Welcome to the website of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church of Oakmont and Verona! If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, this web site will acquaint you with our parish. To those who already belong to the church, this is YOUR website. We hope you will make full use of it, not only to enrich your relationship with the church and your fellow members, but to strengthen and support our parish and its ministries as well.
The Grecian Stars Dance Group, directed by Alecia Denillo, is now accepting new dancers
(fourth grade or older). Practices for new dancers only, will be held during the first few
weeks of March. Please contact Alecia Denillo at 724.681.1714 for dates and times.
It's that time of year again, the following dates are scheduled for baking for our Festival
March 16th: Koulourakia; March 30th: Kourambiethes. Volunteers are appreciated.
Peter Calaboyias, Northside And Beyond runs through March 21, 2014
at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.
Parish Bulletin Board
Two (2) Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) are available. One has been placed in the church & the second is located at Riverside Landings.
Please see the Church Events Calendar for all upcoming Church Services and our parish's ministry happenings! Note that the calendar will not show events that are scheduled for the Church Social Hall or Riverside Landing facility. If you know of an event or would like an event listed, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the event details.
Orthodox Tidbits The Value of Fasting
Great Lent is one of the four major fasting periods observed in the annual church calendar year
of the Orthodox Church. This is but one of many examples that the Orthodox Church has adhered to this spiritual
discipline more consistently and strongly than any other church in the history of Christianity. Sadly, some today
say that we no longer need to fast. Orthodox Christians know that this is not true.
It is a valuable weapon to
have as we wage spiritual warfare in the battle against sin and temptation. Jesus Christ himself fasted for
forty days in the wilderness (Matt.4:1-11). This is the basis for our forty-day Lenten observance. We also know
that Jesus did not say "Do not fast" or even "If you fast." Rather, in his instructions on how to fast, he said
"When you fast...." (Matt.6:17).
Christ also spoke of the value of fasting when, after healing a man's epileptic
son, he said after rebuking and casting out the demon, "This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
(Matt.17:14-21). Pious Orthodox Christians also know that the church teaches we must also combine almsgiving and
acts of charity with fasting.
Continued: The Value of Fasting
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