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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.
This month (October 1) we celebrate the Protection of the Virgin Mary in memory of a miraculous sighting of the Virgin Mary and other saints praying in church amid ninth-century Constantinople’s citizens, while that ancient imperial capital was under enemy attack.
This holy day reminds us how we Christians on earth are "surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) — the saints who went before us and are now "at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). They're our fellow members of the Church, the Body of Christ, for "alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord" (Romans 14:8).
Mary and all the saints are part of our family and lives, then. Dead to the world but "alive to God" (Luke 20:38), their example and prayers cheer us on as we "run with determination the race that lies ahead of us" (Hebrews 12:2) in Christ Jesus’ footsteps.
Saturday, October 1
Protection of the Virgin Mary
Sunday, October 2 · 9:30 a.m.
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday Observance of Protection of Mary
Sunday, October 9 · 9:30 a.m.
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, October 16 · 9:30 a.m.
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Typica: Reader's Service
Sunday, October 23 · 9:30 a.m.
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Typica: Reader's Service
Sunday, October 30 · 9:30 a.m.
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Harold and Diane Orloff (October 22). Birthdays: Stephen Tymoczko (October 5), Annmarie Andrejkanic (October 20), Giovanni Feola (October 21), and Irene Leschak (October 24). God grant you many years!
Diocesan Council (Sobor): This month (starting Sunday, October 16), our diocese will meet for its triennial Council (Sobor, in the Church Slavic language of our diocese's Carpatho-Rusyn founders). From the days of Christ Jesus' apostles, the Church has settled problems and made plans in council (read Acts 15:1-31 for that bit of history). Following in their footsteps, our diocese's Council (Sobor) meets every three years, bringing together clergy and lay representatives from its parishes with their bishop, to take stock of our diocesan life over the past three years and to lay plans for the next three years as one body in Christ. Our parish will be represented at this year's triennial Council (Sobor).
Typica on October 16 and 23: Owing to Father Alexis' absence to represent our parish at the diocese's Council (Sobor), our church family will gather for Typica (TIP-i-kuh, also known as a "Reader's Service") instead of the Divine Liturgy on October 16 and 23. Typica is a worship service of psalms, hymns, Bible readings, and prayers for when no priest is available to preside over a Divine Liturgy. So come those Sundays at 9:30 a.m. to join your brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer and praise while Father Alexis is briefly away from our altar!
War in Ukraine is causing hellish and needless widespread suffering — destroying lives, tearing apart families, and displacing 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:
Even Jesus had expenses. The Gospel of Luke names some of the generous donors who covered his costs, saying: "These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles" (Luke 8:3). "The church is Christ's body" (Ephesians 1:23) — and just like him, it has expenses to pay to keep up the life in Christ from which all of us benefit. Please help cover those costs by dropping your offerings in the collection plate at church or mailing 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!
"If you know others lack clothes and food, what good is saying, 'I wish you well! Keep warm and make sure you eat enough,' if you dont do something to help meet their basic needs?" (James 2:15-16). Good point! Actions speak louder than words: we must practice what we preach and profess to believe. One way our church acts on Jesus' command to love our neighbors is through our parish charity bin, collecting groceries for People Helping People in Hernando County, to pass on to local children and adults facing hunger and hardship. Please do your bit to put Christian compassion into action. Thank you!
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).