Pope Francis Writes to Families - Pray for the Next Synod of Bishops
The Situation in Ukraine
- Appeals and prayers from our Patriarch and the Hierarchy of the Ukrainian Greek Cathoic Church
- National and international news items
Survey of the Faithful of the Eparchy of Saskatoon
The Eparchy of Saskatoon is conducting a survey of members to assist in the reflection process that each parish is asked to make as part of Vision 2020, a program of renewal of our entire Church, initiated in 2011 by our Patriarch, Sviatoslav, and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Synod of Bishops, and presented by His Beatitude in his letter, "The Vibrant Parish a place to encounter the living Christ". We are also building upon the foundation of the 2005 Sobor which recognized the need for examining and evaluating available programs and other resources, and communicating this information to parishes.
The survey should be completed by every member of the Eparchy who is 13 years of age or more.
Please participate in this very important project which will help all of our parishes to develop pastoral plans that fit their particular circumstances and needs.
Eparchial SOBOR 2014 - Families Evangelizing Families
An Eparchial SOBOR (assembly) will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Saskatoon. The theme of the Sobor is “Families Evangelizing Families”, a discussion about how the Eparchial community can better meet the needs of families as they face the struggles of modern day life. Families are the building blocks of vibrant parishes. The Teaching of the Church has consistently acknowledged parents as the primary educators of their children ...
Parish Planning in 2014 - Applying the Themes of Vision 2020
By Easter of 2014 each parish of our Eparchy will be invited to apply the 6 themes of Patriarch Sviatoslav’s Pastoral letter to a “Pastoral Plan”. This plan will be created by you and for you so that your parish can be – a place to encounter the living Christ”.
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Eparchial Camp
Friday July 25 2014 - Friday August 1, 2014
Metropolitan Sheptytsky Society of Saskatchewan:
New Mission - New Name
At the December 14th, 2013 Annual Meeting of MSSS, the membership approved the new Bylaws which gave the Society a new mission and a new purpose. MSSS will now become part of the Stewardship Office of the Eparchy, and more specifically, the fund raising arm of the Eparchy ...
Theophany by Candle Light
[The 2014 Celebration of the Feast of the Theophany at Saints Peter & Paul Parish in Saskatoon] should go down in history. A service by candle light was held. What was unique about it was that it was “unplanned” and at the same time, it was “marvelous”.
Ordination of Fr. Taras Kchik C.Ss.R.
"When he left university in Canada seven years ago, he never thought it would result in his becoming a Priest, let alone a Redemptorist. He thought he would probably become a lawyer or history teacher, but God had other plans. He remarked on the day of his Ordination that it was a series of small events, after taking small steps that confirmed in his mind that God was calling him to become a Redemptorist ..."
Recent Articles by Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk
New Family and Life Office Website
- Weekly reflections on living our faith,
- Sections on Theology of the Body, The Domestic Church, the Gospel of Life and Marriage,
- A listing of our Resource Materials for lending.
Transcripts and Notes from Eparchial Stewardship Forum - April 2013
See this link to review the original information package and documents concerning this forum and its purposes.
At this meeting on April 20th, 2013, the process of updating liability insurance throughout the Eparchy of Saskatoon was begun
To ensure the protection of each individual Parish, we must make sure that all Parishes carry adequate amounts of both general liability insurance and personal-abuse insurance. We are the only Eparchy in Canada which has not yet arranged this.
A program was put into place that will provide this coverage under a single plan for every Parish in the Eparchy of Saskatoon with a view to full implementation by November 30, 2013.
Folowing are detailed notes and transcripts from the meeting to assist those who attended in implementing the new program and to provide information to all of the Faithful about this stewardship initiative:
Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav - "The Vibrant Parish - a place to encounter the living Christ"
... The parish is the place where Christian holiness most often germinates, grows, and matures. For this reason the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2011, in its concern for the spiritual renewal of our entire Church, focused its particular attention on the parish, that foundational portion of the People of God, which strives for holiness under the guidance of its bishop as father and teacher of the faith. The program, which the Holy Synod approved, is called, “The Vibrant Parish – a place to encounter the living Christ.” The goal of this pastoral program is to help all the faithful of our Church to learn “to live in order to please God” (1 Th 4:1), and thus to grow in holiness and unity in Christ Jesus.
In this Pastoral Letter, I would like to reflect on the key components of a vibrant parish.