I have been attending the Annunciation Cathedral for over two years now. I am a native San Franciscan who grew up in the City, but had stopped attending Church shortly after high school. Although I was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church, I was absent for many years and even began attending other churches-every thing from non-denominational evangelical, (Baptist, Episcopal) to Lutheran and although I was attending these various churches regularly and was volunteering and getting involved, it got to the point that I stopped growing spiritually and I was even regressing in my faith. It was only when I took a break after my father passed away, that I was able to gain perspective and with the help and advice of a Greek Orthodox monastic Father, was able to get back on track through not only attending the Greek Orthodox Church on a regular basis, but by practicing the various disciplines of the original Christian Church (which is now known as the Orthodox Church) such as praying, fasting (twice per week and during various seasons-Lent, Advent, etc.) bible reading and partaking in the Holy Sacraments of confession (to a Reverend Father) and partaking in Holy Communion every week, that I was able to move forward in my faith and continue the growth process to becoming "Christ-like". I am still on this path of growth (as all us Christians are) and am grateful that the Lord has led me to this Church. I am sincerely saddened to hear about a few peoples bad experiences and I hope that they have taken the opportunity to communicate with the leadership, so changes can be implemented to make their experience better the next time. For those who have never attended this Orthodox Church or any Orthodox Church for that matter, I would give it a try, you are welcome! If any one has any questions, please feel free to send me a message.1/26/2015
If you're looking for a selfish church that acts poorly towards its surrounding residents then this is the church for you. Terrible neighbors, hosting events that regularly funnel masses of drunk people out onto the streets at midnight on Sunday's, where they congregate to eat hotdogs and party until 1:30am. SUNDAY!!!I'm bummed that I have to boycott the Greek Festival and I have nothing against the patrons of the church, per se, but the management is terrible. They have repeatedly shown that they are a money making business that doesn't care about anybody but themselves. Hell, I've witnessed more charitable deeds and good neighborliness from kink.com, the good makers of porn housed in the armory around the corner.5/25/2015
I had a family party in their auditorium and the security people were jackasses they didn't let us bring chips and made us eat outside they didn't let me and my cousins play with a balloon. They threw away my chips when I was going to leave it in my moms purse. I almost was going to punch a person because they didn't let my brother in the party when he barley came.11/1/2012
Come to the Greek Festival and have some Greek wine and food! Great yearly event which provides fund for their church and brings the Bay Area Greek Community together. The food is home made and delicious. You can also buy greek wine and beer. They have live music and it is a 3 day event. Do not miss it next year. And they have valet parking for only $10.00 so you do not have to worry about parking on Valencia Street.