Patriarch Sviatoslav -2015 French visit

UGCC Head’s pastoral visit to Church of France begins

Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav came to the French capital with pastoral visit that will last until 11 May. In particular today, on May 6, UGCC Primate of is to meet with Ukrainian priests of France, Belgium and Germany during their spiritual retreat led by Bishop Vasyl (Tuchapets).

The appointment of the Head of the UGCC with French officials, including Senator HervéMaurey, President of France-Ukraine Senate group are scheduled for May 7.

At 12.00 His Beatitude will hold a press conference at St. Vladimir Cathedral in Paris. At 18.00, the patriarch will attend the ceremony of the Order of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor Bishop Boris (Gudziak), Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in France, Switzerland and the Benelux countries.

On May 8, at 8.00, the patriarch will serve Mass at the Apostolic Nunciature in Paris. Meeting with cardinals of Franceis also scheduled for this day.

On May 9, at 9:30 am, His Beatitude Sviatoslav will consecrate the chapel in the diocesan house near the Vincennes (27 avenue Foch). On the same day the patriarch is to meet with teachers, parents and children of the School of St. Vladimirin the cathedral. At 18.00, he will celebrate Vespers, then at 19.00 he will meet with the faithful Greek Catholics in the Cathedral of St. Vladimir.

On May 10, His Beatitude Sviatoslav will visit the town of Senlis, where at 9.45 he will lay flowers to the monument of St Anna of Kyiv and to a commemorative plaque to the victims of Holodomor (Place des Arènes). At 11.00, the UGCC Primatewill celebrate the Divine Liturgyin Senlis. On May 11, Head of the UGCC will participate in the discussion roundtable at Robert Schuman Foundation. “We are expecting international community to be in sympathy with Ukraine”, – His Beatitude Sviatoslav to the French journalists

“We are expecting international community to be in sympathy with Ukraine in upholding of its European values. It is a matter of our common future”,

accented the Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, during a meeting with French journalists, His Beatitude Sviatoslav who is staying in France with an official visit (6- 11 of May).

He said that solidarity foresees a long-planning and multilevel cooperation, for example in solving a problem of a humanitarian catastrophe, the biggest in Ukraine since World War II, according to the words of the Head of the UGCC.

The Main Archbishop of the UGCC added that Ukrainian crisis is not only a crisis of Ukraine but this is the crisis of a world security system, paying attention to the fact that, notwithstanding Minsk agreements war is progressing and people continue to die every 7 day. “It is possible to compare that such a terrible tragedy like Charlie Hebdo shooting is recurring in Ukraine every week”, emphasized His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

The Head of the UGCC denoted President of France Francois Hollande’s participation in a peaceful settlement of an armed conflict in Ukraine, in particular in Normandy format.

Regarding that a visit of the Main Archbishop of the UGCC is being held during a ceremony of marking the 70th anniversary of ending in Europe the World War II, a problem of peace and reconciliation became one of his main appeals to the French society.

“The end of war was a victory not in a war but over the war. Unfortunately, in East Europe there was no victory over the war. It is very important for us that a process of reconciliation that once happened between Germany and France, also happen to Ukraine and Russia”, mentioned the head of the UGCC.

When the press-conference was being lasted, the Senate of France was voting for ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. His Beatitude Sviatoslav signified that Revolution of dignity was a testimony of European values in Ukraine. “Ukraine is a European country and we want to be in a family of free, independent European countries”, – emphasized he.

French journalists were also interested in Vatican’s reaction on crisis in Ukraine, dialogues between Churches and religious situation on the occupied territories of Crimea Coast and Donbas.

Today His Beatitude Sviatoslav will participate in an investiture of order of The Honourable legion to bishop Borys (Gudzyak), bishop of a Paris Eparchy of st. Volodymyr Velykyj.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Today, we express our gratitude towards mothers, step-mothers, mothers-in-law, guardian and foster mothers, godmothers and family friends. We thank all mothers and mother figures who took the time care for us and help us through life’s challenges.

May God bless you and may the light of His face shine upon you!

Our prayers are also offered today in remembrance of mothers and mother figures who have passed away. May their memory be eternal in God.

5th Sunday of Holy Pascha: The Samaritan Woman

The Woman at the Well: Thirsty for Truth

Liz Curtis Higgs

The Gospel of John does not reveal the name and age of this woman at the well, but her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture. Reason enough to give our sister from Samaria a fresh look!

It was high noon on a hot day. Jesus, tired from traveling, chose a sensible rest stop—Jacob’s well outside the town of Sychar— while waiting for his disciples to go into town for food. When our unnamed woman appeared with clay jar in hand, Jesus made a simple request: “Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7).

Uh-oh.

  1. Jews weren’t supposed to speak to Samaritans.
  2. Men weren’t permitted to address women without their husbands present.
  3. Rabbis had no business speaking to shady ladies such as this one.

Jesus was willing to toss out the rules, but our woman at the well wasn’t. “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman,” she reminded him. “How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9).

She focused on the law; Jesus focused on grace.

An Offer She Couldn’t Refuse

He began, “If you knew the gift of God …” (John 4:10). If. A tantalizing invitation. And gift. A truly irresistible offering. Especially “the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:15). Instead of insisting she pour him a drink, the Lord offered her “living water” (John 4:10). Water from the ground was common, but living water? Now he had her attention. This polite but gutsy woman pointed out the obvious: “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (John 4:11). Her natural curiosity prompted her to ask questions, as seekers do today. Such queries are no cause for nervousness. Jesus knows how to handle doubt and disbelief.

To quench her spiritual thirst, the Lord first confessed the truth about plain H2O: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again” (John 4:13). Then Jesus made a bold promise: “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John 4:14). In one sentence he shifted from everyday life to everlasting life.

Was our girl ready for that leap of faith? Not quite. She wanted whatever he was offering, but only so she could avoid returning to the well for water. If we’re honest, we get this motivation. Eager to satisfy our physical desires, we overlook our spiritual needs. Time for an intervention.

Speaking the Truth

In Love Jesus told her, “Go, call your husband and come back” (John 4:16). Not an odd request, since women couldn’t converse alone with a man in a public place. But Jesus’ request was more about uncovering truth than about following society’s rules. When she confessed, “I have no husband” (John 4:17), Jesus affirmed her answer, then gently exposed her sin: “The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband” (John 4:18).

Five marriages didn’t make her a sinner. Due to warfare, famine, disease, and injury, men in those days dropped like flies. A widow became either a beggar, a prostitute, or another man’s wife. Each time, this Samaritan woman had chosen the best option. But sharing her bed with a sixth man who wasn’t her husband? That was a sin. Did she fess up? Nope. She changed the subject. She talked about worship, Jerusalem, the differences between Jews and Samaritans. Again, we get her evasion. Finally, the woman at the well did her best to shut Jesus down. “When [the Messiah] comes, he will explain everything to us” (Jn 4:25).

How stunned she must have been at Jesus’ revelation: “I who speak to you am he” (Jn 4:26). The next moment, the arrival of his followers confirmed his identity and gave the woman time to process the truth: The Anointed One had come!

Overjoyed, she left her water jar and went back into town to urge her neighbors, “Come, see a man, who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (Jn 4:29).

In any century, our response to the Lord is the same. We confront our true selves, experience God’s grace, and share the good news.

Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin: The Science and History

Solemn Exposition of an Official Replica
Authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy

This presentation will examine the most intriguing and amazing characteristics of the Shroud of Turin, many of which can be discerned and appreciated only now in our time because of our advanced scientific knowledge and technology.

If it really is the cloth that wrapped the crucified, dead body of Jesus of Nazareth, what are the implications for our faith?

Next presentations will be in St. Josaphat Cathedral

Sunday, April 26 & May 3, 2015
April 26 @ 2PM – Shroud presentation with the film, “Shroud” 
May 3 @ 2 PM –   Shroud presentation with the film, “The Holy Face”
This is a film on the “Cloth of Manopello.”

Cathedral is open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

more details:   The Shroud of Turin: The Science and History

The Myrrhbearing Women – an Icon of Faithfulness & Hope

The Myrrhbearing WomenToday, the Gospel takes us back again to the first sign of the resurrection of Jesus – the Empty Tomb. The witness of the Empty Tomb is the first sign given to the women and to all of us that Jesus has truly risen from the dead.

The women present at the burial of Jesus, were inspired by God and by their love for Jesus to return again to the tomb on the first day of the week, to finish properly the anointing of the body, which was not completed properly on Friday. With great devotion to Jesus, with hope that they will somehow accomplish this plan and with faith that God will help them; they go forth to the tomb early at dawn. Continue reading