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.



The Nativity Fast is here! Commit yourselves individually and as a family to embrace the “Orthodox Way” of preparing for Christmas. 
The “world” has really little to offer or add to our understanding of Christ’s nativity in the flesh.  Rather, it’s the same old tired package of distractions that leave you “hungering and thirsting” for the very thing you may have neglected in frantically and frenetically trying to have a “merry Christmas.”  We are again presented with a gift of forty days that can “profit our souls.”  Fast now to feast then, rather than feast now to fizzle out then.  Let your church calendar guide you into the Scripture readings, saintly commemorations and fasting discipline that lead us to the Winter Pascha of spiritual renewal. ~ Fr Steven



Please order online by Sunday, November 18!

Orders will be ready for pick-up at church Sunday, December 2.

The St. Katherine Sisterhood is holding our annual sale of delicious, homemade baklava...and this year we're taking orders online!

Not only does this authentic, traditional baklava make a fantastic Christmas gift, but by ordering your baklava here you're also supporting our St. Katherine Sisterhood ministry (which supports the Tapestry Women's Prison Ministry, Lydia's House, and our own parish needs, to name a few!).

Thank you for your order and wishing you a blessed Nativity Fast!

Proceed to our Online Baklava Order Page...





ALSO: Two videos on Fr. Alexander Schmemann provide helpful background for our class.


From Fr. Steven:


"On Monday evening, October 22, we will begin our annual Fall Adult Education Class. And, as in the past, this class will be comprised of six sessions, thus ending on Monday, November 26. I am very much looking forward to this year's class because we will be reading a contemporary Orthodox classic, For the Life of the World, by the late Fr. Alexander Schmemann... There is no doubt that this book has had an enormous impact on countless Orthodox — and for that matter, non-Orthodox — Christians since its initial publication."


So, plan on joining us for our study of a truly landmark book, which has had such a defining impact on Orthodox Christian life, worship and practice in America. Visit our special 2018 Fall Adult Education Page for further info, links to order the book, plus links for our secondary text, Of What Life Do We Speak?, by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. We will also post our study notes on this page as we work our way through Fr. Schmemann's text.



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

NEXT UP: Our first Bible discussion & fellowship event will take place on November 18th, 3:45pm - 6pm. Bring a Nativity Fast-friendly meal or snack to share. Please note, bring your water bottle/beverage. RSVP is requested by Nov. 16th.

Just a reminder, this event is open to all teens, so feel free to bring a friend along. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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



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.




Saturdays at 4:30pm, in the Parish Library, followed by Great Vespers at 6:00pm. We are reading Fr. Thomas Hopko's Orthodox Faith series

* NOTE! - Schedule subject to change! Watch for updates on our schedule and reading assignments. All are welcome. Makes a great 'refresher course' for all Orthodox faithful as well! Contact Fr Steven if you are interested, and to make sure you receive updates by email...



I begin teaching Monday, August 20, at Xavier University. My class - The Eastern Orthodox Church - meets from 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. on MWF. Visitors are welcome if you would ever like to take in a class.



From Fr. Steven:

Our short stay at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery is over as we have returned home. It was a wonderful visit for all thirteen of us: Presvytera Deborah and granddaughter Nadia; the Fenners and the Frasches; Kathy Wynkoop with her two daughters; and Cynthia Hollister. Greetings from our former parishioner, Mother Paula. While there, we heard a short presentation by Mother Seraphima of her experience at an International Orthodox Music Symposium in MN. Perhaps I will address this in the future.

Looking to get away? Or for genuine peace and quiet?  "Get ye to a nunnery!" -  as someone once said.

To learn more about Orthodox Christian Monastcism, visit our special Monastic Matters page, and contact Fr Steven...


We are again supporting the Woven Oaks Initiative here in Norwood for 2018. Erin Lockridge addressed the parish recently during the post-Liturgy talk, and shared some of this year's programming with us. One of their dynamic programs is called 'Norwood Grows':

Norwood Grows hosts nearly 130 young people in programs like Garden Camp, Cooking Camp, Explorers Camp, and Girls’ Safe Space. These programs seek to educate, inspire, and empower the children and teens of Norwood, Ohio, using garden, culinary, art, and nature-based curriculum. Norwood Grows programs teach practical skills that can be applied in the life of our community and beyond. They encourage a sense of wonder and deep respect for the natural world and the way it sustains us; and they promote healthy relationships - with plants, animals, our bodies, our peers, and our community. 

Learn more and get connected at Norwood Grows and

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.



Our annual St. Nicholas Giving Tree goes up this Sunday in the Parish hall. This year we will have requests for  gifts for the women residents of Lydia's House and their children.

Please take a tag from the tree and bring the requested gift with the tag attached to church on Sunday December 9th. Gift receipts should be taped to the items. Gifts can be put in gift bags but please do not wrap the gifts. Gift cards should be handed directly to me.  :-)

If you will not be at church on December 9th, please bring your gift to church prior to December 9th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of these families in need of our help If you have questions about the requested gifts, please email Laura Menze at laura at stlydiashouse dot org.

In Christ ~ Terrie

October 29, 2018



Welcome Photos help us get acquainted with our new members through our Photo Gallery page, plus we've posted more photos from our Youth Group's most recent gathering, and of the recent visit to Cincinnati of the miraculous, myrrh-streaming "Hawaiian" Iveron Icon of the Mother of God. Plus much, much more in the life of the parish — all on our Photo Gallery Page.

October 29, 2018



Visit our online Pledge Form here, and submit your pledge in under two minutes!

November 11 was our target date for having all our pledges submitted for 2019.

If you haven't yet completed your pledge, thank you for doing so as quckly as possble. The Parish Council is finalizing plans for next calendar year and this information is critical to their efforts.



Our Parish Church School is off to a solid start for the 2018-2019 year, with regular attendance averaging around 50.

This year we are studying selected New Testament books, the Feasts and the Sacraments. In addition to our weekly classes there will be several service projects and a Saint Nicholas program on Dec 9th, 2018.

New members? Late to register? No worries! Contact Fr. Steven, and we look forward to seeing you on Sundays!



The next Kairos Weekend (#20) is coming up November 8-11! We hope you will join us in prayer for the prisoners and the ministry team.

Go to our KAIROS Prison Ministry Page for more info, and speak to Terry Morgan after Liturgy, or contact him directly.



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.

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

Full info available here...


We serve a good number of people each month, and our supplies are depleted  again. Please pass on to the parish that we are looking for items donations for Nov 17. Again, a monetary donation to the food pantry fund will work too, as we can take care of the shopping.

Please visit our Food Pantry Ministry page for more info on this ministry...




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


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.

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