--General Schedule (Times denoted are approximate start times for feast days--see calendar below)
Saturdays Vespers at 4pm (winter) or 7pm (summer), unless scheduled otherwise due to priest's travel or other duties. Also confessions are taken after vespers. Likewise, a memorial service may be scheduled before Vespers (please contact priest)
Liturgy Preparation Prayers, departure to Church, Priest's Entrance service prayers upon entering the Church, Vesting service, Proskomedia Service.
9:30am Memorials (when scheduled)
9:45am Divine Liturgy (Except Pascha)
11-11:15am Veneration of the cross and people go to hall
11:20am Fellowship/Lunch (the children and Sunday school teachers will get their food first).
11:45am-12:30pm Christian Education for All Ages (September through May)
2pm Sunday afternoon Vespers on occasion (see calendar) *Note, the ordinary Sunday schedule is for Sundays other than Pascha, which has its own schedule
Monday-Saturday services Daily services are offered in our parish--email or call Church office for scheduling for a particular week. Also, periodic classes will be offered.
*There is, on most days, either daily Matins, Hours, Liturgy or Supplicatory service at 7:40am, although on high feast days the time of Liturgy often will be scheduled later (8, 8:30 or 9am), and on other days when necessary, the time of service will fall earlier, like 6:30am or 7am as needed for pastoral duties. It is recommended that one email the priest to confirm that there will be a service on a given day, as the priest travels quite a bit and often needs to amend the schedule for visitations, hospital or emergency calls, or meetings/conferences with parishioners or inquirers who have no other time of day to schedule, or civic duties where bounded by time. An example would be cancelling a morning service and doing an evening service, or simply moving the morning service to an earlier or later hour. If you intend on attending somewhat regularly please let Father know and he will put you on a special email list to inform you of irregularities.
Friday On certain Scheduled Fridays, there are any one of the following as appropriate for the day: Akathyst, Great Memorial Service (Panakhida), Vespers for the departed (Soul Saturdays). For individual commemorations, call or email to schedule.
The Office of Confession is regularly offered after Vespers on Saturday, after morning services through the week, and other times by appointment. For those who live at a distance, it may also be taken Sundays before 9:30am. The frequency of confession varies based upon the various local Orthodox traditions, and should be discussed with one's spiritual father. If one is dealing with a grievous sin which may require penance and abstention from Communion, or another situation which may require extensive time, one should schedule confession that allows enough time to properly deal with the situation.
Midweek services for Great Feasts (Theophany, Meeting, etc.), when scheduled:8:15am Matins and 9am Liturgy, [with the exception of Nativity which will be approximately 9:45; and, of course, Pascha, at its distinctive schedule (midnight Liturgy); note, please always check monthly and weekly schedule, email, or call to be sure]
Midweek Divine Liturgies for other Feast Days: Liturgy 8:00am
Office hours morning or night by appointment (please schedule ahead of time). IF EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL IMMEDIATELY, the emergency line as posted in the bulletin.Please call to schedule at least one day in advance if not an emergency, or email at least 3 days in advance.Office Hours are anytime that is needed and the priest is available. PLEASE NOTE: OFFICE HOURS ARE ANY TIME MORNING OR NIGHT THAT FATHER CAN MAKE HIMSELF AVAILABLE, BUT PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO SCHEDULE, SINCE THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS ALREADY ON THE SCHEDULE.IF FATHER DOES NOT ANSWER THE PHONE, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE SO THAT HE KNOWS YOU CALLED. If it is an emergency please try the emergency numbers listed in the bulletin.
*Note, the following are following the Civil US Dates.In some places, the old calendar ecclesiastical dates are put in parenthases.
FATHER'S SCHEDULE Since many have wondered what Father's schedule is like, it was decided to publish it with the calendar.
Sunday: Prior to
7:50am-2pm: To Church, Preparation, Entrance service, vesting, Proskomedia, Matins, Liturgy, Education, Luncheon, meeting with parishioners in conferences and/or Christian Ed. classes. conferences and talks parishioner and pastor, cleaning, taking trash out, etc. Sunday night does notes for bulletin for following week, first thoughts for sermon, etc.).
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday "What does Father do. Why can't I get ahold of him?"
Throughout the entire week please consider:Fr. spends 10 hours (including all setup and cleanup) with liturgical services through the week (Mon-Friday example:Wednesday (or, if midweek feast occurs, is transferred to that daysee specific schedule) Matins and Liturgy (unless Liturgy is held Monday, Tuesday or Thursday-- Friday (or, if Soul Saturday then Saturday) Matins and Liturgy.cleanup and work in church.Father's family night (still please call if emergency occurs).Saturdays 6pm-11pmSetup in church, confessions, memorials, preparatory for Vespers, Vespers, cleanup, conferences/confessions, cleanup, preparation prayers for Liturgy).Per week approximately 6-8 hours is spent in visitation of home, hospital, shut-in, prison, and other visits, special services, another 2-3 hours (or more) on the phone (church related), and about 5 hours answering and sending church related emails. Father averages between 2 and 5 hours per week during the week in conferences with those in need, 2-3 hours writing for UOW, and also has work for the Archdiocese as liturgist, director of family and adult ministries, and canonical matters. On top of this he spends at least 4 hours on the sermon, plus any yardwork that needs done during the week (lawn, weedwacking, hedges, treetrimming, spraying for ants, etc.), setting up the schedules, cleaning outside and inside the buildings, etc..Advice and things to write and preach about doesnt come from midair--another 2 hours or more every day on prayers, studying the Bible and the fathers, which equates to 10 hours total for these days.On top of this add another 2 hours running for office supplies, repairs, setting up computer systems, updating the website.Set aside another 4-6 hours or more per month for being Bay Area Clergy Assn Treasurer, and another 6 hours every two months for Christian Forum detailing Orthodox responses to certain issues, proposed solutions, and meeting.Father is also involved in correspondence discussions with other Christian groups.Add another 5-10 hours on curriculum development for our different levels of Christian Education and for nationwide Generations of Faith Curriculum!Don't forget to add in parish council meetings (2-4 hours every 3 months plus hours of preparation), Baptisms (including setup, service and cleanup), Weddings (including setup, service and cleanup), Funerals (including ssetup, service and cleanup), Clergy conference (diocese) one week per year, extra officework, sending out mail (probably 2 hours per week for cards, returned correspondence on office issues and parish life).
Saturdays:5 to 8 hours on a Saturday or more. From about 6pm to 11pm--Setup and prep cleanup in church (resetting wicks, swapping candles, changing icons, cleaning, defrosting loaves, preparing Litiya tray for vespers, etc.), and as needed fits in confessions, memorials, other preparatory for Vespers, Vespers itself, cleanup after Vespers and setting books for Liturgy, photocopies and setup music for choir, conferences/confessions, cleanup, preparation prayers for Liturgy, such as midnight office, metalepsis, etc.).What else on Saturday?--Let's not forget Soul Saturday Liturgies 8am prosk, 9-11am Liturgy, council meetings once every three months (10am-1pm), other meetings that may come about, baptisms, marriage, funerals, and sometimes extra lawnwork, festivals, yard sales, which occupy the whole day on Saturday, etc.