2014 Holy Week Services




Come experience the events of Holy Week with us, where we remember Jesus Christ’s last days before His crucifixion, His crucifixion, and His glorious resurrection.  All are welcome to join us for this most important time in the Church year.  Below is a schedule of all the events starting on Holy Thursday and concluding on Bright Monday.


Holy Thursday, April 17 at 9:30am: Vesperal Liturgy for the Mystical Supper


Holy Thursday, April 17 at 6pm: Matins with Reading of the Twelve Gospels of Christ’s Passion


Holy Friday, April 18 at 2pm: Vespers with Shroud Presentation


Holy Friday, April 18 at 6pm: Matins with Shroud Procession


Holy Saturday, April 19 at 9:30am: Vesperal Liturgy


Holy Saturday, April 19 at 11:30pm: Nocturnes (the beginning of Paschal Service)


Sunday (Pascha), April 20 at Midnight: Matins with Paschal Divine Liturgy


Following Paschal Divine Liturgy will be a Festal Potluck Breakfast


Sunday, April 20 at Noon: Paschal Vespers


Next Monday, April 21 at 9:30am: Bright Monday Divine Liturgy

Meatfare Sunday Blini Dinner will be February 23



All are welcome to join us February 23, 2014 for our Blini (Crepe) Dinner following the regular Divine Liturgy on Meatfare Sunday.  We will be serving blini (crepes) with many delicious fillings and toppings.


This celebration is the last day before Cheesefare Week (“Maslenitsa” in Russian),  when we prepare for Great Lent by removing meat from our diet.  For our church community, and for the rest of the Orthodox Church, it will be the last day until Pascha (Easter) that meat will be eaten.  And aside from that it is another opportunity for our church to grow together, and to welcome anyone who would like to join us in this festive day. We hope that you and your family or friends will come to be part of this occasion.


Divine Liturgy is at 9:30am.  Blini Dinner will follow not long after (around noon).


Donation: Adults $12

Children Under 12 Eat for free!

Children’s Christmas Party and Yolka 2014



Christ is Born! Glorify Him!


On January 11-12, 2014 our parish kept the Christmas season going with our Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday and our annual Yolka Christmas Party and fundraising dinner on Sunday.


The Children’s Christmas Party included traditional singing and dancing, Christmas skits, and even an appearance from Ded Moroz. Children, parents, and other parishioners alike enjoyed dressing up in costumes, playing games, eating food, and celebrating the Nativity of Christ, which was less than two weeks earlier.  Before the party on Saturday there was a special Divine Liturgy to remember the reason for these great festivities.




On Sunday after our regular Divine Liturgy we held our annual Yolka Christmas Party and fundraising dinner.  It was a fun opportunity to celebrate Christ’s birth together, to grow as a community, and to start our new year off on the right foot financially.  There was much singing, dancing, eating, and celebrating.  It was a fun time to enjoy the company of one another as we begin another year together as a church family.




Click here to see more photos from this weekend of Christmas celebration.

Memory Eternal!

Pamela Parsons

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Friends of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Orthodox Church in Springfield, MA:

Christ is in our midst!

This past Sunday, October 13, 2013 our beloved sister in Christ Paraskeva (Pamela) Parsons, after 11 months of patiently fighting with brain cancer, fell asleep in the Lord. For all who knew Pam it is a great loss. An outstanding Christian, loving wife, mother and grandmother, caring and kind friend, choir director with perfect pitch and angelic voice, president of the parish council and much much more, who has served St Peter and St Paul church magnificently for many years will be always remembered.

The funeral arrangements for Paraskeva are as follows:

Thursday, October 17, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM – visiting hours at Funeral Home “St. Pierre-Phaneuf Chapel”, 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA – Phone: 413-737-1177

Friday, October 18, 10:00AM – funeral service at St Peter and St Paul Church, 118 Carew Street, Springfield, MA

Saturday, October 19 11:00AM – burial at cemetery in Springfield, VT

Please keep the newly departed handmaiden of God Paraskeva (Pamela) in your prayers.

Memory Eternal!

In Christ,

Fr. Michael

PS. Pamela’s obituary


SCRIPTURAL LECTURE/DISCUSSION IN PREPARATION FOR GREAT LENT – In an effort to better enable us to enter into the spirit of Great Lent, the gospel of the Publican and the Pharisee will be the topic of a lecture/discussion immediately before Vespers on Saturday, 23 February at 5:00 pm in the parish hall. The lecture/reflection will explore the themes of prayer (both the “how” and the “why”), one’s relationship with God and one’s neighbor, as well as the proper interior disposition necessary. Should there be sufficient interest, similar lectures/discussions/prayer may be offered on each of the following Saturdays of Great Lent at 5:00 pm, immediately preceding Saturday evening Vespers. Lecture will be conducted by Steven McGuigan.


Icon of the Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord

Always thought the list containing Jesus’ genealogy was quite possibly the most boring 17 verses in the entire New Testament?

Experienced long, sleepless nights wondering who Zarubabbel was?

Curious as to how 3 women found their way into an otherwise all-male list of Jesus’ ancestors?

The Scriptural Talk: Jesus’ Family Tree according to St. Matthew: God Does Write Straight Using Crooked Lines which will take place on Saturday, 22 December at 5 pm will attempt to provide the answers to these questions as well as help discover spiritual to enable you to get more out of St. Matthew’s gospel in general and the account of Jesus’ birth in particular.

Hope to see you there!!!

Matthew 1:1-17 :

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.
Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram.
Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon.
Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse,
and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa.
Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah.
Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah.
Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah.
Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel.
Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor.
Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud.
Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob.
And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

Christmas Party 2013

On Sunday, January 13, 2013 we will once again be hosting our annual Christmas Party (Yolka) in the church hall.

St. Peter & St. Paul Orthodox Church
Cordially Invites You To

Christmas Party


DATE:        Sunday, January 13, 2013
PLACE:      Church Hall
ADDRESS: 118 Carew st.
Springfield, MA 01104
Time:        Appetizers noon
Dinner 1:00 PM
Music and
Dancing:   Unlimited

Catering provided by Crepes Tea House
of West Springfield

(Raffle tickets 1 for $1 or 6 for $5)
RSVP by January 6, 2013
For more information please contact Yelena Pashchenko (781) 385-1620

Kindly respond by January 6, 2013

Individual Tickets Adults $35.00

Children under 12 $20.00

Children Under 6 – Free

(Please make check payable to St. Peter and St. Paul Orthodox Church)


Children’s Christmas Party 2013

ALL ARE INVITED to attend, play and be merry at the Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:30AM. Refreshments follow. The last day to reserve a seat and a present for your children is December 16, 2012.

Все приглашаются на празднование Рождества Христова. Рождественская Ёлка для детей состоится 12 января 2013 года в 9:30 утра. Праздник начнётся Рождественской Божественной литургией (на церковно-славянском языке). Сценка, песни, стихи, Дед Мороз и Снегурочка вот не полный список того что ждёт наших маленьких прихожан. Запись детей на подарок продолжается до 16 декабря 2012 года в храме.


On Sunday, January 8, 2012 we will once again be hosting our annual Christmas party “Yolka” in the church hall downstairs. On Sunday, December 4, volunteers will be needed to help stuff envelopes to be mailed to our parishioners and friends inviting them to our annual Yolka. Many hands make light work so please, if you can spare a little extra time, help us get this mailing ready. Please let Pamela Parsons know if you will help. Thank you!