June 2018

   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

   The joyous period of Pascha has come to an end. We celebrated the feast of Ascension and are preparing to celebrate the feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit and to begin the fast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 4th.

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April-May 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

CHRIST IS RISEN!

We finished our 40-day journey through Great Lent and our time of the joyful sadness of Holy Week, and once again we are blessed to enter into the glorious celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is the celebration of life, this is the celebration of victory over sin and death, this is the celebration of our entry into the Kingdom of Heaven.

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March 2018

   Dear brothers and sisters,

   Taking this opportunity, I would like to wish us a peaceful and spiritually beneficial journey through Great Lent.

   This last month was a very busy one with many events. We were blessed to greet the Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts,” we had our annual Parish meeting, we held our first fundraising concert of the year dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff, and our Parish Feast Day celebration with Archbishop Benjamin’s visit. All that was successful because of everyone's help and selfless dedication to our God-beloved parish. Thank you.

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February 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support in my service. First of all I would like to thank Mrs. Alla Bobrov, for filling the large shoes of the starosta of this Cathedral, unexpectedly left by Leo. With Alla’s much appreciated help, competent assistance, and firm support, I am hoping to continue serving God through serving you, His people. 

From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, I was blessed to celebrate the following services: approximately 132 Divine Liturgies, 73 Vigils, 16 Vespers, 12 Matins, 30 Baptisms, 5 Holy Matrimonies, 166 Panihidas, 54 Akathists, 42 Molebens, 17 Funerals and many other services. At the same time I visited and had meetings with our parishioners; about 373 pastoral, council committees, or parish-related meetings, marriage preparation and counseling meetings, and about 232 pastoral visits.

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January 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

From the bottom of my heart I would like to greet you on the occasion of New Year and Theophany. May newly born Jesus Christ bless you all with a successful new year and prayerful and joyous festivities.

I’m very thankful for your generous donations to our Fundraisers, your hard work during our church pre-Nativity cleaning, bake sale and Christmas bazaar and those who are still working to prepare the Yolka celebration.

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December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope that the beginning of the Nativity Fast was joyous for all of us and we will use this time in prayer and repentance to prepare ourselves for joyous celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As you know, with your holy prayer, accompanied with 3 of our parishioners, I have completed a 10-day pilgrimage to Mount Athos. These 10 days were filled with love and care for us by brethren of the Holy Mountain. We were given hospitality and possibility to serve in many monasteries and therefore we hope that we are able to bring some of this love and blessings to you, our dear brethren.

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November 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
I cordially greet you on the occasion of the upcoming beginning of the Nativity Fast. Although we all do not start this soul-saving journey at the same time, it leads us to the same Universal Celebration, the incarnation of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. I wish you all to spend this time in prayer, repentance, good deeds: of love and mercy, so that all of us can happily celebrate Nativity in the flesh of Our Savior.

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October 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Taking this opportunity, I’d like to greet everyone with the upcoming feast of the Protection of All Holy Theotokos.

September was a busy month, with many services and many events. We successfully started the beginning of our Saturday and Sunday school year. We began our newly established Cathedral Children’s Choir under the guidance of Zoe Turton and Ganna Semenova. Subdeacon Andrey Aristov is working on the schedule of altar servers. All of these programs need our support and prayers for their success. Let’s wish this program’s participants success in this undertaking.

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September 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

   From the bottom of my heart I would like to greet you on the occasion of the upcoming feasts of the Nativity of All Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

   I hope that August was a success for all of us and we successfully completed the Dormotion lent for our spiritual growth and benefit, and that we celebrated the great feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.

   I would like to express my gratitude to all those who took part in the preparation and organization of the choral master class with Vladimir Gorbik, first of all to our parish secretary Julia, the Sisterhood, who worked to ensure that all participants received both spiritual and physical food, and all, who enrolled in the master class and supported this program which is important for the spiritual growth and development of our parish.

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August 2017

Dear brothers and sisters, 

I greet you on the occasion of the upcoming feasts: the Transfiguration of Our Lord and the Dormition of All Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.  I want to remind you that beginning from August 1st, according to the Gregorian calendar, we enter Dormition fast, which will continue until August 14th.

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