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2015 Christmas Pageant/Play

2015 Christmas Pageant/Play & Chrismation - 12/20/15

Once again our Christmas Pageant/Play, under the direction of Sandi, was a spectacular hit! We had almost 50 children participate in the production. It was a sight to behold as we celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sunday, December 20, 2015 was also a special day as Bella, Thomas and Olivia were Chrismated during the Divine Liturgy. Santa & Mrs. Claus also visited the church hall during coffee hour. Many thanks to all who attended church and contributed to a truly blessed day for our parish!

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2015 Sunday School Thanksgiving

2015 Sunday School Thanksgiving - 11/22/15

Our Sunday school students honor our relatives who came to America for a better life for their families.

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Nameday & Award

Nameday & Miss Linda Award - 11/15/15

Our 84th Nameday celebration and Miss Linda receives the Herald of St. Constantine & Helena.


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2015 Halloween Party

2015 Halloween Party - 10/25/15

What a teriffic party!! About 45 children and their parents attended the Halloween Party during coffee hour on Sunday, October 25th. The participants were in church in costume and received Holy Communion before going to Sunday school. Quite a site! After Sunday school the children joined their parents in the church hall. Games, food, prizes, many laughs. A very big thank you to Paula and Michele for organizing the party and to the many others who helped. And to Stephanie and Kevin for taking the pictures. It was a fund day for all!

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2015 Gregory E Costa Golf Classic

2015 Gregory E Costa Golf Classic - 09/13/15

Many photos of our golfers and those who attended the dinner. Raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing, silent Albanian Auction, good food and fellowship. A good time had by all!

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Sunday School Graduation

Sunday School Graduation - 06/14/15

Although we had no seniors we had a graduation/commencement ceremony and pizza party during coffee hour. Many thanks to our Sunday school director, Mr. Steve assistant director, Diane and to our hardworking and dedicated teachers, Michele, Nicole, Linda, Marinela, Fjori,Traci & Father Brooks.

We look forward to September and the start of another school year!

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Bishop Seraphim Visits

Bishop Seraphim - 06/14/15

Bishop Seraphim celebrates the Divine Liturgy with the faithful at St. John's.

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2015 Team Brother John

2015 Team Brother John - 05/17/15

Thank you to all who were a part of Team Brother John Being a huge success once again!!! We raised a grand total of $3170! Thank you, Thank you & Thank you!!!


The Melnik family and especially- Brother John

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2015 Race for the Cure

2015 Race fo the Cure - 05/10/15

Our Team, Albanians & Friends for the Cure raised over $2,500.00 which will assist in finding a cure for breast cancer. Thank you to all who donated and participated. It was a great day!

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Agape Vespers

Agape Vespers - 04/12/15

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

At 1:00 pm Agape Vespers the Gospel was read in English, Albanian, Italian, Russian, Polish, Spanish.Thank you to our readers. A joyous conclusion to Holy Week!

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2015 Pascha

Pascha - 04/12/15



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Holy Friday

Holy Friday - Lamentations - 04/10/15

Beautiful singing during the funeral for Christ. We processed from 17th Street to 16th Street and on Vine Street. Lead by the Cross, Banners, the Epitaphios carrying Christ, our choir and our faithful parishioners.

As with all funerals a sad time but a time to remember.

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Decorating the Epitaphios

Decorating the Epitaphios - 04/10/15

Friday morning, what a group! Father Brooks said we had men, women, children, young people and our core group who have been there for years!  Since we had a number of helpers wthe Epitaphios was beautifully decorated in a short period of time. Thank you one and all!

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Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday - 04/09/15

A very solomn service. The reading of the Twelve Gospels: Christ's Passion. If you were unable to attend you can go to this link to find the Gospel readings.

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - 04/05/15

The Celebration of the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem was a joyous day at St. John Chrysostom. The church was full, Father Brooks gave an impassioned sermon and the children - about 45 of them- participated in the  procession, carrying palms and ringing bells! Following the blessing of the palms we venerated the Cross, received our palms and went to the church hall for a delicious pancake breakfast provided by the family of +Charlie Adams.Great Day!

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Lazarus Sat Liturgy & Retreat April 4 2015

Lazarus Saturday Liturgy & Retreat - 04/04/15

On Lazarus Saturday we celebrated the Divine Liturgy and we witnessed the Chrismation of Tana and Bryce as they received Holy Communion as Orthodox Christians. Tana and Bryce's sponsors were Sandi & Kevin.

Following the Liturgy we went upstairs to the church hall and began the retreat with the making of Meshe. All of the children were up to their elbows in flour! In all we baked 26 loaves of Meshe. A pizza lunch (courtesy of our Sunday School Director, Mr. Cheeseball) was enjoyed by all. While the Meshe was raising and then baking the children dyed eggs and put together different crafts. The adults prepared the palms for Palm Sunday.  Stephanie, Diane, Entela and Rovena made a basket of crosses to be given to our parishioners tomorrow. Way to go ladies!

All in all a great day!

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Father Stephen & Father Brooks

Father Stephen & Father Brooks - 03/22/15

Father Stephen visited St. John Chrysostom and co- celebrated the Divine Liturgy with Father Brooks.

In a few weeks Father Stephen and Margot will be moving to Florida to beginthe next chapter in their lives. May God grant them many years!

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Ice Skating

Ice Skating Outing - 03/15/15

Our Sunday school students and their families enjoyed lunch and an afternoon of ice skating. We also celebrated Vivian's birthday with a delicious cake!

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Adoration of the Cross

Adoration of the Cross - 03/15/15

The Sunday school procession.

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Womens Day Celebration

Womens Day Celebration - 03/07/15

A great time was had by all. The women danced the night away!

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Icon Auction

2015 Icon Auction - 01/04/15

God Bless our parishioners. The Icon Auction was a tremendous success!

Thank you one & all.

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2015 Theophany - 01/04/15

Father Brooks blesses the water and annoints the faithful. The children were delighted to be "sprinkled"!

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2015 Parish Council

2015 Parish Council

The 2015 Parish Council, who will server November 2014 - November 2015 was sworn in by Father Brooks. During coffee hour we celebrated Father Brooks birthday by singing a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday and fabulous cake!

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