Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 9, 2006
Ukrainian schools celebrate Divine Liturgy
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Students in Ukrainian bilingual programs in Sherwood Park and Edmonton took part in a school opening Divine Liturgy in St. Josaphat's Cathedral.
Special to the WCR
Ukrainian children in Ukraine and throughout the world were honoured at the Ukrainian Catholic bilingual program school's opening liturgy Sept. 26.
More than 800 students, teachers, parents and guests packed St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Edmonton for the annual celebration.
In Ukraine, this year is dedicated to the protection of each Ukrainian child's spirit. Students and staff read and sang special prayers with this intention.
The Divine Liturgy was sung in Ukrainian led by Irena Tarnawsky and Lilea Wolanska, supported by hundreds of angelic childrens' voices. The liturgy concluded with the singing of a popular Ukrainian pop song and prayer Hospody Pomyluj Nas (Lord have Mercy on Us).
This year's event was co-organized by Edmonton Catholic and Elk Island Catholic School districts.
Father Stephen Wojcichowsky was the main celebrant, and nine Ukrainian Catholic priests from Edmonton and Sherwood Park assisted.
During his homily, Father Stephen reminded students that in God's eyes, we are all his children and are loved unconditionally, regardless of any bad decisions, problems and hurtful experiences that we may have had.
Students also donated more than $1,800 to support the Christmas shoebox campaign for disadvantaged children in Ukraine.
The Divine Liturgy united students from St. Matthew, St. Martin, St. Kevin, Austin O'Brien, Father Kenneth Kearns, Jean Vanier and Archbishop Jordan schools and gave them a memorable start to the 2006-07 school year.