Archeparchial and Provincial Restrictions

As of Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the Province of Manitoba has issued a new Public Health Order and Metropolitan Lawrence has issued a new Archeparchial Directive.

There is no need at this time to register for liturgical services and events at Holy Eucharist Parish. You will need to sign our contact list upon arrival. This confidential contact list will be kept in the Parish offices for 14 days and then will be destroyed.

For all liturgical, sacramental, other prayer services, and other faith-based gatherings (UCWLC, Seniors, UCBC, Youth, Young Adult, etc.), the maximum number of participants is 33% of capacity (Church – 99 people; Church auditorium – 60 people; Parish Centre Hall – 137 people; Parish Centre Multi-Purpose Room – 36 people; Parish Centre Classrooms – 16 people). If the number of people at a Sunday Divine Liturgy starts to exceed the capacity restriction, we will add another Divine Liturgy to our schedule.

Masks are required to be worn by all participants for all liturgical, sacramental, other prayer services, and other faith-based gatherings. Please wear your masks properly – covering nose, mouth, and chin, with no gaps.

Households are to be socially distant in these gatherings. The pews are marked for your convenience.

For liturgical services, we may have two active cantors who are socially distanced from all others. Everyone may sing with their masks on but quietly.

The Metropolitan-Archbishop, Lawrence, has stated that the dispensation from the obligation to participate in-person at Sunday and Feast Day Liturgies remains in place for those who are sincerely concerned that attending in-person my put their health or the health of a loved one at risk.

Non-parish events (e.g., rentals) are to adhere to the current provincial health order (October 5, 2021).

Email Scam

Please note that there is an email going around from “Rev. Fr. Michael Winn” asking for you to purchase Amazon gift cards. Our pastor, Fr. Michael Winn, would NEVER solicit funds from you through email. This email is a scam and we ask that all parishioners ignore the email(s). Please do not interact with the scammer.

Parish BBQ and Meet ‘n Greet the Pastor

Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 11:30 am
All are welcome!
Rain or Shine!

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, we will celebrate only one bilingual Divine Liturgy in the Church. Afterwards, all are invited to the Parish BBQ. We will also have a chance to meet and greet the new/old pastor, Fr. Michael Winn (he is newly assigned and was our pastor from 2005-2009).

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Cold Drinks
COVID-friendly games with prizes

PROSPHORA: Liturgical Bread

Prosphora 6Prosphora is the special bread that is prepared for use at the Eucharistic liturgy. It is a leavened bread made from simple and pure ingredients: wheat, salt, water and yeast. One of the most distinctive aspects of prosphora is that it is kneaded significantly more than most table breads, because it must be firm must remain whole when it is later immersed in the Chalice for Holy Communion.

Usually 5 (small) prosphora loaves are used for a Divine Liturgy. Sometimes a single specially-sealed prosphora is used. However, for the sake of convenience, the practice at Holy Eucharist Parish is to use pre-cut pieces, sliced from large prosphora loaves. This includes smaller “particle” pieces and larger squares that are used as the “Lambs”.

Prosphora 3

On a regular basis during the year, Mrs. Margaret Chemerika, bakes the many prosphora loaves. They  are brought to the church to be cut in preparation for the Divine Liturgy that is celebrated at least once daily in the parish church. The same bread is also baked in the form of small round loaves that are used for the “lytia” blessing at vespers on the eve of greater feastdays.

Prosphora 1

The large loaves are sliced and then individually cut by a number of volunteers from among the parishioners. They are then partially dried and stored for use in the church.

Prosphora 2

A very special thank you to Joan Tataryn, Helen Mazur, Lilian Deptuch, Morris and Irene Mazur and Hope Ewanyshyn who helped this time.