Holy Trinity Church Accessible

Parma, Ohio

Holy Trinity Church

Founded 1963

Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest

Deanery: Cleveland Deanery

Address

6822 Broadview Rd
Parma, Ohio 44134

http://www.holy-trin.org

Church: 216-524-4859

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. Alexander Garklavs
Rector
963 John Glenn Drive
Seven Hills, OH 44131
Home: 216-524-8989
V. Rev. Vladimir Berzonsky
Retired, Attached
Marbella Lakes
6548 Monterey Point #102
Naples, FL 34105
Protodn. Edward J Reta
[Protodeacon]
7843 Oakhurst Cir
Brecksville, OH 44141
Home: 440-526-3613
Protodn. Wayne A Kall
[Protodeacon]
3017 Brookview Blvd
Parma, OH 44134
Home: 216-741-2888

Lay Leadership

Mr. Michael Pilat Jr
Choir Director
232 Beeler Ave
Berea, OH 44017
Home: 440-243-4451
Mrs. Nellie Wislocki
Church School Coordinator
11983 Firefly Dr
North Royalton, OH 44133
Home: 440-237-0999

Directions

General Location
Holy Trinity Church is located in Parma, OH, a southern suburb of Cleveland.

From I-77, exit on Pleasant Valley Rd
Take Pleasant Valley Rd west to Broadview Rd, which is the first major intersection, and turn right.  Travel past Seven Hills Fire Dept, and the Church is on the left (6822 Broadview Rd).

From Interstate 480, exit on State Rd
Turn south off the exit ramp and prepare to turn left at the first intersection, Brookpark Rd.  Travel east on Brookpark to Broadview Rd, the first major intersection.  Turn right onto Broadview and travel several miles, past shopping areas and several churches.  Church is on the right (6822 Broadview Rd).

Schedule of Services

5:00 PM Great Vespers followed by Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Mornings and Feast Days

6:00 PM Vigil.
Eves of Great Feasts

10:45 AM Church School, September through May.
Sunday Morning

Other services are posted on the Parish Website:  www.holy-trinity.org

Parish Background

Over three decades have passed since that near winter day of 1963, when upwards of two-hundred Orthodox faithful gathered at Parma Memorial Hall to celebrate the first Divine Liturgy of the new parish of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.

Upon the firm foundation laid down for us by our six founding families, we have built a temple to the glory of God.

Many memorable dates of those years long gone by seem so vivid in our memories.  Shortly after the first Divine Liturgy, a kick-off dinner was held.  Fr Alexander Schmemann, Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary at the time, inspired us with his words, “Your Church must proclaim Jesus Christ to this new community.”

In the beginning our needs were great, and various groups were formed to provide both service and fellowship to the members of Holy Trinity Church.  The Men’s Club was formed and set up groups whose primary duties included setting up the temporary church every Sunday morning.  We soon were out scouting for property on which we could build a Church.  May 10, 1964, twenty acres were purchased on Broadview Rd in Parma.  A group of hard-working parishioners joined together to clear a portion of the land, and that year we enjoyed our first family picnic on our own grounds.

The Women’s club was formed early in our parish life, and they took on the task of raising monies to purchase the immediate needs of the Church.  The Youth Group is a vital and vigorous organization that helps our young people become better acquainted and channels their energies towards service to the Church.

On August 2, 1964, Bishop John journeyed to Parma to bless the grounds.  Ground was broken on June 27, 1965, our first services were held in our almost-completed church on January 6, 1966, and on May 15, 1966 Holy Trinity Church was consecrated.  The years that followed presented many needs and challenges—all of the furnishings plus tables, chairs, kitchen equipment and supplies. The industrious group of parishioners who banded together to form the nucleus of the pierogi workers helped to meet these financial needs quickly.  These people have persevered over these many years to meet the ever-changing needs of the parish.

The following years were spent improving and maintaining our Church and property.  Our fifteenth anniversary held special joy, as we were able to “burn the mortgage”.  In 1980 the land immediately south of our twenty acres was put on the market, and we purchased it.  Our church school classes had outgrown their classrooms; and in 1981 a new wing was added with classrooms and an all-purpose meeting room.

Over these past forty years our membership numbers have changed.  Those of our Holy Trinity family who have gone before us to their rest will live in our hearts and memories forever.  The newly-marrieds, many of whom just a few short years before had been members of our First Confessions classes, make our joy complete when we witness their love for their Church and each other.  What can we say about the new babies being baptized into the Faith?  Their voices will soon join ours in praising Jesus Christ.

Where do we “grow from here?”  As we join together to celebrate our Anniversary this November, the same steadfast faith and love that we have for the Church and each other can only affirm our purpose in this life, to live according to the teachings of our Lord.  May our growth be measured by our Faith and Love.  We are now worshipping in a new temple envisioned from our inception.

Our parish has taken a new direction.  With two deacons aiding the pastor, we are reaching out to those who feel themselves overwhelmed with the world as it is, and who are searching for the truth about God, His world, and His plan for salvation.  Periodic Bible Study evenings are offered, as well as inquiry classs for those who want more from life than our society provides.

For further information and photos, please visit us at http//www.holy-trin.org