St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-10-01
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St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (607)273-2767
  • Fax:
  • (607)273-6733
  • Street Address:

  • 120 West Seneca Street

  • Ithaca, NY 14850

Services Schedule

Saturdays: Great Vespers 6PM

Sundays and Weekday Services: Orthros (Matins): 8:45 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Tone

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Ananias of the 70 in the Third Tone

O Holy Apostle Ananias, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offences.

Apolytikion for Romanos the Melodist in the Plagal Fourth Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Father; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Romanos, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

St. Catherine the Great Martyr of Sinai in the First Tone

Let us praise now with hymns the distinguished bride of Christ, and the protectress of Sinai, our assistance in need, and our comforting support, godly Katherine.  For she has brilliantly made mute the unrighteous ones of wit, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and being crowned as a martyr, she pleads on our behalf for God's great mercy.

Την πανεύφημον νύμφην Χριστού υμνήσωμεν, Αικατερίναν την θείαν και πολιούχον Σινά, την βοήθειαν ημών και αντίληψιν ότιεφήμωσε λαμπρώς τους κομψούς των ασεβών του Πνεύματος τηv dynamin, και νυν ως μάρτυς στεφθείσα, αιτείται πάσι το μέγα έλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, having risen from the dead, Jesus went up and stood among His disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave Him a piece of broiled fish [and some honeycomb], and He took it and ate before them. Then He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name in all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the Temple blessing God.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


Saints and Feasts

October 01

2nd Sunday of Luke

October 01

The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Protection commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the tenth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ's sake. While the multitudes of the faithful were gathered in church, Epiphanius, the friend of Saint Andrew, through the Saint's prayers, beheld the Virgin Mary above the faithful and spreading out her veil over them, signifying her unceasing protection of all Christians. Because of this we keep a yearly feast of gratitude, imploring our Lady never to cease sheltering us in her mighty prayers.

The Feast is celebrated on October 1. In the 1950s, the Church of Greece began to observe the Feast on October 28.

October 01

Ananias, Apostle of the 70

Saint Ananias, whose name means "God is gracious," was from Damascus, where by divine revelation he was commanded to baptize the Apostle Paul (Acts 9: 10-17). He completed the course of martyrdom when he was stoned to death during the proconsulate of Lucian.


Wisdom of the Fathers

There are three things that impel us towards what is holy: natural instincts, angelic powers and probity of intention. Natural instincts impel us when, for example, we do to others what we would wish them to do to us (cf. Luke 6:31), or when we see someone suffering deprivation or in need and naturally feel compassion. Angelic powers impel us when, being ourselves impelled to something worthwhile, we find we are providentially helped and guided. We are impelled by probity of intention when, discriminating between good and evil, we choose the good.
St. Maximos the Confessor
Second Century on Love no. 32, Philokalia Vol. 2 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 71, 7th century

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century


Prayer List

AILING: Anthoula Epthimiatos, Kate Cushing, Madelyn, and all victims of war and violence, especially in Ukraine, natural disasters, and epidemics.
REPOSED: William Gousios , Angelo the Priest, All victims of war and violence, especially in Ukraine, natural disasters, and epidemics.


This Week's Events

8:45am Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy
40 Day Memorial for William (Vasilios) Gousios

Saturday October 7
11:00am Choir Practice 6:00pm Great Vespers and Confessions




Church Music Sunday: Today, as we commemorate St. Romanos the Melodist, we celebrate National Church Music Sunday. We specially recognize and thank our chanters and choir members for leading us in singing during our ser-
vices. A special prayer will be offered for them today.

Youth Sunday: We resume our focus on youth every 1st Sunday of the month. Children are encouraged to attend Divine Liturgy where Fr. Stephen will give a special sermon to them after the Gospel.

Stewardship: Help support our parish with your time, talent, and treasure. Pledge forms are available in the narthex. Your support is much appreciated to keep the ministries of our parish going. We thank all those who have already contributed.

Sunday School: Children are to go to class in the upstairs classroom after Holy Communion. Please see Emeline Mandeville for information.

Calendar: the October parish calendar is available on the handout table and will be online. Take one to stay informed of parish services and events.

Fundraising Committee: The Fund Raising Committee would like to invite all interested parishioners in joining our committee. We are a small group of volunteers who gather to discuss potential ideas, and organize, various fund rais- ing events sponsored by St Catherine Greek Orthodox Church. We meet remotely by zoom meeting once a month. For more information, please contact Steven Hoskins.

Coffee Hour: All are welcome to have refreshments and fellowship in the hall following services. Please help by signing up on the board in the hall to host a coffee hour. We thank Philoptochos for organizing our fellowships.

Livestream: Watch our Sunday services on our YouTube channel "Saint Catherine GOC Ithaca" if you cannot make it in person. Past services are also availa- ble to watch. Our direct link is:

Prayer Lists: Please let us know if there is anyone you would like us to pray for as a community. Names can be submitted to Fr. Stephen.

Philoptochos: We invite all ladies and gentleman to become members of our St. Catherine Philoptochos Chapter and join us in our philanthropic missions to help the poor, those in need locally, nationally and international relief. We do so humbly.

The recent wildfires in Maui devastated the historic seaside community of Lahaina. The people of Maui need our love and support at this difficult time of rebuilding and recovery. The National Philoptochos Society is calling for donations to the Maui Wildfire Relief Fund, a distinct and designated fund. The funds raised for this purpose will be allocated to aid those affected by the wildfire and support the relief efforts.

We ask that you keep the victims of the wildfire and their families and loved ones in your prayers and contribute as much as possible. We encourage all parishioners to continue giving and donating to the Maui Wildfire Relief Fund. Please address any checks to the "Philoptochos Society of SCGOC". The funds collected by our local chapter will be sent to the National Philoptochos Fund on September 25th.
If you prefer to contribute directly, please note that Donations from Individuals can be earmarked "Maui Wildfire Relief Fund" and sent to:
National Philoptochos Society,
126 East 37th street, New York, NY 10016
You can also donate online at

And a special thank you to all the OCF Students for hosting Coffee Hour today!!


spanakopita fundraiser