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.





An Orthodox Presentation on the Shroud of Turin


Saturday, October 5, 2019 • 12:00 Noon to 6:00PM

  • Two unique presentations, with Q&A:
    • Session I: Technical Tour of the Shroud - Fact or Ficton?
    • Break for refreshments & open discussion
    • Session II: The Shroud and Orthodoxy - Iconography, Litugical Practice & Hymnography
  • Featuring a Life-Size replica of the Shroud of Turin, and other displays
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Suggested donation of $5 to help cover refreshments & handouts
  • Full info and online registration here.

Join us for a remarkable journey through history, science, iconography, and Church tradition and hymnography, as we probe the path of the Shroud, and seek answers to one of the most compelling enigmas of our age.

September 19, 2019



Signup and distribution of Welcome Packets for our 2019-2020 Youth Group began Sunday, August 11, and our first meeting for the 2019-2020 year is Sunday, September 22. We plan to have T-shirts made and distributed soon! — See the two T-Shirt designs immediately below...

With monthly meetings alternating between Bible Study and fellowship, and additional family-centered social and service events, our Youth Group offers an enriching experience of Christian formation for our teens and their families.

Learn about our Youth Group and how to join here...    Photos posted in our Gallery... 

We hope to see you soon!

Our T-Shirt Designs for Youth Group 2019-2020

by noted artist, Anya Gerasimchuk



On June 30, the parish celebrated Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah's 30 years of ministry here at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit. View some wonderful images from the special program and meal, and read some of Father Steven's reflections on this significant anniversary.

Thank you, Father Steven and Presvytera, and may God grant you Many Years!!!




August 18, 2019



Most recent updates include the beautiful August Feasts of Transfiguration and Dormition, plus be sure to look back through our extensive galleries for Holy Week & Pascha, our Summer Workshops, Youth Group meetings, and the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Fr Steven's ministry at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit. 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.



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!




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.



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.

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



After multiple requests to revive our Parish Reading Circle and teach The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, we will at long last take on that reading project this Autumn. This will replace our usual Fall Adult Education Class. We will meet on a monthly basis for four months — October through January — allowing sufficient time to keep up with the reading.

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Four Monday evenings, over four months, beginning October 14.

Full info and link to order the book here.

We hope you can join us!   And as a side note, you may want to begin reading right away - it is a long novel!



Dear CTS Faithful,

The IOCC School Kits campaign is in full swing and will run until September 29, 2019. Our goal is to have each student in our church school donate two kits. The kits should include only the following materials...

  *   One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
  *   Three 70-count spiral or tape-bound pads of 8” x 10-1/2” ruled paper or pads with 200-210 sheets. Please do not provide loose-leaf or filler paper.
  *   One 30-centimeter ruler (12”)
  *   One hand-held pencil sharpener
  *   Six new pencils with erasers
  *   One eraser, 2-1/2”
  *   One box of 24 crayons (only 24)

Please place all of the items needed for one kit in a large zip lock bag (the two gallon size works best) and place the completed kits in the blue bin in the parish hall.

We encourage you to shop and assemble these kits with your children.  By putting together an IOCC Schoot Kit, you can give a less fortunate child the tools needed to do well in school and allow our church school families an opportunity to volunteer together in Christ's service. You can learn more about the IOCC School Kits Campaigjn and IOCC in general here.

". . . as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."

In Christ,

Terrie Sauer



Dear Parish Faithful, This explains a bit of the "on the ground" assistance provided by the IOCC in the Bahamas. We will have a basket on Sunday to make our contribution. -- Fr. Steven

IOCC’s team has been in touch with Orthodox parishes in the Bahamas and North and South Carolina to determine their needs and ways to collaborate in response efforts. We have a team in the Bahamas conducting a further needs assessment and our US-based team supported cleanup efforts in the Carolinas and has now moved our Emergency Response Vehicle to Texas and is monitoring developing tropical storms. IOCC is also in conversation with ecumenical and other partners to coordinate responses for maximum effectiveness.

Here’s how you can help those affected:

August 30, 2019



Our class will begin Thursday, September 5, at 10:00 a.m. We will read and discuss Archbishop Kallistos Ware's How Are We Saved - The Understanding of Salvation in the Orthodox Tradition

The class will last for about four - five sessions. We have had a good commitment to date. Please feel free to join the group. You do not have to commit to all the sessions. Come when you are able. It is an excellent book and should yield some good discussions.





Midwest Diocese to sponsor Pilgrimage to Alaska August 19-25, 2020

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — The faithful of the Diocese of Chicago and the Midwest are invited to participate in a unique pilgrimage to Alaska August 19-25, 2020.

“This very special trip is being offered as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Granting of Autocephaly and the Glorification of Saint Herman of Alaska,” explains Priest Herman Kincaid, Rector of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, Burr Ridge, IL. “Under the guidance of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, Chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee for the Orthodox Church in America, each diocese was given the opportunity to select one week in 2020 to plan its pilgrimage to Alaska. This is a unique opportunity for faithful of our diocese to visit the holy sites of Alaska, including Saint Herman’s home on Spruce Island.”

The six day/five night trip is being offered by Culturally Creative Travel for the low price of $2,525.00.

Full info and links available on the OCA Midwest Diocese website.

From our new parish food pantry coordinator, Stefanie Zidarescu. Any and all contributions will be welcome.

Hi, Father Steven, the next food pantry is on September 28th and we need these items:

  • Soup
  • Ravioli 
  • Pasta sauce
  • Box meals
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper

Thank you!



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

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