National Week for Life and the Family

National Week for Life and the Family

This excellent initiative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops gives local churches the opportunity to organize a special week of events that both informs about pertinent “life issues” and also celebrates the gift of life and the energy of family. The three major Catholic jurisdictions in Southern Manitoba – the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface and the Archdiocese of Winnipeg have been collaborating for several years now to produce excellent opportunities and quality events for all citizens of good will to learn about the issues from the faith perspective of truth and hope… and to celebrate in a positive way: life and marriage and children and family and aging and understanding illness and the many ‘passages’ that are part of human existence – including death.

The 2020 National Week for Life and the Family will be held in Winnipeg primarily from May 10 – 17. The working theme this year is: “Children: The crowning Glory of Marriage“.



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.


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]


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.


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]