27th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Tone 2. Sunday of the Forefathers. Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucis, and Callinicus of Apollonia (249-51). Martyrs Apolonius, Philemon, Arianus and Theoctychus, of Alexandria (286-287).
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.
Christmas Craft and Bake Sale TODAY!
Today our parish will be having a Christmas Craft and Bake sale during the lunch hour. This will be a great way to pick up some last minute baked goods, and have some snacks ready to go for your Christmas and New Year's Eve gatherings.
Please include a list of ingredients with each baking item.
Wheat for the Nativity Feast
St. Mark's Orthodox Parish in Yorkton, SK, has a great idea for a fundraiser, and they have invited us to participate. They are selling 1 lb. bags of cleaned wheat at $5.00 per package. The sealed bags come with preparation instructions and suggestions. Our bookstore is taking orders and payment for the wheat. Please place your orders at the bookstore by December 14 so that the wheat can be delivered to our church by December 21.
Advent Retreat with Father Michael Oleksa
“Orthodox Spirituality in Alaska”
Join us for this series of lectures as we explore how Orthodox Christianity was brought to Alaska, and the spiritual impact it had, and continues to have, on the lives of the native Alaskans.
Friday, December 12
Vigil – 5:00 p.m.
Coffee, tea & Refreshments followed by first session of the retreat – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13 – Feast of the Repose of St. Herman
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch followed by second and third sessions of the retreat
Great Vespers – 4:45 p.m.
Coffee, tea & refreshments followed by final session of the retreat – 6:00 p.m.
While there is no cost for the retreat lectures or meals a $20.00 donation would be appreciated.
Jasper Place High School Breakfast Club Advent Appeal
The Social Action Committee will be collecting breakfast food items for the Jasper Place High School breakfast club again during Advent. Most needed items are: cereal, granola bars, juice boxes and fruit cups. They are also running a modest lunch program, so canned meat and fish and canned chicken noodle soup are also welcomed. Please place your donations in the box in the narthex. Financial donations are also welcome. Please fill out an offering envelope and indicate the donation is for “Jasper Place”. Thank you for your ongoing generosity to this very important program.
Starting on Wednesday, January 7 (7-9 PM), and continuing for 8 weeks, Fr. Vincent will be leading another group study on the book “Introducing the Orthodox Church: Its Faith and Life” by Fr. Anthony Coniaris. This is the fourth time that this study is being offered, and is offered to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. If you missed out on the last three sessions, here’s your chance to have some wonderful group discussions. This study is ideal not only for Orthodox who would like to deepen their understanding of their Orthodox Faith, but is also a great introduction to the Faith for any non-Orthodox who would like to understand a bit more about the Orthodox Church (what it believes and teaches, and why). There will be a fee of $20 to cover the cost of your book (provided at the first meeting). This group will be limited to 15 participants. Those who have previously taken the class are welcome to join in again. Please place your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board located in the narthex.
PROJECT MEXICO MISSION'S TRIP
During the week of July 7-13th, up to 25 Orthodox Christians from Canada will be traveling on a Mission's Trip to Mexico (known as the "Orthodox Basic Training Week"). Would you like to be a part of this exciting and life-changing experience?
All ages are welcome; 14 or younger must be accompanied by a parent! No experience necessary!
This mission's trip is being organized by Tony and Mary Machnee, and more details about the trip can be found on the candle desk in the narthex. Please see Fr. Vincent if you have any questions.
ST. HERMAN'S MEMORIAL FUND
The St. Herman's Memorial Fund is a way to remember the faithful departed by family and friends who want to pay tribute to a life well lived. You may donate funds to a specific parish project, or to the general memorial fund. Funds donated to the general memorial fund ensures that the legacy of our loved ones will live on, as the money will be used to help fund various ministries of the parish, and to help provide training for our leaders. Please consider donating to this fund in memory of your loved ones. You are also encouraged to remember our parish in your estate planning.