Since 2012 our Eparchy has been collecting funds to help underprivileged and orphaned children in Ukraine through our Christmas Candle appeal. Our fundraising program is part of a larger global appeal sponsored by Caritas Ukraine. We have had great momentum over the last few years raising over $20,000 with support from our BC Parishes as well as Parishes in other Provinces and parts of the United States.
The appeal is once again taking place for the month of December and we encourage everyone to remember these children during our Christmas season with a voluntary donation. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name and address and include it with the Sunday collection at any Ukrainian Catholic Church in BC or mail to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster. All donations over $20 are eligible to receive a tax receipt if requested and cheques can be made out to your Parish with Christmas Candle Project in the Memo. If you wish to purchase a candle please contact your parish priest, they are available for a minimum donation of $5 per candle.
Last year’s money raised was used to provide children in Lviv with speech therapy, allowing them to function and communicate normally in society. This year’s focus is to support a Hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk that houses orphans, and provides basic necessities, education and life skills to help them integrate into society.
We thank you for your past support and generosity and ask that you again consider supporting this ongoing appeal as part of your Christmas tradition.
Caritas is an organization that is supported and approved by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk and His Excellency Bishop Ken Nowakowski. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. For more information, please contact the coordinator Dana Koren Lupynis or Natalia Lupynis at nweparchy.christmascandle@