TODAY’S EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Memorial prayers will be offered at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy today for the repose of the souls of the servants of God, Mary Z. Panos (40 days) and Nellie S. Saba (1 year). May their memory be eternal! The Panos family is sponsoring the Coffee Hour today.
Church School Continues Today
Church School begins at 9:30am with Divine Liturgy and the children’s sermon, followed by classes after Holy Communion. Let's make sure all our parish's children are here and ready to start the school year right by arriving on time for Divine Liturgy at 9:30am and hearing the Church School message following the Gospel. Communion/Dismissal from Liturgy reminder: At the time of Holy Communion 1) The Church School Staff only is asked to please proceed first to receive from the left chalice so they may depart for their classrooms before their students arrive; 2) All Church School students will then be dismissed by the Parish Council down the center aisle only. 3) All other parishioners and Orthodox Christian guests will then be dismissed by the Parish Council down the center aisle only. Thank you for your cooperation!
Church School Class Dismissal Times – NOTE CHANGE OF DISMISSAL TIME TO 11:15!
A message from our Church School Staff to all parents: Please assist us in offering our children the time to fully participate in their lessons each Sunday by allowing them to remain in class until the end of the session. IMPORTANT: ALL CLASSES CONCLUDE AT 11:15am. Parents of Pre-School (only) students should go to the upper level of the Education Center to pick up their children at 11:15 by using the Education Center stairs in the Gallery near the Bookstore. Parents of all other students are asked to wait for their children downstairs in the Gallery or Grand Room during Coffee Hour. Church School snacks are now located in the first floor hall outside the Fireside Room. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Church School Registration for 2021-2022 Continues for New and Returning Students
Registration for Church School classes for 2021-2022 continues. If your children are not registered, you may sign them up by visiting Presvytera Becky in Conference Room A at the conclusion of classes (11:15am).
Church School Snack Signup for Parents
All Church School families are asked to sign up for hosting one Church School snacks Sunday. Even if there are multiple children in a family, each family is asked to pick just one Sunday. A list is available in the Gallery following Divine Liturgy.
Philoptochos Meeting Today
There will be a brief Philoptochos meeting today in the Grand Room following Divine Liturgy. New members are welcome!
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Services This Week
- Monday, October 18, 8:30am Orthros/9:30am Divine Liturgy – St. Luke the Evangelist. (Saint George Chapel)
[Oct 24] Youth Sunday / GOYA Fall Fest “Grab and Eat” Sale
Next Sunday, Holy Trinity Church will highlight and feature the young people of our community taking on the responsibilities of the Parish Council and Hospitality Ministry. Three of our young members will also be delivering the youth sermons on that day: HOPE: Stephanie Stepanow; JOY: Athan Lupnacca; and GOYA: Alex Tomalski. In addition, the GOYA will be offering food and baked goods in “Grab and Eat” pre-packed packages for their Fall Fest during Coffee Hour. Thank you for supporting our teens. They love serving this church and greatly appreciate when you support them, too!
[Nov 1] Bereavement Ministry Meeting
Please make plans to join us for our next monthly group gathering on Monday, November 1. The Holy Trinity Bereavement Support Ministry Team provides spiritual care to our parishioners and their extended family & friends in times of grief and loss of a loved one. Fellowship & Light Refreshments begin at 6:30pm followed by Group Support, Learning and Conversation from 7:00-8:00pm. All are welcome to participate in group sharing or observe through quiet time with others who care. To learn more about our Bereavement Support Ministry and/or our private support sessions, please contact Amy Armanious at visitation@HolyTrinityPgh.org
[Nov 19-21] GOYA Fall Retreat
The annual Metropolis GOYA Fall Retreat will be held at Camp Nazareth from November 19-21. Holy Trinity GOYAns may at no charge by using the Scholarship code “GFHT21”. Please visit y2am.pittsburgh.goarch.org to register.
Calling All Spero’s Books: Please Come Home!
Hi! We are happy to be back open for the 2021-22 school year and look forward to seeing all Spero's precious children! Please help us find all the missing books from Spero's Church School Lending Library. Many of our students borrowed books prior to the pandemic and we need them to keep our library running. Please check around your home and cars to see if any books belonging to Spero are still with you. If you find any, please put them in the Spero's Library return box at the top of the Church School stairs so we can get them ready for other children to enjoy. Remember that Spero needs the books returned before you can borrow another one and he doesn't want you to miss out on the fun of reading!
Visitation Ministry Needs Your Help This Fall
Currently, our Visitation Ministry Team is in need of drivers to help parishioners with medical appointments, shopping, local errands and pharmacy drive thru. If anyone can assist, please contact Amy Armanious at firstname.lastname@example.org or see Amy at coffee hour. Any helping hands are appreciated. Thank you!
Christmas Gift Collection for the Residents of Kane Community Living Center in Ross Township
Spread the joy of the Nativity by offering gifts of love to the residents of Kane Community Living Center! Requested new personal items include: Fleece Blankets, Easy Adult Coloring Books, Large Print Word Search Books, Colored Pencils, Hand Lotion, Lip Balm, Brushes/Combs, Hair Ties, Headbands, Bite Size Candy, Snack Size bags of Chips, Pretzels, Cookies, etc. (Hint; many of these items can be purchased in bulk at the Dollar Tree Store, Costco, or Sam’s Club). Please deliver items to Holy Trinity no later than Sunday, December 5. No need to wrap! A collection bin will be placed in the Gallery. Thank you!
Holy Trinity Church Completion and 2023 Consecration Campaign: Have You Pledged Yet?
Plans are now being developed to complete the necessary items so Holy Trinity Church can be consecrated by the end of 2023, as was approved by the General Assembly last November. The plans provide for completing all the items required for consecration including completing the remaining iconography in the Church and Narthex; installation of numerous items of handcrafted ecclesiastical wood furnishings, most notably a permanent iconostasis and required new Holy Altar table; Altar furnishings and other liturgically required items for the Consecration; and more appropriate seating to replace the temporary chairs in the Church. If you haven’t done it already, please fill out the center section of the “ONE HOLY TRINITY” Pledge Card with your Church Completion and Consecration Campaign pledge amounts for 2021-2023. If you need a new Stewardship card to fill in the center section, please see Jim Balouris, Charlie Petredis or George Dickos or stop in the Church Office. The most important aspect of this Campaign is participation by everyone! Please do your part as a member of the Holy Trinity family on this important project – you will be glad you did! If there are any questions in the meantime, please see Jim, Charlie, or George above. May God continue to richly bless His Holy Church!
Although we are three-quarters through the year, we are still seeking 2021 Stewardship pledge cards from all our parishioners. If you have not yet received a 2021 pledge card or are new to Holy Trinity, additional pledge cards can be found at the Welcome Table located in the Narthex of the church. And remember, a signed pledge card is required as part of maintaining your membership in good standing at Holy Trinity each year. We are grateful for your commitment. Questions? Contact Stewardship Co-chairmen Mike Kritiotis or Ted Stewart or email stewardship@HolyTrinityPgh.org.
About Receiving Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church
As an extension of our hospitality and outreach ministries, we welcome all who have come to worship with us today. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian, an inquirer to the faith or a first-time guest in an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us and thankful for the opportunity to share and bear witness to this ancient and timeless Faith. In accordance with the holy canons and traditions of the Church, please note that Holy Communion and the other Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) are received only by those who are baptized and chrismated (confirmed) Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared through prayer, fasting and confession. All others are invited receive the antidoron (blessed bread) and a blessing from the priest at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The antidoron is not a sacramental offering but is blessing and a reflection of the agape (love) feast that followed worship in the ancient Christian Church. Please join our parish family for hospitality after the holy services and allow us to meet and welcome you. Interested in joining or learning more about the Orthodox Christian Faith? Please see one of our priests or complete a visitor’s card today!
Order of receiving: 1) The Church School Staff only is asked to please proceed first to receive from the left chalice so they may depart for their classrooms before their students arrive; 2) All Church School students will then be dismissed by the Parish Council down the center aisle only. 3) All other parishioners and Orthodox Christian guests will then be dismissed by the Parish Council down the center aisle only.
How to receive: Please remember the following helpful hints aimed at helping to preserve the solemnity and safety of the Holy Mystery. In approaching the Holy Chalice, we respectfully ask anyone wearing a mask to fully remove it as you approach the Holy Gifts and do not replace it until you have received antidoron, so that the Body and Blood of Christ are not spread on the mask and discarded. Also, anyone wearing lipstick should remove it before receiving. For all those receiving, please wait in the Holy Communion line reverently, prayerfully, and quietly without talking. It is traditional as we approach with awe that we make the sign of the Cross or bow down with a “metanoia” as an act of humility before the Lord. Be sure to offer your baptismal name to priest before receiving. Please take great care that the red cloth is fully under your chin and to fully open your mouth so that none of the precious Body and Blood of Christ is accidentally spilled. Thank you for your cooperation, and may God have mercy on us all!