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SAINT OF THE DAY - Saint John Climacus - Sunday, March 18
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This Saint gave himself over to the ascetical life from his early youth. Experienced both in the solitary life of the hermit and in the communal life of cenobitic monasticism, he was appointed Abbot of the Monastery at Mount Sinai and wrote a book containing thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue, and progressing from those that deal with holy and righteous activity (praxis) unto those that deal with divine vision (theoria), they raise a man up as though by means of steps unto the height of Heaven. For this cause his work is called "The Ladder of Divine Ascent." The day he was made Abbot of Sinai, the Prophet Moses was seen giving commands to those who served at table. Saint John reposed in 603, at eighty years of age.
THANK YOU from the Philoptochos!
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We have had two events recently which were so successful because of you!  First, we had our annual Kids’n’Cancer coffee hour brunch where we raised and are sending $7,000 – a record high!  We did not have a record number of people in attendance, but the generosity of those who were there was fantastic.  Somehow, the Lord always provides.  This money will be presented to His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos later this spring.  Thank you all once again. / Last Saturday we hosted our Women’s Health and Wellness Membership Tea.  It has long been a tradition here at Holy Cross that sometime in the spring we have a health event for our members as a way to say thank you for being a part of the Philoptochos movement.  What better way to thank our members than to present some of the latest medical and health information and share the fellowship of their Philoptochos sisters.  This year we chose to focus on ways to experience better health through non-medical procedures.  Specifically we heard Father share with us that prayer can affect your body and your soul.  Active participation in our faith will yield benefits to your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  We had a surprise testimonial speaker.  Virginia Coppock shared her story of her recuperation after breaking her pelvis.   She felt that all was lost, but found that she had more work to do here on earth and through prayer began to feel like the old Virginia once again.  She received a standing ovation – well-deserved.  Tanya Spirtos shared scientific data that she had found out of UC Berkeley showing that expressing gratitude helps you to stay healthy.  A music therapist showed us how playing music to a loved one with dementia may awaken parts of the brain.  A Food as Medicine speaker gave us pictures of what our plates of food should look like.  And Thomy Iuppa prepared a very healthy and delicious lunch which followed many of the suggestions in the speaker’s presentation.  Thank you to the almost 90 members who came from all over the Bay Area from as far away as Reno to be a wonderful audience for these dedicated and knowledgeable speakers! 
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Holy Cross Philoptochos Annual Fashion Show. Saturday, April 28. Come enjoy the culture and flavors of Argentina. Tango attire encouraged. Gentlemen are most welcome. Hosted reception at 11:30am; Luncheon at 12:30pm. Donation: $60. Look for your invitation in the mail, or text HCFASHION to 41444 and follow the onscreen instructions. Reservations & info: Laura Jadelrab: 650-678-0336 or
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This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359. / His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.
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