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Ascetic Struggle

If we embrace Christianity with dedication of heart and mind, we will receive the power to live in this world, filled as it is, with temptations and disappointments, yet remaining true to our vocation as a holy people. Committing ourselves to being full time Christians, empowers us to live our lives in such a way that we give glory and witness to the very Christ Whom we worship. If, however, we avoid ascetic struggle, and choose to keep our Christian faith sidelined, and rejecting real commitment, we will ultimately have  become Christian in name only. For those who, out of laziness or personal selfishness, choose to relegate fasting, private prayer, and even church attendance, as something done only when we feel “in the mood”, we will stand before the Throne of God, in the end, with a darkened heart that can not withstand the power of God, and eternity will be for us, a lake of fire. With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon From: http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2016/04/holy-week/

Schedule of Services and events for the week of April 24 – May 1

Monday, April 25 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy Tuesday, April 26 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy Wednesday, April 27 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins 12 noon – Presanctified Liturgy 6 PM – Holy Unction Service Thursday, April 28 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy – Institution of the Eucharist 7 PM – Matins and the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels Friday, April 29 9 AM – Royal Hours 7 PM – Great & Holy Friday Vespers with Procession and Guarding the Tomb Saturday, April 30 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy 11 PM – Nocturne, Paschal Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of the Baskets and Agape Meal Sunday, May 1 12 Noon – Paschal Vespers Monday May 2 9 AM – Liturgy 7 PM – Vespers/ Spirituality Class Readers Schedule 4/24 – Susan Paltauf 5/1- Paul Sulich 5/8 - Suzanne Molineaux Coffee Hour 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 – Mother’s Day - see Harry Fong and Paul Sulich

Volunteers Urgently Needed for OCMC Teaching Team to Indonesia at the End of June!

On June 28th, OCMC will be sending a team of Orthodox volunteers to teach the Faith in Medan, Indonesia. This teaching is needed by the Orthodox faithful, especially the youth, in this predominately Muslim country, and volunteers are needed for this team now more than ever. Please consider applying if you are able to give your time to help strengthen the Faith of Orthodox children in Indonesia by visiting http://www.ocmc.org, e-mailing teams@ocmc.org, or by calling 1-877-463-6784 ext. 141. Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

Services and Events for the week of April 10 – April 17

Monday, April 11 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM – Spirituality Class   Tuesday, April 12 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Perogie Session Wednesday, April 13 9 AM - Lenten Hours 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, April 14 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew and Life of St. Mary of Egypt Friday, April 15 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 7 PM – Akathist at St. Georges Saturday, April 16 10 AM – 3 PM – Second Bake and Craft Sale 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, April 17 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – St. Mary of Egypt Sunday 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 4/10 –Bob Faubel 4/17 – Sandi Fong 4/24 – Susan Paltauf 5/1- Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 4/10 Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 – OPEN 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 - OPEN

One Person at a Time: Changing the world begins with me

The Elder Sophroni of Essex said he believed in changing the world, one person at a time. These words are in agreement with those of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, who said acquiring inner peace causes a thousand around us to be saved. As long as we concentrate on the failings of others, inner transformation will elude us, and the world will remain in darkness. If we remain stuck in the quagmire of sin, and focused on the failings of others, we will fail in the work of conforming ourselves to the will of God. It is, of course, much more personally comfortable to notice the failings and the sins of others, but if we do not take stock of ourselves, we will do great harm to our soul. Judging others opens wide the gates for evil spirits to enter, whereby laying waste and destroying the grace of baptism that resides within our hearts. We are in a battle against evil forces, and we had better be on guard. Our eternal life depends on it. With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very Rev. Fr. Tryphon is a priest-monk of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) and abbot of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington

Services and Events for the week of April 3 – April 10

Monday, April 4 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM – Spirituality Class  Tuesday, April 5 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Perogie Session Wednesday, April 6, 9 AM - Lenten Hours 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, April 7 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance Friday, April 8 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 5:30 PM – Moleben to the Cross 7 PM – Akathist at St. Georges Saturday, April 9 8 AM – Taylor trip to weeping icon. Meet at church parking lot 6 PM – Vespers Sunday, April 10 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – St. John Climacus Sunday 11:30 AM – Church School – Children 12:30 PM – Parish Council Meeting 12:30 PM – Knitting group Readers Schedule 4/3 – Harry Fong 4/10 –Bob Faubel 4/17 – Sandi Fong 4/24 – Susan Paltauf 5/1- Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 4/3 – Penny Social 4/10 Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 – OPEN 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 - Mother's Day - Fong/Sulich

Services and Events for the week of March 27 – April 3

Monday, March 28 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM – Spirituality Class    Tuesday, March 29 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM – Perogie Session Wednesday, March 30 9 AM - Lenten Hours 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 31 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance Friday, April 1 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 7 PM – Deanery Presanctified Liturgy at St. John’s Mill Hill Avenue Saturday, April 2 9 AM – Soul Saturday Liturgy 12 noon – OYMT tool training at St. John’s Church Mill Hill Ave 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, April 3 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – Cross Veneration Sunday 11:30 AM – Church School – Children 12 noon – Penny Social Readers Schedule 3/27 – Susan Sulich 4/3 – Harry Fong 4/10 - Bob Faubel 4/17 – Sandi Fong 4/24 – Susan Paltauf 5/1- Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 3/27 – Gross 4/3 – Penny Social 4/10 Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 – OPEN 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 - OPEN

Services and Events for the week of March 20 – March 27

Monday, March 21 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM – Spirituality Class  Tuesday, March 22 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 7 PM - Parish Council Meeting Wednesday, March 23 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 24 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance 6 PM – Vespers of Annunciation Friday, March 25 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy for Annunciation 3 PM – Deanery Women’s Retreat Camp Hi-Rock Friday, March 25, 6 PM –Service at St. George’s Danbury Saturday, March 26 8 AM – 2 PM – Deanery Women’s retreat 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, March 27 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – St. Gregory Palamas Sunday 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 3/20 – Luke Mihaylo 3/27 – Susan Sulich 4/3 – Harry Fong Coffee Hour 3/20 – Molineaux 3/27 – Gross 4/3 – Penny Social/Natalia/Roz 4/10 Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 – OPEN 4/24 – Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 – PASCHA 5/8 - OPEN

Services and Events for the week of March 13 – March 20

Monday, March 14 9 AM – Lenten Hours 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew Tuesday, March 15 8:30 AM – Lenten Hours 9 AM –Stuffed Cabbage 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew Wednesday, March 16, 9 AM – Lenten Hours 6 PM – Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 17, 8:30 AM – Akathist of Repentance 9 AM - Kolachi Making 6 PM – Canon of St. Andrew  Friday, March 18 9 AM – Lenten Hours 9:30 AM - Old Testament Class 6 PM – Paraklis Service Saturday, March 19 10 AM – 3 PM – Easter Craft and Bake Sale 4 PM - Akathist to the Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, March 20 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy – Sunday of Orthodoxy Procession with Icons 11:30 AM – Church School – Children 3 PM – OYMT meeting Danbury 4 PM - Sunday of Orthodox Vespers Bridgeport - St. John's - Mill Hill Readers Schedule 3/13 – Sandi Fong 3/20 – Luke Mihaylo 3/27 – Susan Sulich 4/3 – Harry Fong Coffee Hour 3/13 – Faubel 3/20 - Molineaux 3/27 - Gross 4/3 - Penny Social - Natalie/Roz 4/10 - Fundraiser OCMC 4/17 - OPEN 2/24 - Pot Luck/Lenten Cook Off 5/1 - PASCHA 5/8 - Mother's Day 5/15 - Young

Services and Events for the week of March 6 – March 13

Monday, March 7 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM - Spirituality Class Tuesday, March 8 8:30 AM – First Hour Wednesday, March 9 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, March 10 8:30 AM – Akathist Friday, March 11 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, March 12 8 AM – Roll Baking 5 PM – Vespers Saturday, March 12 DAY LIGHT SAVINGS TIME - Turn clocks ahead One Hour Sunday, March 13 9 AM – Church School – Youth/Teens 10 AM –Liturgy 11:30 AM – Church School – Children Readers Schedule 3/6 – Harry Fong 3/13 – Sandi Fong 3/20 – Luke Mihaylo Coffee Hour 3/6 - Fong 3/13 – Faubel 3/20 - Molineaux