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  • POSTPONED: Altar Society Planning Meeting

    August 24, 2019
    Trinity House Ministry Center 123 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Great Vespers

    August 24, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801 United States

    During the interim period between rectors, Confessions are heard by Fr. David Smith each Wednesday after Vespers (or before the Presanctified Liturgy during Lent), or by appointment. Call the Parish Office at (814) 231-2855 to schedule.

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  • Divine Liturgy

    August 25, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • 40-Day Memorial for Anastasia Holowiak

    August 25, 2019  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Anastasia Nell Holowiak of Huntington, CT and a former Stamford resident entered into eternal rest July 15, 2019. Born in Stamford, CT on October 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Pavelchak) Shtekla. Member of the St. Marys’ Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church.

    She was predeceased by her husband John Holowiak. Survivors include daughters Ellen George and Barbara Shimchick and son John P. Holowiak. Grandchildren are Matthew, Maria, Peter and Paul George; and John, Anastasia, Michael, Christopher and Stephen Shimchick, Great grandchildren Elena, Luke, Alexandra, and Benjamin also several nieces and nephews.

    Funeral services will be held at St. Marys’ Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, 141 Den Road Stamford, CT at 10 a.m. on July 18, 2019 with the Rev. Vladimir Horoshak and Rev. John Shimchick presiding. Interment will follow at the Woodland Cemetery.

    Friends may call Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT from 5 to 8 p.m. Parastas Service will be held at the Funeral Home at 7 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys’ Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, 141 Den Rd. Stamford, CT 06902.

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  • Choir Rehearsal

    August 27, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Penn State OCF at the Involvement Fair

    August 28, 2019  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    HUB Lawn
University Park, PA 16802

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  • Confessions

    August 28, 2019  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Altar Society Planning Meeting

    August 28, 2019  5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
    Trinity House Ministry Center 123 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Great Vespers

    August 28, 2019  7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Divine Liturgy

    August 29, 2019  9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Penn State OCF: Welcome Dinner and Social

    August 29, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Room 124
University Park, PA 16802

    Join us for our weekly Penn State Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meeting, which features a complimentary dinner and student-led spiritual reflection moderated by our spiritual advisor or chaplain.

    These informal meals and time for fellowship are open to all Penn State students, especially those interested in learning more about the ancient Christian Faith as practiced and believed by the apostles.

    To learn more, contact us at orthodox@psu.edu. To RSVP for dinner, visit our event page at facebook.com/psuocf.

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  • Baptism of Vivienne Chawla

    August 31, 2019  11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Great Vespers

    August 31, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801 United States

    During the interim period between rectors, Confessions are heard by Fr. David Smith each Wednesday after Vespers (or before the Presanctified Liturgy during Lent), or by appointment. Call the Parish Office at (814) 231-2855 to schedule.

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  • Divine Liturgy

    September 1, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Penn State OCF: New Student Social

    September 3, 2019  8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Penn State Berkey Creamery 119 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA 16802

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  • Vespers

    September 4, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Confessions

    September 4, 2019  6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Penn State OCF: Dinner and Discussion

    September 5, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
    Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Room 124
University Park, PA 16802

    Join us for our weekly Penn State Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meeting, which features a complimentary dinner and student-led spiritual reflection moderated by our spiritual advisor or chaplain.

    These informal meals and time for fellowship are open to all Penn State students, especially those interested in learning more about the ancient Christian Faith as practiced and believed by the apostles.

    To learn more, contact us at orthodox@psu.edu. To RSVP for dinner, visit our event page at facebook.com/psuocf.

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Why do we fast from Olive Oil? – Stump the Priest Night 10/28/17

“1) Oil, like wine, in ancient times was stored in animal skins, thus rendering the oil (and wine) an “animal/meat product” from which we fast;

2) Oil, like wine, became a sacrificial offering because of its common use (both were readily available and used by the people) so that there might be sufficient supply for the increased number of services during the Great Fast of Lent; and

3) Because oil can “fill the belly” making it feel bloated during the fasts, it can make us feel sluggish and making us less watchful, less vigilant, less prayerful, thus it was fasted from.” -Fr. David Smith

Questions, including ones like this can be asked at our “Stump the Priest Night” events. Held a few Thursdays of each semester, it provides students with an opportunity to anonymously ask whatever they want of Orthodox clergy. Join us November 2nd, at 7pm at 122 Pasquerilla for our next Stump the Priest Night. Hope to see you then!

New Proposed Amendment to OCF Constitution

The following is the text of the a proposed amendment to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Constitution, posted here for viewing prior to a vote on it.

Amendment I

This Amendment shall be considered a full amendment to this constitution if ratified by majority vote under the amendment process of this constitution at the official OCF meeting scheduled for September, 14 2017.

Section 1: Concerning the Chain of Command for running official OCF meetings

Section 1.1: The President shall lead all meetings.

Section 1.2: If the President is unable to lead a meeting, the Vice President shall lead the meeting.

Section 1.3: If the President and Vice President are unable to lead the meeting, the Secretary shall lead the meeting.

Section 1.4: If the President, Vice President, and Secretary are unable to lead the meeting, the Treasurer shall lead the meeting.

Section 1.5: If the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are unable to lead the meeting, the Service Chair shall lead the meeting.

Section 1.6: If the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Service Chair are unable to lead the meeting, the Spiritual Advisor (or his designated representative/Chaplain) shall lead the meeting.

Section 1.7: If no one in the chain of command is able to attend the meeting, it shall not be considered an official OCF meeting.

Section 2: Regarding the Specifications for Active Membership

Section 2.1: A member of the Penn State OCF shall be considered an active member with voting rights if they attend at least three official OCF meetings per semester.

Section 2.2: A member of the Penn State OCF shall be eligible for election to the Executive Board and remain a member of the Executive Board if they attend more than 50% of all meetings per academic school year and remain in Good Standing with the Orthodox Church.

Section 2.2.1: Standing in the Orthodox Church shall be determined by the Spiritual Advisor.

Section 3: The Service Chair

Section 3.1: There shall be only one Service Chair.

Section 3.2: The Duties of the Service Chair shall include: researching and suggesting charitable beneficiaries, proposing projects and outreach opportunities for the Executive Board to review, and coordinating service events and fundraising efforts.

Section 3.3: The Service Chair will be considered a full member of the Executive Board with all the duties, rights, and responsibilities due to such a member.

Section 4: Attendance Taking

Section 4.1: It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary (or in the Secretary’s absence, another member of the Executive Board, who the secretary has the responsibility to appoint) to take attendance at meetings.

Section 4.2: The Purpose of this attendance shall be to determine member status (associate, active with voting rights, active with votings rights and eligible for holding of an Executive Board office, etc.)

Section 5: Election Tickets

Section 5.1: There shall be no tickets for elections.

Section 6: Regarding the Holding of Executive Board Offices

Section 6.1: The Executive Board shall consist of the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Service Chair and Spiritual Advisor only. (The Spiritual Advisor may designate a representative/Chaplain to hold his position on the Executive Board.)

Section 6.2: Each office of the Executive Board may only be held by one eligible person.

Section 6.3: Each OCF member eligible for membership of the Executive Board shall only hold one office at a time.