27th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Tone 2. Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus, of Alexandria (ca. 313). St. Joasaph, Bishop of Belgorod (1754). Martyr Gemellus of Paphlagonia (ca. 361). Ven. Thomas of Bithynia (10th c.). Bl. Jovan (John), King of Serbia (1503) and his parents, Stephen (1446) and Angelina Brancovich.
Ephesians 6:10-17 (Epistle) Luke 17:12-19 (Gospel)
Please direct all inquiries to the church office.
*In an emergency contact Fr. Vincent at (780) 288-5347
is available Sunday morning at the Continental Inn parking lot – 166 St. and 100 Ave. If you expect to park there regularly remember to place a parking permit card on your dash. Parking permits are available on the candle desk in the narthex.
2018 Parish Directories
The 2018 Parish Directories are available and are located on the display case in the nave.
A HUGE thank you to all those who helped the St. Nicholas party by bringing PJ's, contributing food, helping set and clean up, kitchen work, treat bag goodies, and everything else that needed to be done! And thank you to all the teachers and parents - we had 39 kids attend the St. Nicholas party and they had a blast!
Collection for Chalice
We currently sponsor two young people in Ukraine. Viktoriya is graduating from the program and is looking for work. Danylo lives with his aunt and her family. His mother died while working abroad. We send a monthly sponsorship, plus additional money for Nativity, Pascha, and their birthdays. There will be a collection basket on the food table at coffee hour this Sunday to help pay for this ministry. Thank you for your support.
MOLEBEN FOR EMPLOYMENT
On the evening of Saturday, December 16 (6:45 PM, following Great Vespers), St. Herman's will be serving a special Moleben to St. Xenia on behalf of those within our parish who are looking for employment. If you have friends who are in need of employment, please invite them to join us for this prayer service.
Raffle Tickets for Baby Blankets at Bookstore
We are running a raffle on four beautiful hand-knitted or crocheted baby blankets, which have been kindly donated by an Orthodox friend of the parish who wishes to remain anonymous. The tickets sell for $2.00 each, and purchasers can choose which blanket(s) their ticket goes toward. The blankets are all different, and they are on display at the bookstore.
Money raised by the sale of tickets will be donated to the upcoming Youth Winter Retreat. The draw will take place on December 17.
The Empty Chair
It is a Christmas tradition to have an empty chair at our table for the unknown guest. Some of us have, in recent years, invited guests to our homes for Christmas dinner or other holiday occasions to the delight of guests and hosts. Fr. Vincent has asked the Social Action Committee to urge us to fill the “empty chair”. Guests or hosts are invited to make contact by: a) let Fr. Vincent know; b) or a member of the Social Action Committee; c) or, fill out the information on the hand-out sheet and drop it in the “Visitor Card” box by Father’s office. All the information will be gathered by Fr. Vincent who will make the arrangements.
Please remember to advise about the dates or occasions that you would like to meet (as guest or host).
Jasper Place High School Breakfast Club Advent Appeal
Once again during Advent we will be collecting food for the Jasper Place Breakfast Club program that helps feed hungry high school students in this neighbourhood. The following items are most needed: healthy boxed cereals (especially Mini-wheats!), fruit cups and applesauce cups, juice boxes, and granola bars. The box will be out for three weeks in Advent. If you would prefer to donate a grocery card, you can give it to any member of the committee: Lil, Louise, Melanie, Rod or Andy. We have had a long-standing relationship with this program and they are very grateful for the support we give to them. Thank you for your generosity! (Social Action Committee)