Services and Events for the week of February 7 – February 14

Monday, February 8
6 PM –
Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, February 9
8:30 AM –
First Hour
9 AM – Perogies

Thursday, February 11
8:30 AM –
Akathist

Friday, February 12
9:30 AM –
Old Testament Class

Saturday, February 13
5 PM –
Vespers

Sunday, February 14
9 AM
– Church School – Youth
10 AM
–Liturgy
11:30 AM – Church School -Children

Readers Schedule
2/7 – Bob Faubel
2/14 – Jonathan McCormack
2/21 – Luke Mihaylo
2/28 – Susan Paltauf

Coffee Hour
2/7 – Villa
2/14 – Sulich
2/21 – OPEN
2/28 – OPEN

Services and Events for the week of January 31 – February 7

Monday, February 1
6 PM –
Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, February 2
8 AM –
Liturgy – Presentation
9 AM – Perogies

Wednesday, February 3
7 PM –
Catechism Class

Thursday, February 4
8:30 AM –
Akathist
4 PM to 7 PM – Monthly Perogie Sale

Friday, February 5
9:30 AM –
Old Testament Class

Saturday, February 6
10 AM –
Retreat at St. George’s
4 PM – Vespers at St. George’s

Sunday, February 7
9 AM
– Church School
10 AM –Liturgy

Readers Schedule
1/31 – Sandi Fong
2/7 – Bob Faubel
2/14 – Jonathan McCormack
2/21 – Luke Mihaylo
2/28 – Susan Paltauf

Coffee Hour
1/31 – Bundra
2/7 – Villa
2/14 – Sulich

Services and Events for the Week of January 24 – January 31

Monday, January 25
6 PM –
Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, January 26
8:30 AM –
First Hour
9 AM – Perogies

Wednesday, January 27
7 PM –
Catechism Class
8:30 AM – Akathist

Friday, January 29
9:30 AM –
Old Testament Class

Saturday, January 30
8 AM –
Service for Three Hierarchs
5 PM – Vespers

Sunday, January 31
9 AM
– Church School
10 AM –Liturgy
11:30 AM – Annual Meeting
3 PM – ASP Meeting

The Annual meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 31. Parish Council Officers are as follows:

Susan Sulich – President
Harry Fong – Vice President
Monika Mihaly – Treasurer
Lorraine Fedyna – Secretary
Luke Mihaylo – Assistant Treasurer
Nicholas Fong, Luke Faubel and Christopher Mihaly – Member at Large

Readers Schedule
1/24 – Susan Sulich
1/31 – Sandi Fong

Coffee Hour
1/24 – OPEN
1/31 – Bundra
2/7 – Villa
2/14 – Sulich

Services and Events for the Week of January 17 – January 24

Monday, January 18
6 PM –
Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class 

Tuesday, January 19
8:30 AM –
Royal Hours
9 AM – Perogies

Wednesday, January 20
8 AM –
Memorial Liturgy
7 PM – Catechism Class

Thursday, January 21
8:30 AM –
Akathist
7 PM – St. Nectarios Monthly Service

Friday, January 22
9:30 AM –
Old Testament Class

Saturday, January 23
5 PM –
Vespers

Sunday, January 24
9 AM
– Church School
10 AM –Liturgy
11:30 AM – Annual Meeting

This is the third of three announcements for the Annual meeting which is set for Sunday, January 24.

Parish Council Officers are as follows:
Susan Sulich – President
Harry Fong – Vice President
Monika Mihaly – Treasurer
Lorraine Fedyna – Secretary
Luke Mihaylo – Assistant Treasurer
Nicholas Fong, Luke Faubel and Christopher Mihaly – Member at Large

Readers Schedule
1/17 – Harry Fong
1/24 – Susan Sulich
1/31 – Sandi Fong

Services and Events for the Week of January 10 – January 17

Monday, January 11
6 PM –
Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, January 12
8:30 AM
– Hours

Wednesday, January 13
7 PM –
Catechism Class

Thursday, January 14
8:30 AM –
Akathist

Friday, January 15
9:30 AM –
Old Testament Class
7 PM – Parish Council Meeting

Saturday, January 16
4 PM –
Vespers
6 PM – New Years Dance

Sunday, January 17
10 AM
–Fr. Nicholas’ First Liturgy

This is the second of three announcements for the Annual meeting which is set for Sunday, January 24.

Parish Council Officers are as follows:
Susan Sulich – President
Harry Fong – Vice President
Monika Mihaly – Treasurer
Lorraine Fedyna – Secretary
Open – Assistant Treasurer
Nicholas Fong, Luke Faubel and Christopher Mihaly – Member at Large

Readers Schedule
1/10 – Susan Paltauf
1/17 – Harry Fong
1/24 – Susan Sulich
1/31 – Sandi Fong

Coffee Hour
1/10 – Pro-Liturgy
1/17 –Catered for 1st Liturgy
1/24 – OPEN

Services and Events for the Week of January 3 – January 10

Monday, January 4
6 PM – Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, January 5
8:30 AM
– Royal Hours
7 PM – Vigil for Theophany

Wednesday, January 6
9 AM
– Liturgy for Theophany

Thursday, January 7
8:30 AM
– Akathist to St. John the Baptist

Friday, January 8
9:30 AM
– Old Testament Class

Sunday, January 10
10 AM
– Pro-Liturgy with the distribution of Holy Communion

REMINDER:  The Eve of Theophany, January 5 is a strict fast day.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
This is the first of three announcements for the Annual meeting which is set for Sunday, January 24.  Please keep this date open to discuss the life and future of your parish.  You are integral to the health and future of Holy Trinity.

We will be voting in a new parish council.  The slate of Parish Council Officers are as follows:

Susan Sulich – President
Harry Fong – Vice President
Monika Mihaly – Treasurer
Lorraine Fedyna – Secretary
Open – Assistant Treasurer
Nicholas Fong, Luke Faubel and Christopher Mihaly – Members at Large

Readers Schedule
1/3 – Stasia Mihaly
1/10 – Susan Paltauf
1/17 – Harry Fong
1/24 – Susan Sulich
1/31 – Sandi Fong

Coffee Hour
1/3 – Open
1/10 – Pro-Liturgy
1/17 –Catered for 1st Liturgy for Fr. Nicholas Mihaly’s 1st Liturgy
1/24 – OPEN

Christmas Archpastoral Letter from His Grace Bishop Gregory

Protocol. No. 21/2015

December 25, 2015 / January 7, 2016

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you with great joy and love in the Name of our Incarnate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  I give thanks to Almighty God by whose grace we have been given the opportunity to celebrate the Birth of His Son.  Looking around, we still see hatred, mistrust, violence, suffering, and the absence of peace in our world.  This reality of life in this world makes us cry out for God’s help, assistance and intervention.

The holy gift of God’s Son at Christmas reveals to us His love and care for all humanity.  As human beings, we are awed by the miracle of God becoming man: the divine glory revealed in a child born in poor circumstances, the omnipotent Creator a little baby in His Mother’s arms.  Indeed on this night the Redeemer becomes one of us, as St. John Chrysostom says, He took on our flesh to make us holy, and gave us His Spirit so that we can be reconciled with our Creator and enter into eternal life with Him.

Therefore as we celebrate the miracle of His Birth, let kindness come with every gift, and compassion, forgiveness and love with every greeting.  Let us beautify our hearts with prayer and charity, so that all people may enter into the joy of the Feast of the Nativity with us.  Let us give our families and friends the lasting gift of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Let us pray for one another, that we may forget about our own concerns and truly love our neighbor as ourselves.  Let us worship the One who came from the highest heaven to dwell with us on earth, raising us from this world into the Kingdom of God.

Today may all of us, Priests, Panis, Deacons, Subdeacons, Readers, Parish Officers, Parishioners, Friends, and Supporters of our God-protected American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese experience the joy and wonders of the Shepherds and the awe and respect of the Three Wise Men at the arrival of the Messiah, our new born King.  Christ is Born!

Greetings from Johnstown with much love,

+His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa

Christmas Message from the Assembly of Bishops

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For the Lord your God is God of Gods and the Lord of Lords…He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing (Reading from Great Vespers of the Nativity; Deuteronomy 10: 17-18).

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Members of Philanthropic Organizations, the Youth and Youth Workers, and the entire Orthodox Christian Family of the United States of America.

Beloved Faithful Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On these most blessed days of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are all invited to consider how we may manifest among our neighbors the love, mercy and compassion of the Christ-child. This is especially important because Christmas represents the profound and sacred point in history when invisible God, taking the form of a servant, dwells among us. From this time forth the eternal message of salvation is not merely declared through law and prophetic message, but is finally something, as Saint John the Evangelist says, that we have heard, that we have seen with our eyes, that we have looked at and touched with our hands (1 John 1: 1).

From this time forth, therefore, our actions are meant to reflect this tangible reality. Having heard, seen, and touched the Lord, we are called to share with the downtrodden and forgotten the same joy of the Incarnation. To do this, however, we must move beyond selfish endeavors and turn to the needs of others.

Certainly, many have contributed significantly to the Church’s evangelism and outreach ministries on parish, diocesan, and jurisdictional levels. These initiatives, however, must never be viewed apart from national and global humanitarian efforts. Through our Assembly of Bishops, we have the unique blessing to participate in the work of our Agencies, and thereby become agents of the Holy Gospel in more dynamic ways than ever before. As you and your loved ones prepare to celebrate the holy feast of the Nativity, I encourage you to learn how IOCC responds to national and global humanitarian crises; how OCMC brings the good news of the Holy Gospel to all corners of the world; how OCPM cares for and offers hope to those in prisons; how OCN introduces people to Orthodoxy through digital media; and how OCF cultivates the minds and hearts of our young people on college campuses.

During the Christmas season, which is marked by an increase in God’s grace upon us, we are called to serve as the all-merciful hands of God in the world. From the very beginning of His public ministry, Jesus Christ is approached by countless people who are suffering and in desperate need of help, and in every such instance, Christ has compassion on them. In like fashion, we must feed the countless men, women and children who go to sleep on empty stomachs; provide shelter to the homeless; and visit our neighbors in prisons and hospitals.

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, as we prepare to receive the Incarnate Lord into the world and into our lives, let us keep in mind that the light of Bethlehem and the joy of the manger of the Nativity are meant to be witnessed and experienced by all of humanity and not just a select few. During this blessed period, I extend to you the blessings of all brother Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States. We wholeheartedly pray that the compassion and mercy of our Lord may be bestowed upon you and your families.

With paternal love in Christ,

+Archbishop Demetrios of America

Chairman

12 Days of Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree”

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” refer to the eight days of the Christmas Octave from December 25 to New Years Day, and the four additional days up to and including the eve of January 6, the traditional date of the Epiphany.  It contains hidden meanings intended to help children remember lessons of faith.  Instead of referring to an earthly suitor, the “true love” mentioned in the song really refers to God.  The “me” who receives the presents is symbolic of every baptized person.

Partridge in a pear tree        Jesus Christ, symbolized as a mother
partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from helpless
nestlings.

Two turtle doves                     Old & New Testaments

Three French Hens                 Faith, hope, charity

Four Calling birds                    The Four Gospels

Five Golden Rings                  The Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses   (Genesis through Deuteronomy)

Six geese a laying                   Six days of creation

Seven Swans a swimming     7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Eight maids a-milking             8 Beatitudes

Nine Ladies Dancing               Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten Lords a-leaping
                10 Commandments

Eleven pipers piping                The 11 faithful disciples

12 drummers drumming         12 articles of the Apostles Creed

Schedule of Services and Events for the Week of December 20 – December 27

Monday, December 21
6 PM –
Prayer Group
7 PM – Spirituality Class

Tuesday, December 22
8:30 AM –
First Hour

Thursday, December 24
9 AM
– Royal Hours
5 PM – Holy Supper at Parish Hall – Lenten Covered dish
7 PM – Christmas Eve Complines and Christmas Carols

Friday, December 25
10 AM
– Liturgy Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Saturday, December 26
9 AM
– Liturgy – Synaxis of the Virgin Mary
5 PM – Vespers

Sunday, December 27
10 AM
– Liturgy
12:30 AM – Christmas Caroling

Tuesday, December 29
9:45 AM
– Deanery Bowling

Please Note:
Christmas Eve is a Day of Strict Fasting. No Meat or Dairy is to be eaten.

Also, there is No Fasting between Christmas and the Eve of Theophany.

Readers Schedule
12/20 – Luke Mihaylo
12/27 – Sandi Fong

Coffee Hour
12/20 – Toaso
12/27 – Suzanne

“… a place of refuge full of love and joy.”