- The 2013 Annual Parish Reports (general info, parish census and sacrament statistics) are to be forwarded to the Chancery Office prior to December 31, 2013.Pastors are kindly requested to forward to the Chancery Office by January 31, 2014 (or shortly after their annual general parish meeting) the following documents for each parish or mission in their pastoral care:
- A current list of the Parish Council Members, including position, name, address, telephone and e-mail.
- 2013 Financial Statements, as well as a copy of the annual T3010A Registered Charity Information Return (for parishes who issue income tax receipts).
- A photocopy of the Baptismal, Marriage and Death Registers entries for the year 2013.
- The World Day of Peace is celebrated January 1. Attached is Pope Francis’ Message on the occasion, on the theme of “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace.”
- The 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on January 19, 2014. Pope Francis’ theme for this year’s Message is: “Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World.
- Parishes and organizations are once again invited to share the joyous news of Our Lord’s Birth with Bishop David with the age-old custom of Christmas Carolling. Please contact the Chancery Office to schedule a time on Saturday, January 18 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm).
- The Ukrainian Musical Society of Alberta will hold its annual Concert of Carols, 3:00 pm, Sunday, January 26, at Saint Josaphat Cathedral. Join Bishop David and Bishop Ilarion (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) on this festive occasion in celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord.
- The 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will conclude with an Ecumenical Prayer Service with the participation of the leaders of the various Christian faith communities in the Edmonton area at 7:00 pm, Sunday, January 26 at Saint Matthias Anglican Church (6210 – 188 Street). The roots of the Week go back to the 1800s. It is one of the oldest, most widely observed ecumenical events in the world. This particular week is chosen because it represents an octave which begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul (according to the Western Christian calendar).
Finding ways to pray together during this January week means that we are in harmony with people around the world, which brings its own graces; in this way, we join with all who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity.
This year’s liturgy for the Week of Prayer will have a particular reference to Christianity as it is lived out in Canada. The theme for the week is: “Has Christ been Divided?” based on 1 Corinthians 1: 1-17.
Join Bishop David in this ecumenical endeavour!
- The 22nd World Day of the Sick will take place February 11. This year’s theme is “Faith and Charity: We Too Must Give Our Lives for the Brethren.” (A summary of Pope Francis’ message for the event).
- Presbyteral Council meetings – March 17 (2:00-5:00 pm, Chancery), May 22, September 22, November 17.
- Clergy Conferences – March 18, May 23, September 26, November 18.
- 25th Anniversary of the Legalization of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine, Commemorative Concert – April 29, 7:30 pm, Saint Josaphat Cathedral.
- Eparchial Sobor on Vision 2020: The Vibrant Parish, the Place to Encounter the Living Christ – May 23-24, Saint Josaphat Cathedral Hall (Verkhovyna).
- Clergy Study Days – June 23-27.
- Clergy Retreat – September 22-25.
- “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus”; thus begins the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, by which Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world, drawn from, among other sources, the contribution of the work of the Synod held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October 2012 on the theme “The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith.” Here is a synthesis of the Apostolic Exhortation. The full text of the Apostolic Exhortation is available at: www.vatican.va/evangelii-gaudium/en/index.html
- Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi as Apostolic Nuncio to Canada. Archbishop Bonazzi was previously apostolic nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
- Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has a new website. Its design has been completely changed, and the content includes a number of resources: COLF publications on life and family, workshop guides, reflections on urgent topics, testimonies, and even gift ideas. Visitors are also invited to become subscribers by filling out a form, which will give them access to regular email updates on the most recent COLF initiatives and publications. The address for the English-language opening page of the new COLF website is http://www.ocvf.ca/index.php/en/.
- The joint Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace campaign for the typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines has raised $3,632,508.85, to be matched dollar for dollar by the Government of Canada. Three of our larger Ukrainian Catholic parishes which have reported their amounts have raised some $25,000 towards the relief efforts.
Bishop David, the entire Chancery staff and volunteers extend to the clergy, religious, monastic, and faithful of the Eparchy of Edmonton a joyous celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and prayerful best wishes for the New Year.
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