St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-10-07
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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

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

St Thecla - Equal To The Apostles

Epistle : 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9  
Gospel : Luke 5:1-11

Resurrectional  Tone 2


Church Services and Events

  • St John's Church

    October 7 to October 21, 2018

    Sunday, October 7

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Monday, October 8

    4:00PM Community Supper - Calvary/St George Church - Bpt.

    Tuesday, October 9

    9:00AM Stuffed Cabbage Workshop

    7:00PM Moleben To St. Nectarios

    7:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, October 10

    9:00AM Stuffed Cabbage Workshop

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Sunday, October 14

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Monday, October 15

    4:00PM Lord's Kitchen

    Wednesday, October 17

    7:00PM Adult Education

    Saturday, October 20

    9:00AM Pagachi Workshop

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, October 21

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

3rd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-9

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven -- whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise --whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows -- and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Saints and Feasts

October 07

Thecla the Protomartyr & Equal to the Apostles

This saint was from the city of Iconium. When she was eighteen years of age, she was instructed in the Faith of Christ and the hope of the resurrection by the Apostle Paul, whom also she followed, forsaking her betrothed and espousing a life of virginity for the sake of the Heavenly Bridegroom. Having preached Christ in various cities and suffered many things, she reposed in Seleucia of Cilicia at the age of 90.

October 07

Silouan of Athos

Saint Silouan was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk in Russia's Tambov region. At the age of twenty-seven he left his native Russia and came to Mount Athos, where he became a monk at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon and was given the name Silouan, the Russian version of the Biblical name Silvanus.

An ardent ascetic, he received the grace of unceasing prayer and saw Christ in a vision. After long years of spiritual trial, he acquired great humility and inner stillness. He prayed and wept for the whole world as for himself, and he put the highest value on love for enemies. St Silouan died on September 24, 1938. He was glorified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1987.

Though barely literate, he was sought out by pilgrims for his wise counsel. His writings were edited by his disciple and pupil, Archimandrite Sophrony. Father Sophrony has written the life of the saint along with a record of St. Silouan's teachings in the book Saint Silouan the Athonite.


Wisdom of the Fathers

That dead man was being buried, and many friends were conducting him to his tomb. But there meets him Christ, the Life and Resurrection, for He is the destroyer of death and of corruption; He it is "in Whom we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28); He it is Who has restored the nature of man to that which it originally was; and has set free our death-fraught flesh from the bonds of death.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homily 36.42, p. 153., 5th Century

The virgin's son met the widow's son. He became like a sponge for her tears and as life for the death of her son. Death turned about in its den and turned its back on the victorious one.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
Commentary on Tatian's Diatessaron, 6.23. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. vol. 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner

Oct 14

Lomme/Mihaly Holly Matt Cleaning Service
Oct 21 Porter/LeClerc Pani Carol Cantors 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!





PARISHIONER PRE-ORDERS FOR BAKED GOODS  - Must be made by today. Full payment is required with order.  Ordering for public begins Monday, Oct 8th at 12:00 pm Noon. 

WORKERS NEED TO MAKE STUFFED CABBAGE- We will be making Stuffed Cabbage for the Fall Slavic Food Sale this Tuesday and Wed from 9:00 am - Noon.  Please add your name to sign--up sheet in Church Hall if you are able to help.  Thank you 

 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  has resumed  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 8th  at  Calvary St. George in Bridgeport and  on 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. 

PARENTING WORKSHOP - A parenting workshop on raising believing children will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 10 am. to 3 pm. at Camp Nazareth. Presentations and discussions will be led by His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa and Very Rev. Fr.  Stephen Loposky.   Lunch and Snacks provided. While there is no charge, however a free will offering will be taken at the door. 

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

Oct 12 Andrea & Jeff Stokely Anniversary
Oct 12 Mike & Cindy Dion Anniversary
Oct 13 Bill & Debbie Booth Anniversary





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    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Diocesan Camp 2017

    Registration Information From Camp Nazareth re: The 2017 Camping Season




Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For October 2018


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

Workshop On Raising Believing Children


JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- A parenting workshop on raising believing children will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 10 am. to 3 pm. at Camp Nazareth, Mercer, PA.

Presentations and discussions will be led by His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa and Very Rev. Fr. Stephen Loposky. Lunch and Snacks provided. While there is no charge for the event, a freewill offering at the door will be taken.

To accommodate parents with young families, child care will be provided by Camp Nazareth.

Fall Youth Encounter To Take Place At Camp Nazareth Nov 9-11, 2018


JOHNSTOWN, PA [National Jr ACRY] - The Annual Fall Youth Encounter will take place from Friday Nov 9 - Sunday Nov 11, 2018 at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA. The Encounter is sponsored by the National JR. ACRY and is open to youth ages 8-18. All Diocesan youth are invited and do not have to be a member of the JR. ACRY to attend.

The weekend will be full of fun activities, spiritual activities and time spent in one of the best places on earth along with His Grace Bishop Gregory. Come and bring a friend and experience all your faith and friendships have to offer in our Lord Jesus Christ!

The encounter will begin with arrival and registration on Friday, Nov 9th from 7:00 to 9:00pm and will conclude on Sunday Nov 11th, 2018 at Noon following the celebration of Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am and Brunch.

Diocesan Resources

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