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CAMP ST. SAVA 2012

camp-1As the Western American Diocese Annual is going to press, we are just about to begin our 2012 Camp )July 15-Aug 4) St. Sava program in Jackson, CA.  This year we mark the fifty-first year of the camp and the fiftieth season at St. Sava Mission.  We have over 220 campers registered, which is a few more than last year.  Camp enrollment has been growing, slowly and steadily, for the last five years.  Again, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Camp St. Sava, nearly ten percent of the campers attending are receiving a full scholarship.  One of the goals of the Friends stewardship program is to enable families who do not have the financial means to send their children to the camp. 

Serbian Days Celebration St. Sava Church, Issaquah, WA

serbdays-2012-2As in every year, St. Sava Church in Issaquah, WA celebrated Serbian Days in commemoration of the consecration of the church.  This year on July 28th & 29th, we were blessed to have His Grace, Bishop Maxim join us.  His Grace celebrated the Divine Liturgy at our sister church The Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God  (Pokrov) Church in Seattle on July 28 along with concelebrants Fr. Serafim Gascoigne, parish priest, Fr. Ilija Balach of St. Sava Church and Fr. Nikola Todorovic of St. Stephen the First Martyr Church in Portland.  After Divine Liturgy everyone was treated to a delicious lunch and during lunch were entertained by instrumental and vocal musical renditions. 

Bishop Maxim Celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Alhambra, California

Saint Steven's Cathedral, Alhambra, CaliforniaOn Sunday, July 22, 2012, the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Church in Alhambra, California, His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with Fr. Jovan Babic, Diocesan Assistant Chancellor, Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Dean of the Cathedral, Fr. Norman Kosanovich, Assistant Priest at the Cathedral, and the faithful parishioners of Saint Steven's Cathedral, celebrated the Divine Liturgy commemorating The Holy Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina in Italy and the Holy Hieromartyr Cyril, Bishop of Gortina in Crete. Following the Divine Liturgy, His Grace, Bishop Maxim, all the Clergy and parishioners, enjoyed few hours of fellowship and a delicious luncheon in the main hall. 

Krsna Slava and Archpastoral Visit to St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Fresno, California

St. Peter the Apostle Paul His Grace, Bishop MAXIM led the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Fresno, California in the celebration of their Slava, on Sunday, July 15, 2012.  Serving at the Hierarchical Liturgy were host priest Protopresbyter Stavrophor George Gligic and the Diocesan Chancellor Hieromonk Jovan Babic.  Prior to the start of the Liturgy Bishop Maxim tonsured as Readers parishioners John Davis and Joseph Wesseler.  At the end of the Liturgy the traditional Litya procession around the church was held followed by the blessing of the Feast Day bread and wheat. 

This year the parish honored Randy and Janice McAtee as Kumovi for their many years of faithful and dedicated service to our parish community.  The Slava Luncheon was held in the parish hall and featured a program by our young children’s dance group and a special performance by pianist Nathan

Krsna Slava and Archpastoral Visit to St. John the Baptist Mission in Reno

IMG 0459Saturday, July 7, 2012 was a blessed day for the St. John Mission in Reno, NV. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the chapel of St. Alexander of the Sleeping Ones by His Grace Bishop Maxim at the small but eager mission Parish in Reno. He was assisted by the Parish Priest, Fr. James Barfield, Presbyter Stephen Karcher (Greek parish in Reno), Presbyter Oleg (Russian parish in Reno), Protopresbyter William Weir (Fair Oaks, CA), and Hierodeacon Panteleimon. Vladika Maxim’s sermon was a reflection on the community of Saints and the particular place occupied in it by St John the Baptist.

Archpastoral visit to St. Xenia Skete & St. Andrew's Church in Northern California

St. Xenia Skete, Wildwood, CaliforniaOn Saturday morning my eight year-old son, John and I went with two other parishioners from our church in Anderson to Wildwood, CA to visit St. Xenia's Skete and to serve Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Maxim.  The weather during the past couple of days had been very hot and wehoped that it would be comfortable at St. Xenia's.  We were not disappointed as were blessed with cool but sunny weather during the outdoor liturgy which was also served with Fr. Hilarion the abbot of St Herman's Monastery in Platina and Fr. Paisius also from St. Herman's.  After the beautiful litrugy, we crowded into the trapeza for a wonderful meal of salmon and rice and vegetables.

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