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Divine Liturgy on March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020 | Highlight, Livestream

Donations and Stewardship (2020)

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Divine Liturgy on March 22, 2020

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January-March 2020 Newsletter

January 7, 2020 | Highlight

Christmas Greeting

January 7, 2020 | Father Blasko, Highlight

Beloved in the Godchild Christ brothers and sisters,

I wish you a most blessed feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and I greet you with the most joyous greeting:

Peace of God! Christ is Born!

The story of Christ’s birth speaks to us about the mysterious ways of God. The Triune God acts in ways that we do not always expect! His ways are truly wonder-filled. For centuries, the Ancient Israelites had expected the Messiah. The prophets, especially Isaiah and Jeremiah, called the people to readiness and openness to God’s actions. Their message provided the people with indications about the coming Messiah.

Yet, when ‘the fullness of time had come’ (Gal. 4:4), the Messiah did not arrive as a conquering hero in a golden chariot with pomp and splendor. He was not robed in expensive clothing. He did not appear in the capital city. Throngs of adoring followers did not accompany him.

When the Messiah finally arrived, he came first as a baby. He was born to a young girl, Virgin Mary. The event occurred in the simple village of Bethlehem. He was sheltered in a place reserved for animals because the inn was full. There, in such simple circumstances, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…” (Jn. 1: 14). This is the mysterious way of God’s revelation!

Through the Christmas story, Our Lord reveals that God acts in ways that we do not always expect. We cannot shape the mighty acts of God to our limited understanding. The Triune God is greater than our limited perceptions of Him, yet He reveals Himself through the incarnation of the Second person of The  Holy Trinity  God-man Jesus Christ. He acts in mysterious and wondrous ways to draw us to Him and to one another in love.

I wish you a most blessed Christmas and Happy New 2020 Year!

With love in Christ,

Fr. Blasko Paraklis

Myrrh-Streaming Mother of God Icon “Softener of Evil Hearts”

December 20, 2019 | Highlight, News & Events

The Myrrh-Streaming Mother of God Icon “Softener of Evil Hearts” will visit our church tomorrow, December 21, 2019, between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Please, join us tomorrow for this blessed occasion!

Divine Liturgy at 10 AM and Vespers at 5 PM.

Serbian New Year 2020

December 13, 2019 | Highlight, News & Events

Serbian New Year

When? January 11, 2020 – Cocktail at 7pm, Dinner at 8pm
Where? Parish Center at 2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Music? Boban Marjanovic & The Band

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General Admission $50
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2019 EuroSerb Food and Folk Fest

October 6, 2019 | Highlight, News & Events


Lakeview Senior Center
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604

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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

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Slava Adult $20
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Slava Youth $10
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Slava Child $5
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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

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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 (, 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 ( 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 (, 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

Your intercessors before Christ,

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


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 :

For more information on the Istochnik Choir, click here.