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Sheehans to Lead Choral Workshop Here June 7-9

Renowned Orthodox musicians Benedict and Maria Sheehan will conduct a three-day workshop here for the parish the weekend of June 7-9. They will help current and prospective Choir members of all levels reach new levels of mastery and enable the ensemble to sing with “One Mouth and One Heart.” Group training will occur amidst personal breakouts for directors, singers, chanters, and clergy. The goal is to create a worshipful atmosphere full of musicianship, expressiveness, attentiveness, and prayer.

Session I begins on Friday at 7 p.m. with introductions, a lecture, and snacks. The Saturday sessions begin at 9 a.m. and continue through Vespers, with ample breaks for a catered lunch, fellowship, and one-on-one attention. On Sunday, participants will gather at 9 a.m. for warm-ups, and then lead the congregation in responses at the 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy. The workshop concludes with a celebratory coffee hour for the whole parish with an open Q&A with the Sheehans.

The parish is offering this unique opportunity at no cost for all eligible Choir members (i.e., children entering middle school and older). It is made possible from the operating budget, which your sacrificial tithes support. Registration is required either below or in the Narthex so enough food can be purchased. For more information, contact us.

Schedule

Friday

7-9pm — Welcome, Lecture, and Fellowship/Snacks

  • Church-Building with Choral Singing: What Choral Singing Does for the Christian Person and the Christian Community

Saturday

9-10am — Vocal Technique

10-12pm — Ensemble Technique (how to sing choral repertoire with good individual vocal technique)

12-1:30pm — Lunch

1:30-3:30pm — Break out sessions

  • Rehearsal Technique (how to learn a new piece, for director and ensemble)
  • Clergy & Reader Vocal Technique

3:30-4:30pm — Break out sessions

  • Ensemble Technique
  • Conducting Lesson for Directors

4:30-5:30pm — Conducting Coaching w/ ensemble

6pm — Vespers

Sunday

9am — Warm-up; Run-throughs

10am — Divine Liturgy

12pm — Celebratory Coffee Hour and Discussion/Q&A with the Sheehans

Choir Workshop Registration Form

Benedict & Maria Sheehan are bringing their uniquely complementary skill sets to a weekend workshop at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church June 7-9, 2019. In intensive sessions they help church musicians of all abilities reach new levels of mastery, with emphasis on how to retain these skills and employ them in an everyday setting. They particularly emphasize the spiritual work of the sacred choral musician, and its connections to ensemble blend, musicianship, expressiveness, attentiveness, and a prayerful ethos.

Youth Pascha Workshop This Saturday!

On Lazarus Saturday (March 31), our Church School is sponsoring a free Pascha preparation workshop for children of all ages. There will be a variety of activities, including baking, crafts, and egg-dying. Bring the whole family!
 

Fr. David Smith Hired as Interim Priest

To aid the parish in transitioning from a long pastorate to what we pray will be another, Fr. David Smith, Priest-in-Charge of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, was hired by the Parish Council as Interim Priest last month. Father David begins a six-month assignment on March 11, the start of Great Lent.   

According to Church best practice, an Interim Priest is a clergyman with parish experience who provides pastoral guidance and support to parishes that are between rectors. He creates an atmosphere for the parish to rediscover its mission, vision, and identity while ensuring the community continues its ministry and outreach, as opposed to “coasting” until the new rector arrives. The Interim Priest is not a candidate for the permanent position; instead his charge is to help the new rector assume his role smoothly and effectively.

Father David will be available for pastoral appointments in his Trinity House office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. He will hear the confessions of all the members of the parish—Wednesdays at Holy Trinity and Saturdays at the Chapel. Moreover, his position allows Holy Trinity to conduct weekday services such as Annunciation and other Feasts according to its regular practice, including Clean Week, Holy Week, and Bright Week. On the condition of both our local clergy and the Archdiocese, neither Fr. David’s care of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, nor its current Saturday-Sunday liturgical schedule, will be disrupted. God has planted His vineyard in Snyder County and now is not the time to uproot it, a mere few years before it too can support a full-time priest.

The plan to hire a transitional priest originated as one of three proposals presented by His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek to the Transition Team during their meetings late last year. As Lent 2019 drew near, this course of action grew in favor as it allows the new rector (who remains known only to God) to move between school years instead of during a time of intense preparation for the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Last month, Fr. David sought and received the blessing of His Eminence to serve as Interim. A proposal was then drafted by our local clergy and presented to the Parish Council at its regular February meeting. To aid the Council in making its decision, more than 50 members of the parish offered their feedback at a “Town Hall” meeting that was simulcast live via video and telephone. Hearing unanimous support, Council convened immediately thereafter to hire Fr. David.

The parish asks for your fervent prayers, especially for His Eminence as he vets and assigns the new rector (who will begin September 1); and for Fr. David, who will lead the parish in preparing for his pastorate. 

Transition “Town Hall” Meeting to be Held

The Parish Council is considering a proposal that will ensure Holy Trinity has pastoral coverage during Great Lent and beyond including the ability for the parish to conduct weekday services, pastoral appointments, regular confessions, and catechesis. While it has the support of His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek and our local clergy here, the proposal impacts our rector search. 

Council will solicit your questions and feedback on this proposal at an open meeting in the nave of Holy Trinity Church this Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast live via phone and video conferencing for those who cannot attend in person. You may also opt to submit comments and questions ahead of time by contacting us or by calling the Parish Office at (814) 231-2855.

Call-in Information

>> Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: https://zoom.us/j/821032648

>> Or join by phone: (646) 876-9923, Webinar ID: 821 032 648

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Youth Retreat to Occur in February

The Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania (OCA) will conduct a retreat led by Steven Christoforou (of the popular “Be the Bee” podcast) at Christ the Savior Church in Harrisburg on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9. The retreat is open to school children ages 12 and older.

To promote fellowship among our own students and to have the opportunity to engage with Orthodox students from other parishes, the parish’s Sunday School and Orthodox Youth Association are inviting your children to attend the retreat. Participants will depart from Holy Trinity at 4:30 p.m., stay overnight at the parish in Harrisburg (bring your sleeping bags), and return following Vespers in Harrisburg on Saturday.

While the majority of the trip’s costs will be assumed by the parish, the suggested donation is $15 to cover part of the registration fee and transportation costs. If you are interested in attending, please contact Deacon Mark. After RSVPing with Deacon Mark, you may download and complete a release form for your child to bring prior to the event.

Join Holy Trinity at the 2019 March for Life

Help fill our vans for the 46th annual March for Life!

Holy Trinity and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit are currently accepting reservations in the Narthex and by email for the annual one-day pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. in support of the unborn. Our vans will depart Friday, January 18 at 6:30 a.m., and return around 10 p.m. RSVPs are required by Tuesday, January 15 so appropriate transportation can be secured.

College students and youth (with their parents) are especially encouraged to attend. As in previous years, all transportation costs are fully sponsored by Holy Trinity.

January 22, 2019 marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and Orthodox Christians from across the US will be among those gathering in the US Capital on Friday, January 18 to participate in the annual March for Life. 

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will join other Orthodox Christian hierarchs, seminarians, and clergy and faithful from around the country in the annual March, which will conclude with the celebration of
Memorial Prayers for the victims of abortion near the US Capital.

The theme of this year’s March is “Unique from Day One.”

The March will begin at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The delegation from Holy Trinity and the Chapel with gather with fellow Orthodox Christian participants at the “Orthodox
Christians for Life” banner, which will be prominently displayed to the right of the stage near Constitution Avenue, between 15th and 17th Streets North West. Metropolitan Tikhon and other hierarchs will be
present on the stage for the opening prayers and presentations prior to the March.

Metropolitan Tikhon also will offer the benediction at the annual Rose Banquet on the evening of the March. General information on the March and the banquet—including details on making reservations—is available on the March for Life web site. Information on Orthodox Christians for Life is also available.

Transition Team Completes Work; Submits Profile

On December 30, Fr. John (center) gathers with the clergy and faithful of the State College community following his last Divine Liturgy celebrated as rector. His tenure here will be marked by substantial growth: in addition to the many who transferred to the parish over his 22 years here, Fr. John personally baptized and/or chrismated more than 180 souls. In the liturgy, we thanked God for Fr. John’s pastorate and prayed that our Lord would continue to add daily those that are being saved, including a new rector.

A the request of Archbishop Melchisedek, the Holy Trinity-Chapel of the Holy Spirit Transition Team met before the end of the past calendar year to create a profile outlining the parish’s organizational culture as well as a set of candidate interview questions for His Eminence to give to prospective rector candidates.

The meeting was held on December 13; the group’s work product was sent to His Eminence, our Chancellor Fr. Bill Evansky, and our Dean Fr. Mark Meholick; it can be viewed below.

Rather than attempting to list the characteristics and viewpoints of a diverse group of parishioners, the profile contains the parish’s mission statement; list of core values; a comprehensive history; budgets for the current year and the previous four; vital statistics including average Sunday attendance and census data; and the 2018 Annual Report, which contains pertinent financial information and ministry reports.

The Transition Team strongly believed that the mission and vision of the parish—and the stewardship that supports it—is the clearest demonstration of the parish’s organizational culture. The parish extends an invitation to all who wish to participate in its shared vision, and the budget declares what the congregation values most. His Eminence received the submission and has promised an appointment of an interim or permanent rector by Annunciation.

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Bring Your Foreparent Icons this Sunday

All parishioners named for an Old Testament saint are reminded to bring their forefather/foremother icons to Vespers on Saturday or Sunday morning. Holy Trinity will place your icons in the Nave in celebration of the Sunday of the Forefathers as these are the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, who lived before the Law and under the Law, especially the Patriarch Abraham, to whom God said, “In thy seed shall all of the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3, 22:18).

Come all who love the feast, let us praise in psalms the assembly of the Forefathers: Adam, our first Father, Enoch, Noah,Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and those who came after the  Law: Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Samuel and David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, and with them the Twelve Prophets: Elijah, Elisha, and all the rest, Zachariah and John the Baptist: all those who proclaimed  Christ, the Life and Resurrection of the human race!


Sunday School Caroling Takes Place Tonight

The Church School will be Christmas caroling on the streets of downtown State College tonight, Friday, December 14 (tomorrow). Participants will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and will warm themselves with a cup of hot chocolate upon their return from caroling. The event will conclude before 8:00 p.m.

This is a family event (friends are welcome also!). Parents are invited to join their children this year in sharing the Good News of Christ’s birth. Don’t forget to dress warmly and bring flashlights and bells if you have them.

For more information, contact Dn. Mark Oleynik, Director of Christian Education.

Traditional Holy Supper to be Served Christmas Eve

Holy Trinity parishioners enjoy a final Lenten meal together before the Feast of Christmas.

On Christmas Eve beginning at 4:30 p.m., the parish will sponsor a traditional Holy Supper and everyone is invited.

(The custom of the “holy supper” comes from central Europe and parts of Russia and provided the family a time to gather and share the last meal of the Fast prior to attending the evening liturgical services.)

There are traditionally twelve Lenten foods served (representing the twelve Apostles) such as barley, honey, stewed prunes, pierogi, sauerkraut, potatoes, garlic, Lenten bread, and mushroom soup.

Please consider preserving (or starting) this family tradition by attending and sharing with your parish family a favorite Lenten food.

Sign up in the Parish Hall or online so that we may have an accurate count. Also, please email Mka. Kelly Oleynik if you have any questions and/or would like to assist with this event.