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Learning Opportunities

Catechism Class

Fr John presents the history and the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church. All those interested in becoming a member of the Orthodox Faith should contact Fr John about attending this class

You may contact Fr John if you have particular questions.

Activities & Minitries

Hot Meals for the Homeless
Hot Meals For The Homeless is an opportunity to help others in need.
Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month, members of various churches come together to provide lunches and a hot meal for those in need. As the economy slows, more people will be in need of a meal, just to get them through the week.
Come prepare sandwiches, or serve food, or make a dish for those less fortunate than ourselves. The meal is from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, so come help, even if just for an hour.
The meal is served Saturday morning at Walteria United Methodist Church in south Torrance.
3646 Newton Street, Torrance
For more information, e-mail JoAnn or Jim Ramirez at

The first Sunday of each month is Potluck Sunday. Please bring a dish to share, and stay for the fellowship.


The Ladies of St. Matthew is a fun and vibrant group that conducts many activities throughout the year. Bake sales, church meals, party planning and support are just some of what they do. Contact the church office for the time and location of their next meeting!

Church school is conducted every Sunday beginning after communion. Ages 3 to college.
Arts & Craft activities are conducted for the summer months.

Our Men's Fellowship Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. There is a light dinner, and then we discuss subjects of importance to us as Orthodox men. Presently, we are reading and discussing "Repentance and Confession" by Hieromonk Gregorios. 6:30 pm. Call the church office for locations.

Our Women's Fellowship Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. There is a light dinner, a time of feowship, and then a time of study and discussion. Presently, we are reading "Repentance and Confession" by Hieromonk Gregorios. 6:30 pm. Call the church office for locations.


Learning about Orthodoxy

Fr. George has an ongoing ministry on youtube!
Because of the numerous questions that are asked by so many concerning Orthodoxy in general, and St. Matthew Church in particular, Fr. George has established a Youtube channel, where he posts insights and explanations on many diverse subjects.
Be sure to check it out!

House Blessings

A short description of a house blessing:

If you have an icon corner where you pray, light the candle there, otherwise an icon and lit candle(s) can be placed on a clean table. If there is a censer, it may be lit. 

The priest begins the service with a blessing and the Trisagion prayers (O heavenly King through the "Our Father".

After this the entire home is blessed, with the family walking with the priest while the Theophany Troparion is sung over and over:

When Thou, O Lord wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest;
for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son.
And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word.
O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.

It is a very good idea for the family to sing this troparion, and know it by heart. Otherwise, if the priest has many houses to bless, his voice will get tired!

Upon finishing blessing the house, the family gathers , and a short litany is said for the welfare of the family. The priest should have been provided a list of all family members, including those who are ill. After this a short prayer, and the service is ended.

It is entirely appropriate the deceased loved ones of the family be commemorated from a list provided to the priest.
Sometimes the family wants to give the priest a little something to eat; depending on the time the priest has, he may stay and visit.

When a priest visits, it is NEVER required that the family gives him money. The scripture tells us "Freely you have received, freely give".

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