A project that began in the planning stages 15 years ago, St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Parish is building a church in Sherwood Park. The ground blessing/sod turning ceremony took place on-site on Sunday, July 8, 2018 and was presided over by Bishop David Motiuk, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton and Reverend Rendy Yackimec, Parish Priest of St. Sophia Parish. The construction site on Baseline Road and Range Road 224 is a busy place with a scheduled completion date in the Summer of 2019. With the assistance of Very Rev. Stephen Wojcichowsky, Vicar General of the Eparchy, the building design committee is hard at work choosing everything from flooring to chandeliers.
This project is a dream come true for many faithful in the Sherwood Park area. St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Parish practices the rich traditions of the Byzantine Rite within a modern contemporary context. The parish consists primarily of young families with a healthy representation from all generations. It offers programs and activities that promote the spiritual, educational, cultural and social needs of its members and beyond. There are currently over 140-member families in the Parish; numbers that are expected to grow with the new facility.
St. Sophia in the Community. For over 15 years, St. Sophia Parish has been an important part of Strathcona County and the Greater Edmonton Area. It is home to hundreds of local residents who contribute to the community at large through acts of charity and volunteerism. St. Sophia Parish has relied on the support of the community for its temporary home over the years, and currently worships in Madonna School. The new St. Sophia Church will expand the parish’s role in the community by providing a welcoming place for worship, fellowship, social activities and gatherings for families, seniors, youth and children from diverse backgrounds.
About the Building. St. Sophia Parish is building a 12,000 square foot church and multipurpose room in Sherwood Park which will accommodate approximately 300 people. With construction underway, the building is scheduled for completion in Fall of 2019. Its contemporary yet traditional design was completed by Concept Plus Architecture and Engineering, with construction contracting by Krawford Construction.
Dollars and Cents. The cost of this community-inspired project is over $4 million and is possible with parish fundraising activities and donors like you. With your help, St. Sophia’s new church will be a functional and welcoming spiritual facility for our community for decades to come.
How You Can Help. No donation is too small or too large and all donors over $500 will be recognized on our website and on a permanent donor wall (for donations before September 30, 2020) in the facility. A tax receipt for your full donation will also be provided.
For more information and special donations, please contact:
Fundraising Committee Chairman: Ken Lesniak – [email protected]lanet.net – 780-893-4322
Parish Priest: Father Rendy Yackimec – [email protected] – 780-464-417
“Construction is well underway on St. Sophia’s new home with completion scheduled for late summer. The building should be fully enclosed and heated by Mid-March with the gold dome and cross being installed soon.”