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« on: January 15, 2011, 09:51:34 PM »

Hello, my name is Lydia and I am a Catholic interested in attending an OO church. I am looking for a listing of OO churches preferably Coptic or Armenian. I can't seem to find any that offer complete information like, location, service times, general info about the church, etc. Oh I am located in Kern County. Thank you.

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 10:06:50 PM »

Welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately there is not one central listing of all OO parishes.  You have to go the websites of the different dioceses and look.

Here is the list from the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church:

http://www.armenianchurchwd.com/parishes/

There is a mission church in Bakersfield.  St. Mary's Church in Yettem, Tulare County, is very nice, if it is not too far from you.

Here is the directory for the Coptic Church:

http://www.lacopts.org/our-diocese/parishes/directory

As you can see, there is a Coptic church in Bakersfield:

http://www.lacopts.org/parishes/st-demiana-coptic-orthodox-church-bakersfield
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011, 10:17:36 PM »

It seems the Coptic parish in Bakersfield does not have a website, but they are on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=217329461981&v=info
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011, 10:20:19 PM »

Thank you for the welcome. At the Armenian Church site I couldn't find the address for the church located in Bakersfield nor the Lancaster Church either is about a little over an hour drive for me. Is there a way I could find out? Thank you for the link for the Coptic Church I will call to find out the service times.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 10:21:05 PM »

We must have cross posted. I will check it out.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 10:25:53 PM »

To find out about the Armenian mission in Bakersfield, you may want to call the Diocese:

(818) 558-7474

I get the feeling it is a small mission.  It may just meet at someone's house, or at a rented church.  The Diocese should be able to tell you more about it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2011, 10:34:44 PM »

Oh I see. If it is small would they welcome an outsider do you think?
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2011, 10:39:54 PM »

I guess you can try it and find out.   Smiley   Every church community is different, and I would hope the Armenian mission in Bakersfield would be friendly.  I really don't know much about that particular community, though.

In any event, I would definitely give the Coptic parish in Bakersfield a try.  They seem more established and would have more regular services.  Also, some Coptic parishes have English liturgies.  I don't know if this one does, but it would be worth finding out.
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2011, 10:41:14 PM »

Will you be visiting one of them tomorrow?  If you do, please let us know what happens.  I know so little about the OO community there.  It would be nice to learn something about it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2011, 10:45:14 PM »

Yes I was hoping to visit the Coptic church in the morning unfortunately the number is incorrect on the site. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 10:49:10 PM »

Yikes.  That's not a good thing.

My experience is that Coptic liturgies tend to start early (eight or nine o'clock) and they last a few hours.  I can't tell you how it will be at this church, though.

Well, let us know what happens.
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 10:57:42 PM »

I think I will head out early just in case. I will stick around until service begins. I will let you know what happens. One finally thing can you point me towards a resource on what to expect when visting a Coptic Church?
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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2011, 12:10:57 AM »

Here you go:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,9547.0.html#top

Usually when I visit a new church, I just look to see what others are doing.   Smiley  

Women usually sit on the right in Coptic churches.  You may want to bring a mantilla or scarf, if you have one.  If you don't have one, don't worry.  

I'm sure you'll be fine.   Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2011, 10:34:45 PM »

Well arrived at the church at about a to quarter eight and I saw no sign of life. It's a nice looking church from the outside. It is enclosed behind a black fence and has one of those electric sliding gates that you see in some apartment complexes. So I wasn't able to gain entry. I ended up visting the Greek Orthodox Church instead. After the DL I drove back to the Coptic Church but still no joy. I sent the preist an email so hopefully I will hear back, if not I guess I'll will continue visting the Greek Church.
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2011, 10:46:03 PM »

Double yikes.

Here in Los Angeles, the Copts get up at the crack of dawn to pray, and they stand in prayer for so many hours you would think their feet were made of iron.

I guess in Bakersfield they are more laid back.  Hopefully the priest will get back to you and let you know what's going on.
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2011, 11:16:56 PM »

Hey mtmamma,

I hope you're well. I wonder if this website has the right number:
http://directory.nihov.org/church/4

If not, let me know. I'm a bit useless because I'm in Canada, but I have a few friends who live out in Bakersfield that could guide us in the right direction. Also, perhaps messaging Fr. Kyrillos on this site could help as he serves out in Cali somewhere (I think San Diego), but he would have all the contact info for the priests out there.

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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2011, 11:27:05 PM »

^ Now that is a cool website!
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2011, 11:35:08 PM »

Thanks for the link. First the area code is wrong I am going to assume they meant (661). So I tried with our 661 area code and no answer, no machine either.
Not sure how laid back they are. I am honestly somewhat disappointed as I was looking forward to attending. I guess I expect churches to have some way for people o contact them. Hopefully I will get a reply to my email.
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