Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening April 2023

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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.

We Are Pascha People

This month (April 16) we celebrate Pascha — Christ Jesus rising from death.

But Pascha isn’t just a holiday. It's something that happened to us when we were baptized: "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).

And with that new life comes new family, for "we were all baptized into one body by one Spirit. All of us, though there are so many of us, make up one body in Christ, and as different parts we are all joined to one another" (1 Corinthians 12:13 and Romans 12:5).

Baptism, our own personal Pascha, birthed our Christian identity and kinship in Christ. Starting this Pascha, let's build anew on our baptismal bond with Jesus and each other to live a new life as a church family!

Mark Your Calendar!

Sunday, April 2 · 9:30 a.m.
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent: Saint Mary of Egypt
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, April 9 · 9:30 a.m.
Palm Sunday
Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Palms and Willows

Monday, April 10 · 6 p.m.
Holy Monday Bridegroom Matins

Tuesday, April 11 · 6 p.m.
Holy Tuesday Presanctified Liturgy

Wednesday, April 12 · 6 p.m.
Holy Wednesday Healing Service of Holy Unction

Thursday, April 13 · 10 a.m.
Holy Thursday Divine Liturgy

Thursday, April 13 · 6 p.m.
Passion Matins with the Twelve Gospel Readings

Friday, April 14 · 6 p.m.
Good Friday Vespers: Burial of Christ Jesus

Sunday, April 16 · 9 a.m.
Pascha: Resurrection of Christ Jesus
Matins, Divine Liturgy, and Blessing of Paschal Food Baskets

Sunday, April 23 · 9:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Pascha: Thomas
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, March 26 · 9:30 a.m.
Third Sunday of Pascha: Myrrhbearing Women
Divine Liturgy


"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Father Bill and Presbytera Mary Mattis (April 23). Birthdays: Alex Onishenko (April 16) and Debbie Romanyak (April 24). God grant you many years!

News and Notes

Follow Us on Facebook! Our parish has joined the social media age with the debut of our very own Facebook page. Check it out and "friend" us at www.facebook.com/MYHTOC to keep up with us!

Patron the Hero Dog Needs Your Help!

Brave Patron sniffs out bombs and landmines in war-torn Ukraine so his human pals can defuse them.

And you can defuse wartime suffering there for millions of children, women, and men under unprovoked Russian attack by donating online to the From UF to Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Drive at this link: tinyurl.com/uf-to-ukraine.

No donation too small: every dollar counts. Human lives and freedom depend on it! Patron thanks you!

You Gotta Nourish to Flourish!

"None of us hate our own bodies: we provide for them and take good care of them," Saint Paul the Apostle wrote. "Together you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of his body" (Ephesians 5:39, 1 Corinthians 12:27). The Church, then, is both Christ's body and our own — and it is up to us to nourish it so it can flourish, for the good of ourselves and others. Please drop your contributions to our parish's health 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!

Put Compassion Into Action

"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 don't 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. Won't you please do your bit to put Christian compassion into action? 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).