2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Church Slava

September 14, 2019 | Highlight, News & Events

The Church Board of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Parish of Orange Coun­ty invites you to its
Church Sla­va — The Nativ­i­ty of The Most Holy Theotokos

Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos

We invite all our South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Faith­ful to par­tic­i­pate in our cel­e­bra­tion!

Respons­es will be sung by our Church Choir “Istoc­nik”
Ban­quet and Ser­bian music will fol­low

Divine Litur­gy:
When: Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2019, from 10 AM to 12 PM
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Cler­gy: Fr. Blasko Parak­lis and Vis­it­ing Ortho­dox Cler­gy

Direc­tions: Take 405 Free­way, Exit @ MacArthur Blvd. in Irvine. South on MacArthur towards John Wayne Air­port. Turn left onto Michel­son, pass Dupont, enter the first dri­ve­way on the right.

Ban­quet & Music:
When: Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2019, from 12 PM to 5 PM
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Tick­et  Price  Qty   
Sla­va Adult $20
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Sla­va Youth $10
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Sla­va Child $5
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Sla­va Free $0
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Adult: 18 or old­er
Youth: 11 to 17
Child: 7 to 10
Free: 6 or younger

Infor­ma­tion: Call Fr. Blasko Parak­lis at (949) 702‑0706 or email at OBlasko@aol.com

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STATEMENT: Regarding the Episcopal Council for North, Central and South America, the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology,  Constitutional Matters and Draft Child Protection Policies and Procedures

September 11, 2019 | Highlight, News & Events

To the Very Rev­erend and Rev­erend Priests and Dea­cons, Ven­er­a­ble Monas­tics, the Mem­bers and Parish­ioners of the Church-School Con­gre­ga­tions and Mis­sion Parish­es of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Dio­ce­ses in the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca

For God is not a God of con­fu­sion but of peace, as in all the church­es of the saints
(1 Corinthi­ans 14:33)

Beloved Cler­ics, Broth­ers and Sis­ters in Christ,

It has come to our atten­tion that mis­in­for­ma­tion con­tin­ues to cir­cu­late on the Inter­net, relat­ed to the Church Assem­bly-Sabor which was held in July 2019. Out of our pas­toral love and con­cern for our faith­ful Cler­gy and Laity, ever mind­ful of the Scrip­tur­al adage, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32), we state the fol­low­ing to lib­er­ate you of your doubt:

The Epis­co­pal Coun­cil for North, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­ca

● First, as we clear­ly set forth in the “State­ment” that we issued on August 1, 2019 (https://serborth.org/news_190805_1), the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church for North, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­ca con­tin­ues to exist and is com­prised of the fol­low­ing Bish­ops: Lon­gin of New Gra­cani­ca-Mid­west­ern Amer­i­can, Mitro­phan of Cana­da, Max­im of West­ern Amer­i­ca, Irinej of East­ern Amer­i­ca, and Kir­i­lo of Buenos Aires and South-Cen­tral Amer­i­ca. Any sug­ges­tion that the Bish­ops of Cana­da and South Amer­i­ca have been exclud­ed from this Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is sim­ply false.

The St. Sava Ser­bian Ortho­dox School of The­ol­o­gy

● Sec­ond, among its many func­tions, this five-mem­ber Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is also in charge of and con­tin­ues to super­vise the work of the St. Sava Ser­bian Ortho­dox School of The­ol­o­gy (Lib­er­tyville-Third Lake). At the recent Church Assem­bly-Sabor held in July 2019, a report regard­ing the St. Sava School of The­ol­o­gy was pre­sent­ed and dis­cussed at length (https://serborth.org/news_190728_1). The report includ­ed men­tion of some improve­ments to the over­all life of the School, such as the estab­lish­ment of a Trustee­ship Coun­cil to assist the Dean in admin­is­tra­tive and finan­cial mat­ters.

Fur­ther study on all mat­ters con­cern­ing the School, includ­ing its com­pli­ance with the laws and reg­u­la­tions of the State of Illi­nois, its accred­i­ta­tion and future, will be done by the above-described five-mem­ber Epis­co­pal Coun­cil in coordination/tandem with the Holy Syn­od of Bish­ops in Bel­grade. The Holy Syn­od may send a Com­mis­sion to eval­u­ate the School. In prepa­ra­tion for the vis­it of the Com­mis­sion, the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is con­sult­ing edu­ca­tion­al, legal, finan­cial and oth­er rel­e­vant experts to objec­tive­ly assess the School with­out any pre-con­ceived agen­da, so that the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil can make author­i­ta­tive rec­om­men­da­tions to the Holy Syn­od.

Con­sti­tu­tion­al Mat­ters

● Third, with respect to our cur­rent and long-stand­ing (not new!) Con­sti­tu­tion and relat­ed gov­ern­ing doc­u­ments, we once again ask you, our dear spir­i­tu­al chil­dren, to care­ful­ly read our State­ment issued on August 1 (https://serborth.org/news_190805_1), which explains the arronda­tion (lim­i­ta­tion in ter­ri­to­r­i­al scope) of the exist­ing Con­sti­tu­tion to only the ter­ri­to­ry of the USA (decid­ed by the Holy Assem­bly of Bish­ops at its meet­ing in May 2018) and how this ter­ri­to­r­i­al arronda­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion result­ed in the chang­ing of our con­sti­tu­tion­al title, which now reflects the de fac­to real­i­ty of the actu­al ter­ri­to­r­i­al juris­dic­tion of this doc­u­ment, the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca.

We again want to remind every­one that the holy canons of our Church leave cer­tain deci­sions to the Bish­ops alone. One of those deci­sions is changes to the ter­ri­to­ry of a dio­cese. Only a dioce­san bish­op can pro­pose a ter­ri­to­r­i­al change to his dio­cese and only the Holy Assem­bly of Bish­ops can allow and approve any changes. We remind every­one of the recent ter­ri­to­r­i­al changes which occurred in 2009, when final admin­is­tra­tive uni­ty was achieved. Dioce­san bound­aries were changed (e.g. the Met­ro­pol­i­tanate of Chica­go and Lib­er­tyville was cre­at­ed and then abol­ished), and all of these changes were done by the Bish­ops and these changes then auto­mat­i­cal­ly became part of our Con­sti­tu­tion. Those ter­ri­to­r­i­al changes were not done by a vote at the Church Assembly—Sabor, but were pro­posed by the affect­ed Bish­ops and were then approved by deci­sions of the Holy Assem­bly of Bish­ops. That is exact­ly what has tak­en place regard­ing our Con­sti­tu­tion and relat­ed gov­ern­ing doc­u­ments.

Draft Child Pro­tec­tion Poli­cies and Pro­ce­dures

● Fourth, at the recent Church Assembly—Sabor in July 2019, there was an edu­ca­tion­al safe­ty pre­sen­ta­tion for Cler­gy and Laity on the cur­rent lia­bil­i­ty issues fac­ing all reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions in the USA, includ­ing our three USA Dio­ce­ses. The focus of the pre­sen­ta­tion was on child pro­tec­tion poli­cies and pro­ce­dures that are being devel­oped and imple­ment­ed by many reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions and denom­i­na­tions, as a direct response to new State and Fed­er­al leg­is­la­tion, reg­u­la­tions and caselaw con­cern­ing child sex­u­al molesta­tion and abuse claims. The Epis­co­pal Coun­cil has been work­ing with insur­ance and legal experts in enhanc­ing our cur­rent Dioce­san poli­cies and pro­ce­dures.

These enhanced poli­cies and pro­ce­dures are still in draft form and have not yet been promulgated/adopted by the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil. Dur­ing the edu­ca­tion­al safe­ty pre­sen­ta­tion at the Sabor, men­tion was made that many US States, the once-sacred “Priest-Pen­i­tent Priv­i­lege” has been abol­ished. In plain lan­guage what that means is that, in these States, all cler­gy (Ortho­dox, Catholic, Protes­tant, etc) are now required to imme­di­ate­ly report any knowl­edge of sex­u­al molesta­tion of a minor, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to knowl­edge gained dur­ing the course of the con­fes­sion. We are told that many more US States are also con­sid­er­ing abol­ish­ing the Priest-Pen­i­tent Priv­i­lege and we expect that judi­cial rul­ings will also fur­ther erod­ed the Priest-Pen­i­tent priv­i­lege in child abuse sit­u­a­tions.

The Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is great­ly trou­bled by the abolition/erosion of the Priest-Pen­i­tent Priv­i­lege – how­ev­er, the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil has no choice but to come to terms with this trag­ic change and we must devel­op a coher­ent and canon­i­cal­ly cor­rect Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian response. We have invit­ed and look for­ward to receiv­ing con­crete pro­pos­als from our own Ser­bian Ortho­dox cler­gy and laity (as well as from our sis­ter Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian juris­dic­tions and oth­er Chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tions which have the Holy Mys­tery of Con­fes­sion), on how we as Ser­bian Ortho­dox Hier­ar­chs should respond and deal with this trag­ic devel­op­ment and change to US law.

Inter­net “Post­ings” and “E‑Petitions”

● Last, the unsigned and anony­mous inter­net “post­ings” and “e‑petitions” attack­ing the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil, the Cen­tral Coun­cil and their work­ing com­mit­tees, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Legal Risk and Com­pli­ance Com­mit­tee, are whol­ly unfound­ed and should be ignored.

Know­ing that the Church “is in the world, but it is not of this world”, we seek the exper­tise of many sub­ject-mat­ter experts in deal­ing with central/national, dioce­san and local parish issues on a reg­u­lar basis. The experts we con­sult are not lim­it­ed to legal experts, but we also reg­u­lar­ly work with finan­cial, edu­ca­tion­al, insur­ance and oth­er experts. Unsub­stan­ti­at­ed, and unat­trib­uted attacks on the mem­bers of any of our expert com­mit­tees is unfair and uneth­i­cal, because these com­mit­tees work at our request to help us pro­tect our Dio­ce­ses, parish­es, monas­ter­ies and oth­er insti­tu­tions in the USA.

With respect to the Legal Risk and Com­pli­ance Com­mit­tee, we reg­u­lar­ly ask our lawyers (who vol­un­teer all of their time!) to iden­ti­fy and help devel­op canon­i­cal­ly per­mis­si­ble respons­es to the risks imposed by the mul­ti­ple legal sys­tems that our Church con­fronts in the Unit­ed States. The sole pur­pose of this com­mit­tee is to advise the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil and the Cen­tral Coun­cil with regard to strate­gies and actions that will pro­tect the Bish­ops, Cler­gy, Laity, and assets of the Dio­ce­ses of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church in the Unit­ed States. Rather than being attacked, we must all thank our lawyers for the count­less vol­un­teer hours they spend pro­tect­ing our Church! As the Church of Christ, we are in the House of God, but the build­ing of the House of God, which is the Church, is still in progress and con­tin­u­ing.

There­fore, we call on you, the faith­ful chil­dren of Saint Sava to:

REFRAIN from falling vic­tim to these decep­tive and ill-intend­ed inter­net “post­ings” and “e‑petitions”, and from becom­ing sig­na­to­ries; and

AVOID cir­cu­lat­ing or, God-for­bid, sign­ing your own name where you do not know the name of the author of an arti­cle (or a post­ing, or a doc­u­ment), or where you do not have per­son­al knowl­edge of the “facts”, which are put forth, nor the intend­ed end use of the peti­tion, of your sig­na­ture and of your con­tact infor­ma­tion.

We fur­ther remind you that “peti­tion­ing” of any kind with­in the Holy Com­mu­ni­ty of God is in direct con­tra­dic­tion to canons, laws, teach­ings and church-hier­ar­chi­cal struc­ture of our Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church. More­over, a peti­tion is a mir­ror of the ethos and, in essence is a main­stay, of Protes­tantism and total­ly non-Ortho­dox in char­ac­ter. We again invite our Cler­gy and Laity to com­mu­ni­cate any and all con­cerns, sug­ges­tions or com­ment on any of the issues described above direct­ly to us, your Dioce­san Bish­ops. As the com­mu­ni­ty of the peo­ple of God in his­to­ry mov­ing on a path towards the Heav­en­ly King­dom, we con­tin­ue to embrace that open dia­logue with all.

Sep­tem­ber 7, 2019
IN LIBERTYVILLE

Your inter­ces­sors before Christ,

LONGIN, Bish­op of New Gra­cani­ca-Mid­west­ern Amer­i­ca
MAXIM, Bish­op of West­ern Amer­i­ca
IRINEJ, Bish­op of East­ern Amer­i­ca

Source: https://serborth.org/news_190908_1


Istochnik Choir Seeking New Members

March 6, 2017 | Highlight, News & Events

If you like to sing and would like the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about our fun- lov­ing group with a zest for life and all things MUSIC… come join us on these open dates:

When: March 18 at 2:30pm, April 1 at 2:30pm
Where: Church hall at 2148 Michel­son Dri­ve, Irvine, CA

Or you can con­tact Mila direct­ly at : pucke@cox.net

For more infor­ma­tion on the Istochnik Choir, click here.