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The House That Miladin Built

fr miladin garichWritten By:  By Seraphim Winslow

From Sunrise to Sunset Avenue, heading west along one of those gorgeous, tree-lined streets that you find all throughout the cozy community of Fair Oaks, look to your right after passing the sign for the cemetery. Turn your gaze upward toward the heavens. You will suddenly gasp as you see one of the most impressive and elegant examples of Eastern Orthodox Church architecture that you’ve ever seen on the West Coast. You will behold the house that Miladin built.

Since he arrived in 1960, Fr. Miladin Garic was the spiritual force behind the Serbian Orthodox community in the east Sacramento region. Fr. Miladin fell asleep in the Lord on Nov. 24th, 2015, and now lies next to his beloved wife, Nina, in a churchyard on a peaceful hillside facing the very first Serbian Orthodox Church in America, in Jackson, where he also served as priest for several years. Such was the life of this dynamic churchman, affectionately called “Proto Garic” by his flock, that Jesus’ words immediately come to mind: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Annual Meeting of the Central Council held at Chicago

Central Church Council 13 of 17Chicago, IL -  The Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America held its annual meeting on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and continued the following day with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, on the feast of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and America and Canada. This was the first Divine Liturgy in which the first Bishop of America and Canada, Mardarije, was commemorated after being added to the list of Saints at the regular meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops held in May.

Participating in the meeting of the Central Council were all the hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, led by His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro and the Coastlands, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America and His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America. Representing the Canadian Diocese were V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, the Episcopal Deputy for the diocesan administrator His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Fr. Jovan Marjanac, parish priest in Sudbury, Canada.


12316203 477957045721807 7803845583495001717 nJackson, Ca - November 28-30, 2015 - With the translation of holy relics from Los Angeles to Jackson, CA, our newly glorified Saint came alive for us, as if they had never reposed and were not separated from us in time by over eighty years. The festivities began on Sunday with the Divine Liturgy served by Archbishop Benjamin (OCA), Bishop Maxim, Abbot Sava of Tvrdos Monastery, Abbot Damascene of Platina, Priests Lazar Vasiljevic, Nicholas Ceko, Steven Tumbas, Gregory Edwards, Blasko Paraklis, James Barfield, and Deacons Dragan Stojanovic and Zoran Aleksic. Fr Steve Tumbas was elevated to the rank of stavrophore and Protodeacon Triva Pavlov received the metal of St Sebastian.
May the intercessions of Saint Sebastian offer to God the prayers and supplications of all the faithful.

See also: Amador Ledger Dispatch Article by Eric Winslow

Fr. Miladin Garic has reposed in the Lord - Funeral - Saturday, Nov. 28th 9:30am, Fair Oaks, CA

Prota MiladinFr. Miladin Garic reposed peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, the Feast Day of St. Stefan Decanski. 

His wishes were to have a funeral service in the Church of the Holy Assumption and final burial in Jackson at St. Sava beside his wife Protonica Nina.

My the Holy Spirit equip him with His breath! 

May his memory be eternal!

St. Archangel Michael Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint

04Saratoga, Sunday, November 22, 2015

St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint in their new Church that is still under construction.  
His Grace Bishop Maxim accompanied with Bay Area priests conducted Hierarchical Divine Liturgy along with number of faithful that include all neighboring parishes, as well as host parish.  
His Grace called all parishioners to continue their love and support towards the completion of the interior of the Church.  After the Divine Service, His Grace, priests, and all other guests were invited to the Social Center where Bishop Maxim preformed the Service of Cutting of Slavski Kolach and Blessing of Zhito followed by Slava Banquet.  Church Hall was also well attended.  So, another great celebration has concluded in great spirit, with hope that the next Slava might happen in a completed Church.  May God Bless all those who worked hard in preparation of this event!

Храмовна Слава у Солт Лејк Ситију - Salt Lake City Slava Celebration

021На празник Светих чудотвораца и бесребреника Козме и Дамјана, верни народ Парохије Светог Архангела Михаила у Солт Лејк Ситију се сабрао да дочека свога Архипастира и Домаћина, Његово Преосвештенство, Епископа Западноамеричког Господина Максима и да заједно прославе Господа и Његовог архистратига Михаила заједно са свим небеским силама – своју парохијску славу!

Након традиционалне српске добродошлице уз со и погачу, парохијски свештеник Милан Драговић је одслужио вечерњу служба уз саслуживање ђакона Џона Мафуза и Џона Бина из Антиохијске цркве и уз молитвено учешће верног народа свих православних заједница у Солт Лејк Ситију. По завршетку службе, Владика Максим је честитао славу и благословио сабрани народ и трпезу коју је својим трудом и из искрене љубави према Цркви Христовој, припремило Коло српских сестара предвођено госпођама Винком Лукић и Милицом Куртумом.

У време трпезе добродошлицу Владики и гостима, својом игром и песмом, пожелела је старија група Црквено-фолклорног ансамбла „Растко“, предвођена госпођом Вером Крнојелац, као и млађа група предвођена госпођом Јеленом Сладојевић. Деца која похађају веронауку, предвођена љубављу презвитере Драгане Драговић, својим рецитацијама подсетила су присутне шта су хришћанске врлне, а млади беседници  Јелена Драгичевић и Андреј Сталман говорили су на тему „Црква – моја друга породица“.

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