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The Shroud of Turin Presentation – April 30

Shroud presentation at St. Josaphat UCCYou are invited to attend a presentation on

The Shroud of Turin:

The Most Studied Artifact in Christendom

Discover the facts about this amazing cloth

St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church

10825 – 97 Street, Edmonton 

Date & Time   April 30, 2017  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Shroud of Turin

Presentations will feature the exposition of an official full size photographic replica on cotton cloth which has been produced under the authority of the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy.  Bishop David Motiuk requested a copy of the Shroud and the Archbishop of Turin was pleased to give one to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.  It is one of ten official copies in North America.  As well, four half Shroud upright displays will also be available for viewing.  These were made from photographs taken by Barry Schwortz, the official photographer for the 1978 scientific study of the Shroud.  Photographing the displays is  permitted.

With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, we will examine the most intriguing and amazing characteristics of the Shroud of Turin, many of which can be discerned and appreciated only in our time because of advances in science and technology.

We will address these important questions:

†       What have we learned from science about the authenticity of the cloth?
†       Is there any reason to think it has been elsewhere other than Europe in its history?
†       Are there any connections between church prayers or art with the Shroud of Turin?
†       Are there any other religious artifacts that shed light on the Shroud of Turin?
†       If it is real, what does that mean for our faith?

Testimonials:  “It was so interesting that I didn’t notice two hours had passed.” (parishioner)

“This was a life changing event.” (student)
“This was a very worthwhile presentation.” (teacher)

Edward HeckerOur presenter, Ed Hecker, taught with Edmonton Catholic Schools for 30 years.  He has researched the Shroud for many of those years.  His presentation began as a PowerPoint which he created to share the marvels of the cloth with his students.  He is currently semi-retired and lives in Edmonton.  He has a Bachelor of Theology with a major in Scripture which he earned at Newman Theological College and a Bachelor of Education from the U of A.

For further information or to book a presentation for your group, students or church, please contact Ed Hecker at 780 483 4707 or e_hecker@telus.net

Veneration of the Holy Cross

THIRD SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT

“Veneration of the Cross”

In Ezekiel (9:6) it is said that when the Angel of the Lord was sent to punish and destroy the sinning people, he was told not to strike those on whom the “mark” had been made. In the original text this mark is called “tau,” the Hebrew letter corresponding to the letter “T,” which is how in ancient times the cross was made, which then was an instrument of punishment.

And so, even then was foretold the power of the Cross, which preserves those who venerate it. Likewise, by many other events in the Old Testament the power of the Cross was Continue reading