St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish - Calgary, Alberta
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8:30 AM (Ukrainian)
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5:00 PM (English)
History of the Parish
CALGARY – ST. STEPHEN Parish – Парафія св. Первомученика Стефана
St. Stephen Ukrainian Catholic Parish is the second established Parish in Calgary. To accommodate the growing population of the city it became evident that a second church had to be built. In May 1967, Bishop Neil Savaryn assigned Father Philip Shinduke to look after St. Stephen’s Mission which was located on the premises of St. James Knights of Columbus Hall.
In 1968 Fr. Demetrius Martin Greschuk was appointed parish priest, and the membership continued to grow. A serious effort was made to find a permanent home to serve the needs of the young parish. St. Stephen Parish Centre became a reality in July 1972, when the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated. In October of the same year Bishop Neil Savaryn blessed and dedicated the building.
On June 27, 1974, Fr. Demetrius Greschuk was appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Edmonton Eparchy and with his leaving Fr. Andrew Muzyka from Saskatchewan, a good friend of Fr. Demetrius, was appointed pastor. The parish continued to grow. The mortgage was paid and plans for a church were researched. Radislav Zuk, world famous for his Byzantine architecture, was given a commission to draw up plans for a church to reflect our roots, tradition and rite in a modern, twentieth century Calgary, with it’s foothills and alpine background. This became a reality in 1982. In 1982 the Parish had 210 families.
Clergy that served the community: Fr. Philip Shinduke (1967-1968), Fr. Demetrius Greschuk (1968-1974), Fr. Andrew Muzyka (1975-1986), Fr. William Hupalo (1987-1991), Fr. Myron Pyszcz (1991-1992), Fr. Rendall Yackimec (1993-2008), Fr. Peter Babej (2008-2013), Fr. Mark Bayrock (2008-2017), Rev. Bohdan Nahachewsky (2013-2018), Fr. Greg Faryna (2017-).
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish Posts
By Laurie Kindrachuk, Calgary St. Stephen Protomartyr Views from the Pews newsletter and Jayne Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton When we arrive at church and look towards the sanctuary, where the holy altar is located, we’re...
Special meaning in Divine Liturgy at Knights of Columbus convention: Several Churches join in celebration
By Bill Lewchuk, 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and Jayne L. Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton May 10, 2018: On the weekend of April 27th to the 29th, 2018, the Knights of Columbus held their annual provincial convention in...
By Bill Lewchuk, St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Parish, Calgary (Edit and design by Jayne L. Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton) St. Stephen Protomartyr parish in Calgary is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year...
Patriarch Sviatoslav consecrates Holy Trinity Church at Kyiv’s Three Holy Hierarchs Seminary; Calgary couple key benefactors By Jayne L. Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, with photos from Three Holy Hierarchs Seminary “Today,...
Photos taken at the consecration service of the Seminary Church dedicated to the Three Holy and Great Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. The consecration took place on Sept 16, 2017. The reception of the relics of Blessed Nicholas...
By Jayne L. Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton Do you have clothing in good shape that you no longer need? Pass It On! Launched several years ago by parishioners of St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church and the...
Invitation to the Catholic Festival of the Mother of God: September 24th, 2017 at Glamorgan park in Calgary.
Come enjoy a fun, inspiring day with us in the park. We will have free live music, dancing, sports, prayer, and more. In this festival we shall give glory to God, dedicate ourselves to Him, get to know our neighbors and friends better, learn about each other, and also...
Invitation to the Catholic Festival of the Mother of God on September 24th, 2017 at Glamorgan park in Calgary.
Glory be to Jesus Christ! Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ, St Stephen Ukrainian Catholic church and St Basil's Melkite Catholic church are putting on the Catholic Festival Of The Mother Of God on September 24th, 2017 at Glamorgan park in Calgary. Liturgy with...