Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-02-18
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Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (561) 833-6387
  • Fax:
  • (561) 833-6391
  • Street Address:

  • 110 Southern Blvd.

  • West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services:

  8:30 am     Orthros

  9:45 am     Divine Liturgy


Sunday School Classes: 

11:15 am     After Holy Communion

Past Bulletins

This Week and Upcoming Events

 Christ is in our midst!  He is and ever shall be!

 Our services are streamed live on the internet.
at our Saint Catherine website -

Join us for Orthodox Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 9:45 a.m.


Light a candle and offer a prayer at Saint Catherine (click above).  

The online form sends the names of your family and friends direct to Father Gustavo at the altar; prayers are offered during the Proskomidi in preparation for the Divine Liturgy!


February 18, 2024
Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

COVID-19 protocol:  Parishioners and guests may wear a mask if they desire in our Church and Hellenic Cultural Center.  All are advised not to enter if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.  Everyone should also follow the CDC guidelines on quarantining if they have recently been with someone who is COVID positive or experiencing symptoms.

Links to the service text:  Links to the service texts are through the Digital Chant Stand of our Archdiocese.  For optimal viewing select the "GR-EN Text/Music" link for Matins (Orthros) and Divine Liturgy. Apps may be downloaded for your phone or tablet. Link to the Digital Chant Stand 

Holy Communion:  When the faithful approach the Holy Chalice, they should stand with respect before the priest and say their baptismal/chrismation name.  After the name is uttered, the faithful should open their mouth to receive Holy Communion.  When the spoon goes into the mouth, the faithful should close their mouth and make sure that they swallow the consecrated Bread and Wine.  Every person who stands before the Holy Chalice, should not have any contact with the red communion cloth, before, during, or after receiving Holy Communion.  The red communion cloth is to be placed under each person’s chin by those who are assisting the clergy.  Under no circumstances should the red communion cloth be used as a table napkin to wipe the mouth, nor should one who has received Holy Communion touch it at all. 

Coffee and Fellowship:  We invite you to join us for coffee and fellowship in our Hellenic Cultural Center after the Divine Liturgy.



This Week

Sunday, February 18  Sunday of the Canaanite
      8:30 am  Orthros
      9:45 am  Divine Liturgy


Next Week and Highlights of Upcoming Services and Events

Sunday, February 25  Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee
      8:30 am  Orthros
      9:45 am  Divine Liturgy

Triodion Begins

Monday, February 26  10:00 am  Mommy & Me

Tuesday, February 27  Philoptochos
    10:00 am  Board Meeting / 12:00 pm  Lunch Meeting

Friday, March 1   6:30 pm  Greek School Apokries / Mardi Gras Family Fun Night



Stewardship: As of February 3rd, Stewardship gifts for 2024 have been received from 71 individuals/families totaling $30,093.  Some of the donations represent fulfillment of their total pledge while many others have begun their weekly, monthly or other scheduled donation. We are so thankful to these stewards.

The 2024 Stewardship materials were mailed to our parishioners and are also available on the website. Click here for the 2024 Stewardship Program and Commitment Form. New feature for 2024 - You may complete the commitment form online and email it back to the office. 

The Donate buttons here and on our website lead to our online giving site.  Again, thank you for your support!


Youth Safety Resources:  We’re committed to connecting young people with Jesus Christ. To do that, we need to create ministry environments that are safe and health. For more on how you can help, please visit our Youth Safety website:


Church Services Streamed:  Many of our Divine Liturgies have been recorded and can be viewed at  Subscribe to our YouTube channel; you will be notified when we begin a live stream.

Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church (Services from 2020 until now)

Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church (Selected services from 2015-2019)


Event Flyers

    49th Annual Saint Catherine Greek Festival

    49th Annual Saint Catherine Greek Festival

    It's Ouzo & Opa Time! The Greek Food & Wine Fest is February 16th, 17th & 18th. See you there!

    Cretan Voice Picnic

    Cretan Voice Picnic

    Due to weather concerns there has been a change to the date of the Cretan Voice Picnic. Please join us on March 3rd!

    Greek School Apokries

    Greek School Apokries

    Join the Greek School for Apokries Family Fun Night on March 1st and the Greek Independence Day Parade in Tarpon Springs on March 17th.

    Daughters of Penelope

    Daughters of Penelope

    Join us for the Daughters of Penelope Leda Chapter 59 Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon. Dress as your favorite Barbie!

    CrossRoads - An amazing summer program

    CrossRoads - An amazing summer program

    An amazing summer program for high school juniors and graduating seniors. This can be the best ten days possible this summer! We have a scholarship available. Contact Father Andrew.

    The 2024 Archdiocese Directory is available for Download

    The 2024 Archdiocese Directory is available for Download

    St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

    St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

    Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into two divisions: Junior Division for students in grades 7–9 Senior Division for student in grades 10–12 The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year. We are hosting the 2024 Metropolis Oratorical Festival May 10-12, 2024 at Saint Catherine.

    What's New on Engage Orthodoxy

    What's New on Engage Orthodoxy

    Engage Orthodoxy is a beautiful website created by Family Life Ministry to provide resources and inspiration for our Orthodox family. Engage Orthodoxy hosts several blogs written by Orthodox authors on timely topics. In addition to blogs, Engage Orthodoxy has launched a podcast aimed at Orthodox homeschool families of teens. Check out our newest posts and listen to our podcast at

    Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth

    Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth

    Creating healthy, Christ-centered ministry environments. ------------ As an Archdiocese, we're ready to take the next step in youth safety. ------------ The new Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth is how we'll do it. ------------ Ministry heads check this out! We must prepare and follow all the steps for the safety of our children. Our Archdiocese requires this in order to participate in any youth events !!!


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But 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.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


Memorials and Trisagions


1 Year ~ Eleni Giampourani
5 Years ~ Vasilios Giampouranis

Parents of Anna
Grandparents of Emmanuel and Elianna



Wisdom of the Fathers

She had a great perfection of faith. She had no uncertainty about His divine majesty. She had no small measure of the virtue of patience. Yet the pitying Physician of the pitiful disdained her petitions. He kept her waiting for answer in order to demonstrate to us the perseverence of this woman that we can always imitate. She had the characteristics of constancy and humility. She willingly embraced the indignity she received, and even confirmed the Lord`s statement. This woman rightly signifies the faith and devotion of the Church gathered from the nations
Saint Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216, 217.

He kept her waiting for an answer in order to declare that the minds of His disciples should also be merciful. As human beings they were ashamed of the clamor of the woman as she pursued them publicly, but He Himself knew the character of His mercy.
St. Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216


Saints and Feasts

February 18

Sunday of the Canaanite

February 18

Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

According to some, this Saint was born in Rome, but according to others in Tyrrenia (Tuscany), and was consecrated to the archiepiscopal throne of Rome in 440. In 448, when Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Constantinople, summoned Eutyches, an archimandrite in Constantinople, to give account for his teaching that there was only one nature in Christ after the Incarnation, Eutyches appealed to Saint Leo in Rome. After Saint Leo had carefully examined Eutyches's teachings, he wrote an epistle to Saint Flavian, setting forth the Orthodox teaching of the person of Christ, and His two natures, and also counseling Flavian that, should Eutyches sincerely repent of his error, he should be received back with all good will. At the Council held in Ephesus in 449, which was presided over by Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria (and which Saint Leo, in a letter to the holy Empress Pulcheria in 451, was the first to call "The Robber Council"), Dioscorus, having military might behind him, did not allow Saint Leo's epistle to Flavian to be read, although repeatedly asked to do so; even before the Robber Council was held, Dioscorus had uncanonically received the unrepentant Eutyches back into communion. Because Saint Leo had many cares in Rome owing to the wars of Attila the Hun and other barbarians, in 451 he sent four delegates to the Fourth Ecumenical Council, where 630 Fathers gathered in Chalcedon during the reign of Marcian, to condemn the teachings of Eutyches and those who supported him. Saint Leo's epistle to Flavian was read at the Fourth Council, and was confirmed by the Holy Fathers as the Orthodox teaching on the incarnate person of our Lord; it is also called the "Tome of Leo." The Saint wrote many works in Latin; he reposed in 461. See also Saint Anatolius, July 3.

February 19

The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and Onesimus

Concerning Saint Archippus, see November 22.

February 19

Philothei the Righteous Martyr of Athens

Saint Philothei was born in Athens in 1522 to an illustrious family. Against her will, she was married to a man who proved to be most cruel. When he died three years later, the Saint took up the monastic life and established a convent, in which she became a true mother to her disciples. Many women enslaved and abused by the Moslem Turks also ran to her for refuge. Because of this, the Turkish rulers became enraged and came to her convent, dragged her by force out of the church, and beat her cruelly. After a few days, she reposed, giving thanks to God for all things. This came to pass in the year 1589. She was renowned for her almsgiving, and with Saints Hierotheus and Dionysius the Areopagite is considered a patron of the city of Athens.

February 20

Leo, Bishop of Catania

This Saint, who was from Ravenna in Italy, lived during the reign of Leo the Wise and his son Constantine Porphyrogenitus (end of the ninth and beginning of the tenth centuries). He struggled especially against the paganism and sorcery still prevalent in those regions.

February 21

Timothy the Righteous

Saint Timothy took up the monastic life from his youth, became a vessel of the Holy Spirit, and reposed in deep old age.

February 21

Eustathios, Patriarch of Antioch

Saint Eustathius, the great defender of piety and illustrious opponent of Arianism, was from Side in Pamphylia. He became Bishop of Beroea (the present-day Aleppo), and in 325 was present at the First Ecumenical Council. From thence he was transferred to the throne of Antioch. But Saint Constantine the Great, led astray by the slanders directed against the Saint by the Arians, banished him to Trajanopolis in Thrace, where he reposed in 337, according to some. Others say he lived until 360.

February 22

Finding of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs of Eugenios

The holy relics of these Saints were found in the quarter of Constantinople called Eugenius when Thomas was Patriarch of that city (607-610).

February 23

Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna

This apostolic and prophetic man, and model of faith and truth, was a disciple of John the Evangelist, successor of Bucolus (Feb. 6), and teacher of Irenaeus (Aug. 23). He was an old man and full of days when the fifth persecution was raised against the Christians under Marcus Aurelius. When his pursuers, sent by the ruler, found Polycarp, he commanded that they be given something to eat and drink, then asked them to give him an hour to pray; he stood and prayed, full of grace, for two hours, so that his captors repented that they had come against so venerable a man. He was brought by the Proconsul of Smyrna into the stadium and was commanded, "Swear by the fortune of Caesar; repent, and say, 'Away with the atheists.'" By atheists, the Proconsul meant the Christians. But Polycarp, gazing at the heathen in the stadium, waved his hand towards them and said, "Away with the atheists." When the Proconsul urged him to blaspheme against Christ, he said: "I have been serving Christ for eighty-six years, and He has wronged me in nothing; how can I blaspheme my King Who has saved me?" But the tyrant became enraged at these words and commanded that he be cast into the fire, and thus he gloriously expired about the year 163. As Eusebius says, "Polycarp everywhere taught what he had also learned from the Apostles, which also the Church has handed down; and this alone is true" (Eccl. Hist., Book IV, ch. 14,15).

February 24

First & Second Finding of the Venerable Head of John the Baptist

The first finding came to pass during the middle years of the fourth century, through a revelation of the holy Forerunner to two monks, who came to Jerusalem to worship our Saviour's Tomb. One of them took the venerable head in a clay jar to Emesa in Syria. After his death it went from the hands of one person to another, until it came into the possession of a certain priest-monk named Eustathius, an Arian. Because he ascribed to his own false belief the miracles wrought through the relic of the holy Baptist, he was driven from the cave in which he dwelt, and by dispensation forsook the holy head, which was again made known through a revelation of Saint John, and was found in a water jar, about the year 430, in the days of the Emperor Theodosius the Younger, when Uranius was Bishop of Emesa.


Messages from our Metropolis of Atlanta

Metropolitan Alexios' Message


My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Evangelist tells us that “At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon” (Matthew 15:21).  In this Pagan area it is not surprising that He is approached by a Gentile woman, crying out, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon” (Matthew 15:22).  Remember, that at this time, the people still held to their old ideas of the Messiah: He would descend from the house of David to overthrow the Romans and restore Israel.  No one expected the Savior to concern Himself with Pagans.

This is the reason that the Disciples treat her harshly.  They have no pity for her or her daughter, and so they tell Christ, “Send her away, for she is crying after us” (Matthew 15:23). Jesus, who is All-Loving, sees their mistake, and so, He must show them why they are wrong.  He does this, by testing the woman.

He explains that He was sent only to the House of Israel—yet she begs more, kneeling in front of Him.  And so, he says to her, as a Jew would to a Pagan, “It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs” (Matthew 15:26).  Yet so greatly does she believe in Him that she does not turn away or become angry.  She humbles herself and says, “‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.’  Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith!  Be it done for you as you desire.’  And her daughter was healed instantly” (Matthew 15:27-28).

In this moment, Jesus proves to all His Disciples that things like ethnicity, age, ability, and whether we are men or women, are small compared to that one thing which matters most: True Faith in our Lord.  This woman recognized that, despite her dwelling in a foreign land, and being raised as a Pagan, she is not a dog, but a child created in the Image and Likeness of God.

She showed us a future where people need only to accept the reality of our Resurrected Lord and Savior to become citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.  She also showed us that despite terrible trials and pain we all face in this life, the only necessary thing for us to do is to hold fast to our Lord as a source of comfort and strength, simply saying as she did, “Lord, help me” (Matthew 15:25).


Metropolitan of Atlanta



 Important News and Events

Χρόνια Πολλά to our Metropolis Family!

On Wednesday, November 8th, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios prayed for all those celebrating the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers or Angels. He presided at the Hierarchical Liturgy in Archangel Michael Chapel with His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zelon, Fr. George Tsahakis, Chancellor of the Metropolis, Fr. Paul Kaplanis, Dean, and Fr. Christos Mars, Ephemerios, of Annunciation Cathedral. The Blessing of the Five Loaves (Artoklasia) was offered for the health and welfare of all those celebrating their Name Day and for Fr. George & Presbytera Theodosia Tsahakis who made them. A Trisagion Service was offered for the previous Hierarchs of the Metropolis of Atlanta and for Fr. Peter Leventis whose funeral is Friday. The Metropolis Staff, including Ethel Gjerde, JoAnne Mertzanis, Nick Kostopoulos, and Monica Gjerde hosted a reception for all the faithful and His Eminence blessed and cut the festive cake. 

On behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, I convey our great excitement to welcome the five Metropolitan’s Choices Honorees and the two Honorees from each of our 74 parishes this weekend for our Archangel Michael Feast & Honors Banquet Saturday night and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at our Annunciation Cathedral on Sunday. We pray for safe travels and God's continued blessings on the faithful stewards being recognized. Χρόνια Πολλά to all celebrating their Name Day on November 8th, and the Patronal Feast of our Holy and God-Protected Metropolis of Atlanta..

Click Here for a full list of our 2023 Honorees!





Journey of Marriage (Pre-Marital Seminar)

All couples marrying in the Metropolis must attend a Metropolis-sponsored Journey of Marriage seminar prior to their wedding. The couple will present their certificate of completion to their parish priest after the seminar.

To see the full list of seminars in our Metropolis for 2024 and to register, please visit:

Registration is online.  Materials costs are included in the registration.  Most seminars are currently being conducted by Zoom meeting.



Archepiscopal Message

Greeting By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Agiasmos & Vasilopita


There is something very auspicious about the timing of the celebration of our community Agiasmos and Vasilopita today. We commence this New Year of 2024 with a new president at the helm of our precious School. I ask all of us here present, to offer a silent prayer for President Katos’ good strength and success, as he takes hold of the rudder of this most important Institution of our Sacred Archdiocese. He inherits smoother waters than his predecessor did – our beloved friend, George Cantonis – but there is still much to navigate in order to bring Hellenic College and Holy Cross into safe harbor.

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters


Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and entirety of the Christ-loving Plenitude of the Sacred Archdiocese of America:

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral


Seeing your shining faces this morning, as we celebrate together Greek Letters and the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, brings a song to my heart. I look upon all of you, and I see what the Lord Jesus meant when He said (and as we read in today’s Gospel): “You are the light of the world.”*

Remarks By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America For the Hellenic Education Fund Benefit Concert


What a moving and inspiring evening we have experienced! I offer my congratulations and the thanks of all for such stirring and uplifting performances.

The Feast of the Three Hierarchs and of Greek Letters has certainly been well-honored and observed tonight. And the dedication of this event to the Hellenic Education Fund adds a dimension to our enjoyment, because we have collectively dedicated the merit of these marvelous aesthetic achievements to the furtherance of our culture, our language and our shared heritage.

Remarks By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Reception before the Hellenic Education Fund Benefit Concert


Allow me this moment to express my profound gratitude to each and every one of you, for supporting and sustaining the Hellenic Education Fund by your generosity this evening. The marvelous concert that we are about to experience is just one of the many initiatives upon which we are embarking. Our purpose is to strengthen and enhance this unique aspect of our Greek Orthodox Faith – our alignment with the glory of the Greek Philosophical Mind, so magnificently embodied by the Three Hierarchs: Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom.

Address by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on The National Day of Remembrance of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heros of the Holocaust


I would like, first of all, to warmly thank the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and its President, David Saltiel, for inviting me to participate as a keynote speaker in tonight’s commemoration of the Greek Jewish martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. The connections between the Holy Archdiocese of America and the Jewish element in New York, as well as across the United States, are historical, fraternal and deeply grounded in our shared spiritual tradition. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki for the esteemed distinction of naming me an honorary member.


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Announces Launch of New Website on the Charter Revision


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) announces the launch of a dedicated website ( aimed at providing comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate information concerning the proposed revision of the Archdiocese’s Charter.

Communiqué of the Holy Eparchial Synod


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided over a special meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America which was convened through videoconference for the purpose of considering current matters affecting the life of the Church in America.

School of Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launches new podcast


With much enthusiasm, beginning on the evening of St. Thomas Sunday, the School of Byzantine Music (SBM) is launching its new podcast called, “Foundations of Hymnology.” New episodes will premiere on the evening of the last Sunday of each month. The SBM Podcast will be available on the school’s YouTube channel:.