9-14-16 Weekly Newsletter: St John the Evangelist Orthodox Church

Fr. Andre Paez Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Blessed Feast of The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross!

Troparion — Tone 1

O Lord, save Your people, / And bless Your inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians / Over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Your Cross, / Preserve Your habitation.

Kontakion — Tone 4

As You were voluntarily raised upon the cross for our sake, / Grant mercy to those who are called by Your Name, O Christ God; / Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Your power, / Granting them victories over their adversaries, / By bestowing on them the Invincible trophy, Your weapon of Peace.


The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: The pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and was resurrected for mankind. The Emperor Hadrian (117-138) gave orders to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and to build a temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter.

Pagans gathered at this place and offered sacrifice to idols there. Eventually after 300 years, by Divine Providence, the great Christian sacred remains, the Sepulchre of the Lord and the Life-Creating Cross were again discovered and opened for veneration. This took place under the Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337) after his victory in the year 312 over Maxentius, ruler of the Western part of the Roman empire, and over Licinius, ruler of its Eastern part. In the year 323 Constantine became the sole ruler of the vast Roman Empire.

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As we look forward to hosting Fr. Josiah please watch this deeply edifying and insightful  youtube video on his presentation on Goldy Marriage and Virginity.

Our very own Macey Lucovich is a participant in “American Heritage Girls.” Her troop has been called to action to pray and fast for our nation and she wanted me to share this with our faithful at St. John so we too can support her.


Call to Action: 40 day Fast and Prayer

September 11th 12:00AM to October 20th 12:00AM 2016

Focus: Repentance, Nation, Election, Government, Judges and Generations

If My people….

“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14

I hope we can all join together with the many across our land in this invitation from National Day of Prayer task force.



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 to 10-9-16.More details to follow.

Teri Johnson will be sending out a “sign up genius” list of foods you can contribute for the reception.


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.

Additionally, thank you to everyone who has faithfully given to St. John this year! As you financial plan the remainder of the year and prepare your tithe for next year please review the following
PDF  on Orthodox Stewardship presented by Fr. John Dresko.


1. FEAST EXALTATION OF THE CROSS 9-13-16 to 9-14-16 
Tuesday 9-13-16| 6pmFestal Vigil
Wednesday 9-14-16|9am Hours & Festal Liturgy







Mon 9-12-16 | 6 – 9pm Handmaiden of the Lord Women’s Group will meet at Peggy Robinson’s house. Please RSVP to Evite.

Tue 9-13-16 | 7 – 8am St John’s Men’s Group Ncounter Cafe 

6-8pm Festal Vigil Exaltation of the Cross

Weds 9-14-16 | 9am Festal Liturgy Nativity Theotokos
6pm Daily  Vespers

Thurs 9-15-16 | 7pm Choir Practice

Sat 9-17-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers
3-4:30pm Parish Council
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson

Sun 9-18-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Divine Liturgy
Town Hall Meeting during Fellowship Meal

 Weds 9-21-16 | 6pm Daily  Vespers
6:30-7:30pm Catechetical Class with Fr. Andre Begins

Thurs 9-22-16 |7pm Choir Practice

Sat 9-24-16 |5-5:45pm Great Vespers followed byFestal Reception
2-5pm OCF (orthodox Christian Fellowship at ASU) Chill and Grill
4:30-5pm Prosphora Baking with Teri Johnson

Sun 9-25-16 | 9-9:30am Hours, 9:30-11:15am Patronal Feast Day Divine Liturgy

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