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Announcements for January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021

SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY SERVICE
Sunday, January 31 - 9am with Sub deacon Chris Greenhill
Sunday, February 7 – 9am with Father Michael Macura

COFFEE HOUR
Even though the church no longer has individuals or families assigned to coffee hour, all parishioners are encouraged to periodically bring something to share. Thank you in advance.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Our annual parish meeting will be held on Sunday, February 7 after church services. This is the second of three announcements as required by our church by-laws.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
Our parish will participate in this national event next Sunday, February 7. As in recent years, we will collect cash and nonperishable foods.

ATTENTION ACRY MEMBERS
Holly is collecting the ACRY membership fees for the current year. Your $25 payment covers the $15 membership fee and the $10 Stewardship assessment, which includes our Scholarship donation.
Please see Holly or leave your cash or check* in the envelope downstairs in the church hall before February 7. Our next social outing will be planned as soon as a gathering is possible. *We don't have a chapter bank account so please make checks payable to Holly Bilcheck. Thank you.

AMAZON PURCHASES
Just as a reminder, if purchasing anything on Amazon, first go to the church's website and click on the Amazon link. The church will receive a percentage of the purchase price.

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PIEROGI
If anyone is interested in ordering pierogi, please see Mary Householder.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS
• Community Suppers for both the Lord’s Kitchen in Stratford and Calvary - St. George in
Bridgeport continue on a “to-go” bag meal basis. Upcoming dates: The Lord’s Kitchen - Feb 15
and March 15; Calvary-St. George - February 8.
• Sterling House continues their non-perishable food collection. As always, all donations are
appreciated, especially juice boxes, school snacks and cereals. The collection box is located in
the narthex of the church.
• Book Donations are now being accepted at the West Haven VA Hospital. Your used books can
be left downstairs in the church hall.

PRAYER LIST
Jean Charles Ray Millie Nina Jude & Family
Vicktor Rene Robert Julie Darrel Florence
Johnny John Gregory Franca Melissa Eugene & Kathy
Cindy Stephen Karen Elsie Todd Audrina
Thomas Bob Garry Barbara Penny James
Geoff Linda Tom Holly Stefanie Mary & family
Ken Russ Michael Alison Josephine Teddy
Cynthia Linda Anthony Arlene Frank
*Please notify Chris LeClerc to add names to this list

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO:
Feb 2 Catie Porter & Jesse Fallon
Feb 7 Mark Decerbo
Feb 9 Chris LeClerc
Feb 12 Father James Gleason
Feb 16 Rick Porter
Feb 25 Elsi Lotufo

NOTES OF INSPIRATION

Be like an angel – just wing it!
Come in a sinner, go out a winner!
Have you “crossed” paths with Jesus lately?
If excuses came to church, the pews would be full.

Christmas Services for 2021
Saturday, January 02, 2021

Please join us for Christmas services at our church: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – 7:00pm Christmas Eve services with Fr. Michael Macura Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 – 10:00am Christmas Holy Liturgy with Very Rev. Luke Mihaly

February 2020 Announcements
Friday, February 21, 2020

UPCOMING SERVICES
Sunday, Feb. 23 - 9am Divine Liturgy with Father John Mikitish

Saturday, Feb. 29 – 9:00am Monthly Memorial Service and Confessions at St. John's Mill Hill Avenue
Sunday, March 1 - 9am Divine Liturgy with Father John Mikitish

Friday, March 6 - 7:30pm Paraklis with Father Luke Mihaly (at our parish)
Sunday, March 8 - 9am Divine Liturgy with Father John Mikitish

Friday, March 13 - 7:30pm Paraklis with Father Luke Mihaly (at our parish)
Sunday, March 15 - 9am Divine Liturgy with Father John Mikitish

Friday, March 20 – 7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy at St. John’s Silver Lane
Sunday, March 22 - 9am Divine Liturgy with Father John Mikitish

Friday, March 27 – 7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy at St. John’s Mill Hill Avenue
Sunday, March 29 - 9am Divine Liturgy with Father John Mikitish

Friday, April 3 – 7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy (at our parish)

Friday, April 10 – 7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy at Holy Trinity Danbury

PRE-LENTEN BRUNCH
We will be having a pre-Lenten brunch this Sunday, February 23 after Liturgy. There is no charge for the meal but don't forget to bring a raffle prize!

REMINDER
Lent starts on Monday, March 2.

MISSION SUNDAY
Sunday, March 1 is designated as Mission Sunday by OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center). All Orthodox churches throughout the United States will be collecting donations on that day. There will be a collection after Liturgy and any donation, large or small is much appreciated.

ANNUAL DUES
Annual dues ($75) are now being collected. Please be sure your check and/or envelope are clearly marked ‘dues’ in order to be recorded properly. If there is a case of financial hardship, please speak with Bill Bilcheck.


TREES
The idea of planting trees alongside the church was met with approval at the annual meeting. The Officers chose two flowering cherry trees to be planted in this space. A sign-up sheet is available if anyone would like to donate toward the purchase of the trees in memory of a family member or friend.


EMAIL
If there is anyone who is on the parish's email list and does not always receive email, please speak with Chris LeClerc.


WEEKLY BULLETINS
Copies of the weekly church bulletin are now available on the table when entering the church for those that do not receive email.


OUTREACH PROGRAMS

  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission on Sunday, March 8.
  • Community supper at the Lord's Kitchen at Christ Church in Stratford on Monday, March 16. Please see Mary or Eve if you wish to help.
  • Community supper at Calvary-St. George in Bridgeport on Monday, March 30. Please let Mary or Eve know if you are able to help.
  • We are currently collecting donations for the soup kitchen. We are in need of Penne Rigate pasta and sauce (we do not need salad dressing at this time).
  • Sterling House Food Pantry – Our non-perishable food collection box for Sterling House is located in the narthex. Breakfast cereals, snack foods and drinks are especially appreciated.


PARISH YOUTH OUTREACH

  • Our Youth will be participating in a special collection of items to be sent to those in the military who are currently deployed. NF4TROOPS is a non-profit organization that is conducting a drive to collect items to be included in care packages. This is a great way to show our support for our Troops serving abroad. Donations need to be brought to church by Sunday, March 15. All Youth are asked to see Michelle Mihaly for the list of items that are being collected. Your support is appreciated.
  • Our Youth will be baking brownies for the March 16 Lord’s Kitchen at Christ Church in Stratford. Please see Michelle Mihaly for details.
  • Our Youth are continuing to collect used books (any kind) and magazines (geared towards males) for the VA Hospital in West Haven. Items can be brought to the church hall.

UPCOMING PARISH ACTIVITY
Join Us for Some Family Fun!
Devon Duckpin Bowling
Sunday, March 1
12:00 – 2:00 pm
*Bowling * Video Games * Enjoying Being Together * Refreshments*
Cost approx. $10/person (depending on how many attend)
Bring Quarters for Video Games & $2.00 for shoe rental
Sign-up sheet in the Church Hall
See Eve for details


RECIPES FOR STRATFORD LIBRARY COOKBOOK
In celebration of its year-long 125th anniversary celebration, the Stratford Library is soliciting recipes from Stratford residents or those with historic ties to Stratford to include in their celebratory cookbook (The Stratford Library Community Cookbook) that is being assembled for sale to support the purchase of Library materials. The library is especially interested in the ethnic foods and dishes that our ancestors brought with them to Stratford from their European homes. Help celebrate your heritage by contributing your favorite recipes whether appetizers, entrees, or desserts and establish a permanent Stratford family legacy while helping the Stratford Library celebrate this historic milestone. Please see Sub-deacon Joel Pleban of St. John’s Silver Lane parish with your submissions or for further information on cookbook details.

 

Frank Meyernick Reposes In The Lord
Friday, December 13, 2019

On Tuesday December 10, 2019, our beloved parishioner Frank Meyernick reposed in the Lord with his family at his side.

Frank was born in Bridgeport on August 30, 1946 to the late Frank and Mary (Szymanski) Meyernick and has been a lifelong area resident. He was a retired carpenter for Union Local #210 with 50 plus years of service. Frank was a member of the Stratford-Trumbull Civitan Club. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.

Announcements Sunday, December 8 2019
Saturday, December 07, 2019

SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY SERVICES Sunday, Dec. 8 – 9am with Father John Mikitish Sunday, Dec. 15 – 9am with Father Don Augusta Sunday, Dec. 22 – 9am with Father Don Augusta Sunday, Dec. 29 – 9am with Father Don Augusta

Serge Mihaly Jr. Reposes in the Lord
Sunday, October 27, 2019

On Friday October 25, 2019, life-long and beloved parishioner Serge G. Mihaly, Jr. reposed in the Lord.

Serge was born in New Haven on March 30, 1960 to the late Serge and Elizabeth (Chornock) Mihaly. He was a graduate of Trumbull High School class of 1978 and graduated Yale University in 1982 where he earned a B.A. in American History. He also earned a M.A. in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in 1987 teaching for approximately ten years in Waterbury, New Haven and Shelton. He also studied Accounting at Sacred Heart University, Labor Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, writing at Long Island University and Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University. He had self-published two books one of which was on 9-11 and was currently working on another book on history.

No Service January 20, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Due to the unpredictable weather conditions, there will be no church service on Sunday, January 20.

January 2019 Announcements
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Upcoming Services for January
Sunday, Jan. 13 – 9:00am Liturgy with Father Joel McEachen
Sunday, Jan. 20 – 9:00am Liturgy with Father Sergei Bouteneff
Sunday, Jan. 27 – 9:00am Liturgy with Father Sergei Bouteneff
Community Supper
Our Outreach work at the Lord's Kitchen here in Stratford continues. Our next Lord's Kitchen date is January 14th.
Annual Meeting
Our annual parish meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27th following Holy Liturgy.

October 2018 Message From Fr. Peter
Monday, October 01, 2018

The Church New Year has begun and parish life is back into full swing as we enter into the season of Autumn.

I am pleased that the recent holy days of the Nativity of the Mother of God and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross were well attended. Church School has begun and we have resumed our weekly Bible Study. All of this of course with preparations for our Annual Slavic Food Fest taking place, our annual picnic and our ongoing outreach work at the Lord’s Kitchen.

Bishop Gregory has often reminded us that it is important that we be active Orthodox Christians in both our spiritual lives and in the lives of our parish community. The world needs us to be light and salt, to help others navigate the stormy seas of life.

Fr. Peter Celebrates 25th Anniversary !
Friday, September 14, 2018

On the weekend of September 8-9, 2018, His Grace, Bishop Gregory traveled to St. John The Baptist Orthodox Church in Stratford, CT (Broadbridge Avenue) to lead the parish in the celebration of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood of their Pastor, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Peter Paprosk..The parishioners were delighted to welcome His Grace, Bishop Gregory for his second visit to parish. His Grace presided over Great Vespers on Saturday evening and celebrated his first Hierarchical Liturgy in the parish on Sunday Morning. His Grace was welcomed prior to Divine Liturgy with the traditional gifts of bread and salt by Parish Council President William Bilcheck, and was greeted by Fr. Peter and presented with the parish hand cross.

September 2018 Message From Fr. Peter
Saturday, September 01, 2018

I greet you with much joy as begin the New Church Year.

With Summer vacation over and our children and young adults back to school, parish life now shifts to high gear. Later this month our Church School program begins and we resume our Adult Scripture Study.

As we begin the new Church Year, It is good that we celebrate the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Live-giving Cross. Its placement by the Church at this time of the year is intentional, as it reminds us about the reality of the life in Christ,.

Summer 2018 Message From Fr. Peter
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

We have just entered into the beautiful Season of Summer. School is out, the weather is finally warming up, and the hectic pace of life has begun to slow down a bit.

For many, Summer will bring the opportunity for vacationing with our family and friend. Pani Carol and I just returned from a vacation at the Delaware Shore where we spent a week relaxing at the Beach, soaking in the sun and breathing in the refreshing salt air. This year we were delighted to see for the first time ever, dolphins playing in the sea!

June Message From Fr. Peter
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It is hard to believe that we are already celebrating the Great Feast of Pentecost! It seems like we just celebrated Pascha!

It is my prayer that the Grace of the Holy Spirit, which has once again been renewed within us on this feast, will help us to grow in faith, hope and love.

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit, “…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” take firm root within our souls, so that we may be living icons of our Risen Lord of Glory.

It is hard to believe that the Lenten Season has come to a close and that we have now embarked on the final leg of our journey to Pascha, that of Passion (Holy) Week!

It has been quite a journey! With all of the joys and struggles, that one normallyencounters during the Fast, we also dealt with two nor’easters in a row which forced us to reschedule our Presanctified Liturgy and cancel our adult education.

None the less, I have been pleased by the peaceful spirit which has permeated our parish life during Great Lent. I have seen in the calm demeanor of so many of you the fruits of the three pillars of Lent at work in your lives, that of Prayer, Fasting and Good Works

March 2018 Message From Fr. Peter
Sunday, March 04, 2018

We are now two weeks into the Great Fast! We have begun to stretch our spiritual muscles and hopefully we are starting to reap the benefits of this joyful season.

To someone outside the household of the faith, it seems incomprehensible that we could describe this time of increased spiritual effort and fasting as being joyful. Only one who walks the walk of the Lenten Disciplines of the Church can possibly understand this miraculous reality, that in our deprivation of food and earthly pleasures, we are filled with spiritual riches that warms our heart and nourishes our soul.

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