St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church
504 Sport Hill Rd. Easton, CT 06612

Join St Dimitrie as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary in June, 2024. 

Welcome to the website for St Dimitrie Orthodox Church in Easton, CT. We are an Orthodox Christian Church under the auspices and ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Romanian Episcopate of America, Orthodox Church of America.

We invite you to review this site and find out what is happening in our  community, learn about our 100 year history, our Orthodox  Christian faith and join us in worship. Click here or go to the ABOUT tab for additional information. 

 

 


Our Brother in Christ, Kenneth Jenello has Passed

We offer our condolences to the Janello Family on the loss of their father, KENNETH JANELLO, our former Parish Attorney, who reposed in New Mexico. His funeral will take place on Tuesday, March 5 in our Church at 11 A.M. Viewing from 10 A.M. to time of service. 

Memory Eternal!

  To view the obituary and for additional information go to Frank Polke and Sons Funeral Home.  

Journey to Pascha 2024

Click here to view/print the complete Journey to Pascha 2024 Chart

PLEASE NOTE: On Friday, March 22 Confessions will be available from 3PM to time of service & after service; Confessions will also be available after all weekly services & Sunday AM before or after Holy Liturgy, or by appt. at your convenience. Wednesdays during Great Lent we have Presanctified Liturgies beginning Wed March 20 and continuing March 27, April 3,10,17 and 24

Fridays during Great Lent are The Stanzas of the Akathist Hymn to the Holy Theotokos: March 22, 29; April 5,12 & 19

  • Sunday, March 3.  Sunday of Prodigal Son - Monday, March 4.  Begin fast from dairy
  • Saturday, March 9. Caraga - Saturday of Souls  - Commemoration of all the departed following Holy Liturgy
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  • Sunday, March 10  Judgement Sunday.  Monday, March 11.  Begin fast from meat

  • Sunday, March 17  Forgiveness Sunday
  • Monday, March 18. Beginning of the Holy & Great Fast.  Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 22. First Akathist Hymn service - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, March 23. ++ St Theodore - Liturgy 10:00am

  • Sunday, March 24  Sunday of Orthodoxy
  • Sunday, March 31  St Gregory of Palamas

General Assembly Meeting - February 11

Congratulations to our Parish Council President, Peter (Spiro) C. Fatsy and the rest of our Parish Council members. A full list of officers and Parish Council will be made available.

If you were unable to attend the meeting or if your would like to  review information, here are the individual reports:


Vasolipita - New Years Day

We begin the New Year by celebrating the liturgy of St. Basil and cutting pieces of a "Vasilopita" (St. Basil's Bread) which holds a cross and quarter. Tradition says whoever finds the quarter will have success and whoever finds the cross will be granted blessings during the year.

This tradition began when an emperor began to levy heavy taxes and his citizens were forced to pay with jewelry and precious heirlooms. St. Basil, Archbishop of Cessaria, finally convinced the emperor to cancel the tax and return the thousands of valuables to the rightful owners. After praying before the icons of Jesus and Theotokos, he had all the items baked into a large bread and, miraculously,  each family was given a share of the bread which contained his own family valuables.

We continue to celebrate this miracle on the feast of St Basil and, this year featured a song by Fr George. (click to  play video)


Sisters in Christ Have Fallen Asleep
We have lost young members of our community

Lauren Tvardzik.  Condolences to Lauren's family who lost their daughter at 33 years old. Raised in a Russian Orthodox home, Lauren has been a member of our community and sang in the choir. Memory Eternal.   

A Visitation for Lauren will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 2- 4 p.m. at Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church 285 Alden Avenue New Haven, with a Panakida (prayer service) at 3p.m. A Requiem Funeral Service will be celebrated on Monday, January 22nd at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Stratford.

Click here  for Lauren's obituary 

 

Jessica Cody.  Our condolences to Dr. George Cody and Kathy on the loss of their daughter Jessica who was 37. Jessica, a writer, loved learning and attended the Living Our Faith classes.  Memory Eternal. Click here for obituary

 

 


God Grant Him Many Years
Christmas Eve Vespers and Chrismation of Adam Kindlein

Since Christmas Even fell on Sunday this year Fr. George held Vespers immediately after Divine Liturgy instead of in the evening. This allowed our whole community to hear the about the birth of Christ and also participate in our traditional Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long.   Click here to listen  the the service and carols. 

We also welcomed Adam Kindlein into the Orthodox faith as he was chrismated during the service. His sponsor is Psa Mariana. May God Grant him Many Years. Please greet Adam and his wife Teah.

Our Brother in Christ, Mark Carabina, has Fallen Asleep in the Lord

Mark Carabina, our Head Epitrop, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 21, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

A lifelong member of  St Dimitrie, Mark was a member of the Parish Council and always volunteered to help at Festivals and other events. As Head Epitrop, Mark was  a fixture at the candle stand and greeted everyone, both friends to strangers alike, with a warm smile and welcomed them to our community. He leaves his mother, Florence, and brother, Matthew.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, December 27 at 11:30 am directly at church. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service. His burial will follow at the Lawncroft Cemetery on Black Rock Turnpike Fairfield.

Click for a link to complete obituary  or go to frankpolkeandsonfuneralhome.com. A video about Mark's life is available under the obituary

Memory Eternal!


The Lesko and Polke Funeral Home partnership has been disolved. The Frank Polke and Son Funeral Home will continue its services independently at a new location in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home building at 39 Benson Road, Fairfield, CT.

Many families in our community have used the services of Frank Polke Funeral Home and, in turn,  the Polke family has supported St. Dimitrie since we began almost a century ago. All of Frank Polkeand Son Funeral Home services and attention to special details and traditions remain the same and all pre-need contracts will continue to be honored. 

For any questions, Frank can be reached at (203) 556-5978 or (203) 556-5140.

frankpolkeandsonfuneralhome.com

39 S. Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824
Tel: 1-203-334-5174
Fax: 203-254-8522

frankpolkeandsonfh@aol.com


Sunday School Pageant
Nativity Pageant by Sunday School Students

On Sunday, the Sunday School children presented their Nativity Pageant which told the story of the birth of our Lord through bible passages and carols

Everyone was invited downstairs for a cello performance by David Geer and his friend Adam, coffee hour sponsored by the parents and to help decorate the Christmas tree.

Superintendent Linda Kolton thanked Fr George and Psa Mariana, all the parents, Pete Fatsy, the Parish Council and the choir for their support throughout the year.

Click for link of the performance

Congratulations to our students


Welcome to our new Deacon, Fr. Deacon Spirydon
Welcome!
Fr. Deacon Spiridon Ickes is currently a  student at St. Vladimir's Seminary.  Similar to a student teacher, Master of Divinity students, in their senior year, are required to fulfill a Field Education component of their training in a parish setting. To this end, Fr. Dn Spiridon will fulfill his obligation at St. Dimitrie.  His first semester will start Sunday, September 3, 2023, and end December 3, 2023 and his second semester will run from January 21, 2024, and end May 12, 2024.

Please introduce yourself to Fr. Deacon Spiridon, his wife Sarah and Lazarus, their one year old son.








Donations

Thank you for everyone who continues to make donations of supplies. The following items are always welcome.

Cleaning Supplies

Paper Goods

Food

  • Clorox Spray
  • Liquid Dishwashing Detergent - such as Dawn
  • Sponges
  • SOS or Brillo Pads
  • Paper Towels - we need many
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Paper Plates -  8 inches for coffee hour
  • Paper Coffee Cups
  • Small Paper or Plastic Cups for Gar (holy wheat)
  • Large Plastic Food Bags
  • Water Bottles
  • Coffee & Creamer 
  • Pam Spray
  • Olive Oil
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Cream Cheese

Items may be left on the table in the kitchen. If you cannot attend church on Saturday, we will gratefully accept these donations at any time. Thank you very much!


Light a Virtual Candle, Prayer Requests and Donations

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.)

  1. Request Candles be lit
  2. Submit Prayer Requests (confidential between you and Fr George)
  3. Make Donations

For additional information click this link for a pdf outlining step by step instructions.

 


St. Dimitrie in the CT Post!

St. Dimitrie 's new icons are in the Pulse Section of Saturday's (8/31/13) CT Post!  See the article "Creative Gifts, Spirituality Shine in Icon Painter's Art"

http://www.ctpost.com/entertainment/article/Creative-gifts-spirituality-shine-in-icon-4769165.php

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