St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-05-20
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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

Seventh Sunday After Pascha   
The Fathers of The First Ecumenical Council  

The Appearance of The Cross in The Sky Over Jerusalem in 351 A.D

Epistle : Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36  Gospel :  John 17:1-13

Resurrectional  Tone 6


Church Services and Events

  • Calendar

    May 20 to June 3, 2018

    Sunday, May 20

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Wednesday, May 23

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, May 26

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 27

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Wednesday, May 30

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, June 2

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, June 3

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.

"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."


Saints and Feasts

May 20

Fathers of the 1st Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.

Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with "And in the Holy Spirit," was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.

Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.

May 20

Commemoration of the Precious Cross that appeared in the sky over Jerusalem in 351 A.D.

On this day in the year 351, not long after Cyril had succeeded Maximus as Archbishop of Jerusalem, during the reign of Constantius, the son of Saint Constantine the Great, on the day of Pentecost, the sign of the Cross appeared over Jerusalem. Saint Cyril, in his letter to the Emperor Constantius, says, "At about the third hour of the day, an enormous Cross, formed of light, appeared in the heaven above holy Golgotha and reaching to the holy Mount of Olives, being seen not by one or two only, but manifest with perfect clarity to the whole multitude of the city; not, as one might suppose, rushing swiftly past in fancy, but seen openly above the earth many hours in plain sight, and overcoming the beams of the sun with its dazzling rays" (PG 33:1 16q).


Wisdom of the Fathers

For there is One God, and One Mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus. For He still pleads even now as Man for my salvation; ...
St. Gregory the Theologian
4th Theological Oration, 4th Century

... for He continues to wear the Body which He assumed, until He make me God by the power of His Incarnation; although He is no longer known after the flesh -- I mean, the passions of the flesh, the same, except sin, as ours.
St. Gregory the Theologian
4th Theological Oration, 4th Century


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner
May 27 Ivers/Pierce Holly Matt Cleaning Service
June 3 Lomme/Mihaly Pani Carol Hailey Cleaning Service
2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 05/06/18)
YTD: $23,514.00 Goal: $70,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!




PARISH SURVEY  -  All parishioners will be receiving a copy of the parish survey.  It is to be completed by all parishioners, including youth.  Please place the completed forms  in the metal collection box  on the candle desk or mail them into the Church by May 31, 2018.

GRAVE BLESSINGS   The 2018 Grave Blessing Schedule has been changed to:  
Thurs May 24  10:00 am Gseneral Panachida & Individual Blessings  at St John's Cemetery in Stratford
Sun May 27    12:00 Noon  Individual Panachidas For Those Families Present at St. John's Cemetery in Stratford. 2 pm Monroe

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 June 11 at Calvary St. George Church and 6/18 at Christ Church in Stratford. Please see Mary or Eve if you  wish to help.

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

CHURCH HALL CHAIR REPLACEMENT - At the request of several parishioners, the Church Board has looked into the cost of replacing the metal chairs in the Church Hall. We would need approximately 80-90 chairs.  The cost would be around $20 per chair.  As this project is not in our parish budget, to go forward the cost would have to be completely covered by donations.   To determine if it is feasible, we are asking for two things from our parishioners:  1.  To cast their vote for which of two sample chairs they would prefer to replace the chair ( same price - one is padded,  the other is of lighter weight molded plastic  2.  To indicate on a sign up sheet in the church hall how many chairs they would be willing to donate  ( we are seeking pledges only, NOT payment)  If  pledges for all the chairs needed  are received,  then we will  go forward with purchasing the chairs and collecting the pledges.

CHURCH DUES - In preparation for the Semi-Annual Meeting in July,  Our Church Treasurer will be compiling a list of those parishioners who are records  indicate have not yet paid their Annual parish dues.  We will send out a reminder via email/or US Mail to those on this list.  If you receive a notification, if you have already paid your dues, we ask for your forgiveness and will be happy to correct our records.   As a reminder Church dues are $75.00 per adult member. As always if you are experiencing a financial hardship please speak to Fr. Peter so that they can be waived if necessary. 

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.

MIHALY CHORNOCK SCHOLARSHIP  - Applications for the Mihaly Chornock Scholarship Fund are now being received and are due on July 1. Applications have been emailed to everyone on our parish e-list.   

May 20  Matt and Michelle Mihaly       Anniversary
May 22  Matthew Mihaly, Sr. Birthday
May 23  Katherine Harrington   Birthday