Letter from St. Katherine Office
Communique - April 16, 2021

(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 4/16/2021)

Dear Saint Katherine Family,

HOLYWEEK UPDATE Please read Fr. Michael’s important announcement (attached) regarding changes to the services of Holy Week in accordance with COVID19 safety protocols.

AKATHYST HYMN Tonight at 7PM we will celebrate the entire Akathist Hymn to the Holy Theotokos. A little back ground on the Akathist can be found here: We hope to see you in person, NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, come on down!  Live stream video of the service will continue to be available at:

THE SIX SUNDAYS OF GREAT LENT Each Sunday has its own theme (same theme every year.) This Sunday (4/18) is the fifth Sunday of Great Lent, dedicated to St. Mary of Egypt. Follow this link to read more about this saint whose life of deep repentance should inspire all of us:

GREAT NEWS!  NO MORE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!!  COVID19 restrictions in Los Angeles County have been relaxed further.  We are now offering additional “socially distanced” worship space in the church proper as well as in the Foundation Community Center where LIVE VIDEO (& AUDIO) will be projected onto a very large screen on the stage area.

For those feeling ill or at high risk of serious illness, our live video streaming of each divine service will continue (now with better cameras, multiple camera locations and improved sound for a more satisfying online viewing experience (at the church’s Facebook page:

For those of our parishioners choosing to view the services remotely from home we invite you to take advantage of our “Light a Candle” service where you can request that our priest on duty light a candle for you and your family in the Narthex and offer a prayer on your behalf.  Light a Candle:

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 18 (Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt – Fifth Sunday of Great Lent):


Resurrection Hymn:  Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως (Tone 4)

When the tidings of the resurrection from the glorious angel was proclaimed unto the women disciples and our ancestral sentence also had been abolished, to the Apostles with boasting did they proclaim that death is vanquished evermore and Christ our God has risen from the dead and granted to the world His great redeeming mercy.   Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀποῤῥίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for the Devout Woman (St. Mary of Egypt) (Tone 8)

In you, O Mother, is preserved undistorted what was made in the image of God; for taking up the cross, you followed Christ and by example taught, that we should overlook the flesh, since it passes away, and instead look after the soul, since it is immortal. And therefore, O devout Mary, your spirit rejoices with the angels.   Ἐν σοὶ Μῆτερ ἀκριβῶς διεσώθη τὸ κατ' εἰκόνα· λαβοῦσα γὰρ τὸν σταυρόν, ἠκολούθησας τῷ Χριστῷ, καὶ πράττουσα ἐδίδασκες ὑπερορᾶν μὲν σαρκὸς παρέρχεται γάρ, ἐπιμελεῖσθαι δὲ ψυχῆς, πράγματος ἀθανάτου· διὸ καὶ μετὰ Ἀγγέλων συναγάλλεται Ὁσία Μαρία τὸ πνεῦμά σου.

Kontakion of the Theotokos:  Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν (Tone 2)

O Protection of Christians that never falls, intercession with the Creator that never fails, we sinners beg you, do not ignore the voices of our prayers. O good Lady, we implore you, quickly come unto our aid, when we cry out to you with faith. Hurry to intercession, and hasten to supplication, O Theotokos who protect now and ever those who honor you.   Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία, πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε, μὴ παρίδῃς, ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

TRISAGIA – Christodoulos Hieromonk-7 days, Ioannis Archmandrite-8 years (May their memory be eternal)

NAMEDAYS being celebrated in the next 7 days:

  • Fri, Apr 16 - Galinos/Galini, Niki, Chionia/Chioniati (Snow White)
  • Tue, Apr 20 - Zacchaeus
  • Wed, Apr 21 - Alexandra
  • Thur, Apr 22 - Niarchos

Chronia Polla! (Many Years!) to our parishioners celebrating this week.

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS – PALM CROSS TYING & FELLOWSHIP – With the relaxation of COVID restrictions we are overjoyed to be offing an “in-person” fellowship opportunity!  Join us on Saturday, April 24 to help tie Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday and to enjoy fellowship and a light lunch.  See the attached flyer for additional details.

HOLY FRIDAY YOUTH RETREAT – LIVE, IN PERSON (NOT ZOOM!) – GOYA & JR. GOYA are invited on Friday, April 30 for a spiritual retreat.  See attached flyer for event and RSVP details.

DELICIOUS FRESH-BAKED TSOUREKAI FOR YOUR PASCHA CELEBRATIONSPhiloptochos will be baking everyone’s Pascha favorite, TSOUREKI ! !  Pre-order your loaf(loaves) for only $10 each.  See the attached flyer for ways to order and pay for your tsoureki, or visit Tsoureki Order Request (

KOULOURAKIA - FRESH-& DELICIOUSDaughters of Penelope (Anthos 395) will be selling bags of yummy home-baked Koulourakia for $5 per bag.  No preordering!  First come, first served.  Just show up and grab a bag or two.  Koulourakia will be available in the courtyard after Liturgy starting Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday.  If any remain they will be available for purchase during Holy Week.

CULTIVATING A PURPOSEFUL LIFE - LENTEN TALKS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS Thursday evenings at 6:30PM during Great Lent, various clergy of our Metropolis will lead themed zoom sessions for our young people.  Check out the attached flyer for registration details or visit OrthoTalks — Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Youth and Young Adult Ministries (

ROE V. WADE, THE MOVIE – In conjunction with their 50th anniversary, the Pregnancy Help Center of Torrance invites to a pre-release screening of the gripping docu-drama, “Roe v. Wade”. From April 12 thru 26 you can stream the movie for only $12.99.  Visit Pregnancy Help Center | Watch Roe V. Wade to purchase your 30 day viewing subscription.

UCLA’S STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION HELLENIC CENTER ZOOM LECTURES CONTINUE – Tomorrow (Sat) April 17 at 10AM, Professor of Literary Theory and Modern Greek Studies (University of Cyprus) Marinos Pourgouris will present “Odysseus Elytis: The Poet as Philosopher”  To RSVP for the ZOOM lecture visit: Meeting Registration - Zoom.

VIRTUAL COFFEE HOURFeeling isolated?  Keep connected with your church friends.  After liturgy join us for a virtual coffee hour this Sunday (and hopefully every Sunday during the COVID19 emergency) hosted by our lovely ladies of Philoptochos.

This Sunday Philoptochos will once again host a virtual coffee hour via Zoom at 12:15 pm after online Divine Liturgy

Sunday, April 18 at 12:15 PM following the Divine Liturgy (online)

If you already have Zoom, just click here to join the Virtual Coffee Hour or copy and paste this link:

** If you have trouble getting in online, you can phone in but be aware that toll charges apply:

Phone number: 669-900-6833 or 346-248-7799
Meeting ID: 805 024 676
Password: Contact Philoptochos


Wishing you a blessed weekend and week ahead.

With the help of the office volunteers,

Tom A. Bouras
Office Manager


Parish Calendar
2021 Holy Week COVID19 Protocols
Great Lent Weekday Service
Philoptochos Tsoureki Sale
Cultivating a Purposeful Life
Saturday of Lazarus - April 24, 2021
Holy Friday Youth Retreat - April 30, 2021
Letter to Parish Regarding St. Katherine Online Book Store
Letter to Parish Regarding Online Youth Videos
Legacy of Love
Stavros Niarchos Foundation UCLA Lecture Series


Archdiocese Announces COVID-19 Relief Program


New York - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the creation of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund” as an important part of its efforts to support those around the country who have been impacted by the current pandemic.  One-time grants of up to $2,500 will be made available to those who are facing extreme financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros had urged the creation of the Fund and commented:

“During this desperate time, we believe it is our responsibility to provide, in addition to our spiritual care, material support for our brothers and sisters who are facing unexpected financial hardship. We now have the ability to provide funding up to $500,000, but I want to challenge everyone to help our Church raise an additional $500,000, as we expect the consequences of the Pandemic to extend at least through the end of this year. We are committed to helping people in their daily lives, and are grateful to those who will join our cause.”

Archbishop Elpidophoros named Bishop Apostolos of Medeia  to lead a committee to approve applications for relief.  Those facing an economic or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in need of emergency help with expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, childcare, medical, funeral or other daily costs, may apply to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has been privately funded, through the GOARCH website

Those who wish to contribute to the Fund may do so at