Our Calendar

  • Great Vespers

    June 28, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • (Hierarchical Divine Liturgy @ Archdiocesan Cathedral)

    June 29, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    St Alexander Nevsky 1600 Guyton Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101, United States

    We will gather as a diocese on the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29) to honor His Eminence’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY EPISCOPATE. We will have a 10 AM Divine Liturgy at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park followed by an open buffet lunch downstairs immediately following the Liturgy in the Cathedral’s hall. All clergy are asked to note this Liturgy and event on their respective calendars so as to be present. Please publicize this event soon to the laity within the parish as well.

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  • Great Vespers

    June 29, 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

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

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  • Vespers

    July 3, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Confessions

    July 3, 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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  • Great Vespers

    July 6, 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

    July 7, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • "Hats and Hugs Made With Love" Knitting Group

    July 8, 2019  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Wyndtree Court Commons
200 Wyndtree Ct
Bellefonte PA 16823

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  • Homeless Shelter Ministry

    July 9, 2019  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Housing Transitions 217 E Nittany Ave State College PA 16801

    As an extension of our Matthew 25 Ministry, Holy Trinity has committed to providing a meal and socializing with the residents of the local homeless shelter on the second Tuesday of every month.

    If you would like to volunteer to cook, eat, and clean up at the shelter on an upcoming event, please email Samar Maalouf at swa11 [ at ] psu [ dot ] edu.

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  • Vespers

    July 10, 2019  5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 119 S Sparks St State College PA 16801

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  • Confessions

    July 10, 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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  • 40-Day Memorial for Alex Woskob

    July 10, 2019  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    TBD

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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.