Dear Faithful of Annunciation,
As we continue to worship while still adhering to COVID-19 precautions and safety measures, please remember that regular social distancing and wearing of masks will be closely followed on our parish grounds.
Late Friday evening, February 6th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the South Bay United Pentecost Church v. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, stating that California can no longer continue with a ban on indoor church services. This is the second ruling in the past few months in which the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional right of religious freedom. While the ruling was in favor of Churches in the State of California, the state can limit worship to 25% occupancy, which is at least at par with similar businesses/infrastructures.
With this ruling as our legal protection, and with the number of cases decreasing in the Greater Sacramento area, we are excited to welcome you back into our physical church building to pray and worship.
It was wonderful to see you in church, and to hear your voices as we prayed to Christ, our Immortal King and God! Please join us to pray the Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos, every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
If you are able, healthy, and comfortable, we invite you to pray and celebrate with us, in person, in church. Masks, contact tracing, and social distancing protocols will, of course, be in place.
As always, our services will continue to be broadcast via our live-stream.
We look forward to praying and celebrating with you in person this week, as well as on Sunday, February 21st for the Divine Liturgy and the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (the first day of the Triodion period)
With love in Christ,
Fr. James Retelas