This Weekend & Labor Day Weekend There Will Be Two Divine Liturgies!!

This Weekend & Labor Day Weekend There Will Be Two Divine Liturgies!!

Dear Faithful and Friends.

Saturday, August 29th. Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. This feast day is a strict fast day. We will have Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am

Sunday, August 30th. Our Sunday Divine Liturgy with Vesper on Saturday evening. Make sure your name is on the list for the Sunday Liturgy.

Monday, August 31st. Weeds! Weeds! Weeds! In preparation for Emma's wedding on Sunday, September 06th, Masha, Niko, and myself will be at the Church pulling weeds on Monday evening at 5:00 pm. Please join us for some weed pulling fun .... and bring gardening gloves!

Looking further ahead .....

There will be two Divine Liturgies next weekend - Labor Day Weekend. The Saturday morning Liturgy (9:30 am) will be for our parish. The Sunday morning Liturgy will be for the wedding family and guests who will be in town over the weekend and attending the Liturgy.

Our reasons for having two liturgy are twofold.

First, with our social distancing disciplines at worship we would simply have too many people at Church on Sunday morning if we combined Holy Trinity parishioners and wedding guests. The Church would be full --- shoulder to shoulder.

Second, wedding guests are traveling to Stroudsburg from different counties and communities .... many from different states. Wise and prudent care of our parish community indicates we should segregate the parish and the wedding guests.

This is truly a sacrifice for many of you. It is appreciated. For Masha and I, nothing would have brought us greater joy than to have the Sunday liturgy with our parish ... and our extended family and friends. We had been looking forward to that since Emma's engagement. Alas, COVID-19 continues to be a nuisance and disruptor.

The Sunday morning Liturgy and Emma's wedding will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. The wedding stream will begin at 2:45 pm on the 6th. It gives us great joy to know that some will be able to join us 'virtually' that day.

Again, please let me know by email (hteoc@ptd.net) or phone (570.350.1482) if you plan to be at Church this Sunday morning. I hope to hear from you.

Faithfully,
Father Nicholas



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