Sunday, February 26, 2006

Pancakes ("Bliny") after Vespers


Dear all,
The Cheesefare "Maslenitsa" week has come! In order to prepare to the Great Lent properly, we would like everyone to join us for "Bliny" (Russian pancakes) that are traditionally made this week! (This tradition is only a few centuries old, and very young compared to ancient Canadian cheesecake and beaver-tail tradition.) Eeveryone is heartily asked to stay after Vespers on Tue Feb 28 for the promised cheescakes, for pancakes, tea and everything that comes with them!

We will try to make sure there is enough for you and friends you bring :)

The Russian fraction of the Holy Cross Mission.

P.S. Those who have collected anything, please bring shoes and things for the Volsk orphanage this Tuesday! We will be sending the parcel(s) later this week.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Cheesecake Vespers


It is bring a friend to vespers night. Bring your friends to worship with us and share in our cheesecake feast afterwards!
This Tuesday February 28, 2006 we will have our weekly Vespers service at
St Mark's College Chapel at 6:30 pm. This will be followed by a discussion over coffee and cheesecake. The discussion will be about Great Lent: what is it? what do we do to prepare for it? what do orthodox christians do during lent? etc.

All are welcome! Please join us.

Friday, February 24, 2006

They are Canadians!!


Founding members of the Holy Cross Chaplaincy at UBC Alexei, Anna, Vladimir and Tatianna became Canadian Citizens today (Friday February 24th)! Congratulations!
May God grant them "Many Years" here in our beautiful country of Canada and Salvation in our Paschal Homeland, the Kingdom of Heaven!

It was an honour and joy to be there with them. I highly recommend others attend such a ceremony if given the chance in the future. We are truly blessed to be living in this extraordinary nation and equally blessed to have people like the Cheviakovs come and join us! Glory to God!

Your servant in Christ,
the priest Christopher

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Tuesday Vespers

This Tuesday February 21, 2006 we will have our weekly Vespers service at
St Mark's College Chapel
at 6:30 pm. This will be followed by a discussion over coffee and snacks. What would you like to learn more about? Please feel free to post suggestions or email Fr Chris directly. With the beginning of Great Lent a formal series of studies will begin.
Please join us!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Valentine Vespers

Vespers will take place at its usual time and place
Tuesday February 14th at 6:30 pm at St Mark's College Chapel.
The topic for our discussion afterward will be
The sacrements (Mysteries)of the church.
Please join us for worship, a challenging and thought provoking discussion, and yummy St Valentine's Day goodies.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Little Margaret is home!



Glory to Jesus Christ!
Margaret is home and continues to improve! Thank you all for your prayers and support. I know that many in our community continue to suffer from various illnesses. Please post "comments" on this post making any prayer requests you might have and check back so as to know who might need your prayers.

May we all seek to be intercessors with our Most Blessed Lady Theotokos and all other Saints as our consolation and example.

"Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Vespers at Holy Cross


This Tuesday February 7th at 6:30 pm, we will be serving our weekly vespers at St Mark's College Chapel.
This will be followed by a time of fellowship and study in Plato's Cave. We are going to take a more formal approach this week and discuss the Mystery (Sacrament) of Confession in the Orthodox Church.

Please join us!

An Update.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Just a note regarding Margaret. She has been diagnosed with RSV again along with viral pneumonia. She will remain in hospital for the time being so as to have assistance breathing and to follow a course of antibiotics. Please continue to hold her up in your prayers.
Thank you to all who have offered prayers and support and especially to Fr Lawrence for coming to annoint Margaret.

Your servant in Christ,
the priest Christopher

Monday, February 06, 2006

A request for prayers!

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I wish to ask your prayers. My little one, Margaret, went into Children's Hospital last night as she was having great difficulty breathing. There is concern she has some kind of viral pneumonia. She suffered RSV when she was a few weeks old and has had a compromised respiratory system ever since, thus her difficulty now.
Please pray for her and for Kimberley as she keeps Vigil with her at Children's as well as for the rest of our brood here at home. Thank you.

Your servant in Christ,
the priest Christopher

Sunday, February 05, 2006

“LITTLE SHOE” project


Dear all,
we are starting our “LITTLE SHOE” Project, in order to collect and send of children’s shoes for Volsk orphanage for disabled children in Russia, Saratov region. Currently there are 42 kids of age 4 - 8. They are in severe need of shoes and sandals (for indoor use, and outdoors in summer.)

We are collecting lightweight reliable new and used summer shoes, made of leather or other good-quality material, of Canadian sizes 8 to 12 (for ages 4-8.) Other types of lightweight shoes will also be gratefully accepted.

Other needed items include tights and socks, underwear pants and t-shirts, and “Centrum” vitamins for kids (this brand is sold in Russia and hence will be accepted.)

God bless everyone who helps!
See Web page in English: http://www.pinewoodland.net/_dd/volsk/index_en.htm

If you would like to help, please contact Anna and Alexey at alexanna@pinewoodland.net or (604) 224-2266, or in person. We are going to mail what we collect approximately in 2 weeks.
Alexei

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Tuesday Night Vespers and Study


This Tuesday February 7th at 6:30 pm, we will be serving our weekly vespers at St Mark's College Chapel.
This will be followed by a time of fellowship and study in Plato's Cave. We are going to take a more formal approach this week and discuss the Mystery (Sacrament) of Confession in the Orthodox Church.
Please join us!
I would like to thank everyone for your "many years", card and cake. I was blessed in the rememberance of the 1st anniversay of my ordination to the priesthood. Thank you.