Newsletter – April 18 / May 1 – St. Thomas Sunday

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

April 18 / May 1

St. Thomas Sunday


 Cactus flower, which appeared during Bright Week.

Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week


"As the disciples were in doubt, the Saviour came on the eighth day to where they were gathered and granted them peace, and cried to Thomas: Come, O Apostle, and feel the palms in which they fastened the nails. O good unbelief of Thomas, which hath lead the hearts of the faithful to knowledge! Hence, he cried out with fear: O my Lord and my God, glory be to Thee."


Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!


Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David and Elizabeth Ash.
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday 4/30

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil


  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

Monday 5/2

  • 7:30PM Pannykhida for Radonitsa

Wednesday 5/4

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 5/5

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 5/7

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 5/8 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

Fasting in the Coming week

  • We fast from animal products on Wednesday and Friday, but wine and oil are allowed.


Bright Week

The Second Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of St Thomas


  1. OOooooo….this is niiiiiice! As soon as I can, I plan to add this to my blogroll……XPICTOS ANECTH!!

    Loved the Cactus Flower, the Bright Week questions and answers and the Sunday of St. Thomas questions and answers.
    What a miracle, that cactus flower blooming on Bright Week!!!  That was a beautiful story, how it came all the way from Summer Camp and survived cold nights outside in a coffee can, sometimes full of too much water.  That was amazing.  And a really beautiful sign from our Lord and our God!!!
    I love the Sunday of Saint Thomas.  It also happens to be my wedding anniversay.  George and I were married on the Sunday of Saint Thomas, April of 1987.  Every year when I hear the words of Saint Thomas read in Church, "My Lord and my God"  it fills me with such joy every time I hear it.  I could just imagine the astonishment of Thomas as he realized that this friend and teacher of his for the last three years who was just recently arrested and sentenced unto a horrible death, is revealed to him as our LORD AND GOD!!!

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