St. George Orthodox Church
Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA
Trumbull, Connecticut
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Thanks to many for their Stewardship! - 01/03/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-01-04 10:37:20

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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Welcome Bishop Nikodhim, and Congratulations to Bill Kovachi - 01/14/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-02-04 14:17:45

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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Celebrating the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord - 2024 - 02/03/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-02-04 13:44:03

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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Lakror Workshop & Social - 02/10/2024
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Last updated: 2024-02-11 07:50:06

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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Food donations delivered - 02/19/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-02-20 11:14:19

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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Condolences - 02/28/2024
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Last updated: 2024-03-11 15:26:58

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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Teuta Society holds their annual luncheon - 03/03/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-03-04 14:53:41

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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Sunday of Orthodoxy & Commemorating the Albanian Archdiocese - 2024 - 03/24/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-04-06 08:06:15

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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Veneration of the Cross - 2024 - 04/06/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-04-07 13:50:26

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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Thank you! - 04/11/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-04-12 15:27:10

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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Welcome Bishop Nikodhim! - 04/13/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-04-14 15:00:39

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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Many Years! - 04/20/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-04-22 05:55:37

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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Palm Sunday - 2024 - 04/27/2024
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Last updated: 2024-04-28 15:36:34

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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Matins Service with the reading of the Twelve Gospels - 2024 - 05/02/2024
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Last updated: 2024-05-03 06:34:55

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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Great and Holy Friday - 2024 - 05/03/2024
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Last updated: 2024-05-04 12:24:53

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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Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! Krishti U-Ngjall! Vërtet U-Ngjall! - 05/04/2024
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Last updated: 2024-05-06 17:46:33

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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Thanks for their Stewardship! - 05/08/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-05-09 17:25:39

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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Mother's Day - 2024 - 05/11/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-05-12 12:57:37

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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Memory Eternal! - 05/14/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-05-17 16:22:26

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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Wedding Congratulations! - 05/18/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-05-20 16:49:19

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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Remembering our Deceased Veterans - Memorial Day 2024 - 05/25/2024
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Last updated: 2024-05-26 13:23:10

On Sunday, May 26th, 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. 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. We also wish to thank the living military veterans who participated during the Memorial Service by standing in vigil (Veterans Day was established to officially thank our living veterans).  Prayers were said for 105 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 from the service.


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Congratulations to our 2024 Graduates - 05/29/2024
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Last updated: 2024-06-03 15:45:55

Congratulations to our 2024 Graduates who recently completed their studies and graduated. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!
 
TJ Coughlin – received a Master’s Degree in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
Hayley Dionis – graduated from Greenwich High School
Erin Galich – received a B.A. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University (New Britain). 
James Goetz – graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics
Pandora Kerma – received her Associate degree in Photography at Connecticut  State Community College (Housatonic Campus, Bridgeport)
Christopher Michael – received his Master’s of Education from Columbia University

 


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Thank you! Spring Brunch Fundraiser - 06/02/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-06-03 06:52:07

St. George wishes to thank the Teuta Ladies Society for organizing and holding a Spring Brunch after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 2nd.  We specifically wish to thank all those who prepared dishes and desserts, and helped with the set-up and cleanup, and for those who came out to support the fundraiser.  It was a rewarding display of fellowship and stewardship. Click onto the more information link to view several photos. 


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Memory Eternal! Archpriest John Scollard - 06/02/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-06-05 06:32:28

St. George was saddened to learn that Archpriest John Scollard unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, May 31st. Fr. John has been attached and serving as the Dean of Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral in Boston.  

For 35 years, he was the former pastor of Saint John the Baptist Church in South Boston until the parish was tragically destroyed by fire in 2013.

Click onto the following link to view an In Memoriam from the OCA: https://www.oca.org/in-memoriam/archpriest-john-scollard

The Visitation and Funeral will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 6th & 7th at Saint Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church in Worcester, MA. Additional details can be found in the In Memoriam.  

St. George held a Memorial Service for Fr. John on Sunday, June 2nd after Divine Liturgy. I perjetshem kujtimi! 


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Church School Recognition - 2024 - 06/09/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-06-11 15:26:23

The parish marked the end of the Church School year on Sunday, June 9th with a short Recognition and Commencement exercise immediately after Divine Liturgy. Our congratulations go out to the Students, and our thanks go to Curt Dionis for coordinating the Church School program, and to Pauline Dionis and Nicole Dionis for their teaching and backup coordination efforts to the program. Many years!  Click onto the more information link below to view a few photos.


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Father's Day Commemorations - 2024 - 06/16/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-06-17 08:24:27

St. George recognized Fathers’s Day on Sunday, June 16th.  Names were read by Peter Dacey after our Reader Service, as seen in the photo on the left. The choir led the singing of Memory Eternal after the reading of the names of the departed, and Many Years after reading the names of those living.


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Birth announcement - 06/19/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-06-20 14:57:32

Congratulations to Sarah (O’Brien) and Brian Davis on the birth of their son, Banks Calloway, born June 12, 2024. He joins big sisters, River and Saylor. Grandparents are John and Kim O’Brien and great-grandmother is Toni Barmashi.  Per Shume Vjet!  Many Years!                                         
 


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Celebrating the Feast of Pentecost - 2024 - 06/22/2024
Category: Recent Events
Last updated: 2024-06-23 15:37:21

St. George celebrated the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, June 23rd 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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Upcoming Services & Events
Sunday, June 30
1st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
ALL SAINTS
9:30AM TBD
Sunday, July 7
2nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
ALL SAINTS OF NORTH AMERICA
9:15AM General Confession
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
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Sunday June 23rd -  9:30AM Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Pentecost

 

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