Sunday, December 15:
After the Divine Liturgy, Sunday School Christmas Pageant with Greek School and Choir.
Christmas Eve, Tuesday – December 24:
9:00AM The Royal Hours
6:00PM The Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
Christmas Day, Wednesday – December 25:
9:30AM Divine Liturgy.
December 27, Friday, Feast Day of St. Stephen the Archdeacon and First Martyr:
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
New Year Day, Wednesday – January 1, 2014:
9:30AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
Theophany Eve, Sunday – January 5, 2014:
10:00AM Divine Liturgy followed by the First Blessing of the Waters.
Theophany, Monday – January 6:
9:30AM Divine Liturgy followed by the Second Blessing of the Waters
January 7, Tuesday – St. John the Baptist:
9:30AM Divine Liturgy
The Ascension Liturgical Choir presents its 44th annual concert “An International Christmas” Friday evening, December 6 at 8 p.m. in the magnificent Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Ave., in the Oakland hills.
The free concert features special guests Paraguayan harpist Carlos Reyes, acclaimed soprano Susan Gundunas, baritone Peter Tuff, and the Kairos Youth Choir, accompanied by members of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra joined by Ascension musicians and the Ascension Liturgical Choir with Ascension organist Anna Counelis and pianist Arkadi Serper.
The program highlights traditional carols, Greek Orthodox Christmas hymns, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah as well as a brief sing-along.
Ascension Liturgical Choir is under the direction of Laura Kakis Serper who will also conduct the concert. Special guest director Dr. Tikey Zes will conduct the Orthodox Christmas hymns.The Young People’s Symphony Orchestra is California’s oldest youth orchestra and the second oldest youth orchestra in the U.S. YPSO is under the direction of David Ramadanoff. Kairos Youth Choir is also under the direction of Kakis Serper.
The Ascension Liturgical Choir is comprised of members of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
“An International Christmas” is produced by Frosene Phillips. Phillips has been producing the concert in memory of her father, Perecles “Perry” Phillips, since his passing in 1991. Perry, former Oakland Tribune Night Club Editor, originally conceived the annual community program in 1969.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. to the sounds of holiday music with harpist Carlos Reyes, flutist Angela Koregelos and pianist Arkadi Serper for early arrival. Admission is free, however, a free-will offering will be passed.
Refreshments will be served and gift items available in the Community Center immediately following the program. For further information, call the Cathedral office at 510-531-3400 or visit groca.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: YPSO’S Genevieve Copenhagen, viola. Behind her is Patrick Brady, cello. Next to her is Alberto (Inno) Asuncion, also playing viola. Photo by David S. Weiland
Paraguayan Harpist CARLOS REYES
Carlos Reyes was born in Paraguay and began to play the violin at age 3. He later moved to the U.S. and at age 10 debuted on the harp with the Oakland Symphony. He made his debut on the violin with YPSO at age 14. An established world renowned artist, Carlos has shared the stage with such notables as Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Clint Black, Wynona Judd, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and Chuck Mangione, among others.
Soprano SUSAN GUNDUNAS
Susan Gundunas is an award-winning acclaimed classical/opera vocalist. Although she resides in the Bay Area, she has made numerous appearances throughout the United States and Europe. She was the Principal Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, and has performed a variety of roles with Nevada Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Idaho, Pacific Repertory Opera, Sonoma Opera, and others as well as numerous orchestral concerts. She has performed under the batons of Kent Nagano, Stewart Robertson, Barbara Day Turner, David Rorhbaugh, Mary Chun, Ernest Knell, Valery Ryvkin , George Cleve, Joseph Silverstein, Marika Kuzma and Ryan Brown. She has also worked with stage directors Harold Prince, Charles Maryan, Michael Edwards, Michael Fontaine, Giorgio Tozzi and Daniel Helfgot to name but a few.
Baritone PETER TUFF
Peter Tuff has been hailed as “an outstanding singer” (Salzburger Nachrichten), “impressive … strong and commanding” (SF Examiner) and “the ideal romantic hero in voice and appearance” (Reno Gazette).
He was a member of the Vienna State Opera, performed often in the Salzburg Festival, and also was soloist at the Imperial Chapel along with the Vienna Choirboys and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. He had the opportunity to work with many wonderful conductors and stage directors there, including Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir George Solti, Carlos Kleiber, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, and many others. Peter has sung over 75 leading and supporting roles, including the Count, Ford, Sharpless, Escamillo, Valentin, Dandini, Falke, Danilo, Silvio and Lescaut.
KAIROS YOUTH CHOIR
Kairos Youth Choir choristers, girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 15 (with unchanged treble voices) learn to sing music from the finest traditions of classical, jazz, gospel, and world folk music, in their original languages. Founded in 1990, the Choir has appeared in community, civic, and cultural events, including the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Berkeley Opera, and the Hard Nut with the Mark Morris Dance Group, to name a few.
This year’s theme is Feast Days of the Church!
July 15 – July 19, 9 am-12 noon
VBS is open to children ages 4-11.
Registration is $50, and $10 off for each additional sibling.
We’re also looking for teens and adults to help make another great program this year. Opportunities include leading groups, teaching, preparation and set-up. And parents who volunteer for the week receive a $10 registration discount for each day they volunteer. So if you volunteer for the whole week it’s free for your children!
Questions? Concerns? Want to volunteer? Contact Fr. Nebojsa Pantic via email or through the church office at (510) 531-3400.
We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful celebration of our Feast Day this year. We especially thank His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles for gracing us with their presence, and praying with us for the continued Grace of God upon our parish.
Xronia Polla to all of our parishioners and Ascension Cathedral Family!
Tuesday June 25th Oakland A’s & Cincinnati Reds. Tickets are $23 per person for field level seats. Please send your reservations to Fr. Tom at the Church office and a check for the number of tickets you would like. Make your checks out to Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral and in the note please put A’s Game. We need your reservation and payment by June 21st.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work in the the 2013 Festival of Greece!
Ascension Cathedral and Annunciation Cathedral of San Francisco are teaming up to present Friday Night Lights: Sports Night! All youth grades 1-8 are welcome!
Annunciation Cathedral Homepage
May 17, 18, and 19 Ascension Cathedral once again presents the annual Oakland Greek Festival! (Check the main website of the Festival for more information!
HOURS: Friday & Saturday – 10am-11pm
Sunday – 11am-9pm
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension
4700 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California 94602
The Ascension Cathedral Fellowship Gathering and Pascha Picnic following the Agape Services is being at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. You can reserve your tables in advance or just come! No admission fee and parking is free.
Picnic photo © 2006 Dustin M. Ramsey
Ascension Cathedral in conjunction with the Raphaelian Society invite you to celebrate the feast of Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene with a Divine Liturgy on Bright Tuesday morning, with veneration of their relics to follow.
Updated Feb 27
Volunteers welcome! Please contact the respective chefs for more information.
A PDF copy of the schedule may be obtained by clicking here.
Camp Dates for 2013 are June 15 – 23. Please visit the Ascension Summer Camp page to register or click here.
Ascension Summer Camp is at the beautiful YMCA Camp Ravencliff in Redway, CA. All campers ages 8 – 16 are invited to join us for an Exciting week full of activities, fun and building Life-long friendships through Christ. Activities include Art, Crafts, Swimming, Athletics, Archery, Canoeing, Hiking, Inner-tubing, and much much more! Registration begins March 15 – May 1.
Parish Receptionist Needed (Part time 24 hours per week):
Please e-mail your resume as an attachment to John Dezago at Finance@groca.org
Minimum of a high school diploma.
Must have previous receptionist experience; be able to deal with the public in a polite and efficient manner. Must have computer experience, using Windows 7, with an emphasis on Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Access. Must have previous clerical experience and know how to handle general office machinery.
Summary: Under the direction of the Office Manager/Comptroller, Administrative Assistant, parish priests, and Parish Council, answer phones and assist with sacraments and clerical duties.
- Answer phones between the hours of 9am and 4pm, or, when away from the phones, ensure that another staff member or office volunteer is answering phones.
- Order liturgical and office supplies as needed.
- Coordinate the preparation of all mass-mailings, with the assistance of the administrative assistant and office volunteers.
- Assist with preparation of weekly bulletin.
- Arrange and oversee the work of office volunteers.
- Provide other clerical assistance as needed.
- Check in and distribute deliveries.
- Oversee mail – post mail, retrieve mail from mail box, maintain postage machine.
- Check for and distribute incoming faxes.
- Maintain hallway paperwork, pamphlets, etc. and Community Center bulletin board
- Data Entry
1. Verify pledge card information, i.e. email address, address, phone #’s, etc.
2. Input funeral information, deaths, births, baptisms, chrismations
3. Other data entry as needed.
On February 28 our parish’s Over 55 Club visited Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, home to the relics of St. John the Wonderworker. Thanks to Tula Matz for providing photos of the event.
For more information and a downloadable application, please see the Daughters of Penelope Golden Gate District 21 website.