Dear beloved brother and sisters! Glory be to Jesus Christ!
Parish members of the Archangel Michael church, humbly appeal to all members of the UOCC, Ukrainian and financial organization and to all concerned people of the good will to help financially our parish to complete all renovation projects in our church and hall as well as for our church yard!
Our parish that was organized about 60 years ago (practically all this time never has full time priest and was always receiving spiritual support from Greater Toronto Area parishes), overcome its full closer (about 20 years ago) and was put on sale. By the Divine Providence of God with full support of the (at that time) Archbishop of Toronto and Eastern Eparchy Yurij and Parish Executive of the St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Toronto, our parish experience its "resurrection" thanks to the new wave of immigrants from Ukraine who started their settling in Bradford and surrounding area and asked Consistory and Archbishop Yurij to let them try to re-establish parochial life in our church. Thanks God this effort was successful and today our parish has for over 7 years now a full time priest, full time choir director, and dedicated church choir members, readers, altar boys, ladies that regularly baked prosfora for our church services and for people, Sunday school instructors, two church treasurers, church sisterhood that regularly make and sell perogies and cabbage rolls. We have service on all Sundays, feasts and holydays.
During last seven years we baptised 80 children and adults and these numbers are growing every year. We have dedicated members and supporters who as we hope will eventually become the members of the UOCC parishes and to achieve this goal we holding on the regular bases lectures, bible studies and talks on different spiritual subjects. We are blessed with joy to see in our church new people or families practically every Sunday who coming to find out more about us and Thanks God many of them now coming on the regular bases.
Despite all our successes and all the hope that we have in Christ our Lord, our parish was forced to start a major renovation because our buildings was effected with parish closer and property was neglected for some time and that lead to many problems.
To date we have tackled the following:
Stucco renovation of the exterior walls of the church
New electrical wiring in church and church auditorium
New insulation on the church roof
New furnaces in church and church auditorium
AC for church
New foundation for the church floor and new hardwood flooring
Installed a new tiling system and water pumps under the church to keep crawl space under church dry
New balcony for church choir
New drywall and ceiling in the church
New windows in the church
New entrance and side doors in church and church auditorium
Built a new iconostas and installed new hand painted icons
Installed new hand painted icons throughout the church
purchased new handmade chandelier from Greece
Built a new memorial candleholder table, Golgotha Crucifixion
New Brass Candleholders
In our church hall we created space for a Sunday school and church administration office and added a new foundation for the floor.
Ahead of us is more work that needs to be done in the church, church hall as well as for our church yard. We are planning to construct a big beautiful dome on our church and to install a new roof that will transform our church building to be the most beautiful and recognisable church in town. We hope to incorporate a new church vestibule with a dome and church bells.
Because our church is located on the Holland Marsh we experience water drainage problems. In order to deal with that problem and to preserve our buildings for many years to come we require an upgrade to our underground service pipes. And lastly we plan to asphalt the parking area and add new church gates with proper signs on it.
All of these projects understandably require a lot of funds and we humbly ask for your financial support. We must stress that the majority of work that we complete is done by our parish members. This includes the talents of two of our own in-house artists (one of which is 77 years old and immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine about 40 years ago)! They have created spectacular icons that adorn our nave and we are blessed to have them among our membership.
Our beloved UOCC will soon be celebrating its 100th anniversary next summer and we hope to invite our Metropolitan, Clergy, Benefactors and all community members to participate in the Order of the Consecration of the New Church. In order to accomplish this we will require the help of many people. Your donations toward our renovation projects will help ensure the doors of UOC Archangel Michael in Bradford stay open and beautiful for many years to come.
All donors will receive income tax receipts and will be prayed for during services as supporters of our parish.
For additional information please contact our parish priest, fr. Petro Anhel: ph. 905-715-0105 email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website to see pictures or videos on www.archangelmichael.ca
Our mailing address is: 721 Simcoe Road, Bradford, Ontario L3Z 4B4 Canada
Thank You for your support and understanding! Please keep our parish in your holy prayers! Thank You!