• Metropolis of San Francisco Paraklesis Service

    GOA News Release

    June 16, 2020

    Young Adults are welcome to join in prayer and chant and online Paraklesis service to the Theotokos, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This gathering will be held using Zoom, with participants being able to sign up in advance to help chant parts of the service. Rev. Father Christian Burkhard, Assistant Priest from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA will preside over the service. Read More

  • Metropolis of San Francisco Paraklesis Service

    GOA News Release

    June 5, 2020

    Young Adults are welcome to join in prayer and chant and online Paraklesis service to the Theotokos, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This gathering will be held using Zoom, with participants being able to sign up in advance to help chant parts of the service. Rev. Father Christian Burkhard, Assistant Priest from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA will preside over the service. Read More

  • Be the Bee #142 | Why I'm an Orthodox Christian (w/ Fr Andrew Stephen Damick)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 11, 2020

    As an Orthodox Christian, you're often the only one in the room. How do you share your faith in Christ with others? Why are you an Orthodox Christian (rather than part of some other tradition)? Father Andrew Stephen Damick joins Steve again as they share 4 basics reasons they're Orthodox Christians. Read More

  • Balancing Great Lent

    Center for Family Care

    March 30, 2020

    Our approach to Great Lent should include three equal supports that will to give us the balance we need in our spiritual climb—fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. As families, we should look at all three of these elements in order to put into practice a broader and more fulfilling approach to Great Lent. Read More

  • The Disconnected Cross: Philanthropy and Almsgiving

    Adults

    March 26, 2020

    Almsgiving plays an indispensable role in the spiritual growth of the individual Christian and the local and diocesan Church. Read More

  • Raising Kids Who Care

    Center for Family Care

    March 19, 2020

    How do we teach empathy to our children? Read More

  • A New Year, a New Harvest: Renewal through Orthodox Christian Community

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2019

    It’s about that time…the time for New Year’s resolutions: new beginnings, new goals and new inspiration. I am not talking about watching the ball drop in Times Square or counting down to midnight with your friends and family. I am talking about the Ecclesiastical New Year we just celebrated on September 1. Read More

  • A Relationship to be Emulated: The Maternal Kinship Between the Mother of God and Her Cousin Elizabeth

    Religious Education

    July 12, 2019

    The tale of the Visitation, and its depictions in Orthodox iconography, has much to say about the Church’s esteem for expectant motherhood. Read More

  • Summer Vacation: Renewing the Powers of the Soul

    Center for Family Care

    June 3, 2019

    "I'm bored… there's nothing to do… are we there yet… play with me." These are the calls of our children during summer vacation. Rather than hearing these statements as pesky intruders, it is possible to think of them as voices crying out from the wilderness of the young soul, seeking activity, connection, and stimulation within the safe environment of the family vacation. Read More

  • Forgiveness in the Light of the Resurrection

    Center for Family Care

    May 20, 2019

    We are made in the image and likeness of God, which means we are made to be like God. As Trinity, God is three persons, meaning He Himself is in perfect relationship—with Himself. Since we are made to be like God, we are also called to have perfect relationships with each other and with God. We attain perfect relationships by loving each other. When we fail to act in love, we sin, and when we sin we have the opportunity to reconcile with God and each other through forgiveness. Read More

  • A Family’s Spiritual Toolbox

    Center for Family Care

    May 15, 2019

    As we are filled with the radiant light of the Resurrection, we look forward and also look back. By looking back on our Lenten journey, we realize our family has grown in strength and endurance through the struggles we overcame together. As we look forward to the future, we strive to continue using the tools that Lent has given us to grow in spiritual maturity, together as a family, in our continued journey ahead. Read More

  • Christ Is Risen! Have We Forgiven?

    Center for Family Care

    May 1, 2019

    You are sitting in church during the Resurrection service. It is virtually pitch black; the most notable exception is a single flicker of light from the altar. The warm sound of hymns fills the air, and the anticipation is building. You have been waiting for this moment for almost seven weeks—maybe, all year. Now the priest emerges from the sanctuary with a lit candle, chanting “Come, receive the light…” The once-dark space rapidly becomes aglow as the faithful eagerly accept and pass on the light. Read More

  • Rewarding the Effort

    Center for Family Care

    March 23, 2019

    In God’s eyes, the effort is equal to the achievement. Our bishop said that last week, and it’s been on my mind ever since. Our Lord rewards our efforts regardless of whether they are effective. Whether or not we achieve our worthy goals, God sees and rewards the effort. Read More

  • And When You Fast

    Great Lent

    March 1, 2019

    When people think of the word "Lent," the word "fasting" is one of the first things that comes to mind. The cornerstone of Lent is not fasting, but repentance and growing in our faith. Fasting is a tool that is used to assist in spiritual growth. Fasting is also mischarac­terized as a form of deprivation, rather than a spiritual discipline. Because fasting is so misun­derstood, it is many times done incorrectly. Read More

  • It Came Naturally to Them

    Great Lent

    February 28, 2019

    In loving others, do we realize that we also love the Lord? When we are indifferent, do we realize we are indifferent to Him as well? Do we make it a goal each day to try to help someone? Is our ministering to other people more "natural" or does it seem "forced" or "contrived"? Read More

  • I Never Left! Not True

    Great Lent

    February 15, 2019

    If God our Father is ready and happy to restore us, we should be happy to restore one another. After all, no one has sinned against me more than I have sinned against God. If I expect God to forgive all of my sins, then I should be willing to forgive the sins of others. I should rejoice, rather than resent, when someone "comes back" and "makes it right." Read More

  • Time for a Check Up

    Great Lent

    February 15, 2019

    The period of the Triodion, which begins today, is a time for us to evaluate ourselves on a spiritual scale. Saint Paul, in his Epistle to Timothy, offers us a good "seven-point inspection" of our spiritual lives. Read More

  • The Church in the Home

    Center for Family Care

    February 4, 2019

    Where can young people experience God's love better than in a Christ-centered home? We need the home environment that includes parents, grandparents, and relatives to manifest this love of God. Learn about what a Church in the Home looks like. Read More

  • Infertility and the Intercessions of Saints Joachim & Anna

    Center for Family Care

    January 24, 2019

    Although there are other saints who are petitioned for childlessness, Joachim and Anna retain a special standing because their story is so familiar. Having a special affinity for the plight of Joachim and Anna, and recognizing not only their faithfulness but also the powerful manner by which the Lord responded to their prayers, Christians in like circumstances have sought their intercessions for nearly two millennia. Read More

  • Athenagoras: Ecumenical Patriarch (1948–1972)

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    On November 1, 1948, Athenagoras (Spyrou), then Archbishop of North and South America, was elected Ecumenical Patriarch. Read More

  • Healthy Fasting: A Practice for All Ages

    Center for Family Care

    November 6, 2018

    This webinar connects the physical and spiritual elements of fasting for contemporary life by appealing to what the Church has always understood—our physical fast supports godly thoughts, words, and actions. Read More

  • Feast of the Twelve Apostles

    Feasts of the Church

    May 31, 2018

    A brief explanation of the Feast of the Twelve Apostles and the Apostles Fast. Read More

  • Mystery and Meaning in Unanswered Questions

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 18, 2018

    Recognition of suffering requires vulnerability, often accompanied by unanswerable questions. Anyone who has been present with a child in a time of loss has heard these difficult questions. As parents, grandparents, youth workers, teachers, clergy, aunts and uncles, etc., we need to invite these questions. Read More

  • Sacred Image, Sacred Marriage

    Center for Family Care

    November 13, 2017

    Does the Church hold up any paradigms for marriage to provide the framework for a Christ-centered marriage? Indeed it does. The Church offers three icons from which we can learn how to live the married life: Christ the Bridegroom, Sts. Joachim and Anna, and the Wedding at Cana. Read More

  • A Circuitous Journey to the Holy and Sacred Priesthood

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    November 6, 2017

    I am writing this short autobiography for the explicit purpose of inspiring prospective students to consider pursuing studies at Hellenic College – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC), no matter what their age or circumstances. Read More