Parish News

Divine Liturgy Seminar Launches for Lent

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The first session of "Understanding Divine Liturgy" and Lenten Seminar Series was held on Tuesday, February 24 at 10:30am. Faithful attended the seminar and were engaged by the presentation and dialogue. Several participants also followed the presentation online, as it was boradcast live on Youtube, a first for St. John. Fr. Mesrop welcomed everyone and opened the session with prayer.

The lecture was divided in to 6 sections.

Lenten Recipe Peas in Tomato Sauce/Loligov Volorn

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 Onion, sliced in thin crescents
½ cup tomato sauce
1 10-ounce package frozen peas*
½ teaspoon crushed, dried basil
  1. Heat olive oil; add onion and sauté over low heat until limp, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add tomato sauce, bring to a gentle boil and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

St. John Celebrates feast of St. Sarkis the Warrior

Friday, February 13, 2015

Each year, on the first day of the Fast of the Holy Catechumens (First Lent), the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrates the Feast of St. Sarkis the Captain, his son Martiros and his 14 soldiers-companions. By the order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the feast is proclaimed as a day of blessing of the youth. Saint Sarkis the Warrior is one of the most venerated Armenian saints. He is considered the patron saint of love and youth. His feast day is celebrated in late January or early February.

Gathering of the Eastern Churches of the Bay Area

Friday, January 30, 2015

On January 29, Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, parish priest of St. Vartan Oakland, and Fr. Mesrop Ash of St. John San Francisco participated in meeting and prayer service of the Eastern Churches of the Bay Area (ECoBA), hosted by Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church in Millbrae. Ten clergy from different denominations joined in the Vesper Service and enjoyed a meal. In the spirit of brotherly love and respect they discussed issues effecting the Christian communities Near and Middle East, and how our parishes can help support them. Fr. Hovel and Fr.

Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and the Blessing of the Deacons

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sunday, December 25, was the Feast of St. Stephen, the Protomartyr, who was one of the seven deacons ordained by the Apostles according to the New Testament books of Acts.  As December 28 was the following Sunday, following Divine Liturgy, Fr. Mesrop gave a brief introduction of why we celebrate the feast of St. Stephen, and then invited the deacons that were present to express how and why they were inspired to become deacons.

Festivities Brighten the Christmas Season

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The festive season is well and truly underway at St. John Church. Sunday December 7, following the Divine Liturgy and a warm bevereage, our youth decorated the Christmas tree with handmade ornaments, while parents and parishioners helped decorate the hall with garlands and lights.  St. John was ready for Christmas with the sound of Christmas music and the lighting of the tree and our beautifully decorated hall. Our Christmas tree was generously donated by Cecelia Baloian.


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