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In Memoriam: Dorothy Jusick Radomsky (1919-2018)

Dorothy Jusick Radomsky, age 98, mother of Holy Trinity parishioners Mark and Leslyn Radomsky, passed away peacefully into the hands of the Lord on October 12, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, supported by her loving family. Born on October 22, 1919 in Philipsburg, PA to Kondrat and Theodora (Cedilla) Jusick, she was preceded in death by five of her six siblings, and her husband George Radomsky. In addition to Mark, Dorothy is survived by her three other children—John Radomsky (Christine), Rebecca Radomsky Bigart (Bruce), and David Radomsky (Jane)—and her sister Anne Lesko (of Illinois). 

Dorothy was raised in Philipsburg, where her parents owned The Jusick Hotel, and graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1936. She attended Beauty School in Pittsburgh and worked as a certified beautician in Philipsburg before marrying her beloved husband George Radomsky in 1944. After marriage, Dorothy enjoyed homemaking, cooking, and raising her four children in Hastings, PA. She was an active member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Hawk Run, PA and an avid bowler for many years. When Dorothy and her husband retired to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 1983, she became very active in the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church; working long hours each year for the annual Greek Festival, and as an active member of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society and the Daughters of Penelope. She was awarded the Medal of St. Michael in 2006 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Atlanta, for her tireless work within the church.

After the passing of her husband in 1987, Dorothy lived an independent life, driving until she was 95 and maintaining her own home until she ‘downsized’ to the Covenant Towers apartments in Myrtle Beach, SC at age 96. Through the years, she remained very active, almost never sitting still at home, and was known for taking daily walks in her neighborhood or on the beach nearby. She enjoyed travel and took trips to Hawaii, Israel, China, and Italy.  She is remembered fondly for her endlessly positive outlook, her ‘words of wisdom,’ and an extensive hat collection. Recently, Dorothy embraced life at Covenant Towers by making new friends and participating in many social gatherings. She enjoyed bingo, exercise classes, and spending time with her family, including nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, who lovingly called her Nanny. She especially loved dancing at her grandchildren’s weddings and attending her great-grandchildren’s graduations, school plays, and recitals.

Always pleasant, outgoing, and a friend to all, Dorothy was a person of great strength, energy, strong faith, love, and generosity; an exemplary daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is and will remain greatly missed by her family. God grant her Memory Eternal!

Trisagion services were simultaneously held here at Holy Trinity and at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Myrtle Beach, SC, and the Nativity of Our Lord, Manassas, VA on Sunday, October 14. Friends will be received on Saturday October 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Hawk Run, PA; the funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m., with a Mercy Meal to follow services.  Joint arrangements by Grand Strand Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach, SC and Strange and Weaver Funeral Services, Morrisdale, PA.

Donations in Dorothy’s memory can be made to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 33rd Ave Ext. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 53 Fulton St, Hawk Run, PA 16840.

 

Register Online for Sunday School

Sunday School begins on September 9. We look forward to sharing the teachings and Tradition of the Church to build a firm foundation for our students to lead a life in God’s image. Sunday School supplements and reinforces the work of our parents in the Christian formation of their children. Many thanks to our staff of dedicated teachers for their ministry each week throughout the year!

Holy Trinity has five classrooms for students in Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Please enroll your child by completing the online form below. Submit one form for each child, please.

Sunday School 2018-2019

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(Please submit a separate form for each child you wish to enroll.)

Father John Announces Retirement

Father John Reeves announced his retirement today as Holy Trinity Orthodox Church’s rector effective on or before the end of the civil year (December 31, 2018). He is the parish’s first rector and has been such for more than 20 years, having arrived in State College in 1996. 

His letter to the parish reads:

Beloved in the Lord:

In what has been arguably the most difficult decision of my life, I have asked Archbishop Melchisedek to grant me retirement as your rector by year’s end. He has acceded to my request.

No other assignment in my ministry has brought me such joy. I have seen young families form, children born, others grow spiritually—both young and old—and many converts made. Through our campus ministry, I have witnessed the formation of vocations and rejoiced to see numerous Penn State students enter the priesthood and other ministries. Holy Trinity has taken seriously the vision to build up the Church beyond the parish.

Consequently, from a nascent group of sixteen Orthodox Christians in 1993, the parish has grown to a community of more than 200 souls, with a missionary outreach in Snyder County, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. To paraphrase St Paul: “They planted, I have watered, but God has given the increase.”

You will have many questions and many concerns. This is understandable. Not the least of these questions will be the appointment of a successor by the Archbishop. A transition team consisting of representatives from Holy Trinity and the Chapel, under the pastoral direction of our Dean, Fr. Mark Meholick, will coordinate the development of a “candidate profile” to aid Archbishop Melchisedek in his decision. If you have any questions or comments about this process, you may send them directly to transitionteam@holytrinity-oca.org or call the Parish Office at (814) 231-2855.

In the meantime, pray for me. If you believe that there is an unsettled issue between you and me, please speak to me. Laura will be happy to make an appointment.

You remain forever in my prayers,
Fr. John

The parish will celebrate “25 Years of Mission” (1993-2018), including Fr. John’s pastorate, with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Luncheon on Saturday, October 6, 2018. More details on this special event will be forthcoming. Save the date!

 

Coverage During Father John’s Vacation

Our rector, Fr. John Reeves will be on vacation from Thursday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 10. For pastoral emergencies during this time, contact Fr. David Smith, Associate Rector, at frdavid@holytrinity-oca.org, 570-600-2246 (mobile), or 570-658-7403 (home). 

Summer Potluck this Sunday

All are invited to participate in a parish potluck after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 1 to celebrate the official beginning of summer and the end of the Apostles’ Fast, which ends this week. Bring your favorite summer dish to share with our guests! Drinks will be provided by the parish.

Vacation Bible School Begins Tonight

Holy Trinity’sVacation Bible School: “What’s the Manner?” begins tonight, June 18, 2018, and continues through Thursday in the Parish Hall. The program includes activities, crafts, songs, and dinner each evening. Our Church School offers VBS free of charge for all children aged 4 through the sixth grade (friends/neighbors especially welcome). Parents may still register online or at the door tonight.

Register Now for Vacation Bible School

Holy Trinity’s Vacation Bible School: “What’s The Manner?” begins next Monday evening, June 18, 2018, and continues through Thursday, June 21 in the Parish Hall. The program includes activities, crafts, songs, and dinner each evening. Our Church School offers VBS free of charge for all children from the age of 4 up through those entering sixth grade in the Fall (friends/neighbors are especially welcome). Parents are encouraged to register and complete the release forms online as soon as possible.

Celebrate Holy Spirit Day at the Chapel

The Chapel’s patronal feast falls on Memorial Day (May 28, 2018), so there’s twice as many reasons to picnic! The day begins with the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m., followed by a cookout at the Chapel Rectory. Please RSVP to Mka. Brenda Smith if you are planning to come. For carpooling information, contact Dn. Alexander Cadman.

Annual Parish Picnic

Pentecost being Holy Trinity Church’s parish feast, our annual picnic is scheduled for Pentecost this Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the lower pavilion of Holmes-Foster Park (nearest to the Westerly Parkway entrance) beginning at 1:00 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, and chips are provided by the church; bring your favorite picnic side dish or dessert to share! All are invited for the fun and good food—rain or shine!

Outdoor Parish Work this Saturday

Many hands make light work! This Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 9 a.m. to (no later than) 12 noon, Holy Trinity will hold a special Parish Work Day to prepare and beautify our temple for Pentecost. (We couldn’t do outdoor work for Pascha because of the cold weather.) There will be a variety of tasks for volunteers of all skill levels. Food and refreshments will be served for all volunteers.