John Serbalik, our cameraman, thank you for always taking all photos, except this one, celebrates a monumental birthday on October 10th … we wish him many more HAPPY HEALTHY YEARS!!!
Today we celebrated Lydia Nakhlupina who is now an American citizen. Lydia is the “grandmother” to all of us … she gives us love and a smile and makes us beautiful paper mache … she is so generous giving us gifts … we are so happy for her new citizenship and more importantly that she is part of our Cohoes family. God grant her many happy healthy years!
Father Terenti participated in the service for the blessing of the animals on Saturday, October 1 at New Skete monastery… His dog Sweet Pea Sophia II was one of the many cats and dogs that were blessed for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
On Sunday, September 11, 2022, we baptized Samuel John Gould, born on May 9, 2022. He is the son of Katie and Eric Gould. Following the churching, we feasted on pulled pork and brisket and other fixings.
Today Nikita Padunin joined Victor and Vladimir to become the third altar server.... We are very happy to have another person to help out in the altar. May God grant him many years!
Weather was outstanding! The food was plentiful and delicious! The 2 hour tour on the pontoon boat with Captain Vince and First Mate Judy was a great success!
Dr. Gail, Jake and Joshua Glushko visited our Church today. Josh was one of the altar servers and Jake and his mom sang with the choir. Dr. Gail was baptized in our Church and is a long distance member of St. Nicholas. She is a retired Colonel in the Army and a Doctor of Internal Medicine. They live in Beaver Creek, OH and are here visiting with her friend Stephanie. Come back soon!!!!
Baptism of Baby George - 01/19/19
On January 19th we baptized George Gould son of Eric and Katherine Forster Gould. Grandparents John and Debbie Forster came up from Florida for the event.
Fr. Deacon Paul and Matushka Christine Gansle - 07/02/17
St. Nicholas was honored to have Fr. Deacon Paul Gansle serve in our parish. His mother lives in Cohoes and the Gansle's live in Cincinnati Ohio and are members of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church.
Visit to the Church, Museum and Cemetery - 06/24/17
Fr. Terenti took a group of parishioners to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville: Reader Peter S., John and Evelyn M., Vladimir, Natasha and Danny N., Lydia N. and Barbara G. and of course Fr. Terenti's canine companion Sophia.
Blessing of St. Gabriel and Michael, the Archangels icons - 05/28/17
The icon of St. Gabriel was donated by Barbara Kehn in memory of her family and the icon of St. Michael was donated by the late Sam Kobylar in memory of his family.
Reading of the Gospel in various languages - 04/16/17
On Sunday morning during the Paschal Vigil, the gospel was read in English, French, German, Italian, Albanian, Spanish, Indonesian, Bulgarian, Belarussian, Russian, Latin, Greek.
Blessing of the icons to be placed on the royal doors - 04/09/17
On Palm Sunday we blessed the icons to be placed on the Royal Doors (4 Evangelists and the Annunication) donated by the Stroyen family in memory of the Stroyen and Cherniak families. May God grant them many years and to the deceased members Memory Eternal!
Baptismal Divine Liturgy - 04/08/17
On Saturday April 8th we received 5 people into the church. Logan "Luke Henderson was received through Holy Baptism. Scott "Zaccheus" Haley, Jennifer "Genevieve" and Scott "Thomas" Versonese and Evelyn "Elizabeth" McClutsky were received through Chrismation. We also welcomed David Ferencz and Jesse Brodnax who joined our church a few months ago who were already Orthodox. May God grant them many years! Welcome to the St. Nicholas family.
Donation of the icon of Christ and the Theotokos - 09/25/16
The blessing of these icons took place the week before, but the donors were in church the next Sunday for their pictures. The Icon of Christ was donated by Catherine Prodanovich in memory of her family and the Icon of the Theotokos was donated by Anna Tanchak in memory of her family. May God grant them many years!
Pig Roast for the parish - 09/18/16
St. Nicholas had a pig roast for all of the people who dedicate their time to help make pirohi and assist at our flea markets inorder to make our church a wonderful place to come on Sundays and holidays.
Bishop Michael and the grammota awards - 07/10/16
Grammotas were given to Vicky and John Serbalik, David Oreshan and Alan Hodges for all the good work they have done for the parish.
Vespers at the Cross in St. Nicholas Cemetery - 05/14/16
After the massive flea market, some of the parishioners wanted to have Vespers, so we had them in the cemetery before the cross.
Party at House - 12/20/15
15 parishioners surprised Steve and Helen in their new apartment on Steve's 95th birthday. Even Santa came to give best wishes to Steve.
Taking part in the WinterFest in Cohoes - 12/12/15
Stephanie, Theresa, Joe, Barbara K., Barbara G., Katy sold holupki, pirohi, haluskhi and baked goods during Cohoes' Winterfest.
Processional Cross, Ripidia (fans) and Lanterns - 09/13/15
St. Nicholas Church is honored to receive gifts of a Processional Cross, Ripidia and Laterns. The set of Ripidia and Cross were donated by John Koblyar Family and the Lanterns were donated by: Michael Telesky, John Guba, Barbara Kehn and an anonymous donor. God Grant them Many years!
John Kobylar family donation - 08/02/15
The John Kobylar Family donated a new processional cross and ripidia to the church in honor of their wife/mother Mary. May her memory be eternal and many years to John, Mark and David!
Blessing of St. John of San Francisco - 05/17/15
Many thanks to the Serbalik Families for donating the icon of St. John (Maximovich) of San Francisco in memory of their father and mother John and Leona. St. John will be placed with the other American Saints on the right side choir loft.
Blessing of St. Raphel of Brooklyn - 05/10/15
We wish to thank Roger Mike for donating the icon of St. Raphel of Brooklyn in our church in memory of his mother Zina and father Ed. This icon will be placed in the back along with the other American saints.
The blessing of St. Job of Pochaev - 03/22/15
St. Job of Pochaev was an icon donated in memory of Mitch and Barbara Rimanowski on the behalf of the family. This icon will be place in the south case. May Mitch and Barbara's memory be eternal!
Russian Christmas - 01/07/15
For those who enjoy celebrating the 7th of January, we celebrated the Christmas Divine Liturgy again. In America we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas and what better way to end the Nativity season than celebrate the Divine Liturgy with our Julian calendar followers.
Fr. Dn. Paul Sokol joins us and Blessing of the Vasilopitha - 01/04/15
Today we had Fr. Deacon Paul Sokol join us for the Divine Liturgy. The winner of the gold coin inside the Vasilopitha was Catherine Gould.
Fr. Deacon Mark Hoeplinger joing us - 12/28/14
Fr. Deacon Mark came to St. Nicholas to speak to the congregation about what is happening at St. Tikhon's Seminary. Fr. Deacon is on the Board of Trustees at St. Tikhon's and gave an inspiring talk about all the good things that are happening there.
Traditional Holy Supper - 12/24/14
Each year after the Vesperal Divine Liturgy at 3pm we have our Holy Supper at 5pm. We create twelve dishes that have no meat or dairy products which comforms to the way our Lemko ancestors did this meal.
Burial Service - 12/18/14
The funeral for Cathy Karol was held in Hawaii and she was buried at the national cemetery along side her husband Joe who died in 2010. Permission was granted by her son Thomas to post the pictures of the funeral.
Divine Liturgy, Litiya for Healing - 12/14/14
This Sunday we had a Litiya for Healing as we usually do every other month at the end of the Divine Liturgy. For those who need the Sacrament of Holy Unction they are annointed as well.
St. Nicholas Day - 12/07/14
We are always honored to have Bp Seraphim in our parish. He is so friendly and the children like him very much.
Blessing of the St. John - 11/23/14
This icon of St. John the Warrior was donated by the Walko Family and completes Phase I of the icon project.
Sunday of the Holy Unmercenaries - 11/02/14
Each year, we celebrate, Sts. Cosmos and Damian and all of the Unmercenaries on the first Sunday of November. At the end of the Divine Liturgy we have a small moleben for the sick and annointing with Holy Unction. With the winter approaching, it is our spiritual "flu shot" to protect from the cold months ahead.
Baby Shower after church for Yorida Stoja our iconographer's wife - 09/21/14
The parish showered Yorida with gifts for her new baby Robert who will be born late October.
Icon Blessing - 10/05/14
Lisa Duncan wrote the Icon of Theotokos of Pochaev and Fr. Terenti wrote the Icon of St. Constantine and Helena which will be placed in the Church. A larger icon of the Theotokos of Pochaev will be written by our iconographer Aftimios Stoja and put in the north case.
Exhaltation of the Holy Cross and Blessing of the Antidoron Bowl - 09/14/14
St. Nicholas Church was pleased to bless the gift of a new Antidoron Bowl, donated by Reader Basil Rupp in memory of his mother and Father, Mary and William Rupp. May their memories be eternal and may God grant many years to their son Bill for his generous gift to the church.
Baptism of Thomas Knapp and birthday celebrations - 09/06/14
On Saturday Sept. 6th we baptized Thomas Knapp, son of Thomas and Nadine Stroyen Knapp born May 15, 2014, grandson of Greg and Joyce Stroyen. Reception was in the basement. On Sunday Sept. 7th we celebrated three birthdays: Mary Prokop 98, Madelyn Matala, 90 and John Urie Serbalik 16.
Removal of the pews, new carpeting and painting of sills - 08/27/14
In order to provide more space for our religious articles, better movement for our seniors and better preservation of our iconostasis, the church board voted to remove pews reallocate space. As you can see from the images, the front is now brighter and less congested.
Outside Divine Liturgy with the Blessing of Students and Church Picnic - 08/24/14
Over 50 people attended the annual outdoor Divine Liturgy and Picnic. This coincided with work being done inside the church for the two weeks. The work is expected to be finished for the improvements to the church nave.
Choir and Icon School picnic at Fr. Terenti's house - 08/17/14
Fr. Terenti entertained 17 people from the icon school and choir. Steaks, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers were the main fare with a wide variety of salads and desserts.
Choir directing 101 - 07/19/14
25 Registrants from Auburn to Eastern Massachusetts came to the Introduction to Choir Directing Workshop held at our church on Saturday July 19th. The workshop was conducted by Dr. David Drillock, Professor Emeritus at St. Vladimir's in Crestwood, New York. Students came away from the event learning a new set of skills. We will be holding more choir conducting events in the future. Stay tuned!
Icon blessing of St. Maxim Sandovich - 06/08/14
The icon of Maxim Sandovich was donated by the Glushko Family. The father and two sons made the trip from Ohio to celebrate the blessing of this icon in honor of the 100th anniversary of our parish.
Holy Pascha 2014 - 04/20/14
We started at 5:30am with Nocturnes, Matins and Divine Liturgy. We finished at 8:00am. Then we went downstairs for the Agape Meal and returned at 9:15am for the Vespers of Pascha.
The following audio streams were from a lecture series on Confession that took place in the capital district in the late 1990s.
1. Penetential discipline in the early church by John Erickson. Professor Erickson traces the history of penetential discipline from the early church to the 19th century. Penitential-Discipline-Discussion.mp3
2. Contemporary Confessional practices by Fr. Paul Lazor. Fr. Lazor discusses the contemporary issues surrounding the Sacrament of Confession. Lazor-Confession-Today.mp3