Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist and Director of the Department of History and Archives for the Orthodox Church in America will be giving a parish retreat on Saturday, December 3, on the subject of the early history and growth of the OCA, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. In his presentation, titled “The Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in America and Church Unity: From Historical Vision to the Present,” Mr. Liberovsky highlights key people, events, and documents that have shaped the Orthodox Church’s life on this continent beginning with the Alaskan mission in 1794 to the granting of autocephaly to the OCA in 1970. He also will speak of various efforts to unite the Church in North America throughout the 20th century and the current work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. A PowerPoint presentation with over 200 historical images accompanies the lecture.An image from Mr. Liberovsky’s presentation depicts the future OCA Primate, Metropolitan Ireney (Bekish), during his tenure as Bishop of Japan in the 1950s

Беседы о Православии

Беседы о Православии для желающих изучать православную веру: учение, историю, традицию проходят по пятницам, каждую вторую неделю, в 19:00 в трапезной храма.

Следующее занятие 17 сентября. Беседы начинаются молитвой. В продолжении встречи будет предложен чай/кофе. Не забывайте – пятница, постный день. Приносите для чаепития постные продукты.

Приглашаются все желающие!

Christmas Party

On Sunday, January 10, 2010 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 10, 2010
PLACE:      Church Hall
ADDRESS: 118 Carew st.
Springfield, MA 01104
Time:        Appetizers noon
Dinner 1:00 PM
Music and
Dancing:   Unlimited

Menu will consist of: Salad, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Rolls and Garlic Bread, Carrots, Tea/Coffee (Decaffeinated and Regular), Desserts, Appetizers before dinner.

(Raffle tickets 1 for $1 or 6 for $5)
RSVP by January 3, 2010
For more information please contact Alla Ribinskas (413) 330-7183

Kindly respond by January 3, 2010

Family reservation(s) $50.00

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

ALL ARE INVITED to attend, play and be merry at the Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 3:00PM. Refreshments follow. The last day to reserve a seat and a present for your children is December 27, 2009.

Synopsis of the Parish Council Meeting, November 29, 2009

Father Michael presented the flyer for the Yolka on January 10, 2010.  The menu will be Turkey and the prices will be kept the same as previous years. A ticket person was selected and tickets will be mailed after stuffing envelopes on Sunday, December 6.  The raffle tickets will also be available.

Because of the assessment payment, the report was in the Red by $16,000.00. The figures for the utilities were not available for the report, therefore the item was left blank.  They will be available for the next report. The $700.00 under miscellaneous was the for the Bishop’s visit.

Carpeting and floor samples were looked at for the church, but tabled for now to see more samples.

The parking lot next to the church will be worked on Saturday, December 5, starting between 8 and 9 a.m. The parking lot will be cleaned up and gravel will be added to the big holes.

The kitchen needs to be remodeled. Thoughts to include part of the men’s room and the hall are being considered.

The children will again have a Christmas Party in the church hall and they will try to have a song or skit ready for the Yolka.  Parishioners are welcome to come to the children’s party.

Poinsettias will be purchased for the church for Christmas. Pascha flowers will be ordered soon.  It would also be nice to see parishioners decorating the church with window decorations, garlands and wreaths.

We are having the Cookie and Bake Sale.  It will be open to the public starting at 11:30 a.m. A sign will be available and put up outside the church.

Other things discussed are the following: replacing tiles in the ladies room, check on why the ceiling is starting to peel again – is it the roof? Also, children give flowers when greeting the Bishop the next time he comes to visit.

Submitted by Kathy Donabed


Please join us downstairs after the Liturgy for the fellowship meal, hosted this week by Mary Phillips and the Korolev’s family. If you would like to host or to volunteer to help at coffee/tea hour, please sign up on the blackboard downstairs. Next week’s coffee/tea hour will be hosted by: Gregory Fishtik.

Coffee Hour is an opportunity for our community (members and non-members) to express hospitality in a spirit of fellowship. Hospitality is expressed in the fact that everyone is welcome, everything is donated, there is no minimum (or maximum) donation required. All proceeds go directly to the Church and in this sense, Coffee Hour is also a fundraising event.

Please sign up on the blackboard downstairs

  • Please prepare coffee for 50 – 70 people.
  • Please do not use flavored coffees. Please keep coffee hours simple. Bagels and fruit are acceptable. Please check the freshness and availability of milk (or nondairy creamer during the fasting periods). You are welcome to make it as elaborate as you would like but it is not necessary.
  • Money collected at coffee hour should be given to the Treasurer or assistant Treasurer (or any member of council) and is deposited in the church’s general fund.
  • Please clean up the kitchen, serving counter, wash the dishes after coffee hour and take out the trash. Please wipe down the tables in the hall.


Please remember that usually the choir meets for rehearsal every Saturday at 5:00PM. All choir members should make every effort to attend. New members are always welcome, so please, feel free to join us at the services. If you have any questions, please call Pamela Parsons at (413) 584-5024.