St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-06-10
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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 10, 2018

Epistle: Romans 2:10-16
Gospel Matthew 4:18-23

Resurrectional  Tone 1


Church Services and Events

  • Calendar

    June 10 to June 24, 2018

    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

    Saturday, June 16

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, June 17

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy & Father's Day Breakfast.

    10:45AM Church School

    Saturday, June 23

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, June 24

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

2nd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 2:10-16

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 4:18-23

At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


Saints and Feasts

June 10

The Holy Hieromartyr Eutychius, Bishop of Melitene

All information concerning this Martyr has been lost, except that he presented himself before the tyrants, mocked the idols, suffered many unspeakable torments, and was finally drowned in the sea.

June 10

2nd Sunday of Matthew


Wisdom of the Fathers

But mark both their faith, and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work (and you know how greedy a thing fishing is), when they heard His command, they delayed not, ... but "they forsook all and followed," ... Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Prayer, fasting, vigil and all other Christian practices, however good they may be in themselves, do not constitute the aim of our Christian life, although they serve as the indispensable means of reaching this end. The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.
St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit: Chapter 3, The Little Russian Philokalia Vol. 1; Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood pg. 79, 19th century


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner

June 11

Decerbo Brett Matt Cleaning Service
June 18 Fathers Day Breakfast Pani Carol Cantors Bilcheck
2017 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 05/28/17)
YTD: $27,415.00 Goal: $68,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!




CHURCH DECORATIONS FOR PENTECOST - Many thanks to Karen Ivers for providing the greenery and decorating the Church for Pentecost.  The Church  looks amazing, fitting for this Great Feast of the Church, The Birthday of the New
Testament Church.  May God Grant You Many Years!

FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST -  The Annual Father's Day breakfast will take place on Sunday June 17.  All are invited to attend.  All parish women are asked to see Donna Pierce to offer their assistance.

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 10  Tatiana Kmetz Birthday


Pew Collection        1100.00
First Sunday - Property Maintenance Fund          132.00
Camp Nazareth Raffle Ticket Sales          160.00
Offering at Door           14.00
 Dues            75.00
 Special Donation - Sorina Nedelea           25.00

Bulletin Inserts

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Registration Information From Camp Nazareth re: The 2017 Camping Season




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