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Special Guests Enrich Sunday School Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

In recent weeks, our St. John Sunday School has hosted several exciting guest speakers, each addressing a variety of topics. As part of our 'Get To Know Our Elders' program, Rita Takvorian shared her family's history and their connection to St. John, alongside insights into their successful business, Haig's Delicacies. On our newly designated 'Deacon's Sundays,' Dn. Kirk Hourdajian delved into the ranks of the clergy, while Dn. Andy Ylitalo emphasized the significance of the Eucharist. Louise Nalbandian led an engaging session on liturgical music, much to the delight of the children.

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.

Sunday School Registration Now Open for 2023/2024

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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

Celebrating a Memorable Week at Western Diocese Hye Camp - Building Faith and Friendship!

Thursday, July 27, 2023

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.


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