Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening June 2024

"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 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.

We Are Pentecost People!

This month (June 23) we celebrate Pentecost — the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the risen Jesus’ followers in first-century Jerusalem, which forged them into something new — the Church!

But Pentecost didn’t just happen to them a long time ago. It also happened to us when we were anointed with chrism right after baptism: “God himself has anointed us... he marked us with his own seal and put his Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

Chrismation was our own personal Pentecost, marking us as God’s own, destined to grow Christlike and bear “the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

As a church family of Pentecost people, then, let’s recommit to following the Spirit’s lead, trusting how “God did not bestow on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength, love, and good judgment” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Mark Your Calendar!

Sunday, June 2 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
Fifth Sunday of Pascha: Samaritan Woman Sunday

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

Thursday, June 13
Ascension of Christ Jesus

Sunday, June 16 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
Seventh Sunday of Pascha:
Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council Sunday
Father’s Day

Sunday, June 23 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayers
Pentecost: Descent of the Holy Spirit
Trinity Sunday · Green Sunday

Saturday, June 29
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Sunday, June 30 · 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
First Sunday After Pentecost
All Saints Sunday


“Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Birthdays: Presbytera Mary Mattis (June 1), Jefferson Pizza (June 3), Father Alexis Woytek (June 9), Franklin Pizza (June 14), and Riitta Onishenko (June 15). God grant you many years!

News and Notes

Go Green for Pentecost: Green is the color of Pentecost — in our liturgical vestments and live greenery in church — because it celebrates God’s Spirit, who sparks life and growth: “When you send your Spirit... you renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30). Please wear your finest and favorite green to church on Sunday, June 23!

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).