Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
By God's mercy we celebrated our Parish Feast Day, went through the preparational season for Great Lent and slowly but surely are moving towards the glorious celebration of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Last month was busy with many activities; once again we greeted our Archpastor Archbishop Benjamin, who blessed our new altar in St. Herman’s Chapel, we successfully organized the fundraising concert “Mellow Jazz,” and our Sisterhood and L.O.V.E.S organizations had their annual Maslenitsa lunches.

I want to express my cordial gratitude to all the people who made these events successful and joyous. As you recall, in the beginning of this year we announced a collection to fund vital wall repairs. With God’s blessing and the help of our parishioners we successfully collected all necessary funds, and I hope with God’s blessing we will be able to begin work soon after the Paschal celebration. Thank you to all who helped, who prayed, and most of all to those who were able to contribute. May God bless you for many years. Pascha is still a month and a half away, and I would like to encourage us to concentrate on our personal spiritual labors: prayer, repentance and participation in the sacrament of sacraments – the Eucharist. In particular I want to draw your attention to the fact that on April 18th at 7pm Archbishop Benjamin will be serving the sacrament of the Holy Unction in our parish. This sacrament was established by the Holy Church based on the Epistle of the Holy Apostle James “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”(James 5:14-15)  I cordially invite and encourage all our parishioners to participate in this sacrament as all of us suffer not only from physical infirmities but most of all from spiritual illnesses.  Archbishop Benjamin also will be staying with us to celebrate Feast of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, so I hope that all of us will be celebrating this feast together with our Archpastor. Once again I wish you a successful Lenten journey and look forward to the joyous Feast of Feasts: the Radiant Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless us all!

 Archpriest Nazari Polataiko