Letter to Our Parishioners from Peter Stavisky's daughter, Daria

Letter to Our Parishioners from Peter Stavisky's daughter, Daria

To Father Nicholas & the Parishioners of Holy Trinity Church,

First, I would like to thank everyone who attended my father's funeral service on Friday.

But more importantly, I would like to thank everyone at Holy Trinity who has always been so caring, loving, thoughtful and kind to my father. Besides seeing his granddaughters and me, the only other thing he wanted to do in his later years, was to go to church. I know some of it was the chance to pray and feel closer to God in His house, but I quickly realized that the other reason was to be amongst all of you.

When my father was still relatively independent and living alone (but no car), I needed to see him if not once, sometimes two times a week, to make sure he had food, to do his grocery shopping, make sure his prescriptions were filled, take him to doctor's appointments and for medical tests, do household chores, and of course take him to visit Helen. And thanks to all from HolyTrinity who brought him to church during those days and sent him back with home cooked meals.

Once he entered the nursing home and his day-to-day needs were being met, I made a commitment to try to take him to church two times a month.

Now I must confess, at the beginning I wasn't always doing this with such a pure heart. I complained that I had to get up at 6 AM on a Sunday, get all dressed up (and for my father this meant a dress, as he wasn't happy when I wore pants to church, even nice dress pants). Then I had to drive 45 minutes, stop at the nursing home, always make sure he had an outfit that he could wear, (and how many times did we argue over whether the tie or vest matched, and then there was the time I forgot cuff links for his shirt with the French cuffs (I rigged paper clips)). I then had to sign him out, get a travel wheelchair, help him in, get the car, and get him into the car, and drive to church.

But a funny thing began to happen. I began to mind it less and less, and even came to look forward to coming. I think part of it was experiencing again the religion I grew up in but had drifted from, and getting to know all your wonderful people at the coffee socials.

I have experienced many churches both Orthodox and non-Orthodox, and you have a very special community here at Holy Trinity. You care about the wellbeing of each other and the less fortunate in your greater community. You may take it for granted and think that all religious organizations are similar. That has not been my experience, and I hope you all are thankful for each other and work very hard to nurture what you have, because I think it is very unique and beautiful.

Thanks again for all you have given to my father. I will never forget your kindness to him. And thanks for your words of encouragement and support to me. But most of all thank you for making me feel a part of the Holy Trinity family.

Fondly,



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Blessed Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord☦️
How Blessed are we that is raining on the Feast of the Ascension! Many believed that, when Christ ascended, the sky was blessed, and so all water that falls from the sky on the Ascension is blessed. In some areas, people collected rainwater that fell on Ascension day, believing that it would heal the sick.

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on the fortieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter). Since the date of Pascha changes each year, the date of the Feast of the Ascension changes. The Feast is always celebrated on a Thursday.

The Feast itself commemorates when, on the fortieth day after His Resurrection, Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, He ascended into heaven.

Biblical Story

The story of the Ascension of our Lord, celebrated as one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church, is found in the book of the Acts of the Apostles 1:3-11. It is also mentioned in the Gospels of Mark (16:19) and Luke (24:50-53). The moment of the Ascension is told in one sentence: "He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight" (Acts 1:9).

Christ made His last appearance on earth, forty days after His Resurrection from the dead. The Acts of the Apostles states that the disciples were in Jerusalem. Jesus appeared before them and commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the "Promise of the Father". He stated, "You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:5).

After Jesus gave these instructions, He led the disciples to the Mount of Olives. Here, He commissioned them to be His witnesses "in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). It is also at this time that the disciples were directed by Christ to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). Jesus also told them that He would be with them always, "even to the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20).

As the disciples watched, Jesus lifted up His hands, blessed them, and then was taken up out of their sight (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9). Two angels appeared to them and asked them why they were gazing into heaven. Then one of the angels said, "This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him going into heaven" (Acts 1:11).

Come and enjoy! Come and help!

Holy Trinity's Community Breakfast is held monthly, on the last Saturday of the month from 10 am - 11 am. Our Soup Kitchen is held the 2nd Friday of the month. Each month, a healthy breakfast is served to approximately 40-50 people in Stroudsburg and surrounding communities. Many of our guests are in need of meal, as well as our friendship and conversation. Everyone is welcome to participate in this outreach ministry. How can you help? We need several people to:
- Help shop, set up, cook, serve, converse with our guests
- Clean up - dishes, tables, floors, bathrooms, take down sign
- Provide transportation

Please reply to rebboyle@gmail.com if you can assist.

Come an enjoy a good breakfast or come and help!
Thank you and God bless you for your support and may God Bless America!