January 26, 2015

Our sincerest thanks to all who have donating used clothing for those in need! All clothing was sorted by our youth on Friday, January 16th, and a total of 47 BAGS will be delivered to the Marian Centre.

Our sincerest thanks to our youth director, Julia Boyko, for coordinating the clothing drive, and our thanks to all the youth who came out and volunteered their time!


January 26, 2015

We are sad to inform you that despite the locked doors to the sanctuary proper, last Sunday’s collection from the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Liturgies along with the vigil candle money was stolen sometime between 1:15 and 2:15 pm. If you witnessed anything unusual at that time, please inform Fr. Peter as soon as possible. NOTE: The collection and candle money for the Saturday evening was not taken, as it was transferred to the parish safe Saturday night. This past week, we have made significant upgrades to our security system and we are working with police to fully investigate the incident.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to record your donations for income tax purposes if you attended the 9:30/11:00 am Liturgies on Sunday, January 18th. If you submitted a cheque-donation, we advise that you notify your financial institution of the theft, to pay close attention to your account, and to immediately report any suspicious activity.

NOTE: Please pray the repentance and conversion of the person who, without fear of God, dared to commit this crime in the House of God. May the Lord God forgive and be merciful on the day of judgement.

An Inner Step Toward God: Writings and Teachings on Prayer

An Inner Step…

We each have our own external and internal reasons for the tiredness that has built up within us. We hope that our situation will somehow radically change when vacation comes. This hope is in vain, however, because we have already been on vacation numerous times and have continued to hobble along in the same way. In some ways, the times we live in are wonderful and happy. I do not regret that I live in this century. Yet for homo sapiens, these times are a difficult trial, and even more so for those of us who live in a big city. This means that tension weights upon us like a rock.

So, what can we do? Continue reading


January 26, 2015

St. Josaphat's Cathedral 2015 Calendar2015 ENVELOPES AND CALENDARS – are available for pick-up today in the church basement. PLEASE NOTE: If your envelope number is missing, please notify the parish office as soon as possible!

2014 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS – are available for pick-up downstairs in our Church auditorium. If your receipt is missing or if there is an error on the receipt, please contact the parish office.

Prayer Intentions: Jan. 25 – Feb. 1


  • 5 PM (Sat) – Liturgy for all parishioners, for repose of the soul of † Anna Farmus
  • 6 PM (Sat) – Great Vespers
  • 9:30 AM – Liturgy for all parishioners; for the health and intentions of Sister Theodosia
  • 11:00 AM – Літургія за всіх парафіян; for the health of Josephine Greschuk


  • 8 AM – Liturgy for repose of the soul of † Joe Doran; Liturgy for the repose of † Sophie Stachow (memorial is on Jan 27)


  • 8 AM – For the health of Matthew Bogda

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Devil's Temptation of Christ

Sunday After Theophany

This past week, on January 6th, we celebrated the feast of Theophany, which means “The Manifestation of God.” Jesus was baptized by John in the river Jordan and at that moment, in a sense, God gave us His “family photo.” God showed Himself to be One God, yet three Persons. The Son of God was immersed into the waters having become man; the Holy Spirit is was seen alighting upon Him in the form of a dove, confirming that He is truly the Son of God and the promised Messiah; and finally, the heavens were opened and the voice of the Father was heard proclaiming: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!”

SO, WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THIS GREAT EVENT? What happens immediately after Jesus is baptized in the Jordan? The Scriptures tell us that JESUS Continue reading


January 6, 2015

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” (Samuel Smiles)

Hope can get us through any rough spots in our lives. Let’s say we are facing a layoff, or a breakup, or the loss of a loved one. We get through these circumstances by focusing on hope and reminding ourselves that just as good times do not last, bad times do not either. We get out of a funk by distracting ourselves and looking ahead to new things. With time, sure enough, our burdens are behind us.