NEWS & EVENTS

POSTED 16 JUNE 2013  VATRA CAMPS! TABERE LA VATRA!
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GISTRATION FORMS
for both Junior and Senior Camps at Vatra Romaneasca are in the parish office. Pick yours up today, or speak with Assistant Director JE Lazar. Space is limited! Also, we invite former students and alumni of the Vatra Camps to “like” our official Facebook page… type “Camp Vatra”, find the green poster, join us!

The Vatra Camp programs are an extension of the Church's sacred ministry to her young people. For nearly 60 years, the camps have given youth from across North America an opportunity to practice and learn their Faith, while spending recreational time with other young Orthodox Christians. Students gain both knowledge and necessary encouragement to build a strong spiritual life — a priceless benefit to them. A loving and qualified staff, balanced meals, sports, choir, trips, cultural activities and more all contribute to the time spent at our beloved Vatra. Space is limited and costs are reasonable! Make sure your child experiences this priceless opportunity! SENIORS (ages 14-17) 14-20 July; JUNIORS (ages 11-13) 28 July-10 August. Speak with your priest today, call 313 562-1521 (Juniors), 734 646-6420 (Seniors), or visit us online for student forms, staff applications, etc.

Taberele de vară pentru tineret la Vatra Românească sunt parte integrantă din misiunea sacră a Bisericii noastre. De mai bine de 50 de ani, taberele de vară au oferit tinerilor de pe întreg cuprinsul Americii de Nord posibilitatea de a pune în practică şi a învăţa despre credinţa lor, fiind de asemenea şi un bun prilej de recreere alături de alţi tineri ortodocşi. Studenţii acumulează cu această ocazie noi cunoştinţe şi primesc încurajarea necesară spre a pune bazele unei vieţi spirituale sănătoase – un mare beneficiu, valabil pe durata întregii lor vieţi. Dedicaţia şi talentul personalului taberei, mâncarea sănătoasă, sportul, repetiţiile la cor,  excursiile, activităţile culturale, etc, toate fac parte din timpul petrecut la îndrăgita noastră Vatră. Locurile sunt limitate şi costurile rezonabile! Faceţi tot posibilul ca şi copilul dumneavoastră să se împărtăşească de această deosebită experienţă! SENIORI (vârste 14-17) 14-20 Iulie; JUNIORI (vârste 11-13) 28 Iulie-10 August. Contactaţi Preotul Paroh sau luaţi legătura direct 313 562-1521 (Juniori), 734 646-6420 (seniori), sau vizitaţi-ne pe websitul pentru formulare şi mai multe informaţii.

POSTED 15 MAY 2013  YOUTH DAY & MOTHERS DAY PHOTOS ONLINE
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ou can view a number of photographs from the 2013 Youth & Young Adult Day, as well as from the Mothers Day / Founders Day Banquet by visiting our parish's Facebook page and looking under "Albums". Click HERE to be sent directly to Facebook.

POSTED 9 MAY 2013  PHOTOS FROM HOLY WEEK & EASTER ONLINE
We are happy to announce that you can view a number of photographs from the services of Holy Week and Pascha on the Cathedral's Facebook page! Simply click HERE to be redirected to the page. We invite you to "like" us and comment on photos and share them with family and friends as well.

POSTED 19 APRIL 2013  LAZAR FAMILY WELCOMES FIRST GRANDCHILD
The Cathedral family happily announces the birth of Ana (Lazar) and Michael Gomez's first child, a daughter, born in the early morning on Thursday, April 18! The infant is the first grandchild of our very proud Dean, Fr Laurence and Preoteasa Anita Lazar. With thanks to God, we convey that both mother and baby are healthy and doing fine! Sa va traiasca la multi ani!

POSTED 15 APRIL 2013 PIANO DONATED FOR CLASSROOM
We wish to thank the Fedorovici / Etzkorn Family for offering a "student" learner's piano from their family to our choir. The piano will be useful in the classroom that doubles as a rehearsal space for the choir. We are grateful that the family thought of us!

POSTED 19 MARCH 2013  VESNICA POMENIRE... JOHN DORCA
We announce that a newer convert to the Orthodox Church (from the Romanian Catholic Church) and member of the Cathedral, John Dorca has fallen asleep in Florida. Funeral services are Thursday, March 21 at Voran Funeral Home (Allen Park, off Southfield Rd), with saracusta at 7:30pm; Friday, March 22 at 10:00am here at Cathedral, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. May God comfort his family and grant him eternal rest. Dumnezeu sa-l ierte!

POSTED 19 MARCH 2013  VREDNIC ESTE! PR. MIHAI DONCA
A new priest for the Church was ordained by Archbishop Nathaniel here at the Cathedral on Sunday, March 17. We wish the new Father Mihai Donca, with his Preoteasa Adina (who at the present time reside in California) many healthy years of service to the Romanian Orthodox faithful. Father is currently attached to the chapel at Vatra Romaneasca and awaiting assignment as a mission priest.

POSTED 19 MARCH 2013  INTER-ORTHODOX VESPERS ANNOUNCED
We are pleased to announce that the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches (COCC) of metropolitan Detroit will again host its Inter-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers Series during this Great Lent. A complete schedule is available on the main-page of this site (click the "Vespers" button on the right). We invite you to join the larger community for these moving services that will be celebrated throughout the city, starting with the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Annunciation Greek Cathedral (in Greektown), March 24 at 6:30pm.

POSTED 17 JANUARY 2013  VESNICA POMENIRE... FLORICA MAN
We announce that a friend of the Cathedral, and "Nasa" of Fr and Psa Pop, Florica Man, has fallen asleep after fighting cancer in recent months. Funeral arrangements: Visitation and Saracusta, Sunday 6pm at Holy Trinity Church (Biserica Sfanta Treime); Burial service Monday, 10am at Holy Trinity Church in Troy. Dumnezeu sa-o ierte!

POSTED 17 JANUARY 2013  MEMORY ETERNAL... DREW CASARES
It is with great sadness that we announce the falling asleep of a son of the Cathedral parish family...
David “Drew” Casares of Grosse Pointe Park, died unexpectedly January 15, 2013. He was 26 years old. Drew was born January 24, 1986, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Drew graduated from Clay High School in Indiana and also attended Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Macomb Community College with an associate’s degree. Drew proudly served in the United States Navy with several tours in Bahrain and South Korea. After his service in the Navy, Drew worked as a sales manager for Auto Lab in St. Clair Shores.

Drew is survived by his parents, Suzanne (Randy) Suciu and David (Rachelle) Casares, and siblings, Sloane and Tyler Suciu. He is also survived by his grandparents, Rita Adkinson, Gerald (Stanye) Adkinson, and Vilma (the late David) Casares, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Drew is preceded in death by his grandparents, Daniel and Valerie Suciu.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday 4-9pm; Saracusta at 7:30pm. Funeral at St George Cathedral, Saturday 10am. Interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

POSTED 1 JANUARY 2013  ANUL NOU FERICIT! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As we welcome the new calendar year, we wish all of our members, families and friends a peaceful and prosperous 2013 -- praying that you will be brought closer to Our Lord through active participation in the liturgical, cultural and social life here at the Cathedral. We hope you will consider becoming a full member of the parish (simply speak with Fr Laurence or Fr Sabin)! Anul Nou cu sanatate si bucurie!

POSTED 13 OCTOBER 2012  100th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET TICKETS
Tickets for the 100th Anniversary Banquet (Sunday, November 11) are now on sale! This promises to be a truly historic and memorable day for all who participate, so we sincerely urge ALL members and friends of the Cathedral to join us with your families. Details for the Anniversary Weekend have been mailed to you and are available via the Weekly Bulletin (download on main page of this website), as well as by clicking on the "100" logo on the main page of this site.

Please understand that you MUST purchase tickets in advance for the banquet! This is extremely important so that the committee can prepare to accommodate what we anticipate will be a sold-out event. You can purchase tickets during the week and on Sundays at the Cathedral Office, or by calling Viorel Nikodin (248 504-9317) or Mihaela Charlier (313 595-7640). Again, space is limited, so be sure and buy today! Don't miss the historic Divine Liturgy and Anniversary Banquet -- be part of history!

POSTED 10 MAY 2012  100th ANNIVERSARY BEGINS!
We sincerely invite all members, families and friends of the Cathedral to join us for our "Founders' Weekend", as we inaugurate the 100th Anniversary celebration of our parish! A variety of events will respectfully honor the history of our parish, the oldest in Michigan, and central church of the Romanian Orthodox faithful in North America. We pray that you and your family will make it your priority to participate with us and be part of this truly historic weekend in the life of our church! (click the "100" logo on the web-site main page to open a detailed schedule and explanation of this weekend's events.)

POSTED 17 FEBRUARY 2012  MEMORY ETERNAL: JUDGE MIHAIU
We sadly announce that our member Judge George Mihaiu of River Rouge, Michigan, fell asleep in the Lord Thursday evening February 16 at the age of 93 years. He was a life-long member of the Cathedral and was of great service to the parish over the years as a respected attorney. We offer our condolences to his wife Margaret and the entire family. May he find peace in the bosom of Abraham! Services will be at Girrbach-Krasun Funeral Home, 10783 W Jefferson, River Rouge. Saracusta, 7 pm SUNDAY, February 19; Funeral, 11 am MONDAY, February 20 with burial in Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit.

POSTED 5 FEBRUARY 2012  WORDS OF THANKS
The Lazar Family graciously thanks all who offered their prayers and presence at the (5 year) Parastas last Sunday in memory of Preoteasa Anita's mother, Dita Sandru, a well-known member of the Romanian community of Detroit. May God rest her with the righteous -- Dumnezeu sa-o ierte!

POSTED 9 DECEMBER 2011  IATA VIN COLINDATORI!
The ancient tradition of "Colindatori" (Christmas Carolers) will again be upheld this year to members and friends of the Cathedral parish. Several groups are being formed to visit homes on December 23 and 24 (8:00pm-12:00am). Please simply call the office to add your home to our list or to volunteer as a caroler. All are welcome!

POSTED 9 DECEMBER 2011  CHARITY GIFT COLLECTION: DECEMBER 11
All children are asked to please attend rehearsals for the Christmas Program (December 18) on Sunday, December 11 (during regular Church School classes) and Saturday, December 17 (1:00pm). A packet was mailed to families last week with details about the program, etc. A flyer can be downloaded off the main page of this site.

Also, we hope ALL children will be present Sunday, December 11 for the annual photographs. It's very important and we'd like as close to full participation as possible! We also hope that everyone who is able will bring a gift to offer to a needy child on this day. (Gifts will be accepted throughout the week at the Cathedral office as well. Your help is certainly appreciated!)

POSTED 9 DECEMBER 2011  CHARITY GIFT COLLECTION: DECEMBER 11
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.”  In honor of St Nicholas, patron of children, we ask all who are able to join our Church School and bring a new toy or article of clothing (unwrapped) to Church this Sunday. A prayer will be said for the gifts that will be offered to less fortunate children around the area that otherwise would not receive a gift at Christmas. Your little extra kindness will help keep the spirit of St Nicholas alive and bring a little joy to an innocent child’s heart!

POSTED 22 NOVEMBER 2011  NEW YEAR'S EVE TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for our popular New Year's Eve Ball (Revelion de Anul Nou) are on sale through the parish office. Please call 248 569-4833 for information. We invite you to come and enjoy a wonderful evening with us -- delicious food, live and DJ music with "Rapsodia Carpatilor" Orchestra, thanksgiving 'te deum', dancing, champagne toast, and more! Tickets are $70.00 for adults, $35.00 for ages 6-12, and FREE for 5 yrs and younger (without chair at table). Prices increase after December 18 and are on sale through December 29. No tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is limited and in demand, so make your purchase and table selection today!

POSTED 19 OCTOBER 2011  FORMER DEAN, Fr TOFAN REMEMBERED
The Very Reverend Father Constantin Tofan, Dean of the Cathedral from 1981-1991 will be remembered during the Parastas on October 30, as we commemorate the 5th Anniversary of his falling asleep in the Lord (October 19, 2006). May his memory be eternal -- Vesnica Pomenire!

POSTED 6 OCTOBER 2011  YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT EVENT PLANNED
The young people of the Cathedral sincerely invite all teenagers and young adults to participate in a unique Spiritual and Social Weekend with the theme "Faith, Heritage, Family" on October 29 here at our parish! This idea was conceived by the young people for them and their peers to come together and learn more about their Faith and be able to spend time with one another. Our clergy have strongly endorsed such an event and Romanian Orthodox parishes from across the Great Lakes Region have been invited to participate. We hope that ALL of our young people (ages 13-40) will make this a priority and attend -- and parents, we trust that YOU will make sure this unique opportunity is not missed by your child! Call the office for more information or check out the special page here on our web-site.

SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL WEEKEND (click for info)

POSTED 6 OCTOBER 2011  SOUTHFIELD FWY / M-39 REOPENS
For your information, the SOUTHFIELD FREEWAY (M-39) that had been closed for reconstruction is now OPEN to traffic. Any and all detours for those coming northbound on the freeway have been removed and travel routes have returned to normal.

POSTED 6 OCTOBER 2011  CHURCH SCHOOL REGISTRATION!
If you have not as yet registered your child for the 2011-12 Cathedral Church School Program, please do so immediately! Teachers are planning for the year and a calendar will be distributed shortly. The year will begin on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 with DEDICATION DAY... and we expect ALL children and parents to be present for the Divine Liturgy! The gift of helping your child grow in and learn about their Orthodox Faith cannot be measured...  parents, please make SURE that your child takes part! (As always, this is a FREE program.) For more information, please call the parish office today (248/569-4833).

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 2011  7th ROMANIAN FESTIVAL A SUCCESS
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of our 7th Annual Romanian Festival! Whether you worked, donated, participated, encouraged, etc... we say MULTUMESC and pray that our future events will be even more successful for the good of the Cathedral parish and the Romanian Community of Detroit!

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 2011  PR-SA ELEONORA LAZAR PARASTAS
OUR DEAN, FR LAURENCE with Preoteasa Anita and family sincerely invite you to join them at the six-week memorial / parastas which will be offered in memory of their beloved mother and grandmother D-na Preoteasa Eleonora Lazar on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. Your presence and prayers will be much appreciated!  

PĂRINTELE NOSTRU PROTOPOP LAURENŢIU și Preoteasa Anita cu familia vă invită cu mult drag să vă alăturați lor pentru parastasul de șase săptămâni oferit în memoria dragei lor mamă și bunică D-na Preoteasa Eleonora Lazar, DUMINICĂ, 25 SEPTEMBRIE. Prezența și rugăciunile dumneavoastră sunt mult apreciate!

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 2011  CHURCH SCHOOL / SCOALA PAROHIALA
REGISTRATION for the 2011-12 Church School year is underway. All parents are sincerely encouraged to register their child / children for this FREE program! Remember, there is no greater gift than that of our Orthodox Faith… make sure ALL of our children (ages 3 through 17) participate. This new school year promises to be a very rewarding, fun and educational one for all the children… and certainly for all the families that make participating in the program a priority in their lives! We look forward to having you. (Forms will be available in the Cultural Center following services)

 ÎNREGISTRAREA pentru Școala Duminicală pe anul școlar 2011-12 a început. Toți părinții sunt încurajați să înregistreze copii lor pentru acest program GRATIS! Gândiți-vă, nu este mai mare dar decât darul Credinței noaste Ortodocse… Faceți în așa fel ca TOȚI copii (între 3 și 17 ani) să participă. Acest nou an școlar se arată a fi foarte meritoriu, distractive și educativ pentru toți copiii… și cu siguranță pentru toate familiile care vor face participarea la acest program o prioritate în viața lor! Vă aşteptăm. (Formularele se vor găsi în Centrul Cultural după Sf Liturghie)

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 2011  PROSFORA BAKER NEEDED
WE ARE EAGERLY SEEKING bakers for the Eucharistic bread, Prosfora/Prescura. Those interested should be as faithful as possible in their weekly liturgical and sacramental life. Learning sessions are available for understanding this necessary ministry of the Church. We understand that in various parts of Romania there are pious customs pertaining to this ministry that you may feel would prevent you from assisting us. However, please consider sharing in this holy work and contact Fr Lazar as soon as possible to discuss the matter.

AVEM NEVOIE DE brutari pentru Prosfora/Prescura. Persoanele înteresate ar trebui să fie cât se poate de dedicați la viața religioasă. Se va ține clase pentru a explica necesitatea acestui lucrări pentru Biserică. Noi știm, în unele părți din România sunt obiceiuri stricte în ceea ce privește facerea Prescurii, și poate credeți că acest lucru vă împiedică să ne ajutați. Însă, vă rugăm gîndiți-vă să participați la acest lucru sfânt și luați legătura cu Pr Lazăr cât de curând să discutați despre acest lucru.

POSTED 6 SEPTEMBER 2011  FESTIVAL WEB-SITE NOW ONLINE
We are happy to announce that the web-site for The 7th Annual Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit is now up on this site! On this special web-site you can find information about attractions, entertainment, food, gifts, and more which are all part of this year's Festival. We hope you will invite and bring family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends and share this pride of our Romanian-American Heritage with our community. Remember, it's a city-wide event that is very much open to the public!

Click HERE to go directly to the Festival web-site

POSTED 15 AUGUST 2011  PR'SA ELEONORA LAZAR FALLEN ASLEEP
With great sadness we announce that Doamna Preoteasa Eleonora Lazar, wife of the late Fr Eugene Lazar and mother of our Cathedral Dean, Very Rev Fr Laurence Lazar, has fallen asleep in the Lord on Monday, August 15, 2011 -- the Feast of the Falling Asleep of the Ever-virgin Mary. She died peacefully after years of declining health, with her devoted son at her bed-side at the venerable age of 96 years old.

Visitation and services will be at the Cathedral on Wednesday (3-9pm; Saracusta 7:30pm) and Thursday (9am; Funeral service 10:00am). The Pomana (meal of mercy) will follow in the Cultural Center, and then those who are able are invited to travel to St Mary Cemetery at Vatra Romaneasca (Grass Lake MI) for burial. More information can be obtained by clicking on the announcement on the main page of this web-site.

May God forgive her and give her well-deserved rest with the angels, as she awaits the second coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and may He comfort her beloved family -- our dear Fr Laurence and Preoteasa Anita with children, her daughter Eugenia (with Dr Virgil Tirmonia) with their children, and all who knew her (and knew of her), worked with and loved this devoted servant of the Romanian Orthodox Church in North America.

Memory eternal! Vesnica pomenire!

(By her request, any donations offered in her memory should be made to: "(Preoteasa) Eleonora Lazar Memorial Fund", c/o 18430 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield MI 48075.)

POSTED 13 MAY 2011  AN HISTORIC & HOLY  DAY | O ZIUA SFANTA
SATURDAY, MAY 21 at 10:00am, on The Feast of the God-crowned Emperors ‘Equal to the Apostles’ Constantine & Helen, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by His Grace, Bishop IRINEU and other Clergy here in Saint George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, on the occasion of an unexpected Joy. We will be honored by the presence and opportunity to pray before and venerate the following miracle-working sacred relics: The holy Great Martyr George the Trophy Bearer (Patron of our Cathedral), Saint Barnabas the Apostle, the Great Martyr Marina, the holy Myrrh-bearer Mary Magdalene ‘Equal to the Apostles’. All are welcomed and encouraged with family and friends to participate in this honored, historic day.

SÂMBĂTĂ, 21 MAI (10:00am), Praznicul Sfinţilor și Mari Împăraţi întocmai cu Apostolii Constantin şi Mama sa Elena, Sfânta Liturghie va fi sărbătorită de Prea Sfinţitul Episcop IRINEU şi alţi Clerici aici la Catedrala Sf. Gheorghe cu ocazia unei bucurii mari. Vom fi onoraţi de prezenţa şi vom avea ocazia şă ne rugam şi să venerăm următoarele moaşte făcătoare de minuni: Sfântului Mare Mucenic Gheorghe, Purtătorul de Biruinţa (Ocrotitorul Catedralei), Sfântul Apostol Varnava, Sfânta Mare Muceniţa Marina, Sfânta Mironosiţă şi întocmai cu Apostolii Maria Magdalena. Sunteţi bineveniţi înpreuna cu familia și prietenii să participaţi la această zi de onoare şi istorică.

POSTED 17 MARCH 2011  VESNICA POMENIRE! + VIRGIL BARBU
With great sadness we mourn the loss of our member Virgil Barbu, who has fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection after suffering a severe stroke a few weeks ago. He is mourned by his loving wife Emilia, children Diana and Virgil John, with many relatives and friends. Virgil was a very well known personality in the Romanian community of Detroit for many years, a hard worker, a dedicated servant of the Church, loving father, husband and friend. He will be greatly missed, and as we pray for his eternal rest we know that his spirit will continue to live through his family. Vesnica lui pomenire!

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:
at Santeiu & Son Funeral Home (Inskter Rd, S of Ford Rd) Garden City
Saturday,19 March | sambata 19 martie
Visitation & Saracusta: 7:30pm

at St George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral
Sunday, 20 March | duminica, 20 martie
Visitation & Saracusta: 7:30pm
Monday, 21 March | luni, 21 martie
Funeral Service / Slujba de Funebru: 10:00am
Pomana (to follow service at Cathedral Cultural Center)
Burial (at Vatra Romaneasca)

POSTED 12 MARCH 2011  PARTICIPATE IN GREAT LENT
The schedule of services (programul slujbelor pentru Postul Mare) is posted on the main page of this site. Simply click on the "Great Lent" icon to download the schedule. We invite and encourage you and your family to make an extra effort this year to participate in as many of the beautiful special services and spiritual events being offered at the Cathedral. May God reward your extra commitment as we journey together to celebrate His Holy Resurrection!

POSTED 9 JANUARY 2011  S VOTTA & I POPOVICI FALLEN ASLEEP
With sadness, we say farewell to Sophie Votta and Irene Popovici, both long-standing members of our parish who have fallen asleep in the Lord this week. Mrs Votta was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit on Saturday, January 8. Mrs Popovici will be buried from the Cathedral at Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit on Monday, January 11 (10:00am). For more information, please call the parish office. May God forgive them and give them rest -- Vesnica lor Pomenire!

POSTED 9 JANUARY 2011  JOIN US AT FIRST DINNER OF 2011
Parishioners, family and friends are invited to please join us at the Cathedral's Annual "Three Saints Dinner" (Masa Sfintilor "Trei Ierarhi", Duminica, 30 ianuarie la ora 12:30pm dupa Sfintele slujbe), where will be formally introduce the newly installed officers and parish leaders of our council and other organizations. A delicious menu is being planned and the outgoing Council graciously sponsored

POSTED 15 DECEMBER 2010  BISHOP IRINEU TO VISIT DECEMBER 19
We are pleased to announce that our beloved auxiliary Bishop, His Grace IRINEU will celebrate the the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy here at the Cathedral this Sunday, December 19. As usual, Matins (Utrenia) begins at 9:00am, and His Grace will enter the Cathedral at 10:00am to begin the Divine Liturgy. We look forward to welcoming His Grace and spending the day with him, (Hierodeacon) Fr Sebastian and those with them. We pray that our parish family and friends will arrive on time to participate in the Holy services, then enjoy the wonderful Concert / Program and meal that will follow in the Cultural Center.

Click here to download information.

POSTED 9 DECEMBER 2010  NEW YEAR'S EVE TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for our popular New Year's Eve Ball (Revelion de Anul Nou) are on sale at the Cathedral Office. Details can be found by clicking the "Revelion" icon on the main page of this site. You can also call the office directly: 248 569-4833. Pricing increases after December 19, and will not be sold the day of the event. Seating is limited, so make your purchase today!

POSTED 9 DECEMBER 2010  IATA VIN COLINDATORI!
The ancient tradition of "Colindatori" (Christmas Carolers) will again be upheld this year to members and friends of the Cathedral parish. Several groups are being formed to visit homes on December 22 and 23 (7:00pm-11:00pm). Please simply call the office to add your home to our list or to volunteer as a caroler. All are welcome!

POSTED 9 NOVEMBER 2010  MEMORY ETERNAL: AUGUSTIN VINCENT
The Cathedral parish family mourns the loss of long-time member and benefactor, Mr Augustin Vincent, who fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, November 9 after struggling with declining health. Mr Vincent was known as a staunch supporter of the late Archbishop Valerian as well as Archbishop Nathaniel, and was active for decades at the Vatra, through the Episcopate Council, etc. He was the 3rd National President of the American Romanian Orthodox Youth, and dedication parishioner and council member / president of the Cathedral throughout his life.

All visitation and services will be held at St George Cathedral. The Saracusta is scheduled for Thursday, November 11 at 7:30pm; Funeral Service is Friday, November 12 at 10:00am. The Pomana (mercy meal) will be offered in the Cathedral Cultural Center following the funeral, and the burial will take place later in the afternoon at St Mary Cemetery at Vatra Romaneasca.

Memory eternal! Vesnica lui pomenire!

POSTED 30 OCTOBER 2010  NEW CHURCH SCHOOL PROGRAM!
The new Church School Program at the Cathedral began Sunday, October 24 with a prayer of Dedication for all children and an orientation / ice cream social following services. Preoteasa Anita Lazar, director, an educator by profession, well known in the Orthodox educational community in the United States for her many years of contributions and programs, is organizing the effort on behalf of the parish. A staff of some 12 individuals are joining in the program, divided into 5 grade levels, ages 3 through 17. ALL PARENTS are sincerely encouraged to register their child if they have not yet done so, and enroll them in the program! It is free for the community! Classes are each Sunday beginning at the end of Holy Communion for 1 hour. We look forward to an exciting and educational year as we help raise our children as good Romanian Orthodox young people!

Pentru mai multe informatii despre Programul "Scoala Parohiala", va rugam sunati la Biroul Catedralei (248 569-4833).

POSTED 30 OCTOBER 2010  INVITATION: 98th ANNIVERSARY DINNER
The entire Cathedral parish, with friends and family are sincerely invited to join us for the 98th Anniversary and Dinner of Saint George Cathedral, Sunday, November 7. A wonderful menu and short program are being prepared which will follow the 10:00am Divine Liturgy and Founders Parastas.  Please make your plans to be with us and join us in giving thanks to Our Lord for nearly a century of blessings on the Romanian Orthodox community here in greater Detroit!

Click on the yellow ANNIVERSARY on the main page of this site for information.

POSTED 8 SEPTEMBER 2010  6th ANNUAL ROMANIAN FESTIVAL
PRESS RELEASE -- The 6th Annual Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit welcomes the public to Saint George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, on Saturday, September 18 (12pm-11pm) and Sunday, September 19 (12pm-9pm; Divine Liturgy 10am). A variety of events, displays and attractions will offer you and your family a wonderful and memorable experience — promising to be the biggest and best yet!

Delicious homemade foods and pastries will be available for dine in or take home. Try traditional sarmale (cabbage rolls), mititei hot off the grill, mămăliga (polenta), and more. Sample imported wines, beer and mineral waters. Purchase pastries, tortes, cozonaci (nut rolls) and more in the bakery, and enjoy warm plăcinte / scoverzi (doughnuts), clătite (crepes), and coffee at our outdoor cafe!

Displays will educate you, and a marketplace bazaar with a variety vendors will
provide the opportunity to purchase icons, t,shirts, art, books and other gifts. Tours of the Cathedral offer a chance to view iconography and learn about the Orthodox Church, and the exhibit area will share the rich diversity of Romanian life. Children will surely love our kids area with games, face painting and more!

We welcome the world,renowned DOINA TIMISULUI ENSEMBLE & ORCHESTRA direct from Romania with soloists to entertain you and a variety of dances from all regions of the country! Dance to traditional music with the orchestra and enjoy modern sounds by Detroit’s “Sideral” Band and DJ! Also, we anticipate a performance by Detroit’s own “Româna=ul” Folk Ensemble and members of the Cathedral’s “Archbishop Valerian” Choir offering unique glimpses into our rich musical heritage as well!

Admission is only $5.00 per person (children under 6 free!). Pricing is affordable and parking is free! For more information, please call (248) 569,4833 or via www.sgroc.org. (We are very centrally located on 9 Mile Rd, just W of the Lodge / Northwestern / M,10 & Southfield / M,39 Fwys) For over 97 years St. George Cathedral has been the mother community of the Romanians of Detroit — that values its customs and heritage. We sincerely open our doors to the public and invite you to join us. From the beauty of our costumes to our ancient Christian Faith, to wonderful food and music – we and look forward to sharing a taste of Romania with you!

CLICK HERE to visit the Romanian Festival Web-site

POSTED 26 APRIL 2010  MEMORY ETERNAL!
Grant rest O Lord to the soul of your servant Sylvia Muresan (+81 years) who fell asleep Monday, April 26, 2010 with the assurance of rising again to life. May she follow the Risen Lord the Paradise He has prepared for those who love Him, and may her children and grandchildren be comforted by His love. She was a faithful member of the Cathedral for many years. In veci pomenirea ei!  (Funeral arrangements can be obtained by calling the Cathedral Office: 248 569-4833)

POSTED 6 APRIL 2010  NEW PHOTOS POSTED
A variety of photographs taken from Lazarus Saturday and continuing through Holy Week, ending with Pascha (Easter Sunday) are now posted on this site! Click on "photo gallery" to the left and scroll to bottom to view them. We hope you are inspired by these images and will share them with family and friends!

POSTED 6 APRIL 2010  TRADITIONAL PASCHAL BLESSING OF GRAVES
As is our custom, we invite members and friends of the Cathedral to join us following the Divine services at the church Sunday, April 11 at Woodlawn and Evergreen cemeteries in Detroit for the annual blessing of graves. A parastas will be served at the Romanian Shrine at 1pm, followed by blessings at each grave and pomane. We also invite you Saturday, April 17 to St Mary Cemetery at Vatra Romaneasca where we will serve a parastas (1pm) and bless the graves of our loved ones there. All are asked (if able) to bring a dish to share at the pomana that will follow. This is a beautiful custom of the Orthodox, so we encourage more of our faithful to participate!

POSTED 6 APRIL 2010  CATHEDRAL FACEBOOK PAGE
The Cathedral now has a "fan page" on the popular networking site Facebook. For those who use this technology, we invite you to type in the church's name and add yourself as a "fan" of the parish. While this remains our main web presence, we are using the Facebook page as an added tool to announce events and bring people closer to the Cathedral! Invite family and friends to look us up and join as well!

POSTED 6 APRIL 2010  AROY SPORTS TOURNAMENT & SPRING DANCE
The Cathedral chapters of AROY (American Romanian Orthodox Youth) will be hosting the 2010 basketball and volleyball Tournament here in Detroit April 23-25. We encourage you to support our young people as spectators during the games and at the "Balul Primaverii" (Spring Dance) on Saturday, April 24. There will be a variety of Romanian, American and other european music, food, beverages, etc. Cost is only $10.00 admission. More information will be posted on www.aroy.org and in the coming weeks at services. Please bring family and friends... all events are open to the public!

 POSTED 6 APRIL 2010  21st REVERSE RAFFLE FAST APPROACHING
The Cathedral's popular "Reverse Raffle" benefit night returns in 2010 and will be held on Saturday, May 1 here at the Cultural Center. This is truly an elegant and enjoyable night for couples, neighbors, businessmen, and friends to come together, enjoy a first class meal, music, the finest beverages, and have a chance to win several thousand dollars in cash and prizes! Please call the Cathedral office (248.569.4833) to speak with council president Paul Hunt, David Maxim, etc today to purchase your tickets! Only 200 are sold! We look forward to a great evening in support of the Cathedral.

POSTED 1 APRIL 2010  HOLY WEEK & PASCHAL SERVICES
The schedule for the Holy Week and Resurrection services here at the Cathedral are posted on the main page of this web-site. We anticipate large crowds, beautiful weather, and of course the truly inspiring and joyful celebration of Our Lord's Resurrection. Please, make it a priority with your entire family to be with for the services of this weekend -- journey with us and Our Lord as we worship his suffering, death and burial, then glorify His Holy Resurrection!


POSTED 8 JANUARY 2010  NEW PARISH OFFICERS FOR 2010
The newly elected officers of the Cathedral's auxiliaries were announced on January 31 during the Three Saints Dinner. We congratulate all of our leaders and look forward to a great, progressive and fulfilling year here at the Cathedral!

Parish Council: President Paul Hunt, Vice President JE Lazar, Secretary Ana Vasilescu, Treasurer Maranda Tipa, Epitrop Viorel Nikodin (I), Mihail Cristache (II), Nick Vasu (III), Florin Moldovan (IV), Auditors Cornel Ivascu, Gus Vincent

POSTED 10 FEBRUARY 2010  SUPPORT JrAROY FOOTPRINT PROJECT
Starting Sunday February 21 and continuing through Palm Sunday, JrAROY again will be sponsoring its "Footprints: Our Journey to Pascha" as its 'work-month project' for National AROY. Purchase paper footprints ($1.00 each) and write your name of the name of a loved on it. The chapter members will add them to the path created that we as a parish family journey together through Great Lent. This is a very worthy cause that we hope everyone will support as often as possible.

POSTED 8 JANUARY 2010 REGISTRATION FOR CHURCH SCHOOL! 
CHURCH SCHOOL REGISTRATION is underway for the 2010 (February-May) session. Parents, whether you are currently a parish member or not, we want your children to participate! Please, if you have not yet filled out the brief form and returned it to the Cathedral Office, do so today! A copy is included in this bulletin for your convenience. It is a simple process — please sign up today! A letter explaining the schedule, details, etc will be mailed to you upon receipt of your registration. Thank you!

ÎNREGISTRAREA PENTRU SCOALA PAROHIALĂ sesiunea februarie - mai a început duminică, 20 decembrie. Dragi părinţi, chiar dacă sunteţi membrii sau dacă nu, vrem ca copiii vostrii să participe! Dacă nu aţi complectat formularul de înregistrare, nu este târziu nici acum. Procesul de înregistrare este foarte simplu — complectaţi formularul si trimiteţi-l sau aduceţi-l la biserică. O scrisoare care vă dă toate detaliile si explicaţiile o să fie trimisă vouă după ce primim formularul de înregistrare. Mulţumim!

POSTED 8 JANUARY 2010  2010 MEMBERSHIP & POMELNIC REMINDER
Now, at the beginning of the New Year, each of us should submit our 2010 Membership Pledge form. Let God guide your heart in deciding the responsible amount that you should pledge to His Church so that it can do more for the Lord’s sake in our community, and its worries over how the bills will be paid will be eased. Remember, to faithfully and fairly support Christ’s Church is the sacred, personal responsibility of every Orthodox Christian member.  Any questions? Call the Office or speak with Fr Lazar.

ALSO... Did you submit the 2010 Diptych-Pomelnic remembrance sheet (“Cununa Anului”)? During the year, each Orthodox person listed will be remembered at each Divine Liturgy. Even if you do submit this annual form, you may still also submit names for a particular day’s Liturgy by submitting one of the Diptych sheets available at the Trustee Office, prior to the service. Call the office to pick up a pomelnic list today!

POSTED 8 JANUARY 2010  A NOTE OF CHRISTMAS THANKS
Dear Parishioners & Friends, Along with our family, please accept our sincere thanks for the special gestures, gifts, cards, etc offered to us during this Holy-day season. We are grateful for your consideration and assure you that as we begin another new year together, each of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May Our Lord bless us you with peace, good health and many happy years. Anul Nou cu sanatate, bucurie si toate cele bune! With our love, Fr Laurence & Psa Anita Lazar

POSTED 8 JANUARY 2010 CATHEDRAL CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS 
THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR invites members or friends of the parish to join our beloved choir! We have a proud history, and always welcome new singers for all voices as we continually help beautify the services and lead the faithful in praising God. Formal training is not required, and we can help you better learn the Romanian or English music! So, if you like to sing and think you have an interest, or know that you possess the God-given talent to sing, we need you! New faces bring new life… so join us beginning on Sunday. Remember, it is said that “those who sing, pray twice!”

CORUL CATEDRALEI invită parohienii si prietenii acestei parohii să devină membrii ai corului nostru drag! Un cor cu un trecut binecunoscut, suntem întotdeauna bucurosi să întâmpinam cu drag noi cântăreţi de voci diferite pentru a continua tradiţia si a înfrumuseţa serviciu religios. Nu este necesar să aveţi cunostinţe de muzică, deasemeni aveţi ocazia să învăţaţi mai bine muzică românească sau/si engleză! Deci, dacă vă place să cântaţi si credeţi că sunteţi interesaţi, sau dacă sunteţi dotat cu acest talent dela Dumnezeu, avem nevoie de voi! Vă astemptăm cu drag să veniţi la cor duminica. Se zice că, “cei care cântă se roagă de doua ori!”

 John E Lazar, Director

POSTED 4 DECEMBER 2009  ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT INVITE 
Family and friends, and especially the children are invited to join us for the Cathedral's 4th Annual "Concert de Craciun", a wonderful meal and concert with poems and carols about the Christmas season in true Romanian style! Each child will receive a gift and have a chance to meet with "Mos Craciun"! Click on the announcement on this web-site's main-page for more information! We look forward to welcoming as many as possible to this truly heart-warming day, beginning with the Divine Liturgy at 10:00am on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20. The concert and meal and free (Benevol / free-will offering) for everyone.

POSTED 4 DECEMBER 2009  NYE / REVELION TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets are now on sale during the week at the office, or following services on Sunday for the 2010 NEW YEAR'S EVE REVELION! You won't want to miss this elegant and fun night... bring your family and friends... and buy your tickets today! You can click on the main page of this site under "Revelion" for the special page with all information.

POSTED 4 DECEMBER 2009 COLINDE SCHEDULE TO BE PUBLISHED 
The "Colindatorii" will be visiting the homes of parishioners and friends in the evenings during the week before Christmas (December 22, 23, 24). This year we are making a strong effort to visit the home of each parishioner! Friends of our parish that would like us to carol at their home are welcome to please let us know so we can add you to the list! A schedule based on city & zip-code will be published in the bulletin and on this site in the coming week. Please, help us make this ancient tradition even bigger and better -- welcome the carolers, and if you are able, please join one of the groups (we need more people!)...  Call the office to sign up (248/569-4833).  Primiti colindatori? 

POSTED 24 NOVEMBER 2009  NEW YEAR'S  REVELION ANNOUNCED 
We are very happy to announce that the Cathedral will once again sponsor a New Year's Eve Ball (REVELION), December 31, 2009! For more information, click on the photo on this web-site's main page... tickets go on sale this Sunday, November 29 following services! We know that you will not want to miss this very popular, elegant and memorable evening with us as we ring in 2010 together!

POSTED 24 NOVEMBER 2009  AROY SUNDAY BRUNCH INVITATION 
The chapters of the American Romanian Orthodox Youth invite family and friends to their Annual Brunch in honor of their patron Saint Nicholas on Sunday, December 6. More information can be found by downloading the Weekly Bulletin on the main page. You can also check www.aroy.org for information about this special saint and these activities held by AROY Chapters across North America. 

POSTED 17 NOVEMBER 2009  WEEKLY BULLETIN NOW ALSO ONLINE 
We are pleased to announce that the Weekly Bulletin prepared and mailed by the Cathedral Office is now available for download on this web-site. Simply go the main page and find "The Weekly Bulletin" heading. Click on the date to download a copy of the printed bulletin in PDF format. (Note: Your computer must have the software necessary to download PDFs, otherwise you cannot use this feature)  We hope that this enhancement will allow us to better disseminate information to our members and those who view this site. 

POSTED 17 NOVEMBER 2009  97th ANNIVERSARY SUCCESSFUL 
The 97th Anniversary of our Cathedral was celebrated on November 8. It was a lovely day that was enjoyed by everyone who took part. From the Divine Liturgy, to Solia photos, to the meal and program, it can be said that those faithful who joined us left with a sense of gratitude and a sense of responsibility to continue the work of our predecessors to build up and strengthen our community today and for the years to come. Special thanks are extended to (chef) Dr David Balaj and his assistants for preparing the meal, to Mr Gus Vincent who served as chairman, to the generous dinner  sponsors, etc. The future is bright here at St George Cathedral! 

POSTED 3 NOVEMBER 2009  FESTIVAL REVIEWS & PHOTOS POSTED 
We thank everyone who participated in our 5th Annual Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit. You are invited to read the review and photographs that are now posted here on this site (look under the "PHOTO GALLERY" section). We appreciated everything that was done in the name of, and for the good of our Cathedral parish and the Romanian community of Detroit. May God continue to bless us all!

POSTED 11 SEPTEMBER 2009  FESTIVAL WEB-SITE NOW ONLINE! 
We apologize for the delay, but are pleased to announce that our web-site with information on the fast-approaching 5th ANNUAL ROMANIAN FESTIVAL of GREATER DETROIT, to be held here at the Cathedral September 19 & 20 is now up and online! Please view the pages and learn about the events and features of the festival... we look forward to welcoming the Romanians of metro Detroit and Windsor as well as the general public, neighbors, and friends to enjoy the weekend with us!

Click to view ROMANIAN FESTIVAL 2009 web-site

POSTED 2 AUGUST 2009  OCA METROPOLITAN TO VISIT CATHEDRAL 
On SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, we will welcome Metropolitan JONAH of the Orthodox Church in America who will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy with Archbishop NATHANIEL and the faithful here at St George Cathedral. A lovely reception will follow. We sincerely invite all parishioners, with family and our friends to participate in this day with us, beginning with the entrance of the hierarchs at 9:45am.

POSTED 5 JUNE 2009  SUPPORT OUR GOGOSI SALE 
Some called them "gogosi", others say "scoverzi", "pancove", "placinte", etc...  No matter what you call them, we guarantee you'll love them! We hope you will support this fundraiser for the good of our JrAROYs (teenagers) of the parish. They will be making these popular treats from scratch and selling them through advanced orders. Click on the link below for more information and order form. Please drop off form to the Cathedral Office with payment no later than Sunday, June 14. Pick up is June 21. Thank you for your support!

Click here for Gogosi (Romanian doughnut) Order Form 

POSTED 5 JUNE 2009  EPISCOPATE CONGRESS APPROACHING 
The Annual Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America will be held at Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake MI on July 3-5, 2009. The weekend begins with the clergy conference on July 2. The Cathedral will be represented by parish priest Fr Laurence Lazar (also Dean of Michigan & Episcopate Council Secretary), Assistant Priest Fr Sabin Pop, with Delegates Virgil Barbu and Psa Ramona Pop. Our members Maranda Tipa, JE Lazar and Alex Radulescu will represent National AROY. Please remember that there will be no services at the Cathedral during this weekend -- we invite and encourage all of our parishioners, families and friends to join us for the services, meals, dances, and festivities at the Vatra. 

Click here for more information on the Episcopate Congress

POSTED 5 JUNE 2009  JOIN US ON FATHER'S DAY
We invite you to the Cathedral's Annual Father's Day Dinner, Sunday June 21. Join us for the services then for a good meal and fellowship as we honor our physical and spiritual fathers. Va invitam sa luati parte la masa data in onoarea tatilor nostrii fizici si spirituali, Duminica 21 iunie.

Click here for Father's Day Announcement & Details 

POSTED 4 MAY 2009 JOIN US ON MOTHER'S DAY 
We invite our parish family and friends to join us for our Annual Mother's Day Banquet on Sunday, May 10. Pray with us at the Divine Liturgy and Parastas (memorial service) in memory of all mothers beginning at 10:00am. The dinner will follow in St George Hall with a home-made meal and brief program. The menu includes: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Peas & Carrots Medley, Salad, Dessert, and Bar refreshments. A free-will / Benevol offering is appreciated.  Veniti sa cinstim mamele noastre cum se cuvine -- in Sfanta Biserica, si apoi la o masa traditionala in Sala Culturala.

POSTED 4 MAY 2009 SPONSORS & HELP MUCH NEEDED
PLEASE CONSIDER supporting your church. While noting a special anniversary or remembering a loved one, financial sponsors are much needed for:
EVENTS / DINNERS:
Father’s Day Dinner (21 June),  Graduate’s Day Luncheon (16 August), Benefit Dinner (27 September), Cathedral 97th Anniversary Dinner (8 November), Christmas Concert Luncheon (13 December)
SPECIAL ITEMS:
2 sets of priest’s vestments, Triod, Ceaslov & other service books (for cantors), Re-plating of liturgical items (censer, candle-sticks, etc), other liturgical items

Please call the Office to discuss your wish. We depend on your kindness to help our beloved parish. Mulţumim!

POSTED 4 MAY 2009 FR SABIN POP ASSIGNED ASSISTANT PRIEST
The Cathedral parish and many visitors witnessed the ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Deacon Sabin Pop on Sunday, April 26. It was a historic day that will be remembered in the hearts and minds of all who took part. We pray that Our Lord will bless the new priest Sabin with his Preoteasa Ionela Ramona in their ministry, and along with our Cathedral parish, will enjoy many happy years as our family grows!

For a review of the day and photographs, please click here or visit the "Photo Gallery" on this site and scroll to the bottom of the page.

POSTED 4 MAY 2009 BLESSING OF GRAVES TRADITION CONTINUES
IT WAS GOOD to see the number of people who continued our annual tradition and visited the Vatra and Detroit cemeteries this past Saturday and Sunday to share the joy of Pascha. May our loved ones and fellow parishioners, who are sleeping there in anticipation of rising on the Last Day, rest in peace. Christ is risen!

POSTED 4 MAY 2009 DEARBORN PARISH HAS NEW DEACON
MANY YEARS! to Deacon Mircea Vasiu who was ordained by Archbishop Nathaniel Sunday to serve our sister parish of Sts Peter & Paul Church, Dearborn Hts. Dn Mircea was a classmate of our Alex Radulescu at the Theological Faculty in Sibiu. We welcome our friend, the new deacon (& his Diaconeasa Anca) into our Detroit / Michigan Deanery clergy brotherhood! Vrednic Este!

POSTED 4 MAY 2009 DON'T MISS OUT ON CAMP VATRA 2009    
DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORMS for Camp Vatra for Juniors (11-13 yrs) at www.roea.org/campvatrajuniors. For almost 60 years, the Vatra camps have educated our young people in the Orthodox Faith.  Many have gone on to be Church School teachers, clergy and good faithful Orthodox Christians.  Parents! Give your children this invaluable experience August 2 – 16. Contact Psa. Mary Ellen Rosco, Director, or Ass’t Director JE Lazar, for more details. 

DESCĂRCAŢI FORMULARELE DE ÎNSCRIERE pentru Tabăra de Juniori de la Vatra (11-13 ani) de pe www.roea.org/campvatrajuniors. Pentru mai bine de 60 de ani taberele de copii de la Vatra au educat tinerii noştri în credinţa ortodoxă. Mulţi dintre ei au ajuns educatori la Şcoala Duminicală, clerici sau credincioşi bine educaţi în credinţa ortodoxă. Părinţi! Oferiţi copiilor voştri această experienţă deosebită între 2-16 August. Pentru mai multe informaţii, contactaţi pe Directoarea P-sa Mary Ellen Rosco, sau Asistentul JE Lazăr .


POSTED 15 APRIL 2009 WWW.SGROC.ORG BACK ON-LINE
We apologize for the lapse in updates on this site. Due to computer problems and software issues, we have been unable to work on the site. As it is a volunteer effort, we hope you will be understanding, and as we get back on a regular schedule for updates, etc that you will find the materials posted useful. We look forward to seeing you!

POSTED 15 APRIL 2009 Dn SABIN POP TO BE ORDAINED PRIEST
It is with joy that we announce that our deacon Sabin Pop will be ordained by His Eminence Archbishop NATHANIEL to the Holy Priesthood and assigned as assistant priest to the Cathedral on St Thomas Sunday, 26 APRIL 2009. The hierarchal Liturgy begins at 9:45am with the entrance of the hierarch. We anticipate visiting clergy and a number of faithful joining us, and sincerely hope that all of our members and friends of the parish will be present and on time to join your prayers in witnessing this historic day for the Cathedral. We especially hope the children and young people will be with us. A (free) festive reception honoring the newly ordained (Father) Sabin and (Preoteasa) Ramona will follow in the Cultural Center. If you would like to offer a gift to the Pop Family, you may do so at the reception (a table will be set up for your gifts). For more information, please call the Cathedral Office (248) 569-4833. In anticipation of this special day, we proclaim "He is Worthy / Vrednic Este!"

POSTED 15 APRIL 2009 BLESSING OF GRAVES RESCHEDULED
Our annual "Blessing of Graves" (Sfintirea Mormintelor) on St Thomas Sunday (the Sunday after Pascha each year) has been postponed one week this year due to the ordination of our Deacon Sabin Pop. On SATURDAY, May 2 we will gather at St Mary Cemetery (Vatra Romaneasca) beginning at 1:00pm. A "pomana comuna" will follow (we ask you to please bring a dish to share). On SUNDAY, May 3 (following services at the Cathedral) we will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery (Detroit) for a parastas at the Romanian shrine, then move to various graves and share in the "agape" foods with those prepared. This is a beautiful custom of our Orthodox faithful as we share the joy of the Resurrection with those fallen asleep -- please make a point to join us with your family! 

POSTED 15 APRIL 2009 RUMMAGE SALE COMING SOON
Items are being collected for the Annual Community Rummage Sale! On May 8 and 9, the public is welcome to our annual sale, and we hope you will support us with your donations of furniture, toys, appliances, household items, electronics and more. Please call the office for more information (248) 569-4833.

POSTED 15 APRIL 2009 3rd JrAROY FOOTPRINT PROJECT ENDING...
The Junior AROY Chapter thanks everyone who helped support their 3rd Annual "Footsteps, Our Journey to Pascha" project during Great Lent. As we near Holy Pascha, we hope that a few more generous individuals will contribute and help us meet our goal of $500.00. Each footprint is only $1.00 each, and the proceeds will go to National AROY's Work Month Project and another charity of the chapter's chosing. Footprints will be on sale following services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

POSTED 24 NOVEMBER 2008 3rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
We invite all members, families and friends (as well as the general public) to our 3rd Annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT on SUNDAY, 14 DECEMBER following services. We are honored to welcome His Grace BISHOP IRINEU (Auxiliary of our Episcopate) who will be with us for the Divine Liturgy and festivities of the day. A parastas will be offered marking the 30th Anniversary since the falling asleep of Rev Fr Eugen Lazar, father of the Cathedral Dean and long-time leader of the diocese. The Lazar Family invites you to join with them. The Concert, featuring our Cathedral's own "Archbishop Valerian" Choir as well as selected AROY members and part of the "Sinaxis" Men's Choir will offer a wide selected of Romanian and English language carols and hymns. A lunch will be provided (free-will offering) and a special visit from "Mos Craciun" is expected for all the children in attendance. Additionally, the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their annual holiday bake sale. We sincerely invite everyone to make sure they join us for this special Holiday celebration!

POSTED 24 NOVEMBER 2008 ANNUAL "AROY SUNDAY" BRUNCH
Cathedral JUNIOR AROY invites you to please join us for their annual brunch in honor of the organization's patron, St Nicholas (celebrated December 6). This free-will (benevol) brunch will take place on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 following services. JrAROY members will also take the collection in church for the good of the parish on this day, so we hope you will be extra generous both in church and at the brunch.

A special viewing of the opera "Amahl & the Night Visitors", filmed for WDIV Channel 4 (NBC Detroit) will be shown as well at 1pm. Our own John E Lazar is a member of the cast, and our friend Mary Callaghan Lynch (founder of Motor City Lyric Opera) stars in the lead roll of this heart-warming holiday story of generosity and love.

POSTED 24 NOVEMBER 2008 ROMANIAN NATIONAL DAY SERVICE
We invite all members and friends of the Cathedral to join us SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 as we commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the unification of the Romanian Nation (Ziua Naţională al României). A special "Te Deum" (Prayer of Thanksgiving) will be offered (tot in limba romana) following the Divine Liturgy. Everyone is invited to pray with us for this historic anniversary (1 December) and for the future peace and prosperity of our mother-land, ţara noastră România.

POSTED 8 NOVEMBER 2008 HAVE YOU PAID YOUR MEMBERSHIP?
DID YOU PAY YOUR PARISH PLEDGE for 2008? With only two months left until the end of this year many members did not yet pay their parish dues. It is known that each member is asked to offer a “Pledge” to the parish in order to be a voting member and the minimum amount set by the Parish Assembly is $150.00 per member. We kindly ask and pray that you will honor your financial obligation at this time. (Note, the parish itself is required to submit $60.00 to the Episcopate for each member.) Show your gratitude  to the good Lord for all he does for you.  

V-AŢI ACHITAT “PLEDGE-UL” de membrie pe anul 2008? Nu uitaţi, sunt numai doua luni până la sfârşitul anului şi mulţi dintre dumneavoastră nu aţi achitat Pledge-ul  de membrie pe anul acesta. Minimul stabilit de adunarea parohiei este $150.00 de persoană. Vă rugăm să trimiteţi contribuţia stabilită imediat. (Parohia este mandata sa   trimita $60.00 la Episcopie pentru fiecare membru.) Amintiţi-vă de tot bunul primit de la Domnul si Mintuitorul nostru Isus Christos ca recunoştinţă ajutaţi Sf Biserică prin îndeplinirea acestei responsabilităţi. 

POSTED 8 NOVEMBER 2008 NEW PHOTO GALLERIES POSTED
New photographs and reviews of THE 4TH ANNUAL ROMANIAN FESTIVAL and of the 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL for Bishop POLICARP Morusca are now posted on this site. Click on PHOTO GALLERY in the left-hand column, and scroll to the 'new' section. We thank everyone that participated in these historic events, and invite more to join us in the future.

POSTED 25 SEPTEMBER 08 ROMANIAN FESTIVAL APPROACHING!
The 4th Annual Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit will be held on the grounds of the Cathedral Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5. Please visit the newly updated site with information on the entire weekend.

CLICK HERE to visit the RomFest web-page

This endeavor is a critical fundraiser for our parish, but also a very important opportunity for us to reach out the community and general public to share and promote our pride as Romanian-Americans and as Orthodox Christians. Please, take advantage of this special event and be sure to invite not only family and friends, but co-workers, neighbors, and others you come in contact with to experience this unique and fun 4th Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit!

Festival volunteers and sponsors are still very much needed! If you can offer just a few hours of your time during the festival, or can offer a donation of any amount to help this worthy cause, please call chairman John E Lazar (734/646-6420) or the Cathedral Office (248/569-4833) right away. Any and all help is much appreciated!

POSTED 29 AUGUST 08 "JUNII SIBIULUI" TO PERFORM AT CATHEDRAL!
The Cathedral's Culture & Heritage Committee is pleased to announce that on Sunday, September 7 (doors open at 5:00pm), we will welcome the renowned "JUNII SIBIULUI" Dance and Folklore Ensemble to the Cathedral Cultural Center. This professional group is visiting the United States and details were recently finalized to bring them to us in Detroit. A wonderful performance is planned, followed by open dancing for everyone. Picnic foods and refreshments are available as well. We hope you will invite your family and friends to experience this unique opportunity, as a pre-cursor to the 4th Annual Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit! Tickets are $20.00 adult / $10 child under 13 years old, and available at the Cathedral Office (9am-3pm M-F) or at the door.

POSTED 29 AUGUST 08 MRS ANNA SERBU FALLEN ASLEEP
With sadness we announce that Mrs Ana Serbu, long time Cathedral member, has fallen asleep in the Lord just short of her 100th birthday. Funeral arrangements include: Monday, 1 September: Saracusta at Cathedral, 7:30pm; Tuesday, 2 September: Funeral service at Cathedral followed by pomana, 10:00am. Burial will take place at Vatra Romaneasca. May her memory be eternal! 

POSTED 20 AUGUST 08 AROY CONFERENCE APPROACHING
We hope you are planning to join us in support of the young people of our church for the 59th Annual National Conference of the American Romanian Orthodox Youth (August 29-31) here in metropolitan Detroit. Information and details can be obtained by clicking the conference logo on the main page of this website, or by calling the Cathedral Office (248/569-4833). We look forward to having you with us!

POSTED 14 JULY 08 "TIMIŞUL" DANCERS RETURNING TO DETROIT!
The Cathedral's Culture & Heritage Committee is pleased to announce that on Sunday, August 24, we will once again welcome the renowned "TIMIŞUL" Dance and Folklore Ensemble to the Cathedral! This professional group, from Timisoara (in the Banat province of Romania) will perform dance suites from various regions of Romania in their stunning array of costumes. A traditional dance and picnic featuring fresh mititei, carnati, placinte cu branza and more are planned for the day as well. More information will be published soon...  We urge you and your family to invite friends and be sure to join us for this special day! Visit www.timisul.ro to learn more about the group!

POSTED 14 JULY 08 AROY CONFERENCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
We are happy to announce that the official web-site for the 59th Annual National AROY Conference (American Romanian Orthodox Youth), to be held here at the Cathedral (and at our sister parish Sts Peter & Paul) over Labor Day weekend is now online. Please visit the main page of our site and click on the conference logo. You will find schedules, event information, highlights, ads/greetings request forms, photos from the 2006 and 2007 conferences, and more. Information will also be published in the parish bulletin and distributed following services. Thank you in advance for your support!

POSTED 12 JULY 08 NICK VASU SR FALLEN ASLEEP
With sadness we announce that Mr Nicholas Vasu Sr, long time Cathedral member, has fallen asleep in the Lord after struggling with a long illness. Funeral arrangements include: Sunday, 13 July: Saracusta at Cathedral, 7:30pm; Monday, 14 July: Funeral service at Cathedral followed by burial and pomana, 10:00am. Mr Vasu truly was a dedicated, faithful member of our Cathedral, and his example should be emulated by future generations. May his memory be eternal! 

POSTED 12 JULY 08 76th ROEA CONGRESS REVIEW & PHOTOS
A review of the 76th Annual Congress of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, held at Vatra Romaneasca, is now available on this site. Please visit the "Photo Gallery" and scroll down to the headline to view the bulletin recap and a variety of photographs from the weekend. For other information about official decisions, etc, please click on a corresponding link below...

News Release (ROEA, 8 July 08): 76th Annual Episcopate Congress Held
Comunicat de Presa (ROEA, 8 iulie 08):
76-a Congresul Anual a Episcopiei

News Release (ROEA, 9 July 08): Letter to the ROAA
Comunicat de Presa (ROEA, 8 iulie 08): Scrisoare catre ROAA

POSTED 12 JULY 08 NATIONAL AROY TO RETURN TO CATHEDRAL
THE 59th ANNUAL NATIONAL AROY CONFERENCE is a cooperative effort, hosted by Cathedral Jr & Sr AROYs along with our sister chapter of Sts Peter & Paul AROY, August 28-31, 2008. We look forward to a memorable weekend as we welcome the young people of our Episcopate, and sincerely ask that our parishioners and friends actively support this important endeavor. More information will be published very soon, and hope you will be part of this special event with us. The young people need you! Vă aşteptăm cu drag!

POSTED 12 JULY 08 LA MULŢI ANI PĂRINTE!
The Cathedral family offers best wishes to our parish priest, VERY REV FR LAURENCE LAZAR, who celebrates his 35th Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood on July 8. Father was ordained by Archbishop Valerian at the Congress in 1973, and elevated to the rank of ’archpriest/protopop’ in 1992. We pray that God will grant him many more years of happiness, health and peace with us! 

POSTED 12 JULY 08 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The parish and facilities are always in great need of help with various projects. Can you spare some time to lend a hand? Can your business or profession offer assistance with repairs, expenses, etc? We have a long list of needs and wishes, and you can really help your church! Call today (248/569-4833) and we will be glad to work with you or consider your company for business. Thank you!

POSTED 21 JUNE 08 CAMP VATRA FOR JUNIORS 2008!
Registration forms for Camp Vatra for Juniors (2008) are now available in the Cathedral office. All young people (ages 11-13) are sincerely invited, and all parents are especially encouraged to make sure your children, grandchildren, fini, etc can experience this life-changing time at Vatra Romaneasca. For nearly 60 years, the camp has educated our youth about their Orthodox Faith, their Romanian heritage, the values and importance of friendship, respect, and more. We promise you that this is an opportunity one will keep with them and build upon throughout their entire life! Speak with John Lazar, assistant director, through the parish office with any questions.

POSTED 21 JUNE 08 LA MULŢI ANI!
Our prayers and best wishes are extended to Emilia Maria, daughter of Bogdan and Dr Ana Capatina, who was baptized into the Faith on June 14. Her nasa is Dr Veronica Matei. We wish their entire family many happy years with us!

Congratulations and best wishes are offered to Mrs Maria Sekedat who celebrated her 102nd birthday on June 19! Mrs Sekedat is the oldest member of the Cathedral, and she still worships with us every Sunday. May God continue to bless her with good health and happiness!

POSTED 21 JUNE 08 CATHEDRAL CHOIR TO SING AT 76th CONGRESS
Our choir has been asked by Archbishop Nathaniel to lead the responses at this year's Episcopate Congress. It is an honor for our parish have our choir selected, and we sincerely hope that as many parishioners as possible will take part in the festivities. Some 70 clergy and hundreds of faithful are expected at this annual event. You can call the Chancery Office at Vatra Romaneasca for more information: 571/522-4800.

POSTED 21JUNE 08 NO SERVICES AT CATHEDRAL JULY 6
Services will be celebrated at the Cathedral over the Independence Day weekend. All are invited to Vatra Romaneasca for the Friday and Saturday meetings of the annual Episcopate Congress, the Saturday evening cultural program and dance, the Sunday Hierarchal Liturgy, and closing dinner. Make your plans now to be with us at our beloved Vatra, meet friends and family from across North America, pray, eat, and socialize with us throughout the weekend! Directions are available via www.roea.org

POSTED 1 MAY 08 SPECIAL 'BLESSING OF GRAVES' AT VATRA
We invite you to join us on SATURDAY, 17 May 2008 (1:00pm) at Vatra Romaneasca where we will hold a special parastas. After the service, Fr Lazar will bless the graves of our faithful members and friends who rest there at St Mary Cemetery. This is a special custom of the Orthodox world to visit the graves of the departed each year to share in the celebration of the Resurrection. Several individuals suggested the idea, so we look forward to as many as possible participating in this special event. If you are able, please bring a dish to share at the comunal pomana that will follow. If you have questions, please call the Cathedral Office (248/569-4833).

POSTED 1 MAY 08 "TOACA" SOUNDS ONCE MORE AT CATHEDRAL
Thanks to the diligence of Alexandru Radulescu and John E Lazar, the nuns of Dormition Monastery have furnished the Cathedral with a new wooden toaca (sounding board). Many faces smiled and commented upon hearing the sound of the toaca during Holy Week and especially on the night of the Resurrection. Until this past week, Mr Vasile Cioban was the last man to sound the toaca at the Cathedral several decades ago. We thank the Cocariu Family for their generosity in donating the cost of this (new) ancient symbol of our people.

POSTED 1 MAY 08 A THANK YOU FROM FATHER & PREOTEASA
Father Laurence and Preoteasa Anita wish to thank each family and individual that remembered them in a special way during this paschal season. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated. Vă mulţumim din suflet!

POSTED 1 MAY 08 GOOD FRIDAY & PASCHA PHOTOS ADDED
We invite you to visit the "Photo Gallery" on this site, and view photographs from the 2008 Good Friday and Resurrection services at the Cathedral. We encourage you to submit photos and video from various events throughout the year, and if possible, we will post them in the gallery.

POSTED 24 MAR 08 YOUNG ADULT / SR AROY SPIRITUAL NIGHT
The Senior AROY Chapter is pleased to announce another in their popular series of spiritual evenings for young adults. His Grace, Bishop IRINEU will be the guest speaker at "SEARA DUHOVNICEASCA" on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 6:00pm. There is no charge and a light meal will be served! We sincerely encourage all young adults (ages 21-40) from around the city to join us for this unique evening. His Grace will offer a short presentation and then offer responses to a select number of spirituality-related questions put forth by Senior AROY members. Vă învităm să participaţi cu noi!

CLICK HERE to download the informational flyer
APASAŢI AICI pentru mai multe informaţii

POSTED 24 MAR 08 PARISH SPRING CLEAN UP DAY SCHEDULED
As was announced on Sunday, March 23, the parish council invites all members and friends of the parish to help us during our annual spring clean up day, which will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 12 (10:00am). Come roll up your sleeves and help us with some needed jobs like painting, weeding, dusting and washing, sorting, etc. Whether you can give the whole day or just a few hours, your help is appreciated!

POSTED 15 MAR 08 ROEA DIALOG WITH CHURCH OF ROMANIA
The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America has posted a News Release on the recent visit of a delegation from our Episcopate, including Fr. Laurence Lazar, to the Patriarchate of Romania.  Click on the following links for more information:

CLICK HERE: Episcopate Commission Holds Talks with Church of Romania
APASAŢI AICI: Comisia Episcopiei în Dialog cu Biserica Ortodoxă Română

POSTED 15 MAR 08 CATHEDRAL CHOIR REHEARSALS & NEWS
The rehearsal schedule for Great Lent was mailed and distributed to all choir members, along with a "rededication" request that we hope everyone will return promptly. Rehearsals are as follows: Saturday, 15 March (4-6pm); Sunday, 23 March (after services); Saturday, 29 March (4-6pm); Saturday, 12 April (4-6pm); Saturday, 19 April (12-3pm); Sunday, 20 April (following services / before banquet); Friday, 25 April (6pm before Lamentations / Prohod); Saturday, 26 April (11pm before Resurrection / Invierea). There is much new and seasonal music to be learned, and each choir member is needed! We have a proud choral history at the Cathedral, so we ask everyone to participate. Also, we are always welcoming new singers! Please speak with director John E Lazar today!

POSTED 15 MAR 08 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Throughout the year, the parish and facility are in great need of extra hands to help with various projects. Can you spare some time to lend a hand? Can your business or profession offer something to help with repairs, expenses, etc? We have a long list of needs and wishes, and you can be of great help to your church! Call the parish office today (248/569-4833). Thank you!

POSTED 15 MAR 08 HELP US MARKET OUR CULTURAL CENTER
Our Cultural Center is a beautiful, versatile, and affordable venue for parties of many sizes and occasions. Do YOU take advantage of this? Do you suggest our facility to co-workers, professional groups, family, etc when they need a facility for a special event? Call us for details! Remember, pledging parish members receive a substantial discounted rate!

POSTED 15 MAR 08 2008 DINNER SPONSORS NEEDED
Several of this year's Parish Dinners are in need of sponsors. We are looking for a family or group of people to consider offering the expenses of these important fundraisers. Perhaps you have a special anniversary, or would like to remember a loved one by supporting your church? Dinner sponsors are much needed, for the good of the parish. Those dinners needing sponsors for 2008 are: Father's Day Dinner (15 June), Graduates Day Luncheon (3 August), Benefit / Charity Dinner (14 September, Holy Cross), Cathedral 96th Anniversary Dinner (8 November), Christmas Concert Luncheon (14 December). Please speak with Fr Lazar, or call the Parish Office to discuss your wish to help us. Vă mulţumim!

POSTED 15 MAR 08 ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE PLANNED FOR MAY 3
Items are now being collected for the 3rd Annual Rummage Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 3. You can drop off items throughout the week (9am-3pm) or on Sundays following services. Home furnishings, usable electronics, appliances, decor, like-new clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, etc are all being accepted. We need your support not only in donating items, but by spreading the word to co-workers and neighbors to come check out the event! Thanks.

POSTED 15 MAR 08 JR AROY'S ANNUAL "FOOTPRINTS" PROJECT
The Junior (teenage) AROY Chapter invites parishioners and friends to support their annual "Footprints, Our Journey to Pascha" project. Each Sunday after services, a table will be set up in the Cultural Center lobby where you can purchase paper footprints ($1.00). You are invited to write your name, or the name of a loved one on the footprint, and then yours will be added to the 'path' being created in the classroom hallway, leading us as a family to the doors of the Cathedral and Holy Pascha. This project is part of the AROY Work-month, and proceeds will benefit a national charity as well as our local youth.

POSTED 15 MAR 08 SR AROY POP CAN & BOTTLE COLLECTIONS
Throughout Great Lent, the Senior (young adult) AROY Chapter asks you to please bring your (clean) empty soda pop cans and bottles and drop them in the collection area in the Cultural Center lobby. Sr AROY members will return the cans and use the deposit (10 cents per usable item) money collected for their Work-month project. Additional proceeds will benefit a charity. We hope you will support this annual project -- and if you cannot bring your cans to church, contact Diana Barbu (Sr AROY President) through the parish office -- one of our members will be happy to pick them up for you!

POSTED 10 MAR 08 LENTEN SERVICE SCHEDULE PUBLISHED
The complete Schedule of Services in both English and Romanian languages was published in the parish weekly bulletin. The schedule is also available on this website. Look for the "Great Lent / Postul Mare" icon on the main page. We sincerely encourage every parishioner, with their family, as well as all others interested, to please join us for as many of the special services as possible. Make it one of your extra Lenten efforts participate. Our Lord is waiting for you to journey with Him to Holy Pascha.

POSTED 23 FEB 08 3rd MARTISOR DANCE APPROACHING
We invite all families and friends of the Cathedral to join us on SATURDAY, 1 MARCH (7pm-midnight) for our 3rd ANNUAL "BALUL MARTISORULUI"! Traditional live music by Gheorghe Trambitas & Magic Sound Orchestra, as well as modern DJ sounds will bring us all together to dance and socialize together as we celebrate the traditional coming of spring. A hand-made 'martisoare' will be provided for each guest, and fresh sausage, placinte cu branza (doughnuts with cheese) and cold refreshments will be available as well. Don't miss it!


POSTED 23 FEB 08 FR LAURENCE & DELEGATION VISIT ROMANIA
Through the work of the Joint Dialogue Commission (JDC) of our diocese, which has been working with representatives of the patriarchal diocese here over more than the last ten years, discussions and normalizing of relations continue to develop. A letter addressed to the Romanian Patriarchate last year (prior to the falling asleep of Patriarch +TEOCTIST), requested a direct meeting to clarify and hopefully reach true agreement on various points of historical discrepancy and the treatment of our departed hierarchs throughout the communist reign in Romania. Our JDC, of which Fr Laurence is the chairman, along with Archbishop Nathaniel will be in Bucharest from February 22-March 1 to meet directly with representatives of the Patriarchate. Patriarch DANIEL has responded favorably to our wish for what we hope will be a fruitful meeting.

We ask Our Lord to watch over the Archbishop, Fr Laurence, and the delegation and grant them safe travels. We also pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them for a productive meeting with Patriarch DANIEL and our Mother Church. , and we pray that steps will continue toward potentially uniting the Romanian Orthodox Faithful in North America as a true effort in pursuing a stronger Orthodox identity in the Americas.

POSTED 2 FEB 08 2008 PARISH OFFICERS INTRODUCED
The major auxiliaries of the parish recently elected their officers for the new year. We thank those who served our church during the past year, and congratulate the newly installed officers, wishing them a peaceful and prosperous year of leadership for good of the Cathedral. Let us all work together in support of our church!

POSTED 15 JAN 08 HOLIDAY REVIEWS & PHOTOS POSTED
Photographs and reviews of the 2007 Christmas festivities at the Cathedral, including services and the Concert by the CAEDONIA Chamber of Sibiu, as well as the New Year's Eve "Revelion" are now posted on this site! Visit the Photo Gallery (and scroll to the bottom of the page).

Click here to View Christmas & New Year's Reviews & Photos

POSTED 20 DEC 07 REVELION TICKETS SELLING FAST!
Tickets for the New Year's Eve "REVELION" are still on sale, but going fast! If you have not yet purchased your tickets, please speak with Chairman John E Lazar (734/646-6420) or Office Secretary Cezarina Hritcu (248/569-4833) today! Seating is limited, tickets will not be sold after December 30, and prices increase from December 26-30. Don't miss this elegant night with your fellow Romanian-American community!

POSTED 20 DEC 07 CHRISTMAS CONCERT RE-SCHEDULED
Due to the heavy snow and ice last weekend, the Annual "Concert de Craciun" has been postponed to this coming Sunday, December 23. Be sure to join us for a performance by our wonderful choir, some of our talented children, and enjoy special surprises by "Mos Craciun"! A light lunch will be served by the Senior AROY Chapter and your free-will donation is much appreciated. Also, we ask that you bring a canned or other non-perishable food item for our collection for the hungry. You can leave your offering as you enter the hall. We look forward to having you, your family, and especially the children with us for this renewed Cathedral tradition!

POSTED 20 DEC 07 CAEDONIA CHOIR OF SIBIU IN CONCERT!
We are honored, and look forward to the visit of CAEDONIA Chamber Choir of Sibiu, that will be with us for a special concert on the "Second Day of Christmas" (December 26) for a free concert of carols, religious hymns and folk songs! The group's visit was arranged through our Choir Director & Cultural Committee Chair John E Lazar -- and is part of the celebration of the City of Sibiu as "European Capital of Cultural" for 2007. Please invite family and friends and be sure to join us for this unique and special event! (The Choir will also give the responses for the Christmas Day Hierarchal Liturgy, along with our own Cathedral Choir)

Click Here to Download flyer / Apasati aici pentru informatii in limba romana

POSTED 20 DEC 07 MRS EMILY MAXIM FALLEN ASLEEP
Our friend and former member, Emily Maxim (wife of the late Virgil, and mother of David Maxim) has fallen asleep in the Lord. She was brought back to Michigan from her home in Florida and was buried at the Vatra from Sts. Peter & Paul Church. May Our Lord comfort her family and make her memory eternal!

POSTED 20 DEC 07 2008 WALL CALENDARS AVAILABLE
2008 Orthodox Wall Calendars are now available. Pick up your English copy (again furnished by our friends at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors) free of charge in the classroom hallway. Calendar Crestin Ortodox (de perete / mare) in limba romana, pe anul 2008, publicat de la Episcopia noastra ($4.00) la biroul epitropiilor.

POSTED 10 NOV 07 NEW YEAR'S EVE 'REVELION' ANNOUNCED!
It is not too early to make plans to be part of our New Year's Eve Ball ("Revelion de Anul Nou")! Last year, nearly 400 guests enjoyed an elegant, wonderful evening of food, dancing, music, and a special service of thanksgiving -- so be sure to look for more information being posted soon. You can also call the Cathedral Office (248/569-4833) for information. Tickets go on sale shortly! Va asteptam sa fiti alaturi de noi!

POSTED 10 NOV 07 2008 SOLIA CALENDAR PHOTOS ANNOUNCED
Please make every effort to be present SUNDAY, 18 NOVEMBER for the Annual Solia Calendar photographs, to be taken immediately after the Divine Liturgy. These historical photos (Parish Council, Ladies, Junior & Senior AROYs, Choir, Seniors, Church School & Children) are of special significance at our 95th Anniversary, and we want EVERYONE to be present! Whether you are active every Sunday, or very new to our community, we want you to be part of this special day.

POSTED 1 NOV 07 CHIVU FAMILY WELCOMES FIRST CHILD
God's blessings on Dan and Alina Chivu on the birth Sunday at St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti of their first child, a girl, given the name Ana Daniela. May the Lord’s angels watch over them until her baptism into the Faith. La multi ani!

POSTED 1 NOV 07 INFANT SON WELCOMED THROUGH BAPTISM
Many years to John Elliot, infant son of Brian and Mihaela Cobb, who was born again Sunday and received into the Body of Christ’s Church through the holy Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation and the Eucharist. May he grow strong in the practice of his Orthodox faith, having the good example of his parents and parish family. Best wishes also to the Naşi Razvan & Irina Pala. La mulţi ani!

POSTED 14 OCT 07 PARISH BENEFACTOR PETER METES FALLEN ASLEEP
With sadness we announce the falling asleep in the Lord of Mr Peter Metes, long time member and great benefactor of the Cathedral, who died at the age of 88 following illness. He is survived by his loving wife Aurelia (Irene) of 62 years, daughters Nancy (and Vasile) Cocariu and Carol (and Joseph) Stevens, grandchildren Dacia and Jennifer Cocariu, Susan and Joseph Stevens, and other family members. Funeral arrangements: Saracusta (Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Clawson) Sunday, 14 October at 7:30pm; Funeral Service & Pomana Monday, 15 October 10:00am at the Cathedral. May his memory be eternal!

POSTED 14 OCT 07 3rd FESTIVAL PROVES TO BE GREAT SUCCESS
October 6 and 7 proved to be a wonderful weekend as an estimated 1,500 people enjoyed our 3rd city-wide Romanian Festival! Unseasonably warm weather added to the day, which was filled with live music, tasty foods, refreshing beverages, gift-shops, displays, children's games, cathedral tours, and more! A special crew from "TVRi" (Romanian International Television) was present and will be compiling a documentary to be aired in Romania on the event. More information will be posted soon on the festival page of this website. We thank everyone who volunteered and participated to once again elevate the good name of the Cathedral to the metropolitan Detroit and international communities!

POSTED 1 OCT 07 METROPOLITAN DANIEL ELECTED AS PATRIARCH
His Beatitude, Dr. DANIEL Ciobotea, Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia & Dobrojea, Locum Tenes of the Throne of Cezareea in Cappadocia, Patriarch of The Romanian Orthodox Church.

On September 30, 2007 Orthodox leaders, as well as high-ranking government officials, and delegates from religious denominations around the world gathered in Bucharest for the enthronement of the new Patriarch Daniel. Our Archbishop Nathaniel represented the ROEA, with Fr Grama (Representative of the Dept. of External Affairs) and our Fr Laurence Lazar (Secretary of the Episcopate Council and Dean of the Cathedral). It is a great honor for Fr Laurence and for our Cathedral parish to have participated in this very rare and significant event in the life of our mother church.
Intru mulţi ani Prea Fericite Stăpâne!

Click here to view a brief review and photos from the visit to Romania

 

POSTED 25 SEP 07 COUNCIL PRESIDENT SAYS "FAREWELL"
Due to a job relocation, current Cathedral Council President Mircea Rusu with his wife jessica will be relocating to London, England in the first week of October. Mr Rusu informed the council at their latest meeting of the transfer and the council sadly accepted his resignation, offering words of encouragement and applause to Mitch at the close of the meeting. The Rusu's plan to remain part of the Cathedral family and intend to return to Detroit in a few years when the work obligation has been completed. We wish both Mircea and Jessica "drum bun" and pray for their safe return to us!



POSTED 17 APR 07
ATTENTION PARENTS!
Senior AROY has graciously taken on the task of preparing a short program during our Annual Mothers Day Dinner on May 13. They will be teaching our children a few poems and songs to honor our moms, grandmothers and nase. Please, call Marina Vlad (248.953.3495) today to let us know that your children will be participating. There will be just two rehearsals (Saturday, May 5 & May 12), so we hope that ALL children (ages  4-17) will take part! What a wonderful way to say “I love you Mom”! Vă rugăm să participaţi cu noi!

POSTED 17 APR 07 A FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON BENEFIT
AROY very much needs and is asking for your support of its April 29 Fashion Show & Luncheon Benefit. Hopefully, years from now they’ll be able to look back and happily remember their parish family was always there for them. If so, they’ll want to do the same for others! Invite your friends and neighbors. Tickets are on sale now at the parish office.

Also, please remember those members and parents of Junior and Senior AROY traveling to Cleveland this weekend for the Annual Spring Sports Tournament. Good luck to our basketball and volleyball teams!

POSTED 17 APR 07 OUR 3rd ROMANIAN FESTIVAL
October 6-7, will present our name and Faith to many potential members; highlight our heritage to the Detroit community and far beyond; be a vital fund-raiser that needs financial sponsors and the help and attendance of every member. There is work to be done by everyone, and a great deal of fun to be enjoyed by all who contribute and participate in this wonderful event.

POSTED 17 APR 07 FOR PARENTS OF OUR GRADUATES
PARISH MEMBERS: WE’D LIKE TO SHARE the news of your child’s high school or college graduation with our Weekly Bulletin readers. Convey this brief information to the Cathedral Office: the graduate’s name; the school’s name; honors; the specific degree; future (academic) plans. Don’t assume we already know the good news! Also,  consider sending the news (and a photo) to the Solia newpaper at Vatra Romaneasca (517) 522-3656.

POSTED 20 FEB 07 POP CAN COLLECTION DRIVE UNDERWAY!
The Senior AROY Chapter asks all parishioners and friends to support their "Pop Can Collection Drive", taking place from February 25 through April 1. All returnable pop cans, bottles (plastic & glass) have a $.10 value in Michigan, and the chapter is collecting as many pieces as possible to raise funds for their annual Work Month Project charity. Please bring your empty cans / bottles and drop them in the Cultural Center deposit area. Call President Marina Vlad or the Cathedral Office with any questions. Thank you for your support!

POSTED 20 FEB 07 'BALUL MĂRŢIŞORULUI', A GREAT SUCCESS!
Our 2nd Annual "Martisor" Dance proved to be another wonderful evening for all who participated. An article and photographs reviewing the dance can by viewed in the PHOTO GALLERY section.

POSTED 20 FEB 07 CATHEDRAL TO HOST INTER-ORTHODOX VESPERS
Our parish will once again host a Lenten Vespers of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches on SUNDAY, 11 MARCH (6:00pm). Clergy and faithful from various parishes in the area will be with us for this special evening, which will be followed by a reception in the Cultural Center. We hope you and your family will plan to be with us.

POSTED 20 FEB 07 MEMORY ETERNAL!
Our condolences are extended to Diaconeasa Ramona and Deacon Sabin Pop on the falling asleep in the Lord of her beloved grandfather Gheorghe Florea, in Romania. May the Gates of Paradise be opened to him! Dumnezeu sa'l ierte!

POSTED 20 FEB 07 A SINCERE THANK YOU
My family and I offer our heartfelt thanks for your outpouring of emotional support both before and after the falling asleep in the Lord of our beloved Mother and Grandmother, DITA ŞANDRU. Your many messages of concern and sympathy, offers to assist, offerings to the Cathedral in her memory, gifts of flowers and food, were overwhelming and greatly appreciated. Particular thanks to the members of the Ladies Auxiliary whose kindness in preparing foods and welcoming all relieved much of the stress in our time of sorrow. May the Lord reward your kindness with His grace and joy! Dumnezeu sa'o ierte!

With Love, Preoteasa Anita & Family

POSTED 1 FEB 07 REMEMBERING ARCHBISHOP VALERIAN
A full article and photographs reviewing the 20th Anniversary since the falling asleep in the Lord of His Eminence, Archbishop VALERIAN (Trifa) can be found on this web-site, under the PHOTO GALLERY section.

POSTED 1 FEB 07 MEMORIAL SERVICES (PARASTASE) FOR FEBRUARY
All parishioners and friends are sincerely invited to join the families of the following members of the Cathedral, fallen asleep in the Lord at the parastas being offered in their respective memories on the following dates:

Sunday, 11 February     In memory of GEDEON COOK (1 year)
Sunday, 18 February     In memory of Th. MINDROIU FAMILY members
Sunday, 25 February     In memory of DITA ŞANDRU (40 days)

Veşnică lor Pomenire!

POSTED 1 FEB 07 ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY (ADUNAREA GENERALA)
Our annual Sinod was held on January 21, 2007.  listened intently to a letter from the Archbishop, the Statement of the Dean,    Those attending heard reports of the Parish Council, Ladies Auxiliary, AROY chapters, Senior Members Assoc., the Auditors, etc. It passed the 2007 Budget, and while thanking the outgoing Council, it elected the 2007 Parish Council to carry out its work and lead our parish through the new year.

Mircea Rusu, President
John E Lazar, Vice President; Robert Charlier, Secretary; Fred Klus, Treasurer
Mihaela Charlier, Epitrop I; Maranda Tipa, Epitrop II; Sam Gallu, Epitrop III
Liviu Florescu, George Aldea, George Placinta, Auditors;
Members: Cristian Pol,
Dr Alice Stroe, Augustin Vincent, Karen Persichino, Patricia Klus, Alexandru Radulescu, Cornel Ivascu

Ex officio members include Fr Lazar, Dn S Pop;
Lisa Gallu, Ladies Auxiliary President; Christine Placinta, Jr AROY President;
Marina Vlad, Sr AROY President; Congress Delegates Mariana Tipa and Gus Vincent. (Also elected were 1st Alternate Delegate G Aldea, 2nd Alternate G Alion.)

POSTED 1 FEB 07 FR JOHN SURDUCAN FALLEN ASLEEP IN THE LORD
OUR SYMPATHY is offered to Father Romey Rosco and the faithful of Sts Peter & Paul Church, the four sons and families of Very Reverend Father John Surducan, Priest Emeritus of the parish, who has fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection. Father was a major figure in the organizational and pastoral life of the Dearborn Heights community, was Parish Priest for 25 years, during the building of the church on Beech Daly Rd, and served as Administrator of our Deanery. May God welcome the soul of His faithful servant-priest into His eternal Kingdom. Memory Eternal!

POSTED 1 FEB 07 CATHEDRAL SENIOR AROY ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
CATHEDRAL SENIOR AROY members and friends were grateful for the hospitality of the Cocariu Family last Saturday. We were glad to also welcome members of the National AROY Board who were present throughout the weekend for their winter meeting. In all, nearly 60 people took part in the social night! Besides enjoying the food, music, fellowship and bowling, the chapter held a brief meeting to elect officers for 2007. We thank those who served previously and offer our support to those who have now accepted leadership.
Marina Vlad, President;
Alexandru Radulescu, Vice President; Gabriela Popovici, Secretary;
Gheorghe Alion, Treasurer; Michael Cristof & Ana Lazar, Auditors

POSTED 20 JAN 07 DITA ŞANDRU FALLEN ASLEEP IN THE LORD
With great sadness we announce that Mrs Dita Sandru, mother of Preoteasa Anita Lazar, has fallen asleep in the Lord on January 13, 2007, following a brief illness. The Saracusta and Funeral were celebrated at the Cathedral on January 17 and 18, with several hundred coming to pay respects to Dita and her grieving family. Following the pomana, she was laid to rest at Vatra Romaneasca with her husband John. She was truly "everyone's Buni" and will be dearly missed by the Romanian-American Community and our parish. More details may be published in the near future. Dumnezeu sa'o ierte si sa odihneasca cu dreptii! (The public announcement can be viewed by visiting www.aroy.org)

POSTED 20 JAN 07 MARTISOR DANCE ANNOUNCED!
The second annual Martisor Dance has been announced for SATURDAY, 17 February 2007 at the Cathedral Cultural Center! Join us for live music and dancing with DACIA ORCHESTRA. Refreshments and food available. Several hundred attended last year's event -- we hope for even greater participation this year!

"Martisor" is a tradition in Romanian similar to what some know as St Valentine's Day. Bring your family and friends and enjoy this popular Romanian custom with us!

POSTED 20 JAN 07 JOINT AROY CHAPTERS PARTY
On Saturday, 27 January, the National Board of AROY will meet at the Cathedral. That evening following Vespers, all current and potential members of AROY (ages 13-35) are invited to the Cocariu Home for a night of music, bowling, food & drink, billiards, and fun together! Bring a friend and please share the evening with us. Call John Lazar (734.646.6420) with questions.

POSTED 20 JAN 07 REMEMBRANCES (POMELNIC) FOR 2007
Did you submit the 2007 Diptych-Pomelnic remembrance sheet (“Cununa Anului”)? During the year, each Orthodox person listed will be remembered at each Divine Liturgy. Even if you do submit this annual form, you may still also submit names for a particular day’s Liturgy by submitting one of the Diptych sheets available at the entrance Candle Stand, prior to the service. Call the office to pick up a pomelnic list today!

POSTED 20 JAN 07 20th ANNUAL REVERSE RAFFLE
Tickets are on sale now for the 20th Reverse Raffle, to be held Saturday, 10 February 2007 at the Cultural Center. Tickets are $75.00 per person ($25 dinner guest tickets available as well), with a grand prize of $2,000.00! This is a wonderful tradition of our parish always a nice evening, so please speak with Bob Charlier (586.522.8351) to purchase your tickets today.

POSTED 20 JAN 07 20th ANNIVERSARY OF ARCHBISHOP VALERIAN'S DEATH
Saint George Cathedral invites you to a special day in honor of
THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALLING ASLEEP IN THE LORD
of His Eminence, Archbishop VALERIAN (January 28, 1987) 

Those who remember his fatherly guidance, humble personality and visionary leadership, will want to join us for this 20th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL & DINNER
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2007
Hierarchal Divine Liturgy & Parastas 10am | Dinner & Program 1pm

We hope that you will bring your family to share in the celebration of our departed archbishop's life and dedication to our diocese and Cathedral. Whether you had the privilege to know him or not, his fatherly legacy and love for his people must be carried on through us, so we look forward to having you with us. A wonderful menu and short program is being prepared for you. Free-will donation (Benevol).

POSTED 20 JAN 07 MEMBERSHIP PLEDGE
Now, at the beginning of the New Year, each of us should submit our 2007 Membership Pledge form. Let God guide your heart in deciding the responsible amount that you should pledge to His Church so that it can do more for the Lord’s sake in our community, and its worries over how the bills will be paid will be eased. Remember, to faithfully and fairly support Christ’s Church is the sacred, personal responsibility of every Orthodox Christian member.  Any questions? Call the Office or speak with Fr Lazar.

POSTED 20 JAN 07 ORTHODOX WALL CALENDARS AVAILABLE
Traditional wall calendars are available in the Office. Every home, office, etc. should have one to follow the saints, Lenten seasons, daily Scripture readings. English version courtesy of Lynch & Sons, gratis. Romanian, published by the archdiocese, $4.00 each.  Calendar de Perete in limba romana ($4.00) se poate cumpara la Biroul Catedralei.

     
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