Beloved Faithful,

The past month was very eventful at our parish.  We extend our thanks to our GAPA lodge for yet another delicious brunch and fellowship hour, most recently in honor of Mother’s Day.  I am personally grateful to the entire community for the surprise luncheon held on the Feast of Saints Constantine and Helen.  I cannot think of a better way to have spent my Name Day than with Divine Liturgy and fellowship as a Church family.

We know that Ypapanti is a place of worship, fellowship, and service.  Our weekly Paraklesis Service offers an opportunity for mid-week prayer on Thursday nights at 6:30 PM, followed by Adult Catechism at 7:30 PM.  In the month of June, we will continue our series entitled “Things You Never Learned in Sunday School,” as we examine the Biblical basis of the Divine Liturgy.  There are also numerous opportunities to attend weekday Liturgies throughout the month of June.  Join us, and be further spiritually strengthened through your week.

For those not quite ready for Adult Education, there is our annual Vacation Church School.  All children ages 5 through 12 are welcome to attend this year’s program entitled “Saints Alive.”  Each day will include a lesson, activities, crafts, snacks, music, and more!  Anyone who enjoys working with children is invited to be a part of the teaching staff.  Further information is on the flyer in the Current.

The young adults of Ypapanti have organized themselves into an exciting ministry.  The newly formed Young Professionals Group is holding its first meeting on June 10th, and is this month’s Featured Ministry.  We look forward to supporting this ministry’s development as they serve the Lord and His Church.

On June 18th, our parish family will honor its graduates.  Please notify the office if you are graduating from High School, College, or any other secondary education program so that we may recognize you.  Many of the youth of our community are also looking forward to attending the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Summer Camp.  For more information about camp, please see the Metropolis website.

Finally, our social hall is filled with delicious smells as preparations for our annual Festival are underway.  The Festival is a tremendous opportunity to reach out to the greater community and welcome visitors into the Lord’s Church.  Please consider finding a way to give of your time, talent, and treasure as we show our legendary hospitality to over 10,000 guests.

We have much to be proud of in our community, and there is much of the Lord’s work to be done.  I welcome you to prayerfully consider where you fit in best, and join us!  I look forward to seeing you soon!

With love in Christ,

Fr. Constantine Kokanos