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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - Oct. 15th - 10/19/17

As a mother of loss myself, and as a birth doula having assisted several families in navigating the terrible terrain of miscarriage and stillbirth, I am drawn to encourage compassion and healing for fellow Orthodox parents who have experienced this, and raise awareness on the demographic of mourning parents who attend our parishes.

When I invited women from local parishes who have experienced perinatal loss (whether fifty years ago or in the last week) to join me in my home for an afternoon of remembering and honoring the babies we hold in our hearts, I wasn’t prepared for the volume of response I received. Many reached out to say they would like to come, or that they couldn't come but could we please include their babies in prayer, others asked if they may spread the word of this gathering to friends and relatives who have experienced loss so they can submit names as well. In truth, everyone knows someone who has experienced miscarriage or infant loss. They were all welcome to participate.

Women began gathering at 3:00 pm and had tea and cake until everyone was there. There were some books for people to browse, such as Naming the Child, by Jenny Schroedel, Walking the Labyrinth of my Heart, by Dianna Vagianos Armentrout, Expecting Adam, by Martha Beck, Becoming a Healing Presence, by Albert Rossi, and Intimate Death, by Marie de Hennezel. We sat in a circle and each woman was given a sprig of rosemary (rosemary is known as the herb for remembrance) tied with a thread of red yarn (symbolizing the grief that brings us together).


St. Spiridon's Featured in Seattle Times - 10/18/17

St. Spiridon Cathedral in Seattle was recently featured in the Seattle Times in a story around the beautiful bells rung to summon people to worship. The feature, including ten photos of various bell ringing activties can be found here.


Appeal for Fire Victims - 10/16/17

To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of the West:

In response to the terrible fires in the Santa Rosa area and the losses some of our people and those their neighbors have endured, Fr. Lawrence Margitich has established a fund through his parish to provide immediate help and assistance. Could I ask you to look at the link below and to encourage your flocks to contribute to it?

Thank you!

+Benjamin,
Archbishop of San Francisco

APPEAL LINK


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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