The feast of the Parish of St.Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow in Waterloo, Ontario. 2013.

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The parish of St. Tikhon and New Martyrs of Russia celebrated its parish feast day on November 10th, 2013. To the great joy of the parish, all-night vigil and Divine Liturgy were lead by Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and all of Canada. He was joined by the parish priest Evgeniy Shchukin, father protodeacon Vasily Milonow from Ottawa and father deacon Boris Bakhvalov from Toronto. During Liturgy, father Evgeniy was awarded the right to wear the nabedrennik. After the Archbishop’s sermon, two parishioners were given letters of recognition from the Archbishop for their tireless work in the parish. Olga Markina was congratulated for her long-time efforts in the choir since the beginning of the parish community, and Elena Suhak received recognition for her work with the parish children’s school.
Following Divine Liturgy, everyone was invited to a banquet dinner, prepared by the hands of the sisterhood and with the help of the parish. All this further added to the family-like atmosphere of the event. Children of the parish school, together with their teacher Elena Suhak prepared a wonderful programme for the guests. It was humbling to hear children read poetry about the life of St. Tikhon and New Martyrs of Russia. Other musical performances from young parishioners and the choir then followed. In his speech at the banquet, the Archbishop Gabriel wished God’s help to the parish in the important journey of having their own church building, and stressed the importance of working with and educating the children of the parish, as “children are our future”, according to the Archbishop.
The parish in Waterloo has been in existence for over 12 years, and has had its own priest father Evgeniy Shchukin with year-round services for the last 3 years. The parish is currently renting a space for the church, but hopes for God’s help to one day have their own building. The parish is mostly made up of newcomers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States, as well as local Canadians, long-time émigrés, and other nationalities. For a second year, the parish school is successfully functioning at the church, with over 20 students enlisted. This is quite a lot of students for the small space available.
The parish wholeheartedly thanks Archbishop Gabriel and the visiting clergy for their attention and visit to their small, yet growing parish. The Parish Feast and the Archbishop’s visit were very much awaited for by the parish, and they are left with a feeling of joy after the celebration – for the Glory of God.

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