Weekly Update - September 7

St. Pimen the Great (Commemorated on 9 September)

St. Pimen the Great (Commemorated on 9 September)

Quote of the Week

"He who has love, lays down his life for his neighbor. For if one should hear an offensive word, and is himself able to respond with similar words, yet does not utter them, or if he is wronged, yet endures it and does not repay the one who has wronged him, then such a one lays down his life for his neighbor."

— St. Pimen the Great


For Your Edification


How to Read the Bible by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia


Liturgical Services this Week

Tuesday: Divine Liturgy  6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday: Divine Liturgy for St. Pimen: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Friday: Divine Liturgy 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Friday: Bible Study, Vespers, and Midnight Praise: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Oceanside)

Saturday: Divine Liturgy for new church year: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Sorrento)

Saturday:  Divine Liturgy 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Oceanside)

Saturday:  Vespers and Midnight Praise 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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


New Ministry: St. Athanasius the Great Catechetical School

On Tuesday 15 September we will begin a new weekly bible study and lecture series ministry at Holy Cross called the St. Athanasius the Great Catechetical School. In order to accommodate those with children, we will alternate weekly meetings between the women and the men.  The meeting will be from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 


St. Photini Girls Group Pilgrimage

The St. Photini Girls Group will be going on a short pilgrimage to the St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery for women from 18-20 September. For more information please contact Tasoni Maryann.


His Holiness's Visit

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II will be visiting our diocese in October. The following events are open for those who would like to attend.

Thursday 15 October: Arabic Youth Meeting for ages 18-35 at St. George (Bellflower)

Friday 16 October: English Youth Meeting for ages 18-35. Registration must be made for this event at: http://www.thecocc.org/site/registration-english-youth-meeting

Sunday 18 October: Saint Verena Charity Banquet at 3PM in the Hilton Anaheim- with HH Pope Tawadros II and HG Bishop Serapion. Tickets available at The St. Verena Charity website.

Tickets are $100/adult and $40/child age 4-12. There is a children's program available for children age 4-12. NO ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4. For questions or help purchasing tickets, contact Miena Armanios.


Anniversary and Graduating Classes Celebration

God willing, on Sunday 27 September we will celebrate the one year anniversary of Holy Cross in the Sorrento Valley location. If you have any photos or videos please send them, with details of the events in them, to Sherif Hanna

On that same day we will also recognize those who have graduated.



We encourage all congregants to listen to the liturgical hymns as they are chanted at Holy Cross please click 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 stewardship. You can contact Tasoni Maryann for details.