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NWLF 2014: LIVING INCLUDES DYING

NWLF 2014: LIVING INCLUDES DYING

Holy Eucharist Parish hosted a Neighbourhood Barbeque as one of Winnipeg’s events for the 2014 National Week for Life and Family. The Barbeque was planned to be held outside next to the church building. However, cold windy weather forced the event inside.

NWLF BBQ 2

The evening began with a ‘social hour’ where the many guests – mainly parishioners and neighbours from the area around the church could meet and socialize. A number of ladies under the direction of former parish council chairperson Shirley Skochylas prepared a mouth-watering summer meal of hotdogs, kovbasa, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cookies, etc. [A special thank you goes out to Linda Kadeshchuk, Bernice Hrehirchuk, Donna Korban, Carlene Deptuch, Betty Soloway, Peter & Sonya Prociuk, Luke Deptuch and Tony Skochylas]

NWLF BBQ 3

After everyone had eaten well and had settled down with some sweets and cup of coffee, invited guest speaker, Claudia Kudryk-Serray, shared some insights from her expertise and experience with palliative care. Many of the people present could relate to the stories that Kudryk-Serray used to demonstrate the needs of both the dying and of their family and friends. A question period followed. Parishioner Dr. Sam Hrushovetz shared a moving personal story of his experience when his mother passed from this life.

NWLF BBQ 1

A “Moleben’” (a prayer service) was the concluding part of the evening. Everyone moved up into the church and spent a moment in meditation in the midst of the breath-taking Byzantine interior. Parish Priest Fr. Michael, who led the service of prayer to the Mother of God, arranged that the Scripture readings were those used for the Sacramental Anointing of the sick. A number of petitions germane to the theme of the week were also added. [Special thanks to Anthony Hendricks, Elaine Bowman, Anthony Maksymetz and David Hrehirchuk]