St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-06-03
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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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June 3, 2018

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2
Gospel Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38;19:27-302

Resurrectional  Tone 8


Church Services and Events

  • Calendar

    June 3 to June 17, 2018

    Sunday, June 3

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Wednesday, June 6

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, June 9

    4:30PM Great Vespers

    5:30PM Barbecue Dinner & Trivia Night

    Sunday, June 10

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Tuesday, June 12

    7:00PM Moleben To St. Nectarios

    7:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, June 13

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, June 16

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, June 17

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

The Sunday of All Saints
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2

Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated - of whom the world was not worthy - wandering over deserts and mountains and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Gospel Reading

The Sunday of All Saints
The Reading is from Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

The Lord said to his disciples, "Every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Then Peter said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?" Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first."


Saints and Feasts

June 03

The Sunday of All Saints

Honouring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, "But to me, exceedingly honourable are Thy friends, O Lord" (Ps. 138:16). And the divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example that we might turn away from earthly things and from sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1).

This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of "Martyr" in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.

Therefore, guided by the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we the pious honour all the Saints, the friends of God, for they are keepers of God's commandments, shining examples of virtue, and benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints especially on their own day of the year, as is evident in the Menologion. But since many Saints are unknown, and their number has increased with time, and will continue to increase until the end of time, the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints. This is the feast that we celebrate today. It is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the "much fruit" brought forth by that "Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died" (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as "the foundation of the Church, the perfection of the Gospel, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour" (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers).

In this celebration, then, we reverently honour and call blessed all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. All these, as well as the orders of the Angels, and especially our most holy Lady and Queen, the Ever-virgin Theotokos Mary, do we honour today, setting their life before us as an example of virtue, and entreating them to intercede in our behalf with God, Whose grace and boundless mercy be with us all. Amen.

May 21

Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

This great and renowned sovereign of the Christians was the son of Constantius Chlorus (the ruler of the westernmost parts of the Roman empire), and of the blessed Helen. He was born in 272, in (according to some authorities) Naissus of Dardania, a city on the Hellespont. In 306, when his father died, he was proclaimed successor to his throne. In 312, on learning that Maxentius and Maximinus had joined forces against him, he marched into Italy, where, while at the head of his troops, he saw in the sky after midday, beneath the sun, a radiant pillar in the form of a cross with the words: "By this shalt thou conquer." The following night, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him in a dream and declared to him the power of the Cross and its significance. When he arose in the morning, he immediately ordered that a labarum be made (which is a banner or standard of victory over the enemy) in the form of a cross, and he inscribed on it the Name of Jesus Christ. On the 28th Of October, he attacked and mightily conquered Maxentius, who drowned in the Tiber River while fleeing. The following day, Constantine entered Rome in triumph and was proclaimed Emperor of the West by the Senate, while Licinius, his brother-in-law, ruled in the East. But out of malice, Licinius later persecuted the Christians. Constantine fought him once and again, and utterly destroyed him in 324, and in this manner he became monarch over the West and the East. Under him and because of him all the persecutions against the Church ceased. Christianity triumphed and idolatry was overthrown. In 325 he gathered the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, which he himself personally addressed. In 324, in the ancient city of Byzantium, he laid the foundations of the new capital of his realm, and solemnly inaugurated it on May 11, 330, naming it after himself, Constantinople. Since the throne of the imperial rule was transferred thither from Rome, it was named New Rome, the inhabitants of its domain were called Romans, and it was considered the continuation of the Roman Empire. Falling ill near Nicomedia, he requested to receive divine Baptism, according to Eusebius (The Life of Constantine. Book IV, 61-62), and also according to Socrates and Sozomen; and when he had been deemed worthy of the Holy Mysteries, he reposed in 337, on May 21 or 22, the day of Pentecost, having lived sixty-five years, of which he ruled for thirty-one years. His remains were transferred to Constantinople and were deposed in the Church of the Holy Apostles, which had been built by him (see Homily XXVI on Second Corinthians by Saint John Chrysostom).

As for his holy mother Helen, after her son had made the Faith of Christ triumphant throughout the Roman Empire, she undertook a journey to Jerusalem and found the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified (see Sept. 13 and 14). After this, Saint Helen, in her zeal to glorify Christ, erected churches in Jerusalem at the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, in Bethlehem at the cave where our Saviour was born, another on the Mount of Olives whence He ascended into Heaven, and many others throughout the Holy Land, Cyprus, and elsewhere. She was proclaimed Augusta, her image was stamped upon golden coins, and two cities were named Helenopolis after her in Bithynia and in Palestine. Having been thus glorified for her piety, she departed to the Lord being about eighty years of age, according to some in the year 330, according to others, in 336.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Peter ... put to Him this question in behalf of all the world ... For He had required of the rich man these two things, to give that he had to the poor, and to follow Him. ... For the forsaking was done for the sake of following, and the following was rendered easier by the forsaking.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 64 on Matthew 19, 4th Century

But He seems to me here to intimate also the persecutions. For since there were many instances both of fathers urging their sons to ungodliness, and wives their husbands; when they command these things, said He, let them be neither wives nor parents, even as Paul likewise said, "But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 64 on Matthew 19, 4th Century


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner
June 10 Porter/LeClerc Holly Matt Cleaning Service
June 17 Father's Day Breakfast Pani Carol Bill Bilcheck Cleaning Service
2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 05/27/18)
YTD: $28,271.00 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 June 15, 2018.

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.


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.   


June 4  Jason Sutyak   Birthday
June 5  Judy & Joel Wulinsky Anniversary
June 6  Rachel Pluff, Helen Guman Birthday
June 7  Paula Meyernick Birthday


Pew Collection        1349.00
First Sunday - Property Maintenance Fund            10.00
7 Day Candles            12.00
Offering at Door           30.00
 Dues           150.00
 In Memory of Elaine Whitham           25.00