Holy Eucharist Parish’s

Pysanka Studio 2014

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On Lazarus Saturday morning a group of parishioners, together with their families and friends, gathered in the church auditorium for an amazing Ukrainian Pysanka (Easter Egg) workshop.

There were instructors, instruments, manuals, books of designs that covered all the regions of Ukraine as well as all the traditional symbolism. Colours? There were so many dyes that seemed go beyond the visible spectrum.

Everyone had the chance to design and colour the eggs in the traditional manner of writing the design on the egg and then trapping each colour in the wax as the egg was “soaked” in the dyes. When the wax was removed (by a process of passing the eggs through a hot liquid) what was left was wonderful, colourful art – ready for the Easter Baskets that will be brought for blessing on Holy Saturday afternoon (2, 3 and 4 pm btw).

More details about this workshop – held at the parish annually – will follow…

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Canada Concerned by Intimidation of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Clergy in Crimea


March 16, 2014 – Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by reports of intimidation of Ukrainian Greek Catholic clergy in Crimea, including reports of armed men kidnapping and then releasing up to three priests.

“It is essential that all Ukrainians, regardless of their church or faith, be allowed to contribute to Ukraine’s democratic development without fear of violence.

“On behalf of all Canadians who value freedom of religion and adherence to the rule of law, we call for an end to such practices of intimidation and for those responsible to be brought to justice.

“Canada continues to support the important and peaceful role played by the clergy and other members of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as well as other religious leaders in Ukraine.

“We stand with the people of Ukraine during this difficult transition as they seek to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future in which the right to religious freedom is fully enjoyed by all.”

To view this document on the department website, please click on the following link:


As always, I invite you to share this with your friends and family.


Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP

Calgary Southeast