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Pastoral letter from the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada

Pastoral Greetings from the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada on the Occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord – 2016 (ENG/UKR)


UGCC Head Beatitude Sviatoslav

Christmas Pastoral letter of his Beatitude Sviatoslav

Most Reverend Archbishops and Metropolitans, God-loving Bishops, Very Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters, in Ukraine and throughout the world

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Today our hearts are filled with lightsome Christmas joy. The eternal God becomes man, so that man might be united and reconciled with Him forever. The Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin from Nazareth and allows Himself to be carried in human arms. For us, Christians, this great and unfathomable Mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God is the key to knowing the nature of God and understanding the history of salvation. The Nativity of Christ shows us who God is and who we are to be in relation to Him and to one another. Continue reading

Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Christmas Message of His Beatitude Sviatoslav

(Unofficial translation)
To the Most Reverend Archbishops and Metropolitans, God-loving bishops, honourable clergy, reverend religious, and beloved brothers and sisters in Ukraine and throughout the diaspora.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased! (Luke 2:14)

Christ is born! Let us glorify Him!

The evangelist Luke proclaims the words spoken by the angel who appeared to the shepherds: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; Continue reading

Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Catechism “Christ – our Pascha”

The Head of the UGCC charged priests to expound each community on Catechism “Christ – our Pascha”

The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav reminded priests not to forget about their status of being the first catechists, teachers of the righteous life at their parishes. Therefore, they are obliged to initiate and guide the whole catechistic process which should embrace all the parishioners.

It is signified in His Beatitude’s Sviatoslav appeal to the faithful of the UGCC on the Catechist’s Day on occasion of the Year of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.

The Head of the Church, talking about the importance of a catechist’s mission, cites the words of a righteous metropolitan Andrey, who told that the most important in a Catechesis is a training to pray. Up to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Metropolitan Andrey, in this case, was talking about a catechesis as an art. “As a sculptor creates an art work, the same a priest, with a work not less artistic, with a soft wax of a childish soul creates an image and similarity of Jesus Christ. He seems to paint an icon of Christ and, obviously, the more he inserts assiduity and artistic skills in this work… the more he inserts his prayer and sacrifice into this work, the higher and better appears to be the work of his hands”. Continue reading

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.


Pastoral Letter of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada


To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics and Religious Sisters and Brothers, Seminarians and Laity of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada: Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

“Behold, today is the day of the Resurrection, let us glory in the Feast; let us embrace one another in joy…” (from the stichera of Resurrection Matins)

The glorious proclamation of Our Lord’s Resurrection marks the most joyous and transformative event in human history. During the Resurrection Matins we are overwhelmed by the power of God’s graciousness, a power that moves us to recognize more clearly the meaning of life itself: human life. “Come, o faithful! Let us drink a new drink . . . springing from the tomb which is a fountain of immortality.” On this day our world is transfigured; we stand with the apostles on Mt. Tabor and revel in the transfigured Lord who teaches us that death is conquered, the devil is vanquished! Continue reading

Christmas Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav

Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav ShevchukMost Reverend Metropolitans, Archbishops and Bishops, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Venerable Religious and Monastics, Beloved Brothers and Sisters, in Ukraine and throughout the world

Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

Christ is Born!

With these angelic words from heaven, Christ’s Church announces news of salvation. Today Continue reading

Synodal letter to the faithful of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and to all people of good will regarding the social and political situation in Ukraine of the eve of parliamentary elections

UGCC Synod of Bishops

[su_heading size=”12″ align=”left” margin=”8″]Be not afraid nor be troubled, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you will go (Joshua 1:9)[/su_heading]

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For almost a year, our entire nation has been on a pilgrimage to authentic freedom. After having gone through a liberating experience with the revolution of dignity, we then endured a tragic armed conflict, the annexation of Crimea, and military incursion into Eastern Ukraine by a neighbouring country. We are living through a difficult economic crisis and are constantly facing challenges in the political sphere. How can we be certain that God is with us? Continue reading


Most Reverend Archbishops and Bishops,
Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers,
Venerable Brothers and Sisters, Dearly Beloved in Christ of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

UGCC Head Beatitude SviatoslavBeloved in Christ,

In the midst of this year’s challenges and uncertainty, Pascha, “the day which the Lord has made” (Ps 117:24), is for us a day of inexpressible joy and hope. On the brightest feast of Christ’s Resurrection, our Holy Church celebrates the mystery of opposites reconciled: burial and resurrection, death and life, crucifixion and glory, sorrow and joy. This is the great Paschal Mystery – the very Continue reading

His Beatitude Sviatoslav placed the Ukrainian people under the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God

Beatitude Patriarch SviatoslavThe Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) renewed the Act of Consecrating Ukraine to the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God. “Unto Your Holy Intercession Blessed Virgin, receive your children, oh, Most Holy,” said the Church Primate.

The renewal of the Act of Consecrating the Ukrainian people to Continue reading