Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Below is the link for the Christmas Reflection. Please copy and paste into your web browser to view the service. Because of technical difficulties please forward to 31.20 on counter. Слава Ісусу Христу! Glory To Jesus Christ! May this Bulletin find you healthy and your household in His grace and peace! ❗️GREY (LOCKDOWN) LEVEL CONTINUES – Emergency Restrictions*** CHURCH SERVICES ARE CANCELLED. ❗️If the LOCKDOWN LEVEL continues ALL Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Jordan Water Blessing will be cancelled. Please refer to future bulletins for update. REMINDER: Church Donations for 2020 must be made by Dec. 27, 2020. ❗️❗️❗️Please pick up your 2021 Wall Calendars and 2021 Offering Envelopes in the church hall this Saturday, Dec. 19 between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm OR Sunday, Dec. 20 between 12 noon and 1:00 pm. Church will be opened for private prayer. If you are using e-Transfer we still ask that you pick up a set of designated envelopes so that we can verify all addresses, phone numbers, and donation envelope numbers. Fr. Terry will be present to assist you.❗️❗️❗️ May the beauty, peace and joy of this most blessed season envelope you with the infinite love of God, and the wonder of the birth of His only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. A joyous and blessed Christmas to each of you!

Divine Liturgy - Regular Schedule - temporarily suspended Saturday - 5:30 pm Divine Liturgy in English Sunday - 9:00 am Divine Liturgy in Ukrainian 10:30 am Divine Liturgy in English Give the Gift of Good Food - Stonegate Advent Collection has concluded. We have donated $2,200 to Stonegate Community Health Centre. Thank you for your support. Report: 36 donations. Good Food Boxes sponsored - 122 ️21 DONATIONS were received this week in memory of +Myron Washchyshyn. Вічная пам'ять + Eternal Memory. Thank you! Слава Ісусу Христу! Дорогий отче Тарасе, повідомляємо, що ми отоимали інвалідні візки для потребуючих. Щиро вдячні Вам, що підтримуєте наш апостолят з бідними. Нехай Господь Вас благословить щедрими благодатями! З ммолитвою, с. Єлисавета Проць, СНДМ Відповідьна за працю з бідними дітьми (Sr. Elizabeth thanks for the two portable walkers that her community received from our parish.) TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve and end on the Feast of Epiphany. The Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions. The rituals of Christmas Eve are dedicated to God, to the welfare of the family and to the remembrance of the ancestors. There are twelve courses in the Supper, symbolic of the Twelve Apostles. The courses are meatless because there is a period of fasting required by the Church until Christmas Day. The table is covered with an embroidered tablecloth and under the table some hay is spread to remind us that Christ was born in a manger. The table always has one extra place-setting for the deceased family members, whose souls, according to belief, come on Christmas Eve and partake of the food. With the appearance of the first star which is believed to be the Star of Bethlehem and symbolizes the trek of the Three Wise Men, the family gathers to begin supper. The Food comes from various parts of nature (the whole creation is here to welcome Jesus): From the field — wheat, rice From the garden — beets, beans, cabbage From the orchard — dried fruit From the water — fish From the forest — mushrooms, nuts Typical food for a Holy Supper: Kutia — wheat, nuts, poppy seed, raisins, Borsch - traditional beer soup Pyrohy — with potatoes, cabbage, prunes Beans, Fish, Mushrooms Dried Fruit Compote, Pampushky Cabbage Rolls (Holubsti) — with rice, buckwheat Explanation of various articles on the table: Kolach (braided bread) — Christ is the Bread of Life Candle — star of Bethlehem Tablecloth — the swaddling clothes in which Jesus was wrapped. Straw (placed under the tablecloth) straw in the manger. ️If you wish to offer a GIFT OF LOVE TO THE CLERGY/BISHOP this Christmas, please use the envelope in your boxed set or a convenient envelope (please indicate “Gift of Love”). This gift is NOT tax deductible. FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN UNCERTAIN TIMES ♦️ We are most grateful to all of you who have been donating for the support of the church. God bless you and keep you in His loving care. ♦️Дякуємо! Фінансова підтримка, яку парафія отримувала з початку кризи COVID, насправді надзвичайна й неймовірна. Хай Господь щедро вас благословить. We continue to offer two donation options: ♦️Please mail your Sunday Offerings: CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD/ST. MICHAEL’S, 182 Sixth St., Toronto, ON M8V 3A5 -OR- (preferred method) ♦️Make an E-TRANSFER donation. • Use the parish email,, as the recipient.

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