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CASTRO VALLEY, CA.

Paschal Message


PaschaHell received a body, and encountered God.
It received earth, and confronted heaven.
O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen! And you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is risen! And the evil ones are cast down!

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

These beautiful words from the homily of Saint John Chrysostom at the Anastasis service affirm what is a fundamental part of our faith as Orthodox Christians: the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the annihilation of death itself.

When St. John Chrysostom says “And you, o death, are annihilated,” his intention is a very deliberate expression of God’s power, the power of victory over death.   One only need open the dictionary to see that the definition of the word “annihilation,” is a “complete destruction or obliteration,” or “total defeat.”

It denotes an utter finality.  Saint John does not use the word “wounded,” or “injured,” but “annihilated.”  The annihilation of death, is what we celebrate each year on the Feast of Feasts, and carry into the rest our lives as Orthodox Christians.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we no longer need fear death.  Christ has come to die for us and be raised for us, to bring us with him into eternal life.  The Lord did not think it sufficient to only send us holy men and women to herald His message of love and mercy, as HE HIMSELF came to us!!  There has never been, nor will there ever be, a greater symbol of love in the history of the world than the Lord’s defeat of death and sin at the foot of the cross, and the empty tomb.

Let us embrace these beautiful words and celebrate the power of these “saving days” by joining our faithful in prayer and exaltation this Paschal season as we proclaim the words, “Christ is Risen!” this Pascha.

To Him be glory and praise forever, Amen!

With love in the Risen Lord,

FRNiko

 

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Our Church

Our Priest and Our Team

Liz Levy

Office Administrator

Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015
Our Ministries

Latest Updates

Our planned trip to Project Mexico is less than two months away and we are still looking for parishioners who would like to join us on this meaningful mission trip. In a world with so many issues and problems we may often feel unable to affect significant change. Here’s an opportunity to affect change for just one… Read More

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In the spirit of continuing the growth of our parish and its programs, last December, our parish council and general assembly approved an aggressive budget for 2017 that included the hiring of a full-time parish youth director. After a thorough search the first three months of 2017, our parish council selected Ms. Anna Teodosiadis, who […]

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Please join us for a fun evening of Baseball at the Oakland A’s Stadium! We have 50 tickets and we will all be sitting together! Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017 Time:  Game starts at 7:00pm Place: Oakland Coliseum (located at 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA, 94621) Cost:  $25 for adults and children Please use the… Read More

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Sunday and Monday, May 28-29, 2017 11am-6pm San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon Please come and support our Dance Groups at our Gyro Booth. Contact Rebecca Hoyer for info rebeccaspiros at gmail.com

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As of the first week of April, the total monies pledged to our capital campaign are now $2.3 million and over $600,000 in hand from eleven families! Many, many thanks to all who have already pledged to our campaign or who have indicated that you will pledge to our capital campaign.  A big thank you… Read More

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In addition to hiring a full-time youth director, our parish has also taken on a part-time webmaster, Mr. Marcelo Souza, to create and update our new parish website and Facebook page! Marcelo used to work with Father Niko as the office manager at Annunciation Cathedral, San Francisco for four years, and currently teaches our high… Read More

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Steve Christoforou from “Be the Bee” is back in the Bay Area for a mini BeeTreat at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, CA! Join Bay Area Goyans (6th-12th grade) on April 19 from 7pm-9pm and parents and youth workers on April 20 from 7pm-9pm for incredible workshops, fellowship, and fun!  

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In January, our Men’s Fellowship Ministry was restarted!  A group of ten men met at the Rigisich home on January 29 and enjoyed a delicious dinner and discussion.  The evening was very positively received by all who attended, and we thank Steve and Lisa for opening their home to us! After a brief hiatus, our… Read More

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From the Fathers

Spiritual Sayings

Our soul, as a spiritual, active being, cannot remain idle; it either does good or evil, one of the two; either wheat grows in it or tares. But as every good comes from God, and as the means of obtaining every good from God is prayer, those who pray fervently, sincerely, from the depths of their hearts, obtain from the Lord grace to do good, and, before all, the grace of faith; whilst those who do not pray, naturally remain without these spiritual gifts, voluntarily depriving themselves of them by their own negligence and spiritual coldness.

It is only necessary to seek one thing: to be with Jesus. The man who remains with Jesus is rich, even if he is poor with regard to material things. Who ever desires the earthly more than the heavenly loses both the earthly and the heavenly. But whoever seeks the heavenly is Lord of the whole world.

The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.

Do not say, “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.” In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance … How many hairs are on your head? God will not forget one of them. Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God?

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