Welcome to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord!
Our Cathedral, a New York City Landmark, has graced the Greenpoint-Williamsburg, Brooklyn skyline since 1922. It is the only example of its kind of Byzantine Revival architecture in New York and perhaps the United States. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
|The holiday season is a time for renewal and thanks. It is in this spirit that we as Orthodox Christians come together to celebrate the joyful feast of the Nativity, as a family. The feeling of family relates also to our Parishes, who are also rejuvenated from red to gold in the anticipation of a New Year, full of joys and challenges.
My parish, The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Brooklyn is going through an additional rejuvenation this year. A beautiful church began by St. Alexander Hotovitski in 1908 it is steeped in great history and one of the oldest parishes on the East Coast of the United States (the full history can be seen on our website www.roct.org). For the first time in its long history the church is undergoing a full renovation, the beautiful signature domes were completed a few years prior. We are asking, as a family, for help and support in completing such a monumental project. Just as some of our five generations of parishioners have branched out and built new parishes to grow the community of the faithful, we ask that you help us rejuvenate the mother of this community, so we may also continue to serve our Orthodox community. We especially ask, in truest spirit of family, those with connections to our parish to contribute and carry on the legacy begun by your ancestors.
As the Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica once said “It is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold.”
So, help us keep our family strong and warm the hearts of those who have grown cold.
We welcome all donations, no matter how small. Please make checks payable to: Russian Orthodox Transfiguration Cathedral Preservation Trust Fund and send to 228 North 12th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11211.
We thank all of you for your prayers and support; our church remembers all donors with a special prayer during all services.
May this holiday season bring you great joy and may the newborn Christ bless you with health and happiness in the coming year.
With Love in Christ,
Fr. Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk
This year, the Russian Orthodox Transfiguration Parish celebrated its 106th
of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Just like long ago, people gathered at the church for the
evening service: Great Compline and Matins. His Grace Bishop Michael of New
York and New Jersey celebrated the holiday with the parish. Rector Archpriest
Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk assisted His Grace during the service. The Great Compline
began at 6pm and many people came for the service. During the Litya, His Grace
anointed over 150 participants with blessed oil. Choirmaster Elena Kochelova
directed the Church Choir during the service.
After the service, 80 people gathered for a Holy Supper, following a tradition started
Orthodox Christian Services
6:00 pm Vespers (Summer Time)
4:00 pm Vespers (Winter Time)
8:30 am Confession
9:00 am Divine Liturgy
Services are in English and Slavonic. (Similar to Russian)
All Orthodox Christians as well as Christians of other denominations and those interested in Orthodox Christianity are welcome to worship with us in our Orthodox Christian church in Brooklyn, NY.
2013 Schedule of Services
|Sunday September 8
9:00 A.M. – Divine Liturgy in Slavonic and English
Readings: 1 Cor. 9: 2 – 12 Gospel of St. Matthew 8 : 23 – 35
Molieben for Students , Teachers & Parents
12:30 P.M. – Holy Baptism of Maksymilian Przesdziecki
|Tuesday September 10
6:00 P.M. – Vespersa
|Wednesday September 11
9:00 A.M. – Divine Liturgy – Behead John Baptist – STRICT FAST
Panikhida for all soldiers and victism of September 11.
|Saturday September 14
6:00 P.M. – Vespers
|Sunday September 15
9:00 A.M. – Divine Liturgy in English and Slavonic.
Readings: 1 Cor. 15:1 – 11 Gospel of St. Matthew 19 : 16 – 26
For Good health & prosperity to Andrey Ketsko, Tanya & Genadij Usov
Picnic sponsored by our Brotherhood of St. Herman – Everyone Welcome!
From Father Wiaczeslaw’s Desk: To All our Elementary, Middle & High School & College students we wish
you a safe journey and much success as you continue your academic growth. You are in our prayers, remember that
your place in church is waiting for you, always.
Today, September 8 – after Molebien, we inaugarate our 2013/2014 Church School year. Attending church school
should be important to us parents and our children. It gives essential knowledge about our faith and traditions and helps
us all grow from year to year. Parents, try your best to bring your children to Church School as early as you can.
Registration for Church School any child 3 years of age or older is eligible to register for the 2013/2014 Church
School year. Our one-hour Sunday classes are given by experienced volunteer teachers after Divine Liturgy. Church
School curriculum includes Pre-K 3 through the 8th Grade. If you have a child or know of an Orthodox family
interested in registering their child, please see our Church School Director, Mrs. Audrey Podhaiski. Every child
deserves a religious education.
All Parents are invited to join the Church School PTA and support our Church School activities. Please see Matushka
Elizabeth or Mrs. Anna Pawluczuk if you wish to become a member of CSPTA. The dues for a family is $30.
Birthday Greetings: Helen Odomirok – Sept. 8; Nadine Moroz Schnoor – Sept. 9; Jolanta Nowacki – Sept. 11; Jacek
Nowacki Sept. 11; Julia Grygoruk – Sept. 12; Elena Ivanova – Sept.12; Walter Saukin – Sept. 14; and to those who
celebrate their birthday in the month of September. God bless all of you with good health and happiness for Many,
Many Years! MNOGAYA LYETA!
Wedding Anniversary Greetings: Alena & Vyacheslaw Elbert – Sept. 8; Inna & Wiliam Linder – Sept. 8, Victoria
& Andri Derkach – Sept.15 and to those who celebrate in September. May God Bless your home-your love-your
marriage with lasting happiness and Many, Many, Many Years! MNOGAYA, MNOGAYA LYETA!
Memory Eternal to Archpriest Fr. Vladimir Doroszkiewicz, Matushka Elizabeth‘s father. He fell asleep in the Lord
on Aug. 23, 2013 in Poland. To people who knew him, Fr. Vladimir was a dedicated priest who always had time
for people who needed his help – a Good Shepard to his flocks; a loyal friend; a skilled builder, and a patient parent.
Please, keep Fr. Vladimir in your prayers.
Preservation Trust Fund: In memory of Archpriest Fr. Vladimir Doroszkiewicz by Theresa Kushwara-$50; In
memory of Genevieve Mleczkowski by Sonia Howard -$50; May God bless all of you who donated. God Grant you
many years! Memory eternal to your departed loved ones. Vechnaya Pamyat!
All lighted lampadas in the Altar for the month of September: For the good health of MaryEllen and Bill Hedson.
Remember in your prayers the good health of our beloved parishioners: Mary Bellero, Sophie Datz, Jean Dmitruk,
Mary & Peter Durniak, Helen Dziuba, Anita Gerasimchik, Ann Hudick, Lyudmila Ignatieva, Paul Kraughto, John
& Juliana Mace; Sophie Lake, Helen Odomirok, Anna Polehinke, Helen Ptucha, Sophia Sazanovich, and Stephen
Sutowich. We miss you all very much.
Church Council meeting next Sunday – Sept. 15, after Liturgy. Try your best to attend.
A new project – Matushka is collecting family pictures of our parishioners and our church events to put them into a
church family album. During 105 years of our history many events have happened and many people have served in
our church. We do not want their names or faces to be forgotten. She already has some pictures and will need your
help with recognizing at least some of our parishioners. If you share your photos, Matushka will make sure that
all photos will be returned to their owners.
Renovation It is now time to think about the floor in the altar and the carpet in the church. Our Cathedral more than
ever needs your help and support for our project. Please be generous and make your donation to: Russian Orthodox
Greek Catholic Church of the Transfiguration.
We need Bulletin Sponsors for our weekly bulletin. The cost is $30.00. The bulletin can be dedicated for the
health of someone or in memory of a loved one, or just good wishes for your friends and family. If you need more
information – ask about it at the Candle Desk. There is another way to help our church and honor your loved once, by
lighting all Lampadas on the ambon or in the altar for the month of your choice. The donation is $30. Ask at the
Candle Desk for more information. Thank you!
Dear Friends & Visitors, a sincere welcome is extended onto you. If you have any questions talk to Father
Wiaczeslaw or call him for any assistance.
Old Calendar Christmas
This year, the Julian Calendar Christmas ~ 7 January ~ was celebrated at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in Brooklyn NY. The parish rector (Very Reverend Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk) and faithful were blessed to welcome His Grace, Bishop Michael, who served the Nativity Vigil service on the eve of the feast-day and, following the service, joined church members for a traditional Russian “Holy Supper” in the church hall.
The faithful were also blessed to welcome Bishop Michael for the festal Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. on “Old Calendar” Christmas Day. His Grace was greeted by Peter Andryuk (parish Vice President) and Father Wiaczeslaw who welcomed him to the church with warm words and happiness; also, by excited Church School students led by Marta Kliszcz, who presented flowers to the Bishop. Serving at the Divine Liturgy were Sub-deacons Roman Ostash and Vladimir Chaykivsky of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, and (from the parish) Peter Andryuk along with 12 altar servers. Several visiting clergy participated as well: Very Reverend Bohdan Ostash (Alpha NJ); Very Reverend Daniel Degyansky (Woodside NY); Reverend Boris Slootsky (Mays Landing NJ); Reverend Igor Ksynyuk (Bayonne NJ); Protodeacon Paul Sokol (Manville NJ).
The celebration filled the Church with over six hundred people. Then, following the Liturgy, all were invited to a lunch to break the Christmas fast. The mood was joyful as everyone shared a nice meal and great company. Church School children presented a brief Christmas performance for His Grace, playing instruments, such as flute and piano, and singing Christmas Carols in both English and Ukrainian. The fellowship concluded with warm wishes for the Christmas Holiday and the New Year.
According to the parish Youth Coordinator, Alexandra Krawczuk, “The faithful of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord expressed their thanks to Bishop Michael for celebrating this high holy-day with them, and their eager anticipation for his next visit.”
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