St. Matthew Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian
Torrance, CA
Rev. Fr. John Mahfouz
Parish Priest
Frjohnmahfouz@gmail.com

Fr John Mahfouz is the pastor of St. Matthew Orthodox Christian Church. He was born into an Orthodox family and has been raised since his infancy in the Faith. He is from Los Angeles, CA, where he was raised at St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Cathedral. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Fr John attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Boston, MA where he received his Master of Divinity. After seminary Fr John lived and studied in the Middle East, visiting the ancient holy sites of Lebanon and Syria. It was then that he met his dear wife Khouria Lina. They were married and moved to San Diego where Fr. John was the Director of Student Life and Housing at the newly established St. Katherine College. In 2014 Fr. John was assigned as the Assistant Priest of Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church in Salt Lake City,  UT and 2017 he was assigned as the pastor and priest of St. Matthew. Fr. John and Kh. Lina have 5 beautiful children. Fr John especially has a heart for youth ministry and is the Spiritual Advisor of our deanery camping program.


Dn. Barsoum Barsoum
Deacon
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Today's Commemorations
Myron the Martyr of Cyzicus, Straton, Philip, Eutychian, & Cyprian the Martyrs of Nicomedea, Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, Demetrios the New, Righteous-Martyr of Samaria, Eutychios, Eutychianos and Kassiani the siblings, Paul, Juliana, and those martyred with them (the executioners)
Today's Scripture Readings
ST. PAUL'S FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS 16:4-12
Brethren, if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me. I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may speed me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now just in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesos until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am. So let no one despise him. Speed him on his way in peace, that he may return to me; for I am expecting him with the brethren. As for our brother Apollos, I strongly urge him to visit you with the other brethren, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.
MATTHEW 21:28-32
The Lord said this parable, "A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir, ' but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him."
Today's Thought

Each parish is like a gateway to the Kingdom of Heaven. Do you desire an eternal life in Paradise? Then the road naturally leads to the Church. -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH