Important Message from St. Katherine's - July 22, 2020
July 22, 2020
Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles
Dear Stewards and friends of St. Katherine’s,
We pray that this letter finds each of you well and healthy. As you are all aware we are living in difficult and ever changing times. In March we went from a completely open parish to online services only, then in June, by the Grace of God, we were able to welcome our beloved faithful, at a limited capacity, back to church to pray in person. Just over a week ago we received news that we must close our doors again and only offer online services, as we experienced last weekend. Today, after much consideration and planning, we are happy to announce that starting this Friday evening, July 24, we will be offering in person services again. These services will take place in our St. Katherine courtyard, we will continue to limit our seating capacity to 40 people, and all who would like to attend must make a reservation with Mrs. Andrea Ballas at 310-325-5002 ([email protected]). God willing, we will continue to offer services in our courtyard until we are able to pray inside our beautiful sanctuary again. The following services will be offered for the duration of the month of July:
Friday July 24 - 5pm Akathist Hymn
Archbishop Elpidophoros and the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, have officially called Friday July 24 an Archdiocese wide Day of Mourning. In response to the Turkish government who will officially change the museum/church of Hagia Sophia, The Great Church of Christ, in Constantinople, from a UNESCO World Heritage site/ Museum into a fully working mosque, a move that we see as an act against God and His Holy Church. All our parishes in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of American will chant the Akathist Hymn, entreating our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos to intercede for peaceful resolution, Τη Υπερμάχω – O Champion Leader. Attached you will find a PDF explaining more on this issue and what you can do to help, as well as a formatted letter “A Call to Action” that you can insert your information in and send to your state representative.
Sunday July 26 - 9am Orthros & 10am Divine Liturgy
Monday July 27 - 9am Orthros & 10am Divine Liturgy & Anointing with Holy Oil
Feast of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Healer
Friday July 31 - 5pm Paraklesis
Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding our ever-changing schedule. We encourage all to join us for services, please remember that while here at church all are required to where face covering and are required to keep a six foot distance unless from the same household.
Rev. Fr. Michael Courey
Rev. Fr. Peter Dogias
Letter from St. Katherine Office - Communique - July 31, 2020
(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 07/31/2020)
Dear Saint Katherine Family,
We wish you a blessed beginning to the Dormition Fast, which starts tomorrow August 1 and ends on August 15.
There are to key changes to our church schedule you need to be aware of (see revised August calendar attached.)
We are beginning a summer schedule; meaning all morning worship services (Orthros & Divine Liturgy) are moving up one hour to help mitigate issues with the summer sun and excessive heat during these open-air, courtyard services.We are offering a substantially increased number of Paraklesis services as is fitting to do during the Dormition Fast. Same time as usual (5PM).
You are invited to use the attached names sheet to submit the names of living family members, loved-ones and especially ourselves for prayer. The cut off for submission of names sheets will be 4:30PM the day of the each service. Father Michael is requesting that you submit a fresh names sheet for each service at which you wish your list commemorated.
The attached names sheet form is most useful if downloaded first and then opened up with Adobe Reader. If you do not have this program currently installed on your computer a free copy of the software is available from Adobe.
If you are having difficulty using the form you may email your list to me (i.e. just type the names as part of your message) at: [email protected]. I will format the list appropriately on your behalf.
Donations are welcome and will be used for the St. Katherine Discretionary Fund which ministers to those who are in immediate need, whether they show up at our door or have otherwise contacted our clergy for assistance.
As mentioned above, we have received permission to celebrate the divine services “al fresco” in our courtyard (outside of the Fotion Fellowship Hall.) Attendance will again be on a “by reservation only” basis. Please contact Mrs. Andrea Ballas at 310-325-5002 or at [email protected] to reserve a spot at any of the upcoming services. The attached REVISED August calendar will assist you in planning your reservations.
If you are unable to attend any of the worship services of the church “in-person” you are welcome to join us via the live video stream offered at the church’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Katherine-Greek-Orthodox-Church-106321609411949/.
The Scripture readings for this Sunday (August 2) are:
- Matins Gospel Reading: John 20:11-18
- Epistle Reading: St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17
- Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:14-22
At the conclusion of Sunday’s liturgy prayers will be offered for the soul of Arthur Pliaconis (14 years). May his memory be eternal.
Name days being celebrated this week are:
- Fri, 7/31 - Frederic (Frederiki, Frederica)
- Mon, 8/03 - Salome
- Tue, 8/04 - Maximilian, Violeta (Violet)
- Wed, 8/05 - Nona
- Thur, 8/06 - Sotirios, Sotiria, Morfoula, Evmorphia (for the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord) we will offer Orthros and Liturgy for this special feast (one of the 12 major feast days)
Chronia Polla! (Many Years!) to all celebrating.
Our Greek Language School will be offering an online curriculum for the 2020/2021 academic year. Please review the attached postcard for more information. Your response (directly to the program directors) would be very much appreciated.
This next item is a repeat of info sent to you yesterday regarding a new social outreach ministry. Although it is short notice you might still be able to participate.
Fasting periods are a time to increase almsgiving and other acts of mercy/charity. Stephen Pliaconis is partnering up with the new SoCal chapter of FOCUS North America, a national movement of Orthodox Christians, united in faith and joined 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.
Stephen wanted to let us know of an opportunity coming up this Saturday, August 1.
FOCUS is joining the fight against hunger @ the LA Food Bank on Saturday, August 1. 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. Learn more about our ministry efforts and how you can help: https://focusnorthamerica.org/orange-county
If you are interested in helping this cause or may want to join in on future opportunities then please reach out to Stephen Pliaconis, 310-658-1749. Anyone interested in joining us for the 8/1 Volunteer opportunity will sign up using this link: http://cerv.is/m?0338g8PcNXk
Event Date/Time: Sat, Aug 1, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Meeting Location:
1734 E 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058
*Minimum age to Volunteer is 18 years old, we will adhere to all of the LA Food Banks safe and best health practices.
Tomorrow, (Sat 8/01) UCLA’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture will showcase (via Zoom) the final Hellenic writer/author of this fascinating lecture series. Click on the link below for additional information.
Saturday, August 1: Jim Birakos, Unlucky Tuesday: Will Civilization Die on a Tuesday?
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, August 2 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:
Password: Contact Philoptochos
** 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 and a Kalo Mina (a blessed new month)!
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.