Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening May 2021

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Christ Is Risen!

Pascha — our celebration of the risen Christ — is underway 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 Pascha People

This month (May 2) 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, May 2 · 9 a.m.
Pascha: Resurrection of Christ Jesus
Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy
Blessing of Paschal Food Baskets

Sunday, May 9 · 9:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Pascha: Thomas
Mother's Day
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 16 · 9:30 a.m.
Third Sunday of Pascha: The Myrrhbearing Women
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 23 · 9:30 a.m.
Fourth Sunday of Pascha: The Paralytic
Divine Liturgy

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


"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Stephen and Joann Kuzmiak (May 6), Father Michael and Paňi Karen Miklos (May 9), Stephen and Kim Tymoczko (May 25), and Michael and Julie Narancich (May 26). Birthdays: Lucy Fonseca (May 13), Julie Narancich (May 15), Valentina Norka (May 18), and Lydia Pinkowski (May 26). God grant you many years!

News and Notes

Thank You! Thanks to all the helping hands on deck and behind the scenes who made Father Alexis Woytek's first Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha with us as our priest come together with such aplomb. God bless you richly for so generously putting your time, talent, and treasure at his disposal for the good of his church and the spiritual nurture of your kinfolk in Christ!

Mother's Day (May 9): Let's offer thanks in prayer for all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, clergy wives, and nuns 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!

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).