The 'new' Holy Trinity as we often like to refer to the past decade, has been founded on service and community outreach. Perhaps no where was that better underscored than in the weekend of March 25-26, 2017.
On Saturday, March 25, under the guidance of our Parish Council President, Timothy Fetzko, a crew from Holy Trinity, including Nancy Harrison, Barbara Lacey, John Holobinko, Kathy Adrzejewski and Bob and Sue Dolan, worked at the Covenant Soup Kitchen, which is housed nearby at St Paul Episcopal Church on Valley Street. Holy Trinity has been serving meals to the homeless and oppressed since 2013. We normally serve between four to five times per year. The outreach is so humbling because many who have so little, cannot adequately express their deep gratitude to our crew. That they have not been forgotten resonates with them.
"Very often these days we note the lack of social graces," Holy Trinity pastor, Fr Marc Vranes, pointed out. "Such common courtesies which were always extended during previous generations have continued to wane. We can often take human kindness for granted and fail to see it for what it was intended to be. Those who come to the soup kitchen never fail to say 'please' and 'thank you'. Through their own appreciation, they remind us what is important in life, and also that it only takes a bit of kindness to open one's heart. They serve us a reflection of Jesus Christ to us.
"We remain extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve those at the Covenant Soup Kitchen. May this ministry continue to soften our hearts each time we are called to serve there."
Holy Trinity will return to Covenant Soup Kitchen on June 3rd for the second of four 2017 service dates. "We have a strong core of people who are part of our regular rotation," said Tim. "However we always looking to cast the net wider and wider to give anyone who wants, a chance to participate."
One day later, on Sunday, March 26, Holy Trinity partnered with the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, an agency which provides assistance to those in need in Windham County, Connecticut. For two months, Holy Trinity parishioners brought in goods and products from their own homes that were new or in lightly used condition. Linens, blankets, comforters and small appliances are among WAIM's greatest needs. The WAIM truck greeted us Sunday morning, then after the Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity parishioners loaded up the truck.
Holy Trinity has been a partner with WAIM for nearly a decade. Holy Trinity parishioner, Dot Sinchuk, serves on the WAIM Board, and largely through her efforts, has joined the two of us together.
"Dot understands the needs of those who WAIM assists," Fr Vranes said. "She is able to look both from the inside and outside. She tells us how Holy Trinity can support those in great need. Our community applauds Dot's involvement with WAIM, and are grateful for her contribution to both WAIM and Holy Trinity."
Members from Holy Trinity also celebrated the 2nd birthday of John Michael Fetzko who was born March 20, 2015. Happy Birthday & Many Years. Barbara E. Lacey made a delicious maple walnut cake for the festivities.