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PRIEST ORDINATION – Fr. Joseph Arsanious & Fr. Mina Adib

On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, HH Pope Tawadros II ordained Joseph Arsanious and Mina Adib to the rank of presbyter (priest). This was the first priest ordination for the Archdiocese and the first priest ordination done in the area. Fr. Joseph will serve in St. Mary & St. John COC in Pleasanton, CA and Fr. Mina will serve in St. George COC in Redmond, WA. May God bless their lives and service.

Youth and Adult Retreats 2018 – NEW DATES & PROGRAMS!

This year we will have a new program for our retreats.  Please see the new dates and groupings and block your weekends from now. We will send more information soon. Thank you and we hope to see enjoy this years retreats with you!

High school

Ages 14-18 | October 12-14 | Guest speaker Fr. Gregory Bishay | Redwood Glen Retreat Center


Ages 18 – 24 | October 19-21 | Guest speaker Fr. Gregory Bishay | Redwood Glen Retreat Center

Young Adults

Ages 25+ | September 14-16 | Guest speaker HE Archbishop Angaelos of London | Hyatt Place Santa Cruz (Tentatively)

Servants Retreat


BOOK TO READ: Timeless Truth in Truthless Times by George Bassilios

– Who created God?
– Why did God create people knowing they will end up in hell?
– Can I live a good moral life without God?

In this book, you will have insightful and concise answers to 35 tough questions about the faith.


“This precious book aims to provide you, its readers, not with a shallow worldly knowledge, but with a knowledge of action that leads you towards faith. It enlightens your souls and prepares you to receive a more refined knowledge of the Spirit that uncovers the spiritual mysteries. I pray that God will use this blessed book for the salvation of many.”

 Bishop Youssef, Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern U.S.



“I would like to thank George, my son in Christ, for this book and for all his contributions to deliver the word of the true Orthodox faith. This book addresses many of the doubts and queries of our present time. It is written in a useful style of Questions and Answers. George has done an excellent job in covering every question in a clear way. I would like to add that I myself benefit from listening and reading George’s answers to these sort of questions.”

– Father Daoud Lamei, Priest of St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Cairo.



Fr. Boules George @ St. John’s on May 28-29

St. Mary & St. John Church is honored to host our beloved 

 Fr. Boules George in the 7th annual family Spiritual convention
The Way
Save the Date:
Sunday & Monday, May 28th & 29th
Memorial weekend
 At St. Mary And St. John Church, Pleasanton
The invitation is opened for all the Bay Area Churches. Please use the link below to register. Free admission. 
المقر البابوي لمنطقة شمال كاليفورنيا وغرب الولايات المتحدة 
كنيسة السيدة العذراء والقديس ماريوحنا الحبيب ببلازينتون 
تدعوكم لحضور اللقاء السنوي السابع للاسرة بتشريف جناب الاب الورع القمص بولس جورج كاهن كنيسة القديس مارمرقس بمصر الجديد
*بعنوان *الطريق
يومي الاحد والاثنين الموافق 28 ، 29 مايو 2017
رجاء استخدام اللينك للتسجيل

Pray for Emad Boutros

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Please pray for Emad Boutros, a dear servant in the Bay Area, and his family during this tough time. The family asks that no one visit the hospital at this time. Thank you.

Message from Sandy and the Family of Emad Botrous

We would like to thank everyone who lifted a prayer, visited or thought of us – we felt it all and feel strong because of it.

Today we need some time alone with Emad and we ask everyone to shower us with prayers from church or homes and to please not go to the hospital.

رسالة من ساندي و عائلة عماد بطرس

نود ان نشكر كل من رفع الصلاه من أجل عماد وكل من قام بزيارتنا نشكركم جميعا من أجل محبتكم و مساندتكم لنا

اليوم نحتاج ان نمضي بعض الوقت في خصوصية مع عماد و نطلب منكم ان تستمروا في الصلاة من أجلنا ورجاء محبة لا داعي للزيارة في المستشفى

Archdiocese Servants Convention w/ HG Bishop Angaelos March 25-26 @ CYC

The 2017 Northern California and West USA Churches Servants Retreat will be blessed with H.G. Bishop Angaelos who will be giving the lectures and presides over the retreat.

The Call to Service – Do you know your Call?

  • The call for service is for everyone
  • What is God’s specific call for me?
  • My response to the call

Workshops and Panel Discussions

  • Challenges facing servants in discussions on contemporary social issue
  • How do servants and who we serve experience joy in service

Coptic Youth Center (CYC)
2500 Hansen Rd.
Hayward, CA

Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:00 a.m.         Matins and the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Cross
11:00 a.m.        Breakfast
11:30 a.m.        Welcome
11:45 a.m.        Lecture 1 (H.G. Bishop Angaelos)
12:30  p.m.     Lunch and Workshops
2:45 p.m.        Panel Discussion: How do Servants and Who We Serve Experience Joy in Service (H.G. Bishop Angaelos)
4:30 p.m.        Break
4:45 p.m.         Apologetics: Focus on (George Bassilios)
5:30 p.m.         11th hour Prayer
5:45 p.m.         Challenges in Service: Contemporary Social Issues  (H.G. Bishop Angaelos)
6:30 p.m.        Dinner
8:00 p.m.       Vespers and Lecture 3 (H.G. Bishop Angaelos)
10:00 p.m.     Conclusion of Day 1

Sunday, March 26, 2017
8:00 a.m.        The Divine Liturgy
10:30 a.m.      Breakfast
11:30 a.m.      Lecture 4 (H.G. Bishop Angaelos)
1:00 p.m.       Conclusion of the Retreat

All servants and servants preparation groups from the Northern California and West USA Archdiocese churches are invited to attend. All events of the Servants Convention will be closed to the registered servants and will not allow non-registered servants or congregations from churches to attend.

Due to the limited number of available slots and to be able to estimate the number of dinners, please fill the online registration form and send the registration payment by a check payable to “Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church” to the following address: TBD


The cost to attend the entire retreat including snacks after the Liturgies, lunch and dinner on Saturday is $60 until Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12 night and $70 for late registration after Monday March 6, 2017.
The cost of attending the retreat without Saturday dinner is $50 until Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12 night and $60 for late registration after Monday March 6, 2017.


There will be babysitting available and kids can get dinner for $5.

Suggestions about accommodation on Saturday night regarding hotels close to the CYC will be available.
If you plan to stay Saturday night, please check that selection in your registration and we will contact you with the details of suggested accommodation.

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