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  • Choir Rehearsal

    December 12, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • OCF@PSU: Christmas Party

    December 12, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
    Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Room 122
University Park, PA 16802

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

    Tonight, in addition to a great meal, we will celebrate St. Nicholas Day and the end of the Fall Semester with a gift exchange and one of our famous "game nights." To participate, bring a wrapped $5 present. You can also bring your favorite board or card game or play one of ours.

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  • Choir Mini-Workshop

    December 14, 2019  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Altar Society Nativity Decorating

    December 14, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church119 S Sparks StState College PA 16801

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  • Great Vespers

    December 14, 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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  • Confessions

    December 14, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Sunday School

    December 15, 2019  9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Holy Trinity Parish Hall 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    All Sunday School classes begin at 9am in the Parish Hall with prayer. Teachers will escort children to their respective classrooms in Trinity House or the Parish Nursery.

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  • Divine Liturgy

    December 15, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Orthodox Youth Association Lunch and Charitable Activity

    December 15, 2019  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Archdiocesan Memorial Divine Liturgy for +Job

    December 18, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    St John the Baptist Church
785 Blaire Rd Blairsville, PA 15717

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Archbishop Job’s passing and a memorial Divine Liturgy will be held at St. John’s Orthodox Church on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Archbishop Job is interred behind the altar of St .John’s. The Liturgy will begin at 10:00 A.M. with Archbishop Melchisedek presiding. An Advent luncheon will follow at the Black Lick Volunteer Fire Department social hall. The church is located at 785 Blaire Road, Blairsville Pa. 15717. Clergy planning on attending should RSVP to Father Andrei Alexiev at (248) 722-8947 by December 1. Driving directions and additional contact information may be obtained on the church website: www.stjohnsorthodoxpa.org/

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Blairsville Hampton Inn and Suites, (724) 459 5920. The rooms are reserved under St. John’s and the hotel is less than two miles from the church. Vespers will be celebrated at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday.

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  • Confessions

    December 18, 2019  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Vespers

    December 18, 2019  6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Adult Study Group

    December 18, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
    Trinity House Ministry Center 123 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    The Adult Study Group will meet select Wednesdays at 7pm throughout Fall 2019. The 6-week series begins October 23 and concludes December 13 (there will be no class on Election Day, November 8). The study is open to all adults.

    For more information, email info@holytrinity-oca.org.

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  • Choir Rehearsal

    December 21, 2019  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Christmas Play Practice

    December 21, 2019  4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
    Holy Trinity Parish Hall 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Great Vespers

    December 21, 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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  • Sunday School

    December 22, 2019  9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Holy Trinity Parish Hall 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    All Sunday School classes begin at 9am in the Parish Hall with prayer. Teachers will escort children to their respective classrooms in Trinity House or the Parish Nursery.

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  • Divine Liturgy

    December 22, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Twenty-Year Memorials for Harold (+2000) and Sara Mortimore (+1999)

    December 22, 2019  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Christmas Play

    December 22, 2019  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Christmas Cookie Exchange

    December 22, 2019  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Trinity House Ministry Center 123 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    All the women of the parish are invited to our annual Christmas Cookie Exchange!

    Please bring a minimum of 3 dozen homemade holiday cookies and the recipe to exchange.

    Please see the sign up sheet in the parish hall to participate... the more people that participate--the greater the variety of cookies/recipes to take home and less holiday baking! If you are at work - please join us after the children's Christmas Play in Trinity House for a time of festive fellow-"ette"-ship!

    Questions? Please see Mat. Kelly O. or email ohkellyoh@hotmail.com.

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  • Vespers

    December 22, 2019  6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Confessions

    December 22, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Confessions

    December 23, 2019  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Vespers

    December 23, 2019  6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Confessions

    December 23, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Fr. David Smith, officiating.

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  • Royal Hours

    December 24, 2019  8:00 am - 9:45 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Holy Supper

    December 24, 2019  4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Holy Supper is a traditional lenten meal on the Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve). Since Christmas is preceded by forty days of fasting, the Holy Supper is the last meal of the fast. The twelve fasting foods usually served are: barley, honey, stewed prunes, pierogi, sauerkraut, potatoes, lima beans, garlic, Lenten bread, mushroom soup and salt.

    Please consider preserving this family tradition by sharing it with our parish family.  You are asked to bring a favorite Nativity Lenten food and share it with all present (it doesn't have to be one of the suggested 12 fasting foods as noted above). 

    Please sign up in the parish hall so that we may have an accurate count for providing fish for this meal.  If you have any questions and/or would like to assist with this event, contact Mat. Kelly at ohkellyoh@hotmail.com. 

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  • Nativity Vigil

    December 24, 2019  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Great Compline/Litiya/Matins for the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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  • Divine Liturgy

    December 25, 2019  9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

    Hours preceding, 8:40am

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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.