St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada (UCWLC) is accepting applications to sponsor girls ages 9 -14 to a week-long summer camp (*see note below). The two camp choices are: Captivenia or Camp Oselia.
he sponsorship is intended to encourage participation and friendship for our girls with Christ and with each other, but also to help those who might not otherwise be able to attend (i.e. financial restrictions). The value of each sponsorship will be dependent on the number of qualified applications received. Travel arrangements are also the responsibility of each camper.
1. Captivenia DATES: July 18th – 23rd AGES: 10–14 THEME: Medieval Role Playing Adventure Camp LOCATION: Britton Ranch Near Turner Valley, Alberta (45 Minutes SW Of Calgary) HOSTED BY: Captivenia is a program of Catholic Kids Net, Incorporated, a not-for-profit, registered charity, and is an initiative of Regnum Christi. The mission of Regnum Christi is: Love Christ, Serve others, Build the Church
For complete camp details see: www.captivenia.com
2. Camp Oselia Children's Summer Camp DATES: July 17th – 22nd AGES: Grade7–9 THEME: “Ocean Commotion – Diving Into Noah’s Flood” LOCATION: Wabamun Lake, Alberta (60 Km West Of Edmonton) HOSTED BY: The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy Of Edmonton
For complete camp details see: www.camposelia.com
Interested Applicants are required to fill out the form below and include a 250 – 300 word essay about “Why I like to go to summer camp with my friends from St. Stephen’s.”
Okay, a little drama in the title makes every thing more exciting.
On July 4 - 8, 2016, we will be cleaning out all the corners, cupboards, closets and storage rooms in the whole church. We ask everyone to:
- Clean up all your stuff in the whole building prior to this date. (Make sure you can access your stuff by booking the room and time you will be cleaning with the Office Administrator: Linda.) - Get a pink “cleaned & sorted” paper from the main office, fill it out, and tape it on all the stuff you have cleaned up and want to keep.
We may ask you (your organization/ministry) to move your stuff to a particular area to keep things orderly. (For example: Sunday School stuff should be together in the Class Rooms, Knights stuff in the Knight’s storage area, Choir stuff in the choir loft, etc…)
Things without a pink “cleaned & sorted” paper attached to them will be assumed abandoned or for general church use. These non-labeled items will then be gone through and dealt with as the cleaners / organizers see fit. Thanks for your cooperation.
Incense has been used in the worship of God for countless generations starting from the earliest times. In scripture Cain and Able were invited to offer their gifts to God. Noah by offering his gifts who’s smoke rose to God as a pleasing fragrance, convinced the Lord never to destroy the earth again. In Jerusalem’s temple, the holiest place where God Himself dwelt, there was a constant burning of incense, with multiple services dedicated to the burning of it for the salvation of the people. God has made his presence known in smoke and fire through history. To this day, we burn incense at various church services to bless, cleanse, humble, awe, and move the people into holiness. In the bible you can find the word incense 116 times, and burnt offerings nearly 300 times. To burn something as an offering to God, where effort and sacrifice has been given in providing the gift, has been central to the Judeo-Christian tradition since the begging, and is particularly evident in our Eastern Christian liturgical tradition today.
Smells also have a great way of bringing a person into a particular state of mind. Certain smells attract, others repulse, some excite while others calm. Humans and animals have used scents to communicate for hundreds of thousands of years. Think of how dogs and cats rub up against their owners to both leave their scent and to gain their owner’s scent. Aroma therapy has a huge influence on millions of people around the world, reducing anxiety and giving energy. Churches also recognize that scents can be powerful tools to transport people into prayer. When we enter into a space that smells of incense, we consciously or subconsciously are moved into a mental place conducive to prayer.
Is incense good for everyone? Well… we recognize that some people are more sensitive to certain smells than others. Some people also have breathing problems like asthma which are stressed by things like smoke. Therefore as a parish we have done several things to allow for a better environment for these people. Firstly, we use good incense that is hypo-allergenic. Cheap incense does indeed negatively affect us all not only those with sensitive lungs and noses. Secondly we use incense sparingly (not huge spoon full onto hot coals, but rather one little rock at a time). Thirdly we have one Liturgy each day which does not use incense at all. Those who have respiratory issues are encouraged to take advantage of this. (There is no incense used at the 5pm Sunday Liturgy.)
Should we remove incense from our worship because some have difficulty with it. Probably not. Incense does much spiritual good for the church and is pleasing to God (as we understand in scripture). But we can work with people so that their needs are taken care of, reducing or eliminating the negatives while increasing the positives gained.
I really appreciate having good hearted people who are willing to help us spread the love of God. In particular I would like to thank Warren K (our webmaster) who has spent many hours of his time in order to create this lovely new website for us. I pray that through it we will be able to inspire many into a deeper and more active relationship with Christ.
As you all know, no one person can do it all themselves. I invite all parishioners to send us regular contributions to this site, so that we can have an active and dynamic internet ministry. This ministry will be headed by our P.R. & Communications Director Laurie, but will need the help and support of us all to be successful. Contributions can be emailed directly to Laurie at ______________ or to the parish office at Stephens_Office@shaw.ca (Note: we hold the right to edit all submissions for orthodoxy, positiveness, grammar, etc...)