Weekly Update - February 25




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



“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




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


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.


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



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.




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.


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.



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.



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



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