Diocesan News

Founders’ Day with Bishop Maxim at St. Sava, Jackson, CA

2013-12-01-jackson-featuredSt. Sava Church in Jackson, California, was consecrated on the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple on December 4, 1894.  In recent years, the parish has designated the first Sunday of December as “Founders Day” in order to celebrate the consecration of the church and to offer a parastos for Fr. Sebastian Dabovich and all the founding members.  Additionally, the late Cedo Saraba would sponsor a Bakalar Luncheon on this date to help raise funds for the parish.  After Cedo’s untimely passing, the Saraba family has continued to sponsor this meal and to ask for memorial prayers for all their departed family members.

Archimandrite Porphyrios Recognized as a Saint‏

st-porphyriosThe Orthodox Church has recognized Archimandrite Porphyrios as the SAINT he is! An English announcement can be seen here.

His book Wounded by Love changed the worldview of many people!

I have run to the fragrance of your myrrh, O Christ God,
For I have been wounded by your love;
do not part from me, O heavenly Bridegroom.
His feast day will be December 2nd.

St. Archangel Michael Church Slava in Saratoga

2013-11-05-saratoga-slavaOn a sunny day, Sunday, November 24th Saratoga parish organized their annual Church Slava Celebration with His Grace Bishop Maxim and neighboring clergy in attendance. The Matins Service and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy started at 9:30 AM in our new and yet unfinished Church. Although the morning was cool and the Church is still without heating, that did not stop the faithful of St. Michael Parish and a good number of believers from neighboring parishes to come and fill our Church to its full capacity.
During the Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Maxim delivered a very thoughtful and inspiring sermon, in which he focused on the importance of unity in Christ, detailing also on the Gospel reading of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).

Слава храма и парохије у Салт Лејк Ситију

20131117 110937 resized 1Дана 17. новембра 2013 године храм и парохија светог Архангела Михаила у Солт Лејк Ситију прославили су своју крсну славу. Свету Архијерејску Литургију је служио епископ Западно-амерички г. Максим уз саслужење свештеника: Предрага Бојовића пароха из Сијетла и архијерејског намесника за Бјутско намесништво, јеромонаха Марка Kerra, свештеника Јустина Havensa (Антиохијска епархија) и надлежног привременог свештеника Милана Унковића из Херцеговине.

Bishop Maxim’s Archpastoral Visit to the Synaxis of the Faithful in Seattle, WA

seattle-nov-2013Bishop Maxim’s Archpastoral Visit to the Synaxis of the Faithful in Seattle, WA with, Seattle is in the top 5 rainiest U.S. cities by number of precipitations days, and it gets the least amount of annual sunlight of all major cities in the lower-48 states.  This city experiences moderate to heavy rain during the months of November, December, and January. However, during this last Archpastoral visit of His Grace our Bishop Maxim to his humble flock and parish dedicated to St. Sava, we had sunny and crisp weekend.

His Grace arrived on Saturday November 9th, and was greeted by newly installed priest Fr. Predrag Bojovic (who replaced recently retired Fr. Ilija Balac) and Mr. Cedo Marusic, an active member of this parish. After arriving at Fr. Predrag’s residence His Grace was greeted by Fr. Predrag’s family along with few active members of this blessed parish. They spent an evening in spiritually rewarding talks and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Presbytera Rada.    

Slava in Sveta Petka Parish - San Marcos

2013-10-27-san-marcos-slava-8St. Petka-Paraskeva Serbian Orthodox Parish, California, in San Marcos celebrated its Slava on Sunday, October 27. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America solemnly officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine 2013-10-27-san-marcos-slava-1Liturgy with Fr. Milan Vukovic. After Bishop's sermon, followed the consecration of the gifts and many shared in the Eucharistic celebration. 
Following the litija-procession, immediately upon reentering the church, the bread and wheat were blessed -Slava kolach- with His Grace greeting our kum, parish council officers and all the children who had gathered. His Grace gave his archpastoral blessings and antidoron to all the faithful.A banquet followed the services where several families of the parish lovinglyprepared and served a delicious meal of grilled lamb and vegetables, salad, and a variety of cakes. The Kum for this year Slava was Sasha Terzic with his family.    
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