Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
As we go through the period of Pascha (from the Resurrection to Pentecost), let me express my desire for our expected return to Church with the words of the Apostle Paul, “I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:8) Yes, we are separated “in person”, but certainly not “in heart”. I want you to know that we are planning for our return to Church, together with the guidance of Metropolitan Gerasimos and fellow clergy, with more details to be offered in the coming days and weeks. Our return will be a prudent and safe transition from the security of our homes to the security of our Church which will give us Christ and joy once again!
It is inevitable that you will hear and see various posts, videos and images throughout the media that describe possible scenarios for the causes of this difficulty that we have experienced and are still going through. These theories exist and will multiply every day. Unfortunately, as people lose patience with “shelter-in-place” orders and social distancing, our response to the virus as a society becomes ever more politicized and divisive. However, as Orthodox Christians, we know a better way!
It is Christ who has set the example for us to approach all worldly theories, hypotheses, diverse views and interpretations of human life: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33; You can read the entire 16th chapter of the Gospel of John at https://biblehub.com/esv/john/16.htm).
Jesus offers this very same peace to us that he gave to his disciples after the Resurrection: "peace be with you" (John 20:19,21,26). And together with his words "rejoice, do not be afraid" (Matt. 28:10), he offers this same encouragement to us in every contact we have with Him!
Let us therefore be heartened and assured that the Divine Liturgy we offer at Church is the very bond of love that connects each one of us to the person of the risen Christ; let us continue to be patient, praying for the health and safety of one another (we need each other's prayers!), looking forward to the time that we will be together once again.
Please note that the following ministries will resume once given the clearance that it is safe to congregate once again.
- Sunday School for Kids K-8
- College Outreach Ministry
- Archangel Michael Food Barrel
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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every corner of our world. In the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, all seven states, 67 parishes, and three monastic communities, have had to make significant adjustments to worship services and ministry activities during this time when people are directed to stay at home and shelter in place. We know this presents challenges on many levels, but the Metropolis has compiled a unique page to include special resources for Worship, Technology, Finance, and Ministries. Please visit this address to view the Resource Page:
Additionally, the Archdiocese has a similar page with resources available, including a newly announced COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist individuals who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Visit: https://www.goarch.org/covid19
Currently, our services are not open to the public and will be conducted only by Father Stephen and one or two chanters and acolytes. Please understand that these measures are being taken in order to halt the continued spread of this virus, and our concern here is not just for one another but also for our neighbors throughout the larger community, and so the measures are being undertaken as an expression of love. As way of reminder, please note that:
All programs (Church Sunday School, Greek School, Bible Studies, Greek Folk Dance, etc.), are cancelled. Fellowship and Coffee Hours are cancelled as well as all programs (Church Sunday School, Greek School, Bible Studies, Greek Folk Dance, etc.).
●For pastoral appointments or any emergency, as always, please contact the church office at 825-5365.
●All scheduled and new Sacraments including weddings, baptisms, chrismations, and funerals will be open to the immediate family only until further notice.
●For building access please contact the church office. Currently, we request that only essential and authorized personnel be in the building and church.
We are making every attempt to live stream each service. Please visit our parish Facebook page at
at the scheduled service time to view and follow. Also, our weekly bulletin will be sent to you by email and also available online via our website.
We are living through unprecedented and uncertain times which are impacting all facets of life, including our festival preparation. First and foremost, it is the prayer of the Festival Committee that our families and communities remain healthy and strong in faith, body and mind during this time. We are continuing to move forward with festival planning finding unique ways to progress at a social distance. We are optimistic that come September things will have settled down and we’ll be able to celebrate with a full festival. That said, we are also realistic that we will be impacted in some way. It is too early to tell what the future holds for our festival, but we are brainstorming on the possibilities and approaches so we are prepared to adapt to what we may be faced with. We will continue to keep you posted as we move forward. All ideas, suggestions and questions are welcome – please email them to Dimi @ email@example.com.