Saint Katherine Orthodox Church 60 Visit of Our Lady of Czestochowa icon Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>A replica of a world-famous icon, Our Lady of Czestochowa (the Black Madonna), will visit our parish on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Volunteers are needed to help host this icon at our church. &nbsp;</p> <p>The replica icon is on a pilgrimage to Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Latin America. The goal of the pilgrimage is to strengthen Orthodox and Catholic ties, and unite them in defense of human life. The journey, called &ldquo;A Pilgrimage from Ocean to Ocean,&rdquo; refers to the start of the journey at Vladivostok on the Pacific, and the icon&rsquo;s trip through Russia and westward, to the Shrine of Fatima on the Atlantic. Representatives of an Orthodox pro-life movement in Russia initiated the idea of the pilgrimage, and chose the Czestochowa icon, as the best-known icon in both east and west. Tradition holds that St. Luke wrote the original icon, and there is evidence that it lived in Constantinople many centuries before it reached Poland, where it now resides. The icon is commemorated by the OCA on March 6.</p> <p>At St. Katherine&rsquo;s the current plan is to celebrate an akathist to the Theotokos on Wednesday evening, July 9. The service may draw worshippers from throughout the Puget Sound area. We may also be able to celebrate a liturgy with the icon the following morning if appropriate security measures can be arranged.</p> <p>The icon cannot be left unattended, so to keep the icon overnight, we need volunteers who will stay with it at the church throughout the night. Additionally, up to three staff members from Human Life International (the sponsoring organization) would be grateful for any accommodations our parishioners could provide that Wednesday evening to help defray their expenses for the journey.</p> <p>Metropolitan Tikhon has blessed the U.S. leg of this journey, and Archbishop Benjamin has blessed a visit by the icon to our church. <strong>If you are interested in participating, please contact Nancy Desmond at </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong> or 425-408-0025.</strong></p> <p>For more information about the icon, visit <a href=""></a>.</p></div> Saint Katherine Orthodox Church Summer Camp for Orthodox Youth - Registration Open! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Registration is now open to register your child for this year's Pacific Northwest Orthodox Youth Camp at the All Saints Camp facility in Gig Harbor. The camp runs from Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3. For more information and to obtain registration forms, go to <a href=""></a>. (Please note that forms are due by May 31.)</p></div> Saint Katherine Orthodox Church Cruise to Orthodox Alaska Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>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-elect 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.</p> <p>&nbsp;Detailed information, including rates and agenda, may be found at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p></div> Saint Katherine Orthodox Church