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Thank you! SOUP-er Sunday Success

We would like to extend a big Thank You for Making SOUP-er Sunday a success!

We are truly overwhelmed by the incredible support and generosity shown at our recent SOUP-er Sunday luncheon! Thanks to all of you who attended and contributed, we were able to raise an astounding $3,702 for Project Mexico! A significant step toward our $6,000 Matthew 25 drive goal this lent!

A special shoutout goes to our amazing Sunday school students (and parents/teachers) who not only crafted delicious soups but also served up smiles to all our guests. ūüć≤

We also want to extend a thank you to Wegman’s and Weiss for their invaluable support and contributions. Your partnership helped make this event a success.

Project Mexico is an Orthodox Christian charitable organization that operates in the vicinity of Tijuana, Mexico. Project Mexico operates a boy’s orphanage that helps raise around 25 orphaned or abandoned boys (at any given time). They also run an extensive homebuilding program to provide housing for some of the poorest and most vulnerable families in their area, as well as running a rescue orphanage for abandoned infants. It is our hope to raise at least $6000 this year to support Project Mexico, which is enough to feed all of the admittedly-voracious, mostly teenage boys for 6 weeks or to build one housing unit for a family in need.

STOCK UP ON YOUR LENTEN READING!

Spiritual reading is an important part of our Lenten discipline along with fasting, prayer and alms-giving. It stirs up our zeal, teaches us genuine faith, and helps us to stay focused and aimed at the right mark. Come visit us at the bookstore or the library to stock up on your Lenten reading.

Bookstore РWe have many Lenten devotionals in the bookstore as well as the lives and writings of the saints. Our Lenten sale runs March 3-April 14 with all books 15% off.  Stop by and browse during coffee hour or anytime we are open. (see our website for current hours) You can also browse the inventory online  (We apologize but due to technical issues we  can only offer the discount for purchases in store, not online. )

Library РA table will be out in the parish hall starting next Sunday March 2nd featuring a selection of books from our library.  For the full searchable library catalogue please click here. Books can be borrowed for 6 weeks and renewed up to 3 times. Talk to Anna or email library@holytrinity-oca.org with questions or to request a book.

All Services Suspended through March 31

His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek has issued a directive that effective immediately all parishes of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania are to immediately cease all services, activities, social gatherings, etc. with the exception of the following: 

Each parish priest may open his church on the coming two Saturday afternoons (March 21 and March 28) for two to three hours of his choosing for the faithful to come and offer a private prayer and light candles. While we are not encouraging people to do this in light of the governmental guidelines, it is realized some people will gain much strength from this visit. It is imperative that people in high-risk categories (i.e., senior citizens/individuals with on-going health problems/people not feeling well currently) not consider this act. Individuals are reminded to maintain ‚Äúsocial distancing‚ÄĚ during this visit and avoid interacting with large numbers of people.

Holy Trinity’s “open houses” as described above are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and next.  

His Eminence’s directives go on to say:

Except for so-called ‚Äúdeath-bed confessions,‚ÄĚ confessions are suspended until this period of time has concluded. (This, of course, does not preclude informal spiritual discussions between our priests and our parish penitents via the phone and emails…) 

You can reach the parish’s clergy through the Parish Office‚ÄĒ814-231-2855 (phone); office@holytriniy-oca.org (text/email)‚ÄĒwhich remains open with as regular hours as possible should a need arise in our parish family or the broader community. While routine pastoral visits are to cease per His Eminence’s directives, our clergy, following proper personal safety protocols, are still available to you to respond to any emergency situation requiring immediate pastoral attention.

Attached is a service that can be prayed by the faithful of the Archdiocese regularly in front of their prayer corners concerning this virus. The Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, while closed to visitors during this period as per Holy Synod directives concerning all OCA monasteries, will probably continue to live-stream the monastery‚Äôs services; their web address for more info is: orthodoxmonasteryellwoodcity.org.

The work of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church continues even though we cannot gather as Christ’s people. With Fr. Ignatius’ blessing Matthew 25 met virtually earlier today with the deacons to postpone the Lion’s Pantry Drive and Soup-er Sunday to the Sundays of October, but will continue to offer immediate assistance to the State College Food Bank and other charities. We will have more on this in letters to the parish and in the April Trisagion, but in the meantime, please remember the parish through your stewardship if you are able.

Related: Official Announcement on the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh website

Parish Message on COVID-19

UPDATE (July 17, 2020): The parish is no longer asking that attendees voluntarily limit attendance in the Nave to 50% of capacity‚ÄĒthe alternative locations in the Parish Hall and Trinity House proved to be not conducive to worship. Although service attendance will not be capped in any way at this time, the choir has been moved to the front of the Nave to provide even more space for spreading out.

In addition, Fr. Ignatius Hunter now asks that every medically-able adult and child over the age of 8 wear a face covering upon entering the State College church as a voluntary act of self-sacrifice for the unity and good of the community. There is a supply of masks available in the Narthex for your use.

UPDATE (May 26, 2020): With Centre County moving to the Green Phase of Reopening on May 29, 2020, the parish’s regular worship schedule will resume with Great Vespers on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 6 p.m.

In addition to the measures put in place in March 2020 (see the ORIGINAL POST below), the following additional measures are temporarily being enacted to allow all to participate in the liturgical life of the parish (parishioners and visitors alike) according to their personal consciences and preparedness:

  • Even though religious organizations in Pennsylvania are technically exempt from the Governor’s mandates,¬†Holy Trinity¬†will continue to not only practice the heightened sanitation protocols set forth immediately before the closure (see below), but also ask parishioners and visitors to¬†voluntarily follow the Commonwealth‚Äôs guidances according to their consciences and abilities.
  • So all are able to make “a sacrifice of praise” (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom) Sunday Typika services will continue to be available. To ensure Communion is available to all parishioners who have prepared themselves through prayer, fasting, and recent confession, Fr. Ignatius will distribute the Eucharist by appointment to those unable to physically attend on Sundays (for whatever reason). This will be done primarily at the church throughout the week, using PPE upon request.
  • The weekly bulletin will be posted online and available to download to your mobile device via a scannable QR code. (Yes, Father is allowing you to use your phones and tablets in church for holy purposes only! ūüėá). Printed bulletins will be placed in the tract rack, located on the south wall of the Narthex.
  • Finally, because we will be worshipping in several locations (at home, the Parish Hall, Trinity House, on church grounds, etc.), Coffee (Fellowship) Hour will be discontinued until further notice. The parish will also schedule Virtual Coffee Hours from time to time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Church Office at (814) 231-2855. Our clergy and ministry leaders are here to serve you. Thank you to all who kept vigil at home during the pandemic, allowing the parish’s mission to continue unabated. Read more here.

ORIGINAL POST (March 13, 2020): In accordance with guidelines released Friday, March 13 by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, Fr. Ignatius updated parishioners, guests, and visitors on measures now in place to ensure that the parish continues praying for the health and salvation of the world, while at the same time adopts common-sense, temporary precautions to limit the spread of infectious disease. 

The worship schedule remains unchanged and all faithful not in a high-risk category are encouraged to offer thanksgiving to our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, and receive His Holy Mysteries. However, it is imperative that anyone who exhibits symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (a.k.a. COVID-19)‚ÄĒfever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.‚ÄĒself-quarantine for fourteen days. Father also fervently asks you to seek medical assistance and let a member of the clergy know if this is the case so that they may provide you pastoral support and visitation to the furthest extent possible.

There will be no changes to the way Holy Communion is administered, however, the parish is adopting the following changes through at least the end of March 2020 (in addition to the aforementioned guidelines mentioned above): 

  • Antidoron‚ÄĒthe blessed, but not consecrated, holy bread taken to cleanse one’s palate after receiving Holy Communion‚ÄĒwill be cut and distributed by one healthy adult only, who has prepared himself according to the parish’s standard practice (washing of hands and application of hand sanitizer); as opposed to the open bowls on the sides of the church. 
  • To minimize the amount of surfaces touched, our Greeters will assist by opening the main doors of the church for you, and the doors leading into the Nave will remain open for the entire service. (To create a prayerful atmosphere for all, parents with young children are asked to give them their necessary breaks in the Nursery, which is located at the east end of the Parish Hall; audio from the service is piped in.). 
  • Fr. Ignatius can bless you over the head with the Cross at the conclusion of each service, as opposed to the traditional hand blessing. The veneration icons will remain in place‚ÄĒand they will continue to be cleaned as usual‚ÄĒbut you may reverence them by simply bowing before them, if you so choose.
  • Sunday School will resume March 15 and remain in session during this time, but teachers will sanitize all classroom surfaces before the start of class.
  • Bagel service has been discontinued until at least Sunday, April 5, and the rest of Coffee Hour will be scaled back to include only coffee and items that are served by hosts wearing gloves; there will not be an open table in the Parish Hall for the time being. (Because Soup-er Sunday has always been served in this manner, the Sunday, March 29 fundraiser luncheon is still on! Parents and teachers will take extra care to ensure our youth food preparers and hosts take all the appropriate precautions.)
  • Likewise, at each of the remaining Wednesday Lenten Potlucks, please place your covered food in the kitchen before the Presanctified Liturgy to be served by volunteers cafeteria-style. If you are interested in assisting with this task, please let Deacon Alex know.

Please join your fellow clergy and all members of the parish in praying for all those afflicted with and adversely impacted by COVID-19. Thank you for your continued stewardship of the parish‚ÄĒincluding the Matthew 25 Ministry (student food insecurity will remain a problem after the current crisis abates)‚ÄĒso we can continue ministering to the least among us and Building Up the Church Beyond Our Parish

Join us at the March for Life

Help fill our van to the 47th Annual March for Life!

HolyTrinity and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit are currently accepting reservations by email through this Wednesday for the annual one-day pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Our vans depart Friday, January 24 at 6:30 a.m., and return around 10 p.m. College students and youth are especially encouraged to attend. As in previous years, all costs are covered by the parish.

Special Parish Meeting this Sunday

Although included in the 2020 Budget, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit’s proposal for a refinanced mortgage through the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh requires a two-thirds vote of no fewer than 51% of the parish membership.

Therefore, the Council will conduct a Special Parish Meeting this Sunday following the Divine Liturgy. It will be chaired by our Dean, Fr. Mark Meholick; Archbishop Melchisedek will also attend as a show of support. If approved, equity from a new $150,000 mortgage (which will be financed by the Archdiocese at 0% APR for 25 years) will be used to build a 12- by 24-foot addition on the Chapel’s east side to house its altar. 

Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday

The¬†Holy¬†Synod has designated this Sunday as Sanctity of Life Sunday in all of the parishes of the Orthodox Church in America. You can read¬†His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon’s proclamation of life¬†ahead of the 47th¬†anniversary¬†of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

However, the best way to witness life is by attending the January 24 March for Life in Washington D.C. with your fellow brothers and sisters from Holy Trinityand the Chapel. All expenses will be covered by the parish; simply bring a packed lunch or money for food and/or souvenirs. For more information or to RSVP, email events@holytrinity-oca.org.

Electronic Giving Now Available

The work of Holy Trinity, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Penn State is entirely supported by sacrificial gifts from its members, family, and friends. Thank you.

Now, at no cost to you‚ÄĒand at a minimal cost to the parish (on average, less than the price of offering envelopes)‚ÄĒyour donations can be withdrawn directly from your checking account, savings account, or payment card (all major networks are accepted).  

With just a few clicks, you can set up a one-time or recurring payment. After authorizing the transaction, your donation is immediately recorded alongside your other contributions for the year.

Holy Trinity’s new, updated, and fully-integrated electronic payment system is now available.


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Register Now for Vacation Bible School

Holy Trinity’s Vacation Bible School: “Got Fruit?” begins Monday evening, August 5, 2019, and continues through Thursday, August 8 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 entering Kindergarten through the 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.

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 ‚ÄúOne Mouth and One Heart.‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ Vocal Technique

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

12-1:30pm ‚ÄĒ Lunch

1:30-3:30pm ‚ÄĒ Break out sessions

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

3:30-4:30pm ‚ÄĒ Break out sessions

  • Ensemble Technique
  • Conducting Lesson for Directors

4:30-5:30pm ‚ÄĒ Conducting Coaching w/ ensemble

6pm ‚ÄĒ Vespers

Sunday

9am ‚ÄĒ Warm-up; Run-throughs

10am ‚ÄĒ Divine Liturgy

12pm ‚ÄĒ 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.

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