Hello The Church of the Holy Trinity,!

March 3rd, 2023 | Ordinary Time





Family Service This Weekend!

Don't forget that we will be having our monthly Family Service this Sunday at 9:30 am. This month's theme is, of course, lent! Our Family Service is usually about a half hour and perfect for young ones with shorter attention spans!

Lent and Holy Week Schedule

Lenten Organ Meditations:

Every Wednesday in March @ 12:15 pm

Maundy Thursday Service:

April 6th @ 6 pm

Good Friday Service:

April 7th @ 12 pm

Holy Saturday Service:

April 8th @ 9 am

Easter Sunday Services:

April 9th @ 9 and 11 am

DIOPA Visit to the State Capital

This Monday, March 6th, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania is planning a trip to the State Capital in Harrisburg in an effort to express their concerns over gun violence in PA. To read more about the legislative action DIOPA is calling for, click here.

Mayoral Race

The Philadelphia mayoral primaries will take place May 16th, 2023. It may feel like a long way's away but now is a great time to start to familiarize ourselves with the candidates. CBS news has compiled an introductory article that gives a little bit of info on the candidates this election.

Pardon Our Mess

As we continue to rebuild and restore our wonderful space together, there will be active construction happening at the church. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the work being done, please feel free to reach out to us! We have added a page to our website about the work we are doing. Take a look here.

A Letter From Beth, Our Deacon-in-Training

Greetings Members of CHT Rittenhouse Square!

As most of you may have heard by now, I have been assigned as a deacon-in-training to your congregation here. I am so excited to share this part of my formation journey with all of you! However, I also recognize that there are likely some of you who are not quite sure what a deacon does or who deacons are, and I thought this might be a good way to address some FAQs you may have in that regard. And I’m hoping that this will be the beginning of a much larger conversation about what it means to be called into ministry, whether as a lay or ordained person. So, without further ado…


What is a deacon? Are they like priests-in-training???


This is a somewhat complicated question. But first, I will say that I am not a priest-in-training. In the order of deacons, there are transitional deacons and vocational deacons. Transitional deacons are ordained as part of the process to becoming priests, whereas vocational deacons are ordained to the diaconate permanently. However, deacons and priests, though separate, are equal orders within the Church. (Confusing, right?) There are also those – especially within the order of deacons – who argue that the only deacons requiring a qualifier are transitional deacon…otherwise, you’re a deacon!


So then, what do deacons do if they aren’t priests?


Deacons are called to a “special ministry of servanthood” (BCP, p. 543) which includes serving those on the margins – the poor, the sick, and the lonely (among other groups). As I often like to say, deacons are the social workers of the Church. But, much like the social work field, what this looks like can vary. Essentially, deacons are called to be examples of Christ while also seeking to serve Christ in the face of the marginalized and call all baptized persons to do the same. The focus is on social justice and how this can be brought to fruition both within the Church and in the world. Sometimes they work outside of the parish in doing this, and sometimes they have specific ministries within the parish (e.g. opening up a food pantry or clothing closet).

Deacons are also called to serve within the Church during services, both on Sundays and other special occasions. They read and proclaim the Gospel, preach on occasion, announce the passing of the peace, assist in holy communion, assist the presiding priest during the service (or the bishop as the occasion arises), and announce the dismissal. In doing so, they are exemplifying again what it means to be a servant and emulating Christ’s example as servant of all. 

If you want more information about the order of deacons, I highly recommend reading the examination for deacons in the BCP on p. 543, as well as Ormand Plater’s book Many Servants: An Introduction to Deacons. For a much more detailed in-depth dive check out the book The Diaconate: A Full and Equal Order by James Monroe Barnett.


What will you be doing as our deacon-in-training?


John, Rachel, and I came up with an agreement which covers various areas of ministry while I’m here, including participating in liturgical duties (which you have likely already witnessed), preaching, facilitating a formation class, gathering a group of intercessors to regularly write the Prayers of the People, visiting our homebound parishoners, and volunteering with the Open Hearts Café on occasion.


How long will you be here with us?


It is customary for the parish field placement to last until at least Easter and no later than Pentecost (which will be on May 28th); in my case, it will likely be the latter. In general, ordained deacons typically serve in parishes for about three years at a time, though this can vary, depending on the circumstances and the desire of the Bishop.


I look forward to working among and with all of you for the time I am here. God’s peace and blessings be with you all!

What's Happening at CHT


Here are some at-home devotionals for Lent:

We also have a printed devotional available in the back of the church (Living Compass below), which you are invited to take next time you are in church.


Episcopal Church: Life Transformed, the way of love in Lent: This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life.



Episcopal Relief and Development: Who is my neighbor: This Lenten Season, Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join us as we meditate on the commandment to love our neighbor and consider the meaning of this fundamental instruction in our daily lives. https://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/lent/


Forward Movement Offerings: https://www.forwardmovement.org/AdvancedSearch/DefaultWFilter.aspx?SearchTerm=lent


Living Compass Lenten Devotional. Living Well Through Lent 2023: Practicing Compassion With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. https://www.livingcompass.org/lent


Lent Madness. Want to combine your love of March Madness brackets and learning about the saints? This devotional is for you!! Put together your dream team here: https://www.lentmadness.org/


Please take a quick moment to fill out our Family Ministry Easter Survey to help us gauge your interest in having another Easter Egg Hunt and which service you plan on attending!

Easter Survey


The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania (DIOPA) has requested that all congregations in the diocese ask their parishioners to fill out a quick survey about their worship habits since the onset of COVID-19. This survey is completely anonymous and any e-mail addresses shared with the diocese will not be used for further communication. The purpose of the survey is to help them explore new programming options, so please help them out by contributing your feedback if you can!

DIOPA Survey


We had a great turnout last week with both experienced and novice knitters joining in! The Knitting Circle will be meeting on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm, so please mark your calendars for the next meet-up on March 16th. We hope to see you there!

Worship at CHT

The Second Sunday of


LeLivestreaming & In-Person

Holy Eucharist

Sunday at 11am

To Participate in Online Worship:

To keep everyone safe, we will be live-streaming worship at 11:00 am on Sundays on Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook account or prefer not to visit the site, you can always watch the service on the front page of the website. You can also view this worship at any time after it uploads on FB or YouTube. To go directly to the Facebook page, you can click the button below. A digital copy of the bulletin is also available below, and can always be found again on our website.

For In-Person Attendance: Masks will be optional at this time. We ask that you continue to give space to those around you, and be respectful of the choices others make. And don't forget - if you need a mask, we have them in all shapes and sizes, just ask!

Digital Bulletin
Online Worship

Weekday Morning Prayer



Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click here to participate.

Open Hearts Cafe

4:30 pm

Sundays & Tuesdays 

Care for your community with wide-open hearts. Help hundreds stay clothed and fed each week by donating your time to CHT's outreach ministry. Read more below or click here.

Childcare Services

10:30 am-1:30 pm


Every week, 2 of our WONDERFUL Child Care workers will be in the back of the church waiting to meet you! Come on in for some quiet worship time for you and fun playtime for your kids. All ages are welcome!

Weekly Schedule

Helping Hands

There are all kinds of ways you can get involved at the church – from home, in-person, even from afar! We might not all be able to get together, but we can all lend a hand and share our gifts! Check out this space each week for new opportunities:

Connect with Your Community and Faith by Volunteering with Us!

You may have already received an e-mail from us in regards to taking our survey on interest in volunteering opportunities. If you missed it, however, please consider taking the survey found below. The Congregational Life Committee is looking to gauge interest from the congregation in filling different roles. This is not an official sign-up sheet, but just a way to connect with folks who are interested! We are currently looking for congregants to join the ushering team, occasionally bring snacks to after-Service coffee hour, help with special events, and help with our Shrove Tuesday Event on February 21st. We hope to hear from you, volunteering with us is a simple way to practice your faith while connecting with your CHT community!

Take Our Quick Survey


CHT is looking for anyone interested in helping us live-stream our services to Facebook on days our Tech & Media Specialist is not available. This includes operating audio and visual equipment connected to our microphones and cameras. No experience is necessary, just an interest in learning how to operate our equipment! Teens and adults are welcome! If you are interested in learning, please reach out to us at communications@htrit.org.


CHT is looking to start a children’s choir this fall! We will be focusing on youth in grades 3-8. Anyone interested should reach out to our Director of Music, Donald Meineke, at dmeineke@htrit.org for more information!


We are rebuilding our Acolyte Team for the fall. Crucifers, Torch Bearers, & Sacristans are a crucial piece of helping our liturgies be the best they can be! All adults and school-aged children from 5th grade and above are invited to join. Contact Director of Music, Donald Meineke, for more information. dmeineke@htrit.org


We're always looking for more hands to help out at our food and clothing ministry, Open Hearts Cafe! Are you ready to give with wide-open hearts?

Click here to sign up!

Every Sunday and Tuesday at 4 pm.

Open to all ages 16 and older (or accompanied by an adult).

Homeless Advocacy Project at Open Hearts

The Homeless Advocacy Project, an organization that helps provide homeless individuals with free legal help, has been joining the Open Hearts Cafe once a month to talk to our guests. They help with essential issues like identity documents, disability benefits, veteran benefits, and family concerns. To learn more about them, you can click here.

Thank You For Giving With Wide Open Hearts!

Our Current Needs Are As Follows:

  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mens gloves
  • Mens Layering material!
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