Annual General Assembly Meeting is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m., following the Divine Liturgy.
In order to comply with COVID safety protocols, this meeting will be held in church, not in the hall. Since parishioners will already be safely seated, those who wish to stay for the meeting will be asked to keep their seats following service until the meeting convenes. Masks will be required.
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Please pay your yearly dues for 2021. (Checks only please - They may be left at candle stand or mailed to the church)
Out of this $30, $20 goes to our parent organization, ARFORA. This organization does great work for our Episcopate. They take care of our Bishop’s home, the ARFORA house, as well as giving out scholarships to ladies who are furthering their education. So many works with so few dollars.
As part of our outreach, we continue to look for opportunities where we can help others less fortunate. As a result of this pandemic, it becomes even more important. Thank you to those who have suggested groups but if you have a group or organization you think might be a good fit, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours in Christ, Betsy Cipu
Our bright angel, Nicole Gelling, is in Heaven. Nicole, daughter of Carole Maravich, passed away on January 14 after a long illness. Nicole's smile and spirit brought joy to everyone at St Dimitrie. She is at peace and out of pain. Deepest sympathies to Carole Maravich and her family. Memory Eternal.
Click here for her obituary.
Fr George made the following announcement on Sunday, November 29. Please click this link to view the entire message
- Each week he receives a phone call from Hartford and Easton Town Hall reminding him of the limitations of church attendance. We never know if an inspector will visit the church and could close us down or impose a fine. Several churches, including a Romanian parish in Queens, have been shut down due to too many people not socially distancing
- Please do not be upset with the Epitrops or the President if they remind you:
- Not to sit together - unless you are from the same household
- Remain 6 feet from each other - including the communion line
- Keep wearing your mask and make sure it covers your nose and mouth
- Take your temperature.
- He does not make house calls or hospital visits because he does not want to contract the disease or risk spreading it to the community. Unfortunately, Holy Ghost Church has had to temporarily cancel services because two parishioners have tested positive for COVID.
We Collected 166 pairs of PAJAMAS: Thank you to EVERYONE who donated childrens pajamas which were given to the young sons and daughters of mothers living in local battered women's shelters. Thank you to Diana and Bob Nicola for packaging our donations and Jennifer Modafierri for delivering them.
WINTER COATS: We are also collected a record number of winter coats for all ages - men and women, children - which were given to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
You will be required to adhere to the following CDC Directives:
Everyone must wear a face mask. Please bring one from home.
Your temperature will be taken with a thermal thermometer as you enter. Anyone displaying a fever will not be permitted to enter.
You will be required to use hand sanitizer (made available in the vestibule).
You will have to sign in–name and phone number–for our records in order to do tracking just in case, God forbid, someone contracts the virus.
By signing in each week, you are agreeing to what is stated in the document “COVID-19 Sign-in Sheet.” These notices will also be posted at church.
You will be allowed to sit in the open pews keeping the proper distance (6 feet or 2 meters) between each other unless you live together. Alternate rows will be taped off.
. HOLY COMMUNION - When you approach the chalice, you will be given a napkin to hold under your chin and I will use a new, disposable spoon for each person who receives the body and blood of Christ.
No handshakes or hugs (I’m sorry ‘cause I want to hug all of you).
Icons, etc. should not be kissed, it would be fine to bow your head.
Unfortunately, there will be no Fellowship Hour in the Hall until further notice.
We will try to have doors open so that you don’t have to touch handles.
There will be no books in the pews so that you don’t have to worry about touching them.
The pews and all items will be disinfected after each service and multiple doors will be open after the service so that we can keep our distance while exiting.
We may offer nafura (church bread) in the most sanitary manner possible.
I urge those of you who are among the more vulnerable to not rush back just yet and if you don’t feel safe, it’s alright to excuse yourself. We are in very careful times and we want everyone to be safe and to stay safe. I know that the Church should be the best and safest place to be, but we also have to be sensible. We don’t need to test the Lord and His care and love for us.
God bless us and protect us and keep us safe.
With love and concern for all of you,
On Sunday, October 25, 2020 we honored the feast of our patron saint, St. Dimitrie, the Martyr with Divine Liturgy and Vespers. See below for Fr. George's sermon and selections from the Vespers service .
Although we were unable to have our traditional dinner, we celebrated the 99th birthday of Mrs. Elizaveta (Veta) Babu and Fr. George shared some words of wisdom from his mother-in-law.
Click here to hear special La Multi Ani wishes to Veta from her nephew Christopher Dima and his daughter Alexandra.
Although we cannot enter our physical church, many parishioners have been expressing a desire to have candles lit and prayers said for them.
Click the "Prayers and Virtual Candles" tab above (it will appear white when you mouse over it.)
- Request Candles be lit
- Submit Prayer Requests (confidential between you and Fr George)
- Make Donations
For additional information click this link for a pdf outlining step by step instructions.
Our own vegan chef extraordinaire, Linda Soper-Kolton offers her recipe blog to our community. All her recipes are meat- and dairy-free. You can even search for recipies by meal or specific ingredient.
Linda - Thank you for your sharing your gifts with us