It’s now time to “PASS IT ON”!
Between all liturgies on Sunday September 27 ONLY, we will be accepting toys and clean, gently used fall and winter clothing, coats, boots, mitts, hats and footwear for all ages (babies to adults). (Gently used= freshly laundered, in good repair, no animal hair.)
It would be wonderful if each family could also donate 1 winter coat. Please package clothing according to gender and size (e.g. boys size 12). On Sept. 27 we will also accept donations of store-bought cookies and juice boxes, to share with our guests at the give away event. Last but not least, we need YOU! This is a HUGE EVENT and we will need more than 100 volunteers to make it a success. Please consider giving us the gift of your time. SIGN-UP SHEETS ARE NOW IN THE ATRIUM. For more details contact Theresa Lewchuk at 403-208- 0850 or <lewchukt [at] hotmail [dot] com >
Attention all Jr. & Sr. High School Students:
On September 25, 2015 come and join us as we gift some cool stuff for orphans in Ukraine, then Sumo till we drop.
We plan to fill and send 50 backpacks to other young people such as ourselves who are found in the 6 different orphanages that our parish supports in Ukraine. (could be as young as 2 years or as old as 17)
Imagine, this may be the only Christmas Present they receive this year may be this one from us. (Interesting fact: In this part of Europe they exchange gifts on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas day, not Christmas.)
The shopping for most of the stuff will be done ahead of time by volunteers with budgets. For example: Miss “X” with her parents may be sent off to find 50 bags of socks for $4 each or 50 boxes of pencils for $2 each. This will be all explained on September 11th at our first youth group meeting. If you and your family want to volunteer please be there. If you can’t make it, simply sign up in the atrium of the Church before the 11th. We have it in our budget to pay for the items, however if families or parishioners want to donate the items that would be awesome.
On the 25th, we will gather all the stuff together and start sorting and personalizing the gifts. They will be labeled for boys or girls and for different age groups. We can send letters or artwork with the gifts and (if you wish) you could even become pen pals with some of them. Once they are all filled, they will be loaded up and sent with other bags from across the province to Ukraine where they will be distributed to those most in need by Ukrainian Catholic Nuns (Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate).
If anyone wants to donate a filled bag already, we will take that too. Just see the guidelines and such below. Also, it costs about $7 per bag for shipping.
Then on the 25th, after we sort and load all the bags we get to have a great time SUMO WRESTLING with those big funny sumo suits. Food and snacks will also be provided. Hope to see you there. Bring a friend.
More info about “Bridge of Hope’s” Backpack project: (taken from their website: <www.ourbridgeofhope.com>)
Making sure every child gets to feel the warmth of Christmas cheer.
We are preparing for our Annual St Nicholas Gifts delivery and we need your help. This year, more than ever with all the turmoil in Ukraine the children are in desperate need.
For any child receiving a gift at Christmas time is a joyous occasion. But for a child that never had a gift ever before: this is a gift from heaven. Collecting and packing shoe bags starts in September each year.
One way we can help from Canada is by sending love and packages through the help of St Nicholas. Our Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate organizing St Nicholas concerts for the children in villages around Ukraine where they deliver the presents sent through the Bridge of Hope. Last year, we started sending shoe bags, backpacks and purses filled with gifts instead of the boxes. The children loved the bags which are more useful than a box and can be used all year long.
Pack a Shoe Bag
Donate a filled shoe bag/backpack/purse with clothing items, small toys, stationary, crafts, personal effects and sweets along with a $7 donation to cover shipping costs.
1. Shoe Bag
Use an empty shoe bag/backpack/purse.
2. For a Boy or Girl
Please indicate whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Lightly tape the label to the top of your box.
3. Fill with Gifts & Goodies
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page. Please also reference the list of items not accepted. Popular gifts include sugar-free chewing gum, pencils, small toys.
4. Include $7 Donation
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. Or you can write a check to Bridge of Hope and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.
5. Drop Off by October 17, 2014
Contact Danielle Kowalchyk for drop-off inquiries at 780-952-3752
|Personal Care||Chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap, comb, washcloth, hair combs, hair accessories, manicure sets, emery boards, band-aids.||Liquids, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, gels, hair gel, aerosol spray (hairspray), medications.|
|School Supplies||Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, stickers, .|
|Treats||Sugarless chewing gum, chocolates. All treats must be individually wrapped.||Mints, bulk candy, loose candy, unwrapped candy.|
|Clothing||Backpacks, socks, scarves, shawls, toques, mitts, hats, tshirts, new underwear, sweaters, pants, nylons, tights, shoes.|
|Toys||Rubiks cube, small toys, cars, dolls, stuffed animals, foam blocks, skipping rope,||Snowglobes, anything glass, books, playing cards, bubbles, sharp toys, broken toys or with missing parts, anything battery operated, toys that are war/violence related, knives.|
|Other||Anything with the Canadian Flag / maple leaf on it!||Heavy items as they unfortunately increase our shipping costs.|
Buy a Shoe Bag
Don’t have time to prepare a shoe bag? Just make a financial donation of $30 or more to cover the cost of gift preparation and shipping. We will send a shoe bag on your behalf. Donations can be made to Bridge of Hope via cash or cheque. Please send/arrange payment to:
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy
c/o Bridge of Hope Fund
Attn: Mrs. Luba Kowalchyk
Edmonton, AB T5H 1A3
Where will my gifts be delivered?
The Sister Servants hand pick needy children from the areas they serve – these sponsored children will receive shoe bags, as well as children living in the orphanages that Bridge of Hope supports.
When will the children receive the shoebags?
Children will receive their gifts in time for St. Nicholas (Sv. Nikolai). Gifts that do not make it in time for St. Nicholas will be delivered for Easter.
How can I partner with Bridge of Hope in addition to packing a shoe box?
We need volunteers during the month of October to prepare boxes for delivery. For more information, check out our volunteer opportunities page. Also, consider rallying your church, community, workplace, family and friends to get more shoebags filled!
What does the $7 cover? Can I send cash?
A donation of $7 or more helps us cover project expenses such as shipping the boxes. We prefer that these donations be made by cash or check. Unfortunately we are not currently set up to take online donations at this time.
If I send more than one box, can I write one check for all of them?
Yes, you may write one check for them all and place it in any one of your boxes.
The custom of the priest visiting parishioners’ homes (and/or businesses) to bless them with the “Jordan Water” from Theophany has continued for many hundreds of years. In our parish we value this great opportunity and gladly come to visit as many parishioners as possible during this season.
Think about it. The home is a type of school. The first few years of our lives, which are spent almost entirely in the home, are the most formative years of life. In a real sense, the home is a school. Things are constantly being taught there. Parents and others in the household teach by what they are and how they live every day. It is the most important of schools, because values, attitudes, a way of life are taught there all the time.
In a real sense, the home is also a church. Prayers are said there. God is worshiped there. Most homes have a Bible and prayer books. There is an altar in the home – the dining table. There we bless our daily food and eat it. This food becomes our body and blood – our tissues of life, constantly renewed and replaced.
There are people, Christians, in the home, just as in church. Most homes have a cross and icons; many have candles. Most Christians pray at home, in the morning and in the evening. If they have sinned, they ask for God’s forgiveness. Certainly religion is not something found only in church. It is found in the home, too. This is why the Church brings the blessing of Theophany into the home. Just as the home is an extension of the church, this blessing of the home is an extension of the service of blessing that began in the church. So let our homes be Christian places. Let them show our faith, with icons and candles and prayers and Christian living. Above all, let them be places where the presence of Christ is felt day by day. Let them be places of light, of love, of refuge from the darkness of this world.
The above was written by Rev. Fr. James Graham, Pastor of Saint Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, San Jose, CA. The article appeared in THE VOICE OF THE PROPHET, News from St Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, Volume 8, Number 1, January 2002
Both Fr. Mark and Fr. Bo are making themselves available to come to your home to bless it. If you would like to have one of them come: simply contact that priest directly, via email or phone, and set up an appointment (note: this is NOT being scheduled through the parish office). It also lets the Padres get to know you and your family on your turf.
Fr. Mark’s phone 403-249-4818 extension 201
Fr. Mark’s email: frmarkbayrock [at] mac [dot] com
Fr. Bo’s phone 403-249-4818 extension 202
Fr. Bo’s email: fr [dot] bo [at] telus [dot] net
Some tips for when the priest comes to bless your home:
- When he arrives, have everyone in the home gather around the kitchen / dining table and join in the prayers. The priest will set up his blessing items there.
- Please turn off your TVs, stereos, cell phones and computers.
- On your dining room table, if you have one, place a lighted candle and, if you have, an icon of Christ. (If you don’t have one, don’t worry.)
- If you have any religious items such as bibles, icons, rosaries or crosses that you would like to have blessed place them on the table too.
- Make a list of the first names of those family members you wish to pray for, with the living and the deceased in separate columns.
- Don’t fuss too much with cleaning (all houses should looked lived in).
- Pets may be blessed, too! We love pets and are happy to have them around. However, if they will constantly bark, jump up, or if they may bite, then perhaps you should secure them.
- House blessings are also a great opportunity for you to get to know your priest and vice-versa. If time permits, after the blessing, offer a glass of water, tea or juice (Fr. Mark drinks coffee, Fr. Bo does not) and get to know each other better.
Starting February 8th, 2015, on Sundays at 10am until 10:25am, our Younger Youth (Grades 2-6) will have the opportunity to gather and learn together. This year this new program will focus on the meaning of all the activities that go on in Church. We are happy to have Mrs. Mary-Jane Tysowski, an experienced Catechist who has studied the Ukrainian Catholic Faith through the Eparchial Lay Formation Program in Saskatoon, as our primary teacher. After the short, vibrant and dynamic lessons the youth will be encouraged to actively participate in the Divine Liturgy by serving as either a Child of Mary or Altar Server.
All parishioners are invited to come this Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 2pm to discuss the direction we are taking with youth programs in our parish. This includes all age groups from infants to young adults, and all types of ministry including catechesis, service, evangelization, leadership, and more.
Hope to see you there.
The Solemn Exposition of an Official, Authenticated, Full Sized Replica of the Shroud of Turin, which has been authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, will take place at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (4903 45 Street SW, Calgary) from Saturday, November 29 at the 5pm Vespers Service, through Sunday, December 21 at the 5pm Divine Liturgy Service. All are welcome to look upon and be moved by the Burial Shroud that millions believe bears the image of Christ.
Sat. Nov. 29 at 5pm Vespers with the Unveiling of the Shroud
Mon. Dec. 1 at 7pm “Shroud of Turin: The Science and History”
a presentation by Ed Hecker, BA, BEd AD, BTh
Wednesdays at 6pm: Shroud Service (Akathist)
Sundays: Accessible during Liturgies
Mon – Wed – Fri from Noon – 6pm:
Saturdays from Noon – 5pm: Accessible to Public
Group Visits and Special Requests: Please contact the parish office 403-249-4818
Parishioners, If you would like St. Stephen’s Choir to visit your home or the residence of a loved one or friend who is in a care facility or confined to home, on the afternoon of Sunday December 28, 2014 between 1:00pm and 6:00pm, please contact Choir Director Linda Dudar at 403 238-0461 to register.