May 2019 Announcements

St. Vladimir Seminary Night, June 2

We extend an invitation to a special event on Sunday evening June 2, being hosted by St. Barbara Orthodox Church: Big Hats and Cocktails. Essentially this will be a multi-faceted fundraiser for St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. The night will feature unique, elegantly prepared Western cuisine such as bacon wrapped quail and jumbo stuffed shrimp, in addition to a number of other options.  A salad bar and thematic dessert along with a cash bar will also be provided.  Participants will hear live Texas Swing Music by a local band, the Uptown Drifters.  The venue is equally attractive, River Ranch in the Ft. Worth Stockyards, 500 NE 23rd Street.  

Archpriest Chad Hatfield, the President of St. Vladimir’s, will be a keynote speaker that night.  We will hear as well from Archpriest Philip LeMasters, Pastor at St. Luke Antiochian Orthodox Church in Abilene and Professor at McMurry College; Archpriest Jason Foster, Dean and Pastor at Nativity of our Lord Orthodox Church in Shreveport; and Fr. Photius Avant, Pastor at St. Sava Orthodox Church in Plano/Allen.    

Individual tickets for the event start at $35.00 a person with additional levels of sponsorship available. Tickets should be purchased no later than May 26 through the St. Vladimir Seminary website,, or by calling 914.961.8313, x330 and speaking with Matushka Robyn Hatrak. Early ticket purchases by May 15 will be greatly appreciated and will help with preparations.  Please call St. Barbara’s if more information is needed: 817.294.0325.

Pysanky Festival Thank You!

On Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6, St. Barbara hosted its 36th Annual Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Festival.  Just over 300 people attended the event, many for the first time responding to the wonderful publicity received in the newspaper and on social media.  We wish to thank our talented Pysanky makers, and everyone who helped out in any way prior, during and after the event. It is a labor of love and a wonderful fundraiser and community outreach. Thank you!

Archangel Gabriel Mission Picnic on May 26

On Sunday, May 26, after the Divine Liturgy, members of Archangel Gabriel in Azle will meet at the Lake Home of David and Darla Stepich for a Picnic.  Members of St. Barbara’s are invited as well, and are encouraged to bring their favorite drinks and beverages.  The Stepich’s have a dock off of which people may swim and/or fish.  Should you be so inclined you are further encouraged to bring swimming gear (remember life jackets), and/or fishing equipment.  Thank you, David and Darla, for graciously opening your home to everyone.  Members of St. Barbara’s please RSVP Fr. Basil by Sunday, May 19.  This will help with food and seating preparations. A sign-up sheet will also we available in the hall.

Church School, Council, General Confession

This month Church School will meet on the 3rd Saturday, May 18, at 4:00 pm (the last session of the school year); the Council will meet on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 pm; and General Confession will be conducted on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm prior to Vespers.

Music Rehearsals

This month we will start again our Youth Choir Rehearsals with a gathering of children, 3rd grade to senior in High School, who have already participated in past sessions. We will meet on Saturday, May 11 at 5:00 pm, and will be glad to adjust future days and times as interest expands in order to accommodate family schedules as best we can.  In addition, several men have expressed an interest in reviewing basics of choral singing.  We will attempt to have monthly Male Singing Workshops for these individuals starting on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested please see Fr. Basil and/or join us on May 16.

March 2019 Announcements

36th Annual Pysanky Festival and Pysanky Classes

On Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 our parish will host its 36th ANNUAL PYSANKY (Ukrainian Easter Egg) FESTIVAL.  For the past three and a half decades this highly anticipated event has been an excellent fundraiser and outreach, introducing neighbors to the community of St. Barbara’s. In the early days members of the Church would take their decorative eggs to local malls and to May Fest.  Later, sales efforts were moved onsite to the Church itself.  This new venue provided the Festival a decorative and warm environment in which to welcome guests and offer tours of the Church. 

Hours of the sale are:  Friday, April 5, from 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, April 6, from 9 am to 5 pm.  Please plan now to notify family members and friends about this unique event.  Featured are intricately decorated chicken, goose, and ostrich eggs with traditional Ukrainian Pysanky motifs:  prices range from $10 to $850.  In addition, skilled craftsmen demonstrate this wonderful and ancient folk art during the two-day event.  We also have available other Pysanky supplies, instructional books and related gift items.

Pysanky Classes, open to the Public and to Church members, will take place at 7:00 pm on consecutive Thursdays, following Pascha (Easter). Classes will be held on May 2 & 9. Should you have any questions please contact Matushka Christine Zebrun, our Festival Chairperson.  Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Lenten Retreat at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

On Saturday, March 30, the St. Barbara Philoptochos and North Texas Orthodox Missions will host Dr. Jeannie Constantinou as she speaks about the Holy Week narrative.  This free event will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (13555 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75240) with sessions running from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Free on-site childcare is available.

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Lenten Confessions

We ask that you plan now for your Lenten Confession so that all Confessions might be completed by the beginning of Holy Week, Monday, April 22.  All Orthodox Christians (7 years of age or older) should make a personal confession prior to Pascha in preparation for "The Feast of Feasts."  Thank you.  


Flowers for Pascha

We are currently collecting donations for Paschal Flowers.  Contributions will also help with flowers for the Sunday of the Cross and Palm Sunday.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Cheesefare Sunday March 10

Forgiveness Sunday (this year March 10) is also known as Cheesefare Sunday, the last day prior to Pascha on which Orthodox Christians consume dairy and egg products.  At St. Barbara’s some affectionally refer to it as Cheesecake Sunday.  For Coffee Hour we invite you to bring your favorite Cheesecake, Cheese Dish, or Dessert so that all may enjoy these delicious items just prior to Forgiveness Vespers that afternoon.  It is an enjoyable tradition to which we look forward each year.  The same sequence of events will also take place on March 10 at Archangel Gabriel Mission in Azle.  


2019 Pan Orthodox Vesper Schedule

Each Lent, Orthodox Christians in DFW gather on Sunday evenings, 6 pm, at one location, to celebrate Pan Orthodox Vespers.  At these gatherings a sermon follows the service as well as a common meal.  We invite all to join us.  This year the schedule is as follows:

  • March 17:  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas

  • March 24:  St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth.

  • March 31:  St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Euless

  • April 7:  Sts. Constantine and Helen Antiochian Orthodox Church, Carrollton

  • April 14:  St. Seraphim Cathedral, Orthodox Church in America, Dallas

Special Lenten Services and Confessions

We wish to encourage everyone to make room on their schedules for the special Lenten services as well as for Holy Week services. For Orthodox Christians, Pascha is celebrated this year on Sunday, April 28.  Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week services begin on Saturday, April 20, with services conducted every day during the nine-day period.

In addition, throughout the Fast we celebrate each Wednesday evening the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  During the first and fifth weeks of Lent the Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete is celebrated.    

We also want to encourage everyone to arrange times for Confessions prior to Holy Week so that liturgical preparations and other practical considerations immediately before Pascha will be conducted as smoothly as possible.