Dear Brothers and Sisters,

   I would like to greet you on the occasion of the recent feast days of the Nativity of Our All-Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross.

   The new church year has already begun and the life of our parish has become noticeably busier and more eventful. We successfully carried out the registration for our Saturday and Sunday schools, enrolled children to our Children's Church Choir and began work with our newly formed Little Sisterhood under the protection of St. Barbara the Great Martyr. If you have not had time or opportunity to enroll your child in one of these programs, please do not worry, we continue to accept new students, choir members and members of the Little Sisterhood. Regarding Saturday School, please contact Irina Usova at (323) 413-7877 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Regarding Sunday School and Children's Church Choir, please contact Marie McEntire via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Zoe Turton via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Ganna Semenova via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Regarding the Little Sisterhood, please contact Katya Solovskaya via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Maria Goncharova via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   Also I want to draw your attention to the fact that we are always interested in the participation of our boys to serve in the Holy Altar. If your son or grandson wishes to serve during Divine Services, please contact me directly or sub-deacon Andrey Aristov via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   In October we plan to do repairs of the hardwood flooring in the church building. In order to do so, we will need your help to move church icons and furniture from the Temple to the sacristy, and after repairs, return everything back inside the Temple. Due to the fact that the workers will be able to start repairs on October 2nd, we want to organize the moving of church furniture and icons on September 28th beginning at 10am. We ask everybody who wishes (preferably men) to participate and contact me in advance.

   On October 21st, dear guests are coming to visit us: our beloved Archpastor Archishop Benjamin and Archbishop of Lublin, Abel (Poplavsky). The same day, an icon of St. Matrona of Moscow with relics of her incorrupt hair come for a permanent stay at our church. I hope that by then we will be able to move all the things taken for the time of repairs back inside the Temple. The days and time of the arrangements will be announced in advance. 

  August 14th - the day of memory of martyrs of Makavejev according to ancient Orthodox tradition, we served moleben with the blessing of new honey. The blessed honey can be purchased at our church store LOGOS (hours of operation: Monday - Tuesday - by appointment, Sunday after Liturgy), tel. 323-661-7000 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   Dear brothers and sisters, I want to draw your attention to the corrections in our October calendar. In connection with the graduation from the university by my eldest son, I will be absent on October 26-28th. On these dates, it was planned to celebrate a feast day of martyr Nazaríus (my patron saint). This year we will transfer the celebration of this feast day to October 14th (a week earlier), the feast day of Protection of the Holy Theotokos (Julian calendar), and according to the Gregorian calendar it’s the feast day of martyrs Nazaríus, Gervase, Protasíe and Celsus. All other Divine services will be served according to the schedule. I apologize for the changes (corrections) and ask for your holy prayers.

  Thank you for your prayers and help in our parish life. I hope to see you all during our Divine Services and have the opportunity to talk with you after the Divine Services in our Parish Hall or Cafe.

   God bless you all.

 Archpriest Nazari Polataiko