Parish News

Community Embraces Emotional Healing at "Healing From Grief Through Loving Grace" Presentation

Friday, March 1, 2024

This past Sunday marked a significant moment for our community as we gathered for the highly anticipated "Healing From Grief Through Loving Grace" event, led by the Western Diocese's Diran Avagyan. The presentation, a key part of our ongoing "Year of Healing" series, saw a significant turnout, underscoring the collective need and desire for emotional and spiritual healing within our community.

Primate Visits St. John Community

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
The weekend of February 3 and 4, 2024, marked a significant moment for St. John Armenian Church, as we were graced by the visit of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The Archbishop’s presence brought forth a series of enriching activities that fostered dialogue, strengthened bonds within our church’s auxiliary bodies, and deepened our collective faith.
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St. John Parishioners Participate in the First Healing Sunday

Thursday, January 25, 2024

In an atmosphere filled with hope and spiritual anticipation, St. John Armenian Church marked a significant milestone in its “Year of Healing” initiative with the inaugural Healing Sunday. This special day, rooted deeply in the traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was a profound experience for the many parishioners who gathered in a communal quest for spiritual renewal and healing.

Journey of Compassion and Solidarity: Our Mission in Armenia

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Dear Beloved Members of Our Parish Community,

As I prepare to return from our Diocesan delegation's mission in Armenia, my heart is filled with profound emotions and reflections that I am eager to share with you. Our seven-day journey to better understand the Artsakh refugee crisis has been an eye-opening experience, deeply connecting us to our Armenian roots and faith. We are grateful that this opportunity was provided under the auspices of His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian.

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.


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