THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Christ is Risen!!! Truly He is Risen!!!
Χριστός Ανέστη!!! Αληθώς Ανέστη!!!
“Christ is Risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life” (Paschal Troparion)
«Χριστός ανέστη εκ νεκρών, θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοίς εν τοίς μνήμασι, ζωήν χαρισάμενος» (Πασχαλινόν Τροπάριον)
Sunday, May 24th
Sunday of the Blind Man
9:30am Divine Liturgy
(Please continue watching “Live Streaming”)
Monday, May 25th
Memorial Day is a special time to honor America’s history and commemorate the bravery, courage, and honor of our troops. To honor our nation’s veterans who sacrificed everything to fight for our freedom as Americans. We are especially proud and honor our veterans from our Community who gave their lives for the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation and to our veterans who are with us today; we thank you for your sacrifice to defend our homeland and protect us all.
“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”
“To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.”
Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Wednesday, May 27th
Apodosis of Pascha
9:00am Divine Liturgy
All of the hymns are from the Pascha service
Last day to say “Christ is Risen”
Thursday, May 28th
9:00am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, May 23rd
Trisagion Service will be held today for all the Orthodox members of the AHEPA. May their memory be eternal.
An Important Note: Many of our parishioners do not get these mass emails. If you are aware of them who do not, please call them and read to them what these announcements say. Also please notify Fr. Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org for their email addresses and we will add them to the list. Thank you to those who have responded to add them on our email list.
Wonderful News: Fr. Michael has been given the approval from His Eminence Metropolitan Savas to come back to the Cathedral and serve in his priestly duties. His first service was this past Thursday for Sts. Constantine and Helen. He is beyond thrilled and ready to tackle the next challenge. He prays that everyone will be safe and healthy.
All the Clergy in the Pittsburgh Metropolis are praying for those who are sick from the corona virus, those who are doctors, nurses, medical personnel, emergency personnel and scientists/researchers. Names have been given to all the Clergy of our Metropolis to pray at this time. Fr. Michael has given the names from our Parish. Please communicate with Father Michael to check if he has your name(s). Also, names have been given of those who passed away and the names of their families.
Please pay special attention: All the deadline dates for the Scholarships have changed. For this year, the correct dates are included here because they all have been extended. Also, the Scholarships that are available are:
AHEPA Chapter #64 Local Scholarship – deadline July 1st.
AHEPA Power District #4 Scholarship – deadline June 15th.
Evrytanian Local Scholarship – deadline June 1st.
Evrytanian National Scholarship – deadline July 20th.
The Three Hierarchs Scholarship – deadline July 1st.
Philoptochos Society – deadline July 1st.
The Papoutsis Family Scholarship – deadline July 1st.
Please go online and download the scholarships. Go to the Church’s website, hit the Youth tab and scroll down to the Scholarships. Once you open, you will again press on “Click here for information on 2020 Scholarships”. The two scholarships that are not available this year are the Neohoriton Scholarship and the Ionian Village Scholarship. Thank you.
Graduation Sunday and Scholarship Sunday will be held this year on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND, 2020. Please mark your calendars and we ask for the graduating Seniors from both High School and Colleges/Universities to please fill out the form that is included in the Church’s website where the MAY Source is located or see the flyer below at the end of this announcement page. We, as in the past, will make a small booklet with all the graduates’ names, information and with their picture. To be included please make sure to either mail your information with the form and picture to the Church Office/Mary Wallenmeyer OR send it electronically to Treasurer@HolyTrinityHBG.org. Thank you. Please see flyer at the end of these announcements.
A special way to stay in touch with our pious traditions has been implemented on the Church’s website where you can designate to “light a candle” in the Church on Sunday or any other day, for good health of family members or friends, for the health care providers, or the repose of beloved ones. Also, you may make a donation for a memorial, Trisagion or for any other reason. This way, through this special app, you feel connected with the Church and can have prayers read. Please take a moment and check it out and thank you to those who have gone on the site and made your commitments.
To all parents and Sunday School Teachers:
News from the Department of Religious Education
Religious Ed @ Home: https://www.goarch.org/educators-articles
Each week, a variety of discussion questions, activities, lessons, and crafts arranged by general age groups is posted for use on Sunday.
More have been posted here also: https://pittsburgh.goarch.org/religious-ed
Since we are in the Period of the Resurrection, we do not kneel during the services until the day of Pentecost when we have the Kneeling Service.
Let us stay home, pray from home, and make our home a “Church”. If you need any help please call Fr. Michael at 717-818-1160 or email him: email@example.com. Please keep your Clergy, the Parish Council members and all the parishioners at Holy Trinity in your prayers, as well. Please also pray for the health of the medical personnel, emergency personnel and all the front line health providers and workers during this crucial time. Please pray for the families that are sick, the families who have lost loved ones and especially please pray for the entire world to be rid of this virus.
Our Church Office will be closed till further notice. For emergencies, especially, please call the clergy directly, email us or text us to reach us. All meetings and functions have been cancelled or virtually functioning due to the Corona Virus. We will let you know via email when we will proceed with our activities again. We hope and pray that everyone will be safe and healthy.
We have sent an email out stating that at 10:00pm – 10:15pm Mt. Athos is praying for the entire world. They have asked that we, too, pray in our respective time zone at 10pm-10:15pm for the world by repeating this prayer for 15 minutes: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon your world”. Please do this with your family, if possible.
Stewardship Pledges for 2020: We would like to thank all those who have responded with their stewardship to the Church during this crisis. This is helping tremendously. Postponing this year the Festival, we are having a strain on available funds. Those who are able, please provide your financial help to our Cathedral.
Thank you to our 61% of families that have given their Stewardship Card commitments for this year bringing to a total of $243,311 of pledges with the actual contributions more than $148,407 for the first four months of the year. We would like to ask those who have not submitted the 2020 Stewardship Form with your annual commitment to the Office, to please do so. We encourage you to please consider and be generous with your annual pledge to our Church, especially during this crisis. Since the Budget for the 2020 Stewardship year is $400,000 we are hoping for the average pledge to be a little over $1,200 for the year. We are requesting if possible for you an average of 10% increase over your last year’s pledge. May the blessings of the Lord always be with all of you and with our families keeping all safe, healthy and spiritually strong. Thank you.
We are happy with the news that our area, Cumberland County where the Cathedral is located, has re-opened in the Yellow Phase and with our Metropolitan’s blessing and permission we will be able to come back to Church. This means that we will have 25 people in the Church and 25 people in the Hall. Though, when we come back to Church, we have to seriously be careful what we do. We have emailed out guidelines so everyone will know what is expected when coming to Church and how to call the Office in order to reserve your place to come to Church. After you call, you will get a confirmation call, if you are able to come. These instructions have been sent out since we have received approval from His Eminence to re-open the Church. No shaking hands, no hugging, no embracing, we will keep social distancing etc.., When we come in the Church we must use the hand sanitizer that is available to all at the entrance. Also, we are asked to wear masks. Let us pray to be with each other in Church soon.
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is launching a new one-year program: the Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Leadership (CYML). The program is designed for those who have completed their bachelor's degrees and wish to deepen their theological knowledge while developing their skills and understanding for ministry and leadership with youth and young adults. We are offering full-tuition scholarships to select students who wish to complete this program. We are grateful to Leadership 100 for their generous funding of these scholarships.
This Certificate fills important educational and vocational needs of Orthodox laypeople. It also meets the needs of parishes and metropolises that wish to hire a youth activities coordinator. This Certificate program cultivates the skills of its students for service in our parishes to our youth and young adults. Applications will be reviewed beginning June 1, 2020.
The Certificate is 18 credits of graduate level academic work with a work study component that continues through the summer of 2021. Students will be assigned one of five Work-Study positions within the Office of Vocation and Ministry.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Anyone who wants to...
as a youth director, youth activities coordinator, or administrator at the parish, diocese, or metropolis level.
GAIN EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
with a specific skill set (see work study areas of focus below: administration, development, photography/media, communications).
DEEPEN THEOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
before pursuing professional studies in a chosen career field. This program gives participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of Orthodox theological tradition while learning to mentor and engage our young people through a year of transformative service and learning.
TAKE A YEAR OFF FROM PROFESSIONAL WORK
to study the Orthodox faith tradition while also training to be excellent volunteer leaders for the Church (e.g., Sunday school, GOYA, camp ministry, or mission work).
through what we believe to be the optimal combination of theological learning and service.
PLEASE SEE FLYER BELOW:
“TO ALL GRADUATES”
It is time to begin preparing the Graduates Booklet for our Holy Trinity Community. This cannot be accomplished without your help.
The information below needs to be filled out and returned to the
Church Office by July 1, 2020.
(This will be the final date for sending in your information and picture for publication in the GRADUATION BOOKLET).
Including Your Graduation Picture Yes____ No ___
Your full name: _______________________________________________________________
Name of Parents:__________________________________________________________________
Name of High School or College graduating from:
Plans after graduation and/or name of college to attend:
If graduating from college, degree obtained:
Email Address: __________________________________________
GRADUATION SUNDAY AND SCHOLARSHIP SUNDAY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND, 2020