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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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Congratulations and best wishes to John Veneri who recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) with a degree in Business Management.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates who recently completed their studies and graduated. We extend our best wishes to them for continued success!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.