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It is with much sadness that we announce the Fallling Asleep in the Lord of our parishioner, Brady Benton.  

The Funeral Service will be in our Church on Saturday, 23 November 2019, at 11:00 AM, with interment following at San Gabriel Cemetery.    There will be a reception following the interment at a facility at the cemetery.

May his Memory Be Eternal!

Sun

10 Nov

 

We extend a warm welcome to the members of the First Year Confirmation Class from Nativity Roman Catholic Church in Torrance who are worshipping with us today!

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 AM

Following coffee, our BASICS Adult Discussion Group will meet with Father Alexei.  Today's topic will be the forthcoming Nativity Fast.
 

Mon

11 Nov

 

There are no events scheduled for today. 

Tue

12 Nov

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Wed

13 Nov

 

 

Feast of Saint John Chrysostom

Matins, 8:00 AM

Thur

14 Nov

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Fri

15 Nov

 

Feast of the Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus

Matins, 8:00 AM

Traditional beginning of the Nativity Fast

Sat

16 Nov

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Sun

17 Nov

 

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 AM

Members of the Second Year Confirmation Class from Nativity Roman Catholic Church in Torrance will be worshipping with us today. 

Restorative Tai Chi Classes

Classes in Restorative Tai Chi are offered Sundays at 2:30 PM and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30 PM.  Newcomers are welcome!  Cost: $15.00 and a food donation for C.A.S.E.  Packages available at reduced rates.

The Nativity Fast

On the 15th of November, the Church begins journeying toward the Birth of Christ God, steered by the ship that is the Nativity Fast.  A journey, by its nature, is naturally ascetic.  Fasting, with all its rigor and discomfort, a task considered by so many as opposite the joy that will arrive on Christmas Day, is the vehicle employed by the Church to lead us to the radiant wonder of the Nativity of Christ.


Upcoming

Our parish has been selected to serve our Liturgy at the Annual Religious Ed Congress of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Saturday, February 22nd, at 5:15 PM.  Each year a different Eastern Catholic Liturgy is served as a way of introducing Roman Catholics to the world of Eastern Catholicism. 


Refreshment Assistance

We need assistance with the refreshments served after Liturgy on Sundays.  Donations of breads, muffins, and cookies would be greatly appreciated!



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.