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. 

January 2019 Announcements


We want to congratulate Mark Kyle Brem on his reception into the Orthodox Church.  Mark was Baptized and Chrismated on Saturday, December 22.  Many Blessed Years to the newly illumined, as well as to his sponsor, Dennis Parish, family and friends.

AZLE News!

We are excited to announce that starting this month Archangel Gabriel Mission in Azle will expand its monthly schedule to include two Saturday Vespers and two Sunday Liturgies: typically, the 2nd and 4th weekends.  We look forward to even more progress during 2019.

The address of the Mission:  1157 S.E. Parkway (Jacksboro Highway). 

St. Vladimir Seminary Banquet in Ft. Worth!

We are equally excited about the opportunity afforded St. Barbara’s to host a St. Vladimir Seminary Banquet (Cowboys and Cocktails) on Sunday evening, June 2.  The night will offer a western themed atmosphere complete with a live band (Uptown Drifters) and western inspired food stations. It will be held at River Ranch Stockyards, with many local attractions nearby.  Guest speakers will include Archpriest Chad Hatfield (President of SVS), Archpriest Philip LeMasters (Professor at McMurray University in Abilene), Priest Jason Foster (Dean of Mississippi River Deanery of the Diocese of the South), and Priest Photius Avant (St. Sava’s in Plano, Texas) as Emcee.  In addition, currently we are planning for child care at St. Barbara’s making it easier for parents to attend the banquet.  Please mark your calendars for this important event, and see Tracie DeBolt or Fr. Basil Zebrun for more information.    

Youth Choir

Continuing with efforts initiated last year by Zach Lueth, Rita Miller and Mark Tarpley, we would like to work toward the eventual formation of a Youth Choir at St. Barbara's.  Because of work schedules and babies due in late Spring, Fr. Basil will be working initially with the youth, 2nd or 3rd grade and up.  Our first sessions will focus on basics of choral singing:  volume, pitch, blending and articulation, as well as specific hymns.  We hope that this progressive effort will enable participants to sing parts of services by the middle of 2019, and perhaps to offer a brief Christmas Concert next December.  Our first rehearsal will be Saturday, January 19th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm just prior to Great Vespers.

Church School, General Confession and Council 

This month's Church School will meet on Saturday, January 12, at 4:00 pm.  General Confession will be conducted on Wednesday, January 16, at 6:00 pm and a Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 pm in preparation for the Annual Parish Meeting.    

Annual Chili Cookoff, Sunday, January 20

On Sunday, January 20, immediately after the Divine Liturgy, St. Barbara's will hold its Annual Chili and Cornbread Competition.   A sheet will be placed in the hall for contestants to sign-up.  Prizes will be offered for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.  You will not want to miss this popular event, which constitutes Coffee Hour for that day.  Please see Mrs. Lynn Powers, our Chili Coordinator, for more details.  

General Parish Meeting, Sunday, February 3

St. Barbara's will convene its Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, February 3 (Super Bowl Sunday), immediately following the Divine Liturgy.  Given Archangel Gabriel Mission’s upgraded 2019 schedule, as well as other parish activities, February 3 was the most advantageous date.  We hope to end the meeting by 2:00 pm at the latest.  All Church members, catechumens and inquirers are invited to participate as we discuss decisions affecting the life of St. Barbara’s and the Azle Mission.    

2019 Pysanky Festival, 36th Anniversary

We are excited to announce that St. Barbara’s will hold its 36th ANNUAL PYSANKY (Ukrainian Easter Egg) FESTIVAL on Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6.  Orthodox Easter (Pascha) will be celebrated on Sunday, April 28, and Western Easter on Sunday, April 21.  Calling all Egg Decorators!!  We hope to have an excellent selection of beautifully decorated eggs, as well as a wide array of Pysanky related gift items. The parish would also greatly appreciate word of mouth and social media advertising.  Please mark your calendars and look for sign-up sheets in late early March, marking days and times during which we can offer our presence, time and energy to help out with this milestone event in our community.   

2019 Calendars and Pocket Planners

The 2019 Orthodox Wall Calendars are in and available for $5.00 each.  Pocket Planners are also available for $4.00.  The Calendars as well as the Planners contain helpful information for the year. Both include lists of fasts and feasts.  The Planners also provide future dates for Pre-Lent, Lent, Pascha, Ascension and Pentecost. Both are available on a side table in the Church.