Constantine the Great and his mother Helena are saints and we celebrate them on May 21. Most Orthodox churches also venerate them as saints. The Roman Catholic Church also regards them as saints. In southern Italy and some parts of Spain there are churches dedicated to St. Constantine and Helena. There is some disagreement about the time and place of his baptism. Most churches hold the view that he was baptized on his deathbed in AD 337 in Nicomedia, not far from Constantinople. It is very interesting that the Coptic Church interprets that St. Constantine was baptized by St. Pope Sylvester in Rome sometime after the persecution of the Christians ceased (after AD 313). I hope I have answered you at least in part.

Why does our Eparchy still practice “first Holy Communion”?

Full Question: Why does our Eparchy still practice “first Holy Communion” when catechumens receive all three sacraments during their baptism. Isn’t a “latinization” that we should move on from if we are to retain the authenticity of our liturgical traditions? Answered...

Why does the Ukrainian Catholic Church not have daily Divine Liturgies?

Full Question: Why does the Ukrainian Catholic Church not have daily Divine Liturgies like the Roman Catholic Church? It seems like it is beneficial for the faithful to receive communion daily.  Response From: Chancery Office Numerous of our churches around Alberta...

If My Father is Catholic and My Mother is Not, Would I be Considered Catholic?

First Question: My father was baptized in one of the Ukrainian Catholic churches in Edmonton.  We are just trying to find out which one. His parents are no longer here.  How would I go about finding out which church?  Response from Pastoral Centre Office: You can...

Why does the West use unleavened bread, whereas the East use leavened? What came first?

Answer from: Fr. Mihajlo PlanchakThank you for the interesting question. It should be emphasized that both methods are correct. Unleavened bread was used in the Old Testament during the Passover meal. The tradition of using leavened bread, risen bread, symbolizes the...

Why catholic but Eastern Rite? How can two different churches be united?

We invited Fr. Kris, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, to help us answer this question in a video on why our church is united!

Is it right for students to use a testbank?

Question: I’m a college student, and I had a classmate who came up with a testbank for review questions for the textbook we have in class. A testbank is basically a list of questions and answers for a certain subject/textbook. It turns out that the professor was using...