Restoration Update – July 17, 2016

Reverened Father Peter BabejFrom the Pastor’s Desk

A Restoration Update

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Have you ever seen so much scaffolding around the Cathedral? No you have not! So make sure you take a picture!!!

This is definitely a first. The last time scaffolding was installed was in 1989, but not to the extent that we are scaffolding today!

Why do we need so much scaffolding? Continue reading

Restoration Update – July 11, 2016

RESTORATION OF THE CATHEDRAL – The free-standing scaffolding is almost complete, with final work to be done on the west side of the church, over the main entrance. Starting on Monday, two crews will be working, as the scaffolding of the the domes continues. Netting will be set into place at the lower levels to ensure the safety of workers and pedestrians. This past week, 80% of the brickwork has been washed. Cleaning will continue this week, along with restoration work to all bricks, mortar and concrete. Peter and his team continue to restore and paint all accessible panels on the domes. The main dome has been restored and painted up to the level of the windows. Sincere thanks for your support on this important project. Your donations to the Preservation Fund are greatly appreciated!

Anthony of the Kyivan Caves

St. Anthony and St. TheodosiusOur venerable father Anthony of the Kyivan Caves was one of the founders of the Monastery of the Kyivan Caves. His feast day is on September 2 with St. Theodosius, and on July 10, when an appearance of the Mother of God foretold of his impending death.

Anthony was born in 983 in Liubech, near Chernihiv. He was named Antipas by his parents. In his youth, he possessed a fear of God and dressed in monastic attire. As he matured he set off on a journey to Mount Athos, where he took to the monastic life. He received a monastic tonsure with the name Anthony and set his life on a course of pleasing God and living an ascetic life on the path to virtue. He  became known for his humility and obedience. Continue reading

Restoration Update – June 12, 2016

Reverened Father Peter BabejFrom the Pastor’s Desk

Dear brothers and sisters,

 Cathedral DrawingAs you well know, access to our north entrance and elevator has been restricted due to the construction work area and the scaffolding on the north side of the cathedral. Our apologies for the inconvenience! To provide alternate access to the elevator for those using walkers or wheelchairs, we have reserved several parking spots in front of the Cathedral (on 97th Street) for handicap parking. If you need to use the elevator, please park on 97th Street for better access!

This past week, the plan for scaffolding the main dome and other domes – as proposed by Kova Engineering – was approved. Cathedral under constriuctionThe engineer working on the design is the same person who designed scaffolding for the Cathedral restoration in 1989!

As mentioned last week, in order to reach to top of the main cupola (at an elevation of 97 feet) and other domes, scaffolding footings will need to rest on the roof itself. Standard Scaffolding Inc. will continue to work with Kova Engineering to ensure that the scaffolding is properly installed and that the weight is equally distributed on the roof. An octagonal scaffold will be built surrounding the main cupola, with side brackets and cantilevers to provide access to all areas, including the cross. Installation will begin sometime this week.

Peter Caron and his team will continue with wood repairs and painting on the north east dome. Work will also begin on the south east dome.

Also this week, Scorpio Masonry Inc. is scheduled to begin the steam cleaning the cathedral brick work.

Fr. Peter Babej


NO MORNING LITURGY – June 14th to 17th

June 2016NO MORNING LITURGY this week
8 AM | June 14 to June 17
8 AM Tuesday, June 14
8 AM Wednesday, June 15 
5 PM Wednesday, June 15 (June-Sept.) 
8 AM Thursday, June 16 
8 AM Friday, June 17

8 AM on Monday, June 13th

Have a blessed week!