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Update Regarding Indoor Masking From the Archdiocese - 10/17/2022

“Effective 18 October 2022, the celebrant, ministers, and the faithful are no longer required to wear masks nor can masks be required.  However, those who choose to wear a mask are free to do so.” 


Our indoor Liturgies and other Services will continue to be live-steamed at
https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewRussianGreekCatholicParish/  Weekday Matins Services will be available via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please contact Father Alexei for Zoom link.    

Our weekly Sunday bulletin will continue to be distributed electronically.

   

For your convenience, our methods of online giving will continue to be available:   access Givelify  at: www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/NjUwMDY=/selection


Or if you prefer, our parish GoFundMe account is still active at:    https://www.gofundme.com/f/st-andrew039s-church



Please take a look at our new "Educational Resources" page.

Sun

4 Dec

 

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by our annual celebration of the Feast of Saint Nicholas.

Mon

5 Dec

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Tue

6 Dec

 

Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Matin, 8:00 a.m., in-person and via Zoom.

Wed

7 Dec

 

Feast of Saint Amrose of Milan

Matins, 8:00 a.m., in-person and via Zoom.

Thur

8 Dec

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Fri

9 Dec

 

Feast of the Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary

Matins will NOT be prayed this morning due to the funeral of Gregoria Kominos, mother of Voula.   Visitation in our Church beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m., followed by luncheon on our patio, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica at 2:00 PM

Sat

10 Dec

 

Second of our annual Parish Clean-Up Saturdays, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Vespers, 6:30 p.m. in-person and via Zoom.

Sun

11 Dec

 

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.

Annual Parish Nativity Fast Reflection following the Lilturgy.  Topic will be "A Christmas Life: the Real Saint Nicholas".



Annual Parish Christmas Project

This Christmas, our parish will once again be assisting the CASE charitable program for those in need in El Segundo.   Father Alexei is one of the founders of CASE [Community Alliance to Support and Empower], and has served as its President from its beginning in 1992.   Currently CASE is assisting a number of single-parent households with children, as well as a number of senior citizens without families living on fixed incomes.   We are seeking:   cash donations; checks made payable to Saint Andrew Church and indicating CASE on the memo line; and Ralph’s Market or  99-Cent Store cards in $25.00 denominations.   Help us make Christmas and the New Year brighter for those in need in El Segundo.   This project will replace our monthly Charity “Luncheon” in  December.



El Segundo City Map Puzzle

California Map Art Company has just completed a beautiful city map art poster of El Segundo, and our church, along with the United Methodist Church, The Bridge Church, Saint Michael Episcopal Church, and Saint Anthony Roman Catholic Church, is featured prominently on it!   This 18” by 24” poster has also been turned into a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle.   If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Father Alexei



Upcoming

Annual Parish Clean-up Saturdays, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.



Prayer Requests

Please do not hesitate to send request for prayers to the rectory.



Restorative Tai Chi

Classes in Restorative Tai Chi are offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., Saturday morning at 11;00 a.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.  Newcomers are welcome!  Classes are small, with proper physical distancing observed.  Cost: $15.00 and a food donation for CASE.  Packages are available at reduced rates.

 


Spread the Word!

Following the theft of the proceeds of our 2017 Yard Sale, which were designated to help fund the repairs to our blue cupola on the side of our church, we have established a GoFundMe account to not only recoup the stolen proceeds from the Sale but also to assist in funding the repairs.  

 
 
Saint Xenia Charitable Fund

In an effort to assist those members of our parish who are struggling financially due to the faltering economy, loss of employment or decreased retirement benefits, the parish established the Saint Xenia Charitable Fund.  Father Alexei alone administers this fund, and all disbursements and contributions are kept strictly confidential.  Since its establishment, the Saint Xenia Fund has been able to assist several of our parishioners with partial rent payments, money for food, purchase of job-related necessities, payment of utility bills and medications.

Should you wish to assist us in helping our own, please place your cash donation (Father will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes should you desire it) in an envelope marked "Saint Xenia Fund" and give it directly to Father.  Disbursements are made in cash to protect anonymity.

And who is Saint Xenia?  Well, here is her story......

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Saint Xenia lived during the eighteenth century, but little is known of her life or of her family. She passed most of her life in Petersburg during the reigns of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II.

Xenia Grigorievna Petrova was the wife of an army officer, Major Andrew Petrov. After the wedding, the couple lived in St Petersburg. St Xenia became a widow at the age of twenty-six when her husband suddenly died at a party. She grieved for the loss of her husband, and especially because he died without Confession or Holy Communion.

Once her earthly happiness ended, she did not look for it again. From that time forward, Xenia lost interest in the things of this world, and followed the difficult path of foolishness for the sake of Christ. The basis for this strange way of life is to be found in the first Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:18-24, 1 Cor. 2:14, 1 Cor. 3:18-19). The Lord strengthened her and helped her to bear sorrow and misfortune patiently for the next forty-five years.

She started wearing her husband's clothing, and insisted that she be addressed as "Andrew Feodorovich." She told people that it was she, and not her husband, who had died. In a certain sense, this was perfectly true. She abandoned her former way of life and experienced a spiritual rebirth. When she gave away her house and possessions to the poor, her relatives complained to the authorities. After speaking to Xenia, the officials were conviced that she was in her right mind and was entitled to dispose of her property as she saw fit. Soon she had nothing left for herself, so she wandered through the poor section of Petersburg with no place to lay her head. She refused all assistance from her relatives, happy to be free of worldly attachments.

When her late husband's red and green uniform wore out, she clothed herself in rags of those colors. After a while, Xenia left Petersburg for eight years. It is believed that she visited holy Elders and ascetics throughout Russia seeking instruction in the spiritual life. She may have visited St Theodore of Sanaxar (February 19), who had been a military man himself. His life changed dramatically when a young officer died at a drinking party. Perhaps this officer was St Xenia's husband. In any case, she knew St Theodore and profited from his instructions.

St Xenia eventually returned to the poor section of Petersburg, where she was mocked and insulted because of her strange behavior. When she did accept money from people it was only small amounts, which she used to help the poor. She spent her nights praying without sleep in a field outside the city. Prayer strengthened her, and in her heart's conversation with the Lord she found the support she needed on her difficult path.

When a new church was being built in the Smolensk cemetery, St Xenia brought bricks to the site. She did this in secret, during the night, so that no one would know.

Soon her great virtue and spiritual gifts began to be noticed. She prophesied future events affecting the citizens of Petersburg, and even the royal family. Against her will, she became known as someone pleasing to God, and nearly everyone loved her.They said, "Xenia does not belong to this world, she belongs to God." People regarded her visits to their homes or shops as a great blessing. St Xenia loved children, and mothers rejoiced when the childless widow would stand and pray over a baby's crib, or kiss a child. They believed that the blessed one's kiss would bring that child good fortune.

St Xenia lived about forty-five years after the death of her husband, and departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one. The exact date and circumstances of her death are not known, but it probably took place at the end of the eighteenth century. She was buried in the Smolensk cemetery.

By the 1820s, people flocked to her grave to pray for her soul, and to ask her to intercede with God for them. So many visitors took earth from her grave that it had to be replaced every year. Later, a chapel was built over her grave.

Those who turn to St Xenia in prayer receive healing from illness, and deliverance from their afflictions. She is also known for helping people who seek jobs.