of Saint Basil
There is no more inspiring and beautiful tradition in the lives of philoptochos members, none more closely associated with the Academy of Saint Basil than the cutting of the Vasilopita at the Commencement of the New Year.
Agape Canister Program
The Agape Canister Program is an Orthodox non-profit development program of
the Orthodox Christian Missions Center in St.Augustine Florida. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of children, families, and communities throughout the world regardless of race, color or creed. All of the funds collected are earmarked for medical care and clinics, water wells, agricultural development, food and clothing, support
personal (doctors, nurses, teachers) the construction of schools and the education of indigenous people in their own communities. Canisters (boxes) are placed in the Church and then the items and money collected are forwarded to the
Missions Center. The Church of Holy Trinity has always been a strong supporter of this program.
The American Hellenic Education Progressive Association is part of a national organization originally formed to assist the Greek immigrants in becoming an assimilated group in America. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month.
No greater privilege is bestowed on a young man of the Parish than being chosen to serve God, his Church, his Priest and his congregation as an Altar Boy (Acolyte). What a unique opportunity to be influenced by his Priest, and to grow in stature and grace within the Church.
The Archives Room of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was dedicated at Easter of 1992. It was blessed with an Ayiasmos Service with Father Demetrios Recachinas officiating. The Archives Room was donated by George and Stella Capiris in memory of their respective parents Christopher and Christina Capiris and George and Anna Englis.
The Archives Room collects, preserves, and exhibits the records and papers, artifacts, and photographs of the Community and its organizational activities. Stella Capiris was appointed the Director/Historian of the Archives Room by the Parish Council.
The Athletic Program at Holy Trinity started in the early 1930's when it joined the YMCA Inter-Church Basketball League. The League consisted of non-Catholic Churches. After the War -1946, GOYA was organized and it sponsored all our Community sports activities. When our Gym was built and was ready by 1970-1971 we were responsible in starting the (CEOBL) Connecticut Eastern Orthodox Basketball League. In 1980-1981 we added Volleyball to our League to include the Girls in our Program. The main goal of the Athletic program is to help our Youth to observe good Fellowship with one another in a Religious Environment.
Book and Icon Selling
Is offering the opportunity to continue to grow in faith and knowledge, orders also can be placed by calling the Church Office
Our wonderful choir helps lift our hearts to God in all the worship services throughout the year. Truly, the quality of their singing is all we can hope for. Anyone interested in joining the Choir should contact the Choir Director.
CONNECTICUT CAMPAIGN AGAINST COOLEY'S
The Campaign against Cooley's Anemia is a voluntary health agency concerned with the cure and treatment of Cooley's Anemiaand offers patient care and service, education seminars and pamphlets, screenings, and seeks to increase public education and legislation concerning cooley's Anemia, and our Parish is offering its support.
The Daughters of Penelope is an auxiliary of the Ahepa. Our Chapter has been very active and has been well respected in the AHEPA Family circles. They are also advisors to the Maids of Athena, a junior order. The Daughters and the Ahepa have both joined nationally to assist in the fight against Cooley's Anemia, a crusade which was founded in our Community. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Duties of Parishioners
The 1999 Parish Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America define the duties of Greek Orthodox Parishioners as follows:
"The religious, moral and social duties of a parishioner are to apply the tenets of the Orthodox faith to his or her life and activities, attend the Divine Liturgy and other services of worship faithfully on Sundays and Holy Days, to keep rules and fasts of the Orthodox tradition, to receive frequently the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, to train and teach the young according to the faith and spirit of Orthodoxy, to respect the clergy, the ecclesiastical authority, and all governing bodies of the Church, to be obedient in matter of faith and ecclesiastical order, and to cooperate in every way towards the welfare and prosperity of the Parish and the success of its sacred mission. The obligation of a parishioner are to pay such regular Stewardship and special assessments as the Parish may establish." (Article 6; sections 6 and 7).
FORCC (Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Connecticut)
FORCC is an Association of Orthodox Churches with member parishes from various jurisdictions throughout our state whose purpose is the unity of the Church through worship, educational programs, philanthropic activities and fellowship common to all member parishes. There are currently 18 active member parishes with Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church as a founding Parish since 1993. FORCC provides the means by which continued communication and understanding will lead us to the day when our Holy Orthodox Church will be united in administration as well as faith here in America.
A General meeting of the stewards in good standing of the Parish is held at least twice a year. Stewards in good standing are those whose financial obligations under the Parish Bylaws have been met at the time of each Assembly.
Greek Dance Groups
There are organized Church Dance Groups, the Greek School Group, Jr. Goyans Group and the YAL Group, to learn traditional Greek Dancing.
Our Greek School meets twice a week - Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 - to 6:15 p.m., to learn the language, history, religion, culture and heritage and Greek songs and Greek dances. The School provides Grades from K-6.
Hellenic Cultural Association
The members of the Hellenic Cultural Association would like you to get to know more about our organization and extend and invitation to those of you who think that they support our objectives and could help us reach our goals, to come and join us. Our goal is to promote knowledge and better understanding of the Hellenic Culture, History, Art and Religion through lectures, seminars and artistic and musical presentations.
HOSPITAL AND SHUT-IN VISITATION
We visit Orthodox patients on a regular basis at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven, Griffin Hospital, Veterans Hospital, Hospice and countless other rehabilitation centers in the Greater Bridgeport Area. Due to newly enforced privacy laws it is imperative that you call the Church Office when entering the hospital and make sure that you register as a Greek Orthodox when you are admitted.
The Interior Committee was established as permanent group by the Parish Assembly and is responsible to insure the integrity of the 14th Century Byzantine Motif be maintained and preserved. This includes all the Iconography, Marble, Pews, Rugs and all items that are a part of the Church and Chapel proper as well as the Narthex and Exterior Architecture.
This committee, oversees the interior development of our Church, according to the ecclesiastical traditions of the Orthodox Faith.
INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
In response to a need expressed by members of the Orthodox Christian Community, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) was established in 1992 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops hi the Americas (SCOBA) as the official humanitarian agency of Orthodox Christians. The mission of the IOCC is to: "Respond to the call of our Lord Jesus Christ, to minister to those who are suffering and are in need throughout the world, sharing with them God's gifts of food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency and hope." In an effort to fulfill its mission to those who are suffering or in need, IOCC administers programs in the following areas: Institutional capacity building programs which allow Orthodox Churches and non-profit organizations the ability to address local needs with local solutions: Reconstruction and rehabilitation of homes and community infrastructure, such as schools, which allow people to return to their communities and rebuild their lives.
Development programs which aim to create opportunities tor individuals to regain their self sufficiency. Social assistance programs which offer short-term assistance to those in need and Emergency assistance to provide relief for survivors of natural disaster and war. Our community continues to actively support the ministry of the IOCC.
The Holy Trinity Library was established in 1987. There are all kinds of books in the Greek and English language. Also there are videos for children and adults.
O.C.F.: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
This group helps us minister to the needs of fellow Orthodox Christians studying at our local Colleges and Universities, like University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.
Christian Mission Center
Orthodox Women Organization
Women's Council of Eastern Orthodox Christian Churches of Greater Bridgeport is an Organization of women from seven area Orthodox Churches since 1955, working to award scholarships to Orthodox Seminarians and support the Churches.
The Hellenic Society "Paideia" of Connecticut was established in 1977. The main purpose of Paideia is to assist .Universities, Schools, Organizations and individuals in research and guidance in Greek Culture, art, history and education.
The goals of paideia are to establish centers for Hellenic studies at the American Universities. Universities in U.S.A. with paideia chapters are at Connecticut, Alabama, Miami and Maryland.
The Parish Council Consists of 12 elected members and the Priest. The Priest shall not have a vote. The Council is responsible to the General Assembly for the conduct of all Parish affairs.
The Parish Council is a body of practicing Orthodox Christians sacramentally in good standing with the Church. They are elected by the members of our Parish for the purpose of working together with the priest in fulfilling the goals and needs of the Parish. This brief description of a local governing body also reflects the fundamental structure of the Orthodox Church. That is, we, as clergy and laity together, are the "People of God" seeking to the best of our human capabilities to fulfill the mission entrusted to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The women of Philoptochos Society offer dedicated service to the Parish, the Archdiocese, the Nation and abroad. They visit the sick, assist the needy and help the Parish in many ways. They meet monthly - first Tuesday of each month. Service is its own reward for these dedicated workers of the Lord.
PTO - Parent Teachers Organization
Parents and teachers of our Greek and Sunday Schools collaborate together to improve and assist the Schools financially with their activities and programs, throughout the school year.
SAINT MICHAEL'S HOME OF THE AGED
Saint Michael's, located in Yonkers, N.Y., also receives monetary from the Philoptochos Society through the proceeds of a tray passed in November, on the feast day of its patron Saint.
The OCMC is the official mission and evangelism agency of all the canonical Orthodox Churches in North America. It seeks to bring our Lord's message to all who thirst for the water of life.
The School Board is responsible for the supervision and administration of the Greek and Sunday Schools of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. It establishes the general educational and administrative policies of the Schools, appoints, with the approval of the parish Council, the directors and delegates to them certain duties and responsibilities for the proper operation of the schools. It determines the financial needs of the Schools, approves expenditures, and submits periodic reports on the programs, improvements, and expenses to the Parish Council for appropriation of funds. School Board members are: The President of the Parish Council, Priest, P.T.O. President, Parish Council member liaison, PTO member, Greek School Director, Sunday School Director and five members of the Parish in good standing.
The parish helps sponsor programs for our senior citizens. They meet twice a month, second and last Wednesday of each month, at 1:00 p.m.. This program helps to enrich the lives of those who participate.
This Committee is responsible for the promotion of our Stewardship Program and our Christian calling to share of our Time, Talent and Treasure and support the ministries of Holy Trinity.
What kind of an adult will your child become: what values and standards will be important to him? What kind of character will he have: Will he know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? The Church does its share in giving the answers to these questions.. It offers an excellent Sunday School Program. Our Sunday School provides a nursery, pre-school and grades K-10.
Young people need spirituality-but-they also seek:
-Fellowship with other Church people of their own age.
-Social and athletic activities in a wholesome Christian atmosphere.
-To belong to a group searching God's commandments through reading of Scripture and discussing Christ's teachings.
-Knowledge and appreciation of one's heritage, customs and culture. We provide these youth groups:
G.O.Y.A. ages 13-18
J.O.Y./ HOPE ages 6-12
Y.A.L. ages 18-35.