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STEWARDSHIP 2018

Dear Stewards of Holy Cross,
 

It is with gratitude and joy that I thank you for making such a sacrificial and important financial commitment to our parish community last year and pray that you will continue in making Holy Cross the vibrant and dynamic community for which it is known. Please take a few moments to pray and give serious consideration to the monetary pledge you make for our parish, either through our website,  or by filling out the pledge form you received by mail, pledging in faith your financial commitment to Holy Cross for 2018. It represents your love for our Lord and His Church of the Holy Cross.

However, it is important to keep in mind that a $50 per week for 52 weeks of the year is what Holy Cross needs to meet its ministry commitments and operating expenses.  Every steward of Holy Cross is asked to help us meet this goal of $2500 per family per year.

Yes, all of us feel the challenges in meeting our financial obligations. Yet, many of us are witnesses to our Lord’s miraculous and lifesaving interventions. Placing our church parish at the top of our financial priority list lets God know that we consider His love and care most important.  For it is through our financial and volunteer stewardship that we are called by God to offer, that we express our genuine love and dedication to Him.  In so doing, His grace, mercy, and love are abundantly expressed a hundred fold. 

I encourage all families to make their financial commitment to Holy Cross this first month of January 2018.  It is important for our planning and important for your family and our parish family, as we all give witness to our Lord's love and collectively makes our parish strong and vibrant.

Thank you for your prayerful commitment that not only helps sustain our parish but strengthens our commitment to serve Him who has sacrificed so much for us. Make you pledge today and join the growing number of families that make Holy Cross their spiritual home.

In Christ’s love,
Father Peter Salmas

 
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News Tidbits
 
SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY – PAN ORTHODOX VESPERS - Sunday, February 25, 5:00 PM
At Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Hosted by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. / Concelebrated by: His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of San Francisco; His Grace Bishop Maxim Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Diocese of Western America; His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco; His Grace Bishop Daniel Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the West; His Grace Bishop Irinej Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russian Western American Diocese – Bishop of Sacramento. / Guest Homilist: His Grace Bishop Daniel. / Reception to follow
ANNUAL HOLY CROSS CRAB FEED - Saturday, March 3
presented by our Hostess with the Mostest, Mrs. Jenny Hatzopoulos. Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6:00 PM, and the crab will be marched in at 7:30 PM. In the Fellowship Hall. Menu : Greek salad, Greek-style pasta, fresh crab, dessert. Greek music. There will be a no-host Full Bar with drinks and soft drinks. $60 for adults; $30 for kids 4-12 years; children 3 and under, free. To RSVP, email office@goholycross.org with name, #of guests, contact phone number. We are accepting both individual and full table of 10 reservations. Seating will be open with the exception of full tables. Reservations needed by February 25! Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! Reserve a place today!  Seating is limited!
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS MEMBERSHIP TEA - Saturday, March 10
The Holy Cross Philoptochos Invites You to a Women’s Health and Wellness Membership Tea - The Road to Good Health…without Medicine. Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. In The Oaks. The theme this year is “non-medical” strategies for healing, disease prevention, brain stimulation, and general good health.  Some of these paths to good health are on the cutting edge of current, non-medical treatment and some are founded in the very faith we practice every day. Come and hear experts on: Food as Medicine, Music Therapy and the Power of Prayer. Presentations will be brief and interactive with plenty of time for your questions. A light, Lenten luncheon will be served. A suggested donation of $10 will be kindly received at the door. RSVP by March 1 to Mary Peros at mperos911@gmail.com.
PARISH ORATORICAL FESTIVAL - Sunday, March 18
Calling all young people in grades 4-12!  This year's topics for the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival are available.  Children in grades 4-6 can present a speech on any topic, those in grades 7-12 must select a topic from a set list. Children of all ages benefit by having public speaking experiences.  Encourage your children to participate in this inspiring faith-sharing festival! of See link below for topics and information or contact Allison Virsik at ali_virsik@yahoo.com and  https://www.goarch.org/-/2018-st-john-chrysostom-oratorical-festival-topics




 
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