Prayer of the Holy Spirit
Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life: come and abide in us, cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls, O Good One.
The Feast of Holy Pentecost is celebrated each year on the fiftieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter) and ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. The Feast is always celebrated on a Sunday.
The Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, a feast of the Jewish tradition. It also celebrates the establishment of the Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the thousands who on that day believed in the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Feast is also seen as the culmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity.
Give rest, O Christ, among the Saints to the souls of Your servants, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no grieving, but life everlasting.
Saturday of Souls service is comprised of several elements:
- Recitation of names of loved ones
- Garu [boiled wheat]
- Hospitality - Sharing Food
This is a special day where we read names of all our dearly departed from the dyptichs. All sayings, prayers, and recitations during the Saturday of Souls are used to reinforce there is life after death, we are spiritual beings, and prayers can continue for those who have passed away.
It is traditional to have a meal in memory of our departed. People bring food to offer it it memory of their loved ones and share food.
When- June 19-23, 2023 (NOTE NEW DATES).
Where- Three Saints Park, 112 Miller Road, Bethany, CT 06524.
Time – Daily 9am to 4pm with Family Night on Friday starting at 5pm.
Cost- $45 per child.
Three Saints Vacation Church School run by Father Patrick Burns, who is a friend and supporter of St. Dimitrie. Several years ago, we had students from our church who attended. They carpooled and enjoyed the whole experience. The attachment has all the details!
Come join us for our week-long Vacation Church School for youth ages 5-15. Your child will experience fun, faith, friendship, swimming, games, bible study, religious education, worship and song. This year’s theme will be “The Holy Apostles”.
Questions? - Call Fr. Patrick Burns (203) 734-3988
Children of all faiths are welcome!
Click onto the following link to view the 2023 Vacation Church School Flyer
It’s a wrap!
From the service projects to pageant, movie night to bonfire, and all the lessons and laughter in between, another year of Sunday School is behind us.
Thanks to the kids who bring their curiosity and smiles each week, to the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and Godparents who make sure kids get to church and who support our many activities, to the entire community, including the Parish Council, Ladies Auxiliary, and Choir for their enthusiasm and contributions to the program, to Father George and Psa. Marian for their generosity and undying love for our kids, and to Mary and Claudia for all of their hard work and creativity throughout the year.
We consider it a privilege to participate on behalf of St. Dimitrie in the spiritual development of future generations of Orthodox Christians. We wish all of our families a safe and relaxing summer!
Thank you for everyone who continues to make donations of supplies. The following items are always welcome.
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!
Congratulations to our Parish Council President, Peter (Spiro) C. Fatsy and the rest of our Parish Council members who sworn in after Liturgy on February 19, 2023. A full list of officers and Parish Council members is available under the Administration tab.
If you were unable to attend the meeting or if your would like to review information, here are the individual reports:
- 2022 Report from Fr. George Coca
- 2022 Report from Parish Council President, Mr. Peter C. (Spiro) Fatsy
- 2022 Report from Ladies Auxilliary President, Ms. Diana Nicola
- 2022 Report from Sunday School Superintendent, Ms. Linda Soper-Kolton
Special thanks to our vegan chef and Sunday School Superintendent, Linda Soper-Kolton for her cooking demonstration at our recent Ladies Auxiliary meeting.Below is the link to an interview on Channel 11/WPIX featuring vegan Thanksgiving options. The first segment appears in the main part of the page. The second segment will play in a smaller box on the right side of the page.Click here for link to the article and interview https://pix11.com/news/morning/plant-based-recipes-for-a-fully-vegan-thanksgiving-dinner/Thank you Linda
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.
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"