Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-11-22
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Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 408.605.0621
  • Street Address:

  • 9th and Lincoln

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 5808

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Weekend services: the weekend schedule is fixed for most of the year. The services take place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, at All Saints Church, lower level, 9th and Lincoln.

Saturdays: 5:00pm Vespers

Sundays:   8:30am Matins

                   9:45am Liturgy

Week-day services: during the week we may celebrate the major feast days of the Church either in Carmel or in Salinas. Please check the calendar! The schedule pattern is:

Wednesdays:  6:00pm Paraklesis

Eve of feasts: 6:00pm Vespers

Feast days:    8:30am Matins

                       9:45am Liturgy

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services

Note: all our services can be attended online via Zoom and, with the exception of Divine Liturgies and the matins preceding them, on Facebook as well.

Friday, November 20
    6:00pm  Vespers, Orthros, Liturgy
Saturday, November 21  Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, November 22   Elder Iakovos of Evia (since 2017)
    8:30am  Matins on the patio
    9:45am  Liturgy on the patio
Monday, November 23
    9:00am  Matins
Tuesday, November 24
    9:00am  Matins
Wednesday, November 25  Saint Katherine
    9:00am  Matins
    10:00am  Book Forum: At the Ringing of the Bells - Intro, Part 1 and Part 2

    6:00pm  Vespers
Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day
    8:30am  Matins + Liturgy
Friday, November 27
    9:00am  Matins
Saturday, November 28
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, November 29
    8:30am  Matins on the patio
    9:45am  Liturgy on the patio
    6:00pm  Vespers
Monday, November 30 - Saint Andrew the First Called Apostle
Orthros + Liturgy


See the whole calendar at


Upcoming Name Days

This coming week, we know of the following celebrating their name days:

  • Kathy (Kathrine) Shaw  - Saint Katherine, November 25
  • Charlotte Conto  - Saint Katherine, November 25

Happy Name Day! Hronia Polla!

Please let Mary know if your name did not appear here at the time when you celebrate your name day. We would like to correct any unintentional errors, should they occur. Also, please contact Father Ion ahead of time for attending the Vespers, Matins and Liturgy for your name day. Finally, if you can bake the Five Loaves for their blessing (Artoklasia), or if you would like to bake them and you do not know how, please contact Father Ion ahead of time.


News & Events


An organization chapter led by Alexandra Mouzas

It is Happening!
The Philoptochos Big Fall Bake Sale

 This Saturday at Star Market in Salinas  10:00 until sold out
This Sunday pick up at St. John the Baptist Church 12 noon

Tsourekia, Baklava, Koulouraikia, Almond Cookies, Cretan Rusks Paximadia, Sesame Koulouria, Greek Mountain Tea, Greek Oregano & more.

For more information: 619-519-2855 or

 Thank you for supporting the Philoptochos!

Living the Gospel


An organization chapter led by Alexandra Mouzas

Although we won’t be able to gather around the community Christmas tree this year, nor will we be able to have lunch and decorate gingerbread houses as a community family. But we still can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a community and give to the underserved children in our community!!

These children are truly precious and innocent angels who deserve love and have a gift under the Christmas tree. Some of these children have been abandoned, are victims of violence, have a parent who is incarcerated, While others have witness horrific crimes and are in protective custody. May God be with: Sherry, Jacoby, Ashley, April, Aitana, Ariana, Isaac, Ezekiel, Karen, Chris, Janine, and all the precious children of the world. Won’t you please help Philoptochos give Christmas to these needy children?

If you would like to sponsor an angel’s gift, please mail a check in the amount of $35 to $50, made out to: Philoptochos PO Box 5808, Carmel by the Sea, CA  93921

Living the Gospel


The Stewardship Ministry is led by Mary Kanalakis

Brethren, the point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. - 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

 What are your talents? What do you love to do? – Clearly, those talents are blessings from God. That joy you experience in doing what you love is God’s reflection in you. What if your talents were the very thing that transforms our parish into an engaged and giving community?  Well, it’s true. You talents ARE the very thing that will help transform you when given freely to God. And the parishioners around you will be inspired by you to, in turn, give freely of their own unique talents to God. And the accumulation of these talents will inspire a community, a city, a nation. (You’ve seen it happen with one voice insisting on banning plastic straws. Plastic Straws! What about the salvation of millions?)

 You are being called to become engaged in your parish. Now, getting involved is NOT engagement. Engagement is how you feel using your gifts in the way it was intended.  How you use those talents reflects what is in your heart. You are being invited to give bountifully of your talents. There is a place in the parish that needs you, sits empty and dark without you and has no light.

 You should know that distance is not an issue. If you live far away or close by. If you are active or prefer to stay home. God has given you certain talents for a reason to bring you closer to Him.

 Here is another item for thought: If time and money were no object, what would you do for God? – Sometimes we limit ourselves: “I’m just one person.”  “I can’t do as much as I used to.” “I’m so busy with _______ (fill in the blank).” Are these really the things you will say when you stand before the judgement seat of God?  You still have another day. Your dream for your parish and the church is entirely possible with just one step.

 Here is what you should do: Take 5 or 10 minutes and answer these questions. Write them down. Put them in your bible.

  • What are my talents? What am I good at?
  • What do I LOVE to do?
  • If time and money were not an issue, what would I do for God?

 You can act on these answers right now. And soon you will receive a Stewardship Card for next year. At that time, pull out the answers you wrote down. Attach them to the Stewardship Card, or record them on the card. Be prepared to experience God’s Kingdom.

 Online stewardship link: CLICK HERE

Online offering link: DONATIONS

Living the Gospel


Parish Council Ministry led by Thimi Saites

Our new 3 year Strategic Plan is coming together, thanks to the amazing work by many of our parishioners. Their work reveals careful preparation, thought, and love for our parish.  The efforts of individuals on our top six goals takes the form of Action Plans. These are being pulled together into one place where we can more clearly see the direction we are taking.

Our community will have an opportunity to review the new strategic plan and contribute comments on the Action Plan at our next Parish Assembly on December 9.

The top six goals are:

  • Plan for Creating a Stewardship Culture of Generosity, Tithing Community
  • Explore Market Information and Community Consensus for the possible sale of the Salinas property
  • Leadership Development
  • Plan for Bible Study, lives of the saints. Evening hours. Online
  • Plan for Welcoming
  • Formal arrangements for congregational chanting

If you are interested in participating in one or more of these areas, you will have many opportunities to join. You can let your Parish Council President know, volunteer at the Parish Assemby, or speak directly to one of the Action Plan leaders or team members. We are looking forward to the entire community getting involved in our future.

Living the Gospel


A ministry led by Kathy Shaw.

"At the Ringing of the Bells: The Paschal Martyrs of Optina" by Collective Works (author, Anna Larsen(translation) . On Pascha of 1993, three young monks of the famous Optina hermitage were brutally murdered by a satanic. The saintly lives of these monks show that their martyric death was a special gift to them from the Lord. This book is the most complete account of their lives, miracles, and writings available in English. 

Our Bookstore offers a few copies. You may also purchase this book online through Amazon or the Ancient Faith store.

Beginning on Wednesday, November 25.

  • Meeting time: from 10am, right after the Matins service.
  • To prepare: Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2 – Heiromonk Vasily
  • Zoom in at the known link.

Adult Education


The Divine Liturgy on Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated, God willing, on the patio for all to attend and to come together in Christ.


A ministry led by Father Ion

The Church University continues the daily Zoom webcasting from Saint Nektarios Chapel with the short Matins Services. At the end of the service Father Ion offers a reflection, teaching on the readings and the saints of the day. Connect via Zoom to extend Matins with the study of the Scripture readings, great discussion and fellowship time.

Worship and Education



Please take a moment to register for the annual Light the Path Luncheon.  This year the event will go live broadcast on Zoom, which is such a blessing as so many more of you will have the chance to participate in this festive kick off of the Celebrated Christmas Season.  This ministry started by our Beloved Bishop Anthony of memory to help our seminarians graduate without the burden of debt.  Successfully for over 20 years Philoptochos has carried on the torch.  Our very own seminarian, Devon Latzen, is among those graduating this year.  Please take a moment and register.  It will be a beautiful event, featuring our own associate Philoptochos member, Nick Fettis.  Let’s cheer on our own!!!

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
and the
Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos
joyfully invite you to attend
Light the Path
A Virtual Celebration

Saturday, December 5, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT

There is no cost to attend, however advance registration is required. Complete the form below by December 1, 2020 to receive the Zoom link login information which will be sent to you via email prior to the event.


Donations will be accepted LIVE during the event or make a secure donation online TODAY!

For questions regarding reservations contact Alexandra:

“The Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund started as a small seed, but with faith, nurturing and perseverance, we have been able to secure the future of our faith and culture in this Metropolis. Hundreds of students have received considerable support and are now serving the Greek Orthodox Church as priests, educators, pastoral assistants and youth directors. Since its inception, the Metropolis Philoptochos has been the guardian angel of this important effort. Your support of this event will help them to further expand their efforts and will create a lasting legacy for our future.” His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos


A ministry led by Paige Benton.

This last Wednesday we closed the Fall Faith and Fellowship Session on the Epistle of Saint James. We were blessed to have six small groups with fantastic leaders. The groups included people from outside of our community, old members and newcomers. The meetings will take a break until January when we will start a new topic.

Adult Education, Community and Relationships Building



Our Fall/ Winter Parish Assembly will take place on Wednesday, December 9, right after the Paraklesis Service, from 7pm.


The Parish Council is a ministry that calls its members to witness Christ and the Orthodox Faith to those they encounter in all aspects of life. It is a truly a high responsibility task that requires serious individual committed to our Lord. The calling of a Parish Council member is holy and spiritual. In assisting in the administrative responsibilities of the Church, a Parish Council member acknowledges and makes real the importance of strengthening the earthly ministry of Christ through God’s Church. This takes humility, faith and a deep commitment to Christ our Lord.

In accordance with the 2014 Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, all candidates seeking election to serve on the Parish Council must attend a PARISH COUNCIL SEMINAR organized by the local Parish Council and under the leadership of the Parish Priest. The purpose of the Seminar is to prepare candidates for the Parish Council, as well as making aware of the sacred responsibilities expected of a Council member.     

Saint John the Baptist Church will hold a PARISH COUNCIL SEMINAR on a date convenient to the candidates. All potential Parish Council members, including those seeking re-election, must attend the Seminar. In order to be placed on the ballot, one must complete the Application for candidacy form and return it to Brian Balcom not later than December 1. Elections will be held Sunday, December 13.


The Audio/Video Ministry is led by Hussam Ibrahim

  • Daily services, reflections and homilies video.
  • Sunday homilies audio.
  • Some Sunday homilies video and archives prior to June 1 2020 audio.

Organization and Leadership 


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Prayer Requests

Lord, Bless, strengthen, and guard, by Your grace, all those who, with love for humankind and a spirit of sacrifice, care for the sick in their homes or in hospitals.

We pray for the servants of God:

"Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on your servant (first name)."

   Sheila (Despina) Doyle-Rickenbacker - for endurance during this time of tremendous suffering. 

   Chris (Chrisanthi) Georgalos for health and comfort when dealing with transition.    

   Sophie Britton - for strength and recovery

   Eleni Saites - for patience and endurance.

   Maria Kastros - for strength and endurance.

   Nina and George Kadiev, Nicholas and Annie - George going through many serious health trials.

   Kylie and her family - for health, faith and hope. 

   Michael and Kristen - for spiritual strength and unity in Christ. 

For those who are in prisons: Constantine and Sergei.

And for our catechumens: Michael and Angelina.

In case of emergency, Father Ion is available for home visits. Please call him directly at 408.605.0621 if you would like to schedule one.


Church Attendance


We continue to worship each Sunday on the Patio.

EVEN IF IT SHOULD RAIN, DO NOT FEAR. Plans are in the works to keep you dry even on a rainy day on the patio. Just wear extra layers for warmth. 

Thank you to all for observing and practicing the safety protocols! Please wear the mask and maintain the 6 feet distance to non-members of your family.

Notice of Informed Consent:

We have been asked by our Metropolis to provide the following information for your information prior to attending the live services.

By voluntarily attending Saint John's services in person, you affirm that:

  • You are not currently ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You agree to abide by the social distancing and safety guidelines as being practiced in our Parish.
  • You acknowledge, that while the recommended CDC, State and Local County safety measures are being taken by the Church, the parish cannot guarantee that there is no risk of infection for attendees.
  • If you are not able to agree with the above statements, we kindly ask that you remain at home to participate in the live-streaming of our services.

We look forward the day when EVERYONE returns home to worship God together!


Father Ion can hear confessions at the church. Please contact him directly for an appointment.


Most of our services and meetings are available online.
Attend remotely:
  1. Zoom with video here.
  2. On our Facebook page, except for Divine Liturgies and the Matins that preceed them.
  3. By phone dial - add the following string to your address book: +16699006833,,9475885646#,,1#,871732#
Liturgical texts at Ages Initiatives here. Select the date and the service of interest. Then, choose pdf if you want to print, or DCS for viewing on the screen (which also has a night mode).


Lighting Candles when you can not attend services is possible through our Light a Candle website.

Click this link: Light a Candle

The candles will be lit at the next service after the request was received. The names mentioned in the online order will also be remembered during that week at the Wednesday Paraklesis (the living only), at the next Sunday Liturgy and at any other liturgy that week (both the living and the departed).


Saints and Feasts

November 25

Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria and the Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

Saint Catherine, who was from Alexandria, was the daughter of Constas (or Cestus). She was an exceedingly beautiful maiden, most chaste, and illustrious in wealth, lineage, and learning. By her steadfast understanding, she utterly vanquished the passionate and unbridled soul of Maximinus, the tyrant of Alexandria; and by her eloquence, she stopped the mouths of the so-called philosophers who had been gathered to dispute with her. She was crowned with the crown of martyrdom in the year 305. Her holy relics were taken by Angels to the holy mountain of Sinai, where they were discovered many years later; the famous monastery of Saint Catherine was originally dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord and the Burning Bush, but later was dedicated to Saint Catherine. According to the ancient usage, Saints Catherine and Mercurius were celebrated on the 24th of this month, whereas the holy Hieromartyrs Clement of Rome and Peter of Alexandria were celebrated on the 25th. The dates of the feasts of these Saints were interchanged at the request of the Church and Monastery of Mount Sinai, so that the festival of Saint Catherine, their patron, might be celebrated more festively together with the Apodosis of the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos. The Slavic Churches, however, commemorate these Saints on their original dates.

November 25

Mercurius the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia

Saint Mercurius came from Cappadocia, and was the son of Gordian, a Scythian. A young man, and a soldier of high rank, he refused to offer sacrifice to the idols, and after torments was beheaded during the reign of Valerian (253-260).

November 26

Stylianos the Monk of Paphlagonia

St. Stylianos was from Paphlagonia living in the latter 6th century and early 7th century. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ with his whole heart and lived in strict asceticism. When he fell asleep in the Lord, his face shone like the sun and an angel appeared to take his soul to Glory. His prayers have worked many miracles, both during his earthly life and since. He is of special help to children who are ill and to childless couples. He is known as a protector of orphans.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:14-22.

Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."