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HAPPY BIRTHDAY & BEST WISHES – to Nathan Sadownyk, Joanna Czarnobaj, Edward Mishchenko, Mary Farmus, and to all who celebrate their birthdays or anniversaries. May God bless you and grant you peace, health and happiness! Many happy years!
MANY HAPPY YEARS – to those who celebrate their wedding anniversarys: Taras and Tetiana Kichma (29 yrs), Orest and Christine Zinchuk (25 yrs), Jean and Barbara Duteau (31 yrs), to George and Rose Kitt (66 yrs), Mark and Melanie Turgeon (23 yrs), and to all who celebrate their wedding anniversary this week. May God bless you and grant you peace, health and happiness! Many happy years!
TODAY – SUN. MAY 28: U.C.W.L.C. ANNUAL LEAGUE DAY AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Please Join us to enjoy Pancakes, Sausages, coffee and juice after both Divine Liturgies at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. COST – $8.00 for adults; $5.00 for children 12 and under; free for children 5 years old and under. Door prizes. New and gently Used Items for sale. Borscht for Sale. Ladies visit our league “information” display. Your support for our organization would be greatly appreciated.
TONIGHT – REHEARSAL FOR THE CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CHOIR, MAY 28 AT 7 PM in the basement of the church. The next singing after that will be on June 11th for the 11:00 AM Divine Liturgy, rehearsal in the basement at 9:45 AM on that same day, and again, singing on June 18th for the 10:00 AM bilingual Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Coffee Socials – We are taking a break for the summer! Sunday Coffee Socials will resume in September.
JUNE 4-9: NO MORNING LITURGY – Due to the Annual Clergy Retreat, Divine Liturgy will not be celebrated on weekdays at the Cathedral from Monday, June 4 to Friday, June 9, 2023.
BIBLE STUDY – this Thursday, June 1st, 4:00 PM.
NEW CHALICE SET – the main parish chalice set has lost its gold finish and has tarnished. It cannot be used at this time. The cost of restoring one gold chalice is $800.00 dollars, and the cost of purchasing a new chalice with a stainless steel and silver cup is approximately $1,000.00 dollars. It makes sense to simply purchase a new set with a communion cup that will not tarnish over time, rather than spending money on restoring a chalice that will lose its gold finish within a few years. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a new communion set (in memory of a departed family member or other intention), please contact the parish office, or Fr. Mykhaylo Bohun.
SUN. JUNE 18: FATHERS’ DAY PARISH PICNIC – and farewell to Fr. Peter and Dobr. Donna Babej will take place on Sunday, June 18th. One Divine Liturgy (Bilingual) will be celebrated at 10 AM, followed by the picnic on Cathedral grounds.
PYROHY AND HOLUBTSI AND OTHER ITEMS FOR SALE – frozen pyrohy (cheddar, cottage cheese, sauerkraut and onion), frozen cabbage rolls, frozen soups and other items are available for sale and pick-up through the parish office, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please call the parish office at (780) 422-3181.
DIRECT DEPOSIT – If you are interested in transferring your Sunday donations to a monthly direct deposit, please contact Ivone at the parish office, (780) 422-3181 or email at email@example.com.
Eparchy & Community
A CELEBRATION OF the 100th YEAR anniversary OF THE BASILIAN FATHERS MONASTERY & 400TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT JOSAPHAT – June 22-25, 2023 in Mundare, Alberta, at the Sts Peter and Paul Church. Join the Basilian Fathers on the occasion of the Sts Peter and Paul Feast Day, starting on Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM with Taizé Prayer and mission talk to follow. Friday, June 23 at 7 PM for Divine Liturgy and mission talk to follow. Saturday, June 24 at 7 PM for the Moleben to Saints Peter and Paul and mission talk to follow. Sunday, June25 at 9:15 AM for the Blessing of the Water, 10 AM for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and following the Liturgy there is a Dinner to follow at the Mundare Recreation Center and a visit to the Basilian Fathers Museum.
Camp Oselia Eparchial Children’s CAMP!!! – will take place from July 2-7 and July 9-14 for children 7-14 years old. This year’s theme is “Kingdom Quest: The Seven Holy Mysteries.” Each week is filled with Eastern Catholic catechesis and a variety of camp activities (swimming, archery, sports, canoeing, campfires, arts-and-crafts, etc.). Programing (including catechesis) will be offered in both English and Ukrainian. Campers may attend one or both weeks. See our promotional video at https://youtu.be/CbjYmch8NnY. To register, visit https://camposelia.eeparchy.com/ or call 780-242-5496.
Attention University of Alberta Students! – Discover Saint Joseph’s College: Your Faith Journey Begins Here! Looking to enrich your faith journey while attending the University of Alberta? Look no further than Saint Joseph’s College! Join us at Saint Joseph’s College and experience:
A supportive and nurturing environment for your spiritual growth. A tight-knit community of like-minded individuals sharing your values. Engaging events, retreats, and programs that deepen your understanding of faith. Over 70 courses that explore faith and reason as part of your University of Alberta degrees. Small class sizes and dedicated faculty help students feel connected and at home on a large University campus. Men’s and Women’s residences provide housing and meals for over 300 students. Daily and weekend mass offers regular opportunities to participate in the sacraments. Conveniently located on the University of Alberta campus.
Don’t miss out on this transformative opportunity! For more info, visit https://www.ualberta.ca/st-josephs/index.html; and www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LywhsG9Fm4
Saint Joseph’s College: Your Faith Journey Begins Here! 🙏🎓
UKRAINIAN YOUTH UNITY COMPLEX – GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY!!! – The Board of Directors of Ukrainian Youth Unity Council is proud to inform you that this year marks our 50th Year Anniversary. To celebrate, we invite you to join us in the festivities planned the weekend of November 3-5, 2023 at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex located at the 9615 – 153 Avenue in Edmonton, AB T5E 6B1. The celebration launches on Friday evening with a Gala Champagne Reception and presentation of the Commemorative Book that marks this anniversary. Saturday afternoon activities will entertain children, and an evening zabava (dance) will bring together members and friends of the UYUC. The event concludes on Sunday afternoon with a concert performance, high tea, and canapes. Tickets and package pricing information will be released in June. Please, visit our website www.uyuc.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-478-4881 for more information.
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Parish Hall and Kitchen Restoration Update
The restoration of the hall kitchen is almost complete. New tiles been installed, along with new kitchen cabinets, and a new floor. We are still waiting for the delivery and installation of two new stoves, two convection ovens, and a new dishwasher sometime during the week of June 5th. The downpayment of $35,000.00 was paid to Nella West Food Equipment in February 2023, and we will need to make the final payment of $35,000.00 once the equipment has been installed. So far, our fundraising has not been successful. To date, we have only collected $2,650.00.
Two contractors have been hired by St. Michael’s Health Group to begin the major work of: removing the old walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler and installing new ones; removing the old hall floor and installing a new one; and completing the required restoration work in the women’s washroom. Work has already begun, and most-likely, will not be finished until early September 2023.
If you haven’t made a donation towards the restoration of our Parish Hall kitchen, please consider doing so. We need to collect $35,000.00 dollars by the end of June 2023.
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Do We Need a Parish Hall?
Yes, we do. A very important aspect of a vibrant Parish is fellowship, a sense of family, friendship and community. The Parish Hall provides us with the space required to be able to gather as a parish family for fellowship, to hold parish events, meetings, educational and cultural events, to celebrate baptisms and weddings, to mourn the loss of loved ones at funerals and funeral luncheons, and to serve the needs of the Eparchy and the community at large.
Can we just use our Cathedral Basement?
No. First, the capacity of our Cathedral basement is only 80 people. Second, our basement kitchen is not a commercial kitchen. By law, any food preparation for larger groups must take place in an approved commercial kitchen. Third, we don’t have a commercial dishwasher, and our current residential dishwasher has a one-hour cycle to clean one load. Four, we lack the space required to store all equipment and supplies for larger events. The Cathedral basement is ideal for Coffee Socials and small group gathers if catered food is brought in, but not for any gatherings or events over 80 people.
What is the maximum capacity of our Hall?
The capacity of our Parish Hall at the senior’s residence is 250 people. We have an approved commercial kitchen, walk-in cooler, walk-in kitchen, and enough space to store tables, chairs, kitchen and hall equipment, and all supplies. Catering is possible for groups anywhere from 50 to 250 people.
What would it cost to host a parish event at another rental facility?
Other hall facilities charge anywhere from $600-$1,000 for hall rentals; and another $200-$600 for incidentals (table clothes, chair covers, vases, head table, use of sound system, etc.). A menu for a banquet can range from $40-$50 per person. A banquet type event for 200 people can cost anywhere from $9,000 to $12,000 dollars. At hotels, the cost is significantly greater.
How is our Parish Hall different?
The goal of our Parish Hall is not to make a profit, but simply, to serve the needs of the community. We don’t charge GST, because our profit is not sufficient enough to warrant paying taxes to the government. Hall rental for generally $400 for banquets ($500 for non-parishioners), $250 for baptisms, luncheons and funerals. The menu ranges for $12 to $30 per person. And so, the cost of an event is reduced by 40% or more. Again, the purpose of the Parish Hall is to bring people together for fellowship, celebration, support, education, cultural and religious events, and to foster a sense of family and community.
After Covid-19, how is the Parish Hall doing?
We came very close to losing our Parish Hall during Covid-19 lockdowns. With no income, utility expenses quickly dwindled whatever savings we had. Thanks to our many volunteers, the Parish Hall was making a good recovery. Despite the set-back caused by the water leakages in December, once the Parish Hall is open again, we hope to return to the levels of activities that took place in the years before Covid-19 lockdowns.
Who owns the Parish Hall?
The entire Seniors building, along with the Parish Hall, is the property of the Government of Alberta. However, when the building was being built in 1979-1981, St. Josaphat Cathedral made a generous contribution of $600,000 dollars to include the Parish Hall in the construction of the building. Due to this, St. Josaphat Cathedral continues to use the hall facility without a lease or rental payments. We are responsible only for the service and maintenance of our equipment, and to cover the cost utilities (water, drainage, waste disposal, gas, electricity, heating).