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St. John's Feast Day: July 1st & 2nd

posted Jun 30, 2011, 4:10 PM by   [ updated Jun 30, 2011, 4:15 PM by Yulia Russiyanova ]
Dear Parents:

I trust that things are going well with you and your children are enjoying their vacation. I must admit that I miss their smiling faces and boisterous antics. But, at the same time, it is good to have more time to do my other priestly duties. One such duty is to keep pestering you about church attendance, which I am about to do now.

As hopefully all of you are aware, this Saturday, July 2nd, is the feast day for our wonderful intercessor, St. John of San Francisco. This is one of the major holidays of our cathedral and even the whole diocese community. This year is the 45th anniversary of his death. The church services for this holiday are very festive with many visiting clergy and people coming from all over the United States. One of our new bishops, George of Mayfield, is coming for the first time to San Francico.

We will begin hearing confessions for those who wish to receive Holy Communion at 5:00 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) after which the vigil will begin at 6:00 PM. On Saturday morning, the liturgy will start at 9:00 AM, after which there will be a procession around the church with St. John's icon. A festive meal will then be offered to all by our sisterhood.

At this time, I would like to ask your assistance. Our sisterhood has for several days been feverishly preparing for this celebration. They will be very appreciative for any help that can be given to them after the meal to help clean up the hall and kitchen and put away the chairs and tables. This is a wonderful way for us to honor and thank our saint. The students can also get community service credit at the same time. Please encourage your children to volunteer to help the sisterhood with this work. Adults are also welcome to assist.

In closing, I very much look forward to sharing this wonderful holiday with you in church as well as the festive meal.

With Love in Christ,
Archpriest Serge Kotar, Chaplain