- A Solemn Exposition of an Official Replica of the Shroud of Turin, authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, will take place at Saint Josaphat Cathedral from March 4 to April 10 and on April 18-19. For more information, contact Saint Josaphat Cathedral at stjosaphat.ab.ca or (780) 422-3181. Admission by donation of a food item to the Food Bank.
The Exposition is sponsored by the Eparchy of Edmonton as part of its 25 Year Pastoral Plan in spiritual renewal.
From childlike curiosity through the path of discovery to the journey of faith!
- 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. Visitwww.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.
- Presbyteral Council meetings – March 17 (2:00-5:00 pm, Chancery), May 22, September 22, November 17.
- Clergy Conferences – March 18, (Saint Basil the Great Parish, Edmonton), May 23, September 26, November 18.
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is coming to Alberta from March 27-30 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. This will be the last of seven national events that have been taking place across Canada over the past four years. The Edmonton national gathering, together with the preparation leading to it, represents an important historical moment for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, and for everyone who calls Alberta home.The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories invite all Catholics to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation event in Edmonton. In the letter of invitation, the bishops also express an apology to those who suffered harm at the Indian Residential Schools that were administered by Catholic dioceses or religious communities.
- 25th Anniversary of the Legalization of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine, Commemorative Concert – April 29, 7:30 pm, Saint Josaphat Cathedral.
- Pope Francis issued his Message for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to take place on May 11, on the theme of “Vocations: Witness to the Truth”.
- The 2014 Canadian National Week for Life and the Family will be held May 12-18 on the theme “Families united in the joy of the Lord.” The dates for this year’s celebration of life and the family coincide in part with those for the 2014 Semaine québécoise des familles, and also with the United Nations World Day of Families, May 15.
- The 48th World Day of Social Communications will be celebrated on June 1, the Sunday before the Feast of Pentecost. Pope Francis’ Message for the occasion, entitled “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter”.
- Eparchial Sobor on Vision 2020: The Vibrant Parish, the Place to Encounter the Living Christ – May 23-24, Saint Josaphat Cathedral Hall (Verkhovyna).
- The 48th World Day of Social Communications will be celebrated on June 1, the Sunday before the Feast of Pentecost. Pope Francis’ Message for the occasion, entitled “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” is attached.
- Clergy Study Days – June 23-27, Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel” led by Rev. Stefano Penna (Newman Theological College); and “A Closer Look at the Shroud of Turin,” Sanctum Retreat, Caroline.
- Clergy Retreat – September 22-25, Rev. John Sianchuk, cssr, Retreat Master, Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton.
- Pope Francis has written a letter to families asking them to pray for the next Synod of Bishops, which will be celebrated in the Vatican in October on the theme of “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation.”“Dear families, with this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family…. (Full text).
- Pope Francis confirmed the erection of the Exarchate of Crimea by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, with territory from the current Eparchy of Odessa-Crimea.
At the same time, the Holy Father gave his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Rev. Mykhaylo Bubniy, cssr, as first bishop of the Exarchate of Crimea. The bishop-elect was born in Khlivchany, Ukraine in 1970. He took religious vows in 1996 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He holds a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He has served in pastoral roles in Novoiavorivsk, Kokhavino and Lviv. He is currently superior of the Community of Redemptorist Fathers in Ivano-Frankivsk and priest in the parish of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in the same city.
The pope also confirmed the transfer of Bishop Vasyl Ivasiuk from the Exarchate of Odessa-Crimea to the Eparchy of Kolomyia-Chernivtsi.
- As noted earlier, Pope Francis convened the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from October 5-19, 2014, on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation.” Episcopal conferences worldwide were invited to comment on the various questions raised in the Preparatory Document. A synthesis of the responses received from the various dioceses and eparchies across Canada as prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The results will now form in part the study document for bishops and others to consider in preparation for the General Assembly.
- “He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” is the title of Pope Francis’ Message for Great Lent 2014. The title is drawn from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians in which the apostle encourages them to show their generosity by helping their brothers in Jerusalem, who were experiencing difficulties. In the document, the pope explores the meaning of St. Paul’s invitation to evangelical poverty in our times.
- The Pontifical Council for the Laity made available the Message of the Holy Father for the 29th World Youth Day on the theme “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).
The next Intercontinental Youth Pilgrimage will be held in Krakow in 2016. On the road to Krakow, the pope writes, “As a way of accompanying our journey together, for the next three years I would like to reflect with you on the Beatitudes found in the Gospel of Saint Matthew (5:1-12). This year we will begin by reflecting on the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). For 2015 I suggest: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). Then, in 2016, our theme will be: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).
The document is available in several languages on the Vatican website at: www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/messages/youth/index_en.htm
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