BULLETIN BY EMAIL – if 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW EPARCHIAL DIRECTIVES – Bishop David has issue new eparchial directives, which are included in today’s bulletin. Please read them!
CURRENT CAPACITY – According to the new directives, attendance in places of worship is reduced to 1/3 of the space capacity. Our official capacity for St. Josaphat Cathedral is 450 people (the certificate is posted on the south entrance bulletin board). One third of 450 is 150 people. However, our average attendance at Divine Liturgy is 60-80 people, and we strive not to exceed this number. Note that we have added a Divine Liturgy to our Sunday schedule to keep attendance at 60-80 people per service.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & BEST WISHES – to Isabella Gnutel, Tetiana Kichma, and to 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!!!
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.
FEAST OF ST. ANDREW – takes place on Monday, November 30th. MANY HAPPY YEARS to all who were named Andrew or Andrea at their baptism. May God bless and grant you many happy years!
NATIVITY FAST – Continues from November 15 to December 24, 2020. The minimal sacrifice is abstinence from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays during the Fast.
SUN. DEC. 6: SAINT NICHOLAS SUNDAY – will be celebrated on Sunday, December 6th, 2020. St. Nicholas will visit our parish on Sunday, December 6th, and distribute gifts to our children. We look forward to his visit!
CHRISTMAS LITURGIES: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Five Divine Liturgies will be offered on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas). The day and times are as follows:
Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24
9 PM – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (English)
11 PM – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)
Christmas Day – Friday, December 25
9:30 AM – Divine Liturgy (English)
11:15 AM – Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)
1:00 PM – Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)
Since seating is limited to one-third capacity for each service, we ask that parishioners call in to sign up for the Divine Liturgy they wish to attend for Christmas. Please do not leave this to the last minute. The lists will fill up quickly.
CHRISTMAS AT TH BASILIAN FATHERS MUSEUM – Need a Christmas gift for someone special, please visit the Basilian Fathers Museum, 780-764-3887. Ideas include books, ornaments, puzzles, cookbooks, cards, and much, much more! Museum hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed from December 15, 2020, to January 15, 2021. Merry Christmas and Blessings for a Prosperous 2021!
- JOSAPHAT BOOKSTORE – is open upon request. To make arrangements, please contact Ivone Shewchuk at 780-709-5193 or email@example.com.
CATECHISM – We will take a break, and resume regular sessions after the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Christmas). Seven sessions have been aired and posted on our YouTube Channel. They are accessable directly on our YouTube Channel (St. Josaphat Cathedral) and also via our website (www.stjosaphat.ab.ca). The links are provided.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY –We will take a break for a few weeks to allow everyone to catch up with their reading. Bible Study will resume sometime after the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Christmas). The next text of study will be the First Book of Samuel. Details will be announced in upcoming bulletins. Keep reading and meditating upon the Word of God!
WEEKDAY LITURGIES – For those who are higher risk due to the virus and are not able to attend on Sundays, you are welcome to attend Divine Liturgies on weekdays, Monday to Friday at 7:30 AM, or on Saturdays, 9:00 AM. On these days, attendance is low. Take advantage of the grace that you are currently able to fulfill your Sunday obligation on an any of the day of the week.
RESTORATION OF PEWS – To help fund the project, donations to the St. Josaphat Preservation Fund are most welcome!
DIRECT DEPOSIT –You may have your church donations regularly transferred to the Cathedral on a monthly basis. If you are interested in beginning in the New Year, please fill out a form and have it into the office no later than December 20, 2020. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 it by 52 (weeks) and divide by 12 (months).
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
NEW EPARCHIAL DIRECTIVES
Bishop David Motiuk
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton
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.