Letter from Father Michael Courey regarding our status toward church reopening
(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 06/03/2020)
Dear Saint Katherine Family,
Fr. Michael wanted to update you on the status of our church re-opening. Please carefully read the attached letter.
Included to assist you in planning to attend future church services is a calendar for June.
In addition please note that during these trying times we will be offering the service of the Supplication to the Most Holy Theotokos (aka Paraklesis Svc) each Friday. We encourage you to submit the names (first names only) of the living whom you would like remembered during the service; for their good health, safety and the salvation of their souls. Please submit your list of names by noon on Friday.
The Paraklesis service and the upcoming Saturday of the Souls Liturgy & Memorial (6/06) Orthros 9AM / Liturgy 10AM / Memorials 10L45AM) will be live streamed from the church’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Katherine-Greek-Orthodox-Church-106321609411949/. You can use the attached remembrance form to submit the names of your Orthodox departed loved-ones for Saturday’s memorial service. Please turn in your list by this Friday at noon.
Wishing you a blessed evening and hoping to see you back in church very soon.
Tom A. Bouras
Letter from St. Katherine Office - Communique - May 22, 2020
(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 05/29/2020)
Dear Saint Katherine Family,
Today is a somber day, the remembrance of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. A day to be forever known as “Black Tuesday.” May the Lord grant rest to all those who lost their lives defending the Queen City and thousands of innocent citizens who were subsequently slaughtered on that day, and since.
On a brighter note, it seems that our captivity to the conquering COVID19 virus is coming to a quicker end than the captivity of Constantinople. We are pleased to announce that we are preparing to welcome (in a limited fashion) you (the faithful) back to worship with us at the Divine Services. We are ironing out procedures and making sure we are in compliance with the civil health authority and Metropolis requirements. We are not certain when our first Sunday open will be, but it will hopefully be soon and we’ll let you know via an email blast as quickly as this information is available. For additional clarification please read the attached letters/flyers from both the Metropolis and Fr. Michael on this topic.
In the meantime services (Orthros 9AM / Liturgy 10AM) for this Sunday (May 31) will live-stream on the St. Katherine Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Katherine-Greek-Orthodox-Church-106321609411949/
These livestreamed services offer us some comfort and familiarity during these very trying times. One of our familiar church routines is the lighting of candles as we come into the narthex. We invite you to continue this pious expression of our faith by utilizing the church’s “Light a Candle” online service. This utility will allow you to make a candle donation and request that a candle to be lit in your honor by one of our priests and for a prayer to be offered for your and your family’s benefit. You can access the “Light a Candle” app by clicking on the DONATE menu of the church’s homepage (www.StKatherineGOC.org) and navigating to the “Light a Candle” feature. You can also go there directly by following this link (bookmark it for easy future reference) - https://www.stkatherinegoc.org/donate/virtual-candle
This Sunday is the Seventh Sunday of Pascha and the Church sets this day aside to commemorate the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. You can read more about this important event at: https://www.goarch.org/fathers-first-ecumenical-council
The scripture readings for this Sunday are:
- Orthros Gospel: John 21:1-14
- Epistle Reading: Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36
- Gospel Reading: John 17:1-13
Pentecost is approaching quickly (June 7) and it is always proceeded by the fourth (and final) Saturday of the Souls service of the year, offered next Saturday, June 6 (Orthros 9AM / Liturgy 10AM / Memorial 11AM). Please submit the names of your departed loved ones (first names only) on the attached remembrance form. You can mail it back or you can submit your list of names via email. Don’t forget to include nouna and nouno!
We also want to express our best wishes for a Happy Name Day (Chronia Polla / Many Years!) to all who will celebrate in the coming days:
- Fri, May 29 - Ypomoni (Patience) – the patron saint of all Greek mothers.
- Olivia (Olivianos)
- Sun, May 31 - Emmelia, Amy
- Mon, June 1 - Justin (Ioustinos), Justine
- Tue, June 2 - Marinos, Nikoforos
- Thur, June 4 - Martha
The Saint Sophia Summer Camp program (COVID19 restrictions allowing) is accepting reservations for what they hope will be another terrific camping season for our youth. See the attached flyer for program information.
The Metropolis of San Francisco is also pleased to announce an online version the very popular Greek Village program (see attached flyer or below for details.)
In the midst of this pandemic Odyssey, in cooperation with the Center of Greek Language & Culture and the Metropolis Of San Francisco we are pleased to offer a 4 Week Online Program with the topic “Ionian Islands 2020”.
From Corfu, Lefkada, and Paxos Islands to Zante, Kefalonia, Ithaca and Cythera, we will study and admire the history, geography, culture, and traditions of each island, enjoying a small taste of the Greek summer.
- Do you want to hear about Odysseus’ mythical journey back to his home?
- Do you want to explore the secret cave of the Nymphs in Kefalonia?
- Do you want to learn how they were making salt in the medieval times in Lefkada?
If the answer is YES and you are 4-18 years old Register Now at https://ourgreekvillage.org/. We are looking forward to connecting with all of you.
Looking for something interesting and cultural to do? Consider tuning in to the online Thursday morning lecture series hosted by our good friends at UCLA’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation, in conjunction with renowned scholars from Athens’ Benaki Museum. (see attached flyer for more details)
Wishing you a blessed weekend and week ahead and a Kalo Mina! (a blessed new month!)
Tom A. Bouras
Restoring Parish Life
Metropolitan Gerasimos COVID19 Reopening Letter
Letter from Father Michael Courey
Saturday of the Souls Remembrance Form
Greek Village 2020 Summer Program - Ionian Islands - June 8 - July 3, 2020
St. Sophia Camp Flyer - July 19 - August 1, 2020
Benaki Museum Lecture Series at the SNF Center UCLA
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.