St. Anthony Ukrainian Orthodox Parish
Compared with most Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Canada, St. Anthony’s parish is still quite young. Our church building was completed in 1991, although the idea of creating St. Anthony’s parish began in July of 1966. In 2014, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of St. Anthony’s, a significant milestone for our parish.
One focus of our parish is on improving the lives of the poor, orphaned and homeless, as Christ asks us to do. We also undertake projects that enable us to continue to look after our parish and help us in our spiritual journey. Engaging our youth in the life of the church has always been a big priority. We strive to have a Sunday School Program that is geared to pre-kindergarden and elementary grade students. A Youth Group is organized for the teenage group. Our children and teens are involved in initiatives that are of service to those in need. For example, they have put together mugs of joy for The Mustard Seed and donated toys to the children in Fort McMurray who lost theirs in the wildfire of 2016.
Other projects that we have been involved in include having one of the largest Food Bank depots in Edmonton for over 20 years. For over ten years we have provided back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies to the school age children of our Food Bank recipients in August along with a pizza supper. New and gently used clothing is usually distributed in November. We have also started to work with agencies such as the Hope Mission and The Mustard Seed. We contribute to the Orphanage Mission in Ukraine initiated by Bishop Ilarion. We participated in the Project Mexico homebuilding program for several years. Examples of other past projects that we supported locally are a donation to the Edmonton Police Service for the purchase of a helicopter, a donation to a community playground near our parish and assisting the family of Constable Daniel Woodall, an Edmonton policeman who was killed in action.
Most recently, the parish has raised significant funds for humanitarian aid to support those affected by the war in Ukraine.
For more information on St. Anthony’s, visit the parish website.
St. Anna’s Branch
On November 6, 1979, an organizational committee founded the women’s branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Anthony’s in the west end of Edmonton. In 1980, the organization was incorporated into the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada (UWAC) and, at that time, became Alberta’s newest branch. The members of the newly formed branch decided to adopt St. Anna of Kyiv (Princess) as our Patron Saint.
St. Anna’s supports goals of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and St. Anthony’s parish. To support the parish, its members and the community, St. Anna’s undertakes various projects and activities including bake sales, food sales, fellowship luncheons, and pyrohy dinners. They also have cookbooks with many traditional Ukrainian food recipes for sale. This affiliate organization was involved in many of the outreach and charitable activities described above.
For more information about St. Anna’s, see their page on the parish website.
Steppingstones Partnership Inc.
Established in 1989 by Russell Sawchuk, a member of St. Anthony’s parish, Steppingstones provides hosting and web management services to St. Anthony’s for the parish and store websites. These websites are hosted on a dedicated server located in a secure, fully managed datacentre in Quebec. In addition to numerous security features installed on the server, additional firewalls and security measures have been implemented on the websites. These precautions have been taken to minimize any unauthorized access to these websites.
For more information about Steppingstones, see their corporate website.