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Divine Services commemorating the Finding of the Precious Relics of the Holy Martyrs in the Quarter of Eugenius.
Fr. James' 34th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood.
We invite you to pray with us, in our church building, or via our live stream.
Light a Candle!
Live Stream on Facebook
Live Stream on our Parish Website

THIS WEEK AT ANNUNCIATION

February 21 - February 28, 2021

 
Sunday, February 21st 
8:30 am | Orthros 
9:30 am | Divine Liturgy: Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 
Triodion Period Begins
2:00 pm | Virtual Sunday School

Monday, February 22nd 
8:30 am | Orthros 
9:30 am | Divine Liturgy: Finding of the Precious Relics of the Holy Martyrs in the Quarter of Eugenius

Wednesday, February 24th 
11:00 am | Virtual Studies in the Faith via Google Meet
6:00 pm | Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos
7:00 pm | Virtual Orthodoxy 101 via Google Meet

Sunday, February 28th
8:30 am | Orthros 
9:30 am | Divine Liturgy: Sunday of the Prodigal Son
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.

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. 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.

We look forward to praying and celebrating with you in person this week, as well as on Sunday, February 28th for the Divine Liturgy and the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
 
With love in Christ,
 
Fr. James Retelas 
Presiding Priest

Homily
The Homily offered by Efstratios "Yianni" Magoulias on February 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!
On February 24-26, 1984, our Annunciation parish hosted the
Diocesan Folk Dance Festival at the Red Lion Inn.
Steve Denas was the executive director.
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Fr. James' 34th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood
34 years ago TODAY, February 22nd, Fr. James was ordained to the Holy Priesthood!  On behalf of the parish, we wish him many years! 
ΑΞΙΟΣ!  WORTHY!
Efstratios "Yianni" Magoulias' 
Ordination to the Holy Diaconate
"The Divine Grace, ever healing the weak and fulfilling all that is lacking, ordains Efstratios, the devout Subdeacon to Deacon.
Let us, therefore, pray for him that the Grace of the All-Holy Spirit may come upon him."
-Prayer of Ordination
With thanksgiving and joyful hearts, the faithful of Annunciation in Sacramento offer our fervent prayers for the most worthy candidate Efstratios as he is ordained to rank of Deacon by the Grace of the All-Holy Spirit.
 ΑΞΙΟΣ!  WORTHY!
HOW TO WATCH THE ORDINATION
If you are unable to attend the Ordination on Sunday, March 7th, please visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Modesto's Facebook or Parish Website to watch the Divine Liturgy and Sacrament of Ordination live. 
The Hierarchical Divine Services will begin at 9:00 am.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON THE ANNUNCIATION MODESTO WEBSITE
CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON THE ANNUNCIATION MODESTO FACEBOOK
Join us in March for Moussaka! (Moo-saw-kaw)
 
Click on the button below to pre-order a Moussaka meal for pick up Saturday, March 6th from 1-5pm.

$20 Dinner for one includes:
Moussaka - A rich tomato meat sauce layered with eggplant and topped with a thick layer of béchamel sauce
Greek Salad - Tomatoes, cucumber, Kalamata olives, and Feta cheese
Tiropota - Light and flaky Greek pies filled with Feta and Ricotta cheeses
Rizogalo - Creamy Greek vanilla rice pudding, topped with cinnamon (milk based)

$70 Dinner for four includes:
Four servings of Moussaka, a family-sized Greek Salad, four tiropites, and rice pudding for four

$45 a-la-carte half pan of Moussaka:
A frozen, half-pan (10" x 12") of Moussaka, a rich tomato meat sauce layered with eggplant and topped with a thick layer of béchamel sauce. (Serves 6-8 people and includes cooking instructions)

$15 Meze Box (assorted appetizers) includes:
2 tiropites, 3 veggie dolmades, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, pita, and tzatziki

*Please order by Friday, March 5th and indicate your pick-up time between 1-5pm in the Special Instructions at check-out.


Pick up location: Annunciation Hellenic Center - 616 Alhambra Boulevard
between F Street & G Street (enter parking lot on 30th)
Note: To keep you and our community safe, all food is TO-GO only.
Face coverings are required when picking up your order.
 
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To keep you and our community safe, the following measures will be taken:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Your temperature will be taken upon arrival
  • Hand washing is required upon arrival and at intervals throughout shift
  • Gloves must be worn at all times when handling food
  • Volunteers will be separated into task-based groups to support social distancing
Click here to volunteer
St. Philothei the Athenia
St. Philothei the Athenian: The Revolution of a Woman.
A film by Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
To commemorate St Philothei, on her feast day the 19th of February, the Municipality of Philothei Psychiko, on the initiative of the Mayor Dimitris Galanis, is organizing an internet screening of the film by Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou “Philothei the Athenian”. This is a historical documentary about a remarkable woman who was active in Athens during the sixteenth century, the years of Ottoman rule.
Sunday School
Have you met our Sunday School Teachers?
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!
St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Information
2021 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics
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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CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AMAZONSMILE
Resources from our Hierarchs
Metropolitan Gerasimos | Opening of California Churches
Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople
Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod
Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops | Statement Regarding Developments in Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccines & Immunizations
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
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
Efstratios "Yianni" Magoulias, Pastoral Assistant
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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