Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening June 2021

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Christ Is Risen!

Amid this season of Pascha — our celebration of the risen Christ — we're heading toward Pentecost at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church! Join us in the celebration! 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 Pentecost People

This month (June 20) 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).

Our 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 us 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 6 · 9 a.m.
Sixth Sunday of Pascha: The Blind Man
Divine Liturgy

Thursday, June 10
Ascension of Christ Jesus

Sunday, June 13 · 9:30 a.m.
Seventh Sunday of Pascha:
Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Sunday Observance of Ascension of Christ Jesus
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, June 20 · 9:30 a.m.
Pentecost: Descent of the Holy Spirit
Father's Day
Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Vespers

Sunday, June 27 · 9:30 a.m.
First Sunday After Pentecost: All Saints
Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 28
Apostles Fast

Tuesday, June 29
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul


"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), Father Alexis Woytek (June 9), and Riitta Onishenko (June 15). God grant you many years!

"Mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15). Our heartfelt condolences and prayerful consolation go out to our fellow parishioner and sister in Christ Riitta Onishenko, whose mother Helmi Joki recently died. Eternal memory and blessed rest to her!

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 green to church that Sunday!

Father's Day (June 20): Let's offer thanks in prayer for all the fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, clergy, and monks who have enhanced our lives and nurtured our faith. To those among the living, God grant you many years! For those who have died, eternal memory and blessed rest!

Apostles Fast (June 28): The Apostles Fast falls between the end of Pentecost Week and Saints Peter and Paul Day (June 29) — one day this year! Make the most of it with almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.

Slim Pickings or Bumper Crop?

"Plant few seeds, and you'll get a small crop; plant lots of seeds, and you'll get a big crop." (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Church is like anything else in life: we get out of it what we put into it. When it comes to our life in Christ, do we sow for slim pickings or a bumper crop? Invest in your church's growth in spirit and numbers 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!

Generate Light, Not Heat

Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine in the dark, your darkest hour will be like the noonday sun." (Isaiah 58:10)

If our times of global pandemic and social unrest seem unduly dark, let's follow up on God's remedy for that, voiced through his prophet Isaiah: generate light, not heat, by helping others. Please brighten the lives of hungry local children and grown-ups, in partnership with our friends at People Helping People in Hernando County, by regularly stocking our parish charity bin with nonperishable groceries for sharing with those in need. Thank you!

Safe Church Regathering: Parish Pandemic Precautions

Safety first! Reopening our church amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means we must adjust our familiar churchgoing habits for the safety of one and all. Please join us in following these precautions:

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

Face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the entryway of the church in case you forgot yours at home. Please use them!

Please practice social distancing and respect personal space. The seating and choir stands have been rearranged to ensure safer 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.

To avoid any possible cross-contamination, there will be no "coffee hour" or other re-freshments served after church until after the pandemic.

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