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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, November 6th

Jesus Raises a Widow's Son

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

​Epistle Reader: Jovan Bukarica

Altar Boys: Marko Macura, Mirko Macura, Stevo Medan, Maxim Vrcelj, Nikola Pesic, Stefan Kostic, Jovan Bukarica, Milan Grbovic.

Sponsors: Family of Vojo and Vera Sredanovich
In loving memory of +Nick and +Don (Vera's brothers - Pomen)

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Nov 13, Kupresanin

Nov 20, Church Slava

Nov 27, Family Adzic

Dec 4, Four KOLO Humanitarian Fundraising, sponsored by Milorad Dragovic family

If anyone would like to sponsor lunch for any Sunday, please call Fr. Slobodan at 408-867-4876 to put you on the list and for the Church announcement. Sponsorship can be done by one or two families donating $300, to partially cover the cost of food and preparation.

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10:00 -10:45 Religious Instruction (Veronauka)
11:00 - 12:00 Serbian language classes
12:20 - 1:00 Folklore rehearsal - younger group
1:00 - 2:00 Church Children Choir
1:30 - 3:30 Folklore rehearsal - older group (when in Saratoga)


  • Nov 6, IOCC, Remembering Home humanitarian event at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Belmont, CA.  Vespers start at 4:30pm following with reception.
  • Nov 12, Teen party
  • Nov. 20 Our Church Slava with His Grace Bishop Maxim & Visiting Clergy (with Slava sponsors: Peggy and Chris Milosovich, Vera and Bart Fisher, Eli and Mary Bogdanovich, Dragica and Kosta Kostic).
  • Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)
  • Dec 11 Annual Meeting of Parishioners
  • Jan 6 Christmas Eve celebration



This holy martyr suffered for the Christian Faith with over four thousand Christians-priests, monks and nuns, men, women and children. Arethas was the eparch in the town of Nagran, in the southern Arabian land of Omir. He was ninety-five years old when he suffered. Dunaan, a cruel Jewish persecutor of Christians, then governed Omir. Determined to eradicate all Christians from his land, he surrounded the Christian town of Nagran, and sent a message to the people saying he would put them all to death unless they renounced Christ. The citizens closed the gates, and Dunaan attacked the city wall for a long time without success. Then the iniquitous governor swore to the citizens that he would do nothing to them, if only they would open the gate for him to enter and receive the tribute that they owed him-and that he would take it and immediately withdraw. The Christians believed him and opened the gate. Then the oath-breaking Jew summoned the aged Arethas, the clergy and other distinguished citizens and beheaded them all with the sword. He then perpetrated a horrible slaughter in the town. Learning of this, the Byzantine Emperor Justin was greatly grieved, and wrote a letter to the Ethiopian Emperor, Elesbaan, requesting him to set out with an army against Dunaan to avenge the innocent blood of the Christians. Elesbaan obeyed Justin, attacked the governor of Omir with his army, defeated him, slew his entire army, and beheaded him. By a revelation from God, a certain devout man named Abramius was installed as governor of Omir, and again by God's revelation, St. Gregory of Omir (December 19) was installed as archbishop. Christians rebuilt the Church of the Holy Trinity in Nagran that Dunaan had burned, and also built a church to the Holy Martyr Arethas and the other martyrs of Nagran. St. Arethas and the others suffered and received martyr's wreaths from the Lord in the year 523.


Овај свети мученик пострада за веру Христову са још преко 4000 хришћана, свештеника, инока и инокиња, грађана, жена и деце. Беше Арета градоуправитељ у граду Неграну у земљи Омиритској (јужна Арабија), и беше му 95 година када пострада. Омиритском земљом владаше тада неки Јеврејин Дунаан, опаки гонитељ хришћана. Решен да истреби потпуно хришћане из своје земље он опколи хришћански град Негран, и најпре поручи грађанима, да ако се не одрекну Христа, он ће их све смрћу уморити. Грађани затворише капије, те Дунаан дуго и безуспешно нападаше на зидине градске. Тада се безакони кнез закле грађанима, да им ништа неће учинити, само нека му отворе капије градске, да уђе и узме данак, који му они дугују, па ће се по том одмах удаљити. Хришћани повероваше, и отворише капије. Тада кривоклети Јеврејин позва к себи старца Арету са свима клирицима и другим угледним грађанима, и све их посече мачем. И учини потом страховити покољ по граду. Чувши за ово Византијски цар Јустин врло се ожалости и написа писмо Етиопском цару Елезвоју, да иде на Дунаана с војском и освети невину крв хришћанску. Елезвој послуша Јустина, удари с војском на кнеза Омиритског, победи га, сву му војску погуби а њега мачем посече. За кнеза Омиритског, по Божјем откровењу, би постављен неки побожни човек Аврамије, а за архиепископа Омиритског, опет по Божјем откровењу св. Григорије (в. 19. децембар). У Неграну хришћани обновише храм св. Тројици, који Дунаан беше сагорео, и подигоше храм св. муч. Арети и осталим мученицима Негранским. Пострадаше и венац мученички од Господа примише 523. год.

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