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M a y V o l u m e 15 Is s u e 5 INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2 Father John s Message 3 News & Events 5 Gheronda s Corner 6 Mouse Tales 7 The Cultural Side Ç ÐïëéôéóôéêÞ ÐëåõñÜ 9 Community Life Photo Journal H o ly Trinity Greek Ort h o d ox Chur c h Pit t s b u r g h, Pennsylva n i a CHRIST IS RISEN! ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ! Featuring the Photos from the 2007 Holy Triniry Pilgrimage to Constan tinople & Mount Athos 14 Philoptochos News May Parish Calendar Festival Cooking Schedule Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! QUICK NEWS 2007 From April 10 to April 21, 2007, a pilgrimage to many holy and historic sites of the Orthodox Christian Faith in Constantinople, Mount Athos and Thessaloniki was undertaken by parishioners of Holy Trinity, All Saints and Holy Cross Churches. Upon their arrival at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, they were received for a personal audience by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I. For more photos, see pages 8 to 13. The Holy and Life-Giving Trinity from the famous Iconography Studio of the Skete of Bourazeri, Mount Athos Our Mission: To proclaim and live the Orthodox Christian Faith in its fullness as faithful members of the Body of Christ Father John s Message Save, O Lord, Your people and bless Your inheritance. From the Apolytikion of the Holy Cross About the Herald The Herald is the Monthly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Editor Father John Touloumes, Economos Church: Home: Production Josephine Stofko, Administrative Asst. Contributors Michael Kritiotis Voula Hareras Maria Kraniou Fr. John Androutsopoulos Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu Vickie Bellios Copyright Notice This newsletter contains copyrighted material of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and third party copyright owners, including, without limitation, text, photos, and graphics, and the contents of the newsletter are protected under the United States and international copyright laws. You may not copy, modify, publish, transmit, display, participate in the transfer or sale, creation of derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part. No copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of any material in this newsletter is permitted without the express written permission of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and any applicable third party copyright owner. About the Parish Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 302 West North Avenue Pittsburgh, PA Phone: Fax: Web site: Holy Trinity Church is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh ( and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ( under the Spiritual Jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Parish Administration Clergy Rev. Fr. John Touloumes, Proistamenos Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Assistant Priest Parish Council Louis T. Loomis, President Chris T. Balouris Dean J. Balouris James T. Balouris George Dickos Troy Geanopulos Nikki Marsh John Phillips Nicholas Sarandou Vasilios Scoumis Alex Trilivas Gerri Valliant Louis G. Zozos Ministries Philoptochos... Esther Ladakos, Pres. GOYA...Pres. Becky Touloumes, Advisor Choir...John Nychis, Director Over 50...Stella Athanasiou, Pres. St. Lydia Study...Stacy Dickos, Coordinator Cemetery...Bill Fiedler, Chairman Greek School...Effie Kilantonis, Coordinator Social Hall...Kathy Romanias, Coordinator Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As Orthodox Christians have proclaimed from generation to generation, from the early Church to the Archdiocese of America, from newly-speaking toddlers to long-bearded gherondas, from royal mansions to stately monasteries, from Constantinople to Mount Athos to Pittsburgh, to... North Avenue to... Babcock Boulevard! Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! I truly wish there were just a few words that could very powerfully bring you into the depths of the experience of our recent pilgrimage to the holy destinations of Constantinople, Mount Athos and Thessaloniki. Indeed, the trip was so overwhelming in the history, majesty and sacrificial witness of the Holy Orthodox Faith that I ask your patience and understanding as I and the other pilgrims find the appropriate ways of sharing with you the joys and details of a holy journey that was made on behalf of this entire community and which has brought back blessings for all. Whether those blessings have been wrought by the offering of your names in prayer at many of the holy churches and monasteries we visited, or whether they are yet to come from lessons, stories and spiritual growth shared from the collected treasury of experiences, there is a blessing here for everyone. Please allow me to share with you, however, an aspect of the trip which somewhat turned our expectations around. In looking forward to visiting historic churches such as Hagia Sophia, miraculous icons such as the Portatissa, and ancient monasteries such as the Great Lavra, we pilgrims and our communities had a great anticipation of receiving blessings. This happened, without question, over and over again. But our understanding of being pilgrims bearing blessings and called by God to share them with those whom we would be visiting was clearly proclaimed by His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, as he not only thanked us for visiting but called and challenged us to return and bring back other pilgrims this year. There were two important reasons he discussed. First, they are the living martyrs and guardians of the heart of Orthodoxy and it is a source of strength and encouragement when they receive pilgrims from their holy flock throughout the world. Second, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos just started a one-year term with a seat on the Holy Patriarchal Synod and it is a great honor to both him and the Metropolis of Pittsburgh to have faithful members of the Metropolis visiting the Patriarchate concurrent with His Eminence s monthly meetings there. Likewise, all the monasteries on Mount Athos, as well as the Monastery of St. Arsenios in Halkidiki, were not only enthusiastic in sharing their blessings, but appreciative and encouraged to see pilgrims from America. The living connection and personal relationships with the faithful of America are important and refreshing for them. And don t forget, although only men are allowed on Mount Athos, there are many other monasteries and holy places for all ages and both genders, including many in Halkidi, where Mount Athos is located. So whether future trips will be of seniors in Constantinople or families in Meteora and Ormylia, opportunities abound. Finally, with regard to my opening comment: what do Constantinople and Mount Athos have to do with North Avenue and Babcock Boulevard? Everything! Standing in the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia (6th century) and the church at the Great Lavra Monastery (963 A.D.) brought that message home quite clearly. Neither was built for a limited time or a narrow congregation, but as beacons of faith and consecrated places of holiness for the world around them. They were undertaken with a spirit that must set the tone for us at Holy Trinity Church if we are to accomplish the holy calling of establishing a new church with the fulness of God s blessings. it is not a spirit of pride, boasting, ownership or parochialism, but one that reflects in all aspects a true gratitude for the inheritance we have received and a genuine sense of godly responsbility to share it with the world around us and witness it for generations to come. In that way, in the spirit of the great builders of the ancient churches and monastries in the holy places, to God alone will go the glory, as He saves His people and blesses His inheritance. Christ is risen! Herald Personal Sponsor for this Issue: Sponsored by Angela Morris, in memory of Michael Morris May His Memory Be Eternal! 2 Holy Trinity Herald / May 2007 News & Events EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES Church School Graduation.... May 20 Holy Trinity Church School will conclude the 2006/2007 year with graduation on Sunday, May 20. All students and staff are asked to attend Divine Liturgy together and remain for the ceremony. St. Lydia s Orthodox Women s Ministry.... May 3, 20 The St. Lydia Women s Study Ministry is for women to share in fellowship and to study scripture, the Orthodox Faith and family life in today s world. The meetings take place every other week on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Jan Petredis in Wexford. New participants are always welcome! The fellowship is enjoyable and the approach is casual, but the subjects are important for today s women and families. All Holy Trinity women are welcome and invited to bring a friend! This year s theme continues the Bible Study of Saint Paul s Epistles. Having recently completed the First and Second Epistles to the Corinthians, the group is now on the Epistle to the Ephesians. The study guide being used is a new publication, The Prison Epistles, from Conciliar Press. It approaches the study with an easy-to-understand method intended for all people. For further information on this worthwhile and informative group or for directions to the meetings, call Stacy Dickos at A complete schedule for the year is available at www. The last two gatherings for the season will be on May 3 and May 20. Orthodox Studies Forum... Back to Wednesdays Please note: The Orthodox Studies Forum will not meet during the first week of April due to Holy Week. It moves back to Wednesday evenings after Pascha, with the first meeting being on Wednesday, April 18. WORSHIP LIFE 9:30 Regular Divine Liturgy Hours...Now in Effect Don t forget, regular 9:30 Divine Liturgy hours have resumed effective April 1. Orthros is at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy starts at 9:30 a.m. for both Sunday and weekday services through October. Please set your clocks and your personal schedules to be there on time. Weekday Services... May Please take note of the following weekday Liturgies for the feast days this month. Unless otherwise indicated, Orthros is at 8:30 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30. Thu. May The Ascension of the Lord NOTE LOCATION: This service will be held at the Saint George Chapel at Holy Trinity Cemetery in the North Hills. Mon. May Ss. Constantine & Helen Feast Day Weekend....May Please note the schedule of services for the Feast Day Weekend of our parish, May First is the annual Saturday of Souls Liturgy at the St. George Chapel at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Pentecost Sunday features the Divine Liturgy and the Kneeling Service (Feast Day Vespers). Monday will offer the celebration the Feast Day Liturgy of our Church, the Monday of the Holy Spirit. Here is the complete schedule: Saturday, May 26-8:30 am Orthros/9:30 am Liturgy: Saturday of the Souls Liturgy at St. George Chapel at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Experience the timelessness of Orthodoxy with your family, while honoring and remembering all of those who have preceded us. Pentecost Sunday, May 27-8:30 am Orthros/9:30 am Liturgy: Pentecost Sunday Liturgy, followed by the Kneeling Vespers of the Holy Spirit. Monday, May 28-8:30 am Orthros/9:30 am Liturgy: Monday of the Holy Spirit/Official Feast Day of our Church. SACRAMENTAL REGISTRY Funerals Sampson: The servant of God, John Sampson, fell asleep in the Lord on April 10, The Funeral Service was held at Holy Trinity Church on April 13. The 40-day Memorial is scheduled for May 20. May his memory be eternal! Rassias: The servant of God, Louis Rassias, fell asleep in the Lord on April 11, The Funeral Service was held at Holy Trinity Church on April 14. The 40-day Memorial is scheduled for May 20. May his memory be eternal! Georgiakakis: The servant of God, Helen Georgiakakos, fell asleep in the Lord on April 20, The Funeral Service was held at Holy Trinity Church on April 30. May her memory be eternal! The 40-day Memorial is scheduled for June 3. COMMUNITY LIFE Stewardship Pledges Due The Stewardship Committe and Parish Council thank all the 211 Holy Trinity Stewards who have submitted pledges in the amount of $133,542 for the 2007 Stewardship year and all those who have made regular contributions in helping the church meet the daily needs of operating her ministries. But stop: think this is just a formality or the same old give money type of message? Well, please take serious note of this news from our Stewardship Chairman, Michael Kritioris: DID YOU KNOW? The Church s operating bank account has already drawn a $30,000 infusion from our savings account in the first quarter of 2007! Part of the reason is that we haven t yet gotten the commitment from all of our parishioners with their Stewardship support. While we continually work towards being most cost-effective, on the other side of the equation, we rely on Stewardship to provide the necessary revenue to keep our programs vibrant and the finances positive. Please do your part and submit your Stewardship Pledge Card, while also taking into consideration that fre- May 2007 / Holy Trinity Herald 3 News & Events quent contributions (rather than one at the end of the year) really help the Church with managing the budget. Thank you for your generous giving to Holy Trinity. Michael Kritiotis, Stewardship Chairman Festival Cooking...Through August A schedule for Festival Pastry Cooking is enclosed in this issue of The Herald. Please note the dates on your schedule and step up to your place as a Holy Trinity steward. Everyone is invited and asked to help. Bring a friend and pack a snack. Call Joyce Athanasiou ( ) regarding pastry preparation, Paula Valliant ( ) for dolmathes or Kay Balouris ( ) for other food cooking dates. Most importantly, keep in mind that each of us has an important part in this very large labor of love. Please don t wait for a phone call: consider yourself invited! Holy Trinity Family Picnic.... June 3 Join your fellow Holy Trinity parishioners for our Second Annual Church Community Picnic at Bellevue Park on Sunday, June 3 following Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church. A funfilled day of games, food and friends awaits you! Mother s Day Brunch.... May 13 The Social Committee will be hosting a Mother s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13. All mothers of the parish will receive a complementary meal (and a lot of compliments, too!) Please be there to honor the women of our parish and families! Festival Dates... August 29-September 2 Don t forget to keep August 29-September 2 free to work at, eat at, bring your friends to and enjoy the Holy Trinity Greek Festival. Please don t wait until the last minute to help: please show up for cooking now and sign up to help at the Festival as soon as the sign-up boards appear at Coffee hour. Icon Donation Received Holy Trinity Church wishes to acknowledge the donation of a new, hand-painted icon of the Feast of Pentecost, donated in memory of the servant of God, Julia Welsh, with love from her daughter, Mary-Magdalene Welsh. This is the feast day icon of our church. May Julia s memory be eternal, and many thanks to Mary-Magdalene. Holy Trinity Stewardship 2007 Pledges Received Thank you to the following faithful stewards who have submitted their pledge cards for the 2007 pledge year since the last publication of names. Please join them in their support for the ministries of Holy Trinity and submit your pledge card today! Remember, a current, signed pledge card is required each year as part of maintaining your membership in good standing at Holy Trinity Church. Ms. Georgiana Anargyros Mrs. Christy Andromalos Ms. Marjorie Andromalos Rev. Fr. & Pres. John Androutsopoulos Mr & Mrs Alvin Backeris Dr & Mrs Christ A. Balouris Dr & Mrs Constantine A. Balouris Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Barron Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brewer Miss Penny Cocheres Mr. & Mrs. Steve Condos Mrs Fedra Dedousis Mrs. Helen DeMoss Drs. George Dimitriou & Maria Tranto Mrs. Penny Fakles-Bossick Mr & Mrs John Fekos Mrs Anna Festas Mr & Mrs Constantine Fiffas Mr. & Mrs. John Franciscus Mr & Mrs Thomas Geanopulos Mr Troy Geanopulos Mr. and Mrs. Mark Georgiadis Mr. & Mrs. Charles Henigin Dr. Kristina Johnson Mrs Kelly Karavolos Mr Steve Kish Mrs Penelope Komninos Mr. E. Takis Kontoulis Miss Elenie Kourouklis Dr & Mrs Dimitris Kraniou Mrs Despina Ladakos Mr & Mrs Konstantine Lambou Mr. Chris Loomis Mr & Mrs Nicholas Loomis Mr & Mrs Louis Manesiotis Mrs Pauline Morris Mr Michael Panos Mr & Mrs George Papadopoulos Mr & Mrs Andrew Pappas Mr & Mrs Eleftherios Parikakis Mrs Anna Gahagan Patsilevas Mr & Mrs Steve Pefanis Mrs. Kelly Karavolos Pefferman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Phaturos Mrs. Sophia Regas Mrs. Sandra Schall Mr. & Mrs. Kirk Stephen Mrs Georgia Touloumes Miss Harriet Valliant Mr Peter Valliant Mrs Katherine R. Warren Dr & Mrs Antonios Zikos Mr & Mrs Louis Zozos 2007 STEWARDSHIP QUICK LOOK 2007 Pledges received: 211 Total amount pledged: $133, Donated as of 4/15/07: $67, Average pledge: $ Maximum pledge: $12, Expenses to operate Holy Trinity Church in 2007: Over $800 per day x 365 = over $300,000 per year 4 Holy Trinity Herald / May 2007 CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY, HE IS RISEN! GOD S SPIRIT WITHIN US Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Many of us, though we realize that we are God s children, though we know that Christ has died to redeem us, are still inclined to be fearful, to remember the many times we have broken God s laws and allowed sin to take possession of us. We look back and regret that we did not act in a different manner in certain situations. Our minds are filled with remorse for our sins, of both omission and commission. Pressing Forward While past mistakes are bound to leave scars on our souls, too much self-castigation is not a healthy state of mind for any Christian. St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians wrote in chapter three, verses thirteen and fourteen, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Repentance versus Remorse In other words, repentance that remains nothing but remorse accomplishes nothing. If we are to be true and effective Christians, our lives must be on the positive level. We must practice living in a way that pleases God. To accomplish this, we must spend much time in prayer. Forgetting, to a certain extent, the things that are past, we must look forward. We must surrender ourselves completely to God and be willing to say, Here I am, Lord; take me and use me whatever way You can, I have made many mistakes and probably I shall make many more, but I am in Thy hands. Show me the way that I must go, and I will try to walk in that way. Fr. John Androutsopoulos Gheronda s Corner Part of a regular series of contributions by our resident Gheronda (respected elder clergy), Father John Androutsopoulos Father John Androutsopoulos The Cleansing Stream In order to know God s will for us, we should search the Scriptures frequently and earnestly and sincerely for guidance. Some part of every day should be set aside for complete relaxation, for meditation, for reading God s word, for talking freely with Him as a child would talk to a loving father. We must forget our problems and troubles and remember only that we are God s children, that His love is a cleansing stream that flows through our hearts and minds with purifying sweetness. We must remain on the mountaintop with Him until we can feel His presence surrounding us. Then we can face the world again. Our worries and our fears leave us and we are in a position to take advantage of the first opportunity that occurs to show the shining light of Christ to those with whom we come in contact. I Believe In The Holy Spirit ereby know we that we dwell in him, and he is Hus, because he has given us of his Spirit. (I John 4:13) The Holy Spirit speaks in our hearts for God. He imparts peace and hope to those He attracts away from sin, leading them in the steps of Christ. He gives faith in a Father s love and the h
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