Letter from St. Katherine Office
Communique - October 2, 2020
(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 10/02/2020)
Dear Saint Katherine Family,
We are currently in a “holding pattern” waiting for the local health authorities to allow us to worship inside our beloved sanctuary. Fingers crossed! Until then we will continue to offer the divine worship services in our open-air, temporary courtyard chapel.
Due to social distancing regulations, all attendees must have reserved their place in advance by contacting Mrs. Andrea Ballas at 310-325-5002 (or at [email protected].) An October calendar has been attached to assist you in planning out your worship schedule and to make the necessary arrangements with Mrs. Ballas.
For anyone whose health does not allow them to worship in person we will continue to offer a live video stream of our services at the church’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Katherine-Greek-Orthodox-Church-106321609411949/.
The Scripture readings for Sunday, October 4 (2nd Sunday of St. Luke – Love Your Enemies) are:
- Matins Reading (Sixth Eothinon Gospel): Luke 24:36-53
- Epistle Reading: St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1 (Reader: Karen Hood)
- Gospel Reading: Luke 6:31-36
Resurrection Hymn for Sunday, October 4: Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες (Tone 8)
Descending from on high, O Merciful Lord, for us did You endure three days in the tomb, that we may be released from passions in this world. You who are our resurrection and our life, glory unto You, O Lord.
Name days being celebrated this week are:
- Fri, 10/02 - Cyprian & Justina (Justine)
- Sat, 10/03 - Dionysios of Athens
- Tue, 10/06 - Thomas the Apostle
- Thur, 10/08 - Pelagia (Bella)
Chronia Polla! (Many Years!) to all celebrating.
Please take a look at the two flyers from Fr. Peter regarding our youth ministries. The first flyer is the registration flyer for all youth ministry activities; follow the link in the flyer to sign your children up for Sunday School and the all the rest.
The second flyer deals with a very sobering and real issue amongst our youth (and all of us really). How to deal with the emotional and psychological toll (depression, despondency, anxiety) brought about because of the unprecedented conditions we are living through. Please encourage your high school (college aged) children to participate in this series of online discussions geared toward coping with the obvious (and the sometimes hidden) emotional stressors of our times. Maintaining and building a stronger relationship with the Lord is crucial for spiritual stability and resiliency in the face of struggles and challenges. As Fr. Peter recently promoted the program:
As we are all aware, high school is a very difficult time in our lives both academically and emotionally, even more so now during the Covid19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic high schoolers are missing out on so many important activities that not only provide opportunity for social interaction, but also help relieve the many stressors that they are dealing with. We have been given a very special tool to help guide and assist our high schoolers during this time, the Relationship Project, a series of interactive sessions. Please consider signing up your high school youth for this special opportunity to learn about themselves and their relationship with God.
As Fr. Peter informed us earlier today, it’s not just the very young who are affected by the COVID19 lockdowns. I understand that divorce statistics show a 34% increase this year over last. In response to this unanticipated effect of the lockdowns, the Metropolis’ Family Wellness Ministry is offering some helpful programming:
Life at times gets so busy that we often forget to pay attention to our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our loved ones. Many times we allow our marriage to become stagnate and forget to step back from our busy schedule and just focus on each other. The Family Wellness Ministry of the Metropolis of San Francisco is here to remind us of how important our marriage is to our spiritual, mental and physical health. They are offering a new ministry to help support us in these most important aspects of our life. Please take the time to review the flyer and please consider signing up for this program. For more information please follow this link:
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 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.
There are a couple of Saturday opportunities coming up on October 10 and October 31. See attached flyer or info here below...
FOCUS is joining the fight against hunger @ the LA Food Bank on Saturday, October 10 and October 31. 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 for each trip. Please register using the links provided and to Learn more about our ministry efforts and how you can help visit 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 direct at 310-658-1749.
1st Event Date/Time: Sat, OCTOBER 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please register at this link… http://cerv.is/m?0338g4Rx7EP
2nd Event Date/Time: Sat, OCTOBER 31, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please register at this link… http://cerv.is/m?0338gLceZ67
Event Location: LA Facility (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.
Here is a fun culinary opportunity to add to your fall schedule; brought to you by our good friends in the Saint Sophia Philoptochos.
IT’S SAINT SOPHIA PHILOPTOCHOS’ ONLY FUN-D-RAISER OF THE YEAR!
“FROM HER KITCHEN TO YOURS” ONLINE COOKING CLASSES WITH ACCLAIMED CHEF AND GREEK FOOD AMBASSADOR MARIA LOI VIA ZOOM!
Join us for An Epicurean Journey with Friend series of master chef cooking classes celebrating the seasonal flavors of Greece. Saturday(s) October 10, November 7 and December 5 from11a.m. – 12:00 noon via Zoom. $65 per kitchen for all 3 classes. $25 per kitchen a la carte class. Silent Auction, prizes and plenty of expert tips. No passport required and aprons are optional! RSVP to Tonifaye Palomares 310-560-0865 [email protected]
Looking for something cultural to fill the COVID19 void? The UCLA: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lectures (via zoom) are always an interesting way to kick-off the weekend. A complete list of fall season events is attached as well as specific flyers for the next two lectures. RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending any of these zoom events. Zoom instructions will be sent to you after you register.
- Sat, 10/03 (10AM) - Exploring Sacred Landscapes in the Mountains of Arcadia
- Sat, 10/10 (10AM) - Excavations at the Victory Monument of Octavian Augustus at Nikopolis, Epiros: A Monument that Marks a Turning Point in the History of the Ancient World
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, October 4 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
On a final note, please see that attached flyer from our sister parish (Saint Sophia) regarding some very spacious and reasonably priced apartments for rent, which are located on the church grounds.
Wishing you a blessed weekend and week ahead. Stay cool and hydrated!
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.