When: Throughout the Year
Our parish holds retreats at various times throughout the year. In addition to our own clergy, past presenters have included Fr. Josiah Trenham (St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church, Riverside, CA) on the Divine Liturgy, Rita Madden on “Food, Faith and Fasting: Learning from Eastern Christianity”, Dr. Argyrios Christofidis on marriage, and many others.
All Saints Eve Celebration (Children Through 5th Grade)
When: October 31st
We offer this fun evening for children as a wholesome alternative to “trick-or-treating” on Halloween Night. The children come dressed up as a Saint of their choice. We provide dinner, games, treats and other activities.
Nativity Fast 40-Day Liturgies
When: November 15th through Christmas Day
It is an ancient Orthodox Tradition to serve the sarantalitourgo (Greek; (saranta means “forty”), i.e., liturgy every day for the forty days of the Nativity Fast, which begins on November 15th. We are blessed to have embraced this tradition at our parish. See the Schedule of Services for specific dates and times.
St. Nicholas Day Celebration
When: December 5th or 6th
Tailored for children, this event includes:
- Great Vespers and a special celebration
- See what St. Nicholas leaves in your shoes!
- Learn about the life and miracles of the real St. NicholasParticipatory story and songs
- Lenten desserts and hot cider
- A special visit and gift from St. Nicholas!
Annual Parish Feast Day
When: January 7th
Our parish celebrates its Patronal Feast Day on the Synaxis of our patron, St. John the Baptist and Forerunner, which occurs the day after Holy Theophany, an event in which St. John played such a prominent role. This is the Saint’s main Feast Day. Among the others are his Nativity (for which we gather at St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery in Goldendale, WA, it being their patronal Feast Day on June 24th), and his Beheading on August 29, which was our Patronal Feast Day for many years.
Basics of Orthodoxy Classes
When: Preceding and During Great Lent
These popular classes are open to the public. Anyone may attend: inquirers, catechumens, already Orthodox, or non-Orthodox! All those who want to know more about the Orthodox Christian Faith are welcome.
The order in which these classes are given differs each year according to the availability of the various speakers:
- Church History I
- Church History II
- Veneration of Theotokos & Saints
- Holy Trinity
- Holy Tradition
- Holy Mysteries I
- Holy Mysteries II
- Divine Liturgy
- Orthodox Spirituality I
- Orthodox Spirituality II
- Orthodox Spirituality III
- Church Architecture & Iconography
St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
When: Near the end of Great Lent
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:
- Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
- Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
- Senior Division for student in grades 10–12
Project Mexico Missions Trip
When: Summer, typically July
Project Mexico performs works of mercy and helps others do works of mercy in the name of Jesus Christ, transcending cultural barriers by building homes for the poor in Mexico and by providing a home for orphaned boys through St. Innocent Orphanage. Every year our parish sends a team of adults and youths to assist Project Mexico.
When: Second Half of August
Camp Angelo’s goal is to offer quality facilities and programming to serve the spiritual, developmental and educational needs of all races, ages, creeds and cultures. Every year towards the end of the summer our parish holds a week-long youth summer camp.