We are in the unique miraculous place of the apparition of Our Lady, which holds a message and a spiritual call to open the mystery of ecclesiastical history of the whole mankind, and, in particular, the history of our nation. Since we, as no one, when hearing the words about those apparitions of the Mother of God at Fatima, understand that, first and foremost, it’s about us, especially about those who are suffering from the war.
This was said by the Head and Father of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav in his homily during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on October 23 in Fatima, while addressing Ukrainian pilgrims, who arrived there from Portugal, Italy and Spain. The Head of the Church was joined by Bishops of the Synod of the UGCC and other representatives of Eastern Catholic Churches of Europe.
“Imagine that a hundred years ago this was a remote and desolate stony place, where little shepherds herded their sheep into a pasture, – he went on – And it was to them, those illiterate children, that the Mother of God spoke to. She asked them what Jesus Christ asked his first Apostles for.” Continue reading
The fifth bill in Alberta’s history to pass with unanimous consent in a single day, Alberta’s Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day Act, recognizes the enduring contributions of Albertans of Ukrainian heritage to the province.
The Act states that, starting in 2017, Sept. 7 of each year shall be known as “Alberta’s Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day.” The date was chosen to honour the first officially recorded Ukrainian immigrants, Ivan Pylypiw and Vasyl Eleniak, who arrived in Canada on Sept. 7, 1891.
“Our ancestors’ journey to Alberta was often one of sacrifice and uncertainty. They overcame incredible hardships, and this is a way to honour them for generations to come. From agriculture and industry, to politics, academia and culture, they and their descendants helped build this province. I am so proud every one of my colleagues supported the call to celebrate the Ukrainian community’s tremendous contributions.”
—Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade
“This Act is an honour to all Ukrainian descendants who made Alberta home. This acknowledges our contributions to the fabric of Alberta over the last 125 years, not just with our rich culture but to the economic, political, educational and social landscape. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council thanks Minister Bilous for his leadership and the entire legislative assembly who once again made history and made this Act together.”
—Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, President Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council
CALLED TO BE HOLY – Men’s Conference – Nov 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm., Nov.19, 10:00 am – 4:00pm.
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.1 Cor. 16:13,14
All Men age 18 and up are invited to share camaraderie, explore God’s call for them, and come to understand more fully what it means to live today as a man of faith and integrity.
Whether you are single, married, a father or grandfather, you will find something in this conference that will speak to your heart. Topics include: the dialogue between faith and science, living the faith in today’s culture, discipleship in the family, a grandfather’s role in a family of faith, plus much more!
LOCATION: Providence Renewal Centre 3005 – 119 St NW, Edmonton
COST: $35.00, includes snacks and Saturday breakfast and lunch
For information or to register with payment: 780-424-5496
CALLED TO BE HOLY – Men’s Conference
Deadline for registration is Nov.6.
A limited number of rooms are available at a cost for those who wish to stay overnight.
Call Providence Centre: 780-430-9491
On September 4, Pope Francis plans to canonize Mother Teresa, whose life sent the world a single, urgent message: that love and caring are the most important things in life.
Perhaps we can best understand why she is worthy of veneration and imitation by reflecting on some of her own words:
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference toward one’s neighbor who lives at the roadside, assaulted by exploitation, corruption, poverty and disease.
“Those who are a burden to society, who have lost all hope and faith in life, who have forgotten how to smile and no longer know what it means to receive a little human warmth, a gesture of love and friendship—they turn to us to receive a little bit of comfort. If we turn our backs on them, we turn our backs on Christ.
“Our love and our joy in serving must be in proportion to the degree to which our task is repugnant.”
Our prayer today:
Mother Teresa, Saint of Mercy, pray for us that we may truly see the image of God in the spiritually most deprived and disfigured of our brothers and sisters.
On the occasion of Michael Bombak’s ordination to the holy priesthood, we welcome now Fr. Michael and Kim Bombak and family! May God bless you as you begin a chapter in the service of God and ministry to the Church.
Mnohaya Lita! Axios!
Edmonton Eparchy and St. Josaphat are happy to announce the ordination of Deacon Michael to the order of priesthood by the hands of Bishop David Motiuk.
Divine Orders will take place on Friday, January 1st, 4:00 PM, at St. Josaphat Catheral. Reception to follow at St. Josaphat Parish Hall.
Tickets for the reception are now available through either the eparcial chancery office, the parish office or by contacting Dcn. Michael & Kim Bombak.
Sunday, September 27
- Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 1;
- Holy Martyr Callistratus and His Wife;
- Our Venerable Father Nilus, Founder and Hegumen of the Grottaferrata Monastery.
Also, CATECHIST SUNDAY!
COMMISSIONING OF CATECHISTS will take place today, during the 9:30 am Divine Liturgy.
In mid-June 2015, St. Josaphat contracted three restoration carpenters for the restoration of the 33 main floor windows and the construction of new storm windows. The carpenters have been using the rectory garage as their workshop during this project. The project has progressed extremely well and the main floor windows were fully restored and new storm windows were constructed and installed by mid-August. Since were ahead of schedule and under budget we proceeded to complete another 11 windows on the upper area of the west façade of the Cathedral. This work required major scaffolding in order to safely access these areas. The work has been completed. The 16 remaining windows are around the central drum of the main Cathedral dome and will be preserved in 2016. Continue reading
Sister was born of Fred and Pearl Papirnik on March 13, 1947 in Edmonton, Alberta. She received an education from the University of Alberta, then worked in administration there. She entered religious life to the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Joseph in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in October 1983. She professed her first vows in June 1985 and was immediately appointed Provincial Secretary of the Community as well as Administrator of St. Joseph’s Home in Saskatoon. In 1989, she received her Certificate of Health Care Administration through the University of Saskatchewan. At St. Joseph’s Home she cared and served God’s people until the end of her earthly life.
† Sr. Theodosia
March 13, 1947 – April 14, 2015
With heavy hearts, the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Joseph of Saskatoon share the sad news of the passing of their beloved Sister in Christ, Sister Theodosia, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Funeral Services will commence at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015 with Private Prayers in the Chapel of St. Joseph’s Home. Monastic Parastas will follow at 6:00 p.m. in The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George (214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon) followed by night long reading of the Psalms in the Shrine to the Venerable Nun Martyrs Olympia and Laurentia (215 Avenue M South).
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George (214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon).
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. Josaphat (10825-97 Street, Edmonton).
Interment will follow at Saint Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of Sister’s missions on earth, donations may be made to ‘Our Girls’ – orphans in Ukraine (Sisters of St. Joseph) or to the construction of the Ukrainian Catholic Sobor of the Holy Resurrection in Kyiv, Ukraine. May God grant His faithful servant, our beloved Sister Theodosia, peaceful repose among the Saints.
Christ Is Risen! – Indeed He Is Risen!