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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are happy to announce our Cathedral is now registered with Amazon Smile as “Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas” (legal name of our Cathedral).

Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our Cathedral.

Detailed instructions are attached on how to designate our church as your charity of choice and receive donations based on your purchases from Amazon.com.

Thank you for your help!

With love in Christ,

Larry Harrison


October 15, 11am-7pm
October 16, 11am-5pm
live traditional music performances, book sale, children's activities,
tours of the Cathedral and much more!



This Sunday, July 31, after first liturgy during the coffee hour Archimandrite Juvenal (Repass)will give a presentation on his upcoming mission trip to Guatemala.

Fr. Juvenal’s missionary page at OCMC:


You may follow him on Facebook:



Peter and Helen Evans will be bringing from their farm in Virginia three pedigree Lionhead rabbits for sale this Sunday and all proceeds will go to Fr. Juvenal's mission. The rabbits are just weaned this month and are ready to bond with you. They are sweet balls of fur with alot more fluffy hair than most rabbits; hence Lionhead. Plus, they only grow to 3.5 to 4 lbs.  They are affectionate companions and can be litter-box trained very easily and the litter-box smell is much less than a cat. Some have said they are even more affectionate than dogs and cats.  They are also great pets for those who are allergic to cats or dogs. Adoption Fee: $100
You might find this interesting, about the differences between rabbits and cats, "http://www.bunnyhugga.com/a-to-z/general/house-rabbits-vs-cats.html"



Remember to visit our our Gift Corner and library in the Annex for a dollar a book both English and Russian.


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as part of our fundraising efforts for the Fall Bazaar, St Nicholas will be observing "Giving Sundays" on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of July, August, and September. During the collection at the Divine Liturgy a basket labeled "Bazaar Gifts" will be brought around and left at the Ambon during the dismissal. Any money donated to this basket will be given directly to the bazaar fund to help offset our costs and increase the profit of our largest annual fundraiser.

Anyone who donates at least $100 (either all at once, or as several smaller donations) between now and September 25th will have their name, or that of a departed or living loved one, commemorated both in the Bazaar Program Brochure and in a special plaque to be displayed in the parish hall. When you make your offering, please fill out the form located at the candle counter so that we may properly record your donation. Donations offered between September 25th and October 16th will be accepted, but will only be commemorated anonymously.

We encourage everyone, no matter the size of their donation, to use these Giving Sundays as an opportunity to contribute to the growth of our community and the building up of Christ's Church!

-Tim Markatos and Rdr John Slack, Bazaar Fundraising Committee
"Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." - Paul's Second Epistle to the Corinthians


Archpriest Aleksei Gostev, rector of St. Nicholas Church in Aksiniino, Moscow Region, Russia will be visiting us on Sunday. He will be celebrating the Slavonic liturgy and give a short talk after the liturgy about Orthodox rehabilitation program “Metanoia” for alcoholics, drug users and codependent members of their families. Fr. Aleksei is co-head of the program, which is based in Danilovskij Monastery in Moscow -http://metanoia.msdm.ru/


The Dormition Guild is sponsoring a book on past members of St. Nicholas Cathedral.  The title of the book will be “Jewels of the Cathedral” and the project is being chaired by Anna Mighell.  It will be a collection of biographies of deceased Church members, as well as past clergy.  Everyone in the parish is welcome to write a biography of their relative or friend.  Please include a picture, if possible.  The biographies need not be too long.  Please send the biography and picture to Father Valery Shemchuk at the Cathedral.  We have a goal that this project be completed in one year (December 2015 through December 2016, if possible), but please send in your biographies soon.  We have had so many devoted, wonderful parishioners.  The book should be a real treasure.  People may write as many biographies as they wish.  Below is an entry for the book.  We hope this sample will be encouragement for others to submit bios of deceased beloved family members and friends.  

There will be a  meeting after Liturgy on Wednesday, June 29, St. Peter and Paul Feast Day, to review and pull from historical records information we can use for bios for "Jewels of the Cathedral."  We especially would like to invite friends and relatives of past parishioners who can provide memories and anecdotes.  Please come join us. 


Vera was born in Vladivostok, Russia, the last of eight children born to Maxim and Anna Stadnichenko.  It was a patriotic family with a strong belief in God and a love of learning and nature.  She was a childhood friend of Yul Brynner who lived on the same block. 

After the communist revolution she and most of her family left Russia.  Vera and her mother lived in Prague for a short time before immigrating to America.  For a number of years, she and her sister Asya lived in Illinois where Vera received a Master’s Degree with concentration in bacteriology from the University of Chicago. 

When her sister died, Vera moved to Washington, DC to be with other family members.  She worked as a bacteriologist at the Glendale TB Sanitarium.  Vera also worked at Children’s Hospital where she was greatly admired by the doctors.

Vera met and married her beloved husband, Stephan Kunsak, during World War II.  She was widowed in 1966. 

Animals were Vera’s passion from the time, as a 5-year-old, she befriended a guard dog at a bank.  Throughout her life she helped or adopted countless abandoned and abused animals.  She even cared for an owl with a broken beak for 19 years, feeding her by hand.  Vera named her Smokey because she was rescued after falling down a chimney. Vera was one of the founders of S.P.A.Y. and worked for the Audubon Society raising baby birds.  She knew how to set a bird’s broken wing.                           

            Mrs. Kunsak was very proud of her Russian heritage and a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas (which became St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral).  She loved the teaching and traditions of the Orthodox religion.  She was sustained by many loving friends and family.  

Vera Stadnichenko Kunsak died in a fire at her home in the early morning of Sunday, December 2, 2001.  She was 94.  Memory Eternal - darkness shall not overcome the light.

Composed by Anna DeKonschin Mighell, Vera’s niece 


Pledges 2016


"O Lord, sanctify those, who love the beauty of Your house!

Reward them with Your rich and Heavenly gifts, 

given them Heavenly things for the earthly ones, 

eternal things for the temporal ones, 

incorruptible things for those that perish"

St. Basil the Great. Liturgy 

Pledge Letter in MS Word  or  in PDF


            St. Nicholas Cathedral is grateful for every donation received throughout the year.  Your generous support enables the Cathedral to spread the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, serve regular Divine Liturgies and Sacraments and provide spiritual nourishment to our faithful, their families and  those in need.  Your pledge of support is a sign of your heartfelt participation in the life of our parish family and it plays a vital role in enabling us to meet our financial responsibilities.  Please, download and read the letter, which explains the importance of the timely pledges.

            We pray that everybody who attends St. Nicholas Cathedral and cares for it financial security will make a pledge for 2016!

            If you don’t have a pledge form, you can download it from the link bellow or pick up a hard copy either at the candle counter or by calling the office at 202-333-5060.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the pledge form and submit it to either the candle counter or mail it to

St. Nicholas Cathedral

3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington DC 20007

Thank you for your support and keeping St. Nicholas strong and a place we can be proud of!


If you are aware of a parishioner who is ill or for some reason can not attend church services regularly, it is possible they might benefit from a card sent by our Dormition Guild or a phone call or visit from clergy.  In such case, please notify Andrea Lutov for the Dormition Guild (andrealutov@gmail.com), Fr. George (gkokhno@gmail.com)  or Fr. Valery (shemchukv@gmail.com)

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