Through the provision of social and human development services, FOCUS North America helps the poor and needy in North America. We bring communities, parishes, and partners together in hands-on activities – uniting giver and the underserved — to help transform all of our lives and break the cycle of poverty that afflicts so many in our society..

FOCUS North America

About the FOCUS Summer Feeding Program

Over 15 million children in the United States­—including over 45,000 in Allegheny County—struggle with hunger because they do not have regular access to nutritious and affordable food. Young people are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of food insecurity. Each month these families are faced with a difficult decision: pay the rent or buy groceries. And in this situation, paying the rent always wins — because it is easier to be hungry than homeless.  While the reach of federal nutrition programs is significant, thousands of food-insecure Pittsburgh children still go hungry, especially during the summer months when there are no free or reduced school lunch programs. There are long-term impacts of child hunger that extend beyond the discomfort of being hungry. Food-insecure children, according to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, are more likely to suffer in areas of education and behavior. This summer, through its Summer Feeding Program, FOCUS will serve thousands of meals across the country inn seven cities, including Pittsburgh.

Holy Trinity Church Selected as Pittsburgh Host Site

FOCUS North America and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, are pleased to announce that Holy Trinity Church will become the FOCUS Summer Feeding Program Host Site for Pittsburgh starting in June 2017.  Each week from mid-June through mid-August, a team of local volunteers from Holy Trinity and other area churches and organizations will gather on Monday through Friday mornings to prepare lunches in Holy Trinity Church’s commercially-equipped kitchen. The project will be coordinated by a paid FOCUS Site Supervisor. The meals will then be delivered to the new distribution site at the Carnegie Library Extension on Federal in Pittsburgh’s North Side, just a few blocks from Holy Trinity Church’s previous location.

Site Supervisor Position Available

FOCUS is seeking to hire a Site Supervisor to manage and coordinate this program. It is a part-time position of approximately 24-30 hours per week during the summer. It is ideal for school teachers,  college/grad students,  stay-at-home parents or energetic retirees. For information on the position, see the pdf FOCUS Summer Feeding Program Site Supervisor Job Description ( 480 KB )

Summer Feeding Program FAQs

  • How can I apply for the Site Supervisor position?

    See the pdf FOCUS Summer Feeding Program Site Supervisor Job Description ( 480 KB ) and contact James Portellos, FOCUS North America Summer Feeding Operations Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 866-267-3083.

Faith and Family Weekdays

NEW THIS FALL: Holy Trinity Church’s new and expanded “Faith and Family WEEKDAYS” ministry. Building on the fruits of our last three years of Wednesday evening sessions, we are now including more days and more opportunities for everyone to participate in and grow from worship, spiritual life and educational ministries beyond Sunday morning and to make the church the "crossroad of daily life." There is something for everyone and everyone. Click here for more information and a description of each ministry and here for a printable pdf Faith and Family Weekdays 2016-2017 Ministries Guide ( 204 KB ) . Place them on your calendar so you are reminded to attend.

Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is offering one's self to God as He offered Himself to us.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying "I believe..." as proof of that belief.

Oriented Leadership

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship is the foundation for belonging to Holy Trinity Church and providing support for its many ministries and activities. Orthodox Christian Stewardship is also a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

An Active, Annual Committment

An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and institutions.

Online Giving

Holy Trinity Church offers various ways to make Stewardship contributions and other offerings. In addition to checks and cash, payments can be made via checking account, savings account, credit card or debit dard. Visit to donate or for more information on online giving.

Stewardship FAQs

  • Who is a member of the parish?

    A voting member is a Baptized or Chrismated Orthodox Christian at least 18 years of age who submits a signed stewardship card, participates faithfully in the life of the Church and commits a portion of time, talent and treasure to the Church. The Archdiocese also requires the voting member to remain current through the year on their commitments. Keep in mind that true membership in the Body of Christ also involves living according to His word and within His Church.

  • How can I submit a Stewardship pledge?

    To establish a Stewardship pledge and, thereby, membership at Holy Trinity Church, a Stewardship card must be completed and signed each year. Cards are available in the Narthex of the Church or from the Holy Trinity Church Office by visiting, calling 412-366-8700 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Why are their multiple parts to the Stewardship pledge card?

    The Stewardship pledge card contains opportunities to offer both financial support for the operating budget and time and talents for the ministries of the church.

  • Why must I indicate an amount for my financial pledge?

    An amount is required for your pledge to be valid and your commitment allows us to plan our budget for the coming year. Please keep in mind that your stewardship contribution is kept in the strictest of confidence.

  • What if I cannot fulfill my stewardship commitment?

    During the course of a year, people’s circumstances change. Your stewardship is valued because it is made out fo your love for God and His Church. Please do not be concerned if you are unable to meet your stewardship commitment. Simply contact the Church Office or the Stewardship Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • What other options do I have to provide support for my Church?

    Reaching for our checkbooks may be the easiest and only way we know how to contribute to our Church, but did you know there may be a more advantageous way? There are a wide range of non-cash assets that can be donated, receive tax benefits, and leave a lasting legacy. They include:

    • Stocks
    • Bonds
    • Mutual Funds
    • Life Insurance
    • Bequests/Estate Planning

    If you would like to offer one of these types of support, please contact the Church Office or the Stewardship Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visiting an Orthodox Church is, for many people, a new and exciting experience. It may be a wonderful encounter with all its beauty and rich liturgical tradition, but there are probably many aspects of our faith and worship you may not be familiar with, and we are sensitive to that. This page is designed to help guide you and answer questions about our parish and the Orthodox Christian Faith. It is our deep desire to welcome you once as a visitor and many times as a friend!

The Basics

New to the area? First time visitor? Want to know what to do and how to become involved in the life of Holy Trinity Church? Here are some basic steps:

  1. Join us for worship: The Holy Orthodox Christian Church is a house of prayer for all people, and we welcome anyone who is interested in worshiping God with us. Everyone is welcome, whatever their current religious affiliation or nationality.
  2. Introduce yourself: A member of the Hospitality Ministry or Parish Council will greet you upon entering the church. Please introduce yourself (unless they hopefully welcome you first!) and complete one of our visitor hospitality cards. You will be also welcomed by our priests and introduced to the congregation at the conclusion of the service.
  3. Stay for fellowship: Following the Divine Liturgy, the community joins for Fellowship Hour. You will be welcomed by and introduced to members of the parish.
  4. Ask questions: Our clergy, Parish Council and parishioners are there to help you find your way through the community and the Orthodox Christian Faith. We are glad to have an opportuity to answer any questions you might have.
  5. Sign up: Be sure to visit our website at and subscribe to our email list. This will keep you up-to-date on the worship schedule and community life.
  6. Get involved: Although full participation in the sacramental life of the Church is reserved for Orthodox Christians, we encourage you to get involved in the many opportunities for learning, service and fellowship that exist at Holy Trinity Church.

More Helpful Info

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.


Every day in the temple and at home they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Acts 5.42

Three years ago, Holy Trinity Church introduced an innovative series of educational programs under the title of “Faith and Family Wednesdays.” Since then, dozens of presentations, hands-on-learning sessions and worship services provided a way for Christians to grow and progress in the knowledge and understanding of their faith.

In active pursuit of growing ministries that are relevant and accessible to our faithful parishioners, this ministry is now re-launched using your feedback as “Faith and Family WEEKDAYS!” This collection of ministries includes more days and more opportunities for everyone to participate in and grow from worship, spiritual life and educational ministries beyond Sunday morning and to make the church the "crossroad of daily life." There is something for everyone and everyone. Why not give it a try? Bring your spouse. Tell your friends. Expand your faith horizons! See the ministries descriptions below and check the Calendar and the Herald for session details and schedule updates. Or download the Faith and Family Weekdays 2016-2017 Ministries Guide.

Faith and Family Weekdays: 2016-2017 Ministries Guide


“Prayer Partners”

Type: Prayer Support Ministry

Meets: Every Day (during your own daily personal prayers)
About: EVERYONE can participate in this vital ministry EVERY DAY. On the first Sunday of January, April, July and October, blank prayer cards will be distributed. Write your first name. They will then be randomly distributed at the end of the service. Each person will commit to praying for the person they receive daily during that quarter. Pray and be prayed for!


"Hearts of Faith"

Type: Women's Ministry

Meets:  4th Tuesday at 9:00am, September-May
2016/2017 Dates: Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 25, May 23
About: The Saint Lydia Women’s Fellowship returns with a monthly morning session of conversation with God and each other. The group meets at church at 9:00 a.m. for a 30 minute morning prayer, then gathers in the Fireside Room for an hour of sharing and discussion about the matters of a woman’s heart.

“Journey of Marriage”

Type: Marriage Preparation Ministry

Meets: 2nd Tuesday at 7:00pm, October-June
2016/2017 Dates: Oct. 18*, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 21*, Mar. 14, May 9, Jun. 13 (*=3rd Tues)
About: Marriage preparation for couples using the excellent and interactive “Journey of Marriage” materials developed by Dr. Philip Mamalakis and Fr. Charles Johannides. From “Hello!” to honeymoon, this series educates and equips couples for fruitful Orthodox Christian marriage. It’s lots of fun, too!


 “Journey to Fullness”

Type: Faith Growth Ministry

Meets: 6:30pm on dates listed below. 2 series of sessions, 8 weeks each.
2016/2017 Dates: Series 1: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30.  Series 2: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
About: Father Barnabas Powell has released an excellent new video series for everyone who wants to learn more about the “fullness of the faith” found in  Orthodox Christianity. Fr  Barnabas’ style is sincere, straight-forward and he is not afraid to raise and speak to the tough questions. At the end of each segment there is a brief question and answer review which delves deeper  into issues raised in the talk.


“Prayer and Panera”

Type: Men’s Ministry

Meets: 3rd Thursday at 7:00am, September-June
2016/2017 Dates: Sep. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, May 18, Jun. 15
About: The Saint Nikodemos Men’s Fellowship hosts this morning session of prayers and Christian fellowship (with coffee and bagels, too!). The group meets at church promptly at 7:00 a.m. for a 15-20 minute morning prayer and scripture, then moves up the hill to Panera for 30-45 minutes of coffee, breakfast and Christian men’s conversation.

 “Orthodox Movie Night”

Type: Entertainment/Fellowship

Meets: 2nd Thursday at 7:00pm, October-June
2016/2017 Dates: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8,  Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 6, May 11, Jun. 8
About: A monthly offering of inspirational and culturally entertaining movies with snacks and good company in the Fireside Room. Free to all, it’s a relaxing and uplifting alternative to the “same old stuff” on cable TV. Why sit around alone and watch that when you can enjoy a night of Holy Trinity fellowship and entertainment? Check out the  pdf Orthodox Movie Night 2016-2017 Schedule ( 618 KB )   for a complete list of features through June 2017.