- 6:00 pm, Holy Thursday, April 5, Saint Josaphat’s Cathedral: Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop David, Consecration of the Holy Myrrh, and Re-enactment of the Washing of the Disciple’s Feet. Holy Thursday marks the Institution of the Eucharist and of the Priesthood. Parishioners from all parishes are welcome.
- 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.
- 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 4:30 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, 10:00 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 the 27th World Youth Day, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4.4). World Youth Day is celebrated on Palm (Flowery) Sunday, April 1.
- The 2012 edition of the Annuario Pontificio or pontifical yearbook was recently published. Among some of the salient facts contained in the new yearbook are:
In 2011, the Pope erected eight new episcopal sees, one personal ordinariate and one military ordinariate. One archdiocese and eight dioceses were elevated to the rank of metropolitan see; one prelature, one apostolic vicariate and one apostolic prefecture were elevated to the rank of diocese, and one sui iuris mission was elevated to the rank of apostolic prefecture.
The number of Catholics in the world grew from 1,181 million in 2009 to 1,196 million in 2010, an increase of fifteen million faithful, corresponding to a growth of 1.3 percent. Over the last two years the presence of baptised Catholics in the world has remained stable at around 17.5 per cent.
The number of Catholics with respect to the total population varies considerably between the continents. Their numbers have dropped in South America (from 28.54 per cent to 28.34 per cent) and in Europe (from 24.05 per cent to 23.83 per cent), while they have increased in Africa (from 15.15 per cent to 15.55 per cent) and in South-East Asia (from 10.47 per cent to 10.87 per cent).
The number of bishops went from 5,065 to 5,104, a growth of 0.77 per cent. This increase involved Africa (sixteen new bishops), America (fifteen) and Asia (twelve), while numbers fell slightly in Europe (from 1,607 to 1,606) and in Oceania (from 132 to 129).
The steady increase in the number of priests which began in the year 2000 has continued. In 2010 their numbers stood at 412,236, composed of 227,009 diocesan priests and 135,227 regular priests; whereas in 2009 they numbered 410,593 (275,542 diocesan and 135,051 regular). The number of clergy has increased in Asia (by 1695), Africa (765), Oceania (52) and the Americas (42), while their numbers have fallen by 905 in Europe.
Numbers of permanent deacons have increased by 3.7 per cent, from 38,155 in 2009 to 39,564 in 2010. They are present above all in North America and Europe, which respectively represent 64.3 per cent and 33.2 per cent of the world total.
The negative tendency in the number of non-ordained male religious reversed, as their number passed from 54,229 in 2009 to 54,665 in 2010. Numbers fell by 3.5 per cent in South America and by 0.9 per cent in North America, in Europe they remained stationary while Asia and Africa saw an increase of 4.1 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively.
The number of female religious is undergoing a strong decline, moving from 729,371 in 2009 to 721,935 in 2010. Numbers fell by 2.9 per cent in Europe, by 2.6 per cent in Oceania and by 1.6 per cent the Americas. Nonetheless they increased by around 2 per cent in both Africa and Asia.
The number of students of philosophy and theology in diocesan and religious seminaries has increased constantly over the last five years, from 114,439 in 2005 to 111,990 in 2010, a growth of 4 per cent.
Numbers of major seminarians have fallen by 10.4 per cent in Europe, and by 1.1 per cent in the Americas, but are increasing in Africa (14.2 per cent,) Asia (13 per cent) and Oceania (12.3 per cent).
- The Eparchy of Edmonton has launched its 25 Year Pastoral Plan on the New Evangelization.
Over the past several years, the Eparchial Pastoral Council has embarked upon an ambitious endeavour in discerning and preparing a 25 Year Pastoral Plan for the Eparchy of Edmonton. The fruits of their labour are now complete.
The 35 page document, entitled “Evangelization, A New Springtime – Encountering the Person of Christ,” will serve as a blueprint for long-term future pastoral planning and programming within the Eparchy.
Bishop David called for the pastoral plan in a desire to discern where the Holy Spirit is calling us to be as Church twenty-five years from now, and how will we get there. The pastoral plan was launched on the Feast of the Annunciation, the Feast of the Good News; and the pastoral plan is Good News!
The faithful are invited to download and read the document at www.edmontoneparchy.com.
His Excellency Bishop David and the entire Chancery staff and volunteers extend to the clergy, religious, monastic, and faithful of the Eparchy of Edmonton a blessed and holy celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
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