On Sunday November 9th, St. Demetrius celebrated its Parish Anniversary with an Archpastoral Divine Liturgy and celebratory banquet. His Grace, Bishop Andriy, was greeted by the children of St. Demetrius with a beautiful bouquet of red roses, and by the youth with traditional bread and salt. Fr. Walter then greeted the Bishop asking him for his fatherly blessings for the entire parish.
After the Archpastoral Divine Liturgy, parishioners enjoyed a delicious meal in the parish hall, after which, the program continued with greetings and donations from parish organizations as well as greetings from representatives of sister parishes. The program, MC'd by Parish Council member Oksana Balaban, also included performances by the St. Demetrius Bandura Ensemble, the St. Demetrius Choir Quintet, and a bandura solo by William Kowalenko. The President of TYC National, Emil Yereniuk, spoke about his book "Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association of Canada 1938-2013" which marks the 75th anniversary of TYC, and he presented copies to past TYC National Presidents and to current TYC Branch Presidents. The event ended with words from His Grace, Bishop Andriy, and Fr. Walter Makarenko.