Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907

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PARISH NEWS - If you would like to receive updates on parish life at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit, please contact Fr. Steven and request to be added to his email list.



Dear Parishioners & Friends,


In recognition of Father Steven’s and Presvytera Deborah’s 30 years at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit, the parish is hosting a celebration during coffee hour after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 30, 2019.


Father Steven’s official start date was July 1, 1989.



April 22, 2019



Extensive updates for Great Lent, Palm Sundat and Holy Week. Plus, get to know our many new members, and re-visit 2018 with its many events and feasts in the life of the parish, all on our Photo Gallery Page.



Post-Pascha Church School PartyThe Church School party will be on Bright Friday, May 3rd, 2019, from 6-8pm. Please RSVP to Terrie Sauer by May 1st.

Learn more about our Youth Group and how to join here.  We hope to see you soon!

The Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Youth Group followed its launch of the 2018-2019 year with the first of several fellowship outings. On Sunday, October 21, the group of 16 or so gathered for lunch at Newport on the Levee, followed by a game of Dart Rush. Our first Bible discussion & fellowship event took place on November 18th. 

Upcoming meetings include:

March 31 - Fellowship & Bible Discussion
April 13th - Serve at Parish Pantry (tentative)
May 26th - BBQ & Bible Discussion
June 9th - Prepare a meal & serve the homeless (tentative)

With a balance of fellowship and service, plus several discussion group meetings planned, our relaunched Youth Group offers an enriching experience for our teens. — Photos posted in our Gallery...



Our own Ralph Sidway has the distinction of having his wonderful photos featured in the St. Tikhon's Liturgical Calendar for 2019. These photos are from his monastery visits over the last year or more. Please have a look at them, as we await the liturgical calendar for 2019.

We still have a small supply of calendars available in the church hall following any of the services.

Ralph's monastery photographs of The North American Thebaid will be published also in a handsome photo book later in 2019, also by St. Tikhon's Monastery Press.

Full info available here...



Fr Steven's new book is available through the church office/bookstore, and online.

"For almost twenty years now, parishioners at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit in Cincinnati, and friends in Christ from places near and far, have been receiving from Father Steven his 'Monday Morning Meditations' via email, or have been visiting his Orthodox Christian Meditations Blog. Now at long last a selection of Father Steven's reflections have been published in book form by Kaloros Press!"

Learn more on this special page, and purchase at the church, or order online here.


The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church
Meaning, Preparation & Practice

by Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff

Third Edition, with a new Epilogue by the author...

Seekers, catechumens and Orthodox faithful alike will be blessed by this trustworthy and inspiring guide to the Divine Liturgy and the Life in Christ, composed by our beloved pastor, a faithful presbyter of the Orthodox Church in America.

Paperback, 64 pages, full color cover; $9.99 retail.

Full info here, plus special link to order with a 20% discount!



ORTHODOX WORLD NEWS - Headline news from around the Orthodox world, plus daily podcasts on the saints and scriptures, updated via RSS Feed.



Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, beginning May 29.

Dear Parish Faithful,
Please note the attached flier announcing this Summer's Parish Bible Study.
The title is:  JESUS CHRIST the GREAT HIGH PRIEST - 'The same yesterday, today, and forever'.  This is based on the deeply profound Epistle to the Hebrews, which we just read during Great Lent.
Fr. Steven
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As always, all are welcome! Bring a friend and introduce them to the Orthodox Faith through our in depth study and discussion of the divine scriptures. Class notes and study questions will be posted throughout the Summer, which makes it easy and enjoyable to "keep up," even if you can't make it to every session. We hope you can join us!
Go here for more info . . .



Join us as we again present our Summer Workshops series in June. This occasional (biennial?) offering of fun and informative classes, crafts, and sports is always well attended, and provides something for everyone, and for all ages, with a special opportunity for re-creation and fellowship.

All workshops are suitable for beginners to intermediate level.

This year's workshops include Chess, Painting with Watercolors, Cross-Stitch, Folk Dancing, Table Tennis, and Photography, all led by parishioners with pretty strong credentials. Held in our comfortable and spacious Parish Hall and Education Center, the format includes three consecutive Monday evenings, with the final session on Sunday, June 23, serving as a time when all our classes present their results in an open time of fellowship for the entire parish.

Full info and online registration available here. Please register by May 26 so our instructors can plan accordingly. We hope to see you there!



Parish Reading Circle & Fall Adult Class 2019-2020

IT'S A LONG BOOK: START READING THIS SUMMER - I have received multiple requests from different parishioners to revive our Parish Reading Circle and teach The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoevsky. We will take that reading project on, but not until the Fall.

This will replace the usual theological book for the Fall Adult Education Class. My tentative plan is to meet on a monthly basis for four months - perhaps October-January - allowing sufficient time to keep up with the reading. This is just an opening announcement. More details to follow. However, if you are going to commit, you may want to begin reading earlier - it is a long novel!

- Fr. Steven


Our April Food Pantry went really well. Thank you to everyone for helping out, especially in times when we were really scrambling for help.
From a report stand of view , I was told there were 14 people who came to the FP,  including 2 new. We were able to provide for all of them, but looks like our supplies are really low now.  We need donations of everything from our usual list.  There will be a longer period of time between now and next time we open (May 25) so hopefully people will have time to pick up a few items in the next few weeks. 
In Christ, Catalina



A Special Resource of the Midwest Diocese of the OCA

Dear Parish Faithful — Our Midwest Diocese has developed a Family Life website that His Grace, Bishop Paul is encouraging that our parish families turn to for helpful resources in raising our families in today's world.  —  Fr. Steven



Dear Parish Faithful,
I just discovered this wonderful YouTube video featuring our parish iconographer, Fr. Andrew Tregubov, explaining the traditional method and theory behind icon painting. Quite fascinating. It is relatively short and very nicely produced. Please take the time to watch this. I invited Fr. Andrew to the parish many times, but he always had to decline because of his responsibilities in caring for his parents and in-laws. His wife, Galina, hand stitched our burial shroud that we venerate during Holy Week.
With Fr. Andrew as our iconographer, our parish is blessed with some of the best iconography being created today in North America. 
Fr. Steven

PARISH CALENDAR SYNC — NEVER MISS ANOTHER SERVICE OR EVENT! — This is a wonderful feature of our website, as once you sync our calendar to your iPhone, iPad, Android device, PC or Mac, it will automatically update as we post our parish schedule on our pop-up calendar. Just use the provided sync buttons to enable. Our calendar is featured on our Home page and our Schedule page. Learn more here.


SUBMIT PRAYER REQUESTS ONLINE - Our Ministries Page now has an easy to use Prayer Request Form, so you may place your prayer requests straight from our website. You can also use the form to have your email address added to our Prayer Chain.



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