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Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening May 2022

"Let us not give up the habit of meeting together... Instead, let us encourage each other all the more,"
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Christ is risen! Indeed he is risen!

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is the little church with a big heart and room for all, where Jesus nourishes modern lives through ancient roots! With our priest Father Alexis Woytek on board and common-sense pandemic precautions in place, we continue to gather safely for Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and share groceries with hungry neighbors through our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County.

Not Just One Day

Pascha — our celebration of Christ Jesus rising from death — isn't just one day on the calendar. The Church deems it a single celebration stretching over 50 days, all the way to Pentecost (June 12 this year).

What's more, Pascha is really the foothold of our lives — for in baptism we bondd with Jesus in his death and resurrection: "By being baptized, we were buried with Christ into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father's glory. And like Christ we can live a new life" (Romans 6:4).

Over the five Sundays of this month, in church we’ll hear gospel stories of people finding new life through Jesus: doubt giving birth to conviction, mourning turned into joy, paralysis replaced by empowerment, thirst slaked by refreshment, blindness giving way to clear-sighted vision. What newness can we detect the Jesus of Pascha hatching in our own baptized daily lives?

Mark Your Calendar!

Sunday, May 1 · 9:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Pascha: Thomas
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 8 · 9:30 a.m.
Third Sunday of Pascha: The Myrrhbearing Women
Mother's Day
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 15 · 9:30 a.m.
Fourth Sunday of Pascha: The Paralytic
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 22 · 9:30 a.m.
Fifth Sunday of Pascha: The Samaritan Woman
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 29 · 9:30 a.m.
Sixth Sunday of Pascha: The Blind Man
Divine Liturgy

Milestones

"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Joann and Stephen Kuzmiak (May 6), Father Michael and Paňi Karen Miklos (May 9), Stephen and Kim Tymoczko (May 25), Michael and Julie Narancich (May 26). Birthdays: Olga Spontak (May 3), Lucy Fonseca (May 13), Julie Narancich (May 15), Valentina Norka (May 18), and Lydia Pinkowski (May 26). God grant you many years!

News and Notes

Mother's Day: Sunday, May 8 is Mother's Day. Take time to thank God in prayer for all those who mothered us in our faith, spirituality, and Christian character: mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, clergy wives, and nuns. To those among the living, God grant you many years! To those who have gone before us, Eternal memory and blessed rest!

Help Ukraine!

War in Ukraine is causing hellish and needless widespread suffering — destroying lives, tearing apart families, and Ukrainedisplacing millions (particularly women and children) from hearth and home. It is an indictment of what happens when humans refuse to follow God's commandments: "Love others as much as you love yourself," "Treat others the same way you want them to treat you," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," and "Do not crave what belongs to your neighbors" (Mark 12:31, Luke 6:31, Exodus 20:13, Exodus 20:15, and Exodus 20:17).

God calls on us Christians to "see that justice is done — help the oppressed, stand up for the orphaned, defend the widowed" (Isaiah 1:17). Please do so by praying daily for the return of peace, freedom, safety, and humanity to Ukraine, and by giving as you are able to these charities working to relieve human suffering there and among refugees who had to flee war-torn Ukraine:

IOCC: International Orthodox Christian Charities Ukraine Crisis Response

UNICEF: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund Ukraine Response

Remebering and Reciprocating

"Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty" (2 Corinthians 8:9). In Jesus, God gave us his all, so it's only right that we give something back to him to show our thanks. Christian stewardship is about more than just funding our church — it's about remembering God's generosity and reciprocating (behaving likewise in return and in kind). Please drop your expressions of Christlike generosity in the collection plate at church or mail them — as checks payable to "Holy Trinity Church" (no cash, please!) — to our treasurer: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, c/o Lydia Pinkowski, 7431 Glasgow Rd, Weeki Wachee FL 34613. Thank you!

Two-for-One Deal!

"Dont forget to do good and share with others in need, for such sacrifices please God" (Hebrews 13:16). Whenever we give alms, our single endeavor yields two results: it helps fellow human beings, and it pleases God our Father in heaven. Why? Because when we do charity for his children who are down on their luck, he sees us honoring his behest voiced by Christ Jesus: "Love others as much as you love yourself" (Mark 12:31). Please help to keep that two-for-one deal going by putting nonperishable groceries in our parish charity bin, for sharing with hungry children and grown-ups locally through our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County. Thank you!

Safe Church Regathering: Parish Pandemic Precautions

Keeping our church open amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means we must adjust familiar churchgoing habits for the safety of one and all. Please join us in following these wise and common-sense precautions:

If you are feeling ill, please stay home, follow doctor's orders, and take good care of yourself.

Wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer is recommended and encouraged.

Please practice physical distancing, respect personal space, and ensure safe leeway between each other.

Please do not kiss icons, crosses, or the hands of clergy — until less contagious days return, a simple bow is ample sign of reverence and respect.

Please drop any offerings in the collection plate set in the entryway of the church, so we do not have to pass it hand to hand.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our church experience as safe as possible amid these challenging times. It's simply part of doing what Christ Jesus told us to do: "Love others as much as you love yourself" (Mark 12:31).