On May 17, 2018, the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento celebrated its Patronal Feast Day.
On Sunday May 13, 2018, Mother's Day was celebrated at Holy Ascension Church in various ways. Before Divine Liturgy infants Sebastian Loghin and Andrea Cazacu were baptised in honor of St. Sebastian of San Franciso and Jackson the Wonderworker and Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called respectively. After Divine Liturgy the community enjoyed shashlyk prepared by some of the men, while the salads had been prepared by the Sisterhood. Cakes marking the Baptisms made for a tasty dessert. At the end of the day all mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, future mothers and anyone who had manifested motherhood in one way or another were invited to participate in a group photograph.
Congratulations to the Loghin and Kazacu Families with this triumphant day of the Baptism of their children. Many Years!
On Saturday the 5th of May, 2018, the 8th Annual Children’s Cossack Games were held at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento under the direction of Stanislav Holokov a Semirechniy Cossack, Ataman of the Cossacks’ National Union and Dean of the Western American Cossack Cadet School in honor of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God.
Pupils of our Western American Cossack Cadet School in honor of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God under the artistic guidance of their teacher Oxana Marin performed in the 87th Annual Day of the Russian Child held at the Russian Center in San Francisco, CA, on April 29th, 2018.
His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento presided over Divine Services at Holy Ascension Church on Pascha this year, April 8, 2018. Below is a photo report by Ella Chichkan.
The Media Department of the Western American Diocese recently released a video report about the 11th Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference held in Seattle, WA, from December 26 to 30, 2017.
Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
With incredible pain we have received the news about the tragic events in the Kemerov Diocese which swept away the lives of a multitude of children. Now, moved by the Christian sense of sympathy and brotherly love, we are praying for the repose of those who have been lost and for the health of those lying in hospitals. And, we call for all possible assistance to all affected families through the Benevolent Memorial Fund of St. Archbishop John (Maximovich).
This great archpastor of the Russian Diaspora always hastened to the aid of the suffering, those in tribulation and those weighed down by the cross of life. He hastened with concrete help, with kind words of love, consolation, hope and prayer.
Let us follow, even if in small measure, ...
On the Sunday of the Cross, March 11, 2018, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Divine Liturgy. Our church was filled to capacity, with many communicants as well. An annual dinner held on this day for decades was hosted for the secon year on a row by our women from Moldova. Many thanks for the labors and for sharing their traditional dishes.
On the 7th of January, 2018, the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, a new reader was tonsured for Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento.
His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Divine Liturgy on the Feast day, surrounded by clergy and a multitude of altar servers and faithful.