Monday, April 7, 2014

Rebuilding Saint Elias - UPDATE

Further to Walt's previous post on the tragic fire at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Elias the Prophet, here is a statement from the church's website.

It was with sadness and shock that we witnessed our church building burn to the ground on the morning of Saturday, April 5, 2014. We are greatly relieved that no-one was injured, and grateful for the support that started to pour in before the flames were even extinguished. Those of us who were blessed to experience the beauty and tranquility of our dear church know how much it will be missed. Those of you who were around to build it know how much work lies ahead. But for now, we thank God for those things that fire can not destroy, and remind ourselves that God’s people are the Church. We will build a new home for them.

In a radio interview after the Sunday morning liturgy, Father Roman Galadza said there will be grass on the site this summer, and, God willing, a new church building within two years.

If you would like to be part of the rebuilding effort, please follow the link at the bottom of the St. Elias homepage to get on the list for e-mail updates. If you want to donate immediately, go to Or you can send your cheque, payable to "St. Elias", to Father Roman Galadza at 10193 Heritage Rd., Brampton, ON, L7A 0A1, Canada. Canadian donors are entitled to income tax credit.

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