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Update Regarding Indoor Masking From the Archdiocese - 3/4/2022

“Los Angeles County has lifted the indoor face mask mandates beginning March 4, 2022, to align with California Department of Health orders.   As of today, masking is strongly recommended, but no longer required in most indoor settings, including houses of worship.”


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

22 May

 

Sunday of the Blind Man

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m., in-person and via livestream.

Mon

23 May

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Tue

24 May

 

The Southern California Christian Forum invites us to participate in their monthly Ecumenical Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.   Register for link at contact@SoCalForum.net

Wed

25 May

 

Leavetaking of Pascha and Eve of the Ascension of the Lord

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

Vespers and Divine Liturgy, 7:30 p.m.

Thur

26 May

 

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

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

Fri

27 May

 

Afterfeast of the Ascension and Feast of Hieromartyr Therapontes

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

Sat

28 May

 

Father Alexei chairs the quarterly international meeting of the Russian Greek Catholic Clergy, 6:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Sun

29 May

 

Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m., in-person and via livestream followed by our monthly Charity "Luncheon".  Please see expanded note below.

Monthly Charity "Luncheon"

The beneficiary of this month’s Charity “Luncheon” is Get On The Bus (GOTB), the flagship transitional program of the Center for Restorative Justice Works, uniting children, families, and communities separated by crime.  GOTB provides free transportation during Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for children to visit a parent at California state prisons.  A recent participant writes of GOTB:  “My kids love their father so much, and although what the program offers cannot take the place of actually having their daddy home with them, it definitely helps boost their level of happiness knowing that there is a  special program that cares, and a daddy who is trying to stay connected even though he is so far away….


An Invitation

The 15th Annual Roman and Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity  will be held at St. Mary and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church, 5401 Fairmont Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA, on Friday, June 3rd, at 7:00 p.m..   Featured speaker will be Sister Dr. Vassa Larin, and choirs from Saint Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Holy Cross Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Saint Paul Assyrian Church of the East, and Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church will participate.  A reception will follow the Service. 



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.