Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration


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Блаженніший Святослав поділився своїми міркуваннями про завершення земного життя

PatSvyat• Церква від початку проповіді Христового Євангелія захищає людське життя від його зачаття до природної смерті. Людське життя не завершується кінцем земного шляху, воно є більшим за життя людини у видимому матеріальному світі.

• Ми повинні все зробити, аби хворі, вмираючі, стражденні наші брати і сестри завжди відчували себе гідними людьми, навіть у непрості моменти свого життя.

• На жаль, як в Україні, так і у світі, панують різні теорії, які заперечують гідність хворої, немічної, вмираючої людини. Ще Платон говорив про те, що коли хтось хворий, то потрібно не лікувати його, а залишити, аби він помер. Очевидно, це суперечить поняттям християнського милосердя і любові до ближнього.

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An important inter-religious gesture

PatriarchsPatriarchs Svyatoslav (UGCC, pictured on left) and Filaret (UOC-KP) issued a common appeal on September 25th for the citizens of Sambir in western Ukraine to support the establishment of a memorial at the former Jewish cemetery in the city.

“It is said that a war does not end until those who were sacrificed are honoured …

“On this site the Nazis murdered many Jews, but also among those who died here were Ukrainian Christians who tried to save the Jewish population …”

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Why panakhydaЦерковні молитви мають різні форми та різні значіння але є дві елементи котрі їх єднають: всі якось пригадують нам про перехід через смерть до вічного життя, чи може краще через розп’яття до Воскресіння, та друге що вони є спільною молитвою Божого люду. Цього тижня ми обходимо свято Воздвиження чесного Хреста – ми знову входимо в цей момент розп’яття, терпіння і смерти.

Останніми днями в нашій парафії ми дуже відчуваємо цей тяжкий аспект людського життя. Мабуть на часі нам застановитися над значінням відправи в котрі часто учащаємо: Панахида. Властиво чому так часто після Літургії в неділю ми її відправляємо?

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The Saint John’s Bible

stjohnsbible.jpgЦими вихідними наша парафія має честь гостити цю унікальну Біблію!

The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible since the invention of the printing press more than five hundred years ago.

It was commissioned by Saint John’s (Benedictine) Abbey and University and was created by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with an international team of calligraphers and artists.

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DOORS OPEN Waterloo Region

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Along with many other sites across K-W, our parish opened its doors to visitors on Saturday, Sept. 16 for the annual DOORS OPEN event. Our church was filled with a total of 515 visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

A common refrain that was heard: “I often walked/drove by your Church, but I have never been inside: What a gem!”

Remember, though, we are open more than one day a year: come by and pay us a visit!

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LiturgicalNewYear(Psalm 65: 10, 12) You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; … You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.

Did you know that September 14th, rather than January, marks the beginning of the Liturgical year?

We have ended our liturgical cycle with the blessing of flowers on the Feast of the Dormition, marking the mortal death of the Mother of God, and we restart the cycle celebrating her birth (Sept. 21st).

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Excerpts from the Common Pastoral Letter

Pastoral letterUnited by the same concern for God’s creation and acknowledging the earth as a shared good, we fervently invite all people of goodwill to dedicate a time of prayer for the environment on 1 September.

On this occasion, we wish to offer thanks to the loving Creator for the noble gift of creation and to pledge commitment to its care and preservation for the sake of future generations.

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Spasa, the Feast of the Transfiguration, is my most favourite feast day. How wonderful to be in our parish where it is our Praznyk! In the height of summer, when fruit and berries are abundant, we bring these gifts of the earth to be blessed in church—reminding us that this delicious sweetness that (literally) grows on trees and provides nutrition, energy, beauty and enjoyment, is a sign of our salvation. This miracle of fruit symbolizes the transfiguration of the world, us included, into vessels of God’s love.


Just as the earth is nurtured to provide fruits that sustain life, so too we nurture each other so that we produce ever more love. Just as too much effort and exploitation depletes the earth, so too we become tired and dispirited and less able to produce much goodness.


That is why we celebrate Divine Liturgy on Sundays. Once a week we know that we can come here to be with others. Whether we know people in church or not, we can be sure that we share together the desire to be “good” in the way that Christ modeled for us. When we come, perhaps too aware of our own shortcomings, we spend time with everyone else, being part of a communal praying for everyone else in the world. What a lovely way to instantly be unselfish and feel better about ourselves! We inspire each other and replenish our energy to produce fruits of goodness out in the world in our everyday lives.


As Christians, we are transfigured through Christ; but this is an ongoing process! We continually must tend the plants that produce fruit. In the past few bulletins we’re reading about recent saints/martyrs: ordinary people whom the Soviet regime killed because they were vessels of God’s love. Neither God nor they chose their suffering and untimely death. Those who refuse to see the world transfigured, try to erase the divine light that shines through us, when we live in love. We are fortunate right now, to be where we are free to be truly Christian if we choose. But this doesn’t mean it comes easily. I realize, when I’m in church, that I am surrounded by saints—not the spirit kind—but flesh and blood parishioners, who in ways large or small show kindness, patience, understanding. Despite personal fears and troubles, fellow parishioners greet me with a smile and I feel welcome. I feel God’s love and the world, once again, is transfigured with goodness.