St John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
Witnessing to the fullness of the Orthodox Faith in the City of Philadelphia
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237 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103  •  Phone: 215-563-0979


Sunday of the Paralytic

On this day, April 29th the Church remembers the man who lay by the Sheep’s Pool in Jerusalem for thirty-eight years, waiting for someone to put him into the pool. The first one to enter the pool after an angel troubled the water would be healed of his infirmities, but someone always entered the pool before him.

Seeing the man, the Lord felt compassion for him and healed him.

The Kontakion for this Fourth Sunday of Pascha asks Christ to raise up our souls, “paralyzed by sins and thoughtless acts.”

Leavetaking of Pascha

Wednesday May 16th 7:00 pm Feast of the Ascension - Vesperal Liturgy

On Wednesday of the sixth week of Pascha, we celebrate the Leavetaking of the Feast. While most Feasts have their Leavetaking on the eighth day, Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, has its Leavetaking on the thirty-ninth day. The fortieth day is the Feast of the Lord’s Ascension, which marks the end of the Lord’s physical presence on earth. He does not abandon us, however. He has promised to be with us always, even until the end of the age (MT 20:28).

Paint Event

Our first Paint Event Social will be Saturday, April 28th at 4pm in our fellowship hall at St. John Chrysostom.

You will get a chance to socialize with your fellow parishioners, enjoy a glass of wine, light appetizers and most importantly you get to paint and keep your own work of art. Non church members are also welcome and their invitation is encouraged. We can introduce them to our church and other fellow members. Tickets are $30 per person and all proceeds will go to the church. Please contact Fiori Papa,  or Michele Lorimer for more information. 


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John Melnik - Annual Buddy Walk

Team Walk for Brother John; Saturday, May 19th 2018. Team Brother John looks forward to another great Buddy Walk this year. Please come out to do the walk and have with us at the Brother John tent. Please note that the celebration is taking place in a new location this year.  Silver Lake Park 200 E Cochran St, MIddletown, DE 19709. For those who cannot attend please consider a donation. For more information please visit this link

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The​ ​Charity​ ​and​ ​Benevolence​ ​Committee

Are collecting funds to help a family or a small business in Port Arkansas, Texas, which took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey. Donations for Hurricane Harvey victims can be mailed to the church or dropped off at the candle stand. Please write Hurricane Harvey in the memo area of the check.


Also, our committee has decided to help out an organization called Sunday Breakfast Mission. It is a transitional housing facility very near to our church. They need toiletries, clothing, and people to help serve lunch or dinner occasionally (a two hour commitment that we will set up. Contact Sandi Fiss or Fr. Brooks if you are able to help. 

Home Blessing & Visitation

A sheet is posted in the side vestibuleFather Brooks intends to visit on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please pick a date and time and sign up. If you notice someone has signed up on the same date but lives far from you, please pick another date. As always if you are unable to schedule a visitation on Thursday or Saturday, Father Brooks encourages you to contact him directly 215-563-0979 or email fr.brooks to schedule an alternate date.

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19th All American Council

For the Life of the World, St. Louis, MO, 2018 Orthodox Church in America.

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Nick Naum Scholarship 2018-2019
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The Nick Naum Scholarship Fund provides assistance to parishioners who attend

St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church and to members of the Naum Family

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