- During Great Lent, the Eparchy of Edmonton conducts its annual collection for “Aid to the Missionary Church in Canada.” The purpose of this collection is to support the needs of the Church in Canada. Three charitable institutions are the recipients of the collection: the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta, Catholic Missions in Canada, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta responds to the call of Christ to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20). The Eparchy of Edmonton supports local priests in their travel, health care, pension, and clergy substitution, thus ensuring that they can respond to the pastoral needs of the faithful, especially the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and funerals in rural Alberta. Visit www.edmontoneparchy.com to see how the Church is working for you.
Catholic Missions in Canada supports over 600 missionaries – priests, deacons, sisters, brothers and lay ministers – throughout 27 eparchies and dioceses right here in Canada, including the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Catholic Missions supports the local churches in our call to proclaim the Gospel among Firsts Nations communities, missionary support, religious education programs, building and repairs, lay pastoral leadership programs, and education of seminarians. To learn more about the work of Catholic Missions in Canada visit (www.cmic.info) and sign up for a free subscription to its quarterly magazine by calling toll free 1-866-937-2642.
Each year the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is asked to speak out, give leadership, and provide guidelines for the faithful on a wide variety of topics in our daily lives. For our bishops to do so, they must have the benefit of research and expert advice. Research and gathering information requires staff, time and money. Through the yearly bishops’ collection, an appeal is made to all Catholics to be generous towards the work of their bishops. To learn more about the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, visit www.cccb.ca.
- Catholic Conference 2012: Open Wide the Doors…Welcome the New Evangelization, takes place from March 9-10, in Calgary. Hosted by the Alberta and Northwest Territories Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association. The conference brings together speakers from across the province exploring topics ranging from marriage, faith and culture to pastoral and palliative care and inter-church relationships. The keynote speakers at this year’s conference are Archbishop Gerard Pettipas and Steve Angrisano. Bishop David will offer a workshop entitled “My Parish: Drop-In Centre or a Place to Call Home.” For more information and to register for the 2012 Catholic Conference please visit www.acsta.ab.ca.
- Presbyteral Council meetings – April 10 (2:00-5:00 pm, Chancery), October 1, November 19.
- Clergy Conferences – April 11 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm; followed by Eparchial Sobor on New Evangelization with lay and religious delegates, 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm; Saint Josaphat Parish Hall-Verkhovyna), October 2, November 20.
- Pope Benedict XVI announced that he was calling a forthcoming “Year of Faith.” The Year will begin on 11 October 2012, fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II, and will come to an end on 24 November 2013, Feast of Christ the King.
- Its aim “is to give renewed energy to the Church’s mission to lead men and women out of the desert in which they so often find themselves, and towards the place of life, towards friendship with Christ Who gives us life in all its fullness.” The Year will likewise be an opportunity “to strengthen our faith in Christ and joyfully to announce Him to the men and women of our time,” the Pope said.
- To prepare for this special event, the Eparchy of Edmonton will host an Eparchial Sobor on April 11 on the theme of New Evangelization, the first of several planned sobors on this theme. In addition to clergy, religious and monastics – parishes and parish districts are to be represented at the Sobor by two lay delegates each. For further information, contact your local pastor or the Chancery Office.
- Here is Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on April 29.
- Clergy Study Days, April 30 – May 4, Caroline (note changes). The program begins with 5:00 pm Vespers and supper on Monday and concludes with Divine Liturgy and lunch on Friday.
His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav will make his First Pastoral Visit to Canada on a historical visit to the faithful of the Eparchy of Edmonton. Highlights of his official visit include:
- Saturday, June 2, 11:00 am, Pontifical Divine Liturgy, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Calgary, in commemoration of the Parish’s 100th Anniversary; banquet to follow.
- Sunday, June 3, 10:30 am, Pontifical Divine Liturgy, Saint Stephen Parish, Calgary; reception to follow.
- Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 am, Divine Liturgy with Ukrainian Bilingual students and teachers from Edmonton and Sherwood Park Catholic Schools, Saint Basil Parish, Edmonton.
- Thursday, June 7, 7:30 am, 3rd Annual Bishop’s Prayer Breakfast, Saint Basil Cultural Centre, Edmonton.
- Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am, Pontifical Divine Liturgy, in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Appointment of Bishop-Martyr Nykyta Budka as First Ukrainian Catholic Bishop in Canada, Saint Basil Parish, Edmonton; banquet to follow at Saint Basil Cultural Centre.
- Sunday, June 10, 9:00 am Divine Liturgy, Saint Josaphat Cathedral; reception to follow at Saint Josaphat Parish Hall (Verkhovyna).
- Clergy Retreat – August 20-24, Caroline
- Pope Benedict XVI issued a Message for Great Lent, entitled “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works” (Hebrews 10: 24).
- Patriarch Sviatoslav issued a Pastoral Letter for Great Lent (UKR).
- His Beatitude Sviatoslav issued a Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the 120th Anniversary of the Birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj.
- Archbishop Richard Smith, President, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a Statement following the announcement by the Pope Benedict XVI on the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwith.
- In addition to being part of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic bishops in Canada meet in four regional assemblies: the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly (AEA), the Assemblé des évêques catholiques du Québec (AECQ), the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), and the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB). These regional assemblies enable their members to deal directly with pastoral questions related to the Catholics in their regions.
Established in 1974, the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB) gathers the Catholic Bishops of the Latin Rite and the Eastern Churches (Ukrainian) of the four Western provinces, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. In total, it serves twenty Archdioceses and Dioceses and four Ukrainian Eparchies: Calgary, Churchill-Hudson Bay, Edmonton, Edmonton (Ukrainian Eparchy), Grouard-McLennan, Kamloops, Keewatin-Le Pas, MacKenzie-Fort Smith, Nelson, New Westminster (Ukrainian Eparchy), Prince Albert, Prince George, Regina, Saint-Boniface, Saint-Paul, Saskatoon, Saskatoon (Ukrainian Eparchy), Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Winnipeg, and Winnipeg (Ukrainian Archeparchy).
Most Rev. David Motiuk, Eparchial Bishop of Edmonton, was elected president of the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops at its recent annual meeting held in Victoria.
The Order of Saint Basil the Great, Sacred Heart Province, Canada, recently held its Provincial Chapter, at which time the following were elected to office:
- Very Rev. Gabriel Haber, osbm, Provincial
- Rev. Daniel Wach, osbm, Provincial Vicar
- Brother Stephen Krysak, osbm, Provincial Councillor
- Rev. Josaphat Tyrkalo, osbm, First Substitute, Provincial Councillor
- Rev. Cyril Mykytiuk, osbm, Second Substitute, Provincial Councillor