Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church
New Haven, Connecticut
Orthodox Church in America
Supporting our Veterans

Supporting our Veterans: Nancy and Jean will be collecting money for gifts for our veterans.  Please make your donation before December 8th.  Gifts will be purchased with the proceeds, to be wrapped on December 8th (December 15th snow date).  Volunteers are also welcome to come and assist in wrapping these gifts.  Thank you for your generosity!



November 13, 2019 

To:    Our Parishioners, 

From:     Matushka Lydia and Susan Papdemetris on behalf of the Parish Council

As you know every year we participate in the “Adopt-a-Family “ charity sponsored by the Family Services of Connecticut in New Haven. 

This year we are adopting a family of three – a 56 year-old grandmother raising her 9 year old and 12 year old grandsons. Their family story is on the attachment, which follows this memo. 

Their Christmas “wish list” is also attached. The “wish list” will be on the table under the icon in our parish hall. Please look through the items, choose one or two and write your name next to the item(s). If you usually do not come down to coffee hour, please let either Susan or Matushka Lydia know by email or text what you would like to purchase. You might choose to purchase an item jointly with another parishioner. Please put a check next to your name(s), after you have brought the gift to church. 


Thank you. Enjoy your shopping spree! The last date for receiving gifts is Sunday, December 8th.

Please click here to see page 1, and here for page 2, of the attachments sent out by e-mail.

Holy Transfiguration Time and Talent Pledge Form

This is the same form that was e-mailed to all parishioners.  It is reproduced here for ease of access.  Thank you for taking the time to complete your pledge to parish life!

For pledge-related questions, please see either Fr. Steven or Thomas Eisenmann, Council President.

Camp At Home In November Announced

Our OCA New England Youth Department is teaming up with the Youth and Parish Ministries Department of the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England!  This was announced at our recent diocesan assembly.  A "Camp At Home" overnight program is planned for November 15-16.  You can download a flyer here, or click here to register!






















Stewards of the OCA (SOCA)

Metroopolitan Tikhon designated this past Sunday as Steward Sunday.  You can download a copy of the letter here that appears below.








































October is Stewardship Month -- Week IV















































October is Stewardship Month -- Week III

























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October is Stewardship Month

Stewardship Month 2019:  Week I

We’re Almost There!

At the February annual meeting, the Parish Council explained the need for increased giving in 2019. After our September meeting, we are

delighted to report that giving for the first 2/3 of the year has been strong! We offer both our gratitude and our encouragement to keep it up

for the rest of 2019!

Thank you!




Diocesan Survey Link

The following is a communication from Fr. Steven Hosking, who is currently serving on our New England Diocesan Council.  There is presently an effort underway to develop a strategic plan for our diocese, and this survey represents the collection of data toward that effort.  As the communication indicates, results of this survey will be shared and discussed at our upcoming diocesan assembly later this month.  Please note, this link will close on October 9th

[Please share this with your parishioners and parishes throughout the Diocese.

As you are a part of a parish belonging to the Diocese of New England, with the blessing of our Chancellor and the Diocean Council, we would like you to participate in a survey about parish life. The results of this survey will be used and discussed at the upcoming Diocese Assembly. Thank you.


In Christ,
Fr Steven Hosking]

40th Day Services for Archbishop Nikon
40th Day Connecticut Deanery Memorial Service for His Eminence, Archbishop NIKON
From our Deanery Dean, Archpriest John Hopko:
[Glory to Jesus Christ! 
As decided and determined at our recent Deanery Clergy Meeting, please announce and plan yourself to participate in the following event.

On Wednesday evening, October 9, the Eve of the 40th Day of Repose of His Eminence, our Archbishop NIKON, beginning at 7:00 PM, we will celebrate a solemn Memorial Service (“Panikhida”) at Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church, Terryville, CT. All Members of the CT Deanery, clergy and lay, are invited to attend and participate in this service. The service will be followed by fellowship time with light refreshments appropriate to a fasting day. Those who wish to bring some food to share are cordially invited to do so. Clergy who wish to concelebrate are asked to bring white or gold vestments. On this solemn occasion, priests will be vested in epitrachelion, phelonion, and cuffs, and deacons in full vestments. For further information, please contact Fr. John Hopko, Dean of the Connecticut Deanery and Pastor of the Terryville Parish.

Thank you

In Christ,

Fr. John Hopko
CT Dean]

Communication to our New England Diocese from the Holy Synod

The following is a communication from our Chancellor, Archpriest John Kreta.  His Beatitude sent a letter to be read in church this past Sunday (you can view the letter read on Sunday, here), and this communication was shared at our Parish Council Meeting this past Tuesday evening.  All of these materials will also be posted on our bulletin board.

Dear Brothers in Christ:

Attached, please find two PDF documents, prepared by His Eminence Archbishop Michael on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America with regard to our Diocese.
1) Letter prefacing the Decree announcing the vacancy of the office of Bishop of the Diocese of New England and the confirmation of His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, as Locum Tenens.
Please inform  all of your faithful and parishioners of these decisions of the Holy Synod.
May His Eminence's memory be eternal!   
In Christ,
Archpriest John Kreta
Chancellor, Diocese of New England
Social Media Release Form

In the packet of materials forwarded to parishioners prior to our annual parish meeting is an Image Release Form.  In case anyone needs extra copies, you can find the form here.  Please plan to bring them, signed, to Sunday's meeting.

With gratitude in Christ,

Fr. Steven