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The Shroud of Turin Presentation – April 30

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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

First Day of the Great Fast (Clean Monday)

Fasting and Abstinence Rules Prescribed for the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church | 2015


I Forgive You


Why forgive?

There are many good reasons. The first reason is excellent: God commands us to forgive. It is not an option. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.” (Mk. 11:25-26). “Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Mt 18:21)

Secondly, forgiveness heals. Un-forgiveness robs us of true joy and peace. It also can cause physical and mental problems, such as depression, despair, bad dreams, unrefreshing sleep, and difficulties in prayer. Forgiveness restores true freedom, peace and joy. Continue reading

Sunday of Cheesefare: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise

As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendants became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today Continue reading

Icon of the Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son: Bible Story Summary, Analysis and Themes

By Jack Wellman

The parable of the Prodigal Son is a story about God’s redemptive grace and mercy.  It is a story of His unconditional love and forgiveness.  It is about God seeking sinners.  In Luke 15, Jesus tells about the youngest son coming to his father to ask for his inheritance ahead of time.  The youngest son would only receive one-third of the father’s inheritance in accord to the Old Testament laws in Deuteronomy 21:17.  He then took the inheritance and ran away to spend it all on having a good time. He had plenty of “friends” to help him spend it but quickly ran out of his inheritance funds.  Then he was reduced to working in a pig pen and the pigs ate better than he.  For a Jew, to tend to pigs was the height of humiliation since they were deemed unclean according to the Old Testament dietary laws.  He thought of his father’s servants who were at least fed well and had shelter at night.  The young son had reached the end of his rope and came back home. He was accepted with open arms by his father.  The older son was outraged; he was angry that his father had allowed his brother to return and even more disturbing was the gift of a robe, a ring, and a pair of sandals and a huge feast, in his honor, with the choicest of the fatted calves.

Key Questions to Consider for Prodigal Son Parable

Why would Jesus tell this parable with the religious leaders and the Jewish crowd there?  What would their reaction have been?  What would the Jewish leaders have done to the son when he came back home?  Why did Jesus feel the need to tell this parable to the Jewish leaders? Continue reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son(From

The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God. We are given every assurance by the Master that our heavenly Father will receive us with joy and gladness. We must only “arise and go,” confessing our self-inflicted and sinful separation from that “home” where we truly belong (Luke 15:11-24).

After the Polyeleos at Matins, we first hear the Lenten hymn “By the Waters of Babylon.” It will be sung for the next two Sundays before Lent begins, and it serves to reinforce the theme of exile in today’s Gospel.

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee


Publican and PhariseeThe Sunday after the Sunday of Zacchaeus is devoted to the Publican and the Pharisee. At Vespers the night before, the TRIODION (the liturgical book used in the services of Great Lent) begins.

Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee who scrupulously observed the requirements of religion: he prayed, fasted, and contributed money to the Temple. These are very good things, and should be imitated by anyone who loves God. We who may not fulfill these requirements as well as the Pharisee did should not feel entitled to criticize him for being faithful. His sin was in looking down on the Publican and feeling justified because of his external religious observances.

The second man was a Publican, a tax-collector who was despised by the people. He, however, displayed humility, and this humility justified him before God (Luke 18:14).

The lesson to be learned is that we possess neither the Pharisee’s religious piety, nor the Publican’s repentance, through which we can be saved. We are called to see ourselves as we really are in the light of Christ’s teaching, asking Him to be merciful to us, deliver us from sin, and to lead us on the path of salvation.