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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.

Great Vespers Canceled—Saturday, November 24

Because of the icy weather and poor road conditions, tonight’s Great Vespers has been canceled. The next services at Holy Trinity will be Matins and the Divine Liturgy beginning tomorrow, Sunday, November 25, at 9am. A full, up-to-date schedule is always available at holytrinity-oca.org/calendar.

Please use extreme caution outside and only travel if absolutely necessary.

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.

 

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.