St. Timothy Orthodox Christian Church, in Fairfield, CA, is a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. All of our services are conducted in English. Visitors and those interested in discovering the faith and worship of the Orthodox Church are always welcome!

Our usual weekend schedule of services is:

  • Great Vespers, each Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Orthros, each Sunday at 9:00 p.m.
  • Divine Liturgy, each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (immediately following Orthros)

You will find the times for all services and events on our parish calendar.  

We are a multicultural parish, made up of Orthodox Christians from the Middle East, Europe, and Eritrea as well as a large number of American converts from Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. Our Middle Eastern families come from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. 

St Timothy is located in Cordelia at the junction of I-80 and I-680, convenient to residents of Solano, Sonoma, Yolo and Contra Costa counties. 

March 24, 2020

Beloved Faithful in Christ,

Greetings and blessings to you and all of your loved ones in the Name of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

As I celebrated liturgy Sunday with a small number of my staff here at our headquarters chapel of St. John Chrysostom, I could not help but feel a profound heaviness of heart. During this time of social distancing, I know we all feel the pain of being separated from one another. I was heartbroken to think of our clergy processing with the Life-giving Cross of Christ in the absence of our faithful and distributing the precious Body and Blood of our Master only to those needed to serve and chant the services.

Beloved in Christ, my heart suffers with you. These decisions have been among the most painful I have ever had to make in my many years of ministry. Please know that our directives of the past few weeks have been made with prayer, thoughtfulness, and care. We will continue to reassess our policies as this situation progresses, and I ask your fervent prayers that the Lord will grant to me and my brother hierarchs here and throughout the world the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – that our decisions may be made with divine wisdom and discernment.

We will soon draw to a close the fifteen-day period that we were asked to join in cooperation with our fellow citizens. We will be studying updated information from our parishes, civil authorities, and advisors in the fields of health and epidemiology in order to communicate next week our directives for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Pascha. At the same time, I have been in touch with the Department of Convention and Conference Planning, and unfortunately, we decided to cancel the parish life conferences this summer as we need time to cancel contracts with the various hotels. We have yet to make determinations about our summer camps and the clergy symposium, keeping hope we may still turn a corner in mitigating the outbreak, and we let you know as soon as we have enough information to make informed decisions.

In the reading of the Synaxarion this past Sunday, we learn of the reason we celebrate the Cross at the midpoint of Lent: “Having arrived with God’s grace at the middle of the Fast, our compassionate Mother—the Holy Orthodox Church—thought fit to reveal to us the Holy Cross as the joy of the world and power of the faithful to help us carry on the struggles of the divine Fast.” Our struggles during this Lent have been so much more than depriving ourselves of certain foods or increasing our attendance at church services. This year, we cannot take for granted that what we need will be at the grocery store, and we must attend the services virtually over the internet. Our Lenten cross feels so much heavier.

Yet, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, when our earthly crosses seem the heaviest, that is precisely when we must turn to the “joy of the world” – the precious Cross of the Lord. We may be tempted during this time of pandemic to think about our Lenten disciplines as somehow trying to assuage a vengeful god who is pouring his wrath upon us – as the pagans did of old. When we see the Cross, however, we call to mind that our Christ became man, uniting Himself to our suffering even unto death itself. To the extent that what is happening in this world is a call from God to repentance, it is a call from a Loving God to love more, to serve more, and to forgive more. The way of the Cross can seem to be a daunting one – especially in these anxious days – but the Lord promised that taking up our crosses and following Him would grant us not just life, but abundant life.

If we use these days of trial to take up the Cross, our weapon of peace and invincible trophy, perhaps we will see the ways in which our lives had an abundance of things but not an abundance of life. Perhaps, we can get to know our families in a deeper way that we now have more time to cultivate. Perhaps, we can develop a deeper relationship with God, the All-Holy Theotokos, and the Saints. Perhaps our homes will become little churches in a way that will continue even after we return to our normal liturgical life. In these ways, perhaps we may find that God has allowed these temporary worldly restrictions to grant us a new spiritual abundance going forward to eternal life.

Amidst the sadness of these days, I have taken heart in the beautiful ways our clergy and laity have begun to use the technology of our time to connect with one another with online liturgical services and educational offerings. I thank from the bottom of my heart all of the clergy and laity who have worked so hard and with such speed to make these things possible. I found refreshment in the mid-point of Lent in not only the power of the Cross but in the power God has shown forth through each and every one of you.

Once again, I call on each one of us to raise our fervent prayers to the Lord for the brave nurses, doctors, and first responders answering the call to serve in these challenging times. I call on you to pray for the healing of the souls and bodies of all of the sick and for the Lord to strengthen them and their loved ones. We must also pray for our civil authorities that the Lord will guide them in their difficult decisions and speak peace in their hearts concerning the Church and His people. Remember, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, no power on earth can stop us from prayer, and it is our responsibility to offer our heartfelt prayers on behalf of all. May our Lord continue to strengthen you and all of your loved ones as we continue this challenging Lenten journey.

With fervent prayers and paternal love for all of you, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America


March 17, 2020

Beloved Faithful in Christ,

Greetings and blessings to you and your families in the Name of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

As we cautioned in our encyclical of last week, we are in the midst of a rapidly changing situation, and it was likely that we would be asked to make more sacrifices to contain the spread of the coronavirus. With yesterday's announcement of the new CDC recommendations by President Trump, that time has sadly come. With pain of heart, but also hope in our Lord, I ask the clergy and faithful of our Archdiocese to abide by these new directives that we may do our part in combatting this pandemic:

  1. Beginning today, all parishes are instructed to cancel all non-liturgical, in-person activities including schools, business meetings, and social functions.
  2. All liturgical services will be served with only clergy, servers, and chanters. No liturgical service can total more than ten persons.
  3. Churches should remain open during the week as much as possible for people to offer individual prayers and light candles.
  4. Priests are instructed to limit services to only the Akathist/Medayeh and Sunday Orthros & Divine Liturgy as well as the liturgy for the Annunciation on March 25th as outlined by the Department of Liturgics.
  5. All parishes are encouraged to take advantage of the technology at our disposal to livestream the divine services and offer education to the faithful.
  6. The Archdiocese will provide service texts for the faithful to pray at home during this time of social distancing. Please see the Liturgics section of our website for the new offerings.
  7. All measures to ensure the cleaning and sanitizing of the church must continue even though we are limiting our numbers of faithful in attendance.
  8. Funerals must be limited to the guidelines set by our civil authorities.
  9. Baptisms should be postponed except for cases of emergency.
  10. Finally, we pray that by implementing these measures in coordination with our civil authorities, we can hasten the time when it will be safe to return to a full liturgical life in church, and, God willing, save lives at the same time.

While we hoped that these kinds of measures would be unnecessary, I ask that we keep in the mind the example of the monastic rule kept by the brotherhood of St. Zosimas described in the Life of St. Mary of Egypt:

"After crossing the Jordan, they all scattered far and wide in different directions. And this was the rule of life they had, and which they all observed — neither to talk to one another, nor to know how each one lived and fasted. If they did happen to catch sight of one another, they went to another part of the country, living alone and always singing to God, and at a definite time eating a very small quantity of food. In this way they spent the whole of the Great Fast and used to return to the monastery a week before the Resurrection of Christ, on the eve of Palm Sunday. Each one returned having his own conscience as the witness of his labor, and no one asked another how he had spent his time in the desert. Such were the rules of the monastery."

Although our time of social distancing is not quite the same type of asceticism, let us treat it as a sacrificial offering of love to God and our neighbor. We hope that this will be a time reminiscent of the home churches of the early days of Christianity and that there may be a hidden blessing of families being together to pray and nurture one another in the Faith. Let us continue our work of prayer, repentance, and almsgiving during this time, and beseech God to grant us to come together once again, as those monks of the Sinai desert, to commemorate His Life-Giving and Saving Passion and Glorious Third-Day Resurrection.

With great paternal love and fervent prayers for the health of the souls and bodies of all of our faithful, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America​