Welcome to the website of St. Katherine Orthodox Mission located in Kirkland, Washington.
If you are unfamiliar with Orthodoxy or would like to know more, please see the section About Orthodoxy. A book or collection of texts can only go so far, though. To understand Orthodoxy beyond historical facts and theological truths requires one to experience it. As the Apostle Philip said to Nathanael in John 1:46 "... Come and see."
St. Katherine Mission was established by parishioners of St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle living on the east side of Lake Washington. We are located on 132nd Ave NE, just south of NE 143rd Place, across from the Kamiakin Junior High School . We have services on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings every week, as well as on special feast days. All services are in English. Bible study and an Inquirer's class are each held weekly. Bible study is open to anyone regardless of affiliation. The Inquirer's course is open to anybody who has an interest in knowing more about the Orthodox Faith. Please see our Calendar for a schedule of these and other events.
If you have any questions please contact our priest, Father Barnabas Powell. We hope you will come and experience the contemporary worship of the early Church!
Visit by Guatemalan missionaries
On August 19, Fr. David Rucker and his wife, Presbytera Rozanne, gave a presentation at St. Katherine's on ‘Making Disciples: The Great Commission or the Great Omission of our Church.” Fr. David, an Orthodox missionary, stressed the central importance of Christ’s directive to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” as the fundamental mission of the Church from its founding, and reminded us that the Great Commission should in no way be considered the special domain of Protestantism. He also reported on the mission field in which he now serves–northwestern Guatemala-where the movement of the Holy Spirit has brought thousands of Mayan people into the Orthodox Church so quickly that there is a pressing need for liturgical and catechetical resources. The Rucker family and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) are doing the same work of the Church that we are doing in our local mission field, and both efforts must be supported if we are to be faithful to Christ’s calling.
IOCC aid to Gaza violence victims
International Orthothodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding with aid to help residents of the Gaza strip who are have lost homes and are fleeing the current round of hostilities between Israel and Islamic militants. This includes about 700 people, mostly women and children, who have found refuge inside St. Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Gaza City's Al Zeitoun neighborhood. IOCC personnel are putting their safety and even their lives as they work to alleviate the suffering that is a constant in this part of the world. If you would like to support the IOCC's efforts, please visit http://iocc.org/news/8-1-14jwbg-iocc-responds.aspx
Visit of Our Lady of Czestochowa icon
Saint Katherine Church was blessed by a visit of the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna, a faithful replica of the 2000-yr-old original residing in Poland. The visit on July 9 & 10 was one stop in a worldwide pilgrimage for the icon, which was written by Ewa Kowalewska, leader of the Polish chapter of Human Life International. She gave the icon to a Russian Orthodox pro-life organization as a gift. The Russians conceived the idea of sending the icon on a pilgrimage through Russia and Europe to bring Orthodox and Catholic Christians together in prayer to the Mother of God that a culture of life be restored. Planning for the pilgrimage began in January 2012, and the pilgrimage left Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific coast, in June 2012. It visited more than 20 European countries before arriving in the United States in August 2013, where it has traveled throughout North America. Following the visit to St. Katherine’s, the icon left for Vancouver, and then for other stops in the Pacific Northwest, California, Arizona, and then on to Central and South America.
Visit of relics of Sts. Catherine of Alexandria & Nectarios of Aegina
The relics of St. Catherine of Alexandria--our patron saint-- and St. Nectarios of Aegina will visit Sts. Joachim and Anna Romanian Orthodox Church in Seattle from Sept. 5-10. During this period, the church will be open daily between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., for services and for prayers and venerations of the holy relics. This is a marvelous opportunity to venerate the relics of our patron and also St. Nectarios, who fell asleep in the Lord in 1920 and was canonized in 1961. Known for his humility and prayerful life; thousands of miracles have been attributed to his intercessions, including for those suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses. Also, from Sept. 5-7, the church will be visited by His Eminence Nicolae, Archibishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas. The parish is located at 4202 - 34th Ave. West. For more information, call Sts. Joachim and Anna parish at (206) 765-9100.
Fundrasing Gala Event for St. Katherine
Please join us--and invite your friends and family--on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a wonderful evening to benefit the St. Katherine Mission Building Fund. Click on the flyer at left to view the details and/or print the invitation.
Cruise to Orthodox Alaska
A cruise and conference at sea will be held September 6-13, 2014. The event, with the blessing and presence of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, and the support of Bishop David (Mahaffey) of the historic diocese of Alaska, will involve exploration of Juneau, Sitka, Glacier Bay, and other sites on the Holland America Westerdam. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of daily lectures, services, and workshops offered by Archpriest Michael Oleksa, a recognized authority on Alaskan history and spirituality, and Priest Laurent Cleenewerck, Rector of Saint Innocent Church in Eureka, CA, who is also an academic and author. Only 100 slots are available for this event, and registrations are accepted now on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Detailed information, including rates and agenda, may be found at www.orthodoxcruises.com.
14216 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
PO Box 993
Woodinville, WA 98072-0993