Limited church reopening as of Sunday June 28th – **PLEASE READ DETAILS BELOW**

All Friday Night Supper (FNS) have been CANCELLED until further notice.

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral is now open for Sunday service in a limited way. In order to maintain social distancing in this phase of reopening attendance is limited to 32. Simultaneous on-line services will continue into the foreseeable future via GoToMeeting.

To register for Sunday service please call 604-876-4747 or email holytrinityuocvancouver@gmail.com by NOON Friday before the Sunday on which you wish to attend.

IMPORTANT: Registration does not guarantee attendance. You will be advised if you may attend.  Every effort is being made to allow everyone who wishes an equal opportunity to attend a Sunday service.

Doors open Sunday morning at 9:30 AM to allow time to process parishioners attending the service. Volunteers will be present. Registrants who are not in church by 10:20 AM may lose their spot that Sunday.

Who may attend:

1. Parishioners who wish to attend church on Sunday must communicate their desire by telephone or email to the Holy Trinity Cathedral office. Telephone: 604-876-4747 Email: holytrinityuocvancouver@gmail.com

2. Parishioners must provide their full name, address, telephone number and email address for purposes of contact tracing should an attendee come down with Covid-19 symptoms.

3. If another person or persons who reside(s) with the parishioner wish to attend church, they must also provide their full name, address, telephone number and email address.

4. Persons wishing to attend church on Sunday should provide their availability for several Sundays over the next month.

5. A person exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms or who has experienced Covid-19 symptoms within the last 14 days must NOT attend church. A list of symptoms is attached to these Rules.

6. A person who has been in contact with a person who has had Covid-19 or exhibited Covid-19 symptoms within the last 14 days must NOT attend church.

7. A person who has travelled outside of Canada and is required to isolate for 14 days must NOT attend church.

8. Persons who are in a high risk category (over age 60 and/or with underlying medical conditions) are strongly encouraged NOT to attend church.

9. Persons who reside with a person or persons in a high risk category (over age 60 and/or with underlying medical conditions) are strongly encouraged NOT to attend church. IMPORTANT: Advising the Cathedral office that you wish to attend church does not guarantee that you will be able to do so. If the number of people that contact the Cathedral office exceeds 32, the Cathedral office will contact you to advise you as to what Sunday you may attend church. You must speak with our Cathedral Administrator. Leaving a voice message does not confirm your attendance.

10. Do not come to the Cathedral on a Sunday not designated for you. If you do, you will be turned away!

11. Do not come to the Cathedral on a Sunday if you have not contacted the Cathedral office and provided the required information. If you do, you will be turned away! IMPORTANT: There are Rules for attending church during this reopening phase. Please ask the Church office to send you a copy. You must familiarize yourself with these rules so that you are not surprised when you come to church!

May God’s blessings be upon all of you during these unprecedented times!

**Please arrive a little early out of respect for our volunteers to go over the check-in procedures/questions, temperature reading and delays with candle service.**

9:30am – Doors open

9:45am – Hours reading

10:00am – Divine Liturgy

DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE OUTREACH

Holy Trinity Volunteers completed their 8th Downtown Eastside Outreach on Saturday December 21st. Volunteers brought a little Christmas cheer by making and distributing over 150 bagged lunches for our brothers and sisters in Christ. God blessed us with clear skies and a day without incident. Volunteers included Elena Murgoci, Marcia Moroz, Anna Zubchenko, Anna’s son Alex, Andrea Sawczenko, and Kelly Grace. We also had new volunteers such as Tim Redford, Tim’s Mother Jan, Nic Gardias, Austin Gangur, and Andrea’s niece Natalie. Volunteers were enthusiastic and in good spirits. Lunch recipients were pleasantly surprised and appreciative. Also this was the first time for our volunteers to use our new volunteer jackets which were donated by Donna Moroz from Sterling Enterprise Ltd. Jackets helped us identify our volunteers from a distance, helped the DTES residents identify our volunteers, kept volunteers dry and warm, and it brought a sense of pride and unity to the team.  We would like to thank and acknowledge the kindness and generosity of the late Donna Moroz (Vichnaya Pamyat). This was our last Outreach for 2019. Once again we thank the Board, Fr. Roman and the Parish for their continued support of this necessary program.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

APRIL 22 -The beginning of Holy Week: The final week before the observance of Christ’s Resurrection is known as the Holy Week or Passion Week. These are the holiest days of the year, a time for accentuated prayer and fasting. LET US DO WHATEVER WE CAN to observe  this final week of the Great Lent.  

APRIL 25  Great and Holy Thursday, Passion of Christ: Reading of the Twelve Gospels at 7:00 pm.

APRIL 26 – Great and Holy Friday: Vespers and bringing out of the HOLY SHROUD at 7:00 pm. 

 APRIL 28 – THE RADIANT RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST – HOLY PASCHA

7:00 AM PASCHAL MATINS

8:00 AM PASCHAL DIVINE LITURGY

BLESSING OF PASCHAL BASKETS FOLLOWING THE DIVINE LITURGY

Following the Blessing of Easter baskets, those who wish to remain and share a Fellowship Hour and their Easter basket foods with other worshippers are cordially invited to do so. Coffee will be served.

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES FOR ADULTS

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:00 from May 16th to June 27th in the parish building. Cost: $20 for 7 classes. To register please contact Wally Hawryshkewich at whottawa@gmail.com or 613-316-7779.

Кляси англійської мови для дорослих: При церкві від 16-ого травня до 27-ого червня. Що четверга від 6:30 до 8:00 години вечора. Коштує: $20. Прошу звертатися до Влодка Гавришкевича на 613 316 7779 або whottawa@gmail.com.

A Seminar about the Orthodox Faith and “ICONS”

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral invites you to attend a Seminar to learn about the Orthodox Faith and “ICONS”

Presented by the Very Rev., Fr. Dimitrie Vincent
NO REGISTRATION FEE
LUNCH will be served by “Donation”

Click here for more Information

PROGRAM
9:30am – 10:00am CHURCH SERVICE
10:00am -11:00am Session 1 ”The Basics – Why, What, Where, When?” Q & A
11:00am – 11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am -12:30pm Session 2 Historical Survey of Iconography–“Beginning to Present” Q &A
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 2:45pm Session 3 “Iconography Present Day” Q & A
2:45pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm Session 4 “Our Responsibility as Living Icons” Q & A

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral’s Outreach Program

“And He said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
-Matthew 22:37-39

Since the Fall 2017 Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral has started a street ministry serving primarily those in the Downtown east side of Vancouver. Our volunteers come with various backgrounds, experiences and mostly importantly charisma to serve others.
Our mission is simple: To spread Christ’s love and mercy. We offer a bagged lunch, a smile, a kind word, a handshake, a hug, a prayer, and an ear to listen. Simple and small gestures that go a long way.

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
-Matthew 7:12

We have a large pool of enthusiastic parish volunteers, friends and family willing to help this worthy cause. As we all know Vancouver can be very cold and rainy this includes the summer months too. In addition to the bagged lunches we also distribute small clothing items such as socks, mitts, gloves, hats, toques, scarves, and underwear. Having clean, dry, and warm clothing can make a huge difference in a person’s day to day life.

“He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save.”
-Psalms 72:13

We have also partnered with local businesses like Kozak Ukrainian Eatery and Save On Foods to better help those in need and assistance. We look forward to partnering with additional businesses, churches and charities in the near future.

We are one community and need to look after one another. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

“The rich and the poor have a common bond, The Lord is the maker of them all.”
-Proverbs 22:2

If you wish to donate clothing, make a cash donation, partner with us or just wish to find out more about our program please contact our church office at (604) 876-4747.

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK – February 2019

THE CUP AND THE BREAD.
LET US NOT FORGET HOLY COMMUNION…
 One of the highlights of the coming Great Fast for every believing Christian is the receiving of the Holy Eucharist. “Take and eat,” Jesus commanded at the Mystical Supper before He died. “Drink you all of this,” He said at the Table as He met for the last time with His friends. 

“Holy Communion is a communal act testifying the we comprise one family, the family of Christ.” We come as His children to the common Cup and Table. We gather at the Supper today as the Lord’s family, just as He gathered that family about Himself centuries ago.

Communion is also a personal act that brings us into an intimate union with Christ. The Lord once said the whosoever partakes of the Eucharist “abides in Me, and I in him.”

Holy Communion is also a pledge of eternal life. It is a foretaste of the eternal feast to come. “It is a sign of the Lord’s death and resurrection; therefore, of our own death to sin and resurrection to life.” By receiving Holy Communion in faith, we become one body with Christ and a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR DESK – January 2019

The Blessing of Water…
As far as is known, our Earth is the only planet in our solar system that has liquid water for the sustaining of life. “This unique substance is the focus of serious attention throughout the world as the United Nations has declared the 1980’s as the “Decade of Water”

But the Church has always known how vital water is. The Church has blessed water for ages and called it holy. One of the most solemn acts of our ritual is the Great Blessing of the Water of the Jordan which takes place at the Feast of Theophany. This holiday commemorates the baptism of Our Lord at the hands of St. John the Baptism.

The baptism of Christ, which marks the beginning of His public life, has great theological significance. “The church views it as a symbolic act of considerable magnitude. It marks the redemption of nature, it typifies the reconciliation of creation which has been marred by man’s sin. Water, through the action of Christ at His baptism, has become the vehicle for the sanctification of earth and man.”

Note how extensively the Church uses water. We are born as children of God in the waters of Baptism. Water is mixed with wine as the cup is prepared for the Holy Eucharist. We bless ourselves, our churches, our homes, and various articles with the waters of Theophany. No wonder the child of the Church learns early in life to have a reverence for this basic element of nature.

We hear this proclamation at the blessing service: “Great art Thou, O Lord, and wonderful are Thy works, and no word does justice to the praise of Thy wonders.”

Annual Cathedral Picnic – June 23rd, 2019

Please join us for our annual picnic!

We have decided to host it again at Confederation Park in Burnaby. You can find the park North of Hastings Street just East of Willingdon Avenue.

You will find our group in Picnic Area #2. A more detailed map can be found here.

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP on our event page.

There will be food, games and music and hopefully sunshine!

Date: Sunday June 23rd

Time: After Church Service to 8:00 pm

Christmas Service Schedule

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S SERVICES WILL BE HELD AS FOLLOWS

  • January 7th, 2019 – Christ’s Nativity – Great Compline 9:30 am; Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

  • January 8th – Synaxis of the Theotokos Service 10:00 am
  • January 9th – First Martyr Stephen Service 10:00 am
  • January 14th – New Year’s Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
  • January 18th – The Eve of the Theophany: 6:00 pm Festal Vespers with the Great Blessing of Water. A Parish Theophany Meal (Spil’na Kutia) will follow at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. We extend a warm welcome to one and all to join us in this special celebration. Cost for the dinner will be by donation. Please support the Parish with your generous donation.
  • January 19th – The Holy Theophany of our Lord and Saviour
    Jesus Christ: 9:30 am hours; 10:00 Divine Liturgy followed by the Great
    Blessing of Water.

 All members and visitors are invited to attend these Services.

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Mailing Address: 154 East 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4
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