Current Administrator Father Serafym since 2013St Mary's BC - Vancouver, BCWelcome to the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Vancouver, BC.  Known as St. Mary’s, ours is a  church in the Byzantine Rite. The Parish is part of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster.  

Administrator: Father Serafym Grygoruk, OSBM
Father Marcos Zubyk OSBM       Father Joseph Pidskalny, OSBM

Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Severian Yakymyshyn OSBM

                        Divine Liturgy     560 West 14th Avenue Vancouver BC

Sundays  8:30am and 10:30am        Daily  7:30am  (Chapel) (Monday-Saturday)       Holy Days  10:30am and 7:00pm


coffee cakeCoffee and sweets are available following the 8:30 am and 10:30 am Divine Liturgy in the Fellowship Room. All guests and parishioners are invited. A historic collection of Ukrainian artwork, embroidery, and pysanky can be seen. The history of the parish religious order in pictures are displayed on the fellowship wall, dating back to 1927…






Parish Council Meeting

Monday, June 19 , at 7 pm   St Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Fellowship Room


  Mission Days –

 Fri. May 26- Sunday, June 4 – at 7:00 PM at Molebens in the Chapel Mission Days –
A Ten Day Journey.

Dear parishioners, you are invited to embark  on an extraordinary pilgrimage that will last for ten days—from the Ascension (May 14) to the Pentecost (May 24). During this time the attention of our entire Church will be towards our common vocation as “missionaries,” that is to say a community ready to share God’s Word of salvation with others.

We read in the Mission Days Guidebook: “Through our active participation in the spiritual efforts of these ten Mission Days, once again we are called upon to discover and understand anew that our parish communities and families (domestic churches) are missionary in nature. Such understanding flows form the gift of our Baptism, by virtue of which, and through the power of its mystery, we have committed ourselves to believe, live, serve, and share the experience of our faith in Christ; and not simply with our family members, but with everyone we meet in life”.

Let our entire parish community gather on May 14, the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, in our church to begin this pilgrimage together. Let us pray that the Lord might renew our life in God by the grace and intercession of the Holy Spirit.

Please contact your parish office for a Mission Days schedule. If you cannot participate in the Mission Days during these 10 days  you can make this pilgrimage at home with you family. Dedicate at lest 5 minutes of your time during these 10 days by praying with the “Mission Days Guidebook” and contemplating how you can fulfill the mission task (also included in this Guidebook). The booklets are also available in all of our parishes throughout the Eparchy.

The Mission book can be downloaded in English or Ukrainian on the links below.

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1st Day – Fri., May 26, at 7:00 PM: A Divine Love that Brings Joy
2nd Day – Saturday, May 27, at 7:00 PM: Liberation from Sin
3rd Day – Sun., May 28, at 7:00 PM: God is With Us – We Belong to God
4th Day – Monday, May 29, at 7:00 PM: Branches that Bear Fruit
5th Day – Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 PM: Where to Look for Truth?
6th Day – Wednesday, May 31, at 7:00 PM: Personal Responsibility
7th Day – Thursday, June 1, at 7:00 PM: Community of Prayer
8th Day – Friday, June 2, at 7:00 PM: Serving Those in Need
9th Day – Saturday, June 3, at 7:00 PM: “Tend my sheep!” 10th Day



 Food Bank Donations: We encourage all parishioners to contribute to the Food Bank on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. Please add your support. 





Stewardship (Koinonia) – the faithful build the community

It is not a new program or a single action or a number of actions.  It is the personal conversion and renewal of one’s heart and mind, i.e. living the Eucharist day by day with gratitude and love in an entire life.

Stewardship of time involves first our time spent with God in prayer and sacrament, then the time spent in service to others inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. Stewardship of talent is sharing God’s unique gifts bestowed on us. It is our loving response to God’s appointed calling to do HIS will, to proclaim the Good News of Salvation, to heal the afflicted, to feed the hungry, to care for one another, to give full life just as Jesus did. Stewardship of treasure is taking care of and sharing our blessings, i.e. in what we do with our blessings from the heart as a faith response. Stewardship is giving of the first fruits of our time, talent, and treasure.

Consider the opportunities for volunteering in our Parish community.  

Vibrant Parish resources material presented at the April 30, 2017 event

Preview the resources material :








The purpose of camp is to provide an opportunity for youth to experience God through nature and the companionship of others. Children will experience Ukrainian language and culture during camp along with games, religious activities, hikes, sports, arts and crafts, camp fires, water activities and other summer camp activities. This marks the 34th year of our Ukrainian Catholic Summer Camp. Camp will take place in Kelowna at the OAC facility.

Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2017). Registration will be available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2017.” Early bird registration Ends July 6, 2017.

WAYS TO HELP. VOLUNTEER: Camp St. Volodymyr is a nonprofit camp, run on a volunteer basis. If you are interested in helping at this year’s camp as a counsellor, chef, arts & crafts or cultural coordinator please contact Jennifer. Applications forms for counsellors are due May 15, 2017. All volunteers will be subject to a criminal records check and must sign the camp code of conduct.

DONATE: We are always happy to accept food donations of vegetables, fruits, cereals, and treats for children such as cakes, cookies, as well as monetary donations. Tax receipts can be issued with donations of $25 or more.

For more information contact Jennifer Caldwell @ 604.220.0584 or jennsawka@hotmail.com. Visit our webpage via www.nweparchy.ca


The Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish welcomes all guests, friends, visiting relatives and Parishioners in celebrating the Divine Liturgy together. May our Lord, through the intercession of the Protectress, the  Blessed Mother of God, bless you and your family!

Eastern Catholic Church 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJaI8PXkA0M                 Traditions of the Eastern Catholic Church

Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
560 West 14th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1P6
phone: 604.879.5830 | fax: 604.874.2727
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