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50th Celebration October 11, 2020
50th Celebration October 11, 2020
50th Celebration October 11, 2020
50th Celebration October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

Hierarchical Liturgy & Festal Banquet

October 11, 2020

Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Matushki, guests and my dear people;
good afternoon and welcome to the celebration of my first 50 years!

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Last Tuesday, the 6th of October, 2013, seven years ago was the blessing of our first chapel we rented on Mojave and three and a half years later we were in our own place, where will we be in three and a half more years? God will bless what is needed we just have to show we are worthy and work for it and that means really hard.

It is wonderful when brothers and sister gather together in love and friendship and for that I am grateful every day.

When I was first diagnosed in 2009 the oncologist asked how long I hoped to live and I said 96 which gave me 75 years of service. At that point it didn’t look like I’d make 40 and here we are at 50.

I have been writing excerpts from my memoirs the last couple months and hope that you are finding some interest in sharing a little of my life.

And now we are here remembering and together celebrating a life of service in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I want to continue on that by giving some information on the magnificent icon that was commissioned and donated for this very special day. You don’t know how difficult it was to get it here on time from St. Petersburg, Russia but thankfully the icon arrived, was blessed this morning and each of you has received an icon card and now I’d like to say a few things about it and the saints on the card.

The Mother of God has watched over me since 1970 even as I made missteps in my life but has always been there to protect me which is why the Protection or Pokrov depiction was chosen so She watches over us. She is also the patron of our chapel.

The icon depicts most of the churches I was the rector starting with St. Elijah in Billings, Montana. At that time there were two large Serbian parishes dedicated to him but not one on the west coast so I petitioned the Bishop to honor him and we chose the icon of the Prophet being fed by a raven, showing that all we need is a crust of His bread to survive. It was a small parish to start and by the time I left it was still small but had a priest and the roots of that parish are still alive and well.

My next parish was here in Las Vegas, again this time I petitioned to offer a parish under the protection of St. Sava’s father, Simeon the Myrrh bearer. Just before coming to Las Vegas I made a lot of visits to his monastery in Studenitsa, Serbia where his relics exude myrrh and there was no church in America dedicated to him at that time, imagine the Father of St. Sava. During the building of these two parishes I was in the Serbian Church.

After this I transferred to the Greek Archdiocese and served St. John’s here in Las Vegas almost a year waiting to be received into the OCA or Orthodox Church in America.

St. Paul the Apostle came and this time we had a vote so to speak and there were three finalists and the one with the most number was St. Paul the Apostle. It was unusual to name a parish with just St. Paul but they exist and she exists today.

St. Michael the Archangel in Sitka was the see of the first Orthodox diocese in America and the Cathedral was my official see when I became the bishop there.

It was a couple years later that we changed the see to Sitka, Anchorage and Alaska, a very traditional Russia way. The church in Anchorage was dedicated St. Innocent of Irkutsk

St. Olympia the Pillar dweller was patron of the church at St. Sava Monastery in Elaine, Australia where I lived for almost a year. His icon is in the chapel and interestingly that icon was done by a woman in Las Vegas hoping to do the icon screen for St. Simeon’s. I carried that icon from Las Vegas to Australia and back until he was placed in our chapel.

All of these saints are surrounding the new temple, God willing another dream.

Every one of these saints have left a mark on my life and I hope and pray that our parish of All Saints leaves a mark on our lives and the lives of those for whom we serve and for whom we are building, our children our most treasured resource.

We all like special days and dates that are significant, August 9, 1970 is as clear today as it was fifty years ago. And I pray this celebration will last as clear in my memory as time passes.

Many thanks to the co-chairs Mary Ann Karas and Elena Flangas for their work in making all of the pieces come together, to our choir for offering prayerful singing at all our services, our folk-dance group, the performers today and our youth and future and many thanks to Ivan Zekic our chef and all members of All Saints.

And I want to thank everyone here and those who couldn’t come and for sending their well wishes, those whose names were missed I apologize and so many emails, texts and letters.

As we close this event, I say fear not for next year I am celebrating 20th years as a bishop, so may the celebrating continue!!!

Newsletter – Feb 27, 2018

Dear Faithful,

Greetings during the Great Fast!

Attached is an opportunity for all of us to participate in getting our building in compliance for ADA and permanent occupancy.

We all have houses or cars that have to be maintained and so it is with our church property. The difference being that there are many of you who are able to make this happen more readily than in our personal lives.

This is the first step of many to update our building per code. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate, whether it is purchasing a toilet, a towel bar, or even donating a few dollars toward the labor for accomplishing this task.

We are blessed that Howard, Claudia’s husband whom we all know, is willing to take on this project himself. He has been a plumbing contractor for many years and is looking to hire a couple qualified helpers, but taking nothing for himself.

In addition the needs list will be posted on our web site, in order to reach others outside of our parish for help if they are so moved.

Someone in the parish has fronted the $5565.00 so that this work can begin ASAP. This is a loan and will need to be repaid.

Recently we had to replace the hot water tank. There is a leak in the roof that will have to be addressed in the very near future, but for right now this is our Lenten goal.

May your hearts be softened, to make an extra effort to contribute for this project.

Love and blessings.

+Vladyka NIKOLAI

Дорогие верующие,

Приветствия вам в Великом Посту!

Смотрите в приложении возможность для всех нас поучаствовать в перестроечном проекте для соответствия стандартам ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) (закон, обязывающий общественные места строить с учетом доступа и удобства для инвалидов) и постоянного посещения людьми.

У нас у всех есть жилища или машины, которые нам нужно соответственно содержать и поддерживать в надлежащем состоянии – то же самое касается и церковной собственности. Разница только в том, ЧТО мы с бОльшим рвением готовы сделать, в отличие от нашей личной жизни.

Это наш первый из многих шагов по благоустройству нашего здания для соответствия кодексу. Все будут иметь возможность поучаствовать, будь то или покупкой унитаза, или вешалки для полотенца, или жертвуя несколько долларов в оплату рабочей силы по выполнению этой задачи.

Нам повезло, что Говард, муж Клаудии, которых мы все хорошо знаем, лично взялся за этот проект. Он уже много лет работает подрядчиком сантехником, и собирается нанять несколько квалифицированных помощников, но себе ничего не берет.

В дополнение, на вебсайте будет размещен список нужд, чтобы те, кто находятся за пределами нашего прихода, тоже могли бы поучаствовать в помощи, если они заинтересованы.

Кто-то из прихожан одолжил нам наперед $5565.00, чтобы работы могли начаться незамедлительно. Но это заем, и его нужно будет вернуть.

Недавно мы были вынуждены заменить водонагреватель (бойлер). Также есть течь в крыше, и это тоже надо будет исправить в ближайшем будущем. Но пока что этот проект является нашей целью в этом Посту.

Да умягчатся ваши сердца, чтобы сделать более значимое усилие и вложить в этот проект.

С любовью и благословениями,

+Владыка НИКОЛАЙ

Estimation of costs to bring the Parish into compliance with A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards prior to seeking a Clark County Use Permit.This estimation is predicated upon Howard Powell donating his knowledge, time, tools and labor to complete the necessary remodel, repairs, replacement of doors, plumbing fixtures, handicap ramp and railings.

The Parish will be responsible to pay for all necessary parts, materials, fixtures, toilets, lumber, and concrete to complete the project.

Additionally, the Parish will pay for the (2) qualified plumbing labor/helpers which will be required for approximately 5 days at $20 per hour per man to assist with the project.

Approximate labor charge $800 x 2 = $1,600

Remodel the unisex bathroom adjacent to the Chapel:

Remove the cabinet/vanity
Install a new handicap accessible “wall mount sink” and
Install new handicap approved faucet, mounts, lines, angle-stops and hardware
Cost: sink, faucet, mounts, lines, hardware $341

Remove existing toilet
Install a new Toto handicap 1.6 G.P.F. 17” high toilet, floor seal, new seat and
Install required wall mount handicap bars, soap dispenser, paper holder, towel dispenser
Cost: Toilet, seat, hardware, dispenser, handicap bars

Toto Drake A.D.A. compliant toilet & parts $353

Wall mount handicap bars (2) at $57 each = $114

Dispensers 3 @ $32 = $96

Stud-up and close the existing doorway – install a new A.D.A. door and closer with handicap door handle.
Cost: Lumber, drywall, door, frame, hardware $293

Install handicap ramp A.D.A. compliant 1 in 12 approximately 11.5 ft long from Chapel glass door entrance to the new unisex bathroom

Saw-cut concrete and remove floor tile. Dig out area for new concrete ramp.
Set forms – Lay-out new ramp

Pour concrete ramp with required rough surface $578

Fabricate custom handicap hand rail and mount to new concrete. Custom handrails $462

New ingress / egress door requirements

Install front exterior A.D.A. door, frame, closer, hardware to open–out for A.D.A. ingress $864
Install rear exterior door A.D.A. door, frame closer, hardware to open-out for A.D.A. ingress $864

The total approximate cost being $5,565

Due to the fact that old plumbing, pipes, fixtures, joints and connections can break or leak during disassembly, additional pipes, fixtures, parts or pieces may be required at additional expense during construction.

After review if you wish to proceed with the outlined ADA renovations, please sign and return so that I may place the necessary orders for the fixtures and materials to complete the project. Any changes to this proposal will be in writing with an authorization to proceed so that the Parish will have documentation for accounting purposes.

I have reviewed and authorize the required ADA renovations as described.

Authorized Parish Signature / Date

Three Diocesan-wide Commemorations are Observed on November 6 and 7, 2017

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Three Diocesan-wide Commemorations are Observed on November 6 and 7, 2017

On Monday November 6 and Tuesday November 7, 2017, there will be a diocesan-wide observance of the Centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution (October 25/November 7, 1917) also known as the Day of Irreconciliation; the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the “Act of Canonical Communion” between the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Moscow Patriarchate (4/17 May, 2007) and the 25th Anniversary of the consecration to the episcopacy of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America (May 25/June 7, 1992).

On 1/14 of August, 2017, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill published Decree 11-E/2017 in which he announced the observance of the Day of Irreconciliation, on this Centennial of the start of the bloody and tragic Bolshevik Revolution which ushered in an era of atheism in the Russian land in the 20th Century. This unfortunate anniversary will be observed at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, by serving a panykhida for all of those who suffered at the hands of the godless authorities in that epoch and will be followed by a lecture reflecting on the history behind the events, which will be open to the general public that evening. The keynote speaker is Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff of Melbourne, Australia.

Archbishop Kyrill’s Decree also announced the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the “Act of Canonical Communion,” which will be combined with the Feast Day of the Diocesan Cathedral in honor of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow,” and the annual Fall clergy retreat (November 5-8).

Included during those days will be the celebration of Archbishop Kyrill’s 25th Anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy. The auxiliary bishops of the Western American Diocese, His Grace THEODOSY Bishop of Seattle and His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento, issued an appeal to the parishes of the diocese to support a gift for Archbishop Kyrill. On the Feast of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in the presence of the clergy and faithful a present will be given to His Eminence on behalf of the entire Western American Diocese: a complete set of bishop’s vestments and a bishop’s staff with a commemorative inscription.

As proclaimed in His Eminence’s Decree the clergy and faithful are called upon to join together in an all-diocesan event that will mark these three commemorations with prayer, reflection and thanksgiving; for whomever it is possible to request time off from work or studies so as to participate.

Decree 11-E/2017 may be read  here.

The appeal from the auxiliary bishops may be  read here. Donations for Archbishop Kyirll’s commemorative gift may be made directly to the Diocese at the following address:

Western American Diocese
598 — 15th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Earmarked “Archbishop Kyrill’s gift”

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Три общеепархиальных юбилея отмечаются 6 и 7 ноября, 2017 года

В понедельник 6 ноября и во вторник 7 ноября 2017 года организуется общеепархиальный День памяти 100-летия большевицкой революции (25 октября/7 ноября, 1917 г) – День Непримиримости, а также празднование 10-летия подписания «Акта Евхаристического общения» между Русской Православной Церковью Заграницей и Московским Патриархатом (4/17 мая, 2007 г) и 25-летия хиротонии во епископы Его Высокопреосвященства Высокопреосвященнейшего КИРИЛЛА, Архиепископа Сан-Францисского и Западно-Американского (25 мая/7 июня, 1992 г).

1/14 августа текущего года Его Высокопреосвященство издал Указ No. 11/2017 г., в котором он объявил о проведении «Дня Непримиримости» во вторник 7 ноября. В этот день, сто лет тому назад, началась трагическая для русского народа кровавая большевицкая революция, которая открыла эпоху безбожного правления в России. Годовщина отметится совершением панихиды по жертвам красного террора, и сразу же последует доклад, посвященный истории этого события и его последствиям. Докладчик – протоиерей Николай Корыпов из Мельбурна, Австралия.

Указом Архиепископа Кирилла также объявлено об общеепархиальном торжественном праздновании 10-летия подписания «Акта Евхаристического общения». Юбилей будет отмечен во время престольного праздника кафедрального собора в честь иконы Божьей Матери «Всех скорбящих Радости» в г. Сан-Франциско, который совмещается с осенним пастырским совещанием духовенства Западно-Американской епархии.

К этим двум историческим событиям приурочен также юбилей Архиепископа Кирилла. Викарные епископы Западно-Американской епархии – Его Преосвященство ФЕОДОСИЙ, Епископ Сеатлийский, и Его Преосвященство ИРИНЕЙ, Епископ Сакраментский, направили обращение ко всем приходам, в котором огласили 25-летний юбилей Его Высокопреосвященства и сбор на подарок ему. Средства собираются на комплект архиерейского облачения и жезла с памятной надписью. Эти дары преподнесут Архиепископу Кириллу в престольный праздник в присутствии сонма духовенства и мирян.

Как оглашено в Указе 11/2017 г.,  духовенство и верующие призваны собраться в ноябре на это общеепархиальное мероприятие. Отметим вместе эти три годовщины с покаянием, молитвой и благодарностью. Тем, у кого есть возможность, рекомендуется отпроситься с работы или школьных занятий.

Указ 11/2017 г. можно читать здесь.

Обращение викарных епископов можно читать здесь. Желающие принять участие в денежном сборе на подарок Архиепископу Кириллу могут послать чек на адрес епархиальной канцелярии:

Western American Diocese
598 — 15th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
С пометкой “Archbishop Kyrill’s gift”

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