Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Spring Hill, Florida
 

About Us

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Background
Information about our parish, diocese and church.

Parish Life
A snapshot of our parish's life.

Administration
People who lead and serve our parish in Jesus Christ's name.

Gallery
Pictures from our parish's life.

Media
News coverage our parish has received.

 

Background

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church formed in 1979 to minister to Orthodox Christians of all backgrounds in Hernando County, Florida, and neighboring areas. It is a parish of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA.

The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA formed in 1938 to minister to American Orthodox Christians with roots in Carpathian Rus' (then part of Czechoslovakia, now part of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine). Today, it serves 50,000 Orthodox Christians of many different backgrounds in 82 parishes, with one bishop, 111 presbyters and 21 deacons. Its cathedral, headquarters and seminary are in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople grew out of the first-century missionary work of Saint Andrew the Apostle throughout the Black Sea region of the Roman Empire. It is "first among equals" amid the Orthodox Christian churches of the world. Its cathedral and headquarters are in Istanbul, Turkey, former capital of the Byzantine Empire and a major center of the ancient Christian world.

The Orthodox Church is the historic Church of Jesus Christ and his apostles. From first-century Jerusalem, it grew into today's worldwide family of regional churches, from ancient strongholds in the Middle East, Europe and Africa to younger branches in America, Asia and Australia. Its 250 million Orthodox Christians share an age-old heritage of unchanging faith, sacramental life, otherworldly worship and soberminded spirituality rooted in one conviction: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

Parish Life

Worship: Our parish gathers weekly for Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. On request, we offer prayer services for the living and memorial services for the dead at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. Feast Day Divine Liturgy takes place at 6 p.m. — as do most special seasonal weekday services.

Spiritual Life: The literal lifeblood of our parish is the eucharist: with a high number of regular, frequent communicants, Christ's body and blood truly knit us together into one Church, as 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 says. Confession, an opportunity to unburden our consciences, experience God's forgiveness and reconnect with the Church, is available after any worship service or by appointment.

Philanthropy: Our parish is putting the gospel command to love our neighbors into practice year-round by collecting food, hygiene products, clothes, and art and crafts supplies for local disadvantaged children, women and men, in partnership with the Dawn Center and Westside Elementary School. Worshippers are encouraged to bring an item or two to Sunday Divine Liturgy each week to serve Christ in the guise of the needy, as told in Matthew 25:31-46.

Internet Ministry: Our parish's website not only provides regular updates on worship services and activities. It also features links to resources need to learn and grow as a Christian: daily Bible readings, an online prayer book, educational materials on faith and spirituality, and more — all for free. Also listed are leads to charity and volunteering opportunities, to help readers make a positive difference in the lives of others as goodwill ambassadors of Christ.

Fellowship and Fun: Our parish hosts a coffee hour after Sunday Divine Liturgy to give us time to meet new friends and catch up with old acquaintances. Over the year, we gather for occasional breakfasts, dinners, a pool party and other social events to enjoy good company and good food in a casual setting. We even manage to have fun working together on periodic fundraising projects — like making pirohi (Slavic potato dumplings) and baking pastry rolls (apricot, poppy seed and walnut).

Administration

The primate of our church is Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

The bishop of our diocese is Bishop Gregory of Nyssa.

The presbyter of our parish is Presbyter Michael Shuster.

The president of our parish council is Mr. Stephen Tymoczko.

The president of our parish guild is Ms. Sandra Hreczuck.

The director of our choir is Ms. Lydia Pinkowski.

Gallery

Snapshots From Our Church's Life: Some photographs of the worship and fellowship that bring us together as a community.

Gallery 1

Our house of the Lord, founded in 1979 and built in 1981

Gallery 2

Our congregation at worship

Gallery 3

Our parishioners at work to support our church

Gallery 4

Our presbyter, Father Michael Shuster, preaching God's word

Gallery 5

Holy communion joins us to Christ and each other:
"Taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Psalm 34:8)

Gallery 6

Blessing baskets of holiday food at Pascha:
"Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for God's glory"
(1 Corinthians 10:31)

Episcopal Visit 2009: On Saturday, 23 May 2009, our bishop, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, head of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the USA, visited our parish for a Hierarchal Liturgy and luncheon.

Metropolitan's Visit 1

Our bishop, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos

Metropolitan's Visit 2

Our bishop blessing new icons on the iconostasis

Metropolitan's Visit 3

Our bishop blessing the congregation after communion

Metropolitan's Visit 4

Our bishop presenting a hramota (certificate of recognition and appreciation)
to parishioner John DeMay for designing and building the iconostasis

Metropolitan's Visit 5

Our bishop sharing words of encouragement at the luncheon after worship

30th Anniversary Celebration: Our church celebrated its 30th anniversary 6-8 November 2009 with Vespers and a social hour, a Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy and luncheon at the Brooksville Country Club, and a Sunday Divine Liturgy followed by a special coffee hour and a PowerPoint presentation on our church's history.

Anniversary 1

Keeping the flame of faith alive:
worshippers listen to God's word at the Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy

Anniversary 2

One bread, one cup, one body (1 Corinthians 10:16-17):
Holy Trinity Church members renew their bond with Christ and each other
in the eucharist at the Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy

Anniversary 3

Our presbyter, Father Michael Shuster, reflects on
past founders and future prospects at the end of the Thanksgiving Liturgy
while Father Michael Miklos, dean of Florida parishes, looks on

Anniversary 4

Faith, fellowship and food: after worship, church members and friends
gathered at the Brooksville Country Club for a festive luncheon

Anniversary 5

Our presbyter, Father Michael Shuster, mingling with diners
at the anniversary luncheon

Anniversary 6

Worshippers enjoy refreshments at a special anniversary coffee hour
after the Sunday Divine Liturgy

Anniversary 7

During the anniversary coffee hour, the congregation watched a
PowerPoint review of our church's history in photographs

Episcopal Visit 2015: On Sunday, 15 March 2015, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, head of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the USA, visited our parish for a Hierarchal Liturgy, the ordination of a new presbyter for our diocese and a celebratory luncheon.

Bishop's Visit 1

Bishop Gregory of Nyssa,
head of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA

Bishop's Visit 2

A deacon readies to be ordained presbyter

Bishop's Visit 3

Our bishop presents the newly ordained presbyter to the congregation

Bishop's Visit 4

Our parish family with our bishop

Bishop's Visit 5

Parish youth present flowers to our bishop at the celebratory luncheon for his visit

Media

Click on these links to read up on coverage our church has gotten in the news:

May 2009: St Petersburg Times: Bishop Visits Parish
May 2009: Diocesan Website: Bishop Visits Parish
October 2009: St Petersburg Times: 30th Parish Anniversary
November 2009: Diocesan Website: 30th Parish Anniversary
January 2010: St Petersburg Times: Hernando Churches Haiti Relief

 

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