St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-10-21
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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

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

St. Pelegia The Penitent

Epistle : Galatians 2:16-20  
Gospel : Luke 7:11-16

Resurrectional  Tone 4


Church Services and Events

  • St John's Church

    October 21 to November 4, 2018

    Sunday, October 21

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:45AM Church School

    Thursday, October 25

    9:00AM Liturgy Repose Vasil & Mary Petrik

    Saturday, October 27

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, October 28

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Panachida Rep. Wilma Wargo

    10:45AM Church School

    Friday, November 2

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Repose John & Anna Mihaly - Cambridge Manor

    Saturday, November 3

    10:00AM Bake Sale

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, November 4

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Panachida Rep. Michael Lomme

    10:45AM Church School


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Saints and Feasts

October 08

Pelagia the Righteous

This Saint was a prominent actress of the city of Antioch, and a pagan, who lived a life of unrestrained prodigality and led many to perdition. Instructed and baptized by a certain bishop named Nonnus (Saint Nonnus is commemorated Nov. 10), she departed for the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where she lived as a recluse, feigning to be a eunuch called Pelagia. She lived in such holiness and repentance that within three or four years she was deemed worthy to repose in an odour of sanctity, in the middle of the fifth century. Her tomb on the Mount of Olives has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.

November 12

John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

Saint John was born in 555 on the island of Cyprus in the city of Amathus; his father, Epiphanius, was a ruler of Cyprus. The Saint was consecrated Archbishop of Alexandria in 608. A man of exemplary uprightness, in his zeal for Orthodoxy he strove mightily to fight the many heresies among the Christians in Egypt; but above all, he was famous for his singular generosity, humility, and sympathy towards all, especially the poor. His mercy was so great that the report of it reached the Persian invaders of Jerusalem, who desired to see him because of it. Saint John reposed in 619, at the age of sixty-four.

November 05

Galaktion & his wife Episteme, the Martyrs of Emesa

Saint Galaktion was from Emesa, the son of Cleitophon and Leucippe, pagans who had been instructed in piety by a certain Christian named Onuphrius and received holy Baptism. Saint Episteme, born of unbelieving parents, was baptized before she was wedded to Galaktion. After their marriage they remained in virginity and lived in separate monastic houses. Betrayed as Christians, they suffered martyrdom during the reign of Decius, about the year 250.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For if we, going about on the earth which is familiar and well known to us, being encompassed with a body, when we are journeying in a strange road, know not which way to go unless we have some one to lead us; how should the soul, being rent away from the body, and having gone out from all her accustomed region, know where to walk without one to show her the way?
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

Some say, 'Why do they [demons] possess people?' I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, 'Your judgments are a vast abyss.' As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


Parish Stewardship

Date Coffee Hour  Host Hours Epistle Church Cleaner

Oct 28 

Ryan/Nucifora Holly Bill Bilcheck Cleaning Service
Nov 4 Meyernick Pani Carol Matt Mihaly Cleaning Service

2018 Parish Stewardship Offering (As of 10/14/18)

YTD: $54,536.00 Goal: $70,000.00
Be a Good Steward Help Your Parish Carry Out Its Vital Mission!





PAUL  BEST TO BE HONORED. The Carpatho Rusyn Society (CRS) Annual John Mihalasky Heritage Award will be presented this year to Prof. Paul Best on Sunday, November 4th in Little Falls, NJ.

SPECIAL PARISH MEETING  There will be a special meeting of the parishioners on Sunday, November 11th.  This is the first of three announcements as required by our by-laws.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the parish will move forward due to Father Peter's departure.

COMMUNITY SUPPER -  Our next meal will be  Monday Nov 12th  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.

Oct 21 Mary Householder Birthday
Oct 22 Julie Porter Birthday
Oct 26 Brett Bilcheck Birthday
 Pew Collection          1200.00
7 Day Candles             12.00
First Sunday Collection             10.00
 TOTAL     $1,222.00





Bulletin Inserts

    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.

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