- 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.
- Holy Thursday and Institution of the Eucharist – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop David and concelebrating clergy, consecration of Holy Chrism, and Washing of the Feet of the Disciples, followed by a dinner in honour of the gift of priesthood, will take place 11:00 am, Thursday, March 24 at Saint Josaphat Cathedral.
All parishioners are welcome! Tickets for the dinner may be purchased through Saint Josaphat Cathedral (780 422-3181).
- The National Week for Life and the Family will be celebrated May 8-15. The dates of the National Week are determined primarily by the United Nations 1993 resolution which declared May 15 the International Day of Families.
Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is in the process of preparing resources to help parishes in the celebration of Life and the Family.
- 2016 Clergy Conferences (10:00–4:00 pm):
- Tuesday, May 10
- Tuesday, October 21
- 2016 Presbyteral Council meetings (Chancery Office):
- Monday, May 9 (note special time – 3:30–5:30 pm followed by 7:00 pm “Moleben for Life” at Saint Josaphat Cathedral)
- Monday, October 17 (2:00–4:00 pm)
- 2016 Annual Clergy Retreat – June 13-17, Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline.
- 2016 Annual Clergy Study Days – October 17-20 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton) with Very Rev. Peter Galadza, Professor, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute (Ottawa) on “Byzantine Funeral Rites: History and Theology.”
- The 7th Annual “Bishop’s Prayer Breakfast” will take place 7:30 – 9:00 am, Wednesday, June 1, at Saint Josaphat’s Cathedral Hall – Verkhovyna (9637 – 108 Avenue), Edmonton.
The event supports through prayer our clergy, religious, monastics and laity in their leadership roles in continuing the mission of Christ in sharing the Good News among the people of God.
Tickets $25.00 per person. $200 for a table of 8 persons. For tickets and more information, contact the Chancery Office at (780) 424-5496; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop David made the following pastoral assignments:
- Right Rev. William Hupalo, Administrator of Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish, Lloydminster; Saint Olha Parish, Vermiliion; and Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Fidelity – owing to the medical leave of Rev. Myron Pyszcz.
- Michael Bombak – Assitant Pastor, Saint Josaphat Cathedral.
- The Catholic Bishops of Alberta issued a Statement on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. The Statement follows on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February 2015 to strike down Canada’s existing laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The letter speaks directly to the need for consultation, the protection of vulnerable persons, and upholding conscience rights. The Bishops addressed a similar letter directly to Premier Rachel Notley.
Following the release of the report Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach, by the Special Joint Committee of the Government of Canada on Physician-Assisted Dying, the Bishops issued a further statement raising concerns about the proposed legislation.
- The Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat – Canadian Province, held a Chapter of Elections from February 1-6 in Edmonton to elect a new Provincial Council. The results of the election are:
Very Rev. Gabriel Haber, Provincial Superior
Joseph Pidskalny, First Consultor and Vicar
Daniel Wach, Second Consultor and admonitor; and
Zachary Shwaluk, Secretary and Bursar.
Многая Літа! God grant them many years!
- 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!
- Pope Francis’ Prayer for Mercy
Pope Francis has composed a special prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will run from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016.
In the prayer, the Holy Father entreats the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.”
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
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