During my brief few years working in metro Detroit (2003 - 2006), my family and I were parishioners of this blessed parish. We deeply regret we will be unable to make the journey out to MI for the 50th anniversary celebration, as it is the same weekend as our youngest son's First Penance.
While the parish is not large, it not small either (especially compared to some other parishes I know and attended in my youth). There is an active congregation and a fair number of young people. FYI - the Ruthenian community in metro Detroit is close-knit, and the parishes of the mother church (St. Nicholas), St. Basil and Sacred Heart in nearby Livonia, MI frequently interact and are mutually supportive, the cantors in particular. They also engage regularly with our Slovak Catholic cousins across the river in Windsor, Ontario.
The church is simple, but the iconography and the iconostasis are exquisite. The frame of the iconostasis is hand-carved dark wood, with a vineyard theme. Quite beautiful, and as we were told, a labor of love some years back. The iconography on the interior walls of the nave was completed while we were there. And yes, all the iconography is complete and utterly appropriate (Pantocrator on the ceiling, Theotokos behind the altar in the sanctuary, etc.).
I remain friends with the cantor and many of the talented chanters of the parish. The weekly Divine Liturgy and all other services are always properly rendered, with love and due care. I was there for an episcopal visit from Bishop John, and both the Akathist to St. John the Baptist and the Divine Liturgy were very well done, with the kind acknowledgment of His Grace.
Our youngest son was born while we lived in the area, and he was initiated at this church. My older two children had their First Penance there. We continue to remain in contact with many dear friends made while we were there among them, and we will always feel as if we are part of this parish family.
The parish is served by Fr. Mychail Rozmarynowycz and Deacon Paul Latcha. Father is a married priest who transferred from the UGCC to serve at St. Basil while we were there. He is married with no children, and he and Pani Donna are very dear, welcoming people.
The parish has a simple website: St. Basil the Great - Sterling Heights, MI
. There are two small photos on the main page: one of the exterior front of the church and another of the iconostasis, which must be seen up close to be full appreciated. A Marian shrine was also erected in the rear of the church a few years ago.
Please do visit if you can!
Our best wishes to our former parish family, and may God grant the parishioners of St. Basil many happy, healthy and blessed years!