St Sophia's Parish

Sherwood Park, Alberta

St. Sophia Parish

St. Sophia Parish practices the rich traditions of the Eastern Rite within the Catholic Church and with a modern contemporary context. Over 135 families currently are members of the St. Sophia Church community.

We are very grateful to the Elk Island Catholic School district and to the administration of Madonna School for hosting our parish while we are in the process of acquiring our own place of worship.

Our Pastor

Fr. Rendy Yackimec, the middle of three boys, was raised on a farm in the Myrnam, Alberta area. He was ordained as a Ukrainian Catholic priest in 1985 and has served the faithful in Alberta for over 30 years, 7 of those years at St. Josephat’s Cathedral in Edmonton; 16 years as the Pastor of St. Stephen’s Parish in Calgary, and since 2008, as the Pastor of St. Sophia (mission) Parish in Sherwood Park. His spiritual insight and leadership, his easy-going manner and warm personality continues to bless our church community.

Patron Saint

St. Sophia, whose feast day we celebrate on September 17, was a second century widow and mother of three young daughters, appropriately named Faith, Hope and Charity. The entire Christian community loved her and her children for their kindness, depth of faith, and good works.

The pagan Emperor Hadrian (117-138), in trying to eliminate Christianity, ordered St. Sophia and her daughters brought to Rome. The holy virgins prayed fervently to the Lord asking that He give them the strength and courage not to fear torture or death, knowing they were being summoned. Everyone present was amazed at the composure St. Sophia and her daughters showed when they were brought in front of the Emperor.

St. Sophia publicly refused to deny Christ. Her daughters likewise refused to deny Christ. When St. Sophia refused, the Emperor had her daughters tortured. Guards took Sophia’s daughters one by one, from the eldest to the youngest and beat and tortured them to death.St. Sophia buried her daughters' bodies and remained by their graves for three days until she too gave herself to the Lord. Although St. Sophia did not suffer for Christ in the flesh, she suffered in her heart, thus receiving her martyr’s crown. Believers buried St. Sophia’s body beside her daughters.

Strengthened by her example, Christianity continued to grow much to the frustration of the Emperor.


Parish Council Executive (2018-2020)

Parish PriestFr. Rendy Yackimec
ChairWally Tarnawsky
1st Vice-ChairPhilip Hnatiuk
2nd Vice-ChairKen Lesniak
Past ChairEllen Yakimyshyn
TreasurerJames Krekotin
SecretaryHolly Herbert

Knights of Columbus (St. Sophia Council)

Grand KnightMarc Stychyshyn
Deputy Grand KnightRobert Lychak

Altar Servers

  Fr. Rendy Yackimec

Children’s Programs/First Holy Communion

  Lisa Melnychuk

Kids in Church (Youth)

  Orysia Huk-Richards