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The Eternal Light for the week of October 25 is sponsored In Loving Memory of Our Stephanie and for the Health of her Grandmother Peggy on their Birthday by Patty & Mike Chendorain.

 

 

 

 

Paschal Greetings From Fr. Peter
Saturday, April 18, 2020

On behalf of  Pani Carol, Daniel, Timothy and myself, I would like to thank you all for your cards, gifts, prayers and best wishes on the Feast of the Lord’s Holy Resurrection. .  We wish all of God’s choicest blessings on the entire Holy Ghost Parish Family on this great Feast day  and offer our sincere thanks to…..

Our  Parish Choir and Cantors for leading the singing of the Holy Week and Paschal Services with your angelic voices.  We all felt as if we were standing in Heaven.

Our parish altar servers for their faithful service to our church throughout the year.

Are you as excited as I am? Lent is just a few hours away! Our Mother the Church offers us an amazing opportunity to change our lives for the better – to gain inner strength and peace and experience much spiritual joy. She does this by encouraging us to make use of three powerful spiritual weapons during the Great Fast, that of Prayer, Fasting and giving alms (doing good works). Regarding prayer… if you look at the schedule of services for this week,  you will see there are services every day and on Monday,  both morning and evening.  You will notice a again this year, the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete will be offered on Monday, Tues and Thurs Evenings which is a beautiful poetic hymn of repentance that serves as a wonderful diagnostic tool in helping us to see what areas of our life need attention.  We sing some beautiful melodies and respond over and over, “Have Mercy on Me O God, Have Mercy on Me.”   And of course the beautiful Presanctified Liturgy on Wed and Friday evenings  ( fast at least 3 hours before) . And at home we have the opportunity to be stronger in our daily prayer life and in reading of  the bible and spiritual books. 

Christmas Greetings from Father Peter
Sunday, January 05, 2020

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

CHRISTOS RAZDAJETSJA! SLAVITE JEHO!

On behalf of Pani Carol, Daniel, Timothy and myself, I would like to thank you all for your cards, gifts, prayers and best wishes on the Feast of the Nativity. We wish all of God’s choicest blessings on the entire Holy Ghost Parish Family on this great Feast day and offer our sincere thanks Read More

Eternal Memory: +Elizabeth Beck
Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Elizabeth (Betty) Beck, the mother of Pani Carol Paproski, reposed in the Lord on Tuesday December, 31, 2019. 

Betty was a very active parishioner of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in New Britain and a member of its Protection of the Theotokos Sisterhood, participating in various church fundraisers throughout the years. Betty enjoyed sewing and arts and crafts. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and being involved in her grandchildrens’ sporting events. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her three children, Ellen Santoro and husband Rico, Carol Paproski and husband the Very Rev. Peter Paproski and Lawrence Beck, Jr. and wife Kathleen Dupilka ; his four grandchildren, Leah and Rachel Santoro and Daniel and Timothy Paproski. She also leaves her sisters-in-law, Jean Golyshko and Lenora Beck and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Lawrence D. Beck, her beloved husband of 66 years, her brother, William Golyshko and brother-in-law John “Sonny” Beck. Family and friends are invited to attend Betty's Funeral which will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 305 Washington Street, New Britain, CT. at 11:00 am.    The funeral will preceded by calling hours at Holy Trinity Church from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral.  Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.  

Eternal Memory: Sylvie Schoucair
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Sylvie Y. Schoucair, the beloved Aunt and Foster Mother of our dear Parishioner, Jed Schoucair, Fell-Asleep-In-The-Lord on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at her home in Beirut, Lebanon.  Sylvie was well loved by her three sisters and two brothers, whom she unselfishly dedicated her life to.  Learning of her brother’s divorce, she broke her marriage engagement and volunteered to take care of and raise his children, Jed (3 year old son) and Raïda (8-month-old daughter).  Her continuous love and service to the family was so strong that Jed and Raïda  were spared the pain of  the absence of  their own mother.  Sylvie, a woman of great faith,  prayerfully and unselfishly took on the role of caregiver and helped provide a stable and nurturing home life for them.

On Saturday October 5, 2019  Gregory (Greg) Nakonecznyj fell-asleep-in-the-Lord.

Greg was a long-time and active member of Holy Ghost Parish where he sang in the choir, served on the pirohi making team, and  was a member of the A.C.R.Y. where he led the parish men's bowling team to many victories at the Metropolitan Orestes Memorial  Bowling Tournaments. Known for his concern and compassion for others, he will be sorely missed by our parish community. 

Funeral Arrangements are as follows: Read More

Weekly Message From Fr. Peter
Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Last Sunday we had the great honor of receiving and blessing a new set of gold priest vestments and an icon of the Raising of Lazarus which were donated by our Parish Altar Society.

I used the blessing of the vestments as a teaching opportunity to explain the significance of each part of the vestments. In doing so, we were able to get a better understanding of the role of the priest.

From the priestly stole in seeing the two rows of fringe on the bottom we were reminded that one of the most important duties of the priest is to pray for the living and the departed, and that each soul whose spiritual care he has be entrusted with is represented by the many fringe tassels that are located in each row.

Message From Fr. Peter
Monday, September 16, 2019

As I am writing this week’s message, we are earnestly preparing for our 5th Annual Pierogi Fest. As a newcomer to the parish, I am amazed at the incredible amount of work it takes to prepare for this much awaited event which has grown exponentially over the past few years.

I am amazed as well at the incredible response to our social media campaign on Facebook. Over 13,000 people are interested in attending, and as of the moment 888 people have committed to attending. Not only that, many are engaging in discussion on the Pierogi Fest Event Page. It is fun to see the comments, how much people like our pierogies, and their wanting to know every detail about the Fest.

Pastoral Ponderings For Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Today we ponder the the mystery of the Lord's descent into Hades, the place of the dead. Death, our ultimate enemy, is defeated from within. "He (Christ) gave Himself as a ransom to death in which we were held captive, sold under sin. Descending into Hades through the Cross ... He loosed the bonds of death" (Liturgy of St. Basil).

Today our focus is on the Tomb of Christ. This is no ordinary grave. It is not a place of corruption, decay and defeat. It is life-giving, a source of power, victory and liberation. Because of this we spend a lot of time in the Church today, celeraint Divine Liturgy and guarding the tomb all day.

Pastoral Ponderings For Holy Friday
Thursday, April 25, 2019

We have come to the most difficult day of Passion Week. Today Christ's journey  becomes incredible difficult  and extremely painful  in these final hours leading to his death. Judas Iscariot, the disciple who had betrayed Jesus, was overcome with remorse and hangs himself early in the morning. 

Meanwhile, before the third hour (9 a.m.), Jesus endures  the humiliation of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. After many  unlawful trials, he is sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capital punishment known at the time.

Today Holy Week takes a somber turn. From Bethany, Jesus sends Peter and John ahead to the Upper Room in Jerusalem to make the preparations for the Passover Feast. Later tonight after sunset, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples as they prepared to share in the Passover. By performing this humble act of service, Jesus demonstrates by example how believers should love one another. 

The Bible doesn't say what the Lord did on the Wednesday of Passion Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of Passover.

Just a short time previously, Jesus had revealed to the disciples, and the world, that he had power over death by raising Lazarus from the grave. After seeing this incredible miracle, many people in Bethany believed that Jesus was the Son of God and put their faith in him. 

oving through Holy Week, we become more aware that the Church sees us as being the modern day disciples  (students, servants and co-workers)  of the Lord.   When we are taking part in today's services  ( and all of the services of  Holy Week)  as we listen to the scripture readings and hymns, let us understand that The Lord is speaking directly to us... and in love is giving us last minute instructions about what is expected of us as his disciples, the faithful members of the Church. 

Holy week has at long last come.This week is properly known in Orthodoxy as Passion Week, as we take part in the Saving Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord. We are blessed as Orthodox Christians to have such a participatory faith. We have the opportunity to re-live the final days of our Lord's life on this earth, not as students of history but as contemporaries through taking part in the Divine Services.

Today, Jesus, who had stayed in Bethany after his Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem yesterday, once again travels to Jerusalem where he weeps over the city and its turning away from God.

It is hard to believe that the Lenten Season has come to a close and that we have embarked on the final leg of our journey to Pascha, that of Passion (Holy Week)

It has been quite a journey! With all of the joys and struggles, that one normally encounters during the Fast, we also been extremely busy with our weekly food sales and Easter Bazaar that has taxed our energy.

None the less, I have been pleased by the peaceful spirit which has permeated our parish during the Lenten Season. I have seen in the calm demeanor of so many of you the fruits of the three pillars of Lent at work in your lives, that of Prayer, Fasting and Good Works.

 

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