Everything’s a go for our annual Greek Food Festival, which will take place on our grounds at 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, this year, on Friday, September 22 (12 noon to 10 pm), Saturday, September 23 (12 noon to 10 pm), and Sunday, September 24 (12 noon to 8 pm).
The Cathedral welcomes the new Consul General of Greece to San Francisco, Ambassador Antonios Sgouropoulos, and his family. In the City barely a week, the new Consul General and his family were luncheon guests of Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.
Say, what? A mural? Yes, a mural. Recall, some time ago, we featured the graphic below and said we were giving thought to having it drawn along our entire property in the back, along Stevenson Street? The purpose of doing a mural was to thwart graffiti, which has become a perennial problem. You no sooner paint over the graffiti and, almost overnight, it reappears.
Back when Father Scott was helping us raise money to begin rebuilding the Cathedral, at one of the meetings where we were discussing holding a gala-type event, we recall his saying: “If we can get someone to donate $1 million, that would electrify the community.” He used these very words. Since then, we worked in earnest to raise the money to rebuild, and we did, in fact, raise that single donation of $1 million. In fact, it was over $1 million.
It came from the late Katherine Costopoulos. May God rest her soul, as we remember her among the “Founders and Benefactors of this Holy Church.” The time is now come when we are poised to receive another singe gift in the amount of $1 million (or more), towards the rebuilding of the Cathedral. We’ve been cultivating a few individuals and can only pray that this will come about.
On December 3, following the Divine Liturgy, the Annunciation Cathedral Ladies Philoptochos will honor Patricia Aleck, immediate past president of the Philoptochos. A luncheon will follow the Liturgy, in the Cathedral’s Korinthias Hall.
The Cathedral’s Community Kitchen, which began under the name “Soup Kitchen,” operates the third Tuesday of every month. The volunteer work involves food prep, cooking, hall setup, serving the meal and---so important—cleanup. We also have a food pantry, so a few awesome volunteers come early to bag up canned/non-perishable goods for our guests to take with them. Some volunteers arrive earlier, but the typical timeframe is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy.”
~Saint Theophan the Recluse
We look forward to the new Sunday School year for, begins on September 10th. We encourage the parents and grandparents that bring their children to Sunday School to set a new goal this year: let’s see how many children can attain perfect attendance! And, another goal, to be in class by 10:30 a.m., when Sunday School begins.
We hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer! Summer went by fast, and we are ready to start another fun year of Greek school on Saturday, September 30th.
Our hours stay the same from 10 am to 12:15 pm. There is room to enroll your child in one of our seven levels. Annual tuition remains at $500.