Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


Leave a comment

Diaconal ordination

December 2, 2018 was a historic day for our parish of the Holy Transfiguration. His Grace, Bishop Stephen ordained to the diaconate, Jaroslav (Jerry) Polischuk. Fr. Dn. Polischuk has spent his whole life in the parish. It was here that he and wife, Rosalie, raised their four children. After much prayer and discernment our new Deacon entered on the road towards ordination three years ago. In September, 2016 he was raised to the sub-deaconate and this past year he completed his final steps of preparation. The wonderful Divine Liturgy was a joyous day for all who gathered in prayer with our bishop, former pastor Fr. V. Yanishevsky and Fr. Myroslaw.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Leave a comment

Service and the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple

This week (on Tuesday) we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God as well as today, the diaconal ordination of our fellow parishioner! Both these events bring light to the current darkness of our society where self-interest seems to reign supreme. Both these events assure us that no matter who we are, how old or young, what gender, occupation, or historical time we live in, we are called to bring Christ to each other. The rites of Presentation for Mary, Ordination for Jerry, are overt signs of dedication to a life of loving service that we each undertake as Christians. By living love in any way we can, we bear Christ (reflecting the Mother of God) and we serve our community (reflecting ordination). What joy to celebrate our brother in Christ who responds to our community’s love by accepting this mantle of service to us, to our Church. Axios!


Leave a comment

Remembering the Holodomor

In the midst of a busy Saturday morning (Nov. 24) of food preparation, the women of Holy Transfiguration parish paused to join in prayer with Ukrainians around the world to remember those who died during the Holodomor of 1932-33. At 9 a.m. (EDT) Ukrainians worldwide prayed for the millions who died as a result of the Soviet created artificial famine, effectively Josyf Stalin’s attempt to destroy the Ukrainian people.  Sadly a story which continues to this day with the aggressive policies of Vladimir Putin aimed at the destruction of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

IMG_2628


Leave a comment

Blessed hieromartyr Nykyta Budka the first Ukrainian bishop in Canada|Блаженний святщенномученик Никита Будка: перший український єпископ в Канаді

BishopBudkaThe hieromartyr Nykyta Budka was born on June 7, 1877 in the village of Dobromirka in the region of Zbarazh.

After finishing elementary school in his village he entered the Ternopil classic gymnasium (secondary school) which he completed with honours in 1897. He did a year of compulsory military service after graduation. He studied theology in Vienna and Innsbruck and upon completion in 1905 he was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Andryj Sheptytsky.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Re-invigorating the Church’s Social Mission|Владика Василь (Тучапець) і соціальне служіння в УГКЦ

BishopVasylAt the recent Synod of Bishops of our Church (Sept. 2-12), Bishop Vasyl (Kharkiv Exarch) reviewed the Church’s progression on its 2016 commitment to live its social teaching. Bishop Vasyl emphasized that we must all strengthen our sense of generosity and responsibility.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Towards correcting a historical error | До справлення історичної помилки

SYNAXISA formal episcopal gathering called a SYNAXIS took place on Sept. 1-3 at the offices of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. This consultative body of the leaders of the ancient Constantinopolitan Patriarchate had, as its main topic of discussion, the fate of Orthodoxy in Ukraine.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Transfigured Perception | Переображене Сприймання

Transfigured1On our praznyk at church we brought fruit to celebrate creation transfigured through Christ. This week we bless flowers and herbs on the feast of the Dormition, again seeing the sacred in the everyday world around us.

These flowers and herbs, however, bring our attention more specifically to our place in the miracle of living. The plants we bring to the memorial of the death of the Mother of God celebrate the beauty and peacefulness of her passing from the earth to the embrace of her Son.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Christianity in Ukraine and the struggle for Orthodox unity | Християнство в Україні та питання православної єдности

OurUkraineThe desire for an autonomous Orthodox Church resurfaces in the national revival of the early twentieth century.

On May 5, 1920 a group of Orthodox Ukrainians in Kyiv proclaim the creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Church is destroyed by the Soviet government in 1921 and survives only in the West.

Continue reading