Week of September 10

Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the Name of the Lord.

Life at St John’s really starts gearing up this week, so please be sure and read through this entire edition of The Happy Priest. We want you to know about everything that’s going on in our community!

Our Calendar

Fasting Days

Wednesday, September 12, and Friday, September 14

Daily Services

Monday, September 10-Friday, September 14

  • Orthros 5am
  • Vespers 5pm

(But check the festal schedule on Thursday evening and Friday morning; also, because life in our parish community can be pretty busy, sometimes the starting times for the daily services has to be shifted. So, if you know ahead of time that you will be attending a particular service, it’s always a good idea to send Father Aidan a note at fraidan@austin.rr.com to confirm when the service will actually begin.)

Wednesday, September 12

  • The Fall Theological Seminar 7pm at the parish and at Randy Hardin’s offices in Killeen; we’ll be discussing pgs 1-31 of Gilead

Thursday, September 13

  • Great Vespers for the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross 7pm
  • Choir Practice 7pm

Friday, September 14

The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross

  • Orthros 7am
  • Divine Liturgy 9am
  • Vespers 5pm

Saturday, September 15

  • St Thomas School 4pm This week, Michael Ruse will be leading the discussion on chapter 13 The Incarnation. If you haven’t been participating in the St Thomas School, this would be a great week to begin
  • Great Vespers 6pm

Sunday, August 19

 The Sunday After the Elevation (and Big Hat Day in honor of AudrayRoblenski)

  • Orthros 8am
  • Church School 8:15am
  • Divine Liturgy 10am
  • Community Meal Noon Join us as we put together our Quarterly Liturgy Prayer List

Coming Up

There’s just two weeks left until our very first Open House Weekend. The plan calls for all of us to participate in each of the services and all of the events on Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, but we will also be inviting our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members to join us for one of those events or services. This is the time to be reaching out to the folks we intend to invite, and, attached to this edition of The Happy Priest, is an announcement that you can share on social media once you’ve had that personal, one-on-one conversation.

Our Moment of Grace and Courtesy

When we need to ask the priest a question or give him an update on our health or schedule an appointment, we can do that by email or with a phone call or in a personal conversation. However, we should not try to do any of that when we are receiving the Holy Eucharist or reverencing the Precious and Life-Giving Cross—those are sacred and solemn moments that should not be interrupted with other concerns.

I’m looking forward to discussing Gilead with you on Wednesday evening and to offering the services for the cross together with you on Thursday and Friday.

An unworthy priest,