Friday January 22, 2021

Слава Ісусу Христу/ Glory be to Jesus Christ Altar Boy’s past and present!

We hope things are well in this time of Covid and that 2021 is better than last year.  Last year we had to cancel for the first time Altar-boy summer camp.  I know that many of you had missed the camp as we too missed camp and the weeklong fun activities grounded in Catechism lessons and Prayer.

At this point, we don’t know if camp will continue this summer due to Covid,  but we do know that if it does, we will make it the best one ever … with one major exception.

We are writing this letter to you to share the sad news that our Fr. Josaphat Tyrkalo, who has led us for so many years at camp, who was the one who was always asking how we can make camp ‘more fun’ for the boys and the one who led our catechism classes has passed away and is now with Jesus. Fr. Josaphat had died peacefully on the 27th of December, 2020.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


On Sunday January 31st, Fr. Josaphat would have celebrated his 76th Birthday.

We are asking that each Altar boy, both past and present take time on this day  to pray the rosary with your family.  If you are able to – JOIN US In a virtual meeting!

Fr. Slavko will be leading us in this Prayer.  

One of my fondest memories of camp is how excited Fr. Josaphat would get when we would pray the rosary together most nights.  We ask that we all join together in this prayer on Sunday, January 31st at 5 pm.

TELUS Business Connect meeting.  Which is very similar to Zoom but will require you to download and install. Click the link below to install the program if you do not have it already.  Please download and install this program before our start time of 5 pm.  At 5PM on Sunday January 31st, 2021 click on the link below again and it will join you in


Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:


Please forward this letter to anyone you know who has been a part of Altarboy Camp – past or present.  On behalf of all the Altar boy camp organizers, past and present, we hope to see you again at camp, and we thank you for being servers at the

Altar… or the way that


Father Josaphat would say: “Knights of the Altar!”


Eternal Memory, Вічная пам’ять

Walter Kowalchyk

If you have any questions regarding our Altarboy Camp, or have issues with the zoom application – feel free to email me at


Fr. Slavko D., Fr. Thomas K., Elizabeth Dokken, Greg and Holly Zacharko, Mike Kantor, Ken Stelmach, Victoria Kostyniuk

Web link to Fr. Josaphat’s Obituary:

How to Pray the Rosary: