Parish Update on Community Protocol

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Beloved Parishioners of Holy Trinity,

It was approximately one year ago when the COVID virus was declared a pandemic and the resulting impact on our daily lives and our community was beginning to be realized.

As your pastoral and parish council leaders, we initially faced the challenge of navigating the constant and at times, contradictory directives and protocols coming from the county, state and federal authorities, as well as from our Metropolis and Archdiocese. It was not easy for any of us and we had many discussions with differing opinions. We formed a task force to evaluate the many and varied directives and protocols, considered the medical and scientific advice and recommendations of several parishioners who are medical professionals, and made decisions as to how we as a community would respond.

Though there has never been a complete consensus between these various entities, we followed the core guidelines of our Metropolitan, who instructed us to do so considering our own local guidelines – we did so, even in some cases requiring more than what was directed.

It has not been easy, and we have prayerfully, honestly, and truthfully attempted to do our best during this last year, for our community and for our families. Certainly, we as a community have experienced the terrible effects of this virus – we grieve with those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, and prayed with those who fought this illness, up to this moment.

In light of this recent order by the Governor, and after consultation with our Metropolis we have considered how we will proceed here at Holy Trinity. While we are eager to return to full participation, it is our position that acting with prudence and moderation is paramount and we will proceed in this manner.

Beginning Sunday March 13, we will increase the maximum capacity for Sunday services to 90 parties (we are currently at 75 parties), and continue with our protocol of parties being distanced 6 feet and masks being encouraged but not required. We will continue the signups for Sunday Services but there will be no signups for weekday services, except for those specifically identified as requiring a mask. We see no reason to discontinue mask only services at this time and will continue to offer these services until further notice. As we continue in our journey toward Great and Holy Lent, we will send a separate communication as it relates to Lenten services. We will monitor the coming weeks and as conditions warrant, we will adjust accordingly. As well, we will continue to offer live stream of every service until further notice.

As has been our practice, if any of our parishioners need a private pastoral visit to receive Holy Communion and Holy Unction, please contact Fr. Peter or Fr. Mark to schedule a visitation. We are more than happy to accommodate and serve you.

We are thankful for and appreciate each of you! With various needs in mind, we are trying to help our community move out of the pandemic and a return to normal, but in an orderly fashion. We ask for your continued prayers, support, and patience. It is our earnest prayer and desire to maintain unity in our community in the midst of this most challenging environment!

For the peace of the whole world, for the stability of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11

The Clergy and Parish Council of
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Dallas, Texas