- World Day for Consecrated Life was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1997, a day of prayer for those women and men who have devoted their lives to God in consecrated life.This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. On this Feast, candles are traditionally blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.On this day, we honour and celebrate those in consecrated life, in particular, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, the Order of Saint Basil the Great, and the Skete of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross.
Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.
- 2019 Presbyteral Council Meetings: (2:00 – 5:00 pm, Pastoral Centre): March 18, May 13, October 28.
- Clergy Conferences: (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): March 19 (Saint Basil Parish, Edmonton), May 14, November 1.
- Annual Clergy Retreat – June 10-14 (Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline). Retreat Master Rev. Roman Dusanowskyj, Pastor, Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Eparchy of Toronto).
- Annual Clergy Study Days: October 28-31 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton).
- The Catechism of of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, “Christ Our Pascha,” is now available on-line and searchable: In Ukrainian, http://catechismugcc.org/ In English, http://catechism.royaldoors.net/catechism/
- Patriarch Sviatoslav issued a Pastoral Letter entitled “Our Saint Sophia,” on the Occasion of the Centenary of the Renewal of Unity of the Ukrainian Nation and State.
- The Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada renewed the mandate of Rev. Michcael Winn as Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary for a further two years (2019-2021). Father Michael was first appointed Rector in 2009, having now served two five-year terms.At the same time, the Bishops appointed Rev. Mihajlo Planchak, Pastor, Holy Eucharist Parish, Edmonton, as Spiritual Director of Holy Spirit Seminary for the 2018-2019 Seminary Year.
- This year’s Week for Life and the Family will be observed from May 12-19, with the theme, “Listening to the Gospel as a Family.” The material for the 2019 National Week of Life and Family is now available on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’s (CCCB) website,https://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/component/content/article/265-life-and-family/5041-2019-national-week-for-life-and-the-familyThis material has been prepared by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF). The material, which can be freely downloaded and reproduced by parishes, includes: a poster; a prayer card; a proposed plan for pastors and lay pastoral workers on how they might organize the Week; a message from the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S.; proposals for homily notes and Prayers of the Faithful; and suggestions for related events and activities.
- The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis (English Sector) – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops recently developed a new resource on Family Catechesis. The resource provides insight into the value of family catechesis as a means to evangelization not only of children, but of adults who accompany them.The resource includes tips for planning family catechesis, templates with sample learning activities, and links to a variety of websites that offer resources for family catechesis. In addition, the resource includes three embedded videos from dioceses that have introduced new models of family catechesis. Each video provides a unique perspective on the benefits and challenges the diocese s have experienced in their efforts to engage parents more fully in their own faith development and in the faith lives of their children.The resource is available online (in PDF format), free of charge, from the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis (English Sector).
- The Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and other documents pertaining to the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops are now available on the CCCB website at:https://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/archives/synods/294-synod-of-bishops-2018/4962-xvth-ordinary-general-assembly-of-the-synod-of-bishops
- The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) published a joint letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to leaders of all political parties in the House of Commons. This letter was signed by the Council’s 26-member denominations, including the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada and restates a call for the elimination of nuclear weapons around the world and for the Government of Canada to become a signatory to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.A copy of the letter is available on the CCC website:https://www.councilofchurches.ca/news/letter-to-prime-minister-justin-trudeau-on-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/
- On the recommendation of the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the attached resource by the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue (ARC) is being released in the name of the dialogue and entitled New Stories to Tell: Living Ecumenism Today A project of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada.The resource is not a doctrinal publication, but testimonial in nature, offering examples across Canada where Anglican and Catholics have come together in cooperation and dialogue. The stories collected refer to themes from a document published by the second phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.The resource has its value in that it has many lessons for greater Christian dialogue, regardless of one’s religious background.
The resource is well suited for parish settings, and especially for joint study and reflection groups of local parishioners.
The resource is available through the CCCB website (cccb.ca) and the Anglican Church of Canada website. It will likewise be available in individual chapters and in its entirety on the following website: https://churchesindialogue.ca/
- The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a new resource Science and Catholic Faith. This booklet introduces young people to the complementarity between science and Catholic faith. It includes beautiful and insightful posters illustrating the coherence of faith and reason, as well as prompts for educators to use with students to extend learning.The new document is available, at a price of $2.00 per copy, from:https://esubmitit.sjpg.com/cccb/index.aspx?component=ProductDetails&id=184-968
A variety of accompanying posters can be downloaded at the following links:
- A group of you of young adults from the Eparchy of Edmonton and from the Eparchy of Parma (USA) participated in a Christmas pilgrimage to Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Mount Tabor) in Redwood Valley, California. Please see an article written by Alicia Chichak (Saint Basil Parish, Edmonton), entitled “Climbing the Mountain: Young Adults Pilgrim’s Retreat.”
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