June 20, 2018


The weekend of May 26-27, 2018 was a very busy weekend for Holy Eucharist Parish in Winnipeg's East Kildonan district. On Saturday they held a Family Fun Day as one of their major events between now and June 23, 2019 as part of their year-long celebration of the Parish's centenary. The saintly first Bishop of Canada, the Blessed Hieromartyr Nykyta Budka, established the parish on August 19, 1918. The first church was built within a year in July 1919. As the parish grew, it needed a new church, which was built according to the plan of another saintly priest Fr. Philip Ruh, OMI, who dedicated his life to the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada.

The Family Fun Day had buskers, carnival type attractions and treats. There was face-painting, live music, police, fire-fighters, paramedics with their vehicles, there was food, a supper, dancing and fireworks. There were cultural displays, contests, and draws.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, parishioners - John Petryshyn, Elaine Bowman, Pat Sirski, Curtis Shupenia, Helen Mazur and others, - as well as Winnipeg city volunteers, gave excellent tours of the beautiful Ukrainian-Byzantine church. This was part of Heritage Winnipeg's annual "Doors Open Winnipeg" event that has been taking place for 40 years. Holy Eucharist Parish church has been participating in DoorsOpen for four years now. Three of those years, including this year, they have won an award. This year it was recognized as Winnipeg's "Hidden Gem". On the Sunday, it was also Pentecost on the Julian Calendar, which meant that many tried to make it to All Saints Cemetery for the services there. However, back at the Parish, the parish branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada was holding its annual League Day. Then, also on Sunday, the annual Walk for Mary, which attracts many participants from around the city was also taking place at the church.

It was a very busy weekend, but thanks to the good will and collaboration of many, many parishioners... it all worked out!

That was May 26-27. However, on June 20, representatives from Holy Eucharist parish were invited to the Millennium Centre downtown to participate in the Doors Open volunteer appreciation dinner and awards ceremony. It was announced that Holy Eucharist was a winner of the people's choice "Hidden Gem" award! The beautiful award changes every year. This year Winnipeg artist Robert Sweeny actually created a coloured drawing the site. His artwork was then elegantly framed with an appropriate plaque affixed to it. The church has also won "Hidden Gem" in 2016 and "Best Architecture" in 2015. Other Archeparchial Winnipeg Parishes that have won in the past include Holy Ghost and Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Cathedral.

A lot of effort and hard, but good, work receives it recognition. This, together with the prayer and Sacramental life, is what parish life is all about.... a vibrant parish.

View More News

Unite Interactive