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 Staying Healthy and Productive in the New Year

On 12 January 2022, priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles received the following Memorandum from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez:
  1. “I pray this memo finds you and your parishioners well in this new year!  I am happy to report that all the parishes of the Archdiocese, including our religious education ministries, remain open to serve our people.

     

    As we continue in our parish ministries in the midst of the Omicron variant surge, please be extremely vigilant in keeping yourself and your parishioners safe and healthy.   As Pope Francis reminds us, “Each of us has a responsibility to care for ourself and our health, and this translates into respect for the health of those around us.  Health care is a moral obligation” [10 January 2022].

     

    Please ensure that all parishes in the Archdiocese observe proper mask wearing and hand washing protocols at all times.   No parish, school, or organization within the Archdiocese is exempt from these health protocols.

     

    ……. Additionally, the Archdiocese, in accordance with the Vatican, the California Catholic Conference, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, continues to recommend that all members of the Catholic Community, who are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, should 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

23 Jan

 

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. 

Annual Week of Christian Unity service, 4:00 p.m.  See note below.

Mon

24 Jan

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Tue

25 Jan

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Wed

26 Jan

 

Feast of Venerable Xenophon, his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Arcadius and John, of Constantinople

Matins, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom

Thur

27 Jan

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Fri

28 Jan

 

Feast of Venerable Ephrem the Syrian

Matins, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Sat

29 Jan

 

International Meeting of Russian Greek Catholic Clergy, 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Father Alexei will be chairing this meeting.

Sun

30 Jan

 

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.

The collection for our Monthly Charity "Luncheon" will be taken up today.  See expanded note below.



Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service, sponsored by the Southern California Christian Forum, will take place on Sunday, January 23th, beginning at 4:00 PM, at the First Christian Church of Fullerton - Disciples of Christ Center:  due to the surge in the pandemic, participants in the service will be in person but the congregation will be virtual. The theme for this years’ service is “We Saw the Star in the East and We Came to Worship Him (Mt 2.2), with Chorbishop George Bet-Rasho of Saint Mary Assyrian Church of the East preaching.   The service itself was prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches. Obtain link at contact@socalforum.net 

Monthly Charity "Luncheon"

The beneficiary of this month’s Charity “Luncheon” is The World is Just a Book Away, a global non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring and educating children in developing countries, through providing books, building libraries, and developing circular programs.   Founded in 2008 by James J Owens, University of Southern California Associate Professor, WIJABA believes in building leaders for the future by empowering children and their communities to change their own lives and the world at large by promoting literacy and education.  The organization offers programs that plant the seeds of leadership, environmental consciousness, and community connection, and has reached 27,000+ children since its inception.



Restorative Tai Chi is Back!

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.