St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-06-17
Bulletin Contents
Organization Icon
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

Image result for myrrh bearing women icon

June 17, 2018

Epistle: Romans 5:1-10
Gospel Matthew 4:18-23

Resurrectional  Tone 2


Church Services and Events

  • St John's Church

    June 17 to July 1, 2018

    Sunday, June 17

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

    Saturday, June 23

    Baptism of Jackson Fife

    Sunday, June 24

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy at St. John's Church, Mill Hill Ave or Silver Lane

    Saturday, June 30

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, July 1

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:1-10

Brethren, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."


Saints and Feasts

June 17

3rd Sunday of Matthew

June 17

Mary & Martha, the sisters of Lazarus

The Holy Myrrh-bearers Mary and Martha, together with their brother Lazarus, were especially devoted to our Savior, as we see from the accounts given in the tenth chapter of Saint Luke, and in the eleventh and twelfth chapters of Saint John. They reposed in Cyprus, where their brother became the first Bishop of Kition after his resurrection from the dead. See also the accounts on Lazarus Saturday and the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women.

June 17

Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople

Saint Metrophanes was born of pagan parents, but believed in Christ at a young age, and came to Byzantium. He lived at the end of the persecution of the Roman Emperors, and became the Bishop of Byzantium from about 315 to 325, during which time Saint Constantine the Great made it the capital of the Roman Empire, calling it New Rome. Saint Metrophanes sent his delegate, the priest Alexander, to the First Ecumenical Council in 325, since he could not attend because of old age. He reposed the same year and was buried by Saint James of Nisibis (celebrated Jan. 13), one of the Fathers present at the First Ecumenical Council. The Canons to the Trinity of the Octoechos are not the work of this Metrophanes but another, who was Bishop of Smyrna about the middle of the ninth century, during the life of Saint Photius the Great.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For God, He said, gave us understanding, that we might chase away all ignorance, and have the right judgment of things, and that using this as a kind of weapon and light against all that is grievous or hurtful, we might remain in safety. But we betray the gift for the sake of things superfluous and useless.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 20 and 21 on Matthew 6, 4th Century

A brother, more thrifty than covetous, ... left behind him at his death a hundred pieces of money which he had earned by weaving linen. ... a council was held as to what should be done [with the money] ... However, Macarius, Pambo, Isidore and the rest of those called fathers, speaking by the Spirit, decided that they should be interred with their owner, with the words: "Thy money perish with thee."
St. Jerome
Letter 22 to Eustochium


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner

June 24

 - - - - - - - - - Cleaning Service
July 1 Stirna/Meyernick Pani Carol Cantors Cleaning Service
2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 06/10/18)
YTD: $31,865.00 Goal: $68,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!




HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! -  Happy Father's Day to all of our Parish Fathers, Grandfathers and God Fathers. May God Grant Them Many Years! Many thanks to our parish women for a beautiful breakfast today.  

GRADUATE SUNDAY  - Today we honor this year's High School Graduate,  Ken Lomme Jr.   May God Grant Him much success in all of his future endeavors and MANY  HAPPY AND BLESSED YEARS!!!!   

ATTENTION - SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY - Fr. Peter will be on vacation beginning this afternoon and will return on Monday, June 25, 2018. If there are any emergencies while he is away  please call Fr. Michael Macura at 203-386-8888 or Fr. David Cochran at 203-385-1020.  SPECIAL NOTE:  DIVINE LITURGY WILL NOT BE SERVED ON SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018 AT OUR PARISH.  PARISHIONERS ARE ASKED TO ATTEND LITURGY AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH ON SILVER LANE IN STRATFORD OR  MILL HILL AVE IN BRIDGEPORT.  LITURGY IS AT 9 AM. 

PEW COLLECTION FOR SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018 - As we will not be having Liturgy in our Parish on Sunday June 24th Parishioners are kindly asked to add what they would normally offer in the weekly Stewardship/Pew Collection on that Sunday in either this Sunday's (June 17) or the following Sunday's (July 1) Collection basket.  Your weekly pew collections are essential for meeting our parish budget for the year.  Thank you for being mindful of this and heeding this request.     

PARISH SURVEY  -  All parishioners  have received a copy of our parish survey.  As of this writing only 6 people have returned the form.  Perhaps this seems like a daunting task as the form is several pages long.  Feel free to fill out those areas that are applicable or for which you feel strongly about.   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 July 15, 2018.

ADULT EDUCATION DISCUSSION -  Our Weekly Scripture Study Class  will be in recess until the end of July

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 -  THANK YOU PARISHIONERS! We have received sufficient  pledges to purchase new chairs for the Church hall.   The molded plastic chairs received the most votes, so we will be going with that.  Please see Tom Decerbo to fulfill your pledge and make payment.  You may also place your payment in an envelope clearly marked with your Name and Chair Pledge Payment  and put it in the collection basket or in the metal donation box on the candle desk.  Once we have received all the money pledged, they will be purchased.  While we be using many of the existing chairs for our church picnics,   a number of these chairs will be available for purchase at a suggested price of $5.00.  If anyone is interested in purchasing chairs, please see Tom Decerbo.  

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. 

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 18  Chris & Kevin LeClerc Anniversary
June 20  Ty Rogerson Birthday
June 26  Mitchell Lomme Birthday












Pew Collection        2494.00
First Sunday - Property Maintenance Fund            10.00
Four Hour Candles          101.00
Seven Day Candles           16.00
 Dues            75.00
Donation IMO  Mildred Paproski         100.00
 Church Dinner          709.00

Bulletin Inserts

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Registration Information From Camp Nazareth re: The 2017 Camping Season




National Jr. ACRY Announces Annual Camp Essay Contest


JOHNSTOWN, PA [National Junior ACRY] - If you’ve ever been to Camp Nazareth, chances are you can’t wait to go back. Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to go for free?

Each year, the National Jr. ACRY holds a Camp Essay Contest that anyone across the diocese can enter. If your essay is chosen as the winner, the National Jr. ACRY will pay for one full Diocesan week of camp if you are a National Jr. ACRY member. If you are not a member of the National Jr. ACRY, half of your camping week will be paid for.

Eternal Memory: +Mildred Paproski


JOHNSTOWN, PA - With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that Mildred Paproski, the mother of Very Rev. Protopresbyter Peter Paproski, reposed in the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Mildred Summers Paproski the wife of the late Henry Paproski, was born on August 28, 1930 in Danbury, CT to the late George and Harriett (Case) Summers and has been a life long Newtown, CT resident. She was a bookkeeper for Nutmeg Cleaners, and previously worked for Lovell’s Farm Equipment, and the Paproski family farm, Castle Hill Farm in Newtown.

Diocesan Resources

Diocesan Website: Camp:
You Tube:
 National ACRY: