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CASTRO VALLEY, CA.

Message from Father

FrNiko

“Yolk unto them a radiant angel”
– Prayer from the Orthodox Rite of Baptism

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

My parish priest growing up once shared a story with our youth group about a time when he was out walking and wished to cross the street.  Without looking both ways first, he began to dash into the middle of the road.  Upon doing so, he said he felt a force similar to two hands pushing him backward as a car raced across his path the same moment.  He didn’t see who or what had pushed him, only that he was pushed back just in time so as to avoid the oncoming car.  An invisible protector had saved his life that day.

As Orthodox Christians we are thankful for the many gifts God has given us, many of which we celebrate formally this month, as Americans, on Thanksgiving Day.  A holiday in our Church which is less talked about but also is celebrated in the month of November is the Synaxis (Gathering) of the Archangels on November 8.  At every baptism, we pray that “a radiant angel” be assigned to the person being baptized, what we often know as our “guardian angel.”  In Psalm 91, the Scriptures say “He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” (v.11) At every Divine Liturgy, when we sing the hymn “Invisibly escorted by the angelic hosts” (from “Ταις Αγγελικαις”), we affirm that angels worship with us.  Our faith is also full of stories of God’s messengers being there in times of needs for each of us, such as the one conveyed to us by our priest growing up.

As we begin entering into the season of Thanksgiving this month, let us also be grateful for the many ways the Lord looks out for us and strengthens us, not the least of which are His angels.  Let us remember that we can pray for help to our guardian angels, or any angels, in the same way we pray to the saints to intercede before God on our behalf.  So many angels, as well as holy men and women, stand ready to protect and assist us, our children, and all people, in whatever hardships we may face.  What an incredible blessing!

May the prayers of all the bodiless powers be with us this month and this beautiful holiday season.

Amen!

With love in Christ,

 

 

Father Niko Bekris
Proestamenos

Our Church

Our Priest and Our Team

Liz Levy

Office Administrator

Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015

Anna Teodosiadis

Youth Director
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Latest Updates

Volunteers from our last Food Pantry distribution November 11. Thank you to the young adults for organizing an event and helping!  

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Young Adult day on Saturday! Thank you everyone who came from near & as far as Santa Cruz to volunteer at Resurrection’s Food Pantry!! We even went to see St. John Maximovitch where we ran into Vickie Meier, Elias & John! Can’t wait until we meet again!

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80 GOYAns from the Bay area gathered this weekend at Ascension in Oakland for the GOYA Lock-In! We had a fun night dressed in every decade! So much fun!

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Men’s Fellowship met this week at the home of Steve and Lisa Rigisich and enjoyed chili and barbecue, as well as great discussion and conversation!  We thank Steve and Lisa for opening their home to us once again. Next month, Men’s Fellowship will take place at the Younani home on Sunday, November 19.  Looking forward to… Read More

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Sr GOYA last night!! We enjoyed In-n-Out and dissected Taylor Swift’s new song “Look What You Made Me Do.”

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Our building project continues to gather momentum and move forward, and much has happened in the last thirty days.  As mentioned last month, our steering committee has been working with two representatives from Colliers International, whom we have engaged as our commercial realtor for the project. Although one site, in particular has been very closely… Read More

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Hey everyone, This month we will be starting our Youth Choir practices in the Sunday School rotation.  The rotation will go as follows: October 1, 29: K-3rd Grade October 8: 4-5th Grade October 15: 6–7th Grade October 22: 8-12th Grade Κύριε Ελέησον – “Lord have mercy” We hear this prayer multiple times throughout the Divine… Read More

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October 1, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Resurrection: When I hear the word missionary, the first image in my mind is someone traveling and toiling in a far-off land, trying to preach Christ to those who have never heard of Him before. But the reality is that there are so many people in… Read More

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Spiritual Sayings

A protection and shelter, I have with you in my life.

The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.

If a man has no worries about himself at all for the sake of love toward God and the working of good deeds, knowing that God is taking care of him, this is a true and wise hope. But if a man takes care of his own business and turns to God in prayer only when misfortunes come upon him . . . such a hope is vain and false. A true hope seeks only the Kingdom of God. This hope pacifies the heart and produces joy within it.

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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