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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

Ministry Groups to Enjoy Fellowship this Weekend

Several of Holy Trinity’s ministry groups will spend this Friday and Saturday engaging in several activities together in preparation for the Feast of the Nativity. On Friday night, teens and preteens in the Orthodox Youth Association will wrap gifts as a service project. Then on Saturday, men will have breakfast; women will decorate the church, exchange cookies, and have lunch; and the Choir and the Sunday School will conduct rehearsals in the afternoon. Scroll down for the complete schedule and for more information.

Register Your Preteens Today

Parents of area middle school students can group register through our parish for the 2012 St. Herman of Alaska Retreat at Antiochian Village, taking place December 14-16.

Holy Trinity’s Sunday School is sponsoring tuition and transportation for the annual winter camp themed on the Scriptures. The weekend schedule includes games, fellowship, wor-ship, great food, and, if God provides the snow, even sledding!

Registration and release forms are available at and due by Sunday, November 11. Email for more information.

Congratulations to our Bowlers

Congratulations to Junior Orthodox Youth Association (Jr.OYA) participants Josiah Stickles, who finished in first place (scoring 191 on one game, with seven strikes and a spare) and Tanya Roberts, who finished in second place. Jr. OYA is open to fifth through eighth graders and meets regularly on the second Sunday evening of the month. Each meeting is a time for fun and fellowship. Friends are always invited to come!

Youth Retreats Scheduled

Parents: Mark your calendars! August will feature two retreats for youth of all ages. On Thursday, August 18, our elementary and middle-school-aged kids will attend this year’s Archdiocesan Youth Retreat, “Icons: Windows to Heaven,” taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh. The next day (August 19), high school students will go on an overnight camping excursion with the Orthodox Youth Association. Both events are free and will include prayer services, presentations, meals, and plenty of fun and fellowship. Holy Trinity is providing group transportation to both outings. For questions or reservations (no later than August 4, please), email Dn. Alexander.

Summer Schedule Changes

Please note the following schedule changes and additions to the following ministries this summer:

  • To accommodate our growing group of new catechumens now preparing for Holy Illumination, Orthodoxy 2.0 will join forces with Orthodoxy 101 this summer to offer specialized instruction. The combined group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays in July and August at 4 p.m. All are welcome.
  • The Junior Orthodox Youth Association (Jr.OYA) for children in grades 5-8 will meet on July 24 this month; the high school group (OYA) is postponing its July meeting to plan an overnight August retreat.
  • Vespers is canceled on Wednesday, June 13 so the altar and nave can be repainted. An oil-based primer will be applied to remove and limit future soot buildup.


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