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The Purpose of Great Lent

21 Feb

Father Steven Belonick delivered a very moving message following the Canon of St Andrew. For those who were unable to attend the service last night, please see the link below to listen.  It truly gets to the purpose of Great Lent; breaking our hard heartedness in order for us to submit to God’s will and find the riches of God’s Kingdom.

Click here to listen:

Annual Yolka Delights

1 Jan

This past Sunday, the church school children of Holy Ghost performed in the annual Yolka.  The children put on a short play about Christmas, danced the Troika, and recreated the nativity of Christ.  Teachers Debbie Stabler and Carol Kaputa worked with the children, helping them learn lines and dance steps.  They all did a wonderful job!  Its such a joy to see the children show their talents and spread joy to the parish.  Many thanks!

 

27 Dec

 

Christ is Born!

We wish you a joyous Christmas Season!  Please see the attached Archpastoral Message from his Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon.

2017 Christmas Message

Sounds of the Season at Holy Ghost

12 Dec

On Sunday, December 3rd, Holy Ghost hosted its 3rd annual free Christmas concert.  This year we welcomed the talents of Chamber singers from the Connecticut Choral Society.  The ten member enemble sung holiday favorites such as I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, Carol of the Bells and various versions of Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.  Director, Ron Dukenski offered a brief history or story before each song was performed, a rather unexpected and appreciated treat.  Especially moving was one version of Hallelujah, Amen.  Many thans and cheers!  We look forward to next year’s concert!  IMG_9234.jpg

 

2017 Holy Ghost Orthodox Church Concert – Christmas Bells are Ringing

3rd Annual Christmas Concert

1 Dec

Don’t miss this Sunday’s FREE Christmas Concert.  This year’s performers come from the Connecticut Choral Society.  Enjoy your favorite songs of the season!  Stay for refreshments and cookies afterwards.

This event is part of the Holy Ghost Outreach Program.2017 Christmas concert

Father Steven’s Retirement Luncheon

26 Oct

thumb_IMG_8898_1024This past Sunday afternoon, the Holy Ghost community and friends gathered for an afternoon to celebrate Father Steven Belonick’s 39 years in the priesthood at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford.  It was an afternoon of laughter and tears as those close to Fr. Steven shared heartfelt words and memories. Members of his family attended, including his father, sister, an uncle, 2 sons and their wives, and his grandson, as well as several members of the surrounding clergy.  He will be retiring on November 1, after having spent the last 5 years at Holy Ghost, dedicating so much of his life to shaping and growing the parish.  Holy Ghost thanks him and Mat. Deborah for all their efforts!  They will be extremely missed.

 

Baptisms abound at Holy Ghost!

24 Oct

October proved to be a busy month with Holy Ghost welcoming 2 new members to the church.  Thomas James Quill was baptized on October 1st and Joseph Dias was baptized on October 8th.

2nd Annual Health Fair

24 Oct

On Saturday, October 21st, Holy Ghost held its 2nd annual health fair with much success! Griffin Hospital returned this year with its mobile health resource van, along with several nurses, and screened local residents for diabetes, administered blood pressure screenings and performed stroke assessments.  It was a free service in which participants learned about the risk factors of stroke, warning signs, prevention, and steps for taking action.  PIVOT Ministries once again partnered with Holy Ghost and prepared a free lunch for those in attendance, as well as shared their vocal talents.  New to the fair was United Illuminating and their Energy Efficiencies Solutions team, offering energy audits to local residents.  The City of Bridgeport Department of Aging also attended for the first time and provided information on the free services they offer the city’s seniors.  Children that attended with parents enjoyed decorating pumpkins.  It was a beautiful day and a great way to meet local residents and enjoy fellowship.

 

Neighborhood Health Fair

17 Sep

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have a significant fall event approaching:

HGROC_Health Fair

  • “Neighborhood Health Fair”: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Griffin Hospital Mobile Health Resource Van, a custom built Winnebago that travels to various locations throughout our Valley, will be on hand in the parking lot of Holy Ghost Church, 1510 East Main St., Bridgeport, CT, to offer FREE preventive health services. Get tested for diabetes, see how high your blood pressure is, and more. Free pumpkin painting for the kids will be offered while you take care of your health. Pivot Ministries will be on hand to feed the crowd.

Come on by! Please greet and have a free lunch with our neighbors during the Health Fair, and maybe get a needed checkup yourself?

Just contact me at belonick@svots.edu, and I’ll be glad to share with you how you can lend a helping hand.

In Him, your pastor, Fr. Steven

 

 

 

Holy Ghost Church represented at “Fourth Small Parish Forum”

23 Jul

Dear Friends,

Our own parishioner, Marcia Maslo Pierce, was among the 70 participants who attended the “Fourth Small Parish Forum,” sponsored by the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), July 13–15, 2017, and held at St. John the Baptist Church, New Kensington, PA. The forum was designed to help Orthodox Christian communities explore possibilities for both internal spiritual growth and external evangelism—including outreach to non-churched neighbors and engagement with local non-profits.

Marcia returned from the forum filled with enthusiasm and loaded with notes. She’s already “downloaded” the ideas she gleaned at the forum to our Church Council President, Mark Curran, our Outreach Committee Chair, Dave Lepesko, and me. And, she’ll be sharing those ideas with our Parish Council at their next meeting in September.

I can’t wait for her to tell everyone about  her newfound knowledge on “Potential Parish Improvement Initiatives,” with topics ranging from “Parish Vision/Identity” to “Worship” to “Formation/Prayer” to “Active Service.” I was inspired by her initial report to me, and I know she’s going to inspire others as well.

Let me give you just 2 of the best quotes that she brought home with her from the forum:

  1. “Leadership is not a position, it’s an action.”
  2. “Bigger is not better, better is better!”

Amen to that!

You may read the entire article about the forum, published on the OCA’s website: “Fourth Small Parish Forum attracts record number of participants.”

In Him, your Pastor, Father Steven

P.S. That’s Marcia in the photo, first row, far right!

 

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