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The Light of Orthodoxy Spring 2021

The Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Spring 2021 Newsletter. This Archdiocesan Newsletter is dedicated to the ongoing life of the Church in a time of Pandemic, and features several articles highlighting the ongoing ministries of the Church through this difficult time.


Download the pdf version of the newsletter here.

Encyclical Released by the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has released an encyclical for the conclusion of the year of Our Lord 2020.


Download the pdf version of the encyclical here.

St. Nicholas Tree Drive Begins

Every year, the Matthew 25 ministry partners with case workers at Strawberry Fields, who identify area children and their parents that, without your generosity, would not otherwise receive presents at Christmas.

As with our other charitable drives during the pandemic, we have moved it fully online so more parishioners can participate. 

Please review the gift list and help as you are able in order to spread cheer to someone in need. The deadline for dropping off gifts at the church or arranging a contactless pickup is Monday, December 21. Please wrap each gift with the ID tag securely fastened. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Resources for Praying at Home

The following resources are available so Holy Trinity Orthodox Church can continue its mission to Build Up the Church Beyond the Parish, even when its people cannot physically assemble together.

Jump to: Additional Prayer ServicesLive-StreamsVirtual Parish GatheringsParish CommemorationsPastoral and Financial Emergencies

Prayer Services

With the exception of Typika for Lent, Holy Week, and Great Feasts, the following services are oriented for Orthodox Christians on the Gregorian Calendar. For those using the Julian Calendar (“Old Style”), click here.

NOTE: New reader’s services are not being posted after Pentecost 2021.

Additional Prayer Services


Virtual Parish Gatherings

A list of virtual gatherings can now be found at

Parish Commemorations

To stay connected by prayer with your parish family, an updated list of all current and prospective members of Holy Trinity and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit—including their spouses and children—is now available. The list also contains names of departed parishioners (newly-departed and historical), current members of the armed forces, and those who have asked the parish to pray for them.


Pastoral and Financial Emergencies

If you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance (sickness or death of a loved one), or financial assistance through Matthew 25, the Parish Office is remotely open 24 hours a day by calling (814) 231-2855. For non-emergencies, you may email/text

Support the Matthew 25 Thanksgiving Drive!

This year, the annual Matthew 25 Thanksgiving Drive goes virtual so you can provide complete holiday meals to 23 families (100 adults and children total) from the comfort of your home. Simply visit the link below and you will be directed to a gift registry where you can make your contributions. Thanksgiving Drive Gift Registry (registry closed)

In addition, monetary donations are also being accepted, since the Matthew 25 fund is also used to purchase a full-size turkey for each family.

Donate Now

On behalf of our charitable partner, Strawberry Fields, we thank you for your generosity!

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Upcoming Meetings

Worship Services

Holy Trinity: Saturday Great Vespers and Sunday Divine Liturgy
Resurrectional (weekend) services can be found here on YouTube.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit: Sunday Divine Liturgy
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Chapel of the Holy Spirit Catechesis

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  • Sundays @ 1:30 p.m.

Strategic Planning

Facilities Focus Group with Bob Hoffman
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  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.

Parish Information Sessions

Parish Town Hall Regarding the Site Plan Proposal
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  • Sunday, October 4, 2020 @ 11:45 a.m.

Parish Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.
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Fall Adult Study Group with Fr. Ignatius Hunter

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Holy Trinity Church School: High School Class Gatherings

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  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Parents Session: Church School @ Home

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Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Penn State

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connect with students from across the country through OCF Everywhere

Virtual Penn State Meetups:
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  • Fall Preview Meeting: Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Stump the Priest: Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Game Night: Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Special Guest Fr. Thomas Soroka on “Tolerance”: Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • St. Nicholas Party and Virtual Gift Exchange: Thursday, December 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

Parish Council Meetings

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  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

Orthodox Church in America (OCA) Church School

For middle and high school students.
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  • Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Spring Adult Study Group with Fr. Ignatius Hunter

Back-to-School Drive Moves Online for 2020

Because of the various education options this fall, Strawberry Fields was unable to furnish the parish with a list of their student clients’ needs until today. Therefore, the Matthew 25 ministry is starting its annual Back-to-School Drive a bit later than usual. But this minor setback has led to an excellent “win-win” scenario: This year, the Drive has moved to, where the entire inventory of needed supplies is saved as a gift registry. This allows you to buy supplies—if you are able—from the comfort of your home and have them delivered directly to the church. Moreover, whenever you shop with AmazonSmile, a portion of your purchases are also donated to the parish in the form of cash. (If Holy Trinity is not selected as your beneficiary organization, you can select it here before purchasing from the registry.)

Simply visit the “HTOC Back-to-School Drive 2020” public list and browse the church’s registry. You can sort list items by title, price, or purchased status by choosing the desired option from the “Filter & Sort” pull-down menu. (If a particular entry does not have a “Needs…” comment, only one item is needed.) Next, click “Add to Cart” or “Buy with 1-Click.” Once you are ready, proceed to the checkout screen and follow the instructions to complete your order. When asked for a shipping address, choose the church’s address so it can be delivered directly to the church. When you complete your order, the item(s) will be moved to the “Purchased” section of the church’s list

Please choose free shipping options that ensure all orders are delivered to the church by Wednesday, August 26 (volunteers will inventory items on Thursday, August 27). The gift registry closes on Monday, August 24; any item remaining on the list will be purchased by the church through the Matthew 25 Fund. If you prefer, you may donate directly to the fund (choose the “Matthew 25 Donations” dropdown item) to support the ongoing work of Matthew 25

Thank you for your generosity and loving support of the 43 Centre County children that need our support this year.

Archbishop to Visit this Weekend

His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania (OCA) will make an informal visit to the parish this weekend. His Eminence will attend Great Vespers on Saturday, July 25 at 6 p.m. and serve for Fr. Ignatius Hunter at the Divine Liturgy in State College on Sunday, July 26 at 10 a.m.

(Father Ignatius will celebrate with the faithful of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, filling in for the vacationing Smith Family.)

Eis polla eti despota!

Have Your Vehicles Blessed

In conjunction with the Feast of the Prophet Elijah—who was carried up to heaven in a fiery chariot—Fr. Ignatius will bless our vehicles (cars, trucks, bicycles, etc.) following the 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19 Vespers and 8 a.m. Monday, July 20, Liturgy. If you cannot attend in-person on these dates, please contact the church office and we will gladly arrange a time for Father to come to your home.

Study Group Sessions Posted Online

The entire Adult Study Group on the Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril that ran from Pascha to Pentecost is now available on YouTubeFather Ignatius Hunter is soliciting feedback on this past series as well as your ideas for sessions in the fall. Thank you for your interest and participation.

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