Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church
New Haven, Connecticut
Orthodox Church in America
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
In Memoriam: Archpriest Steven Belonick: Updated September 12, 2019

Archpriest Steven Belonick, attached to our parish in retirement, reposed in the Lord early on August 7th.  A beautiful obituary write-up can be found here on our OCA website.

Funeral Arrangements for Archpriest Steven Belonick:

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Adzima Funeral Home, Stratford, CT. Calling hours and services will take place at St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church, 504 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT:

Calling Hours, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday, August 11;

Office of the Burial of a Priest, 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 11;

Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m., on Monday, August 12, with a repast following.

Burial will take place at St. Tikhon‘s Monastery Cemetery, St. Tikhon‘ s Road, South Canaan, PA, beginning with a short Panikhida at the gravesite at noon, on Tuesday, August 13, with a luncheon following in the seminary refectory.

Please remember the newly departed Archpriest Steven in your prayers for the coming 40 days.  A graveside 40th day Memorial Service is planned for Sunday, September 15th, at 3:15pm.


Celebration of International Childrens Day: Updated

The International Children's Day, for Orthodox youth from our local Orthodox parishes, will be observed at Three Saints Park in Bethany, on Saturday, August 17

You can download a flyer here.  Registration will begin at noon, and activities will be held throughout the afternoon.  Please RSVP either by calling (203)307-0123 or e-mail:  info@theromanian.org

Event organized by Romȃnul Corp, a non-profit organization established in 2011 in Connecticut.



Special Prayers to be offered on Feast of All Saints of North America

On Sunday, June 30, All Saints of North America Church, 313 Twin Lakes Road, Salisbury, CT, invites all our deanery faithful to join them in special prayers for our diocesan clergy and faithful:

3pm: Paraklesis to the Holy Mother of God (Icon streamed briefly during Great Lent)

4pm: Akathist to All Saints of North America, with veneration of their Holy Relics

All are invited to attend, and enjoy light refreshments after the services.  You can download a flyer for this event here.

Pentecost Parish Retreat: Acquiring the Mind of Christ

The Pentecost Feast is the birthday of the Church, as the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples empowering them to bear witness to Jesus Christ.  We have an incredible opportunity for renewal as parish community before us for this Pentecost Feast.  On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Holy Transfiguration Church will host a retreat for our clergy and faithful led by Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery.  This is an opportunity for us to come together to grow deeper in our Orthodox Faith as parish community in the context of the Pentecost Feast.

The schedule for the day will be:

10:30 am Adorning the church for Pentecost (volunteers welcome!)

12 noon Lunch 

12:45 pm Retreat Begins: 6th hour served

1:00-2:30 pm Retreat Session I

2:30-3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 pm Retreat Session II

4:30-5:00 pm Wrap-up and Pre-Vigil Refreshments

5:00pm Vigil for the Feast (Archimandrite Sergius will remain with us through Vespers)

Because we hope to provide childcare, please RSVP at your earliest possible convenience (either to holytransfigurationnh@gmail.com or by leaving a message at 203.387.3882) and include the number and ages of children who will attend. Final registration deadline is June 9th (for food planning and materials preparation purposes).  You can download a flyer for the day here.

About our Retreat Leader:

Archimandrite Sergius, originally from California is a convert to Holy Orthodoxy and a graduate of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (2005). Fr. Sergius sought solace in the monastic life of the Orthodox Church by being tonsured as a monk of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, the first Orthodox Christian Monastery in North America.Aside from his duties as a monk, Fr. Sergius dedicates much of his service to the training of the future priests of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America by serving as a lecturer in spirituality and liturgical music, two of his many strengths.

After many years of prayerful service as a humble monk, Fr. Sergius was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and to the Holy Priesthood in December 2008, by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, then Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.  Archimandrite Sergius was installed as the 16th Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery on Saturday, January 23, 2010.  Elected on October 24, 2009, this marks the first election of a member of the monastery brotherhood to the position of Abbot in 47 years.  On Sunday morning, May 25, 2014, during the annual Pilgrimage weekend, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon elevated Fr. Sergius to the dignity of Archimandrite.

Please make every effort to come and be renewed in our faith in the context of this Pentecost Feast retreat!

Congregation Safety Workshop

Holy Transfiguration Church will host a Congregation Safety Workshop on May 22nd, from 7-9pm.  The program will be led by the CT State Police Training Academy.  You can view/download a flyer for the program here.  The program is being offered at no costy.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 14th, either by e-mail  at holytransfigurationnh@gmail.com or leave a phone message at 203.387.3882, just so sufficient materials are prepared.

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