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Great Lent Schedule

10 Mar

Schedule of Services for Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha 2019
Fr John will generally be available to hear Confessions 1 hour before mid-week services
and on Saturdays after Vespers (but check the schedule).
1st Week
Tues 3/12 5:00 pm Confessions

6:00 pm Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Wed 3/13 4:30 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Thu 3/14 5:00 pm Confessions

6:00 pm Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Fri 3/15 8:00 am Confessions
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
Sat 3/16 4:00 pm Great Vespers, confessions
Sun 3/17 1st Sunday of Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy

9:00 am Divine Liturgy of St Basil
4:00 pm Pan-Orthodox Vespers, Holy Trinity Church, Bridgeport

2nd Week
Wed 3/20 4:30 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Fri 3/22 8:00 am Confessions
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
Sat 3/23 4:00 pm Great Vespers, confessions
Sun 3/24 2nd Sunday of Lent: St Gregory Palamas
9:00 am Divine Liturgy of St Basil
4:00 pm Eve of Annunciation, CT Deanery Vespers,
SS Cyril and Methodius Church, Terryville

3rd Week
Mon 3/25 9:00 am Annunciation, Divine Liturgy
Wed 3/27 4:30 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Fri 3/29 8:00 am Confessions
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
Sat 3/30 4:00 pm Great Vespers, confessions
Sun 3/31 3rd Sunday of Lent: Veneration of the Cross

9:00 am Divine Liturgy of St Basil
4:00 pm Pan-Orthodox Vespers, Holy Ghost, Bridgeport

4thWeek
Wed 4/3 4:30 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Fri 4/5 8:00 am Confessions
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
Sat 4/6 4:00 pm Great Vespers, confessions
Sun 4/7 4th Sunday of Lent: St John of the Ladder

9:00 am Divine Liturgy of St Basil
4:00 pm CT Deanery Vespers, SS Peter and Paul Church, Meriden

5th Week
Wed 4/10 4:30 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Thu 4/11 4:30 pm Confessions

5:30 pm Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Fri 4/12 8:00 am Confessions
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
Sat 4/13 9:00 am Akathist to the Mother of God
4:00 pm Great Vespers, confessions
Sun 4/14 5th Sunday of Lent: St Mary of Egypt
9:00 am Divine Liturgy of St Basil
4:00 pm Pan-Orthodox Unction Service, Three Saints Church, Ansonia

6th Week
Wed 4/17 4:30 pm Confessions
5:30 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Fri 4/19 8:00 am Confessions
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy

Sat 4/20 Lazarus Saturday
9:00 am Divine Liturgy
4:00 pm Eve of Palm Sunday: Great Vespers, Blessing of Palms
Sun 4/21 Palm Sunday: Entrance of Our Lord Into Jerusalem [Western Easter]

9:00 am Festal Divine Liturgy
4:00 pm CT Dean. Bridegroom Matins, Three Saints Church, Hartford

Holy Week and Pascha
Great and Holy Tuesday 4/23 5:00 pm Confessions
6:00 pm Bridegroom Matins
Great and Holy Wednesday 4/24 5:00 pm Confessions

6:00 pm Bridegroom Matins and Anointing

Great and Holy Thursday 4/25 9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy

6:00 pm Matins and 12 Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday 4/26 2:00 pm Vespers with Burial of the Lord
6:00 pm Matins of Lamentations
Great and Holy Saturday 4/27 9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy with Readings
Paschal Midnight Service 11:00 pm Nocturnes, Procession, Matins and

Divine Liturgy of Pascha
Holy Pascha 4/28 12:00 pm Vespers of Pascha

Blessing of Easter Baskets will take place on Holy Saturday morning after the Divine
Liturgy; after the midnight Liturgy on Pascha night; and after Paschal Vespers.

Thank you to St George!

6 Jan

This Sunday the parishes of Holy Ghost and St George came together for divine liturgy.  The Feast of Theophany was held at St George in Trumbull with Fr John Jillions presiding.  Parishoners of Holy Ghost were kindly welcomed by the members of St George.  A notable sermon was given by Fr John that recalled of the history of the two churches coming together in the past.  Thank you St George for a memorable liturgy!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

25 Dec

St Nicholas Sacks

4 Dec

This past Sunday the Holy Ghost community came together to fill 50 “St Nicholas Sacks” provided by FOCUS, for those in need in the surrounding towns.  Items such as toothpaste, tissues, and washcloths were stuffed in reusable canvas totes.  Church school children provided cards and parishoners donated items for the sacks.  The totes will be distributed in the coming weeks before Christmas.  Thank you to young and old who helped!

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St Nicholas Sacks

28 Oct

This Christmas season, Holy Ghost Church will partner with FOCUS North America, an Orthodox organization, aimed at providing action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities, and deliver “St Nicholas Sacks.”     Sacks will be filled with various hygiene essentials such as toothpaste, tissues, and deodorant, as well as toys and games.  Fifty sacks will be assembled and delivered to those in need in the surrounding communities.  All are welcomed to contribute and participate in this first partnership with FOCUS.  We look forward to spreading some cheer to those in need!

25th Annual Benefit Banquet

29 Aug

The 25th Annual FORCC Benefit Banquet will be held on Sunday, October 7th at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, Park Ave., Bridgeport beginning at 1:00 P.M.  This year’s speaker is Father (Dr.) George Parsenios.  Father George is a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. The title of his presentation will be “Holy Tradition & the Greatest Commandment:  Everyday Life & Our Orthodox Faith”.  For tickets, see Rich or Mary Ann Kendall, our FORCC representatives. (Tickets are not available at the door.)

Holy Ghost Welcomes Father John Jillions

5 Aug

Today marked another chapter for Holy Ghost.  Father John Jillions served his first Divine Liturgy as the parish’s new priest.  It was with great joy that Holy Ghost welcomed Father John Jillions and his wife Matuska Denise to the community.  Holy Ghost has been without a permanent priest since Fr Steven Belonick retired in October.  Fr David Mezynki has graciously served as our interim priest for the past 9 months.  A delicious brunch was prepared by a few members of the parish followed by a cake to celebrate the special occasion. Holy Ghost is very excited and blessed to have Fr John as its new priest!

A few words on Fr John, taken from the SVS Press website.

He joins the church after serving as Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America since 2011 and has been a member of the clergy for 34 years.  Before his role as Chancellor he was Associate Professor at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, where he was a member of the Faculty of Theology since 2003. He taught courses in Orthodox Theology, 20th Century Orthodox Thought, New Testament, East-West Ecumenism, and Pastoral Theology. He also directed the DMin program there for several years.

Throughout his priestly and academic career he has taken an active interest in promoting inter- Christian and interfaith understanding, most notably as a vice-president of the Canadian Council of Churches and in the UK as a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Father John was born in Montreal in 1955 and is a life-long member of the Orthodox Church. He has a B.A. in Economics from McGill University, and theological degrees from St. Vladimir’s Seminary (M.Div. ’80, D.Min. ’05), and the University of Thessaloniki (Ph.D., New Testament, ’02). Ordained a deacon in 1981 and priest in 1984, he served parishes in New York City, New Jersey, Australia (Brisbane), Greece (Thessaloniki), the UK (Cambridge), and Canada (Ottawa and Brockville, ON). He is currently rector of St. Sergius Chapel at the OCA Chancery in Oyster Bay Cove, New York.

Father John was founding director of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge and served as its first Principal (1997–2002). Early in his career, he served as administrator of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home and as a bank officer. In 1990–92 he served a brief stint as a chaplain (Captain) in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is married to Denise (Melligon) and has three adult sons, Andrew (Alice and granddaughter Eloise), Alexander and Anthony.

Welcome Father John!  God grant you many years!

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Thank you Fr David!

2 Aug

This past Sunday, Father David Mezynski, who has been serving as Holy Ghost’s interim priest, served his last divine liturgy at the Shelton church grounds.  Father Michael has been with Holy Ghost since November, after the retirement of Father Steven Belonick.  Fr. David Mezynski is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at St Vladimir’s Seminary as well as the advisor for the Student Council, and a liaison between the Student Council and the Faculty Council.

Holy Ghost thanks him very much for his time and service to our community.  He will be missed!

Holy Ghost Church Annual Picnic

13 Jul

Holy Ghost Church

Sunday, July 22, 2018; 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Holy Ghost Park

70 Nells Rock Road • Shelton, CT

Divine Liturgy starts 9:00 a.m. at Holy Ghost Park, Picnic immediately following Liturgy

Liver, Bacon & Onion, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Homemade Pierogi Assorted Desserts, Ice Cream, Soda, Water, Beer, Wine

Bring Family and Friends for a Great Day

 

Looking for CPA

4 Jul

Holy Ghost is looking for a CPA to offer services in regards to taxes, preferably pro bono.  Please contact President, Mark Curran at (203) 526-8863.

Thank you!!

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