Our parish of St. Michael the Archangel celebrated
its one hundredth anniversary.
Former Parishioners, Families & Friends,
Michaelís the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church celebrated its
centennial on October 29-30, 2011. As we reached this milestone,
regardless of whether we are current or past parishioners, or friends
of St. Michaelís Parish, our reflections will remind us of years past
when we, our parents or grandparents immigrated to Canada from Ukraine,
to begin new lives and establish new roots. St. Michaelís Church, the
first Ukrainian Catholic parish in Quebec, was founded in 1911, as the
result of an official visit to Canada by our famous Metropolitan,
Servant-of-God Andrey Sheptytsky.
October 29th and 30st, 2011, St.
Michaelís Ukrainian Catholic Parish held two events to officially
celebrate its centennial. On
Saturday, October 29th, formal centennial celebrations began with
a very successful banquet supper held at the reception
Le Rizz: 6630 Jarry
Leonard, QC H1P 1W3.
514-521-2234. You can also purchase our centennial book by
sending $20 c/o St.Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Parish Montreal to the
following address. On Sunday
October the 30st at 10: 00 a.m.,
Pontifical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by our bishop Stephen
Chmilar and invited clergy. The unveiling of a memorial plaque also
took place following the service along with a group photograph. We will
informed about further events through the upcoming year on our website:
http://www.ukemonde.com/stmichael as well as ďUkrainian TimeĒ
We welcome you to visit our Facebook
page, or simply call us:
Oshchipko Parish priest
courtesy: Alex Gyba
The parish was established as a result of
the spiritual needs of the
first Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. These needs were perceived
through the pastoral wisdom of our great metropolitan, the Servant of
God Andrey Sheptytsky, when he visited Montreal in 1910.
The centennial history of St-Michaelís parish is the story of each
individual parishioner, as well as the story of the development of our
entire Ukrainian community in Montreal. On the pages of this history we
find such illustrious names as the above-mentioned Metropolitan Andrey
Sheptytsky, Hetmanych Danylo Skoropadsky, Rev. Julian Katriy OSBM, Rev.
Josaphat Jean OSBM, His Beatitude Patriarch Josyf Slipyj, His Beatitude
Lubomyr Huzar and others.
This history was written by the lives of the first wave of Ukrainian
immigrants, to be later interwoven with the fate of families of
internees during the war years of 1914 - 1918. It evolved with the
second wave of immigrants whose lot was to arrive during the years of
the Great Depression of the 1930ís. The history of the parish was
expanded by the arrival of the third wave of settlers who came here as
refugees, driven from their homeland, due to military conflicts of the
Second World War.
To remember, honor and further develop the pages of this history is now
the obligation of those, who belong to the most recent wave of
immigrants, as well as of those, who for generations have deep-seated
roots in the Canadian soil.
Many important events were planned in preparation for the
100th anniversary: a memorial plaque was placed on the facade of
our church; a Jubilee Centennial Book was published; a
commemorative Divine Liturgy was celebrated; as well as a very
successful banquet was held;
an exposition of photos and documents depicting the history of our
parish was also exibited.
By celebrating this 100th anniversary we have set before us the
following goals: to become more familiar with our roots; to redefine
our true identity and retrieve that which was lost; to reactivate our
spirituality and to transmit our heritage to the next generation. We
have a one-hundred-year-old history and it should be continued.
We thank everyone who joined us in our festivities by placing an
upon the altar of our ancestral parish of St. Michaelís.
Rev. Ihor Oshchipko
We welcome you to come and visit our
beautiful and historic
St.Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Montreal,
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