St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mississauga, Ontario respects Ukrainian Traditions, plays the bandura and makes dumplings. This was mentioned in the movie “Live TV” within the “Live Paraphia” series, reported the Department of Information of the UGCC.
The history of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic church started in 1953 when Mr. And Mrs. Lev Mizun donated a parcel of land just south of Burnhamthorpe Road on the east side of Cawthra Road for the Ukrainian Catholic community to build a church. Religious services had been held in the Mizun’s home for some time, until they donated the land and the church of St. Mary’s Dormition was constructed on Cawthra Road, just south of the Cawthorpe Plaza.
As is the case with almost every UGCC parish in the U.S., Australia and Canada, dumplings are offered for sale here. Parishioner Daria Sohanivska says: “Why do we make dumplings? Because it is a good income for the church. All churches in Canada and America were built from those vareniki. “Father Roman adds: “Especially during Christmas and Easter, it’s hard to make those dumplings. People are standing in a queue to buy them. The dumplings are very tasty. “
Pastor Rt. Rev. Roman Pankiw Dean said about the parish: “We are happy that on a small piece of Canadian land in Mississauga, we can have a representative piece of our homeland and a beautiful place of worship to the Glory of God. We have a very active parish with a large senior’s club “Lviv”, branches of the UCWLC, the UCB and the Apostleship of Prayer, club “Rodyna” and a Nursery School. Within our parish we are proud to have the Ukrainian Dance Ensemble “Barvinok”, numbering 350 young dancers, whose professional dancing adorns and indeed enriches our culture. “Barvinok” is known throughout Canada and the United States, as well as being highly recognized, respected and welcomed in Ukraine. Of course we cannot omit mention of our bandura capela “Zoloti Struny” who’s golden strings and angelic voices have echoed in many corners of this great country of Canada, and have toured Ukraine and parts of Poland. Every fall at our traditional Yarmarok, and every spring at the Carassauga Cultural Festival, through these parish groups and with the help of many volunteers and talented people we have the opportunity to present the richness of our culture to our Mississauga neighbours and visitors. In conclusion, let me say that that above all we are grateful to Almighty God who gave us the opportunity and the support, to continue our spiritual lives, nurture our Ukrainian heritage and pass it along to future generations in this great land of Canada.”