Fellowship Hour today is our traditioal Apokreatiko Luncheon. Thank you to our cooks and servers! If you still need tickets (adults $25; children $5), please see a Council Member.
Saturdays of Souls
This Saturday, the 2nd Saturday of Souls, will be celebrated at Holy Transfiguration Church, Franklin: Divine Liturgy at 10:00 followed by the Memorial Service. Please feel free to bring Kollyva for the memorials. If you have not submitted the names of your deceased loved ones to Father, or if you need to update your list, please give the new list to Father to put on the parish Diptychs.
Kathara Deftera/ Clean Monday is just around the corner. This begins our Lenten journey to Pascha. One aspect of Lent is the increased number of opportunities to participate in the divine services. Don't let the excuse of being busy or tired get in the way (these are only temptations of the evil one to distract us!). Everyone should try to come to at least one of each of the services during Lent; that is surely not a great imposition or trial. If you keep in mind the hours of suffering our Lord went through in His Passion and Death, one extra service is hardly anything for us!
Here is the schedule for the first week of Lent (March 1-8)
Sunday, March 1
Sunday of Forgiveness
Orthros 9:00 am; Divine Liturgy 10:00 am followed by the Service of Forgiveness
Monday, March 2
12:00 noon--Trithekti (the combined service of the 3rd and 6th Hours with the reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah
6:00 pm--Great Compline with the first part of the Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Wednesday, March 4
6:00 pm--Liturgy of the Pre-Sactified Gifts (Vespers and Communion; please be fasting for Communion from after a light lunch) followed by a Lenten Pot Luck Dinner
Friday, March 6
6:00 pm--First Part of the Salutations/Chairetismoi to the Theotokos, followed by a Lenten Tea
Saturday, March 7
10:00 am--Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service for the 3rd Saturday of Souls
Sunday, March 8
First Sunday of Great Lent--the Sunday of Orthodoxy
9:00 am--Orthros; 10:00 am--Divine Liturgy followed by Procession of Icons
Mark Your Calendar!
Saturday, May 9--Taverna Night--the Outreach Ministries is teaming up with a group of interested Parishioners to plan a Taverna Night. This is a bigger fundraiser; part of the funds will help the Outreach in their philanthropic activities; the greater part will help the church with its expenses. If anyone would be interested in helping out planning this event, please see Elena Newman or Presbytera Anna.
Interested in a Little Adventure?
We have begun our On Line Book Club. We are "meeting" on Thursdays at 7:30 pm (in the comfort of our own homes), and are reading and discussing Everyday Saints. If you are interested in joining us, please talk to Fr. Constantine.
Ask the Priest
Sometimes we have questions, but cannot seem to find time to ask Father. Now there is opportunity to leave these questions in the "Ask the Priest Box" located in the Church Hall (it's bright green--you can't miss it!). Father will field the questions once a month in the sermon, as well as in the weekly and monthly bulletins. You can sign your name or not, it doesn't matter. No question is unworthy of attention!
The question a person asked about the Nephilim, a race of giants in the Book of Genesis, will be answered in the March monthly bulletin.
This Month's Item Collection
One of the Fall projects of the Mother Maria of Paris Outreach Ministries is to provide convenient “bags of help”, filled with hygiene items and some snacks, for our parishioners to take and to give to the many people we see on street corners or sidewalks asking for help. In order to fill these bags, we are asking for you help in collecting hygiene items, such as regular bars of soap, travel size shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, mouth wash, etc., toothbrushes, dental floss, and other such items, as well as snacks such as granola bars, protein bars, etc. We can also use warm socks. There will be a basket in the Church Hall for your generous donations. Thank you once again from “the least of our brothers and sisters.”
Thank you to everyone who has taken a "bag of help" to hand out to the men and women who are standing out in the cold, asking for some material help. There will be more available soon.
Looking for Good Presents for Children, Godchildren or Grandchildren?
Are you in need of devotional items, like censers, incense, oil lamps, prayer ropes (koumboskinia)? Could you use a small, simple presentation of the life of a Saint in English or in Greek? Check out our new Holy Trinity Store. Please put the money in the basket; we are using the honor method. Make checks payable to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.