Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension

Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Tikhon the wonderworker, bishop of Amathos in Cyprus; Venerable Tikhon of Kaluga; Venerable Tikhon of Lukh 

Blessed Father’s Day greeting to the Spiritual Leaders of our church and homes!

Thought for Today“Patient endurance kills the despair that kills the soul; it teaches the soul to take comfort and not to grow listless in the face of its many battles and afflictions.”

– St. Peter of Damascus

Great News about the All Saints Documentary

Friday, June 7th, All Saints Documentary received its first award!  YES, The Roma Spiritual Film Festival in Italy has selected All Saints Documentary as one of their Best Documentary Films in 2024!

Why is this a big deal? When a film festival “selects” a film in a category, that means the festival judges have watched all entries and have awarded the top five with an “Official Selection,” and we are one of those top five! Film festivals can have 50 to 500++ film submissions in each category, and since All Saints is in the top five documentaries in this festival, in my opinion, we have already won!  We are blessed!

Now, if we win, the film will be shown at specific theaters in Italy, Egypt and Spain.  Get your passports ready! 

We have submitted to most of the festivals in Indiana and the surrounding states that have a faith/religious documentary category.  We have also submitted to festivals in Texas and the surrounding states. 

Thank you for your prayers – all of the support is really appreciated.  In the meantime, if you would like to help out, please follow the All Saints Film Facebook page ( and like or comment on any post you see across the social networks you visit.

Thank you!
Chris M. Johnston

Resurrectional Apolytikion –Tone 6

When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb. And the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Ascension –Tone 4

Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened Thy Disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, making them confident through the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.

Apolytikion of the Holy Fathers –Tone 8

Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.

Kontakion of the Ascenion –Tone 6

When Thou didst fulfill Thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto Thy beloved: I am with you, and no one shall be against you.


The Epistle

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers. For Thou art just in all Thou hast done to us.

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (20:16-18, 28-36)

In those days, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening, to be at Jerusalem, if possible on the Day of Pentecost. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down on his knees and prayed with them all. 

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13)

At that time, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him.  And this is eternal life that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.  I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made. I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word.  Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.  I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee.  Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.  While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” 

Receiving the Eucharist:We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

Taylor Shahadey daughter of Michael, has graduated (in a brief seven years) from Purdue University with a PhD. in Pharmacy. Her board exam is finally behind her! Taylor is leaving us at All Saints and relocating to New York, NY. She will start her new position at the Bronx VA on July 1st. She is also to wed Ian Hunter in September. Ian has finished his graduate degree and will be employed with New York Life in Manhattan. All the best Ian and Taylor. May God grant them many years!


Today, SundayParish Council will meet following Divine Liturgy.

Monday, June 173rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, June 18: Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am, The Gathering6:00 pm in St. George Pavilion.

Wednesday, June 19: 6th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Daily Vespers at 6:00 pm; (Orthodoxy 101 to follow with meal.)

Thursday, June 20: Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am.

FridayJune 21Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am.

Saturday, June 22: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Baby Shower Brunch honoring Maeghan Lanaghan, 11am-1:00 pm ( Registry:; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, (ask Abouna to follow);  Jr. and Teen SOYO at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, June 23Matins at 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy, with Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost to follow


Parish Life ConferenceWednesday June 26-Saturday June 29, Oak Brook, IL.

Saturday, June 29Baby Shower Brunch honoringStephanie Konnersman, 11am-1:00 pm


Sunday, June 30All Saintsfeast day, Myrrh Bearer’s Fund Raiser Luncheon.


Birthday Celebration: Steve Blair (16th); Heather Van Cleave (18th); Emma Delph (19th); Christian Gillquist (19th); Becky Hrismolas (20th); Alice Van Cleave (20th); Seavor Roach (21st); James Finchum (22nd); David Beebe (22nd).

Anniversary CelebrationJim and Patricia Finchum (16th); John and Debra Craton (18th); Jeff and Irene Weber (18th); Hal and Sandy Sabbagh (18th).

Memory Eternal: Lexi, Alice Marie.

Prayer List: Marvin; Nectaria (Released from ICU); Taylor and infant Houston(congenital heart defect);Fr. James Bernstein; Rebecca with child;Shu-Mei,Charlie;Shirley; Jim;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war in Ukraine, and the Middle East; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mary Ann; Emma; Bob & Bonnie Thelen; Megan (lymphoma); Josiah; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Basil; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Vicki;Kenzie; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew; Isaac; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Lexi, Ross, Vivian; Theo; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina; Anne; Allen; Linda; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Kip; Erica with child, Stephanie with child, Mary with child, Meaghan with child, Alexis with child; Ann with child; Anna with child; Amanda with child.

“The Gathering” is a men’s fellowship for men 18 years and up.  Striving to build a brotherhood of Christian men that seek fellowship and adventure while cultivating meaningful relationships that will last.  Through brotherhood and fellowship The Gathering will use their talents and gifts to forge and sharpen men young and old.  

Planning activities like a monthly gathering to provide a time of fellowship where men can connect and learn from and challenge one another.  Perhaps an annual visit to a monastery for hands-on life experience through participation in the life of the monastery and service projects.    

If you are not on the Email list for The Gathering, Please contact 

V/r, Vasily <>< 

Glen Carter 


Giving Opportunities:

Our In-House Food PantryThank you for the generous support to theFood Pantry. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Donations of nonperishable items of pasta, marinara sauce, peanut butter, canned chicken and Tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit and soups are always welcome.

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

Coffee Hour Host: Nina Rogers with Parishioners H-R.

Next Week HostRhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.