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
Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada, Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas
Today's Scripture Readings
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 12:12-17
In those days, Peter went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter's voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran and told that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, "You are mad." But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel!" But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Tell this to James and to the brethren." Then he departed and went to another place.
JOHN 8:42-51
The Lord said to the Jews who came to him, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God. The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Jesus answered, "I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.
Today's Thought

Firmly believe that the Lord is at all times everything to you. During prayer He is the power and the fulfillment in the Holy Spirit of each of your words. During pious conversation He is your living water, the ardent flow of your words at all times. He is everything to you. Be free from care in the presence of your Lord. He has enclosed you with Himself upon all sides. He penetrates you wholly and knows all your thoughts, all your needs and inclinations, and if you live in Him with faith and love, then no evil shall befall you. 'The Lord is at hand; be careful for nothing' (Phil. 4:6). -- St. John of Kronstadt