On Sunday, 5th March 2017, 67 people showed up for the first of ten classes which will be held this year at the North Melbourne Parish.
The day was opened by the Hania Polatajko, the Chair of The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League, Melbourne Branch. She opened with a special prayer for embroidery and introduced the course to the participants.
Jarema Polatajko spoke on behalf of the Karpaty Foundation. Bishop Peter spoke on behalf of the parish and the Sheptytsky Foundation. He expressed his joy at the fact that the course had commenced. Embroidery is at the very heart and soul of Ukrainian culture.
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The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Australia (Melbourne branch) has been planning embroidery lessons for our community for a while. The league has been assisted by the ladies of the CYM Hurtok ‘Nadia’. This year’s class includes children, youth, and young women from the Melbourne area.
The course is being funded by a number of sponsors: the Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky Cultural Foundation,Dnister Ukrainian Credit Co-Operative and the Karpaty Foundation.[AFG_gallery id=’129′]
In 1977, the first embroidery class was organised by the CYM Hurtok ‘Nadia’, with the instructor, Mrs Olha Kociumbas. 12 women attended that time.
Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Australia – an organisation that embraces Ukrainian Catholic Women in faith and friendship, where they can embrace their God given vocation, share their talents and make a sincere gift of self to others.
The League’s objectives are, therefore based on Catholic Faith in Jesus Christ and the mission of His church. UCWLA welcomes all denominations and nationalities to work on League projects and unite together at UCWLA functions.