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Rector’s Informational Report 
Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral General Parish Meeting. 
Los Angeles, CA



My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

By God’s grace, it is again my honor to present you my annual report of activities, in reference to the flock under my pastoral care, as the Rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, CA, for the year 2018.


2018 was my third full year as the Rector of our God-beloved Cathedral.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your prayers, assistance and support in my service. First of all, I’d like to thank our Parish Council and our Starosta/Warden Mrs. Alla Bobrov. These people are true servants of the Holy Church of our Lord, who tirelessly work for the glory and growth of our parish community, they are examples not only in leadership but foremost in personal sacrificial labor and love for our spiritual flock. Thank you for all you have done this past year, and I hope you will continue to assist me in your respective positions in coming year as well.

Led by our Starosta/Warden Mrs. Alla Bobrov, our Parish Council and also by its president Mrs. Irene Gregory, our parish Sisterhood provides me - and all of us - with much appreciated help, competent assistance, and firm support. I also hope to continue serving God through serving Holy Virgin Mary parish and you, my dear parishioners, for another year. This means TOGETHER all of us will be able to grow this community in faith, numbers, activities and the love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to continue sharing the Light of Christ’s Gospel to the people of El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles del Rio Porciuncula(The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River).

Having said that, I would like to present you a summary of my activities in the year 2018.  

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Panikhida for those who served in World War I

   On December 2nd, 2018 in Los Angeles, a panikhida was served for Russian soldiers who served  in WWI by the initiative of the parishioners of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Russian public organizations: the Russian Imperial Union of the Order, Russian Children’s Welfare Society, the Nizhny Novgorod Scout Group, the local department of the Russian Nobiliary Assembly, the Congress of Russian Americans, and St. John of Kronstadt Home. The panikhida was served by the rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, Archpriest Nazari Polataiko. During the panikihida, Cossacks and members of all military organizations that existed in Los Angeles were commemorated along with Russian soldiers, in particular, the Cossack-mountain village and the Gallipoli Society, many of whom were the founders and parishioners of our Cathedral. Parishioners and representatives of all the above-mentioned public organizations gathered next to the monument to the Russian veterans of the World War I, which is located at the church premises. American and Russian Empire flags were installed at the monument, which was established after the closure of the Society of Russian Veterans in Los Angeles.*

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February - March 2019

March 3rd– Sisterhood blini

March 9th– Saturday School blini

March 10th– L.O.V.E.S. blini

March 25th– ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS (Julian calendar)

April 7th– ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS (Gregorian calendar)

April 16th– Church cleaning



April 28th– HOLY PASCHA


February 2019

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

   By God's mercy, we celebrated the feasts of the Nativity of Christ and the Epiphany. January was very busy in connection with celebrating these great holidays.

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January 2018

I want to thank everybody who participated in our security system fundraiser, we are really almost there. We raised $17,800 but we still need $2,200. I hope we will be able to close this gap before new year.

Margaret Dascalu

February 2019

Thank you to everyone who donated light refreshments for after the Nativity Vigil. Everything was delicious and enjoyed by all who attended.

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January 2019

We had a very busy year and we did a lot of work around our property. We had quite a few fundraisers. I want to thank everyone for helping and participating in all our activities. 

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February 2019

Dear Parishioners! We are glad to announce a new concert  in the Micheltorena Concert Series! "Mellow Jazz" concert with internationally renowned jazz singer Anna Kokhanchik will take place on February 24 at 2pm after Liturgy.

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February 2019

The second half of the year began on January 19th in our school. We thank everyone who took part in preparation and hosting of our Yolka celebration. It was very beautiful and was enjoyed by all the participants.

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July 2018

The Sunday School year has concluded. This year we reached an enrollment of thirteen students.  We will resume classes in September. 

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August 2018

Another year has passed for camp.  I'm happy to report it was a success.  We had 55 kids there and 4 were from our parish.  (I hope that will increase next year). Everyone seemed to enjoy all the crafts-leather working, terrariums, clay bears, tissue flowers, and friendship bracelets. 

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April-May 2018

We thank all of you who came and donated items for our blini luncheon which was a success.  Thanks to all the hard workers, too!  We couldn't have done it without you.  Thanks again and God bless.

Marina Burgmeier, President


February 2018

The Kiosk contents have been moved from the old location in the School Building to the lower level of the Hall Building. This means the Kiosk will be more accessible to you as you leave the hall and head for your car the lower parking lot!  Hopefully, more of you will drop by and see what's new! 

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February 2019

Our January Charity Sunday collection raised $317 for Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage.

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February 2018

The children's choir will be singing during Liturgy on Sunday February 11 and on Sunday February 25. They will continue having rehearsal every Saturday from 3:00-4:15 and on Sundays we sing in church.