Christmas Messages and Greetings
St. Philip's Fast - A Time to Re-Focus
At this time of year when everything literally seems to speed up, as Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking and even celebrations begin to overwhelm our calendars the Ukrainian Catholic church suggests that we take some time to step out of the frenzy around us to focus on God and others. November 15 marks the beginning of the St. Philip's Fast.
New Evangelization for the Americas
From 16 to 19 November, 2013, some 300 representatives from various countries, including more than 85 Cardinals and Bishops, 60 priests, as well as consecrated persons and laity from the American continent, have met in the square of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to participate in a pilgrimage and meeting, “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization in the American Continent”.
Recent Articles by Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk
Blessed Bishop and Martyr Nykyta Budka - 2013 Commemorative Events in Saskatoon
This centenary was recognized by people from around the world and six months ago the Eparchy of Saskatoon was blessed to host in June 2013 an Encounter for Ukrainian Catholic clergy, their wives as well as consecrated religious. Our current Ukrainian Catholic hierarchy, including Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, OSBM of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, Bishop Stephen Chmilar of the Eparchy of Toronto, Bishop David Motiuk of the Eparchy of Edmonton, Bishop Ken Nowakowski of the Eparchy of New Westminster and the host, Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR of the Eparchy of Saskatoon were in attendance.
Historical, Spiritual and Cultural Journey to Ukraine
with Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky
"Let us walk in the footsteps of our forefathers" - multi-city/region tour - April 21 to My 10, 2014
If you've been considering a trip to Ukraine, this is the travel opportunity you might have been waiting for
Legalization of Euthanasia in Quebec
Call for Action
Bill 52, which proposes the legalization of Euthanasia in Quebec, is going to a vote in the very near future. If it passes it will be up to the Federal Government of fight this legislation and protect human life in Canada.
St. Andrew’s Chapel - Sheptytsky Institute
New Regular Place of Worship
Divine Liturgy Services, every Sunday at 9:00AM, as well as evening Feast day Services are now being offered in St. Andrew’s Chapel at Sheptytsky Institute, under the pastoral care of Fr. Mykola Romanets. These services are offered in Ukrainian and according to the Julian Calendar.
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.
Metropolitan Sheptytsky Society of Saskatchewan - Annual General Meeting
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Ukrainian Catholic Parish of The Dormition of
The Blessed Mother of God, Saskatoon
Following direction given by the membership at the previous Annual General Meeting, a new direction for the Society is being presented. There are significant changes being proposed. This is an important meeting.
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.