St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-09-23
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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

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday Before the Elevation of the Cross  

Holy Virgin Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora

Epistle : Galatians 6:11-18;  
Gospel : Mark3:13-27

Resurrectional  Tone 8


Church Services and Events

  • St John's Church

    September 23 to October 7, 2018

    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 - Strict Fast Day

    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

    Wednesday, October 3

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, October 6

    9:00AM Pagachi Workshop

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, October 7

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings


Saints and Feasts

September 10

Menodora, Metrodora, & Nymphodora the Martyrs

These Martyrs, sisters according to the flesh, were from Bithynia. They lived in virginity on a mountain near the Pythian hot springs of Bithynia, devoting themselves to asceticism and prayer. Betrayed to the local governor, Fronto, they were subjected to frightful tortures, and so gave up their holy souls into the hands of God. They contested for the Faith during the reign of Maximian, in the year 304.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time, though something absolutely most needful should vehemently press on us.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Nothing done in humility for the sake of God is bad. But things and pursuits differ. Everything not strictly necessary is a hindrance to salvation - everything, that is to say, that does not contribute to the soul's salvation or to the body's life. For it is not food, but gluttony, that is bad; not money, but attachment to it; not speech, but idle talk; not the world's delights, but dissipation; not love of one's family, but the neglect of God that such love may produce; not the clothes worn only for covering and protection from cold and heat, but those that are excessive and costly; not houses that also protect us from heat and cold, as well as anything human or animal that might harm us, but houses with two or three floors, large and expensive;...not friendship, but the having of friends who are of no benefit to one's soul; not woman, but unchastity; not wealth but avarice; not wine but drunkenness; not anger used in accordance with nature for the chastisement of sin, but its use against one's fellow-men.
St. Peter of Damaskos
Book 1: Treasury of Divine Knowledge, Philokalia Vol. 3 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 156, 8th century


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner

Sept 30

Decerbo Holly Bill Cleaning Service
Oct 7 Ivers/Pierce Pani Carol Matt Cleaning Service

2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 09/16/18)

YTD: $48,209.00 Goal: $70,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!





CHURCH SCHOOL - The  2018-2019 Church School Year began last Sunday.  Parents are kindly 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.  

CHURCH PICNIC  - Our Church Picnic is today.  Many thanks to Picnic chairmen, Jean Lomme and Marcia Leonetti for all their efforts in organizing the picnic and all who assisted.  Special thanks to all who will be working at the grills and cleaning up after the picnic. 

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 9 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  will resume this Wednesday,  September 19, 2018 following Great Vespers for the Elevation of the Cross.  If you are unable to attend on site, please let Fr. Peter know so he can give you the credentials to participate via Video chat or phone conferencing.  

COMMUNITY SUPPER -  Our next meal will be  Monday Oct 15th  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 purchased the new chairs and they are in the Church hall.  If anyone would like to purchase one of the old metal folding chairs, please see Tom Decerbo.  A donation of $5.00 per chair is requested. 

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 23 Hunter Stirna Birthday
Sept 24 Lorraine Roman, Nick Gachi Birthday
Sept 25 Amanda Stirna Birthday
Sept 28 Barbara Gregory Birthday


 Pew Collection          1234.00
7 Day Candles                9.00
Third Sunday - Metropolitan Fund              182.00
Donation Towards $25th Anniversary             300.00
Food Fest Sponsorship
Donation IMO Joseph Krisak 
 TOTAL         $1,895.00



Bulletin Inserts

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Registration Information From Camp Nazareth re: The 2017 Camping Season




Eternal Memory: +Anna Evanisko


JOHNSTOWN, PA - With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that + ANNA EVANISKO, age 100, the mother of Pani Connie. Anna fell-asleep in the Lord on Friday September 14, 2018 after a very brief illness. She would have celebrated her 101st birthday on December 11th.

Anna was the daughter of John and Mary (Semankovich/Felix) Lesko. Preceded in death by her parents, husband of 65 years George Sr. who passed in 2002, brother John Lesko and sisters Mary Muchesko, Margaret Lesko and an infant sister. Survived by son George Sr married to Evelyn (Matchik), daughter Pani Constance married to the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro, all of Johnstown, and grandchildren Tamara, married to Deacon Gregory Benc, Watchung, NJ, Sonya Evanisko, Shepherdstown, WV, George Jr, Gainesville, VA, Alexandra Vatuvuk, Stephanie married to James Kobal, Christopher married to Roxanne (Kordish), all of Johnstown, Anastasia and husband Nick Tabb, Shepherdstown, WV. 16 great-grandchildren Victoria Schmidt, Michael Long, Tatianna Evanisko-Long, Jonah Strenski, Alexandra Benc, Anastasia Benc, Kyra Vatavuk, Symeon Kobal, Katarina Vatavuk, Sophia Evanisko, George Evanisko III, Xenia Kobal, Nicholas Benc, Nykos Kobal, Alexander and Asher Tabb. And many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Prayers Requested For Those In The Path Of Hurricane Florence


JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- The assault of Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas has begun. Thankfully, it appears that our mission parishes in Candler (Asheville) and Murphy, NC are not under evacuation orders at the present time. His Grace Bishop Gregory has asked that the faithful of the Diocese keep the members of our parish communities in North Carolina and the millions of others in the path of the hurricane in constant thought and prayer over this weekend.

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.

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