A warm sunny day provided a perfect backdrop to celebrate and welcome His Excellency Bishop Isadore Borecky, bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Eastern Canada, to dedicate a site for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church here in Timmins. Many joined the celebration, referring to this dedication as a new-found liberty. Ukrainians, locals, priests, and members of the Knights of Columbus branch of the Roman Catholic Church also joined with the Greek Catholic Church to celebrate the occasion.
The event started with a two-hour mass service at the Church of the Sacred Heart. They then proceeded to the new church site on Cedar Street South and continued the procession to the cenotaph where they laid a wreath to commemorate the fallen from war. The Ukrainian choir sang during mass and at the cenotaph.
A banquet and concert were hosted at the McIntyre Community Centre later that day at 6 p.m. Bishop Borecky said, "I am pleased to dedicate the ground of the new church…and I look forward with interest to blessing the new church. The new church will act as a start to guide the Ukrainian people of this district to freedom and in the right path.”
The site of the church on Cedar Street South is now home to a dance studio.
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