Dinner for poor and sick children in the Ukraine

12 April 2010

His Grace, Bishop Gabriel visited the Parish of the Memorial Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin from Friday March 12th to Sunday the 14th. On Friday evening about 95 people attended the service of Holy Unction.

On Sunday, after the Divine Liturgy, the children and youth of the parish hosted their 5th Annual Benefit Dinner for Poor and Underprivileged Children.
This year, children as young as 3 years old prepared a wonderful Lenten chili meal that was enjoyed by all. The total amount collected was $2,100, and will be sent again this year as last to the orphanage under the care of the Ascension Monastery, in Chernovitsa in the Ukraine. We are grateful to Fr. Victor Lochmatov, who came from Jordanville again this year to attend the services and support this worthy cause.
Over the past 5 years, the children have raised over $12,000 in support of those who have less than us.

The children would also like to express their thanks and gratitude to his Grace, Bishop Gabriel who is very supportive of their efforts, and everyone who attended and supported them. Guests came from London, Toronto, Jordanville, Montreal and other surrounding cities.

Photos may be viewed on the parish site.