Heaven and earth are united today, for Christ is born.
Today has God come upon earth, and man gone up to heaven.
Today for man’s sake is seen in the flesh He who by nature is invisible.
Therefore let us also give glory and cry aloud to Him:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
Which Your coming has bestowed upon us, O Saviour: glory to You.
— Stichera for the Litia, Tone 1, (by John the Monk) — sung at the Vigil on the Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The website tochka.net published a Nativity Fast Calendar in Ukrainian (Різдвяний Піст 2016-2017: Календар харчування по днях).
Here’s an English-language version of that Calendar. Happy Fasting!
Hot & Cold Food Stations
- Borscht Bar
- Zakusky Station (savoury filled buns & open face canapes)
- Kobassa and Kapusta Station
- Coffee and Dessert Station
- Cash Prizes
- Hockey Tickets
- Christmas Basket
Book of 12 Tickets: $10
Presented by: the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada, Sophia Rusova Branch
St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church
3338 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Etobicoke.
65th EASTERN EPARCHY CONFERENCE, UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF CANADA
Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th, 2016
St. Demetrius Sobor in Etobicoke, ON
Friday, November 11th
- 9:30 am – DIVINE LITURGY and Panakhyda for fallen soldiers, the Canadian and Ukrainian defenders of freedom.
- 11:15 a.m. – Registration of Delegates and Guests
- 11:30 AM – Lunch
12:30 PM – Session I
Opening of Conference:
Prayer “O Heavenly King” and “Vichnaya Pam’yat” for the departed clergy and faithful of the Eastern Eparchy of the UOCC
1. Greeting & Address: His Grace, Right Rev. Bishop ANDRIY
2. Election of the Presidium:
- a) Chairperson:
- b) Secretary:
Elected during the Clergy Conference:
- a) Chairman:
- b) Secretary:
3. Acceptance of Eastern Eparchy Conference Agenda
4. Election of Committees:
a) Nominating Committee for 2017:
- 1) O. Metulynsky
Elected during the Clergy Conference:
- 2) Fr. P. Anhel
b) Resolutions Committee:
Elected during the Clergy Conference:
5. Address of His Еminence, Most Rev. Metropolitan YURIJ
- 6. a) Information from the Chancellor – Very Rev. Taras Udod
- b) Report from St. Andrew’s College – Rt. Rev. Roman Bozyk
2:15 PM – 15 minute nutrition break
2:30 PM – Session II
7. a) Questions to the Metropolitan
b) Questions to the Chancellor
c) Questions to the Principal of St. Andrew’s College
8. Eparchial Activity Reports:
a) Orphanage Project – Fr. Bohdan Hladio
b) Youth Activities – Sr. Natalka Kowalenko
c) St. Sophia Camp – Fr. Volodymyr Kouchnir
d) Web-site – Br. Franko Diakowsky
e) Church Candles – Fr. Bohdan Hladio
(15 minute break at approximately 4:30 PM)
9. Parish Reports and Discussion
6:00 p.m. – Supper
7:00 PM – Session III
10. Presentation of Shevchenko Medal to Maestro Nestor Olynyk
11. Special Presentation by Fr. Robert Holet, Director of the Office of Stewardship for the Ukrainian Orthoox Church of the USA: “Orthodox Stewardship”
Saturday, November 12th
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Session IV
12. Acceptance of the minutes from the previous Eparchy Conference (Nov.14 – 15, 2014)
a) Business arising from the minutes of the previous conference
13. Reports from the Eparchy Council:
a) Statistical – Fr. Bohdan Hladio
b) Financial report – Br. Michael Kalimin
c) Maintenance – Br. Stefan Krawec
d) Eparchial Celebration – Fr. Volodymyr Makarenko / Natalka Kowalenko
– Questions and acceptance of reports
14. Presentation by Christina Kowalenko regarding Parish Youth Organizing
10:15 A.M. 10 minute break
15. Presentation about newly published Divine Liturgy Pew Book
16. Special Presentation by Fr. Robert Holet, Director of the Office of Stewardship for the Ukrainian Orthoox Church of the USA, Part 2: “The Stewardship Cycle”
12:00 Noon – Lunch
1:00 PM Session V
17. Audit Committee Report
18. Approval of Budget for 2016/2017
19. Future events:
a) Eparchial Celebration 2017 – Sr. Natalka Kowalenko
b) Upcoming Youth Retreats – Sr. Natalka Kowalenko
c) UOCC Centennial Celebrations – Sr. Lesia Skyba
d) Election of Planning Committee for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UOCC in the Eastern Eparchy
20. Resolutions Committee Report – presentation and acceptance
21. Closing remarks: His Grace, Right Rev. Bishop ANDRIY
The End, and Glory be to God!
Sponsored by the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr
Performed in the Ukrainian Language
10th Anniversary Nativity Story
Saturday, December 17 — 7:00pm
Sunday, December 18 — 3:00pm
125 Bathurst St. (Bathurst & Adelaide)
Box Office: 416.504.9971
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
In the Parish Hall of St. Demetrius’ Sobor, Toronto.
Screening of a film about the First Ukrainians in Canada.
“The Embroidery of Life”
Featuring: lyric, patriotic and spiritual songs performed by Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Kushnir, Dean of the the Cathedral Sobor of St. Sophia; and Andriy Svirsa — from Montreal; with the St. Demetrius Bandurist Ensemble and Quartet.
Tickets (available at the door):
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eastern Eparchy’s Camp St. Sophie, near Montreal.
We invite everyone to take part in celebrating the 125th Anniversary!
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Fr. Dr. Jaroslaw S. Buciora
The Valley of Hope — The Battle of Ukrainian Orthodoxy for its Identity
Selected Essays on Orthodox Ecclesiology and Theology
English and Ukrainian versions of the book will be available for purchase.
RSVP: 416.622.8497 or e-mail: email@example.com by November 5.
St. Vladimir’s Institute
620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
(at Harbord, two blocks south of the Bloor-Spadina Subway Station)
Student Artists may apply in one of the following categories:
- JUNIOR: ages 5–8
- INTERMEDIATE: ages 9–12
- SENIOR: ages 13–17
Each artist may submit 1 Original piece of artwork which MUST be of their own creation.
Acceptable Mediums on your choice of Paper or Canvas:
- Watercolour Paint
- Acrylic Paint
- Pencil Crayons
- Pen & Ink
Possible Ideas to Support the Theme of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada… These are just ideas… YOU are the Artist! Use your Imagination!
- The Garden that grew the Pioneers Daily Food
- Seeding the Land and Harvesting the Crops
- Homesteading and Settling the Prairies
- Pioneer Life for Ukrainian Children
- Ukrainian Christmas Traditions
- Life in a rural Ukrainian town
- Our Ukrainian Church
- Prairie Farm Animals
- Preparing for Winter
- A Pioneer Easter
One PRIZE will be awarded in each category at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 6th
- JUNIOR (ages 5–8): $50
- INTERMEDIATE (9–12): $100
- SENIOR (13–17): $200
- Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada Kniahynia Olha Branch
- Fellowship of Ss. Cyril and Methodios
- Anastasia Chemikos
- Lesia Shipowick
- Lloyd Wilson
Participation Form Submission Deadline: October 21st
Delivery of Work to SVCC Deadline: November 4th
For Further Information, Call: 416.534.0633
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre
1280 Dundas St. W. (at Fourth Line)
Nestor Olynyk (Culture & Arts)
Nestor was born in Hamilton, Ontario on November 26, 1930. He grew up in an environment that was centred around the Church; he sang in the church choir and was an active member of СУМК along with his 5 brothers and sisters. His father was a cantor, and served many years on parish council.
When the family moved to Toronto, in 1938, they became members of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. Nestor, at age 15, began singing in the church choir and conducted the СУМК choir.
As a teenager, he attended Harbord Collegiate where he played in the bugle band. Upon completion of high school, Nestor first attended The University of Toronto, where he received a degree in the Arts, and then at the Ontario College of Education for his Teaching Qualifications in Music, Mathematics and Science. During his studies there, he conducted the Ukrainian Club Students Choir for 2 years and performed Gilbert and Sullivan at OCE.
Upon graduation, in the 1950s and 1960s, he taught instrumental music, vocal and mathematics in Port Colbourne, North Bay, Hamilton and King City. During this time, he was very active in the Ukrainian communities. Nestor began conducting church choirs in 1952 at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church and went on to conduct in:
- Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Welland ‘55-’57,
- St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Hamilton ‘59-‘61,
- St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Oshawa ’61-’63…
- St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor ‘63-‘73,
- St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church ‘81-‘88
- and St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral ’74-’79 and ’88-’03.
…and in Toronto parishes –
During the five decades from 1960 to 2006, Nestor brought together, literally, hundreds of people to sing in various vocal ensembles including:
- • 50th Anniversary (Ilarion) Youth Choir (a 150 voice youth choir and folk ensemble);
- • The Ukrainian Orthodox Liturgical Singers;
- • The Millennium 654 voice choir consisting of singers from across Canada culminating in a Liturgy and concert at Vic Copps Arena in Hamilton;
- • The St. Andrew’s Mini Millennium 40 voice choir performing throughout British Columbia;
- • Annual Eastern Eparchy Celebrations joint choirs in liturgies and concerts at the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville;
- • taught vocal and orchestra at Camp Kiev in Oakville;
- • taught four church cantor’s courses;
- • taught aspiring conductors the art of Orthodox liturgical singing techniques and conducting.
While working with the different choirs that he formed and conducted and recorded, Nestor found the time to:
write 2 liturgies, psalms, chants, kondaks, many folk songs, in particular, from Shevchenko’s poem “Село” a vocal and orchestral composition entitled “Чернобольська Мати” to name but a few.
In closing, Nestor Olynyk has worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of singers in both Church choirs and folk choirs throughout Eastern Canada and parts of Western Canada for over six decades. He has touched the hearts of many Ukrainian Canadians and others through his infectious enthusiasm and inspirational leadership, vision and love of singing for which many people are grateful. He has passed on his legacy to others to carry the torch of the beauty and great traditions of singing both Ukrainian Orthodox Liturgical a cappella singing and folk music.