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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We give our Congratulations and Best Wishes for future success to our recent graduates!
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
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).
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
& 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.
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.
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.
Nikola is the daughter of Enkelejda Trifoni and Marcus Sabol, and her Godparents are William Koukoulas and (in absentia) Brunera Trifoni.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.