Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration


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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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70th anniversary of “Operation Vistula (Wisla)”

Operation WislaApril 28-29 marks the 70th anniversary of the horrific “Operation Vistula (Wisla)”: the forced deportation of approximately 140,775 Ukrainians from their traditional territory which in 1945 became part of Poland.

During the Operation, thousands of people died. This act of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Communist authorities was a clear attempt to destroy the Ukrainian population by moving them westward and limiting their concentration in a foreign territory (which had been annexed from Germany).

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Празник празників! Feast of feasts!

EasterThere is no more important celebration on the Christian calendar than today: the feast of the Lord’s resurrection. Among the many, many words that have been spoken and written about this day, none surpass those of the 4th century, St. John Chrysostom (who is credited as the author of our regular Divine Liturgy. His homily is traditionally proclaimed every Easter.

Let all the pious and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward …

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Why go to Church?

church-photoIn the upcoming weeks we will be turning our attention to the Divine Liturgy. In the bulletin we will be excerpting articles which help explain this central liturgical event.

The articles come from the magazine KANA (Dec., 2016) and offer us various perspectives. If you have your own questions about the Divine Liturgy, please send an email to Fr. Myroslaw and we will try and answer them in an upcoming bulletin.

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Preparations begin for Patriarchal visit

We’re starting to prepare for the visit of Patriarch Sviatoslav on September 29th.

If you, or anyone you know, wishes to sing in a Ukrainian folk choir for the 90th Anniversary celebrations, please talk to James French in church or contact him by email:

The first practice will be in the church basement at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 7th.

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St. Nicholas brings smiles

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.

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UCWLC-Kitchener sponsors Zarvannytsia camp

Zarvannytisia campThe parish branch of the UCWLC has agreed to sponsor the participation of young girls from the Petryky Internat (for girls and women with disabilities) in a one-week camp at the beautiful pilgrimage site of Zarvannytsia.

Students from St. Jerome’s University (Waterloo) have been volunteering at the Internat just outside of Ternopil, Ukraine, for 10 years. Each summer, at the end of July they accompany a group of girls from the Internat to the camp. Unfortunately, in recent years the camp was on the verge of cancellation due to financial challenges.

This year, the residents of the Internat can anticipate with joy and excitement the transformative experience of Zarvannytsia—thanks to the women in our parish. What’s more, our UCWL branch has generously offered to sponsor the participation of the Internat residents annually. This year’s commitment is $1200 (US).