Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration


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We are instruments of God’s grace! Ми є знаряддям Божої ласки!

The girls in Petryky Internat received our gifts on St. Nicholas day!

В день св. о . Миколая дівчата в інтернаті в Петриках отримали дарунки від нас!



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The Church—The Gathering Place | Церква – місце спілкування

ChurchEaster2017The following is from an interview with Fr. Oleh Kindiy, Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv

People who attend Church don’t always consider themselves a part of a community. It’s easier for them to think of the Church as the priest or choir, ie: something beyond themselves. Doesn’t this remove personal responsibility?

I often ask people what percentage of the Church is made up by the clergy: priests, monks, bishops etc. The answer is between 30-50%, suggesting that lay people are only a segment of the Church that is primarily constituted by clergy. They are surprised when I tell them that clergy make up less than 1% of the Church. Lay people do not realize that they are the majority; they expect the priest to do everything: gather people and assign jobs for each to accomplish.

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Celebrating 70-years of UCWLC at our Parish | До 70-ліття нашого відділу ЛУКЖК

UCWLC-logoIn spite of the demands of wartime, Canada’s Ukrainian Catholic women established the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 1944.

Three years later, recognizing the wisdom of a national organization, the women of our Parish decided to establish a UCWLC branch in Kitchener and join this impressive and unprecedented initiative.

This week, we honour their 70 years of service to our Church, our parish, and the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

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Why go to church? [Pt. 9] Що відбувається на Службі Божі?

Communion imageWhat if at Liturgy there are 200 or 300 strangers around me? How am I supposed to celebrate?

One might disagree, but I say that at Liturgy it makes no difference if people know each other or have anything in common – because the fact that they are present for the Divine Liturgy forms the link between them. This is what we have in common.

We may not recognize this because we usually emphasize psychological aspects of relationships. In order to relate to someone, to show love and kindness, I need to know that person pretty well. Certainly. But the Liturgy leads us to a higher level of awareness of what it is to be human, and what it means to relate to each other. We are united by the ineluctable fact of our humanness, our baptism, our being loved by God.

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Why go to church? [Pt. 8] Що відбувається на Службі Божі?

Communion imagePeople often complain that they don’t understand what is going on during the service. Here are two suggestions:

  1. During the Liturgy, follow along in the prayer books – either in Ukrainian or English.
  2. Find someone who can explain the text, because it was written a long time ago and has archaic terms and unfamiliar phrases. But I’m convinced that these prayers are actually very current today. Their genius lies in that, despite being ancient, they continue to appeal to human emotions and resonate with us.

For example, during the Divine Liturgy the priest says, “We hand over our life and hope to you, Lord, Lover-of-humanity”. This phrase is brimming with significance!

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Що відбувається на Службі Божі? Why go to church [Pt. 7]

But are some sections of the Liturgy more important than others?
No. Absolutely not. I’m not a fan of the (sadly) popular approach of dividing the Liturgy into more or less important segments. Because the Liturgy is a totality in itself and every separate section makes sense only in relation to the whole. If you fragment the unity then everything falls apart, shatters, and we cannot understand what is there.

The Gospel reading, the offering of the gifts, the eucharist, the dismissal, as much as the singing, the incensing of the priest—everything—is absolutely essential.

And for that matter, that we celebrate the Liturgy …
(Supposed to be celebrating)

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During Great Lent we are called to renew and strengthen our relationships with others (both living and dead) and
with God. A special service during Lent is Sorokousty, when we remember all those who have gone before us.

“Sorokousty” literally means “forty mouths”, referring to an ancient monastic practice of 40 monks or priests
singing this commemoration of our departed sisters and brothers.

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Що відбувається на Службі Божі? Why go to church [Pt. 4]

Why should we attend Divine Liturgy?

When people gather together for Liturgy, participate in it, receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ—they
become the Body of Christ—the Church. Thanks to the Liturgy we can understand that the Church isn’t a religious organization, a system of opinions or a creed. It is the body of Christ, a collective of people united by communion in Christ and through Christ.

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Sunday of Zacchaeus

zacchaeusZacchaeus was a sinner, a tax collector, and an outcast. He was the person we don’t want to have anything to do with. Yet, he is the person that Christ sees and wants to visit!

We begin our preparation for Great Lent with this wonderful story. Christ visits the home of Zacchaeus not because Zacchaeus or we are deserving, but rather because God desires to be with us, to share our lives.
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The Most Holy Trinity/ПРЕСВЯТА ТРІЙЦЯ

The Holy TrinityWe have seen the true light, we have received the Heavenly Spirit, we have found the true faith, we worship the undivided Trinity, for It has saved us.

Ми бачили світло Істинне, ми прийняли Духа небесного, ми знайшли віру істинну, нероздільній Тройці покланяємось, Вона бо спасла нас.

The Monday after Pentecost, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Trinity. “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

As Ukrainian Catholics, these words are among the very first we learn. The sign of the cross — used frequently and generously — is familiar, repeated in threes, with three fingers held together. We often repeat liturgical prayers three times as well.

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