St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-09-16
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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

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost  

Priest-Martyr Anthimus

Epistle : 2 Corinthians 6:1-10;  
Gospel : Matthew 25: 14-30

Resurrectional  Tone 7


Church Services and Events

  • St John's Church

    September 16 to September 30, 2018

    Sunday, September 16

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Wednesday, September 19

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Thursday, September 20

    7:00PM Great Vespers & Litya

    Friday, September 21

    Nativity of The Theotokos

    9:00AM Liturgy - Nativity of the Mother of God

    Saturday, September 22

    9:00AM Pagachi Workshop

    12:00PM Picnic Set-up

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, September 23

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    12:00PM Church Picnic

    Wednesday, September 26

    6:30PM Great Vespers & Litya

    7:30PM Adult Education

    Thursday, September 27

    Elevation of the Cross

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Elevation of The Cross

    Saturday, September 29

    9:00AM Pagachi Workshop

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, September 30

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings


Saints and Feasts

September 16

Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedea

After the death of the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, their Bishop Anthimus fled to a certain village to care for his remaining flock. The Emperor Maximian sent men in search of him. When they found him, he promised to show Anthimus to them, but first took them in as guests, fed them, and only then made himself known to them. Amazed at his kindness, the soldiers promised him to tell Maximian that they had not found him. But Anthimus went willingly with them, and converting them by his admonitions, baptized them on the way. He boldly confessed his Faith before Maximian, and after frightful tortures was beheaded in the year 303 or 304.

September 16

Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler Euthymius the Great

Saint Theoctistus, a monk at the Palestinian lavra of Pharan, embraced a more severe life in the wilderness with his friend Saint Euthymius the Great. They founded a monastery, of which Theoctistus was the abbot. He reposed in deep old age in 451.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Nothing comes without effort. The help of God is always ready and always near, but is given only to those who seek and work, and only to those seekers who, after putting all their powers to the test, then cry out with their whole heart: "Lord, help us."
St. Theophan the Recluse
19th Century

The key to knowledge is the humility of Christ. The door of the Kingdom of Heaven is open, not to those who only know in their learned minds the mysteries of faith and the commandments of their Creator, but to those who have progressed far enough to live by them.
St. Bede the Venerable
Unknown, 8th century


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner

Sept 23

Booth Pani Carol Cantors Cleaning Service
Sept 30 Decerbo Holly Bill Cleaning Service

2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 09/09/18)

YTD: $46,975.00 Goal: $70,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!





CHURCH SCHOOL BEGINS TODAY! - The  2018-2019 Church School Year begins Today.  Class list  and schedule has been sent to all parents.  Parents are asked to be sure that their children will be in attendance each week.  Thank you to our teachers for their willingness to teach our children.  Many Years!

CHURCH PICNIC - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 - All are invited to attend our Annual Parishioner appreciation Picnic on Sunday Sept 23rd at 12 Noon.  There is no cost to attend, but we are in need of a few items to be donated in addition to raffle prizes.  Help is also needed setting up for the picnic on Sat the 22nd, and taking shifts at the grill/kitchen area.  Please add your name to the sign up sheets in the Church hall or contact Jean Lomme, Picnic Chairman.   

NEW:  PROPERTY MAINTENANCE FUND  Our monthly Property Maintenance Fund Collections are now targeted towards specific needs.  As anounced at the Semi-Annual Meeting we have two pressing projects at the parish Rectory:  Replacing the Front Door and sidelights  (Original Doors from the 1890's) and the Garage overhead doors.   The total cost is approximately $5500.  ($4000 for Front Door and $1500 for the garage doors). Please keep this in mind when making your monthly property maintenance fund donation.  The August Collection netted $448.00.  We are pleased to announce that we have received an anonymous donation of $2100 and an additional $2166.00 in memory of Lawrence Beck and Mildred Paproski.  Additional donations of any amount will gratefully be accepted.  We are most grateful to our parishioners for all their efforts in maintaining and improving our Church properties over the years. How blessed we are to have such a beautiful parish complex which is truly our little slice of Paradise,  the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  AS OF 9/09/18  TOTAL  = $4,714.00.00,  GOAL = $5500. WE ARE ALMOST THERE - only $784 to go!  WILL YOU HELP US REACH OUR GOAL? 

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 next Sunday.

ADULT EDUCATION DISCUSSION -  Our Weekly Scripture Study Class  is now taking a pause until after the beginning of the Church New Year.  It will resume on Wednesday,  September 19, 2018. 

COMMUNITY SUPPER -  Our next meal will be  Monday Sept 17 th  at The Lord's Kitchen,  Christ Church, Stratford, CT.  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 - As a reminder Church dues are $75.00 per adult member. If you have not already paid your annual dues, please do so as soon as possible.  As always if you are experiencing a financial hardship please speak to Fr. Peter so that they can be waived if necessary. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR -  NE Deanery  DDD Dinner - Sunday Oct 21 at Robertos Restaurant in Monroe, CT.

SPECIAL THANKS! - On behalf of Pani Carol and myself,  I would like to thank all of the members of our parish family for your kindness, generosity and love expressed to us last weekend at my 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood celebration. A special thanks to the Anniversary Banquet committee for putting on such a wonderful dinner and celebration.  May Grant All Of You Many Years!


Sept 17 Diane Rowland/Brian Biles Anniversary
Sept 19 Fr. Peter & Pani Carol Anniversary

Sept 21

Holly Bilcheck Birthday


 Pew Collection          2638.00
7 Day Candles                6.00
First Sunday- Property Maintenance Collection               20.00
4 Hour Candles            198.00
Donation to Ship Icons to OCMC
 TOTAL         $2,907.00



Bulletin Inserts

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Registration Information From Camp Nazareth re: The 2017 Camping Season




Bishop Gregory Is Elevated to Rank of Metropolitan!


JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] With great joy, the Diocesan Chancery has learned that the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at its monthly meeting on August 29, 2018 voted to elevate His Grace, Bishop Gregory to the rank of Metropolitan.

His Grace, Bishop Gregory, in announcing the decision of the Holy and Sacred Synod to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese in a special Archpastoral Letter, expressed his gratitude in writing ... His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod have honored all of us. I am truly greatly humbled.

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For September 2018


JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for September 2018 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery.

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