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.

Those of us who follow Julian calendar keep Dormition fast from August 14th till August 27th. I wish you to keep this fast in prayer and to show your love to God and your fellow man.
From August 22nd till August 24th, we plan on presenting an orthodox sacred choral music master class with one of the best church choir directors in the world  - Vladimir Gorbik. We have organized this master class primarily to provide an opportunity for our choir members to improve their musical skills. I invite you all to take advantage of this unique opportunity and register for this 3-day course. You will have a chance not only to work under the supervision of a world-class choir director, but also to communicate with the choir directors and choir members of other parishes. More detailed information is on our website www.hvmla.org.
I want to thank Mr. Jonathan Wang for his generous and badly needed gift for our office - a computer.
I also want to thank all those who responded to my request to help reduce the deficit in our parish budget.  I would like to ask again those who have not yet had an opportunity to make their contributions, please respond to this request, thus help us in our development.
I want to inform you that in the first week of August, from July 31st till August 4th, I will be out of town for family reasons. For all urgent pastor needs, I ask you to contact Fr. Yousef Rassam at  (818) 881-1123 and (714) 308-6778.
I ask for your Holy Prayers and as before I am available at (818) 213-7176 and via e-mail:

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God Save You All!

                                                     Archpriest Nazari Polataiko