Parish News

St. John Food Festival and Our Artsakh Refugee Crisis Response

Thursday, October 12, 2023

It's been four years since our last Food Festival at St. John San Francisco, a tradition as old as the parish itself. This year, we embarked on a passionate journey to revive this cherished celebration. Yet, our excitement was overshadowed by the heart-wrenching crisis in Artsakh. Witnessing thousands of Armenians fleeing persecution and leaving their homeland behind, we grappled with how to approach our upcoming festival, especially given the close ties we have to the affected region.

A Day of Devotion and Learning: Celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our parish was abuzz with activities, devotion, and the spirit of community. This special day not only marked a significant event in our liturgical calendar but also the joyous relaunch of our Sunday School.

Our Annual Food Festival Cooking Volunteer Dates Now Available!

Thursday, June 29, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the dates for our highly anticipated Annual Food Festival are now set, and we are calling upon our wonderful volunteers to help us in the kitchen! Our food festival is not just about sharing our delicious Armenian cuisine, it's also about celebrating our community, our culture, and our heritage. And none of this would be possible without the help of our volunteers.

St. John Sunday School Culminates Successful Year with Joyous Celebration

Thursday, May 25, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 21, 2023 - St. John's Sunday School concluded a highly successful academic year with a wonderful celebration on May 21, 2023. The event, eagerly anticipated by students, parents, and faculty, was marked by a series of lively performance, presentations and recognitions.

Feast of the Ascension Celebrated by St. John San Francisco and St. Vartan Oakland

Thursday, May 25, 2023

In an auspicious observance, St. John San Francisco and St. Vartan Oakland marked the Feast of the Ascension, known as Hampartsoum in Armenian, on May 18, 2023. The day's events unfolded with reverence and solemnity, reflecting the significance of this paramount event in the Christian liturgical calendar.

Primates Pastoral Visit to St. John San Francisco, Marks 80th Anniversary of the Parish

Thursday, December 1, 2022

On November 19 and 20, during his pastoral visitation to St. John Armenian Church of San Francisco, His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian, accompanied by Mr. Derik Ghookasian, Chair of the Diocesan Council, presided over several gatherings, most notably the 80th Anniversary of St. John Armenian Church, and a pilgrimage to the historic landmark and Genocide Monument, the Mt. Davidson Cross.

Sunday School Launches On Sept. 11

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Our Sunday School is overjoyed for the opportunity to launch our 2022/23 program on Sunday, September 11, 2022! We have been hard at work to preparing to bring this vital program back to our community and are excited to share our plans with you.

We are pleased to announce that Sevag Sarkissian will be the superintendent of our Sunday School this year.

Enroll Your Child In Sunday School Today!

Celebrating Assumption at this Year's Picnic

Friday, August 19, 2022

On Sunday, August 14, 2022, St. John Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the Feast of Assumption of the Holy Mother of God. The Festal Divine Liturgy was celebrated joyously by Parish Priest, Fr. Mesrop Ash, along with the Altar Servers and Choir members. During the Spiritual Message Fr. Mesrop talked about the priceless gifts that are given to us, the gift of body and blood of our Lord Jesus where we find salvation.

Spring Concert Enlivens the Parish

Thursday, May 19, 2022

After two years of lock down due COVID-19, St. John Armenian Church of San Francisco once again open its doors to present classical music by professional musicians.

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, UCLA VEM Ensemble string quartet and the soprano soloist performed a very impressive and moving concert.

Fr. Mesrop Ash, welcomed everyone and expressed his gratitude to the performers and invited Professor Movses Pogossian, Director of UCLA Armenian Music Program to host the event.


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