St. George Orthodox Church
Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA
Trumbull, Connecticut
News: 2022
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The Great Blessing of Water - Theophany 2022 - 01/06/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-01-06 18:52:42

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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Liturgy of Theophany - 2022 - 01/08/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-01-09 13:38:39

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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Memory Eternal - 01/17/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-01-21 16:25:51

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord - 2022 - 02/02/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-02-02 19:45:19

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! - 02/02/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-03-15 10:51:28

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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Teuta Ladies Society celebrate their Patronal Feast Day - 2022 - 02/06/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-02-04 13:19:55

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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Congratulations - 02/26/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-03-28 14:45:19

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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A Note of Thanks! Fairfield County Giving Day Results - 02/27/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-03-28 14:46:05

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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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 2022 - 03/12/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-03-19 07:34:23

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos - 2022 - 03/24/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-04-21 15:52:14

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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Veneration of the Cross - 2022 - 03/26/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-03-27 14:27:27

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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Congratulations - 04/09/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-04-10 15:41:35

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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Celebrating Palm Sunday - 2022 - 04/16/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-04-17 13:30:47

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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Holy Thursday - 2022 - 04/21/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-04-22 06:52:34

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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Great and Holy Friday - 2022 - 04/22/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-02 11:17:44

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 Pascha - 2022 - 04/24/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-04-25 15:47:08

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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Thank you to many! - 04/28/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-04-29 17:15:01

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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Mother's Day - 2022 - 05/08/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-05-10 06:13:50

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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+ Helen Reh - 05/11/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-05-20 05:59:11

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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Condolences - 05/23/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-05-27 13:13:10

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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Condolences - 05/24/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-05-27 08:31:48

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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Memorial Day 2022 - Remembering our deceased Veterans - 05/29/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-28 06:22:46

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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2022 Graduates - 06/01/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-02 06:47:51

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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Celebrating the Feast of The Ascension of our Lord - 2022 - 06/01/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-02 11:13:25

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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Congratulations - 06/11/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2023-06-06 08:49:31

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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Pentecost - 2022 - 06/12/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-14 06:20:21

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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Fathers Day - 2022 - 06/19/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-19 20:19:53

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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Commemorating "All Saints of America " - 2022 - 06/25/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-06-26 13:06:30

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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Teuta Ladies Luncheon - 2022 - 06/26/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-03-04 14:43:29

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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Memory Eternal! - Nancy Yapo Hurd - 06/27/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2023-11-01 12:12:22

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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Gifts received from Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary Church (Waterbury) - 07/10/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-07-19 05:41:48

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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Welcome Fr. Gregory Buzi - 07/24/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-07-25 15:47:39

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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2022 Thomas & Katherine LaBache Scholarship Fund Winners - 07/28/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-07-29 15:52:39

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross - 07/31/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-08-01 06:10:21

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration - 2022 - 08/07/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-08-08 06:08:39

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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The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - 2022 - 08/14/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-08-15 15:58:28

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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Congratulations to a Graduate & Best wishes to our Collegians! - 08/25/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-08-26 06:12:16

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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Special Thanks! - 08/25/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-08-26 15:47:10

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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Welcome! - 08/28/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-08-29 18:30:13

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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+NIKON - 09/01/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-07 20:33:32

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


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+ Metropolitan Herman - 09/06/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-07 05:13:49

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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Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos - 09/08/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-09 05:38:30

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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Memory Eternal - 09/10/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-16 19:33:10

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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Parish Picnic - 09/11/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-10-09 18:16:50

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 2022 - 09/13/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-19 15:46:00

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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Memory Eternal - 09/18/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-23 16:39:29

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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Procession of the Cross for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 09/18/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-09-21 18:59:18

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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Fr. Nikodhim selected to be a candidate for Bishop at Special Albanian Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/23/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-11-14 18:46:12

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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Memory Eternal! - 09/30/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-10-08 07:01:07

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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God Bless Alexandra Illyria Michael - 10/01/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-10-03 05:51:59

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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Church Musician Sunday - 2022 - 10/02/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-10-17 06:16:02

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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Condolences - 10/16/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-10-17 06:50:17

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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Congratulations! - 11/02/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-11-05 07:29:31

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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Recognizing our Veterans - 2022 - 11/12/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-11-13 15:48:03

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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Holy Synod confirms Episcopal nomination of Fr. Nikodhim - 11/17/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-11-21 08:45:50

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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Congratulations - 11/20/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-12-11 05:16:07

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Entrance of the Virgin Mary into the Temple - 11/20/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-11-21 08:45:33

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! - 11/23/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2023-06-10 05:43:09

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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Care Packages for our College Students - 2022 - 11/28/2022
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Last updated: 2022-11-30 12:19:46

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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St. Nicholas Party - 2022 - 12/04/2022
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Last updated: 2022-12-07 15:42:30

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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Christmas Cheer from St. George's Elves - 2022 - 12/11/2022
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Last updated: 2022-12-12 16:02:22

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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Thank you! - 12/19/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-12-21 15:45:03

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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Community Christmas Card - 2022 - 12/20/2022
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Last updated: 2022-12-21 06:57:55

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord - 2022 - 12/24/2022
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2022-12-25 06:57:18

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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Prayer for the New Year - 12/31/2022
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Last updated: 2023-01-01 07:23:27

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


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6:15AM  Lenten Prayer & Discussion Group
Saturday, April 27
LAZARUS SATURDAY
4PM Palm Sunday Vespers
Followed by preparing palms and pussy willow branches
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9:15AM Church School meets with Fr. Sergei
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
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