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Philotimo as Sacramental to Marriage - 09/13/17

St. Seraphim Cathedral in Santa Rosa annouces a retreat to be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Father Timothy Pavlatos, Director of Family Wellness Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will be the retreatmaster. Philotimo as Sacramental to Marriage will be presented: the primary purpose of marriage, the proper mindset, and the right disposition to have in one's marriage.

Father Timothy is Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Fr. Timothy is also a national certified counselor, a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, a certified Gottman facilitator, and a certified clinical trauma professional.

Over the past several years, Fr. Timothy has focused on marriage and parenting enrichment, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma. He and Presvytera Victoria have been married since 1995 and are raising their nine children.

Download the flyer and registration form here. Registration is due no later than October 7.

Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission Needs Your Help! - 08/30/17

For 22 years, the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox mission on the Westside of Los Angeles has been growing steadily in progressively larger leased facilities. The parish is eager for a permanent church building. With a hope and a prayer, we are looking for donors with $5 to $500,000 to give! We have established a GoFundMe page to allow donors to help in this project.

Needless to say, I have a personal interest in this because my husband (Archpriest John Tomasi) is the rector and together, with family and friends, we have been here since the beginning. We started with one other family in 1995, when we rented a house that had a one-car garage, which we converted into a chapel. Soon, we moved into a home with a 2-car garage and suddenly our church capacity doubled! In 1999, we found a 1200 sq. ft. storefront wherein we set up a chapel, Orthodox bookstore, and small activity room. One year later, we were officially accepted into the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and have been in the OCA Diocese of the West ever since. Now, 17 years later, we are in our third location and at times can handle 100+ worshippers, even though several may be spilling out into the hallways, dining area, kitchen, children's room, and bookstore.

Summer Feasts in Colorado - 08/23/17

His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin traveled through a number of towns in Colorado to celebrate the great summer Feasts of the Church. He began in Denver for the feast day of Holy Transfiguration, then on to Littleton for St Herman of Alaska, as well as St Tikhons's Orthodox Mission in Parker, Colorado. From there he drove to Calhan for their feast, Holy Dormition.


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