THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, February 28th, 2021 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Sunday, February 28th
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, March 3rd
10:30am Paraklesis to the Virgin Mary
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.
The service is about 45 minutes and we are asking for prayers
from the Panagia for healing, help and any other issues we may
have in our lives. You can also submit names of your loved ones.
Thursday, March 4th
7:00-8:00pm Bible Class
Friday, March 5th
10:30am-11:30am Bible Class
4:00pm – Greek Class
5:15pm-6:30pm Greek Class
Saturday, March 6th
1st Saturday of Souls
9:30am Divine Liturgy
(You may bring a small bowl of koliva for your beloved deceased family members)
Please find the form to fill out the deceased family members that is attached to this email or fill out the form in the Narthex of the Church and give it to the Priests.
One-Year Memorial for Vassilios Haitos with flowers on behalf of his children and Family. May his memory be eternal.
One-Year Memorial for Irene Rouvalis on behalf of her son, Elias Rouvalis and Family. May her memory be eternal.
One-Year Memorial for Elias Scantzos with flowers on behalf of his wife, Freda Scantzos and Family. May his memory be eternal.
We are live streaming on our new You Tube Channel. Go to YouTube and search for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Camp Hill (or copy/paste the link provided below). Click on the Channel and press the "Subscribe" button. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwzf0w5hAbtY35zJUJw_6Lw. You can also access the live stream from our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityCampHill.
Oratorical Festival: We will be having our Oratorical Festival TODAY Sunday, Feb. 28th after the Church services. We will have this in our Cathedral with social distancing and wearing of masks. The winners of the local level will go straight to the Metropolis Level. We will not have a District Level. We congratulate again Ann Ariano who was selected as the Metropolis Chairperson. Peter Aftosmes and Peter Schadler have been appointed Chairpersons for our Parish. Those participating and attending please go into the Philoptochos Room for a snack after Church. Then we will come back to the Church to start the Oratorical Festival.
STEWARDSHIP. We ask that you please fill out your Stewardship Pledge for 2021 with careful and prayerful consideration and please return it to the Church Office.
We have started a new Year for Stewardship 2021. Before completing and mailing the enclosed 2021 Pledge Commitment Card to the Church Office, please give the matter of your Christian Stewardship Commitment your most serious and prayerful consideration. The financial level at which you arrive should be a spiritual expression of gratitude and love to God for all you have received. Your Stewardship Commitment is a testimony of your dedication to enhancing your personal spiritual life. We thank you on behalf of the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Stewardship Pledges for 2021: We would like to thank all those who generously have responded with their stewardship contribution to the Church, up to Jan. 30th, 2021. Thank you to our 42% of families that have pledged and contributed for 2021 year bringing to a total of actual contributions to $76,677. Great start to a good Stewardship year. May the blessings of the Lord always be with all of you and with our families keeping all safe, healthy, and spiritually strong. Thank you.
Bookstore news: The Bookstore is usually open every Sunday after church. This is a special ministry in our Cathedral. There are many wonderful books, icons and other items that you may wish to buy for your home or give as gifts. Please come by and see our bookstore.
Graduation Sunday and Scholarship Sunday will be held this year on SUNDAY, AUGUST 1st, 2021. Please look at the Church’s website for all the Scholarships that are available.
Volunteers are needed for the Church. We are grateful to our parishioners who are volunteering to clean the Church. We need volunteers to sanitize the pews and also to vacuum the Church. If you wish to volunteer for the Church, please talk to Fr. Michael 717 818-1160 or any Parish Council Member.
When you enter in the Church please make sure you are wearing a mask, or one will be provided for you. Make sure you cover your nose and mouth. Please no shaking hands, no hugging, no embracing, we will keep social distancing etc. Also, please use the hand sanitizer that is available to all at the entrance. Children that are 10 years old and younger, may not wear masks. You may venerate or kiss the icons OR if you wish to only bow.
An Important Note: Many of our parishioners do not get these mass emails. If you are aware of them who do not, please call them and read to them what these announcements say. Also please notify Fr. Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org for their email addresses and we will add them to the list. Thank you to those who have responded to add them on our email list.
If you need any help, please call Fr. Michael at 717-818-1160 or email him at: email@example.com. Please keep the Clergy, the Parish Council members and all the parishioners at Holy Trinity in your prayers, as well. Please also pray for the health of the medical personnel, emergency personnel and all the front-line health providers and workers during this difficult time. Please pray for the families that are sick, the families who have lost loved ones and especially please pray for the entire world to be rid of this virus.
Our Church Office is still closed. For emergencies, especially, please call the clergy directly, email us or text us to reach us. We are communicating via email concerning the Church activities. We hope and pray that everyone will be safe and healthy.
Please consider supporting our Metropolis through your donation:
Support the ministries of our Metropolis by becoming a benefactor of the Metropolis.
Visit - https://www.pittsburgh.goarch.org/support to pledge your financial support.
To all parents and Sunday School Teachers: News from the Department of Religious Education Religious Ed @ Home: https://www.goarch.org/educators-articles
Each week, a variety of discussion questions, activities, lessons, and crafts arranged by general age groups is posted for use on Sunday.
More have been posted here also: https://pittsburgh.goarch.org/religious-ed
On the Archdiocese website use this link and find activities and programs for all ages for your children. https://www.goarch.org/departments/family. This is done by the “Center of Family Care”.
Once you get on that website, you will find many different programs that you may like. One program for younger children is "Soak Up the Son - The Wonder of God's Creation." This 10-week series will explore various themes from Genesis, with new content released each Monday. You can access past videos, handouts, and additional content. You can also view past weeks’ videos about the first day of creation and accompanying handout and activities!
Also, another one is “Comfort Food for Families”. It has different topics for all ages. This is also very interesting with different persons speaking on a specific topic about our faith.
Please look into these different apps and also other topics that they have. It is a highly informative section that I believe most parents would like to see with their children.
I hope these are helpful to you and your family.
Every Monday, new episodes of “Be the Bee”This is the complete series of “Be the Bee”. The speaker does an excellent job with relating to the students.
Those who would like to donate in memory of Metropolitan Maximos please see the guidelines below:
Those wishing to memorialize Metropolitan Maximos are encouraged to donate to:
- St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Perrysville, OH (where Metropolitan Maximos is buried)
- The Metropolitan Maximos Endowment for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, continuing his legacy of promoting joyous, engaging, spiritually deep ministries to the young members of the flock of Christ.
Donations to this Endowment may be made online at:
Donations to this Endowment by mail may be made via checks written to "Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh" with "Met. Maximos Youth Endowment" in the memo line. Please mail these contributions to our secure lockbox at:
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
PO Box 645953
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5257
Please consider donating to this worthy cause.
THOSE WISHING TO RECEIVE THE CORONA VIRUS VACCINE:
I am writing to share with you a timely update on our public vaccination efforts. As you may be aware, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued last week a new requirement that, by Friday, Feb.19, health systems must allow all members of the public to directly schedule vaccination appointments without providing their patients priority access. Later today, we will announce to the public how those who are eligible under the Phase 1A criteria can directly schedule with Penn State Health online or by phone. Anyone who meets Phase 1A criteria will be able to register for an appointment online or by phone at one of four dedicated Penn State Health vaccination sites that open Monday, Feb. 22, pending vaccine availability.
Members of the public will be able to register online at vaccine-scheduler.pennstatehealth.org. Those who do not have access to the internet can schedule their appointments by calling a central scheduling number: 1-844-774-8883. Community members may find additional information related to COVID-19 and the vaccine on Penn State Health’s COVID-19 vaccination information page.
Penn State Health has placed additional staff to help answer calls given the intense demand for COVID-19 vaccination and anticipates standing up an additional call center in the coming weeks. Still, because of high demand paired with a large number of Phase 1A-eligible people and an uncertain supply, those trying to register for appointments should anticipate long wait times by phone and likely extended scheduling options online.
Retreat/Education Opportunities during Great Lent - March 23rd and April 17th.
The Mystery of the Sabbath - Keeping it Holy (Fr Stephen Freeman)
First in a Series from the Metropolis Religious Education Commission - Fundamentals of a Christian LIfe
Tues, March 23, 7:00-8:30 pm - via Zoom
Free Registration here: tinyurl.com/KeepingItHoly
Jesus the Resurrection and the Life of the Family (Fr Alexander Goussetis)
A Family Lenten Retreat co-sponsored by the Metropolis and the GOA Center for Family Care
Sat, April 17, 10:00-11:30 am - via Zoom
Free Registration here: tinyurl.com/GOMoP-FamilyRetreat
Please consider registering and attending these retreats/educational opportunities.
This is a good time to start planning for your Summer and Fall programs, reviewing what it might take to restart them, from preparing classrooms to ordering supplies. Since most programs have been on a hiatus for a year now, regrouping with teachers and volunteers is also necessary.
On March 10 and 11, from 7 to 830pm EST Fr. Alex Goussetis, Director of the Archdiocese Center for Family Care, Steven Christoforou, Director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and I will be offering a webinar via zoom to further share these trends and ideas for personal and parish life. On March 10, the topic is “New Trends in Ministry: Lessons for Lent,” and on March 11 the topic is “A Practical Roadmap: Lessons for Lent.” To register for the event, please use this link: y2am.org/lentwebinars