In 2019, the North Melbourne parish celebrated Carols by Candlelight on Thursday, 19th December, on the feast of St. Nicholas, the wonder worker.

Attendance has been increasing over a yearly basis. This year the cathedral was full. The parish council decided to broadcast the complete evening on YouTube internationally. We know that from the 312 people who have seen the broadcast so far there were people from Ukraine, Germany and other countries, following the singing “live”.

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There were a good number of cathedral neighbours in the church as well. Our “man about media” Eugene Hawryszko spoke on the Denis Walter’s show on Melbourne’s 3AW on Thursday afternoon about the evening event. There were a good number of YouTube hits on the evening and, as well, the cathedral had some visitors who had never been inside our church.

Mr. Slawko Kohut was the MC for the evening. He thanked the many choirs and soloists who performed that evening.

The whole program can still be seen by typing in “Ukrainian Catholic Church” on the YouTube search feature. You will see just how successful the evening was.

Our Ardeer parish held it Carols by Candlelight on Friday, 20th December.

It was so pleasing to see the children who performed the Christmas Pageant before their parents and friends.

During the programme there was a moment of extreme sadness. Fr. Andriy Mykytyuk, who was MC that evening, received a call that his mother had just passed away in Lviv, Ukraine. All present expressed their sympathy and support to Fr. Andriy and his family.

Fr. Andriy insisted that the evening must go on and it did.

Somehow the sad news of the death of Father Andriy’s mother just pointed out that even in death Christs birth is a victory over death and pain and suffering. Jesus as the children announced during their pageant came into the world to save us from our sins and to give us eternal life.

We all join in prayers for Zenovia Mykytyuk. Vichna Pamyat!