Category Archives: General

Schedule of services and events for May 21 – May 28

Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen! This is the first of three weddings banns for Konstantin Radcliff and Tania Almonte.  If anyone knows of why they should not be married, please see Fr. Luke.  Sunday, May 21 10 AM – Divine Liturgy Monday, May 22 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, May 23 8:30 AM –Hours – NO Prayer Group today 6:30 PM – First Holy Confession Class Wednesday, May 24 12 noon – Akathist to the Inexhaustible Cup 7 PM – Vespers for the Feast of the Ascension Thursday, May 25 9 AM – Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension 4 pm to 7 PM – Wake for Thomas Krafick at Holy Trinity Church 7 PM – Panachida for Thomas Krafick  Friday, May 26 10 AM – Funeral for Thomas Krafick followed by burial at St. Platon’s Cemetery Saturday, May 27 10 AM – First Holy Confession Class 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, May 28 9:30 AM – First Holy Confession 10 AM - Divine Liturgy Readers Schedule 5/28 – Suzanne Molineaux 6/4 - Bob Faubel 6/11 - Paul Toaso 6/18 - Paul Sulich 6/25 - Susan Paltauf Coffee Hour 5/28 - First Holy Confession 6/4 - Parish BBQ 6/18 - Father's Day 6/25 - OPEN

Schedule of services and events for May 14 – May 21

Monday, May 15 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, May 16 8:30 AM –Hours 9 AM – Prayer Group Wednesday, May 17 7 PM –Catechism Class Thursday, May 18 8:30 AM – Akathist 7 PM – St. Nectarios Monthly Anointing Service Friday, May 19 9 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, May 20 2 PM to 6 PM – OYMT Training St. John’s Church in Bridgeport, CT 7 PM – Vespers Sunday, May 21 10 AM - Divine Liturgy Readers Schedule 5/21 – Christopher Mihaly 5/28 – Suzanne Molineaux Coffee Hour 5/21 – OPEN 5/28 - Sulich

Schedule of services and events for May 7 – May 14

Monday, May 8 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, May 9 8:30 AM –Hours 9 AM – Prayer Group Wednesday, May 10 9 AM – Divine Liturgy Feast of Mid-Pentecost 7 PM –Catechism Class Thursday, May 11 9 AM – Divine Liturgy Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius Thursday, May 11 7 PM - Wake for Fr. William George Ss. Peter and Paul, Rockaway, NJ 7 PM – Rectory/Classroom Meeting in Danbury Friday, May 12 10 AM – Funeral for Fr. William George at Ss. Peter and Paul Rockaway, NJ Saturday, May 13 9 AM - Cemetery Clean up 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, May 14 10 AM - Divine Liturgy - Mother’s Day 11:30 AM – Mother’s Day Breakfast Readers Schedule 5/14 – Bob Faubel 5/21 –Susan Paltauf 5/28 – Suzanne Molineaux Coffee Hour 5/14 – Mother’s Day Breakfast 5/21 – OPEN 5/28 - OPEN

Schedule of services and events for April 30 – May 7

Monday, May 1 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, May 2 8:30 AM – Paschal Hours 9 AM – Prayer Group Wednesday, May 3 7 PM –Catechism Class Thursday, May 4 8:30 AM – Akathist Friday, May 5 9 AM – Old Testament Class 1 PM to 5 PM – Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen Saturday, May 6 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, May 7 10 AM – Divine Liturgy 12:30 PM – Parish Council Readers Schedule 5/7 – Susan Paltauf 5/14 – Bob Faubel 5/21 – Christopher Mihaly 5/28 – Suzanne Molineaux Coffee Hour 5/7 – Natalia Budyonny 5/14 – Mother’s Day Breakfast 5/21 - OPEN 5/28 - OPEN

Schedule of Services and Events for April 23 – April 30

There are no services this week, as Fr. Luke is way in Florida from Monday to Wednesday for an OCMC Board of Trustee’s meeting and then in Pennsylvania at Camp Nazareth for the Priest Synod meeting from Thursday to Friday. Saturday, April 29 8:30 AM - OYMT training session lead by Andy Lekos of OCMC 5 PM -Vespers Sunday, April 30 10 AM - Divine Liturgy followed by an OYMT pancake breakfast fundraiser. Readers Schedule 4/30 – Paul Toaso 5/7 – Bob Faubel 5/14 – Susan Paltauf Coffee Hour 4/30 – OYMT Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 5/7 - Budyonny

Schedule of Services and Events for April 16 – April 23

Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!

  On this Most Bright and Glorious Feast of our Lord Resurrection, I greet everyone with joy filled exclamation: Christ is Risen! I am grateful for all of you have taken seriously this Lenten journey that has been given to us by our Church.  Your efforts have allowed you to safely enter into the harbor our Lord's Resurrection.  For all of us who have taken up the Cross of Lent, God's grace has made this day that much brighter and joy filled!  You have seen and experienced that Pascha, if only for a brief moment, is about Life and how to have it more abundantly!  You have learned that by cooperating with God's grace you can come to better recognize Christ in our every day life and be able choose Him above all else. May the Light of the Risen Lord always shine upon us, In the Risen Christ, Fr. Luke Mihaly   Saturday, April 15 11 PM – Nocturnes, Matins, Divine Liturgy followed by the blessing of Baskets and Agape Meal - HOLY PASCHA NO FASTING for Bright Week Sunday, April 16 12 noon – Paschal Vespers - Blessing of Baskets Monday, April 17 - Bright Monday 9 AM -Divine Liturgy with Procession 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, April 18 - Bright Tuesday 9 AM – Divine Liturgy Wednesday, April 19 6:30 PM – Monthly St. Nectarios Anointing Service - Rescheduled 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, April 20 6:30 PM – Parish Dinner out at The CUE Restaurant.  Please consider carpooling Friday, April 21 9 AM – Old Testament Class  Sunday, April 23 10 AM –Divine Liturgy Readers Schedule 4/23 - Harry Fong 4/30 – Paul Toaso 5/7 – Bob Faubel 5/14 – Susan Paltauf Coffee Hour 4/16 – PASCHA 4/23 – OPEN 4/30 – OYMT Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Great and Holy Friday Sermon 2017

Great and Holy Friday 2017

During this week there have been many images from the services in the hymnography of our church of marriage and wedding.  It is hard to imagine and think why would the Church have such images of marriage and wedding at this time of the liturgical year that leads us to Christ’s death and ultimately his resurrection?  These images are very important and purposeful because at the heart of this is God wedding Himself to us through Christ’ death and resurrection.  This is the wedding feast that all of us are invited to participate in.             We should remember that at every wedding in the Orthodox Church the bride and groom wear crowns or wreaths upon their heads.  There are many images that come to mind, but I often remind couples that the wedding crowns that we wear are a reminder of the sacrificial love that is expected of us if we desire to enjoy the communion that is marriage.  Too often marriage is portrayed by the world as something that each individual should get something out of, i.e. most often fulfillment, happiness, gratification.   In stark contrast to this the Church presents to us the crown of thorns.  To remind us that there is something much more to marriage, indeed, something more to life, than fulfillment, happiness or gratification.              And here, the Church presents to us a crucified and buried Lord as the means of true communion and intimacy with God.  Heaven is not cheap; not everyone enters.  Narrow is the gate that one must enter and Our Lord has shown us the way.             What our Lord shows us today as he lies here in the tomb, that if we want true communion, if we want true, deep, joy and not just the fleeting feeling of happiness, if we want a wellspring of God grace springing up within us and not an immediate gratification of our passing desires, then we must go through the crown of thorns.  We need to follow the example of our Lord to experience our own death to our selfish wants and desires in order to attain that most intimate communion with God and through God with all those around us.             By brothers and sisters:  Do not be afraid for our Lord has trod this path before us, he has blazed that trail that leads from death to life, from the grave to the empty tomb, from earth to heaven.  Every obstacle has been taken away it is only up to us to pick up our cross, deny ourselves and follow Him. Fr. Luke Mihaly - Great and Holy Friday Sermon 2017

Schedule of service and events for April 9 – April 16

Monday, April 10 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy Tuesday, April 11 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy Wednesday, April 12 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins 12 noon – Presanctified Liturgy 6 PM – Holy Unction Service Thursday, April 13 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy – Institution of the Eucharist 7 PM – Matins and the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels Friday, April 14 9 AM – Royal Hours 7PM – Great & Holy Friday Vespers with Procession and Guarding the Tomb Saturday, April 15 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy 11 PM – Nocturne, Paschal Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of the Baskets and Agape Meal Sunday, April 16 12 Noon – Paschal Vespers  Readers Schedule 4/16 – Paul Sulich 4/23 – Harry Fong 4/30 – Paul Toaso Coffee Hour 4/16 - PASCHA 4/23 - OPEN

Schedule of services and events for April 2 – April 9

Monday, April 3 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, April 4 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours Wednesday, April 5 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, April 6 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Prayer Group Friday, April 7 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM - Old Testament Class 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy Saturday, April 8 9 AM – Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday 10 AM – Family and Youth Retreat – Making Palm Crosses, Dyeing Eggs, making Luminaries and Prayer Ropes preparing for Palm Sunday and Pascha 5 PM – Great Vespers with Litya for Palm Sunday Sunday, April 9 10 AM – Divine Liturgy Feast of PALM SUNDAY 11:30 AM – Lenten Cook Off Patriarchal Pence Collection—On Palm Sunday, April 9th we will have our annual collection for the Patriarchate of Constantinople Readers Schedule 4/9 – Suzanne Molineaux 4/16 – Paul Sulich 4/23 – Harry Fong 4/30 – Paul Toaso Coffee Hour 4/9 – Lenten Cook Off 4/16 - PASCHA

Schedule of services and events for March 26 – April 2

Monday, March 27 7 PM – Spirituality Class Tuesday, March 28 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Perogies 7 PM – Kielbasa Session Wednesday, March 29 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 30 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Prayer Group 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew/life of St. Mary Friday, March 31 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM - Old Testament Class 11:30 AM – Set up for Bake Sale 6 PM – Service and presentation at St. George’s Saturday, April 1 10 AM to 3 PM – Easter Craft & Bake Sale 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, April 2 10 AM – Divine Liturgy St. Mary of Egypt 11:30 AM – Church School 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM– Easter Craft & Bake Sale 12:30 PM – Parish Council Meeting Readers Schedule 4/2 – Susan Paltauf 4/9 – Suzanne Molineaux 4/16 – Paul Sulich 4/23 – Harry Fong 4/30 – Paul Toaso Coffee Hour 4/2 – Bundra 4/9 – Lenten Cook Off 4/16 - PASCHA