2716 North Dobson Road Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 899-3330
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Rev. Fr. Philip S. Armstrong, Presbyter 2716 N. Dobson Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 899-3330 (Located South of Elliot Rd on Dobson Rd) Church e-mail : office@st-katherine.org Email Fr. Phil : skpriest@yahoo.com Office hours: Monday Thru Thursday 9:30am - 3:30pm Closed from 12:00 to 1:00pm for lunch. Sunday Service Schedule: 8:30 AM Orthos 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church Chandler AZ 85224
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May 2020
Christ is Risen! Truly, he is Risen! A short two weeks ago, we observed the greatest feast of our Orthodox calendar year – Holy Pascha. Yet our observance this year was unlike any other Pascha. Due to the restrictions placed upon us by the corona virus pandemic we were estranged from our Holy Week services and our celebration of Holy Pascha. Although we were able to participate in them via their live-streaming taping on the St. Katherine Facebook page, it was not the same as being physically present in the church. Yet, we must be grateful for this consolation. My prayer this month is that we will be able to safely return to our normal lives. I can hardly wait to receive word that we can open our churches to the faithful! It will truly be a joyous occasion when we will all see each other in the Divine Liturgy. I miss your warm, comforting presence. It will be like a welcome home celebration. I can hardly wait! We have all heard the proverbial saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. I pray that these words will prove true as we return to our spiritual home – St. Katherine. No longer will we take the church for granted. I hope that the COVID- 19 pandemic has kindled within us a deeper appreciation for God and the Church. We need the Church! Many of you have experienced financial and emotional hardships due to the corona virus pestilence. Some of you may have been laid off or furloughed from work. Others of you may be on the verge of losing your business. Some of you may have lost a loved one to the virus. Others are still worried about becoming sick with this contagion. My heart reaches out to our elderly, and especially to those in nursing homes and care facilities. I am also concerned about our children who have been estranged from their friends and forced to finish their school year at home via “on- line learning” All of you have been forced to make many sacrifices. I encourage those of our church family to reach out and help those who have been adversely affected during this crisis. Please bring to my attention those in need of pastoral care. I call upon our parish organizations to identify those in need to the parish and make available any resources you have to alleviate their suffering. Collectively, as the Body of Christ, we are especially called upon to take care of our own. Now is the time to show our charity to our brothers and sisters who have been impacted! Please remember your church! The survival of the parish is dependent upon our financial support. If you have fallen behind in your giving, please take time today to become current in your stewardship giving. In closing, I am hopeful that the summer months will instill in us a renewed hope and a vaccine cure to the corona virus. In faith, let us confront the challenges that face us. May we draw strength from our resurrected Lord. Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen! Love in Christ, +Fr. Phil
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All St. Katherine services will be streaming live on the St. Katherine Facebook Page during the scheduled service times. Please worship with us from your home so that we may all pray together during this extraordinary Lenten trial.
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May
Classes Will Resume When Caronavirus Restrictions Are Lifted
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