Holy Trinity Orthodox Church:
What’s Happening October 2021

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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 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.

Champions and Cheerleaders

This month (October 1) we celebrate the Protection of the Virgin Mary in memory of a miraculous sighting of the Virgin Mary and other saints praying in church amid ninth-century Constantinople's citizens, while that ancient imperial capital was under enemy attack.

This holy day reminds us how we Christians on earth are "surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) — the saints who went before us and are now "at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). They're our fellow members of the Church, the Body of Christ, for "alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord" (Romans 14:8).

Mary and all the saints are part of our family and lives, then. Dead to the world but "alive to God" (Luke 20:38), their example and prayers cheer us on as we "run with determination the race that lies ahead of us" (Hebrews 12:2) in Christ Jesus' footsteps.

Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, October 1
Protection of the Virgin Mary

Sunday, October 3 · 9:30 a.m.
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday Observance of Protection of Mary
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 10 · 9:30 a.m.
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 17 · 9:30 a.m.
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 24 · 9:30 a.m.
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 31 · 9:30 a.m.
Ninetenth Sunday After Pentecost
Divine Liturgy


"Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). Best wishes to our kinfolk in Christ celebrating special milestones this month! Anniversaries: Harold and Diane Orloff (October 22) and George and Sandra Hreczuck (October 24). Birthdays: Stephen Tymoczko (October 5) and Irene Leschak (October 24). God grant you many years!

"Mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15). Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mary Ann Richards, our fellow parishioner and sister in Christ, who died on August 28, 2021. Eternal memory and blessed rest to her!

News and Notes

First Anniversary: This month marks the first anniversary of Father Alexis Woytek joining us as our parish priest. He celebrated his first Divine Liturgy with us here on Sunday, October 4, 2020. And what a first year it has been! Shepherding a spiritual flock while working full-time amid a global pandemic has been no easy feat. Let's continue to aid Father Alexis in his ministry here with our helping hands and heartfelt prayers, asking God to gift him with the insight, ingenuity, and inspiration he needs to nurture our growth in spirit and numbers as we seek to follow Christ Jesus together. God grant you many years, Father Alexis!

Even Jesus Had Expenses

Even Jesus had expenses. The Gospel of Luke names some of the generous donors who covered his costs, saying: "These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles" (Luke 8:3). "The church is Christ's body" (Ephesians 1:23) — and just like him, it has expenses to pay to keep up the life in Christ from which all of us benefit. Please help cover those costs 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!

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. Please do your bit to put Christian compassion into action. 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).