Dear Saint Katherine Family,

Tomorrow is the final Saturday of Souls of the Lenten period. The next one will not be until the Saturday before Holy Pentecost (June 15, save the date!). Bring your kolyva and list of names and do a good deed by remembering the souls of your departed loved ones. Orthros is at 9AM, Liturgy/Memorial will be at 10AM.

On the topic of the dearly departed… our long-time parishioner George Kitsios passed away this week and his family has asked that we inform you of his funeral arrangements. The Kitsios family moved to the San Diego area some time ago but they still have strong ties to this community. Mr. Kitsios’ funeral will be at Sts. Constantine & Helen (Cardiff by the Sea) on Thursday, March 21 at 10AM. Our condolences to Mr. Kitsios’ family and friends. May his memory be eternal.

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Great Lent and the Church commemorates the restoration of Icons into the life and sacred spaces of the Church after the long and bloody struggle against the Iconoclasts (icon-smashers). You can read more about it at: Sunday of Orthodoxy

Even though Lent is low-key time we can still heartily enjoy our feastdays! So, Chronia Polla to all who will celebrate in the coming week:

Sat, 3/16 – St. Theodore and the miracle of the kolyva (Theodore, Theodora, etc.)
Sun, 3/17 – Alexios the Man of God (Alexi, Alexa, Alexis), Roxanne
Tue, 3/19 – Daria

If you are looking for something both Lenten and festive to do tomorrow check out the flyer regarding the PanOrthodox Vespers at the Assumption parish in Long Beach (Sat, 3/16 at 5:30PM).

Wishing you a blessed end to this first week of the fast and “good strength and courage” (sounds better in Greek than in English) for the week ahead.

With the help of the office volunteers,

Tom A. Bouras
Office Manager


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