Letter from St. Katherine Office
Communique - January 15, 2021
(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 1/15/2021)
Dear Saint Katherine Family,
Happy long weekend! The church office will be completely closed on Monday, January 18 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Due to concerns over high COVID19 infection rates and the corresponding burden on our local medical facilities, our clergy and parish leadership are continuing the moratorium on in-person worship.
Attached is an updated January calendar to assist you in planning your online viewing of the previously scheduled services. Live streaming video is available at the church’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Katherine-Greek-Orthodox-Church-106321609411949/.
The church office operations continue to be curtailed as we are defined as a “non-essential” business. We will be in the office limited hours so call ahead to make sure we are available. We will continue to monitor email correspondence and voice messages and respond to your needs to the best of our abilities.
Scripture readings for Sunday, January 17 (12th Sunday of Luke – The Ten Lepers):
- Matins Reading (Tenth Eothinon Gospel): John 21:1-14
- Epistle Reading (of St. Anthony): St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21
- Gospel Reading: Luke 17:12-19
Entrance Hymns for Sunday, January 17:
Resurrection Hymn: Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου (Tone 7 / Grave)
O Lord, by Your sacred Cross You abolished death, and granted unto the thief blessed paradise. The Myrrh-bearers ceased lamenting and turned to joy. The Apostles did preach the Good News at Your command, that You had risen from the dead O Christ our God, bestowing Your mercy upon the world evermore. Kατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας· ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.
Apolytikion of St. Anthony the Great (Tone 4)
Imitating the manners of Elijah the Zealot, and following the straight paths of John the Baptist, O Father Anthony, you colonized the desert, and you supported the Empire by your prayers. Therefore intercede with Christ our God to save our souls. Τὸν ζηλωτὴν Ἠλίαν τοῖς τρόποις μιμούμενος, τῷ Βαπτιστῇ εὐθείαις ταῖς τρίβοις ἑπόμενος, Πάτερ Ἀντώνιε, τῆς ἐρήμου γέγονας οἰκιστής, καὶ τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐστήριξας εὐχαῖς σου· διὸ πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.
Kontakion for the Presentation the Lord (Theophany (Tone 1)
You sanctified the virginal womb by Your birth, O Lord, and blessed the hands of Symeon fittingly, O Christ God; and even now You came and saved us. Now, give peace to our Nation in time of war, and empower our Leaders, so loved by You, the only one who loves humanity. Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῷ τόκῳ σου, καὶ χεῖρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νῦν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.
Namedays being celebrated in the next 7 days:
- Sun, Jan 17 - Anthony (Andonis, Tony) / Antonia (Antoinette, Tonia)
- Mon, Jan 18 - Athanasios (Thanasi, Thanos) / Athanasia (Nancy, Thani) & Kyrilos (Cyril)
- we will honor these Patriarchs of Alexandria with the services of Orthros / Liturgy (live stream only) at the usual times (9AM / 10AM)
- Tue, Jan 19 - Makarios
- Wed, Jan 20 - Efthemios (Thymios)
- Thur, Jan 21 - Maximos, Neophytos, Agnes (Agni)
Chronia Polla! (Many Years!) to all of our parishioners celebrating this week.
Foundation Scholarship Applications – The 2021 application packets are now available for pick-up from the church office. Students enrolled in accredited colleges and universities, who meet the qualifying requirements and whose parents are current stewards of the St. Katherine parish are eligible to apply. Completed applications must be submitted by Monday, April 5, 2021 without exception. Due to heightened restrictions arising from the pandemic, we highly recommend you contact the office before picking up an application. For more information, please contact Roz Halikis: [email protected].
Crossroad Summer Institute – High School juniors and seniors are invited to a ten-day academic summer institute in preparation for big life decisions by connecting them with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition in a deep and meaningful way. 3 sessions offered: 6/12-6/22 (Boston), 6/26-7/9 (Boston), 7/19-7/29 (Chicago). Registration deadline is 2/16. View attached flyer or visit www.crossroadinstitute.org for mor information.
FOCUS: LA Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity – Getting involved with helping others is a great way to keep your own spirits high. Under the leadership of Stephen Pliaconis we are getting involved with a very worthy local outreach ministry, the SOCAL chapter of FOCUS North America, a national movement Fellowship of Orthodox Christians, United in Service. Joined together by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America. FOCUS has operations and youth volunteer experiences in more than 50 cities in the United States. To Learn more about our ministry efforts and how you can help visit https://focusnorthamerica.org/orange-county
The first 2021 service opportunity is coming up on Saturday, February 13 (9 am - 12 pm) at the LA Food Bank (1734 E 41st St, Los Angeles 90058.) Volunteers are needed to help us sort through, inspect, and package food donations from local farmers and supermarket chains before the donations go out into the community. We would like to begin a new and lasting relationship the LA Food Bank whose mission is to mobilize resources to fight against hunger in our local communities. We are allowed 10 Volunteers total. Register at: http://cerv.is/m?0338gjBhG33. Minimum age to Volunteer is 18 years old, We adhere to all of the LA Food Banks’ safe and best health practices. If you are interested in helping this cause or may want to join in on future opportunities then please reach out to Stephen Pliaconis direct at 310-658-1749.
Greek American Documentaries (on demand on VIMEO) – Have you exhausted all the videos on Amazon Prime and Netflix? Looking for some cultural viewing? The Greek Heritage Society of Southern California is proud to launch all three award-winning documentaries of our trilogy, "The Greeks of Southern California Through the Centuries," on Vimeo (a worldwide video-sharing platform.) The documentaries are collective stories that reflect generations of Greek Americans who established themselves locally, nationally, and internationally, always expressing gratitude for their rich cultural background. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis is the host and narrator of the series.
- Part 1 THE PIONEERS 1900-1942
- Part 2 THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW 1940-1960
- Part 3 THE NEW GREEK AMERICANS 1960- 2018
Great films for the entire family at a limited Special Holiday price!!! https://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/ghs
- Rent (stream) any documentary online for 1 week at $4.99
- Buy (stream) any documentary online for $14.99 (regular $19.99)
- Buy (stream) all three documentaries online for a special price of $29.99 (regular $59.97)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation UCLA Lecture Series Continues in 2021 – If you enjoyed this year’s interesting offerings via ZOOM, you will want to add to your calendar the upcoming lectures. Please see the attached flyer for a list of all the lecture dates and topics. RSVP is required to receive ZOOM access information. Visit www.hellenic.ucla.edu/events/ for more information about each upcoming event and direct access to the RSVP link.
Virtual Coffee Hour – Feeling isolated? Keep connected with your church friends. After virtual 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, January 17 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.
Tom A. Bouras
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 https://www.goarch.org/covid19relief
Those who wish to contribute to the Fund may do so at www.goarch.org/covid19/donate.