Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth

PART I:  Friday, September 19, 2014

Evening Parent Session;  6:30—8:30 PM

Location:  Saskatoon, SK  Bishop Filevich School, 125 105 St E

Audience:  Parents of children of all ages AND Leaders (Eparchial, and parish leaders)

While parents are the primary audience, the evening will introduce the material to church leaders and provide a preview of a session that you may wish to replicate in your parish. Church leaders are strongly encouraged to attend this session, but if unable, are still welcome to attend Part II.

PART II:  Saturday, September 20, 2014

Training for Local Leaders; 8:30 AM—12 PM

Location: Saskatoon, SK, Bishop Filevich School, 125 105 St E

Audience: Pastors, Eparchial, and Parish and other Leaders

This program will identify the new vision, models, roles and relationships required to bring about the change that is necessary to strengthen the Catholic faith of the next generation of believers.  It is highly recommended that a team of leaders from your parish or school attend together!

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Day of Prayer, Sunday, 28 September 2014, for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

The Holy Father has declared that on Sunday, the 28th of September, the whole Church is to pray for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which begins on Sunday 5 October to treat the topic The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.   


The Situation in Ukraine

Bishops at the 2014 Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church appeal to all people of good will, to heads of state, and members of the international community: "Stop the bloodshed in Ukraine!"

- Appeals and prayers from our Patriarch and the Hierarchy of the Ukrainian Greek Cathoic Church

- National and international news items


80th Anniversaryof UCBC Regina St. Basil’s Branch

September 5, 6, 7, 2014

Three days of events were held as part of the 80th anniversary of the Regina St. Basil’s branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada.  On Friday there were provincial and national organizational business meetings.  


UGCC 2014 Synod of Bishops

The Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is being held September 7-14, 2014, in Briukhovychi near Lviv, Ukraine. The theme topic of the synod will be: “Responsibility for God's Gifts”.

While in Ukraine for the Synod, Bishop Bryan Bayda attended the arrival of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon ...


Family and Life Office - September 2014 Bulletin

The Family and Life Office prepares bulletins containing news, reflections, upcoming events and action items concerning marriage, family and issues of human dignity. These bulletins are very worhwhile, practical resources for living our Faith ...

New Bulletin for September 2014 »»

Also, be sure to visit the new Family and Life website:

“I Need a Hero…”

- reflections from the Family and Life Office -

It is in the family where real heroism is born, nurtured and exemplified. It is in the family where love is called forth—not just the feeling—but also the self-giving decision to love despite how we may feel at any particular moment. We must be careful here though as we are not to deny the reality of the oftentimes-painful nature of our relationships, but rather we are called to allow God to transform our sorrow into joy through His great mercy and love.


Parishes Take Part in 100 Plaques Project

100 Plaques were unveiled in Canada on August 22, 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act by the Government of Canada and to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s First National Internment Operations of 1914-1920.

The following Ukrainian Catholic parishes in the Eparchy of Saskatoon took part in this commemoration:

  • St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Regina
  • St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Saskatoon
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church, Yorkton

More information is available at and

From The Regina Leader Post - August 22nd, 2014

Father Basil Malowany blesses a plaque that marks the 100th anniversary of Canadian internment camps during the First World War at Basil´s Ukrainian Church in Regina on August 22, 2014. 


From The Regina Leader Post - July 3rd, 2014

Saskatchewan is the site of nine plaques, in Saskatoon, Yorkton, Canora and Regina.

“It’ll be an education not just for the general public but for our own Ukrainian people,” said Jerry Zrymiak, parish council chairman of St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, which will be unveiling Regina’s only plaque.


Unity 2014 - Faith Forward

Camrose Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomed the 70 delegates and visiting clergy from across the country, including Bishops David Motiuk of Edmonton and Bryan Bayda of Saskatoon, to participate in the divine liturgy Sunday morning. Since 1996, Unity has been held six times, always the year after World Youth Day ...


Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage & Tour - Mexico - February 12 - 21, 2015

- with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR -

Visit the Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Tour museums, gardens and ancient sites in Mexico

Reflect on the role of cultural heritage in in your life, the life of Christ, and with Mary, the model of Enculturated Evangelization.



Recent Articles by Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk

Protect Life So That Life May Continue

Ukrainian Catholic priest of the Exarchate of Donetsk missing since July 3, 2014

A “true and profound solution” for Responsible Parenthood

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.