Grief & Bereavement Group

Please join Justine Hoff, M.A. and Fr. Christopher as they explore the spiritual, social, and emotional implications around loss of a loved one. No matter who or when a loved one passed, we encourage you to share your journey with like-minded individuals who can relate and empathize with you. With her skills from her M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, Justine will lead the processing aspect of the group while Fr. Christopher will address the spiritual dimension of both the deceased and the one left behind. Group will meet for 6 sessions, twice monthly on Wednesdays on the following days from 7:00-8:00pm:

9/12      Introduction/Story Telling

9/26      Life Left Behind (The current state of the bereaved)

10/10    How Our Departed Ones Live (Education from Fr. Chris)

10/24    Battling Expectation vs. Hope (Unraveling expectations from self or others, but also hopes for the future and feelings therein)

11/7      The Theology of Death/Christ and Death (Christ in the midst of loss, the present help of spiritual resources lead by Fr. Chris)

11/21    Moving Forward vs. Moving On (Living life in light of the loss)

For more information, please contact me in the Church Office, 916-772-9372

Join us for our Feast Day, July 25!

Join us as we commemorate our Parish Feast, the Dormition of the Holy Ancestor of God, Anna.  We look forward to welcoming His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco as well as clergy and laity from near and far.  Our service schedule is as follows: 

  • Great Vespers commemorating the Dormition of the holy Ancestor of God, (Tuesday, July 24, 6:30PM) His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco will lead us in prayer. A dinner reception will follow. 
  • Hierarchical Services (Wednesday, July 25, 9AM) A light reception will follow at the Parish.
  • Supplication to Ss. Joachim & Anna (Wednesday, July 25, 6PM) 

If you are unable to join us, we ask you to keep our Parish and her ministries in your prayers.  And, if you'd like to submit names for us to commemorate, please email them to the Church Office.  May our Lord, through the intercessions of our matron, Saint Anna, continue to grant you many years of service with good health, strength, and every blessing unto salvation. 


A Wish List for the Orthodox Church in Guatemala


In addition to your prayers, please consider offering your support to the faithful in Guatemala by donating the following items:



A festal icon set for the 12 great feasts (11" x 17"):
Baptismal crosses, preferably three-barred crosses: It is common for the priests to celebrate dozens of baptisms in a single day. These can be purchased in bulk:
Chrism containers:
Holy water sprinklers:
Communion spoons:
Altar boy robes: Sponsor a set of 15 robes in different sizes that could be made through Mayan Artisan Studio (MAS): which is composed of Orthodox women seamstresses from Aguacate that make vestments, cassocks, altar boy robes, and chalice covers.

Please contact Jennifer for more information:

Jennifer Rice, Missionary to Guatemala,