News and Events

News and Events 

Retreat with Fr. Andrew Damick
August 24-25, 2018

Upcoming Retreat with Sr Vassa Larin

Upcoming Retreat with Fr. Andrew Damick

Heritage Days

Youth Trip

In mid-April, parish teens went on our annual weekend youth trip, this year to Washington, D.C. 

The trip gave the teens an opportunity to visit some of the highlights of the city: a guided tour through the Capitol building, the annual Cherry Blossom Parade, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Sculpture Garden, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. 

But even more importantly than visiting our nation's historic and cultural sites, the teens and chaperones received a warm welcome at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, where the group attended Vigil and Liturgy over the weekend. 

This year's youth trip was a wonderful opportunity to build friendships, visit national monuments, and establish a connection with the greater Orthodox Church.

Upon their return the youth planted a cherry tree on the grounds of St Innocent church.

Honoring our graduates

Last Sunday, June 10, at the end of Divine Liturgy we honored our graduates who are moving on to further studies, military service, and employment. 

One of them just graduated from Yale Medical school and she is about to begin her residency in Ophthalmology. Another student graduated in Biology and looks forward to beginning medical school in the fall. We also offered a special prayer for our high school graduate and long-time altar server James who is beginning his basic training in the US Army this month. 

Fr. Alessandro offered to each of them an icon of our patron, St. Innocent, and a prayer book by Ancient Faith called Hear Me

May God grant them many blessed years! 

Pascha 2018
April 8, 2018

Christ is risen!

2018 Lent Pierogie Sale

Zoe for Life Retreat
by Maria Linderman
January 20-21, 2018

It was a heart piercing and moving weekend and a real call to action for Orthodox Christians from multiple jurisdictions as they gathered together to hear Papa Demetri Carellas speak on the crucial topic of the sanctity of life of God’s precious unborn children. It began on Saturday, January 20th, with a retreat at the ZOE for Life house entitled Be the Voice for the Voiceless and culminated with a beautiful pan-Orthodox supplication service on Sunday evening at St. Innocent Church which was well attended by 6 area priests and faithful. After the service, there was fellowship and a talk by Papa Demetri in the church hall.  Over the course of the weekend, he enlightened the faithful on the history which led to the dreaded and tragic Roe v Wade decision to legalize abortion and the heart wrenching statistics on how prevalent the precious life of an unborn child is taken—on average, every 30 seconds! He discussed the deceptive tactics of Planned Parenthood and brought to light their misleading and in part, false claims of being a resource for women’s “health.” 

Most of all, Papa Demetri moved our hearts to realize that we, as Orthodox Christians, cannot be silent and inactive but must do everything in our power to help this most worthy cause and to be a “voice for the voiceless.” This starts first with prayer. He gave us an icon card with a poignant prayer that many Orthodox Christians around the US are praying daily at 12 noon. He strongly encouraged every Orthodox Church to begin its own Pro Life Group and to have ZOE for Life as its parent organization. He suggested some practical ideas for these parish level groups. The group can commit to pray daily at noon the prayer for unborn children, their mothers and fathers, and those who are participating in the act of abortion. Every church can hold a monthly Paraclesis service to the Mother of God pleading her intercession and aid. The group can ask a speaker to come and educate the faithful on what can be done to help the Pro Life movement, and more people can become involved in the ZOE for Life ministry. Papa Demetri also told of several Pro Life organizations with which one can become involved, such as Heartbeat International and 40 Days for Life. He shared with us that the group 40 Days for Life holds prayer vigils twice a year which last 40 days where faithful around the country peacefully and quietly stand before abortion clinics and simply pray. By God’s mercy, this has translated to 13,998 lives saved since 2007! The next vigil is beginning on February 14th and coincides with Great Lent; Papa Demetri encouraged and inspired us to become involved.

Papa Demetri urged us with much love that it is past the 11th hour, and we must pray and act. Further, that “If we do what is in our power (to help and save pre-born babies), God will do what is in His power.” But we must begin. May God give us His grace to lovingly help others to see and accept that life is a precious, sacred gift from Him which begins at conception and that there are life affirming choices for pregnant mothers. May we truly become a Voice for the Voiceless!

Nativity 2017

Christ is born! Glorify Him! 
Merry Christmas! 

Retreat with Hieromonk Herman


On October 14, 2017 we were blessed to welcome Hieromonk Herman (Majkrazk) of St. Tikhon's Monastery. 

Fr. Herman offered a retreat on prayer titled "Pray and make your vows before the Lord." The retreat was made of two parts: "Daily Prayer in the Church's Scripture and Tradition" and "Daily Prayer in our daily lives." 

In the second part of the retreat, Fr. Herman gave out a handout for a Fifteen Minute Prayer Rule that faithful Christians may use in consultation with their father confessor.

Fr. Herman was also with us on Sunday morning and presided at the Divine Liturgy.

Below are links to the video recordings of the two sessions:



Feast Day

Blessed Feast! On Sunday, October 1st we celebrated our patronal feast (the glorification of St Innocent is October 6th). At the end of the Liturgy, as it has been our tradition, we celebrated the Slava service and blessed the kollyva and the slava bread. 

Holiday Pastry Sale and Cookie Sale

Orders are now being accepted for the Annual Holiday Pastry Sale. 

Following homemade items are available:

Baklava- Filo dough filled with walnuts, drenched in honey syrup. Made with unsalted butter. Freshly baked. 

8"x8" pan -- $16.00
9"x12" pan -- $30.00

Nut or Nut & Raisin Rolls - Homemade, freshly baked. If well wrapped, can be frozen for three (3) months. 

15" roll -- $13.00

Spanakopeta - Homemade rolls using filo, butter, spinach & feta cheese. Frozen & ready to bake. 


Pierogies - Homemade, frozen & ready to cook. 
Potato/cheese, Potato/onion, Sauerkraut.

One (1) dozen -- $6.00 

Orders placed & paid for by November 11th may be picked up on Sat., November 18th
Orders placed & paid for by December 9th may be picked up on Sat., December 16th

Order pick up at the church at 8526 Usher Road. 

All orders must be prepaid. 

Fill out an order form and mail it with your payment to:

St. Innocent Orthodox Church
Attn: Pastry Sales
PO Box 38208 - Olmsted Falls, OH 44138-0208

Checks should be made out to St. Innocent Orthodox Church.

Annual Christmas Cookie Sale will also take place on
December 16th from 12 - 3 pm!

Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, please call 440.234.2935 or 440.503.0188.

Videos from the retreat with Fr. Barnabas Powell

Sept 15-16, 2017
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Upcoming Event: Retreat with Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak)
Sep 15-16, 2017

Retreat with Fr. Barnabas Powell

Sep 15-16, 2017

Our parish welcomed Fr. Barnabas Powell for a retreat on Friday-Saturday, September 15-16, 2017. 

Fr. Barnabas is the priest of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA, and is well-known to be a dynamic speaker and preacher. He is also the author of the Journey to Fullness video series and host of the Faith Encouraged podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. 

“It was such a blessing to have Fr. Barnabas to our parish this past weekend. The retreat opened on Friday with the first talk, ‘A Former Pentecostal’s Journey to Orthodoxy,’ and was followed by two more sessions on Saturday, ‘Orthodox on Purpose’ and ‘Sharing Our Faith: An Opportunity We Can’t Miss’,” noted Fr. Alessandro Margheritino, the parish priest. 

About 70 different people from St. Innocent and nearby parishes attended the retreat. Many of the attendees indicated how Fr. Barnabas was both inspiring and thought-provoking. 

Much of the retreat focused on what it means to be an Orthodox Christian – specifically in America – and why and how we cannot miss the opportunity to share our faith with as many people as possible. Fr. Barnabas reminded us, “We Orthodox Christians have been given the precious gift of the Orthodox faith. People around us are spiritually hungry for the Truth, and it is neither ethical nor moral to withhold food from them.” 

Fr. Alessandro points out that the idea of inviting Fr. Barnabas also came from the adult video series that Fr. Barnabas produced and that his parish has been using for the last few months. “For the last several months, our parish has offered the Journey to Fullness video series on Thursday nights, and it has been very well received. After watching together each of the segments, we have stimulating and constructive discussions on the topics presented. Using video technology has definitely made this course appealing and engaging for many people.” 

Fr. Barnabas and Fr. Alessandro
Journey to Fullness is comprised of sixteen 20-minute video sessions designed to engage people who want to learn more about the Orthodox Faith. 

Although this very well-made video series was initially designed for inquirers, most of the attendees are cradle Orthodox. Fr. Alessandro comments, “Several of our parishioners have remarked how beneficial they have found the short videos and the discussions. Particularly, our cradle Orthodox parishioners have mentioned they wished they had such an opportunity when they were growing up.” 

Fr. Alessandro encourages others to find out more about Journey to Fullness. “We at St. Innocent have found the Journey to Fullness video series ( extremely beneficial, and I would definitely encourage other parishes to consider using it.”

Premiere Movie Screening

Aug 22, 2017

If you are in the Cleveland area, come and join us on Tuesday, Aug 22 at 6:30 PM for the premiere screening of "Becoming Truly Human," a film-documentary which portraits eight 'Nones,' each of whom shares his or her journey from religious affiliation to religious non-affiliation. For more info on the film, visit

Bishop Paul's Visit
July 1-2, 2017

We were blessed to welcome back for his second visit to our parish, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago. His Grace met with the Women's Group of our parish on Saturday afternoon where he discussed contemporary issues and family matters for almost 2 hours. 

After Great Vespers we hosted a meal in his honor which gave the opportunity to many of our parishioners to talk to our bishop. 

On Sunday, His Grace presided over at the Divine Liturgy. He blessed three of our long-time altar servers with the orarion, awarding them the status of "senior altar servers." May God grant His Grace, Christoper, Nate, and James many blessed years!

Parish Picnic - 2017
July 23, 2017

On Sunday, July 23 we held our annual summer picnic at Wallace Lake - Metroparks where we enjoyed a wonderful day in fellowship, activities, and good food!

Join us for a Journey to Fullness
We have begun the Journey to Fullness project created by Fr. Barnabas Powell. If you missed the first sessions, no worries! You are still on time to join us! 

Comprising of sixteen 20-minute video sessions, Journey to Fullness is an excellent video series which informs both inquirers and Orthodox Christians on the basics of the Orthodox Christian faith. 

At each session, we will watch the video presentation together and then open up for discussion and comments. See the Parish Google Calendar for an exact calendar of the sessions, and contact Fr. Alessandro ( if you have any questions.

"What is the Orthodox Church?"

Mobile Pantry / Produce Distribution


Distribution dates:
May 6, June 3, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 7, & Nov 4. 

Parish Youth Trip - 2017
February 17-19, 2016

On February 17-19, the youth group of our parish, led by Fr. Alessandro and our parishioner Jen Garrett, went on a trip to Chicago and Detroit.

As we did last year when the youth group went to New York City and stayed at St. Vladimir's Seminary, this year the trip was planned in such way to provide a recreational, a spiritual, and a ministry-oriented side.

We were blessed to have a wonderful spring-like weather for most of the trip, especially when we were in the "windy" city.

The first stop was the beautiful city of Chicago where we explored the downtown, Millenium park, Grant park and ate Chicago-style pizza.

On Saturday, we drove to Rives Junction, MI to Holy Dormition Monastery where we attended the Vigil and stayed overnight. We had a wonderful visit at the Monastery and were warmly welcomed by Mother Gabriella and the other nuns.

On Sunday morning, the group drove to Detroit to attend Divine Liturgy at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral where we were welcomed by Fr. Paul Albert. After Divine Liturgy and coffee hour, our youth helped serve the weekly meal as part of the Detroit Orthodox Outreach.

Besides seeing beautiful sights, experiencing monastic services, and serving those who are in need, these trips are truly a great blessing because they give a concrete opportunity for fellowship and important discussions on the faith and how to live a Christian life as a teen today.

We are very thankful that our parish fully sponsored the trip which was at no cost to our teens and their families.

Glory to God!

Spaghetti Dinner

February 11, 2017

2016 Pastry Sale & Cookie Walk

December 17, 2016
It’s back! 

The Annual St. Innocent Holiday Pastry Sale 
Cookie Walk!


From 2 to 5 PM 
8526 Usher Road, 
Olmsted Falls 

Nut Rolls, 
Nut w/Raisin Rolls, 
and of course, three kinds of Pierogies:
 Potato Cheese,
 Potato Onion, &

 AND a large assortment of cookies @ $8.00 per pound 

Just in time for Christmas!

For further information call 440.234.2935 or 440-503-0188

Video Recording:
Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel,
"Beholding the Beauty of the Lord:
The Liturgy of the Orthodox Church"
October 29, 2016
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On October 29, 2016 the V. Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel delivered a lecture on Christian worship and Divine Liturgy entitled "Beholding the Beauty of the Lord: The liturgy of the Orthodox Church".

Hoppe Family Visit
October 2, 2016

We were blessed to have the Hoppe family with us on Sunday, October 2, 2016. The Hoppes are a missionary family with the OCMC serving in Albania for almost two decades. Nathan Hoppe offered a beautiful homily and gave a very interesting presentation during coffee hour about the Christian call to missionary work and on their service in Albania. 

The final photo: Nathan and Gabriela Hoppe, with two of their three children, Katherine and Daniel, together with our parishioners, the Linderman and the Russell families, who have also previously served as missionaries to Albania. (You can read more about their work here.)

Please, consider supporting Hoppe's missionary work in Albania.

Holiday Pastry Sale

Orders are now being accepted for the Annual Holiday Pastry Sale. 

Following items are available:

Baklava- Filo dough filled with walnuts, drenched in honey syrup. Made with unsalted butter. Freshly baked. 

8"x8" pan -- $16.00
9"x12" pan -- $30.00

Nut or Nut & Raisin Rolls - Homemade, freshly baked. If well wrapped, can be frozen for three (3) months. 

15" roll -- $13.00

Spanakopeta - Homemade rolls using filo, butter, spinach & feta cheese. Frozen & ready to bake. 


Pierogies - Homemade, frozen & ready to cook. 
Potato/cheese, Potato/onion, Sauerkraut.

One (1) dozen -- $6.00 

Orders placed & paid for by November 7th may be picked up on Sat., November 19th
Orders placed & paid for by December 3rd may be picked up on Sat., December 17th

Order pick up at the church at 8526 Usher Road. 

All orders must be prepaid. 

Fill out an order form and mail it with your payment to:

St. Innocent Orthodox Church
Attn: Pastry Sales
PO Box 38208 - Olmsted Falls, OH 44138-0208

Checks should be made out to St. Innocent Orthodox Church.

Cookie Walk will also take place on December 17th!

Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, please call 440.234.2935 or 440.503.0188.

Upcoming Event
October 29-30, 2016

Upcoming Event

September 3, 2016

Upcoming Event
August 4, 2016

Parishioner Travels to Turkana Region
with OCMC Mission Team

March, 2016

Blessings in Turkana
by Maria Linderman

 It’s with a full heart I return from Turkana, Kenya, after participating in an OCMC short term missions trip and would like to share a few highlights from what was truly an experience I will never forget. Our team was led by Fr. Martin Ritsi, director of OCMC, and included Presbytera Renee Ritsi, another priest, and five seminarian students. 

Our first two days in the small town of Lodwar were spent in an intense preparation for the four day venture into the bush and training on how to go about sharing the message of Christ’s love to the Turkana people. I felt the thrill of anticipation as Fr. Martin explained that the Turkana, to whom the OCMC has sent teams since 2007, are highly receptive to the gospel. God is blessing this work as past villages have entered into baptism, and church communities are growing from seeds sown by previous teams. Fr. Martin had done the preliminary work of communicating with the local clergy to find three new villages in remote regions which had not yet been impacted by the gospel. He warned us of practical matters such as staying hydrated and avoiding scorpions, snakes and thorns. I must admit the idea of scorpions sparked fear as we would be sleeping in tents (which would be a first for me), so I began to pray for courage! 

The day arrived for our journey to begin, and we set off on an adventurous and dusty ride through the desert on rough terrain. It felt surreal as we passed children and adults waving, camels, goats, donkeys, termite mounds, dried vegetation, and over dry river beds. 

It’s difficult to describe the enormous privilege it is to step into another world and interact with those of a different culture and lifestyle. We were warmly met by the Turkana with smiles, handshakes, and then to our delight, singing, clapping, and dancing. Before I knew it, we were swooped up in the midst of them, holding hands, and dancing. They laughed when I tried to copy their jumping and steps. It was truly a beautiful welcome. 

This is despite living in severe drought conditions and extreme poverty. It was heart wrenching to see small children drinking yellow-brown water. In one village, when arriving in the early afternoon, we found three young girls who had dug a 6 x 6 foot water hole since early morning with two tin cans in hopes it would rain. 

In each of the villages, we began our teaching with skits from the Bible. They loved seeing Lazarus raised from the dead and clapped enthusiastically. They were riveted with the drama of Jesus healing the demoniac. And they understood the story of the wedding and why the guest who was not clothed properly was thrown out. These skits formed the basis for us to break into groups of men, women, teens, and children. 

Presbytera and I shared the gospel with the women, who listened with interest. When I told the story of Jairus’s daughter, our common bond of motherhood allowed us to imagine the pain of loss and then the pure joy when Jesus healed the little girl. We described Jesus’ power over sickness, death, and nature. We asked them about sacrifices, and they shared that they sacrifice goats for certain occasions. That allowed us to explain that Christ became the perfect sacrifice, and because of that, we no longer need to make sacrifices. 

There was so much to tell them! I felt the weight of what we were trying to do but was encouraged that our aim was only to plant the first seeds to be followed up by the local clergy. At sundown, we showed the Jesus Film in the Turkana language. I tried to view it through their eyes. It was fascinating how they would respond with laughing at certain parts they could relate to, like when they saw the donkeys or camels. 

In the morning, we prayed and said our goodbyes before setting off for the next village. A particularly touching moment came when a man in the first village told us, through translation, that if they were there when Jesus was arrested, they would have defended Him. Tears stung my eyes at the innocence and sincerity of this statement. Fr. Martin replied that he didn’t doubt they would but explained that our Lord died willingly for our salvation. To the glory of God, each village asked the Church to return with further catechism and baptism! 

When we returned to Lodwar, Presbytera and I lead a two day women’s retreat at St. John the Baptist Church. It was a beautiful and edifying time with our sisters in Christ as we spoke on themes of prayer, marriage, motherhood and community. It was a blessing to worship together and enjoy crafts, singing, and dancing. 

I’m so thankful to our Lord for this blessed experience and will hold these people in my heart forever. Please join me in praying for the growth of the Turkana Church and that missionaries will rise up to serve in this plentiful harvest. To God be the glory!

Parish Youth New York Trip
February 12-15, 2016

Parish youth trip to New York, February 2016.

On February 12-15, our parish youth went on a trip to New York for an extended weekend taking advantage of the school day off for President's Day.

Having rent a full size van, Fr. Alessandro and our parishioner Jen Garrett drove the group of 8 teens to St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY.

Over the time of 4 days our youth was busy with a number of activities. They were blessed to stay at St. Vladimir's which gave them an opportunity to attend an All-Night-Vigil on Saturday, a Baptismal Liturgy on Sunday morning, and daily Matins on Monday morning.

The teens were happy to have received this liturgical experience and notice the similarities and differences between the celebration at the Seminary and our parish. They were particularly interested in the Vigil since this is a service we do not celebrate at St. Innocent on a weekly basis. 

Everyone at St. Vladimir's was very welcoming and the group had an opportunity to interact with members of the community during the meals, coffee hour on Sunday, as well as at the student dorms where they stayed the three nights.

Despite the cold temperatures, they were able to go to Manhattan and Brooklyn a couple of times and visit Ground Zero, Wall Street, Times Square, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, an Italian Pastry Shop which Fr. Alessandro guaranteed being "authentic," and a number of other places.

Monday morning was the highlight of the trip for many of our teens. After daily Matins and breakfast they had a session with Dr. Al Rossi who is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Vladimir's Seminary. The topic of his talk was "Prayer and Purity" in which Dr. Rossi touched on many points which resonate with the struggles and experiences of our youth.

After the session with Dr. Rossi, Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak gave the group a tour of the Seminary Library and told them about the former deans, Fr. Georges Florovsky and Fr. Alexander Schmemann. Adn. Joseph is the Director of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Alumni Relations, as well as the Archdeacon and Secretary to the Metropolitan.

There is a lot that our teens are bringing home from this trip which has not only been fun, but also educational and spiritually edifying. 

We give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ for having blessed this trip with good weather, safe travels, and love and kindness.

Godparent Sunday

February 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7 was Godparent Sunday at St Innocent's. Our children made gifts of candles for their godparents and they were encouraged to walk to the Chalice together with them. The candles were blessed at the end of Divine Liturgy. The blessing of the candles is a very ancient Christian Tradition connected to the Feast of the Meeting of our Lord on February 2.


Youth Retreat at 
St. Herman's House of Hospitality 
December 12, 2015

On Saturday, December 12 on the vigil of the feast of St. Herman, the youth of our parish had a special Nativity retreat which took place at the St. Herman House of Hospitality in downtown Cleveland. 

St. Herman – FOCUS is one of the greatest and oldest Orthodox ministries in our city and our parish maintains a close relationship with them. Holding a retreat was a great opportunity for our youth to learn more about this important Christian ministry, be exposed to a reality which is present in our city and which many often ignore, but also participate – even if shortly – in helping our neighbor in need. 

Fr. Alessandro and a few of the youth met on Saturday afternoon at St. Herman’s where they were greeted by the Director, Paul Finley. “When we first arrived we met the Director, Paul Finley, who told us about FOCUS North America and what they do. Paul told us that FOCUS is a double acronym: the word tells who they are “Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve,” and what they do “Food Occupation Clothes Understanding Shelter,” said one of the parish youth, Sydney Russell. 

She added, “Paul also told us that by the end of December they will have served over 80,000 meals this year!” 

After this initial presentation and after watching a video about FOCUS and St. Herman, our youth were put to work. “After we decorated their Christmas tree and set out decorations, we started helping with dinner preparation,” Sydney tells us. 

Around 4 pm the parish youth and a number of the House’s occupants went to the Chapel where Fr. Alessandro celebrated Great Vespers for the Feast of St. Herman. 

“Once we had finished Vespers, we went back to the kitchen to help. We helped with drinks, set out dessert, and helped out getting ready for dinner. When people started to arrive I went to the kitchen to help serve food together with some of the other kids from our parish.” 

When asked what she thought of the youth retreat this year, Sydney told us: “The trip to St. Herman’s was really fun and educational. I enjoyed meeting everyone and learning about what they do.” 

We at St. Innocent hope to continue supporting St. Herman which is truly an inspiring and God-blessed ministry in this city of Cleveland. 

Holiday Bake Sale

December 19, 2015
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We had a very successful Holiday Bake Sale & Cookie Walk! A big thank you to all who participated by baking, selling and buying!

St. Nicholas Weekend
December 5-6, 2015

What a wonderful weekend we had at St Innocent in celebration of one of the most beloved Christian saints, St Nicholas! 

Inspired by his acts of mercy and compassion, we held a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, December 5 after Great Vespers in support of the International Orthodox Christian Charities. More than 40 people were present at the dinner and we raised $2,000. Glory to God! This is money which will go directly to IOCC for its humanitarian work around the world, and in particular in the afflicted country of Syria. 

As part of the celebration of St Nicholas, our kids and teens were happy to find their shoes filled with candies at the end of Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy. We concluded this beautiful weekend by having our Church school kids decorate the Christmas tree. 

Glory to God for all things!

Bishop Paul's Visit
October 31-November 1, 2015

On Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 we were blessed to have our Bishop, His Grace Paul of Chicago, visit us. Bishop Paul met with the Parish Council on Saturday afternoon and after Vespers the parish had a meal in his honor. Bishop Paul was gracious to entertain a Questions & Answers session which gave our parishioners a chance to get to know our Archpastor better. 

On Sunday, Bishop Paul presided at the beautiful celebration of the Hierarchical Liturgy during which he elevated Dn Michael Timko to the Protodeaconate and blessed Jared Hendrickson as senior subdeacon. Axios! to both of them.

His Grace shared important words of wisdom with us throughout the weekend and he encouraged our parish to continue to reach out to our neighbor and bring the love of Jesus Christ to all. We hope to welcome Bishop Paul back to our parish soon. 

Eis Polla Eti Despota! 

Virtual Tour
November 2015
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After the celebration of our Feast Day, October 6, a photographer from took photos of our beautiful Church to create a virtual tour. This project was made possible by a donation made in memory of one of our dear founding members, Nicholas Sarris, who fell asleep in the Lord a couple of years ago. Check out our 360 Virtual Tour!

Fall Church School Activities
October 25, 2015

On Sunday, October 25 our Church School staff organized a pumpkin carving activity for the children. The children worked together carving pumpkins while reciting the prayer below:

Dear God,

As I carve my pumpkin help me say this prayer:

(Cut off the top of the pumpkin)
Lord, open my mind so I can learn about you

(Clean out the inside)
Lord, take away all of my sins and forgive my sins 
and forgive me for the things I do that are not pleasing to you

(Carve out the eyes)
Open my eyes so Your love I will see

(Carve out a nose)
Lord, help me to be a sweet fragrance to you

(Carve out a mouth)
Open my mouth so I can tell others you are always near

(Place a candle inside and light it)
Let your light shine in all I say and do!


Meanwhile, our youth group welcomed national speaker Larry VanDusen who talked about AA meetings and alcohol addiction prevention.

Supporting local ministries -
Zoe for Life Baby Shower
April 11, 2015
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On Sunday, October 11 after coffee hour the St Innocent Women's Fellowship held a baby shower in support of Zoe For Life, the non-profit Christ-centered support organization with three major goals: to help women who need confidential emotional and spiritual support during crisis pregnancies; to assist Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt; and to provide an education for Pure Living and other resources.

Holiday Pastry Sale

Orders are now being accepted for the Annual Holiday Pastry Sale. 

Following items are available:

Baklava- Filo dough filled with walnuts, drenched in honey syrup. Made with unsalted butter. Freshly baked. 

8"x8" pan -- $16.00
9"x12" pan -- $30.00

Nut or Nut & Raisin Rolls - Homemade, freshly baked. If well wrapped, can be frozen for three (3) months. 

15" roll -- $12.00

Spanakopeta - Homemade rolls using filo, butter, spinach & feta cheese. Frozen & ready to bake. 


Pierogies - Homemade, frozen & ready to cook. 
Potato/cheese, Potato/onion, Sauerkraut.

One (1) dozen -- $6.00 

Orders placed & paid for by November 7th may be picked up on Sat., November 21st
Orders placed & paid for by December 5th may be picked up on Sat., December 19th

Order pick up at the church at 8526 Usher Road. 

All orders must be prepaid. 

Fill out an order form and mail it with your payment to:

St. Innocent Orthodox Church
Attn: Pastry Sales
PO Box 38208 - Olmsted Falls, OH 44138-0208

Checks should be made out to St. Innocent Orthodox Church.

Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, please call 440.234.2935 or 440.503.0188.


Feast Day
October 4, 2015

Blessed Feast! On Sunday, October 4th we celebrated our patronal feast (the glorification of St Innocent is October 6th). The church school was involved in decorating the hall and preparing the brunch which was served after the Liturgy. At the end of the Liturgy, as it has been our tradition, we celebrated the Slava service and blessed the kollyva and the slava bread. 

Holy Dormition
August 15, 2015

Blessed Feast of the Dormition!

Blessing of the new Chalice set
June 28, 2015
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At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 28, Fr Alessandro blessed our new beautiful Chalice set and Holy Water sprinkler. 

We wish to thank all the donors who bought these vessels from Greece and we wish to pray that the memory of the faithful in whose memory this Chalice was donated be eternal! 

An interview with our Community Meal coordinator, Amy Ries
June 22, 2015
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Amy Ries and Sue Kidd
On the third Sunday of each month St. Innocent hosts a community meal in our parish hall. We have an average of 85-90 people from the surrounding community who come and enjoy a warm and delicious meal.

Here is an interview with our Community Meal coordinator, Amy Ries.

Q: What is the Community Meal?

A: The Community Meal is a free meal offered by our parish to all our friends and neighbors.  There are no income, age, or other requirements to attend the Meal.  All are welcome!  Those who attend the Meal receive a home cooked dinner and a bag of groceries to take home.  The Community Meal takes place the 3rd Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Kirk, Amy Ries' husband
Q:  How did the Community Meal start?
A: The Community Meal began in 2010, because our parish was searching for a way to share the love of Christ with those around us.  Christ said that when we show love and compassion to others, we are actually showing it to Him.  There are many hungry people in Olmsted Falls and the surrounding area.  Some are hungry for food.  Others are hungry for social interaction.  Our job is not to label the need.  Our job is just to welcome the people God sends us.  All those who attend the Community Meal at St. Innocent are treated like guests in our own homes.  This is not something we do out of a sense of obligation.  It is our joy and pleasure to serve!

Our volunteers preparing the meal

Q:  How many people help with the Community Meal?
A:  We have approximately 40 volunteers from our parish who serve at the Meal.  The Meal could not happen without our amazing crew of volunteers, who give so freely of their time and talent.  We love our volunteers!

Our volunteers serving the meal
Q:  Are there any other opportunities to receive help with food from St. Innocent?

A:  In 2013, St. Innocent expanded our food outreach by adding Mobile Pantry ProduceDistributions during the warmer months.  At the Mobile Pantry, we distribute fresh produce to those in need.  The dates of these distributions change from year to year, so anyone interested should check our parish website for the latest information.    

Preparing the meal
Q:  What’s next for the Community Meal?

A:  St. Innocent continues to welcome any opportunities to share the love of Christ with our community, and we praise God for allowing us to serve Him in this way.  Our friends and neighbors are always in our prayers, and we are excited to see what will come next!

Graduation & Scholarship Sunday
June 7, 2015
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On Sunday, June 7 our parish honored six of our young men and women who graduated from high school and college. Congratulations and may God grant them many years!

We also honored our wonderful Church School teachers who work so faithfully in their ministry to the parish children and youth. 

For the first time in the history of our parish, the Scholarship Committee awarded the St. Innocent Scholarship to two of the graduates who are going to continue their education.

For more information on the scholarship program, please click here.

Holy Pentecost
May 31, 2015

Blessed feast of Holy Pentecost!

Mobile Pantry - Food Distribution
Summer & Fall 2015
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This year our parish has partnered again with the Cleveland Food Bank to distribute produce and groceries to those in need. The dates are: June 6th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th. We need as many volunteers as possible! Please consider giving a Saturday morning to help our neighbors in need. Contact Kirk or Amy Ries for more information.

Mother's Day
May 10, 2015
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On Mother's Day, May 10, we honored all our mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers

Blessing of the graves
April 19, 2015
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On Sunday, April 19, the second Sunday of Pascha, a group of our parishioners went to St Theodosius Orthodox Cemetery where Fr. Alessandro blessed the graves of departed parishioners and family members.

Holy Pascha

Christ is Risen! 
Indeed He is Risen!

Holy Friday
April 10, 2015

Palm Sunday
April 5, 2015
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Parish Clean-Up
March 28, 2015
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On Saturday morning, March 28, a number of our parishioners gathered to clean and prepare our Church for Holy Week & Pascha. Thank you!

 Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 1, 2015
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On March 1, for the commemoration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, all children participated in the procession with the holy icons at the end of the Divine Liturgy. As it is customary in most parishes, we all read the special office celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy at the end of the procession.

Pysanki Class
February 28, 2015

On Saturday, February 28, we had our annual Pysanki class and more than 15 people attended. A big thank you to our teachers, Judy, Dorothy and Sue! Check out some of the eggs they dyed.

Pierogie Sale
March 7-21, 2015
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Our yearly Lenten Pierogie Sale will take place on Saturday, March 7, 8, and 14 at St Innocent Orthodox Church from 2-4 PM. Limited quantity, so come early! Potato Cheese, Potato Onion, and Sauerkraut homemade pierogie will be available. If you have any questions, please call 440.234.2935 or 440.503-0188.

Ice-cream Social
February 22, 2015
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On Cheesefare Sunday, it is a tradition at St Innocent's to get together in fellowship and enjoy ice-cream on the day before the beginning of Great Lent. 

Sponsored Room at St Herman's
February 19, 2015
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Here's a photo of the bedroom at the new St Herman's transitional house. It's ready for someone to move in! Orthodox parishes lovingly "adopted" the bedrooms, sending volunteers to paint and decorate the rooms. Glory to God!

Godparent Sunday
February 1, 2015
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Sunday, February 1 was Godparent Sunday at St Innocent's. Our children made gifts of candles for their godparents and they were encouraged to walk to the Chalice together with them. The candles were blessed at the end of Divine Liturgy. The blessing of the candles is a very ancient Christian Tradition connected to the Feast of the Meeting of our Lord on February 2.

Presentation by Jesse Brandow
OCMC Candidate for Guatemala
January 25, 2015
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On Sunday, January 25 Jesse Brandow offered a presentation on the growth of Orthodoxy in Guatemala.

In May 2015 Jesse will travel to Guatemala as a long-term missionary. To learn more about his work and to become a monthly supporter, visit Jesse's OCMC Profile. Follow Jesse's adventures via Facebook

Receiving of Pledges
January 18, 2015
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On Sunday, January 18 at the end of Divine Liturgy, Fr Alessandro blessed the pledges of our parishioners as our offering to God. May our merciful God multiple the gifts we offer for the building up of His Church.

Nativity 2014
December 25, 2014
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Christ is born! Glorify Him! The joyous celebration of the Festal Liturgy at St Innocent! Merry Christmas!

Theophany and Sanctification of Waters
January 6, 2015
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Youth Retreat
December 13, 2014
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On Saturday, December 13 Fr Alessandro led a youth retreat in our parish hall. Thirteen of our youth were present and learned and discussed the meaning of discipleship in Christ and how we can be disciples in our daily life.

St. Nicholas Day
December 6, 2014
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St Nicholas came and visited our parish on December 6. Our children brought and wrapped some baby toys and clothing to give to St Nicholas so that he can bring them to Zoe For Life and help those in need.

St. Herman's House - Sponsored Room
October 25, 2014
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Some of the men lend their hands to update rooms at  the new Transitional House of St. Herman's House of Hospitality. Our parish sponsored a room in this new facility and a group of us went down to paint, clean, assemble furniture, and help in whatever way we could.

Pantocrator Icon Installation
March 29, 2014
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Feast Day 2012
October 6, 2012
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Pysanki Class
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Every year two of our parishioners offer a free class on Pysanky, Ukranian eggs painting.

Holy Pascha
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Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

Christmas Play
December, 2011
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In 2009, our former pastor, Fr. Michael Butler and Catherine Fuller-Morton planned a parish mission trip down to Guatemala. Our parishioners worked at the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage, providing labor support and coordinating activities for children. 

25th Anniversary