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.



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!!!




July 22, 2019



Extensive updates for 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.



Learn 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. 

2019 meetings have include:

March 31 - Fellowship & Bible Discussion
April 13th - Serve at Parish Pantry
May 3 - Post-Pascha Church School Party
May 26th - BBQ & Bible Discussion
June 9th - Prepare a meal & serve the homeless

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...



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.



Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, through early August.

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 . . .



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

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