The sun peaked through the clouds on Sunday morning, December 8, 2019, just as the 10am Celebration of the Eucharist for Advent II commenced at St. David’ and St. Paul’s in beautiful Powell River. There was excitement in the air as the congregation gathered. This was a long awaited Sunday in this parish community. The pews were full to witness the celebration of marriage of the Rev. Taras Pakholchuk (Deacon) and his bride, Halyna Ivatra who had arrived from the Ukraine just a few months before.
The couple had been introduced in 2016, through family connections in the Ukraine. “I have found the one whom my soul loves” (Song of Solomon 3:4). The story of their love required considerable patience during long periods of separation as Halyna completed the requirements to immigrate to Canada.
But on this very special day, they shared their Canadian wedding with all those who had not only diligently supported Taras’ journey to the diaconate (ordination June 2019) but who had also warmly and openly welcomed his new bride to a new country, a new community and a new language. The wedding ceremony and Eucharist celebrated by the Rev. Faun Harriman, included assistance from three of Taras’ fellow deacons, Rev. Stuart Isto, Rev. Ron Berezan, and Rev. Steve Bailey. Deacon, the Reverend Steve Bailey offered the reflection and served as ‘Best Man’. Attending the bride was parishioner Jeanette Wiley who spoke of the parish community warmly welcoming Halyna into their parish and into their lives.
The day’s celebration concluded with a Christmas Wedding Feast in the church hall —and an incredible feast it was! The people of St. David/St. Paul know how to celebrate a joyous occasion built on the foundation of Christ’s love.
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