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Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant - 12/21/14

Our annual Sunday school Christmas was spectacular. So many children participated. It was wonderful event to witness. Special thanks to Sandi F. and Kevin for producting the pageant!

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Deaon Gregory celebrates a Typica Service

Deacon Gregory - 12/21/14

Father Brooks was visiting his family and Deacon Gregory celebrated a Typica Service. The Typica Service is conducted when a priest is not present to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Communion was received by the faithful from pre-consecrated gifts. Thank you Deacon Gregory!

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2014 Albanian Thanksgiving

Albanian Thanksgiving - 11/23/14

Our Sunday school students paid tribute to their parents, grandparents, great grandparents who came to American in search of a better life and opportunities for their families. We thank them!

Special thanks to Sandi F. for her hard work putting our Albanian Thanksgiving together.

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Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute - 11/16/14

Our Sunday school students, their family and friends walked over to the Frankllin Insititute for an afternoon of fun. Everyone even learned something from the many exhibits!

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2014 Nameday Celebration

2014 Nameday Celebration - 11/09/14

We celebrated the Divine Liturgy and were joined by Bishop Seraphim, Father Stephen, Deacon Gregory, Deacon Andrew and our brothers and sister from Ss. Peter & Paul Albanian Orthodox Church. Following the Liturgy we enjoyed a delicious luncheon provided by our parishioners. Thank you to all who attended!

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2014 Gregory E Costa Golf Classic & Dinner

Golf & Dinner - 09/21/14

We had 26 golfers and another 50 people attend the dinner. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, prizes were won and we had an opportunity to spend a few hours together. All while raising money for our beloved church! Thank you to all who participated in the Gregory E. Costa Golf Classic.

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Fun at Coffee Hour

Fun at Coffee Hour - 07/20/14

Our kids enjoying coffee hour!

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Sunday School Graduation

Sunday School Graduation & Party - 06/08/14

Our Sunday School students celebrated the end of the school year with a graduation ceremony following the Divine Liturgy. The students, their parents and teachers continued the graduation celebration at Dave & Busters where they enjoyed lunch and many games!

Thank you to our dedicated Sunday School teachers and our Director, Mr. Cheeseball!

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2014 Race for the Cure

2014 Race for the Cure - 05/11/14

Our team, Albanians & Friends for the Cure raised, over $3,000.00 to be used to help find a cure for breast cancer.

Thank you to our team members and all of our parishioners and friends who made a donation!

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Sunday Afternoon - Agape Vespers

Sunday Afternoon - Agape Vespers - 04/20/14

The final service of Holy Week. We read the Gospel in Albanian, English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, glorius!

John served in the Altar for a second time. Father Brooks and John censed the church and blessed the faithful.

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Pascha - Krishti U Ngjall! Vertet U Ngjall!

Pascha - - 04/20/14

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!  Krishti U Ngjall! Vertet U Ngjall!

The culmination of Holy Week -  Pascha! So many people were present to receive the light!

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Holy Saturday Morning - First Resurrectional Service

Holy Saturday - First Resurrectional Service - 04/19/14

A beautiful Liturgy made more special when young John served in the Altar for the very first time.

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Holy Friday

Holy Friday - 04/18/14

We had two services, 5:00 pm, The Taking Down from the Cross and 7:00 pm, Lamentations - The Funeral. We processed around the block, and back into the chuch. It was a very moving experience.

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Holy Friday Morning - Decorating the Epitaphion

Decorating the Epitaphion - Holy Friday Morning - 04/18/14

A group got together to decorate the Epitaphion. It was beautiful when completed. Thanks to those who volunteered their time Holy Friday morning.

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Holy Thursday - The 12 Gospels

Holy Thursday - Reading of the Twelve Gospels - 04/17/14

On Thursday of Holy Week four events are commemorated: the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas. - See more at:

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2014 Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - 04/13/14

A filled church and a wonderful Liturgy, followed by our annual pancake breakfast.

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2014 Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus Saturday - 04/12/14

On Lazarus Saturday, Father Brooks celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Solea. Everyone present had an opportunity to see what goes on in the Altar during the Liturgy. Father Brooks and Reader David explained what  they and the Alter servers do during the Divine Liturgy.

Following the Liturgy, everyone went upstairs to the church hall to make Meshe - which the children took home - and some crafts. Father Brooks discussed the prractical and symbolic reasons for the use of candles in the church and how that evolved. Our friend, Harry, then gave a demonstration showing how beeswax candles are made. We made Crosses out of palms and prepared the Palms for Sunday. We had a delicious lunch, cleaned up the hall and left feeling more informed about our Orthodox faith than when we arrived. All in all it was a terrific day!

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Veneration of the Holy Cross

Veneration of the Holy Cross - 03/23/14

The Veneration of the Holy Cross, a procession by our Sunday school children and the Churching of our newest parishioner, Marisa and her mother! We are a Blessed Parish!

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Women's Day Celebration

Women's Day Celebration - 03/08/14

Over 90 adults and 14 children attended. We danced all night and a wonderful time was had by all!

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2014 Sunday School Ice Skating

Sunday School Ice Skating - 02/23/14

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2014 Icon Auction

2014 Icon Auction - 01/12/14

The Parishioners at St. John Chrysostom participate in the annual Icon Acution. Many thanks to our Auctioneers; Peter and Phil and to all who participated!

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Theophany - Blessing of Water

Theophany - Blessing of Water - 01/12/14

Father Brooks Blesses the Faithful. The Blessing of Water was postponed from January 5, 2014 (due to inclement weather). Many Parishioners attended church and were able to receive a bottle of Holy Water.


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