Services this Week
- Monday, March 26 – 6:30 pm (SG) Great Compline.
A quiet and beautiful service of mostly readings as well as Lenten hymns. This is a wonderful opportunity for some quiet, prayerful solace during the Lenten season.
- Wednesday, March 28 - 6:30 pm (HT) Presanctified Liturgy.
A deeply prayerful Lenten Liturgy filled with readings from the Old Testament. Those in attendance are invited to participate in the readings. Anyone wishing to receive Holy Communion should refrain from eating or drinking after the noon meal. Also, everyone is invited to stay for a light Lenten covered dish meal after the service. Please bring a Lenten dish to share!
- Friday, March 30 – 6:30 pm (SG)
Salutations to the Theotokos.
The annual service of honoring the commemorating the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to the Theotokos. Almost entirely sung. Come and seek the blessed intercessions of the Theotokos, who stands before her Son and our Lord on our behalf.
HOPE Lenten Activity Today
Today following the Divine Liturgy, the HOPE ministry will hold a Lenten activity. This will be a one-hour event for our HOPE children (ages Kindergarten through Second Grade). The event will be held here at the Browns Lane location. All HOPE children are asked to attend.
Holy Trinity Cemetery Clean-Up Day - May 5
We will be having a Holy Trinity Cemetery Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00am-3:00pm at Holy Trinity Cemetery located at 8941 Ringeisen Road, Allison Park. Everyone is welcome to help us prepare the grounds for spring & summer. We will be mulching plant beds, pulling weeds, planting flowers, & cleaning up graves. Please join us, with your lawn & garden tools, for a few hours or the entire day. Lunch will be provided. The rain make-up date will be May 12th. Please contact Penny Tomalski at 724-813-5726 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Greek Independence Day Celebration Today
The Greek Nationality Room of the University of Pittsburgh will be holding its annual Greek Independence Day celebration today at St. Nicholas Cathedral. The event will begin with a Doxology service at 5:00 p.m. followed by performances by Greek dance troupes, Greek language students, keynote speaker Father Stelyios Muksuris, MLitt, PhD, Protopresbyter, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, and area musicians performing Greek songs. Refreshments will be served immediately following the performance.
Festival Pastitsio Cooking - March 27 & 28
We have scheduled TWO cooking days to make Pastitsio for our upcoming May festival. They are TUESDAY, MARCH 27th AND WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28TH beginning at 9:00am each day and potentially going into the evening on both days. Both cooking sessions will be at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Oakland. St. Nicholas has been very gracious to allow us to use their kitchen and equipment since our current facilities are inadequate for making Pastitsio. Please contact Paula Valliant at 412-445-4119 or by email (email@example.com), if you are able to help.
Thank You from Philoptochos
The Ladies Philoptochos Society would like to thank all those parishioners who assisted with the special Lenten Coffee Hour Reception held on March 18th. Thank you to everyone who helped setup & cleanup, all those who brought a lenten dish and everyone who made a donation to the Holy Cross Seminary in celebration of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. The event was very successful and enjoyed by the entire parish. Thank you!
Annual GOYA Community Palm Sunday Luncheon - Make Your Reservations Today!
The GOYA teen ministry will be once again hosting their very popular annual Community Palm Sunday Fish Luncheon this year on April 8. It will held community style right here in our interim Browns Lane location. Reservations are being taken to make sure they have enough seating and food. Rather than individual tickets, as free-will offering will be accepted in support of our GOYA ministry. This promises to be a great community day, so please get your reservations in! See the GOYA table at Coffee Hour or email your name and the number of children and adults to "GOYA@HolyTrinityPgh.org".
Make Plans for the Anastasi Dinner
This year will offer a very different but very special celebration of Pascha here at Holy Trinity Church. It will give us all the opportunity to celebrate first and foremost the life-giving Resurrection of Christ. As we continue our journey to our now-under-contruction new church, it will also provide an opportunity to give thanks for the many blessings our gracious Lord has provided since our momentous move to the North Hills. Please be sure to make plans to attend the Resurrection Service, to be held at our interim location at Browns Lane, Saturday evening, April 14. The Resurrection service starts at 11:00pm, but doors will open at 10:00 and we are sure to have a full house, so arrive early!
Following the liturgical celebration of the Resurrection, join your family, friends and other members of Holy Trinity to break the fast and celebrate the feast at the annual Anastasi Dinner. This one will be a bit different from those we used to hold in the community center, but it is bound to be a great community event, with tables lined up all the way down hall like a huge family table - for our entire Holy Trinity family! Free-will offerings will be accepted to help cover the costs of the meal. We look forward to having everyone there.
JOY & HOPE Lenten Sleep Over - April 6/7
The JOY & HOPE ministries will have a sleep over at the Holy Trinity Church interim location at 495 Browns Lane on Friday April 6th - Saturday April 7th. We will meet at 6:00pm on Friday. Friday night`s actities will include dinner, a lenten activity, a discussion with Fr Radu, evening prayer and movies. On Saturday morning we will attend the Saturday of Lazarus service (Liturgy starts at 9:30am) and then we will stay to make palm crosses and cup candles. Breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to Penny Tomalski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-813-5726 by Sunday April 1st. All parents are welcome to stay with their children.
NOTE: Times and Locations for Lenten Services
Please note: All evening Lenten services are being held at 6:30 pm this year in an effort to keep our schedule uniform throughout the season. Also, please note the locations:
- SUNDAYS: As always, at Holy Trinity Church (HT)
- MONDAYS: St. George Chapel (SG)
- WEDNESDAYS: At Holy Trinity Church (HT) to accommodate the covered dish dinner after Liturgy.
- FRIDAYS: St. George Chapel (SG)
In short, all SUNDAYS and WEDNESDAYS are being held at Holy Trinity Church; all other Lenten services are at St. George Chapel.
Lenten and Holy Week Schedules on Web Site
The special schedule of Lenten and Paschal services is available on our parish website at www.HolyTrinityPgh.org, as well as the Holy Week Services Schedule. Visit www.HolyTrinityPgh.org.
Lenten Covered Dish Dinners Following Pre-Sanctified Liturgies - March 28 and April 4
This year's Wednesday evening Liturgies of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will once again feature readings by our Church School students and a covered dish dinner for all those attending. For the readings, all students in grades 5 through 12 are asked to sign up in Church School and offer their services to the Church through this holy offering. There are a number of weeks from which to choose. For the covered dish dinner, to be sure their is enough food to go around, there is a SIGN-UP SHEET in Coffee Hour for you to indicate what you will bring. If you have any questions, please contact Presvytera Becky at 412-874-5195 or PresBecky@HolyTrinityPgh.org. Thank you!
GOYA Lenten Soups, Sauces and Sides Available Throughout Lent!
The GOYA is once again offering their popular, delicious and affordable selection of Lenten Soups and Sauces, and even adding Sides this year! These freezer-to-microwave/pot-to-table offerings are still only $6 each. The selection varies each week, but will include features such as Lentil, Lentil Lemony Rice, Vegetable, Vegetable Orzo, Bean, Vegetable Chili, Pasta Sauce, Tortilla, Tabbouleh, and Hummus. They are all cooked in accordance with Orthodox strict-fasting tradition, so in addition to helping support our youth ministries, they give you a helping hand in planning your Lenten menu! Thanks for stopping by each week!
Lenten Offerings at Three Hierarchs Bookstore
Our Three Hierarchs Bookstore (located in the Coffee Hour room) recommends "The Way of the Pilgrim" as reading for Great Lent. It does not preach, but gently leads, allowing one to visit vicariously the plains of Russia, walking, praying and visiting with peasants, rich households and holy men praying together, "Jesus, Son of God have mercy on me." It is well written and easily read. The book is on hand and, at $11.00, would also make an excellent Pascha gift. Also please note that Holy Week books are available and are a valuable resources to guide you through the beautiful and inspiring services of Holy Week.
Lenten Fasting and Confession
In addition to the special services being held, please remember that the main focus of Lent is a personal one, with increased attention to our spiritual life through prayer, fasting and Holy Confession. Regarding fasting, Orthodox Christians are called to refrain from eating meat (including red meat, poultry, etc.), dairy (milk, eggs, cheese), fish and other animal products through Pascha. We are also to abstain from wine and olive oil during weekdays (Monday through Friday). Shellfish, vegetables, pastas and the like are permitted at all times. If you have any questions-especially if you are new to fasting or have special health conditions-please see Fr. John or Fr. Radu about specific questions. Please also see our priests to set up a time for Holy Confession during the Lenten season. Kali Metanoia! (May your repentance be good!)
Lenten Coffee Hour Reminder
Please keep in mind that during the Lenten season our Coffee Hours following the Divine Liturgy will be observing the Orthodox Lenten fasting schedule. Anyone sponsoring a memorial coffee hour or providing Church School snacks is asked to take care that non-meat and non-dairy items are provided. The Philoptochos and the Church School can provide a list of suggestions for good alternatives. Thank you for helping our community grow in this proper and helpful Orthodox spiritual practice and discipline.
Important Lenten & Paschal Dates
Wondering about Lenten and Paschal dates? Here’s a helpful guide to some of the important events coming up:
Palm Sunday - Apr. 8
Holy Friday (schedule off work & school) - Apr. 13
Pascha - Apr. 15
Feast of St. George (Nameday of Chapel) - Apr. 23
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