Everyone must wear a face mask indoors. Please bring one from home. Help us stay safe and remain 6 ft apart especially while waiting in line for communion or to venerate the Cross after liturgy.
Thank you - Fr George M Coca and Spiro C. Fatsy, Parish Council President
We are fortunate our spiritual home is located in a beautiful area has FOUR farms within close proximity. But each fall we remind everyone about the traffic jams on Sport Hill Road. See our "About St Dimitrie" tab for detours and adjust your trip accordingly
Kathryn (Kathy) Nicola Olschan, age 71, of Easton, beloved wife of Andrew (Andy) Olschan and mother to Jacqueline (Jackie), Samantha and Matthew, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Kathryn was born in Bridgeport, CT to Nicholas and Elizabeth Nicola and raised in Fairfield, CT. She was named for her father's hometown of Katerini, Greece. Her family was her world from a young age. She cherished her older brother, Robert (Bob) Nicola and was surrounded by doting aunts and wonderful cousins, with whom she shared many adventures and celebrations throughout the years.
Andy and Kathy met as students and friends at Andrew Warde High School in 1965. They married in July 1977 and shortly thereafter made their home in Easton, alongside their siblings, who were also raising their young families there.
Kathryn received her undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University and a Masters Degree from the University of Bridgeport. She devoted her career to elementary education. She taught for six (6) years at Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, CT; and for twenty (20) years at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, CT where her granddaughters now attend. She was an exceptional teacher and dearly loved her students, valued her colleagues, and found great fulfillment and happiness in her work and connecting with her community.
Kathryn also loved being a mother and grandmother, aunt and great aunt. She reveled in her family's love and cherished watching it grow.A loving wife, mother, special Maia, sister, aunt, friend, colleague and forever teacher, Kathryn will be dearly missed. She reached out with sincere kindness and consideration to everyone she knew and touched all our hearts in many ways. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Olschan; her children, Jacqueline Olschan Kaufman and her husband, Ross of Easton, Samantha Jayne Olschan of Fairfield, Matthew Charles Olschan and his wife, Alaina of Bethel, and her three grandchildren, Eleanor Joy Kaufman (10), Charlotte Elizabeth Kaufman (7) and Benjamin Daniel Olschan (2 months). She is also survived by her brother, Robert Nicola and his wife, Diana, her sisters-in- law, Patricia Olschan Kusovitsky and her husband David, and Marjorie (Midge) Olschan Solomon and her husband Jack, and her many cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church, 504 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT with burial to follow in B'nai Israel Cemetery in Fairfield. Visitation will be observed outdoors at the family's home Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
Kindly wear a mask and practice social distancing for services and visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Dimitrie Church.
You will be required to adhere to the following CDC Directives:
Everyone must wear a face mask. Please bring one from home.
Your temperature will be taken with a thermal thermometer as you enter. Anyone displaying a fever will not be permitted to enter.
You will be required to use hand sanitizer (made available in the vestibule).
You will have to sign in–name and phone number–for our records in order to do tracking just in case, God forbid, someone contracts the virus.
By signing in each week, you are agreeing to what is stated in the document “COVID-19 Sign-in Sheet.” These notices will also be posted at church.
You will be allowed to sit in the open pews keeping the proper distance (6 feet or 2 meters) between each other unless you live together. Alternate rows will be taped off.
. HOLY COMMUNION - When you approach the chalice, you will be given a napkin to hold under your chin and I will use a new, disposable spoon for each person who receives the body and blood of Christ.
No handshakes or hugs (I’m sorry ‘cause I want to hug all of you).
Icons, etc. should not be kissed, it would be fine to bow your head.
Unfortunately, there will be no Fellowship Hour in the Hall until further notice.
We will try to have doors open so that you don’t have to touch handles.
There will be no books in the pews so that you don’t have to worry about touching them.
The pews and all items will be disinfected after each service and multiple doors will be open after the service so that we can keep our distance while exiting.
We may offer nafura (church bread) in the most sanitary manner possible.
I urge those of you who are among the more vulnerable to not rush back just yet and if you don’t feel safe, it’s alright to excuse yourself. We are in very careful times and we want everyone to be safe and to stay safe. I know that the Church should be the best and safest place to be, but we also have to be sensible. We don’t need to test the Lord and His care and love for us.
God bless us and protect us and keep us safe.
With love and concern for all of you,
Many parishioners have been expressing a desire to have candles lit and prayers said for them. Click the "Prayers and Virtual Candles" tab above (it will appear white when you mouse over it.)
- Request Candles be lit
- Submit Prayer Requests (confidential between you and Fr George)
- Make Donations
For additional information click this link for a pdf outlining step by step instructions.
This year because of our limitations in participating in our hall, Ladies’ Auxiliary President Diane Nicola asked the ladies not to bring food for Caraga. Instead, they were requested to help our kitchen crew by bringing kitchen supplies. P-sa Marian said she felt like Christmas with the all the “gifts” that were brought. The above picture shows her with all the supplies brought just by Evelyn Balamaci.
God bless our Ladies' Auxiliary and all the generous contributors from so many ladies. I’m sorry we can’t name all of you individually- God bless! Thank you so much for your kindness. Please consider joining them as members of our Auxiliary in Fellowship and working for the Parish---and fun times, too!
Please keep in mind we can always use these donations
Congratulations to our new officers. May God bless their work for St Dimitrie and our community.
President - Diana Nicola
Vice President - Marie Wood
Treasurer - Linda Lazar
Secretary/Recording Administrator - Annette Shawah
Auditors - Audrey Fatsy and Jennie Babu
Membership - Marie Agostin
A special thanks to outgoing President Betsy Cipu, who has been President of the Ladies for a total of 16 years, and her outgoing officers.
Our own vegan chef extraordinaire, Linda Soper-Kolton offers her recipe blog to our community. All her recipes are meat- and dairy-free. You can even search for recipies by meal or specific ingredient.
Linda - Thank you for your sharing your gifts with us