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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.

Holy Week Schedule 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

We are renewed during the Holy Week experience. Don't miss this opportunity for spiritual transformation.


Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022

Divine Liturgy ……………………………………… 10:30 a.m.

Palm Sunday procession with children..... ……....12:00 p.m.

Families are welcome to participate in this special event following the Divine Liturgy. 


Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022

Divine Liturgy and Communion. …………………..10:30 a.m.

Washing of the Feet Service...... ………………….7:00 p.m.

80th Anniversary of the Holy Altar Table of St. John San Francisco

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Sunday, December 5, St. John Armenian Church celebrated the 80th anniversary of the consecration of the St. John Altar. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Fr. Mesrop Ash, followed by Requiem Service conducted for the souls of the Rev. Fr. Ghevont Parounak, former pastor of St. John who designed and helped build the altar, and also the soul of Yeretsgin Aghavni and the souls of deceased members of St. John Armenian Church. Upon the conclusion of the Services, Fr. Mesrop Ash invited Mr. Terry Callen the grandson of Fr.

Winter Shelter Volunteer Program Underway

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

After 19 months of lockdown due to COVID-19, St. John Armenian Church was very excited to once again support the SF Interfaith Winter Shelter by preparing and serving hot meals to the homeless. With the help of the many volunteers, St. John has been able to participate in this program since 2016, which has fed hundreds of homeless men.  Beginning on November 21 St. John was able to renew its participation in this God-pleasing ministry.

Ladies Society Continues Mission of Outreach and Service

Friday, January 21, 2022

Despite the ongoing challenges of the virus, the Ladies Society has remained active in several ways. For our Diocesan Primate's visit in October, we organized a lovely coffee hour in the church courtyard. In November, we invited the St. Vartan Church Ladies Society to join us for a Ghapama luncheon in the Paul Fellowship Hall. The lively event was very well-attended and enjoyed by all, while keeping with safe protocols. On the occasion of several hokehankist services for our long time Ladies Society members we co-hosted outdoor fellowships following church services.

Supporting Yerevan's Women's Support Center

Thursday, January 13, 2022

St. John Armenian Church is proud to announce its support the accomplishments of Armenia's Women's Support Center, prompting the Parish Council to contribute $5000 to the organization 2021.

One in four women in Armenia suffer from domestic violence, which is why the Women’s Support Center in Yerevan,, provides essential services for the social fabric of Armenian society.  In 2021, WSC celebrated 10 years of helping women and families.  

Primate Presides Over Parishioner Recognitions and New Icon Consecration

Monday, October 25, 2021

St. John Armenian Orthodox Church of San Francisco celebrated the feast of Holy translators on Sunday, October 10, 2021, with the observance of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Abp Hovnan Derderian, primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church with the assistance of Fr. Mesrop Ash, parish priest, and dedicated altar servers and choir members.

The Winter Shelter Volunteer Program is Back

Friday, November 5, 2021

We truly excited to announce that once again St. John will be organizing a several service dates to support the SF Interfaith Winter Shelter. Since 2016 we've coordinated small groups to make and serve meals for San Francisco's homeless as part of this program, which provides a hot, nutritious dinner, case management, and community services, and a place to sleep during the cold winter months.

We have signed up to cook (at St. John’s) and distribute food during the following dates:


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