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.

I would like to draw to your attention that, starting the first week of December, our Cathedral Children’s Choir (C3) will be singing during Divine Liturgy on Sunday. And even though lots of kids in this choir attend our Saturday School, this parish choir welcomes every child who is willing to sing. Therefore, after their regular Sunday Liturgy participation, rehearsals will be conducted not only on Saturdays at 3:15 pm, but also on Sundays. For more information please contact Zoe Turton (C3 English Director) via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see the posters on our notice boards and doors.

I would like to share more good news with you. As you recalled last year right about this time we had to remove an antique triptych donated by Yakovlev family, for restoration. All restoration work was finally completed and this beautiful renewed icon once again can be venerated at our cathedral.

Just as last year Lord blessed us with the gifts before the Feast of His Nativity this year we received a gift of reliquary with the relics of Grt. Martyr Barbara and an antique icon with a particle of the relics of St. Nicolas the Wonderworker. These relics will be displayed for permanent veneration at our Cathedral.

I think at this point I don’t have to make a special announcement that it became a tradition that Nativity is celebrated both in the Julian and Gregorian calendars at our cathedral. Please share this information with your relatives and friends and check the schedule on our website www.

Once again I want to remind you that at this Liturgical season after the feast of Theophany, traditionally we bless our houses and apartments with Holy Water. If you’d like to know more about it please read the article by Priest Sergyi Sveshnikov at the beginning of this bulletin. As in the past, you may leave a request note at the candle stand or fill in the attached coupon (see Russian version of the bulletin) to set the time when I’ll be able to come and bless your house or apartment. It will give you an opportunity not only to bless your house or apartment but also to spend some time with your parish priest and discuss the issues you want to mention in the setting of your home.

   May God bless you.

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Archpriest Nazari Polataiko