Ukrainian Community Events

Information about upcoming events in the Ukrainian community in Ottawa is available from the Ottawa branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).

  • The current Monthly Events Newsletter is posted on its Facebook site (Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Ottawa Branch) and on the website of Ottawa's Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association (UCPBA-Ottawa) at www.ucpbaottawa.ca/CommunityEvents.html
  • To subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, contact ottawaevents@ucc.ca
  • To list your event(s) in the newsletter, email ottawaevents@ucc.ca

Bоrshch Cook-Off to Aid Ukrainian Orphans – 2018

On Sunday, May 6, 2018 the sixth annual Borshch Cook-Off took place in our church hall raising over $4,000 toward the critical needs of children in an orphanage in the city of Kryvyj Rih in the Dniepropetrovsk region of Ukraine. Each year the Borshch Cook-Off brings together our parish community and many other generous supporters to raise funds for these orphans with significant health problems.

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SOBOR 2018

Sobor 2018 was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, August 9-12, 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC). Father Ihor together with four appointed delegates from our parish -- Doreen Keir, Zora Jackson, Tamara Rudenko-Charalambij and Bohdan Shumsky -- represented our parish at the Sobor. Our delegates had the unique opportunity to meet with a variety of delegates and learn about the life of parishes from across Canada. The interesting multi-day program included Liturgies and Vespers, sessions about spirituality and the history of the UOCC, a tour of prairie churches in rural Saskatchewan, a youth program, a visit to the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, a city tour of Saskatoon, a riverboat cruise on the South Saskatchewan River, and gala banquet and concert featuring performances by a variety of talented artists and choral groups. In October, our delegates are planning to do a presentation to our parishioners about their experience and learnings from Sobor.

Embroidered Memories – A 1000 Pillow Project

Exhibit curated by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

Embroidered Memories is an exhibit based on Larisa's research of Ukrainian Canadian embroidered pillows often referred to as Podushky.  In 2015, she travelled across Canada and found that this eclectic artifact could be found in every Ukrainian Canadian community dating back to the early 1900s. Podushky are one of the three most popular items that decorated and continues to decorate the Ukrainian home, along side rushnyky and pysanky. With this exhibit, Larisa has set a goal to bring podushky out of storage and show them to the world.

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Liturgical Vestment Colors of the Orthodox Church

Liturgical Vestment Colors of the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox clergy wear two kinds of robes, non-liturgical and liturgical. The non-liturgical robes are the ordinary daily clothing of the clergy, worn underneath ‘liturgical robes’. Liturgical robes, or ‘vestments’, are worn during church services.

The non-liturgical robes are called cassocks (Greek rason, Ukrainian pidryasnyk) and outer cassocks (Greek exo-rason, Slavonic riassa). Cassocks are floor-length garments that have long sleeves fitted like shirtsleeves. Outer cassocks are also floor-length garments, but they’re more loosely fitting, with very large sleeves.

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