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Holy Cross will host a dinner and symposium in The Oaks for all Medical and Health Care Professionals to announcing the work of The Pastoral Health Care Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and establishing The Order of Saint Luke the Physician and Evangelist here in the Metropolis of San Francisco.  / The Rev. Dr. Stavros Kofinas will be the guest speaker. This ministry under the spiritual guidance of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is international in scope and provide important support through annual conferences including the International Conference on Rhodes every three years as it gathers our Orthodox Medical and Health Care Professionals throughout the world.  Great Vespers will begin at 5:30 PM followed by the dinner at 7:00 PM. Please contact Father Salmas for further information.
Please join the Philoptochos after liturgy on Sunday, February 11 for Kids’n’Cancer Valentine Sunday and give your heart to a child fighting cancer.  Come and share a delicious and very special coffee hour brunch together with your Holy Cross family and open your hearts to these children who are fighting so hard against this terrible disease. Let’s help them attend a camp for a few days of fun out in nature. They need our support.  Help the Philoptochos raise at least $6,000 again this year for the third year in a row by making a generous donation for the luncheon, purchasing a raffle ticket and “adopting” a bear to show you care.  See you then.  Invite your friends to join us, too!

Membership in the parish is, above all, a spiritual relationship among all those who make up the "Body of Christ" in the area served by the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont. In this sense, it implies membership in the Orthodox faith - whether one was born and baptized Orthodox, or was received into the Orthodox Church through Chrismation. For a marriage to be recognized, it must be blessed by the Orthodox Church, and in the case of divorce, an ecclesiastical divorce is necessary. Membership has two further dimensions.

Participate in the Life of the Church Community
First, it means participating in the Church's life : applying its teachings to everyday life; worshiping regularly with the body of the faithful; taking part in the religious, social and educational life of the Parish; sharing in its programs and serving in whatever way one is best able.

Parish Responsibility
Second, it means assuming a fair portion of the responsibility for meeting the parish's financial needs. In keeping with the New Testament ideal, we at Holy Cross try to meet all our budgetary needs through the Stewardship Program, that is, each household, or each individual over 18, pledge annually an amount freely and voluntarily decided upon, an amount compatible with the ability to give. "Dues" may be appropriate for a club or similar organization, but a Church is not just another organization. Rather, it is an organism, living and life-giving. It draws its financial support from the free-will giving of its individual members as they are guided by conscience and an understanding of the Christian concept of stewardship. Certainly, it is easy for us to share equally the financial goals of our community. Yet everyone is blessed differently and enjoys a different level of material wealth. The Lord teaches us to give according to the abundance we have received.

Stewardship Pledges and Online Giving
Stewardship pledges are made beginning in November of the preceding year for the coming year. This is vital, as it enables us to plan, as any responsible household must, for the year ahead. At the Church of the Holy Cross, we encourage an open pledge based on no measures or minimum. A guide to follow is one dollar per week for each thousand dollars of annual income. Thus, your gift to the church is based upon your income according to the degree that Christ has blessed you. Payment of the pledged amount may of course be made in any schedule the family finds most convenient - weekly, monthly, quarterly, lump sum, etc. All pledge information is kept confidential. Your pledge and the offering of your monetary gift can be brought every week to church, mailed, or offered through the OnLine Giving program on our parish website at

The Stewardship Committee, made up of dedicated lay men and women, are happy to answer any questions regarding our Stewardship Program. All questions should be directed to the church office.

Stewardship documents and forms are available in the Downloads section (see Stewardship 2017) of our website.

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