St. Lawrence Project Meets - 01/21/2012Today our St. Lawrence Project met after Vespers and assembled over 300 ham & cheese sandwiches. These sandwiches will be delivered to the St. Herman House of Hospitality and will feed the poor and needy in the city of Cleveland. After the sandwiches were made, those gathered enjoyed pizza and fellowship.
Prosphora Baking Day - 01/30/2012Today, parishioners of St. Michael's gathered to Prosphora making. Our team meets about once every two months to make Prosphora for the Divine Liturgy. After the Prosphora is made, we make pizza. We hope to see you next time.
Samaritans Celebrate 30+ Years as Church Group - 02/08/2012Today our Samaritans Group celebrated 30+ years as a church Organization. The group focuses on making blankets, quilts and other items that are then donated to different charities.
Jr. 'R' Club Hosts Poor Man's Raffle - 02/09/2012Tonight, our Jr. 'R' Club hosted their annual reverse raffle. Over 125 guests attended and hoped that their number would be the last one called. Proceeds went to benefit the Jr. 'R' club's trip to the National Convention in New Jersey.
Annual Leadership Retreat - 02/11/2012Today, St. Michael's held our Annual Leadership Retreat as Woodside. The retreat was lead by Joe Kormos, Parish Development Ministry Leader of the Diocese of the Midwest.
2012 FOCA Ohio District Basketball Tournament - 03/24/2012On Saturday March 24th, St Michael's hosted the 2012 FOCA Ohio District Basketball Tournament. Teams from all over Ohio gathered for friendly competition and fellowship. After the final game, vespers was held in church. The day was capped off by a Mexican food buffet and awards ceremony.
2012 Lenten Retreat - 03/25/2012On Sunday March 25th, our parish held its annual Lenten Retreat. This year's guest speakers were own very own parishioners, Drs. John and Judy Blebea. This year's retreat was a slideshow and presentation recounting the Blebea's recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Their slideshow and first-hand accounts led all who attended in the footsteps of Christ.
First Confession Class - 04/07/2012This year's first confession class culminated on Lazarus Saturday, when each of the students made their first confessions.
2012 National FOCA Basketball Tounament - 05/04/2012This weekend, parishioners of St Michael's and members of the FOCA participated in the 2012 National Basketball Tournament weekend in South River, NJ. The weekend of basketball was capped off by a hierarchical liturgy served by His Grace, Bishop Michael.
55+ Club Annual Spring Luncheon - 05/15/2012Today, St Michael's 55+ Club held their Annual Spring Luncheon. The event welcomed all members of the 55+ Club to come to Woodside Party Center for a wonderful afternoon of food and fellowship.
Parish Youth Beautify Veteran's Monument - 05/19/2012This evening following Great Vespers and the St. Lawrence Project, several of our parish youth helped plant flowers surrounding our church's Veteran's Memorial Monument. Thank you to Mr Steve Kovalak for organizing this service project!
Bingo Workers Appreciation Dinner - 05/31/2012Tonight our parish hosted a BBQ cook-out for all of our volunteer bingo workers. BBQ Ribs, chicken wings, eggrolls, potato salad and more were enjoyed by all. We appreciate all of your hard work!
Annual Father's Day Picnic - 06/17/2012On Father's Day, St. Michael's held its annual picnic at the Shanty in honor of all fathers of the parish, as well all of the Sunday School, High School and college graduates.
His Grace, Bishop Matthias, Visits St. Michael's - 07/01/2012His Grace, Bishop Matthias, of Chicago and the Midwest visited St. Michael's this weekend. His Grace was present for Great Vespers on Saturday night, and again on Sunday morning when he celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
St. Vladimir's Day Celebration at Camp - 07/15/2012Over 60 people from surrounding parishes traveled to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the Patronal Feast Day of St. Vladimir's Summer Camp. Fr John Memorich and Dn. Daniel Kovalak served the Liturgy. Afterwards, Dr. John Schultz - president of the FOCA - presented a hand written icon of St Vladimir (patron of camp) and St Andrew (patron of the FOCA) to the camp to commemorate the feast. After the Liturgy, the newly-renovated chapel was blessed, and a cookout was enjoyed by all present.
Prosphora Making Day - 07/31/2012Today our parishioners showed up in large numbers to help make prosphora. This was an especially well attended day due to the fact that many of our parish youth, who are still out of school for the summer - were present.
St Lawrence Project Turns 1-Year Old! - 08/18/2012Today the St Lawrence Project met to make sandwiches for the St. Herman House of Hospitality. This meeting marks the groups 1-year anniversary, and many parishioners turned out to lend a hand. Thank you to all who donate time and materials for this service project. May God reward your generosity.
St. Michaels Annual Golf Tournament - 08/19/2012Today, our parish held its annual golf outing. About 50 parishioners participated in this year's tournament. Thank God, the weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - 09/06/2012Tonight, our volunteer bingo workers gathered at The Shanty for an appreciation dinner. These events are always fun and show our volunteers just how much their efforts are appreciated. All were treated to an appetizer bar, drinks, a steak dinner with baked potato and corn on the cob. And at the end of the night, door prizes were awarded to a lucky few.
3rd Annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture - 09/20/2012Tonight, St Michael's parish held its third annual Fr. Prislopsky Memorial Dinner Lecture. Fr John Memorich gave a wonderful presentation entitled: Taking Up the Cross Entails Wearing the Towel: A Lecture on Christian Servitude, in which he talked about the need and duty for Christians to serve others. Before the talk, those present partook of an authentic Bible-era meal consisting of lamb and lentil stew, hummus, goat cheese, olives, dates, almonds, pita bread and more. It was a great meal and an edifying presentation.
St. Michael's Hosts Local High School Class - 09/21/2012Today, St. Michael's hosted a local high school class studying different religions in America. The students and their teachers toured the church and had a Question & Answer session with Fr John. St. Michael's beautiful iconography attracts several high school and college classes each semester.
Vespers and Dinner at St. Herman's House of Hospitality - 09/22/2012Tonight, our St. Lawrence Project volunteers met at Cleveland's St. Herman's House of Hospitality for vespers, and to serve dinner to the area needy. St Herman's House of Hospitality is one of Cleveland's most shelters. Last year over 60,000 meals were served to area needy. Tonight, our parishioners helped plate meals, pour drinks, and wash dishes. Everyone had a great time and are already looking forward to our next trip. We hope you will join us next time.
First Day of Sunday School - 09/30/2012This morning, St Michael's kicked off the Sunday School year with a moleben asking God's blessings upon all of the students, their teachers and parents. Afterwards, the students went downstairs to begin their courses. The theme of this year's Sunday School is Orthodox Christians Under Construction. During the Liturgy, the students held candles at the Gospel reading.
Nativity 2012 - 12/25/2012
The feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. Click here to see photos from the Divine Liturgy and the Christmas Social that followed. Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Sunday School Lesson on Proskemedia - 12/16/2012
Today Fr John eplained the service of Proskemidia to our 7th, 8th and 9th grade Sunday School class. The class has been discussing the Divine LIturgy, and observation of this service proved to be very educational.
Annual Christmas Carolling Outing - 12/15/2012
Today about 40 parishioners gathered at the church to help decorate and set up the Youth Christmas Tree in the narthex. Afterwards, we headed out to several different nursing homes to sing Christmas carols for the residents. This year we had the most carollers ever. We hope to beat this number next year!
St. Herman's Feast Day - 12/13/2012
Today on the feast of St. Herman of Alaska, some of the faithful from St. Michael's and others from area churches gathered at St. Herman's House of Hospitality to celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the house's patron saint. Fr John Memorich and Fr Michael Butler (St. Innocent Orthodox Church, Olmstead Falls, OH) concelebrated the Liturgy. Also in attendance were members of the St Hermans House of Hospitality Board.
Samaritans Christmas Cookie Drive - 12/12/2012
Today our Samaritans group gathered and boxed cookies for parishioners who are home-bound or in nursing homes. The Christmas cookies were baked by members of our parish, and will be delivered over the next week. Afterwards lunch was enjoyed by all.
Annual Christmas Yolka - 12/02/2012
Today our parish held its annual Sunday School Christmas Yolka. Students from our Sunday School program performed skits and songs for all present. Afterwards, the children were surprised with a visit from St. Nicholas!
St. Tikhon's Museum & Seminary Misison Choir Visit - 12/09/2012
This weekend, St. Michael's was honored to host a special exhibit from St. Tikhon's Monastery Museum. This is the first time ever that icons, vestments and relecs have left the museum repository and ventured out for the faithful of North America to see and venerate. In conjunction with the items from the museum, the Seminary Mission Choir also gave a concert to raise money for St. Tikhon's Seminary.
Advent Family Movie Night - 11/17/2012Tonight, we had a double event at St Michael's. After Vespers, our St. Lawrence Project gathered downstairs and prepared soup for 90 to be served at St Herman's House of Hospitality. Afterwards, we held our Advent Family Movie Night. Each Saturday night after vespers during Advent, we host a Family Movie Night, where we watch a family Christmas movie and have a pizza party. Hope to see you at next week's Advent Family Movie Night!
2012 St Michael's Day & St Michaels Day Banquet - 11/11/2012Today our parish celebrated the feast of our heavenly patron The Holy Archangel Michael. After the festal Divine Liturgy over 200 parishioners gathered at Woodside Party Center for our annual St. Michael's Day Banquet. On this occation of the parish's 90th anniversary, guests were treated to live music, drinks, a roast beef lunch and a presentation on the history of St Michael's parish.
Annual Pig Roast - 11/03/2012Tonight, we had our annual Pig Roast down at the Shanty. The Pig Roast is sponsored by the Cleveland 'R' Club Chapters 4 & 6. All present partook of delicious roast pork,hamburgers, hot dogs and ll the fixings. All proceeds from the event went to fund the renovation project of St. Vladimir's Chapel out at our St. Vladimir Summer Camp & Retreat Center.
Jr. 'R' Club Halloween Brunch - 10/28/2012Today, our Jr 'R' Club hosted its Annual Halloween Brunch. Over one hundred parishioners attented and enjoyed a delicious brunch served by some of our parish youth. Proceeds go to support the Christmas Stocking Project, with sends needed gifts and supplies to orphanages in Eastern Europe.
St. Lawrence Project Fundraiser - 10/27/2012Tonight our St. Lawrence Project group met after vespers to make candied apples. The apples were decorated by all present and will be sold after the Divine Liturgy tomorrow. Proceeds will go towards shipping icon prints to an Orthodox community in Africa. These icons will be the first icons many of the local Orthodox people ever own, and have prayers printed on them in their native language.
Visit of the Miraculous Iveron Icon of the Mother of God - 10/25/2012Today, our parish was blessed with the visitation of the miraculous myyrh-streaming Iveron icon of the Mother of God. Over 150 faithful from all Christian backgrounds - Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestants - gathered to greet the icon when she arrived and stayed for the Akathis and Moleben served before her holy image. After the service, all came forward to venerate the icon, offer prayers, and to be announted with the holy and fragrant myrrh with flows from the icon.
Pirogi Making 2012 - 10/24/2012Today, many of our parishioners joined forces to help pinch pirogis. The pirogis will be sold at the upcoming craft sale and proceeds will benefit St Michaels Parish.
Jr R Club Makes Crafts - 10/21/2012After Liturgy today, members of our Jr. R Club made crafts. The crafts will be sold at the upcoming Craft Sale at Woodside. Proceeds will benefit Jr R Club activities and outings.
Parish Youth Help St. Herman's House of Hospitality - 10/13/2012On Saturday, October 13th, Mikey Gaydos, Samantha Ramsey, and Nicole Gaydos took the hoagies that they made earlier that day at Strongsville High School over to St Herman’s House of Hospitality and served lunch to the area needy. Thanks to the generosity of St Michael’s parishioners, they were able to provide over 90 foot-long hoagies, and also 24 doz Krispy Kreme donuts donated by the High School. As can be seen from the photos, and as is typical, there is great joy involved in helping others.
3rd Annual Brown's Tailgate Party - 10/07/2012Today following the Divine Liturgy, the Cleveland 'R' Club hosted the 3rd Annual Brown's Tailgate Party down at the Shanty. Everyone enjoyed grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, buffalo wings, and all the fixings while watching the Cleveland Brown's take on the NY Giants. It was a great afternoon of fun, fellowship and football.
Sunday School Picnic - 09/30/2012Following the Divine Liturgy, all of the Sunday School students, teachers and families gathered at The Shanty for our annual Sunday School Picnic. Pizza, sandwiches, chips and soda were enjoyed by all. Afterwards the kids played basketball, football and hung out while the parents enjoyed a nice afternoon of fellowship.