PASTORAL LETTER OF HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV AND THE PERMANENT SYNOD ON THE OCCASION OF THE GREAT FAST 2014
Eparchial special collection for Caritas UkraineTo the Very Reverend Fathers, Religious and Lay-Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster
26 February 2014
Glory to Jesus Christ!
You have been all witnesses through TV or the Internet that our beloved Ukraine has gone through a horrific period of violence and continues to be going through political crisis. I am currently in Ukraine and have met with members of Caritas Ukraine. They are currently engaging in assisting those who have been on the main Square in Kyiv for weeks. Many of these brave men and women witnessed the killing of their fellow demonstrators at the hands of the former government of Ukraine. Almost one hundred people have already died and hundreds more are injured. Caritas Ukraine will begin to provide grief/trauma and long-term therapy and aid to those who have been injured.
I would like to ask on behalf of Caritas Ukraine that a special collection be made on Sunday, March 2nd in our parishes for the work of Caritas Ukraine with those on the Maidan who are suffering.
Kindly make your cheques payable to: Eparchy of New Westminster and send them directly to the Chancery office of our Eparchy (address above). Please mark on the memo section of your cheque that this is for Caritas Ukraine. I would ask that all cheques be at our office by 10 March. We will then send the funds collected to Catholic Near East Welfare Association which is our official partner with Caritas Ukraine. The Eparchy of New Westminster will issue receipts for income tax purposes for all funds $20.00 and over.
Please be generous and act as quickly as you can so that Caritas Ukraine can provide the best care possible to our sisters and brothers in Ukraine.
With prayerful best wishes,
Article by Cindy Wooden of CNS from Press Conference with His Beatitude Sviatoslav at Vatican Radio
2013 SUMMARY: EPARCHIAL CHRISTMAS CANDLE APPEAL
The 2 nd annual “Christmas Candle” or “Різдвяна свічка” campaign, set out by the
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of New Westminster raised $9,214 for
disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children in Ukraine. The appeal provided an
opportunity to encourage the children and laity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
of Canada and the United States Pacific Northwest to become more aware and connected
with their cultural and spiritual homeland and take part in this global fundraising
program, sponsored by Caritas Ukraine... read whole article and view pictures [PDF]
An Appeal from Greek-Catholic Bishops in Ukraine concerning the socio-political situation in the country
PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND AND POLAND
To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Eparchy, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Poland will take place in October. The detailed information will be posted soon. Anyone interested please contact:
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THE VIBRANT PARISH A PLACE TO ENCOUNTER THE LIVING CHRIST!Register now for the second session exploring the next three basic elements of the Vibrant Parish:
Leadership, Unity and Missionary Spirit.
PRESENTERS: Most Rev. Ken (Nowakowski), Bishop of the New Westminster Eparchy, and Dr.Christina Hantel-Fraser, Ph.D., MTS, a specialist in organizational psychology and conflict management. (Dr. Christina Hantel-Fraser is a professor emeritus at the Institute For Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria. She taught conflict management and organizational psychology at universities in Canada, USA, Germany, Hungary, Greece and Ukraine, and worked on different projects around the world, in particular ones initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Hungary, and Indonesia, as well as the UN in the Crimea.)
On SUNDAY, March 16th, at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Centre (3150 Ash Street, Vancouver), from 12:30pm – 3:30pm.
Early bird registrations will be accepted until February 16th. Please register in advance
for this event by March 9th. Registration forms are available at the back of the church or you can download
APPEAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF CANADA RE THE POLITICAL CRISES IN UKRAINE
To the Reverend Clergy, Consecrated Religious, Seminarians, Faithful and Friends of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada!22 January 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“For peace throughout the world, for the well-being of God’s holy churches and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.”
At the start of every Divine Liturgy we pray this petition. Its significance has become increasingly important in recent days as we witness the worsening crises in our ancestral land of Ukraine. On behalf of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada I address these words to our faithful and to all people of good will concerned with these ongoing events.
In first place, we call on everyone to pray for peace and an end to violence in Ukraine. For over two months our people have been protesting peacefully in defense of their political, economic and social future. This is their democratic right and no government, political party, army or police force can deny them of this right, especially through violence.
Secondly, we pray for the well-being of God’s holy churches. After many years of denied legal status and underground existence, our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine is again being threatened by the ruling authority with loss of status for standing beside and praying with her people in the streets of Kyiv. Their well-being is our concern.
Thirdly, we pray for the unity of all people of Ukraine. After centuries of subjugation by outside powers, in recent years the road to self-determination has been opened to Ukraine’s citizens. Our prayers and support are needed to encourage them in this undertaking, something we in Canada assume without question.
Dearly Beloved in Christ!
We call for prayers during all Divine Liturgies throughout our churches in Canada for the people of Ukraine in these turbulent times, including the following petition in the litany (ektenia) after the Gospel reading: We also pray for the people of Ukraine, that with the help of the Holy Spirit, they may obtain social peace, political harmony and economic stability: Lord, hear us and have mercy.
May the peace we enjoy in this country, not lessen but rather increase our concern for our brothers and sisters in our ancestral land, through the prayers of the Mother of God and all Ukrainian saints.
On behalf of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada I send our Episcopal blessing!
Most Reverend Lawrence Huculak OSBM, Metropolitan
22 January 2014 - Day of Sobornosti (Unity) of Ukraine
Глава УГКЦ закликав усіх припинити кровопролиття
MARK YOUR CALENDARS !
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Eparchy of New Westminster. This year also marks our Eparch's, Bishop Ken's 25th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination.
Our Anniversary Celebrations will commence on Saturday, 21 June 2014 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vancouver at 11:00 a.m. with banquet to follow in St. Mary's Hall.
Details of the Celebrations to follow in the very near future.
CANONIZATION of JOHN PAUL II and JOHN XXIII - Pilgrimage to Rome26 October 2013
Departure: April 24, 2014 - Return: May 2, 2014
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