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Video Highlights Ashland Building Program - 11/15/17

St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Ashland, Oregon, recently released a video highlighting the life of the parish and their ongoing efforts at constructing a permanent church building. Fr. Andreas Blom, Parish Rector, along with various "founders" and the architect of the project comment on the efforts. A beautiful flyover of the property and artist's rendering make the project tangible and immediate.

The video "I Love the Beauty of Thy House" may be viewed here.


MEMORY ETERNAL - Mitred Archpriest Michael Margitich - 11/11/17

The Mitred Archpriest Michael Margitich reposed on November 11, 2017, Veterans Day. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 1928 to William (Vasili) and Anna Margitich, emigrés from Carpatho-Russia. His father was a cantor in Uzhgorod before coming to the U.S. 

He became the rector of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Parish in Santa Rosa in 1990, and organized the funding, design and construction of St. Seraphim Church in 1996. He retired as rector on December 31, 1998, yet continued to serve, counsel, work and support the parish in every way possible during its critical years of growth. 
 
The Funeral Service for Priest will be held on Tuesday, November 14, at 6 pm and Funeral Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, November 15, at 9:30 AM at St. Seraphim Cathedral, 90 Mountain View Ave, Santa Rosa
 
Burial will follow at Healdsburg Cemetery.  Donations may be made to St. Seraphim Cathedral.  Fr. Michael was loved by many and will be missed by all. Memory Eternal!


A Grief Poetically Observed - 11/03/17

A parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Church in Poulsbo, Washington, has published a collection of poems reflecting on death from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Dedicated to his recently departed mother, author Francis John Spillane initially wrote the poems as an effort to come to terms with an unexpected fear of life caused by her death. As he shared them over the course of a year with fellow parishioners and friends beyond the parish, he eventually realized that he had a collection large enough to fill a small volume.

The poems are reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s famous reflection on death, A Grief Observed. In that work the apologist for “Mere Christianity” described grief as “a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me,” and in his volume Francis likewise explores the way that death creates a “fog” that threatens to separate the grieving from life, and even from the experience of God’s presence. But the insuppressible power of love—generated especially in memories about our loved ones—and the always active love of God prevent him from falling into despair. The experience of Orthodox worship and piety provides the lantern in a slow, modest, but ultimately victorious journey out of the fog and back into the light of life.

The book is entitled Good Mourning, Hopeful Night: Poems of Grieving, Healing, and Journeying to God.

See details and order here.


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.


 




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