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.
PAJAMAS: The Ladies will be collecting childrens pajamas to be given to children living in a battered women's shelter. Please bring new pajamas for boys and girls of all ages ranging from toddlers through teens and place them in the specially marked boxes. There will be one located in the vestibule and another by the back door.
WINTER COATS: We are also collecting winter coats for all ages - men and women, children....
These will be given to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and distributed to their homeless residents.
Mark your Calendar for December 6
Please note: The annual visit of St Nicholas will take place after Holy Liturgy on Sunday, December 6, not at Evening Vespers on Saturday, December 5. Please bring your children on Sunday to Holy Liturgy with a spare pair of shoes to receive their gift from St Nicholas
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,
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day and voting is a privilege, honor and a right.
Fr George said "If we want to continue to live in a free country, we have to exercise one of our most important freedoms. The right to vote."
Then he asked everyone to stand and sing "God Bless America."
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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