St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church
Utica, New York
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
News Updates

Our parish feastday which was celebrated from the Vigil of Saturday 30th October until Monday 1st November 2010 was a great success and spiritually uplifting for everyone present. We were truly blessed with the visit of the Hawaiin-Iveron Myrrh-streaming Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos and with the moving Divine Services led by His Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland, who inspired us with his eloquant sermons. Services were well attended. Our thanks to all our clergy, both parish and visiting, altar servers, choir, sisterhood, parishioners and visitors, all who helped make our patronal feastday a memorable one. Also, congratulations to Fr. Deacon Nicholas Kolasz, who awarded the double diaconal orarion on the 10th anniversary of his diaconate.  

See the photo gallery for pictures of our feastday.

On Sunday 26th June 2011, our parish school celebrated an end-of-year commencement with our parish school children putting on a performance of their many varied talents from music and singing to poetry and plays.  Congratulations to our parish school pupils: Christina Shikula, Anastasia Shikula, Ivan Burashnikov, Natalia Derevenets, Larissa Taratuchin, Nina Taratuchin, Livia Drobot and Julia Derevenets. Many thanks to parish school teachers, Svetlana Derevenets and Angelica Shikula for their help and dedcated support over the 2010-2011 parish school year. Fr. Michael would not have been able to do this alone.

Our parish school resumes in September - look out for announcements. If you would like to enroll your child in our program, please contact us.

OUR PARISH PATRONAL FEASTDAY OF ST. JOHN OF KRONSTADT was celebrated on Sunday 30th October 2011. Concelebrating with His Grace, Vladika George, Bishop of Mayfield, were the parish rector, Archpriest Michael Taratuchin, Hieromonk Anatoly (Zilin), cleric of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk, Deacon Nicholas Kolasz (our parish deacons) and Protodeacon Alexander Jarostchuk of the Holy Epithany Church in Boston, MA. The Divine Services were very beautiful and moving. Everyone present experienced great joy and inspiration. We were also blessed to have with us the holy kamilavka of St. John of Kronstadt, sent to us by Archpriest Seraphim Gan of St. Seraphim's Church in Sea Cliff, NY. Please see below the photographs from our feastday celebration.

THE KURSK-ROOT ICON OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS visited our parish for the winter feastday of St. John of Kronstadt, 1st - 2nd January 2012.  Our gratitude is expressed to Fr. Protodeacon Nicholas Olhovsky, the guardian of the Icon, for bringing it to our church and serving with us. Also concelebrating with Archpriest Michael Taratuchin and Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk were Priest James Gurguis, Rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church on Higby Road, New Hartford, NY, and Deacon Andrew Doubleday, a cleric of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Many of the faithful attended both services. This was truly a wonderful spiritual uplift for all on this forefeast of the Nativity. Please see the photographs of this joyous event in our parish. 

Upcoming Services
Sunday, 10 / 23 February
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 16 / 29 February
6:00 Vigil
Sunday, 17 February / 1 March
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 23 February / 7 March
6:00 Vigil
CONGRATULATIONS  TO OUR STAROSTA (Parish Warden), Alexei Mikhailovich Kirushin, whose 90th. birthday was celebrated on the 17th. March 2012. Alexei Mikhailovich has been our starosta for over 19 years with dedicated service to our parish. May Our Lord  grant him many years and many blessings on this important landmark of his life.  Our parish honored him with a birthday celebration on the Sunday of the Adoration of the Precious Cross. 




CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PARISH SCHOOL STUDENTS, who completed another year 2011-2012! Parish school will resume in late September.  Look out for future announcements. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 7pm.  Contact Fr. Michael for any information. Below are photos from our end of year celebration which took place on All Saints' Day on Sunday 10th June 2012.


Saturday 1st November 2014 marks two very special anniversaries in our parish: the 60th Anniversary of our St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund (1954-2014) and the 50th Anniversary of the Glorification of our St. John of Kronstadt (1964-2014). Our parish will be marking these special events with liturgical celebrations and an anniversary banquet. His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion will lead the celebrations that day in concelebration with Their Graces, Bishop Peter of Cleveland and Bishop Nicholas of Manhatten, and with local and visiting clergy. 

The schedule of events will be the following:

Friday 31st October 2014: Pannykhida for the reposed founders and active members of our Memrial Fund at 5:30 pm, followed by Vigil at 6:00pm;

Saturday 1st November 2014: Meeting of the Metropolitan, Divine Liturgy and Molieben with the Procession of the Cross at 9:15 am, followed by a Festive Banquet at the Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road (off Genesee St. in Utica), Utica, NY 13502.

The cost for Banquet tickets is $32.00 per adult, $16.00 for between ages 5 to 10, and children aged 4 and under are free of charge.  Please make all reservations by October 24th, 2014, and make checks payable to ST. JOHN OF KRONSTADT R.O. MEMORIAL CHURCH, which may be mailed to St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church, 1009 Conkling Avenue, Utica, NY 13507-0056. 

Clerical vestments will be in gold. Please join us for these celebrations in our parish.


After 30 years since the consecration of our church in 1985, our wall frescoes darkened with age and an acumulation of fumes from candles and incense, are finally being cleaned and refurbished.  This entire project is at a cost of over $21,000 .  Any donations toward this necessary project will be gratefully accepted.  Please help our parish with this endeavor.

With love in Christ,

Archpriest Michael Taratuchin, Rector.


Dearly Beloved Reverend Fathers and Matushkas, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


As we approach the coming festivities of Our Saviour’s Nativity and Theophany, let us reflect on the past year of our lives and offer thanks to the Lord for all he has blessed us in our lives. On one hand, we live in a very troubled world in which we constantly hear of turmoil, whether it is terrorism attacking many innocent Christians in the East or our US society which has fiercely campaigned for the recent presidential elections to the tragedy of innocent lives of people perishing in airplane disasters such as the recent crash over the Black Sea. There does not seem to be a lot of good news on the media these days. This is nothing new. Our Saviour was also born in a world of maybe less turmoil, but with one purpose in mind. Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ is the Light which shines brightly in the darkness of this fallen world. It is His Light which leads us to salvation and eternal life.

May these festive days ahead always remind us that no matter what goes on in the world, the Lord is always present with us. May these festive days of Christmas, the New Year of 2017 and the Theophany fill all of you and your loved ones with great joy and peace.

                With much love in Our Incarnated Saviour,

Archpriest Michael Taratuchin.


Возлюбленные во Христе Всечестные Отцы и Maтушки, братья и сестры,


По мере того, как мы приближаемся к празднованию Рождества и Богоявления Спасителя нашего Иисуса Христа, давайте оглянёмся на уходящий год нашей жизни и поблагодарим Бога за все его благословения в нашей жизни. С одной стороны, мы живём в очень беспокойном мире, получая известия о террористических атаках на невинных христиан на Востоке, яростные выступления нашего Американского общества на недавних Президентских выборах, до недавней трагедии над Чёрным морем, унёсшей жизни многих невинных людей при крушении самолёта. В эти дни нам кажется, что мы не можем ожидать каких-либо хороших новостей от средств массовой информации. В этом нет ничего нового. Наш Спаситель был также рождён в беспокойное время, где возможно, было меньше потрясений, но цель его была всё такой же. Наш Господь, Бог и Спаситель Иисус Христос есть Свет, который светит ярко в темноте этого падшего мира. Это Его Свет ведёт нас к спасению и вечной жизни.

Пусть эти приближающиеся праздничные дни, независимо от того, что происходит в этом мире, всегда напоминают нам о том, что Господь всегда присутствует с нами. Пусть эти праздничные дни Рождества, Нового 2017 года и Богоявления наполнят вашу жизнь и жизнь ваших близких большой радостью и миром.

               С любовию в Воплощенном Спасителе,

Протоиерей Михаил Таратухин.

Feastday of St. John the Wonderworker, archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco is celebrated tomorrow on Sat. 1st July 2017. St. John not only served many times in our church during the 1950s and early 1960s, but also had been in charge of the commission studying the materials for the glorification of our St. John of Kronstadt prior to his canonization in 1964. The photo above is with St. John serving on one of our parish feastdays in 1960.

Vigil will be this evening at 6 pm and Divine Liturgy tomorrow at 9 am.


THE HAWAIIAN-IVERON ICON OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD will be visiting our parish on Sunday 29th October 2017 at 5:30 pm. A Molieben-Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos will be served. Please join as we offer prayers before this very holy myrrh-streaming icon of the Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

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OUR PARISH FEASTDAY OF ST. JOHN OF KRONSTADT will be celebrated on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 with a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.  His Grace, Bishop Jerome will lead us in our celebrations, which will be marked by the Divine Services and a festive meal in - 11/05/17

Tickets for the festive meal will be $15. per adult, $8 for children 5 to 12, and under 5s are free of charge. Please make your reservation by October 30th. 

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Paschal Appeal 2018


«Ангел вопияше благодатной: чистая Дева, радуйся! И опять вопиет: радуйся!  Твой Сын восстал из гроба на третий день после смерти и воскресил мертвых: люди веселитесь!»

(Из 9-го стиха пасхального канона)


Дорогие, Возлюбленные Отцы, Братья и Сестры во Христе,


Светлый и яркий Праздник из Праздников, Святая Пасха, наводит нас на одну конкретную мысль: Радуйтесь!  Радостью проникнута вся атмосфера в течении Литургии, когда мы празднуем Воскресение Господне во всех Православных храмах Мира.  9-ый стих напоминает нам о радости, когда Ангел призывал верующих радоваться победе нашего Спасителя над смертью и адом.  Святитель Иоанн Златоуст в его ежегодной проповеди в святую Пасхальную ночь напоминает нам о радости Воскресения Христова: «Христос Воскресе и ангелы ликуют!  Христос Воскресе и жизнь освобождается!  Христос Воскресе, и ни одного мертвого во гробе; Христос Воскресе из мертвых, и становится первым плодом всех усопших.»  Эта радость остается с нами не только в течении 40 дней по Пасхе, но и в течении всего года.

Мир переживает много бед и страданий от различных затруднений, и только Христос, через Церковь приносит нам настоящий мир и покой.  Наставления нашего Воскресшего Господа Иисуса Христа любить друг друга должны быть продемонстрированы на делах, а не только на словах.  Наш Прав. Иоанн Кронштадтский на своем примере через многие проповеди и письменные наставления учит нас как быть добродушными Христианами. Только благодаря своей сильной вере он добился создания институтов помощи нуждающимся.  Наш Благотворительный Фонд,  борется за это святое дело с 1954 года, и мы надеемся, что с вашей помощью мы сможем  продолжить  приносить и дальше облегчение нуждающимся всего мира.  

Пожалуйста, уделите немного времени просмотру нашего финансового отчета, который показывает куда направляется наша помощь, а также на то, как вы можете помочь нам  в этой святой работе, которая реально меняет финансовое положение нуждающихся.  Пожалуйста, присылайте ваши посильные пожертвования, а также ваши записки с именами ваших родных, которые будут поминаться на проскомидии.  Мы благодарим всех, кто присылал пожертвования в Фонд на протяжении многих лет, и тех, кто надеемся, будет и дальше продолжать щедро  поддерживать Благотворительный Фонд. Да приведёт всех вас Великий Пост к лучезарной радости Святой Пасхи!

            С огромной любовью о Воскресшем Господе,

Протоиерей Михаил Таратухин, Вице-Председатель Благотворительного Фонда Св. Прав. Иоанна Кронштадтского и Настоятель Храма-Памятника Св. Прав. Иоанна Кронштадтского в Ютика, Нью Йорк, США








 “The Angel cried to her who is full of grace: Rejoice, pure Virgin! And again I say, Rejoice! Thy Son has risen on the third day from the grave, and has raised the dead. Rejoice, you people!”

(From the 9th Ode of Paschal Matins)


Dear Reverend Fathers, Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


The bright and radiant Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha, brings one certain description to mind: rejoice! Joy surrounds the entire liturgical atmosphere as Our Lord’s Resurrection is celebrated in all Orthodox churches around the world. The 9th Ode reminds us of this joy when the Angel tells the faithful to be joyful over Our Saviour’s victory over death and hades. St. John Chrysostom reminds in his homily read annually on the holy night of Pascha to rejoice as Christ is risen: “Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is liberated! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” This joy abides with us all for the 40 days of Pascha, and throughout the entire year.

With the world experiencing many tribulations and with many suffering from various predicaments, it is only Christ, Who brings us real peace through the Church. It is Our Risen Lord’s commandment to love one another that should be translated into real acts, and not just words. Our St. John of Kronstadt continues to instruct us on how to try to be genuine Christians through his example of life and through his many sermons and writings. It was through his strong faith that he accomplished the creation of institutions to help those in need. Our Memorial Fund has striven for this holy task since 1954, and hopefully with your help, we may continue to bring relief to the needy around the world. Please take a moment to look at our financial report which mentions the destinations to where this aid is going. Please take a moment to reflect on how you all could contribute to this holy work, and truly make a difference for the poor. Please donate whatever is in your means to do so, and also please feel free to send in your commemoration lists of your loved ones, who will be remembered during the proskomedia. We thank all who have donated to the Memorial Fund over the years, and who continue their generous support.

May this Great Lent lead you all to the radiant joy of Holy Pascha!

         With much love in our Risen Lord,

Archpriest Michael Taratuchin, Vice-President of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Fund and Rector of the St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, New York, USA.

St.John of Kronstadt  Russian Orthodox Memorial Church | Храм-Памятник Святого Праведного Иоанна Кронштадтского

1009 Conkling Ave, Utica, NY 13501-0056 | Phone: (315) 724-4292