Dormition Parish (Edmonton)

BULLETIN BY EMAILif you wish to receive a copy of the bulletin by email, please let us know by calling the parish office or send your request to [email protected].

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – The Divine Liturgy will be offered today in thanksgiving for this year’s harvest, and all blessings received.

NO COFFEE FELLOWSHIP TODAY – Coffee fellowship will resume next Sunday.

NO CATECHISM TODAY – Catechism will resume next Sunday, as usual.

NO DIVINE LITURGY THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11th – Due to a Funeral Service in Calgary this Wednesday, Oct. 11, Divine Liturgy will not be offered at 5:30 pm. We will resume as usual, the following Wednesday, October 18th.

BIBLE STUDY – every Thursday evening, at 7:00 pm. Please review the commentary notes for Genesis, Chapter 3. In preparation for the next session, please read Genesis, Chapter 4, along with commentary notes.

BOOK CLUB – meets briefly today, in the parish hall. 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. You may still join by contacting Joel Sych 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].

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.

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!

DIRECT DEPOSIT – if you are interested in making monthly donations by means of DIRECT DEPOSIT, please contact Sheila Leiding at <[email protected]>. To make this possible, we need at least 10 people.

CHURCH FLOOR AND CARPET – As you can see, our church carpet and flooring need to be replaced. This month, we begin our fundraising for this project. We need to raise at least $10,000 in order to begin this renovation project. All donations are welcome!

Eparchy and Community

OCT. 15: BISHOP’S NAME DAY CELEBRATION – Please join us in celebration of Bishop David’s Name Day! WHERE? Exaltation of the Holy Cross Parish, 9003 153 Avenue NW. Divine Liturgy at 10:30 am (Bilingual). Luncheon to follow. Doors will open at noon, luncheon at 12:30 pm. Donations will be accepted for food packages for the people of Ukraine affected by the war. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. Please RSVP by using the sign-up sheet posted in the vestibule, or email Patty Zakordonski to: [email protected].

NOV. 1: RETURN TO REGULAR PRACTICE OF DISTRIBUTING HOLY COMMUNION. “The Covid-19 pandemic required our parishes to find alternate ways to distribute the Divine Eucharist in order to ensure the health and well-being of our faithful, namely, using individual “single-use” Holy Communion spoons. For some time now, most Ukrainian Catholic Churches throughout the world have returned to our regular practice in distributing the Divine Eucharist, using a single common spoon for all. It is time for our Eparchy to do the same.

However, to allow some time for communities to transition, pastors may implement either of the following practices wherever some of the faithful still wish to receive Holy Communion with individual spoons. 1) In parishes where only one priest distributes Holy Communion, he begins by distributing Holy Communion with “single-use” spoons to those who desire this, before using the common spoon for others. 2) In parishes where the Eucharist is distributed from several chalices, some ministers use one common spoon while others use individual “single-use” spoons. The manner in which the Divine Eucharist is distributed should not be an obstacle to those desiring to be nourished by the life-giving Body and Blood of Our Lord. May the Holy Eucharist be our strength and nourishment in our journey towards holiness.”

It would be best for us to take the month of October to prepare our faithful for this change, including a reminder of the manner in which we receive the Holy Eucharist, taking care to avoid unnecessary contact with the spoon. While remaining respectful of each parishioners’ individual experience, pastors should reassure them 1) of the reduced threat from the Corona Virus, no longer considered a pandemic by the WHO, given widespread immunity and effective treatments, and 2) of the value of distributing the Eucharist to the faithful via a single spoon, reorienting them to this long-standing tradition and the reverence for the Holy Mysteries that it helps to foster.

EPARCHIAL SOCIAL COMMISSION – If you have a passion for protecting human rights, especially for the poor and marginalized, ethical consumption, taking care of our environment, reconciliation between all people, and promoting the sanctity of human life – then we are excited to meet YOU! The Eparchial Social Mission Commission is searching for two new members to join our team of passionate parishioners hoping to make a difference. Please contact [email protected]

2023 WOMEN OF DIGNITY CONFERENCE – October 20-21. WHERE? At Holy Trinity Parish, Spruce Grove, AB. “Carry on Bravely.” All women, from teen to granny, single, married and mothers, are invited to attend the Women of Dignity Conference on October 20-21 weekend at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove. You can expect a weekend filled with prayer, uplifting music, adoration, confessions, Mass, fellowship and a weekend of inspired speakers with engaging talks to help women affirm their faith in God. It is an opportunity to find meaning and purpose in life’s challenges. Invite family and friends to make this a special faith-building journey and experience! Check out the web site for conference information. Register online today at

2023 MEN’S CONFERENCE AND RETREAT – October 27-28. Join other men of faith to learn, laugh, and pray as you grow in faith. Keynote speaker: Fr. Matthew Hysell. DATES AND TIMES: October 27, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm; October 28, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. LOCATION: Holy Spirit Seminary, 12909 – 113th Avenue NW, Edmonton. COST: $95 – commute; $155 – live-in. Prices include Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Optional Friday supper available for $20. CONTACT: Bernadette Mandrusiak (780) 424-5496 or email [email protected]. Registration deadline is October 21, 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted. Limited number of rooms available for overnight stay. Online registration: https//

UKRAINIAN YOUTH UNITY COMPLEX50th Anniversary Celebrations. 9615 – 153 Ave., Edmonton.
Friday, Nov. 3: Champagne Gala Reception. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Program at 7:15 pm. Semi-Formal. Tickets: $30.
Sat. Nov. 4: Reunion Zabava. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Music by Zabava v Koli. Late lunch, cash bar. Tickets: $25 for adults; $20 for students (17 and under).
Sun. Nov. 5: High Tea and Concert. Doors open at 2:30 pm. Tickets: $20.
All tickets are available on (October 1-31, 2023).

HORIZON OF HOPE: A TOOLKIT FOR CATHOLIC PARISHES ON PALLIATIVE CAREHow does our faith in Christ help us to understand the human experience of dying and death? You are invited to join this 4-part program OCT. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm focusing on Catholic teaching regarding end-of-life care.  We will share and discuss the importance of palliative care and learn more about how we can respond to our Christian call to provide compassionate care for our loved ones at the end of life.   Parishes and church groups across Alberta will connect virtually and in person. There will be two in person centres: St. Stephen Protomartyr parish hall, 4903 – 45 St., SW, Calgary AND St. Josaphat’s Cathedral basement, 10825 97th Street N.W. Edmonton. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Those seeking to learn about palliative care in the Catholic Church, caregivers, persons diagnosed with a terminal illness, family members who need guidance, parishioners & pastoral care teams. Register at: or find the link on the Edmonton Eparchy website. If you cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join virtually.  You will receive the Zoom link when you register online. CONTACT: [email protected]