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December 7 - Icon image of the Mother of God " Softener of Evil Hearts" visits our Parish

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
We want to share with you good news that on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 am- 5 pm will visit our Cathedral wonderworking Icon image of the Mother of God " Softener of Evil Hearts". Icon is myrrh-streaming and everyone can venerate most holy image and be anointed.

December 22 - Christmas Tree Holiday at Parish Hall

We invite everyone to the Christmas Tree Holiday, which will be held on December 22 in our Parish Hall . Starts at 13: 00. Tickets can be purchased here on the link https://tinyurl.com/volshebnyles

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December 2019- January 2020

December 4th– ENTRY OF VIRGIN MARY INTO THE TEMPLE (Old calendar)

DECEMBER 10TH – CHURCH CLEANING

DECEMBER 25TH – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND 

SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (NEW CALENDAR)

JANUARY 6TH – THEOPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD (NEW CALENDAR)

JANUARY 7TH – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND 

SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (OLD CALENDAR)

JANUARY 19TH – THEOPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD (OLD CALENDAR)

 

December 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, parishioners and friends,

I would like to to wish all of us a successful Nativity fast, and by God’s mercy may we enter into the joyous celebration of the God child Jesus Christ!

November was an extremely busy month.  Upon my return from Mount Athos we successfully opened our annual Slavic Festival that brought to our Church many new visitors, who hopefully will be visiting us more often. I would like to thank all organizers and specifically the ladies of the Sisterhood and parents and teachers of our Saturday School. 

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August 2019

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

December 2019

Sisterhood news 

Time seems to fly by so quickly!  Christmas is just around the corner. Please set aside Tuesday, December 10th for the cleaning of the Church, at 9:30 am.   We can use everyone's help even if you can only donate an hour or two of your time for that day. Dusting, removing wax from the candle stands,  polishing the woodwork, cleaning the altar pieces, vacuuming the rugs, etc. is scheduled.  Lunch will be served.  The Sisterhood will have a meeting on December 8th, following the lunch buffet to discuss the celebration of the Nativity Feast.  All ladies are invited. After the Nativity Eve Vigil we will serve traditional kutia,  compote, cookies, coffee, tea and wine.  Everyone is welcome to join us in the Parish Hall.  This will be celebrated on both the New and Old Calendars. 

 

         Irene Gregory   

 

   

December 2019

Dear parishioners, please remember that December 1st we have a Parish fundraiser concert, the Vesna Folk Ensemble, at 1:30 pm. We need your support; please reserve your tickets - seating is limited. And on December 15th we have our annual Christmas bazaar and bake sale. If you have Christmas items to donate please contact Tanya Timohovich 818-248-4434. For bake goods contact Matushka Tatiana or Josephine Lazarides 818-406-3875.We are now ready to close our exhibit of scenic photographs of churches and monasteries which were  taken all over the United States, Georgia, and other countries by our friends from Russia. They are ready to be sold for $60 donation - part of the funds will go to our church.

   Starosta Alla Bobrov

August 2019

Our July charity collection will, at His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin's request, go to the monasteries of the Diocese of the West. We will also resume our practice of assembling backpacks for needy children.  For elementary students we need: backpacks, wide ruled paper, #2 pencils, rulers, crayons (24 color boxes), glue sticks, Post It Notes, erasers, highlighters (2+ colors), and loose leaf binders (1 1/2 inch). 

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December 2019

A children's Christmas /New Year's Carnival "In the Magic Forest" will be held on Sunday December 22  in the parish hall. The program will feature performances, a costume contest, dance, treats, contests, and gifts. The children's ticket price of $45 includes a gift and a treat.  Adult tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Saturday School and on the distributor's website:https://tinyurl.com/volshebnyles

                                        Irina Usova, Coordinator   

December 2019

Youth and Christian Education Update

Before announcing our fall lineup, I want to thank Marie McEntire for the love and dedication she put into providing our children with craft activities during lunchtime this summer, and to thank Reader George Abuelkhair for his assistance with that!

Looking ahead, I am also excited to announce a full schedule of children's ministries starting back up in September:

Sunday School - This year the parish Sunday School will consist of two classes, with grades preK through 2nd taught by Marie McEntire and teaching assistant Reader George, and grades 3rd and up taught by Zoe Turton and teaching assistant Ron Lehman. Children will meet quietly at the back of the church after communion and will depart for class once the chalice is back in the altar, with classes lasting approximately 30 minutes to facilitate the children returning to the church for the veneration of the cross. (If craft time is interrupted for veneration of the cross, the children will be able to continue crafts in the hall during lunchtime.) Classes will commence on Sunday September 15. The full Sunday School schedule and syllabi will be distributed to parents with the Sunday School registration forms, which parents will be asked to return as soon as possible to Marie McEntire or myself. For more information, please contact Marie McEntire.

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September 2019

Summer camp

SUMMER CAMP

Please mark your calendars for next year's camp in the mountains.  The dates are July 5-11, 2020.  Keep an eye out for applications on the camp web site.

We are also trying to recruit counselors, volunteers, arts and crafts, general helpers.  If interested please contact Fr. Andrew Smith at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin in Menlo Park, California.  He will be the new camp director for next year.

Hope we will have a better turn out from our parish in 2020.

Marina Burgmeier Camp Coordinator

September 2019

L.O.V.E.S.  will be holding a raffle/lottery on September 15th in the parish hall as a fundraiser.  Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.  !st prize is $300.  Proceeds allow us to service the sick and elderly of our parish so your support is greatly appreciated.

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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December 2019

Charity Committee 

Our December charity collection will go to the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, which brings the Orthodox faith to those who are incarcerated.  Your generous gifts are always appreciated.

We will continue to collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children and fire victims through Sunday, December 22.  A collection box is located outside the parish hall.

 Marie McEntire Charity Committee Chairman 

September 2019

WHAT IS IT?

Cathedral Children’s Chorus (C3) at HVM is a contingent of the music program at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles and is open to all singers from ages 5-17. The mission of the ensemble is to provide an immersive opportunity for children of all ages to not only develop their choral and musical talent, but also to experience the profound and timeless beauty of Russian liturgical music. 

DO MY KIDS HAVE TO KNOW RUSSIAN TO PARTICIPATE?

No! The repertoire will be in both English and Church Slavonic, but English transliterations will be provided for all Slavonic music. Also, both teachers, English-speaking and Russian-speaking, will be present at all rehearsals, services and performances. Rehearsals will be conducted primarily in English.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Rehearsals will be held every Saturday afternoon from 3:00-4:00 immediately following Saturday School. (On weeks with no Saturday School, choir rehearsal will be not be held.)

For children to sing during church services, they should arrive prior to the start of the service and join the group at the front of the church to prepare to sing.it is necessary to come to the singing 15 minutes before the service.

Starting in November, children will sing during the Divine Liturgy at the Church two Sundays a month. To participate in the service, regular attendance is necessary, as well as to participate in concerts, children should regularly sing at the service. Children will receive the rules of attendance at the first lesson, as well as the rules of attendance will be sent to parents by e-mail.

C3 will genreally sing during Divine Liturgy at the cathedral two Sundays per month. To sing at services, children are encouraged to attend rehearsals regularly, and to sing in concerts, children are likewise encourage to sing at services regularly. 

SO HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Registration information can be submitted at any time via email to Zoe Turton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and hard copies of registration forms can be submitted to Zoe in person or by dropping off at the church office.  Registration is ongoing, so children can join at any time!

SCHEDULE
Saturdays from 3:00-4:00PM 
Sundays 10:00AM-12:30PM

Please check the parish leaflet for up-to-date C3 schedule information