Ukrainian bishops seek to be heard over the din of rhetoric

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) —

Beatitude Sviatoslav ShevchukAs the Ukrainian Catholic bishops met in a private audience with Pope Francis Feb. 20, Ukraine was marking its first Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes, commemorating those who died in the Euromaidan movement one year earlier. Renamed the Revolution of Dignity, the four months of demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital, from November 2013 to February 2014, saw 120 people killed; Feb. 20 was the bloodiest day. But as Ukrainians poured into Kiev’s main square to rally for a future aligned with Europe and its values, they probably never imagined they would be drawn into an even bloodier conflict on their eastern border. Continue reading

The Lenten Prayer Of St. Ephrem the Syrian

St Ephrem the SyrianOf all the Lenten hymns and prayers, one short prayer can be termed the Lenten prayer. Tradition ascribes it to one of the great teachers of spiritual life – St. Ephrem the Syrian.

This prayer is read twice at the end of each Lenten service Monday through Friday. At the first reading, a prostration follows each petition. Then we all bow twelve times saying: “God, be merciful to me a sinner…” The entire prayer is repeated with one final prostration at the end. Continue reading

Prayer Intentions: Feb. 22 – Mar. 1

SUNDAY, FEB 22 Sunday of Orthodoxy

  • 5 PM – (Sat night) Vigil Liturgy for Mike and Verna Hryhoryshyn (50th Wedding Anniversary); induction of Ed Stelmach as honourary member of UCBC
  • 6 PM (Sat) – Panakhyda for the repose of the †“Heavenly Hundred”; for the repose of departed members of the UCBC
  • 9:30 AM (Sun) – For all parishioners
  • 11:00 AM – Літургія за всіх парафіян


  • 8 AM – Lenten Sixth Hour; Communion

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St. Martin Ukrainian Bilingual Elementary SchoolSt. Martin Ukrainian Bilingual Elementary School celebrates its 50th anniversary with various planned events last weekend. The celebrations culminated with a special Divine Liturgy with Bishop David Motiuk at St. Basil’s Church. Our congratulations and best wishes to St. Martin School, to all staff, students and alumni!

For more information surrounding this anniversary celebration, goto St. Martin on Facebook.

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)

And now we have reached the very last days before Lent. Already during Meat-Fare Week, which precedes “Forgiveness Sunday,” two days – Wednesday and Friday – have been set apart as fully “Lenten”: The Divine Liturgy is not to be served as and the whole order and type of worship have the liturgical characteristics of Lent. On Wednesday at Vespers we greet Lent with this beautiful hymn: Continue reading

Prayer Intentions: Feb. 15 – Feb. 22


  • 5 PM (Sat) – Liturgy for St. Josaphat Brotherhood; installation of executive
  • 6 PM (Sat) – Great Vespers
  • 9:30 AM (Sun) – Liturgy for all parishioners; general intentions

11 AM (Sun) – Літургія за всіх парафіян; for the repose of +William Tichkowsky



  • 8 AM – Lenten Sixth Hour; Communion

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Prayer with Scriptures

The Observation of Great Lent

THE CHURCH has specially provided the time of GREAT LENT so we can gather our thoughts, so we can focus, and so we can prepare ourselves to greet the day of Pascha (Easter). By way of Great Lent, we must try to grow in what is lacking and to fill in the blanks within our spiritual lives, which have suffered so much due to life’s messes, distractions, and laziness.


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