8-31-16 Weekly Newsletter: St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church

Fr. Andre Paez Newsletter

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Dear Friend,

Happy Church New Year Thursday 9-1-16!


The first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to the imposition of taxes in Egypt. The first worldwide Indiction was in 312 when the Emperor Constantine (May 21) saw a miraculous vision of the Cross in the sky. Before the introduction of the Julian calendar, Rome began the New Year on September 1.

According to Holy Tradition, Christ entered the synagogue on September 1 to announce His mission to mankind (Luke 4:16-22). Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2), the Savior proclaimed, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord…” This scene is depicted in a Vatican manuscript (Vatican, Biblioteca. Cod. Gr. 1613, p.1).

Tradition says that the Hebrews entered the Promised Land in September.

Isaiah 61:1-9 (Vespers, 1st reading)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6 But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast. 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs. 8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant. 9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”



1. OUR PATRONAL FEAST OF ST JOHN 9-24-16 to 9-25-16
This year we will celebrate our Patronal Feast Day of St John the Evangelist Saturday 9-24-16 and Sunday 9-25-16. All the area Orthodox faithful and friends are invited to attend Saturday evening’s service which will be followed by a reception. Unfortunately, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin will not be able to join us but he will be with us 10-8-16 to10-9-16.More details to follow.


2.  All day Saturday Nativity Retreat 11-19-16 presented by Fr. Josiah Trenham, Pastor of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA.

Fr. Josiah will speak on his Series the “Good Husband and the Good Wife: Lectures on the Christian Ideal”. Everyone is welcome and we will be hosting the retreat at our church for all the area faithful. Tentatively,  it will begin at 10am, we will have lunch, then end with Vespers at 5pm. More details to follow. Read more about Fr. Josiah click here.

*Please purchase both series and listen to them prior to his visit. Take notes and write down questions which you can then ask Fr. Josiah when he is here, so that we may go deeper into the subject matter.  Each series is only $10, so a total of $20.
The Good Husband
The Good Wife

3.(Revised DATE) Sunday 9-18-16 St John Town Hall Meeting during Fellowship Meal

We will have our St. John parish life “Third Quarter Update & Review”. Parish Council will update the parish and then we will have an open forum for Q&A and feedback. Please bring all dreams, wishes, concerns, and suggestions for improvements at our St John community to the meeting.  It is important for as many of us as possible to attend.


Wednesday Festal Vigil 9-7-16 at 6pm 
Thursday Hours & Festal Liturgy 9am



2. FEAST EXALTATION OF THE CROSS 9-13-16 to 9-14-16 
Tuesday Festal Vigil 9-13-16 at 6pm
Wednesday Hours & Festal Liturgy 9-14-16 9am






Tue 8-27-16 | 7 – 8am St John’s Men’s Group Ncounter Cafe
3-7pm Men’s Group serve Dinner at Andre House

Weds 8-24-16 | NO 6pm Vespers & No Class: Q&A with Fr. Andre

Thurs 8-25-16 | 7pm Choir Practice

Sat 9-3-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers (NOTE:There will be no confession heard after service)
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson

Sun 8-28-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Divine Liturgy

Tue 9-6-16 | 7 – 8am St John’s Men’s Group Ncounter Cafe 

Weds 9-7-16 | 6-8pm Festal Vigil Nativity of Theotokos

Thurs 9-8-16 | 9am Festal Liturgy Nativity Theotokos

Sat 9-10-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson

Sun 9-11-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Divine Liturgy

Sun 9-12-16 Handmaiden’s of the Lord Women’s Group Meeting 6-9p.m.More details to come.

God Bless,

   Fr. Andre Paez, Rector
St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church
916 S. 52nd St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Cell: 925-367-9648
E-mail: frandre@stjohnaz.org
Website: www.stjohnaz.org

– Confessions: After Saturday Great Vespers and by Appointment.
– Office Closed Mondays.
– Emergencies: I am on call 24/7