On Sunday November 27, 2016 Stacey Bobyn and her fabulous team of UCWLC members pulled off another very successful Snowflake Bazaar! The Church Hall upstairs was jam packed with vendors, yummy food and raffles to be won.The pre-orders for perogies, cabbage rolls, borstch etc. were HUGE! Many THANKS to all the volunteers who helped to make all of the food that was sold by the UCWLC. CONGRATULATIONS LADIES FOR A FABULOUS EVENT!!!
See pictures below: courtesy of Stan Kwasniowski
On Sunday November 3rd, a beautiful celebration was held to commemorate Remembrance Day. The Knights of Columbus Assembly, together with the parish community, presented the Canadian flag and the memorial wreaths in respect of the many thousands of Canadians that gave their lives and continue to put their lives at risk for our freedom. The wreaths are symbolic as they do show that we remember and will not forget. The choir’s singing of Veechnaayaa Paamyaat, (Ukrainian for “remembrance forever), during the wreath presentation brings tears to your eyes. Poems were read, our resident bugler, Brett played enhancing the mood, and Father Bo gave a beautiful blessing. I thought that standing to sing “O Canada” was the finale, when the men of our choir stood together to sing “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream”. Father Ephrem shared that he was in the confessional and stopped to hear the men singing. He loved all the music and thanked the choir for their gift. I left the church feeling so uplifted and appreciative of all of God’s Blessings that we experience daily at St. Stephen’s.
Special thanks to The Knights of Columbus Assembly, Father Bo, Father Ephrem, John Siroiska, Tim Popel, Brett Bernakevitch, Connor Chelack and our choirs for a heartfelt and powerful message.
Sunday November 6th marked a very special day for St. Stephen's Parish. Our new Pastoral Volunteers (lead by Marilyn Comchi - Pastoral Care Director), were blessed by Father Bo in a very moving ceremony. Also there were 6 new Eucharistic Ministers Commissioned by Father Bo.
Here is the write up that should have accompanied the photo below. Technology sometimes doesn't work ... or is the person using it? Regardless, the event was a success!
"The St. Nicholas Knights of Columbus Council which represents both the St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic and St. Basil’s Melkite Parishes hosted a Parish Family pumpkin carving event at St. Stephen’s Parish Hall the evening of Sunday, Oct. 30th. Families started arriving immediately following the 5PM divine liturgy at around 6PM, with pizza and pumpkins supplied by the KofC. Our council is grateful for the tremendous support by all Parishioners for their attendance. Seeing a hall full of families along with all the kids and their smiles is really something special, which needs to be experienced, as the joyful atmosphere would be difficult to explain in detail. All who attended had a great time, and the feedback from the Parishioners was great, as they were appreciative of what the KofC does in our Parish. This has been a fun KofC event in our Parish for many years now, and our council would like to extend the invitation to all Families in our Parish to come out and join the fun next year!"
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