Greek School News

Greek School News

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.

I will be putting together the student rosters this month and I will send email updates. I am attaching the student registration form in this newsletter.

If you need more information about our school, please don’t hesitate to contact Anthi Janssens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415-254-5458.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming back our returning families and meeting new ones!

Sunday School News

Members of the Philopotchos Board

“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.

Sunday School will continue on September 17, but not during the Festival, on September 24. On October 22, we will distribute Unicef Halloween boxes, which will be collected the following Sunday, October 29. Then, on December 17, we will hold our Christmas Pageant. Moving on to March, we will celebrate the great feast of the Annunciation, which is also the Feast Day of our Cathedral Parish. Godparent’s Sunday, which normally takes place the Sunday before Palm Sunday, will, instead, take place on Sunday, March 18, because the Annunciation falls on the Sunday prior to Palm Sunday. Then, of course, will hold TGI Pascha on Holy and Great Friday, April 6. We will not hold classes on Pascha, April 8, and we will end the school year on Sunday, June 3.

When you count the Sundays, you see that there are few Sundays for Sunday School. And, at one hour per Sunday, that’s just a handful of Sundays for education about our Faith. Of course, we are always looking for more and more teachers. We are optimistic that, this year, we will have all the teachers needed for our program, with one or two to spare!

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen

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.

Won’t you consider volunteering once in a while? All you have to do is show up. By the way, there’s no age limit. We have teenagers volunteering and we have people “forever young” volunteering. What if the entire world took notice and tried a little bit of outreach: the world would become a better place. How about it? See you September 19?

Philoptochos News! Save the Date

Philoptochos News! Save the Date

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 donation, and other particulars, will be announced in the October and November issues of the Herald, as well as in the Sunday bulletins. This is a wonderful tradition of honoring immediate past presidents. Indeed, it is most fitting, in Pat’s case, as she exemplifies the spirit of Philoptochos—always nurturing, always involved, always giving, of her time and her resources for the benefit of the community.

Would You Consider Donating $1 Million?

Would You Consider Donating $1 Million?

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.

There are a number of individuals in the Greek Orthodox community who are in a position to make this kind of gift, if they are so inclined. The project itself is compelling. First, it’s about the rebuilding of a church. But, it’s also about “making firm” our presence as a faith community and as a cultural community, in the heart of the City. At a time when mega buildings are rising, at an unprecedented rate, making an important contribution to the City’s skyline. At a time when the vibrancy of youth is re-energizing the City’s neighborhoods. At a time when an optimism about the future abounds (despite the many challenges facing our society). Precisely at this time, God is enabling a church to be built, to be a beacon of hope and reconciliation. For, that is what our faith is all about, the gathering of the nations of the earth into one household, where “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11). So, again, the question, would you consider donating $1 million?

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

John 4:7