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 Summer Office hours: Effective June 1st - August 4th Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9:30am - 3:30pm   Closed from 12:00 to 1:00pm for lunch. Inquirer’s Classes Offered (Contact our Church Office). Sunday Service Schedule:                                                                                        8:30 AM Orthos                                                                                                         9:30 AM Divine Liturgy                                                                                                      
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church Chandler AZ 85224
For 6-16-19
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Welcome to St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
MESSAGE FROM FATHER “The Resurrection Calls us to a New Way of Life” Christ is risen! Truly, he is Risen! A short few days ago, we celebrated the glorious feast of Holy Pascha. For the next 40 days we will exchange with one another the paschal greeting “Christ is risen!”, to which we respond “Truly, He is risen!”. The joy of this festive period is second to none. This joyous proclamation is a constant reminder to us that God is alive and has made provision for our eternity. No longer do we have to be paralyzed by fear of death. The empty tomb is a harbinger of immeasurable joy. Our souls cannot contain this powerful force. All our tears go away as we are invaded by this powerful joy. The joyous Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ is an invitation to us to enter a new way of life. This new life is infused with Christ and His life- changing message. Jesus’ own words assert this: “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn. 11:25). Life is more than living in anticipation of our next meal. Our Lord said, “life is more than food and the body more than clothes” (Lk. 12:23). It is to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). St. Paul captures the essence of this new life in his words in his Epistle to the Galatians: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). In order for this new life to be realized in us, we must embrace a new way of thinking. In Romans 12:2, St. Paul shows us how. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Elsewhere, we are told to “put on the mind of Christ” (I Co. 2:16). Literally, we are to think as God thinks. In order for this to occur we must cultivate our souls so that we may hear the still, small voice of God in our hearts. The saints teach us not to be too hung up on this life. St. Peter reminds us that we are sojourners here on earth (I P. 2:11); we are just passing through. We must be so careful that we don’t fall into the trap of consuming our lives and energies amassing our worldly kingdoms here on earth forgetting to adorn our souls with virtue and holiness. St. Paul notes, “having food and shelter be content” (I Tim. 6:8). The holy ones would prefer that we use our time to cultivate the “inward man” (II Co. 4:16). We must learn to live by faith not by worry. The closer our lives draw to God we will become keenly aware that it is God who provides our needs and sustains us. Just as Israel in its forty year wandering in the Sinaitic Peninsula was trained to trust in God’s provision, so must we. In the Old Testament, God was called “Jehovahjirrah”. Translated from the Hebrew, this means “God who is our Provider”. He, too, will provide for the faithful in our present day.  As we ponder the message of this new life that is afforded to us as a consequence of our Lord’s third day Resurrection, let us embrace it. We are children of the Resurrection. Life is all about Christ and the new life we have in Him. In closing, I wish you a blessed Paschal season! Bathing in the light of His Resurrection, In Christ’s love, +Fr. Phil  
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