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.

Registration deadline - September 1st, 2014

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Pastoral Letter of Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR - Concerning the Unusual Amount of Spring Rain and Consequent Devastation Across the Eparchy

"I extend my heartfelt concern to the thousands who, across our Province, have been devastated by the rains and recent floods.  ...  

I invite everyone to lift each other up in prayer. The character of the organizations you belong to, the generosity of individuals and the compassion of friends and family are especially made helpful when people take action in the name of Christ. 

To this end, I invite communities and parishes to organize times of special prayer so that there can be a spiritual focus on these recent events and the current situation people find themselves in."

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St. Basil's - Regina - Commemorates First World War Canadian Internment Camps

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.

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Open Day/Praznyk at St Volodymyr Eparchial Camp - You’re invited!

Sunday July 27th 2014
1:00 Divine Liturgy in Hutsul style church
2:00 BBQ Lunch by the Brotherhood
3:00 Program by St. Volodymy Campers
This open day is an opportunity for you to connect with old friends and meet new ones, experience the camp feeling and spend the afternoon in the park to fill the hills with songs and laughter.
 
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Park is located 20 minutes from Saskatoon on HWY 60 (10km North of Pike Lake Provincial Park)

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Quebec Votes to Legalize Euthanasia

From the National Post, June 5th 2014

With the adoption of Bill 52, Quebec joins the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as one of the few jurisdictions in the world to allow physicians to administer lethal injections to suffering patients. A handful of U.S. states allow assisted suicide, in which physicians prescribe medication so patients can end their own lives.

 ...   critics point to the experience in the Netherlands and Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal for more than a decade and there has been a gradual loosening of restrictions. In Belgium, people suffering from chronic depression are now eligible for euthanasia, as are minors. Last year, one Belgian doctor legally performed euthanasia on deaf twins distraught that they were losing their eyesight and on a man depressed after a botched sex change.

Read the full article here 

Pray for the protection of human life and dignity in our country   The deliberate killing of the sick and the suffering is like a declaration that suffering has no meaning and is a slippery slope upon which pain and imperfections are not tolerated and the hands that are meant to heal become instruments of death.

Become better informed about euthansia and assisted suicude. The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has some great resources to explain and answer these important issues.

Musée Ukraina Museum - 2014 Summer Hours

222 Avenue M South, Saskatoon

The Musée Ukraina Museum has extended hours during the summer.

Sundays from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wednesdays from 1:00 PM - 5:00

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If you haven't yet vistied the museum, it's time you did.  You know you should. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated.

The Situation in Ukraine

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

The Press Office of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has reported that a Ukrainian Catholic priest from the Donetsk Exarchate, Fr. Tykhon Kulbaka, is missing since July 3 and has been taken hostage. ... His Facebook postings include recognizable material from other Ukrainian and western sites covering the war. Near the end of June, he posted his observations about the proximity of the fighting, in this particular instance near the former military academy, and his unease with the unilateral ceasefire in effect at that time....

- Appeals and prayers from our Patriarch and the Hierarchy of the Ukrainian Greek Cathoic Church
- National and international news items

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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 ...

New Bulletin for May/June 2014 »»

Also, be sure to visit the new Family and Life website: http://www.skeparchy.org/familyandlife

Recent Articles by Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk

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

A “true and profound solution” for Responsible Parenthood

Prayers as Spiritual Protection for Those Protecting Ukraine

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.