First, we are a parish of the Diocese of San Francisco and the West, which is itself a diocese of the Orthodox Church of America, which is in turn is in communion with all the Orthodox Churches worldwide. That means that we are in full doctrinal, sacramental and Eucharistic communion with the ancient Churches you read about in the Bible: Jerusalem, Damascus, Corinth, Thessaloniki, etc. Even Patmos where the book of Revelation was written!
St Innocent’s is the “first church” in Eureka in more ways than one: as an Orthodox parish, it is obviously part of the oldest Church – the Orthodox Church. In Eureka, it so happens that St Innocent’s place of worship is the historic “first church” built in 1883. As such, our temple is Eureka’s first church, and a beautiful historic landmark…
Does this being “old” and “apostolic” really matter? Yes, it really does. To read more about this, please continue with our article “why being old and apostolic matters.”