St. Nicholas Cathedral is pleased to announce a 2014/2015 schedule of Adult Education Classes focused on the Sacraments of the Orthodox Church, which will take place in our social hall. On Wednesday, October 29th, at 7 PM Fr. Paul Harrilchak will begin a series of classes on the Sacrament of Confession. These will continue on the third Wednesday of each month from November, 2014 through February, 2015. Fr. Valery Shemchuk will discuss pastoral and spiritual aspects of the Sacrament of Marriage on December 4th at 7pm. This series will be followed by lectures in January on the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation conducted by Fr. Denis Bradley (dates will be announced). A family in our parish in immediate need of housing is looking for an apartment rental. They will be conscientious tenants. Any parishioner aware of such a rental apartment currently available may phone: 202 223 8883.
Saint-Nicholas Cathedral is considering scheduling classes for parishioners and friends who wish to improve their basic skills in Russian or English. Led by volunteers, these sessions will help Russian speakers work on familiarity with English or introduce English speakers to elementary Russian. We ask that parishioners and their friends desiring to take such classes phone (202-333-5060), or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Church office in order to leave their contact information (name, telephone and/or e-mail) so that perspective volunteers can determine whether there is sufficient interest to form these sessions. Please note whether you are interested in the Russian or English classes, and which of the following categories best fits your reason for attending the sessions:
1) conversation topics only – led by the volunteer to improve oral fluency (no instruction in writing or reading);
2) written and oral exercises useful for travel and sightseeing (e.g., "Where is the nearest restaurant?", "Where and when can I board the bus/metro that will take me to…?");
3) elementary comprehension of the written language (emphasis on learning alphabet, grammar and vocabulary). If none of the three choices describes your purpose for taking the class, please provide your own response, which will guide our volunteers in structuring these prospective lessons. Thank you for your interest.
Michael Haldas, author of Sacramental Living: Understanding Christianity as a Way of Life (see www.sacramentalliving.net), will be speaking at St. Nicholas’s Cathedral in on Saturday, March 29, following Vespers at 6 pm. The purpose of his book is to teach about Christianity in the context of real life, real world issues and to explain misconceptions. The common theme is how to live sacramentally and grow ever closer to God. His talk will be based on his book, and he will be sharing an in-depth understanding of what sacramental living really is and how we should understand and live our Christian faith on a daily basis.
Next week on Wednesday evening (March 19th) and Friday evening (March 21st), following the Presanctified Liturgy, several members of the Strategic Planning Working Group will be in the Church Hall during the Pot Luck meal. They will be holding a discussion about the ideas developed in the Strategic Plan Framework. As Metropolitan Tikhon mentioned at the Parish meeting last Sunday, we now want to hear your reactions and your ideas about the direction and development of St. Nicholas Cathedral's purpose and mission. Everyone is invited to participate.
If you have not yet taken a look at the Strategic Framework, you can find it on the St. Nicholas Website or you can call the church office during business hours and a copy can be prepared for you.
This Friday, March 14 at 6 pm, we will have a potluck Lenten dinner and a talk in the church fellowship hall by Archpriest Paul Harrilchak (OCA) "Sacrament of Confession in Orthodox Church."
Father Paul, the compiler and editor of the book Confession with Examination of Conscience and Common Prayers, is a knowledgable and engaging speaker, who will challenge your assumptions and answer your questions related to this important sacrament. His past talks at St. Nicholas received high praise from all who attended.
On March 9, 2014 at noon, Saint Nicholas Cathedral will hold its Annual Parish Meeting and, according to the St. Nicholas Parish Bylaws, will elect new members of the Parish Council. This year we will be electing two alternates/deputies, each for a one-year term.
The purpose of the Parish Council is to assist His Beatitude and the clergy of St. Nicholas in fulfilling the task entrusted to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28.19-20).
Serving on the Parish Council requires dedication, time and energy. The Parish Council is under the spiritual guidance and authority of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, assisted by Father George, and Father Valery. “No activities in the parish can be initiated without [the Rector’s] knowledge, approval, and blessing” (OCA Statute, Article 10, section 4).
As president of St Nicholas Cathedral, let me encourage you to consider becoming a candidate for the Parish Council this year. I would ask those parishioners in good standing who are considering the position of deputy on the Parish Council, to contact Candice Johnson no later than March 1, 2014 and to fill out and send a “candidate” form to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Candice Johnson at: email@example.com so we can set up an appointment to discuss your interest in this important service to the Church. More information about this meeting will be posted on "Announce" and in upcoming Sunday Bulletins.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fr. George (email@example.com) or Fr. Valery (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR PLEDGE FOR 2014!!!
"O Lord, sanctify those, who love the beauty of His house!
Reward them with Your reach 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
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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 2014!
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!
Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria, and host of the weekly YouTube-program "Coffee with Sister Vassa,"is visiting the United States!
She will give a talk on "Living the Church Calendar in the 21st Century" at St. Nicholas Cathedral
Saturday January 25th - 6:00 PM
Sunday - January 26
10:30 AM - English
12:30 PM - Russian
If you haven't seen it click here or search for Coffee with Sister Vassa in Youtube, and don't miss this talk!