Dear Ones in Christ,
Last Sunday, August 1, we entered the Dormition Fast and began our days of preparation for the commemoration of the Falling-asleep of the Holy Theotokos on August 15. I ask that you join me in the fast and invoke the prayers of the Mother of God, asking her prayers and protection in these challenging and difficult times. May the Most Holy Theotokos protect our families, guide us to Her Son, and pray for us in our time of need!
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls.
With love in the Lord,
DIACONAL ORDINATION – Sunday, July 11, will be yet another day of joy for our parish community as we celebrate the Ordination to the Holy Diaconate of Subdeacon Rodion Pfeiffer.The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m. A special coffee hour/reception will follow the Liturgy to continue the celebration on that festive day.The Holy Cross parish community and other guests will also be present.
REMEMBERING WITH GRATITUDE- This year marks the70th Anniversary of the founding of our parish and the 53rd Anniversary of the Consecration of Saints Peter and Paul Church, we remember all the Clergy and Faithful who founded our parish (1951), who built the “new” church and witnessed its consecration (1968), and who, through all these 70 years since the founding of our parish, have faithfully served Christ’s Flock here in our parish community. We especially remember Archbishop JOHN (Shahovskoy), the Archbishop of San Francisco, who founded our parish and placed it under the spiritual guidance of Archimandrite Peter (Zaychenko). Archbishop John also consecrated the church during the pastorate of Archpriest John Karateev, rector of our parish from 1962 to 1972. And we give thanks to God for all the clergy and faithful parishioners, gone to their rest before us, who, through their faith, sacrifices, and dedication, have provided us with the gift that is ours as members of this God-protected flock. May the Lord grant them rest with the saints! May their memory be eternal!