Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Events Around the Twin Cities

June 20-14: VBS at St Mary's OCA

St Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis, will host a vacation Bible school program again this summer, for children entering pre-K to 5th grade. Each day, youth will have their passports stamped and enter into a different country and/or place. They will be taught about Orthodoxy and the challenges that the people face in other countries and around the world, and they will learn chants and songs in English and other languages from Japan, Africa, Guatemala, Greece, and the United States.

Dates: June 20-24
Time: 9 am to noon
Cost: $35 (financial assistance is available; call Fr Ben Tucci at 612-599-1125)
Place: St Mary's OCA Cathedral, 1701 5th St NE, Mpls 55413
Registration deadline: June 5 (payment due by first or second Day of VBS; registration form available here)

Summer Camp: July 2-8

A reminder that the dates for St Mary's Summer this year are July 2-8, and registration will soon open. The period for early bird discounted registration ($425) is April 12 through May 1, when cash or check payments will be accepted. Beginning May 2, through May 27, registration increases to $475, and payments must be made by credit card on the website. (Note that partial scholarships are available for Holy Trinity church campers. Families with scholarship applicants must please let Fr Jonathan know as soon as convenient.)

Major Orthodox Liturgical Music Event Next June

From Dn Gregory Ealy, choir director at St Mary's Cathedral, comes this save-the-date: This coming June 22-26, right here in Minneapolis at St Mary's Cathedral, there will be an Orthodox liturgical music symposium. This symposium has been organized under the auspices of the International Society of Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), which is based in Joensuu, Finland, and whose chairman is Fr Ivan Moody. Fr Ivan (Orthodox priest, musicologist, composer) and ISOCM are well known and respected in many different circles, both ecclesial and secular. Having both Fr Ivan and this symposium here in the Twin Cities is not only an honor but something that should not be missed. To put it in very simple terms, this is a really big deal.

Note also that the professional vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, which specializes in Orthodox liturgical music, will offer a concert as part of the symposium. This is an extremely rare opportunity to hear exquisite, soul-moving, Orthodox liturgical music right here in Minneapolis. The schedule runs from Wednesday evening (June 22) through Sunday's Divine Liturgy (June 26); it will include presentations, choir rehearsals, and much fun. For more information about the symposium please go the website.

Iconography Workshops at Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse

Iconographer Phil Zimmerman will lead two upcoming iconography retreats at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The retreats will be offered May 15-21 (The Myrrh-Bearing Women - advanced level for those with prior experience) and July 10-16 (St Irene of Chrysovalantou or St Therese of Lisieux - beginners/all levels). See flier for costs and other details.

July 22-25: FOCA Convention in Chicago

The 90th Annual Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (the O Club) will be held in the Chicagoland area this July (July 22-25) and we want YOU to be a part of the fun (membership not required!).What is the FOCA? An official organization of the Orthodox Church in America whose mission is to proclaim, share and reveal our Orthodox Christian faith through service, fellowship, and example. In addition to convention meetings, there will be a golf outing, trivia night event, Chicago architectural boat cruise, and a hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday followed by a banquet and dance. There is also a fun-filled itinerary for the youth, which is being coordinated this year with the National OCA, Diocese of the Midwest Diocese and FOCA. Activities include a visit to Navy Pier, a service project, and a water park! More details here.