Welcome to St. Innocent of Moscow

An icon of St. Innocent of Moscow

From the first century A.D. up to today, the Orthodox faith is given inviolate and lived according to the ancient canons of the early Church. Our parish, whose patron is St. Innocent of Moscow, is part of this historic continuity. The primary mission of St. Innocent's is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and services of the Russian Orthodox Church, to the people of America in the English language. We welcome you to our church community.

The St. Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood


St. Innocent of Moscow Russian Orthodox Church

Invites you to join us at

Dormition Lent Devotions

The Akathist Hymn of the Theotokos & Small Compline
Thursday, 18 August 2016

Paraklesis (The Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos) & Lecture ("The Theotokos & The Liturgy")
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
(Afterfeast of Transfiguration)
(Holy Martyr & Archdeacon Lawrence)

The Forefeast of the Dormition
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Vespers of the Dormition (Instead of Reader Vespers)

All services begin at 6:00 p.m. and end by 7:00 p.m.

St. Innocent of Moscow Russian Orthodox Church
1 No. 75 Woods Avenue
Winfield, Illinois 60190
(Corner of Geneva Road and Woods Avenue, just east of County Farm Road)

For further information, please call (708) 345-7077

Some Things We Should Know While In Church (LINK)

Summer Russian School at St. Innocent Of Moscow Church on Saturdays at 10am

We invite all children to learn and practice Russian language skills this summer! All levels welcome!
Interested? Please call Olga at 708-510-0029.
Приглашаем всех детей изучать и совершенствовать Русский язык с нами в течении лета. С вопросами обращайтесь к Оле 708-510-0029

We are still here!

The bright gold cross and cupola on top of our building had to be removed. The wooden support structure inside the cupola (a.k.a. onion dome) rotted out. We are looking to replace it as soon as we can. If you wish to help financially with a donation to the "replace the St. Innocent cupola fund," please use the yellow Donate button on this page. Thank you!


Enjoy these photos from our Paschal celebration in 2016! Early in the morning on May 1st, 2016 we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord with a feast in the tent outside of Saint Innocent. On May 15th 2016, we had an Easter egg hunt for all of the child parishioners.
Paschal Celebration
Easter Egg Hunt


At Sunday School...

-April 3, 2016
Choir practice! (they sound great). And our smallest parishioner.
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-March 27, 2016
Divine Liturgy in the presence of the Holy Image of the Mother of God.
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Visitation of The Kursk Root Mother of God Icon

-March 26, 2016
Evening service was well attended by parishioners and guests. Among us was our beloved Fr. Anthony.
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-January 17, 2016
Today Father Tarasiy and Father Jeremiah blessed our new baptismal font and holy water font. These two new items to the church were purchased through very generous donations to us from some very wonderful parishioners. If you would like to donate to St. Innocent in Carol Stream, IL click the DONATE button on this web page. Thank you!


-Photo taken January 17, 2016
A visit from Grandpa Frost! Saint Innocent parishioners enjoyed Yolka celebration with a visit from Grandpa Frost. Younger parishioners enjoyed presents and sweets. A big Saint Innocent thank you to all the parents and leaders involved with setting up the Christmas tree and preparing the presents for the children.


-Photo taken November 1, 2015 >
Photo taken of our parishioners after a 2015 Parish Meeting. Thank you everyone for your attendence and input into the parish council. Elections were held and we are looking forward to a prosperous and holy 2016.
Parishioners of St. Innocent of Moscow


-October 04, 2015

Guyla Finlon left for boot camp today. While he is away we will miss his reading of the Epistle at Liturgy, his guidance of the younger altarboys, and his overall good nature. The US Navy has acquired an outstanding young man. Let's hope that they will appreciate him as much as we do. God speed!

The picture is of Fr. Jeremiah, Rdr. Gregory Finlon, Gyula, Sharon Finlon (our choir director), and Fr. Tarasiy.


-October 04, 2015

Rather appropriately, in keeping with Guyla's departure for the Navy, our new flags were blessed today. The American flag honors and indicates our nation, The United States of America, formed under God, in which our freedom to worship is protected by constitutional law. The Russian flag reminds us of the roots of our Orthodox faith in the homeland. The new flags will be placed in the nave very soon.

The picture is of Fr. Jeremiah, and Fr. Tarasiy.


-October 03, 2015
Dear Brothers & Sisters,

About two months ago we had a collection to help two girls in an orphanage in Pakistan. Because of your big heart we made enough donations to pay for whole year of school for these two girls! We gave them a chance to study and live because of your generous heart! Thank you.

The picture is of Fr. Joseph (Orthodox priest in Pakistan) and the girls we helped, Mary & Catherine.


-September 13, 2015
On Sunday, September 13, 2015, His Grace Bishop Peter visited the St. Innocent of Moscow Parish in Carol Stream, IL.

Upon his arrival, Bishop Peter was greeted with the traditional bread and salt.

His Grace was co-served by Parish Rector, Rev. Tarasiy Maximtsev, along with Protodeacon Alexander Kichakov (cleric of Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral ) and Deacon Dimitri Kulp (cleric of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church in Blue River, WI).

The prayers of the faithful were accompanied by the spiritual and melodic singing of the choir, directed by Sergei Furmanov.

Bishop Peter joined the parishioners in a delightful brunch located in the recently refurbished kitchen/dinette area.

Thank you to all who joined us that Sunday. Click the photograph below to see pictures from this joyous occasion.


January, 2015
Prosphora (Greek for "offering") are small bread loaves used in the Proskomedia, or, Office of Oblation, that is celebrated by the priest prior to the Divine Liturgy. A small portion of the bread is used for this service, and after the Liturgy the remainder is given to the person for whom the bread was reserved. It is sanctified and must be treated with reverence and respect.

You may reserve prosphora before any Liturgy for that day alone. Please fill out a commemorative list of names of your Orthodox family and friends for their Health or Repose. Place your donation of $1 per prosphora in the box-slot marked ?for prosphora? on the candle desk. Help yourself to the prosphora in the plastic bag, or on a tray and place both the list and the prosphora on a small tray on the candle desk. The tray will be picked up and delivered into the altar. This must be done before the Trisagion prayer - the thrice holy hymn (Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us?)

A full year subscription for prosphora is available. You make a commemorative list of names for the Health and Repose of your family and friends, as a page or two in a special booklet, or on a simple form the church can provide for you. As a subscriber, both the list you make and the prosphora you reserve are presented for use in the Proskomedia each Sunday, whether or not you are in attendance. The names on the list are read during the prayers of the Proskomedia.

For each prosphora you wish to reserve there is a minimum donation of $40. As in years past, and as is the tradition in many parishes, the donations collected are given to our priest.

Your reserved prosphora are ready for you to collect at the dismissal "kissing of the cross." Typically, they are consumed after Communion, however taking them home ?for later? is quite alright. In any case, the blessed bread should be handled with reverence. The wrapping paper may be placed in a tall standing basket in the hall, from which it is collected for burning.

Please do not take a reserved prosphora without a reservation, and watch that your young children do likewise.

Questions? Comments? Please see Paul Shukin.


Photos from Annual Church Picnic September 14, 2014
Photos from church school
Photos taken June 10th 2013 of church children baking prosphora
Photos taken from May 5th Paschal Midnight Liturgy in 2013
Photos taken from May 4th Paschal Matins in 2013
Photos taken from May 4th Vesperal Liturgy in 2013
Photos taken from Good Friday at Saint Innocent in 2013


March 10, 2014 - Childhood and Adult Christian Spirituality by Father Jerimiah
March 1, 2014 - Leaving the Garden by Fr. Jeremiah
December 29, 2013 - The Gifts of the Magi
December 29, 2013 - ORTHODOXY IN GUATEMALA
September 28, 2013 - Exhaultation of the Cross
May 5, 2013 - Preperation for Pascha
April 13, 2013 - Feast Day Photos
March 28, 2013-The Institute of Lent

The front of the parish building for St. Innocent of Moscow (ROCOR)