Weekly Update - May 13

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Martyrdom of St. Jeremiah the Prophet (May 13 / Bashons 5)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“ Jeremiah 29:11

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George)

Saturday:

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6.p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Agape Meal signup below)

 

2019 HIGH SCHOOL DIOCESE CONVENTION - GRIT

The Diocese is organizing a summer convention for our junior high and high school students. If you are interested in attending, please register at lacopts-conventions.org, price is $125/person. If you have questions please reach out to highschool@lacopts-conventions.org or juniorhigh@lacopts-conventions.org.

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HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

If you would like to help with food for our weekly Agape Meal please sign up through the links below. For questions please reach out to Erene at erenepasi@gmail.com

5/19/2019: volunteersignup.org/RX3MT

5/26/2019: volunteersignup.org/QE3DX

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.

Weekly Update - May 6

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Do not become a disciple of one who praises himself, in case you learn pride instead of humility. ”

+St. Mark the Evangelist

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father Michael)

Saturday:

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6.p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

We still have remaining spaces for one day registration for our retreat coming up this weekend! The price includes 3 meals and all retreat activities. Please take a moment to register or speak with Abouna if you need any special accommodations. We look forward to seeing you there! Please sign up here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

If you would like to help with food for our weekly Agape Meal please reach out to Erene at erenepasi@gmail.com

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.

Weekly Update - April 29

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free.”

+St. John Chrysostom

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6.p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Please sign up for Agape Meal below.)

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George and Father Michael. Please sign up here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Please consider contributing to our weekly Agape Meal via VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. 

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  After everyone has signed up for the week, please get in touch with the other volunteers to coordinate what to bring.

Here is the link for this week:

May 5: volunteersignup.org/W37YR 

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.

Weekly Update - April 22

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday Pascha:

1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th & 11th Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Eve of Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday Pascha:

1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th & 11th Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Eve of Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday Pascha: 

1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th & 11th Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

FOCUS Meal Serving: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Eve of Thursday: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Covenant Thursday:

1st, 3rd, 6th, 9th & 11th Hours / Washing of Feet & Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Eve of Friday: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Great Friday:

Great & Holy Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Bright Saturday Apocalypse & Liturgy: 12:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.

Feast of the Resurrection Liturgy & Potluck: 7:30 p.m. (please sign up below)

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Holy Week 2019

As we start the holiest week of the year and final week of lent, take an opportunity to prepare your home for the spiritual journey ahead. Keep a copy of this schedule on your devices and add to your personal calendars. Find the following document as a resource and guide to make the most of the coming week: Click Here. Also, use the following Excused Absence Request provided by the diocese for your children’s school absence.

 

FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION POTLUCK

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We need your help with planning and setting up for the potluck following the Feast of the Resurrection Liturgy on Saturday, April 27th. Please sign up through this link. Thanks so much for considering this important service!

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George and Father Michael. Please sign up here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Please consider contributing to our weekly Agape Meal via VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. 

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  After everyone has signed up for the week, please get in touch with the other volunteers to coordinate what to bring.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

April 26 (Good Friday): https://volunteersignup.org/ABR7R

April 27 (Midnight Agape Meal): https://volunteersignup.org/X8BPQ

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.

Weekly Update - April 15

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PEACE AND GRACE!

The Entry of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

FOCUS: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Unction of the Sick & Lenten Liturgy: 8 a.m - 12 p.m.

Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Bishop Kyrillos)

Saturday:

Lazarus Saturday Liturgy: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Holy Week Tour & Palm Weaving/Church Decorations: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Palm Sunday Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Father Michael)

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

As we approach the holiest week of the year and final week of lent, take an opportunity to prepare your home for the spiritual journey ahead. Keep a copy of this schedule on your devices and add to your personal calendars. Find the following document as a resource and guide to make the most of the coming week: Click Here. Also, use the following Excused Absence Request provided by the diocese for your children’s school absence.

HOLY WEEK TOUR AND PALM SUNDAY DECORATING

This Saturday at 3pm we will be having a HOLY WEEK TOUR for kids of all ages! Please come for this great event where our servants are working hard to bring Holy Week to life for our kids! Food will be provided and we will follow with palm weaving and Vespers.

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FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lent. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. Bishop Kyrillos will honor us with his presence to complete the series THIS FRIDAY (April 19th), starting at 7:00 p.m.

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George and Father Michael. Please sign up here.

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Please consider contributing to our weekly Agape Meal via VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. 

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  After everyone has signed up for the week, please get in touch with the other volunteers to coordinate what to bring.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

April 21 (Palm Sunday): https://volunteersignup.org/7Y4PA

April 26 (Good Friday): https://volunteersignup.org/ABR7R

April 27 (Midnight Agape Meal): https://volunteersignup.org/X8BPQ

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.

Weekly Update - April 8

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Martyrdom of St. James the Apostle Brother of St. John the Apostle, celebrated on Baramouda 2 (Apr 10)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Fasting and self control are a double wall of defense and whoever lives within them enjoys great peace." 
+ St. Gregory Palamas

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Friday:

Lenten Liturgy: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Peter Refela)

Saturday:

True Physicians Ministry Training: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church)

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers and Reception of Fr. Michael Maximous: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Father Michael)

 
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FR. MICHAEL’S RECEPTION AND FIRST LITURGY AT ST. BASIL

Please join us in welcoming Father Michael after his return from Egypt. He will be received at the church on Saturday April 13th at Vespers at 6pm and will conduct his first liturgy at St. Basil on April 14th Sunday morning.

 

BLESSINGS OF THE HOME DURING GREAT LENT

Andil or blessings of the home that traditionally occurs during lent are available to those interested. Fr. George is available early mornings (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.) as well as early/mid afternoons. Please speak with him or Daniel Gharbawy to get on his calendar.

 

FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

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After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. Peter Refela will honor us with his presence on April 12th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

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Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George, Father Michael and, pending a flight, Father Antony. Please sign up here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Please consider contributing to our weekly Agape Meal via VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. 

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  After everyone has signed up for the week, please get in touch with the other volunteers to coordinate what to bring.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

April 21 (Palm Sunday): https://volunteersignup.org/7Y4PA

April 26 (Good Friday): https://volunteersignup.org/ABR7R

April 27 (Midnight Agape Meal): https://volunteersignup.org/X8BPQ

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.

Weekly Update - April 1

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Departure of St. Macarius the Great, celebrated on Baramhat 25 (Apr 4)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"True faith is found in one’s heart, not mind. People who have faith in their mind will follow the antichrist. But the ones who have it in their heart will recognize him." 
+Archimandrite Gavriil

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

FOCUS: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Lenten Liturgy: 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (His Grace Bishop Kyrillos)

GYP Annual Lenten Retreat

Saturday:

True Physicians Ministry Training: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church)

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

GYP Annual Lenten Retreat

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

GYP Annual Lenten Retreat

 

SAVE THE DATE: FR. MICHAEL’S RETURN

Please save the date April 13th, when Father Michael will return from Egypt and begin to serve at St. Basil. More information to come.

 

BLESSINGS OF THE HOME DURING GREAT LENT

Andil or blessings of the home that traditionally occurs during lent are available to those interested. Fr. George is available early mornings (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.) as well as early/mid afternoons. Please speak with him or Daniel Gharbawy to get on his calendar.

 

FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

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After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. His Grace Bishop Kyrillos will honor us with his presence on April 5th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

GYP 10th ANNUAL LENTEN RETREAT

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7, 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

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Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George, Father Michael and, pending a flight, Father Antony. Please sign up here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

As we’ve experienced challenges with the physical sign-up sheets for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new way of signing up. Starting March 31st, we will be using an electronic tool called VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. You don’t even have to think about what to bring, since suggestions are being made for each Sunday.

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  If you want to bring something else, please contact Erene Hanna via the "contact manager" button and let her know.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

April 7: https://volunteersignup.org/D7RXA

April 14:  https://volunteersignup.org/XJRX3

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - March 25

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of  Raising of Lazarus from the dead, celebrated on Baramhat 20 (Mar 29)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Love never ends or fails. Love never ends. Everything must be based on love - the relation between two friends, my ministry, my service. The church services in every field must be based on love. Why? Because God is Love." 
+Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

FOCUS: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Lenten Liturgy: 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Robert Beshai)

Saturday:

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

BLESSINGS OF THE HOME DURING GREAT LENT

Andil or blessings of the home that traditionally occurs during lent are available to those interested. Fr. George is available early mornings (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.) as well as early/mid afternoons. Please speak with him or Daniel Gharbawy to get on his calendar.

 

FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

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After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. Robert Beshai will honor us with his presence on March 29th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

GYP 10th ANNUAL LENTEN RETREAT

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7, 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

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Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George, Father Michael and, pending a flight, Father Antony. Please sign up here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

As we’ve experienced challenges with the physical sign-up sheets for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new way of signing up. Starting March 31st, we will be using an electronic tool called VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. You don’t even have to think about what to bring, since suggestions are being made for each Sunday.

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  If you want to bring something else, please contact Erene Hanna via the "contact manager" button and let her know.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

March 31: https://volunteersignup.org/FJEC3

April 7: https://volunteersignup.org/D7RXA

April 14:  https://volunteersignup.org/XJRX3

Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - March 18

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Martyrdom of the Forty Martyrs of Sebastia, celebrated on Baramhat 13 (Mar 22)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If you wish, you can be a slave of passions, and if you wish, you can remain free and not submit to their yoke; for God has created you with that power." 
+St. Antony the Great

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

FOCUS: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Lenten Liturgy: 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Father Andrew Iskander)

Saturday:

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

GREAT LENT STARTED MARCH 4TH

As we began the Holy and Great Fast, it is important that each of us receives spiritual guidance with regards to how to fast - please ensure you receive guidance from your spiritual father. Lent is a time of asceticism and self-control; a time for modesty in all that we do. We prepare for the most holy time of the year, where we remember our Lord's agony, death, and far more importantly: resurrection.

 

FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

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After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. His Grace Bishop Abraham will honor us with his presence on March 15th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

NEW SIGN UP TOOL FOR AGAPE MEAL

As we’ve experienced challenges with the physical sign-up sheets for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new way of signing up. Starting March 31st, we will be using an electronic tool called VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. You don’t even have to think about what to bring, since suggestions are being made for each Sunday.

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  If you want to bring something else, please contact Erene Hanna via the "contact manager" button and let her know.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

March 31: https://volunteersignup.org/FJEC3

April 7: https://volunteersignup.org/D7RXA

April 14:  https://volunteersignup.org/XJRX3

Thank you for your continued support and help!

 
2019GYPLentRetreatFlyer-1024x622.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7, 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

Register TODAY to reserve your spot HERE

Registration Deadlines are:

Late $220 – March 24, 2019

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

3RD ANNUAL ST. BASIL RETREAT

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Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual St. Basil Retreat from May 10-12, 2019 at the Palomar Christian Conference Center (approx 1hr 20min away) tucked just south of Julian. We have an incredible committee preparing the best retreat we’ve had yet and our speakers will be Father George, Father Michael and, pending a flight, Father Antony. Please look out for a text message with a sign-up link, that will be sent out later this week.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Since we’ve experienced low sign-up rates for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new approach. A sign-up sheet will be hung on the fridge in the food hall every Sunday. We ask all families, if you can, to stop by the fridge and sign up to bring an item for the following week. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - March 11

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Martyrdom of St. Matthias, the apostle, celebrated on Baramhat 8 (Mar 17)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"And though every day a man lives may rightly be a day of repentance, yet is it in these days more becoming, more appropriate, to confess our sins, to fast, and to give alms to the poor; since in these days you may wash clean the sins of the whole year." 
+St. John Chrysostom

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Friday:

Lenten Liturgy: 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (His Grace Bishop Abraham)

Saturday:

True Physician Ministry Training: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church)

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

GREAT LENT STARTED MARCH 4TH

As we began the Holy and Great Fast, it is important that each of us receives spiritual guidance with regards to how to fast - please ensure you receive guidance from your spiritual father. Lent is a time of asceticism and self-control; a time for modesty in all that we do. We prepare for the most holy time of the year, where we remember our Lord's agony, death, and far more importantly: resurrection.

 

CONGRATULATIONS FATHER MICHAEL

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Congratulations, Father Michael! May this day hold special joy for you. May love of God and peace of heart bless the holy work you are about to begin. We feel blessed to have been able to celebrate and witness this special day.

Thank you to everyone who came, and of course, to everyone who helped before and during the big event. We could have not done this without all your helping hands! You can see some of the photos here. If you like, you can upload your own pictures to the shared album.

 

FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

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After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. His Grace Bishop Abraham will honor us with his presence on March 15th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

NEW SIGN UP TOOL FOR AGAPE MEAL

As we’ve experienced challenges with the physical sign-up sheets for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new way of signing up. Starting March 31st, we will be using an electronic tool called VolunteerSignup. It requires NO account creation, NO app downloads, and is mobile user friendly. You don’t even have to think about what to bring, since suggestions are being made for each Sunday.

All you have to do is click the link for the week you want to sign up for and enter your name and contact info next to the item you'd like to bring.  If you want to bring something else, please contact Erene Hanna via the "contact manager" button and let her know.

Here are the links to the sheets for the next few weeks:

March 31: https://volunteersignup.org/FJEC3

April 7: https://volunteersignup.org/D7RXA

April 14:  https://volunteersignup.org/XJRX3

Thank you for your continued support and help!

 
2019GYPLentRetreatFlyer-1024x622.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7, 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

Register TODAY to reserve your spot HERE

Registration Deadlines are:

Early Bird $175 -February 18, 2019 (President’s Day Special Price!)

Regular $195 – March 10, 2019

Late $220 – March 24, 2019

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Since we’ve experienced low sign-up rates for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new approach. A sign-up sheet will be hung on the fridge in the food hall every Sunday. We ask all families, if you can, to stop by the fridge and sign up to bring an item for the following week. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - March 4

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Departure of St. Hosea, the Prophet, celebrated on Amshir 26 (Mar 5)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Let us not procrastinate till tomorrow. For we ‘know not what the next day may bring forth,’ nor let us say, ‘we shall conquer this habit little by little,’ since this little and little will never come to an end."
+St. John Chrysostom

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Lenten Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

GREAT LENT STARTS MARCH 4TH

As we begin the Holy and Great Fast, it is important that each of us receives spiritual guidance with regards to how to fast - please ensure you receive guidance from your spiritual father. Lent is a time of asceticism and self-control; a time for modesty in all that we do. We prepare for the most holy time of the year, where we remember our Lord's agony, death, and far more importantly: resurrection.

 

FRIDAY LENTEN SPEAKER SERIES

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After the great success of our Nativity Speaker Series last year, we are excited to announce a new speaker series during Lenten. Please join us each Friday from March 15th through April 19th. His Grace Bishop Abraham will honor us with his presence on March 15th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 
2019GYPLentRetreatFlyer-1024x622.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7. 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

Register TODAY to reserve your spot HERE

Registration Deadlines are:

Early Bird $175 -February 18, 2019 (President’s Day Special Price!)

Regular $195 – March 10, 2019

Late $220 – March 24, 2019

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Since we’ve experienced low sign-up rates for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new approach. A sign-up sheet will be hung on the fridge in the food hall every Sunday. We ask all families, if you can, to stop by the fridge and sign up to bring an item for the following week. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - February 25

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Departure of St. Malatius the Confessor, Patriarch of Antioch, celebrated on Amshir 18 (Feb 25)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.”
+St. John of Kronstadt

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Ehab’s Ordination to Deacon (St. Paul American Coptic Church)

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Ehab’s Ordination to Priesthood: 8:00 a.m.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR EHAB’S ORDINATION

This week, we are celebrating Ehab’s ordination to deacon at St. Paul American Coptic Orthodox Church on March 2, as well as the ordination to priest at St. Basil on March 3. We anticipate at least 200 people in attendance for the ordination, including 3 bishops. We need everyone’s help to make this event a success! Please sign up on this spreadsheet to help with set up and break down of the event.

Also, we collect donations and get catered Mediterranean food, a cake, and drinks. The estimated cost is ~$1500.  Please give whatever you are able to.  It will be much appreciated. There is a box, labeled "Agape meal" near the coffee on Sundays or you can give your donation to Silvia Guirguis or Erene Hanna.  Alternatively you can also Paypal Silvia at sam_guirguis@yahoo.com.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 
2019GYPLentRetreatFlyer-1024x622.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7. 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

Register TODAY to reserve your spot HERE

Registration Deadlines are:

Early Bird $175 -February 18, 2019 (President’s Day Special Price!)

Regular $195 – March 10, 2019

Late $220 – March 24, 2019

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Since we’ve experienced low sign-up rates for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new approach. A sign-up sheet will be hung on the fridge in the food hall every Sunday. We ask all families, if you can, to stop by the fridge and sign up to bring an item for the following week. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - February 18

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Jonah’s Fast (Feb 18-21), followed by Jonah’s Feast (Feb 22) - read more about it here.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Fasting is a weapon the Prophets have used, for Moses, Elijah, David, Ezra and Nehemia have all fasted. Even the Gentiles fasted, entreating the mercy of God, like the inhabitants of Nineveh, who fasted and the Lord did cast His wrath away from them”.
+H.H. Pope Kyrillos VI

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Tuesday:

Jonah’s Fast Liturgy: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Fr. George and Himanout)

Wednesday: 

Jonah’s Fast Liturgy: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Fr. George and Himanout)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday:

Jonah’s Feast Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Fr. George and Himanout)

Saturday:

High School Girls’ Day “Owning your Faith”: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (St. John Orthodox Church)

Educational Liturgy for children and families: 9:00 a.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Fr. George Awad)

“Parenting toward the Kingdom” with Dr. Philip Mamalakis: 12:00 p.m. (St. Gregory American Coptic Church)

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS DAY

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PARENTING TOWARD THE KINGDOM

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Dr. Philip Mamalakis, author of the Orthodox parenting book "Parenting Toward the Kingdom," will be a guest speaker at St. Gregory American Coptic Orthodox Church in Anaheim, CA on Sunday, February 24 after liturgy to discuss how to raise our children with Orthodox Christian principles! How can we help them succeed? How can we raise them to love the church? How do we deal with discipline? You will NOT want to miss this special event!

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR EHAB’S ORDINATION

Please save the date for the ordination of Ehab to deacon at St. Paul American Coptic Orthodox Church on March 2, as well as the ordination to priest at St. Basil on March 3. We anticipate at least 200 people in attendance for the ordination, including 3 bishops. We need everyone’s help to make this event a success! We will collect donations and get catered Mediterranean food, a cake, and drinks.  The estimated cost is ~$1500.  Please give whatever you are able to.  It will be much appreciated. There is a box, labeled "Agape meal" near the coffee on Sundays or you can give your donation to Silvia Guirguis or Erene Hanna.  Alternatively you can also Paypal Silvia at sam_guirguis@yahoo.com. Additionally, we will need help to clean and prepare the church prior to the event. We will be texting out a link to help sign up for assisting this effort.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

Young-Old-Hands-777x437.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 
2019GYPLentRetreatFlyer-1024x622.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee cordially invites you to the 10th Annual Lenten Retreat on April 5-7. 2019. This year we are blessed to have Fr. Antony Paul, of the Saint Paul Brotherhood to lead us in a spiritual discussion on “Discipleship”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for spiritual contemplation, growth, and fellowship.

Register TODAY to reserve your spot HERE

Registration Deadlines are:

Early Bird $175 -February 18, 2019 (President’s Day Special Price!)

Regular $195 – March 10, 2019

Late $220 – March 24, 2019

We are looking forward to benefiting spiritually together and enjoying Christ in fellowship with one another.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

Since we’ve experienced low sign-up rates for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new approach. A sign-up sheet will be hung on the fridge in the food hall every Sunday. We ask all families, if you can, to stop by the fridge and sign up to bring an item for the following week. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - February 11

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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The Feast of Presenting the Lord Christ in the Temple, celebrated on 8 Ashmir / 15 February

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Every time you pray saying ‘Lord, forgive me’, whether in the Lord’s prayer or in your personal prayers, remember the phrase ‘Forgive, and you will be forgiven’”.
+H.H. Pope Shenouda III

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Talk “The Shroud of Turin” (Archangel Michael Coptic Church): 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday:

Talk “The Shroud of Turin” (Archangel Michael Coptic Church): 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Children’s Hymns Class: 5:00 p.m. - 6.p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Fr. George Awad)

 

NEW: SIGN UP SHEET FOR AGAPE MEAL NOW ON REFRIGERATOR

Since we’ve experienced low sign-up rates for our weekly agape meal, we are trying a new approach. A sign-up sheet will be hung on the fridge in the food hall every Sunday. We ask all families, if you can, to stop by the fridge and sign up to bring an item for the following week. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped make the agape meal a special time for everyone.

THE SHROUD OF TURIN WITH DR. JOHN & REBECCA JACKSON

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Dr. Jackson, an international physicist who led a 40-person team of international scientists to study the Shroud. As the primary custodian of the data, he runs the Turin Shroud Center in Colorado with his wife, Rebecca, a convert to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism and is leading researcher into the ancient Jewish aspects of the Shroud.

The special youth meeting on February 15th is intended for those in 11th grade and beyond.

  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Talk #1: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Shroud: Truth or Forgery? The Scientific Facts

The meeting on February 16th is meant for college students, Graduate students and servants.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Talk #1: Rebecca Jackson - Hasadeen Hakadosh: The Holy Shroud in Hebrew

  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Cosmology and Proof of The Creation

Both meetings will be held at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA. You can find more information and register here.

If you aren’t able to join in person, the event will be broadcasted live on the ACTS Facebook Page.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS DAY

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SAVE THE DATE: EHAB’S ORDINATION

Please save the date for the ordination of Ehab to deacon at St. Paul American Coptic Orthodox Church on March 2, as well as the ordination to priest at St. Basil on March 3. We invite you to attend these important events and welcome Ehab into our community. More details to come soon.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly sign-up sheet hung on the fridge in the food hall. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - February 4

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of the The Departure of the Great Saint Anba Paul, the First Hermit, celebrated on 2 Ashmir / 9 February

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The truly blessed are not the ones who can work miracles or see angels; the truly blessed are the ones who can see their own sins”
+St. Anthony the Great

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Liturgy with servants and youth of St. Pope Kyrillos: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Fr. George Awad)

 

THE SHROUD OF TURIN WITH DR. JOHN & REBECCA JACKSON

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Dr. Jackson, an international physicist who led a 40-person team of international scientists to study the Shroud. As the primary custodian of the data, he runs the Turin Shroud Center in Colorado with his wife, Rebecca, a convert to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism and is leading researcher into the ancient Jewish aspects of the Shroud.

The special youth meeting on February 15th is intended for those in 11th grade and beyond.

  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Talk #1: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Shroud: Truth or Forgery? The Scientific Facts

The meeting on February 16th is meant for college students, Graduate students and servants.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Talk #1: Rebecca Jackson - Hasadeen Hakadosh: The Holy Shroud in Hebrew

  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Cosmology and Proof of The Creation

Both meetings will be held at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA. You can find more information and register here.

If you aren’t able to join in person, the event will be broadcasted live on the ACTS Facebook Page.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS DAY

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SAVE THE DATE: EHAB’S ORDINATION

Please save the date for the ordination of Ehab to deacon at St. Paul American Coptic Orthodox Church on March 2, as well as the ordination to priest at St. Basil on March 3. We invite you to attend these important events and welcome Ehab into our community. More details to come soon.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

Young-Old-Hands-777x437.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - January 28

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of the The Dormition of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, celebrated on 21 Toba / 29 January

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Perhaps the most distinguished quality in love is sacrifice. This is the big difference between lust and love. Lust always seeks to take and love always seeks to give. ”
+H.H. Pope Shenouda III

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Faith-Based Premarital Course: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (St. John in Covina, CA)

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Fr. George Awad)

 

FAITH-BASED PREMARITAL COURSE

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Come and enjoy various lectures and discussions covering all you need to know for a successful marriage on February 2nd at St. John Coptic Orthodox Church in Covina, CA. The all day event will start with Divine Liturgy from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. end at 8:00 p.m. All meals and refreshments are included.

Main Speakers:

  • Fr. Gawargious Kolta

  • Fr. Boules Baky

  • Dr. Yousry Armanious

  • Dr. Nabil Soliman

Please RSVP before January 28th by sending you and your partner’s name, phone numbers and email addresses to alfred_fouad@hotmail.com.

 

THE SHROUD OF TURIN WITH DR. JOHN & REBECCA JACKSON

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Dr. Jackson, an international physicist who led a 40-person team of international scientists to study the Shroud. As the primary custodian of the data, he runs the Turin Shroud Center in Colorado with his wife, Rebecca, a convert to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism and is leading researcher into the ancient Jewish aspects of the Shroud.

The special youth meeting on February 15th is intended for those in 11th grade and beyond.

  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Talk #1: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Shroud: Truth or Forgery? The Scientific Facts

The meeting on February 16th is meant for college students, Graduate students and servants.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Talk #1: Rebecca Jackson - Hasadeen Hakadosh: The Holy Shroud in Hebrew

  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Cosmology and Proof of The Creation

Both meetings will be held at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA. You can find more information and register here.

If you aren’t able to join in person, the event will be broadcasted live on the ACTS Facebook Page.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS DAY

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SAVE THE DATE: EHAB’S ORDINATION

Please save the date for the ordination of Ehab to deacon at St. Paul American Coptic Orthodox Church on March 2, as well as the ordination to priest at St. Basil on March 3. We invite you to attend these important events and welcome Ehab into our community. More details to come soon.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

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Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - January 21

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of the Miracle at Cana of Galilee, celebrated on 13 Toba / 21 January

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Seek out with much care and thought, a teacher who will be safe guide to you; one who knows well how to lead such as are journeying towards God; a teacher who is rich in virtues and wise in the Holy Scriptures.”
+St. Basil the Great

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday:

Guest Speaker Father Sam: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday:

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

FAITH-BASED PREMARITAL COURSE

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Come and enjoy various lectures and discussions covering all you need to know for a successful marriage on February 2nd at St. John Coptic Orthodox Church in Covina, CA. The all day event will start with Divine Liturgy from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. end at 8:00 p.m. All meals and refreshments are included.

Main Speakers:

  • Fr. Gawargious Kolta

  • Fr. Boules Baky

  • Dr. Yousry Armanious

  • Dr. Nabil Soliman

Please RSVP before January 28th by sending you and your partner’s name, phone numbers and email addresses to alfred_fouad@hotmail.com

 

THE SHROUD OF TURIN WITH DR. JOHN & REBECCA JACKSON

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Dr. Jackson, an international physicist who led a 40-person team of international scientists to study the Shroud. As the primary custodian of the data, he runs the Turin Shroud Center in Colorado with his wife, Rebecca, a convert to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism and is leading researcher into the ancient Jewish aspects of the Shroud.

The special youth meeting on February 15th is intended for those in 11th grade and beyond.

  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Talk #1: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Shroud: Truth or Forgery? The Scientific Facts

The meeting on February 16th is meant for college students, Graduate students and servants.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Talk #1: Rebecca Jackson - Hasadeen Hakadosh: The Holy Shroud in Hebrew

  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Cosmology and Proof of The Creation

Both meetings will be held at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA. You can find more information and register here.

If you aren’t able to join in person, the event will be broadcasted live on the ACTS Facebook Page.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

Young-Old-Hands-777x437.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.


 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - January 14

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Circumcision of the Lord Christ, celebrated on 6 Toba / 14 January

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“What then will you answer the Judge? You gorgeously array your walls, but do not clothe your fellow human being; you adorn horses, but turn away from the shameful plight of your brother or sister; you allow grain to rot in your barns, but do not feed those who are starving; you hide gold in the earth, but ignore the oppressed!”
+St. Basil the Great

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Feast of Epiphany: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday:

Feast of the Wedding of Cana: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

 

FAITH-BASED PREMARITAL COURSE

Engaged-couple-featured-image.jpg

Come and enjoy various lectures and discussions covering all you need to know for a successful marriage on February 2nd at St. John Coptic Orthodox Church in Covina, CA. The all day event will start with Divine Liturgy from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. end at 8:00 p.m. All meals and refreshments are included.

Main Speakers:

  • Fr. Gawargious Kolta

  • Fr. Boules Baky

  • Dr. Yousry Armanious

  • Dr. Nabil Soliman

Please RSVP before January 28th by sending you and your partner’s name, phone numbers and email addresses to alfred_fouad@hotmail.com

 

THE SHROUD OF TURIN WITH DR. JOHN & REBECCA JACKSON

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Dr. Jackson, an international physicist who led a 40-person team of international scientists to study the Shroud. As the primary custodian of the data, he runs the Turin Shroud Center in Colorado with his wife, Rebecca, a convert to Christianity from Orthodox Judaism and is leading researcher into the ancient Jewish aspects of the Shroud.

The special youth meeting on February 15th is intended for those in 11th grade and beyond.

  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Talk #1: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Shroud: Truth or Forgery? The Scientific Facts

The meeting on February 16th is meant for college students, Graduate students and servants.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Talk #1: Rebecca Jackson - Hasadeen Hakadosh: The Holy Shroud in Hebrew

  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Talk #2: Dr. John Jackson - Cosmology and Proof of The Creation

Both meetings will be held at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA. You can find more information and register here.

If you aren’t able to join in person, the event will be broadcasted live on the ACTS Facebook Page.

 

TRUE PHYSICIAN MINISTRY TRAINING

Young-Old-Hands-777x437.jpg

Under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Abraham, the Department of Diakonia is offering a one day training for those who desire to serve the sick. Attendees will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

  • March 16th at Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Ana, CA

  • April 6th at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge, CA

  • April 13th at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona, CA

Each training day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. For more information and registration, click here.


 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - January 7

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas), celebrated on 29 Kiahk / 7 January

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Come, let us wonder at the virgin most pure, wondrous in herself, unique in creation, she gave birth, yet knew no man; her pure soul with wonder was filled, daily her mind gave praise in joy at the twofold wonder: her virginity preserved, her child most dear. Blessed is He who shone forth from her!”
+St. Ephraim the Syrian, Songs of Praise

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday:

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 

NATIVITY FEAST

St. Basil Church wishes you a blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, who has manifested to us the mystery of God’s humility and love. Please read the annual Nativity message by Pope Tawadros II here.

 

SUCCESSFUL DONATION MATCHING

Thank you to each and everyone who participated in the Donation Matching Challenge - we are grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity. You not only matched the amount by the anonymous donor, but you exceeded it. We were able to raise a total amount of $23,100! To those who would still like to donate, look out for a new challenge in the near future. In the meantime, you can always donate on our website.

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NEW PRIEST FOR OUR CHURCH

Father Kyrillos Ibrahim announced that His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion has selected Ehab Maximous as worth of ordination to priesthood and his intention is for St. Basil to be his future parish. Let us congratulate Ehab, his wife Mariana, and his children Grace, Mark and Luke.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards

Weekly Update - December 31

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PEACE AND GRACE!

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Commemoration of The Departure of David, the Prophet and King, celebrated on 23 Kiahk / 1 January

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives.”
+Seraphim of Sarov

 

SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday:

New Year’s Eve Service: 7&4 8:00 p.m. | Vigil & Prayer 11:30 p.m. | Matins 12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. (Father Kyrillos)

Wednesday: 

Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)

FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday:

Nativity Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Father Joseph Ibrahim - The Incarnation and Soteriology)

Saturday:

Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 

Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Feast of the Advent: 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

 

NATIVITY FAST

November 25th marked the beginning of the fast of the Nativity (the Advent) in our Coptic Church. Fasting is not just about changing ingredients; it should be a real spiritual discipline with goals. You are encouraged to take the discipline seriously and to consult with your spiritual father for an appropriate prescription for your fasting period, as well as what spiritual disciplines to partake of during this blessed time. For more information on how and why we fast before nativity, click here.

 

NATIVITY THEMED SPEAKER SERIES

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Thank you, Father Daniel Meleka, for driving all the way from San Fernando Valley and for honoring us with your inspiring talk last Friday. We are excited to welcome our last (but not least) Nativity speaker Father Joseph Ibrahim to St. Basil’s this coming Friday, January 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come and invite your friends - it will be open to all!

 

FEAST OF THE ADVENT

Please note that the Sunday morning liturgy on January 6th will be slightly condensed and conclude earlier than usual. Please join us for Sunday evening services, starting at 7:00 p.m. until midnight. We will have a potluck at church following the service. We would appreciate if you could contribute a dish. Please sign up here.

 

2019 NATIVITY EXCUSED ABSENCE

Our church celebrates the feast of Nativity on January 7th and we encourage all of you, young and old, to join us for liturgy on the eve of the 7th. Coptic Christmas falls on a Monday, so if parents wish to excuse their kids from school for this day, they can use this letter, which has been kindly provided by our Diocese.

 

NEW PRIEST FOR OUR CHURCH

Father Kyrillos Ibrahim announced that His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion has selected Ehab Maximous as worth of ordination to priesthood and his intention is for St. Basil to be his future parish. Let us congratulate Ehab, his wife Mariana, and his children Grace, Mark and Luke.

 

HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE

If you are looking into other ways to support our church, the AmazonSmile Foundation offers an easy way to give while browsing the Amazon shop. It will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (you may want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return). You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. If you already own an Amazon account you can use the same account for AmazonSmile. On your first visit, please select “Saint Basil American Coptic Orthodox Church” as your charity of choice. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation for our church. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS

Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us

 

FOOD & CLEAN-UP

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards