07 Announcements, Sunday Bulletins

This Week’s Announcements:

Welcome to all!  Especially visitors!  Please stay for Coffee in the Hall. 

Come & say hello to Fr. Richard &/or any member of our friendly Parish! 

We hope that you can join us every Sunday!   


 

St Gregory Palamas Sunday: 2017 03 b

 

 

Divine Services & Events:

God grant a Remembrance in Eternity to Mrs. Yaroslawa Soltys, reposed Monday last. Funeral particulars pending.

 

THIS WEEK:  Great Fast Mission

Richmond: Tues 14 Mar. 6:00 pm Mystery of Repentance, 6:30 Service, 7:00 Sermon

New West.: Wed 15 Mar 6:00 Presanctified. Liturgy: 7:00 Sermon

Surrey: 16 Mar. 6:00 pm Mystery of Repentance, 6:30 Service, 7:00 Sermon

 

Ordination:  Father Deacon Mykhailo Ozorovych:

Presbyteral Ordinaton Saturday April 8th at 2:00 pm, Holy Eucharist Cathedral.

1st Divine Liturgy: Flower Sunday April 9th at 10:00 am, Holy Eucharist Cathedral.

Banquet Tickets (on Flower Sunday) are only $15.00. Free Tickets for under 15 years. Cf: Father Deacon Mykhailo at: 604 524 8824 or mykhailo.oz@gmail.com by deadline 2 April.

 

Ordination: Father Hierodeacon Sylvester Tan SJ:

Presbyteral Ordination 10 June 10:00 am: Holy Name of Jesus Church (6367 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118), 1st Mass in the same Church at 8 am on June 11th

Holy Name of Jesus Church (6367 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118) at 10 am

Hotels around the church are very expensive. If you are coming by car or will have a rental car, you might want to consider the Crescent Palms Motel is reasonably priced (http://www.crescentpalmsmotel.com).  AirBnB bedrooms can be found closer and cheaper also, if they are not already sold out. Anyone who is having problems finding affordable lodging should contact me as soon as possible. It may be possible to rent a dormitory room.

 

During the Forty Day Fast:

The Holy Liturgy of Pope St Gregory: Every Wednesday & Friday                                   7:00 pm

(plus: Theotokos Salutations &  general Panakhyda on Fridays after the Liturgy)

–Except: –week of Mar 22 & 24  (no weekday Services)

–Mar 15, Liturgy will be at Holy Cross Surrey (Parish Mission)

THE GREAT KANON: Wed 29 March:                                                                          7:00 pm

 

Bishop to the Faithful of New Westminster Eparchy: 2017/03/08

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Eparchial Clergy Transfers 2017

Having learned only at the beginning of Feb. that Fr. Volodymyr Dmyterko would be departing from his pastoral assignments in Grindrod, Vernon and Penticton to the Eparchy of Stamford, in the US as of 13 Feb., for the wellbeing of our parishes, I have to make some clergy transfers.  These transfers have been discussed with our Eparchial Clergy. Those Clergy whom it will directly affect have graciously agreed to these transfers.  I am very grateful for their cooperation and willingness to serve our Eparchy.  I also want to ask that our faithful, the parishioners of the parishes mentioned to support these transfers and show welcome to their new priest and his family.

 

As of 1 May 2017 please note the following changes will take place:

                  Fr. Stepan Dovhoshyia, currently administrator of Holy Eucharist Cathedral Parish in New Westminster is transferred to serve as administrator of Saints Peter & Paul Parish in Grindrod, St. Josaphat’s in Vernon, with his residence in Vernon.

Fr. Andrii Chornenkyy, currently administrator of Holy Cross Parish in Surrey is appointed pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Surrey and administrator of Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster with his residence in Surrey.

Fr. Deacon Mykhailo Ozorovych, currently in pastoral internship at Holy Cross Parish in Surrey, once ordained to the priesthood, Sat., 8 April will be transferred as a pastoral intern & assistant priest to Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster with his residence in New Westminster.  He will continue to be the Eparchial Youth Coordinator.

 

As of 15 July 2017 please note the following changes will take place:

                  Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko, currently pastor of the Dormition of the Mother of God Parish in Kelowna and administrator Holy Resurrection Parish in Penticton is transferred to Holy Trinity Parish in Kamloops with his residence in Kamloops.  Fr. Andrzej will continue to provide pastoral care to St. Josaphat’s Parish in Vernon until 1 May.

Fr. Pavlo Myts, currently administrator of Holy Trinity Parish in Kamloops is transferred to the Dormition of the Mother of God Parish in Kelowna and appointed its pastor and administrator Holy Resurrection Parish in Penticton.  Fr. Pavlo will continue to provide pastoral care to Saints Peter & Paul Parish in Grindrod until 1 May.

 

I want to thank each of these priests for the excellent pastoral care that they have provided to their assigned parishes and assure them of my blessings as they begin their new pastoral assignments.  Please support them in their transfers and welcome them in their new pastoral assignments.

 

Special Collection of the Great Fast: 23 February 2017

Glory to Jesus Christ!               Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Just over a month ago our Eparchy hosted Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who gave presentations in our parishes about the life & legacy of this amazing Saint who was convinced that there is no substitution for active love. Throughout the Gospels Jesus Christ invites us to love Him through our neighbors. In the Gospel of Mathew when speaking about works of mercy Jesus says “You did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). This means that when we perform an act of mercy, do something good or just smile & show compassion to those near us we are not merely doing it for Christ’s sake but in a mystical way we are doing it to Him. Saint Mother Teresa who lived out this mystery every day by serving others is a great example for us & a source of inspiration.

Two Sundays ago we heard the Gospel about the Last Judgment. As Christians we believe in inevitability of the Judgment day but sometimes we forget the criteria by which righteous will be distinguished from the wicked on that day. The only canon of judgement mentioned in the Gospel is active love towards our neighbors with whom Jesus has self-identified. Saint Mother Teresa has put it very simply, “When we die, & go home to God, for death is nothing else but going home to God, He will judge us on what we have been to each other, how we have loved each other.”

Each year our Eparchy along with all the other Ukrainian Catholic Eparchies in North America receives requests from our Church in Ukraine for financial assistance for very worthy causes & endeavors in Ukraine.  As has been our Eparchial custom for the last few years, during the Great Fast/Lent we take time to remember our sisters & brothers in Ukraine who are in need & through our donations we show that we st& in solidarity with them.

In his 1st Letter, apostle John reminds the early Christian church that if anyone has the world’s goods & sees their brother or sister in need yet closes their heart against them, how does God’s life abide in them?

While there are no doubt many worthy causes to donate our funds to in Ukraine, our Eparchy has identified the following beneficiaries for our donations:

 

                 Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. This is the only Ukrainian Catholic University in Ukraine.  It is pivotal to the future needs of the leaders of Ukrainian society.  Today more than ever, we need to support a free & honest educational endeavours in Ukraine & certainly, the Ukrainian Catholic University is worthy of our support.

 

                 Caritas Ukraine. Caritas Ukraine continues to be the main charities organization of the Church in Ukraine providing social care to the needy of Ukraine in the area of humanitarian aid, clothing distribution, street children’s assistance programs, HIV & AIDS programs, anti-trafficking in people programs, emergency aid, home-care programs & much more. Since the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine & the invasion of Ukraine’s Eastern territories almost two million people have been internally displaced.  Caritas Ukraine along with partner organizations is attempting to meet the challenges this has brought to Ukrainian society by providing housing, meals, & rehabilitation to these families.

 

                 Holy Resurrection Sobor in Kyiv. The building project is ongoing & the interior artwork still needs a lot of work.  This Cathedral is meant to be not just for our Ukrainian Catholics in Kyiv, but indeed the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral for all of us.

                 Andrew’s Pence. The Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, our Patriarch h as many requests for financial support from our Ukrainian Catholic communities of faithful in the poorest areas of Eastern Europe & in the East, in places like Kazakhstan, Siberia, etc.  These communities are often located in areas where the local or national governments are not at all supportive.  They rely heavily on assistance from their sisters & brothers in the other areas where our Church faithful live, like right here in British Columbia.  Our donations to Andrew’s Pence assist the Patriarch in providing financial support for these far away & often desolate communities.

 

                 Synod Administration Fund. Each Eparchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church throughout the world is asked to assist in the administrative & operational costs of the Synodal Offices in Kyiv.  As members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church our Eparchy is assessed a sum of around $10,000 annually.  Your contributions will assist us in our Synodal Administrative Fund assessment.

 

In order to assist you in deciding to how much you are able to donate to these worthy causes I have let you know something about them & what your donations will help with.  The envelopes provided allow you to indicate the amount as well as to which fund(s) you would like your donation to be given to.

If you would like to receive a tax receipt for your donation, please make the cheque payable to your own parish (ie: Holy Eucharist Cathedral, or St. Nicholas Parish) & a tax receipt will be issued to you directly from your parish.   Your parish treasurer will then send a cheque made out to the Eparchy of New Westminster for the total amount collected & indicate the amounts & to whom the collected amount is to be given to.  The Eparchy will then add together the amounts collected from each parish & to whom/which organization the donation is to be given to.

I completely endorse & recommend to you dear Sisters & Brothers that the organizations listed above in this letter.  They are truly worthy causes & those in charge will use wisely our donations.  Along with your donations, I would ask for your prayerful support of those who work in the service of our Church in Ukraine, bringing the Good News of Our Lord’s love & salvation to them. So, Dearly Beloved in Christ, if you can find it in your heart & bank accounts to make a donation, please do so.  May the blessing of Our Lord be upon you for your generosities.

I am designating the Sundays of March 19th & 26th of the Great Fast (Lent) for our Eparchial Collection in favour of the needs of our Church in Ukraine.  I would ask that this letter along with special envelopes be distributed to our Faithful in our parish bulletins on Sundays March 5th & 12th so that they may prepare themselves for the donation. If for good reason they will be absent from the Divine Liturgy on March 19th & 26th they can make their contribution either prior to the general collection date or by the end of the Great Fast. I would like to ask that our parishes provide the funds collected noting the amounts for the various projects be sent to our office no later than Saturday 29 April so that we can send these funds to the appropriate organizations by the first week of May of this year.

I am uniting my prayers with those of yours in our journey through the Great Fast (Lent) to the joyful celebration of Our Lord’s Holy Resurrection on Easter Sunday!

Sincerely yours in the Lord,  +Ken, Eparchial Bishop of New Westminster

 

 

 

 

 


 

Orthodoxy Sunday: 2017 03 a

Ordinations 1 & 2 plus SYNODIKON!!!!    

ORDINATION 1 !!: Father Hierodeacon Sylvester Tan SJ:

Fr Hierodeacon Sylvester will be ordained a presbyter on June 10th in Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans, and will celebrate 1st Mass in the same Church at 8 am June 11th. It would be an honor if you would be able to join me & my confrères for this occasion. I would be grateful for your prayers even if you are unable to come, that I might be a priest after the Lord’s own heart.  If you would like a print invitation, please reply to this message with a mailing address to which I may send it.

 

ORDINATION 2 !!  Father Deacon Mykhailo Ozorovych:

On Lazarus Saturday April 8th at 2:00 pm,Father Deacon Mykhailo will be ordained to the holy presbyterate by Bishop Ken during the Divine Liturgy at Holy Eucharist Cathedral.  On Flower Sunday April 9th at 10:00 am, newly ordained Father Mykhailo will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy at Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster.  The banquet-reception will be held in the Cathedral hall immediately following the Flower Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Tickets for the Reception (on Flower Sunday) are only $15.00 per person.  Free for those under 15 years – but they still must obtain a (free) ticket – important to ensure sufficient food.  For tickets, please contact Father Deacon Mykhailo: 604 524 8824 or mykhailo.oz@gmail.com  The deadline to obtain banquet tickets is Sunday 2 April.

 

Divine Services & Events:

Liturgy of Pope St Gregory: Wednesdays and Fridays as usual.                        7:00 pm

 

Our prayers and condolences to the family of Semen Kaspryk, reposed father of Lesia D.

 

Orthodoxy Sunday:

For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was troubled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign of Theophilus (829-842). After Theophilus’s death, his widow the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew. This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy words: “If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema.” Then with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the Forty-day Fast, she asked God’s forgiveness for her husband. After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Michael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and people and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of Christ with them. This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over heresy.

 

St Theodore the Recruit: Great Fast 1st Sat. & the Boiled Wheat Miracle

The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro) was a soldier in the city of Alasium of Asia Minor, stretching along the coast of the Black Sea, under the command of a certain Brincus. They commanded him to offer sacrifice to idols. St Theodore firmly confessed his faith in Christ the Saviour in a loud voice. The commander gave him several days to think it over, during which time St Theodore prayed.  They charged him with setting a pagan temple on fire, and threw him into prison to be starved to death. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him there, comforting and encouraging him. Brought to the governor, St Theodore boldly and fearlessly confessed his faith, for which he was subjected to new torments and condemned to burning. The martyr Theodore climbed onto the fire without hesitation, and with prayer and gave up his holy soul to God.  This occurred in about the year 306 under the Romanus emperor Galerius (305-311). Unharmed by the fire, the body of St Theodore was buried.

St Theodore the Recruit & the Boiled Wheat Miracle, 1st Sat. of the Great Fast:

Fifty years after the death of St Theodore, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363), wanting to commit an outrage upon the Christians, commanded the city-commander of Constantinople during the first week of the Great Fast Lent to sprinkle all the food in the marketplaces with the blood offered to idols. St Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, ordering him to inform all the Christians that no one should buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather to eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva).

In memory of this occurrence, the Church celebrates the holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit on the first Saturday of the Great Fast. On Friday evening, at the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts following the prayer at the ambo, the Canon to the holy Great Martyr Theodore, composed by St John of Damascus, is sung. After this, kolyva is blessed and distributed to the faithful.

We pray to St Theodore to intercede for us re the recovery of stolen articles.

 

 


 

 

Cheesefare Sunday: 2017 02 d 

ORDINATION!!

It is with great joy the Eparchy of New Westminster invites you to the ordination of Deacon Mykhailo Ozorovych to the priesthood!

On Saturday April 8th at 2:00 pm,Father Deacon Mykhailo will be ordained to the holy presbyterate by Bishop Ken during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster.

On Flower Sunday April 9th at 10:00 am, newly ordained Father Mykhailo will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy at Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster

The ordination and first Divine Liturgy banquet-reception will be held in the Cathedral hall immediately following the Flower Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Tickets for the Reception (on Palm Sunday) are only $15.00 per person.  Free for those under 15 years – but they still must obtain a (free) ticket – important to ensure sufficient food.

For tickets, please contact Deacon Mykhailo at: 604 524 8824 or mykhailo.oz@gmail.com  The deadline to obtain banquet tickets is Sunday 2 April.

 

Divine Services & Events:

We welcome Fr. Deacon Mykhaylo to our Parish today.

With a deacon, we can finally experience how a proper Divine Liturgy should be served!

Thank you Father Mykhaylo!

Parish AGM: Sunday 26 February                                                                                12:30 pm

No Coffee after English Liturgy – but come back for Forgiveness Vespers!

 

The Great Fast Cometh

Forgiveness Vespers, Feb 26 Sunday – Start the Great Fast II                          7:00 pm

Mini- Great Kanon pt.1: Tuesday 28 Feb.                                                                 7:00 pm

Liturgy of Pope St Gregory, Wednesday 01 Mar.                                                   7:00 pm

Mini- Great Kanon pt.2: Thursday 02 Mar.                                                               7:00 pm

Liturgy of Pope St Gregory, Friday 03 Mar.                                                              7:00 pm

During the Forty Day Fast:

The Holy Liturgy of Pope St Gregory: Every Wednesday & Friday                                   7:00 pm

(plus general panakhyda on Fridays after the Liturgy)

–Except:

–week of Mar 22 & 24  (no mid-week Services)

–Mar 15, Liturgy will be at Holy Cross Surrey (Parish Mission)

THE GREAT KANON: Wed 29 March:                                                                          7:00 pm

 

Great Fast Mission

Richmond: Tues 14 Mar. 6:00 pm Mystery of Repentance, 6:30 Service, 7:00 Sermon

New West.: Wed 15 Mar 6:00 Presanctified. Liturgy: 7:00 Sermon

Surrey: 16 Mar. 6:00 pm Mystery of Repentance, 6:30 Service, 7:00 Sermon

Furnace Repair: $539.xx

Cheesefare Sunday: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise

As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstention from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentance, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.

At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: “Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit….”


Meatfare Sunday: 2017 02 c 

THE BISHOP!!

Eis Polla Eti, Dhespota! We welcome our Bishop home to us in this his Parish.

When the Father is here with us, then our Church Family is complete!

We burst out into Blessings for him, singing in Greek:

Eis polla eti, Dhespota!

[God grant you] “Many Years, O Master”

–Greek because the 1st Bishops in Ukraine were missionaries sent from Greece

esp. 3x during the Hierarchical Liturgy

1: after the Gospel (at the blessing of the Trikeri & Dhikeri)

2: after the Great Entrance

3: after the post Communion Blessing with the Holy Gifts

The 3d verse of the Trisagion Hymn is sung by the Clergy in Greek

“Agios o Theos, Agios Ikhyros, Agios A-Thanatos, eleison ymas”

Ton Dhespotin in English:

Our Bishop, High Priest, and Head of our Church, *Lord our God save and bless. 

 

God grant him many years. God grant him many years.

 

God grant him many happy years.

 

Divine Services & Events:

Akathist for Peace, Makro-diakonia & Victims of religious/sectarian Violence

Wed 22 Feb                                                                                                                         8:00 pm

 

Funeral: Richard Michaels: 24 February                                                                   7:00 pm

 

Parish AGM: Sunday 26 February                                                                                12:00 pm

Please submit any issues, concerns, questions to the Priest by Friiday 24 Feb.

No Coffee/Fellowship after 11:00 am Service at parish Hall on Cheesefare Sunday

 

The Great Fast Cometh

 

Forgiveness Vespers, Feb 26 Sunday – Starting the Great Fast II                                    7:00 pm

 

Mini- Great Kanon pt.1: Tuesday 28 Feb.                                                                 7:00 pm

Liturgy of Pope St Gregory, Wednesday 01 Mar.                                                   7:00 pm

Mini- Great Kanon pt.2: Thursday 02 Mar.                                                               7:00 pm

Liturgy of Pope St Gregory, Friday 03 Mar.                                                              7:00 pm

Liturgy of Pope St Gregory: Every Weds & Fridays                                              7:00 pm

–Except:

–week of Mar 22 & 24  (no mid-week Services)

–Mar 15, Liturgy will be at Holy Cross Surrey (Parish Mission)

THE GREAT KANON: Wed 29 March:                                                                          7:00 pm

 

Great Fast Mission

Richmond: Tues 14 Mar. 6:00 pm Mystery of Repentance, 6:30 Service, 7:00 Sermon

New West.: Wed 15 Mar 6:00 Presanctified. Liturgy: 7:00 Sermon

Surrey: 16 Mar. 6:00 pm Mystery of Repentance, 6:30 Service, 7:00 Sermon

Furnace Repair: $539.xx

The Sunday of the Last Judgment or Meatfare Sunday

The Sunday of the Last Judgment or Meatfare Sunday is the third Sunday of the Herald of the Fast.   This Sunday is called Meatfare Sunday since it is traditionally the last day before Pascha for eating meat. Byzantine Christians observe a fast from meat henceforth until Pascha, but still eat dairy products and eggs till the day after Cheesefare Sunday.

The Gospel reading this Sunday remembers Christ’s parable of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). This adds to the Herald to the Fast Sundays and teaches that it is not enough to see Jesus, to see ourselves as we are, and to come home to God as his prodigal sons. The Church teaches that, in addition, one must also be God’s sons by following Christ, his only-begotten divine Son, and by seeing Christ in everyone and by serving Christ through them.  Salvation and final judgment will depend upon deeds, not merely on intentions or even on the mercies of God apart from personal cooperation and obedience. All piety and prayer is ultimately directed towards the goal of serving Christ through his people.

The Gospel Reading says:… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and in prison and you visited me. …. For truly I say to you, if you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me (Matthew 25 ).


Prodigal Son Sunday: 2017 02 b

Divine Services & Events:

All Souls Parastas Frday 17 Feb.                                                                                7:00 pm

 

Grateful Thanks: to Peter Chyrski

– for the Many hours of Snow Shoveling, Clearing, & salting @ the Church

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 26 Feb.                                                                      1:00 pm

Furnace Repair: $539.xx

ON THE MEETING OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE

The Feast of Meeting has no fewer than four different names. Each name recalls a different aspect of this Feast. What are they?

In the Latin Church it is called the Presentation of Christ. This is because it commemorates the Presentation of Christ by His Mother in the Temple at Jerusalem forty days after His Birth. In the icon of the Feast, we see Christ was brought to the Temple by His mother and accompanied by His guardian Joseph, who holds the customary sacrifice of two turtle doves. In the Temple Christ was carried in the arms of the Righteous Simeon and watched over by the Prophetess Anna. This Feast is yet more proof that the Son of God truly became man. Today an infant, not a spirit or an angel, is brought to the Temple.

This meeting between the Righteous Simeon and Anna and the Saviour is why the Byzantine Churches call it: ‘The Meeting of the Lord’. According to age-old tradition, Simeon was one of those Seventy translators who in the third century before Christ had translated the Old Testament Bible into Greek. Coming to the words in the seventh chapter of Isaiah the Prophet, he had been awestruck by the affirmation that a Virgin would give birth. He had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would live until he saw these words fulfilled. This Feast which is the fulfillment of these words, the aged Simeon utters the words: ‘Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy words, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel’.

Soon after uttering these words, he reposed, as did the Righteous Anna, who had also been waiting to see the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit that she too would see the Messiah in great old age. The Prayer of St Simeon is read at every Vespers service in the Church Year.

According to the Old Testament, the Jews were commanded to present their male children at the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after their Birth. This was to give thanks to God and pray for the purification of the mother and health of the child, for it was considered that after the vital forty-day period it was almost certain that all mortal danger was passed. This is why this Feast has yet another name: ‘The Purification of the Virgin’. The Christ-Child is only forty days old, the salvation of the world is dependent on His Mother. This is why although this Feast is a Feast in honour of Our Lord, the Church is yet in blue, for we also give great honour today to the Mother of God. Indeed, this Feast is the Feast of all mothers.

In our New Testament times, we have the custom of ‘churching’, which is similar to this rite of purification of the mother, which was carried out in the Old Testament, but there are also important differences. First of all, since the Coming of Christ, all children, not only boys, are to be presented in church at the age of forty days. However today, they are to be presented for baptism and chrismation and so made ready for holy communion. Secondly, the Church also appoints prayer to be said over the mother at this critical time. These prayers are firstly in thanksgiving for the physical safety of the mother, but also they are said for the spiritual safety of the mother, in order to ward off what is now called ‘post-natal depression’.

The Presentation, the Meeting and the Purification are then all names given to today’s Feast, but there is yet a fourth name – Candlemas. This name was given to this Feast in memory of the Roman custom of lighting candles at it, which recalls the lights in the Temple at Jerusalem. The custom spread from Rome even to Ukraine and in the Slavonic service-books there is a prayer for the blessing of candles on this day. In this country, Candlemas is connected with many popular sayings concerning weatherlore, witnessing to the popularity of Candlemas in olden times. One such saying for example is: ‘If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter shall have another flight’. This means that if today’s weather is good, we shall have more cold and wintry weather before the Spring.

But what does this Feast mean for us today?

Since it is exactly forty days since Christmas, it is time for us to think about the last forty days and ask ourselves some questions:

What today can we present to the Temple of Christ, the Church? In what condition do we present our souls to Christ? What sacrifices have we made in the last forty days? Have we begun cultivating a new virtue? Have we attempted to give up an old vice? Have we been to confession? Have we taken communion? Have we kept the Wednesday and Friday fasts? Have we read our prayers? Have we set a Christian example to our neighbours? Have we thanked God for all that we have received? What has changed in our way of life since the Birth of Christ forty days ago? What progress has been made?

Whatever our answers to these questions, on this, the Feast of the Meeting of Christ, one thing is certain: If we are not spiritually prepared to meet Christ, then we shall never meet Him.


Prodigal Son Sunday: 2017 02 b

Divine Services & Events:

All Souls Parastas Friday 17 Feb.                                                                                7:00 pm

 

Grateful Thanks: to Peter Chyrski

– for the Many hours of Snow Shoveling, Clearing, & salting @ the Church

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 26 Feb.                                                                      1:00 pm

Furnace Repair: $539.xx

ON THE MEETING OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE

The Feast of Meeting has no fewer than four different names. Each name recalls a different aspect of this Feast. What are they?

In the Latin Church it is called the Presentation of Christ. This is because it commemorates the Presentation of Christ by His Mother in the Temple at Jerusalem forty days after His Birth. In the icon of the Feast, we see Christ was brought to the Temple by His mother and accompanied by His guardian Joseph, who holds the customary sacrifice of two turtle doves. In the Temple Christ was carried in the arms of the Righteous Simeon and watched over by the Prophetess Anna. This Feast is yet more proof that the Son of God truly became man. Today an infant, not a spirit or an angel, is brought to the Temple.

This meeting between the Righteous Simeon and Anna and the Saviour is why the Byzantine Churches call it: ‘The Meeting of the Lord’. According to age-old tradition, Simeon was one of those Seventy translators who in the third century before Christ had translated the Old Testament Bible into Greek. Coming to the words in the seventh chapter of Isaiah the Prophet, he had been awestruck by the affirmation that a Virgin would give birth. He had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would live until he saw these words fulfilled. This Feast which is the fulfillment of these words, the aged Simeon utters the words: ‘Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy words, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel’.

Soon after uttering these words, he reposed, as did the Righteous Anna, who had also been waiting to see the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit that she too would see the Messiah in great old age. The Prayer of St Simeon is read at every Vespers service in the Church Year.

According to the Old Testament, the Jews were commanded to present their male children at the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after their Birth. This was to give thanks to God and pray for the purification of the mother and health of the child, for it was considered that after the vital forty-day period it was almost certain that all mortal danger was passed. This is why this Feast has yet another name: ‘The Purification of the Virgin’. The Christ-Child is only forty days old, the salvation of the world is dependent on His Mother. This is why although this Feast is a Feast in honour of Our Lord, the Church is yet in blue, for we also give great honour today to the Mother of God. Indeed, this Feast is the Feast of all mothers.

In our New Testament times, we have the custom of ‘churching’, which is similar to this rite of purification of the mother, which was carried out in the Old Testament, but there are also important differences. First of all, since the Coming of Christ, all children, not only boys, are to be presented in church at the age of forty days. However today, they are to be presented for baptism and chrismation and so made ready for holy communion. Secondly, the Church also appoints prayer to be said over the mother at this critical time. These prayers are firstly in thanksgiving for the physical safety of the mother, but also they are said for the spiritual safety of the mother, in order to ward off what is now called ‘post-natal depression’.

The Presentation, the Meeting and the Purification are then all names given to today’s Feast, but there is yet a fourth name – Candlemas. This name was given to this Feast in memory of the Roman custom of lighting candles at it, which recalls the lights in the Temple at Jerusalem. The custom spread from Rome even to Ukraine and in the Slavonic service-books there is a prayer for the blessing of candles on this day. In this country, Candlemas is connected with many popular sayings concerning weatherlore, witnessing to the popularity of Candlemas in olden times. One such saying for example is: ‘If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter shall have another flight’. This means that if today’s weather is good, we shall have more cold and wintry weather before the Spring.

But what does this Feast mean for us today?

Since it is exactly forty days since Christmas, it is time for us to think about the last forty days and ask ourselves some questions:

What today can we present to the Temple of Christ, the Church? In what condition do we present our souls to Christ? What sacrifices have we made in the last forty days? Have we begun cultivating a new virtue? Have we attempted to give up an old vice? Have we been to confession? Have we taken communion? Have we kept the Wednesday and Friday fasts? Have we read our prayers? Have we set a Christian example to our neighbours? Have we thanked God for all that we have received? What has changed in our way of life since the Birth of Christ forty days ago? What progress has been made?

Whatever our answers to these questions, on this, the Feast of the Meeting of Christ, one thing is certain: If we are not spiritually prepared to meet Christ, then we shall never meet Him.


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FAST-FREE WEEK, this week! 

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 26 Feb.                                                                      1:00 pm

All Souls Parastas Friday 17 Feb.                                                                                   7:00 pm

Furnace Repair: $514.xx

The Great Fast

Part 1: Herald of the Fast  (Prophonisimon)

Part 2: the 40 Day Fast  (originally to prepare Catecumens for Bapt.)

Part 3: the Great Week Fast  (the Week of the Lord’s Passion) Great Mon. – Sat.

Herald of the Fast – The Great Fast  (Part 1)

Zacchaeus Sunday

The paschal season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is itself preceded by its own liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. On this Sunday the Gospel reading is about Zacchaeus the tax-collector. It tells how Christ brought salvation to the sinful man and how his life was greatly changed simply because he “sought to see who Jesus was” (Lk 19.3). The desire and effort to see Jesus begins the entire movement through lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation.

Pharisee and Publican Sunday  (and FAST-FREE Week)

The following Sunday is that of the Publican and the Pharisee. The focus here is on the two men who went to the Temple to pray—one a pharisee who was a very decent and righteous man of religion, the other a publican who was a truly sinful tax-collector who was cheating the people. The first, although genuinely righteous, boasted before God and was condemned, according to Christ. The second, although genuinely sinful, begged for mercy, received it, and was justified by God (Lk 18.9). The meditation here is that we have neither the religious piety of the pharisee nor the repentance of the publican by which alone we can be saved. We are called to see ourselves as we really are in the light of Christ’s teaching, and to beg for mercy.

Prodigal Son Sunday

The next Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Hearing the parable of Christ about God’s loving forgiveness, we are called to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the movement of return to God. We are given every assurance by the Master that the Father will receive us with joy and gladness. We must only “arise and go,” confessing our selfinflicted and sinful separation from that “home” where we truly belong (Lk 15.11–24).

Meatfare Sunday

The next Sunday is called Meatfare Sunday since it is traditionally the last day before Pascha for eating meat. It commemorates Christ’s parable of the Last Judgment (Mt 25.31–46). We are reminded this day that it is not enough for us to see Jesus, to see ourselves as we are, and to come home to God as his prodigal sons. We must also be his sons by following Christ, his only-begotten divine Son, and by seeing Christ in every man and by serving Christ through them. Our salvation and final judgment will depend upon our deeds, not merely on our intentions or even on the mercies of God devoid of our own personal cooperation and obedience.

                  ... for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and in prison and you visited Me. For truly I say to you, if you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me (Mt 25).

We are saved not merely by prayer and fasting, not by “religious exercises” alone. We are saved by serving Christ through his people, the goal toward which all piety and prayer is ultimately directed.

Cheesefare Sunday

Finally, on the eve of Great Lent, the day called Cheesefare Sunday and Forgiveness Sunday, we sing of Adam’s exile from paradise. We identify ourselves with Adam, lamenting our loss of the beauty, dignity and delight of our original creation, mourning our corruption in sin. We also hear on this day the Lord’s teaching about fasting and forgiveness, and we enter the season of the fast forgiving one another so that God will forgive us.                If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses (Mt 6.14–18).


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Christ is Baptised! In the Jordan by John!

Divine Services & Events:

Grateful thanks to Peter Chyrski, in overseeing the furnace repair

 

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 29 January                                                               1:00 pm

Meeting of the Lord Great Feast Vigil: Wednesday 01 February                       7:00 pm

Christmas Candles

On behalf of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster and myself, we would like thank all who took part in our global fundraising program “Caritas- Christmas Candle/Різдвяна свічка”.   Because of all your generous donations, we were able to raise $2,022 all of which will be sent to help needy, disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Thank You and God Bless. Dana Koren Lupynis.

For more information, please contact Dana Koren Lupynis or Natalia Lupynis at nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.

The Great Blessing of the Waters                       

What is the Blessing of the Waters, and what’s the difference between the Great and the Small? The Great as compared to the Small? The Blessing of the Waters belongs to the category of ‘sacramental rites’. We call services ‘sacramental’ when Divine Grace is imparted through them, invisibly, through perceptible gestures and signs. Such services were not instituted by Christ, however, nor are they necessary to salvation, as are the sacraments themselves.

As regards the number seven, there is no mention of this in the Church Fathers. They consider any and every form of ritual which is performed by canonical celebrants for the sanctification and salvation of the faithful to be a Sacrament.

Every holy action and ritual in the Church is a sacrament and every sacrament is great, as is the mystery of the Church itself, because every sacramental act in the theanthropic organism of the Church is in an organic and vital relationship with the central mystery of the Church, Christ the God/Man.

‘The Great Blessing of the Waters’ is the name we give the service which is celebrated twice a year (5 and 6 January) in commemoration of the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan. The Small Blessing of the Waters is usually held in churches on the 1st of each month and at various other public events (the foundation of a house, the opening of a shop, the inauguration of public works and so on). It’s a mistake to think that the blessing on the eve of Theophany is the Small Blessing and that of the day itself is the Great. The service of the Great Blessing of the Waters is held on both these days.

In the Early Christian Church, the blessing of the water at Theophany was for the baptism of the catechumens, after the faithful had drawn off a portion as a blessing. This is clear from the hymn we sing at the baptism service and at the Divine Liturgy on the feast of Theophany: ‘As many as have been baptized in Christ…’.

The celebration of the Great Blessing of the Waters on the eve of Theophany is a relatively recent innovation, in order to serve the needs of the faithful. It’s also linked to the custom of priests visiting the houses of their parishioners to sprinkle holy water on the eve of the feast.

The sanctification of the waters is effected through the prayer: ‘You are great, Lord…’ and the blessing by the right hand of the celebrant (bishop or priest) and the prayer: ‘Therefore, merciful King, be present now through the descent of your Holy Spirit, and sanctify this water’. It’s also a mistake to believe that the sanctification occurs at the moment the Precious Cross is submerged in the water and we sing the dismissal hymn of the feast: ‘When you were baptized in the Jordan, Lord…’. The submersion of the Cross is a later addition and was introduced to depict the Lord’s baptism in the Jordan in a more graphic manner.  The sanctification prayer at the Great Blessing (‘Make it a source of incorruption, a gift for sanctification, a redemption for sins, a remedy for maladies, a ruination for demons, unapproachable to the adverse powers, replete with angelic power, so that all who drink and receive it may have it for the purification of their souls and bodies, for the healing of sufferings, for the sanctification of homes and for all appropriate benefit’), makes it clear that ‘through consumption and sprinkling’, we believe that ‘we are sanctified and purified of our sins’. It protects us from the attacks of the devil, heals our sicknesses and grants us health. With it we sanctify our houses, and all animal and plant life. It’s appropriate and beneficial for every occasion. Through the Grace of the Holy Spirit, it acts upon all things animate, and even inanimate, transforming and sanctifying them. It cleanses and sanctifies His faithful servants and the whole of nature.

 

 

 


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Divine Services & Events:

FREE HOUSE BLESSINGS:  Please sign up at back of Church:

 

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 29 January                                                               1:00 pm

Meeting of the Lord Great Feast Vigil: Wednesday 01 February                       7:00 pm

Meeting of the Lord Great Feast

                  When the most pure Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary’s forty days of purification had been fulfilled, she took her first-born Son to Jerusalem on this, the fortieth day after His birth, that she might present Him in the temple according to the Law of Moses, which teaches that every first-born male child be dedicated to God, and also that she might offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Law (Luke 2:22-24; Exod. 13:2; Lev. 12:6-8). On this same day, a just and devout man, the greatly aged Symeon, was also present in the temple, being guided by the Holy Spirit. For a long time, this man had been awaiting the salvation of God, and he had been informed by divine revelation that he would not die until he beheld the Lord’s Christ. Thus, when he beheld Him at that time and took Him up into his aged arms, he gave glory to God, singing: “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master. . .” And he confessed that he would close his eyes joyfully, since he had seen the Light of revelation for the nations and the Glory of Israel (Luke 2:25-32). From ancient times, the Holy Church has retained this

tradition of the churching of the mother and new-born child on the fortieth day and of the reading of prayers of purification.

Theophany or Epiphany – part 1b

St John Chrysostom

So, Jewish cleansing did not free from sins, but only from bodily impurities. This is not so with ours: it is far more sublime and it manifests a great grace, by which it sets us free from sin, cleanses the spirit and bestows the gifts of the Spirit. The baptism of John, too, was far more sublime than the ordinary Jewish one, but still less so than ours; it was like a bridge between both baptisms, leading across from the former to the latter. For this reason, John didn’t give guidance for observing bodily purifications, but exhorted and advised that, as well as performing these, people should be converted from vice to good deeds and should trust in the hope of salvation and the accomplishment of good deeds, rather than in different washings and purifications by water.

John didn’t say: “Wash your clothes, wash your body, and you’ll be pure”, but “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Mt, 3, 8). Since it was more than that of the Jews, but less than ours, the baptism of John didn’t impart the Holy Spirit and didn’t grant forgiveness by grace. It gave the commandment to repent, but was powerless to remit sins. Which is why John also said: “I baptize you with water…He, however, will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Mt. 3, 11). Obviously, then, he didn’t baptize with the Spirit. But what does this mean: “with the Holy Spirit and with fire?”.

Recall the day on which, for the Apostles, “tongues as of fire appeared to them, distributed among them, and rested on each one of them” (Acts 2, 3). That the baptism of John didn’t impart the Spirit and remission of sins is evident from the following: Paul “found certain disciples, and said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’. And they said, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit’. And he said, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’. They said, ‘Into John’s baptism’. And Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus’.

On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them” (Acts 19, 1-6). Do you see how incomplete the baptism of John was? Had it not been incomplete, Paul wouldn’t have baptized them again, and placed his hands on them. After he had performed the second baptism he demonstrated the superiority of the apostolic Baptism and that the baptism of John was far inferior to it. From this, then, we recognize the difference between the baptisms.

Now it’s necessary to say why Christ was baptized and into which baptism? Neither the former, the Jewish, nor the latter, ours. Why would He have needed remission of sins, how is this possible, when He has no sin? “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2, 22); and further, “who among you convicts me of sin?” (Jn. 8, 46). And His flesh was not deprived of the Holy Spirit; how could it be when it was fashioned by the Holy Spirit in the first place? And so, if His flesh was not deprived of the Holy Spirit, and He was not subject to sin, then why was He baptized? But first of all it’s necessary to recognize by which baptism He was baptized, and then it will become clear.


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Христос Хрещається!  В (ріці) Йордані (від Йоана)!

Divine Services & Events:

MOTHER TERESA EVENT TODAY! St Mary’s Van.                                                    1:00 pm

 

FREE HOUSE BLESSINGS:  Please sign up at back of Church:

 

Parastas for the Rev. Eugene Rudachek: Wed 18 January                               7:00 pm

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 29 January                                                               1:00 pm

St. Moth.Teresa: Get Tickets Now!–

If you’re Waiting for the last Moment, today is it!

Sunday January 15 at 1-3:30 pm St. Mary’s UGCC 550  West-14th Ave, Vancouver

(cf Janet or Fr Richard for tickets)  The Eparchy of New Westminster invites you to join Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC for an event to learn about the life and legacy of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Fr. Brian was born in Winnipeg and is a Ukrainian Catholic priest.  He knew St. Theresa very well and was the postulator for the Canonization of St. Teresa.  Fr. Brian will be sharing interesting insights into the process to have this amazing Catholic nun.  He will share Mother Teresa’s message of “love in living action” – especially to the poor – beginning where we are. Fr. Brian will also share some of his experiences as a Missionaries of Charity Father.

Theophany or Epiphany – part 1a

St John Chrysostom

and know what they’re called, but don’t know why they were established. So everyone knows that the feast today is called Theophany, but don’t know what Theophany is, and whether it is one thing or another. And this is shameful- celebrating an annual feast day and not knowing the reason for its existence.

First of all, therefore, it’s necessary to say that there’s not one Theophany, but two: the actual one, which has already occurred; and the second, in the future, which will happen with glory at the end of the world. You’ll hear about both today from Paul, who, in his letter to Titus, speaks thus about today’s feast: “The grace of God has revealed itself, having saved all mankind, decreeing that we reject iniquity and worldly desires, and dwell in the present age in prudence and in righteousness and piety”; and about the future one: “awaiting the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ” (Tit. 2, 11-13).

Meanwhile, a prophet had this to say about this second of the two: “the sun will turn to darkness, and the moon to blood at first, before the great and illuminating Day of the Lord comes” (Joel 2, 31). Why isn’t the day on which the Lord was born considered Theophany, but rather this day, on which He was baptized? It was on this very day that He was baptized and sanctified the nature of water. Because on this day everyone takes some of the water and carries it home and keeps it all year. Because today the waters are sanctified. And an obvious phenomenon occurs: this water which was drawn today, in its essence doesn’t spoil with the passage of time, but, for a whole year and often for two or three, remains as unaltered and fresh as that newly drawn from a spring.

So why is this day called Theophany? Because Christ made Himself known not when He was born, but when He was baptized. Until that time people knew little of Him. This is clear from what John the Baptist has to say on the matter: “Among you stands He, Whom you do not know” (Jn.1, 26). And it is hardly surprising that others didn’t know Him, when even the Baptist wasn’t aware of Him until that day: “I myself didn’t know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit’” (Jn. 1, 33).

Thus it is evident that there are two Theophanies. But we also need to explain why Christ comes to be baptized and what kind of baptism it is, so I have to speak to you about both the one and the other, for through the one we shall learn about the other. There was the Jewish baptism, which cleansed bodily impurities, but didn’t remove sins. Thus, if somebody committed adultery, or was bent on stealing, or performed some other kind of misdeed, this baptism didn’t free them from guilt. But if they touched the bones of the dead, tasted food forbidden by the law, were contaminated through contact with certain other people, or consorted with lepers, then they washed, were impure until the evening, but then were cleansed.

“Let people wash their body in pure water”, it says in the Scriptures, “and they will be unclean until evening, and then they will be clean” (Lev. 15,5; 22, 4). These were not really sins or impurities, but since the Jews lacked perfection, God made them more observant by such means, and, from the first moment prepared them for an understanding of more important things.


Holiday Services:

Christmas Day (25 December) Christmas Service — (English):       25 Dec 11:00 am

The Circumcision of our Lord, & Saint Basil: Festal Vigil:                       31 Dec 07:00 pm

Great Feast of Theophany Eve:                                                                 05 Jan 07:00 pm

– Festal Vespers & the Liturgy of St. Basil & the 1st Great Blessing of Waters


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Divine Services & Events:

TODAY: GET YOUR TICKET FOR MOTHER TERESA EVENT! Did I mention “TODAY”?

 

LAST SUNDAY for Eparchial Candle Appeal:

Great Feast of Theophany Eve:                                                                 05 Jan 07:00 – 11 pm

– Festal Vespers & the Liturgy of St. Basil & the 1st Great Blessing of Waters

Christmas/Theophany Parish Luncheon: Sunday 8 January after 9:00am Liturgy

 

St Mother Teresa Event: St Mary’s Van.: Sun. 15 Jan (no Coffee after Typika)                 1:00 pm

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 29 January                                                               1:00 pm

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St. Mother Teresa: Get Your Tickets Now!!–

If you’re Waiting for the last Moment, today is IT!

Sunday January 15 at 1-3:30 pm St. Mary’s UGCC 550  West-14th Ave, Vancouver

(cf Janet or Fr Richard for tickets)

The Eparchy of New Westminster invites you to join Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC for an event to learn about the life and legacy of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Fr. Brian was born in Winnipeg and is a Ukrainian Catholic priest.  He knew St. Theresa very well and was the

postulator for the Canonization of St. Teresa.  Fr. Brian will be sharing interesting insights into the process to have this amazing Catholic nun.  He will share Mother Teresa’s

message of “love in living action” – especially to the poor – beginning where we are. Fr. Brian will also share some of his experiences as a Missionaries of Charity Father.

LAST SUNDAY for Eparchial Candle Appeal:    Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal collects funds to help disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name/address & put it in the basket @ the Collection or mail it to the Eparchy. Donations over $20 receive a tax receipt & cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo.  $5.00 each minimum donation. Thank you for your support. Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. This year’s focus is to support a Hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk that houses orphans, & provides basic necessities, education and life skills.

The Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord

Every male of you shall be circumcised…. It shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. A child who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised … and my covenant shall be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant (Genesis, 17:10-13).  When our forefather in faith Abraham was ninety-nine years of age, the eternal Son and Word of God came to him and made covenant with him. He commanded that, as the defining “sign” of that covenant, Abraham and his seed be circumcised. Throughout succeeding centuries, Israel dutifully kept this Law and even took it as a cause for boasting (Galatians 6:14).  It was to fulfill this divine commandment that our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ was circumcised on the eighth day after His birth according to the flesh from His pure and ever-virgin Mother Mary. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:21).  The Savior’s circumcision was the occasion of the first shedding of His precious blood. The Cross overshadowed the Lord Jesus even while He lay in a crib by swaddling bands bound. The knife which cut the Lord’s flesh on that day foreshadowed the centurion’s spear which would pierce His side, releasing the saving torrent, the blood and water (John 19:34). That torrent drowned the Law’s type and shadow and gave birth to the font. Circumcision prefigured the saving stream of holy baptism through which we Christians enter the new and eternal covenant of salvation as St. Paul proclaimed: In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ; and you were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God who raised him from the dead (Colossians 2:11-12)  In circumcision a blade wielded by the hand of man cut away flesh; in baptism the blade of the Holy Spirit cuts away sin. The Spirit-blade cuts deep, rooting out the sin of our forefather. In the blood of Christ’s Passion sin is drowned together with death’s might and Hades (Hosea 13:14; I Corinthians 15:55). Through the water from His side a fertile seed of immortal life and incorruptibility is firmly planted in the soul and flesh of each one who issues from the font. The metal blade of circumcision marked the flesh of Jewish males; the Spirit-blade of baptism marks the soul and body of each and every Christian with the “Seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Before this new and mighty “sign,” the cherubim with fiery sword who guard lost Paradise, which of old was in Eden (Genesis 3:25), give way that the children of the new Covenant may, like the Good Thief (Luke 23:43), pass within to rest until the final consummation of God’s eternal plan.  Of old God in the Law commanded Israel: “circumcise your hardheartedness, and be stiff-necked no longer” (Deuteronomy 10:16)


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Divine Services & Events:

Dec 21, Wed 7:00 pm             The Immanuel Moleben (come on out, it’s short & sweet)

Dec 21, Wed 8:00 pm             Parastas for Victims of Coptic Cathedral Bombing

Friday: 23 December:        Confession & Royal Hours:                                            7:00 pm

НАВЕЧЕРІЯ РІЗДВА: Повечерія, Служба Божа – (Українською): 24 Dec    9:00 pm

Christmas Day (25 December) Christmas Service — (English):       25 Dec 11:00 am

St Philip’s Fast Emergency Food Assistance for the Poor:

–we are accepting Canned goods & Non-perishable Food items

–we are also accepting monies to establish a Parish Fund for such Emergency Assistance

Special Services for this Winter Pascha:

The Circumcision of our Lord, & Saint Basil: Festal Vigil:                       31 Dec 07:00 pm

Great Feast of Theophany Eve:                                                                 05 Jan 07:00 pm

– Festal Vespers & the Liturgy of St. Basil & the 1st Great Blessing of Waters

Oicomwir 101: Inquiry Classes, 29 January                                                               1:00 pm

Christmas caroling: Tues. 27 Dec. (followed by pot luck!)                                     4:30 pm

Christmas/Theophany Parish Luncheon: Sunday 8 January after 9:00am Liturgy

St Mother Teresa Event: St Mary’s Van.: Sun. 15 Jan (no Coffee after Typika)                 1:00 pm

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Come and share a time of spiritual renewal and inspiration for 2017!

Sunday January 15 at 1-3:30 pm St. Mary’s UGCC 550  West-14th Ave, Vancouver (cf Father Deacon Mykhailo, 604-524-8824  for tickets & information)

The Eparchy of New Westminster invites you to join Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC for an event to learn about the life and legacy of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Fr. Brian was born in Winnipeg and is a Ukrainian Catholic priest.  He knew St. Theresa very well and was the postulator for the Cause for Canonization of St. Teresa.  Fr. Brian will be sharing interesting insights into the process to have this amazing Catholic nun declared a Saint by Pope Francis.  He will  share Mother Teresa’s message of “love in living action” – especially to the poor – beginning in one’s own family, parish community, work, that is, where we are. Fr. Brian will also share some of his experiences as a Missionaries of Charity Father.

Eparchial Candle Appeal:    Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal collects funds to help disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name/address & put it in the basket @ the Collection or mail it to the Eparchy. Donations over $20 receive a tax receipt & cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo.  $5.00 each minimum donation. Thank you for your support. Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. For info, Natalia or Dana Koren Lupynis nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.  Last year’s money raised was used to provide children in Lviv with speech therapy, allowing them to function and communicate normally in society.  This year’s focus is to support a Hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk that houses orphans, & provides basic necessities, education and life skills.

Don’t Pre-Celebrate Christmas!  Part 3 (by Fr Andrew George)

 “Whaddyamean Fasting? It’s The Holidays!”:

Every year there are more and more parties held during the height of the Christmas Fast, instead of during the festive period of December 25 -January 7. On the day after Christmas we hear people say that Christmas is over, and the Christmas trees are out on the curb. Since they have pre-decorated and pre-celebrated and feasted, in their minds “it’s over”, when really it should just be beginning. I offer the following practical applications of our Byzantine theology and practice:

— Do decorate, but don’t pre-decorate. Use the December 6-20 guide as a starting point.

— Do celebrate, but don’t pre-celebrate. Use the Dec 25 – Feb 2 for your festivities.

The Scriptures instruct us: “In all things be not like the pagans, but rather calm, joyful in praise and giving of love to glorify Christ who came for us.” Since we Christians are called to be “in the world, but not of the world”, we are to transform the world and not have the secular world transform us. Secularism has crept into our Christmas observances. It is up to us as individuals to purify the celebration. This begins with our families, our households, doing the more proper and fitting things and teaching others to do likewise by example. I urge you to plan for a Christmas observance that will hold true to our Byzantine view and pattern for celebration.


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Divine Services & Events:

Moleben for Victims of Racism: Thursday 15 December:  7:00 pm

(possible Cross-Procession in Steveston Saturday 17 December             1:00 pm)

Wednesdays 7:00 pm           The Immanuel Moleben (come on out, it’s short & sweet)

St Philip’s Fast Emergency Food Assistance for the Poor:

–we are accepting Canned goods & Non-perishable Food items

–we are also accepting monies to establish a Parish Fund for such Emergency Assistance

Special Services for this Winter Pascha:

НАВЕЧЕРІЯ РІЗДВА: Повечерія, Служба Божа – (Українською):      24 Dec 09:00 pm

Christmas Day (25 December) Christmas Service   (English):             25 Dec 11:00 am

The Circumcision of our Lord, & Saint Basil: Festal Vigil:                       31 Dec 07:00 pm

Great Feast of Theophany Eve:                                                                 05 Jan 07:00 pm

– Festal Vespers & the Liturgy of St. Basil & the 1st Great Blessing of Waters

Grateful Thanks to all to helped out this week – esp. with snow shovelling et al.

Christmas caroling: Tues. 27 Dec. (followed by pot luck!)                                     4:30 pm

Christmas/Theophany Parish Luncheon: Sunday 8 January after 9:00am Liturgy

St Mother Teresa Event: St Mary’s Van.: Sun. 15 Jan (no Coffee after Typika)                 1:00 pm

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Come and share a time of spiritual renewal and inspiration for 2017!

Sunday January 15 at 1-3:30 pm St. Mary’s UGCC 550  West-14th Ave, Vancouver (cf Father Deacon Mykhailo, 604-524-8824  for tickets & information)

The Eparchy of New Westminster invites you to join Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC for an event to learn about the life and legacy of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Fr. Brian was born in Winnipeg and is a Ukrainian Catholic priest.  He knew St. Theresa very well and was the postulator for the Cause for Canonization of St. Teresa.  Fr. Brian will be sharing interesting insights into the process to have this amazing Catholic nun declared a Saint by Pope Francis.  He will  share Mother Teresa’s message of “love in living action” – especially to the poor – beginning in one’s own family, parish community, work, that is, where we are. Fr. Brian will also share some of his experiences as a Missionaries of Charity Father.

Eparchial Candle Appeal:    Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal collects funds to help disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name/address & put it in the basket @ the Collection or mail it to the Eparchy. Donations over $20 receive a tax receipt & cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo.  $5.00 each minimum donation. Thank you for your support. Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. For info, Natalia or Dana Koren Lupynis nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.  Last year’s money raised was used to provide children in Lviv with speech therapy, allowing them to function and communicate normally in society.  This year’s focus is to support a Hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk that houses orphans, & provides basic necessities, education and life skills.

Don’t Pre-Celebrate Christmas!  Part 2 (by Fr Andrew George)

 “Whaddyamean Fasting? It’s The Holidays!”:

It is interesting to note that historically we do not have an exact date of Jesus birth. The date of His Nativity was specifically selected by the early Church to coincide with the pagan celebrations held in late December, They were rather riotous and foolish in nature, not becoming of a follower of Christ. Thus this date had a duel purpose: (1) to mark the Lord’s coming to earth in human form, and (2) to do it at a time which would help defeat an attitude and lifestyle which went against the Lord’s teachings. The early Church leaders knew that these Christians struggled with the temptation to return to their former ways. Once again, what would you think this tells us? The Byzantine tradition is clearly to NOT “pre-celebrate” Christmas, but rather to withhold the celebration until the designated time. Once it arrives, we are to celebrate it joyously, though not with over riotous activity as did the pagans. Some 40 or 50 years ago here in America, people decorated their Christmas trees on Christmas Eve. Slowly, through the influence of merchants and media, we started to put up our decorations and trees earlier and earlier each year. As a result, we take them down earlier and earlier, not waiting for the Theophany observances of January 5-7, which are specifically part of the 12-day cycle beginning on Christmas.


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Divine Services & Events:

 

Vespers for Creation: Solidarity Service for Justice/Peace at Standing Rock:  6:00 pm

Wednesdays 7:00 pm           The Immanuel Moleben (come on out, it’s short & sweet)

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: Dec 02, 09                       7:00 pm

an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing– Makrodiakonia & Spirituality:

Oicwir 101: Sunday Dec 4: When 1st Coming to the Temple FAQs                     1:00pm

St Philip’s Fast Emergency Food Assistance for the Poor:

–we are accepting Canned goods & Non-perishable Food items

–we are also accepting monies to establish a Parish Fund for such Emergency Assistance

Special Services for this Winter Pascha:

НАВЕЧЕРІЯ РІЗДВА: Повечерія, Служба Божа – (Українською):      24 Dec 9:00 pm

Christmas Day (25 December)  11:00 am – Christmas Service   (English)

The Circumcision of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus the Christ – Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia: Festal Vigil:                          31 Dec 7:00 pm

Great Feast of Theophany Eve:                                                                 05 Jan 7:00 pm

– Festal Vespers & the Liturgy of St. Basil & the 1st Great Blessing of Waters

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Come and share a time of spiritual renewal and inspiration for 2017!

Sunday January 15 at 1-3:30 pm St. Mary’s UGCC 550  West-14th Ave, Vancouver (cf Father Deacon Mykhailo, 604-524-8824  for tickets & information)

The Eparchy of New Westminster invites you to join Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC for an event to learn about the life and legacy of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Fr. Brian was born in Winnipeg and is a Ukrainian Catholic priest.  He knew St. Theresa very well and was the postulator for the Cause for Canonization of St. Teresa.  Fr. Brian will be sharing interesting insights into the process to have this amazing Catholic nun declared a Saint by Pope Francis.  He will  share Mother Teresa’s message of “love in living action” – especially to the poor – beginning in one’s own family, parish community, work, that is, where we are. Fr. Brian will also share some of his experiences as a Missionaries of Charity Father.

Eparchial Candle Appeal:    Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal collects funds to help disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. We encourage everyone to remember these with a donation. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name/address & put it in the basket @ the Collection or mail it to the Eparchy. Donations over $20 receive a tax receipt & cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo.  Candles are available at a donation of $5.00 each.  We thank you for your support & ask that you again consider supporting this appeal & lighting these candles as part of your Christmas Eve celebrations Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine.  For info, Natalia or Dana Koren Lupynis nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.

Last year’s money raised was used to provide children in Lviv with speech therapy, allowing them to function and communicate normally in society.  This year’s focus is to support a Hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk that houses orphans, and provides basic necessities, education and life skills to help them integrate into society.

Don’t Pre-Celebrate Christmas!  Part 1 (by Fr Andrew George)

Some 40 or 50 years ago here in North America, people decorated their Christmas trees on Christmas Eve. Slowly, through the influence of merchants and media, we started to put up our decorations and trees earlier and earlier each year. As a result, we take them down earlier and earlier, not waiting for the Theophany observances of January 5-7 [January 18-20], which are specifically part of the 12-day cycle beginning on Christmas.

St Philip’s Fast, which began for us on Nov 15, is a time for anticipating the “Good News” of the Lord’s Birth. As with all things in life, Scripture reminds us that we must be careful of being “in the world, but not of the world”. This is especially true of the celebration of Christmas. Many lament that the stores are decorated for Christmas from the end of October – an example of the over-stressing and “early-stressing” of this Christian Holy Day. But what do we do in our homes? I have noticed that on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, people begin to put up their decorations and turn on their Christmas lights and trees.


Tropar of Saint Philip’s Fast:

T’is the Season of St Philip’s Fast – fala             

Go to Moleben & Confession  – fala                    

Pray & Fast & Help the Poor  – fala              

& resist the world’s allure – fala      

Divine Services & Events:

 

This TUESDAY 7:00 pm           The Immanuel Moleben (come on out, it’s short & sweet)

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing

— Makrodiakonia & Spirituality:  Nov 25, Dec 02, etc. tba                      7:00 pm

Oicwir 101: Sunday Dec 4: When 1st Coming to the Temple FAQs                     1:00pm

Sunday Dec 4: Vespers for Creation: Standing Rock Solidarity Service:  7pm

Holodomor Commemoration: All welcome.

Sunday, 1pm Nov 27 Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Hall: 154 E 10th Ave,

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1656853897940071/

Program includes: 13.00 – Ecumenical Panakhyda (Memorial Service) for the victims of the Holodomor;  13.30 – Gov’t representatves;  14.00 – “Genocide Revealed” documentary screening (short educational version for schools, director Yurij Luhovy) 14.30 – Holodomor exhibit and open discussions.

Grateful Thanks to all to help edify the Church:

  1. Peter Chyrski for his work re freezers, locks, grounds, electricals, etc.

St Philip’s Fast Emergency Food Assistance for the Poor:

–we are accepting Canned goods & Non-perishable Food items

–we are also accepting monies to establish a Parish Fund for such Emergency Assistance

National Holodomor Awareness Week: Prayers:

Again, we pray the Lord our God to help us to remember the victims of Holodomor & to pray that, with God’s assistance, the lessons of history help us find lasting encouragement for mutual understanding, harmony & peace.

For the millions of victims of the Holodomor; we pray to the Lord.

For those you were executed, tortured, & suffered the mental & physical torments of starvation; we pray to the Lord.

For the repose of the souls of the dead, that God may grant eternal rest to all those who were unjustly deprived of the gift of life; we pray to the Lord.

For the conversion of unjust political state systems; we pray to the Lord.

 

                           The Holodomor:  The 1932-33 Famine-Genocide in Ukraine

In the early 1930s Ukraine, considered to be Europe’s breadbasket — Stalin’s regime committed a horrendous act of genocide against up to 10 million Ukrainians. Ukrainians were subjected to an imposed starvation, a most ruthless forms of torture & death. The Soviets imposed exorbitant grain quotas, in some cases confiscating supplies down to the last seed. Ukraine was isolated by armed units, so that people could not go in search of food to the neighbouring regions. The result was the Ukrainian genocide of 1932-33, known as the Holodomor, an extermination by famine.

Background
–1929  Many Ukrainian farmers refused to join the collective farms, regarded as a return to the serfdom of earlier centuries. Stalin introduced a policy of “class warfare” to break down resistance to collectivization. Successful farmers, or kurkuls, (kulaks, in Russian) were branded as the class enemy, & brutal enforcement by soldiers & secret police is used to “liquidate them.” Anyone who resists collectivization is considered a kurkul.

–1930  1.5 million Ukrainians fell victim to Stalin’s “dekulakization”, Armed dekulakization brigades forcibly confiscated land, livestock & other property, & evict entire families. Close to half a million were dragged from their homes, packed into freight trains, & shipped to remote, uninhabited areas such as Siberia where they are left, often without food or shelter. A great many, especially children, die in transit.

–1932-1933  The Soviet government sharply increased Ukraine’s production quotas, ensuring that they could not be met. Starvation became widespread. In 1932, a decree was implemented for the arrest or execution of any person – even a child — found taking as little as a few stalks of wheat or any possible food item from the fields where he worked. By decree, discriminatory voucher systems were implemented, & military blockades are erected around many Ukrainian villages preventing the transport of food into the villages & the hungry from leaving in search of food. Brigades of young activists from other Soviet regions were brought in to sweep through the villages & confiscate hidden grain, & eventually any & all food from the farmers’ homes. Stalin stated of Ukraine that “the national question is in essence a rural question” & he & his commanders determine to “teach a lesson through famine” & ultimately, to deal a “crushing blow” to Ukraine, esp. its rural population.

–1933  By June, at the height of the famine, people in Ukraine were dying at the rate of 30,000 a day, nearly a third of them children under 10. Between 1932-34, approximately 4 million deaths – not including deportations, executions, or deaths from ordinary causes. Stalin denied that there is any famine in Ukraine, & continues to export millions of tons of grain, more than enough to have saved every starving man, woman & child.


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Divine Services & Events:

Catholicism’ Best Kept Secret – The Eastern Churches

Sunday 13 November:  Presentation in the Church Hall                                         1:00 pm

Special Guest: The Rev. David Reilander, President of Catholic Mission in Canada:  Nov 13

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing

— Makrodiakonia & Spirituality:  Nov 25, Dec 02, etc. tba                      7:00 pm

Reposed in the Lord: Emil Baran: brother of Theresa Herchak, Вічная Памят

Richard Michaels: May God grant him a Remembrance in Eternity: Funeral @@@tba.

St Philip’s Fast: begins on Tuesday 15 November – Eat & Drink while ye May!

–St Philip’s Fast is a 40 Day Fast (Nov 15 – Dec 14 inclusive) quite different from “Advent”

–we observe St Philip’s Fast in order to prepare ourselves for the Feasts of the “Winter Pascha”, viz. the Feasts of the Nativity, the Circumcision, Ss Basil, David, Joseph, and the Great Feast of Theophany!  (also the popular Feast of St Nicholas of Myra in Lycea falls at the turning point of St Philip’s Fast {after which the Fast becomes strict})

–it is called “St Philip’s Fast” [aka Пилипівка] because it begins it begins after the Feast day of St Philip the Apostle (Nov. 14)

Hurricane Relief for Haiti:   Jesuits are already working in some of the communities most affected by Hurricane Matthew. For more information cf:  http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2016/10/14/hurricane-matthew-response/

Canadian Jesuits International    70 Saint Mary Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1J3

Toll Free: 1-800-448-2148 Email: cji@jesuits.ca Web: http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $ 755.00

Water Pipe Fund: Grateful thanks to all who have donated: Now only $490 left to defray!

Єктенія for the Conclusion of the Year of Mercy

Диякон: Помилуй нас, Боже, по великій милості твоїй, молимось Тобі, вислухай і помилуй.

Лик:  Господи, помилуй (3).

Ще молимось Господеві Богу нашому, щоб вислухав голос моління нас, грішних, і помилував рабів своїх, і охоронив нас від усякої скорботи, біди, гніву й нужди, і всякої болізні душевної і тілесної, і дарував нам здоров’я з довголіттям, промовмо всі: Скоро вислухай і милостиво помилуй.

Ще молимось, щоб зберегтися містові цьому і святому храму цьому, і всякому городові, селу і країні, від голоду, загибелі, землетрусу, потопу, граду, вогню, меча, нападу чужинців і міжусобної брані, і щоб він був милостивий, добропривітний і добропомічний, благий і чоловіколюбний Бог наш, і відвернув увесь гнів свій, що наступає на нас, і ізбавив нас від належної праведної своєї погрози, і помилував нас.

Ще молимось Господеві Богу нашому, що Він відкрив двері сердець наших для пізнання Його любові і дарував нам ви́щу понад розум милість Свою: Скоро вислухай і милостиво помилуй.

Ще молимось, щоб Милосердний і Чоловіколюбний Бог наш, вилив на нас божественні струмені милості Своєї, ізбавив од усякого лиха і подав Свою божественну благодать з висоти: Скоро вислухай і милостиво помилуй.

Ще молимось, щоб Господь Бог вислухав голос моління нас, грішних, і помилував нас.

Вислухай нас, Боже, Спасителю наш, уповання всіх кінців землі і тих, що на морі далеко, і, Милостивий, будь милостивим, Владико, до гріхів наших і помилуй нас. Бо милостивий і чоловіколюбець Бог єси, і Тобі славу возсилаємо, Отцю, і Сину, і Святому Духові, нині і повсякчас, і на віки вічні.

Лик: Амінь.

Диякон: З умилінням усі голови приклонивши, Господу помолімся.

Лик: Господи, помилуй.

Архиєрей читає оцю молитву про Боже милосердя:

Господи щедрий і милосердний, довготерпеливий і многомилостивий! Вислухай молитви наші і зверни увагу на голос моління нашого і яви нам знак милости Твоєї, наведи нас на дорогу Твою, щоб ходили ми в правді Твоїй. Звесели серця наші, щоб ми боялись імення Твого святого, бо Ти великий і твориш чуда; ти Бог єдиний і немає подібного Тобі між богами, Господи. Ти сильний у милості і добрий у силі, аби допомагати й утішати, і спасати всіх, хто на ім’я Твоє святе уповає.

Тому до Тебе, всемогутній і милостивий Боже, нині прибігаємо і з умилінням просимо: не закривай перед нами дверей Твого милосердя! Вилий на нас і на увесь наш народ повноту Своїх дарів, веди нас дорогою правди і любови та дай нам бути всюди і завжди живим знаряддям і дієвим знаком Твоєї милостивої і милосердної присутності у світі!

Виголос: Бо тобі належить усяка слава, честь і поклоніння: Отцю, Сину, і Святому Духові, нині і повсякчас, і на віки вічні. Амінь.

Лик: Амінь.


Pent. Sab. 25: 2016 11 a 

Divine Services & Events:

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing

— Makrodiakonia & Spirituality:  Nov 25, Dec 02, etc. tba                      7:00 pm

UCU Gala: 11 Nov. @ Sutton Place – doors open 5:00 pm

Catholicism’ Best Kept Secret – The Eastern Churches

Sunday 13 November:  Presentation in the Church Hall                                         1:00 pm

Special Guest: the Rev. Davil Reilander, President of Catholic Mission in Canada:  Nov 13

Hurricane Relief for Haiti:   Jesuits are already working in some of the communities most affected by Hurricane Matthew. Jesuits will respond initially with emergency relief such as food, hygiene & construction kits; & then during the early recovery phase to repair & rebuild schools, & support affected communities & families to recover their livelihoods, especially in the agricultural sector.  Canadian Jesuits International coordinates its emergency assistance through the Xavier Network: a network of Jesuit organizations that cooperate to provide humanitarian & reconstruction assistance in the aftermath of major emergencies. This allows us to maximize the impact of contributions from Canadians & also to ensure that we fund projects that have been identified at the local level.  For more information cf:  http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2016/10/14/hurricane-matthew-response/

Canadian Jesuits International    70 Saint Mary Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1J3

Toll Free: 1-800-448-2148 Email: cji@jesuits.ca Web: http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $412.xx

Water Pipe Fund: Grateful thanks to all who have donated: Now only $760 left to defray!


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Divine Services & Events:

Today we have with us newly ordained Fr Gleb for his FIRST Sunday LiturgyAXIOS!!

Saying: worth it to wear out new shoes waiting in line for the 1st blessing of a new Priest!

Grateful thanks to:
Chris Chiu & Matt. Martin for their donation of a micro Sound system!

Peter Chyrski for help fixing the washroom & dealing with the freezer.

Janet, Marianne, Ollie, etc for preparing the Reception for Fr. Gleb & Rev.Mother

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing

–the Relationship between Makrodiakonia & Spirituality:  Nov 04     7:00 pm

Next Sunday, Fall Back – end of Daylight Saving Time

Hurricane Relief for Haiti:   Jesuits are already working in some of the communities most affected by Hurricane Matthew. Jesuits will respond initially with emergency relief such as food, hygiene & construction kits; & then during the early recovery phase to repair & rebuild schools, & support affected communities & families to recover their livelihoods, especially in the agricultural sector.  Canadian Jesuits International coordinates its emergency assistance through the Xavier Network: a network of Jesuit organizations that cooperate to provide humanitarian & reconstruction assistance in the aftermath of major emergencies. This allows us to maximize the impact of contributions from Canadians & also to ensure that we fund projects that have been identified at the local level.  For more information cf:  http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2016/10/14/hurricane-matthew-response/

Canadian Jesuits International    70 Saint Mary Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1J3

Toll Free: 1-800-448-2148 Email: cji@jesuits.ca Web: http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca

Water Pipe Fund: Grateful thanks to all who have donated: Now only $960 left to defray!


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Divine Services & Events:

OrdinationOct. 26 at 4:30 pm: Cathedral: Father Deacon Gleb Pistruga

PLEASE come out to support the Ordinand Gleb.  Let us PACK the Cathedral!!

PLUS!!

Next Sunday Richmond will host newly ordained Fr Gleb for his FIRST Sunday Liturgy!

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing

–the Relationship between Makrodiakonia & Spirituality: Oct 28, Nov 04          7:00 pm

This Sunday Special Guest: The Very Rev. Michael Winn, Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary

Hurricane Relief for Haiti:   Jesuits are already working in some of the communities most affected by Hurricane Matthew. Jesuits will respond initially with emergency relief such as food, hygiene & construction kits; & then during the early recovery phase to repair & rebuild schools, & support affected communities & families to recover their livelihoods, especially in the agricultural sector.  Canadian Jesuits International coordinates its emergency assistance through the Xavier Network: a network of Jesuit organizations that cooperate to provide humanitarian & reconstruction assistance in the aftermath of major emergencies. This allows us to maximize the impact of contributions from Canadians & also to ensure that we fund projects that have been identified at the local level.  You can read more about our response to Hurricane Matthew & how to contribute on our website: http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2016/10/14/hurricane-matthew-response/

Canadian Jesuits International    70 Saint Mary Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1J3

Toll Free: 1-800-448-2148 Email: cji@jesuits.ca Web: http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca

Water Pipe Fund: Again Grateful Thanks to Peter et al. for the Repair of our Water Pipe.  Now we must raise special funds for this. Your donations would be particularly appreciated to assist in defraying this costs

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Pent. Sab. 22: 2016 10 c

 

Divine Services & Events:

All Souls Memorial Service: Friday 21 November                                                  7:00 pm

–if you have any new people you would like to be included in the prayers,

please submit their names to the Priest

OrdinationOct. 26 at 4:30 pm: Cathedral: Father Deacon Gleb Pistruga

Reception Banquet $15.00 per person. For tickets contact Fr. Stepan Dovhoshyia 604 518-1873 or dovhoshyiastepan@gmail.com Deadline – Oct. 19 Wed,

PLEASE PLEASE come out to support the Ordinand Gleb.

Let us totally PACK the Cathedral !!

– the book of Hezekiah says: Let us have a full church – not an empty empty one

Dormition Parish Thanksgiving dinner: Today, Sunday Oct. 16                            5:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $10.xx for Adults

“Render Unto Caesar” Evangelisation Programme: an Evening of Film & Faith-Sharing –the Relationship between Makrodiakonia & Spirituality: Oct 28, Nov 04          7:00 pm

Water Pipe Repar Fund Donations as of this Sunday: $ 0.00

Water Pipe Repair Fund:

Again Grateful Thanks especially to Peter Chyrski and Roman Herchak (as well member of the Pastoral Parish Council) who arranged and oversaw the Repair of our Water Pipe and the Restoration of water in our Temple and the washrooms therein.

At this point, we have to raise special funds (above and beyond our regularly parish operating needs) to pay for his one time special and very necessary expense.  Your donations would be particularly appreciated to assist in deferring this costs.


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Divine Services & Events:

All Souls Memorial Service: Friday 21 November                                                  7:00 pm

OrdinationOct. 26 at 4:30 pm: Cathedral: Father Deacon Gleb Pistruga

Reception Banquet $15.00 per person. For tickets contact Fr. Stepan Dovhoshyia 604 518-1873 or dovhoshyiastepan@gmail.com Deadline – Oct. 19 Wed, .

Dormition Parish Thanksgiving dinner: Sunday Oct. 16                                          5:00 pm

Feast of the Protecting Mantle of the Theotokos: The Primary Chronicle of St Nestor records that a large pagan Ukrainian fleet under the leadership of Askole & Dir was attacking Constantinople.  On Oct. 1, during the All-Night Vigil, the church was overflowing with the faithfu, & the Fool-for-Christ St Andrew at the 4th hour, lifted up his eyes & beheld the Holy Theotokos coming through the air, resplendent with heavenly light & surrounded by an assembly of the Saints. St John the Baptist & the Apostle John the Theologian accompanied the Queen of Heaven. On bended knees the Theotokos tearfully prayed for Christians for a long time. After completing her prayer she took her mantle & spread it over the people praying in church, protecting them from enemies both visible & invisible. The Ever-Blessed Theotokos implored the Lord Jesus Christ to accept the prayers of all the people calling on His Holy Name, & to respond speedily to her intercession, “O Heavenly King, accept all those who pray to You & call on my name for help. Do not let them not go away from my icon unheard.”  By the mercy of God, as shown by the Protecting Mantle of the Theotokos & her prayers, the attacking pagan fleet was destroyed. Ironically, this Feast is considered important by the Slavic Churches but not by the Greeks.

Smigel Family Message: ….We would like to thank you for all of your prayers, cards, donations, & donations to The William Smigel Memorial bursary fund. We thank you for all of the love & respect given to Bill over the years, during his illness & on his final journey home.  He will be greatly missed.


Pent. Sab. 20: 2016 10 a

Divine Services & Events:

** No Vigil: Saturday Oct 1 **

We commend to your prayers:

–Father Deacon Gleb, preparing for ordination to the Holy Presbyterate (26 Oct). Axios!   –tickets for Banquet may be purchased at the parish from Marianne

Emergency pastoral care Sep 29 – Oct 06: Fr Andrii Chornenkyi at 778-387-7071

Grateful Thanks to Fr Andrii Chornenkyi for his kindness in being on call during this time 

Venerable Roman the Melodist – the “Sweet-Singer”: October 1

Saint Romanus the Melodist was born in the fifth century in the Syrian city of Emesa of Jewish parents. After moving to Constantinople, he became a church sacristan in the temple of Hagia Sophia. The monk spent his nights alone at prayer in a field or in the Blachernae church beyond the city.

St Romanus was not a talented reader or singer. Once, on the eve of the Nativity of Christ, he read the kathisma verses. He read so poorly that another reader had to take his place. The clergy ridiculed Romanus, which devastated him.

On the day of the Nativity, the Mother of God appeared to the grief-stricken youth in a vision while he was praying before her Kyriotissa icon. She gave him a scroll and commanded him to eat it. Thus was he given the gift of understanding, composition, and hymnography. That evening at the all-night Vigil St Romanus sang, in a wondrous voice, his first Kontakion: “Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One…” All the hymns of St Romanus became known as kondaks, in reference to the Virgin’s scroll. St Romanus was also the first to write in the form of the Oikos, which he incorporated into the all-night Vigil at his places of residence (In Greek, “oikos”).

For his zealous service St Romanus was ordained as a deacon and became a teacher of song. Until his death, which occurred about the year 556, the hierodeacon Romanus the Melodist composed nearly a thousand hymns, many of which are still used by Christians to glorify the Lord. About eighty survive.

ucu-gala-fundraiser-malarek-poster 


Divine Services & Events:

** No Vigil: next Saturday Oct 1 **

Divine Services & Events:

** No Vigil: next Saturday Oct 1 **

 

We commend to your prayers:

–Father Deacon Gleb, preparing for ordination to the Holy Presbyterate (26 Oct). Axios!

–tickets for Banquet may be purchased at the parish from Marianne

Emergency pastoral care Sep 29 – Oct 06: Fr Andrii Chornenkyi at 778-387-7071

Grateful Thanks to Fr Joe Ostopowich for his kindness in substituting Sunday 02 Oct

 

Prayer of Generosity

St Ignatius of Loyola

Lord, teach me to be generous.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labour and not to ask for reward,

save that of knowing that I do your will.

Святого Ігнатія Лойолського:

“Господи, навчи мене бути щедрим.

Навчи мене служити Тобі, як ти цього заслуговуєш: давати – і не лічити витрат;

боротися – і не перейматися пораненнями;

важко працювати – і не шукати спочинку;

трудитися – і не шукати винагороди,

окрім тієї, щоб знати, що я виконую Твою святу волю…”

 

UCU Gala with Victor Malarek

+Ken Nowakowski, Bishop: Eparchy of New Westminster: 7 Sep 2016

Glory to Jesus Christ!               Dear Friends,

The Vancouver Friends of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) & the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) is hosting a special fundraising gala for UCU on 11 November in Vancouver.  I fully support this initiative & would also ask you to support it.

Ticket information is in the attachment.  Please note that there are ten places at each table.  Perhaps you could consider purchasing a full table for yourself & inviting friends to join you.

The theological & philosophical faculty of the UCU has papal accreditation.  The history, IT, humanities, journalism & business programs are among the best in the country. UCU & its various faculties are open to students of all religious denominations & confessions in Ukraine & internationally.  The seminarians (more than two hundred of them) at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine receive their academic formation from UCU free of charge.  In fact a good number of the clergy of our Eparchy have received their academic formation from UCU!

Today UCU is not only a flagship of reform in higher education but is an acknowledged leader in the transformation of Ukrainian society. The university is setting the highest academic standards while being in the forefront of social responsibility. Most of the students come from humble economic backgrounds & can dream of a world class education only with our help.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this educational institution is for the future of Ukraine.  Local resources are sharply limited during this time of war & foreign invasion. This means that it is vital for us in the west where education is valued & esteemed to support UCU.

For more information about UCU please visit the English language website. http://ucu.edu.ua/eng/

Sponsoring this event is the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation. Donations to UCU can be made directly to UCEF, which will issue you a charitable donation income tax receipt.  http://ucef.ca/new-generation-for-a-new-ukraine-2/

What you can expect during the evening gala…

* Silent auction

* A great meal

* Dynamic guest speakers, featuring award winning CTV journalist Mr. Victor Malarek

* Meeting representatives of the UCU community

* Musical entertainment

Looking forward to seeing you on 11 November!


Pent. Sab. 18 After Holy Cross Exaltation: 2016 09 c

Divine Services & Events:

Special Festal Responses: cf. Anthology                                                                  p. 693ff.

–special: 1st Antiphon Responses

3d Antiphon Responses

Resurrection Tropar then Festal Tropar; Resurrection Kondak then Festal Kondak

Prokimen

Theotokos Irmos

We commend to your prayers:

–Father Deacon Gleb, preparing for ordination to the Holy Presbyterate (26 Oct). Axios!

–tickets for Banquet may be purchased at the parish from Marianne

Emergency pastoral care Sep 29 – Oct 06: Fr Andrii Chornenkyi at 778-387-7071

No Vigil Service: Sat 01 October

Grateful Thanks to Fr Joe Ostopowich for his kindness in substituting Sunday 02 Oct

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $327.xx

 

UCU Gala with Victor Malarek

The Vancouver Friends of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) & the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) is hosting a special fundraising gala for UCU on 11 November in Vancouver – keynote speaker: Victor Malarek.  I fully support this initiative & would also ask you to support it.

The theological & philosophical faculty of the UCU has papal accreditation.  The history, IT, humanities, journalism & business programs are among the best in the country. UCU & its various faculties are open to students of all religious denominations & confessions in Ukraine & internationally.  The seminarians (more than two hundred of them) at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine receive their academic formation from UCU free of charge.  In fact a good number of the clergy of our Eparchy have received their academic formation from UCU!

Today UCU is not only a flagship of reform in higher education but is an acknowledged leader in the transformation of Ukrainian society. The university is setting the

highest academic standards while being in the forefront of social responsibility. Most of the students come from humble economic backgrounds & can dream of a world class education only with our help.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this educational institution is for the future of Ukraine.  Local resources are sharply limited during this time of war & foreign invasion. This means that it is vital for us in the west where education is valued & esteemed to support UCU. Donations to UCU can be made directly to UCEF, which will issue you a charitable donation income tax receipt.

 

Ecclesiology as Spirituality: A Little Church History Lesson:

LETTER FROM UKRAINE by Andriy Chirovsky, October 2001 Part 4:

There is one other thing that won the hearts of many Ukrainians”one that the Moscow Patriarchate is incapable of understanding. The Pope spoke Ukrainian”very good Ukrainian”in most of his allocutions. No Patriarch of Moscow, despite claiming that Ukraine is his pastoral territory, has ever spoken Ukrainian to the Ukrainian people. Unless the Patriarch is completely incapable of seeing beyond colonial dreams, he will have to catch up soon. Both Poles and Russians bought and sold Ukrainian serfs until the mid-nineteenth century and considered Ukrainian unfit to be called a language, but this Polish Pope has been speaking Ukrainian for the last 20years and he talked up a storm of it during his visit.

Despite a government that is manifestly corrupt”in which oligarchs make off with obscene amounts of money and the average small businessman must pay protection to the Mafia throughout Ukraine”President Kuchma has been successful on two fronts: minority rights have been protected and religious and ethnic hostilities have been kept at bay. He desperately needed the Pope’s visit to bring some good press to his government. But that did not stop the Pope from reminding political, business, and cultural elites that they must put human dignity before the lining of their pockets. He also appealed to youth”three hundred thousand of whom braved torrential rains to see him”not to trade the slavery of communism for an enslavement by consumerism. He begged them not to seek the illusion of an easy life abroad, but to stay at home and help build a bright future for Ukraine. I asked a twenty-something taxi driver how he felt about the Pope’s remarks. “I’m walking half a meter off the earth, and giddy as a child,” he replied.

Ukraine will need a lot of dedicated young people to transform itself into the prosperous country it could be. With a highly educated and extremely resourceful populace and much natural wealth, the largest entirely European country could emerge from the shadows in which it was hidden for centuries by foreign powers to be a formidable force. Unlike the industrialized powers of the West, Ukraine’s isolation from the nihilism of twentieth-century Western elites may make it a paradigm for a new type of modern state: one with a Christian soul. Vocations are plentiful. There is incredible potential among dedicated lay believers who want to make a difference. Can the homo Sovieticus now ruling at national, regional, and local levels produce a new leadership class to seize the potential? The normally cynical people who were “walking half a meter off the earth” days after the Pope’s departure will tell you: Ukraine has plenty of surprises left.

Fr. Andriy Chirovsky is the founder and director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, where he holds the Peter and Doris Kule Chair of Eastern Christian Theology and Spirituality. He is the author of many studies on the Eastern Churches and the editor-in-chief of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.


Pent. Sab. 17: 2016 09 b 

Divine Services & Events:

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Great Feast:  Festal Vespers: Tues. Sep 13    7:00pm

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Great Feast:  Festal Matins: Wed. Sep 14       7:00pm

We commend to your prayers:

victims of the earthquake in Italy

–Bishop Ken, Patriarch Sviatoslav, & the entire episcopate: meeting in Holy Synod.

–Father Deacon Mikhaylo ordained to the Holy Diaconate: Axios!

–Father Deacon Gleb, preparing for ordination to the Holy Presbyterate (26 Oct). Axios!

Emergency pastoral care Sep 19-23: Fr Andrii Chornenkyi at 778-387-7071

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $478.xx

 

Ecclesiology as Spirituality: A Little Church History Lesson:

LETTER FROM UKRAINE by Andriy Chirovsky, October 2001 Part 3:

This Church is no creation of counter-reformation missionaries out to convert unsuspecting Orthodox, as Moscow would have one believe, and as is the case with some Eastern Catholic Churches. Its Orthodox bishops chose in Orthodox synodal fashion to end the schism with Rome in 1596. Sometimes let down and sometimes saved by Rome, this Church takes no one’s help for granted, though it deserves the help of those who believe the Church has a vital role to play in the public forum, without becoming subservient to the state. This feisty attitude is directed not only to foreign occupiers, but to the Ukrainian state as well. One of the country’s most outspoken critics of President Kuchma and the corruption in his government is His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, the patriarch of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church.

The title “patriarch” still appears in lower case, because Rome and other Eastern Catholic Patriarchates have not yet recognized the title officially. Many wonder why such an archaic title is of such vital interest to this Church, which has so much else to occupy its time and interest. The answer is quite simple. A Major Archbishopric (the current acknowledged category for this Church) can be swallowed up by a patriarchate, while a patriarchate cannot. With the neighbouring Patriarchate of Moscow still occupying some of the church buildings taken away from the Ukrainian Greco-Catholics by Stalin and given to Moscow in the 1940s, fears of Moscow’s voracious ecclesiastical appetite are not unfounded. Of course, the Church’s spokesmen emphasize that the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches should be granted full status and recognition. At the Byzantine Liturgy in L’viv on June 27, the clergy and the faithful let the Pope know their hopes. As His Beatitude Lubomyr (Husar) approached the altar, they chanted exuberantly: “Patriarch, Patriarch!”

While the fear of being swallowed up by a caesaropapist neighbour persists, the Catholic Church of Kyiv is nevertheless decidedly ecumenical in its vision. This Church seeks “double communion” with Rome and Constantinople and will gladly unite with the Ukrainian Orthodox if they will accept a similar arrangement, allowing the Orthodox Synod to choose the one patriarch of a united church. The bigger problem seems to be to get the Orthodox in Ukraine, now split into three major factions, to unite among themselves. The Patriarch of Constantinople, who has never accepted the unilateral forced subordination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Moscow in 1686, has tremendous interest in these developments. Moscow’s claim that autocephaly or ecclesiastical self-rule can be granted only by Moscow, as Kyiv’s Mother Church, is specious, since Moscow received Christianity from Kyivan missionaries two hundred years after Kyiv accepted the faith from Constantinople. The Moscow Church cannot be its mother’s mother.

It is ironic that those who accepted union with Rome in 1596 were depicted by Ukrainian freedom-fighting Cossacks (not to be confused with the Tsar’s later pogrom-bearing elite troops) as having sold out to Polish overlords. Within 90 years, the relatively autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox who rejected union with Rome would be reduced to an ever smaller role in the Russian Church. By the early 20th century, all its bishops would be carefully chosen Russians or Russo­philes, so that proponents of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church could not find a single hierarch to head it and had to follow untraditional means of establishing an episcopate, which left it outside the orbit of canonical Orthodox Churches.

It is thus even more ironic that during John Paul’s visit to Ukraine, representatives of the descendants of the Ukrainian Cossacks presented the pontiff with greetings and a gift at the Byzantine liturgy in L’viv. The Ukrainian Cossacks slaughtered Roman Catholics and Greco-Catholics, whom they called the hated “uniates,” but it was Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Lubomyr who did the apologizing for dark moments in history, to the fury of those who think this Pope apologizes entirely too often, for entirely too much. But asking for forgiveness is a powerful weapon. It disarms the attacker and makes it difficult, or at least in bad taste, to hate. It is an entirely different thing to demand an apology, as Patriarch Alexei II recently did, when he demanded that the Pope atone for his visit to Ukraine. As the Kyiv Post noted recently, if there are any converts from Russian Orthodoxy in the wake of John Paul’s visit to Ukraine, they will not be due to any proselytizing by the pontiff, but rather to the incredibly negative vituperations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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Pent. Sab. 16: 2016 09 a

Divine Services & Events:

Nativity of the Theotokos Great Feast:  Festal Vespers: Wed. Sep 07         7:00pm

Nativity of the Theotokos Great Feast:  Festal Matins: Thurs. Sep 08          7:00pm

We commend to your prayers:

victims of the earthquake in Italy

–Bishop Ken, Patriarch Sviatoslav, & the entire episcopate: meeting in Holy Synod.

–Father Deacon Mikhaylo ordained to the Holy Diaconate: Axios!

–Father Deacon Gleb, preparing for ordination to the Holy Presbyterate (26 Oct). Axios!

 

Ecclesiology as Spirituality: A Little Church History Lesson:

LETTER FROM UKRAINE by Andriy Chirovsky, October 2001 Part 2:

This Catholic Church of Kyiv looks to the Vatican City State as a kind of guarantee that the Catholic Church will not become a servant of the state, as the Moscow Patriarchate has clearly done, from the times of the Tsars through the rule of the commissars and still today. June’s papal visit underlined this fact in a strange way. In order to appease those Orthodox who followed Alexei’s warnings about the nefarious intentions of the Pope who, it was said, was out to steal sheep away from Moscow’s Church in Ukraine”\ the entire trip was billed as the State Visit of the Head of State of the Vatican, that quaint little country whose army is gaily attired in uniforms by Michelangelo, armed with the latest in pike-style weapons.

Yet that the Pope is the citizen of no country, the subject of no earthly ruler, is precisely what Ukrainian Greco-Catholics were willing to suffer and die for in Siberia. The recent beatification of twenty-six martyrs only solidified the long-standing belief that the Church should remain beyond government control.

Not one Ukrainian Greco-Catholic bishop was willing to cooperate with the secret police and join the Moscow Patriarchate, though they were asked to do so repeatedly. Most died, either in prison or as a result of their tortures. The patriarch of this Church, Josyf Cardinal Slipyj, was released by the Soviets in a deal brokered by journalist Norman Cousins between John F. Kennedy, Pope John XXIII, and Nikita Khrushchev, shortly after the Cuban missile crisis. Expected to die soon, after suffering eighteen years in Siberian concentration camps, he stubbornly lived on for twenty-one years, dying a scant five years before his Church came out of the underground not in the thousands but in the millions, to the utter surprise of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Vatican, the KGB, and the CIA.

There were martyrs of Nazi oppression as well. Even though the Germans struck a less barbaric pose at first and may have confused some Ukrainian Greco-Catholics who had been suffering under Bolshevik oppression, the Church soon saw things as they were. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky used his residences and monasteries to save Jews from extermination and wrote a courageous letter to Himmler condemning the slaughter, while most of German-occupied Europe remained anxiously silent. He also wrote a pastoral letter entitled “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” in which he threatened with excommunication any of his flock who took part in the genocide. Among those recently beatified was a priest who took his bishop’s orders seriously and was murdered by the Nazis for it. Sheptytsky himself was honored by the Pope repeatedly, but his beatification requires the detailed examination of his voluminous archives from forty-four years at the helm of the Church.

Today that Church has the most ambitious theological school in the country, the L’viv Theological Academy, whose Harvard-trained rector, Father Borys Gudziak, asked John Paul to bless its cornerstone, its students, its faculty, its buildings, and its future. Outside of Ukraine, the Church is represented in nine dioceses in North America, with bishops in South America, Australia, Western Europe, and Poland. It has the only doctoral program in Eastern Christian Studies in the Western hemisphere at its Sheptytsky Institute in Ottawa, which already works ecumenically and is poised to expand its services to Eastern Catholics and Orthodox as well in an ecumenical vision taken from its own intrepid leaders and echoed by the Bishop of Rome.

Education is the priority of a new generation of self-starting leaders who push for authentic catechesis and place the highest demands on theological students. Armed with thorough knowledge of classical and modern languages, alumni of the L’viv Theological Academy are among the best educated university graduates in Ukraine. Through a strange twist in post-Soviet history, the government of Ukraine has not yet recognized theology as a university discipline, depriving those highly qualified young people of job opportunities and basic benefits accruing to university graduates. The Pope made sure to emphasize the need to rectify this situation. In a wily move, Fr. Gudziak welcomed President Leonid Kuchma to the Pope’s last and best attended service (over one million came to the Byzantine Liturgy in L’viv) by asking the crowd to thank the president for his openness on the issue of accrediting theological studies. A cheer went up and saved the president from embarrassment. Most of those present would have preferred to boo him on worldwide television. We’ll see if he follows through on the Pope’s suggestion.


Pent. Sab. 15: 2016 08 e 

Divine Services & Events:

We commend to your prayers:

–Bishop Ken, Patriarch Sviatoslav, & the entire episcopate: meeting in Holy Synod over the next days.

–Seminarian Mikhaylo soon to be ordained to the Holy Diaconate: Axios!

–Father Deacon Gleb, preparing for his ordination to the Holy Presbyterate (Oct). Axios!

–newly reposed Bishop Richard (Seminack), lately Eparch of Chicago: Memory Eternal!

The Beheading of St John the Baptist: a Fast day

–Divine Service: Monday 29 August                                                                             7:00 pm

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $222.xx

Transfiguration Reflection from the Russian Front:

(Fr. Andriy Zelinsky SJ)

In every human heart there is enough light to find your way through all possible darkness – through the twilight of doubt and fear, despair and discouragement. God always requires the person’s consent, her determination to transfigure history of humanity, light up the light of hope. Let today something very bright and very good – completely God – will find their way to enlighten, light, warm, renew, reform, transfigure something very human in all of us !!!  (Happy Feast !!!;)

У кожному людському серці є достатньо світла, щоб знайти собі шлях крізь усі можливі темряви – крізь сутінки сумнівів і страху, відчаю та зневіри. Бог завжди потребує людини, її згоди, її рішучості, щоб переобразити історію людства, осяяти її світлом надії. Тож нехай сьогодні щось дуже світле й дуже добре – зовсім Боже – знайде свій шлях, щоб просвітити, запалити, зігріти, оновити, реформувати, переобразити щось дуже людське в кожному з нас!!!(Зі святом!!!;)

 

Ecclesiology as Spirituality: A Little Church History Lesson:

LETTER FROM UKRAINE by Andriy Chirovsky, October 2001 Part 1:

There is one remaining institution of the old Tsarist empire of the Romanovs: the Patriarchate of Moscow. It is the only such institution to survive the bloody upheavals of the Russian Revolution, which led to the expansion of Russian imperial holdings but also to a loss of most of its tradition. All that remains is the Moscow Patriarchate, which in Soviet times was the closest thing to an established church in an officially atheist state. Today it is the Russian imperialist’s last hope for a restitution of the old empire”even a smaller, Slavic empire of three fraternal nations, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Of course, Russia would have to be”in Orwellian terms”more fraternal than the rest, but that is the way it is with all empires. That this last empire would never come to be was pretty much apparent by the end of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ukraine, June 24-27, 2001.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of the enormous KGB-trained Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, under the leadership of the old Estonian KGB’s decorated “agent Drozdov,” a.k.a. Patriarch Alexei II, the world media was alerted to what was to be the Pope’s most controversial and potentially ugliest visit to any country thus far. In Goebbels-like fashion, the articles from paid or simply lazy drones in the press came churning out systematically. One influential media outlet per week”different every week”spread the universal message: Pope John Paul may not set foot on the soil of Ukraine, despite the invitation of its government and the bishops of both the Ukrainian and Roman Rite Catholic Churches, with their flocks of nearly six million people.

Demonstrations were organized ”pitiful, little demonstrations, but with icons, beards, and incense, they certainly made for a good visual and thus made the editor’s cut for the news. The demonstrations were organized and attended by members of three groups: the faction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate; the movement to unite Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia; and the Communist Party. At first glance the third seems “not like the others,” as Sesame Street might say. But in reality they were very much alike. All three would like to see the return of one state with one closely allied church, just like the good old days.

That is where the Moscow Patriarchate lost touch with reality and its faithful. Only one-half of 1 percent of the Ukrainian population was adamantly opposed to the papal visit. In the aftermath of the pontiff’s trip to Ukraine sixty-five percent of Russia’s population wanted a papal visit of their own, with only 17 percent describing themselves as opposed. Patriarch Alexei’s dire predictions only offered the mass media the opportunity to witness and report on a remarkably warm and successful papal pilgrimage. Some journalists, in their perpetually Russocentric obsession, asked repeatedly: What is the meaning of the visit to Ukraine? Does it signal the end of John Paul’s hopes to visit Russia? Is Ukraine merely a consolation prize? They could not see the obvious. The Catholic Church of Kyiv (otherwise known, by an ethnic and therefore less proper name, as the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church) was for half a century (1946-1990) the world’s largest banned religious body. Not that many people noticed this fact, since the world knows precious little of Ukraine and even less of the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches (those Orthodox Churches that are in full and visible communion with Rome), the Catholic Church of Kyiv.


Pent. Sab. 14: 2016 08 d 

Divine Services & Events:

Grateful Thanks to everyone whose hard work made the Temple FeastDay (Praznyk) into such a prayerful & enjoyable day!  Thanks to Bp. Ken for allowing us to Vest him & blessing us with the Trikeri & Dikeri (& Zhezl).

Welcome back our Pilgrims from WYD: Sheena & today Lawrence (pianist for the Pope)

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $522.xx

Who are the Christians of the East?  (His Grace Archbishop Joseph Tawil)

Since the second Vatican Council, which concluded in 1965, the Christian West has become more aware of the Eastern Churches. Vatican II’s Decree on the Eastern Churches began:

“The Catholic Church holds high in esteem the institutions, liturgical rites, ecclesiastical traditions & Christian life of the Eastern Churches, for in them, distinguished as they are for their venerable antiquity, there remains conspicuous the tradition that had been handed down from the Apostles through the Fathers & that forms part of the divinely revealed & undivided heritage of the universal Church.”

It is interesting to see that the Council properly identifies the Eastern Churches as “churches” and not “rites.” To use the term “rite” is like designating fruit by the colour of its skin or an individual by his clothes. The word “church” indicates a totality: faith theology, liturgy, spirituality, &, above all, apostolic succession. The plurality of the churches goes back to the origins of Christianity itself. There are many churches because there were many apostles who departed from the East to proclaim the evangelical message to the whole world. Eastern Christianity was born directly & historically from the apostles. Western Christianity came forth from the preaching of Peter & Paul, & thus it is also eastern in its origins, but possesses a history of its own & proceeds from Rome alone.

Diversity in Unity:  Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism states:

“The heritage handed down by the Apostles was received in different forms & ways, so that from the very beginnings of the Church it has had a varied development here & there, owing also to diverse mentalities & conditions of life… the Council urges all, but

especially those who commit themselves to the work for restoration of the full communion that is desired between Eastern Churches & the Catholic Church, to give due consideration to this special feature of the origin & growth of the Churches of the East.”

Vatican II also stated: “By an utterly free & mysterious decree of His own wisdom & goodness, the eternal Father created the whole world. His plan was to dignify men with a participation in His own divine life.” The council thereby emphasized a tradition dear to the East The Church is, above all, a communion. This is what makes up its very essence: communion with the Trinitarian Life.

St Gregory the Theologian said: “The Church is an imitation of the Trinity: just as in God three persons communicate the same divine nature in a perfect distinction, so the multitude of human persons is invited to communicate from the same mystery of divine life in the distinction of persons.” The means of this communion arc found in the Mysteries of the Church instituted by Christ Himself. Baptism incorporates us into the Body of Christ & makes us sharers in divine life. The Eucharist intimately unites us with the deifying humanity of the risen Savior & with one another. Beyond this union there is the beatific vision, the seed of which has been planted in us through the Mystery of Baptism.

Hence, true catholicity is totally contained in every local church possessing the Mysteries & united around its bishop. Looked at from this viewpoint, all churches are equal & are in communion with one another & not absorbed. This is the mysterious communion with Trinitarian life, which is distinct from hierarchical & canonical communion.

True catholicity is full & entire in each particular Church, whatever may be its geographical extent. This is the renewal & consecration of the tradition of the Eastern Churches, & it is the great contribution of Vatican II. The Church is a communion with divine life. The particular Churches (which all are) are in communion with each other. To want to Latinize small groups of Easterners produces no result or gain, since they make up a small minority with relationship to the Christians of the West. But one forgets Orthodoxy with which Rome is carrying on a brotherly dialogue. This dialogue can be seriously compromised if one supports the idea that, in order to be fully Catholic, one must necessarily be Latin. This is a denial of one’s particular heritage & the acceptance of another, & includes the sin of schism: “The temptation to uniformity, monolithism, concordism is anti-ecclesial precisely because it transforms communion into monism. It thus breaks the harmony between the mystery of God, the communion of one Trinity & that of God’s Church.”

When Catholics of the West speak about the Church or the general discipline of the Church, according to (Melkite) Patriarch Maximos IV, “they limit their vision to the Latin discipline & Church, as if the Eastern discipline & Church were exceptions. On the other hand they must remember that the Latin Church is one Church within the Catholic Church & that Latin law is the particular law of the Latin Church. It is a fact that the Catholic Church was unfortunately reduced for centuries to the West, & westerners assumed the habit of considering their Latin Church as being synonymous with the universal Catholic Church. This is a perspective which has to be corrected today, not only in terminology, but also in the behavior of the Church.”

Unity must not destroy diversity, nor must diversity harm unity. Understanding & harmony in the Church depend on this double condition. History shows a very clear fact: every time that unity did not reckon with diversity, there were schisms or separations, & every time that diversity was affirmed to the detriment of unity, there were disorders of every kind.


Temple Feastday Празник: 13 August; & Pent. Sab. 13 

Divine Services & Parish Events:

Eis Polla Eti, Dhespota! We welcome our Bishop home to us in this his Parish.

We commend to your prayers: Dr Justin Tse, leaving to teach at Northwestern University

Today: Temple FeastDay (Празник): Hierarchical Liturgy: Satю 13 August   10:00 am

Festal Matins of the Holy Dormition: Monday 15 August                                     7:00 pm

–bring Flowers for Special Blessing

EXHIBIT: 125 YEARS OF UKRAINIAN SETTLEMENT IN CANADA

OPENING CEREMONY: Sat., 10 Sep 2016 @ 2:00 PM: Royal B.C. Museum, Victoria

Those who would like to join our group and travel by bus and ferry with a one night stay in Victoria please call: Myrna @ 604 617-7200 or Joyce Vermeullen @ 604 944-1971.  Please book by 27 August due to bus and ferry confirmations.  Departing From Holy Eucharist Cathedral: early 10th September – Opening @ 2PM – dinner TBA – overnight hotel – Divine Liturgy with Father Yuriyy – return Sunday 11th September.

Ton Dhespotin in English:

Our Bishop, High Priest, and Head of our Church, *Lord our God save and bless.

God grant him many years. God grant him many years.

God grant him many happy years.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy: The Rite of Vesting:

ProtoDeacon: Bless, Master, the incense.

1st Dn: let us pray to the Lord!

Rx: LORD, HAVE MERCY.

Stikhar: Thy soul shall rejoice in the Lord, for he hath clothed Thee with the garment of salvation, and with the robe of gladness hath he encompassed Thee. As a bridegroom he hath set a crown upon Thee, and as a bride hath he adorned Thee with ornament.

Epitrachil: Blessed is God, who poureth out his grace upon his high priests, as oil of myrrh upon the head, which runneth down upon your beard, upon the beard of Aaron, which runneth down to the fringe of his raiment.

Zona: Blessed is God, who girdeth Thee with power and hath made your path blameless, who hath guided your feet like those of a hart, and hath set Thee on high places.

Right Cuff: Thy right hand, O Lord, is glorified in strength; Thy right hand, O Lord, hath shattered Thine enemies, and in the multitude of Thy glory hast Thou crushed Thine adversaries.

Left Cuff: His hands have made and fashioned you; may he give you understanding and may you learn his commandments.

Palitsa: Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, o mighty one, in Thy comeliness and Thy beauty, and proceed prosperously, and be kind because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and Thy right hand shall guide Thee wondrously. Now and forever and ever.

Sakkos: Thy high priests, o Lord, shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy holy ones shall rejoice with joy. Now and forever and ever.

Omophor: When Thou didst take upon Thy shoulders human nature which had gone astray, O Christ, Thou didst bear it to heaven unto Thy God and father. Now and forever and ever.

Pectoral cross: Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Now and forever and ever.

Panagia: May God create in thee a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within thee. Now and forever and ever.

Mitre: The Lord has set upon thine head a crown of precious stones; thou didst ask life of him, and he gaveth thee length of days. Now and forever and ever..

When the bishop is ready to bless with the Trikeri and Dikeri:

ProtoDeacon: May Thy light so shine before men, that they may see Thy good works and give glory to our father who is in heaven. Now and forever and ever..

During the washing of the bishop’s hands, the protodeacon recites semi-audibly the prayer: I will wash my hands among the innocent, and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord, that I may hear the voice of Thy praise, and declare all Thy wonders. Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thine house, and the place of the abode of Thy glory. Destroy not my soul with the impious, nor my life with men of blood, in whose hands are transgressions and their right hand is full of gifts. But I, I have walked in mine innocence; redeem me, O Lord, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in uprightness; in the churches will I bless Thee, O Lord

Protodeacon:

May Thy Light so shine before people

that they may see Thy Good Works

and glorify our Father who is in the heavens:

Always, now and forever, and Ever.
Amen

Bishop:

Lord, O Lord, look down from the heavens, and see.

Visit & perfect this vineyard which Your right hand has planted.

Rx: Mnohaya Lita, Lita.  Mnohaya Lita!


Pent. Sab. 12: 2016 08 b 

Divine Services & Events:

Commend to your prayers: little Martha Charron: very sick, in pain, now in Acute Care                           2d youngest daughter of Fr. Jason & Pvtra. Halyna

Dormition Fast: August 01-14  (the Fun never stops in our Church)

Temple FeastDay (Praznyk): Hierarchical Liturgy: Saturday 13 August            10:00 am

Festal Matins of the Holy Dormition: Monday 15 August                                     7:00 pm

Sermon for the Feast of St Olha   (Metropolitan Anthony B)

We live at a time when Christians represent an ever-decreasing minority; and in this minority we [Eastern Christians] make up a small community, both among Christians and among the secularized world. And how timid we are, how timid we are to declare what we are; how little determination there is in us to stand up in our Christian character before the face of the world, which is alien to us and alien to Christ, our God, our Saviour, our Lord, and our brother in humanity!

As timid as we are to express our faith, so too are we timid to live according to the clear dictates of the Gospel and make known – not in words only, but by our entire lives – that we are in the world, but not of the world; that we are forerunners of the Kingdom of God, the people sent into the world to conquer it for God: but not by force, but by giving our lives for the world.

The Life of St. Olha, whose memory we celebrate today, should be for us both a judgment and an inspiration. Olha was a Christian two generations before the Baptism of Rus’; she was a Christian in isolation among the courtiers of her husband, who despised Christianity as the religion of the weak, laughing at it, and along with his companions ridiculing Princess Olha and her faith. And she stood alone, never wavering; she was not timid to declare who she was, proclaiming her faith in the One God, the Lord of lords, the King of Kings, and also the Saviour of the world.

What a lesson this is for us! We live in a world that sometimes mocks us, that lives as if the Evangelic values had lost all meaning – but we are not threatened by any real danger. Even now there are countries where it is dangerous to be a Christian; not long ago declaring oneself a Christian in [Ukraine] could have been dangerous and could bode trouble both for oneself, and for one’s family, and for one’s friends; and yet people stood steadfastly and believed. And, following the example of St. Olha, it was women who withstood: it was women who saved the Church…. by their heroism and their readiness to accept suffering and to give their life for the Church and for God.

We should give very serious thought to our timidity, to our fears, and ask ourselves the question: why is this so? Is it because we are so afraid? Is it because fear has become so deeply ingrained in our flesh and blood? Or have we still not understood anything? Or have we forgotten who the Lord Jesus Christ is for us, with His place somewhere in the margins of our life, but not at its core, with Him not reigning as Lord and God in our hearts and minds, or in all our lives? We should ask ourselves what He means to us, if we are so afraid of smiles, of caustic remarks, of scornful attitudes – since, after all, nothing more dangerous is going to happen to us in the conditions in which we live.

Do we really treat people whom we really love this way, when they are mocked, discredited, or scolded? Do we really remain silent? Do we really give in to the crowd, leaving those whom we love to stand alone? Do we really allow that the names of our mother, bride, husband, wife, or dearest friend be pronounced with a sneer and accompanied by obscene and degrading jokes? No, we could never bear this; at the very least I hope that no one of us would tolerate this! But at the very same time we so easily and calmly bear this when it comes to Christ, to God and His righteousness, and to what it means to live according to God! Does this mean that so many people and so many things are infinitely more important to us than the God Who so loved us that He called us into being in order to give Himself in our hands? And when we turn away from Him, each of us individually and all of us together – the One who came into the world to share our destiny, to live and die for us and along with us?

Let us give thought to this, because there stands before us and towers above us in her full height the image of St. Olha, alone in a sea of pagans – and not in a society like ours that already has within itself the Gospel leaven, and where we have so much in common with the current pagans. She stood alone and did not waver; and therefore she was able to so withstand that she was able to convey to her grandson Volodymyr a vision of the world that has never faded away and did not give him any rest until he found the answer. She revealed to him a new dimension of humanity and awakened in him a hunger for greater things, things more truthful and holy than the false gods that his father honoured with his entourage. And because she was able to withstand ridicule among the courtiers of her husband, to her grandson was revealed God in Christ and, by his appeal, he opened the hearts of millions of people and the vast expanses of the Rus’, where Christ the Saviour came to reign.

Let us learn from this woman, who was both more fragile and stronger than all men: like the Theotokos, she was stronger than any fear and hesitation. Let us learn to stand alone and to proclaim our faith, but not in words – words no longer convince anyone; people have heard enough misleading, beautiful words – but by living in a Godly manner, as Christ’s very own people. Amen!


Pent Sab. 11: 2016 08 a:

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola 

Divine Services & Events:

Commend to your prayers: all those killed this past days, esp. Fr. Jacques Hamel,       butchered whilst kneeling at the Altar of God

 Dormition Fast: August 01-14  (the Fun never stops in our Church)

Vigil Service for the Feast of the Transfiguration: Friday 05 August                7:00 pm

Temple FeastDay (Praznyk): Hierarchical Liturgy: Saturday 15 August          10:00 am

Festal Matins of the Holy Dormition: Monday 15 August                                     7:00 pm

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

The Suscipe Prayer of St Ignatius (in a Hymn setting):

Take and receive, O Lord, my liberty    (Refrain)

Take all my will, my mind, my memory

All things I hold and all I own are Thine

Thine was the gift, to Thee I all resign

Do Thou direct and govern all and sway

Do what Thou wilt, command, and I obey

Only Thy grace, Thy love on me bestow

These make me rich, all else will I forego.       (repeat Refrain)

 

Tropar of St Ignatius of Loyola, Tone 4:

Jesus, the Saviour of the world, *

only Him did you love, *

and you followed him with with unwavering faith. *

You taught a multitude of disciples *

the way of spiritual perfection *

and service to the Church of Christ *

for the greater glory of God. *

O Venerable Father Ignatius,

pray for those who, in love, honour you.

Sessional Hymn: Tone 3: (in place of the Konkak)  

Holy Ignatius, the Saviour’s fiery disciple, *

the Universal Church glorifies today *

for upon earth there has appeared one who is angelic in his way of life *

and is a light to the world through the Gospel teachings and the Apostles’ way of life. *

He stands in heaven before the Father of all, *

in obedience to the Son of the Father *

and enlightened by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

For he is His dwelling place and temple *

and he prays fervently for his sons *

and for the Church of the Living God.

Тропарь Святого Ігнатія, гласъ 4-ий:

Спаса міра Господа Іисуса * единаго возлюбилъ еси * и Тому послѣдовалъ еси невозвратнымъ желаніемъ; * множества ученикъ твоихъ научилъ еси * пути совершенства духовнаго * и служенію Христовой Церкви * множайшія ради славы Божія: * Отче преподобный Ігнатіе, молися о чтущихъ тя любовію.


Akathist and Panakhyda for Victims of State Violence: Friday 22 July              7:00 pm

Grateful Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for the Pancake Breakfast                           today after 9:00 am Liturgy:

Grateful Thanks to Peter Chyrski & Lesia Dawydiak for all the groundswork in past weeks.

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $202.xx

 

Political Prisoner Valentin Vyhivsky: (by Halya Coynash in Human Rights in Ukraine)

It will soon be 2 years since Ukrainian Valentin Vyhivsky was abducted & taken by force to Moscow. After holding him incommunicado for many months, Russia first claimed that he had been collecting ‘commercial information’, then that he was ‘spying’. There was no need for plausibility or even consistency given the total secrecy & refusal to allow even the Ukrainian consul to be at the trial.  He was moved in the middle of May to a prison colony in the Kirov oblast in Russia.  Most worryingly, according to Artur Abashev, a Russian human rights activist who has visited him, Vyhivsky is being held in solitary confinement without any contact with other prisoners & is not taken out from his cell.  He is being held in such conditions without radio, TV or even newspapers.  All of this is in flagrant violation of Russian & international law, & likely to cause grave psychological damage.  No information has been given as to the reasons.

Vyhivsky was seized in September 2014, while on a trip to Simferopol which was already under Russian occupation.  It appears that a number of people were rounded up at the railway station by the so-called ‘self-defence’ paramilitaries who helped Russian soldiers seize control in Crimea.  Petro Vyhivsky believes that the paramilitaries may have noticed his son’s Kyiv registration & have found out that he was on Maidan.  Valentin was last seen at the former Simferopol SBU officers, having obviously been beaten.  During the first 8 months of his captivity, he was only allowed to meet Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova.  She noted that Vyhivsky was clearly frightened & unwilling to even say what article of the criminal code he was charged under.  The Ukrainian consul was only allowed to see him after 8 months, & then in the company of two guards who immediately stopped them if they tried to talk about anything but ‘neutral subjects’.  The same thing happened

when his mother was allowed a visit after 9 months.  He managed to tell her only that “they know how to persuade you”.  His mother & wife were able to visit him only one more time & for no more than an hour while he was still held in Moscow.  Again, they were separated by glass & a guard stood next to Vyhivsky, controlling what he said.

The 33-year-old was sentenced in December 2015 to 11 years in a maximum security prison. By that stage, Vyhivsky at least had a proper lawyer Ilya Novikov, but the hearing was held in secret & Novikov was forced to sign an undertaking not to divulge any information.  It is very likely that the information included details about torture used to ‘persuade’ Vyhivsky to confess.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has lodged all the documents asking for Vyhivsky’s extradition, however Petro Vyhivsky says that his son has not yet seen any papers which he would certainly need to fill in.  The problem here, as with all Russia’s Ukrainian hostages, is that their sentences are manifestly unwarranted, & Ukraine can certainly not agree to hold the men in prison if returned.  The Minsk Agreements clearly state that all persons illegally held should be exchanged on an all for all basis.  Western countries have made it clear that this includes Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov & others, with this surely including Vyhivsky.  If Russia had any grounds for trying the Ukrainian, they would not have resorted to abduction, torture & total secrecy.  Petro Vyhivsky has literally no idea what the charges consist of, & it is likely that his son had no real defence at all.  There was a state-appointed ‘lawyer’ before & at the first trial who got in touch with the family, but behaved in such a strange manner that in the end the family stopped even communicating with him.  At one point this supposed lawyer had demanded that Vyhivsky’ father come to Moscow together with Vyhivsky’s elder brother.  The Ukrainian SBU warned them against doing so, saying that they could well also be taken hostage.  With supreme cynicism, Russia has also demanded payment of 19 thousand roubles for ‘court expenses’.  This is a considerable amount for his family, but his father says they have managed to raise it & now need to find out how to pay it.  Vyhivsky’s lawyer says that if he really had been a spy, it would have been easier to defend him & get him out of Russia.  Now the top secrecy is over the lack of any grounds for imprisoning him & the means that he was ‘persuaded’, while held totally incommunicado, to testify against himself.

Valentin Vyhivsky’s son has just finished first grade.  His grandparents & mother cannot bring themselves to tell him why his Papa is not at home with them.

Please write to Valentin Verhivsky & show him (& Moscow) that he is not forgotten!  Letters need to be in Russian, & any political subjects or reference to his case should be avoided.  If Russian is a problem, the following would be fine, maybe with a photo or card (but inside an envelope, since postcards will also not get through.).

Здравствуйте, Валентин!

Желаю Вам крепкого здоровья, мужества и терпения и надеюсь, что Вы скоро будете дома, со своей семьёй.

[Hello, Valentin, with best wishes for good health, courage and patience.  I hope that you will soon be back home with your family].

Address: just copy-paste [Vyhivsky’s name is at the end (it is Vygovsky in Russian)]

Россия, 613040, пос. Утробино, Кировская обл.,

ИК-11 УФСИН России по Кировской области

Выговскому, Валентину Петровичу.


Pent Sab. 9: 2016 07 c

Divine Services & Events:

 Akathist and Panakhyda for Victims of State Violence: Friday 22 July              7:00 pm

CAMP ST.VOLODYMYR:         Visit our website via http://www.nweparchy.ca                 REGISTRATION:  Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2016).  Registration is available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2016.”  Early bird registration Ends July 7, 2016.

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

Offering on Lord’s Day last: $337.xx

 

Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah  (Commemorated on July 20)

                  The Holy Prophet Elijah is one of the greatest of the prophets & the first dedicated to virginity in the Old Testament. He was born in Tishba of Gilead into the Levite tribe 900 years before the Incarnation of the Word of God.  St Epiphanius of Cyprus gives the following account about the birth of the Prophet Elijah: “When Elijah was born, his father Sobach saw in a vision angels of God around him. They swaddled him with fire & fed him with flames.” From the years of his youth he dedicated himself to the One God, settled in the wilderness & spent his whole life in strict fasting, meditation & prayer. Called to prophetic service, which put him in conflict with the Israelite king Ahab, the prophet became a fiery zealot of true faith & piety. During this time the Israelite nation had fallen away from the faith of their Fathers, they abandoned the One God & worshipped pagan idols, the worship of which was introduced by the impious king Jereboam. Jezebel, the wife of king Ahab, was devoted to idol worship. She persuaded her husband to build a temple to the pagan god Baal, which led many Israelites away from the worship of the true God. Beholding the ruin of his nation, the Prophet Elijah denounced King Ahab for impiety, & exhorted him to repent & turn to the God of Israel. The king would not listen. The Prophet

Elijah then declared to him, that as punishment there would be neither rain nor dew upon the ground, & the drought would cease only by his prayer.

During this time of tribulation, the Lord sent him to a cave beyond the Jordan. There he was miraculously fed by ravens. When the stream Horath dried up, the Lord sent the Prophet Elijah to Sarephta to a poor widow, a Sidonian Gentile who suffered together with her children, awaiting death by starvation. At the request of the prophet, she prepared him a bread with the last measure of flour & the remainder of the oil. Through the prayer of the Prophet Elijah, flour & oil were not depleted in the home of the widow for the duration of the famine. By the power of his prayer the prophet also performed another miracle: he raised the dead son of the widow.

After the end of 3 years of drought the Merciful Lord sent the prophet to appear before King Ahab, & promised to send rain upon the earth. The Prophet Elijah told the king to order all of Israel to gather upon Mount Carmel, & also the priests of Baal. When the nation had gathered, the Prophet Elijah proposed that two sacrificial altars be built: one for the priests of Baal, & the other for the Prophet Elijah who served the True God.

The Prophet Elijah told them to call on their gods to consume the sacrificial animals with fire, & he would call on his. Whichever was first to send fire on the sacrifice would be acknowledged as the true God. The prophets of Baal called out to their idol from morning till evening, but the heavens were silent. Towards evening the holy Prophet Elijah built his sacrificial altar from twelve stones, the number of the tribes of Israel. He placed the sacrifice upon the wood, gave orders to dig a ditch around the altar & commanded that the sacrifice & the wood be soaked with water. When the ditch had filled with water, the prophet turned to God in prayer. Through the prayer of the prophet fire came down from heaven & consumed the sacrifice, the wood, & even the water. The people fell down to the ground, crying out: “Truly, the Lord is God!” Through the Saint’s prayer, abundant rain fell.  King Ahab repented his sins, but his wife Jezebel threatened to kill the Prophet. St. Elijah fled into the Kingdom of Judea and, grieving over his failure to eradicate idol worship, he asked God to let him die. An angel of the Lord came before him, strengthened him with food & commanded him to go upon a long journey. The Prophet Elijah traveled for forty days & nights and, having arrived at Mount Horeb, he settled in a cave.  The Lord told him that the next day Elijah would stand in His Presence.  There was a strong wind that crushed the rocks of the mountain, then an earthquake, & a fire, but the Lord was not in them. The Lord was in “a gentle breeze” (3 Kings 19: 12). He revealed to the prophet, that He would preserve seven thousand faithful servants who had not worshipped Baal.  Later, the Lord commanded Elijah to anoint Elisha into prophetic service. Because of his fiery zeal for the Glory of God the Prophet Elijah was taken up alive into Heaven in a fiery chariot

According to the Tradition of Holy Church, the Prophet Elijah will be the Forerunner of the Dread Second Coming of Christ.  The life of the holy Prophet Elijah is recorded in the Old Testament books (3 Kings; 4 Kings; Sirach/Ecclesiastes 48: 1-15; 1 Maccabees 2: 58). At the time of the Transfiguration, the Prophet Elijah conversed with the Saviour upon Mt.Tabor.  Byzantine Christians of all times, & in all places, have venerated the Prophet Elijah for centuries. The first church in Ukraine, built in Kyiv under Prince Ihor, was named for the Prophet Elijah. After her Baptism St Olha (July 14) built a temple of the holy Prophet Elijah in her native region, at the village of Vibuta.

 

 


Pent Sab. 8: 2016 07 b

Divine Services & Events:

Welcome Fr. Joseph Ostopowich who will be Serving Liturgy and Typika for us today.  Thank you Fr. Joe for your ministry to us!

No Coffee after 11am Service: Plz go somewhere for Fellowship (just not in Church Hall)

Emergency pastoral care 06-12 July: Fr Andrii Chornenkyi at 778-387-7071

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

CAMP ST.VOLODYMYR:  We are currently in need of a camp nurse, arts & crafts co-ordinator and someone to help to take the leadership role in the kitchen.  If know of anyone who may be able to fulfill these roles please contact Jennifer Caldwell @ 604.220.0584 or jennsawka@hotmail.com. Visit our website via http://www.nweparchy.ca

REGISTRATION:  Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2016).  Registration is available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2016.”  Early bird registration Ends July 7, 2016.

DONATE:  We are always happy to accept food donations

THE NEW HOBBESIANS (re the Government’s Suicide Legislation)                  Part 2

by Jeffrey Collins (Associate Professor of History at Queen’s University) and

Douglas Farrow (Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University)

It is not at all clear that either the Court or Parliament has a right to define medicine, much less to redefine it as inclusive of killing. (Would education or engineering or philosophy accept such redefinition? If not, why should medicine or any other science?) At all events, intrusion of the state should be minimized, not expanded, and deference to dissent should be seen as a requirement of justice, even when it impedes the state and its purposes.

Schuklenk and Smalling’s statist instincts are evident in their extraordinary appeal to the seventeenth-century theorist Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes was an absolutist, who believed that no natural right except the bare right to life survived the creation of sovereignty. He required that all citizens, whatever their inward beliefs, conform their outward actions to the mandates of a single public power. Hobbes dismantled the rights to free speech, association, and religious practice. He empowered the sovereign to define the very nature of good and evil.

Remarkably, Schuklenk and Smalling endorse the Hobbesian dictum that “private consciences” are dangerous because they “weaken” the state, and must be comprehensively subordinated to “the public conscience.” This position is often disguised as “deference to society” but is really an idolatry of sovereignty. States (even democratic states) are deeply imperfect protectors of the social good. Granted regulatory powers difficult to oversee, driven to serve favoured constituencies, they frequently imperil civil society and individual liberty.

Prof. Schuklenk, we note, has previously celebrated the law-breaking of doctors inclined to euthanize their patients. Yet now he wishes to purge the profession of any possibility of dissent. Even those Canadians who share his enthusiasm for assisted suicide should hesitate, however, before supporting this purge. There is no disputing that assisted suicide regimes have a tendency toward mission creep. Careful controls erode, mechanisms of informed consent loosen, doctors and case managers assume ever more direct power. In England recently, “do not resuscitate” orders were routinely and illegally placed in thousands of patient files without their consent, resulting in untold premature deaths. In European jurisdictions, despite ostensible controls, hundreds of patients are involuntarily euthanized every year.

Given the fiscal incentives for modern states to push assisted suicide quietly toward voluntary or involuntary euthanasia, citizens on both sides of the debate may come to appreciate the protection of doctors and hospitals where assisted suicide is forbidden as a matter of principle. C-14 threatens not only the conscience rights of doctors, but the freedom of all citizens to access healthcare exclusively devoted to curing the sick and accompanying the dying. In our view, it is a disgrace that the energies and resources that ought to go into palliative care are being put instead into a regime for killing, and a coercive regime at that.


Pent Sab. 7: 2016 07 a 

Divine Services & Events:

N.B.!!  No Saturday Vigil Service on 09 July

Next Sunday Please welcome Fr. Joseph Ostopowich who will be Serving Liturgy on Sunday July 10.  Thank you Fr. Joe for your ministry to us!

Emergency pastoral care 06-12 July, please contact:                                                                          The Reverend Andrii Chornenkyi at 778-387-7071

Our prayers and Congratulations go to Dr. Justin Tse, Ph.D. who was Received into full Communion with the Byzantine Catholic Church & Chrismated on the Feast of the Holy Glorious All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul; God grant you & your spouse Jenny many happy & blessed years in health & Salvation.

HOLY CROSS SUMMER DAY CAMP: JULY 4-8;  9am-4pm (early drop – 8:30am). Registration fee $50. For more information, please contact Fr. Andrii Chornenkyi @ 778.387.7071 or office.holycross@gmail.com.  All children of the age 5 to 10 are invited to the Holy Cross Summer Day camp which will take place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (13753 – 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

 

CAMP ST.VOLODYMYR:  We are currently in need of a camp nurse, arts & crafts co-ordinator and someone to help to take the leadership role in the kitchen.  If know of anyone who may be able to fulfill these roles please contact Jennifer Caldwell @ 604.220.0584 or jennsawka@hotmail.com. Visit our website via http://www.nweparchy.ca

REGISTRATION:  Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2016).  Registration is available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2016.”  Early bird registration Ends July 7, 2016.

DONATE:  We are always happy to accept food donations

 

THE NEW HOBBESIANS (re the Government’s Suicide Legislation) Part 1

by Jeffrey Collins (Associate Professor of History at Queen’s University) and

Douglas Farrow (Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University)

 

Bill C-14 is about to thrust Canada into the brave new world of assisted suicide. The “right to die” has been sold to the public as a triumph for personal autonomy. This rhetoric of individual liberty, however, is belied by the bill’s disregard for the conscience rights of Canadians.

C-14 does nothing to protect the right of objecting institutions or individuals to decline to participate in assisted suicide and euthanasia. It hands that problem on to the provinces. Unless amended by the Senate, the law’s conscience protections will be more meager than those currently afforded in the case of abortion.

Millions of Canadians oppose assisted suicide. According to a 2015 survey, 63% of doctors would avoid personal participation in the practice, and many of these reject the idea that killing has any place in medicine. Yet in the vanguard of the suicide revolution there is a determined effort to enforce complete conformity.

The illiberal logic of this hard-line position has been laid bare by Ricardo Smalling and the prominent bio-ethicist Udo Schuklenk, both of Queen’s University. In a recent issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Smalling and Schuklenk repudiate any and all “conscientious objection accommodations” among medical professionals. They would require full participation in assisted suicide, abortion, and indeed any putative “medical service” authorized by the government.

Smalling and Schuklenk exhibit contempt for religious people, whom they regard as dimwitted literalists nursing “arbitrary and random” moral beliefs. Indulging in shabby polemic, they dismiss as “idiosyncratic private views of the universe” what is in fact the product of careful moral reasoning they have not bothered to understand. Their aggressive atheism betrays them.

Above all, however, they demand the complete subservience of the medical profession to the mandates of the state. They argue that medicine is a “monopoly service,” fully funded and regulated by the state, and that professionals cannot enjoy the benefits of this monopoly unless they accept—without exception—the “scope of professional practice” set by government regulation. Non-conformists are free to find some other profession.

What boundless enthusiasm for state power! Medicine was not a government invention, nor was the state monopoly established by doctors or for their benefit. It was created by 20th-century laws banning the private contractual market for medical services. The effective provision of healthcare nevertheless continues to rely on the goodwill and competence of free individuals, cooperating in guilds that have their own understanding of their vocation and its best practices.

Statement by the President of the

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

on the Approval of Bill C-14

Legalizing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst.

We live in a country where the vast majority of the dying cannot access quality palliative or home care, where rates of suicide in many Indigenous communities are staggeringly high, and where it is suggested that the lives of vulnerable, chronically ill and disabled persons are not worth living. Paradoxically, and most unfortunately, our society has now enshrined in law that killing is a respectable way to end suffering. Our country’s growing inability to recognize the sanctity of human life is staggering and deeply troubling.

No institution, person, ideology or legislation is entitled to threaten or undermine the sacredness of both the dignity of each individual person and the very gift of life itself. We are called, as a community of compassionate individuals, to respect and protect the continuum of life from conception to natural death, honouring a vision of the human person in his/her present earthly existence as well as life beyond the grave. Catholics and indeed all people of good will have a moral and societal obligation to protect the vulnerable, comfort the suffering, and accompany the dying. The Bishops of Canada hope and pray that with all our Catholic brothers and sisters and our fellow Canadians, each of us and our society may experience a greater conversion of heart so as to recognize the image of God so profoundly imprinted on every human life, whatever that person’s state, level of comfort or degree of productivity and societal contribution.

The intentional taking of any human life – be it an elderly person, a child, a vulnerable adult, an embryo, a dying person – is truly a grave and morally unjustifiable act. Our society needs to reject all offenses against life itself: murder, genocide, suicide, abortion, euthanasia, and physician-assisted dying.

The purposeful termination of human life via a direct intervention is not a humane action whatsoever. We ought to look instead to minimizing the pain and suffering of the dying and those who are tempted to end their lives, not eradicate their existence. Let us strive to help the sick and incapacitated find meaning in their lives, even and especially in the midst of their suffering. Let us comfort those facing terminal illness or chronic conditions through our genuine presence, human love and medical assistance. Let us, as a society and as individuals, choose to walk with them, in their suffering, not contribute to eliminating the gift of life.

Declaring physician-assisted suicide a “right” is not true caring and not humane in the least. It is ultimately a false act of mercy, a distortion of kindness to our fellow man/woman. The new legislation seems to insinuate that a human being, a person, ceases to be a person and loses his/her very dignity simply because of a loss or diminishment of a number of physical and mental capacities. It is untrue. What is true is that our own humanity is weakened when we fail to care for the weak and dying, and when we purposefully fall short of considering them, with all their ailments and limitations, as persons worthy of life. True human compassion invites us to share the other’s pain, the other’s journey – it is not meant to do away with the person. Physician-assisted suicide is an affront to what is most noble, most precious in the human endeavour and a grave injustice and violation of the dignity of every human person whose natural and inherent inclination is indeed the preservation of life. We ought to surround our sick and dying, our vulnerable and disabled, with love and attention, with care and true life-giving compassion. This is why palliative care continues to be undeniably the only moral, effective and much needed alternative, the only compassionate choice, now that our country has embarked upon this perilous road.


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APOSTLES’ FAST: ends at Vigil of the Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul, 28 Jun. 7pm

Holy Reception into full Communion with the Byz. Cath. Church & Chrismation

@ Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Glorious All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

Dr. Justin Tse, Ph.D.                                                                       Tuesday 28 June   7:00 pm

Prayer Service for Victims of Orlando Shooting

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM St. Anthony Latin Church: 1371 W. 73d Ave. Van.

HOLY CROSS SUMMER DAY CAMP: JULY 4-8;  9am-4pm (early drop – 8:30am). Registration fee $50. For more information, please contact Fr. Andrii Chornenkyi @ 778.387.7071 or office.holycross@gmail.com.  All children of the age 5 to 10 are invited to the Holy Cross Summer Day camp which will take place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (13753 – 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

CAMP ST.VOLODYMYR:  We are currently in need of a camp nurse, arts & crafts co-ordinator and someone to help to take the leadership role in the kitchen.  If know of anyone who may be able to fulfill these roles please contact Jennifer Caldwell @ 604.220.0584 or jennsawka@hotmail.com. Visit our website via http://www.nweparchy.ca

REGISTRATION:  Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2016).  Registration is available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2016.”  Early bird registration Ends July 7, 2016.

DONATE:  We are always happy to accept food donations

The Feast of the Holy Glorious All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

(29 June)

Peter was the son of Jonah and the brother of Andrew the First-called. He was of the tribe of Simeon, from the town of Bethsaida. He was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas, or Peter (John 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to clearly express faith in the Lord Jesus, saying: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16). His love for the Lord was great, and his faith in the Lord became gradually stronger. When the Lord was brought to trial, Peter denied Him three times; but after only one glance into the face of the Lord, St Peter’s soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, St Peter showed himself to be a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. Following one of his sermons in Jerusalem, three thousand souls were converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel in Palestine, Asia Minor, Illyria and Italy. St Peter worked many powerful miracles: he healed the sick and resurrected the dead, and the sick were healed even from his shadow. He had a great struggle with Simon the Magician, who proclaimed himself to be a god, but who was in reality a servant of Satan. St Peter finally shamed and defeated him. By order of Simon’s friend, the evil Emperor Nero, St Peter was condemned to death. Having consecrated Linus Bishop of Rome, and having counseled and comforted the flock of Christ, St Peter proceeded joyfully to his death. Seeing the cross before him, he begged his executioners to crucify him upside down, for he considered himself unworthy to die as had his Lord. Thus, this great servant of the Great Lord reposed and received a wreath of eternal glory.

St Paul was born in Tarsus and was of the tribe of Benjamin. At first he was called Saul. He studied under Gamaliel, and was a Pharisee and a persecutor of Christianity. He was miraculously converted to the Christian Faith by the Lord Himself, Who appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He was baptized by the Apostle Ananias, named Paul and numbered in the service of the Great Apostles. With fiery zeal St Paul preached the Gospel everywhere, from the borders of Arabia to Spain, among the Jews and among the Gentiles, and received the title “the Apostle to the Gentiles.” As horrible as his sufferings were, so much greater was his superhuman patience. Throughout all the years of his preaching, St Paul hung from day to day as on a weak thread between life and death. Having filled all his days and nights with labor and suffering for Christ, having organized the Church in many places, and having attained such a degree of perfection, he was able to say: not I, but Christ liveth in me (Galatians 2:20). St Paul was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero, at the same time as the martyrdom of the Apostle Peter.

 


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APOSTLES’ FAST: Monday after All Saints to June 28th (Feast of the Apostles), HURRAH!

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

Monkish Meditations on Marriage: an Evening Retreat for Couples (& others)  Relationship Insights from the Byzantine Marriage Service                                          Presentation, Sharing, & Discussion                                                                                            Wednesday June 22 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm:

Holy Reception into full Communion with the Byzantine Catholic Church & Chrismation   @ Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Glorious All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul  Dr. Justin Tse, Ph.D.                                                                       Tuesday 28 June   7:00 pm

“Render Unto Caesar” ECCR Film Series: possible

more information pending

HOLY CROSS SUMMER DAY CAMP: JULY 4-8;  9am-4pm (early drop – 8:30am). Registration fee $50. For more information, please contact Fr. Andrii Chornenkyi @ 778.387.7071 or office.holycross@gmail.com.  All children of the age 5 to 10 are invited to the Holy Cross Summer Day camp which will take place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (13753 – 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)

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APOSTLES’ FAST: Monday after All Saints to June 28th (Feast of the Apostles), HURRAH!

Ukrainian-Canadian Social Services meeting @ St Mary’s UGCC Van.: Jun.12: 1:00pm

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

Monkish Meditations on Marriage: an Evening Retreat for Couples (& others)

Relationship Insights from the Byzantine Marriage Service

Presentation, Sharing, & Discussion                       Wednesday June 22 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm:

“Render Unto Caesar” Summer Film Series:

Friday 24 June ?

More info. pending

Holy Reception into full Communion with the Byzantine Catholic Church & Chrismation

@ Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Glorious All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

Dr. Justin Tse, Ph.D.                                                                       Tuesday 28 June   7:00 pm

HOLY CROSS SUMMER DAY CAMP: JULY 4-8;  9am-4pm (early drop – 8:30am). Registration fee $50. For more information, please contact Fr. Andrii Chornenkyi @ 778.387.7071 or office.holycross@gmail.com.  All children of the age 5 to 10 are invited to the Holy Cross Summer Day camp which will take place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (13753 – 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)

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APOSTLES’ FAST: Monday after All Saints to June 28th (Feast of the Apostles), HURRAH!

DOORS OPEN at our Church this weekend!  Sat. 10am–4pm.  Sunday: 12:30-4pm

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr (box in temple Vestibule)

Parastas for Infants: Sat. June 11                                                                               1:00 pm

 

Funeral: for Galyn Bleinis: Sat. June 11                                                                     3:00 pm

Holy Reception into full Communion with the Byzantine Catholic Church & Chrismation

@ Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Glorious All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul

of Dr. Justin Tse, Ph.D.                                                                                                      7:00 pm

HOLY CROSS SUMMER DAY CAMP: JULY 4-8;  9am-4pm (early drop – 8:30am). Registration fee $50. For more information, please contact Fr. Andrii Chornenkyi @ 778.387.7071 or office.holycross@gmail.com.  All children of the age 5 to 10 are invited to the Holy Cross Summer Day camp which will take place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (13753 – 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)

Holy Eucharist Cathedral Praznyk

Please mark your calendars for June 5 to celebrate our Cathedral’s Praznyk.  There will be only one Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM followed by lunch. Tickets: $15.00 – adults; $10.00 – students; $5.00 – children 6-12 years of age; children 5 years & under – free. Deadline – Sunday, May 29. For tickets contact Fr. Stepan 604.518.1873 or Nadiya 604-939-5727

At the Lamb’s High Feast:

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing,

Praise to our victorious King,

Who hath washed us in the tide

Flowing from his piercèd side;

Praise we Him, whose love divine

Gives His sacred blood for wine,

Gives His body for the feast,

Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest.

Where the Paschal blood is poured,

Death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;

Israel’s hosts triumphant go

Through the wave that drowns the foe.

Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,

Paschal Victim, paschal Bread;

With sincerity and love

Eat we Manna from above.

Mighty Victim from the sky,

Hell’s fierce powers beneath Thee lie;

Thou hast conquered in the fight,

Thou hast brought us life and light;

Now no more can death appall,

Now no more the grave enthrall;

Thou hast opened Paradise,

And in Thee Thy saints shall rise.

Paschal triumph, Paschal joy,

Only sin can this destroy;

From sin’s death do Thou set free

Souls reborn, O Lord, in Thee.

Hymns of glory and of praise,

Father, to Thee we raise;

Risen Lord, all praise to Thee,

Ever with the Spirit be.


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APOSTLES’ FAST:                                                                                                                            Monday after All Saints to June 28th (Feast of the Apostles), HURRAH!

Donations of non-perishable Foodstuffs for Camp St. Volodymyr

(box in temple Vestibule)

AXIOS! Ordained to the Diaconate: Father Deacon Sylvester (Tan): 21 May.

HOLY CROSS SUMMER DAY CAMP: JULY 4-8;  9am-4pm (early drop – 8:30am). Registration fee $50. For more information, please contact Fr. Andrii Chornenkyi @ 778.387.7071 or office.holycross@gmail.com.  All children of the age 5 to 10 are invited to the Holy Cross Summer Day camp which will take place in the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (13753 – 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)

Holy Eucharist Cathedral Praznyk

Please mark your calendars for June 5 to celebrate our Cathedral’s Praznyk.  There will be only one Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM followed by lunch. Tickets: $15.00 – adults; $10.00 – students; $5.00 – children 6-12 years of age; children 5 years & under – free. Deadline – Sunday, May 29. For tickets contact Fr. Stepan 604.518.1873 or Nadiya 604-939-5727

The Apostles’ Fast: another good time for Confession:

Confession is:

A cry for help. It is the cry of the Prodigal Son, that “I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called Your son.” (Luke 15:18-19)  The sins of each person that lead them to cry out to God may be different, but the cry is the same—I need help!  This is why, as a priest who hears confessions, the sins you bring to confession are not as important as the mere fact that you came to confession.  Because it is not the sins specifically that the priest is listening to, but the cry for help, offered with humility, that lets the priest know that one has come with a contrite heart.

A recommitment to God. Confession affords one the opportunity to not only purge oneself of sins, but in so doing, one recommits his or her life to God.

An opportunity to be rid of guilt. Everyone carries around a certain amount of guilt over past failings.  Many people have told me over the years that they “confess” their sins privately, but still feel guilt over them.  Through confession and repentance, we are given permission to leave our guilt and depart in peace without further anxiety of the sins we have confessed.

An opportunity for some guidance. No one should go it alone when it comes to faith, or the journey to salvation.  Developing a relationship with a Spiritual Father (of your choosing) affords you the opportunity to enjoin someone else in your challenges and for them to offer advice as well as prayer for you.  There is also something powerful about speaking from the heart in front of someone else.  It is validating.  It also helps to keep one accountable.

An opportunity to receive absolution, a complete wiping out of sin. Jesus gave a command to the disciples, that “if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.” (John 20:23)  By extension, the Apostles ordained bishops who have ordained priests until this very day, who have been given the permission to “loose” sins, so that they are completely wiped off of our record.

Confession gives us the opportunity to answer in this life. If our life is a book, and if at the Last Judgment, “the books shall be opened up, and public knowledge will things hidden be” (Kondak, Sunday of Last Judgment, Trans. by Fr. Seraphim Dedes), then confession gives us the opportunity to clean up our books in this life.  Whatever things are offered in confession come out of our book of life, not to be spoken of again, in this life or at the Last Judgment.  What a beautiful opportunity to shed our sins as we go, growing closer to God, so that we can look forward to His Judgment, rather than dreading it.

Being Good Steward’s of God’s Creation:

Thank you for helping to clean up, it is much appreciated

most goes into the Compost white pail: eg SERVIETTES, all paper that has touched food

Recycling blue box (in the back sun porch): –all paper that has not touched food; –plastics that have the recycling stamp on them

Styrofoam box in the kitchen–all styrofoam

–only if stuff does not fit into the above categories should it go into the garbage

mostly plastics which are not recyclable

On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains: (b)

Three chaplains have been wounded to date in the dangerous ATO zone; one suffered a severe head injury and has lost his hearing. After serving in the war zone, the chaplains are exhausted and may require rehabilitation or must be sent to a sanatorium for recovery. The priests are now being taught how to avoid being captured; they wear helmets and bulletproof vests for self-protection.          Fr. Lubomyr recounted his visit to the ATO zone last year at Pascha time. Although his wife and their young son had wanted him to be home for the feast days, Fr. Lubomyr noted that at home there would be just the three of them, whereas several thousands of soldiers would have no way to celebrate Pascha if he didn’t come to them. Having received the blessing of his wife and bishop, Fr. Lubomyr visited eleven encampments and distributed paskas (Pascha breads) and holy cards to some 5,000 soldiers. The long line-ups and piety of the soldiers who were venerating the Holy Shroud of our Lord on Great Friday was very moving, as was celebrating the victory of life over death on Resurrection Day. “It was the greatest Pascha I’ve ever experienced. It’s really worth being there for the Paschal celebrations,” said Fr. Lubomyr.

Not only chaplains but also the soldiers are much in need of rehabilitation after serving their rotation. To date, 115,000 Ukrainian military have the official status of having served in the ATO zone. It is difficult to accommodate the needs of all the soldiers requiring aid. Last year, Fr. Lubomyr had organized a pilgrimage to Lourdes so that several Ukrainian soldiers could experience spiritual healing at the holy shrine. The idea of sending soldiers on pilgrimage to Lourdes was inspired by an international military tradition. Following World War II, representatives of sixteen countries involved in the war went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes to pray for reconciliation, healing, and peace. The aftermath of the war in eastern Ukraine is a growing number of young men aged in their early twenties who have become handicapped for life: some without legs or arms, or suffering other traumas. In this Jubilee Year of God’s Mercy Fr. Lubomyr hopes to bring some fifty wounded soldiers to Lourdes.

Fr. Lubomyr also mentioned the village of Pobyeda in Luhansk. Several chaplains had served their mission at the encampment there. When the enemy’s aviation and “hail” (or BM-21 Grad) had struck much of the village and the Ukrainian position in September 2014, it is noteworthy that some twenty people were killed, although it could have been thousands. The military base was entirely destroyed; all the buildings burned down, including the chapel. Amidst the ashes, only a white birch cross was left; the many splinters from the “hail” had not managed to touch the cross. The wooden cross was eventually brought to Lviv in western Ukraine, since it was the Lviv battalion which had been defending Ukraine out in Pobyeda.

The village is being rebuilt; a beautiful chapel of St. Michael is standing there once more. Fr. Lubomyr noted that this part of Ukraine has much fewer churches than the country’s western provinces; however, chapels are now springing up (through the efforts of the Ukrainian military and their chaplains) and with time, they will be replaced by churches. Orthodoxy predominates in these eastern regions. Many older people who lived through decades of communism during the Soviet era are unbaptized and have never been to church at all. The war, the presence of chaplains, and the many fervent prayers being said in and for the region, are gradually bringing about a revival. The mission is just beginning.  The wooden cross, which survived the “hail” totally unharmed, shows that the Faith shall not be destroyed; it is a symbol of the rebirth of the Faith in eastern Ukraine, and of the victory which is yet to come, in which the Truth shall conquer.  (by Jaroslawa Kisyk)


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Welcome to all!  Especially visitors!  Please stay for Coffee in the Hall. 

Come & say hello to Fr. Richard &/or any member of our friendly Parish! 

We hope that you can join us every Sunday!    

Divine Services & Events:

All Saints today! – which means tomorrow: the APOSTLES’ FAST begins, HURRAH!

On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains: (part 1)

Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the UGCC, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiers: by Jaroslawa Kisyk

In mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called “Save Lives” in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian aid needs. Fr. Lubomyr gave a report on the use of the funds and the status of the Byzantine-rite Catholic chaplains serving in Ukraine’s eastern provinces.

Initially, priests went into the ATO war zone [Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, in eastern Ukraine] spontaneously, seeking to serve the soldiers’ spiritual needs. Now, the military chaplaincy is well structured and organized, and military units themselves often request that a chaplain of a specific church (that is, Catholic or Orthodox) be assigned to them. The chaplains are stationed right at the battlefront, sometimes less than one kilometer away from enemy forces.

To date 130 chaplains from the Byzantine Catholic Church in Ukraine have served at least one rotation, if not several such terms, within the past two years of war. Each rotation lasts either 30 days or 45 days, and on occasion, can be doubled. Collectively, the chaplains have served 300 rotations in the ATO zone.

Fr. Lubomyr, either in his supervisory role for the UGCC or serving as military chaplain, has been in the ATO zone 24 times. The 33-year old has a decade’s worth of experience as priest and military chaplain. He observes that when a chaplain is present in a certain unit, the emotional well-being of its soldiers is much better; they feel safer, theirstress is reduced; they are at peace even when faced with horrors and death. The moral life of the warriors improves; the presence of a priest affects them very positively.

Within the past half year, the most numerous group of chaplains has come from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. Byzantine Catholics form a fairly large contingent, though only 11% of Ukraine is Byzantine Catholic. Ninety-seven percent of Ukraine is Christian, with Orthodoxy predominating. There are several Protestant and Latin Catholic chaplains as well. Many soldiers do not mind which church a chaplain represents, as they hunger and thirst for spiritual assistance. The Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the largest of all churches in Ukraine, does not have a single chaplain assisting the Ukrainian forces.

Every candidate for chaplaincy in the UGCC must obtain permission from his bishop (or monastic superior). Potential chaplains are screened for emotional readiness to serve during warfare. Married clergy must first obtain the permission of their wives (in writing) to go and serve as chaplain, before they are allowed to seek their bishops’ approval. Of the 130 chaplains who have made the life-risking commitment of serving Ukraine’s military, approximately 100 are married priests.

As a co-ordinator of chaplains, Fr. Lubomyr oversees their work and examines their needs out in the camps. He also assesses the spiritual and humanitarian needs of the soldiers and works out solutions.

While the Ukrainian army is defending its nation from an aggressor, it is the people of Ukraine and Ukrainians living abroad who have had to mobilize their efforts in order to defend the army. Especially in the first months (late 2014 and early 2015), the soldiers had dire needs, and lacked proper military attire, regular or winter boots, bulletproof vests, weapons, training, defense technology, first aid kits and other supplies. Numerous groups of volunteers sprung up throughout Ukraine and assistance (in the form of food, uniforms, footwear, medication, doctors, psychologists, rehabilitation) had been brought to the soldiers through the collective efforts of Ukraine’s people and many other peoples and governments from outside of Ukraine.

Initially, some Ukrainian fighters were barefoot and many bled to death, for lack of bulletproof vests. At that time, most of them were unprepared for the war and died in large numbers. Today, the Ukrainian army is faring much better, though continual aid is necessary. The soldiers are very thankful for the material, medical, and moral assistance that has been provided; they ask the Ukrainian communities and international supporters not to lose hope in them, so that they may continue the battle for Ukraine’s freedom.

Canada has been very supportive of Ukraine’s battle for its eastern provinces and had rightfully condemned the Russian annexation of Ukraine’s autonomous republic of Crimea. Canada’s firm position and support under the previous government of P.M. Stephen Harper included political measures such as economic sanctions and practical aid in the form of non-lethal goods such as winter boots.

Much of the material and humanitarian aid (weapons excluded) which is brought out to the soldiers is distributed by chaplains; as such, it is guaranteed to get there. The Catholic Church is very well respected and trusted in Ukraine. The motto of the chaplains is “To always be near,” as the Church must be with her people, wherever they may be, ready to serve their needs.

 


 

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Welcome to all!  Especially visitors!  Please stay for Coffee in the Hall. 

Come & say hello to Fr. Richard &/or any member of our friendly Parish! 

We hope that you can join us every Sunday!    

Divine Services & Events:

Today is Trinity Feast !!  (of Feasts, 1 of the Big 3 – bigger than Christmas!)

Fast Free Week THIS Week!  (have a steak on Wed & Friday!)

Kneeling Vespers: Today 15 May (we can start kneeling again on weekdays!)  7pm

This Sat.’s Resurrection Vigil transferred to Friday May 20 (no Vigil on Sat. evening)

All Saints Sunday: 22 May – then the next day the APOSTLES’ FAST begins, HURRAH!

The Traditional Fasting in the Byzantine Churches

(because “inquiring minds want to know”)

 

Fast-Free Weeks

Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve – Dec. 25 through Jan. 4

The week following the Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee – 2nd Week of the Lenten Triod

Bright Week – The week after Pascha until St Thomas Sunday

Trinity Week – The week after Pentecost until the Saturday before All Saints Sunday

Fasting Seasons

St. Philip’s Fast – Nov. 15 through Dec. 24

The Great Fast: from the Sunday of the Pharisee & Publican throughGreat Saturday

Apostles’ Fast – Monday after All Saints through June 28

Dormition Fast – Aug. 1 through Aug. 14

Fast Days

The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks

The Eve of Theophany – January 5

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist – August 29

The Elevation of the Cross – September 14

Eparchial Pastoral Letter re Victims of Forest Fires in Alberta:

The Rev. Clergy and Lay-Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster

4 May 2016

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Rev. Clergy and Friends,

We have no doubt all been watching with great sadness the horrific fire damage and situation in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  So many families have seen their homes burned and business and office, schools and medical facilities also burned down or severely damaged.  The latest statistics have reported that more than 1,600 homes have been lost and most all of the cities 84,000 residents have been forced to flee the fire.

I would like to encourage you all of pray for those who have become victims of this fire, who have lost their homes and possessions and in many cases are now not only homeless but also facing unemployment.  This coming Sunday, I would encourage you to pray a special litany at the Divine Liturgy for those who are suffering as a result of this devastation asking God to comfort those who have lost so much.

I have made some inquiries as to how we can financially support those victims of the fire in Fort McMurray and it seems that the best way to support them is through an on-line donation to the Canadian Red Cross:

https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50610

You can go directly to the on-line donation section for the victims of the fire in Fort McMurray by clicking on the link above.

I have sent a note to Bishop David Motiuk of the Eparchy of Edmonton offering him our prayers and solidarity and assuring him that we are ready to assist in whatever way we can. He has expressed his gratitude to us.

With prayerful best wishes,  +Ken, Bishop of New Westminster

Camp Saint Volodymyr 2016- August 21-28

The purpose of camp is to provide an opportunity for youth to experience God through nature and the companionship of others. Children will experience Ukrainian language and culture during camp along with games, religious activities, hikes, sports, arts and crafts, camp fires, water activities and other summer camp activities.

This marks the 33nd year of our Ukrainian Catholic Summer Camp. Camp will take place in Kelowna at the OAC facility. Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2016).  Registration is available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2016.”  Early bird registration Ends July 7, 2016.

VOLUNTEER:  Camp St. Volodymyr is a nonprofit camp, run on a volunteer basis.  If you are interested in helping at this year’s camp as a counsellor, chef, arts & crafts or cultural coordinator please contact Jennifer. Applications forms for counsellors are due June 15, 2016. All volunteers will be subject to a criminal records check and must sign the camp code of conduct.  (For more information contact Jennifer Caldwell @ 604.220.0584 or jennsawka@hotmail.com. Visit our website viawww.nweparchy.ca)

DONATE:  We are always happy to accept food donations of vegetables, fruits, cereals, and treats for children such as cakes, cookies, as well as monetary donations. Tax receipts can be issued with donations of $25 or more.

 

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Nicean Council & Assumption PostFeast, Pascha 7: 2016 05 b

March for Life: Victoria, Thursday 12 May:  http://www.m4lvictoria.ca

All Souls Day”: Friday 13 May:  Parastas Service                                                    7:00 pm

Trinity Sunday: 15 May   Bring Greenery to decorate the Church!  And your homes too!

Kneeling Vespers: 15 May (we can start kneeling again, at least on weekdays!)  7pm

Being Good Steward’s of God’s Creation:

Thank you for helping to clean up, it is much appreciated

the garbage at our parish is divided into several categories/pails

1: most will go into the Compost (white) pail

eg SERVIETTES, any paper that has touched food & eg food, crumbs,

2: Recycling blue box (in the back sun porch)

–all paper that has not touched food  –plastics that have the recycling stamp on them

3: Styrofoam box in the kitchen

–all styrofoam

4: only if stuff does not fit into the above categories should it go into the garbage,

mostly non-recyclable plastics

A Meditation from the Russian Front by Jesuit Fr. Andriy Zelinskyy SJ: 03.05.2016

Вірю, що колись, якогось сонячного весняного дня, ми вийдемо на вулиці тих українських міст, де сьогодні засіяно грізним металом, і остаточно очистимо їх від уламків розірваних снарядів і вистріляних куль. І життя знову проб’ється крізь метал, а ми урочисто заспіваємо: “Христос воскрес із мертвих!..” То буде прекрасний Великдень – без сліз і без повсюди розсипаного заліза…

I believe that someday, one day, there will spring sunlight, & we will go out on the streets of those Ukrainian cities which today are only horrific metallic forms, & we will permanently erase this wreckage of broken & spent ammunition shells & bullets. Again life struggles through the metal & we solemnly sing: ” Christ is Risen from the dead!..” That will be a beautiful Pascha – without tears and without iron littered….

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Man Born Blind Sunday, Pascha 6: 2016 05 a

Welcome to all!  Especially visitors!  Please stay for Coffee in the Hall. 

Come & say hello to Fr. Richard &/or any member of our friendly Parish! 

We hope that you can join us every Sunday!    

Divine Services & Events for the Paschal Post-Feast:

We pray for all the victims of Chornobyl on the anniversary of the nuclear disaster.

Leave-taking of Pascha & Ascension Great Vespers:  04 May, Wednesday    7:00 pm

Ascension Festal Matins: 05 May, Thursday                                                             7:00 pm

“All Souls Day”: Friday 13 May:  Parastas                                                                    7:00 pm

Trinity Sunday: 15 May   Bring Greenery to decorate the Church!  And your homes too!

All Saints Sunday: 22 May

 

Better Late than Never:  Special Paschal Responses: 

1:

Priest:     And he gave us eternal life,

Rx:                    We bow down before His Third-day Resurrection!

 2:

At the end of Liturgy, instead of Glory-bothNow, Paschal Tropar: Christ is Risen

3:

At the end of Vigil:

Priest:     Glory to You, O Christ, our Hope, Glory to You!

Rx:           Shine Shine O new Jerusalem! For the glory of the Lord has Risen upon you! Sing, Dance, & Rejoice O Zion! And you of Theotokos take your delight, in the rising of the one to whom you gave birth!

Government Killing Innocent Canadians

Pastoral Letter from the Bishop re Bill C-14:

Christ Is Risen!  Dear Friends,

Bishops across the country have been visiting with elected representatives and Cabinet members, both federal and provincial / territorial. Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, was part of a news conference in April on Parliament Hill with other faith leaders from the Salvation Army, Jewish, Muslim and Evangelical communities. Many elected officials report they have received a clear message from the Catholic community regarding physician-assisted suicide. Your efforts make a difference! Now that Bill C-14 has been tabled, there is still much work to be done. Here are some practical steps you and your parish can take:

1) Distribute the attached action plan, “It’s Time ToTalk”. This can be distributed most effectively as a bulletin insert, or it can be made available in appropriate locations in your parish.       

                  2) Use the suggested bulletin announcements and encourage parishioners to visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/. Concerned Catholics can write directly from the website to the federal Ministers of Justice and Health as well as to their local MP. By registering through this website, you can use or adapt a proposed message to communicate your concerns.

                  3) Consider a letter writing event. A number of parishes have offered information sessions on euthanasia / assisted suicide. Resources are available on the website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4463-campaigns-against-physician-assisted-suicide. Use this information session or any gathering of parish organizations (CWL, Knights of Columbus, parish council, social justice groups, and others) to write to the Minister of Justice and cc the Minister of Health and your MP. Remember to ensure your local Member of Parliament receives this communication.

We know that original letters, phone calls or emails are the most powerful way to reach our elected officials. A sample letter with possible messaging can be found on the “It’s Time To Talk” handout. Thanks to all parishes and parishioners for working on this most important issue!

On April 14, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-14 — legislation that, if passed, will amend the Criminal Code to make euthanasia / assisted suicide legal and accessible throughout the country. Thousands of Canadians have contacted their elected officials, respectfully expressing their concerns. But your help is still needed. Visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/ to urge elected representatives to protect healthcare workers and institutions from having to provide or refer for euthanasia/assisted suicide. Ask Members of Parliament to expand palliative care and support for the vulnerable.

In communion with Pope Francis, let us pray that the joy and hope of Christ flow in our hearts, faces, gestures andwords, so that we communicate the message of the Resurrection to those we meet, especially those who suffer, those who are alone, those who find themselves in precarious conditions, including the sick and vulnerable (Regina Coeli Message, April 10, 2016).

Thank you for your ongoing support!  +Ken

 

Working against suicide

The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). This proposed legislation, which responds to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2015, will make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal and more accessible in our entire country. The Supreme Court decision and current legislative efforts are in stark contradiction to the endeavours of individuals, families and communities to counteract the dangers and sufferings of suicide. To express your concerns about the legislation, visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/.

The responsibility to protect one another’s life

The teaching of the Catholic Church and the stance of the Catholic Bishops of Canada affirm the sacredness and dignity of human life. Suicide and euthanasia are contrary to the most profound natural inclination of each human being to live and preserve life. Furthermore, they contradict the fundamental responsibility that human beings have to protect one another and to enhance the quality of health and social care which every human life deserves, from conception to natural death. To learn more about physician-assisted suicide, visit http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4463-campaigns-against-physician-assisted-suicide.

Safeguarding persons most at risk

Bill C-14 is now before the Parliament of Canada. No matter how it may be amended, it is an affront to human dignity, an erosion of human solidarity, and a danger to all vulnerable persons — particularly the aged, disabled, infirm and sick who so often find themselves isolated and marginalized. Moreover, it is a violation of the sacrosanct duty of healthcare providers to heal, and the responsibility of legislators and citizens to assure and provide protection for all, especially those persons most at risk. For information to share with others about the negative impact of physician-assisted suicide, visit http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4463-campaigns-against-physician-assisted-suicide.

Facing the threat of physician-assisted suicide

As our country faces the moral and social threat of physician-assisted suicide, you are invited to call upon federal, provincial and territorial legislators to defend and protect the lives of all, to renew efforts to guarantee accessible home care and palliative care, and to protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers and agencies refusing to be part of euthanasia and assisted suicide. To share your concerns with your legislators, visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/

CAMPAIGNS AGAINST PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE

1:                        The Respect for Conscience bilingual campaign involves a proposal on how to respect the conscience rights of doctors and health-care facilities when faced with the situation of a patient requesting assisted suicide. The project is an initiative of the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. Involving the Archdiocese of Toronto, the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, and Canadian Physicians for Life, it represents 5000 physicians and 110 healthcare facilities with 18,000 care beds and 60,000 staff. Concerned Canadians can indicate their support, as well as write to the appropriate officials in each province or territory with respect to its plans to protect the conscience rights of health-care workers and facilities. http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/

2:               Religious leaders of Canadian Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelical Christians, Jews, Muslims and Mormons have issued a bilingual joint Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Over 20,000 Canadians have signed, urging federal, provincial and territorial legislators to enact and uphold laws to make good-quality home care and palliative care accessible, and to implement regulations and policies that ensure respect for the freedom of conscience of all health-care workers and administrators who will not and cannot accept suicide or euthanasia as a medical solution to pain and suffering. http://www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca/

3:               The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver has launched a campaign to protect and safeguard freedom of conscience and religion for health-care workers. It includes a petition to the House of Commons for a national strategy on palliative care, as well as a postcard to the Minister of Justice. http://rcav.org/assisted-suicide/

The above campaigns are promoted by Canadian Catholic Bishops. Each campaign provides background information on euthanasia and assisted suicide. The following also are excellent sources of information on physician-assisted suicide:

–                 The Catholic Organization for Life and Family

http://www.colf.ca/index.php/en/life-issues/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide

–                 Living with Dignity  http://vivredignite.org/en/

–                 Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia http://collectifmedecins.org/en/

–                 Euthanasia Prevention Coalition           http://www.epcc.ca/

Camp Saint Volodymyr 2016- August 21-28

The purpose of camp is to provide an opportunity for youth to experience God through nature and the companionship of others. Children will experience Ukrainian language and culture during camp along with games, religious activities, hikes, sports, arts and crafts, camp fires, water activities and other summer camp activities.

This marks the 33nd year of our Ukrainian Catholic Summer Camp. Camp will take place in Kelowna at the OAC facility. Camp offers a wide range of activities for campers aged 7-15 (as of December 31, 2016).  Registration is available online via Eventbrite “Camp St. Volodymyr BC 2016.”  Early bird registration Ends July 7, 2016.

WAYS TO HELP

VOLUNTEER:  Camp St. Volodymyr is a nonprofit camp, run on a volunteer basis.  If you are interested in helping at this year’s camp as a counsellor, chef, arts & crafts or cultural coordinator please contact Jennifer. Applications forms for counsellors are due June 15, 2016. All volunteers will be subject to a criminal records check and must sign the camp code of conduct.  For more information contact Jennifer Caldwell @ 604.220.0584 or jennsawka@hotmail.com. Visit our website viawww.nweparchy.ca

DONATE:  We are always happy to accept food donations of vegetables, fruits, cereals, and treats for children such as cakes, cookies, as well as monetary donations. Tax receipts can be issued with donations of $25 or more.


Leave-taking of Pascha & Ascension Great Vespers:  04 May, Wednesday      7:00 pm

 

Ascension Festal Matins: 05 May, Thursday                                                               7:00 pm

“All Souls Saturday”: Friday 13 May:  Parastas                                                           7:00 pm

 

Trinity Sunday: 15 May   Bring Greenery to decorate the Church!  And your homes too!

All Saints Sunday: 22 May

Memorial Services during Bright Week & Paschal-tide

If you wish a Parastas/Panakhyda during the special time of the Paschal Season  please contact Fr. Richard, who would be happy to accompany you to any cemetery for the Service.  (There is a Very special Panakhyda & Parastas unique to Bright Week & a special form of Parastas during the Paschal Post-feast)

Catholic Churches in Europe’s Special Collection for Ukraine

For the past two years, the armed conflict between Ukrainian government forces and forces of the Russian Federation and Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine, as well as Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014, have resulted in a huge population of internally displaced persons (IDPs); in the deaths of thousands of soldiers, leaving behind widows with children; in a profound rise in the number of permanently disabled, wounded, destitute people; and in the creation of life-threatening burdens on the elderly and orphans who, without the resources to escape, remain trapped in zones of conflict. 9,208 Ukrainian civilians and soldiers have been killed, and 21,044 injured as a direct result of the war in Ukraine’s eastern regions and the occupation of Crimea.

The humanitarian crisis includes an additional several million people who live in the conflict zone and are subjected to a demolished infrastructure, lack of basic services, and remain at-risk for mortar attacks and strafing. In March, the treatment station that provides water to 300,000 people in the conflict zone city of Donetsk stopped operations, when the staff was forced to evacuate because of shelling. A greater humanitarian crisis was averted after four days of intense negotiations led by OSCE that ensured water was restored.

Fleeing the zone of conflict, hundreds of thousands of IDPs have found refuge within Ukraine. However, hundreds of thousands of others continue to live in areas on the periphery of the conflict zone in destitute circumstances.

Barbara Manzi, Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in Ukraine, stated, “There is a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine:

3.1 million people who live both inside and outside the zones of conflict are in need of life-saving assistance. But this crisis is not visible. There are no mass camps like in other countries.”

In Ukraine, the IDPs are quietly, but desperately, dispersed. Ukraine ranks 8th in the world in highest number of IDPs, yet this is the least financed international crisis. In the report Ukraine: Humanitarian Plan, January- December 2016, the United Nations states that $298 million (266 million Euro) is needed this year to alleviate the crisis. “Two years into the conflict, affected women, girls, boys, and men of all ages are struggling to cope. The cumulative impact of psychological trauma, the disruption to education, the daily risk of injury due to insecurity, landmines or other explosive, remnants of war, inadequate shelter, inability to work, and limitations of freedom of movement – all result in a high level of humanitarian and protection needs.”

“Tens of thousands have been maimed or injured: are without legs, without arms, without eyes, paralyzed. Hundreds of thousands suffer with post- traumatic shock,” noted Bishop Gudziak.  Of particular concern, he said, is that in the conflict zone, without regular access to food, hunger has become a persistent problem, especially for the elderly. “After two years of this stealth war, a war that is undeclared but real, people are exhausted. There is a lack of medicine, lack of insulin, lack of vaccines. In affected areas, operations proceed without any anesthesia. People have become homeless, lost their families, lost their possessions. There is deep psychological trauma.”

With the support of international Caritas network and other international organizations, Caritas Ukraine has been at the forefront of providing assistance to those most affected by the conflict, but the needs far outweigh currently available resources. “Despite the extraordinary solidarity and cooperation within Ukrainian society, the dimensions of this humanitarian crisis are too overwhelming for Ukrainians to respond to these needs on their own, which is why the Papal appeal to the European Community is so crucially important. Ukraine needs the solidarity and compassion of all people of good will in Europe and the World. Please help Ukraine to overcome this humanitarian crisis”, noted Andrij Waskowycz, President of Caritas Ukraine.  Patricarch Sviatoslav commented: “It is crucial and prophetic that our Holly Father has broken the silence in Europe around the war in Ukraine. He has become the voice of those who suffer in Ukraine.” Explaining the humanitarian action that will follow this collection, His Beatitude emphazsized that the assistance will be provided to all who are suffering the consequences of the war, irrespectively of language, nationality or religion.

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This Sunday (17 April): 2d LITURGY @ 12 NOON on 17 April  Nota Bene!!!

All Parishioner: VIBRANT PARISH VISION 20-20 with Bishop Ken: 17 April    10:30am

We Greet (Вітаємо) our Father and Bishop who comes on Visitation to this Parish today!

Eis polla eti, Dhespota!

 

Mid-Pascha Great Vespers:  19 April Tuesday 7:00 pm:

Leave-taking of Pascha & Ascension Great Vespers:  04 May, Wednesday      7:00 pm

 

Ascension Festal Matins: 05 May, Thursday                                                               7:00 pm

“All Souls Saturday”: Friday 13 May:  Parastas                                                           7:00 pm

 

Trinity Sunday: 15 May   Bring Greenery to decorate the Church!  And your homes too!

All Saints Sunday: 22 May

Memorial Services during Bright Week & Paschal-tide

If you wish a Parastas/Panakhyda during the special time of the Paschal Season  please contact Fr. Richard, who would be happy to accompany you to any cemetery for the Service.  (There is a Very special Panakhyda & Parastas unique to Bright Week & a special form of Parastas during the Paschal Post-feast)

Funeral for Eugenia Rossa (sister of Joseph Tesla)

Funeral Monday 18 April 10:30 am; St Mary’s UGCC, 550 W. 14th Ave., Vancouver

Burial to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery; Born 1925 May 14, Reposed in Victoria recently.

Pilgrimate to Ukraine: http://nweparchy.ca/project/pilgrimage-to-ukraine/

Vibrant Parish Post Sobor Session:  75 minutes

Introduction: (15min)

Bp K: Explain the reason/need for Vibrant Parish — background etc.

Evaluation of Implementation of Resolutions in our Parish:  10min

–going through the different categories to see which one the parishioners have implemented since the adoption of the Vibrant Parish programme

Challenges for our parish to implement the Vibrant Parish:  20min

–Bp leads an exploration/discussion of what the Challenges/difficulties/objections there have been to both embracing and implementing the Vibrant Parish programme

Examples of what can be done in the meantime:  10min

Whilst working on the more global/structural/foundational challenges, there are nevertheless small steps we can take in beginning a parochial implementation of the Vibrant Parish Programme:

Q & A & Conclusion:  20min

questions & discussion re the Vibrant Parish, the Eparchial Sobor, the Patriarchal Sobor

–if not done before and if there is not much discussion or no questions, this time maybe used to take the parish through the Resolutions of the Patriarchal Sobor.

STATEMENT ON BILL C-14

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (2016 Apr. 14)

Today, the Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). This proposed legislation, which responds to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2015, will make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal and more accessible in our entire country. The Supreme Court decision and current legislative efforts are in stark contradiction to the endeavours of individuals, families and communities to counteract the dangers and sufferings of suicide – as we have seen this week in Attawapiskat, Ontario.

The teaching of the Catholic Church and the stance of the Catholic Bishops of Canada affirm the sacredness and dignity of human life. Suicide and euthanasia are contrary to the most profound natural inclination of each human being to live and preserve life. Furthermore, they contradict the fundamental responsibility that human beings have to protect one another and to enhance the quality of health and social care which every human life deserves, from conception to natural death.

Bill C-14, no matter how it may be amended, is an affront to human dignity, an erosion of human solidarity, and a danger to all vulnerable persons — particularly the aged, disabled, infirm and sick who so often find themselves isolated and marginalized. Moreover, it is a violation of the sacrosanct duty of healthcare providers to heal, and the responsibility of legislators and citizens to assure and provide protection for all, especially those persons most at risk.

As our country faces this new moral and social threat, the Bishops of Canada renew their call to federal, provincial and territorial legislators to consistently defend and protect the lives of all, to renew efforts to guarantee accessible home care and palliative care, and to protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers and agencies refusing to be part of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Special Papal Collection to Relieve Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

Christ is Risen!        Dear Friends,

On Saturday, 5 March of this year, His Beatitude Sviatoslav & members of the Permanent Synod of the Church (of which I am a member) had a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican.  At that meeting we spoke of the horrific situation in Ukraine that has resulted in the two years of war.  The death toll continues to rise, & the number of internally displaced citizens has reached in the millions.  These families have had to flee their homes & cities in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine, leaving everything behind them & take refuge in other areas of the country.  This of course is placing tremendous stress on the rest of the country who have opened their homes & communities to try & accommodate their fellow citizens.  You can also imagine the trauma that these people have & are suffering; witnessing the killings, the bombings & the destruction of their homes.

The Pope promised His Beatitude & the members of the Permanent Synod that he would not only keep our sisters & brothers in Ukraine in his prayers but would encourage the faithful to come to the aid of those in Ukraine.  To this end, the Pope announced a special collection be taken up in all of the parishes of Europe for Ukraine to assist in the Humanitarian crisis.  Caritas Ukraine, an organization that our Eparchy has been supporting over the years has taken up the challenge of assisting with the internally displaced people & working to meet the challenges of housing, food & other essentials along with also being present to those who have not been able to flee their homes in the war torn areas.  I am providing a letter from the Most Rev. Borys Gudziak, who is not only a member of the Permanent Synod & Bishop in Paris of France but also the head of the Synod’s department of External Affairs.  You will see how he elaborates more on this situation.

I have been asked by some of our faithful how they can contribute to this worthy effort. I would like to invite our Eparchy to stand in solidarity with our sisters & brothers in Europe in making a special collection that the Pope requested.  You may make a donation to the Papal organization, Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA) for their projects with Caritas Ukraine & the internally displaced people in Ukraine.  These funds are urgently needed so follow this procedure:  Make your donation cheque payable (CNEWA CANADA will issue you an income tax receipt) to:  CNEWA CANADA

Place in the memo section or with a cover letter that this is a donation for Caritas Ukraine’s project for Internally Displaced people in Ukraine.  You may also want to indicate that you are a member of the Eparchy of New Westminster.

Place it in an envelope addressed to:

Mr. Carl Hetu

CNEWA Canada

1247 Kilborn Place

Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9

With assurance of my prayerful best wishes, & Episcopal blessings, I remain,

Sincerely yours in the Lord,  +Ken  14 April 2016

 

The Pope of Rome calls for our generocity for Victims of War in Ukraine

Two weeks ago, at the heart of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Roman Pope summoned all Catholics in Europe to recognize & respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, where millions of Europeans endure a undeclared hybrid war dragging on for two years.  The war has claimed almost 10,000 lives. Tens of thousands are injured, hundreds of thousands traumatized.                  Despite an official ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, the war continues. The number of casualties & refugees has only increased. Take a moment to think about it: after 2 years of war, there are 1.7 million internally displaced people & a million refugees in neighboring countries. Half a million do not have basic food & hundreds of thousands do not have access to safe drinking water. Nearly two million remain in areas where Ukrainian & international agencies cannot freely conduct humanitarian activity. We can only guess what they are actually experiencing. These numbers are not mere statistics. Behind each figure is the tragedy of a person or an entire family.

Ukraine is emerging from a legacy of foreign totalitarian rule. During the horrific twentieth century our Churches were outlawed, peasants killed by artificial famines, & the political, cultural, & social life of the people was devastated by genocidal & colonial policies. The country was a main theater for world wars waged by foreign powers. As a result up to 15 million people were killed.

To heal such historical trauma is extremely difficult. Terrorized for 3 generations, Ukrainians had fear in their DNA. Corrupt post-Soviet governments manipulated a fearful population. The pilgrimage from fear to dignity—God-given dignity—is a long, winding one. Step by step, Ukrainians have moved forward making great sacrifices for the values at the foundation of European civilization. During the Revolution of Dignity (2013-14) millions of citizens & all of the country’s Churches & religions, Orthodox, Latin & Byzantine Catholic, Protestants, Jews & Muslims, were together, peacefully defending the dignity of the human being, democracy, & Ukraine’s association with Europe.

In a futile attempt to stop history an authoritarian regime killed 100 peaceful protesters on the Maidan, Kyiv’s main square. The disgraced president fled the country. Solidarity prevailed. For this the citizens of Ukraine have been violently punished: Crimea was annexed & a hybrid war was instigated in the east of Ukraine, consisting of military action, massive international propaganda & disinformation, crippling of the economy, destruction of the industrial infrastructure, & political destabilization not only of Ukraine. This destabilization campaign is aimed at a united Europe as well.

And yet the spirit, the hope, & the faith of the ordinary people remain strong. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God & Father your work of faith & labor of love & steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thes 1:2–3). Despite their suffering, Ukrainians believe that God has not forsaken them. Indeed, He has not forgotten them. But in this world the Lord works with human hands. The Pope, who for 2 years has repeatedly spoken about the injustices in Ukraine calling for peace, dialogue, & respect for international law, summons us to concrete solidarity.

To this end, he has asked for a special humanitarian collection for Ukraine on 24 April in all parishes in Europe encouraging all Catholics & people of good will to donate generously. For him this gesture of charity, alleviates material suffering & manifests moral solidarity of the entire Catholic Church in Europe with the people of Ukraine.

Three things are most needed: to pray for peace & justice in Ukraine, to stay informed regarding the true situation in this ancient European land, & to show your solidarity. See the suffering of others. Open your hearts! Become the hands of the Lord!  St. Paul speaks to us: “Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, & in your love for us — see that you excel in this gracious work as well” (2 Cor 8:7).  +Borys Gudziak, Eparch in Paris for France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, & Switzerland, Head of the Department of External Church Relations.

of thousands traumatized.     Despite an official ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, the war continues. The number of casualties & refugees has only increased. Take a moment to think about it: after 2 years of war, there are 1.7 million internally displaced people & a million refugees in neighboring countries. Half a million do not have basic food & hundreds of thousands do not have access to safe drinking water. Nearly two million remain in areas where Ukrainian & international agencies cannot freely conduct humanitarian activity. We can only guess what they are actually experiencing. These numbers are not mere statistics. Behind each figure is the tragedy of a person or an entire family.

Ukraine is emerging from a legacy of foreign totalitarian rule. During the horrific twentieth century our Churches were outlawed, peasants killed by artificial famines, & the political, cultural, & social life of the people was devastated by genocidal & colonial policies. The country was a main theater for world wars waged by foreign powers. As a result up to 15 million people were killed.

To heal such historical trauma is extremely difficult. Terrorized for 3 generations, Ukrainians had fear in their DNA. Corrupt post-Soviet governments manipulated a fearful population. The pilgrimage from fear to dignity—God-given dignity—is a long, winding one. Step by step, Ukrainians have moved forward making great sacrifices for the values at the foundation of European civilization. During the Revolution of Dignity (2013-14) millions of citizens & all of the country’s Churches & religions, Orthodox, Latin & Byzantine Catholic, Protestants, Jews & Muslims, were together, peacefully defending the dignity of the human being, democracy, & Ukraine’s association with Europe.

In a futile attempt to stop history an authoritarian regime killed 100 peaceful protesters on the Maidan, Kyiv’s main square. The disgraced president fled the country. Solidarity prevailed. For this the citizens of Ukraine have been violently punished: Crimea was annexed & a hybrid war was instigated in the east of Ukraine, consisting of military action, massive international propaganda & disinformation, crippling of the economy, destruction of the industrial infrastructure, & political destabilization not only of Ukraine. This destabilization campaign is aimed at a united Europe as well.

And yet the spirit, the hope, & the faith of the ordinary people remain strong. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God & Father your work of faith & labor of love & steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thes 1:2–3). Despite their suffering, Ukrainians believe that God has not forsaken them. Indeed, He has not forgotten them. But in this world the Lord works with human hands. The Pope, who for 2 years has repeatedly spoken about the injustices in Ukraine calling for peace, dialogue, & respect for international law, summons us to concrete solidarity.

To this end, he has asked for conduct a special humanitarian collection for Ukraine on 24 April in all parishes in Europe encouraging all Catholics & people of good will to donate generously. For him this gesture of charity, alleviates material suffering & manifests moral solidarity of the entire Catholic Church in Europe with the people of Ukraine.

Three things are most needed: to pray for peace & justice in Ukraine, to stay informed regarding the true situation in this ancient European land, & to show your solidarity. See the suffering of others. Open your hearts! Become the hands of the Lord!  St. Paul speaks to us: “Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, & in your love for us — see that you excel in this gracious work as well” (2 Cor 8:7).

+Borys Gudziak, Eparch in Paris for France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, & Switzerland, Head of the Department of External Church Relations.

 

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Next Week: 2d LITURGY @ 12 NOON on 17 April  Nota Bene!!!

 

VIBRANT PARISH VISION 20-20 @ RICHMOND with Bishop Ken: 17 April      10:30am

 

Mid-Pascha Great Vespers:  19 April Tuesday 7:00 pm:

Leave-taking of Pascha & Ascension Great Vespers:  04 May, Wednesday      7:00 pm

 

Ascension Festal Matins: 05 May, Thursday                                                               7:00 pm

“All Souls Saturday”: Friday 13 May:  Parastas                                                           7:00 pm

 

Trinity Sunday: 15 May   Bring Greenery to decorate the Church!  And your homes too!

All Saints Sunday: 22 May

Memorial Services during Bright Week & Paschal-tide

If you wish a Parastas/Panakhyda during the special time of the Paschal Season  please contact Fr. Richard, who would be happy to accompany you to any cemetery for the Service.  (There is a Very special Panakhyda & Parastas unique to Bright Week & a special form of Parastas during the Paschal Post-feast)

SHARE YOUR HEART 

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Thomas Sunday (12 April): Sviachenne Dinner after 1st Liturgy on today!

The Rejoicing (Radonytsa) Paschal Parastas: in memoriam of family/friends 5 Apr. 7pm

2d Liturgy at 12 NOON on 17 April  Nota Bene!!!

VIBRANT PARISH VISION 20-20 @ RICHMOND with Bishop Ken: 17 April 10:30am

Exciting news about our Eparchial Youth Ministry programme!

Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!  Dear Friends,  In today’s Gospel we are reminded of the Apostle Thomas, the disciple that just couldn’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection.  I, on the other hand, am grateful on Thomas Sunday that I have no doubt about the generosity of the disciples of Jesus who are the faithful in our Eparchy.  Your donation to our Eparchial Vibrant Parish campaign will help us to develop a love of Jesus in our youngest faithful.

Our seminarian, Mykhailo Ozorovych has now completed his last year of seminary formation and I am pleased to announce that this summer I will be ordaining him a deacon on August 28th in his home town of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.  He will be returning to our Eparchy at the end of September and will be heading up the soon to be established Youth Ministry Office.  Mykhailo’s ministry will consist in working with our young people, organizing special youth activities, retreats, Bible Study, and other events throughout the year.  Your donation will assist us in supporting this office.

If you donated last year, please consider making another generous donation again this year.  If you have not donated yet, please consider making your donation now.  God bless you as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord!        +Ken

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We Will Not Hate!  We will not Be suppressed! Christ is Risen: Re Attack on Brussels

(by Bishop Borys of Paris & all France, Benelux, & Switzerland)

On Holy Tuesday in Brussels evil showed its horrid face through a cowardly attack on the innocent. By assailing Europeans & assaulting hospitable & open Europe terrorists seek to push the continent into throes of fear. Why? Because fear is a great manipulator, a wicked tool of control. Brussels is the nerve center for united Europe whose countries witnessed the horrors of the World War II & decided to eliminate war between neighbors:  to rid themselves of fear of the other, to open hearts & demilitarize borders. This openness is a great grace & gift of Europe to the world. And as every openness, it can be exploited as a vulnerability by those blind to the grace of peace.

As in November of last year we are united in mourning.  Our first reaction is deep sorrow at the death of the victims & sincere spiritual solidarity with their families & friends.

May the Lord receive into His peace the innocents who have been ruthlessly slain. May He comfort the bereaved & heal the injured. May His Passion commemorated by Christian Europe this week be a sign of His full immersion into the suffering of humanity & of His boundless mercy.

Brussels, the European capital, Belgium & the whole continent whose culture of openness, welcome, solidarity, & tolerance flow from the font of Christ’s Gospel have been brutally flogged in the days of the Lord’s suffering.  Terrorism seeks to kill & kills so as to terrorize. It strikes arbitrarily at innocent individuals seeking to condemn us all to the dungeons of fear. We fail with human reason to understand & accept such tragedy. At the same time embracing each other as we rely on the  Lord, who with His death conquered death, we resolve to resist & vanquish this onslaught on our most fundamental values & the core of our European identity – the sacredness of human life itself.

We will not be suppressed!

We will not hate!

We will foster the identity of our culture & continent knowing that what we cherish most is comes at great cost.

The cross of the victims & their families is a cross that we are asked to carry with them. And carry it we will – with unwavering faith in the Resurrection & the life that it bears. Jesus repeated so often: “Do not fear”! Let our prayer embrace the victims & their families. Let our European resolve bolster the posture of leaders that bear responsibility in this time of crisis. Let us name our fear & boldly put it in its place.

The bounty of the Lord & our solidarity is greater than violence, hatred, & fear.

We will work for justice & we will be carriers of peace. In this according to our Lords injunction we will be wise as serpents & innocent as doves (Mt. 10:16).

We will embrace the wisdom of the cross and the scandal of the crucifixion – the ultimate victory over violence, sin, and every deathChrist is risen!

May those who suffer rise in Him. In our suffering let us lift up our hearts to the Lord.

+Borys (Head, Department of External Church Relations, UGCC)

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2016 March 20:

Doctor’s Killing Patients: meet with our MP – please speak to the Parish Priest

Divine Services for Great Week & Holy Paskha:

Great Wednesday:  The Mystery of Holy Anointing: 7:00 pm                                            —Holy Oil Anointing for Healing of the Body, Forgiveness of Sins, & Preparation for Pascha.

 

 Great Thursday:  Matins of the 12 Passion Gospels (& Annunciation: 7:00 pm                —Jesus is arrested, interrogated, tortured, crucified, and killed (& Annunciation Feast)

 

Great Friday: Confessions and Royal Hours: 10:00 am

 

Great Friday: Вечірня Великої Пятниці (з Положенням Плащанці) 3:00 pm           з літургії Благовіщення – Jesus is taken down from the Cross and is buried

 

Great Friday: Jerusalem Matins & Procession:  7:00 pm

–the Holy Theotokos & the Myrrhbearing Women (+Nicodemus & Joseph of Arimathea)

–at the Tomb, mourn Jesus, prepare His Holy Body for Burial,

–Procession and entry into the Tomb of Christ:  the Funeral and Graveside Service      

 

Great Saturday: Holy Sabbath Service with O.T. Readings:  3:00 pm

Jesus lies in the Tomb dead in the flesh; Women come to the tomb and discover it Empty!

Vespers & Old Testament Resurrection Prophesies. Colours change from dark to bright.

 

Holy Paskha: Saturday night: (all English) Resurrection Service                   10:00 pm

 

Великдень: Пасхальна Утреня і Служба Божа & Blessing of Food           9:00 am

 

Bright Monday: Paschal Parastas: for Olga Musyj                                                 7:00 pm

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Be in height as the birch

in health as the firth

in wealth as the earth

a week from this day

sing the Great Paschal lay

Be as tall as the trees

as strong as the seas

as rich as the bees

a week from this day

sing the Great Paschal lay

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March 13:

Liturgy of St. Gregory: Wednesday & Friday                                                               7:00 pm

Doctor’s Killing Patients: meet with our MP – please speak to the Parish Priest

Forty Day for Life Campaign – let’s get involved:   https://40daysforlife.com

Please remember the Eparchial Great Fast Collection

The Bishop’s letter and offering category chits are in the Vestibule.  The Categories are:

Please make the cheque payable to your local parish, which will issue the tax receipt.

Fasting is the Song of Liberation

(Baronness Catherine Doherty, Spiritual Reading, 1972

“In the midst of the Great Fast and other fasts it is a song. Fasting is the song of liberation, of a liberated soul, or a soul in the process of liberation. It is a dispossession. Fasting is the door to that dispossession which allows me to give up my will to God. Fasting

is the crook of the shepherd that leads you and me on the road to the real pilgrimage to God. With that crook one goes faster. Fasting is the following of Christ, not walking behind him, but running as men and women in love run toward those whom they love.”

Physician ‘assisted’ Suicide”:

  1. The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience has launched the Respect for Conscience project, on the website http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/. The project involves a detailed proposal on how the conscience rights of doctors and health-care facilities can be respected without interfering with the patient’s choice for assisted death. The Coalition brings together the Archdiocese of Toronto, the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, and Canadian Physicians for Life. It also represents some 5,000 physicians across Canada. The website, in English only, allows concerned Canadians to indicate their support for the Respect for Conscience proposal, as well as providing an opportunity to write to the appropriate officials in each province or territory with respect to its plans to protect the conscience rights of health-care workers and institutions.
  2.     Almost 30 Canadian agencies involved in health care and work with the disabled have developed the Vulnerable Persons Standard. Released this March 3, it is a series of safeguards to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion and abuse. More information is available in both English and French on the website http://www.vps-npv.ca/. Among the agencies involved in developing the Vulnerable Persons Standard are the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, L’Arche Canada, and the Physicians Alliance against Euthanasia.
  3.     Intended to coincide with the Vulnerable Persons Standard, Mr. Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, and Ms. Hollee Card, National Leader of L’Arche Canada, have issued a letter on assisted suicide dated this past February 25. Addressed to all Canadians, Senators and Members of the Parliament of Canada, the letter is available in English at http://www.larchecommons.ca/f/nf4675ca/vanier_oped_on_physicianassisted_dying.pdf.
  4.     An article has been recently published by Bioethics Matters (March 2016, Volume 14, number 2), entitled “The Health Care Professional as Person: The Place of Conscience”, by Bridget Campion, PhD. The text, in English only, is attached in PDF format.

New Westminster Eparchy | Нью Вестмінстерська Єпархія

The Great Kanon of St Andrew:

The refrain “Have mercy upon me O Lord, have mercy upon me” accompanies each verse of the Great Canon.  Several troparia in honour of St. Andrew, composer of the canon, and to St. Mary of Egypt are also included.

The Church of Jerusalem implemented this practice during St. Andrew’s lifetime. When in the year 680 AD, St. Andrew traveled to Constantinople for the 6th Ecumenical Council, he brought with him and made public both his great composition and the life of St. Mary of Egypt, written by his compatriot and teacher, Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem.

The Life of St. Mary of Egypt is read together with the Great Canon at Matins on Wednesday of the fifth week of the Great Fast.

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The Great Kanon of St. Andrew & Hagiography of St Mary of Egypt, Wed.         7:00 pm

Liturgy of St. Gregory: Friday                                                                                           7:00 pm

Thank you for all who participated in the Pariish Annual Meeting

–esp. Those who are and have generously given their time & efforts to serve on the Council

Doctor’s Killing Patients:  (the so called “Physician Assisted Suicide”)

–let’s go meet with our MP

Forty Day for Life Campaign – let’s get involved

https://40daysforlife.com

Please remember the Eparchial Great Fast Collection

The Bishop’s letter and offering category chits are in the Vestibule.  The Categories are:

Please make the cheque payable to your local parish, which will issue the tax receipt.

Name of Organizaiton or Fund Amount enclosed
Ukrainian Catholic University
Caritas Ukraine
Holy Resurrection Sobor Building Fund
Andrew’s Pence
Synod Administration Fund
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED

The Euthanasia Game:

The Special Joint Committee of the Government of Canada on Physician-Assisted Dying came out with 21 recommendations for Canada’s new euthanasia law. See how much you know by taking the quiz below:

1.True or false: breakup-reason-mainThe Special Joint Committee recommends allowing suicide as the solution for “psychological suffering”, such as break ups.

  1. The Special Joint Committee recommends spending tax-payer dollars on:
  2. a) suicide prevention
  3. b) suicide assistance
  4. c) all of the above
  1. Suicide rates among Inuit youth are 11 times higher than the national Canadian average. The Special Joint Committee recommends helping these young people by:
  2. a) calling for a national plan to prevent suicides
  3. b) greater access to mental health treatments
  4. c) allowing assisted suicide for children and adolescents who can be considered “mature minors”
  1. If Canadian doctors have conscientious objections to participating in physician-assisted suicide, the Special Joint Committee recommends:
  2. a) protecting their freedom of conscience under section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  3. b) forcing them to do the procedure or refer them to someone who will
  4. c) physicians and nurses to leave their practices
  5. d) both b and c
  1. True or false: The Special Joint Committee recommends Catholic hospitals should not be forced to provide physician-assisted suicide.
  1. The Special Joint Committee recommends allowing physician-assisted suicide for the following:
  2. a) developmental disabilitiespaul-today-300×288
  3. b) autism
  4. c) acquired brain injuries
  5. d) fetal alcohol syndrome
  6. e) blindness
  7. f) deafness
  8. g) all of the above
  1. The following parties will force their members of parliament to vote in favour of the upcoming physician-assisted suicide bill:
  2. a) NDP; b) Liberal Party; c) Conservative Party
  3. d) all of the above
  4. e) both a and b
  1. True or False: Despite countries like Belgium and the Netherlands reconsidering their open-ended approach to physician-assisted suicide due to vulnerable people being put at risk, the Special Joint Committee ignored this evidence and recommended less safeguards than these countries.
  1. The following MP’s assigned to the Special Joint Committee opposed the recommendations on physician-assisted suicide, calling them “radical and dangerous”:
  2. a) Mark Warawa; b) Harold Albrecht; c) Michael Cooper;  d) Gérard Deltell
  3. e) All of the above

Check your answers here.

1: True; 2. C; 3. C; 4. D; 5. False; 6. G; 7. B; 8. True; 9. E

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No Liturgy of St. Gregory this Wednesday (02 March)

Liturgy of St. Gregory this week only on Friday                                                          7:00 pm

no Coffee after 2d Liturgy

Annual Meeting: 28 Feb 12 pm: today.

Please remember the Eparchial Great Fast Collection

The Bishop’s letter and offering category chits are in the Vestibule.  The Categories are:

Name of Organizaiton or Fund Amount enclosed
Ukrainian Catholic University
Caritas Ukraine
Holy Resurrection Sobor Building Fund
Andrew’s Pence
Synod Administration Fund
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED

Please make the cheque payable to your local parish, which will issue the tax receipt.

Fr Andriy Zelinskyy, Jesuit of Ukraine, chaplain in the ATO: interview on

Добра розмова” з отцем Андрієм Зелінським 22.02.16

“Тільки любов здатна на перемогу!” – весь час повторює військовий капелан, Народний герой України о. Андрій Зелінський Andriy Zelinskyy. І весь час посміхається..)

” only love is capable of victory!” – all the time repeats the military chaplain, National Hero of Ukraine o. Andrew Zelinsky Andriy Zelinskyy. And all smiles..)

more Havana Declaration Reflections:

Dr. Subdeacon Adam de Ville writes:

“[Archbishop] Alfeyev clearly seethes with disgust that not only a Catholic archbishop but a Ukrainian one has the impertinence to challenge the pope….

What is the answer to all this? … Indeed, the more Catholics do this, the more we reassure other Orthodox Christians outside Russia: Catholics must continue to show that the papacy is not possessed of dictatorial powers of micro-management such that every word falling from papal lips is unquestioningly obeyed.

cf:

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/4601/russian_orthodox_projections_and_catholic_corrections.aspx

Services of the Great Fast (after Clean Week):

Weekly: (unless otherwise excepted)

Every Wednesday & Friday: Liturgy of St. Gregory                                  7:00 pm

The Great Kanon of St Andrew                                                                     7:00 pm

(Wed. evening in the 5th Week of the 40 Day Fast): this year Mar 09

Great Week Services (March 21 – 26):
— Great Wednesday 7 pm: the Great Anointing for all parishioners
— Great Thursday 7 pm: the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels & Annunciation Matins
— Great Friday 10 am: Confessions (with the Royal Hours)
— Great Friday 3 pm (Українською) Вечірня Великої П’ятниці з літургії Благовіщення
— Great Friday 7 pm: Jerusalem Matins

— Great Saturday 3 pm: Paschal eve. Vespers

The Great of Holy Resurrection Feast of Paskha!!!
Saturday night 10:00 pm: The Resurrection Service

Великдень: 9:00 am: Пасхальна Утреня і Служба Божа

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Liturgy of St. Gregory Wednesday and Fridays                                                         7:00 pm

40th day Parastas (for Ibrahim al Ashhab) Tuesday 23 February                         7:00 pm

Funeral Evening Service (for Olga Musyj) Friday 26 February                             6:00 pm       (before the Liturgy of St. Gregory)

Funeral Morning Service (for Olga Musyj) Saturday 27 February                        11:00 am    (at Richmond Funeral Home)

Please remember the Eparchial Great Fast Collection.   The Bishop’s letter and offering category chits are in the Vestibule.  The Categories are:

Name of Organizaiton or Fund Amount enclosed
Ukrainian Catholic University
Caritas Ukraine
Holy Resurrection Sobor Building Fund
Andrew’s Pence
Synod Administration Fund
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED

Please make the cheque payable to your local parish, which will issue the tax receipt.

On behalf of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster and myself, we would like thank all who took part in our global fundraising program for “Caritas-Ukraine” in Lviv, entitled: “Christmas Candle” or “Різдвяна свічка”.   Because of all your generous donations, we were able to raise $2,386 all of which will be sent to help needy, disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Thank You and God Bless. Dana Koren Lupynis. For more information, please contact Dana Koren Lupynis at nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.

Annual Meeting: 28 Feb 12 pm: Please submit questions/issues to priest by today: 24 Feb  

Patriarch Sviatoslav on the Havana Statement (an excerpt):  His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus, has issued an official statement on the Joint Declaration signed yesterday by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba. The full text of the Patriarch’s statement — in Ukrainian — is available from the Ukrainian Byzantinre Catholic Church’s official website. While Sviatoslav offers words of praise for the Joint Declaration, that praise is tempered by the fact that he was not consulted on the text despite being a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Undoubtedly, this text has caused deep disappointment among many of the faithful of our Church and among conscientious citizens of Ukraine. This day, many contacted me about this and said that they feel betrayed by the Vatican, disappointed by the half-truths in this document, and even see it as indirect support by the Apostolic See of Russian aggression against Ukraine. I can certainly understand those feelings.

 Nevertheless, I encourage our faithful not to dramatize this declaration and not to exaggerate its importance to Church life. We have experienced more than one such declaration, and will survive this one as well. We need to remember that our unity and full communion with the Holy Father, the Successor of the Apostle Peter, is not the result of political agreement or diplomatic compromise, or the clarity of a text of a joint declaration. This unity and communion with the Peter of today is an essential characteristic of our Faith. It is to him, Pope Francis, and to each of us today, that Christ says in the Gospel of Luke: “Simon, Simon! Satan would sift you like wheat, but I prayed for you, so that your faith is not weakened, and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren.”

It is for this unity with the Apostolic See [of Rome] that the martyrs and confessors of the Faith of the Church of the twentieth century gave their lives and sealed their blood. Precisely commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Lviv Pseudo-Synod, we share their strength of witness, their sacrifice which, in our day, often appears to be a stumbling block – the stone which the builders of international relations often rejected. But it is the Christ Stone of Peter’s faith that the Lord made the cornerstone of the future of all Christians. And it will be “marvellous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:22; Mt 21:42; Lk 20:17; Act 4:11; Ep 2:20; 1 Peter 2:7)

Services of the Great Fast:

Clean Week Services: (Feb 07 – 12):

Forgiveness Vespers (Sunday 7:00 pm)

Mini-Great Kanon, Part 1 (Tuesday 7:00 pm)

Liturgy of St. Gregory, Clean Wednesday 7:00 pm

Mini-Great Kanon, Part 2 (Thursday 7:00 pm)

Thereafter

Every Wednesday & Friday (unless otherwise excepted)

Liturgy of St. Gregory: 7:00 pm

The Great Kanon of St Andrew (Wed. in the 5th Week of the 40 Day Fast): 7:00 pm

Great Week Services: (March 21 – 26)
— Great Wednesday 7 pm: the Great Anointing for all parishioners
— Great Thursday 7 pm: the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels
— Great Friday 10 am: Confessions (with the Royal Hours)
— Great Friday 3 pm (Українською) Вечірня Великої п’ятниці з літургії Благовіщення

— Great Saturday 3 pm: Paschal Eve Vespers

The Great of Holy Resurrection Feast of Paskha!!!
Saturday night (26 Mar.) 10:00 pm: The Resurrection Service

Великдень: 9:00 am: Пасхальна Утреня і Служба Божа

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While Fasting O sisters and brothers
Let us also fast in spirit
Let us loose the bonds fo iniquity
Let us undo the chains of injustice
Let us break the yoke of oppression
Let us give food to the hungry
Let us shelter the poor and the homeless
So that we may receive great mercy from Christ our God
(the evening service propers for Clean Wednesday, Great Fast Triod)
Thursday 18 February: 6:00 pm
Parish Pilgrimage of Mercy to go through the Holy Doors at the Cathedral

Friday 19 Feb 7:00 pm
Liturgy of Pope St Gregory (PreSanctified Gifts):
(normally the Liturgy of St Gregory will be served every Wed & Fri. during the Fast)

We welcome 2 wounded soldiers from Ukraine to 9am Divine Liturgy Feb 14

Prayers of Thanksgiving to God: Anne Brandak is in Remission:

Annual Meeting: 28 Feb 12 pm: Please submit questions/issues to priest by 24 Feb 03.

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Tonight! the 40 Day Fast begins! Forgiveness Vespers:
this Moving Service is how we begin the 40 Day Fast 7pm Feb 07
Clean Week Services:
Tues Feb 09 Mini-Great Kanon, part 1: 7:00 pm
Wed Feb 10 Liturgy of Pope St. Gregory: 7:00 pm
Thur Feb 11 Mini-Great Kanon, part 2: 7:00 pm

Parish Mission: Feb 15 – 18 with the Right Revd. Archimandrite Lawrence Gosselin
Mon 15 Feb 6:00 pm: Richmond
Tues 16 Feb 6:00 pm: Vancouver, St. Mary’s
Wed 17 Feb 6:00 pm: Surrey, Holy Cross
Thurs 18 Feb 6:00 pm: New Westminster: the Cathedral

We shall welcome 2 wounded soldiers from Ukraine to 9am Divine Liturgy Feb 14

Annual Meeting: 28 Feb 12 pm: Please submit questions/issues to priest by 24 Feb 03.
All are welcome for our Four‐Parish Lower Mainland Great Fast Mission with the Right Reverend Archimandrite Lawrence Gosselin.
Father Lawrence is a priest of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Newton in the United States and a hieromonk. He is a retired military chaplain and presently serves as the chaplain to the Romanian Greek-Catholic nuns of Holy Theophany Monastery in Olympia, Washington.

SCHEDULE

Monday, February 15th, at Richmon parish:
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Time for Confessions
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Vespers Service
7:00pm – 1st Session (Followed by refreshments)
Tuesday, February 16th, at the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish, Vancouver.
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Time for Confessions
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Akathist to the Sufferings of Jesus Christ
7:00pm – 2nd Session (Followed by refreshments)
Wednesday, February 17th, at the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish, Surrey.
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (Confession during the Service)
7:00pm – 3rd Session (Followed by refreshments)

Friday, February 18th, at the Holy Eucharist Cathedral, New Westminster.
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Time for Confessions
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Service of the 9th Hour
7:00pm – 4th Session (Followed by refreshments)

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Theophany House Blessings: Please sign up on the list in the Narthex. Thank you.

Feast of Meeting: Great Vespers: Monday 01 February 7:00 pm
Feast of Meeting: Festal Matins: Tuesday 02 February 7:00 pm

Forgiveness Vespers: this Moving Service is how we begin the 40 Day Fast 7pm Feb 07

Clean Week Services:
Mini-Great Kanon, part 1: Tues Feb 09 7:00 pm
Liturgy of Pope St. Gregory: Wed Feb 10 7:00 pm
Mini-Great Kanon, part 2: Thur Feb 11 7:00 pm

Parish Mission: Feb 15 – 18 with the Right Revd. Archimandrite Lawrence Gosselin

2 wounded soldiers from Ukraine to 9am Divine Liturgy Feb 14 welcome
–you will have a chance to meet them at coffee & Fellowship

Office Of The Religious Education Eparchy Of New Westminster:
RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST:
SESSION 4 with LEAH SMIGEL: GROWING IN CHRIST
We are to grow in our spiritual relationship with Christ just as we grow in our physical bodies
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2016 (refreshments available)
Exaltation Of The Holy Cross Parish, Surrey: 7:00 pm till 8:30 pm (13753 108 Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 2K6)

House Blessings:
The family is considered, in Byzantine Christianity, to be a microcosm of the church. The family table is the home altar where the members gather each day to receive their daily bread from God with thanksgiving in the name of Christ.

Sanctification of the home
The sanctification of the home takes place with prayer & the sprinkling of holy water. The priest, at this annual visit, asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil & to fill if with every blessing. Everyone of the house, prays together for the living & the dead of the family, & all who live & have lived in the house. They all sing the hymn of salvation & process from room to room while the priest blesses the house.

Traditions differ according to local custom, but these general guidelines should are observed:
A candle with an icon & some holy water should be placed in a suitable place, such as kitchen or dining room table, or a home altar.
Also, a list of first names for whom prayers are to be offered, including members of the family & all those living in the house. The list should have a clear distinction between the living an the dead.
If it is the practice to give the priest a gift, it should not be placed with the holy objects on the table. It can be prepared in advanced, but given at the conclusion of the service.

The ceremony
When the priest comes, all who are present in the house should gather around the icon with the candle. They should, if they are able to join in, say the Trisagion Prayers & sing of the Troparion of the Feast of Epiphany. Then a family member leads the priest through the house with the candle. As he goes, he sprinkles holy water, & prays for a blessing upon each room & the activity that goes on there. When they have gone through the entire house, the family gathers again around the table & the priest blesses each person present.

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Grateful thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the Christmas Dinner successful.

Fast Free Week: Last Week: I hope you enjoyed your big steak last Wed & Friday

The Great Fast (Part 1): The Herald of the Fast is upon us this week!

Theophany House Blessings: Please sign up on the list in the Narthex. Thank you.

This Sunday: Young Adult Inquiry & Faith Sharing Group (“Facing East”): 2:00 pm

Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Great Vespers: Thursday 28 Jan. 7:00 pm

Parastas Memorial Service for the Herald of the Fast: Friday 29 January 7:00 pm

Feast of Meeting: Great Vespers: Monday 01 February 7:00 pm
Feast of Meeting: Festal Matins: Tuesday 02 February 7:00 pm

Office Of The Religious Education Eparchy Of New Westminster:
RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST:
SESSION 4 with LEAH SMIGEL: GROWING IN CHRIST
We are to grow in our spiritual relationship with Christ just as we grow in our physical bodies
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2016 (refreshments available)
Exaltation Of The Holy Cross Parish, Surrey: 7:00 pm till 8:30 pm (13753 108 Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 2K6)

THE HOLY CROSS SOCIAL CLINIC: (RRSPs),: Everything you need to know about a Registered Retirement Savings Plan by Emil Ouchareck.  TUESDAY, JANUARY 26: at the Holy Cross Parish (13753 108 Avenue, Surrey BC)
from 7:30pm till 8:30pm. Everyone is invited. Just bring your question (-s). Refreshment available.

The Great Fast: has 3 parts:
• Herald of the Fast: aka the “Prophonisimon”,
– Psychologically & Physically: (warm up) Fasting to prepare for Fasting:
• the 40 Days Fast
– 40 days including Sundays
– Clean Monday – the Friday before Lazarus Saturday
– Origin: programme to prepare Converts for Baptism
• the Great Week Feast
– (week before Pascha): oldest and most intense Fast
– Accompanying Jesus through the Passion

The Herald of the Fast: has 4 Sundays (3 weeks)
— Zacchaeus Sunday (last Sunday of the Year): is pre-Prep-Prep.
1: Publican & Pharisee Sunday (Psychological preparation)
2: Prodigal Son Sunday (Psychological preparation)
+ All Souls Saturday (remembering death – 1 of the ultimate issues)
3: Last Judgement Sunday (aka: Meatfare – trad. last for meat)
4: Forgiveness Sunday (aka: Cheesefare: trad last day for dairy)

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Parish Christmas Dinner, this Sunday: 10:30 am
–Grateful thanks to all those who worked so hard to make it such a success.

Fast Free Week: This Week: have a big steak on Wed & Friday

The Great Fast (Part 1): The Herald of the Fast is upon us this week!

Theophany House Blessings: Please sign up on the list in the Narthex. Thank you.

Next Sunday: Young Adult Inquiry & Faith Sharing Group (“Facing East”): 2:00 pm

Parastas Memorial Service for the Herald of the Fast: Friday 29 January 7:00 pm

Why Do We Have Our Homes Blessed?      by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div.

Begin Everything with Prayer:

Since we are reminded in Scripture to begin whatever we do with prayer, it has been the practice of Byzantine Christians for centuries to have new dwellings blessed either before or just after settling in. This has been extended to one’s business or office, & even college dorm rooms. “The service performed by the priest to bless the new dwelling is somewhat similar to the consecration of a church in that holy water, holy oil, & incense are used & a lesson from the holy Gospel is read. All the rooms of the house are sprinkled with holy water & each of the four outer walls are anointed with the sign of the Cross with holy oil, a candle placed before them, & after the censing of the house, the lesson from the Holy Gospel is read. At the conclusion of the blessing, the inhabitants are blessed with holy water:
Back to “The Fall”:

From Scripture we know that whatever God created was good, but with “the Fall”, evil entered the world, corrupting the creation. God the Father sent His Son Jesus to save it by effecting a “new creation”. This is celebrated at Theophany, specifically with the Great Blessing of Water. “The consecration of the waters on this feast places the entire world – through its ‘prime element’ of water – in the perspective of the cosmic creation, sanctification, & glorification of the Kingdom of God in Christ & the Spirit.” All the readings, hymns, prayers, & actions of the day speak of God’s presence in our entire world & universe, His creation. Through water all of the creation is once again sanctified by God, becoming good again, the way God had intended.
The Feast Of Theophany:

The Feast of Theophany commemorates the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. We know from the tropars of the day that “the Trinity was made manifest” to us. But there’s more to it than this. “When Jesus descends into the depths of the river, there occurs a profound upheaval. It is not the one baptized who is purified, for he is spotless; but it is the water that is transfigured & illumined. This water, which was believed to be transparent & purifying, is in fact polluted, inhabited by evil spirits, servants of the old gods. … By purifying the elements, by sanctifying matter, Jesus frees the cosmos from the powers of evil.”
The Great Blessing of Water & the Home:

The Great Blessing of Water takes place on Theophany. Since our homes cannot be brought to the Church, the Church – through the priest – go to the homes. There the service of blessing, which began in the church, is finished with the sprinkling of water in the home. Traditionally, in most Byzantine parishes, the priest personally visits all his parishioners each year to pray with them in the place where they live, & to bless their surroundings with the newly sanctified water of Theophany. By sanctifying our living quarters, our private place, we extend the grace of God to our individual dwellings. We also bring the blessed water to our homes to use throughout the year to bless our homes & to drink whether we are ill or as part of our daily prayer life. “There are many occasions in family life when a sip of holy water can help to remind us of the blessing that was given ‘to bestow sanctification’, ‘unto healing of soul & body’, ‘to be a fountain welling forth unto life eternal’, as the priest prayed in the litany Theophany.”
Weaving Christ into Our Lives:

The blessing of homes by these holy waters maintains the spiritual association between the ‘family church’ & the parish, as well as again providing for the sharing of God’s spiritual gifts. If the priest comes to bless the home when the children are present, they have the opportunity to see the parish priest in a different & personal context. They can lead the way through the house, or hold a candle. They can show him their rooms or pets or favorite toys. They receive a blessing with water. For children, the house blessing shows the connection of the Church to the home.

In Summary:

All things in the world have been spoiled right along with us. God must bless His world again in order for it to be the way that He wants it to be. For this reason God sent His Son Jesus & the Holy Spirit to the world: to bless everyone & everything that He made, to make all things good again. When the priest comes to bless our homes, he asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil & to fill it with every blessing.

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Theophany House Blessings:                                                                                                          Please sign up on the list in the Narthex. Thank you.

Mary Dawydiak:                                                                                                       40th Day Memorial Divine Liturgy: Friday 15 January 7:00 pm

Next Sunday: Parish Christmass Dinner: 10:30 am
Next Sunday: Young Adult Inquiry & Faith Sharing Group (“Facing East”): 2:00 pm

HOLY CROSS SOCIAL CLINIC: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX FREE SAVING ACCOUNT by Emil Ouchareck. On TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016 at Holy Cross Parish (13753 108 Avenue, Surrey) at 7:00pm till 8:00pm. Everyone is invited. Just bring your question(-s). Refreshment available.

Bishop’s Appeal: We also pray to be blessed with generous hearts to contribute to our Bishop’s initiatives & programmes: the support of parishes, the education of parishioners, & the formation of seminarians, Lord hear us & have mercy.

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Theophany Services:

Pre-Theophany Fast: January 05 is a Strict Fast day

[05 Jan. Tues 7:00 pm – Great Compline or Royal Hours (relatively Short Service, but no water blessing)]
06 Jan. Wed. 7:00 pm – Festal Vespers & the St Basil’s Liturgy & the 1st Water Blessing
Sunday-After-Theophany after 9:00 Liturgy, 2d Water Blessing

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Special Services to prepare for Christmass:

–every Tuesday at 7:00 pm: Moleben Service to Immanuel

Holiday Services:

Christmass Services:
24 Dec. (Thursday) – НАВЕЧЕРІЯ РІЗДВА
09:00 pm – Велике повечір’я й Служба Божа
25 Dec. (Thurs.) Nativity of the Lord Jesus the Christ
11:00 am – Christmas Service
The Feast of St Basil:
31 December (Thurs.) – The Circumcision of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus the Christ – Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia
07:00 pm – Festal Vespers

Theophany Services: 06 January (Wednesday)
07:00 pm – Festal Vespers & the Liturgy of St. Basil & the 1st Great Blessing of Waters

09 January (Saturday)
07:00 pm – Vigil Service
10 January (Sunday) – Sunday after Theophany
09:00 am – Служба Божа with the 2d Great Blessing of Waters
11:00 am – Sunday Service with the 2d Great Blessing of Waters

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2015 Dec 20:
Confession (go to) Flow Chart

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2015 Dec 13:
Memorial Services for Mrs. Mary Dawydiak, reposed on 07 Dec.:
–Sunday (past) Last Rites (Kanon of Supplication at the Parting of the Soul from the Body)
–Tues. (past) the Great Panakhyda served after the Person has Reposed
–Wed. (past) the 3d Day Memoral Panakhyda
–Sunday evening, 13 Dec. @ Richmond Funeral Home: Funeral Evening Service 07:00 pm
–Monday morning, 14 Dec. at the Church: Funeral Service (Order of Burial) 10:00 am
–9th Day Panakhyda, Tues, 15 Dec (before the Moleben to Immanuel) 07:00 pm
–40th Day Memorial Divine Liturgy Friday, 15 January 07:00 pm

“Relationship with Christ”, Session 3: Restoration of the Relationship
–by Leah Smigel: 7-8:30 pm Wed. Dec. 16,
–right here @ our Church (Richmond): Bring Bible, pen, & paper (refreshments)

Eparchial Candle Appeal: Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal collects funds to help disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. We encourage everyone to remember these with a voluntary donation. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name and address and include it with the Sunday Collection or mail it to the Eparchy. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt and cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo. Candles will be available for a minimum donation of $5.00 each. Thank You for your past support and ask that you again consider supporting this appeal & lighting these candles as part of your Christmas Eve celebrations Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. For more information, Dana Koren Lupynis: nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.

2015 Dec 06:

Bishop’s Appeal:
We also pray to be blessed with generous hearts to contribute to our Bishop’s initiatives and programmes, such as: the support of parishes, the education of parishioners, and the formation of seminarians, Lord hear us and have mercy.

Please remember in your prayers Anne Brandak, Anne Shumay, and all our shut-ins.

Eparchial Candle Appeal: Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal helps disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name & address; put it in the Sunday Collection basket or mail it to the Eparchy. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt and cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo. Candles are a minimum donation of $5.00. Please consider supporting this appeal & lighting these candles as part of your Christmas Eve celebrations. Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. For more information, Dana Koren Lupynis: nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.

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2015 Nov 29:

St Philip’s Fast is upon us: Nov. 15 – Dec. 24!
Moleben to Emmanuel during St Philip’s Fast, Tuesdays 7:00 pm

Bishop’s Appeal:
We also pray to be blessed with generous hearts to contribute to our Bishop’s initiatives and programmes, such as: the support of parishes, the education of parishioners, and the formation of seminarians, Lord hear us and have mercy.

Please remember in your prayers all our shut-ins.

The Eastern Churches, Catholicism’s best kept Secret:
–Presentation to Young Adult Group of St. Paul Latin Church Dec. 04

Happy St Nicholas Feast Day next Sunday Dec. 06

Compost Pail will take: used Serviettes, muffin wrappers, etc. (food soiled paper):

Eparchial Candle Appeal: Our Eparchial Christmas Candle appeal collects funds to help disadvantaged & orphaned children in Ukraine. We encourage everyone to remember these with a voluntary donation. Please place your donation in an envelope marked Christmas Candle, with your name and address and include it with the Sunday Collection or mail it to the Eparchy. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt and cheques can be made out to Eparchy of New Westminster with Christmas Candle Project in the memo. Candles will be available for a minimum donation of $5.00 each. Thank You for your past support and ask that you again consider supporting this appeal & lighting these candles as part of your Christmas Eve celebrations Caritas is approved by Patriarch Sviatoslav & Bishop Ken. 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas Ukraine. For more information, Dana Koren Lupynis: nweparchy.christmascandle@gmail.com.

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Byz Bereavement Poster jpg

2015 Nov. 22:

St Philip’s Fast is upon us: Nov. 15 – Dec. 24!

Moleben to Emmanuel during St Philip’s Fast, Tuesdays 7:00 pm

Courageous Mourning”: Wed. Nov. 25 7:00 pm
a Presentation on the Liturgical Spirituality of Grieving in the Byzantine Church

Bishop’s Appeal:
We also pray to be blessed with generous hearts to contribute to our Bishop’s initiatives and programmes, such as: the support of parishes, the education of parishioners, and the formation of seminarians, Lord hear us and have mercy.

Reposed in the Lord, the servant of God, Wally Komaryk, on 17 Nov. Funeral on Tues. 24 Nov. 10:00 am at the Holy Eucharist Cathedral. Вічная Пам’ять!

Please remember in your prayers all our shut-ins.

Please be attentive to the Compost Pail, Styrofoam Recycling Box, and Blue bins in Hall

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2015 Nov 15:

St Philip’s Fast is upon us, Glory to God!: Nov. 15 – Dec. 24!

Moleben to Immanuel during St Philip’s Fast, every Tuesday 7:00 pm

Infant Requiem Service for baby Tessa, req. by Jasmine Bean Nov 18, 7:00 pm

Parastas Memorial Service for the servant of God, Jeffrey, req. by Matt Martin, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

Please remember in your prayers Anne Brandak and all our shut-ins.

Grateful thanks to all who came out to help with the Varennyky Fundraising.

“Relationship with Christ”, Session 2: Christ Restores our Relationship with Him
–by Leah Smigel: 7-8:30 pm Wed. Dec 16,
–at the Cathedral: Bring Bible, pen, & paper (refreshments will be provided)

Please be attentive to the Compost Pail, Styrofoam Recycling Box, & Blue bins in Hall


2015 Nov 8

Feast now, St Philip’s Fast is coming: Nov. 15 – Dec. 24!

Infant Requiem Service for baby Tessa, req. by Jasmine Bean Nov 18, 7:00 pm

Presentation of the Theotokos Great Feast Vigil Nov. 20 7:00 pm

Moleben to Emmanuel during St Philip’s Fast, Tuesdays 7:00 pm

Courageous Mourning: Wed. Nov. 25 7:00 pm
a Presentation on the Liturgical Spirituality of Grieving in the Byzantine Church

Please remember in your prayers Anne Brandak and all our shut-ins.

Let us be Good Stewards of God’s Creation,
–the only home that God has given us to live on.
Please be attentive to the Compost Pail, Styrofoam Recycling Box, & Blue bins in Hall


2015 Nov 1:

“Relationship with Christ”, Session 2: Our Broken Relationship with Christ
–by Leah Smigel: 7-8:30 pm Wed. Nov 04,
–at the Cathedral: Bring Bible, pen, & paper (refreshments will be provided)

Please remember in your prayers Anne Brandak and all our shut-ins.

Feast now, St Philip’s Fast is coming: Nov. 15 – Dec. 24!

Jesuit Volunteers Canada (JVC) is a formation program, where young adults live out the values of Christian spirituality, social and eco-justice, community, and simple living. Placement opportunities include working with First Nations, young adults, community development & outreach, education, food justice, & the urban poor. Jesuit Volunteers Canada is currently accepting applications for Sep 2016 with possible communities and work placements in northern Ontario, Toronto & Regina. For more info. http://www.jesuitvolunteers.ca or 519-820-8204.

Prayers for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: –For all young people within the Church, may they be affirmed in their Christian baptism and discover the love of Christ and so be empowered to serve others with the same selfless love, Lord, hear us and have mercy.
–For all young women and men who have and continue to hear the call to live out the Gospel by spreading the Gospel and serving the poor, Lord, hear us and have mercy.
–For the Jesuits Volunteers and all those who accompany young people as they mature in
their Christian faith, Lord, hear us and have mercy.


2015 Oct 25:
TODAY: Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky Event (Cathedral) 2:00pm Oct 25
one of God’s miracles for our Church, happening right here in Canada!
–come and find out what’s the Buzz all about

Grateful thanks to all who helped with our Thanksgiving Meal! May God reward you.

Please remember in your prayers Anne Brandak and all our shut-ins.

Annual Eparchial Clergy Conference: this week, Tuesday to Thursday
–please pray for Bishop and the Clergy serving in our Eparchy

Grateful thanks to all the parishioners and the Pastoral Council:
–for their participation in the Pastoral Planning Process 2015

Grateful thanks to all who have agreed to serve on the Evangelism Commission
–Christ said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

“Relationship with Christ”, Session 2: Our Broken Relationship with Christ
–by Leah Smigel: 7-8:30 pm Wed. Nov 04,
–at the Cathedral: Bring Bible, pen, & paper (refreshments will be provided)


2015 Oct 18:

Thanksgiving Supper, Sunday October 18 ($10.xx adults) 5:00 pm
Grateful thanks to all who helped with our Thanksgiving Meal! May God reward you.

Memorial Parastas for the reposed infant, Chloe, Thurs 22 October 2:00 pm

All Souls Parastas, Friday 23 October 7:00 pm

Please remember in your prayers Anne Brandak and all our shut-ins.

Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky Event (Cathedral) 2:00pm Sunday Oct 25

Fr Stepan Dovhoshyia will Serve with us here in Richmond: AXIOS! Sunday Oct 25
–you can get a new priest blessing from him!!

Relationship with Christ, Session 2 with LEAH SMIGEL: “BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS”
–Wed, Nov. 4, the Cathedral 7:00 pm-8:30. Come, bring your Bible, and join us for conversation and prayer! (Refreshments provided)

Future Eparchial Assignments:
–The Rev. Stepan Dovhoshyia: Administrator of the Cathedral, New Westminster.
–the Rev. Yuriy Vyshnewsky: Chancellor; Pastor, St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Victoria

Have you reserved a spot?
Find out about the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s
secret weapon:
The Sheptytsky Institute

Sunday, October 25th, 2015: 2-4 pm
Holy Eucharist Cathedral Hall
501-4th Avenue, New Westminster, BC, V3L 1S2

In 1986, when the Ukrainian Catholic Church was still deep in the
underground in the Soviet Union, a school was started to train clergy and lay leaders for our Church. In the years since, the Sheptytsky Institute has had among its alumni five bishops (including Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk), scores of priests, deacons, sisters, and lay leaders. The Institute has produced PhD’s, M.A.’s and Bachelor’s degrees as well as Certificates in Eastern Christian Theology, publishes books and audio-video materials and sponsored gripping conferences. Bishop Ken Nowakowski invites you to meet the Founder of the Sheptytsky Institute, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky, who will share about the Institute’s further work to strengthen the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada and beyond.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Admission is free, but to secure a place for you at this very special
reception please RSVP to confirm your attendance Bradley Letwin at bletwin@hotlmail.com or phone (604) 839¬1194 By October 20th, 2015

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern
Christian Studies
“Leading from Tradition, Serving for the Future”

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