St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-04-29
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St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (203) 375-2564
  • Street Address:

  • 1240 Broadbridge Avenue

  • Stratford, CT 06615

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Divine Liturgy - Sundays and Feast Days : 9:00 am

Great Vespers - Saturday Evenings: 5:00 pm

Great Vespers - Eve of Great Feasts: 7:00 pm

Moleben to St. Nectarios - Second Tuesday 7:00 pm 

Past Bulletins

Lectionary & Typicon

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The Paralytic

April 29, 2018

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42

Gospel John 5:1-15 

Resurrectional  Tone 3


Church Services and Events

  • Calendar

    April 29 to May 13, 2018

    Sunday, April 29

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Monday, April 30

    4:00PM Teen Catechism Class

    Wednesday, May 2

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Friday, May 4

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Cambridge Manor - Repose - Popadics Family

    Sunday, May 6

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - St. John's Silver Lane or St. John's Mill Hill

    Tuesday, May 8

    7:00PM Moleben To St. Nectarios

    7:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, May 9

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, May 12

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 13

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Saints and Feasts

April 29

Agape, Chionia, and Irene, the Holy Martyrs

When the Emperor Diocletian was at Aquileia, he learned that these Saints were Christians, and had them brought before him. Because they would not deny Christ, he had them imprisoned, and when he went into Macedonia, he committed them to Dulcitius the Prefect, who, however, lost his understanding and became incapable of doing them any harm. Diocletian then gave Count Sisinius charge over them. He had Saints Agape and Chionia burned; he ordered that Saint Irene be put in a brothel, but by the providence of God this was not accomplished, and she was shot with an arrow. These holy sisters suffered martyrdom in Thessalonica in the year 295.

April 29

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For where tears are-- or rather, where miracles are, there tears ought not to be; not where such a mystery is celebrating. Hear, I beseech you: although somewhat of the like kind does not take place now, yet in the case of our dead likewise, a great mystery is celebrating. Say, if as we sit together, the Emperor were to send and invite some one of us to the palace, would it be right, I ask, to weep and mourn? Angels are present, commissioned from heaven and come from thence, sent from the King Himself to call their fellow servant, and say, dost thou weep? Knowest thou not what a mystery it is that is taking place, how awful, how dread, and worthy indeed of hymns and lauds? Wouldest thou learn, that thou mayest know, that this is no time for tears? For it is a very great mystery of the Wisdom of God. As if leaving her dwelling, the soul goes forth, speeding on her way to her own Lord, and dost thou mourn? Why then, thou shouldst do this on the birth of a child: for this in fact is also a birth, and a better than that.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on Acts 9, 4th Century

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner
May 6 No Church  N/A N/A Cleaning Service
May 13 Mother's Day Holly Bill Cleaning Service
2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 04/22/18)
YTD: $22,542.00 Goal: $70,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!




CHURCH OFFICERS MEETING TODAY - A short Church Officers Meeting will be held today immediately following Liturgy to review the proposed Parish Survey Form.   All Council Members are asked to gather as quickly as possible.

CHURCH GROUNDS  MULCHING WORK PARTY - Today following Divine Liturgy, we will be holding a Church Grounds Mulching Work Party.  Many thanks to all who have volunteered to help. It should only take only a little over an hour's work.  

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST -  The Annual Mother’s Day breakfast will take place on Sunday May 13.  All are invited to attend.  All parish men are asked to see Tom Decerbo to offer their assistance.

NEXT SUNDAY'S LITURGY TO BE HELD AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH (Mill Hill) and (Silver Lane)  - Fr. Peter  and family will be attending Timothy's graduation from The University of CT  this coming Sunday. May 6, 2018.  Therefore, by decision of the Parish at the Annual Meeting,  we will not be engaging a substitute Priest to celebrate Liturgy at our Church.  Instead, parishioners will attend Church at our sister parishes of St. John  (Mill Hill) or (Silver Lane).   PLEASE NOTE:  THE REASON THIS IS BEING DONE IS TO ALLOW PARISHIONERS TO EXPERIENCE LITURGY AT OUR SISTER ORTHODOX CHURCHES.  WHEN LITURGY IS NOT SCHEDULED HERE AT OUR PARISH, IT DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE ABSOLVED FROM ATTENDING LITURGY.  PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND.  ALSO OUR PARISH EXPENSES CONTINUE  - PLEASE BE SURE TO CONSIDER THIS WHEN MAKING YOUR OFFERING ON THE NEXT SUNDAY. 

CAMP NAZARETH FAMILY DAY RAFFLE- We have received our allotment of Family Day Raffle tickets. Each ticket is $20.00 with a chance to win $10,000.00. Please see Fr. Peter to purchase your ticket today.

CAMP NAZARETH – New England Deanery- July 15 - 21, 2018  It is time to start planning for Camp Nazareth this summer. We are going the first week and the registration deadline is June 1. Early bird deadline (saving you $20.00) is May 15. Complete information as well as downloadable registration forms are available at If you do not have computer access, please see Fr. Peter. Also sure to let Fr. Peter know if your child is going to camp so that you have a spot on the Deanery Camp bus.

ADULT EDUCATION DISCUSSION -  Our Weekly Scripture Study Class resumed this  past Wed, April 25,  2018..We will meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm.  Please let Fr. Peter know if you are unable to physically attend the class, but would like to participate via video conferencing or by telephone.

COMMUNITY SUPPER - Our next meal will be  Monday May 14.   Please See Mary or Eve if you  wish to help.

SAVE THE DATE - SPRING DINNER - Sat June 9th - More details are forthcoming 

DIOCESAN YOUNG WOMEN'S ENCOUNTER -  Parish Young women ages 12-18 are invited to attend the Annual YWE to be held at the same time as the Altarboy Retreat in Windber, PA from July 1-4.  Please see Fr. Peter if interested in attending.

DIOCESAN ALTARBOY RETREAT -  All Parish Altarboys are invited and urged to take part in the annual retreat to be held at Christ The Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, PA from July 1-4.  Please see Fr. Peter if interested in attending.

May 2  Michael Dion      Birthday
May 5  Tom Ivers      Birthday
May 6  Bill Bilcheck      Birthday
May 11 Michelle Mihaly Birthday
First Sunday             5.00
Pew Collection        1008.00
Third Sunday - Bishop Fund            10.00
7 Day Candles            12.00
TOTAL        $1035.00