Dear Holy Trinity parishioners and friends,
As we continue to experience various difficulties related to the pandemic, it is interesting to look back to the last worldwide pandemic in order to learn and to receive hope. From 1918 until 1920, the world faced the pandemic of the Spanish flu. It is estimated that 500 million people were infected and that approximately 50 million people lost their lives.
When the Spanish flu spread across the United States and across the world, Holy Trinity was a new parish, having opened in 1897 by poor, but dedicated Orthodox Christians. Like us, they experienced the gravity of the pandemic. Like us, parishioners, contracted the virus, some lost their lives, and others felt the economic effects. The Great Depression and the second world war followed, but the faithful parishioners always found a way to keep the Church doors opened.
Our current Holy Trinity family has also experienced challenges over the past year, but the progress that we are making brings us hope and joy. Our clergy, parish council members, and volunteers are working diligently to ensure that our historic parish not only survives, but flourishes in the coming years.
The founders of our parish and all the faithful men and women throughout the years have done their part to maintain Holy Trinity in the midst of wars, pandemics, and poverty and they have entrusted the care of this sacred parish to us. This is a vital time in our history and we have the opportunity to be part of an amazing story full of hope and joy during this pandemic!
On behalf of our parish council and our entire parish, we thank you for your support and we are
honored to make history together! !
Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres James Lakerdas
Administrative Proistamenos Parish Council President
Frequently Asked Questions
What is stewardship
The Greek word for "Steward" is Oikonomos, which means caretaker. All who are Stewards of Holy Trinity are caretakers who help the Church continue with it's rich history and support it's Ministries.
How do I decide how much to pledge to Holy Trinity
The amount of your monetary is a personal and economic decision. We ask that you give cheerfully from your heart and according to your means.
Why should I become a Holy Trinity Steward
Stewards make it possible for the Holy Trinity Community to worship together, to share in fellowship, and to be supportive in all that the Holy Trinity Community does and can do for our Orthodox family and for the community-at-large. Your Stewardship commitment pays the rent, utilities, maintenance, salaries, liturgical supplies, office supplies, and all of the other necessities to have a church home and to grow and strengthen its ministries.
Do I have to pay when I complete the Stewardship form
No. Payment does not have to be made when you complete the form. Payments can be made yearly, monthly or weekly. Also, if you would like to increase or decrease your pledge amount, you may submit a new pledge form.
What is a "pledge"
A pledge is a commitment to make a monetary donation. Your pledge expresses that, "I am part of Holy Trinity and I want to show that Holy Trinity, the second oldest Greek Orthodox Church Community in the US, will continue. This is important to me."
Is my pledge public
No. Your pledge is kept in strict confidence.
How do I pledge
We ask you complete a Stewardship form which can be picked up at Holy Transfiguration on Sundays or downloaded above. Please return it on Sundays or it can also be mailed to the church office at 2644 Dempster Ave, Suite 208, Park Ridge, IL 60068. You can also call the office at 773-622-5979 and make a pledge. Monthly or yearly online payment is also available by clicking the Pledge Stewardship via PayPal tab above or the Donations Tab.