+St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church+ +Українська Православна Церква Св. Івана Хрестителя+
31 Bloor St East, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada L1H3L9
+Ecumenical Patriarchate+ +Вселенський Патріархат+

June 30, 2023


  Fiesta 2023 – Thank You


Fiesta returned in 2023 after skipping 3 years due to CoVID, and the Odesa pavilion was back in the mix again.  We were 1 of 11 eleven pavilions this year.  We participated in the opening concert at Memorial Park, we setup a booth for the street festival, we opened for 3 days during the week, and our Miss Odesa won Miss Congeniality and was 2nd runner-up for Miss Fiesta.  Our pavilion offered live shows performed by the Odesa Ukrainian Dancers with guest singers, great Ukrainian food, and several vendor tables selling traditional Ukrainian items and keepsakes.  Odesa pavilion donated half of our proceeds to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.


Over 1,000 guests visited our pavilion and enjoyed the experience immensely.  Just some comments heard from the guests were:

  • Odesa is the best pavilion in Fiesta!
  • It’s so good to see kids who perform so well and keep their traditions alive.
  • The atmosphere at Odesa is so welcoming, and shows the Ukrainian culture so well.
  • More barabolianyky.

Overall, Fiesta was a resounding success for the Odesa pavilion.


It goes without saying that detailed planning paid off for Odesa, and the dedicated volunteers helped to bring the planning to life for Odesa.  This year our volunteers included recent immigrants from Ukraine, and together we stood to show Oshawa how we support our beloved Ukraine.  We would like to thank everyone who offered their time before, during and after Fiesta:

  • Miss Odesa (Sophia Slavchenko)
  • Odesa Dancer instructors (Christine Stezik, Anastasiia Galiuk, Dmytro Krylenko, Olha Zaiets, John Stezik), Odesa Dancer parent volunteers
  • ‘Head’ cook (Dobr. Nataliya Tsenova), food helpers in the kitchen, dishwashers, kitchen runners, food line servers, cashiers
  • Bar ticket sellers, Passport sellers, Greeter, show MC
  • Odesa pavilion planning committee (Val Barbarik, Ievgeniia Mangones, Kateryna Navrotska, John Stezik)


We would especially like to thank the young people who make up the Odesa Ukrainian Dancers.  Your dedication through the year clearly showed in your performances, and you delighted the crowds with every step.


It was truly a blessing to see everyone work together harmoniously and make Odesa pavilion the best place to visit during Fiesta.  We hope next year, the 50th anniversary of Fiesta, will be even better.


Слава Україні – Героям Слава! / Glory to Ukraine – To Heroes Glory!

Val Barbarik and John Stezik, Odesa Pavilion Co-Chairs


Pysanka Workshop 2023 Писанкарство
Pysanka Bingo 2023
The Holy Theophany 2023
Христос Хрещається!
У Ріці Йордані!
Середа, 18-го січня – Навечір’я Богоявлення.
1 Кор. 9:19-27; Лк. 3:1-18.
Прпп. Синклітикії й Аполінарії. Сьогодні відслужили Вечірню Св. Літургію з Великим Йорданським Водосвяттям.
Після цього мали Йорданську Пісну Вечерю у нашому залі і до нас завітали колядники з нашої Української Школи.
Christ is Baptized!
In the Jordan River!
Wednesday, January 18 - Eve of the Theophany.
1 Cor. 9:19-27; Lk. 3:1-18.
Ven. Mothers Syncletika and Apollinaria. The Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with the Great Blessing of Waters has been celebrated. After that, we had Jordan Lenten Dinner in our hall and carollers from our Ukrainian School visited us during our dinner.
Христос Хрещається!
В Ріці Йордані!
19 січня - Водохреще, Богоявлення Господнє. Сьогодні відслужили Божественну Літургію з Великим Освяченням Води.
Christ is Baptized!
In the Jordan River!
January 19 - Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Today we served Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Waters.
Video in Ukrainian:
Article in English:
Troparion — Tone 1
When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan / the worship of the Trinity was made manifest / for the voice of the Father bore witness to You / and called You His beloved Son. / And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, / confirmed the truthfulness of His word. / O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself / and have enlightened the world, glory to You!
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today You have shown forth to the world, O Lord, / and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us. / Knowing You, we sing Your praises. / You have come and revealed Yourself, / O unapproachable Light.
2022 St. Nicholas Day Celebration
Свято Святого Миколая в Церкві Івана Хрестителя. St Nicholas Feast at St. John the Baptist
Було дуже приємно прийняти та привітати нових українських іммігрантів Ошавської округи. Візит Святого Миколая був приємною подією! Дякуємо всім, хто був присутній і зробив цей день особливим!
Нехай Господь благословить усіх Вас!
It was a pleasure to host the newest Oshawa area Ukrainian immigrants for a Meet and Greet. A visit from St. Nicholas was a welcome sight. Thank you to everyone who attended and made this a special day.
May God bless all of you!

Orphanage Mission Trip - 01/04/2019

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Holodomor Commemoration - 11/25/2018

On Sunday, November 25th, St. John the Baptist Parish commemorated the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, the artificial Famine-Genocide perpetrated against the Ukrainian people by the Soviet Regime in 1932-33.  Our youth set up a "black flag" display in front of the Church the week before, on the 18th, and on the 25th we had our annual commemoration with a Requiem Service (Panakhyda) for the innocent victims of the Holodomor, followed by a symbolica lunch of a piece of bread and a cup of borscht.  The fillm "Stalin's Secret Genocide," which is part of the curriculum in Ontario schools, was shown, and parishioners who had lived through the Holodomor were acknowledged as well.

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Black Flag Display
Holodomor Banner
Black Flag Display

Groundbreaking for New Parish Hall - 04/29/2019

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Upcoming Services
Saturday, June 22
5:00PM NO Great Vespers, the Service is Cancelled!!!
Sunday, June 23
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy *
Monday, June 24
Nativity of the Baptist
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy