Weekly Update - December 21

St. Antony of Optina

St. Antony of Optina


“No matter what bitterness has befallen you, no matter what unpleasantness has happened to you, say, 'I shall endure this for Jesus Christ!' and it will be easier for you. For the name of Jesus Christ is powerful. Through it all unpleasantness is calmed, and demons disappear. Your disappointments will also be calmed and your fears will be quieted.”

— St. Antony of Optina



What is the Orthodox Church? by Fr. Irineous (video)



(in Sorrento Valley unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday: Divine Liturgy (followed by St. Basil Fellowship): 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday: St. Athanasius Catechetical School (Topic: Epistle to the Romans): 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday: Divine Liturgy (followed by St. Basil Fellowship): 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Friday: Vespers, KIahk Vigil, & Liturgy: 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. (Oceanside)

Saturday:  Vespers & Kiahk Vigil: 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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


Parish Name Change

As many of you already know, His Grace Bishop Serapion has asked us to choose a new name for Holy Cross (Sorrento Valley), since the parish in Oceanside will keep the Holy Cross name. Below you will find a link where you can vote for one of three names that His Grace has given us to choose from. Voting will close on Sunday 27 December.

To vote for one of these beautiful saints, please click here: new name for Holy Cross (sorrento)



During the blessed Coptic month of Kiahk we will be praying the Kiahk vigil every Saturday. Vespers and Kiahk Vigil will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.



This Wednesday, 23 December, we will be serving meals to the hungry at God's Extended Hand. Click here for more information.


Chatechism Course

On Sunday 10 January we will begin a catechism course which will meet during Sunday School. ALL parishioners are encouraged to attend.



We are collecting the following items to help our homeless and needy brothers and sisters, who come to us for help at God's Extended Hand Rescue Mission, to stay warm and dry in the upcoming chilly months:

Jackets, Coats and Sweaters



Plastic Tarps

Personal care/ Hygiene items.

Need sizes for men,  women & children, gently used or new. Monetary donations for purchasing these items are welcome, too.

Place your donated items in the FOCUS collection container at Holy Cross. 

For questions, or to make a financial contribution, please contact: the FOCUS Ministry Coordinator Patty Diaz (pdiaz@focusna.org, 858-679-9283) or Spiritual Advisor Rev. Fr. Simeon Corona (frsimeonb.corona@yahoo.com, 619-760-6373).

At Holy Cross please contact Myrian Awadalla


Toy Drive

We will be collecting NEW toys for children in need for Christmas. You will find a drop-off box at church.



We encourage all congregants to listen to the liturgical hymns as they are chanted at Holy Cross please click here.



To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays please see the bulletin board at church or contact Tasoni Maryann. 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.