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Message from Father

Fr Niko

“… Who desires that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Timothy 2:4

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Greek, the word for summer, “καλοκαιρι,” literally means “good weather,” and indeed it is.  Summer is a time in which we think about spending more time outside, barbecuing and possibly even going on vacation!  We see advertisements for sun tan lotions, sunglasses, cruises and more.  We feel the warmth of the sun’s rays and the rising temperatures and enjoy every minute!  Even in our day-to-day language, we use metaphors for summer and sunshine in a positive manner, and winter and cold in a negative one.  It is something that all creation seemingly rejoices in, whoever we may be and wherever we may find ourselves in our life.

In the month of June, we commemorate two feasts in our church which have become less focused on today, but refer just as much to warm rays of sun as the summer itself.  These feasts, of course, are those of Saints Peter & Paul, and the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles (June 29 and 30, respectively).  After celebrating Pentecost fifty days after the celebration of Pascha, the following week we even begin an Apostles Fast in order to arrive at these two feast days.  We do so to commemorate the blessing and activity of the Holy Spirit after He came upon the Apostles at the day of Pentecost and gave birth to the Lord’s Church.  We know that the Apostles went throughout the world, led by the example of the great Apostles, Peter and Paul, to spread the love of Christ to those who had never received it and grow the Christian faith.

In this way, truly we affirm that the warm rays of the Sun of Righteousness, Christ Himself, were brought to the barren winter of peoples who had never heard the Good News.  The disciples journeyed throughout the world to spread the message of the Lord’s Resurrection and the gift of eternal life.  Holy Tradition tells us that the Apostles went as far as India, much of the continent of Africa, as well as present-day France and Britain, among others (and their successors, even further!).   In doing so, these remarkable men and women, who had felt the warmth and glow of the Lord’s sunshine did everything in their power to share this warmth with others around them.  It is this remarkable feat that we celebrate each year on this month.

May the prayers of the Holy Apostles, the fathers and mothers of the early Church, be with us each day of our lives, and may their examples always guide us to emulate Christ and grow in the knowledge of the truth!

Καλο Καλοκαιρι!  Have a wonderful summer!

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

This Monday we will finish off our 8-month study of the Book of Acts with a movie night – we will watch the movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” which was released this year.   Then the following Monday we will continue on the same scroll of Luke-Acts (backwards) as we begin to journey through the… Read More

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On May 1, a brunch for all our moms was held at Father Niko & Presbytera Stella’s house, and a wonderful time was had by all!  On that day, topics for forthcoming mom’s group sessions were discussed, including marriage and prayer, as well as continuing the topic of raising children in an Orthodox Christian home. … Read More

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As mentioned last month a new podcast has spun out of Father Niko’s blog, “Christ, Coffee and Comics” as of this year!  Chris Kotsakis, a devout Orthodox Christian from Northwest New Jersey who is also a graphic design artist, has arranged to record a podcast called “Creative Blessings” each month with Father Niko! The second… Read More

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Between the joy of Pascha and the anticipation of Pentecost: The Road to Emmaus – Their Eyes were Opened in the Breaking of the Bread

by Marcelo P. Souza In the time between the joy of Pascha and the anticipation of Pentecost, it is good for us to reflect on the life that has been given us by the resurrection of Christ. Christ is risen from the dead, having conquered death, sin, and suffering, but instead of immediately returning to the… Read More

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Beloved in the Lord, “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” –Psalm 29:11 I just returned from spending the weekend in Brookline, Massachusetts for the 76th Commencement at Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology. Seeing the eager faces of our graduates and their families brought… Read More

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Dear fellow parishioners, In an effort to continue tailoring our ministries to target the needs of each of our families, we have prepared a brief survey to collect data which we feel will assist us going forward.  Please take a moment to fill out the survey by following the link below, it would be much… Read More

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After taking a brief hiatus early 2018, our Mom’s Bible Study group format was changed a bit and restarted this last March 13 during Great Lent.  The group, led by Annemarie Bosl, now will go through topical discussions over a series of four sessions periodically throughout the year. Our first topic for this year was… Read More

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Congratulations to our Resurrection Middle School boys basketball team who had an amazing season in the Orthodox Youth Athletic Association.  The team played other parish’s around the bay area including Holy Trinity, Holy Cross, St. Gregory, St. Nicholas,  Annunciation and Ascension, and made it all the way to the playoffs. Congratulations guys!!

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Spiritual Sayings

Come let us drink a new drink.  Not one miraculously brought forth from a barren rock, but from the fountain of immortality, sprung forth from Christ’s Tomb, from which we are edified.

A Pascha of delight; a Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; an all-venerable Pascha has dawned for us; a Pascha on which, let us embrace one another with joy.

O Christ, Who destroyed Hades and raised up mankind by Your Resurrection, make us worthy with purity of heart to praise and glorify You.

It is the Day of Resurrection!  O people, let us glory in its splendor!  Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha!  For Christ our God has transported us who sing the triumphal hymn from death to life, and from earth to Heaven.

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