Archive for July, 2011

Hi everyone, Andrew here, just giving a list of some of what our committee will be up to in the month of August.

I am surely going to forgot something the first time around, so I will probably be updating with more info over the next few days.

August 2011
July 30 – August 1: Travis will be in Dauphin at the Canadian National Ukrainian Festival promoting UNITY formally and informally.

August 2: World Youth Day pilgrims depart (which includes many on the UNITY committee as well as those with other affiliations to UNITY)

August 6-7: Roadshow goes to Brandon for Sunday liturgy. If you’re in Brandon come out and see us!

August 7 – 13: Folklorama Kyiv Pavilion. Again informal promotion will be taking place as many of our committee members will be dancing, volunteering and attending!

August 19-21: Formal promotion of fundraiser and UNITY 2012 at Cook’s Creek Pilgrimage.

August 28: Potential parish tour TBA

Also, watch for more videos and blogs posts throughout the month. We have many interviews lined up, with bishops and others who are involved so watch for those. Additionally, look out for some hilarious footage that was taken at our planning retreat in October 2010 on location at Wilderness Edge.

Keep reading, watching and commenting as we are getting into full swing with one year until UNITY 2012 and one month until the fundraiser. Don’t forget to buy those fundraiser tickets, they are selling fast!

God bless and a good long weekend and remainder of the summer to all



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For the last number of parish tours, I have had difficulty spelling UNITY. Yes, I know that I look like a fool when I spell UNTIY while explaining our UNITY acronym. But that has got me thinking, why don’t we examine the acronym and look at how it explains UNITY.

****Note: UNITY was not originally an acronym, and it still really isn’t. The leaders of the UNITY 2009 tour team made it an acronym and it works. BUT UNITY IS NOT AN ACRONYM. This is just to explain UNITY in a simpler fashion.

So here we go…

U is for Ukrainian Catholic; this event is made for either those who are Ukrainian Catholic or those who enjoy being around Ukrainian Catholics (who wouldn’t?).

N is for National; UNITY is a national event, one of the only opportunities for Ukrainian Catholic young adults from across Canada to interact, which truly makes it special. It is our hope that we may even attract some young adults from the northern United States for UNITY 2012.

I is for inspirational (yes I comes before T); UNITY touches all who go to it, that is a given. What is often overlooked is that the inspiration often carries over; back into the parishes from across Canada where attendees hail from. As I said in my previous post as well as at every parish tour, UNITY is not just about young adults, it is an event for young adults that benefits the entire Church.

T is for Theme; theme is really what ties everything at UNITY together. Everything we do, directly or indirectly, ties into our theme: Into the Wild. What we want to examine and grow in is our awareness of those “going into the wild” experiences in the daily lives of ourselves and others.

Y is for You; regardless of who you are, where you are, and what your role is in the Church is, UNITY is about you because, as mentioned above, UNITY is about more than just those who attend it. It is about anyone and everyone in our Church; the young and the old, the active and inactive parishioners, the clergy and the laity.

So there it is, UNITY broken into an acronym (and spelt correctly!). Now, what does it mean?

It means that UNITY is important. It means that UNITY is a big event. It means that UNITY is a chance to reinvigorate the youth in our church. But most importantly, it is the first step to building that community I have been talking so much about. And not just a parish community, a national community of Ukrainian Catholics. I have seen it on the faces of people who have been to UNITY, Congress, World Youth Day, SERVE, the list goes on. All of these people have been excited, they have been set on fire with a zeal and exuberance for their faith and the community that surrounds that faith. And by becoming a part of UNITY 2012 in any way, shape, or form; attending, donating, supporting, praying for, then you become a part of our goal to build that national community.

I think that is an attractive proposal for everyone.

P.S. and don’t forget UNITY is not actually an acronym.

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Andrew’s Thoughts for Thursday

(an opinion piece put out every Thursday, time permitting)

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after every parish tour)

Introduction – Tuesday July 26, 2011: UNITY!?!?

As you know, a group of 45 Ukrainian Catholics from Canada (10 from Manitoba, 14 from Saskatchewan), are leaving on August 2 for a pilgrimage to Spain and Morocco for World Youth Day 2011.  Realizing what a blessing and privilege this is, the pilgrims invite you to join them for a virtual pilgrimage at  The team and pilgrims will be posting an update and pictures every day so that everyone back home can share in their experiences.  Please, join us!

Join us at the Pilgrimage at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cooks Creek from August 19-21, 2011!  The Unity 2012 team will have a booth there to share info on the event.  We will also have tickets for sale for the Unity 2012 Fundraiser featuring Sloohai available for you to purchase.  Don’t forget we will also have the foldable water bottles for sale too!

See the video on facebook:!/video/video.php?v=10150321436385490&comments

See the video on YouTube:

These water bottles are for sale for $10! They will be on sale at the pilgrimage at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cooks Creek from August 19-21, 2011 and at the Unity 2012 Fundraiser at the Grotto in Cooks Creek on September 10th, 2011!

See Travis’ video on the foldable water bottles that we have for sale on facebook:!/video/video.php?v=10150321387465490&comments

See the great (and very funny) video on YouTube at:

****Note: Sorry for the long length of this post. I was just moved by the Spirit so to speak as I was walking home from work today.****


Just that one word stirs up a host of emotions.

And in one weekend we are supposed to do our best to cover the word, and all that associated with it, as it pertains to our Church.

A lot of what I think about UNITY 2012 has been formed by time spent telling people about it: The Roadshow. As we hop from parish to parish getting the word out, the event seems to be fleshed out, person by person, conversation by conversation, church dinner by church dinner.

And the one thing that these tours have taught is that UNITY is about people.

It is about the people of our church, those who attend services regularly and those who don’t, those who have rock-solid beliefs and those who are still working on it. And I think it is fitting that the theme of UNITY 2006 was “Connections”, because that is what it is all about, making those personal connections, those connections that will not only be seen at UNITY, but in our churches for years to come.

We need to make those connections, not only with other young adults, but with all members of our church community: our forefathers, our clergy, our parents, our grandparents, our friends, our children. That is what we need to get back to: a church community. In a way, it is something I believe our church has slowly moved away from, just as we have moved ahead or away from what brought us together as a church community in the first place. No longer is the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada an infant, it has grown and evolved to what it presently is. But the church of Blessed Bishop Nikita Budka’s day was truly a community; people lived and breathed around the church, for the support, for the education and for the friendship it provided. As the need for the Church to support the Ukrainian Canadian community lessened, the community has slowly broken down.

I see UNITY as an opportunity to begin to rebuild that community.

In a way, UNITY 2012 will be both a blast and a behemoth; a blast in that it will be a lot of fun, a behemoth in that it will be a lot of work to plan. But UNITY is also a behemoth in that it represents such a large scope of what we want to accomplish in our Church: to rebuild, to reinvigorate, to educate, to excite, to pray, to play, the list is endless. So are we trying to accomplish too much?

The answer is yes and no.

Yes, in that there is no way to rebuild that Church community in one weekend. I know that, you know that.

But on the flipside, UNITY is not just one weekend. It is merely a reference point on the continuum of the Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults of Canada. Many see UNITY in the form of a story: buildup, climax, end. Wash, rinse, repeat. This thinking is wrong. UNITY does not end. The singular experience of UNITY may only encompass one weekend, but it is much more than that: it is a turning point. A turning point for individuals, and a turning point for our Church community.

So UNITY 2012 is not the end. And it certainly is not the beginning either. It is somewhere in the murky middle – the great unknown. So before we get to UNITY 2012 we need to be building that community that is going to make UNITY a success. But not only do we need to build the community for UNITY, we need to build the community that is going to endure for generations beyond UNITY 2012, in Jesuit terms, we need to prepare to “live the forth” (fourth) so to speak.

So after 600 words we are right back where we started:


What does it mean to you?

Travis Taylor talks on calling young adults across North America to be united in our Ukrainian Catholic Faith!

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See the video on YouTube:

Our First interview with Fr Richard Soo! 

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The 1st ever Unity in 1996!  Fr Richard was part of the discussion panel.

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