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).

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5:30pm – 7:30pm, August 2 & 9

Let Us Entertain You – Our church choir performs at the Bytown Museum

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.

Oseredok Museum in Winnipeg has kindly offered to sponsor the inaugural exhibit from May to August 2018. The plan is then for the exhibit to tour across Canada until the end of January 2019.  During the month of February 2018, Larisa will be collecting the podushky covers for the exhibit.  The process of borrowing, documentation, insurance, and proper handling of these precious artifacts will be facilitated by the Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta. All podushky will be photographed and featured in the exhibit catalogue with credit to the creators and lenders. 

To participate in this major Ukrainian Canadian cultural exhibit, you can lend your podushky for display by contacting Larisa at the contact information provided below.  You will be asked to prepare the podushky covers by removing the stuffing (for easier shipping) and attach a piece of paper inside the cover with your name and contact information (phone, email), and if possible, where it was embroidered, the approximate year it was embroidered, and the name of the person that embroidered it. A semi-permanent tag will be sewn inside to help identify each podushka cover. All podushky will be returned to the owners at the end of the tour. Please note that optional arrangements can also be made to make permanent donations of podushky to the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives at the University of Alberta.

Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn
11250 - 102 Street, Edmonton, AB  T5G 2E3
Phone: 780-984-8852

Kule Folklore Centre:

To learn more about Larisa and her artwork – Art by Larisa:

With your help, we will create the biggest exhibit of Ukrainian embroidered podushky in Canada.

Thank you.

An update from the Orphanage Committee

Our parish community is continuing the project assisting the orphanage in Krivyj Rih that was launched in 2012. This orphanage, in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine, is home for 57 children of all ages.

Several months ago several deaf children moved to the orphanage when their group home closed. In addition this year, two new group living arrangements were created for children living in unsafe or dysfunctional homes where the parents may be addicts, alcoholics, or unable for some reason to make solid parental decisions with regard to their children. While they still have parental rights, the children spend most of their time in the orphanage, and occasionally go home for visits.

The wonderful tradition that has been established in our parish community is the gifting of the graduates with items needed for independent living. In March, The Borscht Cook-Off was organized to raise funds to purchase these gifts. This spirited and very tasty culinary competition brought together many entries of borscht and raised over $1,200 through freewill donations. Due to the generosity of our "borscht chefs" and the generous participants, who were also tasked with voting for the Best Borscht of the event, we were able to provide each of the eleven graduates with the following items to begin their life of independent living: a warm blanket, pillow, bed linens, large bath towel, cup, a plate and bowl, utensils, a pot and pan.

Here the gifts are displayed:

In addition, we sent the graduates lovely Canadian t-shirts to remind them of their Canadian fellow countrymen across the vast ocean.

As in the past, the children receiving the gifts were incredibly happy and grateful. These items are necessary to begin their adult independent life outside the walls of the orphanage. After leaving the orphanage the children are only provided with a place to live in residence, as well as a very small sum of money, which makes if very difficult for them to purchase even the bare necessities. Therefore, our support is tremendously critical and brings great joy. With God's guidance we will continue to organize the annual "Borscht Cook-Off for the Orphans" in order to provide the graduates with these gifts. We hope that our entire church community will take part in this fundraiser.

Naturally, in addition to the gifts for the graduates, we can offer our assistance in other areas of need at the orphanage. We keep in close contact with the administrator of the orphanage and get reports on the gifts we have provided, their needs, and they share their gratitude for our support.


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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