Full Question: Cremation is a popular way today to deal with the body of a lost one. What is the correct procedure for a proper Ukrainian Catholic burial?

Answered by: Fr. Rendy

Response:

The usual practice regarding funerals in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is to have a service (called a Parastas) in the evening before the day of burial. This generally takes place in church, but it can be held in the chapel of the funeral home. On the day of burial, the body is brought to church for the regular funeral liturgy for the deceased.  If cremation is to take place, it should be done after the liturgy, with the proper burial at a cemetery with the urn.  In some cases, for example, when someone passes away in another country or in another province and cremation has already taken place, the urn is to be brought to church, placed on a table beside the tetrapod (the table at the front of the main aisle), and the regular funeral liturgy for the deceased follows.  After liturgy, the urn is taken to the cemetery with the proper burial.

I want to tithe 10% but if I did I wouldn’t be able to pay all my monthly bills. I trust God. How do I get over this?

Answer from: Father Bohdan Tithing, the giving of your “first fruits” (typically at least a tenth of all that you have (before tax!)), is a traditional and biblical way of loving God and one’s neighbour above one’s self.  It shows that we trust that God will take care...

Why be Ukrainian Catholic and not Ukrainian Orthodox?

Your question could also be reversed to read: Why be Ukrainian Orthodox and not Ukrainian Catholic? However you phrase it, there is a tragic separation in the one Church of Kyiv. When the Great Schism divided the Eastern and Western Churches in 1054, the Kyivan Church...

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...

I Cheated More Than Being Academically Honest, What Should I Do?

Answer From: Fr. Jim Shortened Question: Hello Father, Ten years ago when I was in college I cheated more than being academically honest. I finished my Bachelor’s degree and I got my diploma. I got employed after that. While I was employed I cheated on my...

What is a Mortal Sin/When is a Mortal Sin Not a Mortal Sin

Thank you very much for your good question.  The Eastern Churches generally do not characterize sins as mortal in the same way that Roman Catholics distinguish them. In the Roman Catholic Church, sins are categorized as “mortal” and “venial. Simply put, the Catechism...

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...