Dear parents and grand-parents,
A great preoccupation of our church is the care for the religious education of the youth of our community, and its participation at the Sunday’s religious services of the church. In this respect, we have built a nice intimate holy Chapel, where Sunday English Services are held regularly between 10:00-11:00 am, the children are offered a Sunday brunch afterwards, and Classroom sessions are held between 11:30 am through 12:30 pm, in all three nicely decorated, repainted and newly recarpeted Sunday School rooms of the church.
Neither the clergy, however, nor the Sunday School Teacher’s by themselves, and/or in cooperation with the Church’s clergy, could alone fulfill this vocation of the church. It is therefore absolutely imperative the cooperation of all the parents and grandparents, who have children of age 4 and older, to enroll them and bring them to the Sunday School, on a regular basis, and make sure that they are on time.
Attached you’ll find an explanatory prospect, giving details of our religious education program for this year. Please, read it and, if you have questions and/or suggestions, do not hesitate to call our office.
The official beginning of the Catechetical School Year is: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2001 - according to the following program:
OCTOBER 7, 2001
Confessions - 9:30 am
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am
Te-Deum and Water Blessing for school Beginning - 11:30 AM
Bringing the children to Church - which is the Holy Place of God - we advise the parents to please dress them properly (girls in dresses and the boys in trousers, shirts and ties). No ear rings or improper hair-cut will be permitted for the boys. No improper vocabulary is permitted on the church grounds.
We recommend the parents to offer no food to children on Sunday morning (for children over 7 years of age) thus having them prepared for receiving the Holy Communion.
Please, complete the form printed below - Enrollment Form - a copy for each child - and send it ASAP to the church office to enroll your child/children to the 2001/2002 School Year. If you have any friends, who have children of age 4 years and older, please advise them to call our office and request an Enrollment Form for their child/children.
Thank you for your kind cooperation. Yours truly,
religious services (in English) & the Sunday catechetical school
Why English Services?
As Romanian Americans of Orthodox Faith, we have the duty to do our part to continue the Orthodox Mission, initiated by the Russian Orthodox Church in North America (since 1794) more than 200 years ago.
From the history of the Orthodox Christianity, we all know of the great and holy work started by our beloved Saint Herman of Alaska, followed by the vast unbelievable work completed by St.Innocent, which could easily fill several books.
We do recall that in late 1898 to 1905, the future Patriarch of Moscow, St. Tikhon, coming to America, along with Bishop Raphael (+1915), united many ethnic Orthodox people, healed divisions, built Churches, and instructed that English be used in America.
Through his vision from God, St. Tikhon stated that throughout Orthodox Missions, through the ages, the Church was able to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the language of the people, which is used for each Country accordingly. In the spirit and prophetic vision of Saint Tikhon, we must press forward, using English in our services, or run the risk of becoming ethnic clubs forever in America.
The Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Southern California (“HTOCSC - The Chapel ”), conducts its services in the “Orthodox English Chapel”, built in the former chancery (parish offices) of the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, located at: 3315 Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065.
The Sunday Catechetical School, as well as the “HTOCSC/The Chapel“ Services are held entirely in the English Language.
All people of ORTHODOX FAITH are wholeheartedly welcome to attend.
a). Serving Clergy: “HTOCSC” (The Chapel) services are held by all the clergy of the Holy Trinity Church:
V. Rev. Rev. Father Constantin Alecse, Sr. Rector - Rev. Father Virgil Anton, associate
William John (Bill) Clark, Deacon
Youth Ministry & overall out-reach: Mrs. Marcela Dora Serban,
Young Adults Retreats and services coordinator: Deacon William John (Bill) Clark.