Church of the Holy Cross
900 Alameda
Belmont, CA 94002-1604
Orthros: 8:30 AM
Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Sunday Liturgy and Other Services On-line

In an attempt to minister to those who, for good reason, are unable to attend services and to share the good news of Christ with the world, Holy Cross now broadcasts all its services over the Internet. Join us for our live broadcast of Orthros and the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom each Sunday (Orthros: 8:30 AM, Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM) and to other services as scheduled (listed on the right).

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Sunday's Bulletin

Please complete your pledge card and send it in, or bring it by the church office - we would love to see you! Help the church plan for its 2014 expenses.
There's still time! Please complete your pledge card and send it in, or bring it by the church office - we would love to see you! Help the church plan for its 2013 expenses.
Our Holy Cross Three Hierarchs Bookstore is well-stocked with Orthodox books and gift items. Stop by and peruse the collection of books, icons, music CD’s, cassettes, and special gift items.
. . . donate such church necessities as incense, olive oil (for kandilia), flowers or monetary donations toward the same. Your kindness may also be given in remembrance or in honor of a friend or family member -- the appropriate acknowledgments will be sent. E-mail or speak to Father Peter regarding your contribution.
that one of the most beautiful retreat centers in California belongs to the San Francisco Metropolis? It's the Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap. The ranch hosts many retreats and of course youth camps and is the home of the Monastery of the Theotokos. If you would like to learn more about the Ranch, click here or bookmark
the speeches or seeing video clips from the Ecumenical Patriarchate's historic visit to the United States, including his visit to our Metropolis? Visit the patriarchal site or see the following news link.
  • INTERESTED IN VISITING SHUT-INS? -- An opportunity to serve
Please see or e-mail Father Peter following services to find out how you can assist parishioners who are unable to attend Church due to poor health, transportation problems, or distance.

Please click here for the current and complete issue of Sunday's Bulletin.

Special News for our Youth!
  • As a youthful member of our community you are encouraged to be here on time to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with your Orthodox family because you are an important member of our Church! Put your Faith into action! And if you have any questions about happenings in the service ask your teacher or Konstantine Salmas.
  • Holy Cross Youth who wish to participate in our Youth Ministries MUST maintain an 80% Church/Sunday School attendance in order to be eligible. If you have any concerns about your attendance, please contact Konstantine Salmas.
  • for 1st through high school. All subjects. Please call the church office for information.
  • Interested in contributing an article for next months' Holy Cross YOUTH Currents? Contact Father John Kocolas at 591-4447.


    READ THIS! What you're reading now is a new section of our website directed specifically to "Kids and Older Kids." How will this be different than our "Special News for Youth" section? WE don't even know. What we hope to do is to add new items frequently to keep you coming back -- specifically, items about our youth ministry : youth groups, athletics, dance, etc.; and websites that we've come across that you might find interesting. The first such website is listed below (along with a teaser picture from the site) -- we'll keep adding to this list as we go along. Enjoy! Let us know how else we can serve your interests with this section of the Church website.

  • B.L.A.S.T.!
  • Our Teen Night Youth Group is called B.L.A.S.T.! - Building Lives Around Spiritual Truth. It is both our motto and our goal. Join us every other Wednesday nights in The Oaks from 7 to 8:30 PM. An unforgettable and enlightening experience each week. Click on this link, and then bookmark it, for all the latest B.L.A.S.T. news including meeting times, special events, etc. Questions? Contact Father John Kocolas!
  • Dance!

  • Click on this link, and then bookmark it, for all the latest dance news including practice times, performance dates, etc.
  • eScrip

  • For many years, eScrip was a major part of the fundraising efforts for the dance, athletic, and youth programs at Holy Cross. We want that to happen again. eScrip costs nothing but brings in to our Youth Council a portion of the money you all spend shopping. Signing up is really easy. Here's how and please do:
    Click this link, enter "Youth Council of the Holy Cross Church" or our Group ID # "6079703" when prompted, then complete the remaining steps. That's it!
    Thanks for supporting the Youth Programs at Church of the Holy Cross!

    On-Line Giving
    Please click on the button below to make contributions to our church on-line through an intuitive and secure website. You can make a one-time gift contribution to one of various existing accounts or even manage your entire stewardship account to Holy Cross.
    Upcoming Services

    April 14– Great and Holy Monday - The Service of the Bridegroom - 7:00 PM

    April 15– Great and Holy Tuesday - The Service of the Bridegroom - 7:00 PM

    April 16– Great and Holy Wednesday - Liturgy for Workers - 6:00 AM

    April 16– The Sacrament of Holy Oil - 3:00 PM

    April 16– The Service of the Bridegroom / The Sacrament of Holy Oil - 7:00 PM

    April 17– Great and Holy Thursday - Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great - 9:00 AM

    April 17– The Service of the Holy Passion - 7:00 PM

    April 18– Good Friday - The Vigil of the Royal Hours - 8:30 AM

    April 18– Vespers of the Descent from the Cross - 3:00 PM

    April 18– The Service of the Lamentations- 7:00 PM

    April 19– Great and Holy Saturday - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 AM

    April 19– Resurrection Matins, the Paschal Liturgy - 11:00 PM

    April 20– Easter Sunday - Vespers of the Resurrection, "Agape"- 11:30 AM
    Holy Cross Church Networking

    Belmont Greek Festival Networking

    Ecumenical Salutations, April 8, 2014

    Commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the historic gathering of Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI, His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Pope Francis will gather in Jerusalem May 24 -25, 2014. In recognition of these events, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos (Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco) and His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco) gathered to offer salutations in veneration of the relic of the Holy Cross of our Lord.

    0:09:30 - Procession into the Church
    0:19:45 - Reading of the Creed in Greek and English by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos and His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
    0:59:30 - Remarks by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
    1:08:30 - Remarks by His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

    Sunday's Homily, April 13, 2014

    Father Peter Salmas speaks on the subjects of Palm Sunday, the Cross, and hope.

    Procession of the Relic of the Holy Cross

    Procession with the relic of the Holy Cross - 3rd Sunday of Lent - Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. [ Bishop Joseph of Patara, Very Rev Archimandrite Apostolos Koufallakis, Reverend Peter Salmas, Reverend John Kocolas ]

    FOCUS North America

    Nicholas Petrogeorge speaks briefly on the mission of FOCUS North America, the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve.

    Sunday's Homily

    On the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, we were blessed with a visit from His Grace Bishop Joseph of Patara, Titular Bishop to Metropolitan Tarasios of Buenos Aires, Argentina and South America. Here is Bishop Joseph's inspirational homily on the subject of the Holy Cross.

    Spirtual Odyssey 2014

    We welcomed the return of The Very Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, the Director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, for our annual Spiritual Odyssey. Here is Father Nathanael's inspirational homily, given at Divine Liturgy, on Sunday, March 13 on Saint Gregory Palamas and the importance of prayer in our lives.

    Join us next year for another enlightening Spiritual Odyssey!

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