Fr. Bratso’s Pastoral Letter
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
I hope and pray this letter finds you and your loved ones in a good spiritual state and physical health. As our country and the entire world are adjusting from the pandemic into a new phase and history chapter, so will our cherished St. George parish family. This transition for us was easier since we never stopped having our church services, while some fellowship ministries were suspended for only a short period.
There is, however, a new and interesting phenomenon that is not only unique to our parish, but to many of our parishes throughout the country. This phenomenon has to do with participation in the Liturgy and our parish life. More specifically, some of our parishioners that were actively participating prior to the pandemic stopped their participation, and the ones that weren’t active prior to the pandemic now participate regularly. Furthermore, we have received new parishioners in the last two years.
With this letter I wish to reach out to all of you, my beloved parishioners, young, young at heart, active and inactive, cradle and non-cradle, with these liturgical words: In the fear of God and faith draw near. It is time for us to renew our faith commitment and our life in Christ our Lord. Perhaps our faith has been tested the last two years, but deep down we knew that this too shall pass. And indeed, it did.
If you haven’t been in the church lately, I invite you to come back. If you have some doubts about your faith or our Orthodox Christian faith, please, let me know and I will be happy and honored to meet with you to hear your concerns. St. Thomas the Apostle who was told by the disciples of the Lord that He was risen doubted it by saying: “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails and put my finger into the imprint of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Even though, St. Thomas expressed his doubt at first, he did come the following Sunday for a gathering of the Apostles and there an amazing event took place. Having seen the Lord on that day, St. Thomas by his doubt confirmed the Lord’s resurrection by saying: “My Lord and my God.”
I invite us all to come and participate in our Divine Liturgy. Do you have doubts? Be like St. Thomas, come to the church where we gather every Sunday and feast day. Seek the Lord here where you will for sure find him. Do not seek him among the transient and frivolous places and activities.
Please, know that we have resumed our Sunday school and all other cultural activities (Serbian language classes, folklore, etc.). Our regular Sunday luncheons have always been an opportunity for us to continue our fellowship and community bonding.
Finally, the Kolo Slava will be celebrated this Sunday, September 18. The San Diego Serbian Festival, as always, will take place on the second Saturday in October; this year it falls on Oct. 8.
I kindly ask for your participation. Come forward and volunteer. St. George parish is our home where we are spiritually nourished. Take an active part in our parish ministries. I am here to minister to you all.
With blessing in Christ our Lord and my deep gratitude,
Fr. Bratso Krsic