Letter from St. Katherine Office
Communique - June 11, 2021
(From and email sent to the St. Katherine's Community dated 6/11/2021)
Dear Saint Katherine Family,
This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Pentecostarion period (the period between Pascha and Holy Pentecost.) Each year on this particular Sunday, the Church singles out for commemoration the Holy Fathers of the First Œcumencial Synod. You can read about the significance of this event here.
On Saturday (6/19), the day before Holy Pentecost the Church, offers the fourth and final Saturday of the Souls liturgy/memorial of the church year. Please bring your kolyva and list of names. Orthros will be at 9AM, Liturgy at 10AM followed by the memorial service. Remembrance sheets are available at the counter area in the back of the church.
As COVID restrictions continue to be relaxed, we are discontinuing the “Light a Candle” service as of next Tuesday (6/15). We invite our parishioners to come to church and light a candle “live and in-person.” Until Tuesday you can find the link to this service on our website: www.stkatherinegoc.org.
For our shut-ins and anyone else who cannot attend services “in person” we will continue to be broadcast on our livestreaming video feed at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/St-Katherine-Greek-Orthodox-Church-106321609411949/.
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE FIRST ŒCUMENICAL COUNCIL, JUNE 13:
- Matins Gospel Reading: John 21:1-14 (the tenth Eothinon Gospel)
- Epistle Reading: Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36 (Epistle reader – Gus Alex)
- Gospel Reading: John 17:1-13
ENTRANCE HYMNS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 13:
Resurrection Hymns: Ἀγγελικαί δυνάμεις (Tone 6)
When the angelic powers appeared at Your tomb and those who guarded You became as though dead, and standing by Your sepulcher was Mary seeking Your pure and sacred body. For You did vanquish Hades, and uncorrupted by its touch, You came unto the virgin woman, bestowing the gift of life. And from the dead You arose Lord, we give glory to You. Ἀγγελικαὶ δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.
Apolytikion of the Ascension: Ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ (Tone 4)
Though You went down into the tomb, O Immortal One, yet You brought down the dominion of Hades; and You rose as the victor, O Christ our God; and You called out "Rejoice" to the Myrrh-bearing women, and gave peace to Your Apostles, O Lord who to the fallen grant resurrection. Ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, χαροποιήσας τοὺς Μαθητάς, τῇ ἐπαγγελίᾳ τοῦ ἁγίου Πνεύματος· βεβαιωθέντων αὐτῶν διὰ τῆς εὐλογίας, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ λυτρωτὴς τοῦ κόσμου.
Apolytikion of the Holy Fathers: Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ (Tone 8)
Supremely blessed are You, O Christ our God. You established the holy Fathers upon the earth as beacons, and through them You have guided us all to the true Faith, O greatly merciful One, glory be to You. Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν πίστιν, πάντας ἡμᾶς ὁδηγήσας· πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.
Kontakion of the Ascension: Τὴν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πληρώσας οἰκονομίαν (Tone 6)
Though When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, and united things on earth with the things in heaven, You were taken up thither in glory, O Christ our God, going not away from any place, but continuing inseparable, and to them that love You crying out: "I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you. Τὴν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πληρώσας οἰκονομίαν, καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ γῆς ἑνώσας τοῖς οὐρανίοις, ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ, Χριστε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, οὐδαμόθεν χωριζόμενος, ἀλλὰ μένων ἀδιάστατος, καὶ βοῶν τοῖς ἀγαπῶσί σε· Ἐγώ εἰμι μεθ' ὑμῶν, καὶ οὐδεὶς καθ' ὑμῶν.
TRISAGION – Niki Bordokas – 1 year. May her memory be eternal!
NAMEDAYS celebrated in the next 7 days:
- Fri, June 11 - Bartholomew, Zaferis/Zaferia
- Wed, June 15 - Monica, Ortansia
- Thur, June 16 - Tychon(Tikon)
Chronia Polla! (Many Years!) to our parishioners celebrating this week.
Below are some general announcements regarding events and activities in the community:
ST. KATHERINE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS – Last Sunday (6/06) the St. Katherine Foundation was proud to present scholarship awards to applicants who have excelled in academics and service to our parish and the community. Scholarship applications were reviewed and ranked by an independent panel headed by Dr. Christine Bogdanou, Director of the LMU Caloyeras Center of Modern Greek Studies. Congratulations (in alphabetical order) to: Nicholas Broussinos, Jack Dulgarian, Zoe Feller, George Gianoukakis, Andonia Goergen, Katelyn Harris, Kostadina Makrygiannis, Rose Malki, Michael Mitsanas, Tia Pappas, Lauren Pierson, Stelene Tragus, Valentina Tragus and Kasiani Wolfe. AXI0I!!!
KOINONIA FOOD FELLOWSHIP – Our ladies of Philoptochos have expanded the Sunshine and Comforters program with the addition of the Koinonia Food Fellowship. During Holy Week we delivered lentil soup, tsoureki, koulourakia, and a blessed palm from Palm Sunday to 35 homebound St. Katherine seniors. The “Koinonia Food Fellowship” is a monthly program to share our love with those in our community. If you are interested in helping with this wonderful program, please contact Julie Makrygiannis at [email protected] or call at 310-373-1278.
“FAITH” SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – These merit-based scholarships are awarded to exemplary young people in the Greek Orthodox and Hellenic community who achieve academic excellence and are actively involved in their church and community. Applicants can access the application at: thefaithendowment.org/scholarships. Eligible applicants must be a member of a Greek Orthodox parish and a graduating high school senior enrolling in a 4-year accredited U.S. university this fall. Application deadline is June 21, 2021. For questions or inquiries call 212-803-9363 or email [email protected].
MOTHER OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON – Saint Sophia Cathedral Philoptochos will be honoring 2021 Mother of the Year, Judith Marie Christopoulos. The event will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00AM at the Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena. Reservations required. For more information or to RSPV visit www.stsophiaphiloptochos.org/mothers-day.
CYBER SECURITY – Be vigilant! Cyber criminals have recently targeted some of our parishioners with fake messages requesting gift cards. Don’t fall for these fake email and texting scams. Fr. Michael and Fr. Peter are not soliciting for gifts via text or email. If in doubt please call the church office before you reply to any such request.
NEW FROM OUR METROPOLIS
HELP OUR GRADUATES STAY CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH – Thousands of our Orthodox youth graduate from High School and go away to schools across our country. While blessed with unprecedented educational opportunities, at the same time, many face difficult challenges in the environment of the college campus. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco wants to help maintain their connection to the Church! Complete the Online Form or visit www.gosfyouth.org. The Metropolis will make sure that an Orthodox Priest and community near your student's college connects with your loved one.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER? – There is still time to register for two fabulous camp programs – Our Greek Village Camp, and the Metropolis of San Francisco Summer Camp. These events will be held virtually but will be fun, engaging, and even come with surprise camper boxes to make your experience that much more immersive and memorable.
- OUR GREEK VILLAGE – Youth ages 8 – 15 can enjoy 8 consecutive days of language instruction, music, folk dance, Greek cooking, plus learn about the important people, events and places for the Greek Revolution. Our Greek Village virtual camp will be held daily from June 19 – 26 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Register online at www.ourgreekvillage.org.
- METROPOLIS OF SAN FRANCISCO SUMMER CAMP – Youth ages 8 – 18 can enjoy virtual Summer Camp with daily worship, cabin talks, arts and crafts, evening activities, and more! The program will be held July 19 – 30, 2021, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Register online at www.gosfyouth.org.
- MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Church Music Federation Ministry is pleased to once again offer eight (8) Frank Desby and Xenia Anton Desby Memorial Music Scholarships of up to $500 each for Metropolis church musicians in 2021. Funds can be used to obtain education and training in singing, chanting, and conducting. Applications and information can be found online at www.sfchurchmusic.org. Deadline: August 15, 2021. For more information, please contact: [email protected].
MISSION TO AMERICA – There’s still time to support the Metropolis Missions and Evangelism Ministry and their Mission to America campaign, which started on Pascha and continues through Pentecost (June 20). Proceeds from this effort will fund tangible projects at each of our six mission parishes located in: Maui, HI; Pasco, WA; Roseburg, OR; Salem, OR; Flagstaff, AZ; and Lake Havasu City, AZ. Learn more about Mission to America at www.groworthodoxy.org and how you can support this important effort today!
ARCHONS SUPPORT ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE – The Archons in the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle are selected from a group of dedicated laymen who are defenders of our faith and work diligently to protect the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Established in 1955 this ministry has grown over the past 66 years which have included hundreds of dedicated Archons who have given their time, talent and treasure as supporters and advocates for our Mother Church. In the Metropolis of San Francisco, we are blessed with nearly 70 dedicated Archons who continue to defend our faith and the religious freedom of our Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Learn more about the efforts of the Archons in the Metropolis of San Francisco at www.sanfran.goarch.org/archons.
Wishing you a blessed weekend, week ahead.
With the help of the office volunteers,
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.