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Activities for Youth

For registration and more information, contact:
Nataliya Chabanyuk
tel: 613-884-0580,

Sunday school
10:00 – 11:00 (for children 4 years & older)

Ukrainian Dance Classes
Wednesday evening, 17:45-18:45 for 5 years & older
Instructed by Kira Pityk
Cost: $8 per class

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

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. Recently, Youth Sundays have been introduced at which the youth assist with coffee hour after the Divine Liturgy. Throughout, the young people in the parish continue to be encouraged to actively live their faith and culture.

Over the last few years, the Sunday school attendance has grown 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. With the growing number of children in the parish, in 2009 the position of Youth Programming Director was established on the Parish Council.

For further information contact Suzanne Soroka at 819-684-9841 or


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