A MESSAGE FROM FATHER LOU
“Every Generation offers a hymn to Your burial
Oh Christ.” (Hymn – Holy Friday Lamentation Service)
Billions of Christians from “every generation” and all lands have sung this hymn from the Lamentations service of Holy Friday night with love to our Lord. Thousands of faithful parishioners of our beloved Saint Catherine parish have joined them in song for these past 25 years. From the auditorium Sanctuary at Slavens Elementary School to our beautiful Temple honoring the All-Wise Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria, we sing praises to our Lord. We are Orthodox Christians from Greek, Russian, Serbian and other Slavic backgrounds. We are Romanians, Bulgarians, Middle-Easterners, Egyptians and Africans. We are Americans from Roman Catholic and various Christian traditions, from Judaism and other major faiths who have chosen to become one with the Ancient Apostolic Church. Those who sang in those first years as small children are now adults, many with faithful children of their own. We are young and old. We are diverse, yet one in love for and in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us therefore join together as one family in Christ to celebrate our Silver Anniversary of 25 Years. We remember in honor the 20 Founding Members, their families and all who were a part of the beginning, most living and some of blessed memory. We honor the past presidents and members of the Parish Council and Philoptochos. We honor our senior citizens and youth, our teachers, choir members, chanters, youth workers, volunteers in all ministry areas and staff, past and present. Finally, we honor our clergy. We thank our hierarchs, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and Bishop Kallistos of blessed memory, Bishop Anthimos and Metropolitan Isaiah who consecrated St. Catherine. We thank our founding pastor, Fr. Dean Talagan and Fathers Demetrius Nicoloudakis, Paul Fedec, Evan Armatas and Dino Sinos and their Presbyteres Argie, Despina, Gloria, Stacy and Rachel for their faithful leadership in ministry and support. We honor the memory of Deacons Christodoulos Vigil and Chris Zinis and Diakonissa Marguerite for their ministry and thank Diakonissa Claire for her ongoing service to the Lord.
On our celebration weekend of June 13-14, let us gather as one family, glorifying our Loving Lord Father, Son and Holy Spirit for His love and faithfulness.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
• SAINT CATHERINE BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR CHILDREN: 10 am-12 noon with lunch, fun and games and Birthday Cake
• GREAT VESPERS AND PARISH MEMORIAL SERVICE: 5 pm presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah with Visiting and Parish Clergy
• GRAND BANQUET: Cocktails 6pm, Dinner 7pm (Individual tickets $100)
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
• ORTHROS - 8:15 am
• HIERARCHICAL DIVINE LITURGY - 9:30 am
• PARISH CELEBRATION BRUNCH - immediately following Divine Liturgy (Love offering donation)
Please RSVP for each event to Church Office at 303-773-3411 or to Alina Buzdugan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Presbytera Marsha and our family I am so grateful to be your Pastor and thank our Good and Loving Lord for blessing us in this Ministry these past 12 years. Through the prayers of His most blessed Mother the Theotokos and our special protectress, St. Catherine the great Martyr, may our generation and all future generations be blessed and offer hymns to our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In humility and with His Blessings, Fr. Lou