O Lord, sending forth the apostles “to baptize all nations”,*
you said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”1
Therefore, as missionary disciples,*
may we say to others with our lives,*
“The Church is with you always and everywhere.”2
We are the Church! We are the Body of Christ! * We are called to reflect on and pray for “Emigration, settlements, and the Global Unity of the UGCC. 3 * We are called to show others the church is with them always and everywhere.
St. Pope John Paul II said,
“Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ: is the Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity.”4
Through the intercession of the Theotokos,*
and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,*
may we encounter You, O Lord,*
in our families, in our parishes, *
and in those people to whom we reach out.*
For You send us to them and likewise You send them to us.*
Indeed, to encounter You, O Lord,*
is to encounter my brother and sister wherever they are.*
For you, Our God, are Holy, and we give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen.
- Mt: 28:19-20: 2. Motto of SOBOR 2020; 3. Theme of SOBOR 2020
4. Ecclesia in America (3), 1999.
DECREE for Sobor 2020 - Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR - January 11- 2020
To: Clergy, Religious, Parish Council Presidents, Eparchial Pastoral Council Members,
Eparchial Ministries and Eparchial staff
Христос Родився! Славімо Його! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
In preparation for the VII session of the Patriarchal Sobor, that is to take place on August 25-29, 2020 in Lviv, Ukraine, and in accordance with cc 235-242 CCEO, as bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon, I decree the Eparchy of Saskatoon will be holding a Sobor on April 4th, 2020 in Saskatoon. Some details are provided below while others are forthcoming.
The main topics of discussion at this Sobor will be:
- Migration, Immigration & Settlement
- Missionary Discipleship and Evangelization
- Unity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
- Prioritize our Eparchy’s strengths and weaknesses
- Prioritize the needs of the faithful and how to meet those needs.
- Prioritize our Eparchy’s opportunities and challenges in the areas of immigration, migration, settlements and unity at the deanery, district and parish levels.
- Prioritize how to re-engage faithful who seldom participate in our parish communities.
The resolutions from our Sobor will be forwarded to the organizing committee of the VII Patriarchal Sobor in Ukraine.
It is the responsibility of each dean to ensure each parish priest (assisted by the Eparchial Pastoral Council) addresses these topics in each parish and then summarizes the results according to Districts prior to our Eparchial Sobor date of April 3-4, 2020. It is obligatory for all Clergy, Eparchial Pastoral Council Members, Eparchial Ministries and Eparchial staff to attend this Sobor. Each pastoral district must send at least 2 lay representatives to this Sobor who are prepared to discuss the summarized results of their respective district.
UGCC PATRIARCHAL COUNCIL ON IMMIGRATION AND UNITY
Aug 26 2020 to Aug 29 2020
His Beatitude Sviatoslav convokes the 7th Session of the Patriarchal Council of the Ukrainian Catholic Church
His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head and Father of the UGCC, by Decree, has convoked the VII session of the Patriarchal (All-Church) Council (“Sobor”) of the UGCC on the topic of “Emigration, Settlement and Global Unity of the UGCC,” to take place August 26-29 of 2020 in Lviv. According to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Patriarchal Council is the next vehicle that will move the “Vibrant Parish” strategy forward for the renewal of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, representatives of the clergy and institutions of consecrated life (nuns and religious brothers), rectors of theological seminaries, laity of all eparchies and exarchates from around Ukraine and throughout the world are invited to participate in the Council.
As noted by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, when the strategy for the development of our Church was formed, no one knew what to expect. “We did not imagine that war would break out in Ukraine. We did not think that we will become pastors in a hostile environment, and that not only our parishes will be the place of “encountering the living Christ”, but also the Maidan of Kyiv would be. I dream that with you, in particular in the context of this Council, we will hear the Living God whom we seek to meet. He is the Lord of history, He who helps us to correct our strategy today,” he said.
By a separate decree the Head of the UGCC named Fr. Dr. Roman Shafran, presently the Head of the Ordinary Tribunal of the Major Archbishop as the General Secretary of the Council.
The VI session of the Patriarchal Council of the UGCC on the topic “Vibrant Parish – a place to meet with the Living Christ” was held in Ivano-Frankivsk with Rev. Dr. Oleh Kaskiv as Secretary. Then about 200 delegates from all eparchies of the UGCC worldwide took part in the Council.
The Patriarchal Council is an advisory assembly of the entire Church headed by the Patriarch. The council assists the Patriarch and the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church in resolving important issues (cf. The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Canon 140).
Department of Information of the UGCC
What will be your contribution toward the event and the aftermath? First… we pray….