Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Spring Hill, Florida
 

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Calendar
This month's worship and activities

News and Notes
Updates and upcoming events

Milestones
Birthdays and anniversaries

Vigil Candles
"Letting our light shine" in prayer for the living and the dead

Lend a Hand...
Do your part to keep our church living and serving

Thank You!
The reason for our gratitude before God

 

February 2018

Come and join in what's happening this month at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Spring Hill, Florida — the little church with a big heart and room for everyone! We're all works in progress in God's eyes, so come grow in Christ with us!

Calendar

Sunday, February 4
9:10 a.m.
Memorial Service for Elizabeth Ratajczak
Offered by Richard and Joan Ratajczak

Sunday, February 4
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Candles
35th Sunday After Pentecost
Prodigal Son Sunday
Sunday Observance of the Meeting of Jesus Christ in the Temple

Saturday, February 10
9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service
All Souls Saturday (Zadušna Subota)

Sunday, February 11
9:10 a.m.
Memorial Service for Bill Budin
Offered by Joanie Corcione

Sunday, February 11
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
36th Sunday After Pentecost
Last Judgement Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)

Sunday, February 18
9:10 a.m.
Memorial Service for Ken Pinkowski and his heart donor
Offered by Lydia Pinkowski

Sunday, February 18
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy and Forgiveness Vespers
37th Sunday After Pentecost
Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare Sunday)

Sunday, February 18
Sundown
Start of the Great Fast

Monday, February 19
12 noon
Great Fast Prayer Service

Sunday, February 25
9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy
First Sunday of the Great Fast: Orthodoxy Sunday

News and Notes

February 2: Blessing of Candles: After the February 4th Divine Liturgy, in our Sunday observance of the Meeting of Jesus Christ in the Temple (February 2), we will bless candles as mementos of Jesus Christ, whom the elder Simeon called "a light that will bring revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel" when he met the Christ Child, Mary and Joseph in the Jerusalem Temple (Luke 2:22-38).

All Souls Saturday: The first All Souls Saturday of the year is February 10, on which we will gather for the Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service at 9 a.m. Please come and join us in praying for those whom we love, though no longer see, for death cannot break the fellowship we share in the risen Christ: "Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord" (Romans 14:8).

Great Fast 2018: This year, the Great Fast, 40 days of preparing for the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection on Pascha (April 8, 2018), runs from February 19 through April 7. It is a season for increased almsgiving, prayer and fasting as a means of focusing more on God and neighbor, rather than ourselves. It is also a good time to take stock of our spiritual lives and unburden our consciences in the sacrament of confession, available after any worship service or by appointment with our parish presbyter, Father Michael Shuster. Please join us for our first Great Fast prayer service at 12 noon on Monday, February 19.

Put Compassion Into Action: Jesus said how we treat those in need is how we treat him (Matthew 25:31-46). Practice the love of neighbor he commanded in his gospel (Mark 12:31) by bringing your weekly gifts to church on Sunday to help disadvantaged children, women and men locally through the Dawn Center and Westside Elementary School. Items needed: canned and nonperishable food, personal hygiene products, baby care supplies, school supplies, children's arts and crafts supplies, new or gently used and clean clothing. Also needed: greeting card front covers, Campbell Soup labels and Box Tops for Education coupons (found on many nonperishable food packages) for Saint Jude's Ranch for Children, which rescues children of all races and religion from abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Milestones

Birthdays: Father Michael Shuster (February 13), Nick Kastelan (February 20), William Boich (February 21), Harold Orloff (February 23) and Matthew Kubak (February 25).

God grant them many, blessed years in health and salvation!

Vigil Candles

"Let your light shine..." (Matthew 5:16). This month's vigil candles in front of the icons noted are prayerfully offered for the people and intentions listed by the donors named. Please remember all of them in your prayers.

In front of the icons on the iconostasis (icon screen):

Icon of the Lord Jesus Christ: Offered in memory of Ken Pinkowski and his heart donor by Lydia Pinkowski.

Icon of the Virgin Mary, Birthgiver of God: Offered for the health and salvation of Harold and Diane Orloff.

Icon of the Holy Trinity: Offered in memory of Aunt Pauline and Aunt Catherine by Mary Ann Richards.

Icon of Saint Nicholas: Offered for the health and salvation of William Boich on his birthday.

Icon of Saint John the Baptist: Offered in memory of Elizabeth Ratajczak by Richard and Joan Ratajczak.

Icon of Saint Olga: Offered in memory of Bill Budin by Joanie Corcione.

Lend a Hand...

Don't forget! Sign-up sheets for prayer and memorial service requests, vigil candle sponsors, bulletin sponsors, website sponsors, coffee hour hosts and help with the church building and grounds are in the loose-leaf binder in the back of the church. Please lend a hand and volunteer some time in keeping this house of the Lord ready to welcome one and all.

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who gives, works and prays for the upkeep of our church. May the Lord reward you for your care of his holy house in Spring Hill, Florida!

Thanks be to God for everything!

 

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