The annual praznyk at the church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Ardeer is legendary.

As one of the speakers pointed out, you can immediately see that the church is absolutely clean, the yard is in good order, the church is full, and most of the men and women in the parish are busy in the hall preparing the great meal. It was like that this year again. It was a typical praznyk at our Ardeer Parish

Bishop Peter attended along with Deacon Edward Kostraby. Fr. Zenon Chorkawyj, who had only just returned from Ukraine, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy.

In his homily, Bishop Peter reminded the faithful that the ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a prefiguring of our own passage into the heavenly kingdom in body and soul. Like the church teaches us we are born for eternal life. He also said that the reverence towards the Blessed Virgin is one of the two signs of our Catholic faith. The other is our reverence to the Holy Eucharist.

Bishop Peter presented the newly published Catechism “Christ our Pascha” which have arrived in Australia and were on sale during the dinner.

Bishop Peter also asked the parishioners to read the “Statement on Elder Abuse” which is now on the Eparchial website “Catholicukes”. He said that it would be a very great idea for the parish to study and discuss the contents of the statement. He finished by saying that physical, mental, spiritual, and financial abuse is far too common in our community.