Carols by candlelight was held on the lawns of the Ukrainian on Thursday, 15th of December at 7.00p.m.
The carols by candlelight evening, now into its eight year, was attended by close to 200 people: priests, sisters, parishioner families and friends of the parish community, on a balmy summer evening. MC, Slawko Kohut, introduced Bishop Peter Stasiuk, who welcomed all present who have come to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ and expressed his appreciation of the efforts of all who make this event possible each year: the organizers, the performers and the parishioners who attend. In particular, it is more evident that young families come with their children to carols in greater numbers each year.
Slawko Kohut introduced each of the performers in turn in an engaging manner: the Cathedral Choir led by Volodymyr Holovko, the Rodyna Ensemble led by Miroslav Granolic, two stalwarts of the carols evening, joined by newer performers: the newly formed Youth Cathedral Choir led by Andrij Bernyk, a childrens’ ensemble led by Sister Lukia and Sister Macrina and two fine young vocalists Alyssya Soloczynskyj and Joanna Ckuj who are all very well received each time they perform at carols and other parish feasts. Each of the choirs performed two to three carols and the young performers one or two carols.
It was particularly pleasing to see young families attending with their children to have quality time together singing the carols, which were sung in Ukrainian and English. They also engaged in joyous conversation with friends and even had a chance for family snaps. The young performers were very engaging and enthusiastic when they sang. In fact, they, the young families and their children add a dimension of joy and spontaneity to the evening.
The ladies of the parish kitchen prepared kutya which was distributed to all present and the Parish Council members Vasyl Mychaylyk, Felix Figurek and Zenon Figurek had a sausage and burger sizzle going both of which were very appreciated.
After Slawko Kohut had thanked everyone at the conclusion, many remained for some time talking and reminiscing on the lawns before the Cathedral.
Fr Peter Struk