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- Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
- Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
- Providing effective charitable and social programs
- Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources
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On Saturday, April 5, 2014,the IOCC Pittsburgh Metropolitan Committee plans to hold a prayer service and fund raising dinner that will benefit our Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ...
This “Syrian Relief” gathering will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, PA. We would like to cordially invite your Parish to attend, and support IOCC’s aid efforts in Syria.
Last year Metropolitan SAVAS, Bishop THOMAS, and Bishop MELCHISEDEK lead our first Syrian Relief gathering. This year we are hoping to more fully engage all of the Orthodox jurisdictions and faithful in this Orthodox offering of love, prayer, and mercy.
We need your help in the following ways:
Attend the Event - Assign a liaison from your parish that can help sell tickets (call Zelfa for details (412) 417-4706). Reserve tables for your parishioners and attened as a greoup. Encourage the philanthropic organizations within your church to participate and help as a group.
Make a Donation - Consider making a group church donation (perhaps pass a tray). Bring the donation to the gathering; send it directly to IOCC (110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, Maryland 21204; or mail it to Nick Terezis (c/o IOCC, 306 Marberry Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15215). Please make the check payable to IOCC and write “Syrian Relief - Pit” in the memo. Donations from individuals are also welcome.
Help Prepare Food—Buy Supplies - When we held this Syrian Relief gathering last year, we grossed $27,000 and were able to send over $25,000 to IOCC. Glory to God! (As a reminder, IOCC is typically able to obtain $7 worth of grant/other money for each $1 we raise. So this is equivalent to $175K of aid in Syria). We were able to be extremely efficient, because the community made/donated almost all of the food and supplies for the deinner. If you or one of your church groups would like to prepare food or donate wupplies (for approximately 500 attendees), please contact Zelfa at (412) 417-4706 as soon as possible.
Volunteer to Help at the Dinner - Please volunteer to help during the day of the event (April 5), AND encourage your church youth group to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Zelfa at (412) 417-4706.
Build Awareness - Post this information in your church bulletin, on your bulletin board, and verbally encourage friends to attend.
Pray - Pray for our Syrian brothers and sisters in Christ and for all people risking their safety to deliver aid.
You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.
At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”
Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.
Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to…
...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.
...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).
...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).
MAY YOUR GREAT LENT BE OUT OF THIS WORLD
“Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”… “Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world…” - (John 18:33 & 36)
Pilate’s question is about this world. Jesus’ answer is not about this world. There is a big disconnect between Pilate’s temporal, political question and Jesus’ eternal, existential answer. That might give me about as good an analogy as I might hope for through which to ponder my entry into the 2014 Great Lent which begins tomorrow.
The query, “What are you giving up for Lent?” is most often a temporal, cultural question. My response can be all about intentions regarding passion-rooted behaviors that still leave me playing a juridical, earth-bound, Lenten “game.” But I am guided by Christ and His Church to answer this question as an eternal matter.
“My Lent is not of this world.” If I answer the question about the Fast in this manner, it opens up a whole, new, eternal aspect of this time of year. The Great Fast has as its final goal nothing of this world. Hence, I can unconsciously go through the motions of rote Lents past or I can venture into a Lenten World that I have never encountered before, replacing dead ritual with inspired worship and meaningless discipline with a grace-given desire that this Fast be about my eternal soul’s salvation and communion with God. May God save us from the former and bless us with the latter.
Two Archpastoral Directives
From Our Metropolitan PHILIP
February 27, 2014
1. Concerning the Sacrament of Holy Unction - Effective immediately, the clergy of our archdiocese are forbidden from allowing lay people to take home the sacrament of Holy Unction (either in bottles or via cotton or Q-tip swabs, etc.) after the sacrament is prepared on Great and Holy Wednesday or at any other time during the year. The priest is the only one who may anoint the faithful. It is the sacred duty of the priest to take the sacrament to the faithful in their homes if they are unable to be present at the service due to illness or infirmity. We expect the clergy of our Archdiocese to abide strictly by this directive.
In explaining the motivation behind this directive to the faithful, you may use the example of Holy Communion. As a sacrament of the Church, no one expects to take Holy Communion home with him. This is no different. Some may ask why the practice is being ended now after having been allowed for many years. Holy Communion was also taken home in the early Church and subsequently that practice was ended. Again, this is no different except that Sacrament of Holy Unction is administered much less frequently and, as such, this ancient practice was allowed to continue. Nevertheless, we do not know what people do with this sacramental oil once they take it home or how they dispose of it. As such, as guardians of the sacraments, we cannot allow this practice to continue.
2. Concerning the Dissemination of Information Which is Properly the Purview of the Archdiocese Headquarters - All members of this Archdiocese who hold positions of responsibility are reminded that the Archdiocese Headquarters, under the direction of the Metropolitan Archbishop is the only frame of reference for the dissemination of news and information which relates to the North American Archdiocese, the Holy Synod of Antioch, the Patriarchate of Antioch, and any other Antiochian Archdiocese around the world.
No person or entity of this Archdiocese is permitted to announce, or to publish news which pertains to the entire Archdiocese before that news is properly announced by the Archdiocese Headquarters, even if that news has been made available to that person or entity in advance of the announcement by the Archdiocese Headquarters.
All are expected to strictly abide by this directive.
Church School Meeting Produces Activity Calendar
Sun., March 2 - Meatfare Pasta Lunch sponsored by Teen SOYO and Church School
Tues., March 11, 7:30 PM - Church School Meeting at Wetzel home
Sat., March 22, 6:00 PM - Family Game Night (follows Vespers)
April 1 - Creative Arts Festivals deadline for submission
Sunday, April 13, 2:00 PM - Field trip to the Palace Theatre for the musical, “Children of Eden”
Sunday, April 26, 6:00 PM - Movie Night - Disney’s “Frozen”
SYRIAN RELIEF DINNER and PRAYER SERVICE
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Prayer Service - 4:00 PM Reception and Dinner - 5:00 PM
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Donations is $50 per person ($20—18 & under, $free—6 & under)
For reservations: visit iocc.org/Pittsburgh (preferred method)
contact Sophie at (412) 241-6869 or email@example.com
Blessing of the Bells
Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13
Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13
ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS
His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.
Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.
In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.
In 1984, Metr. Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.
On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dcn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida (near St. Petersburg).
Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.
Bp. Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, Bp. Thomas was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University. His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.
His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars, Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians and An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox Christians. He also co-authored The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America.
In 2006, the Church of St. George in Charleston, West Virginia, purchased a chancery for the diocese, and in October of that year was elevated to a cathedral, thus adding another see to the diocese and renaming it to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.
His Grace's residence is at the diocesan chancery in Charleston.
In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bp. Thomas also served as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011. Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Philip in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Christian Education Department, the Youth Department and the Antiochian House of Studies.
Since 2011, he has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.
Bishop Thomas's namesday is October 6 (Thomas the Apostle of the Twelve).
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3 DAY CALENDAR
|Saturday, March 8th|
9:00am Divine Liturgy
Confessions to follow
4:20pm Choir Rehearsal
5:00pm Great Vespers
6:00pm "Grow in Christ"
Bring your copy of The Great Lent
|Sunday, March 9th|
9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 Divine Liturgy
"Grow in Christ" (maybe)
(Bring your copy of The Great Lent)
|Tuesday, March 11th|
12:00noon "Food on the Hill"
7:30pm Church School Meeting at Wetzel Home
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On March 11th, the Men’s Fellowship will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!
April's "Food on the Hill" will be on April 1st!
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis (724-237-2064) or Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443).
A Happy New Year's Eve Diner and Dance
Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site
Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site
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Additional Bread Makers and Greeters are needed. Please contact the office if you would like to serve on either team. Neither task is difficult; “mentors” are available!
Secretary Debbie is working on the 2014 schedule for Holy Bread offerings. If you know of any specific date for which you might want to offer the commemoration, please notify her as soon as possible so changes/additions can be made before the schedule is printed. Also, we could use additional bread (and wheat) makers!
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Vacation Bible School 2013
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