Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 27, 2004
Ukrainian bilingual students attend St. Josaphat's liturgy
Special to the WCR
On Sept. 15, students from Ukrainian Catholic bilingual schools in Edmonton and Sherwood Park attended an opening liturgy at St. Josaphat's Cathedral.
Bishop Lawrence Huculak was the main celebrant, priests throughout the Edmonton and Sherwood Park Catholic community united students from St. Matthew's, St. Martin's, St. Kevin's, Austin O'Brien, Father Kenneth Kearns and Jean Vanier schools with a memorable start to the 2004-05 school year.
This Divine Liturgy was celebrated in honour of the Ukrainian family. The students prayed especially for the families in Ukraine, who are disadvantaged or living below the poverty level.
This is a result of continued economic problems over the past many years in Ukraine.
During his homily, Bishop Lawrence reminded students that there are many families in Ukraine and abroad who are suffering from poverty, sickness, and depression.
He explained that Jesus and his family also suffered from misfortunes, and sometimes these difficulties may pull a family apart.
However, Bishop Lawrence emphasized that through prayer and a faithful commitment to God, these tragedies may in fact strengthen families.
He also encouraged the students to listen to their parents, as Jesus did, and also wished them much success this school year.
As a sign of support, students donated money to help poor families in Ukraine through the Bridge of Hope program run by the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate.
They will use the money to fund social programs for children in Ukraine. More information about the Bridge of Hope program is available at its website at www.ourbridgeofhope.com.
Many dignitaries also assembled with the students. School administrators, superintendents and trustees were in attendance at the Divine Liturgy.