Pastoral letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav and the Permanent Synod on the Occasion of the Great Fast 2014
Also read these Lenten and Holy Week Messages
2014 Easter Greetings from the Eparch of Saskatoon
The Situation in Ukraine
Sister Theodosia, of the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Joseph in Saskatoon, interviewed on Global News (April 15, 2014) following the Sisters' recent visit to Ukraine.
Catching Up and Letting Go
- By Deborah Larmour, Director - Family and Life Office -
"... The greatest of these limitations in life is that fact that we never have enough time–and ultimately we run out of time, when our time on this earth ends. C.S. Lewis said that the very fact that we complain about this limiting factor in our life speaks directly to the fact that we are destined for eternity. We were not created for time."
Eparchial SOBOR 2014 - Families Evangelizing Families
An Eparchial SOBOR will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Bishop Mahoney High School in Saskatoon. The theme of the SOBOR is "Families Evangelizing Families." Presentations and discussions will inform families, parishes and the Eparchy about better meeting the needs of families as they face the struggles of modern day life. Registration packages have been sent to Clergy, Religious, parish and Eparchial organizations as well as all parishes in the Eparchy. As well as representatives from those, there will be space for other interested faithful. The deadline for registrations is April 4th.
New Resources - Family and Life Office Bulletins
The Family and Life Office is now preparing 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 ...
Also, be sure to visit the new Family and Life website: http://www.skeparchy.org/familyandlife
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.
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. Michael’s Camp 2014 “Bible Boot Camp – The Armour of God”
Madge Lake, Saskatchewan
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Eparchial Camp - Friday July 25 2014 - Friday August 1, 2014
Recent Articles by Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk
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.