Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening March 2024

"Let us not give up the habit of meeting together... Instead, let us encourage each other all the more,"
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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!

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 health and safety 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.

Time to Tidy Up

This month leads to Clean Monday (March 18 this year), which starts Great Lent (March 18 to May 4) — our preparation for celebrating Christ Jesus’ rising from death on Pascha (May 5).

Lent was an Old English word for “spring,” so we can think of Great Lent as a spiritual springtime, a season for reawakening and new growth as Christians.

And springtime calls for spring cleaning: the need to air out our houses and clear them of any clutter and cobwebs that have built up.

God calls us to do just that with our lives (Isaiah 1:16-17):

Wash yourselves clean!
Get your sins out of my sight.
Stop doing evil.
Learn to do good.

Great Lent beckons us to take stock of our lives and do some spiritual spring cleaning. Let’s make the most of it with the tools of worship, confession, almsgiving, prayer, and fasting that Jesus taught us.

Mark Your Calendar!

Sunday, March 3 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
Second Sunday of the Triodion: Prodigal Son Sunday

Saturday, March 9 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service
All Souls Saturday

Sunday, March 10 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
Third Sunday of the Triodion: Last Judgment Sunday

Sunday, March 17 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Forgiveness Vespers
Fourth Sunday of the Triodion: Forgiveness Sunday

Monday, March 18 – Saturday, May 4
Great Lent

Friday, March 22 · 6 p.m.
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Sunday, March 24 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Icon Procession
First Sunday of Great Lent: Triumph of Orthodoxy

Friday, March 25
Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

Friday, March 29 · 6 p.m.
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 30 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service
All Souls Saturday

Sunday, March 31 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
Second Sunday of Great Lent: Saint Gregory Palamas

Pre-Lent and Great Lent Special Services

On All Souls Saturdays during Pre-Lent and Great Lent we hold the Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service in prayerful memory of “those whom we love but see no longer,” as one Christian prayer touchingly puts it, because “alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8). Come, pray for your loved ones.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts gives us opportunity to be nourished with Holy Communion on weekdays of Great Lent, when the Divine Liturgy is not held. Come, receive Jesus as your food and drink.


“Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Denis and Chanrath Pizza (March 31). Birthdays: Nick Panagopoulos (March 14). God grant you many years!

“Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Prayerful condolences to Presbytera Mary Mattis, wife of Father Bill Mattis, our fellow parishioner and father in Christ who died on February 15, 2024 and was laid to rest on February 24, 2024. Eternal memory and blessed rest to him!

News and Notes

Help Ukraine! Ukraine continues to bear the brunt of unprovoked Russian warfare at a cost of innocent lives, brutal destruction, and human heartbreak. Please relieve the horror by funding humanitarian aid by clicking this link: tinyurl.com/iocc-ukraine.

Pitch In!

Church doesn't just happen on its own. It happens when we come together and put our time, talent, and treasure at God's disposal to do his will as followers of Christ Jesus. In a word, that's stewardship. Want to lend a helping hand? See our parish priest, Father Alexis Woytek to find out what needs doing. Want to become a supporting member? See our parish treasurer, Mrs. Lydia Pinkowski to find out how. Thank you for pitching in to make your church happen!

Reach Out!

The Church doesn't exist for itself. God calls it to reach out and share his love with the world that it lives in. Our parish charity bin is one way we do such outreach, collecting nonperishable food that our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County share with locals in need. Click here for an online grocery list. Thank you for reaching out and helping others through your church's charity!

Safe and Sound

COVID is no longer a global pandemic, but coronavirus still crops up now and then, here and there. Please keep alert and take sensible precautions while our church remains open.

If you feel ill, please stay home, follow doctor’s orders, and take good care of yourself. Let us know if you want us to pray for you. We look forward to seeing you again once you get well!

Please feel free to wear a face mask if your health requires it or you just feel safer doing so.

Please respect personal space and give each other courteous leeway.

Thanks for your consideration, which is simply part of doing what Christ Jesus told us to do: “Love others as much as you love yourself” (Mark 12:31).