also considered best over-all. Besides chili, hot dogs were served as well as an assortment of desserts. A special exhibit of Greg Hanchuk's award winning models and dioramas was also displayed and enjoyed by all.
Women's Book Club Kicks Off New Year - 01/15/16
Our Women's Book Club kicked off another year by gathering this evening to enjoy fellowship, snacks, and in depth discussion about the books the group reads. This is yet another social outlet for members of our community, but guests are always welcome!
Christmas Decorations and Food Drive - 12/20/15
Our church temple was fully adorned and beautifully decorated in readiment for the Feast of our Lord's Nativity. Yet the greatest "decoration" was the amount of food we collected as part of a Food Drive for St. Herman's House of Hospitality. A literal mountain of food was collected for distribution and it took two vehicles to carry everything to St. Herman's House. This charitable work during this holiday season fullfilled what St. John Chrysostom said, "It is a greater work to feed the hungry than to raise the dead!"
Samaritan Christmas Cookie Project - 12/09/15
After a special prayer service for the ailing and ill-afflicted of our parish, the Samaritans gathered to package up boxes of cookies that parishioners baked, which will then be delivered to the elderly of the parish, especially those in nursing homes or who are shut-ins. This service project is an annual event and well looked forward to by those who are unable to bake during this holiday season.
Sunday School Yolka - 12/06/15
St. Micheal's held its annual Christmas Yolka on the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. After a delicious brunch, the children put on four skits, one of which depicted the life of St. Nicholas! Various prizes and raffels were interspersed throughout the event and at the conclusion each child and teacher received a hooded sweatshirt as a gift from the parish.
Zoe for Life Reteat and Training Seminar - 12/05/15
Zoe for Life of Cleveland held its first ever retreat and training seminar with over thirty participants. The day long event was both, beneficial and beatifying to all who attended.
St Michaels Day Banquet - 11/08/15
Today, on the Feast of the Holy Archangel Micheal and All of the Bodiless Hosts of Heaven, we gathered together for liturgy and then our Annual St Michaels Day Banquet in our resplendant Woodside Party Center. The "Sekerak Girls" (Natalie Boyd and Lisa Lyon) co-chaired this event, bringing together about 150 parishioners to break bread and enjoy fellowship. We also celebrated Deacon Danial's 6th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Diaconate. A good time was had by all - as the pictures will surely attest!
2015 R Club Tailgate Party - 10/11/15
The Cleveland R Club held their annual Browns Tailgate Party at the Shanty after church. Over sixty people participated in this event and enjoyed all you can eat wings, hamburgers, hotdogs, beans, potato salad, chili, chips, and snacks. Food, fun, and fellowship abounded and there wereprizes drawn during each quarter.
FOCA Ohio District Convention - 10/03/15
The FOCA Ohio District Convention was held at St. Michael's this past Saturday with about 40 representitives from throughout Northeaster Ohio parishes. Besides routine business, much of our discussion revolved around St. Vladimir's Camp and various upgrades we need to accomplish as the camp continues to grow in number and popularity. We also discussed a number of sports and fellowship proposals for the coming years. All in all this was a very productive meeting and everyone walked away feeling with a positive, uplifted feeling!
Sunday School Begins with Prayer - 09/27/15
We began our new Sunday School Year off with a prayer service for the beginning of instruction - asking God's blessings upon our program and to open the minds of our students so that they might grow and mature in the Faith.
6th Annual Fr Prislopsky Dinner Lecture - 09/22/15
Our 6th annual dinner lecture in honor of Protopresbytor Vladimir Prislopsky, long-time pastor of St. Michael's, was kicked off with a quintisential American meal: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple pie. Following dinner, Very Rev. Thomas Soroka, pastor of St. Nicholas Church, McKees Rocks, PA, and noted contributer to Ancient Faith Radio, gave a presentation entitled: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Islam. This lecture was not only topical and relavent to what is happening around us today, but gave a detailed discription as to the history of Islam and how it affected Judhism, Christiantiy, and the governments of the Middle East.
For those of you who could not attend this event - or to those who would like to hear it again - this lecture is being made avialable on Ancient Faith Radio.
Sunday School Picnic - 09/20/15
Our parish held its annual Sunday School Picnic in the Shanty to start off the new academic year. Parents registered their children and then everyone enjoyed a meal of fried chicken, Potato salad, pizza, and an assortment of homebaked cookies from our hall. As always, it was hard to tell whether the kids or the adults were having he most fun!
Bingo Workers Fillet Mignon Dinner - 09/10/15
Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner a Slam Dunk!
An appreciation dinner was held for all of our faithful Bingo workers. After cocktails and some zakuski (chicken wings, veggies, and eggs rolls), a wonderful Fillet Mignon dinner was served with all of the trimmings: Caprese salad, sea-salted baked potatoes, sauteed onions, mushrooms, vegetable medley - followed by ice cream and cherry pie.
The Bingo workers were thanked for volunteering their time and making the extra effort to help support the Church. If you would like to participate in worker Bingo and enjoy the comaraderie of your fellow parishioners, please see Tim Kormos, our Bingo Chairman.
R Club Steak Roast - 09/01/15
The "R" Club held its annual Steak Roast on September 1st. Over thirty members attended and enjoyed fellowship, good conversation, and a wonderful dinner. The steaks were grilled to perfection by our grill masters and served with sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, au gratin potatoes, and broccoli salad. A short meeting was held at which we discussed business and honored those who had recently graduated from high school. Everyone also signed cards to be sent to those who were convalescing. All in all it was a fantastic event.
Annual Parish Gold Tournament - 08/15/15
Golf Outing a Booming Success!
On Saturday, August 15 we held our Annual Parish Golf Tournament at Hinkley Hills Golf Course. Over fifty parishioners participated in this event and everyone had a wonderful time. After eighteen holes, we all gathered at the course's pavilion for a traditional steak dinner. Prizes were awarded for longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin - as well as a myriad of consolation prizes for those whose luck wasn't so good. Thanks go to Dennis Schlecki and Drew Ramsay for co-chairing this event - and to Mark and Gabe Ropchock as our grill-masters.
St. Vladimir's Camp 2015 - 07/15/15
During the third session of St. Vladimir's Church Camp, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago visited and celebrated during the camp and chapel's patronal feast. Bishop Paul concelebrated liturgy with a number of the deanery clergy and praised the children for their singing and enthusiam. Following the services, we proceeded to go in procession to bless the camp and to hold services at our little Archbishop Job memorial. In addition to serving, His Grace also enjoyed time with the children and interacted with them by playing ping pong, watching their games, and by simply talking with them in a personable manner. He also praised the camp's directors, Dn. Daniel and Mat. Catrina for the phenominal job they have done over the last eight years of running the camp.
Fathers Day 2015 - 06/21/15
On Sunday June 21 we honored all of our fathers, grandfathers, god-fathers, uncles, and pious men of our parish whose righteous life and humble example help to shape the youth of today. In addtion, we also honored our Sunday School graduates, as well as those from High School, College, and Universities. Following services, a picnic was held in the shanty.
FOCA BB Tournament Liturgy and Championship Games - 05/17/15
The joy of this FOCA national Basketball weekend was fully revealed in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. With visiting guest clergy Archpriest Daniel Ressetar and Fr. Benjamin Tucci (who gave a fabulous homily) and everyone else gathered together to offer our continued Paschal praise unto God, it was truly a wonderul experience. A brunch was held at Woodside Party Center following liturgy and then everyone had to suit-up for the championship matches at the Independence Fieldhouse.
FOCA BB Tournament: Vespers, Banquet, and Dance - 05/16/15
This evening, following the basketball games, vespers was held at Archangel Michael parish. Afterwards a banquet for all of the tournament participants was held in our gym. During this banquet awards and trophies were distributed to both, teams and individual players. A dance began at the end of the banquet with Bob Spiwak playing traditional ethnic dances on his accordian. Then a DJ took over so the kids could dance to "more modern" music. A good time was had by all!
FOCA BB Tournament Saturday Games - 05/16/15
Today all of the teams competed in the National FOCA Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately, as in almost any game, there has to be a winner and loser. But as a famous priest once said, "How you play the game reveals something about your character. How you lose, reveals all of it." Today, whether the scoreboard revealed it or not, all of the times who competed were winners because they played their best and did so with Christian fellowship and good sportsmanship!
FOCA Basketball Tournament / Friday Get-together - 05/15/15
Today begins the National FOCA Basketball Tournament being hosted by the Columbus "R" Club at St. Michael's in Cleveland. Teams from across the country (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota to name a few) have traveled to Cleveland in order to compete and enjoy Christian fellowship. On Friday everyone enjoyed a wonderful pasta dinner and couldn't wait to get started by getting a few pick-up games going.
Mother's Day Celebration and Banquet - 05/10/15
Today in church we honored all of the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and pious women of our parish. All of the women in attendance were given a potted flower to take home. In addition, many attended our annual Mother's Day Banquet at our resplendent Woodside Party Center. We wish all of the women in our lives Many Years!
Woodside Open House - 05/03/15
Following Sunday services, an Open House was held to show off our newly renovated Woodside Party Center. Everyone was encouraged to come down to see the end result of our remodling and to enjoy a light brunch. The new sleek, contempary style was accomplished after months of renovation and years or planning. With its new lighting, sound system, carpeting, wall coverings, ceiling, chandelers, and funriture, it was hard for many to believe they were in the same building. Of special note is the new artwork that is so prominately found within the foyer, especially the central focal piece by our very own renouned sculpter artest, Lauren Herzak-Bauman!
Thomas Sunday with Bishop Paul - 04/19/15
Christ is Risen!
Today we were blessed to have His Grace, Bishop Paul, with us to officiate over Divine Services. This was his first Archpastoral visit to our parish, but also something of a "homecoming" since he was elected to be put forward as Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest within our very temple! During today's Hierarchical Liturgy, His Grace, elevated our beloved Deacon Dennis Lucak to the rank of Protodeacon. We congratulate he and his wife, Matushka Helen, on this wonderful occasion. Many Years!
Leadershi[p Dinner with Bishop Paul - 04/18/15
Following the celebration of Great Vespers, the clergy, parish council, and other lay leadership of our parish took His Grace, Bishop Paul, to the Shoreby Club on Lake Erie for a dinner to honor his first Archpastoral visit to our parish community. We were able to walk the grounds, enjoy a picturesque sunse, and meet with His Grace in a quiet, informal setting.
Palm Sunday 2015 - 04/05/15
Today we celebrated the Triumphal Entry of Christ into the Holy City of Jerusalem with a Festal Liturgy and the blessing of Pussy Willows. In additon, five of our children made their First Confession and were honored. We congratulate them and their families and wish them Many Years!
55 Plus Club March Meeting - 03/17/15
The 55 Plus Club gathered this morning for their montly meeting. After the opening prayer, Fr. John gave a presentation of St. Patrick of Ireland. Following their meeting a luncheon was served - at which the club honored those who were 90 years old!
PreTeens Make Lenten Pretzels - 03/13/15
On Friday, following the Akathist to the Passion of Christ, our PreTeen Club families met for fun and fellowship. As a project, and a way to teach about Great Lent, we made pretzels - which originated as a type of Lenten snack. Derived from the German word "brezel" meaning "little arms," pretzels do look like two arms crossed over the chest in humility and prayer. Besides the fun of making pretzels, the kids also played together in the gym and had a wonderful time.
Lenten Clergy Retreat - 03/02/15
His Grace, Bishop Paul led area clergy from the greater Cleveland area in a Lenten Retreat about the "Peasce of Christ" within us and the world. This led to a broad discussion which focused around Orthodox unity in America and the strides we taken. A delicious Lenten meal of potato-mushroom soup, veggie wraps, and fruit cups was provided by Verba Catering.
Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers - 03/01/15
This evening all of the churches of Greater Cleveland participated in the annual Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church was the host parish for this service and His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest was the main clebrant and speaker. Over twenty area clergy either served or attended this event, as well as faithful ffrom all of the area parishes - thus making this event truly a "Pan-Orthodox" event! St. Tikhon's seminary choir sang responses. along with a choir made up of members for various Orthodox parishes.
St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir Mission Trip - 03/01/15
St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir traveled to St. Michael's to sing this weekends services. Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhons, along with Dr. Harry Boosalis accompanied the strudents. Dr. Harry gave a lecture on St. Siloun of Mt. Athos after Saturday evening vespers and Fr. Steven gave the homily at the Divine Liturgy. The seminary choir consisted of Mikel Hill, director; Jonathan Lincoln; Andrew Nelko; Paul Kappanadze; J.J. Kotalik; and Joel Brody. Our parish donated over $12,000 to the seminary in collections, not to mention sizable bookstore sales. With the beautiful singing, lecture, homily, etc, this was a profitable weekend for all involved!
Russian Maslenitsa Festival on the Sunday of Cheesefare - 02/22/15
The Russian Orthodox Community of Greater Cleveland held a traditional Maslenitsa or "Butter Festival" to kick off the upcoming Great Lenten Fast. The event was held at the Russian Community Garden on MLK Blvd. in Cleveland and brought together people from all over to sample outdoor cooked blini (pancakes) smothered in sour cream and butter. Tea or "chi" was served directly from old fashioned samavars. There were songs, dancing, feats of strength, and various games for all ages. This was a wonderful way to enjoy a day of feasting on dairy before the start of Great Lent on Clean Monday.
OCF - 02/16/15
On Monday evening Fr. John went to Kent State University to give a Lenten Lecture to OCF students from Akron and Kent. Fr. John's presentation compared the prophecy of Malachi (who lived 400 years before Christ) with the "cancer of complacency" which exists in our own time. He reminded the students that Great Lent was not a time of negativity or simply a period to "give up" food items, but an opertunity to make positive changes in ones life. To make themselves right with God by following His will and adhering to the greater commandment to "Love one another as I have loved you." Fr. John concluded by saying that if we all followed this way of thinking, living, and serving God we would be helping to bring the bottom up, which would strengthen the Church in our times.
Annual Parish Meeting - 02/15/15
Despite a low turnout due to extreme weather conditions, we held our Annual Parish Meeting at our newly renovated Woodside Party Center following Divine Services. A delicious lunch was served followed by the two hour meeting. besides routine business, there was a strong emphesis placed on keeping our youth involed and $10,000 was apportioned for youth mishionary work. We also authorized an additional $100,000 to complete the renovation of Woodside and to redo our parking lot.
Prison Ministries Conference - 02/14/15
"I was in prison and you came to me." (Matt. 25:36)
Despite an unexpected morning blizzard, our parish hosted a very successful two-day Prison Ministry Conference (Feb. 13 & 14) with the hopes of planting the seeds for this ministry throughout Northeastern Ohio. Archpriest John Kowalczuk, rector of St. Michael's in Jermyn, PA, Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon's Seminary spoke of his 27 year ministry as Chaplain at Waymart's Forensic Treatment Center.
Fr. John admitted his initial reluctance at getting involved in such a ministry, but soon realized that the broken, demoralized individual he was ministering to were no different than any of us, for we are all "broken" and imprisoned by our sins - some just worse off than others.
Prosphora and Pizza - 02/09/15
Our faithful volunteer bakers gathered this morning to make prosphora for church. As always, the last batch of dough is always turned into an assortment of delicious pizzas. Stewardship, fellowship, fun, and food....who could ask for anything more!
Gifts of Love Spaghetti Dinner - 02/08/15
This morning following services the Senior "R" Club held a Spaghetti Dinner as part of the FOCA's "Gifts of Love" campaign. All proceeds from this event will be given to St. Vladimir's Camp to be used for its upkeep and during our three week camping season.
In addition to a tasty spaghetti dinner, the Pre-Teen Club held its annual Carnation Sale in anticipation of the upcoming Valentines Day.
"Thou hast made summer and winter" (Psalm 74:17) - 02/03/15
Cleveland's most recent "snow-maggeden" has turned our parish's property into a virtual winter wonderland - reminding us that the "King is in His winterhouse" (Jeremiah 36:22). Enjoy the beauty of God's domain!
2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off - 01/25/15
St. Michael's "R" Club hosted the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off for our parish. Sharon Glagola coordinated this effort and we had eight entries: four conventional and four spicey. Everyone was given small sampler cups and encouraged to try and rate each numbered entry. Then, votes were cast and counted to determine the winners. Sharon Glagola won for best conventional type chili and Drew Ramsay won for his hot & spicey chili. Of course, in a sense, everyone was a winner for enjoying a great meal and fellowship!
55+ Club Christmas Luncheon - 12/30/14
Our parish's 55+ Club held their annual Christmas Luncheon at St. Michael's Woodside today. After a short meeting, a delicious meal was served. It consisted of creamy chicken and dumpling soup, our classic signiture salad, city chicken, garlick smashed potatoes, vegitables, and cake for dessert. Fun and fellowship was the order of the day and a good time was had by all.
McCartney Farewell Brunch - 12/28/14
On December 28, Fr. Joseph McCartney served his last liturgy as our parish's Associate Priest. He and his family have accepted a position at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodos Church in Lorain, Ohio. Although we are saddened to see the McCartney's go, Fr. Joseph's mentorship at Archangel Michael's has ended and it is time he had his own parish. In recognition of this fact, Fr. John presented Fr. Joseph with a staff, symbolizing his new role as shepherd of his own parish flock. A wonderful farewell brunch was held at Woodside Party Center, where Egg McVladimirs, bisquits and gravey, french toast, and fried potatoes were on the menu.
Holiday Food Drive - 12/21/14
Over a three week period, St. michael's "R" Club sponsored a Holiday Food Drive to benefit St. Herman's House of Hospitality here in Cleveland. Parishioners responded with an outpouring of food and clothing to help this wonderful facility run by the Church. Much thank go to Steven and Monica Visocky for spearheading this effort.
2014 Sunday School Christmas Yolka Program - 12/21/14
St, Michael's Sunday School children put on their traditional Christmas Yolka after liturgy. Many people attended this wonderful event in which the children performed songs, skits, and culminated with a visit from Santa.
Annual St. Michael's Day Banquet - 11/09/14
On Sunday our parishioners enjoyed a wonderful fellowship banquet in honor of our parish's feast day. During the meal we honored three couples of the parish who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary during this calendar year.
"R" Club Steak Roast - 11/04/14
On Election night, St. Michael's "R" Club held its own election of club officers and did so in conjunction with a delicious, old time steak roast. John Mindala was elected as the new president. Here are some photos of this event.
St. Michael's Parishioners Serve Lunch at Monastery Feast Day - 10/09/14
Today some of St. Michael's parishioners volunteered to serve lunch at the Skete of St. John the Theologian in Hiram, OH on the occasion of its feast day. Many Orthodox bishops, priests and laity traveled to the skete for the celebrations. Also present was the miraculous Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
St. Michael's Hosts Diocesan Assembly of the Midwest - 10/07/14
Today clergy and lay delegates from all over the Diocese of the Midwest gathered at St. Michael's for the annual Diocesan Assembly. THe Assembly began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and was followed immediately by a special session, which nominated Fr. Paul Gassios as candidate for our diocesan bishop.
Sunday School Fall Outing - 10/05/14
Today after the Divine Litrugy, a group of our Sunday School students and their parents attended the Sunday School Fall Outing. First the group went to Heavenly Hills Orachard for apple picking, hay rides, corn maze and pumpkin decorating. Aftewards, the students took apples and fresh cider to Monastery Marcha, a women's monastery near the parish. Sister Anastasia gave the group a tour of the church and the candle making room. Then the children were treated to sweets and refreshments.
5th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture - 09/23/14
Tonight, St Micheal's hosted its 5th Annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture at Woodside Party Center. The gueast speaker was Mr. John MIndala, a son of St. Michael's and Graphic Designer for the Greek Archdiocese. Mr. Mindala offered a visual presentation with video-clips and photos showcasing the historic nature of the visit of Pepe Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew to the Holy Land, and his role as the photographer and graphic designer for the trip.
Cemetery Cleanup - 09/13/14
Today a small group of workers gathered at our parish section in Highland Park Cemetery for a much needed cleanup session. Many of the headstones are being covered by grass and the trees were in need of trimming. Thanks to all who showed up.
Annual Sunday School Picnic - 09/07/14
Today St. Michael's SUnday School held it's annual begining-of-the-year Sunday School Picnic and Registration. Students, teachers and their families enjoyed the afternoon on the church grounds and a pizza and sandwich lunch.
St. Vladimir Camp 50th Anniversary Banquet - 08/24/14
Today at Woodside Party Center was the St. Vladimir Camp 50th Anniversary Banquet. Campers, supporters, directors and counselors from the camp's history came to share memories and celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Fr John Awarded Jeweled Cross - 06/01/14
This weekend our rector Archpriest John Memorich celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. To mark the occasion His Grace Bishop Alexander, locus tenens of the Diocese of the Midwest, served the Divine Liturgy and awarded Fr John with the Jeweled Cross. After the Liturgy a banquet was belt at Woodside Party Center in honor of Fr John’s service to the Church.