FOUNDED AT THE FIRST PENTECOST
(Acts Chapter 2)
FIRST FIVE CENTERS OF CHRISTIANITY
JERUSALEM, ANTIOCH, ROME, ALEXANDRIA, CONSTANTINOPLE
GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
UNDER THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
HOLY CROSS CHURCH
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICHIGAN
UNDER THE GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF DETROIT
The most central focus of the worship in the Orthodox Church
is the Divine Liturgy, also known as
the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (Matthew 26:26).
It involves the participation of the faithful
and the clergy
in a mystical encounter between God and His people.
At Holy Cross Parish, this involves
the clergy, chanter, choir, and families
joining in prayer and hymns.
The Choir is a very integral part
of our worship services.
We give praise and glory to our Lord and God.
Our Choir is comprised of male and female voices,
we include and encourage our youth
to be part of our outstanding choir.
The Choir is part of
the National Forum
of Greek Orthodox Musicians and
Mid Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs.
The Church makes available to all able boys of the Parish from 10 yrs and older,
the opportunity to serve in the Holy Altar as Acolytes. A schedule is sent annually listing
Sundays of services. If there is interest- contact the Priest.
Church School is a very integral part of the Religious Education Program.
Classes are held after Holy Communion and families are encouraged to Worship together.
The children go to their classes for approximately 45 minutes of instruction (catechesis).
We offer lessons from pre-school to High-School. Assisted by a Parent Ministry Team,
the program includes an autumn fellowship event, Christmas Appeal (St. Basilís Academy),
Godparent Sunday, Lenten Potluck (Missions), and Easter Basket Project in conjuction
with Philoptochos (Childrenís Hospital).
In addition, the Parish has offered a vacation church school.
BIBLE STUDY AND FAITH ENRICHMENT
Bible Study is offered in a six week semester structure (Autumn & Spring)
It has included: Scripture Study and Reference, Liturgics, Church History, Patristics,
and Orthodox Theology: Dogma & Doctrine. Past Subjects in supplement to Bible Study:
Holy Week, Mystery of Death, Orthodox Inquiry, Message of the Bible, Iconography.
Divine Services: Roots and Meanings. and Church foundations and denominations.
Philoptochos means friend of poor. It is an organization for women in the church from age 18 and up.
It is a charitable organizations that assists nationally and locally and is considered the
ďbackboneĒ of many parishes. Locally the Philoptochos through its fund-raising
and fellowship has assisted the parish, the Diocese, Archdiocese and the local community.
It visits the homebound and has adopted St. Basilís Children as their Christmas Project and is the only
organization to provide over 300 Easter Baskets to Detroitís Childrenís Hospital.
Meetings are held every First Monday of the Month at 7:30 p.m.
G.O.Y.A. GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH OF AMERICA
This organization embraces our Youth from 7th Grade to High School.
The program and ministry encompasses Worship, Fellowship, Service, and Religious Education.
The Youth have involved themselves at all aspects of church ministry and service.
They have been part of Diocesan Youth Programs and actively participate at the Diocese Camp
at Rose City in the Summer.
The Parish has since its inception always honored and salute the Youth through its annual Youth of the Year Award.