Weekly Blog

The Martyr’s Witness 310814

St. Ivan’s E-bulletin 310814



PARISHEVENTS / ПОДІЇ у ПАРАФІЇ:  See attached Bulletin for information


            Church School Begins:September 14/ Blessing of Children and Backpacks.

            Membership Donations:Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  As we have just concluded our Annual General Meeting, we now are in a position to accept memberships for the new year.  The recommended membership donation is $100, as per last year.  Please make your donations to Genevieve Armstrong.  If you are a new member, then please see Fr. Gene about an application form.  Please remember that we need your continued donations over and above your membership to help meet the needs of the parish.

            Peroghy Project: Next WEEK- August 27 and 29.  If you can come out, any help would be appreciated.

            Pennies from Heaven: To date we have collected $367.72 for orphans in Ukraine.

            Недільний благовіснику прикріпленні. Прошу Вас пильно прочитатиOur Sunday bulletin is attached. Please read it carefully.

            WINNIPEG HARVEST:There is a bin at the back of the CHURCH for non-perishable food items for WINNIPEG HARVEST.  Please bring an item or two when you come to church.  Thiswillbeanongoingproject. To date we have donated 139 lbs of food.Thankyou.   

            2nd edition of the ‘Dobry pastyr’ is now available at the back of the Church.  They are $40/book.

            Bishop’s Wall: We have the first picture completed.  It will be available for viewing in the Church Hall.  There are 6 more to complete.  Each one costs $275 and we are seeking donors for each.  Donors will be acknowledged on each picture.  4 have been spoken for and only 3 remain.  Please see Fr. Gene for details.

Bishop Bohdan-

Bishop Joseph-

Bishop Andriy-

Archbishop Vsevolod- Protodeacon Taras Maluzynsky and Family

Metropolitan Wasyly- Hardy Family

Metropolitan John- Fr. Gene Maximiuk and Family

Metropolitan Yurij- Maughan Family






            CLOTHES DONATIONS: Thank you for your support.   


  • September 3, 2014 (Wednesday) @ 7:00 p.m.. Order of St. Andrew’s, Ukraine in Transition, Topic:  International Trade Sanctions and Humanitarian Aid @ St. Mary the Protectress, 820 Burrows Avenue, guest speaker MP James Bezan
  • September 13, 2014 (Saturday) @ 11:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m., Ukrainian Day in the Park, Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park

September 14, 2014 (Sunday) @ 1:00p.m.- 4:00p.m.,  Moleben’ and open house at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Millennium Villa, to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

  • September 20, 2014 (Saturday) @ 12:30 p.m. First Annual UCC-MPC Bulava Awards. Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Contact ucc.kyk.mb@gmail.com for more information.
  • September 21, 2014 (Sunday) @ 2:00 p.m. (TBC) Holodomor monument unveiling Manitoba Legislative Building grounds.
  • September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) @ 7:00 p.m. Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster @ Maryland Street. Free admission.
  • October 4, 2014 (Saturday) @ 7:00 Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus, along with the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, proudly present, – the Brotherhood Concert Series! Pantages Playhouse. www.hoosli.com


  1. Dontforget:




THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 – OBIDNYTSYA at Holy Family Personal Care Home – 10:00 AM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – VESPERS – 5:30PM/ Субота, 6 вересняВечірня – 5:30 веч.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00AM/ Неділя, 7 вересняБожественналітургія – 10:00 ран.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST: DIVINE LITURGY –9:30am / Четвер, 11 вересняУсікновенняглависв. ІоаннХреститель: БожественнаЛітургія 9:30 ран.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – VESPERS – 5:30PM/ Субота, 14 вересняВечірня – 5:30 веч.


Неділя, 14 вересняЦЕРКОВНЙИНОВИЙРІК: БожественнаЛітургія – 10:00 ран.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – VESPERS WITH LITIYA – 5:30PM / Субота, 20 вересняВечірнязлітію – 5:30 вечора

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – NATIVITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00AM / Неділя, 21 вересняРіздвоБогородиці: БожественнаЛітургія – 10:00 ран.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – VESPERS WITH LITIYA – 5:30PM/ Пятниця, 26 вересняВечірнязлітію – 5:30 вечора

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – EXALTATION OF THE PRECIOUS AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS – 9:30AM / Субота, 27 вересняВоздвиженняЧесногоіЖивотворящогоХрестаГосподнього – 9:30 ран.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – VESPERS – 5:30PM/ Субота, 27 вересняВечірня – 5:30 вечора

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – DIVINE LITURGY/ Неділя, 28 вересняБожественналітургія – 10:00 ран.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – OBIDNYTSYA at Maples Personal Care Home – 10:00 AM


3. Fr. GenesWeeklyReflection:  

I was running on our elliptical machine today and a thought came to my mind…I have become a hamster on a wheel.  Ok, another thought came to mind as well…REGRET!  No, I did not regret getting on the machine and doing my daily run.  Actually, that is one thing that I don’t regret starting.  But, the thought of a life of regrets came to my mind.

Do I have any regrets?  I do.  There are things that I would change if I had to do it over again.  I think many of us have or have had such thoughts.  I know that I have made some really huge mistakes for which I wish I had a ‘do over’.  Maybe a lost opportunity is something that we regret?  But more often than not we don’t get a ‘do over’.  So what do we do?  Do we live our life with regret and somehow bumble our way through it?  I don’t think so.  I think we have to take these lost opportunities and mistakes and use them as learning experiences in order to better ourselves.  We can’t be held hostage by our regrets.

That is why it is so important to try to live our life without regrets.  That means live our lives in such a way that when we look back upon our life, we can know that we have tried to love and care and respect all that comes into our lives.  When we live a life of faith and service to our God and to our neighbour (that includes family), our only regret may be that we have not been able to love more.  That is an interesting regret to have. But that is one of the wonderful things about Confession.  We can confess our regrets and know that God is willing to forgive us and strengthen us to reach far beyond ourselves.

Let us not be held captive by our regrets.  Let us live with faith and hope and love.  When we do so, regrets will be few and far between.  And when we do have regrets, let us bring them to the Church in order to be healed of them because all things are possible in the Lord Jesus.


4. Saints and Feasts:  


Florus and Laurus were brothers in the flesh, and in spirit and in vocation. Both were zealous Christians and, by occupation, stonecutters. They lived in Illyria. A pagan prince hired them for the building of a temple to the idols. It happened that during their work, a piece of stone flew and struck the eye of the pagan priest’s son who was observing the work of the builders with curiosity. Seeing his son blind and bloody, the pagan priest began to shout at Florus and Laurus and wanted to beat them. Then, the holy brothers said to him that if he would believe in the God in whom they believed, his son would be healed. The pagan priest promised. Florus and Laurus prayed with tears to the one, living, Lord God and traced the sign of the Cross over the child’s injured eye. The child was immediately healed and his eye became whole just as it had been. Then the pagan priest Merentius and his son were baptized and, shortly after that, both suffered for Christ by fire. When they completed the temple, Florus and Laurus placed a cross on it, summoned all Christians and consecrated it in the name of the Lord Jesus with an all-night vigil of hymn singing. Hearing of this, the Illyrian deputy burned many of those Christians and threw Florus and Laurus alive in a well and then filled it with dirt. Later, their relics were revealed and translated to Constantinople. These two wonderful brothers suffered and were martyred for Christ and were glorified by Christ in the second century.

This week’s Scripture question: (answer next week)

In what memorable way did the seven people attempting the exorcism leave the house?


This week’s Scripture fact:

The most famous example of Jesus’ teaching is to be found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  This may be a summary of what Jesus taught on one occasion or a compilation of various sermons.


Last week’s answer:  What did the demon-possessed man do to the seven people trying to exorcize him?  He jumped on them, overpowered them and beat them.


See you in Church!

Спаси Вас Господи!                                   May the Lord Save You!

о. Євген                                                                             Fr. Gene