St Nicholas’s spin-off, Santa Claus, has become an emblem of Christmas, but very specifically, not the Christmas of Christ’s birth, but the Christmas of consumerism that has capitalized on a “spirit” of fun, generosity, family, and love; yet geared specifically at children, requiring all children to receive a gift—a toy. The requirement has developed into a culture of request (letters to Santa) and expectation, even entitlement. Parents stress about costs associated with the latest trendy gadget promoted as a must-have.
At the initiative of our parish branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League in Canada, our parish prepared gifts for the approximately 90 girls with disabilities who reside at the Petryky Internat near Ternopil, Ukraine.
St. Nicholas delivered the packages on his special day (Dec. 19) to the surprise and joy of the girls and young women.
Once again, our parish’s U.C.W.L.C. is inviting everyone to come and help prepare pyrohy and holubtsi for our annual Christmas Food Sale.
Work dates and times are listed below and can be downloaded by clicking here. We look forward to seeing many of you – young and old!
This year, we are also asking for donations of Christmas baking (cookies/bars). This will be a new addition to our sale, so please bring your baking on December 7th.