St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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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 Grave Tone

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Martyrs Cyprian and Justina in the Fourth Tone

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Cyprian. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

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

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, [Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened. That very day] two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find His body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

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 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.

October 02

Theophilus the Confessor

October 02

2nd Sunday of Luke


Prayer List

Prayer List


AILING: Anthoula Epthimiatos, Kate Cushing, Heidi Kollias, Athena Kalandros, all victims and those suffering war and violence, especially in Ukraine, natural disasters epidemics and those suffering the Coronavirus pandemic.

REPOSED: Kostantinos Kokoris, Maria Chacona, John Mavros, Dottie Christopher, all victims and those suffering war and violence, especially in Ukraine, natural disasters epidemics and those suffering the Coronavirus pandemic.

IN NEED: Bixler Weiskopf, Martin Thann; Donna Poole; Angela Tompkins; Kaiden Wentworth; Thorsten and Kim Rogall; Cheryl, Rob, Adam and Jacob Troska; Kaethe Pfeiffer, Klaus; John Ligas; Rev. Dn. Tewolde Yohannes, his wife Hirut and their family; Sue Miller; Mary McKelvey; Heinz Neveling; Jerry Hoffman; Barbara Hoskins, and all victims and those suffering war and violence, especially in Ukraine, natural disasters epidemics and those suffering the Coronavirus pandemic.


Week's Event's

Week's Event's


National Church Music Sunday
Youth Sunday
8:45am Orthros
Philoptochos General Meeting following Coffee Hour
Wednesday October 5
7:00pm A Spiritual Enrichment Evening
Thursday October 6
3:00pm Greek School
Saturday October 8
NO Choir Practice
6:00pm Great Vespers & Confessions



Sunday School: Children are to go to classes after Holy Communion.  Elementary students will meet in the upper room while junior and senior high students will meet in the meeting room.  If you would like to teach, please see Fr. Stephen.

Greek School: Our Greek School has resumed.  Classes will be on Thursdays at 3:00pm.  See Kleo Stavropoulos for information.

Adult Ministry: Come all to a new adult ministry, A Spiritual Enrichment Evening, Wednesdays at 7pm in our church.  Join together for one hour of prayer, reflection, Bible study, and discussion led be Fr. Stephen.  See the flyer on the handout table.

Choir: We welcome people to join our choir.  Practices are Saturdays at 11:00am.  See our Director, Steve Hoskins, if you are interested.

Church Music Sunday: Today we honor our church musicians on this National Church Music Sunday.  We thank all those who sing and chant in our parish for helping us to lift up our hearts to the Lord.  May they continue to be blessed with their talent through the prayers of their patron saint St. Romanos the Melodist.
Youth Sunday: Every first Sunday of the month will be Youth Sunday.  Fr. Stephen will offer a sermon to our youth and we will focus on them.  Parents with children are encouraged to bring them to church especially on these days for their spiritual growth. 
Metropolis Youth Picnic: Youth and families from all our Metropolis New York District parishes are invited to a Columbus Day Picnic at Churchville Park, Churchville, NY.  It is an opportunity for us to get together for food, dancing, and outdoor fun.  Hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Rochester, please email their secretary at if you plan to attend.  A flyer is available on the handout table for further information.

Livestream: Watch our Sunday services livestreamed on our YouTube channel "Saint Catherine GOC Ithaca" if you cannot make it in person.  Past services are also available to watch.  We encourage you to subscribe to our channel.  Our direct link is 

Calendar: The October parish calendar is included in the bulletin.  Keep one and stay informed of parish services and events.

Card Machine: A credit/debit card machine is available in the narthex for making donations if you don't have cash or prefer a card method.  Easy instructions on the screen allow you to conduct your transaction on your own, however you can seek help from a Parish Council member if needed.

Incense: Donations of incense for the altar are welcomed.  Monetary donations of $40 - 50 would cover the cost of ordering.  Please see Fr. Stephen if you wish to donate.

Philoptochos: Philoptochos welcomes all ladies and gentlemen to our next General meeting , October 2nd, following Coffee Hour in our church hall. We will include discussion of our Philoptochos Christmas Bakesale. 

We are looking for a Chairperson or Chairpersons to head our Philoptochos Fundraiser Christmas Bakesale this December.
Our Philoptochos Chapter is a philanthropic society, who donates all its fundraising proceeds to various charities, for the poor and needy of Tompkins County, as well as 
National and International relief and victims of war, Medical Children’s Fund and a variety of ministries through our Metropolis of Detroit 
Please note that our October meeting dates have changed: Board Meeting on October 16th, General Meeting on October 23rd.
New Fundraising Committee: The parish council would like to announce the formation of a new fundraising committee. This informal group will develop and help implement new fundraising activities for the church.  If you are potentially interested in participating, please contact Paulette Manos (607) 279-6641, or


Coffee Hour: All are welcomed 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. 

COVID Precautions: We strongly recommend wearing a mask while in the church facilities out of caution for the coronavirus.  Masks and hand sanitizer are available at the entranceways.

Prayer Lists: Please let us know if there is anyone you would like us to pray for as a community and also update us about those that our currently on our lists.  Please submit any names to Fr. Stephen.