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Announcements Sunday, December 8 2019

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Sunday, Dec. 8 – 9am with Father John Mikitish
Sunday, Dec. 15 – 9am with Father Don Augusta
Sunday, Dec. 22 – 9am with Father Don Augusta
Sunday, Dec. 29 – 9am with Father Don Augusta

Saturday, Dec. 7 – 9:00am Monthly Memorial and Confessions
Wednesday, Dec. 11 – 7:00pm Moleben to the Mother of God
Wednesday, Dec. 18 – 7:00pm St. Nicholas Vespers
Thursday, Dec. 19 – 9:00am St. Nicholas Divine Liturgy

12/8 – Lomme/Mihaly
12/15 – St. Nicholas Luncheon
12/22 – Porter/LeClerc
12/29 – Nucifora/Ryan

The next monthly Officers’ meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30pm. The meeting is
open to all who are interested in attending.

Our bake sale will take place on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Our Annual St. Nicholas luncheon will be held on Sunday, December 15 after church services. This
will be a pot luck meal. There will be no admission charged. We will have a cash bar and a raffle.
Parents are reminded to bring a gift if their child will visit with Santa. There is an attendance sign-up
sheet and a donation list of what is needed in the church hall.

The 2020 church calendars are available on the table at the church entrance.

For more than 12 years, the Orthodox Women's Council has participated in The Pajama Program, a
national charity that provides new pajamas to children in shelters, orphanages, and other sad
circumstances. If you would like to help, Eve will be collecting donations until March. Sizes for ALL
children are needed, so from babies thru teens, which would be adult sizes. Please place your pair of
pj's in a ziplock bag and write "boy" or "girl" and the approximate age or size of the child. Most of our
donations remain in CT, especially in the Bridgeport-area community. I thank you in advance – Eve

· In addition to our next Lord's Kitchen effort on Monday, 12/16, we will be serving the community
supper at Calvary-St. George in Bridgeport on Monday, 12/30. Since this is during the week off
from school, it can be a good time for our teens to add 3 hours of Community Service to their
schedule. Please let Mary or Eve know if you are able to help on 12/16 or 12/30. Thank you!
· Christmas Outreach for the Lord’s Kitchen - A reminder that all $25 Walmart gift card donations
are due by this Sunday, 12/8.
· Sterling House Food Pantry – Our non-perishable food collection box for Sterling House is located
in the narthex. Breakfast cereals, snack foods and drinks are especially appreciated.

· The Youth will be baking brownies for the Lord’s Kitchen meal to be served on Monday,
December 16. Please remember to bring your uncut trays of brownies to church on Sunday,
December 15.

Frank Charles Ray Millie Nina Jude & Family
Jean Rene Robert Julie Darrel Florence Gachi
Vicktor John Gregory Franca Melissa Eugene & Kathy
Johnny Stephen Karen Elsie Todd JoAnn
Cindy Dion Bob Franco Garry Barbara Penny Thomas
*Please notify Chris LeClerc to add names to this list

December 2 Sue Harrison
December 7 Brendan Bilcheck
December 9 John Mihaly
December 12 Ryan Pierce
December 14 Amy Booth
December 15 Hailey Meyernick, Ken Lomme Jr.
December 23 Bill Booth Sr., David Fife
December 25 Maribel Best
December 27 Faith Stirna
December 30 Jeff Stokely

· We had a very informal meeting of our ACRY chapter on 11/24/19. A decision was made to
increase our individual contributions to $25/year. This will cover the $15 membership and $10 to
the Stewardship Campaign for the 7 categories listed in the flyer below. Previously, we have each
paid $5.00 towards the scholarship category itself. Adding this to the dues will be our contribution
towards the $14,000 goal. Please give your cash payment to Holly Bilcheck by January 26.
· Bill Bilcheck will be looking into tickets for a weekend UCONN Women’s basketball game. More
information will be available soon.
· There is a sign-up sheet in the church hall for those interested in an outing at Devon Duckpin
Bowling on either Sunday, Feb. 23 or March 1.


Three Saints Orthodox Church (26 Howard Ave, Ansonia) presents Christmas: From the Village To The Cathedral, a concert to benefit St. Tikhon's Seminary, Sunday, December 8 at 4:00pm. Performing are the Sheehan Family Singers, St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir, St. Tikhon's Monastery Mixed Choir. A free-will offering will be taken at the door.


Join St. John's Silver Lane for a Roast Beef Dinner With the Fixings You Look Forward To.

Sunday December 15th 4:00 pm

Dinner: $10.00
Bingo Follows at 5:30 pm
For Reservations and Information call or e-mail Carole Krochta 203-375-2621 cwkrochta@optonline.net


Serge Mihaly Jr. Reposes in the Lord

Sunday, October 27, 2019

On Friday October 25, 2019, life-long and beloved parishioner Serge G. Mihaly, Jr. reposed in the Lord.

Serge was born in New Haven on March 30, 1960 to the late Serge and Elizabeth (Chornock) Mihaly. He was a graduate of Trumbull High School class of 1978 and graduated Yale University in 1982 where he earned a B.A. in American History. He also earned a M.A. in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in 1987 teaching for approximately ten years in Waterbury, New Haven and Shelton. He also studied Accounting at Sacred Heart University, Labor Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, writing at Long Island University and Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University. He had self-published two books one of which was on 9-11 and was currently working on another book on history.

Serge was a lifelong member of St.  John the Baptist Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church on Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford, CT, the Boone and Crockett Club, the Ruffed Grouse Society, the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, the CCDL and was an Associate member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA). He was a registered Republican, had worked on several State and Federal political campaigns and ran for the State Representative seat for the 85th District in 2016.

An athlete, Serge was Tri-Captain of the 1977 Trumbull High School Football Team. This 1977 Team was the FCIAC Champions and Class LL State Champions. It was ranked #1 in the State and New England. Serge earned First Team All-FCIAC, First Team All-State and New Haven Register First Team All-State recognition. He played college football at Yale University and was one of only two Ivy League players selected unanimously for the 1981 All-Ivy team. He was a member of the only Yale team to have beaten all three military academies and only the second team in Yale football history to win three consecutive Ivy League Championships 1979, 1980 and 1981.

Serge enjoyed hunting, shooting, fishing, and any time spent in the woods and with family. He mentored many youths while teaching and coaching multiple sports.

Survivors include his devoted son, Zach Mihaly and his fiancé Lauren Imperioli of Woodbury, step-sons, John Caiazzo and his wife Caroline, and Mike Caiazzo and his wife Danielle, grandson, Cooper, step-grandchildren, Jonny and Brianna, brothers, Very Rev. Luke Mihaly and his wife Pani Bethany, and Matthew Mihaly and his wife Michelle, and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

A Requiem funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday, October 31st at 10:00am in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church; 1240 Broadbridge Avenue, Stratford. Interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery Stratford. Friends may greet the family on Wednesday from 4-8 PM in St. John’s Church, with a Panachida at 7:45 PM.

The Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Mihaly/Chornock Scholarship fund or to St. John’s Church. 



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