SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH USA & CANADA
Sebastian Press Catalogue
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF THE
WESTERN AMERICAN DIOCESE OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA
NOTICE OF DIOCESAN COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Location: Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia
The Feast of St. Maximus the Confessor
His Grace, Bishop Maxim's Name Day
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m - Council Luncheon to Follow
Location: Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra
Updated February 11, 2015 12:01 pm (PST) - - - Total Registrations ( 61)
|Name||Last Name||Parish||Registration Status|
|Bishop Atanasije Jevtic||Jevtic||Guest Speaker||Complimentary|
|Hieromonk Porfirije||Porfirije||Guest Accomanying Bishop Atanasije||Complimentary|
|The Right Rev. Dr. Bishop Maxim||Vasiljevic||Western American Dicoese of the Serbian Orthodox Church||Complete|
|Deacon Zoran Aleksic||Aleksic||Western American Dicoese of the Serbian Orthodox Church||Staff|
|Sister Antiona||Antionia||St. Paisius Monastery, Safford, AZ||Complete|
|Rev. Serafim Baltic||Baltic||New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL||Complete|
|Rev. James Barfiled||Barfiled||St. John the Baptist Church, Reno, NV||Complete|
|Hieromonk Paisius||Bjerke||St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, CA||Complete|
|Rev. Predrag Bojovic||Bojovic||St. Sava Church, Renton, WA||
On Tuesday, June 18th His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Dean of St. Steven's Cathedral, Fr. Blasko Paraklis, Priest of the Most Holy Theotokos Mission parish in Orange County, Fr. Jovan Babic, Priest of Christ the Saviour Church in Arcadia, and Fr. Stamatis Skliris from Athens, Greece, together with the faithful celebrated the Feast of St. Petar of Korisha in the Diocesan Residence Chapel in Alhambra, Califorania.
Following the Divine Liturgy and the Slava service, a small reception was held for all who attended.
Updated: November 3, 2015 7:29 am
Western American Diocese
of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America
1621 West Garvey Avenue, Alhambra, California 91803
Office (626) 289-9061 - Fax (626) 284-1484
The Venerable Peter of Korish Serbian Orthodox Mission
St. Stephen Nemanja Serbian Orthodox Church
Holiness: A Forgotten Vision?
By the Rev. Metropolitan of Pergamon John (Zizioulas)
The term “saint” or “sanctity” (holiness) is something entirely irrelevant and foreign to our time, and to the civilization and the quests of contemporary Man. Which parents nowadays have the ambition of making their children “saints”? Which of our schools and educational programs cultivate sanctity or present it as a vision and as a model? The “successful” person of our time, as well as the ideal of contemporary education and our civilization is not in the least the “good and benevolent” person of classical times. Instead, it is the one who can achieve wealth, comforts and social emergence – this is what parents want of their children, this is what our educational systems chiefly aspire to, this is what the mass media cultivate, and this is the dream of the majority of our young generation.
Indeed, in a society that regards unemployment as its most serious problem and is governed by the anxiety of how to increase its per capita income, for one to speak of saints and sanctity constitutes a challenge – or rather, a cause for laughter and derision. In this way, sanctity has now become a “forgotten vision”.
Forgotten, because once upon a time sanctity actually existed; because it was what inspired our civilization; because our people used to live among saints and they would draw from them the measure of their civilization; they were the heroes, the great champions, the “famous football players” and the “stars” of that time. Now, only the names of our saints remain, and even these have been “clipped” and altered in foreign fashion, while people now prefer...
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL MEALS AT THE TICKET TABLE
|Friday Evening||Adults - $10.00, Children under 16 - $5.00|
|Saturday Lunch||Complimentary - Donations Accepted|
|Saturday Evening||Adults - $15.00, Children under 16 - $5.00|
|Sunday Banquet Tickets||Adults - $30.00, Children under 16 - $15.00|
|Sunday Banquet Reservations||Table of 10 in Main Hall - $300|
|Sunday Evening||Adults - $15.00, Children under 16 - $5.00|
Updated: February 5, 2016
ELECTION FORMS (Due Immediately Following Annual Parish Assembly)
- ELECTION FORM FOR CONFIRMATION OF ELECTED OFFICIALS (PDF) DOWNLOAD
FORMS & DEADLINES
FOR EVERYTHING RELATED TO THE YEAR-END FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY & DIOCESAN DAYS
Diocesan Days will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4, 2016 in Jackson, California.
- BISHOP'S ANNOUNCEMENT
- AD/GREETING FORM (Deadline JULY 31, 2016)
- SPONSORSHIP FORM (Deadline JULY 31, 2016)
- TABLE RESERVATIONS (FULL TABLES ONLY) (Deadline August 29, 2016)
The Annual Assembly will be held during Diocesan Days (Day and Time to be determined)
- MEETING NOTIFICATION LETTER
- PARISH REPORT to be signed by Clergy & Parish President and submitted to the Diocesan Office
(Sept 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2016 in English, 1 page - 2 if necessary)
- COMMITTEE REPORTS - Circle of 100, Camp St. Sava, KSS, and Diocesan Council Reports
- TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION
YEAR-END FINANCIAL REPORT & PROPOSED BUDGET (Deadline JUNE 30, 2016)
Attention PARISH TREASURER: Your 2016 Parish Assessment WILL REMAIN THE SAME as it was for 2015 and is due by the 15th of each month.
This is per the February 4, 2014 Diocesan Council Decision to lock in the Assessment Rates for a period of three years (2014, 2015, 2016).
2015 YEAR-END FINANCIAL REPORT & PROPOSED 2016 BUDGET
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our Christian brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohija and the holy shrines of the Serbian Christian Orthodox Church are in great danger, because the proponents of the so-called state of Kosovo want to obtain the membership in UNESCO and confiscate churches and monasteries, jeopardizing the rest of the Serbian population in these holy places, as well as every honest Albanian person, jeopardizing the true communion and the overall progress of all those who live in Kosovo.
From June 1999, until today 236 spiritual and cultural Serbian monuments were subject to attack by Kosovo Albanian extremists. Out of the said number, as many as 61 have the status of cultural monuments, and 18 are of extreme importance for the Republic of Serbia- Church of the Virgin (1315), Church of St. Nicholas (1331), Church of the Holy Saviour (1348), the Hermitage and Monastery of St. Peter (early 13th century) – to mention but a few. In the territory of Kosovo, 174 sacred objects and 33 cultural and historic monuments were destroyed, more than 10 000 icons, and artistic objects were stolen. 5261 headstones were either destroyed or damaged in 256 Serbian graveyards, and not a single headstone can now be found at more than 50 Serbian graveyards.
In March 2004, and the synchronized and orchestrated barbaric attacks against the Serbian residents in Kosovo, with unprecedented destruction of everything that is Serbian, including the Serbian religious objects and cultural goods dating back to the Middle Ages. In three days of violence perpetrated by the Kosovo Albanian terrorists against the Serbs, on 17, 18 and 19 March 2004, ten Serbs were killed, over 900 persons were severely injured, over 4000 Serbs from cities and villages...
THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
The Historical and Spiritual Heartland of the Serbian People