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.