Announcements

BULLETIN BY EMAILif you wish to receive a copy of the bulletin by email, please let us know by calling the parish office (780-422-3181) or send your email request to josaphat@telus.net

SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK – View it here

HAPPY BIRTHDAY & BEST WISHES – to Don Hucal, Sophia Sereda and all who celebrated their birthdays or anniversaries this past week or will celebrate this upcoming week. May God bless you with health, happiness and peace! Mnohaya Lita!!!

HOLY FRIDAY VIGIL – Please sign up at the south exit, at the bottom, at the table by the door.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we are offering a catechetical class for children in the church basement auditorium on Sundays, at 9:30 am. Bring your child (or children) downstairs for the lesson!

SUNDAY SCHOOL LIVESTREAM – The weekly Sunday Catechism class will be broadcasted via livestream on Mondays, at 5:30 PM, (YouTube and Facebook). Once posted, the Sunday School lessons can be viewed at any time.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY – BIBLE STUDY IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED – for Divine Services on Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, and Holy Pascha.

BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS – will take place in the church parking lot on Holy Saturday (3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm), and after each Divine Liturgy on Easter (Holy Pascha). Pre[1]registration is required. A

DOMESTIC HELP WANTED – Daytime Help (Full[1]time: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Evening Help (Part-time: Flexible Hours). Seeking an energetic Catholic lady who 6 would like to babysit two children under the age of 3 for $15-16 per hour. Duties would include childcare and household tasks including laundry, deep cleaning and food preparation for the whole family. A working knowledge of English is required. If you are interested, please contact: Racquel Hung ASAP at 587-501-5500.

PRIVATE VISIT, CONFESSION AND HOLY COMMUNION – if you are at high risk and are unable to attend Sunday or weekday Divine Liturgies, please call the parish office or one of the priests directly to make arrangements for a private visit to the church: for prayer, confession, and to receive Holy Communion. We are very flexible. A private schedule can be arrangements for weekday mornings, afternoons, or evenings.

CONFESSIONS – take place on Saturdays, during Vespers and into the first part of the Divine Liturgy (from 4:00 pm – 5:20 pm); on Sundays, from 9:00 am to 9:50 am; and from 11:00 am to 11:35 am. Please, no confessions during the epistle, gospel, and homily. Confessions will continue after the homily.

ST. JOSAPHAT BOOKSTORE – is open upon request. To make arrangements, please contact Ivone Shewchuk at 587-709-5193 or ivoneshewchuk@yahoo.ca

DIRECT DEPOSIT –You may have your church donations regularly transferred to the Cathedral on a monthly basis. If you are interested in beginning in May, please fill out a form and have it into the office no later than April 25, 2021. The form is available: 1. online at our website, 2. you may request one from the parish office, or 3. you may send an email addressed to Andrea Szabo with your request to josaphat@telus.net. All pre-authorized direct deposits are withdrawn on the first business day of each month to help defray the cost of processing fees for the Cathedral. To calculate your monthly donation amount, simply take your weekly donation and multiply

UPDATED GUIDELINES

1.    In Edmonton, face masks are now mandatory for entry into places of worship. You must wear a face mask to enter the church. However, if you have a medical exemption, you are not obligated to wear a mask.

2.    Hand-sanitization at the entrance to the church is required.

3.    The faithful are required to sign in for upon entry. You will need to answer the health questions. You may enter the church for Divine Liturgy if:

a.     You are in good health, with no on-going medical conditions.

b.     You have not been tested for COVID and you are not awaiting test results.

c.      You have not been in contact with someone who has COVID.

d.     You have not travelled outside of the country in the past two weeks.

e.     You do not have cold symptoms such as: a runny hose, a sore throat, persistent cough, sneezing, headache, feel weak or exhausted.

4.    Maintain physical distancing. Families or members of the same household may sit in the same pew.

5.    No policing to take place. If you have any concerns, please inform THE PASTOR. Please refrain from making any judgments and keep in mind that some people are exempt due to health issues.

6.    No congregational singing.

7.    No veneration of icons.

8.    Children are to remain in pews with parents.

9.    Approach Holy Communion – to closest station to you, maintaining physical distancing in accordance with the floor markings.

10.  Exit – by north or south doors.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

NEW EPARCHIAL DIRECTIVES

Bishop David Motiuk

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton

Reverend Clergy,

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

The Government of Alberta updated its COVID-19 restrictions as of November 24, which are in place for at least the next three weeks.

Faith communities are often significant aspects of people’s lives and include intimate and close contact between members. This measure will help limit exposure at these activities, reducing outbreaks and protecting vulnerable members who attend.

Regarding places of worship, the new measures include: In areas of enhanced status, for example Calgary and Edmonton (enhanced status purple areas), a maximum of 1/3 normal attendance and held at normal location, including rental spaces like a community hall.

In the Calgary and Edmonton areas, masks are mandatory, unless you have a medical exemption. Those choosing not to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the church for the safety of other parishioners. In some other areas, masks are also mandatory according to local bylaw. For all other areas, masks are recommended.

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NOTE (Nov. 27th clarification): Those who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt from this regulation. Pastors are asked to ensure that volunteers are not policing people. If there is an instance in which someone is not wearing a mask or refuses to wear one, volunteers should refer this matter to the Pastor, and the Pastor should address the issue with delicacy, discretion and gentleness” (Instructions for Greeters and Volunteers, Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta).

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For all areas throughout the entire Province of Alberta:

  • Two-metre physical distancing between households must be maintained.
  • Hand-sanitizing at entrance/exit to church is required.
  • The faithful are required to sign-in upon entry for tracking purposes should someone present as COVID-19 positive.
  • Ushers are to remind the faithful of the above requirements.
  • Recited liturgies are encouraged. Where singing is practiced, no congregational singing. Rather, a cantor may lead the responses, while the faithful remain prayerfully silent.
  • Online liturgical services are encouraged.
  • In-person faith group meetings can continue but physical distancing and public health measures must be followed.
  • Receptions are not permitted.
  • Maximum of 10 people for weddings, funerals, and baptisms.
    • This includes the officiant, bride/groom, and witnesses
    • This does not include staff or organizers who are not considered an invited guest
    • This applies to any facility, including places of worship and funeral homes.
    • This includes services held indoors or outdoors, seated, or non-seated.

Kindly include these reminders in your parish-bulletins and websites. It will also be helpful to announce the pertinent measures at the beginning of each liturgical service, especially with the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord approaching, with some of our faithful in attendance who may not be familiar with the practices during the pandemic.

My prayers are with you and your faithful as we journey through Saint Philip’s Fast, preparing ourselves for the birth of our Lord.

God bless,

Bishop David