Sts. Volodymyr and Olha parish in Woodville, South Australia, celebrated their praznyk on Sunday, 31st July.

As in all our parishes, each parish considers the feast day of their church a very important event. Days before the Sunday celebration, many people started to arrive at the church to prepare. Evidence of this was seen in the magnificent hall set up, the cleanliness of the church and property, the quantity and quality of food prepared, and the huge lottery. Most important were the numerous, invited guests.

The hall was full. Bishop Peter came from Melbourne, Fr. Taras and family from the Wayville parish. Fr. Eugen Kvasniuk from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church also attended. There was a table of guests from the Kyivan Patriarchate parish as well as guests from the Byelorussian Orthodox parish. The representatives who spoke commented on the fact that we are all members of one Body of Jesus Christ. We are fellow Christians and we should look for means of unity.

During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Peter read the rite of the installation of Archpriest for Fr. Zenon Racki. He is a very popular and efficient pastor of his flock. This is evident by the regular and good Sunday attendance at the weekly Liturgies. On presentation of the gold cross to Fr. Zenon all gathered sang a heartfelt Axios. He is worthy.

Bishop Peter in his homily spoke about the mercy of God on all of us sinners as it was witnessed in an example of the saints of the church. God loves us and is willing to wait for us and, as the father of the prodigal son did, is more than happy to forgive us and to welcome us home to his church in this world and the next.

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