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.