OCF - First Forty Days Initiative

The First Forty Days: High School to College Transition

Research has shown that many college students form the habits and social groups that they will maintain for the entirety of their college career in the first six weeks of their freshman year. Thus, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship knows it is critical to personally contact every first-year Orthodox college student so that they know that an Orthodox family awaits them on campus during these crucial formative weeks.

Through OCF’s First Forty Days Initiative, our local OCF student leaders, spiritual advisors, and lay coordinators introduce themselves to all new incoming students, making sure that they know about Orthodoxy on campus and nearby Orthodox parishes. It is our hope that through this personal connection, our young college students will not only stay connected but deepen their faith during their years in post-secondary education and graduate to be faithful stewards of parishes across the continent.

Submit your incoming freshmen’s information by July 15th to ensure that your students will receive the full benefits of the First Forty Days Initiative.

Questions or comments? Contact us at firstfortydays@ocf.net.

Monday of the Holy Spirit 2017

Keeping the festive spirit of Pentecost, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Monday June 5, Monday of the Holy Spirit. Joining our own Fr. Nick and Fr. Patrick were: Fr. Sylvester Berberis from Zoodohos Peghe in the Bronx, Fr. Nicholas Dassouras from St. George in Norwalk, Fr. Elias Villis (who chanted beautifully) from the Church of Our Saviour in Rye, and Fr. Evan Evangelidis from Annunciation, Stamford. Breakfast was offered afterward to all the faithful in attendance. 

Parish Panygiri 2017

After the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy and the Kneeling Service on Pentecost Sunday, our parish community celebrated with a wonderful meal donated by the Beehive Restaurant in Armonk, music provided by Michael Zoulis & Orchestra, Sunny the Clown donated her time and talents entertaining the children. Columbia Florists donated the table decorations. Ron and Andrea NIcholas donated our celebratory Mythos beer. 

During the Panygiri, we recognized all our District Olympics athletes, as well as our GOYA basketball teams.

Χρόνια πολλά και του χρόνου!

Pentecost 2017

Holy Trinity was honored to welcome His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane on our patronal feast day, Pentecost. Pentecost is considered by many to be the "birthday" of the Church and is the ultimate expression of the presence of God (i.e. the Holy Trinity) in the life of the Church, when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Disciples (students) and they became Apostles (those who are sent out) and the Good News of salvation in Christ was spread. The Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit - as the day is also called - reminds us that the Kingdom of God is here and now, in the Church - whose members are all bearers of the Spirit, and the light. 

"Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. O Befriender of man, glory be to Thee." - Dismissal Hymn of Pentecost

D.A.D. Olympics 2017

Holy Trinity is incredibly proud of all our participants and medal-winners at this year's Olympics. This year, there were more HOPE, JOY, and GOYA athletes than ever - over 1000 - and Holy Trinity was represented by a fantastic group. 

Holy Trinity Dance Troupe - April 30

The Holy Trinity Dance Troupe performed traditional Greek dances at the Ozzie Davis Theater, New Rochelle Public Library on Sunday afternoon, April 30th.

Soup Run Update - April 27

by Despina Kartson

We arrived at 33rd Street to music and celebratory NY Rangers fans enjoying themselves outside of Madison Square Garden. And just down the street stood our faithful guests, lined up, waiting for our meals and clothing for last night's soup run. A couple of men immediately helped us unload our cars and set up.

More than 120 meals of chicken, rice and vegetables were served and we could have given out more. We distributed numerous clothing items - socks and underwear being the most requested. Mario asked us if we had size 12 sneakers and we promised to bring a pair next month. A woman told us she was exhausted, took her shoes off briefly while she slept at a shelter and woke to find that her shoes had been stolen. She was relieved to find a pair of flip flops to wear and said, without any signs of animosity, that the person who took her shoes must have needed them more than she did. Another woman asked for extra underwear for her 17 year old twin daughters in the shelter. When asked about their safety and their situation, she said that her 19 year old daughter and 27 year old son also live in the shelter because they cannot afford housing and they look out for each other.

At one point in the evening, a few people were gathered around one of our volunteers in what appeared to be an intense conversation. When another volunteer asked if everything was OK, and it was, one of the guests said "You don't need to worry, we will take care of you. We know you are good people and we won't let anything happen to you."

Many extraordinary events and experiences touch us during our monthly soup runs and we always know that the hand of God is providing, often when we least expect it. At the end of the evening when we had distributed every item we thought we had brought with us, we were talking with Claudette. She asked if we had a suit for her grown son who needed a suit to attend a wedding. Just as we were about to tell Claudette that we were completely out of clothing, we recalled that we inadvertently took from the basement a very nice suit jacket and pair of slacks. We didn't plan to take it to 33rd Street but we did and it was hanging in one of our cars. We gave it to Claudette who could not have been more appreciative and truly delighted to have found a suit for her son.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers from the Holy Trinity community, Manny Louros for the delicious meal, Demetra Ventresca for sponsoring the soup run, Eirini Metaxas for the icons and Minos Samoladas for his generous donation.

A few of our guests said they heard last night was our final night and that we would not be there over the summer. We told them we are faithful to them and will provide food and clothing during the summer and all year long - we don't take the summer off because there is no time off for those who are hungry. Please join us on May 25.