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Activities for Youth

Sunday school

For children aged 4 years & older, Sunday 10:15am - 11am.

The Sunday School room opens at 10am, with class starting at 10:15am. We invite you and your children to come up to church for the start of the Liturgy at 10am, light a candle, pray together and then come down to class.

Please use the cloak room at the main entrance to hang jackets and store wet foot wear. A sweater and indoor shoes might be a good idea as the church can be cool in winter months.

For more information, contact Jennifer at

Sunday School

Sunday school has been a part of parish life from the very earliest years. In the beginning the women of the local branch of Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada played a leading role together with the Ukrainian school teachers, Dobrodiyky, and mothers of the parish. By the mid-60s classes were taught by Mary Mack, Mrs. H. Trischuk, Doreen Keir, Gloria Prokopovich, Olga Sametz, Ms. C. Dorofi, Mr. M. Zabolotny, and Dobr. L. Gorgitsa. Through the 80s Dobr. Genia Bozyk took an active role in Sunday school in addition to her work in the Ukrainian School. After 1992, Halyna Michaelchuk and Liza Malarek assisted in the Sunday school program, along with many others from the parish.

Activities for Youth

Sunday School is currently under the direction and guidance of Dobr. Jennifer Okhrimtchouk and Suzanne Soroka. The program includes religious studies, singing, concerts, and participation in church and special services such as communion, holding candles, readings, and prayers. Through the years, children have been encouraged to take an active part in the parish by learning about the Ukrainian Orthodox faith and participating in Liturgical services. Throughout, the young people in the parish continue to be encouraged to actively live their faith and culture.

Sunday School – New Year ... New Format
Starts Sunday, September 16


It is important for children to learn about their faith through the word of God. It is equally important to learn to pray with family. Therefore, starting Sunday, 16 September 2018, all children and youth are invited to come to the church and pray every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Following Communion and the priest's blessing, children and youth are encouraged to follow the Sunday School teachers downstairs for a light snack and lessons. This year we will be continuing to study stories from the Bible and their meanings in our lives. We will be continuing with the book of Genesis which was started last year. Students will also be learning about the Divine Liturgy and what it is we do in church and why.

Classes are provided at no charge and children and youth between the ages of 4-16 are welcome. Instructions are provided verbally in English, Ukrainian and French.

We ask that you complete the registration form provided through the link so that classes may be organised accordingly. Although drop-ins are always welcome, we encourage regular attendance for the continuity of the stories being read from the Bible.

Registration forms may be dropped off to the church office or emailed to Suzanne Soroka at Any questions? Please call 819-647-6700 or send an email.

Looking forward to praying and learning with everyone.
Suzanne Soroka, Director, Sunday School



Do you have a child 7 years or older who has not yet participated in the Sacrament of Confession?

Our Sunday School program will be holding a course to prepare children for Confession. The course is 8 weeks long and requires that students attend every session (non- attendance will prolong the course duration). The classes will be held Sunday mornings in the Sunday School room (time to be decided).

Please advise Dobr. Jennifer ( or Pani Suzanne ( of your interest by Sunday, March 10.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers

Every baptised Orthodox Christian is called to a ministry in the church. To be an altar server in the Orthodox Church is a special ministry in which one becomes a witness of the mysteries of the life of the Church. From the very inception of our parish in Ottawa, we were always blessed with the dedicated men and boys who served in the altar. Today we have a small dedicated group who continue to assist in the altar and ensure that prayers and the flow of services are not interrupted.

Basic Responsibilities of Altar Servers:

  • Arrive early for services, by at least 9:50am. This will give you time to prepare & vest without rushing. Late entry distracts the priest from his duties/prayers (e.g. Preparing the Holy Gifts at the Table of Oblation during proskomedia)
  • DO NOT talk or whisper in the sanctuary or during processions, unless it is to ask an important question about your duties. Giggling & laughing are not appropriate.
  • The Sanctuary is Holy, and access to it is restricted to very few men. Do not abuse the privilege you have been given by being disrespectful or by entering the Sanctuary unnecessarily.
  • Be alert for hand signals & other instructions given by the priest. When an instruction is given follow it immediately.
  • When you are not performing any tasks follow the service in your service book.
  • Never walk in front of the Holy Altar.
  • Clean up the sanctuary after service according to the instructions of the priest.

If you are interested in becoming an altar server please contact Fr. Ihor at 613-728-0856 or at