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. 

Also on November 10th we were blessed to receive guests from Kyiv, Ukraine,  Archpriest Valeriy Kravets and reader Vladimir Telizhenko, who brought us a great blessing: the ability  to venerate and pray before the incorrupt  relics of a modern time great saint, the Holy Hierarch and Confessor Luke, known as the Blessed Surgeon. This visit brought to our Parish many faithful and I hope that by the continuous prayer of the Blessed Surgeon that many people will come to our Parish to venerate a particle of his relics and the icon of Saint Luke that were left for permanent residency at our cathedral. The holy relics visited 8 parishes in Southern California, where the over 2,000 people were able to venerate and pray to the saint. Requests to have visits keep coming even from as far away as Alaska!  Maybe in the future we will be able to organize another visit of the relics to the USA. 

As some already noticed we received and put in the Church eight new candle holders, which were donated by our generous benefactors. From all our Parish I want to offer sincere thank to their generous gift. 

Our dear iconographer Marina Smetanina is working hard to complete frescoes of the dome of our belltower Chapel of St. Herman. I cordially invite all of you visit this beautiful place of prayer on its temple Feast Day of the venerable St.Herman of Alaska on December 12 – Vigil at 7pm, December 13- Liturgy 10 am. In November an anonymous donor donated two real stained glass windows for the Chapel of St.Herman. Venerable Fr.Herman, pray for us! 

I would like specially thank the Sisterhood for the purchase of a complete set of deacon’s vestments. I’m sure Father Deacon will enjoy them very much, as at last he will be vested into something that fits him properly! 

Looking forward to December, the month will be busy with liturgical services and events. On the first of December we will have a concert of Russian Folk music as a fundraiser for our Parish. I invite all of you please come and support the efforts of our Fundraising Committee.  Of course, December will begin our Nativity and New Year celebrations, so much anticipated by our younger parishioners. On the 22nd of December the celebration of a New Year's carnival will be held in our Parish Hall. Ded Moroz and Snegurochka hopefully will arrive and for all those well-behaved children they will bring so much expected gifts. Hope to see all of you on the 22nd of December at 1pm at the Parish Hall for this joyous celebration. 

God bless all of us!

Yours truly,

 Archpriest Nazari Polataiko