- Pope Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Missionary Month to be celebrated this October: Baptized and Sent, the Church of Christ on Mission in the World (see below for more details). To mark the Extraordinary Missionary Month, parishes/parish districts within the Eparchy of Edmonton are invited to celebrate the role families play in passing on the Gospel message to their children and grandchildren.
In particular, parishes/parish disctricts are invited to organize during the month of October a special Divine Liturgy – one of the regularly scheduled Sunday Divine Liturgies, or another day – to honour and bless couples who are celebrating their 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversaries (and other significant years). Children and grandchildren are invited to be present on this jubilee occasion with their parents and grandparents.
Pastors are asked to include a special petition in the Divine Liturgy for the couples’ intention, and to invite the couples together with their families to come forward at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy for a special blessing.
Families are indeed missionaries, sharing the Good News of the Gospel with their children.
May Christ bless them abundantly with his love!
- During the month of September, the Eparchy of Edmonton conducts its annual Vocations and Seminary Collection. “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” It likewise takes the support of the whole Church to form a deacon, priest, religious, monastic and lay member for ministry in the Church. It also takes our support to offer on-going education and formation for those already in sacred orders or involved in lay ministry.
The faithful can acknowledge the role they play in nurturing vocations by offering their financial support to help defray such expenses as formation programs, retreats, conferences, seminars, tuition, books, and room and board.
The collection supports Holy Spirit Seminary, Edmonton; the Basilian House of Studies, Edmonton; the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate Novitiate, Winnipeg; Clergy Study Days; and the Eparchial Diaconal and Lay Ministry Formation Programs;
The collection also assists the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Toronto, which serves the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada by providing academic and spiritual formation for our future Church leaders.
Studying at Holy Spirit Seminary this year are:
- Subdeacon Cyril Kennedy (Doctoral Studies in Sacred Scripture, Catholic University, Washington, DC);
- Roman Kobyletskyy (Pastoral Internship, Saint Josapaht Cathedral);
- Julian Savaryn (Theology Studies, Newman Theological College, Edmonton)
- Orion Wiebe (Philosophy/Theology Studies, University of Alberta/Newman Theological College, Edmonton)
The suggested donation amount is $25.00 per family.
Thank you for your generosity! May God bless you and your families!
- The annual Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church will take place from September 1-10 in Rome. This year’s theme is “Soprychastia (communion) in the Life and Witness of the Ukrainian Catholic Church,” which builds upon Vision 2020 and the Vibrant Parish Spiritual Renewal Program. Pope Francis will receive the entire Synod of Bishops, an historic moment, in a special papal audience. Please pray for our bishops that the Holy Spirit may grant them wisdom and guide and bless their episcopal pastoral ministry, at service to the Church and for God’s greater glory.
- The Annual Plenary Meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will take place from September 23-27 in Cornwall, Ontario. Please pray for our bishops that the Holy Spirit may grant them wisdom and guide and bless their episcopal pastoral ministry, at service to the Church and for God’s greater glory.
- The World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on September 29. This year’s theme, highlighted in Pope Francis’ Message, is “It is not just about migrants.” With this theme, Pope Francis desires that the plight of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, and victims of human trafficking remain in our hearts and in our prayers, and are included among our concern for all marginalized people. The Holy Father’s Message is available at: vatican.va
- The 39th Biannual Conference of the Ukrainian Catholic Council (Centralia) – Eparchy of Edmonton will take place October 18-20, 2019, at Saint Josaphat Cathedral/Chateau Louis Conference Centre, Edmonton.
This year’s special guest is Bishop Ken Nowakowski, Eparchy of New Westminster, who will speak to the convention theme of “The Vibrant Parish….. the Next Steps – My Response.” The Ukrainian Catholic Council comprises the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada, the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada, the Ukrainian Catholic Youth of Canada, and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy Chapter Knights of Columbus.
Given that the Convention celebrates the contribution of our lay organizations in the life of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta, for the very first time, representatives of our Parish Pastoral Councils throughout the Eparchy of Edmonton will be invited to participate.
- 2019 Presbyteral Council Meetings: (2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pastoral Centre): October 28. Providence Renewal Centre.
- Clergy Conferences: November 1 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Providence Renewal Centre).
- The Eparchy of Edmonton invites you to participate in a Cantoring Course at Saint Josaphat Cathedral, Edmonton, on Friday, October 25 (6-9 pm) and Saturday, October 26 (9 am to 4 pm, concluding with Vespers). Topics include: the Divine Liturgy, 8 Resurrectional Tones, and various changeable parts for major Feasts. Everything will be covered in English and Ukrainian (including transliteration).
Details to follow.
For more information, contact Dr. Melanie Turgeon at [email protected]
- Annual Clergy Study Days: October 28-31 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton). Led by Dr. Stéphane Saulnier, Newman Theological College (Professor, Head of Scripture, History, Foundations Department, Director of Undergraduate Programs).llege (Professor, Head of Scripture, History, Foundations Department, Director of Undergraduate Programs).
- 2020 Annual Clergy Retreat: May 25-29, 2020 (Sanctum Retreat Centre).
- Upon the recommendation of Very Rev. Gabriel Haber, osbm, Provincial Superior, Bishop David made the following appointments, effective October 1, 2019:
- Daniel Wach, osbm, Pastor, Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Mundare;
- Cyril Mykytiuk, osbm, Assistant Pastor, Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Mundare; and
- Damian Dutka, osbm, Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Vegreville, and Saint John the Baptist Parish, Borschiw.
- From information gathered for the 2018 Annual General Statistical Questionnaire on behalf of the Vatican Secretariat of State, as of December 31, 2018 the Eparchy of Edmonton has (by way of comparison, 2017 numbers are included in brackets):
- Ukrainian Catholic population of 28,750, with 4,739 in regular Sunday attendance (2017: 4,819)
- 81 parishes and missions (2017: 81)
- 30 eparchial priests (31)
- 10 religious priests (9)
- 3 deacons (3)
- 4 eparchial seminarians (4) ; 1 religious seminarians (1)
- 12 women religious (13)
- 4 men religious (5)
- 168 baptisms (197)
- 102 First Communions (121)
- 43 marriages (39)
- 236 funerals (232)
- 255 children in catechism (267)
- 56 catechists (65)
- The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation has released a new agreed statement entitled The Vocation and Mission of the People of God: “A Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation”.
The Consultation is co-chaired by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is represented on the dialogue by Father Alexander Laschuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Father Luis M. Melo of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation is sponsored jointly by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Since its establishment in 1965, the Consultation has issued some 30 agreed statements on various topics. These texts are available on the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and interreligious/ecumenical/orthodox/index.cfm).
The joint text is not an official document of either Church, nor of the CCCB or USCCB, but was prepared by theologians from both traditions and submitted to the members of their sponsoring bodies for prayerful reflection and discussion.
- The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has recently published a resource entitled Our Roman Catholic Neighbours. The resource was written by the EFC for the members of the Evangelical churches in Canada to help build bridges of understanding with their Catholic neighbours.
In a similar manner, in October 2016, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue published Our Evangelical Neighbours – A Catholic Reflection on Evangelical Christianity ,
Both the resource and the CCCB President’s accompanying letter are available on the EFC website at https://www.evangelicalfellowship.ca/Resources/Documents/Our-Roman-Catholic-Neighbours.
- “Sister Emily Schietzsch – Sister Servant fulfils childhood dream with final vows,” by Kyle Greenham, Grandin Media, August 7, 2019.
- Pope Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Missionary Month to be celebrated October 2019: Baptized and Sent, the Church of Christ on Mission in the World.
The Holy Father invites us to live out each day Jesus’ The Commissioning of the Disciples, where he says, “Go therefore and 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. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28: 19-20). Pope Francis writes: “May the Extraordinary Missionar Month prove an intense and fruitful occasion of grace, and promote initiatives and above all prayer, the soul of all missionary activity. May it likewise advance the preaching of the Gospel, works of Christian charity, and practical works of cooperation and solidarity between Churches, so that missionary zeal may revive and never be wanting among us.” The Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019. The Theme of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 For the Extraordinary Missionary Month, the Holy Father has chosen the theme “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World.” Awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, are themes that combine the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV in Maximum Illud with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church” (EG 15). How to Live the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
There are four dimensions, specified by the Pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019:
- A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and communal prayer;
- Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs and confessors of the faith, as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world;
- Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological;
- Missionary charity.
Prayer proposed by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world.
Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
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