Dormition Parish (Edmonton)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY & BEST WISHES – to Catherine Tamsett, and to all who have celebrated birthdays this past week or in the next few days. May God bless you with health, happiness and peace! Mnohaya Lita!!!

THANK YOU – to all who contributed to the success of our parish feast day dinner (praznyk) last Sunday! Sincerest thanks to Alex Schabel, Iryna Laschuk, Sheila Leiding and Chris Lirette; and to Helen Sirman, Virginia Sharek and Diane Woitas for preparing the hall for our feast day celebration. Thank you to the caterers from the Ukrainian Free Store and to all parishioners and guests for celebrating with us!

THANK YOU – Sincerest thanks to Helen Sirman for decorating the cross with flowers and preparing it for veneration at the Feast of the Exaltation of the Most Precious Cross. May God bless!

SEPT 17: BLESSING OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND CATECHISTS – will take place today, at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

SEPT 17: COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – resumes today. Please join us in the Parish Hall after Divine Liturgy for coffee and fellowship!

SEPT 17: CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN – begins today. We ask all parents and children to remain in church after the Divine Liturgy for brief introductions, a short lesson for the children, followed by a craft activity in the parish hall. If you haven’t registered your child, you may still do so today. Next Sunday, the catechetical lesson will take place in the Family Room, followed by the craft activity in the parish hall.

WELCOME TO ALL – If you wish to register as a parish member, please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM provided in the vestibule (narthex). Please pass on the completed form to Fr. Peter, or drop it into the basket during the Sunday collection, or scan and email it to [email protected], or slip it under the parish office door (across from the cloakroom).

RIDE TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY – If you able to provide a ride the church for Sunday for two newcomers from Ukraine (mother and daughter), please contact Father Peter at 780-993-8037 or [email protected]. Maria and her daughter Olya are currently living near the intersection of 170th Street and 95th Avenue.

NEWCOMERS – We have several newcomers from Ukraine looking for work, English language classes, and for a family doctor. If you have information or contacts that would be helpful, please contact Fr. Peter Babej at 780-993-8037 or [email protected].

SEPT 21: BIBLE STUDY – Will begin Thursday, September 21, at 7:00 pm (one hour). The first book of study is GENESIS. The text and commentary that we will use as a group is The Book of Genesis (Ignatius Catholic Bible Series), by Curtis Mitch and Scott Hahn. This resource can be ordered on line from Ignatius Press ( or through Amazon. To register, please contact Fr. Peter Babej at [email protected].

SEPT 24: UCWLC BRANCH MEETING – is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 24th. After the Divine Liturgy, a Panakhyda will be offered for the repose of all members who have fallen asleep in the Lord. The branch meeting will take place after the service and the lunch social.

OCT 1: BOOK CLUB – We will be reading The Art of Living: The Cardinal Virtues and the Freedom to Love by Edward Sri. We will meet weekly after the 9:30 AM liturgy in the parish hall starting Sunday, October 1st. To join, please email me at [email protected]. It is a great opportunity to grow in your faith and build community.

CHILDREN OF MARY – we are forming a group of girls, ages 8 and up. Meetings will take place once a month. If you wish to register your daughter(s), please contact Theodosia Sych at 587-936-0068 or [email protected].

OCT 29: SUNDAY LUNCH SOCIAL – Our first Sunday Lunch Social will take place on October 29th, in the Parish Hall, after Divine Liturgy.

VOLUNTEERS FOR SUNDAY SOCIALS – We are in need of volunteers to assist with Sunday Coffee and Lunch Socials on a rotational basis. If you are able to assist, please provide your name, phone number and/or email on the sign-up sheet on our bulletin board in the hall.

COMMUNION VISITS – If you know of anyone at home, in a care facility or hospital, that is in need of a visit, please contact Fr. Peter at [email protected] or the parish office.

CONFESSIONS – Confession times are as follows: Wednesdays at 5:00 pm; Saturdays, after Vespers. Sundays, from 8:30 am to 9:20 am. Also, by request or appointment.

PREPARATION FOR SOLEMN CONFESSION AND HOLY COMMUNION – The Program will begin on Saturday, January 13, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The program will continue every Saturday, to March 23, inclusive. Registration forms will be available on-line and for pick-up.

ADULT CATECHUMENATE – This is the program of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church for the initiation of adults into the Catholic Church, specifically, the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. If anyone is interested in becoming Catholic through Baptism and/or Chrismation, please contact Fr. Peter Babej at 780-993-8037 or [email protected].

OCT 6: FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. In response to the promise given by Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, all are invited to receive Holy Communion for nine consecutive first Fridays of each month. “I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.” Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Dormition Parish on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 AM.

OCT 7: FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Dormition Parish on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9:00 AM. Renewal of Consecration to Mary and Rosary Prayer (Glorious Mysteries) will take place after the Liturgy.

VOCATIONS & SEMINARY COLLECTION – Every year, our Eparchy conducts its annual Vocations and Seminary Collection throughout all parishes in Alberta. Donations support Holy Spirit Seminary in Edmonton, and the formation of future religious leaders in our Church. Currently, our Eparchy is blessed with five seminarians studying for the priesthood, and two candidates studying for the diaconate. We kindly request your support! Based on eparchial assessment, the suggest donation is $30.00 per family. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

ZWOZDESKY: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC – Sunday, September 17, 2:00 pm, at the Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton. Featuring Guest Artists: Jake Matthews, The Carlines, John Stetch, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company, Yavir Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton.

NEW JOB POSITIONS – Under the leadership of Bishop David, the Pastoral Centre serves our parishes, the faithful, and others, creating a warm, caring, and welcoming environment for all. Currently, the Eparchy of Edmonton is hiring for two positions to join our staff at the Pastoral Centre: Communications Specialist – full time; Eparchial Accountant – part time.

Communications Specialist. Responsible for implementing the Eparchy’s communications strategy for the benefit of parishioners, parishes and other stakeholders both within and outside the Eparchy. Most of the Communications Specialist’s role is to support the eparchial bishop and ministries in sharing information and developing and promoting programs. Included in the portfolio is managing website(s), associated applications, and social media sites. This position supports all ministries including those within the Pastoral Centre, Camp Oselia, Cemeteries, eparchial organizations, and parishes. This is a full-time salaried position (35 hours per week) with benefits available. Please refer to the website for more information

Eparchial Accountant. Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Eparchial Accountant is responsible for supporting the accounting cycle (monthly, quarterly and annual reporting), ensuring internal controls are followed and reporting requirements are met. The successful candidate will also support special projects related to finances. This is a part-time position (10 – 15 hours per week) and is relatively flexible. It is suitable for an independent contractor. Please refer to the website for more information at

Interested persons may send their resume to [email protected].