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May 25, 2009
St. Basil's program promotes girls' devotion, service
PHOTO | MICHELLE MUCHA
Fr. Ireneus Prystajecky welcomes new members of the Children of Mary
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EDMONTON – Fourteen girls gracefully entered St. Basil Ukrainian Catholic Church at the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy April 18 wearing capes and veils, holding candles and singing Immaculate Mary.
Seven of the 14 were to be initiated into the Children of Mary, the other seven into the Sodality.
Following the Divine Liturgy, Basilian Father Ireneus Prystajecky celebrated the initiation.
He blessed each young lady individually as she pledged her lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and promised to do good works in the Church.
The Children of Mary received holy medals of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as rosaries. The Sodality each received a book on Mother Teresa of Calcutta and a holy medal.
On May 2, the girls celebrated their initiation with a tea party. They each received a certificate of congratulations from the parish.
Children of Mary is open to girls from seven to 12 years old, while Sodality is for those 13 to 18 years. Their motto is To Jesus Through Mary. They meet every second week for spiritual classes with Sister Petronella Dybka, a Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate.
At these meetings, they pray the rosary together, then choose prayer partners before leaving. Part of their activities is singing practice under the direction of Denise Lucyshyn.
On the first Sunday of every month, the girls lead the responses at the sung 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
The Children of Mary and Sodality are mighty in their determination and spearhead outreach projects at St. Basil’s. These include food and clothing collections for the poor and singing for the senior citizens.
As well, the Sodality volunteer in cultural centre kitchen on a regular basis. Both groups get together for skating parties, swim parties, and campfire sing-song evenings.
These activities are made possible by their own fundraising, along with contributions from Father Hannas Council of the Knights of Columbus.