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Holy Cross Mission Bulletin November

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Just a few things:

1.  No Great Vespers this Saturday.  Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. this Sunday.  Reading of the Hours and hearing of confessions at 9:30 a.m.

On November 18, 2012, Holy Cross was graciously invited to join in worship with the faithful of the Holy Trinity Metropolitan’s Cathedral.  Thank you to Fr. Greg at the Cathedral and to his parish for the kind invitation and the hospitality shown.
2.  Did you know that Holy Cross now has a Facebook page?  Well it does.  Thanks to the dedicated effort of our very own Yurij Hladio, Holy Cross now has a Facebook page.  It has all kinds of cool stuff.  Pictures of Fr. Evan.  Stuff written by Fr. Evan.  Stuff written about Fr. Evan.  More pictures of Fr. Evan.  There might be some other pictures of other clergy but those will be taken down and replaced with more pictures of Fr. Evan because if there is one thing the world needs more of besides strudel, it is more Fr. Evan.
3.  Thank you to all that came out for the Bowling Party!  Now I am sure you are all wondering: ”Who won?  Did Fr. Evan crush Alexander?  Did Alexander destroy Fr. Evan?”  The truth is nobody really won.  You see, no one really wins when you get to see my brother, Fr. Gene, dance across the lanes to “Gangam Style”.  …shudder…
4.  Holy Cross Perogies – Total Sales:  $3215.00.  That is a lot of perogies and a lot of pinching.  Thank you to our perogy crew.  Thank you to all that bought.
If anyone is still needing a dainty platter, Holy Cross is still taking orders please contact Sylvia Kitzul.  204-256-8370 or   Better yet, stop by the Kitzul residence.  It is a nice place.  Warm, friendly.  There is always a nice hot cup of coffee waiting for you.  Sylvia will fill you in on all the big doings happening in Sheho and Theodore.  Don’t know where or what a Sheho or a Theodore are?  That is okay.  By the end of the chat you will.  You will probably want to move there.  Lyle will know who to talk to about finding a place out there.  Just don’t forget to make your dainty tray order before you move.
Assembly will be on Dec. 1st.
5.  Holy Cross Parish will be delivering hampers Christmas Cheer Board on Dec. 15th.  Anyone, with a Van, who wish to help, go to 550 Milt Stegall Dr. between 9a.m. – 5p.m.  We don’t have to go as a group.  Will be asked what area you prefer to deliver and then a list of places is given to you.  I think this is awesome that we are doing this.  If you want to know the true meaning of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, come out and participate in this.  “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t help you?’   45.  Then he will say to them, ‘Truly I tell you, in that you did not do it for one of the least important of these, you did not do it for me.’
Volunteer to deliver the hampers.  Find out how you can sponsor a family.
Holy Cross will be putting together two hampers as well.  Updates will be coming in the next few weeks.
6.  Next week we will be entering the Nativity Fast/Advent/Apostle Philip Fast (November 28-January 6).   Fasting during this time period can be a challenge.  Christmas parties, visiting family and friends who may not keep the fast.  I came across an article written by Fr. Stepven Kostoff of the Orthodox Church in America that I think provides some excellent spiritual food for thought as we prepare to enter this fast.

Forty Shopping (and Fasting) Days Until Christmas

On November 15, we observed the first day of the 40-day Nativity/Advent Fast, meant to prepare us for the advent of the Son of God in the flesh.  For some/many of us, this might very well catch us unaware and unprepared.  However, as the saying goes, “it is what it is,” and so the Church calendar directs us to enter into this sacred season on that day. This indicates an intensification of the perennial “battle of the calendars” in which every Orthodox Christian is engaged—consciously or unconsciously.  The two calendars – the ecclesial and the secular – represent the Church and “the world” respectively.  Often, there is an underlying tension between these two spheres. Because of that tension, I believe that we find ourselves in the rather peculiar situation of being ascetical and consumerist simultaneously.  To fast, pray and be charitable is to lead a simplified life that is based around restraint—a certain discipline and a primary choice to live according to the principles of the Gospel in a highly secularized and increasingly hedonistic world.  That is what it means to be ascetical. It further means to focus upon Christ amidst an ever-increasing number of distractions and diversions. Even with the best of intentions and a firm resolve, that is not easy!  From our historical perspective of being alive in the 21st century, and leading the “good life” where everything is readily available, practicing any form of voluntary self-restraint is tantamount to bearing a cross.  Perhaps fulfilling some modest goals based on the Gospel in today’s world, such as it is, amounts to a Christian witness, unspectacular as those goals may be.Yet, as our society counts down the remaining shopping days until Christmas; and as our spending is seen as almost a patriotic act of contributing to the build-up of our failing economy; and as we want to “fit in” – especially for the sake of our children – we also are prone (or just waiting) to unleashing the “consumer within,” always alert to the joys of shopping, spending and accumulating. When one adds in the unending “entertainment” designed to create a holiday season atmosphere, it can all become rather overwhelming.  Certainly, these are some of the joys of family life, and we feel a deep satisfaction when we surround our children with the warmth and security that the sharing of gifts brings to our domestic lives.  Perhaps, though, we can be vigilant about knowing when “enough is enough”—or even better, when “enough is a feast.”  An awareness – combined with sharing—of those who have next to nothing is also a way of overcoming our own self-absorption and expanding our notion of the “neighbor.”Therefore, to be both an ascetic and a consumer is indicative of the challenges facing us as Christians in a world that clearly favors and “caters” to our consumerist tendencies.  To speak honestly, this is a difficult and uneasy balance to maintain. How can it possibly be otherwise, when to live ascetically is to restrain those very consumerist tendencies?  I believe that what we are essentially trying to maintain is our identity as Orthodox Christians within the confines of a culture either indifferent or hostile to Christianity.  If the Church remains an essential part of the build-up toward Christmas, then we can go a long way in maintaining that balance.  Although I do not particularly like putting it this way, I would contend that if the Church is a place of choice that at least “competes” with the mall, then that again may be one of the modest victories in the underlying battle for our ultimate loyalty to which a consumerist Christmas season awakens us. The Church directs us to fast before we feast.  Does that make any sense? Do we understand the theological/spiritual principles that are behind such an approach?  Can we develop some domestic strategies that will give us the opportunity to put that into practice to, at least some extent?  Do we care enough?The final question always returns us to the question that Jesus asked of his initial disciples:  “Who do you say that I am?”  If we, together with Saint Peter, confess that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” then we know where we stand as the “battle of the calendars” intensifies for the next 40 days.


This week’s question:
What type of people were crucified on the crosses to the right and left of Jesus?  Criminals.
Answer to last week’s question:
Who asked Pilate for Jesus’ body?

See you in church,

Fr. Evan

Holy Cross Mission Bulletin October

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Just a few things:

1.   Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. this Sunday.  Reading of the Hours and hearing of confessions at 9:30 a.m.
2.  Vestments. Holy Cross recently purchased a set of purple vestments and are purchasing a set of red vestments in recognition of our upcoming 10th Anniversary. Any donations to help off-set the cost of purchasing these items would be greatly appreciated.  Holy Cross is, as many of you that read this email bulletin, a small mission parish.  We do rely greatly upon the kind generosity and support from not just our membership, but from the friends of our mission as well.  We are always extremely greatful for the kindness you have shown our mission in the past and hope you will consider making a donation towards our purchase of the vestments.  To date we have collected $717.00.  Thank you for the generosity shown.
You may make your donations to Holy Cross, specifying that you are donating towards the vestments and a tax receipt will be issued.  Once again, you can give Dave your donation and he will see that you get a tax receipt.
3.  Perogy Season is here.  Potato/Cheddar $4.50/doz.  Sauerkraut:       $5.00/doz.

Order Deadline:  Nov. 15th.     Delivery in time for Christmas.   Minimum Order:  5 dozen.  Please contact Sylvia Kitzul at  or 204-256-8370.
4.  Holy Cross celebrated their 10th Anniversary on the weekend of September 29 and 30 2012.  It was a great celebration.  We had a packed church.  It was a joy and a blessing to see some of the faces of our former members.  It was great to see new faces as well.  A huge shout out to Fr. Stephan Jarmus for bringing members from his parish in Kenora, Ontario.
Getting to serve with Fr. Andrew and Fr. Bohdan, both who had served Holy Cross was a true joy.  Fr. Bohdan’s sermon was great and Fr. Andrew gave a fantastic talk as our guest speaker for our banquet.
The meal was great.  There was lots of time to visit and mingle.  For those of you who took home mugs and are still wondering what the heck those two plastic sticks with liquid in them are, they are honey sticks.  Cut it open and use the honey in your tea or coffee.  They are not glow sticks that you “break” and then wave around.  If you do that things will just get messy.
A huge thank you goes out to the organizing committee for all their hard work.
I am looking forward to our 20th anniversary celebration and who knows… maybe there might be three honey sticks in the commemorative mugs.
5.  13th Annual Halleluia Night.  Wednesday October 31, 2012 at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Transcona.  1500 Day St.  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $5.00 per child.  There will be a moleben/prayer service, a talk, supper, and games.  If you are interested in coming out for that please let Fr. Evan know as soon as possible.  This is not just restricted to Orthodox families.  If you have friends that are not into Halloween and want an alternative by all means invite them along.
Oh, before I forget, please make sure you bring a bag or two or 12 of candy for the kids.  That would be greatly appreciated.
6.  St. Andrew’s College is having their auction on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s College.  It is a fun night with lots of great auction items.  There are spectacular tortes and cakes to munch on while you watch Doug Maughan bid Fr. Evan up on stuff.  That alone is worth coming out for.  The event is free.  Come on out.
7.  If you have been reading the email bulletins, and I know you have because they are awesome and informative and entertaining and magically delicious, you would have read about some of the members of our mission parish fund raising for Cerebral Palsy.  Here is how they made out:
The Dream Team consisted of Alexander Ptashnik, Sylvia Ptashnik, Dustin Reay and Lucinda Reay.  The goal was set of climbing “Mount Extreme”  in the Cerebral Palsy World Challenge, which ran from Sept 4 to October 1.  Three countries participated, Canada, Australia and the US..all in all 2,002 teams registered.  Holy Cross’s own Dream Team placed 87th with their total step count.  The total number of steps for the Dream Team was 1,647,061……yup, that’s right, 1.6 MILLION STEPS.  We conquered Mount Extreme and make it half way back down the mountain before the challenge closed.  Our Team raised $175.00. Canada as a whole raised over $ 65,000.00.


8.  As you know, we are into the baseball playoffs.  I am not a huge baseball fan.  I like playing it but I won’t normally sit down and watch it.   I came across this though and thought I would share it with you.


Japanese-born big-leaguer Ichiro Suzuki is one of the best hitters in baseball. Prior to 2012, he led the Major Leagues in regular season hits on seven occasions.


To state the obvious, you hit a baseball with a bat. Ichiro Suzuki seems to be more aware of that obvious fact than other baseball players, because he treats his bats as if they were Stradivarius violins.


Suzuki says, “In Japan we take care of our instruments, our bats and our gloves. We take care of them well, because these things are very important.”


The Mizuno sports equipment company custom-makes Suzuki’s bats for him by hand from Tamo wood grown on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Suzuki doesn’t throw his black bats in a canvas bag. Instead, he keeps eight bats in a custom-made suitcase that is shockproof and moisture-free. Inside the dehumidifying case with the bats are two bags of pellets that absorb moisture.

Suzuki cares for and respects his bats as though his life depended on them, and indeed his livelihood does depend on them.


In a much greater way, God tells us to take care of his Words, to have great respect for them. We are to honor his Words by reading them, meditating on them, memorizing them, discussing them with others, hearing them taught, and most important of all, believing them and obeying them. For God’s Words are our life.

This week’s question:
Who was the mother of Benjamin?
Answer to last week’s question:
Who was the mother of Joseph?  Rachel

See you in church,

Fr. Evan

Holy Cross Mission Bulletin September

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Just a few things:

1. Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. this Sunday. Reading of the Hours and hearing of confessions at 9:30 a.m.

2. Vestments. Holy Cross recently purchased a set of purple vestments and are purchasing a set of red vestments in recognition of our upcoming 10th Anniversary. Any donations to help off-set the cost of purchasing these items would be greatly appreciated. Holy Cross is, as many of you that read this email bulletin, a small mission parish. We do rely greatly upon the kind generosity and support from not just our membership, but from the friends of our mission as well. We are always extremely greatful for the kindness you have shown our mission in the past and hope you will consider making a donation towards our purchase of the vestments. To date we have collected $645.00. Thank you for the generosity shown.

You may make your donations to Holy Cross, specifying that you are donating towards the vestments and a tax receipt will be issued. Once again, you can give Dave your donation and he will see that you get a tax receipt.

3. Holy Cross 10th Anniversary. September 30, 2012. Just reminding you all so that it is on your calendars.

4. Holy Cross has honey for sale. Anyone wanting honey please email: Orders have to be in prior to Sept. 10th. 4L—$25.00. 3kg— $18.00. 1kg—$7.50. 500g—$4.00. Creamed and liquid are the same price. Honey will be brought to church on Sept. 16.

5. So, anybody watch the Labour Day Classic? Anyone? Heh Heh Heh. So just so you know, when the Rider’s score, Gainer the Gopher (the super awesome Rider mascot, much more cooler than the vulture and the mangy pigeon mascots of the bombers), gets to drive around the sidelines in his really cool car.

Gainer had to ask the Riders to stop scoring on every play because he had to go fill up with gas because he was driving so much. Heck he was driving so much he probably could have driven all the way to Winnipeg.

Heh Heh Heh.

6. St. Ivan Suchava Parish in Winnipeg is having a fund raiser to replace their boiler. We all know what Winnipeg is like in the winter time so being without a properly functioning boiler might not be a good thing. Here is the info and please consider supporting them.

Who – St. Ivan’s and Cropo’s are putting on a Fundraiser for the Boiler

What – It’s a Fundraising Dinner. This is a little different from our regular events. The entire purpose of the event is to raise money. In attending such an event you focus on donating and thinking of the parish. The event goes as follows:

Arrive between noon and 1230. Appetizers and self serve coffee and cold beverages will be available. Raffle tickets at $20 per ticket will be sold. Once we are ready, satisfied that all are present we will have our opening prayer and start buffet lunch – will include table side wine service followed by buffet dessert and coffee.

Raffle Prizes currently include a 42″HDTV and BluRay Player – 1st Prize – donated by Cropo. We also have a Cuisinart Keurig Coffee System and a Gift pack of Books/artwork. More prizes to be confirmed in the days to come.

Dinner – For all children under 18 – they get to eat Pizza for no charge. For the rest of us lunch includes a beautiful Chicken Breast entree with scalloped potatoes, holubtsi, sweet and sour meatballs, dinner rolls and butter – all from Ludwicks. We will supplement that with our in-house Salad(s) and table/individual appetizers. Wine – Red and White – Little Penguin (Merlot and Pinot Gris) – table service by Cropo Staff. Wine donated by Cropo.

Where – Rose Reception Centre – upstairs at Cropo’s

When – Sunday September 23, 2012 arrival between noon and 1230 with a latest start time of 1pm

Why – This function is to raise money for our Boiler. All strong fundraising campaigns have different pillars – Donations, major donors, Foundations, Government and Events. As of August 31, 2012 we are at 39% of our goal, having received monies from Donations ($2,215), Major Donors($8,000), Government ($1,240) and Events($340). This Event will generate event monies, donations, and hopefully more Major Donors.

How much – $60 per ticket with a $30 tax receipt issued. Draw tickets will be pre-sold$20 per ticket. We will draw when at least 100 draw tickets are sold. Please contact Genevieve Armstrong at 204 663-8423 to buy your banquet tickets, draw tickets or both.

Please find attached an invitation and poster that we ask you to email to your parish members and post in your parish if you wish. I humbly ask that you inform you parish and we are grateful for any and all support for our event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: 204 336-0996 or email:

7. Came across this and I thought I would share it with you.

One Thing Money Still Can’t Buy

In his book What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel states, “There are some things money can’t buy—but these days, not much.” Almost everything is up for sale, and if you have enough funds, you can buy what you want. Sandel lists the following examples:

The right to jump to the head of the line at Universal Studios: $149. Vacationers at Universal Studios can buy a special Front of Line Pass that allows them to cut to the front on all rides, shows, and attractions.
A prison-cell upgrade: $90 a night. In some cities nonviolent offenders can pay for a clean, quiet jail cell, without any non-paying prisoners to disturb them.
The services of an Indian surrogate mother: $8,000. Western couples seeking surrogates increasingly outsource the job to India, and the price is less than one-third the going rate in the United States.
The right to shoot an endangered black rhino: $250,000. South Africa has begun letting some ranchers sell hunters the right to kill a limited number of rhinos, to give the ranchers an incentive to raise and protect the endangered species.
Access to the carpool lane while driving solo: about $8. Some cities try to ease traffic congestion by letting solo drivers pay to drive in carpool lanes.
Your doctor’s cellphone number: $1,500 and up per year. A growing number of “concierge” doctors offer cellphone access and same-day appointments for patients willing to pay annual fees ranging from $1,500 to $25,000.
The right to emit a metric ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere: $10.50. The European Union runs a carbon-dioxide-emissions market that enables companies to buy and sell the right to pollute.
The right to immigrate to the United States: $500,000. Foreigners who invest $500,000 and create at least 10 full-time jobs in an area of high unemployment are eligible for a green card.

Of course there’s one thing that money still can’t buy—salvation. Jesus paid for it with his own life, but it’s offered to us as a free gift. Always been and always will be.

This week’s question:
Who was the mother of Reuben?

Answer to last week’s question:
How were Jacob’s two wives related to each other? They were sisters.

See you in church,

Fr. Evan

Cum se poate face un transfer de bani in strainatate

Transferul de bani in strainatate va este util daca vreti sa trimiteti bani unei persoane care are un cont bancar deschis acolo, daca este nevoie sa le trimiteti bani prietenilor aflati in vacanta sau in cazul in care doriti sa comandati ceva din strainatate.
Solutiile propuse pentru a trimite cu usurinta bani in strainatate sunt numeroase. Exista unele care se realizeaza chiar online, in timp ce altele recurg la un intermediar mandatat sau se fac prin serviciul de transfer de bani online.
transfer de bani onlineTrimiterea de bani oriunde in lume poate fi realizata, in general, in doar cateva minute, chiar daca incercati sa trimiteti bani undeva departe. Adevarul este, insa, ca veti plati pentru aceasta comoditate si viteza, in sensul ca taxele percepute ar putea fi considerabile in raport cu suma trimisa.
Operatorii de transferuri de bani in strainatate (cei mai cunoscuti sunt MoneyGram si Western Union) sunt ideali daca aveti nevoie sa trimiteti o mica suma de bani in strainatate intr-o graba disperata.
Ele sunt utile in special in cazul in care beneficiarul banilor nu are un cont bancar sau, de exemplu, daca trebuie sa faceti de urgenta o plata catre un constructor care munceste pe proprietatea dumneavoastra.
Aceste firme care se ocupa cu transferul de bani in strainatate pretind ca sunt in masura sa trimita bani pana in cele mai indepartate colturi ale planetei. MoneyGram, de exemplu, spune ca are 203000 agentii in 190 de tari si, in cele mai multe cazuri, veti primi banii transferati in 10 minute.
Expeditorul pur si simplu merge la agentie (la Western Union se poate cere tranzactia si prin telefon sau online), organizeaza transferul – va trebui sa faca dovada identitatii – si plateste pentru el cu un card de debit sau cash. In cazul in care utilizati un card de credit, aveti in vedere ca aceasta operatiune este tratata ca o retragere de numerar si va trebui sa platiti dobanda pe suma transferata.
Odata ce transferul este platit, expeditorului ii este dat un numar de referinta. Dupa aceea, va trebui contactat destinatarul, care trebuie sa se prezinte cu numarul de referinta (si va trebui sa faca si acesta dovada identitatii) la cea mai apropiata agentie, de unde va ridica banii.
Un studiu realizat de revista Which? a constatat ca, daca vreti sa trimiteti 100 de lire sterline in India, ar costa 4.99 si ar ajunge acolo in 10 minute cu MoneyGram (care este disponibil prin intermediul oficiilor postale si a agentiilor).
Pentru Western Union, Which? a constatat ca pentru a trimite bani in India timpul este tot de 10 minute, dar ar costa 6.90 lire.
Tot aceasta revista a studiat cum se face transferul de bani in strainatate si prin intermediul bancilor, iar rezultatul a fost ca pentru aceasta suma mica s-a luat un comision de 27 de lire, iar timpul a fost de cel putin o zi.
Sa nu uitati, insa, si de transferurile de bani in strainatate cu ajutorul serviciilor de intermediere financiara, cum ar fi, care fac transferul intr-un timp foarte scurt, iar comisioanele percepute sunt mai mici.