FORCC - 30th Anniversary Dinner - October 1st
The guest speaker will be Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Adult: $45.00 (paid by Sept. 20th) $50.00 (paid between Sept.21st - Sept. 30th)
Children: $10 (up to age 12yrs.)
Reservations due by September 20th. No tickets sold or paid at the door. See Audrey Fatsy for reservations or call  394-3059. Proceeds of this dinner provide major funding for FORCC programs.
99th Annual St. Dimitrie Dinner - October 22nd
Tickets are $35
Details and Menu to Follow
See Audrey Fatsy for reservations or call  394-3059
As I write this, we are preparing to start another year of Sunday School. We teachers are so grateful for the support of the church in refreshing our rooms with much-needed new paint and flooring. Our calendar is already filling up with activities, lessons, and events that all serve to help the youngest in our community learn about our faith and develop a relationship with Jesus.
We look forward to engaging parents, families, and the entire St. Dimitrie community in the year ahead.
Please introduce yourself to Fr. Deacon Spiridon, his wife Sarah and Lazarus, their one year old son.
Message from Fr. George
Well, we’ve successfully completed another Festival this year! Financially it greatly helped the maintenance of parish life. But even more importantly, I believe it was one of our most beneficial festivals. The feeling of well-being and camaraderie was palpable. You could see the joy on everyone’s face despite the hard work. Our guests could feel the warmth and hospitality of the Community. So many of them stopped to comment about their feeling of being welcome. The co–chairs and captains did a wonderful job, everyone working worked with their hearts for the parish and the young people were just so evident by their devotion. They are truly following in the footsteps through their enjoyment and work. I don’t know if we realize how priceless that kind of thought in the greater community really means. I won’t call it publicity because it wasn’t staged but a genuine picture of who we are and we welcome people in our midst. A few couples even came to church the next day to witness our worship and faith. We sincerely hope they’ll come back but at least they saw that we are a faithful people. Many, many thanks and blessings to all of you who strived to make this festival a showcase for the St. Dimitrie parish and who worked and donated and supportted the parish. Our Lord has greatly blessed us through the prayers of our patron saint, Dimitrie, who constantly works for the benefit of all those who love Jesus, our Christ, and each other
Message from Linda Soper-Kolton, Festival Chair
This year marked our 43rd Festival and if you ask anyone who volunteered or attended, you’d probably hear the same thing: It felt like one of the best festivals in recent memory.
The success of our Festivals is judged not only by the “bottom line” financially, but by elements that are less tangible but much farther-reaching. If you were a part of the Festival in any way, you witnessed God’s presence and provision. Through Him, a group of mere mortals had the strength to prepare for, feed, serve, and welcome hundreds of people with grace, warmth, and joyful hearts.
Nothing was left undone: there was an abundant, sumptuous feast in food and spirit, from beloved handmade savory dishes like stuffed cabbage, grilled lamb, and fish to ethnic delicacies for every kind of sweet tooth. Drinks were flowing. Mititea and lamb burgers were on the grill nonstop. For the first time in years, we had organized activities and games for all the children of our community. There was beautiful music and dancing as well as exciting prizes to win. And on a sultry late summer day, we had iced coffee and ice cream thanks to Cafe Piccoli.
Family, friends, guests, and strangers remarked alike: “We felt the love!”, “The food was outstanding!”, “We had such fun!” The adage “it takes a village” could not be truer than in the case of putting on our annual Festival. This event is months in the making and could not happen without the hard work of many, many people, from the oldest right down to the youngest!
And as much as each and every part is necessary to the whole, we would be remiss in not giving special thanks to Father George, our spiritual leader, Psa. Marian who, from a hospital bed and wheelchair with her arm in a sling, orchestrated activities in kitchen leading up to the event, and the captains and volunteers who worked tirelessly to prepare the food and pastries. To everyone else who played a role in making our Festival a success–all of the wonderful volunteers, patrons, sponsors, and donors–we all rejoice in honoring your contributions, participation, cooperation, and kindness. We also want to thank Alina for donating the many cakes, cookies, and cupcakes that added a spspecial touch to our Festival.
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Raffle Winners – Congratulations to the Winners! 1st Prize, $1000: Catarina Colimitra; 2nd Prize, $500: Lori Appelberg; 3rd Prize, $300: Michael Cheamitru; 4th Prize: $200: Robert Nicola 5th Prize, $100: Bea Kolton
For many children who attend Theodore Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, going back to school was just a little bit easier this year.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the St. Dimitrie community, we were able to donate backpacks filled with supplies just in time for the start of school. Principal Jackie Simmons could not have been more grateful–not only for the backpacks and supplies but for the continued support and love our church has provided over the past 7 years.
Many, many thanks to everyone who supported this initiative this year and helped to shine God’s light into the lives of our neighbors in need.
First we had tables with umbrellas on our patio and now we have a place for young and old to play! This playground set features activities for children of all ages including swings, a climbing wall, rope ladders and a slide! Thank you to Robert and Diana Nicola for their generous donation. Click here for photos
Pictured are Robert and Diana Nicola with their grandchildren Matthew, Anna Grace, William and Nicholas Modafieri
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!
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.