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.
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.
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.
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.
We're excited to share that registration for the upcoming Sunday School year is now open! As we gear up for another year of spiritual growth and education, we invite parents to enroll their children in this enriching journey. Prospective familes can register via our website now.
Classes Begin at 10:30 AM: A New Schedule for a Deeper Experience
Last week, St. John Armenian Church had an incredible time at Week 2 of the Western Diocese Hye Camp Program. Excitement filled the air as our beloved Fr. Mesrop Ash joined our parish kids for an unforgettable experience.
On an early Sunday morning, July 16, a bus filled with enthusiastic Bay Area kids embarked on a journey to the picturesque campsite. Eager to spend a week with fellow Armenians, they were all set to immerse themselves in a week of faith, culture, and fun.
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.
In the spirit of building deeper ties with charitable and evangelical initiatives in Armenia, Fr. Mesrop Ash recently visited Armenia. This impactful trip involved visiting several missions and programs which are proudly supported by St. John Armenian Church of San Francisco, under the auspices of the Western Diocese, with guidance and blessing by His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian.
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.