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A MESSAGE FROM ABBESS MELANIA (November 26, 2020)
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we are reminded that, even in difficult times, there are endless reasons to thank God.  Personally, we are very aware of the blessing of still having a monastery after the recent fires and of staying healthy in these times of COVID.  Even more so, we are grateful to God for you our friends, who are always there for us, even in these tough times.  And yes, these are tough times, but Christ’s light shines brighter in darkness.  As we journey towards the Nativity, may we all let His light confront and banish the darkness in our own souls so that we, along with the Christmas star, may be lights leading others to our Incarnate God!
COVID-19 Conditions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in keeping with Archbishop BENJAMIN’s directives, the monastery church is currently closed to everyone except the sisters. 

However, as of May 26th, 2020, duly prepared Orthodox Christians may receive the Holy Gifts when the priest brings the Chalice to the door of the church. Please follow all safety measures as detailed in the monastery guidelines (below).

For details of those directives and further updates, please visit the website of the OCA Diocese of the West. 

In the meantime, we are live-streaming all of our services on our website and on our Facebook page. The daily schedule and the past live-streamed videos are posted on our facebook page, too. 

To follow along with the daily Scripture readings, view them on the website of the Orthodox Church in America

To view past services on demand, please go to our Facebook video library.

It’s been a learning curve for us, but we’ve been touched by the kind response of our friends.  And it’s been a blessing for us to be able to do this small thing to stay close to our wider family who can’t currently join us physically.

May God grant us a speedy end to these uncertain times and bring our friends back to us soon!

Open Doors

Visitors are always welcome at Holy Assumption Monastery. Our gates are open from dawn to dusk, and both Orthodox pilgrims and those who are curious about monasticism and Orthodoxy may stop in during the day, Tuesday - Sunday. On Mondays the monastery grounds are closed for the sisters' personal retreat day.

If you are interested in speaking with the abbess or one of the sisters, please call ahead so that we can arrange to welcome you and give you a tour or talk.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the sisters may not currently accomodate overnight guests at the monastery. If you would like to stay in Calistoga, local bed and breakfasts are slowly reopening, and we recommend checking with several located close by:
Calistoga Inn
Fanny's Bed & Breakfast
Calistoga Welcome Center  (for more places to stay and things to do in Calisotga)

Our Store (look for the red door along the Washington Street sidewalk) is currently open for pickup/cubrside service, and we are baking cookies to order!

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Wish List

Many of you who come to the monastery ask what you can bring with you for the community.  We are very grateful for your wish to contribute to the life of the monastery.  Below are some suggestions of useful items that are always appreciated at Holy Assumption!

  • paper products (environmentally friendly when possible):  paper towels, toilet paper, paper napkins, dinner plates, dessert plates, plastic utensils, hot & cold paper cups, facial tissues (e.g., Kleenex), baby wipes
  • gift cards/certificates:  Costco, Trader Joe's, Oliver's Markets, Safeway, Wal-mart, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, gas cards (gas for monastery vehicles)
  • olive oil, sunflower oil, white vinegar
  • canned goods:  green beans, corn, beets, tahini, garbanzo beans, refried beans, vegan chili (e.g., Amy's Organic Chili), dolmathes, apple sauce, natural peanut butter, natural almond butter, Smucker's raspberry jam
  • dried goods:  all-purpose flour, white sugar, brown sugar (medium), powdered sugar, old fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free grain-free pasta (Tinkyáda brand when possible), beans, lentils, brown rice, dried fruit, nuts, tea, coffee
  • dairy products:  eggs, butter
  • Almond Milk (original), the kind of almond milk that does not require refrigeration until after it is opened
  • dairy-free products (Daiya brand when possible):  yogurt, cheese, cream cheese
  • office supplies:  8-1/2"x11" 20# white printer/copier paper (recycled when possible), toner cartridges for monastery printer/copier (please contact monastery for details)
  • cleaning supplies:  trash bags (33-gallon outdoor, 13-gallon kitchen, 10-gallon wastebasket), Simple Green refills, Windex refills, disinfectant wipes
  • specialty item:  Sassafras Bread Dome (please contact monastery for details or questions)
  • specialty item:  3-Step Lock-N-Stock Folding Ladder, Ballymore Model LS3247 (please contact monastery for details or questions)
  • specialty item:  Basic Ham Radio Equipment and lessons on how to use it (please contact monastery for details or questions)

 

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1519 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

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1519 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-6244