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THIS WEEK AT ANNUNCIATION

March 28 - April 4, 2021

 
Sunday, March 28
8:30 am | Orthros. 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy: Sunday of Orthodoxy, the 2nd Sunday of Lent
2:00 pm | Virtual Sunday School

Monday, March 29
6:00 pm | Great Compline

Wednesday, March 31
11:00 | Studies in the Faith via Google Meet.  Studies in the Psalms with Fr. Timothy.
6:00 pm | Presanctified Liturgy

Friday, April 2
7:00 pm | Salutations to the Theotokos: 3rd Stanza of the Akathist Hymn

Sunday, April 4
8:30 am | Orthros, 9:30 am | Divine Liturgy: 3rd Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of the Holy Cross
2:00 pm | Virtual Sunday School
 
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Services This Week at Annunciation

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.

It has been wonderful to see you back in church, and to hear your voices as we prayed to Christ, our Immortal King and God!

We are called to increase our prayer life and fasting during the season of Great Lent, so that we are prepared to die and be resurrected with our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please join us to pray the prescribed Lenten services throughout the season of Great Lent:

  • Great Compline | Every Monday at 6:00 pm
  • Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts | Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm
  • Salutations to the Theotokos (Χαιρετισμοί) | Every Friday at 7:00 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. Thank you again for being flexible and cooperative as we carefully navigate this time together.
As always, our services will continue to be broadcast via our live-stream.

Following the Great Compline, join us in our church building or via our live-stream for a Lenten Reflection from our clergy.

A blessed Great and Holy Lent!  Καλή Σαρακοστή!

With love in Christ,
 
Fr. James Retelas 
Presiding Priest

Homily
The Homily offered by Fr. James, March 21, 2021.
Every week in our Sunday Bulletin, This Week at Annunciation e-mails, and on our social media platforms, we will feature important events in the history of our Parish! Don't forget to check back weekly to learn more about Annunciation over the past 100 years!
Every week in our Sunday Bulletin, This Week at Annunciation e-mails, and on our social media platforms, we will feature important events in the history of our Parish! Don't forget to check back weekly to learn more about Annunciation over the past 100 years!
March 25, 2017, the feast day of our parish, was marked by the “Thyranoixia” (door opening) of our new parish hall and office building--- the new Annunciation Hellenic Center.

 
SHARE YOUR STORY
To celebrate Annunciation’s 100th Anniversary, we are preparing a celebration album to convey the history of our Church, its organizations and wonderful families. Instead of advertisements or “best wishes” pages, we’d like our parishioners to submit their family history and treasured photos to help us tell Annunciation’s story for generations to come. We also encourage our church organizations to submit their history and contributions to Annunciation over the decades. Please submit your story and photos from March 15 through June 15, 2021.
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Sunday School
Our Sunday School teachers are working diligently to bring our curriculum into your home via Google Meet every Sunday afternoon!

1st-2nd Grade: Dessi Chuchas
3rd-4th Grade: Kristen Kane & Vicki Meers
5th-6th Grade: Lisa Harr & Kathy Fotopoulos
High School: Dr. Nicholas Rotas, Nicholas Wilk, & Demetri Dogias

Message us for the Google Meet link for your child's class and see you online soon!
Scholarships are being posted from our Parish, Annunciation Endowment Fund, Archdiocese, Metropolis, PenHellenic Society, and MORE! Check out our scholarship resource page on our website or by clicking the link below!
Scholarship Opportunities at Annunciation Sacramento
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Luminaries
Let’s light our path within our church with the memories of our loved ones who have passed and our prayers for the health of our family and friends.
 
Personalized, candle-lit bags (luminaries) will be lined in front of the iconostasis and solea and along the main aisle of the sanctuary during the Great and Holy Friday evening service.  A label will be placed on the luminary, with the name of whom you would like to recognize.  

Your $10.00 donation per luminary helps to support the success of our growing dance program. Please order your luminary using this link: 
Resources for Seniors in our Community
Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life.  There is a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and assisted living options that are available in our area. You can read more about this work here:
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Resources from our Hierarchs
Metropolitan Gerasimos | Reflection for Great and Holy Lent 2021
Metropolitan Gerasimos | Opening of California Churches
Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops | Statement Regarding Developments in Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccines & Immunizations
COVID 19 Vaccine Information for Orthodox Christians
Catechetical Homily for the Beginning of Great Lent by our Patriarch, His All Holiness, Bartholomew
Prayers for our Community
A prayer of protection from the Coronavirus, by His Grace, Bishop Alexis of Bethesda
A prayer of protection from the Coronavirus, by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania

 Echoes of The Holocaust in Salonica (Thessaloniki):

       "In Search of Uncle Salomon"
                            
Virtual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance)
Community Commemoration
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
 
 
Nationally acclaimed speaker, Dr. Devin E. Naar, is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington. 
 
He will reveal the experiences of a lost religious, linguistic, and national minority destroyed in the Holocaust.
 
The program includes a virtual candle lighting ceremony, music, and brief speeches by community leaders.
 
To RSVP for the Virtual Commemoration, please visit https://cutt.ly/yomhashoah
Click here to see a flier for this event
Annunciation Ministries
100th Anniversary
Annunciation Dance Ministry and Support Group
Annunciation Senior League
Philoptochos
Annunciation Choir
Youth Choir
Altar Guild
Live Services
GREEK-TO-GO
Annunciation Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Greek School
Parish Council
Bookstore
Sacramento Greek Festival
Epistle Readers
Annunciation Endowment Fund
OUR MISSION is to bring all people to full maturity in Christ through Worship (Liturgia), Service (Diakonia), Education (Paideia), Witness (Martyria), and Fellowship (Koinonia), guided and united in all things by the One Holy Spirit.

We are committed to serving YOU! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we may help with any questions or concerns.
Below, for your convenience, are email addresses, and other contact information, that you can click on to initiate your correspondence with the appropriate individuals.  We look forward to assisting you!

Parish Clergy & Office Staff
Fr. James Retelas, Presiding Priest 
Fr. Timothy Robinson, Associate Priest
Effie Theodor, Office Coordinator
Maro Mavroforakis, Financial Administrator 

Executive Committee of the Parish Council
Dr. Nicholas Rotas, Parish Council President 
Michael Dariotis, 1st Vice-President
Nicholas Avdis, 2nd Vice-President
Demetri Romas, Treasurer 
Chris Georgoulias, Secretary 
 
Annunciation Hellenic Center
616 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95816
Parish Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Parish Website: www.AnnunciationSac.org
Parish Office: (916) 443-2033
Annunciation Hellenic Center Contact & Booking: (916) 443-2033 x225
Annunciation Parish Bookstore: (916) 231-9949
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