New Ukrainian Orthodox Church opens

Ukrainian Orthodox Church members from across Alberta were in Red Deer on Sunday to celebrate the opening of a new place of worship. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the first orthodox church built from the ground up in Red Deer and the first Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be built anywhere in Alberta in about 50 years, said Morris Brese, St. Nicholas parish council president.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church members from across Alberta were in Red Deer on Sunday to celebrate the opening of a new place of worship.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the first orthodox church built from the ground up in Red Deer and the first Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be built anywhere in Alberta in about 50 years, said Morris Brese, St. Nicholas parish council president.

“Most of them were built in the ’50s and ‘60s in the cities and the big Prairie towns,” said Brese.

Red Deer has had a Ukrainian Orthodox parish for 19 years, but it never had a permanent home.

“We’ve been meeting in community halls, funeral homes and hotels,” said Brese.

From a handful of families, the church has grown to more than 30 regular members.

“Once the church is up I think it will increase a lot more than that,” he said.

While the church is Ukrainian Orthodox, worshippers of Serbian, Russian and Greek background are among the parishioners.

More than 200 worshippers from across the province, Edmonton and Calgary, and as far as Lethbridge, were expected to celebrate the grand opening on Sunday.

^

The church at 107 Vermont Avenue is the culmination of three years of fundraising, planning and organizing. About $700,000 was raised with help from generous donations from a sister parish in Calgary.

Services are held in both English and Ukrainian.

Services are held every other week, usually the second and fourth Sundays, because a priest must come up from Calgary.

“We don’t have a full-time priest yet. But we’re hoping to have services every Sunday in the near future,” he said. “Financially, if we can afford it, we hope to have a full-time priest.”

Now that local worshippers have a permanent home, it is hoped it can become a site for a community garden and perogy suppers and other events.

There are two other Orthodox churches in Red Deer, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Russian) and St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church.

Just Posted

Quebec wins ringette gold in double overtime

End-to-end thriller played before more than 1,100 fans at Servus Arena

Alberta’s men and women speedskaters take silver in relay

Speedskaters credited hard training for Friday’s success

Photo radar unlikely to change in Red Deer

City participates in photo radar review

Trial into fatal Canada Day crash to continue

A trial into a fatal Canada Day 2016 crash failed to wrap… Continue reading

NEB gives Trans Mountain pipeline expansion its endorsement

CALGARY — The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: Must-have wardrobe basics

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Local Sports: Tanner Butler: A gifted defenceman

RDC hockey Kings head coach Trevor Keeper had an idea of what… Continue reading

Stettler RCMP looking for hit-and-run driver

A white Dodge truck with a flat deck backed into a car… Continue reading

Seniors: Who owns your medical records?

Have you ever been asked to fill in authorization forms or pay… Continue reading

Ponoka man attacked by dogs issues plea to town council

Troubles with bylaw and handling of court case prompts presentation to council

‘Napalm Girl’ to discuss journey from hatred to forgiveness

Latest Herr Lecture to feature Kim Phuc Phan Thi at LMC

Rabbits saved from barn fire in Ponoka County

The Ponoka County East District Fire Department was called to a barn fire

Abel begins diving season on brink of record for most worlds medals

MONTREAL — Jennifer Abel could make history this summer in Gwangju, South… Continue reading

On eve of return to Toronto, former Raptors star DeRozan says he’s “moved on”

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan has found closure. When the player once fondly… Continue reading

Most Read