Church bells ring across Calgary to show support for Ukraine – Calgary

Calgary church bells rang Friday afternoon to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

For members of the Ukrainian community, the show of multi-faith support showed they were not alone.

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, Anglican Diocese of Calgary, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, Anglican Diocese of Athabasca, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Paul, Evangelical Church Lutheran Church of Canada and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada all participated.

Some churches, including St. Stephen Protomartyr Church in southwest Calgary, have held special services that include prayers for peace.

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Father Michael Bombak said he was overwhelmed by the support from other Catholic dioceses.

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“I was absolutely moved and blown away by the engagement of other faith traditions,” Bombak said. “They came together to pray with us and offered many ways to help.”

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The bells of St. Mary’s Cathedral rang at noon, taking some by surprise.

Lidia Bombasorbo was in the area when she heard the bells going past the usual twelve tolls.

“It continued and I think it calmed me down and focused me on why I was here today,” Bombasorbo said.

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For Sr. Pat Derbyshire, it was a moving moment filled with thoughts for those who are suffering in Europe.

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“When I heard the bells start ringing I felt like crying for the people of Ukraine,” Derbyshire said. “It means a lot to me.”

Fr Bombak added that while these emotions of sadness and worry are understandable, Friday’s show of support underscores the need to turn thoughts into action.

“What can I do to help,” Bombak said. “Ask the practical question, what can I do? »

Several churches are collecting donations to support those in Ukraine, including the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

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