St. George Orthodox Church
Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA
Trumbull, Connecticut
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Wedding Congratulations! - 05/18/2024

St. George extends congratulations to Luiza Tollkuci and Evan Stamps who were married on Saturday, May 18th.  We also wish to congratulate Luiza's parents, Nardi and Silijana, her sister Kristina Tollkuci, and her grandparents Nikolas and Liuiza Tollkuci. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Memory Eternal! - 05/14/2024

St. George learned of the repose of Vanthi Nani on Tuesday, May 14th. We extend our deepest condolences to Vanthi’s husband Koco Nani, her daughter Entela Gjylapi, her son Olsi George Nani, and to her extended family.  Click onto the following link to view her Obiturary-Vanthi Nani.  May her memory be eternal!   I perjetshem kujtimi! 

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Mother's Day - 2024 - 05/11/2024

St. George recognized Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th during Divine Liturgy.  Prayers were offered for all of the living and departed mothers, stepmothers, daughters, stepdaughters, wives, sisters, stepsisters, great grandmothers, great granddaughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, great-aunts, aunts, nieces, godmothers, and all those who "mothered" us in our time of need. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Thanks for their Stewardship! - 05/08/2024

Please click onto the following link to view our specific thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations.  Thank you for their Stewardship!

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Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! - 05/04/2024

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on May 5th.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.  Please click onto the more information link below to view several photos from the Pascha service.

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Great and Holy Friday - 2024 - 05/03/2024

On Friday, May 3rd, St. George completed services for Great and Holy Friday (Good Friday) with the afternoon Vespers Service of Taking down from the Cross, and the Friday evening Matins service for Great and Holy Saturday, with the Praises (or Lamentations) at the Tomb of Christ.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.  Come back in a few days to view some additional photos.

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Matins Service with the reading of the Twelve Gospels - 2024 - 05/02/2024

On Thursday evening, May 2nd, the Matins Service of Great and Holy Friday with the readings of the Twelve Gospel Lessons was held. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Palm Sunday - 2024 - 04/27/2024

On April 28th, St. George celebrated Palm Sunday, which marks the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. After Divine Liturgy, there was a procession of palms lead by the youth and children of the parish. The blessing of the palms and branches followed with parishioners holding their branches high. This year, due to difficulty acquiring pussy willow branches, a mix of boxwood branches and palm fronds were bundled for blessing.  Palm crosses were made by the Church School and handed out during the dismissal. Thanks to Anna Bouteneff, Fr. Sergei, Cathy Hotova, and Sue & Joe Galich for assembling the boxwood branches and palm fronds on Lazarus Saturday. Click on the more information link below to view several few photos.

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Many Years! - 04/20/2024

On Saturday, April 20th, Sydney May Gartsu was received into the Orthodox Church through the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation. Congratulations to her parents, Crystal and Jason Gartsu, her godmother, Gretta Lee Cynthia (Gartsu) Flynn, grandparents Elsie and Tom Gartsu, and the extended Gartsu family. Sydney May was churched the following day, on Sunday April 21st.  God grant her Many years! Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo from the Churching.

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Welcome Bishop Nikodhim! - 04/13/2024

On Sunday April 14th (the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, commemorating St. John Climacus (of The Ladder)), St. George welcomed The Right Reverend Nikodhim, Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese, who served Divine Liturgy for us. After Divine Liturgy, Bishop Nikodhim joined the parish for it’s Coffee Hour in the church hall. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Thank you! - 04/11/2024

St. George wishes to thank Greg Buzi II who on Thursday evening, April 11th, hosted a short prayer service followed by a screening of the movie “Man of God” in the church hall. “Man of God” is a movie about St. Nectarios of Aegina. The movie originally was released in April 2021.
The Storyline from Wikipedia:  Man of God brings to life the incredible true story of Saint Nectarios of Aegina, Greece. A priest of the common people, his humility annoyed the prideful orthodox clergy of the day. In contrast to his religious superiors - the bishops and patriarchs mesmerized by worldly honors and power - Nectarios cared for the poor; taught peasant girls to read and write; inspired by example young men to enter the priesthood; and wrote books and delivered sermons that uplifted nations of believers. In this exquisitely made film, relive Nectarios' inspiring devotion and perseverance as, despite the efforts of the religious establishment to discredit him and dismantle his good works over decades, he embraced humility and inspired thousands to become one of Greece's most renowned saints.

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Veneration of the Cross - 2024 - 04/06/2024

At Divine Liturgy on the third Sunday of Great Lent (April 7th), St. George commemorated the Veneration of the Cross. The Cross is venerated as it stands in the middle of the Church at the middle of Great Lent, reminding us of Christ’s redemption. The Troparian for the day:  O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians, / over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Your Cross / preserve Your habitation! Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy & Commemorating the Albanian Archdiocese - 2024 - 03/24/2024

On Sunday, March 24th, St. George recognized the Sunday of Orthodoxy, (or The Triumph of Orthodoxy) on the 1st Sunday of Great Lent. Our parish celebrates an annual Albanian secular tradition called the “icon auction” or “Konizmat”, which began back in February when parishioners took home some of the church icons they bid on as part of a Stewardship tradition.  On Sunday (for The Triumph of Orthodoxy), the persons who took “their” icon home back in February returned them back to the church during the procession of the Great Entrance. To learn more, click onto the following link:  Konizmat Icon Auction
 
Additionally, at the end of Divine Liturgy, St. George held prayers for the blessing and guidance of the Albanian Archdiocese, along with a  memorial service for all of our departed diocesan hierarchs, and for the priests and priftëresha who served our parishes.  This is a new commemoration inaugurated by Bishop Nikodhim, and will be held annually on the Sunday before the Feast of the Annunciation, which is March 25th each year.  Please click onto the more information link below to view some photos.
 

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Teuta Society holds their annual luncheon - 03/03/2024

On Sunday, March 3rd after Divine Liturgy, the Teuta Ladies Society of St. George held its annual luncheon for its members at Vazzy’s in Bridgeport.  This year marks the 93rd year of the Teuta Society’s founding.  The Teuta Ladies continue to be the most important driver of St. George’s fundraising, charitable, and social efforts.  Click onto the more information link below to view several photos from the luncheon. 

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Condolences - 02/28/2024

The St George community would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Jean Brideau on the passing of her brother, John Rafail, who passed away in Oregon last week. We also extend our condolences to the Galich family on the passing of Joe’s brother, George GalichMemory eternal!

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Food donations delivered - 02/19/2024

Recently, food donations were delivered to a food pantry and two soup kitchens.  Throughout the year, St. George maintains the collection of non-perishable food stuffs, personal hygiene products and household cleaning products. Several times a year, those donations are delivered to one of our local food pantries. Recently a delivery of those donations was made to the Monroe Food Pantry – thanks to Greg Buzi Sr. for making the delivery.  Between November 2023 and early February 2024, St. George’s parishioners collected frozen hams and turkeys to distribute to local soup kitchens during February when donations are historically low.  On Monday, Feb 19th, 20 frozen hams and turkeys were delivered to the Thomas Merton Family Center (Bridgeport) and the Beth-El Center (Milford) who operate soup kitchens.  Thanks go out to Brooke & Sophie Dionis and their mother Nicole, and Fr. Sergei for making the deliveries. Finally, many thanks to our parishioners who support these outreach initiatives, those who purchased and donate all the foods, hygiene products, and cleaning products throughout the year.  Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo.

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Lakror Workshop & Social - 02/10/2024

The Teuta Ladies sponsored a Lakror Workshop & Social on Saturday, February 10th. Lakror is a taditional Albanian pie typically made with a vegetable filling. A group of 14 women participated. The workshop purpose was to learn how to make lakror or to brush up on techniques, but also to be social and fun. At the end of the baking session, the group had a lunch sampling their creations. Many thanks to Laura Denisevich who organized, purchased the ingredients, and coordinated the event.  Click onto the more information link below to view photos from the day.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord - 2024 - 02/03/2024

On Sunday, February 4th, St. George celebrated the Feast of The Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple (referred to as “Papandia” in Albanian). The feast was transferred from Friday, Feb 2nd.   For our Teuta Ladies Society, this day is their Patronal Feast, with 2024 marking the 93rd year of the Teuta Society’s founding.Traditionally the Teuta Society offers 5 loaves, wheat, wine and oil for the celebration, and grure, (a boiled-wheat confection) for the health of the parish family. Adding to the joy of the occasion was the presence Deacon Eugene & Livia Shkurti. Deacon Eugene joined Fr. Sergei in serving Divine Liturgy. He is in his third and final year of studies at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary in NY.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.
 

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Welcome Bishop Nikodhim, and Congratulations to Bill Kovachi - 01/14/2024

On Sunday, January 14th, St. George welcomed The Right Reverend Nikodhim, Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese, who served Divine Liturgy for us. This was his first visit to St. George as Bishop. We also welcomed Barry Migyanko, the Diocesan Executive Administrator, who accompanied Bishop Nikodhim.  Finally, the parish of St. George wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Bill Kovachi (and to his family). In a special surprise after Divine Liturgy, Bill was awarded the honor of the Knight of St. George award from Bishop Nikodhim. The Knight of St. George is the “highest honor that can be bestowed upon a layperson in the Archdiocese”, where the recipient is well recognized both for service to their parish as well as the Archdiocese over an extended period of time. May God bless Bill as he continues his Stewardship work for our community.  Click onto the more information link to view several photos. 

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Thanks to many for their Stewardship! - 01/03/2024

The parish of St. George extends our thanks to the many people who helped to make our Christmas services beautiful and meaningful celebrations, and to those who helped support St. George with their dedicated stewardship work over the past year. Click onto the more information link below to view details. 

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Prayer for the New Year - 12/31/2023

Click onto the following link to view a Prayer for the New Year.

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The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord & Many Years to Sally Balis - 12/24/2023

Christ is born! Glorify Him! & Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian.  Additionally, on Sunday, Dec 24th during Divine Liturgy (on the Eve of the Nativity of Christ), St. George joyously witnessed Sally Balis being received into the Orthodox Church.  Many God grant Sally Many years!  Please click onto the more information link below to several few photos.

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2023 Community Christmas Card - 12/19/2023

The St. George Parish Family wishes you a joyous celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Christ is Born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! Click onto the more information link below to view larger photos of the Community Christmas Card.  We wish to acknowledge a donation from "Brendan and Jane Quinn Family", however we received it after we went to the printer.  

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Some Christmas Cheer from St. George's Elves - 12/15/2023

On Saturday, Dec 16th, a group of "St. George Elves" delivered a bag of Christmas Cheer to some of our senior parishioners who are restricted at home or haven't been able to attend church services due to age or health. The gifts were assembled and delivered to help remind these parishioners that they remain in our thoughts and prayers.  The Christmas Cheer bag contained homemade cookies, candies and baked treats, some seasonal teas, a home-made Christmas decoration, a Poinsettia plant, and a handmade card from one of our church school children. Our sincere thanks go out to: Pam Buzi, Sharon Buzi, Laura Chadwick, Laura Coughlin, Diane Cryan, Luba Csernica, Laura Denisevich, Sue Galich, Jennifer Goetz, and Kim O'Brien. We also wish to additionally thank our Church School children who created the holiday cards and Dave Dougiello from Commerce Hill Funeral Home for a generous donation that was used to support this project. Click onto the more information link below to view some photos.

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Condolences - 12/11/2023

We were saddened to learn that Priscilla Christianson died on Thursday, Dec 7th.  St. George extends our condolences to her husband Daniel, her sister JoAnn Mahoney, and their extended family.  Click onto the following link to view Priscilla's Obituary. Memory Eternal!

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St. Nicholas Celebration - 2023 - 12/02/2023

On Sunday, Dec 3rd after Divine Liturgy, the parish held its annual St. Nicholas Party during it's Coffee Hour. The Feast day for St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, is commemorated each year on December 6th  This event is held specifically for the parish children, but also for the parish community to gather for fellowship and seasonal joy.  There is a visit from Santa for the children, and all are requested to donate a Christmas gift to donate to local charity drives.  Click on the more information link below to view several photos. 

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Memory Eternal - +Prifteresha Elisabeth Bouteneff - 11/25/2023

St. George is extremely saddened to learn of the repose of Prifteresha Elisabeth (Lisa) Bouteneff, beloved wife of Fr. Sergei Bouteneff, on Saturday, November 25th.  Their ministry together faithfully served our parish of Saint George beginning in 1989 for 21 years, and most recently over the past 5 years in their retirement, filling in during our parish priest vacancy. The funeral and burial services were held on Thursday, November 30th at St. George Orthodox Church and at St. John's Cemetery in Monroe. We extend our deepest condolences to the Bouteneff family. Click onto the following link to view an In Memoriam.  May her memory be eternal!

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Congratulations to Fr. Sergei! - 11/24/2023

On Saturday, November 25th (the 2nd day after Thanksgiving),  St. George wishes to congratulate Fr. Sergei Bouteneff on the 46th anniversary of his ordination into the Priesthood. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! to Fr. Sergei, Prifteresha Elisabeth, and his family.
 

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Teuta donates to the Parish Future Fund - 11/18/2023

Following Divine Liturgy on November 19th, Diane Cryan, the President of the Teuta Society, presented a check of $10,000 from profits of the recent Fall Bazaar to Bill Kovachi, the President of the Parish Council for St. George’s Future Fund.  Diane again thanked everyone for the great teamwork and efforts that had made the annual Bazaar a success. Many Years to the Teuta Society of St. George! Click onto the more information link to view a larger photo.

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Recognizing our Veterans - 2023 - 11/12/2023

On Sunday November 12th after Divine Liturgy (the day after Veteran’s Day), St. George recognized our Veterans for their service to our country. Children from our Church School prepared some hand-made Thank-you cards which they gave to the Vets.  Click onto the following link to view the Veteran’s Day Prayer that was read during the recognition.  Click onto the more information link below to view a several photos. Many Years!

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Proclamation of the Holy Synod on the Glorification of Matushka Olga - 11/08/2023

On November 8th, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, have unanimously decided and decree for the Glorification (or canonization - the official recognition of a person as a saint of the Church) of Matushka Olga of Kwethluk, Alaska. 

Click onto the following links to view a 6 minute Video from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon. 

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40-Day Memorial for Fr. Arthur Liolin - 11/04/2023

St. George held a 40-Day Memorial Service for the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Arthur E. Liolin on Sunday, November 5th after Divine Liturgy. Fr. Arthur was the  former pastor of St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral and Chancellor Emeritus of the Albanian Archdiocese in America. Click onto the following link to view an In Memoriam from the OCA:  https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/protopresbyter-arthur-e-liolin 

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Fall Bazaar - 2023 - 10/28/2023

St. George held it's annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 28th, it was a successful event on a beautiful warm and sunny day.  A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all who had their hand in assisting with the Bazaar in some way - with organizing, set-up, cooking, baking, donating, working the event, and cleaning up at the end.  The Bazaar featured Ethnic dishes, Take-out meals, Albanian pastries, Take-A-Chance table, and Handcrafted items for sale.  We especially wish to recognize and thank the women of the Teuta Society who are the major driver and effort behind this event.  The Bazaar is St. George's major fundraising event during the calendar year. We unfortunately have not been able to hold a Bazaar the past 3 years due to risks from the COVID pandemic  - so it was rewarding to see it’s return.  Click onto the following link to view the 2023 Bazaar Ad Book - we ask you to review and note the businesses that supported us, and return the gesture by supporting their businesses. On Nov 5th after Divine Liturgy, Diane Cryan, President of the Teuta Society confirmed the success of the Bazaar, thanked everyone who supported it this year, and reported that the proceeds from the Bazaar will net at least $11,200 (there remains some final donations and expenses to finalize, but the final proceeds will at minimum be in that range). Click onto the more information link below to view several photos.

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Condolences - 10/08/2023

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Bindner on Saturday, October 7th.  St. George extends its condolences to Mary Lazar Bindner and the Lazar family. Memory Eternal!

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Recognizing St. George's Choir on Church Musician Sunday - 2023 - 09/30/2023

On Sunday October 1st, after Divine Liturgy, St. George recognized it’s Choir and Readers as part of a national recognition of “Church Musician Sunday”. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has designated the Sunday on or following the commemoration of Saint Romanus the Melodist (October 1st) as “Church Musician Sunday.” Church Musician Sunday highlights the essential role of liturgical music in Orthodox Christian worship and the important role of church musicians in the life of the Church. The Parish Council hosted a coffee hour in honor of the Choir in the Church Hall.  Click onto the more information link below to view 2 photos.

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Memory Eternal! Protopresbyter Arthur Liolin - 09/28/2023

It is with great sadness, but hope in the resurrection that we inform you of the passing of the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Arthur E. Liolin, former pastor of St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral and Chancellor Emeritus of the Albanian Archdiocese in America.

Click onto the following link to view an In Memoriam from the OCA. https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/protopresbyter-arthur-e-liolin   

The Visitation and Funeral were held on Friday and Saturday, Oct 6th & 7th. A video of the Divine Liturgy held on Sat, Oct 7th can be viewed on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgeOrthodoxChurch  Thanks to Laura Chadwick for posting the streamed service. 

St. George held a Memorial Service for Fr. Arthur on Sunday, October 1st after Divine Liturgy.  Click onto the more information link below to view a photo. I perjetshem kujtimi! 

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Welcome Fr. David Koles - 09/23/2023

St. George welcomed and wishes to thank Fr. David Koles for serving Divine Liturgy for us on Sunday, September 24th. Fr. David is recently retired, and was the former pastor at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Britain, CT.  

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Archdiocesan Assembly & Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Nikodhim - Sept 15 & 16, 2023 - 09/16/2023

On Friday, September 15, 2023, the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America held it’s annual Archdiocesan Assembly at St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral in Boston.  At that Assembly, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America canonically elected Archimandrite Nikodhim to Diocesan Bishop of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese. 

The next day, on Saturday September 16th at a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy presided by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Archimandrite Nikodhim was consecrated to the episcopacy of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  The consecration was held at St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral.

St. George wishes to thank Cathy Hotova and Bob Lazar who represented our parish as delegates to the Assembly on Friday.   Additionally, we thank Laura Coughlin and Karen Masek who attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Ordination on Saturday. Finally, thanks to Pauline Dionis, Curt & Nicole Dionis and their daughters Brooke & Sophie who on Sunday, September 17th attended Bishop Nikodhim’s first service as our Diocesan Bishop.

Click onto the following link to view the OCA News update (photos can be viewed at a link at the bottom of the article:  https://www.oca.org/news/headline-news/episcopal-ordination-of-bishop-nikodhim-as-bishop-of-boston-and-the-albanian-archdiocese

Click onto the following link to view 2 videos from the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ89Wnj586M  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF2rII0uQJA

Also click onto the more information link below to view a few photos from the Hieracrchical Divine Liturgy and Episcopal Ordination, and from Bishop Nikodhim's 1st Divine Liturgy service as the Archdiocesan Bishop .

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Condolences - 09/15/2023

We recently learned of the passing of Florence Costoulas.  Florence is the maternal aunt of Bev Dacey. St. George extends our condolences to the Dacey family. Memory Eternal!

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Birth Announcement - 09/12/2023

Congratulations to Chelsey (O'Brien) and Hans Lugus on the birth of their son, Otto Wallace, born on September 7, 2023. He weighed in at 7lbs 8oz. Proud grandparents are Kim and John O'Brien and Jennifer and Kristjan Lugus.  His great-grandmothers are Toni Barmashi and Mary O'Brien.  Per Shume Vjet! Many Years!

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Condolences - 09/11/2023

St. George was saddened to learn that Walter Ostrowski passed away on Monday, September 11th.  Walter was the brother-in-law to Jen Goetz. We extend our condolences to the Ostrowski, Goetz, and Lopen families. May his memory be eternal!

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2023 - 2024 Church School Year Begins - 09/10/2023

The beginning of the 2023 - 2024 Church School Year began on Sunday, Sept 10th.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/04/2023

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!

Erin Galich - is a Senior majoring in Psychology at Central Connecticut State University (New Britain). 
James Goetz - is a Senior attending University of Maryland, majoring in Economics.
Pandora Kerma – is majoring in Photography at CT State Community College (the old Housatonic Community College).  

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Condolences - 08/31/2023

St. George learned James Karoli passed away on Thursday, August 31st.  We send our condolences to wife, Rachel, his sister Louise Gallagher, and the rest of the Karoli family. Memory Eternal!

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Parish Picnic - 2023 - 08/27/2023

St. George held a Parish Picnic after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 27th.  The picnic was held outside on the rear yard, and was a fundraiser hosted by the Teuta Ladies Society. Many thanks to all that supported the picnic by cooking and preparing salads and sides of food, managed the grills, set-up and broke down the tents, tables, chairs, and grills, and helped with all the final clean-up.  And finally a thank you to all who supported the event by participating. We would especially like to thank Mary, John, & Maribeth DiIlulio, and Pierre Rhodes (Maribeth's boyfriend and owner of Beyond All Drones).  Pierre took numerous drone photos and put together a unique video of the picnic from above - click onto the following link to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dljNnQX_XA8   Click onto the more information link below to view numerous photos from the picnic, several are also from a drone camera.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - 2023 - 08/20/2023

On Sunday, August 20th, St. George celebrated the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. The celebration of this feast was transferred from Tuesday, August 15th, the normal date it is celebrated. This feast commemorates the repose (dormition) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and also commemorates the assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.  After Divine Liturgy, there was the blessing of fragrant herbs and flowers, which is customary on this feast. St. George wishes to thank Fr. Dennis Rhodes who served Divine Liturgy for us on this day. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Many Years! - 08/19/2023

On Saturday, August 19th, Sienna Ann Moras was received into the Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation.  Sunday September 3rd was Sienna's Churching service (presentation in the context of community) during Divine Liturgy.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!  Click onto the more information link below to look at an enlarged version of the photo.

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Frozen Hams donated to the Thomas Merton Center - 08/12/2023

On Saturday, August 12th, donations of over 50 lbs of frozen hams were made to the Thomas Merton Center (Bridgeport) who operate a meal program. Our thanks go out to Sophie Dionis, her mother Nicole, and to Fr. Sergei for making the delivery.  Also, many thanks to our parishioners who purchased and donated the hams for this charity effort.  Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo.  

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Celebrating the Feast of Transfiguration - 2023 - 08/06/2023

On Sunday, August 6th, St. George celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration with Divine Liturgy.  After Divine Liturgy, Fr. Sergei, assisted by Deacon Eugene Shkurti, blessed grapes, fruit, and vegetables that is traditional on this feast day.  The blessing of grapes and other fruits and vegetables is an ancient tradition of the Orthodox Church, stretching all the way back to the early church, and is a sign of God's renewal of all creation through Christ. Afterwards, parishioners shared their blessed fruits or vegetables at coffee hour. Click onto the more information link below to view some photos.

Below are the prayers that were offered during the blessing of fruits and vegetables:

Prayer at the partaking of grapes on the sixth day of August:
Bless, O Lord, this new fruit of the vine, which, through temperate weather, through showers of rain and times of calm, has attained to ripeness at this hour, according to Thy good pleasure.  May our partaking of this birth of the vine be for gladness, and for the offering of a gift unto Thee for the cleansing of sins, through the sacred and holy Body of Thy Christ, with whom thou art blessed, together with thy most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Prayer for those who offer first fruits:
O Master, Lord our God, who commandest everyone to offer to Thee thine own of thine own, according to their intention, granting them in return thine eternal good things, and who didst favourably accept the offering of the widow which was according to her ability: now also accept these things offered by Thy servants [here present], counting them worthy to lay up the same in thine eternal treasury.  And grant them an abundant harvest of thine eternal good things, together with all things that are profitable unto them.  For blessed is Thy Name, and glorified is Thy kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

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Congratulations to 2023-2024 LaBache Scholarship winners - 08/03/2023

We congratulate the following young adults who are receiving scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year from the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund:

Erin Galich
James Goetz

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Thank you to the Teuta Ladies Society - 07/23/2023

We thank the members of the Teuta Ladies’ Society for their donation of $5,000.00 to St. George’s Future Fund.  The Teuta Society is a major contributor to St. George, organizing numerous social and fundraising events.  Many years to the Teuta Ladies Society!

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Memory Eternal - 07/20/2023

We were saddened to learn that Irene Billings passed away in her sleep on Thursday morning, July 20th.  St. George offers it’s condolences to her children Peter, April, and Christopher, “surrogate” daughter Donna Mladina, her grandchildren Alexa, Katrina, and Peter, Jr., her brothers James and Theodore Petro, and to her extended family. May her memory be eternal!

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Welcome to the Shkurti's - 07/09/2023

St. George was pleased to host Deacon Eugene & Livia Shkurti during their visit to St. George on Sunday, July 9th.  Deacon Eugene assisted serving Divine Liturgy with Fr. Sergei. He has completed his second year of studies at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and is taking an intense program of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) this summer. His visits are part of his parish internship. Deacon Eugene will be visiting with us periodically in the future as his schedule permits. The photo to the left is of Deacon Eugene reading the Gospel lesson of the day. 

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Congratulations! - 07/06/2023

We wish to congratulate Nikollaq Tollkuci who recently became a US citizen. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! 

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Welcome Fr. Dennis - 07/02/2023

St. George welcomed and thanked Fr. Dennis Rhodes for serving Divine Liturgy for us on Sunday, July 2nd.  Fr. Dennis was our parish priest from 2010 through 2018, afterwhich he retired after serving 40 years as a priest.  

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Father's Day - 2023 - 06/18/2023

St. George recognized Fathers’s Day on Sunday, June 18th during Divine Liturgy.  Prayers were offered for all of the living and departed fathers, stepfathers, sons, stepsons, husbands, brothers, stepbrothers, great grandfathers, great grandsons, grandfathers, grandsons, great-uncles, uncles, nephews, godfathers, and all those who "fathered" us in our time of need. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi! for our departed fathers, and Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! for those living fathers.

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Congratulations - 06/16/2023

St. George congratulates Lluiza Tollkuci who recently became a US citizen. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! 

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Church School Recognition - 2023 - 06/11/2023

Congratulations to the Students and Teachers of our Church School as they completed their 2022-2023 academic year.  After Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 11th, we marked the end of the Church School year with a short recognition ceremony.  Specific thanks go out to first to our students and their parents for their attendance; to Curt Dionis our Church School Coordinator; to Pauline Dionis who is our Church School “Superintendent” or lead teacher; to our Assistant Teachers: Nicole Dionis, Greg Buzi, Haley Dionis and Lauren Dionis; to Louise Gallagher and Bob Lazar for their assistance with candles and icon organization and support of the children’s procession during the Great Entrance; to Sue & Joe Galich, Melissa Galich, and Erin Galich for their work organizing the St. Nicholas Christmas Party and our Easter Egg Hunt after Pascha; and to Fr. Sergei Bouteneff for his weekly meetings with the students before Church School instruction.  Click onto the more information link to view 3 photos.

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Many Years! - 06/04/2023

God bless and Many Years to Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Post Dacey, to her parents Alexis & Peter Dacey, to grandmother Bev Dacey, and to her sponsers Blaise & Marica Ancona on her recent "churching" (her presentation to the church community) on Sunday, June 4th (which was the Feast of Pentecost - looked at as the birth of the Church).

Lizzie was received into the Orthodox Church through the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation on May 6th.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.   
 

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Remembering our Deceased Military Veterans - Memorial Day 2023 - 05/27/2023

On Sunday, May 28th, St. George recognized Memorial Day by praying for all of our deceased military veterans from the parish family. Memorial Day is a holiday that was established to officially remember those who have died in service to our country (Veterans Day was established to officially thank our living veterans).  St. George has had only one parishioner, Michael J. Vani, who died during his military service (during World War II).  St. George expanded our remembrance to include all the deceased veterans of our “parish family”, adding relatives of our parish family that served in the military and are now deceased. The living military veterans participated during the Memorial Service by standing in vigil.  Prayers were said for 103 deceased veterans - click onto the following to view the list of names: St George - Names of Deceased Military Veterans  Memory Eternal!  Please click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo from the service.

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Teuta Luncheon - Sun, May 21st - 05/21/2023

On Sunday, May 21st after Divine Liturgy, the Teuta Ladies Society of St. George held a luncheon for its members at Casa Nova Restaurant in Shelton. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Welcome to Fr. Nikodhim, the Shkurti's and Mother's Day 2023 - 05/14/2023

On Sunday, May 14th, St. George was blessed and excited to welcome The Right Reverend Archimandrite Nikodhim, Bishop-elect of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese. Fr.  Nikodhim is presently the Administrator of the Albanian Archdiocese, and is scheduled for his episcopal ordination in September 2023.  Additionally we welcomed the newly ordained Deacon Juxhin (Eugene) and his wife Livia Shkurti. Deacon Juxhin is our Archdiocesan Seminarian currently finishing his 2nd year of studies at St. Vladmir’s Seminary. Coincidentally, May 14th was Mother’s Day, and prayers were said for all of our departed and living mothers from our parish. After Divine Liturgy, a special Coffee Hour was held to welcome our visitors and congratulate all of our mothers on Mother’s Day.  Click onto the more information link below to view several photos.

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Congratulations - 05/06/2023

On Saturday, May 6th,  Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Post Dacey was received in to the Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Lizzie is the daughter of Alexis & Peter Dacey. Many Years!

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Welcome Fr. John & Matushka Denise Jillions - 04/29/2023

On Sunday, April 30th, the parish welcomed Fr. John & Matushka Denise Jillions to St. George.  Fr. John served Divine Liturgy for us in Fr. Sergei's absence. Many in the parish were able to greet Fr. John & Matushka Denise at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy. Fr. John is recently retired after serving as the pastor at Holy Ghost Church in Bridgeport, and was also a former Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America. 

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Holy Synod elects Archimandrite Nikodhim as Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese - 04/25/2023

On Tuesday, April 25th, the Holy Synod canonically elected Archimandrite Nikodhim as Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese.

Click onto the following link to view the OCA announcement.

Click onto the following link to view a few Photos.

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Thanks for their Stewardship! - 04/20/2023

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations.

Thank you to Zoe Michael, Diana Michael, Karen Masek & Laura Coughlin for their donation of flowers for the Petafi in memory of Father Llambi & Priftresha Dhoxhi Michael and family.

Thanks to Louise Gallagher and Bill Kovachi for their donation of Prayer Plants and Easter Lillies for the Altar.

Thank you to Pauline Dionis who decorated the Cross for the Petafi, and to the ‘Myrrh-bearing Women” who decorated the Petafi: Jean Brideau, Laura Coughlin, Diane Cryan, Laura Denisevich, Mary DiIulio, Pauline Dionis, Louise Karoli Gallagher, and Dolores Nauchy.

A special thanks to Diane Cryan, Laura Denisevich, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Elsie Gartsu, and Kim O’Brien for donating the dyed Pascha Eggs.

Thanks to Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha.

To Curt, Nicole, Brooke & Sophie Dionis for filling the plastic eggs with candy, and to Sue, Melissa, and Erin Galich, Madeline Leighton, and Nicole, Brooke & Sophie Dionis for preparing and organizing the successful Children’s Easter Egg Hunt after the Paschal Vesper service.  Also thanks to all the parishioners who made donations of candy which was needed to fill the plastic eggs. 

Fr. Sergei Bouteneff who served all the Lenten, Holy Week and Paschal services for us, and for continuing to assist us, and serve all the Liturgies at St. George.

Luba Csernica and Cathy Hotova for the live-streaming of services.

Cantors Peter Dacey and Charles Soter for their dedication and reading at all the services.

Thanks to Louise Gallager and Bob Lazar who faithfully change the table cloths when required by feast or church season.  And thanks to Louise who also irons and prepares all the table cloths ahead of time so they are ready to be switched out.  

The Choir and Karen Masek for their singing on Palm Sunday, the Holy Wednesday Matins with Unction service, the Holy Thursday Matins with Passion Gospel Readings, the Holy Friday Matins with Lamentations, and the midnight Paschal Liturgy. 

All of our volunteer readers who helped during all of the Holy Week services. 

Louise Gallagher and Cathy Hotova for all their efforts with the coffee hour set-up each Sunday.

Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary – he faithfully helps at all services.

To the Altar Servers for their time and assistance.

And to all those who came to pray and celebrate the services

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Pascha - 2023 - 04/15/2023

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 16th.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Great and Holy Friday - 2023 - 04/14/2023

St. George completed services for Good Friday with the afternoon Vespers Service of Taking down from the Cross, and the Friday evening Matins service for Great and Holy Saturday, with the Praises (or Lamentations) at the Tomb of Christ.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos from the services.
 

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Holy Thursday Matins Service - 04/13/2023

On Thursday evening, April 13th, St. George continued its cycle of services for Holy Week with the Matins service of Great and Holy Friday with the Twelve Gospel readings. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Celebrating Palm Sunday - 2023 - 04/09/2023

On April 9th, St. George celebrated Palm Sunday, which marks the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. After Divine Liturgy, there was a procession of palms lead by some members of the Church School, and the blessing of the palms which were held high by the parishioners.  This year, due to difficulty acquiring pussy willow branches, a mix of pussy willow branches, boxwood branches, and palm fronds were bundled for blessing.  Thanks to Donna Kerma for providing the pussy willows. Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

 

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Condolences - 03/27/2023

St George was saddened to learn that Nancy Peters passed away on March 23rd “after a prolonged illness”.  We offer our condolences to her family. Memory eternal!

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Welcome Fr. John Jillions - 03/11/2023

St. George welcomed and thanked Fr. John Jillions who served Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 12th for us in Fr. Sergei's absence.  Fr. John is recently retired after serving as the pastor at Holy Ghost Church in Bridgeport, and was also a former Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America. 

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Thank you for your support for the Earthquake Relief efforts in Turkey & Syria - 03/07/2023

From February 19th through March 5th, the St. George parish dedicated its weekly charity collections to support the relief efforts from the February 6th earthquake in Turkey and Syria.  St. George was able to collect $2,600.00 and forwarded those funds to the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities), an international humanitarian aid agency who will be coordinating relief efforts to their regional partners.  We thank the many for their generosity to assist in helping with this humanitarian crisis.  

 

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Lenten Bracelets - Veror - 03/05/2023

On Sunday, March 5th, after Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, some of the children tied this bracelet on their right hand. They will keep it on until Paschal Vespers, when they cut it off, and place it on the bushes for the birds. Veror is an Albanian folk spring-time tradition - whose origin is clouded in time - there was the practice of children wearing string bracelets for a period of time, bracelets that they would cut off and throw on the bushes so that the birds would take them for their nesting material. In our parish, this folk custom was integrated into the church as a Lenten effort/reminder during Great Lent. Some of the adults of the parish wear this bracelet in solidarity with the children. The bracelets are crocheted with red and white yarn - a reminder of the nature of Christ: both God and man.  Thanks go out to Lluiza Tollkuci who made the red & white bracelet material this year.

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Condolences - 02/26/2023

On Sunday, Feb 26th, St. George learned of the passing of Vangjo “Petri” Kostandini.  We extend our condolences to Vanjgo’s wife Lirika, his sons Redi and Teodor, his brother and sister-in-law Koli & Lluiza Tollkuci, and his extended family. May his memory be eternal!

 

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Food donations made to two local shelters - 02/20/2023

From November 2022 through early February 2023, St. George’s parishioners collected frozen hams and turkeys as a charity project with the goal of distributing them to local soup kitchens when food donations are historically low.  On Tuesday, Feb 21st, those donations were made to the Thomas Merton Center (Bridgeport) who operate a meal program, and to the Beth-El Center (Milford) who operate a soup kitchen. Our thanks go out to Brooke & Sophie Dionis, their grandmother Pauline Dionis, and to Fr. Sergei for making the deliveries.  Also, many thanks to our parishioners who purchased and donated the foods for this charity effort.  Click onto the more information link below to view 2 photos.  

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Memory Eternal - 02/08/2023

St. George was saddened to learn that Krisanthi Peters passed away on Wednesday, Feb 8th. Krisanthi, who was 101 years old, was our oldest parishioner. We extend our condolences to her sons, Kenneth and Gregory, and their families. Memory Eternal!

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Celebrating the Meeting of the Lord "Papandia" - Teuta Ladies Patronal Feast Day - 02/05/2023

We congratulate the members of the Teuta Ladies’ Society on their celebration of their Patronal Feast Day, the Meeting of the Lord - "Papandia".  (The celebration of Feast of the Meeting of the Lord was transferred this year from February 2nd to February 5th.)

This year, as in years past, the ladies present were called to stand vigil in prayer around their offerings of bread, wheat, wine and oil, and a boiled wheat-sugar-nut confection (called grure in Albanian) for the health of the parish family.

The Teuta Ladies, who recently celebrated their 90th anniversary, were also recognized and thanked by the parish for all their support to St. George by singing God Grant you Many Years.

Click onto the more information link below to view a photo. 

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Congratulations! - 01/26/2023

Congratulations go out to Christopher and Gina Buzi who celebrated the birth of their daughter Elira Joy Buzi on Tuesday, January 24th. She weighed in at 7.1lbs and was 21 inches long.  Congratulations also go out to the grandparents: Greg and Sharon Buzi

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Celebrating the Teuta Ladies Society on their 90th Anniversary - 2023 - 01/15/2023

On Sunday, January 15th, St. George celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Teuta Society with prayers after Divine Liturgy and at our coffee hour. Click onto the more information link to read a short history summary of the founding of the Teuta Society along with a few photos.

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+ Shirley Jordan - 01/14/2023

St. George was saddened to learn that Shirley Jordan passed away Saturday morning, Jan 14, 2023. We extend our condolences to Shirley’s daughters, Beth Veneri and Susan Batura, and to their families. Memory Eternal!

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Thank you to many for their Stewardship! - 01/10/2023

The parish of St. George extends our heartfelt thanks to the many people who helped to make our Christmas services beautiful and meaningful celebrations, and to those who helped support St. George with their dedicated stewardship work over the past year. Click onto the more information link below to view the details.

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Theophany - 2023 - 01/07/2023

Unfortuantely due to illness, Divine Liturgy was not held for the Feast of Theophany on Sunday, January 8th (transferred from Fri, Jan 6th).  In a protective mask, Fr. Sergei did conduct the service for the Great Blessing of Water.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Congratulations! - 01/04/2023

Congratulations to Alexis and Peter Dacey who were blessed with the successful arrival of Elizabeth Post Dacey. She was born on December 30th, 2022, weighing 7lbs 2oz and a length of 20.5 inches.

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Congratulations! - 01/03/2023

On December 30, 2022, Chelsey O’Brien was married to Hans Lugus in Narragansett, RI. We wish them many happy and healthy years!

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Prayer for the New Year - 12/31/2022

Click onto the following link to download and view a Prayer for the New Year

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Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord - 2022 - 12/24/2022

Christ is born! Glorify Him!   Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian.  On the Eve of the Nativity of Christ, the St. George community celebrated with a Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil for the feast of the Nativity of the Lord.

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Community Christmas Card - 2022 - 12/20/2022

The St. George Parish Family wishes you a joyous celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Christ is Born! Glorify Him!  Click onto the more information link below to view the inside of the Community Christmas Card.

 

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Thank you! - 12/19/2022

St. George wishes to thank Dave Denisevich who built and stained oak frames along with mounting the two icons St. George received as gifts from the former Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary Church in Waterbury, CT.  The icons, which are of the Mystical celebration of Communion in heaven with Christ as the main celebrant, were mounted in the Altar (their traditional location). The Parish Council appointed a committee of three, Dave Denisevich, Bob Lazar, and Nardi Tollkuci, to oversee the project from beginning to the end. Again, we wish to thank the parish of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary Church for these gifts. Additional thank you's to Joe Galich, Bob Lazar, and Tim Coughlin who helped with the mounting. Click onto the more information link below to learn more and view a few photos.

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Christmas Cheer from St. George's Elves - 2022 - 12/11/2022

On Sunday, Dec 11th after Divine Liturgy, a group of "St. George Elves" delivered a bag of Christmas Cheer and a Poinsettia plant to some of our senior parishioners who are restricted at home or haven't been able to attend church services due to age or health. The gifts were assembled and delivered to help remind these parishioners that they remain in our thoughts and prayers.  The Christmas Cheer bag contained homemade cookies and treats, some seasonal teas, an icon of St. Nicholas, a decorative cross, a handmade card from one of our church school children, and a 2023 Church calendar.  Our sincere thanks go out to: Sharon Buzi, Laura Chadwick, Laura Coughlin, Diane Cryan, Luba Csernica, Laura Denisevich, Sue Galich, Jennifer Goetz, Karen Masek, and Kim O'Brien. We also wish to thank our Church School children who created the holiday cards. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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St. Nicholas Party - 2022 - 12/04/2022

On Sunday, Dec 4th after Divine Liturgy, the parish held its St. Nicholas Party during it's Coffee Hour.   This event is held specifically for the parish children, but also for the parish community to gather for fellowship and seasonal joy.  There is a visit from Santa for the children, and all are requested to donate a Christmas gift to donate to local charity drives.  Click on the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Care Packages for our College Students - 2022 - 11/28/2022

On Monday evening, November 28th, as an outreach to the young women and men of our parish, a few members from the Choir gathered in the church hall to make up care packages of cereal, snacks, cookies, hot cocoa mix, and candy for our collegians as they approach their semester final exams.  Click onto the more information link below to view 2 photos.

 

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Congratulations! - 11/23/2022

On Friday, November 25th (the day after Thanksgiving),  St. George wishes to congratulate Fr. Sergei Bouteneff on the 45th anniversary of his ordination into the Priesthood. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! to Fr. Sergei, Prifteresha Elisabeth, and his family.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Entrance of the Virgin Mary into the Temple - 11/20/2022

St. George celebrated the feast of the Entrance of the Virgin Mary into the Temple on Sunday, November 20th (this feast was transferred from Nov 21st, the date it is normally celebrated).  After Divine Liturgy, the church school children particpated in a procession with an icon of the feast.  

The Troparion of this feast is: Today is the prelude of the good will of God, / of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. / The Virgin appears in the temple of God, / in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. / Let us rejoice / and sing to her: / "Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation.

Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Congratulations - 11/20/2022

On Sunday, November 20th, Aida (Kalapo) and Kreshink (Niko) Corbaxhi welcomed their second child, a daughter, Valentina. She is welcomed into the family by big brother, Kristo, and grandparents Vasil and Qeti Kalapo. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Holy Synod confirms Episcopal nomination of Fr. Nikodhim - 11/17/2022

Released November 17, 2022:  Below please find is a press release with regard to the recent elevation of Fr. Nikodhim to Archimandrite and appointment as Administrator of the Albanian Archdiocese as well as the designation of Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania as the new locum tenens for the Albanian Archdiocese.   

 

Holy Synod confirms Episcopal nomination of Father Nikodhim
 
“The Holy Synod, at its recent regular fall 2022 session, has received this nomination with joy and looks forward to your ordination to the episcopacy, by the grace of God, next fall. In all ways therefore it is clear that you have already proved yourself able to be an archimandrites: a ruler of the sheepfold. Today the holy Synod recognizes this fact by honoring you with the title Archimandrite.”
 
Concluding the meetings of the Holy Synod and celebrating the tenth anniversary of his own service as Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, addressed Fr. Nikodhim with the above words at last Sunday’s Divine Liturgy. From the heart of the monastery Church of St. Tikhon’s and with his brother hierarchs surrounding him, he admonished the newly elevated archimandrite to continue in his service to the faithful of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese. By decision of the Holy Synod, Fr. Nikodhim was named administrator of the same.
 
During their time together, the Synod also designated Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania as the new locum tenens for the Albanian Archdiocese. With his long experience in both Byzantine and Slavic service practices and a pronounced talent for shoring up the administrative needs of his own diocese, Abp. Mark embraced this new obligation, promising his care and guidance to the clergy and faithful of this diocesan family.
 
To Archbishop Mark, locum tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese, and to Fr. Nikodhim, its new administrator, many years! Për shumë vjet!

 

Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo of Fr. Nikodhim and Metropolitan Tikhon (photo on the upper-left)
 

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Recognizing our Veterans - 2022 - 11/12/2022

On Sunday, November 13th, St. George recognized our Veterans for their service to our country after Divine Liturgy. Children from our Church School prepared some hand-made Thank you cards which they handed out to the Vets.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. Many Years!

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Congratulations! - 11/02/2022

St. George was joyed to hear of the birth of Sydney May Gartsu on November 2nd to Crystal and Jason Gartsu., She weighed in at 7 lbs 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. Our congratulations also go out to the happy grandparents Tom and Elsie Gartsu.  Many years!

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Condolences - 10/16/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that Carmen Costa passed away on Wednesday, Oct 12th.  We extend our condolences to her husband George, sister-in-law Mary DiIulio and her husband John, and their families. Memory Eternal!

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Church Musician Sunday - 2022 - 10/02/2022

On Sunday, October 2nd after Divine Liturgy, Saint George recognized our Choir and Readers as part of the commemoration of “Church Musician Sunday:”

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America recently designated the Sunday following the commemoration of Saint Romanus the Melodist (October 1st) as “Church Musician Sunday.” This new yearly designation will highlight the essential role of liturgical music in Orthodox Christian worship and the important role of church musicians in the life of the Church.  On this day, parishes are encouraged to recognize those who serve in the various roles involved in Church music: choir directors, singers, chanters, readers, composers, arrangers, and bell-ringers, through a public acknowledgment following the Divine Liturgy.

The photo on the left is an icon located at St. George on the rear (or north-side) wall of the choir -  it is the Icon of the Feast of the Protection of the Most-Holy Theotokos.  The St. George icon shows the Theotokos standing above the faithful with her arms outstretched in prayer, but below the Theotokos, in the center of the icon, stands Saint Romanus the Melodist, the famous hymnographer whose feast is also celebrated on the same day. On the lower left corner of the icon is his choir. 

Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.
 

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God Bless Alexandra Illyria Michael - 10/01/2022

It was our joy to receive Alexandra Illyria Michael through the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation on Saturday, October 1st.   Congratulations to her parents Jonathan Lambi and Sanja (Gerskovic) Michael (in the photo with Alexandra on the left), her sponsors Kelly Marie Coughlin and Leon Gerskovic, grandmother Diana Michael, and aunt and uncle Laura & Tim Coughlin. Alexandra was churched the following day, on Sunday October 2nd. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.
 

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Memory Eternal! - 09/30/2022

St. George was deeply saddened to learn that Fr. Dennis Rhodes's son, Jonathan, died yesterday (Friday, Sept 30th) at the age of 39.  The parish of St. George sends our prayers and condolences to Fr. Dennis and his family. For those looking to mail their condolences directly, Fr Dennis's address is: 48 North School Lane, Souderton, PA 18964-1100. May Jonathan's memory be eternal!

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Fr. Nikodhim selected to be a candidate for Bishop at Special Albanian Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/23/2022

AXIOS!  I VYER!  HE IS WORTHY!

Fr. Nikodhim (Preston) was selected to be the candidate of choice to fill the vacant See of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese at the Special Albanian Archdiocesan Assembly of 2022. held at the Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church (Jamaica Estates, NY), The vacancy caused by the untimely death of Archbishop NIKON, of thrice blessed memory.  Representing Saint George at this historic event were Bill Kovachi, Cathy Hotova, and Bob Lazar, with Peter Dacey as alternate.  Father Nikodhim"s name will be submitted shortly to the Holy Synod for their final approval and confirmation.  After that point, the Archdiocese, together Metropolitan TIKHON and the rest of the Holy Synod, will begin to plan for the Episcopal Consecration and Enthronement of Fr.Nikodhim as the Bishop for the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  Per shume vjet!  Many years!  Fr. Nikodhim

Click onto the following attachment to view a summary of Fr. Nikodhim's career, qualifications, and education:  Fr. Nikodhim Preston CV

Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo of Fr. Nikodhim and Metropolitan Tikhon (the photo on the left).

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Procession of the Cross for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 09/18/2022

On Sunday, September 18th, after Divine Liturgy, St George celebrated with a Procession of the Cross for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (celebrated on Sept 14th) so the Church school children could participate (Sept 14th was a school day). Click onto the following links to view short videos of the Procession of the Cross and Prostrations before the Cross.

Procession of the Cross:  https://www.youtube.com/shorts/MwrAk1Pthf4

Prostrations before the Cross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVQJXiG8Qeo

 

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Memory Eternal - 09/18/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that one of our former parishioners, Esther Darling, passed away Sunday morning, September 18th.  We extend our condolences to her children Kathy and Karen, sister and brother-in-law Mary and John DiIulio, brother George (Carmen) Costa, and their families. Memory Eternal!

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Celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 2022 - 09/13/2022

St. George celebrated the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (also known as the Elevation of the Cross) with Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, September 14th.  This feast day commemorates the finding of Christ’s Cross by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century.  The procession with the cross around the church was held on Sunday when the children of the parish were out of school and able to participate in the procession.
 
The Troparion for this feast day:  O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians / over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Your Cross, / preserve Your habitation.

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Parish Picnic - 09/11/2022

St. George held a Parish Picnic after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 11th.  The picnic was held outside on the rear yard, and was a fundraiser hosted by the Teuta Ladies Society and the Parish Council. The picnic was successful both socially and financially, having raised over $1,600. Click onto the more information link below to view several photos.

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Memory Eternal - 09/10/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that Julia Pikulik passed away on Saturday, Sept 10th. St. George extends its condolences to Julia's son Mark, daughter-in-law Janet, and granddaughter Katherine. May her memory be eternal!

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Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos - 09/08/2022

On Thursday, September 8th, St. George celebrated Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.  This feast commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, and is celebrated on September 8th each year. 

The Troparion for this feast:  Your Nativity, O Virgin, / Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! / The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, / Has shone from You, O Theotokos! / By annulling the curse, / He bestowed a blessing. / By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life.

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+ Metropolitan Herman - 09/06/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that on Tuesday morning, September 6th, His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman, former Archbishop of Washington, and Metropolitan of All-America and Canada, fell asleep in the Lord.

Metropolitan Herman was the past spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church in America from 2002 until his retirement in 2008. 

Please click onto the following link to view an In Memoriam from the OCA:   https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/his-beatitude-metropolitan-herman

May his memory be eternal!

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+NIKON - 09/01/2022

With love we remember Archbishop Nikon, whose third year anniversary of death falls on September 1st. Memory Eternal!

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Welcome! - 08/28/2022

We wish to announce and welcome two new members to our parish family this year:  Lorraine Vangel and Thanassi Lazos (Susan Pando Lazos husband). Please congratulate and welcome them when you next greet them. God grant them “Many Years!”

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Special Thanks! - 08/25/2022

We would like to thank Kristen Youngberg and Jennifer Soter for donating the "new" refrigerator in the church hall kitchen. It was much needed!

We are also very grateful to Charley & Joann Soter and Dave Denisevich for having the refrigerator moved to and set-up at St. George.

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Congratulations to a Graduate & Best wishes to our Collegians! - 08/25/2022

Congratulations and best wishes to George Goetz who recently completed his graduate studies receiving a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Penn State.  
 
The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!
John Babich – is a Senior attending the University of Maryland majoring in Biology, with a pre-med track.  
Philip Caliendo - is a Junior attending Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), majoring in Finance.
Erin Galich - is a Junior studying Psychology at Central Connecticut State University (New Britain). 
James Goetz - is a Junior attending University of Maryland, studying Business.   
Pandora Kerma – is a Sophomore at Housatonic Community College  

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The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - 2022 - 08/14/2022

On Monday, August 15th, St. George celebrated Divine Liturgy for the great feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.  This feast commemorates the repose (dormition) or "falling-asleep" of the Virgin Mary. 

The Troparion for this feast: In giving birth you preserved your virginity, / In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, / And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death. 

After Divine Liturgy, there was the blessing of fragrant herbs and flowers, which is customary for this feast. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration - 2022 - 08/07/2022

St. George celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration on Sunday, August 7th.  (This feast normally falls on August 6th, however this year St. George transferred the celebration of this feast day to Sunday, August 7th). As is common practice in the Orthodox Church, grapes and other fruits (and vegetables) were blessed after Divine Liturgy.

The Troparion for this feast:  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, / revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. / Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, / through the prayers of the Theotokos. / O Giver of Light, glory to You!

Click onto the more information link below to view 3 photos.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross - 07/31/2022

St. George celebrated the Feast of the Procession of the Life-Giving Cross on Sunday, July 31st with a procession of the Cross around the church after Divine Liturgy.  (This feast was transferred this year from its normal commemoration date of August 1st). The origin of this feast is explained from the following:  “Because of the illnesses which occur during the month of August, it was customary at Constantinople to carry the Precious Wood of the Cross in procession throughout the city for its sanctification, and to deliver it from sickness.”  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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2022 Thomas & Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund Winners - 07/28/2022

Congratulations to the following collegians who were named the 2022 Scholarship recipients of the Thomas & Katherine LaBache Fund:

Erin Galich  - a Junior at Central Connecticut State University
James M. Goetz  - a Junior at the University of Maryland
Pandora Kerma – a Sophomore at Housatonic Community College

The St. George parish offers best wishes for a successful year!
 

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Welcome Fr. Gregory Buzi - 07/24/2022

On Sunday, July 24th, we welcomed Fr. Gregory Buzi who is visiting with his family and joined us for Divine Liturgy. Fr. Gregory has been at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV the past 5 years, being tonsured there in August 2020.  Thanks to the Buzi family who hosted the Coffee Hour where parishioners were able to greet Fr. Gregory.  Click onto the more information link below to view several photos.

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Gifts received from Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary Church (Waterbury) - 07/10/2022

On Monday, July 11th, a small delegation from St. George welcomed Father John Hopko and Reader John Paul Szepel who brought us two icons and two hand crosses from the former Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary Church (Saint Mary's) in Waterbury, CT.  Together we celebrated a short prayer service of Thanksgiving to God for these magnificent gifts. The icons will be on display for the next several weeks so the parishioners might see them more closely before being mounted in the altar/sanctuary - their traditional location. The crosses will also be on display: one is destined for the altar, the second will be used for all of the major processions of the Holy Cross during the calendar year.  Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.
 

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Memory Eternal! - Nancy Yapo Hurd - 06/27/2022

St. George was saddened to learn of the death of Nancy Yapo Hurd on Monday, June 27th.  The St. George parish expresses our condolences to her husband Wally, their 2 sons Wally and Robert, and their families. 

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Teuta Ladies Luncheon - 2022 - 06/26/2022

After 2 years of postponements due to the COVID pandemic, the Teuta Ladies Society was able to hold their annual luncheon on Sunday afternoon, June 26th, at Ralph 'n' Rich's restaurant.  The Teuta Ladies continue to be a important driver of fundraising, charitable, and social efforts at St. George.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos from the luncheon.

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Commemorating "All Saints of America " - 2022 - 06/25/2022

On Sunday, June 26th, we commemorated All Saints of America.  Uniquely special for this day, located at the center table, Fr. Sergei brought in his icon of Saint Herman containing his relics. Saint Herman’s relics are enshrined in a small reliquary at his feet (at the bottom of the icon). Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo and read additional information about the icon.

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Fathers Day - 2022 - 06/19/2022

St. George recognized Fathers’s Day on Sunday, June 19th during Divine Liturgy.  Prayers were offered for all of the living and departed fathers, stepfathers, sons, stepsons, husbands, brothers, stepbrothers, great grandfathers, great grandsons, grandfathers, grandsons, great-uncles, uncles, nephews, godfathers, and all those who "fathered" us in our time of need. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

 

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Pentecost - 2022 - 06/12/2022

St. George celebrated the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, June 12th with Divine Liturgy immediately followed by the Kneeling Vespers. The Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit and is also seen as the culmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity. 

The Troparian for Pentecost:  Blessed art You O Christ Our God / You have revealed the fishermen as most wise / By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit / Through them You drew the world into Your net / O Lover of Man, Glory to You!

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Congratulations - 06/11/2022

It was our joy to receive Saylor Mae Davis through the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation on June 11th. Her proud parents Sarah and Brian gave her the patron: Saint Nicholas, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycea. Saylor’s sponsors were Kristin Freeman and Andrew Kim. Sharing the joy is big sister River Madison, grandparents John and Kim O'Brien, and great-grandmother Toni Barmashi.  Click onto the more information link below to view 2 photos from the Churching service on the Sunday of Pentecost.

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Celebrating the Feast of The Ascension of our Lord - 2022 - 06/01/2022

At Divine Liturgy on Thursday, June 2nd, St. George celebrated The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord, which is celebrated each year on the fortieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter). 
 
The Troparian for this feast day:  O Christ God, You have ascended in Glory, / Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. / Through the blessing they were assured / That You are the Son of God, / The Redeemer of the world!

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2022 Graduates - 06/01/2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates who recently completed their studies and graduated. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!
 
College: 
Jackie Goetz -  graduated with a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven.
Owen Wight – graduated from UConn with a BS in Engineering with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering, and a concentration of Cybersecurity.

 

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Memorial Day 2022 - Remembering our deceased Veterans - 05/29/2022

On Sunday, May 29th, St. George recognized Memorial Day by praying for all of our deceased military veterans from the parish family. Memorial Day is a holiday that was established to officially remember those who have died in service to our country (Veterans Day was established to officially thank our living veterans).  St. George has had only one parishioner, Michael J. Vani, who died during his military service (during World War II).  St. George expanded our remembrance to include all the deceased veterans of our “parish family”, adding relatives of our parish family that served in the military and are now deceased. The living military veterans participated during the Memorial Service by standing in honor of their memory.  Prayers were said for 102 deceased veterans - click onto the following to view the list of names: St George - Names of Deceased Military Veterans   Memory Eternal!  Please click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Condolences - 05/24/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that Anthony Jordhamo died on Tuesday, May 24th. Anthony was predeceased by a brother Bill. We offer our condolences to his sister and brother, Vi Bowe and Harry Jordhamo, and to the extended Jordhamo and Bowe families.

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Condolences - 05/23/2022

St. George learned that Andrew Peters died on Tuesday, May 17th. Andrew was pre-deceased by his brother William. St. George offers our condolences to his sisters Millie Miller and Carol Peters, and to their extended families.

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+ Helen Reh - 05/11/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that Helen Reh passed away on Wednesday morning, May 11th. Helen was predeceased by her husband Jack and daughter Dawn Fleming. We extend our condolences to her children Gail Patrignelli (Bob), Jack Reh, Jr. (Carol), and Donna Sharpe (Ben), and to all her extended family.  May her Memory be Eternal!

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Mother's Day - 2022 - 05/08/2022

St. George recognized Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th (which we also coincedentlly commemorated the Myrrhbearing Women) during Divine Liturgy.  Prayers were offered for all of the living and departed mothers, stepmothers, daughters, stepdaughters, wives, sisters, stepsisters, great grandmothers, great granddaughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, great-aunts, aunts, nieces, godmothers, and all those who "mothered" us in our time of need.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!   Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.
 

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Thank you to many! - 04/28/2022

The parish of St. George extends our heartfelt thanks to the many people who helped to make our Lenten, Holy Week and Pascha services beautiful and meaningful celebrations, and to those who helped support St. George with their dedicated stewardship work over the past year. Click onto the more information link below to view the details.

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Holy Pascha - 2022 - 04/24/2022

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 24th.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian. Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.  Finally, click onto the more information link below to view some photos from the Paschal Divine Liturgy service, and from the Paschal Vespers and Children's Egg Hunt.

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Great and Holy Friday - 2022 - 04/22/2022

St. George completed services held on Holy Friday with the Vespers Service of Taking down from the Cross, and the Friday evening Matins service for Great and Holy Saturday, with the Praises (or Lamentations) at the Tomb of Christ.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos from the evening Matins service

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Holy Thursday - 2022 - 04/21/2022

Continuing with the daily cycle of services for Holy Week, on April 21st, services held for Great and Holy Thursday included Divine Liturgy of the Last Supper, and on Thursday evening the Matins service of Great and Holy Friday with the reading of the Twelve Gospel Lessons. Click on the more information link to view a few photos from the Matins service.

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Celebrating Palm Sunday - 2022 - 04/16/2022

On April 17th, St. George celebrated Palm Sunday, which marks the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. After Divine Liturgy, there was a procession of palms followed by some members of the Church School, and the blessing of the palms which were held high by the parishioners. Click onto the more information link below to a few photos.  Additionally a short video showing the end of the procession can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/8gJ1E4oy8Cw
 

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Congratulations - 04/09/2022

It was our joy to receive Aubrey Lyn Corraro through the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation on April 9th. Her proud parents Danielle and Richard gave her the patron Saint of Anastasia. May God grant them Many Years!

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Veneration of the Cross - 2022 - 03/26/2022

The parish of St. George celebrated Sunday Divine Liturgy for the Veneration of the Cross, which is the third Sunday of Great Lent.  The Cross is venerated as it stands in the middle of the Church at the middle of Great Lent, reminding us how man must live to be saved.   Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.
 

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Celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos - 2022 - 03/24/2022

On Friday, March 25th, the St. George parish celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos with Divine Liturgy.  This feast is the celebration of the announcing of the conception of Christ from the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 2022 - 03/12/2022

As we finished the first week of Great Lent, the parish of St. George celebrated Divine Liturgy on the first Sunday of Great Lent, which is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy or the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. It is a historical feast commemorating the return of the icons to the churches in the year 843. The church school children carried icons in procession during the Great Entrance at Divine Liturgy.  Click onto the following link to view a short video, and the more information link below to few some photos.
 

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A Note of Thanks! Fairfield County Giving Day Results - 02/27/2022

Dear St. George Parishioners,

Thank you to all who donated to LifeBridge during Thursday's "Fairfield County Giving Day".  Our donations totaled $720.50 and our 29 donors helped LifeBridge win the $10,000 bonus prize for the greatest number of donors on Giving Day.  I can't tell you how grateful I am for the support you showed and how proud it made me to see "St. George Orthodox Church" among LifeBridge's top donors on the Leaderboard.  As Father Sergei has said, we might be a small church, but we do great things.  Thank you for your participation in this wonderful day of philanthropy and demonstrating the spirit of our St. George parish.

Laura Coughlin, LifeBridge Board of Director

To learn more about LifeBridge Community Services, please click onto the following link:  https://lifebridgect.org

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Congratulations - 02/26/2022

Congratulations and best wishes to John Veneri who recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) with a degree in Business Management.  

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Teuta Ladies Society celebrate their Patronal Feast Day - 2022 - 02/06/2022

On Sunday, Feb 6th, the first Sunday after the Meeting of the Lord or "Papandia",  the parish's Teuta Ladies Society celebrated its Patronal Feast Day, with prayers after Divine Liturgy.

Traditionally they offer 5 loaves, wheat, wine and oil for the celebration, and grure, (a boiled-wheat confection) for the health of the parish family. 

With the first meeting of the Teuta Ladies Society being held in January 1932, on this day the St. George parish also recognizes and thanks them for their 90 years of service.  May God grant them all many years!  

Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Memory Eternal! - 02/02/2022

St. George was saddened to learn that Boro (George) Kerma passed away Wednesday morning, Feb 2nd. We express our condolences to Boro’s wife Liljana, his son Ken and his wife Donna, sons Michael and Nick and their respective families.  Boro was pre-deceased by his first wife Pandora (Michael), son David and daughter Deborah.  Condolences are also extended to their extended families, as well as sisters-in-law Zoe Michael, Diana Michael and Mimoza Thanasi-Bala. Memory Eternal!

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Celebrating the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord - 2022 - 02/02/2022

On Wednesday, February 2nd at Divine Liturgy, St. George celebrated the Feast of The Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple.  The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple is celebrated each year forty days after his birth, when Christ was presented to God in the Temple, being received in the arms of the elder Simeon and the prophetess Anna.

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Memory Eternal - 01/17/2022

St. George was saddened to learn of the death of Vangjeli "Angie" Soter on Monday, January 17th.  She was the widow of Vinnie Soter. We offer our condolences to her in-laws, Charlie and Joanne Soter, as well as her extended family. Memory Eternal! 
 

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Liturgy of Theophany - 2022 - 01/08/2022

St. George celebrated the Liturgy for Theophany on Sunday, January 9th. The celebration of this feast was transferred from January 6th due to COVID concerns. The Great Blessing of Water was held on the feast day, January 6th. (See immediately below for that news update).  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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The Great Blessing of Water - Theophany 2022 - 01/06/2022

On Thursday, January 6th, on the Feast of Theophany, Fr. Sergei conducted the Great Blessing of Water.  Due to COVID concerns, the celebration of the Feast of Theophany will be transferred to Sunday, January 9th.  We are we asking parishioners NOT to bring their own bottles for Holy Water again this year; Fr. Sergei bottled Holy water with proper COVID protections after the service.  Bottles of Holy Water will be available beginning Sunday, January 9th with one bottle available per household. Click onto the more information link below to view several photos from Thursday’s Blessing of Water.

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Memory Eternal - 12/29/2021

St. George was saddened to learn of the death of Bruce Lazar. He was the son of the late Peter Lazar.  Bruce was the nephew of Mary Lazar-Bindner, and a cousin once removed of Bob and Bill Lazar. We offer our condolences to his mother, Rita, wife Diane and their four children, and to the extended Lazar family. Memory Eternal!

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Celebrating the Nativity of our Lord - 2021 - 12/25/2021

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian.  The St. George Community completed the service cycle of Advent with the Christmas Eve Compline Service and Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord.  Click onto the more information link to view a few photos.

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Community Christmas Card - 2021 - 12/23/2021

The St. George Parish Family wishes you a joyous celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Our apologies to Mary Nikola, we missed printing her name on the card. Additionally, we wish to acknowledge a donation from Dolores Tait, however we received it after the print deadline. Click onto the more information link below to view the inside of the Community Christmas Card.

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Memory Eternal! - 12/21/2021

St George was saddened to learn that the Very Rev. Father Michael Macura reposed in the Lord on Saturday, December 18th at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Bridgeport). Fr. Michael served for 17 years at the Saint John the Baptist Church (Silver Lane, Stratford). St. George fondly remembers Fr. Michael from the Bridgeport region Pan-Orthodox Lenten services, and a few times when Fr. Michael helped out during our need by providing coverage for some emergency services. Memory Eternal!
 
Click onto the following link to view a memoriam: https://www.acrod.org/news/2020-press/em-fr-michael-macura

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Thank you note from the Shkurtis - 12/17/2021

Below is a thank you note from Juxhin and Livia Shkurti - the seminarian from Albania who is studying at St. Vladimir's Seminary.  St. George ear-marked it's November monthly charity for the Shkurtis:  

 

Date: Wed, Dec 15, 2021 at 3:47 PM

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ ,
 
I hope this email finds you all well. My wife and i got your present this morning and we are most thankful for your generosity. We want to thank all the wonderful community of St George from our hearts and we wish to all of you Merry Christmas and happy New Year. 
God Bless you all and hoping to see you soon.
 
In Christ, 
 
Juxhin and Livia Shkurti 
 

 

November 2021 Charity Tray Announcment:

For the month of November, our charity tray will go to support our newest Archdiocesan Seminarian, Eugene (Juxhin) Shkurti and his wife, Livia, who recently arrived from Korce, Albania.  They visited with us in late September when Fr. Nikodhim celebrated Divine Liturgy at Saint George, 

Eugene is enrolled at Saint Vladimir's Seminary and is starting the first of his projected three years of study there.

Please be generous.

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"Christmas Cheer" from St. George "Elves" - 2021 - 12/11/2021

On Sunday, Dec 12th after Divine Liturgy, a group of "St. George Elves" delivered a bag of Christmas Cheer to some of our senior parishioners who are restricted at home or haven't been able to attend church services due to age or health during the COVID pandemic. The gifts were assembled and delivered to help remind these parishioners that they remain in our thoughts and prayers.  The Christmas Cheer bag contained homemade cookies and treats, some candy, a small icon, a small jar of Holy Oil, a Poinsettia plant, a handmade card from one of our church school children, and a 2022 Church calendar.  Our sincere thanks go out to: Sharon Buzi, Laura Coughlin, Diane Cryan, Luba Csernica, Laura Denisevich, Sue Galich, Jennifer Goetz, Patty Ivanov, Karen Masek, and Kim O'Brien. We also wish to thank our Church School children who created the holiday cards. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Memory Eternal! - 12/11/2021

St. George was saddened to learn that Archpriest John Loejos fell asleep in the Lord on December 10, 2021, after a battle with cancer. He served for many years at the OCA’s Albanian Saint E. Premte Church, Cleveland, OH but he was a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Condolences to Presbytera Paula and the rest of Father John’s family, as well as the faithful of the Saint E. Premte Church. May His Memory be Eternal!

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Welcome Fr. Vladimir & Matushka Suzanne Aleandro - 12/05/2021

On Sunday, Dec 5th, St. George welcomed Fr. Vladimir Aleandro who served Divine Liturgy for us in Fr. Sergei's absence.  Fr. Vladimir retired in 2019 after serving as the pastor for 24 years at Christ the Savior Church in Southbury. Many from the parish who grew up in Trumbull will remember Fr. Vladimir from his earlier working years as a Counselor at Trumbull High School.  Many in the parish were able to greet Fr. Vladimir & Matushka Suzanne at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few additional photos.

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Memory Eternal - 11/30/2021

We learned that a former parishioner, Helen Leka Brown, passed away on Sunday, Nov 28th.  St. George extends its condolences to her family.  May her memory be eternal.

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Care Packages for our College students - 11/28/2021

Following Divine Liturgy on Nov 28th, members from the Choir gathered and prepared their annual Care Packages to our undergraduate College students.  This practice unfortunately was suspended in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.  This year the packages contained home-made and store bought cookies, hot cocoa mix, microwavable lunch cups, and miscellaneous snacks and candies. This is an outreach to the young men and women of our parish as they face exam time - and just before they return from their semester break.

Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo.

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Congratulations - 11/24/2021

On Thursday, November 25th, which is also the Thanksgiving holiday - St. George wishes to congratulate Fr. Sergei Bouteneff on the 44th anniversary of his ordination into the Priesthood. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! to Fr. Sergei, Prifteresha Elisabeth, and his family

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Celebrating the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple - 11/21/2021

St. George celebrated the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple on Sunday, November 21st.  The Feast commemorates when Mary, as a young child, was taken – presented – by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary was solemnly received into the temple by the High Priest Zacharias.

To listen/view Fr. Sergei’s sermon about this feast, click onto the following link to view the Divine Liturgy stream from this feast day on St. George’s Facebook page.  The sermon begins at approximately the 23 min 30 second mark.

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Many Thanks! - 11/21/2021

St. George wishes to acknowledge and thank the following people for their service and continued support to the parish:

Many thanks to Jim Bowe, who paints small decorative items, stools, Christmas ornaments every year to sell at the Fall Bazaar, donating the proceeds to the Teuta Ladies Society.  Due to the COVID pandemic restrictions, the Fall Bazaar has been cancelled the past 2 years, but Jim continued to paint.  He recently brought in his wares to sell at coffee hour.  Jim has raised over $700 to date which he is donating to the church. Jim still has items to sell so please support him and his efforts.

Fr. Sergei pointed out to the parish his personal thanks to Louise Karoli Gallagher and Bob Lazar who changed the table vestments for the Nativity Fast period.  Both Louise and Bob faithfully change the vestments to the appropriate color during the liturgical year.  Fr. Sergei specifically noted that they continued to change the vestments in 2020 when services were cancelled during the height of the COVID pandemic, just to keep the church prepared and ready for the time we would reopen for services.

Finally, many of you saw the large hole next to the entrance into the church on Sunday.  Sewer blockage outside of the church from root infiltration into our sewer line required major excavation, root cutting, and sewer line replacement to re-establish functioning restrooms and the church hall kitchen sinks.  Many thanks to Joe Galich, Bill Kovachi, and Bob Lazar who spent hours at the church over a 10-day period so workers could have access to make the repairs.

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Thanking our Veterans - 2021 - 11/14/2021

On Sunday, November 14th (3 days after Veteran's Day), St. George recognized and thanked the parish's Veterans after Divine Liturgy.  We extend our heart-felt gratitude to all those who serve and have served our country in the Armed Forces. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!  

Click onto the more information link below to view a larger photo. 

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Gift Boxes mailed to our deployed - 10/20/2021

With the generous donations that we received, we are able to send 6 large flat rate boxes full of snacks, candies and other goodies to the two military personnel on our parish’s prayer list (Fr. James Parnell and Jason Gartsu).

We recently received confirmation that the packages made it for Veteran's Day, which was Thursday, November 11th.

Click onto the following link to view an article on Chaplain (Major) Priest James Parnell:  https://www.svots.edu/alumni-news/healing-dragons-ministry-chaplain-major-priest-james-parnell

Thank you to all who participated in this effort.

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Condolences - 10/14/2021

St. George was saddened to learn of the death of Richard (Dick) Watson on Thursday, October 14th. We extend condolences to his wife Vi and his children: TR and Denise and their families. 

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Welcome Fr. Nikodhim - 09/26/2021

St. George welcomed Fr. Nikodhim, the Interim Chancellor of the Albanian Archdiocese, who celebrated Divine Liturgy for us on Sunday, September 26th.  Fr. Nikodhim substituted for Fr. Sergei, who was on vacation.  Additionally, we are grateful to Fr. Nikodhim for taking time after Divine Liturgy to meet with parishioners, to discuss and listen our future hopes and concerns for the Parish. 

Adding to the joy of Fr. Nikodhim's visit was that he brought with him our newest Archdiocesan Seminarian Eugene (Juxhin) Shkurti and his wife, Livia, who recently arrived from Korce, Albania. Eugene is enrolled at Saint Vladimir's Seminary and is starting the first of his projected three years of study there.

Finally, as a special blessing, Fr. Nikodhim shared with the parish the icon he commissioned of Sainted Bishop Raphael together with his holy relics. He hopes to present these to the Church in Albania in the near future.  Fr. Nikodhim also passed out prayer cards with a photo of the icon of St. Raphael on the front, and the Troparion of St. Raphael in both Albanian and English on the rear of the card.

Of special interest is that the Sainted Bishop Raphael ordained Theofan S. Noli (founder to the Albanian Orthodox Church in America) to the Holy deaconate. St. Raphael also appears in one of our holy icons at our St. George parish - the one that depicts the Albanian and American Saints which is located on the north or left side wall, the 4th icon from the Altar or from the front of the church.

To learn more about the life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn, click onto the following link:  https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2016/02/27/100610-repose-of-saint-raphael-bishop-of-brooklyn

Please click onto the more information link below to view additional photos of the icons and prayer card.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 09/14/2021

In true pan-Orthodox spirit, Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross was celebrated at St. Dimitrie Church on Sept 14th, with the parishes of St. George and Holy Ghost joining the parish of St. Dimitrie.  Fr. George Coca and Fr. Sergei Bouteneff concelebrated the Liturgy. At the end of Divine Liturgy, the St. Dimitrie Ladies Auxillary hosted a Fellowship hour for all the attendees.  St. George offers our heartfelt thanks to St. Dimitrie for hosting this feast.

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Memorial service on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 - 09/12/2021

On Sunday, September 12th, marking the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, St. George held a memorial at the end of Divine Liturgy for all the victims at the New York City, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA locations. Memory Eternal!

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Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos - 09/08/2021

The parishes of St. George and Holy Ghost celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with a joint Divine Liturgy at St. George.  Click onto the more information link below to view some photos from Divine Liturgy.

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Memory Eternal, 2nd Year Anniversary - Archbishop Nikon - 09/05/2021

On September 5th after Divine Liturgy, St. George held a memorial prayer service on the occasion of the 2nd year anniversary of Archbishop Nikon's death.  His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon served as the Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese.
 
A link to the OCA Memoriam follows:   https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/his-eminence-archbishop-nikon

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/02/2021

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!

John Babich – is a Junior attending the University of Maryland majoring in Biology, with a pre-med track.  
Philip Caliendo - is a Sophomore attending Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), majoring in Finance.
Erin Galich- is a Sophomore studying Psychology at Central Connecticut State University (New Britain). 
George Goetz - is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Accounting at Penn State.  
Jackie Goetz- is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science at the University of New Haven.  
James Goetz- is a Sophomore attending University of Maryland, studying Business.   
Pandora Kerma– beginning her freshman year at Housatonic Community College  
John Veneri - is a Senior attending Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) majoring in Business Management.

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Congratulations to 2021-2022 LaBache Scholarship winners - 08/19/2021

We congratulate the following young adults who are receiving scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year from the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund:

John Babich
Pandora Kerma
Erin Galich
James Goetz

Many Years!   Për Shumë Vjet!

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Celebrating the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - 08/14/2021

On Sunday, August 15th, St. George celebrated the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.  This feast commemorates the repose (dormition) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and also commemorates the assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.  After Divine Liturgy, there was the blessing of fragrant herbs and flowers, which is customary on this feast.  

Fr. Sergei prepared a video discussing this feast and the icon of this feast - click here to view the video.  

Finally, you may click onto the more information link below to view a few photos from the service . 

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Congratulations - 08/14/2021

On Saturday, August 14th, Maggie Juliet Rakowitz was received in to the Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Her sponsors were Jessica Chadwick and Joe Galich. Maggie is the daughter of Rebecca & Daniel Rakowitz, the sister of Evan, the grandsdaughter of Laura & Joe Chadwick, and the great-granddaughter of Vi & Jim Bowe. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration - 08/05/2021

On Friday, August 6th, St. George celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration, with the parish of Holy Ghost joining us for Divine Liturgy at St. George.  After Divine Liturgy, Fr. Sergei Bouteneff and Fr. John Jillions blessed grapes, fruit, and vegetables that is traditional on this feast day.  St. George wishes to thank Fr. John Jillions for delivering the sermon on this day.  A postcard of the Transfiguration icon, and blessed grapes were handed out during the dismissal.  Below are the prayers that were offered during the blessing of fruits and vegetables:

Prayer at the partaking of grapes on the sixth day of August:
Bless, O Lord, this new fruit of the vine, which, through temperate weather, through showers of rain and times of calm, has attained to ripeness at this hour, according to Thy good pleasure.  May our partaking of this birth of the vine be for gladness, and for the offering of a gift unto Thee for the cleansing of sins, through the sacred and holy Body of Thy Christ, with whom thou art blessed, together with thy most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.
 
Prayer for those who offer first fruits:
O Master, Lord our God, who commandest everyone to offer to Thee thine own of thine own, according to their intention, granting them in return thine eternal good things, and who didst favourably accept the offering of the widow which was according to her ability: now also accept these things offered by Thy servants [here present], counting them worthy to lay up the same in thine eternal treasury.  And grant them an abundant harvest of thine eternal good things, together with all things that are profitable unto them.  For blessed is Thy Name, and glorified is Thy kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Click onto the more information link below to view some photos.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross - 08/01/2021

On Sunday, August 1st, St. George recognized the Feast of Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord.  Given the current COVID pandemic, and the coincidence that August 1st fell on a Sunday this year, St. George recognized this feast after Divine Liturgy with a procession with the Cross around the perimeter of the church, and a short prayer service in the center of the church - asking the Lord to bless our community, and asking for our continued good health.

"The origin of this Feast is explained in the Greek Horologion of 1897: 'Because of the illnesses which occur during the month of August, it was customary at Constantinople to carry the Precious Wood of the Cross in procession throughout the city for its sanctification, and to deliver it from sickness.' "On the eve (July 31), the Cross was removed from the imperial treasury and placed it upon the Holy Table of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia (which is dedicated to Christ, the Wisdom of God). From August 1st until the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, there was a procession throughout the entire the city, and then the Cross was placed where all the people could venerate it."

Click on the more information link below to view some photos.

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Celebrating the Feast of All Saints of America & Independence Day - 2021 - 07/04/2021

On Sunday, July 4th at Divine Liturgy, St. George celebrated and recognized both the secular holiday of Independence Day and the spiritual Feast Day commemorating All Saints of America. We remember all the Saints in America, both known and unknown, on this day. Specifically, we need to remember our great-grandparents, our grandparents, our parents, aunts and uncles - those who all left their homelands and emigrated to America, bringing with them their faith, the Orthodox Faith to America, building and supporting all of our churches, never forgetting the Church.   
 
During his sermon, Fr. Sergei read a hymn from the Vespers service for this day, which also highlights and remembers our forebearers in America who brought the Orthodox Faith to America.  The hymn follows below.  You can view/listen to Fr. Sergei’s sermon from a video recording of Divine Liturgy from this day on St. George’s Facebook page - the sermon is located at approximately the 24 minute, 15 second mark:    https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgeOrthodoxChurch/videos/3593777484057796/ 
 
 
Excerpted From the Vespers Service for All Saints in America:

Rejoice, O mountains of Pennsylvania;
leap for joy, O waters of the Great Lakes;
rise up, O fertile plains of Canada;
for the elect of Christ who dwelt in you are glorified,
men and women who left their homes for a new land!
With faith, hope, and patience as their armor,
they courageously fought the good fight.
Comforted by the beauty of the Orthodox Faith,
they labored in mines and mills, they tilled the land,
they braved the challenges of the great cities,
enduring many hardships and sufferings.
Never failing to worship God in spirit and truth
and unyielding in devotion to His most pure Mother,
they erected many temples to His glory.
Come, O assembly of the Orthodox,
and with love let us praise the holy men, women, and children,
those known to us and those known only to God,
and let us cry out to them://
“Rejoice, all Saints of North America and pray to God for us!”
 
Service texts for the Vespers and Liturgy for All Saints of America:
Service texts for 2021 0704
 

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Feast of Pentecost - 2021 - 06/20/2021

St. George celebrated the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, June 20th with Divine Liturgy immediately followed by the Kneeling Vespers. The Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit when the Apostles were gathered together and a sound came from heaven like a rushing wind, then tongues of fire appeared upon each one of Apostles. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages. It also celebrates the establishment of the Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the thousands on that day. The Feast is also seen as the culmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity.

Coincedentally, Father's Day fell on the same day.  Commemorations/Prayers were read for our departed and living fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, godfathers, brothers, stepbrothers, or nephews during the Great Entance and after the Pentecost Kneeling Vespers service.  Click onto the more information link below to view some photos. 

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Celebrating the Feast of The Ascension of our Lord - 2021 - 06/09/2021

St. George celebrated the feast of The Ascension of our Lord with Divine Liturgy.  The feast commemorates when, on the 40th day after His Resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven after asking his disciples to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Click onto the more information link below to view 2 photos.

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Updated COVID Guidance from Met. Tikhon - 06/07/2021

Metropolitan Tikhon, Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese issued an updated letter with guidance and general principles for clergy and parishes of the Albanian Archdiocese for gradual reopening from our COVID restrictions.  Click on the following link to view the letter:  June 1, 2021: Met Tikhon to Albanian Archdiocese with Directives & General Principles for gradual reopening

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2021 Graduates - 06/01/2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates who recently completed, or will soon complete, their studies and graduate. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!
 
High School:
Pandora Kerma – will graduate from Fairfield Warde High School (Fairfield).
 
College:
George Goetz -  graduated Penn State with a B.S. in Accounting. 
Carly Nicholas – graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) with a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A. in Spanish from Providence College (Rhode Island).
Jennifer Soter- graduated with honors (Summa Cum Laude) with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport

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Remembering our Departed Veterans - 05/29/2021

On Sunday, May 30th (Memorial Day weekend), prayers were offered in memory of our parish community's departed Veterans - both during Divine Liturgy, and after during a Memorial service.  On this weekend, the St. George community, along most Americans, take time to reflect, thank, and remember the sacrifice of our departed Veterans and all they did for this country.  Memory Eternal!  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos from the Memorial service

  

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Mother's Day - 2021 - 05/09/2021

On Thomas Sunday, which was Mother’s Day in the US, we recognized with special prayers our mothers, godmothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, nieces, step-mothers, and all those special women in our lives. Prayers for both our departed and living mothers were offered at two times during Divine Liturgy; once at the Great Entrance and a second time at the end of the service.  The monetary donations will be used for the beautification of the church.  Click onto the more information link below to view some photos.

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Thank you to many! - 05/05/2021

We extend our heartful thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations. Click onto the more information link below to view the details. 

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Condolences - 05/04/2021

The St. George parish community was saddened to learn of the death of Debbie (Kerma) Rohr, daughter of Boro and the late Pandora Kerma. We extend our condolences to her husband Kurt, daughters Nicole and Sarah, her grandchildren, brothers Michael, Nick and Ken, and the rest of the Kerma family. Besides her mother Pandora, Debbie was predeceased by a brother David.  Memory Eternal!

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Bright Monday - 2021 - 05/03/2021

St. George was joined by Holy Ghost parish to celebrate the Paschal Liturgy on Bright Monday.  Click on the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Feast of Holy Pascha - 2021 - 05/02/2021

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on May 2nd.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Great and Holy Friday - 2021 - 04/30/2021

St. George completed services on Holy Friday with the Friday evening Matins service for Great and Holy Saturday, with the Praises at the Tomb of Christ.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.

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2021 Paschal Message from Met. Tikhon - 04/28/2021

The Archpastoral Message of Metropolitan Tikhon can be read at the following link:  2021 Paschal Message.   Note: an Albanian translation (a PDF document) of this message can be found at the bottom of the message's page. 

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Palm Sunday - 2021 - 04/25/2021

On April 25th, St. George celebrated Palm Sunday which marks the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. After Divine Liturgy, Fr. Sergei blessed the palms which were distributed to parishioners as they left the church.  Unfortunately, in a nod to safety during this COVID pandemic, the procession with palms with the parish children was cancelled for this year.  Click onto the more information link to a few photos.

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Condolences - 04/21/2021

The St. George community offers its deepest sympathy to Mimosa Bala at the death of her husband, Vatutin.  Condolences are also offered to daughter, Helena Dea (husband, Dr. Alexander Fortenko and son, Ronan Wolf) as well as sister-in-law Lilliana Kerma (Boro),
 

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Holy Week & Paschal Directives - 04/16/2021

Attached please find Holy Week and Paschal Directives from Metropolitan Tikhon, Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese, to the clergy with general directives and safety guidelines to the parishes for Holy Week and Pascha services.  Apr 14, 2021: Met Tikhon Paschal Directives 

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Veneration of the Cross - 2021 - 04/03/2021

As we finished the third week of Great Lent, the parish of St. George celebrated Sunday Divine Liturgy the Veneration of the Cross, which is the third Sunday of Great Lent.  The Cross is venerated as it stands in the middle of the Church at the middle of Great Lent, reminding us of how we must live to be saved.   Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos

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Veror- Albanian Lenten Bracelet tradition - 03/07/2021

Historically, on Forgiveness Sunday, the Church School children and their teachers tied a Veror bracelet on their right hand, and kept it on until Paschal Vespers, when they cut it off, and place it on the bushes for the birds. Some of the adults of the parish also wore the bracelet in solidarity with the children.

This year, with continued COVID safety protocols still in place, the Church School children, who are learning remotely, are continuing the practice. 

Click onto the following link to learn more about the Veror Albanian Lenten bracelet tradition.

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COVID Guidelines for Great Lent - 03/06/2021

Please click on the following link to view a letter from Metropolitan TIKHON, Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese.  The letter offers encouragement and guidance to parishes as we are entering Great Lent.  He acknowledges the difficult past year, commends how local parishes have maintained patience and initiative over the past year in dealing with all the COVID protocols, and is urging parishes to maintain a level of care and caution for Great Lent even as we begin to see a decrease in infections and the availability of vaccines.  Everyone is hoping the upcoming Lenten period will allow for a continued increase and return of liturgical services and life.  March 6, 2021: Guidelines for Great Lent

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Administrative Changes announced for the Albanian Archdiocese - 02/11/2021

Metropolitan Tikhon, Locum Tenens of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese recently announced administrative changes for the Albanian Archdiocese.  Protopresbyter Arthur Liolin was appointed Chancellor Emeritus of the Albanian Archdiocese, stepping away from his daily duties as Chancellor.  Igumen Nikodhim (Preston) has been appointed as interim Chancellor for the Albanian Archdiocese in his place.  Click onto the following link to view Metropolitan Tikhon's announcement:   2021 Feb 11th- Letter to Archdiocesan Council on Apptmt Igumen Nikodhim

Additionally, click on the following link to view a letter from Michael Gregory, Lay Vice-Chairman of the Albanian Archdiocese with his thoughts on the administrative changes  2021 Feb 18th - Letter from Michael Gregory

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Thank you for Konizmat Stewardship - 02/05/2021

Saint George Church acknowledges the following for their stewardship donation as we mark the "traditional" Konizmat practice during this COVID-19 Pandemic:
 
Greg & Sharon Buzi – St. Dorothy & St. Gregory
Laura & Tim Coughlin – St. Timothy the Apostle
Diane Cryan – Saints Constantine & Helen
Laura & Dave Denisevich- St. Olga & St. Romanus
Mary DiIulio – Twelve Apostles
Louise Gallagher – St. Dimitri
Bob & Linda Lazar – Resurrection of the Lord
Diana Michael- Annunciation to the Theotokos
Dolores Nauchy- St. John the Baptist & St. Helen
Richard Nichio, Jr.- St. Nicholas
Kim O’Brien- St. Catherine of Alexandria
Charles & Joanne Soter – St. Basil
Anonymous donors

To learn more about Konizmat, click onto the following link:  Konizmat - Icon Auction

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Memory Eternal - 01/01/2021

St. George was saddened to learn that Richard Nichio, Sr. passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021. The St. George community expresses its condolences to Jeanette, Richard, Craig, Rebecca and Alecia, as well as the extended family! Memory Eternal!

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Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity - 12/24/2020

Christ is born! Glorify Him!   Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. Due to COVID protocols, on the Eve of the Nativity of Christ, the St. George Community completed the service cycle of Advent with a Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil for the Nativity of the Lord.

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Community Christmas Card - 2020 - 12/22/2020

The St. George Parish Family wishes you a joyous Nativity - Click Here to view the Community Christmas Card. 

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"Christmas Cheer" from St. George "Elves" - 12/13/2020

On Sunday, Dec 13th after Divine Liturgy, as a special outreach project, a group of "St. George Elves" delivered a bag of Christmas Cheer to some of our senior parishioners who are restricted at home or haven't been able to attend church services due to age or health during the COVID pandemic. The gifts were assembled and delivered to help remind these parishioners that they remain in our thoughts and prayers.  The Christmas Cheer bag contained some tea, homemade cookies and treats, an icon, a plant, a handmade card from one of our church school children, and a 2021 Church calendar.  Our sincere thanks go out to: Sharon Buzi, Laura Chadwick, Laura Coughlin, Diane Cryan, Luba Csernica, Laura Denisevich, Erin Galich, Sue Galich, Jennifer Goetz, Karen Masek, and Kim O'Brien. We also wish to thank our Church School children who participated.  Click onto the more information link to view a few photos.

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St. Nicholas Day - Year's Past Video - 12/06/2020

Due to the COVID pandemic, St. George was not able to hold the annual St. Nicholas Day party for the parish children.   As a small replacement to this event, a short video was prepared with some photos from past years. Many thanks to Jim Bowe for his reading of the Christmas poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” along with his two great-grandchildren, Caelyn and Christian for their supporting roles.  To Erin Galich for her video work, and especially to Melissa Galich for all her editing work assembling the video.  Also, a final thank you to parishioners who forwarded photos to be shared. Please click onto the following link to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyB8KP4lXnE

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Services Cancelled for Sunday, Dec 6th - 12/04/2020

It has come to our attention that a member of our parish who regularly attends Liturgy, has recently tested positive for COVID.  The parishioner last attended services on Nov 22nd.  After reviewing the situation, in an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel this Sunday’s Liturgy.  

Liturgy will resume next Sunday, December 13th. 

Due to privacy regulations, we are not permitted to disclose the member’s identity.  With the protocols we have in place (wearing of masks, open windows, social distancing, individual communion spoons, etc) as well as the time elapsed since the parishioner was last in church, the risk to others is highly unlikely. 

If any parishioners who attended services on November 22nd and require more detailed information and dates due to tracking or reporting requirements for work or their employement, please call Bill Kovachi at 203-449-4404.

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Letter from Met. Tikhon to Albanian Archdiocese - 11/20/2020

Click onto the following link to view a letter from Metropolitan Tikhon to the parishes of the Albanian Archdiocese at a time of rising COVID infections nationally and within the Archdiocese.  Met. Tikhon discusses that it is critical to maintain the Eucharist Life of the Church, maintain the Sacramental Life of the Church, while limiting in-person activities to those that are truely necessary, recognizing the COVID virus is transmitted most frequently by in-person contact  Letter from Met. Tikhon on COVID Precautions 2020 Nov 21. 

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Thank you to Commerce Hill Funeral Home - 11/10/2020

St. George extends our thanks to Dave Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home for donating the 2021 Wall Calendars.  Please pick one up at the Church Desk. 

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Letter from Met. Tikhon on upswing of COVID cases - 11/06/2020

Click onto the following link to view and download a letter from Metropolitan Tikhon to the Clergy of the Albanian Archdiocese on upswings in COVID cases throughout the country.   Letter from Met Tikhon to Alb Arch 2020 Nov 3

The letter encourages parishes to continue to evaluate the COVID environment in their region, to consider as necessary the lowering the stage of their opening plans, lowering the limit of attendees to Liturgy, lowering the number of services, etc., to comply with local civil health directives. 

UPDATE from December 10th:  The State of Connecticut remains in RED alert.  Out of a total of 169 cities and towns in CT, 163 (96%) are in RED alert.  Specifically in our locale, ALL towns in Fairfield County and New Haven County are in RED alert.  Bridgeport continues to have the highest infection rate in the state.  You can view the state map here:  https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker

St. George remains in-compliance with all Civil and Synodal guidelines.  Just to quickly re-state the current re-opening status of St. George:

1)   St. George continues to operate under its original re-opening plan. Our plan was developed to meet the Phase 1, Stage 1 Holy Synodal Guidelines.  The current plan in use was approved June 25th.
2)   St. George is approved to only hold Sunday Divine Liturgies with a maximum of 40 attendees (maximum of 25% occupancy)
3)   St. George never applied to increase the number of attendees, primarily because the physical layout of our pews prohibits additional attendees while maintaining a 6-foot physical distance between attendees.
4)   Major procedural changes that remain in effect include: reservations for attendance; setting up seating plans; special cleaning of the church; maintaining attendance records for any tracing needs; controlling entrance and exit routes; requiring masks or face coverings; taking temperature readings of arriving attendees; no regular choir; eliminating kissing and contact with icons, crosses, and the chalice; and using individual sanitized spoons for distribution of Communion.

For additional specific details, please click onto the following website link to view our June 26th News Update on the re-opening guidelines for St. George.  https://www.stgeorgetrumbull.org/news_200627_1

Any parishioners with COVID symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.), or have had contact with someone having COVID, or showing COVID symptoms, should not attend services.  Also, seniors with underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home.

The Parish Council will continue to monitor the local health situation surrounding COVID, and make and communicate any appropriate changes as necessary for the health and safety of our community.

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Veteran's Day Prayer - 2020 - 11/05/2020

On Sunday Nov 8th after Divine Liturgy, in honor of Veteran’s Day, our parish Veterans and current military personnel were acknowledged, and a special prayer was read for all Veterans and Military servicemen and women.  Below is the prayer:
 
Almighty God, the cause of liberty is Yours. 
It is likewise the cause of those who have defended it against tyranny and oppression. 
Remembering the veterans who have served, and those who are now serving in America's Armed Forces, we give You thanks. 
We are grateful that You inspired their sense of patriotism and strengthened them in unselfish service. 
Their courage and vigilance insured the freedom and peace we enjoy today. 
Grant, we pray, O Lord, to each of our Veterans a generous portion of Your grace and to America, our native land, Your blessing.  
Amen.

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St. George holds Memorial Service for Met. Theodosius - 10/24/2020

On Sunday, October 25th, St. George held a Memorial Service for His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius who fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, October 19th.  May his memory be eternal! 

The OCA prepared an "In Memoriam" Photo Album on Met. Theodosius.  One photo from the album shows Met. Theodosius with Albanian Archdiocese clergy and delegates at the 5th All-American Council in Montreal in 1977.  Click onto the more information link below to view the photo and additional details. 

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(1977) Met. Theodosius with Albanian Archdiocese representatives at 5th All-American Council - 10/23/2020

Metropolitan Theodosius with clergy and lay delegates from the Albanian Archdiocese following his election as Primate at the 5th All-American Council in Montreal, 1977
 
Front Row (Seated, Left to RIght): Fr. Eugene Vansuch  (Former Parish Priest of St. George, and at the time of photo, was the parish priest of St. John Chrysostom, Philadelphia); Metropolitan TheodosiusBishop Dmitri (at the time, Bishop of Hartford and New England, serving as Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese); Fr. Nicholas Liolin (Parish Priest at either St. Nicholas, Southbridge, MA, or St. Thomas, Farmington Hills, MI, later to become Archbishop Nikon).
 
Middle Row (Standing L-R):  Fr. Alexander Federoff (Parish Priest for Church of the Annunciation, Natick, MA),  Fr. Daniel Montgomery (Parish Priest of St. George, Trumbull); Unidentified Lay delegate #1; Unidentified Lay Delegate #2 , Fr Mark Forsberg (Parish Priest at St. George Cathedral, Boston, soon to become Bishop Mark, Bishop of the Albanian Archdiocese); Al Foundos (St. Nicholas, Jamaica Estates, NY delegate).
 
Top Row (Standing L-R):  Unidentified Parish PriestUnidentified Lay delegate #3;  Fr. Spero Page (Parish Priest of St. Mary's, Worcester, MA),  Nick Adam (St. George, Trumbull delegate)
 

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+ Metropolitan THEODOSIUS - 10/18/2020

St. George was saddened to learn that on Monday morning, October 19, 2020, His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor), former Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All-America and Canada, fell asleep in the Lord in Canonsburg, PA after an extended illness. 

Metropolitan Theodosius was the past spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church in America from 1977 to 2002.  He served many years as Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese, and was an advocate of Orthodox unity in North America. 

Please click onto the following link to view an In Memoriam from the OCA:   https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/his-beatitude-metropolitan-theodosius-lazor

May his memory be eternal!

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St. George joined Holy Ghost Church for Divine Liturgy in Shelton - 10/11/2020

St. George joined Holy Ghost Church for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 11th at their outdoor pavilion in Holy Ghost Park, Shelton.  St. George extends at heartfelt "Thank you" to the Holy Ghost parish for being a welcoming host on a crisp autumn day.

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Memorials - 09/20/2020

On Sunday, September 20th, St. George held a 3rd-Year Anniversary Memorial for long-term parishioner George Barmashi and a 40th-day Memorial for a former pastor, the Very Reverend Daniel Montgomery. Memory Eternal!

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Memory Eternal! - V. Rev Daniel Montgomery - 09/01/2020

St. George was saddened to learn of the repose of one of its former pastors, the Very Reverend Daniel Montgomery, on August 12th.  Fr. Daniel and his wife Prifteresha Maria (who predeceased Fr. Daniel in November 8, 2016) served the St. George parish for 11 years beginning in 1976.  Memory Eternal!

Please go to our Parish History section;  https://stgeorgetrumbull.org/parish_history  -  you can find, about 1/2 way down, a small description of the parish's history for Fr. Daniel's time at St. George. 

 

In Memoriam: Rev. Daniel Binney Montgomery 1924-2020
 
When Father Daniel was informed that he was dying, he smiled and replied calmly, “Well, I’ve had a good run.” (96 years) “I’m curious to see what comes next!” His faith imbued him with an inspiring serenity as he faced his final month of life. And what a life it was.
 
Born in Bryn Mawr, PA to an old Quaker family, he enjoyed a private education at the Haverford School until 1942, when he enlisted in the Army Air Force. Her served during WWII in Europe as a radio operator in the Ninth Tactical Air Force and later in the First Franco-American Tactical Air Force, participating in seven campaigns--among them the Normandy campaign and the Battle of the Bulge.
 
After the war he went to Mexico, graduating from Mexico City College--now, Universidad de las Américas, with a degree in history. In 1947 he married María Luisa Tamborrel (1925-2016) and enjoyed a marriage that lasted sixty-nine years. The couple had three children: Dr. Sylvia Montgomery Shaw, Louise Montgomery Snyder (who died in 2018), and Robert A. Montgomery who served his country with distinction with several posts in Asia and in Afghanistan. Father Daniel was blessed with twelve grandchildren, and in the last two years of his life with four great grandsons.
 
He was a scholar, an educator, a writer, a lecturer, and a devoted priest. He had a facility for languages, a Master’s degree in Spanish literature, published articles on Eastern Christian mysticism, and two books on Buddhism. He was co-translator of The Lotus Sutra from Chinese to English. His best-known work, Fire in the Lotus, was published in England in 1991 and was later translated into Spanish. But perhaps his greatest legacy springs from his quest for God.
 
That search took him to Princeton University Seminary, Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary, and finally to private studies with the Orthodox bishop who ordained him. Starting in 1956 Father Daniel served parishes in Vicksburg, Mississippi; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Beaumont, Texas; Trumbull, Connecticut, and Kerrville, Texas. Even during his years as an educator, when he was department chair of foreign languages at Valley Forge Military Academy and was awarded Outstanding Secondary Educator of America (1975), he served as chaplain to Orthodox cadets.
 
One of his Connecticut parishioners wrote to him on Easter in 2019, summing up the great value of his life: “You were a wonderful teacher. Your sermons provoked thought and discussion in our home. You nurtured our love and understanding of the Orthodox faith without being showy or pedantic. You encouraged us to be the best of ourselves and to find His peace in our hearts. You taught us about faith, kindness, tolerance, and hope. You guided our approach to the chalice with free, open, and humble hearts. You led by example. YOU were a gift to all of us!”
 
Father Daniel slept peacefully for the last three days of his earthly life. The day before he died, he suddenly opened his eyes, his face radiant with surprise and delight. Then he closed them for the last time. On the evening of August 12, 2020, he slipped gently into the Lord’s arms.

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1st-Year Anniversary Memorials - 08/30/2020

After Divine Liturgy on Aug 30th, St. George held 1st-Year Anniversary Memorials for Archbishop NIKON and for 2 long-term parishioners, Donald Jordan and James Pando.  Memory Eternal! 

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Father Gregory (Buzi) tonsured at Holy Cross Monastery - 08/27/2020

Father Gregory was tonsured at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV on Aug 27th.  This is the next important step towards Fr. Gregory becoming a monk.

The photo is immediately following Fr. Gregory’s tonsure.  Flanking Fr. Gregory is the Monastery Abbot, Fr. Seraphim, on right side of the photo , and his confessor, Fr. Macarius on the left side of the photo.

A tonsure is the cutting of the hair on the head. All Orthodox Christians are tonsured at our baptism – a sign of our being dedicated to God. This monastic tonsure is a confirmation of that pledge.

Please click on the following link to view the original announcement which includes letters from Sharon and Greg Buzi to the St. George parish, and an email from Fr. Seraphim, Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery, to the Buzi’s:  https://stgeorgetrumbull.org/news_200817_1

The parish of St. George continues to pray for Father Gregory and the whole Buzi family as he progresses on his journey.

Please click onto the attached link of the Sixth Hour service (12 Noon service) on August 27th. Br. Gregory can be heard reading the Sixth Hour prayers (begins at the 5 minute mark of the video) to prepare himself for his tonsure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9uEhKzMGbI

To view Fr. Gregory's tonsure, please click onto the following link.  The tonsure is after the Vigil service, at approximately the 3hr, 42min, 15 sec mark. and lasts about 18 minutes. https://youtu.be/QOAppusvDWQ

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 08/26/2020

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!
 
John Babich – is a Sophomore attending the University of Maryland majoring in Biology, with a pre-med track.
Philip Caliendo - is a Freshman attending Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), majoring in Finance.  
Erin Galich- is a Freshman studying Psychology at Central Connecticut State University (New Britain). 
George Goetz -  is a Senior at Penn State pursuing Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  
Jackie Goetz- is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science at the University of New Haven.  
James Goetz- is a freshman attending University of Maryland, studying Business/Journalism.   
Carly Nicholas – is a Senior at Providence College (Rhode Island), finishing up a double-major in Business Management and Spanish. 
John Veneri - is a Senior attending Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) majoring in Business Management.
Owen Wight – is a Junior at the University of Connecticut.

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Congratulations to 2020-2021 LaBache Scholarship winners - 08/15/2020

We congratulate the following young adults who are receiving scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year from the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund:

John Babich
Philip Caliendo
Erin Galich
George Goetz
James Goetz
Carly Nicholas

Many Years!   Për Shumë Vjet!

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Congratulations - 08/14/2020

Congratulations to Victoria Nichio who received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport graduating Summa cum laude. She will student teach at Columbus Elementary School in Norwalk.

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Phase 1 Re-Opening of St. George - 06/26/2020

During the last week of June, the Parish Council received approval from Metropolitan Tikhon, Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese, for St. George to begin a gradual re-opening based on pre-approved guidelines.  The first service held was Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

The number of parishioners allowed inside for Divine Liturgy is capped at 40.  This is based on current civil (Connecticut) guidelines, which is for a maximum of 25% of capacity. 
 
These guidelines, procedures, and plans are not negotiable and require all to collectively cooperate and respect them. They are in place to maintain everyone’s safety and well-being, and were written to follow the guidelines provided by the State of Connecticut, and the Phase 1, Stage 1 guidance outlined in the Holy Synodal Guidelines (May 1, 2020). Before deciding whether or not you will be able to participate in person, please take the time to read the following three attachments:  

Guidelines for re-opening

Priest Guidelines for re-opening

Approval Letter to re-open 

For members who do not have email, a copy of the "Guidelines for re-opening" was mailed to them on Friday, June 26th. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate the COVID-19 challenges.

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Sermon available from Fr. Sergei - 06/12/2020

Note for Sundays - WIth the restricted re-opening of St. George for Sunday Divine Liturgies, Fr. Sergei will be video recording his sermons each Sunday in the church. They will be posted on St. George's YouTube Channel after Divine Liturgy. Because of time required to edit, format, and process the video for viewing, they will not be available to view until Sunday afternoons.  The following link will take you to St. George's YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvDnJSwwffvezBVH7P8u0bg

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Sunday Reader Prayer Service:  the following link contains recommended sets of prayers to be used at home for those unable to attend due to specific health risks:

For use at Home or at St. George without a Priest:  Sunday Reader Prayer Service

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Click on the following to view additional Resouces that are available for use during this period of suspended services:   RESOURCES during COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The featured icon image is of Sts Hermione, Philonilla & Zenaida the Unmercenary Physicians.  They are known as the Mothers of Modern Medicine, the first Unmercenary Physicians. Unmercenary Physicians were trained physicians who treated the poor and did not accept payment for their services. View more information at these following links:  https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2020/09/04/102492-martyr-hermione-daughter-of-saint-philip-the-deacon   and  https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2019/10/11/102939-martyrs-zenaida-and-philonilla-of-tarsus-in-cilicia

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2020 Graduates - 06/11/2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates who recently completed their studies and graduated.  We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!
 
High School:
 
Philip Caliendo – Graduating from West Haven High School
Erin Galich – Graduating from Trumbull High School
James Goetz – Graduating from Weston High School
 
College:
 
Kristen Babich – Graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University (Pennsylvania).
TJ Coughlin – Received a B.S. in Finance at the University of Maryland.
Jackie Goetz – Received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Connecticut.
Eve Wight – Graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Computer Science and minors in Mathematics and Art.

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Holy Synod extends authorization of Met. Tikhon as Diocesan Bishop - 05/07/2020

Please click onto the following letter from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America.  The Holy Synod, at its May 1st meeting, is authorizing "His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to assume additional authority proper to a Diocesan Bishop within the Diocese of New England and the Albanian Archdiocese."  It will be revisted at the Autumn Meeting, November 2020.  May 7, 2020:  Letter from Holy Synod Met Tikhon Locum Tenens Albanian Archdiocese

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Synodal Directives for future reopening of Churches - 05/07/2020

Below are links to communications from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, a Pastoral Letter and Guidelines for preparing to eventually reopen our churches in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.   It is very detailed, but please understand that there remains no timeline to date for any reopening.  
Any and all future reopenings will be phased in and based on local conditions and authorities. In the US, all reopenings will be guided by scientific and medical data and instructions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  

May 1, 2020:  Pastoral Letter from Holy Synod

May 1, 2020:  Synodal Guidelines for future reopening of Churches

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Memory Eternal! - 05/02/2020

We learned that Teuta (Tessie) Sotir passed away on Saturday, May 2nd.  St. George extends its condolences to her family. Tessie, who was 102, was the wife of the late Charles Sotir, and survived by her son Robert of Bridgeport, daughter Beverly Mackno of Georgetown, TX, sister Margaret Athanas of MA, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Donations in her memory may be made to St. George Church.  Memory Eternal! 

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Memory Eternal! - 05/02/2020

St. George was saddened to learn that Katherine (“Kay”) Pando passed on Saturday, May 2nd.  Katherine is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ann Pando, niece Susan Pando Lazos and husband Thanasi, and nephew Michael. Memory Eternal!

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Archpastoral Messages for Pascha, Bright Week - 04/24/2020

Please click onto the following links to view Paschal messages fron from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon:    

Archpastoral Message for Pascha:   2020 Pascha - Archpastoral Message from Met. TIKHON  

Bright Week Greeting to the Albanian Archdiocese:   2020 April 25 - Bright Week Greeting to Albanian Ardiocese

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Memory Eternal - 04/21/2020

We were saddened to learn that Peter Lazar passed away Tuesday, April 21st.  St. George extends it's condolences to his wife Rita and their two sons and daughter.  Additionally to his sister Mary Bindner and her husband James, and his cousins Bob & Bill Lazar and their families.  Memory Eternal! 
 

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UPDATED Directives from Metropolitan TIKHON - 04/07/2020

From Metropolitan Tikhon on updated directives to the clergy & faithful of Archdiocese of Washington, Albanian Archdiocese, Diocese of New England, Monastic communities and Seminaries: 

“… I am offering these brief clarifications/expansions of my previous guidelines:…” : Apr 10, 2020 Clarifications to STAV WASH ALB NE Dioceses

".....On March 14, 2020, I issued my first set of directives which allowed for limited services. This was followed on March 17, 2020, with a second set of directives, effectively suspending all public liturgical services in the dioceses and institutions under my omophorion. ​The following updated directives  are effective immediately....":  Apr 4, 2020: FINAL Directives to STAV, WASH, ALB, NE Dioceses

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Video Message from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon - 04/06/2020

Click onto the following link to view a video message from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon  https://www.oca.org/media/video/primatial-message-of-his-beatitude-metropolitan-tikhon

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Updated Directives from Holy Synod - parishes closed through April 30th - 04/01/2020

From the Holy Synod of Bishops:  After extensive deliberation on this subject, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America reiterated its directive of March 17, 2020, and extended it to the end of April 2020:
 
St. George will remain closed through the month of April, 2020.
 
Please read the following statements that were released on March 30th:
 
Archpastoral Message from the Holy Synod extending the suspension of services:    Mar 30 2020 Archpastoral Message from Holy Synod
 
Directives from Holy Synod to the OCA:   Mar 30 2020 Directives of the Holy Synod
 
Joint Communique of the Holy Synod & Metropolitan Council:  Mar 30 2020 Joint Comminique

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Messages from Met. TIKHON & Albanian Archdiocese - 03/29/2020

Below please find a note and link to a video message of encouragement from Metropolitan TIKHON, Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese, and a letter from the Albanian Archdiocese

Letter and link to a Video Message from Metropolitan TIKHON:   Video Message from Met TIKHON

View a letter from the Chancellor, V. Rev. Arthur Liolin and Lay Vice-Chairman, Michael Gregory of the Albanian Archdiocese:   March 30 2020 Archdiocese Communication

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Updated COVID-19 Directives - Parishes closed until April 1st - 03/17/2020

From Metropolitan TIKHON 

These updated directives supercede the March 13, 2020 COVID-19 guidance:
 
Effective Immediately:  All parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Albanian Archdiocese, and the Diocese of New England are closed through April 1, 2020.
 
Please click onto the attached letter from Metropolitan TIKHON:  17-Mar-2020:  Letter to Missions Wash Albanian NE 

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Temporary COVID-19 Guidelines from Metropolitan TIKHON - 03/15/2020

Immediately following, please find a summary of new guidelines from Metropolitan TIKHON to be used while the US is dealing with the COVID-19 public health episode. 
 
Metropolitan TIKHON states in his guidelines that for the next 2 weeks of March, parishioners should remain at home.  This is temporary measure.   While Metropolitan TIKHON is encouraging all our faithful to remain at home, he will not forbid parishioners from coming to Church.
 
The goal is not to eliminate the Divine Services, but to strictly limit the number of people serving them, and advocating that only the priest, deacon, choir leader and small choir, and 1-2 servers perform the services, as long as they are healthy and of low risk.  Regarding assembly of people, our state and local governments are attempting to restrict large groupings of people to reduce the rate of transmission of this virus. Our Metropolitan has stated that “Out of love for our neighbor, we must do everything we can to protect the vulnerable by slowing the rate of infection - not only in our parishes, but in the greater community”.
 
The decision to stay at home or come to church is an individual and personal one.  Of course, those at higher risk, especially older adults (those over the age of 60) and/or those with serious chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease, lung disease), should not hesitate to stay home. This is an absence “for honorable reasons”.  Those any who are actively sick or exhibiting signs of illness, or had close contact with someone who is sick, should absolutely absent themselves from the services.
 
The guidelines from Metropolitan TIKHON are for all services to be cancelled except for:
- Sunday Liturgies of St. Basil the Great
- The Vesperal Liturgy of the Great Feast of Annunciation (Wed, March 25th), and 
- Pre-sanctified Liturgies during Great Lent.
 
Specifically, based on these guidelines, the schedule for the next 2 weeks: 
 
St. George will go forward with Pre-Sanctified Liturgy with Holy Ghost this Wednesday, March 18th, 6PM at St. George Church.  
 
Additionally later this week, Divine Liturgy will be held at St. George Church (next Sunday, March 22nd) at 10AM.   Again, Holy Ghost will join St. George.
 
Church School is suspended for the rest of March per instructions of Metropolitan TIKHON. 
 
Additionally all Fellowship hours, coffee hours, potluck suppers are cancelled during this outbreak.
 
The Saturday night Vespers scheduled for March 21st @ St George are cancelled.
 
On Wednesday, March 25th @ 6PM, the Vesperal Liturgy for Annunciation is scheduled to be held @ Holy Ghost.
 
Finally, Divine Liturgy will be at St. George on Sunday, March 29th.  
 
Again, thank you for your patience and compliance.  These guidelines are temporary, however the COVID-19 pandemic is a constant changing situation.  We will continue to communicate any changes as promptly as possible. 
 
Please feel free to call Fr. Sergei if you have questions or concerns: (203) 331–2251 (Mobile) or (203) 713-6007 (Home).
 

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Changing Practices during COVID-19 outbreak - 03/14/2020

As many of you are familiar with, this week, our Public Health officials have officially declared that the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic.  This has triggered many recommended guidelines for and from our federal government, states, cities, towns, communities, and citizens to follow.  

Additionally, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the OCA just released a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak with suggested measures, as well as encouragement of self-quarantine and social distancing.  A link to that letter can be found on our website, and at the follwoing link:  https://www.oca.org/cdn/PDFs/synod/2020-0313-synod-statement-covid19.pdf

With St. George and Holy Ghost participating in many joint services during Great Lent and throughout the year, Fr. Sergei and Fr. John Jillions have discussed and instituted measures to deal with the containment and mitigation of this virus. Effective immediately, and in a spirit of pastoral care and love, the following changes are being made:
 
-       Bowing in front of icons and the Holy Cross, instead of kissing them;
-       Refraining from embracing each other or giving the Kiss of Peace;
-       Receiving a blessing from the priest without reciprocating by kissing his hand;
-       Receiving Holy Communion by having the priest drop the Holy Gifts directly into our mouths instead of touching the communion spoon with our lips; and
-       Refraining from kissing the chalice or the communion cloth.
 
The process in creatively dealing with the pandemic and our faith requires us to make decisions on what is “essential,” and what is “not.”  Based on this, please note the following:
 
-       Sunday evening Pan-Orthodox Vespers services for the CT Deanery and the Orthodox Churches Association of Greater Bridgeport are suspended for the rest of March. The situation will be re-evaluated at the start of April.
-       St. George will continue to hold liturgical services as scheduled (unless the situation changes), but after Sunday, March 15th, coffee hours, fellowship hours, and potluck dinners will be suspended.
-       If any parishioner feels anxious about coming to church, especially those over the age of 60 and/or those with underlying conditions making them more susceptible to viruses, they should not hesitate to stay home. This is an absence “for honorable reasons,” as one of the prayers of the Church states.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a changing situation, please check back to see if any additional changes in practice are being made.

Please feel free to call Fr. Sergei if you have questions or concerns: (203) 331–2251 (Mobile) or (203) 713-6007 (Home).

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Services Cancelled: COVID-19 - 03/14/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a late directive was issued from Metropolitan Tikhon.
 
This week, beginning today, Sunday March 15th, parishioners are urged to stay home and not attend any services.  We will update everyone later with additional details as they become available. 
 
For those who wish to view a live-stream service today, the following link is from the nuns at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA:   
 http://www.orthodoxmonasteryellwoodcity.org/chapel. On Sundays they normally serve the at hours 8:45 AM, and Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
 
We thank everyone for their patience and compliance. 
 

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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 2020 - 03/08/2020

As we finished the first week of Great Lent, the parish of St. George celebrated Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy or the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. It is a historical feast commemorating the return of the icons to the churches in the year 843.  During the Great Entrance at Divine Liturgy, the children and some parishioners carried their Konizmat icons, returning the Icons back to the church.  Click onto the following link to learn about the Albanian tradition of Konizmat.
 
Finally, click onto the more information link below to view several photos from the procession and returning of Icons.

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Condolences - 03/01/2020

The entire St George Community wishes to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Victoria Brideau Vitale. Vicky was  the daughter of Jeannie and Jim Brideau, wife of Joseph, mother to Jack and sister to Eric. Memory Eternal!
 

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Thanks to St. George for supporting LifeBridge Community Services - 02/28/2020

Many thanks to the parishioners of St George, who along with many other groups and individuals throughout Fairfield County, contributed to LifeBridge Community Services during Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s 7th Annual Giving Day.  Giving Day, which was held on February 27th, is a 24-hour on-line giving marathon that supports Fairfield County communities around their local non-profit missions and causes.  St. George has supported LifeBridge Community Services in past years.  LifeBridge earned the second place Grand Prize prize of $10,000 for most unique (individual) donors. Again, many thanks to all those who contributed!  To learn more about LifeBridge Community Services, click onto the following link:  http://www.lifebridgect.org
 

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Visit from Missionaries Steve & Theophani Sarigianis - 02/16/2020

On Sunday, February 16th, St. George attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Ghost Church in Bridgeport where St George co-hosted with Holy Ghost a visit by missionaries Steve and Theophani Sarigianis. The purpose of the visit was to help raise support for their future missionary work and service in Albania. The couple addressed both parishes with a short presentation after Divine Liturgy.  You can learn more about the Sarigianis and support their mission by making a contribution on their Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) page.  Additionally, St. George extends a thank you to the Holy Ghost community for inviting us to participate in their Mini-Retreat:  “Paul, Prayers, & Pierogies”  which was held on Saturday, February 15th.  Click onto the more information link below to view photos from the weekend. 

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Welcome Michael Gregory! - 02/02/2020

The Saint George parish welcomed and hosted the Archdiocesan Lay Vice-Chairman, Michael Gregory on February 2nd.  At the last Archdiocesan Assembly, he was tasked to visit all the parishes of the Archdiocese. After Divine Liturgy in the Church Hall, Michael delivered a short talk, and conducted a question/answer period reviewing the status of several Archdiocesan priorities.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple (Papandia) - 02/02/2020

On Sunday, February 2nd, St. George celebrated the Feast of The Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple (referred to as “Papandia” in Albanian). For our Ladies Society, (the Teuta Ladies Society), this day is their Patronal Feast, with this year marking the 89th year of the Ladies Society’s founding.
At the end of the liturgy, the parish children along with the Altar Servers, and members of the Teuta Ladies Society marched in candle-procession, following the icon of the feast, as the feast’s hymns were sung.  At the end of their procession, all stood in prayer vigil for the singing of the feast’s Magnification. 
Adding to the joy of the occasion was the presence of Deacon Spyridon Green, from our Archdiocesan Cathedral in Boston, who joined our Father Sergei in serving the festal liturgy. Click onto the more information link below to view a slideshow of photos. 

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Condolences - 01/28/2020

We are saddened to learn on Tuesday, January 28th, of the death of Joseph Patria, husband to Millie (Polena) Patria and father to Michael and Guy Patria. The St. George parish extends its condolences to Millie, Michael, Guy and their families.

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Memory Eternal - 01/20/2020

We were saddened to learn that Christian Tallcouch passed away today, Monday, January 20th.  The St. George parish extends its condolences to the Tallcouch family.  Memory Eternal! 

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Thank you! - 01/17/2020

Many thanks to the parishioners of St. George collected and sent $800 to Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) for the Albanian Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund.  To learn more of the OCMC relief efforts, click onto the following link:  https://www.ocmc.org/resources/view_article.aspx?ArticleId=2475

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Celebrating the Feast of Theophany - 2020 - 01/11/2020

On Sunday, January 12th, the first Sunday after Theophany, the St. George parish conducted the Great Blessing of Water.
In recognition of this significant event, the children marched in the procession around the church following an Icon of the Theophany with candles and containers of water to be blessed.
Adding to the joyous event was the pouring of water that came from the River Jordan that Fr. Sergei brought back from his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Click onto the more information link below to view photos of the procession, the blessing of water, and the blessing of the church.

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2020: A New Year, A New Decade, Our 95th Anniversary - 12/29/2019

At the first Liturgy of the new year, the Saint George parish will offer special intercessory prayers as we inaugurated not only a New Year, but a new decade and the 95th anniversary of the founding of our church community.  To read a historical narrative of the St. George church’s founding, please click onto the following link:  https://www.stgeorgetrumbull.org/parish_history

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Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of Christ - Christmas Day 2019 - 12/25/2019

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. After the Christmas Day Divine Liturgy, the parish community sang Christmas carols accompanied by the parish children reenactment of the Nativity story in a series of tableaux. Many thanks to Jennifer Goetz, Sue Galich, Anna Bouteneff, Melissa Galich, Erin Galich, and Jackie Goetz for all of the program coordination, James Goetz for narrating, the Choir for leading us with the singing of the carols. Finally, we thank the Parish children for their participation.  Click onto the more information link to view additional photos.

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Welcome Christy Kobeli - 12/25/2019

Many years to Christy Kobeli who joined our St. George parish on Christmas Day. 

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Thank you! - 12/24/2019

Thanks to Vi & Jim Bowe, Louise Gallager, Jennifer Goetz, and Bob Lazar for decorating the church for the Christmas season. 

We also wish to thank to our Choir, Choir Directors, and Chanters for their Stewardship of time and talents

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Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of Christ - Christmas Eve 2019 - 12/24/2019

At the Christmas Eve services, following the Compline with the blessing of the bread, the parish community sang Christmas carols accompanied by the parish children reenactment of the Nativity story in a series of tableaux. Many thanks to Laura Coughlin, Jennifer Goetz, & Dani Masek for all of the program coordination, TJ Coughlin for narrating, the Choir for leading us with the singing of the carols, and finally we thank the Parish children for their participation.  Click onto the more information link to view additional photos.

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Thank you to Commerce Park Funeral Home - 12/23/2019

Many thanks to Ron Dougiello of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for donating the beautiful poinsettias for Christmas.

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Learning about the Icon of the Nativity of Christ - 12/22/2019

At a joint Divine Liturgy at St. George with Holy Ghost Church, Fr. John Jillions discussed the Icon of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ with the children of both parishes.  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Trumbull Church Design - 12/15/2019

Architect’s rendering of the front view of the Trumbull church used for necessary building permit and zoning approvals.  The church was sized to hold 220 people and designed in the shape of a cross.

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Howard Avenue Church - 12/15/2019

(Newspaper photo – date unknown). St. George Church at 521 Howard Avenue; located in the West End of Bridgeport. The church (originally St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church) was purchased in1937 and consecrated as St. George Albanian Orthodox Church on September 5, 1938.  The Howard Avenue church was sold in May 1977 as plans evolved to move to a new church in Trumbull.

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Fr. Vasil and Prifteresa Efrosinia Mandy - 12/15/2019

Fr. Vasil and Prifteresa Efrosinia Mandy.  Fr. Vasil was the first priest of our community in Bridgeport.  Date unknown.

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The Founding Fathers - 12/15/2019

From a local newspaper photo:  Photo of the leaders who directed the drive that built the first St. George Church on Howard Avenue in Bridgeport.  The first Orthodox church services were held in Bridgeport on Palm Sunday, April 12, 1925.  At that time and up to the dedication of the church on Howard Avenue, worship was conducted in various community halls and buildings.    

Lower Row, (left to right): Philip Cotmil, Rev. Vasil Mandy, Rev. Sotir Tallcouch, Louis Theodos.
  
Middle Row, (left to right): Sotir Dmitri, Peter Atanas, Theodore Dionis, Costa Vangel.  

Top Row, (left to right): George Polena, Peter Tallcouch, Unidentified, Costa H. Jordhamo.
 

 
 

 

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St. Nicholas Party - Sun, Dec 2nd - 12/08/2019

St. George held it's annual St. Nicholas party for the children of the parish on Sunday, December 8th after Divine Liturgy.  Click onto the more information link to view some photos.

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Women's Council Fashion Show Thank You! - 11/25/2019

Many thanks to everyone who attended the fashion show hosted by The Women’s Orthodox Council. A special thank you to our ‘models’ Sharon Buzi, Luba Csernica and Kim O’Brien.  You all made the event a huge success. Your donation supports many charities in our neighboring communities and they are grateful.

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Congratulations & Many Years to Fr. Sergei - 11/25/2019

The parish of St. George extends it's congratulations to Fr. Sergei Bouteneff on the occassion of this 42th Anniversary of his Priestly ordination.  God Grant You Many Years!

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Entrance of the Virgin Mary into the Temple - 11/24/2019

The children of St. George and Holy Ghost parishes participated in a joint procession and prayers after Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Entrance of the Virgin Mary into the Temple, which is commemorated on November 21st.  Parishioners of Holy Ghost Church joined the St. George Chuch parish in a joint Divine Liturgy with Fr. Sergei Bouteneff and Fr. John Jillions co-celebrating the Liturgy.  Click on the more information link below to view some photos.

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Binky Patrol Blankets - 11/15/2019

St George hosted a Binky Patrol evening on Friday, November 15th.  Binky Patrol is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to making blankets and giving them away to children ages 0-18 who are sick, traumatized, grieving or homeless. Over 70 people participated and 130 blankets/binkies were completed and donated. These blankets will be provided to Al’s Angels who will distribule them to children who are sick and experiencing a loss.  Click onto the following links to learn more about Binky Patrolhttps://binkypatrol.org/index.cfm and Al's Angels: https://www.alsangels.org/about . Many thanks to Sharon Buzi who organized and coordinated the event. To view photos of the event, click onto the more information link below. 

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Condolences - 11/11/2019

We were saddened to learn that Janet Caliendo passed away on Monday, November 11th.   The St. George parish extends it’s condolences to Phil, Hope, and Philip, James Glucksnis, and to Mary & John DiIulio, and Esther Darling.  Memory Eternal!

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Joint Divine Liturgy with Holy Ghost Church - 10/27/2019

The parishes of St. George and Holy Ghost Church celebrated a joint Divine Liturgy at St. George on Sunday, October 27th.  Click onto the more information link below to view some photos.

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Teuta Bazaar - 2019 - 10/26/2019

The Teuta Ladies Society held it's annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 26th.  A heartful thank you goes out to all who had their hand in assisting with the Bazaar to insure it’s success. The Bazaar is St. George's major fundraising event during the calendar year, and this year our net profit was $10,413!  Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

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Condolences - 09/20/2019

Saint George was saddened to hear to the death of Richard ("Ritchie") Vangel on September 21st. Condolences go out to Karen, Lorraine, and the rest of the Vangel family. Memory Eternal!

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Condolences - 09/09/2019

St. George recently learned that Osman Karaja passed away on Tuesday, September 10th.. We extend our condolences to Osman’s family:  Steffie Karaja, Janus Karaja, Jane Quinn and her husband Brendan, and his grandchildren. Memory Eternal!

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Memory Eternal - Archbishop Nikon - 09/08/2019

On September 8th, after the first Sunday Divine Liturgy after Archbishop Nikon's death, the parish of St. George held a Memorial Service in his memory. Click onto the more information link to view two photos. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi! 

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Albanian Archdiocese Announcement - 09/08/2019

Per the statute of the Orthodox Church in America, the office of the bishop of the Albanian Archdiocese was declared vacant with the death of Archbishop Nikon. His Eminence, Metropolitan Tikhon informed the Holy Synod that he will serve as the Locum Tenens of the Albanian Archdiocese for the immediate future.
As Locum Tenens, Metropolitan Tikhon’s primary responsibility is to see to the election of a new bishop and to maintain the widowed diocese in the interim period. (As is the Orthodox Church practice, when a Diocese loses a Bishop to death, it is referred to as “widowed.”).  Additionally, Metropolitan Tikhon will attend to other administrative and pastoral matters.
Click on the following link to view the attached letter from Metropolitan Tikhon. Albanian Diocese Announcement

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Memory Eternal! - 09/03/2019

We were saddened to learn of the death of Don Jordan.  We extend condolences to wife Shirley; daughter Beth & son-in-law Mike and grandchildren Jordan & John Veneri; and daughter & son-in-law Sue & Tom Batura. Memory Eternal!

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Memory Eternal! - 09/01/2019

His Eminence, the Most Reverend Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Sarah (Arthur) Liolin and dear brothers John and Billy Liolin. He is survived by his devoted & loving brothers, The Very Reverend Arthur Liolin and his wife Margaret of Milton and James Liolin and his wife Christina of NY; in addition he is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.

Link to view statements from the Albanian Archdiocese and Diocese of New England - Statements

Link to the OCA Memoriam - https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/his-eminence-archbishop-nikon

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Congratulations! - 09/01/2019

The parish of St. George wishes to congratulate Nikolas Nani on the occasion of his recent Baptism in Albania.  Congratulations are also extended to his parents Ledi and Olsi, and brothers Kosta and Evan. Click onto the more information link to view three photos. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Memory Eternal - 08/28/2019

We were saddened to learn of the passing away of James (Jim) Pando on Wednesday, August 28th.  St. George extends it’s condolences to his wife Mary Ann, daughter Susan (Athanasios) Lazos, and son Michael. Memory Eternal!

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 08/25/2019

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!
 
Kristen Babich – Senior majoring in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University (Pennsylvania).
John Babich– Freshman attending the University of Maryland.
Henry Brunneau – Sophomore attending the University of Maine.
TJ Coughlin – Senior majoring in Finance at the University of Maryland.
Haley Flynn – Senior majoring in Business, attending the University of New Hampshire.
Eric Flynn - Senior majoring in Business, attending the University of Rhode Island.  
George Goetz - Junior majoring in Business at Penn State.
Jackie Goetz – Senior majoring in Biology at the University of Connecticut.
Carly Jane Nicholas – Junior at Providence College (Rhode Island)
John Veneri - Junior majoring in Business Management attending Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina)
Eve Wight - Senior attending the University of Vermont.
Owen Wight – Sophomore at the University of Connecticut

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Supporting the 2019 FOCUS Backpack Drive - 08/18/2019

On Sunday, Aug 18th after Divine Liturgy, volunteers assembled 24 backpacks with school supplies as part of the FOCUS Backpack Drive.  This charity project, coordinated with Holy Ghost Church (Bridgeport) is supporting the middle school students at Roosevelt Middle School in Bridgeport.   Many thanks to the numerous parishioners who donated monies and/or specific supplies required to fill the backpacks.   Also, a heartfelt thank-you to Karen Masek who coordinated the project for St. George. Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos. 

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Memory Eternal! - 08/07/2019

The St. George parish was saddened to learn that Archpriest Steven John Belonick passed away on August 7, 2019.  Before becoming ill, Fr. Steven served at Holy Ghost parish in Bridgeport from 2013 -2017.
Click on the following link to read the OCA Memoriam for Fr. Steven: https://oca.org/in-memoriam/archpriest-steven-belonick  May Father Steven’s memory be eternal!

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2019 Thomas & Katherine LeBache Fund winners - 08/05/2019

Congratulations to the following collegians, and to their parents, who were named the 2019 Scholarship Recipients of the Thomas & Katherine LaBache Fund:
 
TJ Coughlin – a senior at the University of Maryland
Kristen Babich – a senior at the St. Joseph University
John Babich – a freshman at the University of Maryland
Jacqueline Goetz – a senior at the University of Connecticut
George Goetz – a junior at Pennsylvania State University
Carly Jane Nicholas – a junior at Providence College
 
The St. George parish offers continued success and best wishes to these young adults.

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2019 Graduates - 07/11/2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates who recently completed their studies and graduated.  We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!

John Babich - Graduated from Fairfield Warde High School (Fairfield).
Hope Caliendo – Graduated from King’s College (Pennsylvania) with a double-degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. 
Amy Hurd – Graduated from Bryant University (Rhode Island) with a degree in Data Science.
Jordan Paige Veneri – Graduated from Saint Anselm College (New Hampshire) with a degree in Biology. 
Kristina Tolkuci – Graduated from Arcadia University (Pennsylvania) with a degree in International Business.

Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Thanking our Veterans and First Responders - 07/07/2019

On Sunday, July 7th and capitalizing on the celebration of Independence Day, the parish of St. George acknowledged and honored its Veterans and First Responders (police, firefighters, and medical personnel) - the brave who keep us safe. 

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Welcome Fr. Dennis Rhodes - 07/07/2019

St. George was pleased to have been visited by our former pastor, Father Dennis Rhodes on Sunday, July 7th.  Father Dennis co-celebrated Divine Liturgy with Father Sergei Bouteneff.

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Many Years to Archbishop Nikon! - 07/05/2019

July 6th marked the 50th anniversary of His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon's ordination to the priesthood. On May 9, 2012, Archbishop Nikon was elevated to the rank of Archbishop.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

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Prayers for Fr. Dennis - 06/22/2019

We continue to pray for Fr. Dennis Rhodes who is volunteering with missionary work in Albania this month. 

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Father's Day - 2019 - 06/16/2019

St. George recognized Father’s Day with prayers during Liturgy to all of the Fathers, Grandfathers and Godfathers of our Parish community.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Thank you to the Holy Ghost parish - 05/26/2019

St George wishes to thank Fr. John Jillions and the parishioners of Holy Ghost parish for welcoming us to join them for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 26th.  Additionally, we thank them for the delicious luncheon and fellowship after services. 

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Welcome Fr. John Jillions and the Holy Ghost parish - 05/19/2019

The parish of St. George extends a welcome to Fr John Jillions and the parishioners of Holy Ghost Church.  Fr. Jillions celebrated Divine Liturgy at St. George for both parishes on Sunday, May 19th.  On Sunday, May 26th, the St George parish will join the Holy Ghost Church parish for Divine Liturgy in Bridgeport.

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Thank you! - 05/12/2019

The St. George parish wishes to thank Fr. John Mikitish who served Divine Liturgy the past two weeks.  

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Mother's Day - 2019 - 05/12/2019

On Sunday during Divine Liturgy, St. George remembered all of the living and departed mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all the special women in over lives, in prayer.  Additionally, our thanks go out to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home, who donated long-stemmed roses which were given out as a gift to all mothers in attendance.

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Thank you! - 05/10/2019

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations:

Thank you for the following donations to the Petafi:   Alice Vasil in memory of her husband William and Karen Masek in memory of the Michael Family. 

Donation for the flowers for the Cross on the Petafi in memory of Pandora Dionis, who decorated the Cross for many years: Sandy and Mike Long, Andrea Snedegar and Drew Schoenfeld, Laura and Dave Denisevich, Ted and Janet Dionis and Pauline Dionis.

Thank you to the ‘Myrrh-bearing Women” who decorated the Petafi: Jean Brideau, Mary DiIulio, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Cathy Hotova, Dolores Nauchy, Jeanette Nichio, JoAnn Soter and Pauline Dionis.

A special thanks to Louise Karoli Gallagher for the beautifully dyed and wrapped Pascha Eggs.

Thank you to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the lillies to beautify the inside of the church.

Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha.

Fr Sergei Bouteneff who served all the Lenten, Holy Week and Paschal services for us.

The Choir and its Directors, Laura Chadwick and Karen Masek, for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha. 

Cantors Charles Soter and Peter Dacey for their dedication and singing at all the services.

Our volunteer readers

Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary. 

The Altar Servers for their time and assistance. 

Sue Galich and her helpers for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour.

Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

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Pascha - 2019 - 04/27/2019

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 16th.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

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Thank you! - 04/20/2019

Many thanks go out to all that donated items for the Easter baskets for the residents of the Homes of the Brave.  A special meal is being prepared for them on Easter Sunday by Trumbull Helps who will also distribute the baskets. Thank you for making their holiday extra special!

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Thank you for your support! - 04/12/2019

Many thanks for supporting the “Pajama Collection for Children in Poverty.”  The program has been very important to the Orthodox Women's Council.  Thank you for helping make it a success!

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Stewardship thank-yous! - 03/28/2019

Many thanks to Laura Chadwick who published the Weekly Bulletin the past 7 months.  Additionally, we wish to thank Kim O’Brien who has volunteered to take over the preparation of the weekly bulletin going forward - we appreciate her stewardship in taking on this role. 

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2019 Parish Council - 03/15/2019

Our sincere thanks go to Laura Chadwick who has left the Parish Council after serving her term. At the semi-annual Parish Meeting, which was held on February 10th, Laura Coughlin was elected to join the Council for a new 3-year term. Laura joins the current Council members Joe Chadwick, Luba Csernica, Peter Dacey, Joseph Galich, Louise Gallagher, Cathy Hotova, Bill Kovachi. and Bob LazarMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Condolences - 02/09/2019

The parish of St. George was saddened to learn that Christy Lambert passed away on Friday, February 8th.  We offer our condolences to Katherine, Nancy, and Thomas and their families. Memory eternal!

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Welcome Back! - 02/01/2019

We welcome back Father Sergei Bouteneff who will fill in for us for the next three months with Archbishop Nikon’s blessing.

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Condolences - 02/01/2019

We extend our sympathy to Peter Dacey and his family at the loss of their uncle, Peter Costulas.  May Peter’s memory be eternal!

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Condolences - 01/27/2019

We extend our sympathy to Elsie Gartsu and family on the loss of her sister, Paula Cane.  May Paula’s memory be eternal!
 

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Welcome Fr. John Mikitish - 01/12/2019

The parish of St. George extends a heartfelt welcome to Father John Mikitish who will be serving Divine Liturgy for the month of January.

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Welcome Fr. John Jillions and the Holy Ghost parish - 01/05/2019

The parish of St. George extends a heartfelt welcome to Fr John Jillions and the parishioners of Holy Ghost Church. Fr. Jillions gratitiously volunteered to co-celebrate Divine Liturgy on The Feast of Theophany at St. George for both parishes. On Satuirday, Vespers for the Eve of Theophany were hosted and co-celebrated at Holy Ghost Church in Bridgeport. 

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Condolences - 12/29/2018

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Gloria Ruseski who passed away this past week.  We also extend our condolences to the family of Barbara Maynard who also passed away this past week.  Memory Eternal.  

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Celebrating the Nativity of the Lord - 12/25/2018

At the Christmas Eve services, following the Compline with the blessing of the bread, the parish community sang carols.  The next day on December 25th, the St. George parish celebrated the feast liturgy of the Nativity. This was followed by the traditional carol sing that accompanied our Church School children's reenactment of the Nativity story in a series of tableaux. Many thanks to Jennifer Geotz for all of the program coordination, and to the choir for leading us with the singing of the carols.

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Care Packages for College Students - 2018 - 11/29/2018

Following a pre-Christmas Choir rehearsal, members from the Choir assembled their annual Care Packages to our parish college students.  Snacks, energy bars, and candies were packed and mailed to the students as they begin their final exams before semester break.

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Condolences - 11/18/2018

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family of George Terzakis who passed away on Tuesday, November 13.  He is the father of Beth Michael, father-in-law of Mark Michael and grandfather to Michael Moccia and Christopher Michael.  May George’s memory be eternal!

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Veteran's Day - 2018 - 11/09/2018

On the occasion of the Veteran's Day Holiday, the St. George parish extends a heartfelt thank you to all our Veterans for their service to our country. May God Grant you Many Years! 

It is the Veteran

It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Veteran, who salutes the Flag, 
It is the Veteran, who serves under the Flag, 
To be buried by the flag, 
So the protester can burn the flag.

Author: Anonymous

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Condolences - 11/08/2018

We extend our sympathy to the family of Judith Petro who passed away on Monday.  She is the wife of Jim and sister-in-law of Irene Billings.  May Judy’s memory be eternal!

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Condolences - 11/02/2018

The parish of St. George was saddened to learn that Pandora Dionis passed away on November 1st.   Our condolences go out to Sandra, Andrea, Laura, Teddy, and their families.  Memory Eternal!
 

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2018 Fall Bazaar - 10/27/2018

St George held it's annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 27th.  Many thanks to all who had their hand in assisting with the Bazaar in some way - with organizing, set-up, cooking, baking, donating, working the event, and cleaning up at the end. The Bazaar is St. George's major fundraising event during the calnedar year.

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Congratulations to the 2018 LaBache Scholarship Winners - 10/27/2018

We congratulate the following students who are receiving scholarships for 2018 from the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund:

- Kristen Babich
Hope Christine Caliendo
- Timothy Coughlin
- George Goetz
- Jacqueline Goetz
- Jennifer Soter
- Kristina Tollkuçi

Many Years!   Për Shumë Vjet!

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Welcome Fr. Sergei - 09/30/2018

St. George welcomes Fr. Sergei Bouteneff, who, with the blessing of Archbishop Nikon, began serving Sunday Divine Liturgies while a search for a new pastor is underway.  Many thanks to Father Sergei for helping us during our transition.

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Congratulations to Fr. Dennis's on his Retirement! - 09/23/2018

St. George celebrated Fr. Dennis Rhodes retirement on Sunday, September 23rd with a Retirement Dinner at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull.  Numerous clergy from the Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Connecticut and also from the Connecticut Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America joined many parishioners from St. George to thank and celebrate Fr. Dennis's 39 years of Ministry.  

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/15/2018

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!
 
Kristen Babich –  Junior majoring in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University (Pennsylvania).
Hope Caliendo – Senior attending King’s College (Pennsylvania) pursuing a double-major in Criminal Justice and Sociology.     
TJ Coughlin – Junior majoring in Finance at the University of Maryland.
Allie Cryan – Attending Housatonic College majoring in marketing
Haley Flynn – Junior attending the University of New Hampshire.
Eric Flynn - Junior attending the University of Rhode Island.  
George Goetz - Sophomore majoring in Business at Penn State.
Jackie Goetz – Junior majoring in Biology at the University of Connecticut.
Amy Hurd – Senior at Bryant University (Rhode Island).
Kristina Tolkuci – Senior at Arcadia University (Pennsylvania). 
John Veneri - Sophomore majoring in Business Management attending Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina)
Jordan Paige Veneri – Senior attending Saint Anselm College (New Hampshire) majoring in Biology.
Eve Wight - Junior attending the University of Vermont.
Owen Wight – Freshman at the University of Connecticut

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Congratulations - 09/01/2018

On Saturday, September 1st, Malia Jules Green was received in to the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Jeanette Nichio was her Godmother. Malia is the daughter of Alicia (Nichio) Green and the granddaughter of Richard & Jeanette Nichio.  Many Years! Për ShumëVjet

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Congratulations - 08/25/2018

On Saturday, August 25th, Mia Keti Bettencourt was received in to the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Tom & Priscilla Carameta were the Godparents.  Mia is the daughter of Alfred & Arjana (Vllahu) Bettencourt.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

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Condolences - 08/24/2018

We offer our condolences to Pauline Dionis, whose brother, Joseph Shultz, died on Thursday, August 16th. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Condolences - 08/19/2018

We recently learned that Gowan Dacey, the father of our Parish Vice-President Peter Dacey, fell asleep in the Lord yesterday, August 16th. We offer our condolences to Peter, his mother, Bev, and his entire family at this difficult time.

Gowan’s family has asked that this service be limited to immediate family and invited guests. Therefore, unless you fall into one of those categories, please do not come to the memorial, but extend your condolences with a note or telephone call. A memorial service will be celebrated in Church at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19th. 

May his memory be eternal!

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Congratulations - 08/18/2018

On Saturday, August 18th, River Madison Davis was received in to the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. 

River is the daughter of Sarah & Brian Davis, the granddaughter of Kim & John O’Brien, and the great-granddaughter of Toni Barmashi. 

Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Congratulations - 08/11/2018

On Saturday, August 11th, Ryan Joseph Moras was received in to the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. His sponsors were Wayne Moras and Timothy & Sam Tiedemann. Ryan is the son of Michael & Dana Moras and the grandson of Melissa & Wayne Moras. 

Also, at the same time Ryan’s mother, Dana Marie Moras, was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Confession and Chrismation. Her sponsor was Melissa Moras

Many Years!  Për ShumëVjet!

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Condolences - 08/07/2018

We offer our condolences to Julia Pikulik, whose brother, Stephen Moros, died on Tuesday, August 7th.

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Congratulations - 07/28/2018

On Saturday, July 28th, Evan Joseph Rakowitz was received in to the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Evan is the son of Rebecca & Daniel Rakowitz, the grandson of Joe & Laura Chadwick and the great-grandson of Jim & Vi Bowe.

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Welcome - 07/22/2018

We welcome to Saint George Church today, Fr. Sergei Bouteneff, who is celebrating the Divine Liturgy while Father Dennis is away.

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2018 Graduate - 07/15/2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduate who recently graduated.  We extend our best wishes to him for continued success!

Adam Nichio graduated from Norwalk Community College in the spring with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design

 Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Condolences - 07/08/2018

We offer our condolences to Patty Ivanov and her family on the death of her aunt, Jean Nelson, on Monday, July 2, 2108.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Condolences - 07/01/2018

We offer our condolences to Susan Galich and her family on the death of her friend, Karen Marlin last Sunday.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Condolences - 06/24/2018

We offer our condolences to Father George Lardas and his family on the death of his father, Nicholas Lardas earlier this month. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Father's Day - 2018 - 06/17/2018

St. George recognized Father’s Day with prayers during Liturgy to all of the Fathers, Grandfathers and Godfathers of our Parish community.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Birthday celebration - 06/10/2018

St George recognized and celebrated Fr. Dennis' 70th Birthday on Sunday, June 10th. The parish also welcomed his family who joined us for Liturgy and a luncheon.  Many years!

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Archbishop Nikon visits St. George - 06/10/2018

We welcomed to Saint George today His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon who is making his annual Archpastoral visit. We also welcomed Fr. Sergei Bouteneff and Protodeacon Paul Nimchek.

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Condolences - 06/04/2018

On Monday, June 4th, Mildred Paproski, the mother of Father Peter Paproski, departed this life. We extend our condolences to Father Peter and his entire family.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Church School Commencement - 2018 - 06/03/2018

Congratulations to the Students and Teachers of our Church School as they completed their academic year. Specific thanks to Sue Galich, the Church School Coordinator, and to Melissa Galich and Erin Galich for their help with instruction this year.

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Memorial Day - 05/27/2018

We remember today all those who gave their lives in defense of our country. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Condolences - 05/27/2018

On Saturday, May 19th, Nikola Nikola departed this life. He was the brother of the late Steve Nikola. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00331
Mother's Day - 2018 - 05/13/2018

On Sunday during Divine Liturgy, the parish of St. George remembered all of the living and departed mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all the special women in over lives, in prayer.  Additionally, our thanks go out to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home, who donated long-stemmed roses which were given out as a gift to all mothers in attendance.

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Condolences - 05/13/2018

On Friday, May 11th, Mary Galich, mother of Joe Galich, departed this life. The St. George parish offers our condolences to Joe and his whole family. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Congratulations! - 05/06/2018

On May 5th, Mira Noelle Bouteneff and Heather Lynn Bouteneff were received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the sacred Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Mira’s sponsors were Michael Bouteneff and Anna Bouteneff. Heather’s sponsor was Elizabeth Bouteneff.  Mira is the daughter of Serge and Heather Bouteneff and the granddaughter of Fr. Sergei and Lisa Bouteneff.  Many Years!  Për ShumëVjet!

00334
Thank you! - 04/30/2018

Thank you to all who helped to make last Sunday’s Spring Brunch such a success. We raised over $500.00, which will be given to Tim Halvorsen to support his upcoming Mission trip to Albania.

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Congratulations! - 04/15/2018

On March 12, 2018, Evan Joseph was born to Dan and Rebecca (Chadwick) Rakowitz.  Evan is the grandson of Joe and Laura Chadwick and the great-grandson of Jim and Vi Bowe.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00336
Pascha - 2018 - 04/07/2018

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 16th.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

00337
Thank you! - 04/07/2018

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations:

·       The “Myrrhbearing Women” –Mary DiIulio, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Dolores Nauchy, JoAnn Soter, Pauline Dionis, Jean Brideau and Jeanette Nichio—who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning.

·       Alice Vasil, who donated toward the Petafi flowers and Easter Eggs in memory of her husband William Vasil.

·       Karen Masek, who also donated toward the Petafi flower in memory of the departed members of the Michael Family.

·       Nancy and Wally Hurd, who also donated toward the Petafi flowers in memory of Andrew Yapo.

·       Louise Karoli Gallagher, who also donated toward the Petafi flowers in memory of James Gallagher.

·       Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha.

·       Mary DiIulio for the new bows which adorn the Paschal Banner.

·       Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the lilies that beautify the inside of the Church.

·       The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs.

·       Cantors Charles Soter and Peter Dacey for their dedication and singing at all the services.

·       The Choir and its Choir Directors, Karen Masek and Laura Chadwick for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha.

·       Our volunteer readers.

·       Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary.

·       The Altar Servers for their time and assistance.

·       Sue Galich and her helpers for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour.

Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

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Congratulations - 04/07/2018

We offer our congratulations to Nicole Marie Dionis, who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church on Holy Saturday through the Mystery of Chrismation. Laura Denisevich is her sponsor.  Nicole is the wife of Curt Dionis and the mother of Sophie and Brooke.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

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Book Donation - 04/01/2018

We extend our gratitude to the family of James Dionis for donating to our Church several books from his collection:  A commemorative album from the 50th Anniversary of the Albanian Archdiocese, and two Albanian-language service books. Thank you!  And may James’ Memory be eternal!

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Note of Thanks for Fairfield County Giving Day support - 03/31/2018

Thank you for the outpouring of support for Fairfield County Giving Day on March 1st.  Your contributions helped LifeBridge come in second place for unique donors, which earned a $10,000 bonus for the children and families who benefit from our many services. You are making an important difference in our community. I greatly appreciate your willingness to help me help others.  Thank you for your love and support.  Laura Coughlin

00341
Condolences - 03/10/2018

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, our good friend and parishioner and chanter, Van Michael departed this life. We extend our condolences to his wife, Diana, his children Laura Coughlin and Jonathan Michael, and his grandchildren Kelly and TJ Coughlin, and Alexandria Michael.

00342
Congratulations - 03/03/2018

On Saturday, March 3rd, Wayne Joseph, III, and Greyson Cole Moras were received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Their Godparents were Michael & Dana Moras and Chad & Holly Walter. The boys are the children of Wayne & Lauren Moras and the grandchildren of Wayne & Melissa MorasMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet! 

00343
Memory Eternal - 02/26/2018

On Monday, February 26th, Eileen Bochino, mother of Jeff Jaworski and grandmother of Jason Jaworski and Amy Leighton, departed this life at the age of 91.  Her funeral was held on Friday, March 2nd.  May her memory be eternal!

00344
Condolences - 02/18/2018

We learned this week of the deaths of Lawrence Beck, Father-in-Law of Fr. Peter Paproski, and Matushka Barbara Kucynda , the wife of the Pastor of Jennifer Goetz’ home parish and an old friend of Father Dennis’. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00345
Teuta celebrates it's Patronal Feast Day - 02/11/2018

We congratulate today the members of the Teuta Ladies’ Society on their celebration of their Patronal Feast Day, the Meeting of the Lord - "Papandia".

00346
Condolences - 02/11/2018

We extend our sympathy: to the Buzi Family on the death in December of their friend, Kevin Donnelly; and to Shirley Jordan on the death last Saturday of her cousin James Balta.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00347
Condolences - 02/04/2018

We extend our sympathy to Carol Jaworski on the recent deaths of her cousins, Nico Mallozzi and James Pandeli.  Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00348
2018 Parish Council - 01/21/2018

On January 21st at the General Parish Meeting, we elected the Parish Council for 2018. With the blessing of Archbishop Nikon, they are being installed in office today. They are: Bill Kovachi, Chairman; Peter Dacey, Vice-Chairman; Cathy Hotova, Treasurer; Luba Csernica, Financial Secretary; Louise Gallagher, Recording Secretary; Laura Chadwick, Corresponding Secretary; Joe Chadwick, Corresponding Secretary; Bob Lazar, Building and Grounds; and Joe Galich, Building and Grounds.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00349
Congratulations - 01/14/2018

On Sunday, January 14th, Nicole Dionis, wife of Curt Dionis, was enrolled as a Catechumen, in preparation for formally entering the Holy Orthodox Church. Her sponsor is Laura Denisevich. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

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Condolences - 01/14/2018

On Monday, January 8th, His Grace, Bishop Mark (Forsberg), former bishop of our Archdiocese, fell asleep in the Lord.

On Thursday, January 11th, Richard Taylor, Jr., also fell asleep in the Lord. A wake for Richard will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow evening, January 15th, at Abriola Parkway Funeral Home on White Plains Road in Trumbull. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16th, in Christ the King Catholic Church on Madison Avenue in Trumbull.

Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00351
Congratulations - 12/30/2017

We ask God’s blessings upon Linley Faith Hirst who was received into the Orthodox Church yesterday through the Mysteries of Holy Baptism and Chrismation. Peter Hirst and Sophia Sak were the Godparents. She is the daughter of David and Allyson (Themel) Hirst, and the granddaughter of Peter and Cheryl ThemelMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00352
Condolences - 12/30/2017

We extend our sympathy to Fr. Stephen & Debra Masliuk on the death of their son, BenjaminMemory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00353
Celebrating the Nativity of the Lord - 12/25/2017

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George Community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with the Christmas Eve Festal Matins (including a traditional singing of Christmas Carols after services), and Divine Liturgy, for the Nativity of the Lord.

00354
Congratulations - 12/24/2017

On December 10, 2017, Grace Louise was born to Lara (Lazar) and Peter Kokenos.  We offer our congratulations to the parents, to big brothers Andrew & Jeremy and to grandparents Bob & Linda Lazar.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Bequest Received - 12/24/2017

Saint George Church recently received a $10,000.00 bequest from the estate of Florence Chala. In accordance with the terms of her will, $5,000.00 will be set aside for the beautification of the Church. The other $5,000.00 will be available for regular expenses. We thank Florence for remembering Saint George Church in her will. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00356
Congratulations to LaBache Scholarship Winners - 12/10/2017

We congratulate the following young people who are receiving scholarships from the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund:

  • Jonathan Avila
  • Kristen Babich
  • Hope Caliendo
  • Timothy Coughlin
  • George Goetz
  • Jacqueline Goetz
  • Kristina Tollkuçi

Many Years!   Për Shumë Vjet!

00357
Congratulations - 12/03/2017

Sarah and Brian Davis welcomed a baby girl, River Madison, on October 17, 2017.  Her grandparents are Kim and John O’Brien and her great-grandmother is Toni Barmashi. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet

00358
Albanian Flag Day - 11/26/2017

We offer prayers today for the Albanian people and nation in honor of Albanian Flag DayDitë e Flamurit.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00359
Condolences - 11/19/2017

We extend our condolences to the families of the following individuals who died recently:  Hortense Kelly, mother of Cheryl Adams, Albert Masek, Sr., father-in-law of Karen Masek, Valentina Rhodes, ex-wife of Fr. Dennis.  Memory Eternal! I Përjeshim Kujtimi!

00360
Thanks to our Veterans! - 11/12/2017

During this Veteran’s Day weekend, we extend our heart-felt gratitude to all those who serve and have served our country in the Armed Forces. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00361
Condolences - 10/29/2017

We learned of the death on October 23rd, of Matushka Marie Kreta, the mother of Fr. John Kreta and mother-in-law of Evelyn Leka Kreta. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00362
Thank you! - 10/22/2017

We extend our gratitude to everyone who worked so hard to make yesterday’s Teuta Ladies’ Society Bazaar a success.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00363
Condolences - 10/21/2017

We learned of the death on October 18th, of Virginia Cook, the sister-in-law of Fr. George Coca.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Memory Eternal - 09/25/2017

On Sunday, September 24th, our good friend and faithful parishioner, George Barmashi, departed this life, leaving behind his wife, Antonette and his daughter Kimberly and her family. May George’s memory be eternal!

00365
Church School Year Begins - 2017 - 09/17/2017

We prayed today for the students and teachers of our Church School as they begin another year of instruction.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00366
Condolences - 09/16/2017

We offer our sympathy to Fr. George Coca and his family on the death of his niece, Patricia Cook Johnson, who departed this life on September 6thMemory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/14/2017

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. We give our best wishes for their continued success!

Jonathan Avila –Sophomore at Housatonic Community College.

Kristen Babich –  Sophomore majoring in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University (Pennsylvania).

Hope Caliendo – Sophomore attending King’s College (Pennsylvania) majoring in Early Childhood education.

TJ Coughlin – Sophomore majoring in Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Allison Cryan – Attending Housatonic College pursuing a degree in marketing.   

Haley Flynn – Sophomore attending the University of New Hampshire.

Eric Flynn - Sophomore attending the University of Rhode Island.  

George Goetz - Freshman majoring in Engineering and Business at Penn State.

Jackie Goetz – Sophomore majoring in Biology at the University of Connecticut.

Amy Hurd – Junior at Bryant University (Rhode Island).

Adam Nichio – Senior majoring in Photography at Norwalk Community College. 

Anthony Nichio – Senior majoring in Finance at the University of Connecticut.

Kristina Tolkuci – Junior at Arcadia University (Pennsylvania). 

John Veneri - Freshman attending Cape Cod Community College

Jordan Paige Veneri – Junior attending Saint Anselm College (New Hampshire) majoring in Biology.

Eve Wight - Sophomore attending the University of Vermont.

00368
Special Prayers - 09/10/2017

St George offered special prayers today during Divine Liturgy for all those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and other disasters throughout the world.

00369
Congratulations - 07/23/2017

We congratulate Wayne and Lauren Moras on the birth of their twin sons, Wayne Joseph and Greyson Cole, on July 7th. We also congratulate the grandparents, Wayne and Melissa Moras. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Welcome Fr. Sergei Bouteneff - 07/16/2017

We welcomed to Saint George today Father Sergei Bouteneff who is celebrating the Divine Liturgy while Father Dennis was away.  

00371
Condolences - Vi Polena - 07/02/2017

On Saturday, July 1st, Violet Polena fell asleep in the Lord. We offer our condolences to her sisters Addy Coppola and Evelyn Melnikoff and their families.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates! - 06/18/2017

Congratulations to our young adults who recently graduated. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!

  • Victoria Demetri – Received her Associates Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Gateway Community College.
  • George Goetz - graduated from Weston High School.

 Many Years!         Për Shumë Vjet!

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Father's Day Commemorations - 2017 - 06/18/2017

For Father's Day, St. George recognized all of the living and departed Fathers, Grandfathers and Godfathers of our Parish community with prayers during Divine Liturgy. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00374
Condolences - 06/04/2017

We have learned of the death of T. John Cook, who passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was the brother of Fr. George CocaMemory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00375
Memorial Day - 2017 - 05/28/2017

St. George remembered today all those who gave their lives in defense of our country.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00376
Congratulations! - 05/21/2017

On Sunday, May 21st, we welcomed Madelyn Leighton into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Sophie is the daughter of Brian and Amy Leighton, the granddaughter of Jeffrey and Carol Jaworski and great-granddaughter of Eileen Bocchino. Jason Jaworski and Sarah Leighton were her godparents. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Church School Year Ends - 05/21/2017

We congratulate the students and teachers of our Church School as they complete their school year. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Congratulations! - 05/20/2017

Yesterday we welcomed Sophie Masek into the Holy Orthodox Church through the mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Sophie is the daughter of Matthew and Jeannine Masek, the granddaughter of Karen and Al Masek and great-granddaughter of Zoe Michael. Michael Masek and Jennifer Waterman were the godparents. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Condolences - 05/16/2017

We offer our condolences to Luba Geeza and her family on the death last week of Luba’s brother-in–law, Michael Arendacs. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Mother's Day - 2017 - 05/14/2017

We wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers, Grandmothers and Godmothers of our Parish Community!  During Divine Liturgy, we prayed for all of our Mothers, both Living and Departed, and celebrated afterwards during Coffee Hour. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00381
Condolences - 05/01/2017

The St. George parish extends it's condolences to the family of Georgika Boria who departed this life on Monday, May 1st. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00382
Condolences - 04/30/2017

We express our condolences to the families of: Jolanda Barber, aunt of Joseph Chadwick, and Cindy Davis, aunt of Jeffrey Jaworski, who recently departed this life. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00383
Thank you! - 04/16/2017

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations:

  • The “Myrrhbearing Women” –Mary DiIulio, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Dolores Nauchy, JoAnn Soter, Pauline Dionis, Jean Brideau, Cathy Hotova, Sharon Buzi, Voula Zargos—who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning.
  • Alice Vasil, who donated the Petafi flowers and the Easter Eggs in memory of her husband William Vasil.
  • The Masek Family who also donated toward the Petafi flowers in memory of Rev. Lambi Michael and Famiy
  • Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha.
  • Mary DiIulio for the new bows which adorn the Paschal Banner.
  • Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the lilies that beautify the inside of the Church.
  • The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs.
  • Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter and their assistants Greg Buzi II and Peter Dacey for their dedication and singing at every service.
  • The Choir and its Directors, Karen Masek and Laura Chadwick for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha.
  • Our volunteer readers.
  • Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary.
  • The Altar Servers for their time and assistance.
  • Sue Galich and her helpers for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour.

Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

00384
Pascha - 2017 - 04/16/2017

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 16th.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages

00385
Condolences - 03/07/2017

We were saddened to learn that on Tuesday, March 7th, William Vasil, a long-time devoted member of our parish community, departed this life. We extend our condolences to his wife, Alice, and his family.  May his memory be eternal!

00386
Condolences - 03/05/2017

We received news this week of the death, in France, of Matushka Sofia Rehbinder, sister of Priftëresha Lisa Bouteneff.  We extend our sincere condolences to the Bouteneff family. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00387
Congratulations to Fr. Dennis! - 02/26/2017

The St. George parish congratulates our pastor, Fr. Dennis Rhodes, who received a Synodal Gramota on Sunday from Archbishop Nikon.  The award recognizes Fr. Dennis' long and dedicated service as a priest and to the Orthodox Church in America. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00388
Welcome Archbishop Nikon! - 02/26/2017

We welcomed to St. George Church His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon who made his annual Archpastoral visit. We also welcomed and thanked Subdeacons Michael Arida, Nektary Lukianov and John Barone who also served during the Hierarchal Divine Litrugy.  Following the Liturgy, there was a dinner in the Church Hall in honor of Archbishop Nikon's visit.

00389
Condolences - 01/31/2017

St. George was saddened to learn that James Dionis died in his sleep on January 30th.  James was a long-time active member of our parish community.   We extend our sympathy to his wife Pandora Dionis and to his four children: Sandra Long, Andrea Snedegar, Laura Denisevich and Theodore Dionis.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00390
Condolences - 01/29/2017

We extend our sympathy to the family of Matushka Juliana Schmemann who died on Sunday, January 29.  She was the widow of Father Alexander Schmemann, an influential Orthodox Christian priest, teacher, and writer.  May her Memory be Eternal!

00391
2017 Parish Council Installed - 01/29/2017

With the blessing of Archbishop Nikon, the Parish Council were installed into office after Divine Liturgy. They are: Bill Kovachi - Chairman; Peter Dacey - Vice-Chairman; Cathy Hotova - Treasurer; Luba Csernica - Financial Secretary; Louise Gallagher - Recording Secretary; Laura Chadwick - Corresponding Secretary; Joe Chadwick - Corresponding Secretary; Bob Lazar - Building and Grounds; and Joe Galich - Building and Grounds. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00392
Memory Eternal - 01/29/2017

We extend our sympathy to the families of:  Ciara O’Driscoll a 12-year-old child from Monroe who recently died of Dravet Syndrome; and Priftëresha Maria Montgomery, wife of our former pastor, Fr. Daniel Montgomery, who died in November (see News Update below).  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00393
Memory Eternal - Prifteresha Maria Montgomery - 01/25/2017

We are saddened to learn of the repose of +Prifteresha Maria Montgomery on November 8, 2016, beloved wife of the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Montgomery and their family.  Their ministry together had faithfully served our parish of Saint George for 11 years beginning in 1976. May her memory be eternal.  Click on the more information link below to view the Albanian Archdiocesan and OCA announcements.

00394
Congratulations! - 01/22/2017

Congratulations to the new members of our Parish Council for 2017 who were nominated and approved at the Parish Meeting. Luba Csernica was elected for a 3-year term, and she joins Louise Karoli Gallagher, Catherine Hotova, and Bill Kovachi who all volunteered to serve an additional year. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00395
Thank you! - 01/22/2017

We wish to acknowledge and thank Jeff Jaworski who served on the Parish Council and is coming off after completing his three-year term. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00396
Teuta Ladies Society Holiday Luncheon - 01/15/2017

On Sunday, January 15th after Divine Liturgy, the Teuta Ladies Society of St. George held their annual Post-Holiday luncheon at Gusto’s Restaurant in Milford.

00397
Celebrating the Nativty of the Lord - 12/25/2016

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George Community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with the Christmas Eve Compline (including a traditional singing of Christmas Carols after services) and Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord.

00398
Thank you! - 12/25/2016

We thank Ron Dougiello of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for donating the Poinsetta flowers that decorated the Church for The Feast of the Nativity, and for the 2017 Wall Calendars.

00399
Choir sends off Care Packages - 11/28/2016

On Monday, Nov 28th, Choir members gathered to prepare and package Care Packages which were mailed to the parish collegian's in time for their Final Exams.

00400
Albanian Independence Day - 11/27/2016

We offered prayers today for the Albanian people and nation in honor of Albanian Flag Day—Ditë e Flamurit. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00401
Veteran's Day Thank you! - 11/13/2016

We offered our thanks to our Military Veterans and asked God to bless them, their families and our country on Veterans Day weekend.

00402
Welcome - 10/23/2016

We welcomed to St. George Church, Father Sergei Bouteneff, who celebrated Divine Liturgy while Father Dennis was away.

00403
Fall Bazaar a Success! - 10/23/2016

The Teuta Ladies’ Society would like to acknowledge all the ladies who worked so hard to make our 2016 Bazaar a success.  A big thank you also to the men who volunteered their time in helping the ladies.

00404
Condolences - 10/09/2016

We have learned of the death this week of Christine Morrison, mother of Theodore and Matthew, and sister of James Dionis. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kumtimi!

00405
Condolences - 09/30/2016

The parish was saddened to learn that William Hurd, brother of Wallace Hurd, passed away on Friday, September 30th. Our condolences go out to Wallace and Nacy Hurd and their families. Memory Eternal!

00406
Condolences - 09/30/2016

We were saddened today to learn that Fr. Dennis’ brother, David Rhodes, died on Thursday, September 29th in California. St. George extends it's condolences to Fr. Dennis and his family.  May his memory be eternal!

00407
Condolences - 09/29/2016

We have learned that our friend John “Jack” Reh passed away on Tuesday, September 27th. He was the husband of Helen Atanas Reh, and brother-in-law of Shirley JordanMay his memory be eternal!

00408
LaBache Scholarship Award Recipients - 09/25/2016

We congratulate the following young people who are receiving scholarships from the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund:

  • Jacqueline Goetz
  • Kristen Babich
  • Hope Caliendo
  • Timothy Coughlin
  • Luiza Tollkuci
  • Kristina Tollkuci
  • Jonathan Avila
  • Eve Wight
  • Andrew Cryan

Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00409
Church School School Year Begins - 09/18/2016

Sunday, September 18th was Opening Day for our Church School.  We pray that our students and teachers will have a good and profitable year! Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00410
Remembrance - 09/11/2016

Today, St George remembered the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on the Fifteenth Anniversary of those attacks.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

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Congratulations! - 09/11/2016

We would like to extend our best wishes to Marica Dacey & Blaise Ancona who are engaged and will be married on Memorial Day, 2017.  Best wishes also go to A. Peter Dacey & Alexis Jacobson who are engaged and will be married October 14, 2017.  We would also like to congratulate Beverlee & Gowan Dacey, parents of Marica and Peter!  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 08/23/2016

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college. Additionally, we wish to specifically acknowledge our Pastor Fr. Dennis who is commencing post-graduate work at St. Vladimir’s.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

Jonathan Avila – Freshman at Housatonic Community College.

Kristen Babich – Freshman, majoring in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University (Pennsylvania).

Hope Caliendo – Sophomore attending King’s College (Pennsylvania) majoring in Early Childhood education.

TJ Coughlin – Freshman, majoring in Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Andrew Cryan – Senior at the University of Bridgeport pursuing a degree in Industrial Design.

Victoria Demetri – Sophomore, pursuing an AS Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Gateway Community College (Connecticut).

James Denisevich - pursuing his Master of Science in Secondary Education at the University of Bridgeport.

Haley Flynn - Freshman attending the University of New Hampshire.

Eric Flynn - Freshman attending the University of Rhode Island.  

Jackie Goetz – Freshman, majoring in Biology at the University of Connecticut.

Amy Hurd – Sophomore at Bryant University (Rhode Island).

Kellie Hurd – Senior at the University of Rhode Island, majoring in Merchandising.

Adam Nichio – Junior, majoring in Photography at Norwalk Community College. 

Anthony Nichio – Junior, majoring in Finance at the University of Connecticut.

Fr. Dennis Rhodes – pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers, New York).

Kristina Tolkuci – Sophomore at Arcadia University (Pennsylvania).

Luiza Tollkuci – Senior at the University of Rhode Island.

Jordan Paige Veneri – Sophomore attending Saint Anselm College (New Hampshire) majoring in Biology.

Eve Wight -  Freshman attending the University of Vermont.

00413
Condolences - 08/12/2016

We were saddened to learn that Florence Chala passed away Friday, August 12th.  We offer our condelences to her sister, Diana Michael, and her family. May Florence’s Memory be Eternal!

00414
Congratulations to our Summer Graduate! - 08/03/2016

Congratulations to Melissa Galich who graduated from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Newtown.

00415
Congratulations! - 07/24/2016

On Sunday, July 24th, Michael Vincent Moras, Jr., was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Wayne and Lauren Moras were godparents. Michael is the son of Michael and Dana Moras, Sr., and grandson of Wayne and Melissa Moras.   Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00416
Congratulations! - 07/24/2016

On Saturday, July 2nd, Sarah O’Brien was married to Brian Davis in Mahopac, NY.  Sarah is the daughter of John and Kimberley O’Brien, granddaughter of George and Antonette Barmashi, and sister of Chelsey O’Brien who served as her maid of honor.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00417
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 06/26/2016

The following is a list of our young adults who recently graduated from high school or college. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!

  • Kristen Babich:  graduated from Fairfield Warde High School.
  • TJ Coughlin:  graduated from Trumbull High School.
  • Jason Flynn graduated from the University of North Carolina.
  • Haley Flynn graduated from Rustin High School, West Chester, PA.
  • Eric Flynn graduated from Rustin High School, West Chester, PA
  • Jackie Goetz: graduated from Weston High School.
  • Lauren Rubis: graduated from Marist College (New York).
  • Eve Wight graduated from Westhill High School (Stamford).

 Many Years!         Për Shumë Vjet!

00418
Father's Day Commemorations - 2016 - 06/20/2016

For Father's Day, St. George recognized all of the living and departed Fathers, Grandfathers and Godfathers of our Parish community with prayers during Divine Liturgy. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

 

00419
Condolences - 06/18/2016

We learned of the death on Saturday, June 11th, of Thomas Dudo, a long-time member and friend of our Parish community who has been living in Averil Park, New York.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00420
Bequest received - 05/29/2016

We express our gratitude to the late Lillian George, who left $10,000 to St. George Church in her will. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00421
Condolences - 05/22/2016

We extend our condolences to Jennifer Goetz and her family on the death of Jennifer’s father, Michael Lopen, who departed this life on Thursday, May 19thMemory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00422
Thank you! - 05/08/2016

We extend our thanks to the Commerce Hill Funeral Home and Ron Dougiello for donating the roses for the mothers of our parish for Mother’s Day.

00423
Mother's Day- 2016 - 05/08/2016

St. George recognized Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th during Divine Liturgy.  Prayers were offered for all of the living and departed Mothers, Grandmothers, and Godmothers of our parish community.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00424
Thank you! - 05/07/2016

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations:

  • Pauline Dionis for decorating the Holy Cross for the Petafi.
  • The “Myrrhbearing Women” –Mary DiIulio, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Dolores Nauchy, JoAnne Soter, Pauline Dionis and Jean Brideau—who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning, along with their assistants, John DiIulio and Bob Lazar.
  • Louise Karoli Gallagher, who the Petafi flowers in memory of her husband James Gallagher and James & Katherine Karoli.
  • Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha.
  • Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the lilies that beautify the inside of the Church.
  • The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs.
  • Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter and their assistants Greg Buzi II and Peter Dacey for their dedication and singing at every service.
  • The Choir and its Directors, Karen Masek and Laura Chadwick for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha.
  • Our volunteer readers.
  • Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary.
  • The Altar Servers for their time and assistance.
  • Sue Galich and her helpers for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour.

Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

00425
Pascha - 2016 - 05/01/2016

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on May 1st.  Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

00426
Congratulations - 04/30/2016

We extend our congratulations to Donna (Elizabeth) Kerma and Ildi (Ilia) Begolli who were received into the Holy Orthodox Church on Holy Saturday, Donna through the Sacrament of Chrismation and Ildi through the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation. Donna’s Godmother is Laura Coughlin. Ildi’s Godfather is Nardi Tollkuci. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00427
Palm Sunday 2016 - 04/24/2016

On April 24th, St. George celebrated Palm Sunday which marks the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. After Divine Liturgy, the children of the parish participated in a procession around the inside the church with palms and palm crosses which they prepared during Church School. Click onto the following more information link to view several photos.

00428
Memory Eternal - 04/18/2016

We were sad to learn that Pandeli (Peter) Jordhamo departed this life on Sunday, April 17th.  We extend our condolences to Peter's family.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00429
Memory Eternal - 04/03/2016

We extend our condolences to the family of Diana Breaz, a 12-year-old from St. Dimitrie Church for whom we have been praying for several years as she fought cancer.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00430
Memory Eternal - 03/29/2016

Helen Tallcouch, a very active and long-time member of our parish community, passed away on Tuesday, March 29th. The parish extends it's condolences to her family.  May Helen’s memory be eternal!

00431
Condolences - 03/09/2016

We express our condolences to the families and friends of the following people:

  • Winifred Kent, an old friend of the Buzi family,
  • Mary Zamary, the grandmother of Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst, and
  • John Denisevich, the brother of David Denisevich

Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00432
Six members recognized by Archdiocese - 02/28/2016

We extend our congratulations to Vi Bowe, Jim Bowe, Laura Chadwick, Laura Denisevich, Karen Masek, and Dolores Nauchy who were awarded the honor of Heralds of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena for their lifelong stewardship to the church.   His Eminence, Bishop Nikon awarded them on Sunday, February 28th at the end of Divine Liturgy.  May God bless them as they continue to work for the good of our community.  Click on the more information link to view some photos.

00433
Welcome! - 02/28/2016

We welcomed to Saint George today, His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon, hierarch of the Albanian Archdiocese. In addition to celebrating the Divine Liturgy with us, he recognized several members of our parish community for their contributions to the life of our parish.  We also welcomed Deacon Gregory Curran and Subdeacons Michael Arida & Nektary Lukianov who helped us celebrate the Hierarchical Liturgy.

00434
Congratulations - 02/28/2016

We extend our congratulations to Jeff and Carol Jaworski and Eileen Bochino on the birth of their latest (great) grandchild, Jason Jeffrey Jaworski, who was born on February 13, 2016.  Jason is the son of Jason and Angellina Jaworski, and the little brother of Siena and EllieMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00435
Annual Valentine Dance a success - 02/13/2016

The annual Valentine Dance was again a great success! Our thanks to everyone who was involved with helping and supporting this event.  A heartfelt "Thank You" goes out to Nardi Tollkuci and Aida Corbaxhi for their efforts in organizing the event.

00436
Fundraiser Dance - 02/12/2016

On Friday night, February 12th, St. George held a dance and fund-raiser in the Church Hall. There was dancing to music of a professional DJ, and Schwartzkopf Crystal items were sold, with part of the proceeds donated to the Church. Thanks to Mimoza Bala for organizing the event.

00437
Parish Council Officers for 2016 - 01/31/2016

At their first meeting, the Parish Council elected the following officers for 2016:

  • Bill Kovachi, Chairman
  • Peter Dacey, Vice-chairman
  • Cathy Hotova, Treasurer
  • Jeff Jaworski, Financial Secretary
  • Louise Gallagher, Recording Secretary
  • Laura & Joe Chadwick, Corresponding Secretaries
  • Bob Lazar, Building and Grounds, interior
  • Joe Galich, Building and Grounds, exterior

Congratulations!

00438
Teuta Ladies Society Holiday Luncheon - 01/17/2016

On Sunday, January 17th after Divine Liturgy, the Teuta Ladies Society of St. George held their annual Post-Holiday luncheon at Marissa’s Restaurant in Trumbull.

00439
2016 Parish Council Installed - 01/10/2016

We congratulate the members of our Parish Council for 2016 who were installed in office today after Divine Liturgy.  They are: Peter Dacey, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Laura Chadwick, Robert Lazar, Joseph Galich, William Kovachi, Jeff Jaworski, Catherine Hotova and Joseph Chadwick.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00440
Thank you! - 01/10/2016

We wish to acknowledge and thank Jim Bowe who served on the Parish Council and is coming off after completing his three-year term. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00441
Condolences - 01/03/2016

We extend our condolences to Lillian Leka on the death last week of her mother, Helen Gaudette.  We also extend our condolences to Pam Buzi on the death New Year’s Day, of her mother, Noella SidarweckMemory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00442
Thank you! - 01/02/2016

We thank Ron Dougiello of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for donating the Wall Calendars to our Church.

00443
Welcome Fr. Sergei - 12/27/2015

We welcomed Fr. Sergei Bouteneff to St. George on Sunday, December 27th.  Father Sergei celebrated Divine Liturgy while Father Dennis was away.

00444
Condolences - 12/27/2015

We extend our condolences to Joe & Laura Chadwick on the death last week of Joe's aunt, Irene Salamon. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00445
Christ is Born! Glorify Him! - 12/25/2015

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord. As per parish custom, the community sang carols after the Nativity Festal Matins service on Christmas Eve.  Click on the more information link to view a few photos.

00446
New Parish Council Member elected for 2016 - 12/13/2015

Congratulations to Joseph Chadwick who was elected to serve on the Parish Council for 2016. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00447
St. Nicholas Celebration - 2015 - 12/06/2015

Following Divine Liturgy on December 6th, the parish celebrated a Saint Nicholas Holiday Party.  This annual event is a gathering of the parish community for fellowship and seasonal joy.   There was also a visit from Santa for the children of the parish.  Thanks go out to the Teuta Ladies Society and the Church School families for all their efforts organizing and supporting the event.  Click on the more information link below to view some photos from the celebration.

00448
Choir prepares Care Packages for College students - 11/30/2015

Following a pre-Christmas Choir rehearsal, the gathered members from the Choir packaged their annual Care Packages to our College students.  Click on the more information link to view the photo.

00449
Thank you! - 11/22/2015

We offer our thanks to Ron Dougiello of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for his traditional Thanksgiving Day gifts for our parishioners.

00450
Condolences - 11/22/2015

We have learned of the death on Monday, November 16th, of Dawn Marie Fleming. She was the daughter of Jack and Helen Reh.  We have also learned of the death on Friday, November 20th, of Donald Darling, husband of Esther DarlingMemory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00451
Veteran's Day Recognition - 11/08/2015

On Sunday, November 8th, St. George recognized and offered prayers today to all military members who are serving, and all Veteran's who have served in the Armed Forces of our nation.  Veteran's Day was on the upcoming week on November 11th.  Many Years! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!  Click on the more information link to view the photo.

00452
Many Thanks to all who helped with the Teuta Ladies' Society Bazaar - 10/25/2015

Thank you to everyone who worked to make the Teuta Ladies’ Society Annual Bazaar a success.  Currently, the net income from the Bazaar is $10,700.  The Bazaar, which is the major fundraiser for the church, was held on Saturday, October 24th.

00453
Parishioners Anointed with Myrrh from Weeping Icon - 10/18/2015

Father Dennis will be anointing people as they approach the Cross today with the myrrh from the wonder-working Weeping Icon of the Mother of God “Kardiotissa”.   The Icon, which is from St. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, Penna., was at St. John the Baptist Church on Mill Hill Avenue in Bridgeport on Friday, October 16th.

00454
Welcome Deacon Stephanos Ritsi - 10/04/2015

We welcomed to Saint George Deacon Stephanos Ritsi, an American missionary who, with his wife, has worked in Albania for the past two years.  He also spoke to the parish about his work in Albania, and addressed the annual FORCC Banquet which was held in the afternoon.  Click on the more information link to view a few photos.

00455
Condolences - 09/27/2015

We extend our condolences to the family of Michael Adam, who passed away in Florida.  Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00456
Scholarships Awarded - 09/20/2015

Congratulations to the first recipients of the Thomas and Katherine LaBache Scholarships, which were presented at the end of the Divine Liturgy. They are:

  • Melissa Galich,
  • Hope Caliendo,
  • Andrew Cryan,
  • Luiza Tollkuçi,
  • Kristina Tollkuçi.

Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet! 
Click on the more information link to view 2 photos.

00457
Church School Opens - 09/20/2015

Our Church School is began its regular sessions on Sunday, September 20th.  The students begin in Church at 9:30 a.m., with some time with Father Dennis, and then go downstairs for classes.  This year’s theme will be “The Earth is the Lord’s: Caring for God’s Creation.”

00458
Congratulations! - 09/19/2015

We extend our congratulations to Christian James Baird, who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Joseph Galich and Rebecca Chadwick are his Godparents.  Christian is the son of Jessica (Chadwick) and Kevin Baird, the grandson of Joe and Laura Chadwick, and the great-grandson of Jim and Vi Bowe.

00459
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/12/2015

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college or professional education.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

Hope Caliendo – Freshman attending King’s College (Pennsylvania) majoring in Early Childhood education.

Allison Cryan – attending Housatonic Community College (Connecticut) pursuing a General Studies program.  

Andrew Cryan – Junior at the University of Bridgeport pursuing a degree in Industrial Design.

Victoria Demetri -  Sophomore attending Gateway Community College (Connecticut) studying Nutrition.   

Melissa Galich - attending Ricci's Academy of Cosmetology in Newtown.  

Kellie Hurd – Juniorat the University of Rhode Island.

Adam Nichio - attending Norwalk Community College   

Anthony Nichio - attending Southern Connecticut State College (New Haven)  

Lauren Rubis - Senior at Marist College (New York).

Luiza Tollkuci – Junior at the University of Rhode Island.

Jordan Paige Veneri –Freshman attending Saint Anselm College (New Hampshire).

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Congratulations! - 08/30/2015

We extend our congratulations to Wayne Moras and Lauren Walter, who were married yesterday by Father Dennis at St. Alexis Orthodox Church in Clinton, Conn.   Wayne is the son of Wayne and Melissa Moras.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00461
Announcement of LaBache Scholarship Fund - 08/16/2015

The Thomas and Katherine LeBache Scholarship Fund was recently established due to the wishes and generosity of the late Katherine LeBache for the children of our parish.  The fund will give a financial grant to any qualified candidate attending college, university, community college or trade school.  Click Here to learn more.  

00462
Condolences - 07/30/2015

We extend our condolences to Joe Chadwick and his family on the death of his mother, Elvira Chadwick, who departed this life on Thursday, July 30thMemory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00463
Condolences - 07/12/2015

We extend condolences to the families of the following people who died recently:

  • Frank Norton, brother-in-law of Joe Chadwick, passed away on June 22nd;
  • Gloria Guimares, aunt of Joe Chadwick, passed away on July 3rd;
  • David Snedegar, husband of Andrea Dionis Snedegar, died on July 9th.

Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00464
Congratulations - 07/11/2015

We offer congratulations to members of the Chadwick/Bowe Family:

  • Rebecca Chadwick and Daniel Rakowitz recently announced their engagement.
  • Also, Christian James was born on May 25,, 2015 to Kevin and Jessica (Chadwick) Baird and big sister Caelyn.

Rebecca and Jessica are the daughters of Joe and Laura Chadwick and the granddaughters of Jim and Vi BoweMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00465
Fr. Dennis returns from Mission trip - 07/01/2015

Our Fr. Dennis Rhodes recently returned home from Albania where he completed a 2-week mission trip. This mission team, coordinated by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), worked with Albanian youth at the annual summer youth camp program at the Children's Home of Hope in Shen Vlash.  This is the 2nd consecutive year Fr. Dennis supported this mission. Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00466
Father's Day Commemorations - Sun, June 21st - 06/21/2015

On Father's Day during Divine Liturgy, prayers were offered for the living and the departed fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, step-fathers, uncles, sons, step-sons and nephews of our parish. Additionally, we wish to thank Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home who provided a gift to each father in attendance.

00467
Welcome Fr. Sergei! - 06/21/2015

The St. George parish wishes to welcome and thank Fr. Sergei Bouteneff for serving Divine Liturgy on 2 Sundays in June while Fr. Dennis was away on a mission trip to Albania.  Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00468
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 06/14/2015

The following is a list of our young adults who recently graduated, or will soon be graduating, from high school or college. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!

  • Hope Caliendograduated from Bunnell High School.
  • Kelly Coughlin:  graduated from The College of New Jersey with a major in Criminology, and a minor in Spanish.
  • Sarah Csernica:  earned a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.
  • Melissa Galich:  graduated from Trumbull High School.
  • Victoria Nichio:  graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a teaching degree
  • Meghan Quinn:  graduated from Keene State College (New Hampshire) majoring in Dance, with a minor in Business Management.
  • Julia Snedegar:  received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island.
  • Jordan Paige Veneri:  graduated from Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden).

Many Years!         Për Shumë Vjet!

00469
Condolences - 06/05/2015

We have learned of the passing from this life of Meni Kyriakou, who died on Friday, June 5th.  She was the sister of Angie Soter.    Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00470
Memorial Day - 05/24/2015

We remember today all those who gave their lives in defense of our country, together will all those departed this life who served in our Armed Forces.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00471
New Censer Donated - 05/24/2015

The new enameled censer which is being used today for the first time was donated in memory of Mary Themel by her family.

00472
Condolences - 05/22/2015

We offer our condolences to the family of Eleanore Polena who departed this life on Friday, May 22ndMemory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00473
Mother's Day Commemorations - Sun, May 10th - 05/10/2015

On Mother’s Day during Divine Liturgy, prayers were offered for the living and the departed mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, step-mothers, aunts, daughters, step-daughters, and nieces of our parish. Additionally, we wish to thank Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home who provided a gift of a beautiful rose to each mother in attendance.

00474
Condolences - 05/03/2015

We extend our condolences to the families of:  Mary Lika Nastu, who departed this life on April 28th, in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she had been visiting her son, Paul;  and Arthur Athanas, who departed this life on April 29th, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the cousin of Shirley Jordan.  Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00475
Memory Eternal - 04/24/2015

We were saddened to learn that our friend and parishioner, Nicholas Hotova, departed this life on April 24th at the age of 96. Our condolences to his children, Catherine and Robert.  Memory eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00476
Condolences - 04/22/2015

Lydia Dudo, departed this life on Wednesday, April 22nd, in New York. She was the wife of Tom Dudo.  We extend our condolences to the Dudo family.  Memory Eternal!  

00477
Memory Eternal - 04/18/2015

Mary Themel fell asleep in the Lord Friday, April 17th.  St. George extends it's condelences to Priscilla Carameta, Peter Themel, and the entire Themel family.  May her memory be eternal!  Krishti u ngjall!

00478
Thank you! - 04/18/2015

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations:

Pandora Dionis for decorating the Holy Cross for the Petafi.

The “Myrrhbearing Women” – Sharon Buzi, Mary DiIulio, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Dolores Nauchy, JoAnne Soter, Pauline Dionis and Voula Zargos– who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning

Louis and Nancy Theodos for donating the new black altar and Petafi covers and flowers for the Petafi in memory of their parents: Harriet Lambert and Vincent and Della Theodos.

Those who made additional donations for the Petafi flowers: Mrs. Voula Zargos, in memory of her husband Vasili, Mrs. Steven C. Tallcouch, in memory of her husband, Steve and Dolores Nauchy in memory of her parents John and Helen.

Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha.

Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the lilies that beautify the inside of the Church.

Jeanne Brideau and Jeanette Nichio who helped to remove the flowers from the Petafi.

The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs.

Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter and their assistants

Greg Buzi II and Peter Dacey for their dedication and singing at every service.

The Choir and its Directors, Karen Masek and Laura Chadwick for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha. Our volunteer readers.

Gregory Buzi, who rang the bells.

Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary.

The Altar Servers for their time and assistance.

Sue Galich and her helpers for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour.

Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

00479
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is RIsen! - 04/12/2015

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 27th. Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

00480
Congratulations - 04/01/2015

We extend our congratulations to Eric & Jill Brideau who gave birth to twins, Jace and Blake on April 1st. The proud grandparents are Jim & Jeanne BrideauMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00481
Condolences - 03/01/2015

This past week, a number of friends and members of our parish community departed this life:

  • Betty Csordas, aunt of Sharon Buzi;
  • Vasili Zargos, cousin of Dolores Nauchy;
  • Tanya Valis, wife of Stephan Valis;
  • Nancy Gregory, sister-in-law of Pandora Dionis.

Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00482
Valentine's Day Dance - 02/14/2015

A Valentine's Day Dance was held in the Church Hall on Saturday, February 14th after Vespers.  Many thanks to Nardi Tollkuçi and Aida Corbaxhi for organizing the event.

00483
Congratulations! - 02/08/2015

We offer our congratulations to Andon Theodore Leighton, son of Brian and Amy (Jaworski) Leighton, who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation on Sunday, February 8th. His sponsors were Jason Jaworski and Sarah LeightonMany Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00484
2015 Parish Council - 02/01/2015

Our sincere thanks go to Mary Nikola who is left the Parish Council after serving her term. At the semi-annual Parish Meeting, which was held on February 1st, Laura Chadwick was elected to join the Council for a new 3 –year term. Laura joins the current Council members James Bowe, Peter Dacey, Joseph Galich, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Cathy Hotova, Jeff Jaworski, Bill Kovachi. and Bob Lazar. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00485
Congratulations! - 01/18/2015

Congratulations to:

Lara Beth and Peter Kokenos, whose son, Jeremy Robert was born on December 12, 2014. Jeremy is the grandson of Bob and Linda Lazar and the little brother of Andrew Kokenos.

Amy and Brian Leighton, whose son, Andon Theodore was born on December 28, 2014. Andon is the grandson of Jeff and Carol Jaworski.

Many Years! Per Shume Vjet!

00486
Teuta Ladies Society Holiday Luncheon - 01/11/2015

Congratulations to the Teuta Ladies Society who held their annual Holiday luncheon at Roberto’s Restaurant in Monroe on Sunday, January 11th.

00487
New Year's Eve Dance - 01/01/2015

We extend our thanks to those who made the New Year’s Eve Dance a success. Special thanks go to Nardi Tollkuçi and Aida Corbaxhi for all their efforts in organizing this event.

00488
Welcome! - 12/28/2014

We welcome to St. George today Father Sergei Bouteneff, who is here to celebrate the Divine Liturgy while Father Dennis is away.

00489
Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity - 12/25/2014

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George Community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with the Christmas Eve Compline and Divine Liturgy (including a traditional singing of Christmas Carols after services) for the Nativity of the Lord.

00490
Many Years! to Mary Nikola - 12/14/2014

The parish recognized long-time parishioner Mary Nikola with prayers for Many Years! after Divine Liturgy as she is relocating to Southbury CT.   Mary was given an Icon of St. George by the parish.

00491
St Nicholas Party - 2014 - 12/07/2014

On Sunday, Dec 7th after Divine Liturgy, the parish held its St Nicholas Party during it's Coffee Hour.  It is an annual event specifically for the parish children, but also for the parish community to gather for fellowship and seasonal joy.  There is a visit from Santa for the children, and all are requested to donate a Christmas gift to donate to local charity drives.

00492
Flag Day Dance - 11/30/2014

A Flag Day Dance to recognize Albanian Independence Day was held on Saturday evening, November 29th after Great Vespers.  Many thanks to Aida Corbaxhi and Nardi Tollkuçi for organizing the event, and to all those others who made the event a success!

00493
Thank you! - 11/23/2014

We offer our thanks to Ron Dougiello of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for his traditional Thanksgiving Day gifts for our parishioners.

00494
Many Years! Lexah Lambert Theodos - 11/15/2014

On Saturday November 15th, Lexah Lambert Theodos was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. She is the daughter of Louis and Nancy (Lambert) Theodos. Her sponsors were Katherine Lambert and Alexander Momtaheni.   Many Years!  Për Shumë Vjet!

00495
Memory Eternal - 11/14/2014

We extend our sympathy to the families of:

Katherine Kane, sister of Pandora Dionis, who passed away the prior week in Philadelphia; and 

Rita Vangel, who passed away on Friday, November 14th.

Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi

00496
Recognizing our Veterans - 11/09/2014

To recognize Veteran's Day, today we congratulated and asked God’s blessings on all the Veterans and active-duty military in our Parish community.

00497
Memory Eternal - 11/03/2014

We have received news that Marie Lopoukhine, mother of Prifteresha Lisa Bouteneff, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, November 2nd.  We express our condolences to Prifteresha and her family and pray that Marie’s memory be eternal!

00498
Thank you! - 10/25/2014

On Saturday, October 25th, the parish held it's annual Teuta Bazaar.  Proceeds from this year’s Teuta Bazaar were $8,830.50.  We extend our thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the it a success. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00499
Congratulations - 10/12/2014

We extend our congratulations to Jessica Chadwick and Kevin Baird who were united in marriage in our Church last Sunday. Jessica is the daughter of Joe & Laura Chadwick and the granddaughter of Jim & Vi Bowe. The bride’s sister, Rebecca Chadwick, was the sacramental sponsor. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00500
Dr Albert Rossi speaks at St. George - 10/08/2014

On Wednesday evening, October 8th, after the Akathist Service, Dr. Albert Rossi who is the Director of Field Education at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and a popular speaker and retreat leader, spoke in our Church Hall on "Prayer and Intimacy with Christ".  Thanks to everyone who participated and helped organize the event.

00501
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/14/2014

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

 Kelly Coughlin - Senior at the College of New Jersey majoring in Criminology.

Sarah Csernica – pursuing her Masters degree in Accounting at the University of Connecticut.

Allison Cryan – attending Housatonic Community College (Connecticut) pursuing a General Studies program.

Andrew Cryan – Junior at the University of Bridgeport pursuing a degree in Industrial Design.

Victoria Demetri -  attending Gateway Community College (Connecticut) studying Nutrition.

Kellie Hurd – Sophomore at the University of Rhode Island.

Adam Nichio - attending Norwalk Community College

Anthony Nichio - attending Southern Connecticut State College (New Haven)

Victoria Nichio – Senior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Nutrition.

Jennifer Nikola - Graduate School at Fairfield University pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology.

Meghan Quinn - a senior at Keene State College (New Hampshire) majoring in Dance with a minor in Business Management

Lauren Rubis - Junior at Marist College (New York).

Julia Snedegar – Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Luiza Tollkuci – Sophomore at the University of Rhode Island.

00502
Congratulations! - 09/13/2014

Yesterday, Emily Margaret Masek was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation. She is the daughter of Matthew and Jeannine Masek, the granddaughter of Karen and Al Masek, and the great-granddaughter of Zoe Michael. Godparents were John Bellizzi and Danielle Masek.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00503
Memory Eternal - 08/24/2014

We are saddened by the passing of two members of our parish family – Harry Adam and Pandora Plasa .  Harry Adam, the brother of Jeanette Nichio, died on August 20th; and Pandora Plasa died on August 21st.  May Harry's and Pandora's memory be eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!s.

00504
Condolences - 08/24/2014

We extend our condolences to the families of Augustine Schiavone, Sharon Buzi’s relative who died the prior week.  Memory Eternal!

00505
Condolences - 08/03/2014

On Sunday, July 27th, Tessa Marie Moras, the new-born child of Michael and Dana Moras passed away. We extend our condolences to her parents and to her grandparents, Wayne and Melissa Moras as well as her entire family. Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

00506
Congratulations! - 07/20/2014

On Sunday, July 20th, Dylan Joseph Masek was born. He is the son of Michael and Megan Masek and the grandson of Karen and Al Masek. Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet! 

00507
Condolences - 07/20/2014

We have learned of the death of Barbara Tymoczko.  May her memory be eternal!

00508
Congratulations! - 07/13/2014

We extend our best wishes to Louis and Nancy Theodos, whose daughter, Lexah was born on June 20, 2014.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

 

00509
Memory Eternal - 07/04/2014

We have recently learned that Archpriest Spero L. Page fell asleep in the Lord on July 3rd. Fr. Spero was a retired pastor from St. Mary’s Assumption Church in Worcester MA , which is one of our sister parishes in the Albanian Archdiocese.  May his memory be eternal!

 

00510
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 07/01/2014

The following is a list of our young adults who recently graduated from high school, technical schools, and college.  We extend our continued best wishes to them for continued success!

Sarah Csernica -  graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Accounting.

James Denisevich - graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Math Statistics and a minor in Music.

Nicholas Demetri – graduated from Porter & Chester Technical Institute in Stratford in the fall of 2013.

Victoria Demetri - graduated from Shelton High School

Tyler Nikola - graduated from Elon University (North Carolina) with a BS in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology and Conflict Resolution

Anne Snedegar – graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland.

Caroline Snedegar – graduated from James Madison University (Virginia) with a BS in Sports & Recreational Management.

 

00511
Father's Day Prayers, and a Thank you! - 06/15/2014

To commemorate Father's Day, prayers were offered for the living and departed fathers of St. George's parish during Divine Liturgy.  There was also a Father's Day breakfast held during coffee hour.  Finally,  we extend our thanks to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home who supplied the special Father’s Day “gifts” for us today.

 

00512
Condolences - 06/08/2014

We recently learned of the deaths of two people: Lillian Kohlbacker was the mother-in-law of Mary Nikola’s son Paul. Lawrence Miller was the husband of Millie (Peters) Miller. We extend our condolence to both families. Memory Eternal! I përjetshim Kujtimi!

 

00513
Memorial Day Prayers - 05/25/2014

At Divine Liturgy on the Sunday during Memorial Day weekend, we remembered those who have given their lives in the defense of our country. Memory Eternal! I përjetshim Kujtimi!

 

00514
Memory Eternal - 05/19/2014

We learned that Christy Kovachi passed away on Monday, May 19th.   Christy was the brother of Bill Kovachi and the son of our late pastor, Fr. Alexander and Prifteresha Virginia Kovachi.  St. George offers it's condolences to the Kovachi family.  May Christy’s memory be eternal!

 

00515
Congratulations to Nani family - 05/18/2014

Jonathan and Sanja Michael are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Illyria, on May 2, 2014, in Maine. May God grant her Many Years! Her proud Grandparents are Van and Diana Michael.

 

00516
Many Years! - 05/04/2014

Yesterday, May 3rd, Penelope Robyn Gordon was received into the Orthodox Church through the Mysteries of Holy Baptism and Chrismation. Penelope is the daughter of Matthew and Victoria (DesRosiers) Gordon and the Granddaughter of Pamela Drake. Loni Peristere, Brittany Phillips and Jessica Chadwick were Godparents. Many Years!

 

00517
Thank you! - 04/27/2014

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha beautiful and meaningful celebrations: Pandora Dionis for decorating the Holy Cross for the Petafi; The “Myrrhbearing Women” – Vi Bowe, Sharon Buzi, Pandora Dionis, Mary DiIulio, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Dolores Nauchy, JoAnne Soter and Pauline Dionis – who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning, with the assistance of our “Apostles” – Jim Bowe, Bob Lazar and John DiIulio; Those who made donations for the Petafi flowers: Nancy Hurd, in memory of Meropi and Todo (Theodore) Yapo and Andrew Yapo; Mary Nikola, in memory of Steve Nikola; and Pauline Dionis, in memory of Peter Dionis; Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha; Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the lilies that beautify the inside of the Church; The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs; Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter and their assistants Jim Bowe, Greg Buzi II and Peter Dacey for their dedication and singing at every service; The Choir and its Directors, Karen Masek and Laura Chadwick for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha; Our volunteer readers; Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary; The Altar Servers for their time and assistance; Sue Galich and her helpers for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour; Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

 

00518
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! - 04/20/2014

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!  Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 27th. Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

 

00519
St. George recognizes Fr. Dennis' 35th Ordination Anniversary - 03/30/2014

On Sunday, March 30th, St. George recognized and congratulated Fr. Dennis Rhodes on the occasion of his 35th Anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood.  Archbishop Nikon visited St. George and celebrated Divine Liturgy, and a Lenten luncheon was held afterwards in Fr. Dennis’ honor.   The parish also gave Fr. Dennis a check to help offset his expenses when he travels to Albania to in June to complete mission work there.

 

00520
Archbishop Nikon visits St. George - 03/30/2014

We welcomed to Saint George Church on Sunday, March 30th His Eminence, our Archbishop Nikon, for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We also welcomed Deacon Gregory Curran from Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, Conn., and Subdeacon Michael Arida from Holy Trinity Cathedral in Boston, who assisted in the celebration. Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

00521
Thanks for Relay for Life "Spring into Fabulous" support! - 03/20/2014

From Sharon Buzi & Sue Galich:  “We'd like to thank all those who came out to support our Relay for Life team at our ‘Spring into Fabulous’ event. It was a fun evening and we raised $642 for the American Cancer Society. If you weren't able to attend, we have some other fundraisers in the works (Pampered Chef, Zumba and Chips Restaurant). Details to follow. Thank you!”

 

00522
Memory Eternal - 03/14/2014

We have learned that Catherine Panoli passed away Friday afternoon at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Her funeral will be celebrated in Church on Monday, March 17th, at 11:00 a.m. Calling hours will be held before the funeral, beginning at 9:30 a.m. We offer our condolences to her son, Robert, and all her family.  Memory eternal!

 

00523
Parish Council Installation - 03/02/2014

The members of our Parish Council for 2014 were installed into office today. They are: James Bowe, Peter Dacey, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Mary Nikola, Robert Lazar and Joseph Galich, joined by newly-elected William Kovachi, Jeff Jaworski and Catherine Hotova.  Many Years!

 

00524
Congratulations - 02/08/2014

We extend our best wishes to Caelyn Audrey Baird who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church on Saturday through the Mystery of Baptism and Chrismation. Caelyn is the daughter of Jessica Chadwick and Kevin Baird, the granddaughter of Joe & Laura Chadwick, and the great granddaughter of Jim & Vi Bowe. Her godparents are Joseph Galich and Rebecca Chadwick.  Many Years!

 

00525
Teuta Society Celebrates their Nameday - 02/02/2014

Congratulations to the Teuta Ladies’ Society which is holding its annual Nameday Celebration today.  May God bless you for all the work you do for our Church!

 

00526
Congratulations to New Parish Council - 02/02/2014

We congratulate the new members of our Parish Council for 2014: Cathy Hotova, Jeff Jaworski, and Bill Kovachi.  They were elected to 3-year terms by the Parish body at the February 2nd Parish Meeting. They join the current Council members James Bowe, Peter Dacey, Joseph Galich, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Bob Lazar, and Mary Nikola.   Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

 

00527
Thanks to Outgoing Parish Council Members - 02/02/2014

Our sincere thanks to the outgoing members of the Parish Council who completed their 3-year terms: Luba Csernica, Kim O’Brien, and Joann Soter.

 

00528
Condolences - 01/17/2014

Thomas Nicholas, Sr., passed away on Friday, January 17th.  The St. George parish extends it's condolences to Thomas Nicholas, Jr,  Paul Nicholas, Suzanne Wilson and their families.  May Thomas’ memory be eternal!

 

00529
Condolences - 01/15/2014

Della Theodos passed away on Wednesday morning, January 15th.  The parish extends it's condolences to Sharon Stockel, Melissa Moras, Louis Theodos and their families.   May Della’s memory be eternal!

 

00530
Congratulations - 12/29/2013

We extend our best wishes to Timothy Coughlin who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the Mystery of Chrismation. His Godfather is Gregory Buzi.  Many Years!

 

00531
Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity - 12/25/2013

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George parish community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with the Christmas Eve Compline (including a traditional singing of Christmas Carols after services), and Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord.

 

00532
Mystery of Holy Unction Service - Dec 11th - 12/11/2013

On Wednesday evening, Dec 11th, the Mystery of Holy Unction was celebrated in Saint George. The service was sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy Association of Greater Bridgeport; Eight priests and one deacon celebrated the service. Additionally, the service was blessed with the presence of the Myrrh-streaming Icon of St. Anna, Mother of the Virgin Mary. Click on the more information link below to learn more about the Myrrh-streaming Icon of St. Anna.

00533
Albanian Flag Day Remembrance - 12/01/2013

We offer thanks today for the blessings God has shown to the Albanian people and nation on the occasion of Albanian Independence Day known as Ditë e Flamurit or Albanian Flag Day, observed on November 28th.

 

00534
Albanian Orphanage Charity Results - 11/24/2013

Elsie Gartsu reports that the $1,000 collected in our Charity Collection for the Little Flower Orphanage in Korçë, Albania, was used to buy shoes and diapers for the children. “Thank you, Saint George parishioners.”

 

00535
Teuta Society Charity supports IOCC Philippines Relief - 11/24/2013

The Teuta Ladies’ Society donated $100 to International Orthodox Christian Charities towards disaster relief in the Philippines.

 

00536
Congratulations! - 11/24/2013

Congratulations to the Nani Family on the birth of their third son.

 

00537
Congratulations! - 11/22/2013

Congratulations to Jessica Chadwick and Kevin Baird on the birth of their daughter Caelyn Audrey. Congratulations as well to Grandparents Joe and Laura Chadwick and Great Grandparents Jim and Vi Bowe.

 

00538
Congratulations! - 11/17/2013

Van and Diana Michael are pleased to announce the recent marriage of their son, Jonathan Michael, to Sanja Gerskovic in Bath, Maine.  Many Years!

 

00539
Veteran's Day - 2013 - 11/10/2013

On Sunday, November 10th, the parishioners of St. George recognized and asked God's blessings to the Veterans of the parish.  God Grant them Many Years!

 

00540
Nick Hotova celebrates his 95th Birthday! - 11/10/2013

On Sunday, November 10th, the parish recognized Nick Hotova's 95th birthday.  The Parish community asked God's blessings, and celebrated with a coffee hour provided by the family.  May God grant him Many Years!

 

00541
Memory Eternal! Kay Thanas - 11/08/2013

Early Friday, November 8th we learned that Kay Thanas departed this life.  The members of St. George extends our condolences to her family.  May her memory be eternal!

 

00542
Memory Eternal! Elsie Marko - 10/27/2013

We were saddened to learn that Elsie Marko, the widow of the late Vangjel Marko, and sister of Diana Michael and Florence Chala, passed away on October 27th.   We extend our condolences to her family.  May her memory be eternal!

 

00543
Thank you! - 10/27/2013

The Teuta's Ladies Society held it's annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 26th.  We extend a heart-felt “Thank you!” to everyone who helped to make the Bazaar a success.

 

00544
Congratulations - 10/19/2013

We offer our congratulations to Nathaniel Lewin who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church on October 19th through the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Cory and Ashley (Stockel) Federline were the godparents.  Nathaniel is the son of Benjamin and Michelle (Stockel) Lewin, the granddaughter of Sharon and Craig Stockel and the great-granddaughter of Della Theodos.  Many Years!

 

00545
Memory Eternal! Eva Demetri - 10/06/2013

We were saddened to learn that Eva Demetri passed away on Saturday, October 5th.  Our condolences go out to sons Robert and Charles, and grandchildren Nickolas and Victoria.  May her memory be eternal!

 

00546
Congratulations! - 10/05/2013

We extend best wishes to Arjana Vllahu and Alfred Bettencourt III who were united in marriage at Saint George Church. Their sponsor was Priscilla Carameta.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

 

00547
Congratulations - 09/29/2013

We congratulate Timothy Coughlin, husband of Laura Coughlin, who is being received into the Catechumenate today in preparation for officially entering the Holy Orthodox Church.  Many Years, Tim!

 

00548
Icon Donation - 09/22/2013

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Father Dennis Rhodes who donated a new icon to St. George Church.   A copy of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, which visited our parish in 2011 was donated in memory of Robert Rhodes, Marion Levisee Rhodes and Leon Cotter and John and Lydia Tichy.  It will hang over the candle stand in the vestibule of the Church.  May God Grant Fr. Dennis Many Years!

 

00549
Condolences - 09/18/2013

We have been informed that Eva Karajani the 16-year-old daughter of Kocho and Irena Karajani, passed away on September 14th.   Her funeral services were held at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford since her family lives in Newington.  Memory Eternal!  I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

 

00550
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/17/2013

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

Kelly Coughlin - Junior at the College of New Jersey majoring in Criminology.

Sarah Csernica - Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Accounting.

Allison Cryan – Junior at Housatonic Community College (Connecticut) pursuing a General Studies program.

Andrew Cryan – Pursuing an Associates degree in General Studies at Gateway Community College (Connecticut).

Nicholas Demetri - Second year at Porter & Chester Institute in Stratford, CT.

James Denisevich - Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Music.

Kellie Hurd – Freshman at the University of Rhode Island.

James Lazor - Sophomore at Boston University.

Victoria Nichio – Junior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Nutrition.

Jennifer Nikola - Graduate School at Fairfield University pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology.

Tyler Nikola - Senior at Elon University (North Carolina) majoring in Law.

Meghan Maria Quinn – Junior at Keene State College (New Hampshire) with a dual major in Dance and Business.

Lauren Rubis - Sophomore at Marist College (New York).

Anne Snedegar - Senior at the University of Maryland majoring in Graphic Arts. 

Caroline Snedegar - Senior at James Madison University (Virginia) majoring in Sports & Recreational Management.

Julia Snedegar – Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Tyler Tallcouch - Senior at Keene State College (New Hampshire) majoring in Exercise Science.

Ryan Taylor - Senior at Fairfield University (Connecticut).

Luiza Tollkuci – Freshman at the University of Rhode Island.

 

00551
Thanks! - Dave Denisevich - 09/15/2013

We extend our gratitude to David Denisevich who helped to install the new Vigil Lamp over the Royal Doors of the iconostasis, and the new Eternal Candles on the altar and in front of the iconostasis.  Thank you!

 

00552
Prayers for St. John the Baptist parish - 08/21/2013

St. George held a special Service of Prayer on Wednesday, August 21st to ask for God's blessing and healing for the community of our sister parish of St. John the Baptist Church in South Boston.  A  fire destroyed the St. John the Baptist church building on Wednesday morning.  Fortunately, no one was in the building at the time, although some of the firefighters were injured.  We ask God’s blessings on the parish Rector Archpriest John Scollard, the faithful community and future of Saint John the Baptist Church, as well as the injured firefighters.

 

00553
News from Greg Buzi II's trip to Guatemala - 08/11/2013

Sharon Buzi received the following update from her son, Greg, working in Guatemala:   After a couple of back-breaking days trying to dig out some trenches to pour concrete for a roadway, and making very little progress, Paul decided to investigate if we could hire a bulldozer/backhoe. Turns out we could. We have to pony up about $500 for this, but doing that allowed us to guarantee that we can complete the road as well as the other projects while we’re onsite. If you feel led to help us with that expense, you can donate through the OCMC site link on this page:  http://www.ocmc.org/about/view_team.aspx?TeamId=118 Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

 

00554
Congratulations - 08/04/2013

We congratulate Amy Jaworski, daughter of Jeffrey and Carol Jaworski, and Brian Leighton who were united in marriage at Saint George Church on Sunday, August 4th.   Many Years!   Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

 

00555
Condolences - 08/03/2013

We were informed this week of the deaths of William Poist, former Lay Vice Chairman of the Albanian Archdiocese, and William Batura, father-in-law of Susan (Jordan) Batura.  May their memory be eternal!

 

00556
Godspeed - Greg Buzi II - 07/28/2013

We offered special prayers today for Gregory Buzi II who is leaving on Wednesday, July 31st for an Orthodox Christian Mission Center trip to Guatemala.

 

00557
Welcome! Fr. James Parnell - 07/21/2013

We welcomed to Saint George Church Father James Parnell who celebrated Divine Liturgy for us while Father Dennis was away.

 

00558
Congratulations - 07/14/2013

We extend our best wishes to Jeanne and Jim Brideau, whose son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Jill, gave birth to a baby boy, Dylan James, on June 25th.

 

00559
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 07/03/2013

The following is a list of our young adults who recently graduated from high school, college, or graduate school.  We extend our continued best wishes to them for continued success!

High School: 

Luiza Tollkuci – graduated from Newtown High School.

Kellie Hurd – graduated from Trinity Catholic High School (Stamford)

College/Graduate School:

Chris Adams –  in December 2012, received his Masters Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Connecticut. 

Rebecca Chadwick – Graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a MS in Education.

Steve Csernica – Received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University (Pennsylvania). 

Emily Cryan –  Graduated from St. Michael’s College (Vermont) with BA in History and English, and a minor in Classics.

Julia Garfalo – Graduated from Boston University with a major in Architecture. 

Sarah O'Brien - Received her Master of Science from the School of Education at the University of Bridgeport.

 

00560
Food Festival Thank you - 06/23/2013

Thank you  to everyone who helped to make our third annual Summer Food Festival a success: all those who cooked, baked, sold, set up and cleaned up.   In particular, we want to thank Laura Denisevich who kept all our food preparations organized and on track!   As of last Sunday, our income from the Festival was $4,585.00!

 

00561
Congratulations! - Father Dennis - 06/16/2013

On Sunday, June 16th, the parish celebrated Father Dennis' 65th birthday with a luncheon in the Church Hall after Divine Liturgy.  Jim Bowe, the Parish Council President, presented Fr. Dennis a gift from the parish, and the parishioners prayed that God Grant him Many Years.  Father Dennis' daughter Sarah and her family traveled up from the Philadelphia region to join the parish for the day and the celebration.  Click on the more information link to view a few photos.

 

00562
Father's Day - 2013 - 06/16/2013

On Sunday during Divine Liturgy, St. George recognized Father's Day with prayers for all the living and departed fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers of the parish community.  Our thanks to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Funeral Home who supplied a small gift to "toast" the day for all the fathers in attendance.

 

00563
Memorial Day - 05/26/2013

On Sunday after Divine Liturgy, St. George remembered in prayers all those who gave their lives in defense of our country.  Memory Eternal! I Përjetshim Kujtimi!

 

00564
Thanks! - Jordan's, Barmashi's, and Kovachi's - 05/26/2013

We extend our gratitude to Don & Shirley Jordan, George & Toni Barmashi and Bill & Debra Kovachi for replacing the walkway to the main entrance of the Church.

 

00565
Congratulations - Van Michael - 05/12/2013

Cantor Van Michael was acknowledged on his 80th birthday after Divine Liturgy for his faith and dedication to the church.  The choir donated an Icon of the Last Supper to the church in his name and luncheon was served during coffee hour to celebrate the occassion.  May God Grant Van Many Years!  Click onto the more information link below to view two photos.

 

00566
Mother's Day - 2013 - 05/12/2013

On Sunday at Divine Liturgy the parish of St. George remembered all of the living and departed mothers, grandmothers and godmothers of our parish community in prayer.  Our thanks go out to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home, who donated long-stemmed roses which were given out as a gift to all mothers in attendance.

 

00567
Thank you! - Help during Lent, Holy Week, Pascha - 05/06/2013

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha a beautiful and meaningful celebration:   Pandora Dionis for decorating the Holy Cross for the Petafi; The “Myrrhbearing Women” who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning; Mary Dilulio for replacing the ribbon the the Resurrection banner; Cheryl Themel and Jennifer Goetz for decorating the Church for Holy Pascha; Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home in Bridgeport for the flowers that beautify the inside of the church; The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs; Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter and their assistants Jim Bowe and Greg Buzi II for their dedication and singing at every service; The choir for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha; Our volunteer readers; Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary; The altar servers for their time and assistance; Sue Galich and Janet Caliendo for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour; Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

 

00568
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! - 05/05/2013

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! is the Orthodox Christian Paschal greeting.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages. The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent, Holy Week with the celebration of midnight Pascal Liturgy.  Click on the more information link below to view some photos.

 

00569
Thanks! - Joe Galich - 05/04/2013

Our thanks go out to Joe Galich who refinished the front doors to the church.

 

00570
Many Years! to Liliana & Boro Kerma - 04/21/2013

On Sunday after Divine Liturgy, the parish presented an Icon of St. George as a good-bye gift to Liliana and Boro Kerma, who are leaving our parish and returning to Albania.  May God Grant them Many Years!

 

00571
Pan-Orthodox Vespers held at St. George - 03/31/2013

Pan-Orthodox Vespers were held at St. George on the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent.  Sunday Vespers services are rotated through the various Orthodox Churches of the Greater Bridgeport region during Great Lent each year.  We express our gratitude to everyone who helped to prepare for the service, especially the ladies who cooked and served the meal afterward.

Click on the More Information link below to view a video from the service.

00572
Thank you! - Fundraising Brunch - 03/30/2013

Our fund-raising Brunch on March 17th raised a total of $1,794. This money will be used to cover the expenses for snow removal after the last major snow storm and the installation of the new stove in the kitchen.  Thank you to all!

 

00573
Memory Eternal - Andrew Yapo - 03/22/2013

We learned that Andrew Yapo passed away early this morning. We offer our condolences to his wife, Nancy, and their children, and to his sister, Nancy Hurd, and her family.

 

00574
Congratulations - Marriages blessed - 03/03/2013

Many Years! to Matthew & Jeannine Masek and Michael and Megan Masek as they have their marriages blessed in the Orthodox Church.  Matthew and Michael are the sons of Albert & Karen Masek and grandsons of Zoe Michael.

00575
Thank you to those who volunteered at the Spooner House - 01/30/2013

Thanks to everyone who prepared and served the food at the Spooner House on Tuesday evening, January 29th: Greg Buzi, Greg Buzi II, Janet Caliendo, Pauline Dionis, Jennifer Goetz, Nancy & Wallace Hurd, Patty & Kiril Ivanov, Maribeth Martino, Jeanette Nichio, and Fr. Dennis Rhodes.  Click Here to view more information about the Spooner House.

00576
Relay For Life 2013 Team Captains named. - 01/27/2013

St. George will be participating again this year to support the 2013 Monroe/Trumbull Relay for Life cancer fundraiser event to be held June 7th & 8th at Trumbull High School.  Sue Galich and Janet Caliendo have volunteered to be the Team Captains for our team, and Sharon Buzi is the Honorary Chairperson of the whole event.  Congratulations and best wishes to Sharon, Sue, and Janet.

00577
Parish Council Officer Positions - 2013 - 01/20/2013

Here are the officers of our Parish Council for 2013:  James Bowe, President; Peter Dacey, Vice President; Kim O’Brien, Treasurer; Luba Csernica, Financial Secretary; Louise Karoli Gallagher, Recording Secretary; Mary Nikola, Corresponding Secretary; Bob Lazar, Building and Grounds, interior issues; Joseph Galich, Building and Grounds, exterior issues; Joann Soter, Trustee.  Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00578
Congratulations to New Parish Council - 01/06/2013

We congratulate the members of our Parish Council for 2013 as they took the oath of office today with the blessing of Archbishop Nikon:  James Bowe, Luba Csernica, Peter Dacey, Joseph Galich, Louise Karoli Gallagher, Bob Lazar, Mary Nikola, Kim O’Brien and Joann Soter.   Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!

00579
Thanks to Outgoing Parish Council Members - 01/05/2013

Our sincere thanks to the outgoing members of the Parish Council who completed their 3 year terms:  Jean Brideau, Laura Chadwick, and Nardi Tollkuçi.

00580
Many Years! to Patty Ivanov - 12/25/2012

Many Years! to Patricia Ivanov who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church on Christmas Day through the Mysteries of Chrismation and Communion.   Our congratulations also go out to Patty’s husband Kiril.  

00581
Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity - 12/25/2012

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni! are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George Community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with the Christmas Eve Compline and Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord.

00582
Thank you! John O'Brien - 12/16/2012

We would like to thank John O’Brien for taking care of the Fall clean up on the Church grounds

00583
Thank you! - St. Nicholas Day Party - 12/02/2012

Heartfelt thanks to Teuta Ladies Society for their generous contributions to the St. Nicholas Party and to the Church School Friends and Families for all of their help and food donations. It was truly a success!

00584
Albanian Independence Day Celebration - 11/30/2012

We extend our gratitude to those who made the Albanian Independence Celebration a success. Special thanks go to Nardi Tollkuçi, Liliana Kerma, Mimoza Vala, and Donna and Ken Kerma. The evening was enjoyed by all. We even had some visitors from Stamford who found us on our web site! A donation to the Church of $544.00 was made from the proceeds.

00585
"Tuesday at St. George" - Fellowship Luncheon - 11/29/2012

On Thursday, November 29th, 19 parishioners gathered in the Church Hall for an afternoon of food and conversation. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in fellowship. We would like to thank those who prepared the meal: Father Dennis, Cheryl Themel, and Laura Chadwick. Since it was so well received, we are planning to hold another one after Pascha.

00586
Teuta Ladies Society Donation - 11/18/2012

We thank the members of the Teuta Ladies’ Society for their donation to the Church of $10,000.00, from the proceeds of this year’s Bazaar.

00587
Many Years! Metropolitan Nikon! - 11/13/2012

We congratulate the newly-elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard). Many Years! Për Shumë Vjet!  Click Here to view a press release from the Orthodox Church in America.

00588
Veterans Day Recognition - 2012 - 11/11/2012

On Sunday, the parish recognized and asked for God's blessings for all of the Veteran's and active-duty military from the parish acknowledging the country's Veterans Day holiday.  Click on the More Information link below to view a larger photo.

00589
Thanks to those who served at the Spooner House - 11/11/2012

We wish to thank all those who helped to prepare and serve dinner at the Spooner House on October 30th: Cheryl Themel, Joann Soter, Greg Buzi, Sr., Kim O’Brien, Greg Buzi, Jr., Laura Chadwick, and Fr. Dennis Rhodes.

00590
Thank you for supporting the Teuta Bazaar - 10/21/2012

We express our gratitude to everyone who helped to make yesterday’s Teuta Bazaar such a success.

00591
God Bless Elizabeth Grace Hirst - 10/21/2012

Congratulations to Elizabeth Grace Hirst who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Allyson and David Hirst and granddaughter of Peter and Cheryl Themel. Her godparents are Richard Hirst, Jennifer Themel and Stacey Hirst.

Many Years to all!

00592
Condolences - 10/21/2012

We offer our condolences to Thomas Dudo on the death of his brother Nicholas, Luba Geeza on the death of her nephew Boris and Toni Barmashi on the death of her sister Geraldine Joseph.

00593
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/01/2012

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

 

Chris Adams – Graduate School pursuing his Masters Degree at the University of Connecticut majoring in Actuarial Science.

 

Rebecca Chadwick - Graduate School pursuing her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Bridgeport.

 

Kelly Coughlin - Sophomore at the College of New Jersey majoring in Criminology.

 

Sarah Csernica - Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Accounting.

 

Steve Csernica - Graduate School at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania) pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

 

Allison Cryan – Sophomore at Housatonic Community College (Connecticut) pursuing a General Studies program.

 

Andrew Cryan – Pursuing an Associates degree in General Studies at Gateway Community College (Connecticut).

 

Emily Cryan – Senior at St. Michael’s College (Vermont) majoring in History and English, with a minor in Classics.

 

Nicholas Demetri - First year at Porter & Chester Institute in Stratford, CT.

 

James Denisevich - Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Music. 

 

Jason Thomas Flynn – Sophomore at North Carolina University at Wilmington.

 

Julia Garfalo – Senior at Boston University majoring in Architecture.

 

James Lazor - Freshman at Boston University.

 

Victoria Nichio – Sophomore at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Nutrition.

 

Jennifer Nikola - Graduate School at Fairfield University pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology.

 

Tyler Nikola - Junior at Elon University (North Carolina) majoring in Law.

 

Meghan Maria Quinn – Sophomore at Keene State College (New Hampshire) with a dual major in Dance and Business.

 

Lauren Rubis - Freshman at Marist College (New York).

 

Anne Snedegar - Junior at the University of Maryland majoring in Graphic Arts. 

 

Caroline Snedegar - Junior at James Madison University (Virginia) majoring in Sports & Recreational Management.

 

Julia Snedegar – Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

 

Tyler Tallcouch - Junior at Keene State College (New Hampshire) majoring in Exercise Science.

 

Ryan Taylor - Junior at Fairfield University (Connecticut).

 

00594
Congratulations - Hirst Family - 08/22/2012

Allyson and David Hirst were blessed on August 22nd with the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Grace. Congratulations to the new parents and to grandparents, Peter and Cheryl Themel!

 

00595
Thank you! - 08/12/2012

We are grateful to those who have volunteered their time to assist with the maintenance of the Church grounds. Many thanks to Bob Lazar, Joe Galich, Jim Denisevich, John O’Brien, and Jim Bowe.


00596
Welcome - 07/29/2012

We welcome to Saint George Father Sergei Bouteneff who is celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Father Dennis’ absence.


00597
Condolences - 07/28/2012

On Saturday, July 28th, Joanne Tallcouch passed away.  We express our sympathy to her husband Chris and to the Tallcouch family.  May her Memory be Eternal!

00598
Congratulations! - 07/22/2012

On Sunday, July 22nd, William Edward Pinunsky, son of Edward and Oli (Vllahu) Pinunsky, was received into the Orthodox Church through the Sacred Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. His Godparents were Thomas and Priscilla Carameta. Many Years!


00599
Memory Eternal - 07/19/2012

We were saddened to learn that Vangel Marko passed away on Wednesday, July 18th.  We extend our condolences to his wife, Elsie, and his entire family.  Memory eternal!


00600
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 07/03/2012

We congratulate and extend our best wishes for future success to our recent graduates!

 

High School:

 

Nicholas Demetri graduated from Shelton High School.

 

James Lazor graduated from Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury.

 

Lauren Rubis graduated from Masuk High School in Monroe.

 

College:

 

Julia R. Snedegar graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Allied Health Science.

 

Christopher Michael graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.A. in Design and a B.A. in Art History.


00601
Memory Eternal - 06/24/2012

We have learned of the death this week of Louise Moran, mother of Linda Lazar.  We offer our condolences to Linda and her family.  May Louise's memory be eternal!

00602
Father's Day - 06/17/2012

On Father's Day, St. George prayed for the health and memory of all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Step-fathers and Godfathers of our parish community.  A coffee hour was held in their honor after Divine Liturgy.

00603
Thank you! - 06/16/2012

Congratulations and thanks go out to the many people who helped to make the Food Fest a success!  Proceeds from the Festival totaled $4,724.00.

00604
Congratulations to Relay for Life Teams - 06/09/2012

The Monroe/Trumbull Relay for Life was held on Friday and Saturday, June 8th & 9th.  Our congratulations go out to our parishioners who participated on the teams, and all others who supported the fundraising activities to make this first-time effort in our parish community a success.  A special thank you goes out to Sharon Buzi who coordinated the entire program for St. George.

00605
Church School - 05/20/2012

Congratulations to the Students and Teachers of our Church School as they complete another year of instruction in the Orthodox Faith. Many Years!


00606
Mother's Day - 05/13/2012

On Sunday at Divine Liturgy, all of the living and departed mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers of our Parish community were remembered in prayer. Our thanks to Ron Dougiello who donated flowers for in front of the Iconostasis, and long-stemmed roses as a gift to all mothers.

00607
Many Years! - 05/11/2012

 The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America at its regular Spring Session elevated our hierarch, Bishop Nikon, to the rank of Archbishop. He is now known as “His Eminence, Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese.” His Eminence will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his consecration as a Bishop on May 25th.  God grant him Many Years!

00608
Congratulations - 04/29/2012

Matthew Masek and Jeannine Bellizzi were married at Saint Thomas Catholic Church in Oxford, Conn., on April 21st. Their marriage will be blessed in the Orthodox Church at a later date. Matthew is the son of Karen and Albert Masek. Many Years to the happy couple!

00609
Thank you! - 04/29/2012

Many thanks to our “Myrrhbearing Women” who decorated the Petafi (Christ’s Tomb) on Holy Friday and who removed the flowers for distribution to the faithful Holy Friday evening: Gloria Athanas, Vi Bowe, Sharon Buzi, Janet Caliendo, Pandora Dionis, Pauline Dionis, Mary Nastu, Dolores Nauchy, Andrea Snedegar, and Jo Ann Soter. Thanks also to Hope and Philip Caliendo who cleaned the glass covering the holy Icons.


00610
Thank you! - 04/22/2012

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha a beautiful and meaningful celebration: Mary Nastu for donating the flowers for the Cross on the Petafi in memory of her brother, Arthur Lika. Pandora Dionis for decorating the Holy Cross for the Petafi. The women and children who decorated the Petafi on Holy Friday morning (it was done in a record-breaking time of 1 hour and 30 minutes!) Bob Lazar, Cheryl Themel and Jennifer Goetz for decorating the church for Holy Pascha. Ron Dougiello for the flowers that beautify the inside of the church. The Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs. Nancy Hurd for the donation of a candle on the Petafi for the blessings and health of her family. Mary Nikola for the donation of a candle on the Petafi in memory of her husband Steve. Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter for their dedication and singing at every service. The Choir for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha. Our volunteer readers. Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary. The altar servers for their time and assistance. Sue Wight for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour. Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.


00611
Congratulations - 04/22/2012

Victoria Nichio, daughter of Richard Nichio, Jr., has been accepted into the Nutritional program at the University of Rhode Island.   Julia Garofalo, daughter of Deborah Garofalo, has been accepted into the Architectural program at Harvard University.  Many Years to our scholars!


00612
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! - 04/15/2012

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! is the traditional Orthodox Christian Paschal greeting.   The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent, Holy Week with the celebration of midnight Pascal Liturgy.

 

Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

 

00613
Many Years to Savannah Rae - 04/07/2012

Many Years to Savannah Rae Smith who received the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation in Saint George Church last Sunday. The Godparents were Joseph Cote and Nicolette Nassif. Savannah is the daughter of Donald and Carley Cagle Smith.


00614
Congratulations - 04/05/2012

Many Years also to Dr. Robert Patrignelli, grandson of Jack and Helen Reh, who has been named one of Connecticut’s top Doctors of Dermatology by Connecticut Magazine.

00615
Memory Eternal - 04/05/2012

We have learned of the passing of Deacon John Zarras on Sunday, April 1st.  Deacon John visited with us and served Divine Liturgy numerous times at St. George.  He had been, for many years, a member at Holy Trinity Greek Church in Bridgeport and most recently was serving as a deacon at Christ the Savior Church in Southbury. May Deacon John’s memory be eternal!


00616
Thank you to the Teuta Society - 02/26/2012

 

We thank the members of the Teuta Ladies’ Society for their donation to the Church from the proceeds of last week’s Lakror Luncheon.

 

 

00617
Recent Deaths - 02/05/2012

We recently learned of the following deaths:  Fr. Joseph Kreta died in Arizona on February 2. He was the father of Fr. John and Evelyn (Leka) Kreta.  Martha Tennant died in Bridgeport on February 3. She was the mother of Martha Todeasa, wife of Fr. Cornel Todeasa.  Memory Eternal!


00618
Memory Eternal - 01/28/2012

We were saddened to learn that Vinnie Soter passed away on Saturday, January 28th.  Please pray for his widow, Angie, and his brother, Charlie, and their families. May Vinnie’s memory be eternal!


00619
December Charity Collection - 01/22/2012

Our December Charity Collection brought in a total of $216.00 for the Fisher House, an organization that provides a “Home away from Home” for wounded veterans and their families at VA hospitals around the country. Thank you for your generosity!


00620
Sanctity of Life Sunday - 01/22/2012

Today, on the Sunday closest to January 23rd, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, we observe Sanctity of Life Sunday and pray for all the victims of abortion.

 

00621
Condolences - 01/13/2012

We have learned of the passing of Bob Forbes, the husband of former parishioner and Council President, Mary Forbes. Bob was a great friend of St. George, often times volunteering his labor at our fundraisers.  Our prayers and condolences go out to the Forbes family.  May his Memory be Eternal.


00622
Christ is Born! Glorify Him! - 12/25/2011

Christ is born! Glorify Him!  Krishti U-Lind! Lavdërojeni!  are the traditional Orthodox Christian Christmas greetings in both English and Albanian. The St. George Community recently completed the service cycle of Advent with Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Lord.


00623
Our Thanks! - 12/25/2011

We express our gratitude to the following people who contributed to our Christmas celebration:

Jennifer Goetz and Cheryl Themel who decorated the Church;

Mary Nikola who prepared and changed the altar cloths;

Ron Dougiello and Commerce Hill Funeral Home for donating the 2012 Wall Calendars and poinsettias;

Vi Bowe and Laura Chadwick for decorating the Christmas tree; and

Our Church Choir for singing the responses at the services.

Thank you! Falëminderit!


00624
Charity Collection Update - 12/18/2011

Our Charity Collections for the months of October and November totaled $430.00  The money was sent to the Albanian Archdiocese to support the renovation of our Chancery building.


00625
Thank you! - 12/15/2011

We extend our gratitude to everyone who helped to make last Wednesday’s Unction Service and visit of the Kursk-Root Icon such a success!  Thank You! Falëminderit!  Click on the more information link below to view photographs from the Service and read about the history of the Kursk-Root Icon. 

00626
Celebrating St. Nicholas Day - 12/04/2011

On Sunday, December 4th, the St. George parish celebrated St. Nicholas Day for the parish children as part of a expanded coffee hour after Divine Liturgy.  Young and old gathered to decorate the tree, and enjoy the activities and fellowship.  The parish children also had a visit from Santa.  Click on the more information link below to view some photos.

00627
Albanian Flag Day - 11/27/2011

We offer thanks today for the blessings God has shown to the Albanian people and nation on the eve of the Albanian independence day know as Ditë e Flamurit or Albanian Flag Day.

00628
Recognizing our Veteran's - 11/13/2011

Today, we congratulated and asked God’s blessings on all the Veterans and active-duty military personnel in our parish community.  God Grant them many Years!

00629
Welcome to the Bouteneff's - 10/23/2011

St. George was blessed with a return visit from Fr. Sergei, Lisa and Anna Bouteneff for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 23rd. Fr. Sergei co-celebrated Liturgy with Fr. Dennis. Afterwards, the parish shared fellowship at a coffee hour in the church hall.

 

00630
Teuta Bazaar - 10/22/2011

We extend our gratitude to the many people who worked so hard to make yesterday’s Teuta Bazaar such a success! Falëminderit! Thank you!

00631
Condolences - 10/18/2011

Our condolences are extended to the family of Paul Leka who died on Sunday, October 16th.   May his Memory be Eternal!

00632
Thanks - 10/15/2011

Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, St. George Church was able to donate:  $163 to the Wounded Warrior’s Fund in August, and $147 to the National 9/11 Museum in September.

00633
Zumba Thanks - 10/09/2011

Thank you to everyone who helped with our Zumba Fundraiser last week, especially to coordinators Laura Chadwick and Sharon Buzi, as well as instructor Heatherly Law and DJ Stillo, who donated their time. The Parish took in $1,335.00 at this event.  Click on the more information link below to view some photos from the event.

00634
Thank you! - 10/02/2011

We thank the following people who worked hard to make our Archdiocesan Assembly last weekend such a success:

Laura Chadwick, Linda Lazar, Viola Bowe, Elsie Gartsu, Jeanette Nichio, Jean Brideau, Nancy Hurd, Mary Nikola, Louise Gallagher and the members of the choir.

00635
Thank you! - 09/25/2011

We extend our thanks to:

- Jim and Pandora Dionis, who decorated the Holy Cross for last Sunday’s procession.

- Mary Nikola, who ironed and prepared the gold altar coverings for the Church.

- Everyone who helped prepare for the Archdiocesan Assembly this past weekend.

- Bob Lazar & Lucille Karoli Gallagher, who recovered the chairs in the Sanctuary.

 

00636
Congratulations - 09/18/2011

Congratulations to Sophie Marie and Brooke Petra Dionis, who were received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday, September 17th, through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. They are the twin daughters of Curt & Nicole Dionis. Sophie’s sponsors are John & Debra Dionis and Brooke’s sponsors are Keith & Shannon Dionis. Many Years!

 

00637
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/04/2011

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!



 

Chris Adams – Graduate School pursuing his Masters Degree at the University of Connecticut majoring in Mathematics. 



 

Kelley Coughlin - Freshman at the College of New Jersey. 



 

Sarah Csernica - Sophomore at the University of Connecticut.



 

Steve Csernica - Graduate School at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania) pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.



 

Allison Cryan – Freshman at Endicott College (Massachusetts).

 

Emily Cryan – Junior at St. Michael’s College (Vermont)





James Denisevich - Sophomore at the University of Connecticut.

 

Jason Thomas Flynn – Freshman at North Carolina University at Wilmington.





Julia Garfalo – Junior at Boston University majoring in Architecture.



 

Chris Michael – Senior at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) majoring in Interior Design, History, and minoring in Psychology.



 

Victoria Nichio – Freshman at the University of Rhode Island.

 

Tyler Nikola - Sophomore at Elon University (North Carolina).



 

Meghan Maria Quinn – Freshman at Keene State College (New Hampshire).

 

Anne Snedegar - Sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Art.



 

Caroline Snedegar - Sophomore at James Madison University (Virginia).



 

Julia Snedegar – Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Physical Therapy. 





Tyler Tallcouch - Sophomore at Keene State College (New Hampshire).



 

Ryan Taylor - Sophomore at Salve Regina (Rhode Island).



 

Stefan Valis – Junior at Westchester Community College (New York) majoring in Business Management.

 

00638
Many Years - 08/21/2011

Many Years to Sharon Dorothy Buzi who is being received into the Holy Orthodox Church today through the Sacrament of Chrismation. Her sponsor is Laura Chadwick.  Sharon is the wife of Greg Buzi and the mother of Daniel, Christopher and Gregory.


00639
Welcome to Fr. Steven - 07/17/2011

 

We welcome to St. George Church today Father Steven Voytovich who is celebrating the Divine Liturgy while Father Dennis is away.

 

 

00640
Congratulations - 07/09/2011

We congratulate Cameron Nicole Dionis, daughter of Keith and Shannon Dionis, who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Her sponsors are Theodore Dionis and Edith Jones.  Many Years!


00641
Memory Eternal! - 07/08/2011

We have learned of the recent death of Michel Lopoukhine, the father of Prifteresha Elizabeth Bouteneff. We extend our sympathies to the entire Bouteneff family. May his memory be eternal!


00642
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 07/02/2011

We give our Congratulations and Best Wishes for future success to our recent graduates!


College:


Christopher Adams graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in mathematics and a minor in statistics. In the fall, he will be returning to UConn for his Master’s Degree.

 

Rebecca Chadwick graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English.

 

Christine Denisevich graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Environmental Science.

 

Jennifer Nikola graduated, summa cum laude, from Drew University. She also received an award of $500 from the Sociology Department for her outstanding work.

 

High School:


Kelley Coughlin graduated from Trumbull High School and will be attending the College of New Jersey.

 

Allison Cryan graduated from Notre Dame High School and will be attending Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.

 

Jason Thomas Flynn graduated from  Malvern Academy in Malvern, PA, and will be attending North Carolina University at Wilmington.


Meghan Maria Quinn graduated from Masuk High School in Monroe and will be attending Keene State College in New Hampshire.

 

Victoria Nichio graduated from Oxford High School and will be attending the University of Rhode Island.

 

Many Years to all!


00643
New Catechumen - 06/26/2011

Congratulations to Sharon Buzi, who became a Catechumen this morning before Liturgy. This is the first step on the road to being officially received into the Orthodox Church. Her sponsor is Laura Chadwick. Sharon’s name will be mentioned in the Prayer for the Catechumens during the Divine Liturgy.

00644
Father's Day - 06/19/2011

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Step-fathers and Godfathers of our parish community.


00645
Many Years - 06/18/2011

Many Years to Stephan Valis and Tanya Petitti who were united in the Sacrament of Marriage in Saint George Church yesterday.


00646
Congratulations! - 06/18/2011

We have learned that Kelley Coughlin has been chosen as a recipient of one of the FORCC scholarships for 2011. Congratulations and Many Years!

 

00647
Condolences - 06/15/2011

Katherine La Bache, the oldest member of our parish community, passed away on Wednesday, June 15th.  May her Memory be Eternal!

 

00648
Congratulations! - 06/11/2011

Congratulations to David Snedegar, who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday through the Mystery of Holy Chrismation, taking the name John.  His sponsor was Pauline Dionis. Many Years to the newly-chrismated John together with all his family!

 

00649
Food Festival Thanks - 06/04/2011

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped to make yesterday’s Food Festival such a success:

Those who cooked and baked

Those who helped to set up and clean up

Those who worked the tables

Those who supported the Program Book

Those who came to buy and eat

Thank you all!

00650
Memory Eternal - 05/15/2011

I Përjetshim Kujtimi! to Dhimitra Leka who died on Monday, May 9th. Her funeral was held in Saint George Church on Saturday, May 14th. We express our condolences to Dhimitra’s children — Paul and George Leka and Evelyn Kreta and their families.


00651
Mother's Day - 05/08/2011

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers, Grandmothers and Godmothers of our parish community.

 

 

00652
Congratulations - 05/08/2011

Congratulations to Allyson Themel and David Hirst who were united in Holy Matrimony in St. George Church yesterday, May 7th. Allyson is the daughter of Peter and Cheryl Themel and the granddaughter of Mary Themel. The sacramental sponsor was the bride’s sister, Stacey Hirst.


00653
Condolences - 05/07/2011

We express our sympathy to Karen Masek and her family on the death of her mother-in-law, Alma.


00654
Thank you! - 04/25/2011

We extend our thanks to the many people who helped to make Lent, Holy Week and Pascha a beautiful and meaningful celebration:

 

-Pandora Dionis for decorating the Holy Cross for the Sunday of the Cross.

-Pandora Dionis, Pauline Dionis and Gloria Athanas for the decoration of the Petafi.

-Karen Masek for donating the flowers that decorated the Petafi in memory of her father Peter Michael.

-Bob Lazar, Cheryl Themel and Jennifer Goetz for decorating the church for Holy Pascha.

-Ron Dougiello for the flowers that beautify the inside of the church.

-Gloria Athanas and the Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs.

-Jim & Vi Bowe for the new planters and flowers outside the church.

-Cantors Van Michael and Charles Soter for their dedication and singing at every service.

-The Choir for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha.

-Our volunteer Readers.

-Bob Lazar for his assistance in the sanctuary.

-The Altar Servers for their time and assistance.

-Sue Wight for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and coffee hour.

-Dave Denisevich for helping to repair the three-branched candle stands.

-Those who simply came to pray and celebrate the services.

 

00655
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! - 04/24/2011

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! is the Orthodox Christian Paschal greeting.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent, Holy Week with the celebration of midnight Pascal Liturgy.


00656
Congratulations - 04/10/2011

We congratulate Christopher and Olivia Lambert who were received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. They are the twin children of Thomas and Marisa Lambert. The Godparents for Christopher were Nancy Lambert and Jennifer Moodie. The Godparents for Olivia were Katherine Lambert and Stefanie Waller.


00657
New Catechumen - 03/27/2011

Congratulations to David Snedegar, who became a Catechumen last Sunday. This is the first step on the road to being officially received into the Orthodox Church. His sponsor is Pauline Dionis.  David’s name will mentioned in the Prayer for the Catechumens during the Divine Liturgy.

 

00658
Memory Eternal! - 03/18/2011

Memory Eternal! to Thomas Soter who passed away. The parish extends its condolences to his family, and especially to his brothers Vinnie and Charlie who are members of St. George.


00659
Congratulations! - 03/06/2011

Many Years! to Hanna Lewin, who was received into the Holy Orthodox Church yesterday through the mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation. Hanna is the daughter of Benjamin and Michelle (Stockel) Lewin, the granddaughter of Sharon and Craig Stockel, and the great granddaughter of Della Theodos. Her godparents are Jordan Collyer and Kara Dowdle. Ashley Stockel is the Orthodox Sponsor.


00660
Thank you! - 02/13/2011

A big “Thank you!” “Falëminderit!” to everyone who helped to make last night’s Valentine’s Day Dance a success!


00661
Condolences - 01/29/2011

Memory Eternal! to Elizabeth Lambro, who died on Tuesday, January 25th.

  We extend our condolences to her daughter Cheryl Themel and her family.


00662
Memory Eternal - 01/21/2011

Memory Eternal! to George Billings, who passed away.  We extend our condolences to his wife Irene and their family.

00663
Condolences - 01/15/2011

We have learned that Albert Glucksnis passed away.  May his Memory be Eternal!  We extend the deepest sympathies of the parish to his family.  We especially wish to extend our compassion to his daughter Janet and grandchildren Hope and Philip.


00664
Bill Vasil celebrates his 90th Birthday! - 01/02/2011

 

On Sunday, January 2nd, the parish and the family of Bill Vasil recognized Bill’s 90th birthday at the church. A celebratory coffee hour was held in his honor in the church hall. May God grant Bill many more blessed years!  Click on the More info link below to view a few photos.

00665
Thanks to Outgoing Parish Council Members - 01/02/2011

Our sincere thanks to the outgoing members of the Parish Council who completed their 3 year terms: Laura Denisevich, Pete Jordhamo, and Sue Lazos. Special thanks go to Bill Kovachi, Greg Buzi, and Joe Chadwick who served an extra year to help the Parish Council work through major transitional issues in 2010.


00666
2011 Parish Council Installed - 01/02/2011

We congratulate and ask God’s blessings on the members of our Parish Council as they were installed in office today: Laura Chadwick – President, Nardi Tollkuçi – Vice President, Kim O’Brien – Treasurer, Bob Lazar – Building and Grounds, Luba Csernica – Financial Secretary, Mary Nikola – Corresponding Secretary, Jean Brideau – Recording Secretary, Joann Soter – Trustee.

00667
Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity - 12/25/2010

After both the Christmas Eve Compline and Christmas Day Divine Liturgy services, the parish community sang carols as the Church School children enacted the Nativity in a series of Tableaux.  Many thanks to the Laura Coughlin and Jennifer Goetz for the coordination and to the Choir for leading us with the singing of the carols.


00668
Thank you! - 12/24/2010

Many thanks to Ron Dougiello of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for donating the beautiful poinsettias for Christmas.

00669
Thanks! - 12/19/2010

Our thanks to Jennifer Goetz, Cheryl and Pete Themel, and Bob Lazar for their efforts in decorating the church for Christmas.

00670
Congratulations! - 12/19/2010

Kurt and Nicole Dionis were recently blessed with twins: Sophie Marie and Brooke Petra.  Congratulations to the new parents and to Grandmother Pauline Dionis.


00671
Celebrating St. Nicholas Day - 12/05/2010

The Church School Friends and Family organized an expanded coffee hour with the celebration of St. Nicholas Day for the parish community after Divine Liturgy.  The participants enjoyed a light lunch, games, decorating a tree, and the children made Christmas cards for those on our prayer list.

00672
2011 Church Council positions announced - 12/04/2010

Congratulations to the following individuals who will be serving on the Parish Council for 2011: Laura Chadwick – President, Nardi Tollkuci - Vice President, Kim O'Brien – Treasurer, Bob Lazar - Building and Grounds, Luba Csernica - Financial Secretary, Mary Nikola - Corresponding Secretary, Jean Brideau - Recording Secretary, Joann Soter – Trustee. These individuals will assume their responsibilities in January.


00673
Care Packages for College students - 12/01/2010

Following the pre-Christmas Choir rehearsal, members from the Choir packaged their annual Care Packages of snacks and candies to our college students.  This is an outreach to the college students of our parish at their final exam time for the Fall semester.

00674
Visit from Fr. Tim Lowe and Fr. Sergius Halvorsen - 11/28/2010

St. George was blessed with a return visit from Fr. Tim Lowe and Fr. Sergius Halvorsen and their families for Liturgy during the Thanksgiving weekend.  Fr. Tim and Fr. Sergius served as interim priests to our parish for the first 9 months of the year while a search for our permanent priest, Fr. Dennis, was being conducted.


00675
Thank you! - 11/21/2010

Thank you to Ron Dougiello of Commerce Hill Funeral Home for the Thanksgiving Day libations (Wild Turkey)!

00676
Teuta Society Donation - 11/14/2010

After the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 14th, Teuta Ladies’ Society President Gloria Athanas presented Parish Council President Laura Chadwick with a donation from the Society of $5,000. The check represented the proceeds from their annual Fall Bazaar. May God grant the Teuta Ladies’ Society and its members many years for their continued support of Saint George Church!

00677
Veteran's Day Recognition - 11/14/2010

Today we congratulated and asked God’s blessings on all the Veterans and active-duty military in our Parish community.

00678
Memory Eternal - 11/14/2010

We have learned of the passing of Peter Thanas. Our deepest sympathies go out to his daughters, Barbara, Patricia and Linda and their families. May his memory be eternal!


00679
Many Years! to Nikola Mary Sabol - 11/07/2010

Congratulations and Many Years! to Nikola Mary Sabol, who is received into the Holy Orthodox Church today through the Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation and Communion. Nikola is the daughter of Enkelejda Trifoni and Marcus Sabol, and her Godparents are William Koukoulas and (in absentia) Brunera Trifoni.


00680
Thank you! - 10/30/2010

Thank you to the members of our Choir who did such a beautiful job singing the responses at the two weddings that were celebrated in October: Lara Lazar & Peter Kokenos on the 3rd, and Maribeth Di Iulio & Louis Martino on the 23rd.


00681
Congratulations! - 10/30/2010

Craig & Sharon Stockel announce the birth of their granddaughter Hannah Kathryn. Hannah was born on Oct 4th, and weighed in at 8 lbs 9 oz. She is the daughter of Ben & Michelle Lewin, who reside in Attleboro, MA.


00682
Congratulations! - 10/23/2010

Congratulations to Louis Martino and Maribeth DiIulio who were married in Saint George Church. Maribeth is the daughter of John and Mary DiIulio.

00683
Annual Bazaar a success! - 10/17/2010

Thank you to everyone who worked to make the Teuta Ladies’ Society Annual Bazaar a success.  This is the major fundraiser for the church.


00684
Congratulations! - 10/03/2010

Congratulations to Lara and Peter Kokenos who where married at St. Dimitrie Church in Easton.  Our congratulations also go out to the proud parents Linda and Bob Lazar.



00685
Congratulations! - 09/26/2010

The parish's congratulations go out to Angie and Vinnie Soter, and Joann and Charlie Soter; both couples are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary.  May God grant them Many Years!


00686
Our Heartfelt Thanks! - 09/19/2010

We would like to express our gratitude to the Galich family for putting on another fabulous brunch. Also, a thank you goes out to Vi Bowe and Mary Nikola for the donation of dessert. We were able to raise a total of $500.00. To those who attended the brunch or made a donation, we thank you for your support.


00687
The Michael's celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! - 09/05/2010

On Sunday, September 5th, the parish offered congratulations to Van and Diane Michael on the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary!  A May God grant them many more blessed years. Click on the More Information link below to view some photos.

00688
Welcome to Fr. Dennis - 09/05/2010

The parish welcomes Fr. Dennis Rhodes as he celebrated his first Divine Liturgy and begins his ministry as pastor of St. George.  Fr. Dennis comes to us after serving as the pastor at St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Waterbury, CT.   A welcome coffee for Fr. Dennis will be held on Sunday, September 12th after Divine Liturgy.


00689
Our Sincere Thanks! - 08/29/2010

Sunday, August 29th was the last Sunday Fr. Sergius Halvorsen served as our substitute priest.  The parish wishes to thank Fr. Sergius, his wife Dina, and their children Thomas, Timothy, and Mary for their service and support to our community the past five months.  A thank you coffee hour was held for them after Liturgy.


00690
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 08/27/2010

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

Chris Adams – Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Mathematics.

Rebecca Chadwick - Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in English.

Sarah Csernica - Freshman at the University of Connecticut.

Steve Csernica - Graduate School at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania) pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Emily Cryan – Sophomore at St. Michael’s College (Vermont).

Christine Denisevich – Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Environmental Science. 

James Denisevich - Freshman at the University of Connecticut.

Julia Garfalo – Sophomore at Boston University majoring in Architecture.

Chris Michael – Junior at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) majoring in Interior Design, History, and minoring in Psychology.

Tyler Nikola - Freshman at Elon University (North Carolina).

Anne Snedegar - Freshman at the University of Maryland majoring in Art.

Caroline Snedegar - Freshman at James Madison University (Virginia).

Julia Snedegar – Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Physical Therapy. 

Tyler Tallcouch - Freshman at Keene State College (New Hampshire).

Ryan Taylor - Freshman at Salve Regina (Rhode Island).

Stefan Valis – Sophomore at Westchester Community College (New York) majoring in Business Management.


00691
Congratulations to Mary Themel - 08/15/2010

Our congratulations to Mary Themel who celebrated her 90th birthday!  God Grant her Many Years!

00692
Thank you! - 08/01/2010

We wish to thank an anonymous parishioner for the donation of $1,0000 towards the fund for new tables and chairs.

 

00693
It's a Girl! - 07/24/2010

We wish to extend our best wishes to Jason and Angelina Jaworski on the birth of their daughter Siena Grace.  Congratulations also to the grandparents Jeff and Carol Jaworski, and great grandmother Eileen Bochino.

00694
Congratulations on Engagement - 07/17/2010

Peter and Cheryl Themel announce the engagement of their daughter Alysson to David Hirst. We wish them the very best.

00695
Thanks for your support of the May Charity! - 07/03/2010

Due to the generosity of our parishioners (and especially to one parishioner who wishes to remain nameless), we were able to collect $1,000.00 for the Help Diana Fund.


00696
Thanksgiving! - 06/26/2010

Thanks to:
•    Ron Dougiello for remembering the fathers on Father’s day with a gift.
•    Vi and Jim Bowe for the weeding and trimming on the church grounds.
•    Bob Lazar for making numerous visits to the church this week so our air conditioning could be fixed.
•    Russell Alston who does a lot of “behind the scenes work” around the church.  
•     Van and Diana Michael for purchasing coffee hour and other miscellaneous supplies for the church.
•    Karen Masek and the Choir for their beautiful singing at the recent baptism.
•    George Barmashi, Don Jordan, and Bill Kovachi for overseeing the sale of the rectory and the driveway renovations.
•    Mary Nikola for ironing and changing the church table coverings.

00697
Memory Eternal - 06/24/2010

We have learned that John Louis passed away. May his Memory be Eternal!  We extend the deepest sympathies of the parish to John,  Caitlin, Jason, and Christopher and Erin. 

00698
Congratulations to the newly engaged - 06/13/2010

We extend our best wishes to the newly engaged couples who plan to marry in October:

Lara Lazar and Peter Kokenos.  Lara is the daughter of Bob and Linda Lazar.

Marybeth DiIulio and Louis Martino.  Marybeth is the daughter of John and Mary DiIulio.

00699
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 06/11/2010

We give our Congratulations and Best Wishes for future success to our recent graduates!

High School:   

Sarah Csernica graduated from Trumbull High School.

James Denisevich
graduated from Trumbull High School.

Deanna Kruczek
graduated from Northwestern Regional High School (Winstead).

Tyler Nikola graduated from Masuk High School.

Anne Snedegar
graduated from Guilford High School.

Caroline Snedegar
graduated from Guilford High School.

Tyler Tallcouch graduated from Seymour High School.

Ryan Taylor graduated from St. Joseph High School

College:

Christopher Buzi
graduated with a B.S. in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University.

Caitlin Long graduated from Boston College with a degree in History and Latin.

Chelsey O’Brien
graduated with a B.S. in Fashion and Retail Merchandising from Lasell College (Newton, MA).


00700
Our Heartfelt Thanks! - 05/23/2010

We would like to thank Joe, Sue, and Maryann Galich for preparing an amazing spread for last week’s brunch, and Vi Bowe for preparing the raffle table.  Also, thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success.  A total profit of $700.00 will go into a fund for new tables and chairs for the church hall.   Anyone wishing to do so, can make a contribution to this fund at the candle desk.

00701
Memory Eternal - 05/22/2010

We have learned of the passing of John Battocchio.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kim Polena Battocchio and her children John, Kirsten, and Lia.   Memory Eternal.

00702
Church School Commencement - 2010 - 05/16/2010

The parish marked the end of the Church School year with Commencement Exercises which were held on Sunday, May 16th immediately after Liturgy.    Our congratulations to all of the students, and our thanks go to the Church School Coordinator Laura Coughlin and all of the teachers for all of their efforts and dedication. Photos will be posted shortly!

Click on the More Information link below to view some photos.

00703
Our Thanks! - 05/09/2010

We thank Ron Dougiello for remembering the mothers with roses on Mother’s Day.

00704
Thank you! - 05/01/2010

A total of $488.00 was collected in the month of April for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  Many thanks to everyone for your generosity and charity.

00705
Memory Eternal - 04/24/2010

We have learned of the passing of Tom Buzi.  We extend the deepest sympathy of the parish to Pam, Adam and Jen, Greg and Sharon, and all his family and friends.  May his Memory be Eternal!


00706
Memory Eternal - 04/07/2010

We have learned of the passing of Joyce Athanas.   Our deepest sympathies go out to her nephew Dennis Koche and family.  May her Memory be Eternal.


00707
Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! - 04/04/2010

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! is the Orthodox Christian Paschal greeting.  Click Here to view the Paschal greeting in numerous languages.

The St. George community recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent, Holy Week with the celebration of midnight Pascal Liturgy.


00708
Special Thanks! - 04/03/2010

A special thank you goes out to:
•    Father George Coca for volunteering his services during Holy Week.
•    Pandora Dionis and her helpers for the decoration of the Petafi.
•    Jennifer Goetz for decorating the church for Holy Pascha.
•    Ron Dougiello for the flowers that beautify the inside of the church.
•    Gloria Athanas and the Teuta Ladies Society for the beautiful red eggs.
•    Vi Bowe for planting flowers outside the church.
•    Cantor Van Michael for his dedication and singing at every service.
•    The choir for their preparation and singing throughout Holy Week and Pascha.
•    Our volunteer readers.
•    Bob Lazar for his assistance behind the altar.
•    The altar servers for their time and assistance.
•    Sue Wight and members of Friends and Family for organizing the Children’s Egg Hunt and coffee hour.


00709
Palm Sunday - 2010 - 03/28/2010

As in prior years, we marked the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem with palms and palm crosses which where made by the Church School children.  Following the Palm Sunday Liturgy, the children participated in a procession around the inside of the church with palms. Click on the More Info link below to view photos.

 

00710
Our Heartfelt Thanks! - 03/27/2010

Palm Sunday will be the last day Father Timothy Lowe will serve as our interim pastor.  Fr. Tim has officially accepted a position as the new rector at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.  http://tantur.org/.  The St. George parishioners would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Father Timothy, Lisa, and their family.  As they embark on their new journey to Jerusalem, we hope and pray that the Lord will protect them and guide them.  May God grant them many blessed years.


00711
Many Thanks! - 03/21/2010

March 21st was Anna Bouteneff’s last Sunday here at St. George.  We want to thank her for your graciousness and hard work with our Church School and as a member of the Choir over the years.  May the Lord protect and preserve her for many years!  Click on the More Info link below to view some photos.

00712
Warm Welcome! - 03/21/2010

A warm welcome to Fr. Sergius Halvorsen, his wife Dina, and their three children, Thomas, Timothy, and Mary.  Bishop Nikon has blessed Father Sergius to serve at the parish.  Fr Sergius is officially attached to Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, and is Associate Professor of Patristics and Homiletics at Holy Aposltes College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT.


00713
Thanksgiving! - 03/06/2010

Many thanks to Pandora and Jim Dionis for their beautification of the cross for this Sunday’s worship.


00714
New Parish Council Members Installed - 2010 - 02/28/2010

The new parish council were installed at the end of liturgy on February 28th;  Laura Chadwick – President; Nardi Tolkuchi- Vice President: Laura Denisevich –treasurer; Susan Lazos- recording secretary; Jeannie Brideau- Financial secretary; Pete Jordhamo- Trustee; Bob Lazar- Buildings and grounds.  Many Years to all of them as they serve the parish this coming year.  In addition, Bill Kovachi, Greg Buzi and Joe Chadwick will continue to work with the parish council during this transition period. Click on the More Info link below to view a few photos.


00715
Memory Eternal - 02/20/2010

As a parish we offer our condolences to Helen Tallcouch on the passing of her sister Olga.  May her Memory be Eternal.


00716
Thank you! - 02/20/2010

The parish donated $869.00 to the IOCC on behalf of Haiti.  We thank all of you for your acts of kindness and charity.


00717
Thanks - 02/07/2010

The parish wants to thank the Teuta Ladies for their continued hard work in support of the parish and for the Papandia Coffee Hour today after Liturgy.  May God grant them all many years.


00718
Welcome to Fr. Timothy Lowe - 01/11/2010

Father Timothy Lowe celebrated his first Divine Liturgy at St. George on Sunday, January 10th.  Father Tim has been assigned by Bishop Nikon on an interim basis to assume all pastoral responsibilities.  After Divine Liturgy, the parish participated in a coffee hour to welcome Father Tim and his wife Lisa to St. George.


00719
Teuta Annual Luncheon - 2010 - 01/10/2010

Members of the Teuta Ladies Society held their annual Post-Holiday Luncheon at Tashua Knolls in Monroe.  Click on More Info link below to view some photos.


00720
Fr. Sergei completes his ministry at St. George - 01/04/2010

Father Sergei Bouteneff served his final Divine Liturgy as pastor of St. George on Sunday, January 3rd.  He will be attached to St. George Cathedral in Boston effective Monday, January 4th.  Click Here to view a letter from Bishop Nikon.  The parish expressed its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for his 20+ years of ministry at St. George by presenting gifts from the parish, the Church School, and the Choir.  Afterwards, the parish gathered for a coffee hour to say goodbye and offer best wishes to Father Sergei, Lisa, and Serge.  May God Grant them Many Years!  Click on the More Information link to view some photos.


00721
Thanks! - 01/02/2010

We are appreciative of Mary Nikola’s pressing the gold altar covers as we return to “ordinary time” (weeks after Pentecost).  The covers are changed with the cycle of festal seasons of the Church.


00722
Celebrating the Nativity of Christ - 2009 - 12/25/2009

At the end of both the Christmas Compline and the Nativity Liturgy, the faithful sang carols, as our Church School Children reenacted the Nativity Story in a series of living tableaux.

Click on the more information link below to view some photos.


00723
Thanks - 12/24/2009

We are appreciative of the poinsettia flowers given us by Ron Dougeillo of the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, as well as the festive decorations for the Nativity by Jennifer Goetz, Cheryl and Peter Themel.


00724
Appreciation! - 12/12/2009

We appreciate the stewardship of meshë baking: Gloria Athanas, Zoë Michael, and Helen Tallcouch.

00725
Our Charitable contributions for 2009 - 12/12/2009

Thank you to everyone for their continued support to our Parish's commitment to Charities.  Our goal is to support Charities that are Orthodox – as a means of witness to our Faith.  This year for 2009, we gave $3,319.00.  There are many in need – our responsibility is to share from the bounty God has given us.  Click on the more information link to view detailed charity activity for 2009.

00726
Santa visits after St. Nicholas celebration - 12/06/2009

At the end of the St. Nicholas Day celebration, and following the singing of Christmas Carols and the reading of “’Twas the Night before Christmas,” we had our visit from Santa to our parish children.

Click on the more information link below to view photos.


00727
St. Nicholas Day Celebration - 2009 - 12/06/2009

Adding a new twist to our St. Nicholas celebration, moving it from Vespers to after the Liturgy, our Church School Friends and Family gathered for an expanded coffee hour of fun and fellowship. Participants were invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to those less fortunate – through the “Toys for Tots” program.

Young and old decorated our tree and enjoyed food and games.

Click on the more information link below to view some photos.


00728
God Bless Evan Michael! - 11/28/2009

We were pleased to witness the baptism of Evan Michael Meador - joining the joy are proud parents are Allen and Erin (Alston), grand parents Russ and Jeanette.

Click on the more information link below to view photos from the baptism.

00729
Good news! - 11/20/2009

We are pleased to learn that Oli (Vllahu) and Ed Puninsky had a baby girl – Erika Christine on October 28.   We wish them all good health and look forward to seeing them all soon.

00730
Recognizing our Veterans! - 11/15/2009

The Sunday following Veteran's Day, Father Sergei honored all the veterans of our parish, by asking them to come forward to receive a small token of appreciation - a lapel pin of a cross superimposed on the American flag.

In addressing the parish, Fr. Sergei noted that in every generation, men and women of our community stepped forward to serve, indicating that even now we have a parish "grand-daughter" going into the Marines.

Each of our veterans was asked to announce to the parish what branch they served with.  In appreciation, the community joined in a heartfelt "MANY YEARS."The community adjourned to a festive coffee hour held in honor of our service men and women.  In private, Fr. Sergei presented the widows of each of our service men a similar pin.

Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

00731
Thank you! - 11/15/2009

Following the Liturgy of November 15, Gloria Athanas, the president of the Teuta Ladies Society, presented a check of $12,000.00 to Bill Kovachi, the President of the Parish Council.  Gloria spoke thanking all the hard work that had made their annual Bazaar a success, and Bill spoke to the Ladies, expressing thanks for their generosity.

Click on the more information link below to view a few photos.

00732
Memory Eternal - 11/13/2009

We have learned that Maria Taylor passed away. May her Memory be Eternal!  We extend the deepest sympathy of the parish to husband Kevin, their sons Ryan and Christopher, and her parents, Angela and Sylvester Filancia.

00733
Many Thanks to all who helped with the Bazaar! - 10/31/2009

Thank You to the Parish Community for the generous support and tireless effort that contributed to another successful Bazaar.  Special Recognition to Helen Tallcouch & Laura Denisevich and the hard working well organized kitchen staff, Dave Denisevich & Diane Cryan for folding up and lugging tables to rearrange the Church Hall,  Jim Dionis for returning all our recyclables, and Gloria Athanas for organizing the remaining supplies and tidying up the back room.

Click on the More information link below to view photos from the Bazaar.

00734
God Bless Jenna Mae Dionis! - 10/10/2009

We were pleased to witness that baptism of Jenna Mae Dionis - joining the joy are proud parents are John and Debbie.

Click on the More information link below to view additional photos from the baptism.

00735
Listen to Christopher Adams on a OCF Christian Ministry Podcast - 10/03/2009

Listen to one of our collegians, Chris Adams, talk about Orthodoxy and college in an Orthodox Christian Fellowship interview. The interview is part of a podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, which streams Orthodox programming on the internet. 

To listen, click on the following link: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/ocf  (Under Podcasts, go to the Sept 23, 2009 program "Transitions and New Beginnings", and click on the "Play in popup" link to listen).

00736
Appreciation! - 09/27/2009

We appreciate all the grounds work done by Jim Bowe and Bob Lazar – the “slope” needed to be weeded, the bushes trimmed and  brush cut back!

00737
Congratulations to Kurt Peter and Nicole Marie Dionis on their Wedding! - 09/19/2009

We are pleased to witness the marriage of Kurt Peter Dionis and Nicole Marie Roy on Saturday, September 19th.  We wish them all of God's Blessings in their future.

00738
Memory Eternal - 09/19/2009

Belatedly we learned of the death of Joanne Soter’s mother, Mary Teresa (Sando) Bullick.  We express the sympathy of the parish to Joanne and her family for their loss.

00739
2009-2010 Church School Program begins - 09/13/2009

Our Church School began the year with special prayers for the students and teachers, which were followed by a brief presentation by Father Sergei on the story of Creation and Environmental Stewardship.

After the dismissal and blessing with Holy Water, the students and teachers adjourned to hear a story from the book “Old Turtle” which deals with caring for God’s creations, and to engage in planting spring flower bulbs.

We give our heartfelt thanks to Tim Coughlin who assisted the children with planting lessons and provided the unenviable labor (the hole digging for the bulb planting).

Click on the More Information link to view photos from this day.

00740
Delegates Elected - 09/13/2009

We are pleased to share that Bill Kovachi and Bob Lazar where elected to be the lay parish delegates for the upcoming Archdiocesan Assembly in Philadelphia.

00741
The Jordan's celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! - 09/06/2009

On Sunday, September 6th, Don and Shirley Jordan marked their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the church.  Fr. Sergei offered special prayers and presented the couple with an icon of Christ.  The community then adjourned to enjoy a celebratory coffee hour provided by their family.

00742
Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/05/2009

The following is a status of some of our young adults currently enrolled in college.  We give our Best Wishes for their continued success!

Chris Adams – Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Mathematics.

Chris Buzi - Senior at Western Connecticut State University majoring in Justice and Law Administration.

Rebecca Chadwick - Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in English.

Steve Csernica - pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania).

Emily Cryan – Freshman at St. Michael’s College (Vermont).

Christine Denisevich – Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Environmental Science.  

Julia Garfalo – Freshman at Boston University.

Chris Michael – Sophomore at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) majoring in Interior Design.

Chelsey O'Brien - Senior at Lasell College (Massachusetts), majoring in Fashion Merchandising.

Julia Snedegar – Sophomore at the University of Connecticut majoring in Fine Arts.  

Stefan Valis – Freshman at Norwalk Community College majoring in Business Management.

00743
Giving Thanks! - 08/22/2009

We thank our meshë makers: Gloria Athanas, Mary DiIulio, Linda Lazar and her mother Mary Moran, and Helen Tallcouch.

00744
The Hurds celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! - 08/16/2009

On Sunday, August 16, 2009, we offered our congratulations to Wally and Nancy Hurd who were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  May God grant you many more blessed years to come!

00745
Memory Eternal - 08/07/2009

We have learned that Helen Tallcouch’s sister, Maria Mbazouka, passed away in Greece.  May her Memory be Eternal!  We extend the deepest sympathy of the parish to Helen and her family.

00746
Our Former Pastor - 07/11/2009

Click on the link below to read a June 21, 2009 feature article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Fr. Stephen Siniari and his son Alex on their work with the Convenant House in Atlantic City.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/48695642.html

00747
Our "Kids" shine - 07/03/2009

Sarah Csernica spent the week volunteering with the Appalachian Service Project in Johnson County, Tennessee.  The Appalachian Service Project addresses housing repair needs for low income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia.   Click on the More Information link below to view a few photos.

Tyler Tallcouch was named 1st Team All Naugatuck Valley Swim Team in the 100 Butterfly and 200 IM as a Junior and finished 8th in State in both events.

Cameron Tallcouch received the U.S. President’s Award as one of the top achieving 5th Graders throughout her elementary education in the Town of Seymour CT.

00748
Ladies Night Out - 06/16/2009

On Tuesday, June 16th, the Teuta Ladies Society organized a "Ladies Night Out" social in the Church Hall.  The evening was very well received by all who attended, and featured bingo, appetizers and desserts, and an evening of socializing. 

00749
Congratulations to our Graduates! - 06/16/2009

We give our Congratulations and Best Wishes for future success to our recent graduates!

High School:  

Emily Cryan graduated from Notre Dame High School (Fairfield).

Julia Garofalo graduated from St. Joseph High School (Trumbull).

Stefan Valis graduated from Norwalk High School.

Graduate School:

Danielle Masek recently graduated from Loyola Law School (Louisiana)

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Gloria Athanas joins the James Fund board - 06/12/2009

The James Fund Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Gloria Athanas to their board.

The James Fund assists elderly women of Albanian or Greek ancestry who primarily live in the Greater Bridgeport area.

The board members are drawn from our parish community and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Bridgeport – additional representatives from our parish are Jim Dionis and Van Michael.

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Christopher Adams' shares his Real Break Experience - 06/08/2009

Click on the links below to read and learn about Christopher Adams' 2009 Real Break trip to Greece in March.

Click Here for Letter and photos.

Click Here to go to Charities Section.  Read about the Real Break program in the December Charity Tray write-up.

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Church School Commencement - 2009 - 05/31/2009

The parish marked the end of the Church School year with Commencement Exercises which were held on Sunday, May 31st immediately after Liturgy.   We extend our congratulations to all of the students, and our heartfelt thanks to the Church School Coordinator Laura Coughlin and all of the teachers for their continued commitment and dedication to the program.

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Congratulations! - 05/30/2009

Pauline Dionis is pleased to share that she has been blessed once again with a grand-daughter Jenna Mae on Friday, May 15.  Joining in the joy are proud parents John and Debbie and big sister Lila Jacqueline.

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Mother's Day - 05/10/2009

On Mother’s Day, we were pleased to elevate all of our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, step-mothers, aunts, daughters, step-daughters, and nieces in prayer: at Proskomedia (the liturgy of preparation), the Great Entrance and at the end of the Liturgy.
 
Additional special features from the men of our parish included: a mëshe (prosphora) made by Don Jordan, and at the conclusion of the services, each of the ladies attending received a beautiful rose, a gift from Ron Dougiello.  The men of the parish sponsored the coffee hour.
 

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Teuta Bake Sale - 05/09/2009

Members from the Teuta Ladies Society sponsored a Bake Sale the Saturday of Mother’s Day.   Thanks to all who supported this successful fundraiser by baking for and/or purchasing the goods!

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Memory Eternal - 05/06/2009

We have learned that Meropi (Mary) Nichio, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of our parish community to her three sons, and their families, especially to Richard and Jeanette.

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Memory Eternal - 05/01/2009

We have learned that Michael Babich's mother, Olga, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of our parish community to Michael and his family, especially Valerie, Kristen and John. 

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Paschal Vespers and Traditional Egg Hunt - 04/18/2009

Once again the church was filled to capacity with children (and those who brought them) for the Paschal Vespers. As in years past we hear the Agape Gospel proclaimed in both Albanian and English
 
Following the Services, we enjoyed the 20th Annual Egg Hunt which this year included a visit from Br’er Rabbit: Peter.

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Great & Holy Friday - 04/16/2009

As we moved from Holy Week to Great and Holy Friday, our "myrrh-bearers" worked to prepare the church and the tomb of the Lord for the services of both Vespers, when we commemorate the taking Christ down from the Cross, and the Lamentation Matins, which mark His Burial.
 
A typical "Byzantine" Orthodox feature of the Lamentation Matins is that the whole church gathers around the Tomb of the Lord and the Holy Shroud ("Petafi") and joins in the singing selections of the haunting hymn-mediations of sorrows, culminating in the priest sprinkling the entire church with rose water.
 
The conclusion of the Service and our inauguration into Holy Pascha is the Burial Procession where we all pass under the Holy Shroud in remembrance of our baptism.

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Inauguration of Holy Week Services - 04/13/2009

The Palm Sunday Evening saw the inauguration of Holy Week Services.  We were pleased to host Father Cornel Todeasa and members of the Saint Dimitrie parish.

The next day, Great and Holy Monday, they reciprocated inviting our community to “open” their newly constructed church, and to worship and fellowship with them.

The rest of the week we gathered at our church – entering the “icon” of the Lord’s Passion.

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"Opening" the St. Dimitrie Church - 04/13/2009

We were pleased to share the joy of St. Dimitrie's new "home".  On the Feast of Palms, they were given access to worship in their new building in Easton - this, after a three year construction period.

We all know the trails and tribulations of moving a church; we "did it" 30 years ago.

From Korçe to Connecticut - two peoples, two churches:  one faith - to our community was given the first honor and opportunity to worship with them on Great and Holy Monday.

Fr. Sergei presented a small box of incense to the parish as a token of our prayers and our love.

It was good to be there - to help "open" their church.

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Palm Sunday - 2009 - 04/12/2009

"...As children bearing in our hands palms and branches of trees we sing: 'Hosanna in the Highest'!"
 
As in years past we marked the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem with bunches of palms and pussy willows, and the palm crosses made by our Church School.

00763
Blue Jeans Sunday - 04/12/2009

Last year’s Youth Service Sunday was augmented, and re-presented as Blue Jeans Sunday – a time for intergenerational, parish-wide community service.

Following the Liturgy, Tim Coughlin led us as we spruced up the grounds for the up-coming celebration of Pascha and the traditional egg hunt.

Besides the needed work this event gave time to deepen friendships among those who volunteered – we are blessed by their efforts!

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Archbishop DMITRI retires - 04/10/2009

The Holy Synod acted on the retirement request of Archbishop DMITRI. As part of his many years of ministry, he served as the administrator of the Albanian Archdiocese, and as such had occasion to visit our parish.

The Synod’s statement is as follows:

"With gratitude to God for his service and with profound respect, although regretting his absence from our midst, the Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America accepts the request for retirement of His Eminence DMITRI, Archbishop of Dallas and the South, effective 31 March, 2009. It is the prayer of the Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America that the Lord will grant many years to His Eminence, Archbishop DMITRI.  In retirement, his title will be 'Former Archbishop of Dallas and the South.'"

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Sympathy - 04/07/2009

We have learned that Greg Csernica's brother, Charles Michael, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of the parish community to the extended Csernica family - and especially Greg, Luba, Steve, Sarah, and Greg's father Charles Basil who visits us often from upstate New York. 

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Pan-Orthodox Vespers held at St. George - 03/29/2009

The Saint George parish was honored to play host to one of the 2009 Lenten Sunday evening Vespers that was sponsored by Connecticut's oldest and largest Pan-Orthodox Clergy Association.

The Vespers brings together clergy and parishioners from some twelve Bridgeport area Orthodox communities for a time of prayer and fellowship.

The large, many-voiced choir, under the direction of our own Laura Chadwick lifted up our hearts in prayer.

The warm hospitality was embodied by the wide variety of wonderful Lenten foods prepared for us by our devoted ladies.

The Lenten effort is made easier in this celebration of unity-in-diversity, peoples of many cultures and traditions celebrating the Orthodox Faith.

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Our Thanks! - 03/21/2009

We would like to recognize:

The Teuta Ladies stewardship of prayer – the sponsorship of the two parish–wide memorials each year.  The first one was held February 21.

Mary Nikola for cleaning and pressing the purple appointments for the church.

Van Michael for his continued service as Cantor for the weekly Lenten Saturday Vespers.

Pandora and Jim Dionis for their beautification of the cross for this Sunday’s worship.

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Congratulations! - 03/21/2009

We heard that both the DiIulio and Nichio families recently welcomed baby granddaughters into the world!   Hanna DiIulio and Malia Jules Green (and their respective parents) are doing well.

We wish them all continued health. Looking forward to the photographs!

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FORCC Meeting held at St. George - 03/18/2009

Our parish was pleased to host the Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Connecticut  (FORCC) for their March Meeting.

Our parish representative, Bob Lazar is seen in the photo with the association president, Nina Kosowsky.

The Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Connecticut (FORCC) with its true meaning of FELLOWSHIP has successfully united Orthodox churches in our state to work together as a team to promote the Orthodox Faith throughout Connecticut.

You can learn more about FORCC by clicking on: http://www.forcc.org/

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Our Medical Missionary - 03/14/2009

We are pleased to learn that our medical missionary, Dr. Louis Theodos, has returned safely from his trip to Guatemala.  

We look forward to his sharing his trip in words and photographs!

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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/08/2009

The Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which is the 1st Sunday of Great Lent for Orthodox Christians, was served on March 8th.

On the left is a photo of some of the parish children returning Konizmat Icons during the Liturgy.

Click Here for more on Konizmat.

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Lenten Bracelets - Veror - 03/01/2009

An Albanian folk spring-time tradition - whose origin is clouded in time - there was the practice of children wearing string bracelets for a period of time, bracelets that they would cut off and throw on the bushes so that the birds would take them for their nesting material.

In our parish, this folk custom was integrated into the church as a Lenten effort/reminder during Great Lent.

At the Church School session on Forgiveness Sunday, the children and their teachers tie this bracelet on their right hand, and keep it on until Paschal Vespers, when they cut it off, and place it on the bushes for the birds.

Many adults of the parish wear this bracelet in solidarity with the children.

The bracelets are crocheted red and white strings - a reminder of the nature of Christ: both God and man.

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Pan-Orthodox Choir 2009 - 02/23/2009

In anticipation of the annual Bridgeport Area Churches' Pan-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers, two rehearsals were held to prepare the group for the four services scheduled in 2009.
 
On March 29th,  our parish will host one of this year's Lenten Vespers.
 
Leading the choir for these next two years is Laura Chadwick, one of our two directors.

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Church School Lenten Project - 02/22/2009

The Church School is using a "Good Deed Jar" idea to help our children focus on building positive habits and performing acts of kindness during Lent.

Click Here to view a Letter to Parents and more information on the project.

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Our Sympathy! - 02/19/2009

We have learned that Peter Thanas wife, Jean, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of our parish community to Peter and his daughters:  Patricia, Linda and Barbara and their families.  May Jean's Memory be eternal!

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Sympathy - 02/16/2009

We have learned that Michael Babich's father, John, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of our parish community to Michael and his family, especially Valerie, Kristen and John.

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Teuta celebrates it Patronal Feast Day - 02/08/2009

On the Sunday that follows their patronal feast day, the Teuta Ladies Society celebrate the Presentation of the Lord with prayers that follow the Liturgy.  As part of their stewardship of service they offer the five loaves, wheat, wine and oil as well as the grure (kolivo).  Prayers of installation of the officers and the blessing of each Society member round out the occasion.

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Congratulations to the new Graduate! - 02/08/2009

Congratulations go out to Anna Bouteneff who recently graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching.  Our best wishes to Anna with her new career!  

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Sympathy - 02/06/2009

We have learned that Diane Boria Cryan's mother-in-law, Ruth, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of the parish community to Keith, Diane, Andrew, Emily and Allison. 

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Mothers "Spin" for Breast Cancer Research - 02/05/2009

Two of our young mothers, Penny Lazor and Eleni Weaver, will be will be participating in the SpinOdyssey fund-raiser on March 1, 2009.  This event benefits the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research program.

If you would like to support them in their cause, Click Here for more information.

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Our Sympathy! - 02/05/2009

We have learned that David Denisevich's mother, Nina, passed away.  We extend the sympathy of the parish community to David, Laura and their children Christine and James - as well as to Dave's brother John.

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Teuta Annual Luncheon - 2009

Members of the Teuta Ladies Sisterhood gathered for their Annual  Holiday Luncheon at Mona Lisa Restaurant in Newtown on Sunday, February 1st.   The luncheon was postponed  into February due to the ongoing snowy weekends in January.

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Our Sympathy - 01/05/2009

We have learned that Janet Liolin-Boland's mother-in-law, Linda K. Boland, passed away. We extend the sympathy of the parish community to Janet, Kevin and their children Caitlin and Jackson.

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Community Pride - 01/05/2009

We are pleased to share that after receiving a letter from the Trumbull High School Golden Eagles Marching Band, requesting help to subsidize their trip to the President Obama's Inauguration, our Parish Council gave a donation on behalf of our parish.
 
Their band was selected out of thousands of applicants.  Besides the community pride, there's the fact that one of the band members, James Denisevich, is a parishioner.
 

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Year-end Thanks! - 12/26/2008

After the Christmas Liturgy, as is our custom we honor those whose stewardship of time and talent keeps our parish moving forward.  These are listed by household – each was asked to take home a Christmas poinsettia plant:

Jeanette & Russ Alston,  Anna & Lisa Bouteneff,  Greg Buzi,  Tom Buzi,  Valerie Babich,  Laura & Joe Chadwick,  Kelly & Laura Coughlin,  Allie, Emily & Dianne Cryan,  Greg & Sarah Csernica,  Monica Demetri,  Laura Denisevich,  Sue Galich,  Jeff Jaworski,  Pete Jordhamo,  Lilijana Kerma,  Bill Kovachi,  Bob Lazar,  Sasha Lazor,  Sue Lazos,  Karen Masek,  Van Michael,  Kim O’Brien,  Charles Soter,  Tim Tallcouch.

Additionally, we also want to recognize three sets of stewards:

The beautifiers during the holiday season: the Choir, Lisa Bouteneff, Ron Dougiello, Jennifer Goetz, Bob Lazar, Natalia Stone, Cheryl Themel, and Donalyn Wales;

Our meshë makers: Pauline Dionis, Helen Tallcouch and Nancy (Lambert) Theodos.

Our Tableaux coordinators: Anna Bouteneff, Laura Coughlin, Jennifer Goetz, Sue Wight

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Celebrating the Nativity of Christ - 12/25/2008

We marked the Nativity of Christ with our traditional Christmas Eve Compline and Christmas Day Liturgy.  Both of the Services were followed by a singing of carols and our Church School Children enacting the Nativity sequence in a series of "tableaux."  What a joy to see and hear!

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Support to local Albanian-American Families - 12/22/2008

As reported on in past weekly bulletins, we are also pleased to report that the Parish Council was able to act swiftly and responsively towards the four local Albanian-American families in need (3 families affected by a house fire, one involved in an auto accident with large medical expenses).

Drawing down on the remaining Project Assist monies, we were able to assure that whatever their loss, they might have a good holy day/holiday celebration.

We have received letters of gratitude from these folks for our expression of love.

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Our Vet returns home. - 12/21/2008

We are pleased to report that our Iraqi vet has returned safe and sound – he visited with us on a snowy Sunday before trekking to see other members of his family.

He expressed his gratitude for our prayers and “care packages.”

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St. Nicholas Day Celebration - 12/06/2008

Following the Saturday evening Vespers we enjoyed our annual St. Nicholas Day celebration.
 
Pizza, making Christmas cards for the shut-ins and seniors, cookie decorating, a dynamic reading of "'Twas the Night before Christmas," a sing-fest and a visit from Santa - rounded out the event.
 
The children also brought a new, unwrapped toy for those less fortunate - these are taken to a local charity for distribution.
 
Click Here to go to Photo Archive and view photos of the event.

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Care Packages for our Collegians - 12/03/2008

Following their first rehearsal of the Advent season, the members from the choir gathered in the church hall to make up care packages of home-made baked goods and candies for our collegians to tide them over their exam week.

This annual outreach is an important outreach to our students, who appreciate this expression of love.

Click Here to go to Photo Archive

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Our Sympathy - 11/24/2008

We learned of the passing of Charles Chadwick - Joe's father.  The family asks that any expressions of sympathy be directed to the Friends and Family of the Church School.  May Charles' Memory be Eternal!

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Advent Thanksgiving! - 11/15/2008

We acknowledge the efforts of our “altar guild:”  Pete Jordhamo, Mary Nikola, and Stefan Valis.  They got the church properly appointed for the Advent Season.   We appreciate their stewardship of time and talent.

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Nicholas Hotova celebrates his 90th Birthday! - 11/09/2008

We were pleased to mark the 90th birthday of Nicholas Hotova.  He joins a growing "Gay Nineties" group at Saint George, a number of whom were on hand to welcome him to "the club.

Click Here to go to the Photo Archive and view a few photos from the celebration.

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Thank you! - 10/27/2008

What a wonderful Bazaar!

The Annual Bazaar that is held each October once again was a success.  In the photo, Gloria Athanas, President of the Teuta Ladies Society, presents a check to Bill Kovachi, President of the St. George Parish Council on Sunday, November 16th after Divine Liturgy.

Below is a thank you from Gloria Athanas and the Teuta Ladies Society to all that supported the Bazaar: 

"The dynamic combination of love, energy, and generosity blended into yet another successful "ALBANIAN" Bazaar!  The gifts of time, talent, task, and treasure that you so generously and graciously gave, only underscores the faith and dedication that we have for the love of our church.  Again, a heartfelt thank you to all."

Click Here to go to the Photo Archive to view photos from the Bazaar.


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Congratulations to Carley and Donald Smith on their Wedding - 10/20/2008

We are pleased to witness the marriage of Donald Smith and Carley Cagle on Sunday, October 19th.  We wish them all of God's Blessings in their future.

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Rejoice! - 10/16/2008

We rejoice with Georgika Boria, Zoë Michael and Bob Lazar (and their families!).  These stewards of the parish received recognition by the Archdiocese.  They were awarded the honor of Heralds of Saints Constantine and Helen.  May God bless them as they continue to work for the good of our community.

Click Here to go to Photo Archive and view photos.

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Thanksgiving! - 10/16/2008

Our parish was pleased to host His Grace, the Right Reverend NIKON, Bishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese over the weekend of October 11 & 12. 
 
Click Here to go to the Photo Archive and view some photos from the weekend. 

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Singing Praises! - 10/05/2008

October 1st marks the celebration of Saint Romanos, the Patron Saint of Choirs.  This occasion is fitting to speak/sing praises to our Choir who give so much of themselves, not just at the Liturgy, but at the other services as well.  We appreciate their stewardship of time and talent.

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Deepest Sympathy - 10/05/2008

We extend our deepest sympathy to Elsie Gartsu and her family at the death of her brother Gregory Stevens.  May his memory be eternal!

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Thanksgiving! - 09/13/2008

We appreciate the decorating skills of Pandora Dionis - the Cross for the Elevation was beautiful!

We also appreciate the work of our "altar guild" - Lisa Bouteneff, Mary Nikola, and Stefan Valis for changing the liturgical colors on all the appointments to gold.

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Congratulations to the Edward & Oli Puninsky on their Marriage! - 09/06/2008

 We are pleased to witness the marriage of Edward Puninsky and Oli Vllahu on Saturday, September 6th.  We wish them all of God's Blessings in their future.

Click Here to go to the Photo Archive and view photos from the wedding.

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Best wishes to our Collegians! - 09/05/2008

The following is a status of some our our young adults currently enrolled in college.  Best wishes for continued success!

Chris Adams - Sophomore at the University of Connecticut majoring in Mathematics. He is also active in the local OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship)

Anna Bouteneff - pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Sacred Heart University (Connecticut)

Chris Buzi - Junior at Western Connecuticut State University majoring in Criminal Justice.  He is also a starting defenseman on the Lacrosse team.

Rebecca Chadwick - Sophomore at Qunnipiac University (Connecticut) majoring in Public Relations.

Steve Csernica - pursuing a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania).

Christine Denisevich - Sophomore at Marist College (New York) majoring in Environmental Science.

Danielle Masek - third year of law school at Loyola Law School (Louisiana).

Chris Michael - Freshman at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State).

Chelsey O'Brien - Junior at Lasell College (Massachusetts), majoring in Fashion Merchandising.

Julia Snedegar - Freshman at the University of Connecticut majoring in Fine Arts

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Congratulations to the new Graduate! - 09/05/2008

Congratulations to Lara-Beth Lazar who recently graduated from Quinnipiac University in the Physician's Assistant Master's Program.  Best wishes to Lara-Beth on her new career! 

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Congratulations to the new grandparents! - 09/01/2008

Congratulations to the maternal grandparents, Russ and Jeanette Alston!  We are pleased to hear that Erin (Alston) and Allen Meador had a baby boy, Evan Michael - born Friday, August 22nd.

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Thanksgiving! - 08/08/2008

We appreciate the work of our “altar” guild – Mary Nikola and Lisa Bouteneff – for setting up our church for Dormition (blue)

We appreciate the “ad” copy work of Terry and Sue Wight that we used for the Archdiocesan Anniversary Book and for the FORCC Banquet.

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Stewardship Thanks! - 07/25/2008

We offer our thanks to Ken Kerma who is in the process of giving the front stairwell to the basement a much needed face-lift.

Also, our thanks go to Amy Jaworski who is digitally scanning the photos that were hanging on the wall in this front stairwell.  This will enable these photos to be included as an additional pictorial history of our parish on the web-site. 

If you have a picture you can lend us, we will scan and return them.  We are restricted in scanning anything up to the size of a full piece of paper - 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches - Thank you!

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Our Thanks to an anonymous parishioner! - 07/07/2008

We are grateful to our loyal parishioner “Ann Onimous” for getting the front doors to our church all spruced up and looking nice.

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Congratulations to Christopher Adams! - 06/28/2008

Our congratulations go out to Christopher Adams who recently earned the Eagle Scout rank.  An Eagle Scout is a Scout with the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.  The title of Eagle Scout is held for life.  Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.

 

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Congratulations to Sarah Csernica! - 06/28/2008

Sarah Csernica spent the week of June 28th volunteering with the Appalachian Service Project in Mingo County, West Virginia    

The Appalachian Service Project addresses housing repair needs to make homes “warmer, safer, and drier” for low income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia).  The majority of volunteers are high-school-aged who perform most of the repairs under the guidance of adult team leaders.  

Sarah, with her team, made repairs to the home of an elderly widow, focusing on replacing rotting exterior trim facing, painting the new trim, replacing rotted floor joists and floor in the bathroom, and digging a drainage ditch and filling it with stone to redirect storm water.  Sarah expresses that the experience was extremely rewarding for her, and that her team was moved by the sincere gratitude expressed by the home owner.  There remains much more repair at the home which will be the focus of other following volunteer teams.

Click Here to go to Photo Archive and view additional photos.  

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Our appreciation! - 06/20/2008

We thank and appreciate the work of our "Altar Guild" Mary Nikola, Lisa Bouteneff, and Stefan Valis for getting church ready for the "wearing of the green" for Pentecost.

We also appreciate parishioner Ron Dougiello and the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for making all of our dads "Grand" on Father's Day.

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Kudo's to our Graduates! - 06/07/2008

We give our Congratulations and Best Wishes for future success to our recent and upcoming graduates!

High School:

Chris Michael graduated from Amity High School.

College:

Aida Calapo graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BA in Political Science and Criminal Justice.

Jessica Chadwick graduated with a BA in Psychology from Alberta Magnus College.

Steve Csernica graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering with a technical minor in Biotechnology from Lehigh University.

Mike Masek graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Computer Science.

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God bless Evan George Arghirescu - 05/30/2008

We welcome Evan George Arghirescu into Holy Orthodoxy, and offer congratulations to parents Florin and Mona, and sister Ella Grace.

Click Here to go to Photo Archive and view photos of the christening.

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Thanksgiving! - 05/25/2008

We give thanks to Russ Alston for completing some plumbing repairs at the Rectory.

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Church School Commencement - 05/23/2008

The parish marked the end of the Church School year with Commencement Exercises on May 18.

The coordinator of the program, Laura Coughlin, in her remarks to the community reminded us that the focus of this year was: The Parish as “Family.” 

While we all celebrate unity within our own families, we also belong to a greater family – that of the parish.  Here we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  In addition to the regular lessons that the children followed this theme was present throughout the year.

As part of their parting gifts, each child received a picture frame where a photograph of the 2007-2008 Church School group will be placed and a small, live tree to remind them of the “family tree” of which they are a part.

Following the exercises the Friends and Family of the Church School sponsored a coffee hour, with the senior most children offering their parish family lakror (which they made the night before as part of their service project.

Click here to go to Photo Archive and view additional photos on the commencement events

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Thanks! - 05/17/2008

Our appreciation and thanks to Dave Denisevich who made repairs to the Cross-stand.

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Mother's Day - 05/13/2008

The celebration of Mother's Day does not pass unnoticed in our community, with special prayers offered three times during the service: at Proskomedia (Liturgy of Preparation), at the Great Entrance, and at the end of the service.

Parishioners are invited to submit names of their mothers, godmothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, nieces, step-mothers, and all those who nurtured them.  The monetary donations that accompany the submitted list is used for the beautification of the church grounds.

For the celebration, we give thanks to Don Jordan for preparing the meshe and Ron Dougiello for the floral arrangements and roses that we distributed to the ladies of the parish.

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The Spring Craft Fair was a success! - 05/13/2008

The Spring Craft Fair fundraiser held on May 3rd was a success!  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Laura Chadwick and Donna Kerma for all of their time and effort in organizing this event. There were crafters, a Chinese Auction, baked goods, and ethinic foods from the kitchen.  A special thanks to all of those who worked the event, baked items for the bake sale, or supported the fair by attending and purchasing food and crafts.  The proceeds were presented to the church with a portion earmarked for the Friends and Family organization.

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God Bless Lauren Elizabeth Lewis and Dimitri Sotir! - 05/10/2008

We were pleased to have the christening of Lauren Elizabeth Lewis on the morning of May 10th.  Her parents are James and Michele (Leka).  What made it all the more special was that the baptism was served by her uncle, the V. Rev. John Joseph Kreta, the Chancellor of the Diocesse of New England.  The god-mother was Evelyn Thimika Leka Kreta, a former choir director of  our community. 

We were pleased to have the christening of Dimitri Sotir on the afternoon of May 10th.  His parents are Filip and Linda

We wish them both as they grow in the Orthodox Faith. 

Click Here to go to Photo Archive and view photos of the christenings.

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Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! - 05/02/2008

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! is the Orthodox Christian Paschal greeting.

The St. George community and many guests recently completed the service cycle of Great Lent and Holy Week to Holy Pascha, with the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy on April 27th.

Click here to go to the Photo Archive and view photos from several services.  

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Additional Thanksgiving during Holy Week and Pascha! - 04/26/2008

To Lisa Bouteneff, Elsie Gartsu, Jeff Jaworski, Bob Lazar, Jim Lazor, Mary Nikola, Helen Tallcouch, Steve and Stefan Valis – all of whom helped in getting the palms and pussy willows bunched up for distribution on “Palm Sunday,” and to our Church School children for the Palm Crosses.

Helen Tallcouch for the meshë for all of Holy Week & Pascha.

Van Michael for his Cantor Services for all of Lent and Holy Week – to the Choir and to all those who read/chanted at the Holy Week Services.

Addie Capolla, Evelyn Melnickoff and Vi Polena for their substantial donation towards the petafi flowers.

Pete Jordhamo for all the cleaning of the metal work of the church.

Pandora Dionis and her crew of Teuta Ladies who decorated the Tomb of the Lord.

Cheryl & Peter Themel for the white bows on the iconostas.

Jennifer Goetz for the floral decorations on the icons along the North & South Walls.

Ron Dougiello and the Commerce Hill Funeral Home for the beautiful flowers for our Paschal Services.

Priscilla & Tom Carameta for the Paschal Wine and Candles.

00821
A Thanksgiving! - 04/18/2008

We appreciate the labor of our young adults who spruced up our Church grounds in preparation for Pascha.  Our Thanks also to their supervisors: Laura & Tim Coughlin, Penny Lazor, and Monica Demetri.

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00822
Stewardship Thanks! - 04/05/2008

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the following individuals for their Stewardship!

We thank Pandora Dionis for the floral arrangement decoration for the cross which was used on Sunday of the Cross.

We recognize Tom & Elsie Gartsu who took all the accumulated bags of non-perishable food items to the local soup kitchen for distribution.  Also, we give thanks to God for those anonymous folks who donated the items!

Our thanks to Nancy Lambert-Theodos for coordinating the clothing drive for the Luiz Munioz School in Bridgeport, and to those who donated items for that drive.

 

00823
Former Paster Falls Asleep in the Lord - 03/24/2008

We learned that the Archpriest Eugene Vansuch unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord at his home in Bethlehem, PA. on March 23, 2008.

Many of us remember Father Eugene from when he was installed as our pastor in 1971.

A recent graduate of Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, he had a lot of talent and energy.  In his pastorate of some five years he applied himself to reorganize the choir, the Sunday School and other church organizations – to this day our choir continues to sing from the books that Father Eugene established and re-organized, his spiritual children in the choir adding to the repertoire.

From Saint George in 1976, he went on to pastor other communities – first at Saint John Chrysostom Church (Albanian Archdiocese – OCA) in Philadelphia, then at Saint Nicholas Church (Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania – OCA) in Bethlehem, PA.

From June 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007, Fr. Eugene served as the Executive Director of the Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards for the Orthodox Church in America.  In that capacity he visited our community more than once, to share with us the work of the OCA.

From January 1, 2008, until his repose, he was the rector of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, Fran, and three sons: Damian, Basil and Father Jason – together with their families.

A more complete obituary is posted on the official OCA website at:

http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1508&SID=19

The Saint George community will offer a Memorial Service on Sunday, March 30 following the Divine Liturgy, and commemorate him at every Service for the 40 days.

May Fr. Eugene’s Memory be Eternal!

00824
Thank you for Spring Grounds Care! - 03/22/2008

As we enter spring - our thanks to Dona-lyn Wales for the work she completed around the church grounds, and to Evelyn Wales for the spring decorations at the church entrance! 

This stewardship of time and talent provides all of us with a better worship environment.

00825
Thank you for your support of the Valentine Dance! - 03/09/2008

The annual Valentine Dance was again a great success!

Our thanks to everyone who was involved with donating items, the DJ, and helping with the set-up and clean-up.  The affair was a lot of fun.  Thanks to all parishioners for supporting this event...all the profits ($756) made that night will be going to the church.

Finally, a heartfelt "Thank You" goes to Monica Demetri and Friends & Family for their efforts in organizing the event!

00826
Lenten Bracelets - Veror - 03/07/2008

An Albanian folk spring-time tradition - whose origin is clouded in time - there was the practice of children wearing string bracelets for a period of time, bracelets that they would cut off and throw on the bushes so that the birds would take them for their nesting material.

In our parish, this folk custom was integrated into the church as a Lenten effort/reminder during Great Lent.

At the Church School session on Forgiveness Sunday, the children and their teachers tie this bracelet on their right hand, and keep it on until Paschal Vespers, when they cut it off, and place it on the bushes for the birds.

Many adults of the parish wear this bracelet in solidarity with the children.

The bracelets are crocheted red and white strings - a reminder of the nature of Christ: both God and man.

00827
Pan-Orthodox Choir - 03/07/2008

Spanning a tradition of decades and generations, the faithful core from the Greater Bridgeport Pan-Orthodox Choir, gathers to rehearse for the 2008 Great Lenten Sunday Vespers Services.

For the actual Services, the choir is comprised by as many as 25-30 members, with the membership drawn from Holy Ghost (OCA-New England), Holy Trinity (GOA), St. Dimitrie (OCA-Romanian), St. George (OCA-Albanian), three different St. John's parishes (Carptho-Russian), St.Mary (Ukrainian), and St. Nicholas (Antiochian) parishes.

The leadership of the choir rotates every two years among three dedicated directors:  this term, the choir is under the stewardship of Laura Chadwick (St. George).  Other directors are Gina Cook (St. Dimitirie) and Karen Masek (St. George).

Click Here to view 2008 Pan-Orthodox Lenten Service Schedule.

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00828
Congratulations to Green-Nichio on their Marriage! - 02/16/2008

We were pleased to witness the marriage of Shawn Green and Alecia Nichio on Saturday, February 16th.  We wish them all of God's Blessings in their future.

00829
Thanks to our hosts for the Trumbull Interfaith Committee meeting - 02/13/2008

Our sincere thanks to Diana & Van Michael for taking initiative in preparing the "coffee an" for the Trumbull Interfaith Committee's meeting which was held at our church this past Wednesday, February 13th.  Also many thanks to Bill Kovachi and Bob Lazar for assisting in the hosting duties with Father Sergei.  

00830
God bless to Morgan Olivia - 02/10/2008

God bless to Morgan Olivia and her parents Natalia and Jason Stone, and to her grandparents Fr. Sergei and Lisa Bouteneff, on her recent christening on February 9th. We welcome Morgan Olivia into the Holy Orthodox Church. Morgan was received under the name Marina (Margaret), and her name day is July 17th. 

On Sunday February 10th, following her "churching" (presentation in the context of community) at the Sunday Liturgy, the Church School sponsored a reception in the Church hall.

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00831
Teuta Ladies Society hold Annual Holiday Luncheon - 02/09/2008

The Teuta Ladies Society held their annual Holiday Luncheon on Sunday, January 13th at Mona Lisa's Restaurant in Newtown.

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00832
Teuta celebrates Patronal Feast Day - 02/04/2008

The parish's Ladies Society named in honor of the Illyrian Queen Teuta, celebrated its Patronal Feast Day, the Meeting of the Lord - "Papandia".

Traditionally they offer bread, wheat, wine and oil for the celebration and a boiled wheat-honey-nut confection (called grure in Albanian, or koliva in Slavic cultures) for the health of the parish family.

This year, as in years past, the ladies present are called to stand vigil around their offering for the prayers.

The Teuta Ladies dedicate themselves to the promotion of the Faith through fellowship, and sponsor fundraising events throughout the year in support of the parish.

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00833
Godspeed to Louis Theodos - 02/03/2008

We are very proud to hear that our Louis Theodos is to leave with 2 dental colleagues, both from Ridgefield, CT., on Feb 28th.  They fly to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, then travel to San Marcos, a section in the country in need of medical and dental care.  The group returns on March 9th.

The organization is Cape Cares., out of South Yarmouth, MA.  For more information, go to www.CapeCares.com . The team of doctors, dentists, nurses, ancillary helpers, hygienists, etc., will work and sleep in this small village and provide care for one week.  Louis says: "We used to stay in the only Hotel with AC, but that was in San Jose.  So its tents and bug repellent for awhile."

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00834
Congratulations to Nancy Lambert! - 01/19/2008

We are pleased to learn that Nancy Lambert Theodos has been invited to sit on the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart University.

Congratulations and best wishes to Nancy on her new undertaking!

00835
Congratulations to the Stone's on the birth of their daughter! - 01/11/2008

Congratulations to Natalia and Jason Stone on the birth of their daughter Morgan Olivia on January 5, 2008.  Our congratulations also to the proud grandparents Fr. Sergei and Lisa.  We look forward to her christening, and pray that God will bless them all!.

00836
Parish Council Changes - 01/06/2008

We wish to acknwoledge the following changes to the Parish Council for the 2008 calendar year:

Our heartfelt thanks to Elsie Gartsu, Bob Lazar, and Van Michael who served faithfully the past 3 years and are coming off of the Parish Council after their terms ended.

Congratulations and best wishes to Laura Denisevich, Sue Lazos, and Tim Tallcouch who were elected at the semi-annual Parish Council Meeting in September and are joining the Parish Council for 3 year terms.  They are joining Russell Alston, Greg Buzi, Joe ChadwickPete Jordhamo, Bill Kovachi, and Sasha Lazor who are continuing their terms this year.

The new Parish Council was sworn in Sunday, January 6th after Divine Liturgy.  May God grant them strength and wisdom in their stewardship! 

00837
Avon Fundraiser results! - 01/05/2008

We are pleased to learn that the Avon Fundraiser brought in $500.  We extend our thanks to Laurie Tallcouch for all of her coordination efforts and to the all those in the parish community who supported the event!

00838
Thank you to Commerce Park Funeral Home! - 12/30/2007

Our heartfelt thanks to the Commerce Park Funeral Home and the Dougiello family for their gift of poinsettias which decorated the church for the Christmas services.  The Dougiello family has been a good friend to the parish, and Ron a supportive parishioner! 

00839
Celebrating the Feast Liturgy of the Nativity - 12/25/2007

On December 25th, we celebrated the feast liturgy of the Nativity.  This was followed by the traditional carol sing that accompanied our Church School children's reenactment of the Nativity Story in a series of tableaux.

Please Click Here to go to the Photo Archive and view additional photos.

00840
Christmas Eve Nativity Tableaux - 12/24/2007

At the Christmas Eve services, following the Compline with the blessing of the bread (artoklassia), the parish community sang carols as the Church School children enacted the Nativity in a series of Tableaux.  Many thanks to Jennifer Geotz for all of the program coordination and to the Choir for leading us with the singing of the carols.

Please Click Here to go to the Photo Archive and view additional photos.

00841
Thanks for the Christmas beautification - 12/15/2007

We give many thanks to Jennifer Goetz, Cheryl & Peter Themel, and Donalyn & Evely Wales for all their efforts to beautify our church for the Christmas season.

00842
Care Packages for our College Students - 12/07/2007

Following the pre-Christmas Choir rehearsal, the gathered members from the Choir packaged their annual Care Packages to our College students. Home-made cookies, hot cocoa mix, energy bars, and candies are a welcomed arrival in the dorms. This is an outreach to the young men and women of our parish as they face exam time - and just before they return from their semester break.

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00843
Saint Nicholas Party was held December 1st. - 12/02/2007

Following the regular Saturday Vespers on December 1st, we had a lovely "Saint Nicholas" party.  This annual event is a gathering in community for fellowship and seasonal joy.  The Friends & Family of the Church School (our version of a Parents-Teachers Organization) sponsor a Pizza Dinner and a visit from Santa for the children of the parish. Each family is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy that is forwarded to "Toys for Tots" program.

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00844
Thank you to Teuta Ladies Society for their generous donation! - 11/26/2007

The Teuta Ladies Society recently made a donation of $10,000 to our church as result of the proceeds from their Fall Bazaar.  May God grant the Teuta Ladies Society many more blessed years to come for their continued generosity and support to St. George.

00845
Father Sergei marks his 30th Anniversary as a Priest - 11/24/2007

Congratulations to Father Sergei who is marking his 30th Anniversary as a priest on Tuesday, November 27th.  May God grant you many more blessed years!

00846
Congratulations to Tom Buzi on his victory! - 11/06/2007

Congratulations to Tom Buzi who was elected as FIrst Selectman in the town of Monroe.  Our heartfelt best wishes to Tom (and to Pam) for continued success with their new challenges!

00847
Annual Bazaar a success! - 11/05/2007

The Fall Bazaar was a success and the Teuta Ladies Society of St. George would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support! 

Click here to view photos.

00848
Memory Eternal - Mary (Costa) Wilan - 10/28/2007

We received word that Mary (Costa) Wilan fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, October 25th, and was buried from the St. George (Greek Orthodox) Cathedral of Hartford.

Many years ago, she served as the parish's Choir Director.

00849
Chris and Joanne Tallcouch celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! - 10/07/2007

On Sunday, October 7th, we offer our congratulations to Chris and Joanne Tallcouch who recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Annivversary.  May God grant you many more blessed years to come!

00850
Good Luck to our Collegians! - 10/04/2007

The following is a status of some our our young adults currently enrolled in college.  Best wishes for continued success!

Chris Adams - Freshman at the University of Connecticut

Anna Bouteneff - pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Sacred Heart University

Chris Buzi - Sophomore at Western Connecuticut State University majoring in Criminal Justice

Jessica Chadwick - Senior at Alberta Magnus College majoring in Psychology.

Rebecca Chadwick - Freshman at Qunnipiac University majoring in Communications.

Steve Csernica - Senior at Lehigh University majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Christine Denisevich - Freshman at Marist College.

Lara Beth Lazar -  Graduate student working on her Masters in the Physical Assistance Program at Quinnipiac University.

Danielle Masek - second year of Law School at Loyola Law School, New Orleans, LA.

Mike Masek - Senior at Fordham University majoring in Computer Science.

Chelsey O'Brien - Sophomore at Lasell College, MA majoring in Fashion Merchandising. 

00851
2007 Albanian Archdiocesean Assembly Completed - 10/01/2007

Our parish was represented at the 2007 Albanian Archdiocesean Assembly by Father Sergei, Bill Kovachi, and Bob Lazar. The Assembly was held in Worcester, Massachusetts. Delegate reports will be submitted in future weekly bulletins.

Click to read the Bishop's Report to the Archdiocesean Assembly

00852
Peter & Florence Jordhamo celebrate 50th Anniversary! - 09/23/2007

On Sunday, September 23rd, we offered our congratulations to Peter and Florence Jordhamo who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on September 22nd.  May God grant you many more blessed years to come!

00853
Memory Eternal! - Marie Lazar - 09/20/2007

We offer the family of Marie Lazar our heartfelt sympathy. May her "Memory be eternal!"

00854
Jim & Vi Bowe celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! - 09/09/2007

On Sunday, September 9th, we offered our congratulations to Jim and Vi Bowe on the clelebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary!  May God grant you many more blessed years to come - of joy and health!

00855
Congratulations to Bill Kovachi - 08/26/2007

We are pleased to learn that Bill Kovachi was recently honored by the Monroe Public Schools' Parents Council as an "unsung hero of education".  

00856
God bless Lila Jacqueline Dionis! - 08/25/2007

Congratulations to Lila Dionis and her parents John & Debbie Dionis on Lila's recent christening on August 25th.  We welcome Lila into the Holy Orthodox Church.

00857
Memory Eternal! - Constantine Marko - 08/01/2007

We offer the family of Constantine "Koch/Coach" Marko our heartfelt sympathy. May his "Memory be eternal!"

00858
Best Wishes to Tom Buzi! - 07/25/2007

We are pleased to hear that Tom Buzi has his party's unanimous endorsement to run for the position of First Selectman of Monroe. We wish him well!

00859
Congratulations and continued Best Wishes to our recent Graduates! - 07/23/2007

High School:

Christopher Adams graduated with High Honors from Shelton High School and will be attending the University of Connecticut in September.

Rebecca Chadwick graduated with High Honors from Trumbull High School.  Rebecca is attending Quinnipiac University in the fall.

Christine Denisevich graduated with High Honors from Trumbull High School and will be attending Marist College this fall.

College / Post-Graduate:

Christina Adams completed her Masters in Education at the University of Bridgeport and recently received her teaching certification.

Hannah Adams received a double-degree; a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

Sarah O'Brien graduated from Iona College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

00860
God bless Ava Jean Smith! - 07/22/2007

We welcome Ava Jean Smith into the Holy Orthodox Church as she was christened on July 22nd.  Also, congratulations to her parents Carley Cagel and Ronald Smith.

00861
Congratulations to Carley Cagel & Ronald Smith on the birth of their daughter! - 07/08/2007

Congratulations to Carley Cagel and Ronald Smith on the birth of their daughter, Ava Jean Smith - we look forward to her christening, and pray that god will bless them all!

00862
The Jordhamo's Celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary - 07/08/2007

On Sunday, July 8th, we offered our congratulations to Harry and Sandie Jordhamo on the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary! May God grant you many more blessed years to come - of joy and health!

00863
June Charity Supports the Aleandro's Mission Trip to Kenya - 07/01/2007

This past June, St. George collected over $1,400 to help send Fr. Vladimir & Prifteresha Susanne Aleandro to Kenya on a mission trip.

Dear Father and Parish Community:
Thank you, thank you, thank you again for your continued support for the mission work being done by OCMC this summer.
Father Vladimir and I are expected to be part of the team that will build St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Lodar, Kenya. With grateful hearts we thank you for your second contribution in support of both of us - for our mission trip.  Please remember us in prayer.  You will be remembered each day by us.
With your prayers, Fr. Vladimir and Matoushka Suzanne

 

00864
Church School Supports Roosevelt School Health Clinic - 07/01/2007

The St. George Church School donated books, games, and backpacks to the Health Clinic at Roosevelt School.  Below is the Thank You:

Dear Church School Children:
On behalf of the school-based health clinic at Roosevelt School, we wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your recent donation of books, games, puzzles and backpacks for our students.  It was thoughtful and generous of you.  The students are already enjoying the books when they come to our health clinic for their appointments with our nurse practioner, social worker, outreach worker medical assistant or dentist.  Again, thank you for your assistance, support, and caring.
Sincerly yours,
Donna S. Vitulano LCSW
Site Coordinator/Social Worker

 

00865
The Vasil's celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary! - 06/03/2007

On June 3rd, the family of Bill and Alice Vasil marked their 60th Wedding Anniversary at the church.  Fr. Sergei offered special prayers and presented the couple with an icon of Christ.  The community then adjourned to enjoy a celebratory coffee hour.

00866
2006-2007 Church School Year Ends

On May 20th following the Liturgy, we marked the end of our Chruch School year - after which we were treated to a wonderful brunch by the Friends and Family of the Church School.

00867
Bishop Nikon visits St. George

The Right Rev Bishop Nikon, Bishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, visited St. George over Mother's Day Weekend (May 12 & 13, 2007) for Vespers and Divine Liturgy.

At the start of the Divine Liturgy, His Grace tonsured Charles Soter as a Reader after his many months of preparation. Following Liturgy, there was a catered luncheon to welcome Bishop Nikon and to provide time for fellowship.

00868
The Barmashi's celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! - 05/06/2007

On May 6, 2007 we marked the 50th Wedding Anniversary of George and Toni Barmashi.  Following the liturgy, Fr. Sergei offered special prayers and presented the couple with an icon of Christ.  The community then adjourned to enjoy a celebratory coffee hour.

00869
Veror Lenten Bracelets - An Albanian Folk Tradition - 03/07/2007

Veror is an Albanian folk spring-time tradition - whose origin is clouded in time - there was the practice of children wearing string bracelets for a period of time, bracelets that they would cut off and throw on the bushes so that the birds would take them for their nesting material. 

In our parish, this folk custom was integrated into the church as a Lenten effort/reminder during Great Lent. 

At the Church School session on Forgiveness Sunday, the children and their teachers tie this bracelet on their right hand, and keep it on until Paschal Vespers, when they cut it off, and place it on the bushes for the birds. 

Many adults of the parish wear this bracelet in solidarity with the children.

The bracelets are crocheted red and white strings - a reminder of the nature of Christ: both God and man.

00870
Thank you!

Thank you to all who helped to make last Sunday’s Spring Brunch such a success. We raised over $500.00, which will be given to Tim Halvorsen for his upcoming Mission trip to Albania.

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