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10.03.2017
Pope Francis SPecial message for Lent

Pope Francis has a special message this Lent

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In his message for Lent 2017, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that they should heed the Scriptures and treat each human person they encounter as a gift.

“Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor,” he said. “May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.”

Scripture is also a gift, the Pope said in his message.

 Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. In that story, a poor man named Lazarus lives on the doorstep of a wealthy man who ignores him. When they die, Lazarus rests in paradise, while the rich man suffers.

Although Lazarus is “practically invisible to the rich man,” Pope Francis said, we should see him as a concrete person, whom God views as a priceless treasure.

“Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift,” the pontiff said. “A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change.”

In this way, the parable invites us to see each person as a blessing, he said, and Lent is a particularly fitting time to open our door to all those in need and the face of Christ in them.

“Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.”

Another important lesson from the parable is how sin can blind us, Pope Francis said. He pointed to the rich man’s ostentatious displays of wealth, saying, “In him we can catch a dramatic glimpse of the corruption of sin, which progresses in three successive stages: love of money, vanity and pride.”

“Money can come to dominate us, even to the point of becoming a tyrannical idol,” the Pope warned. “Instead of being an instrument at our service for doing good and showing solidarity towards others, money can chain us and the entire world to a selfish logic that leaves no room for love and hinders peace.”

“For those corrupted by love of riches, nothing exists beyond their own ego,” the Holy Father warned.

“The result of attachment to money is a sort of blindness. The rich man does not see the poor man who is starving, hurting, lying at his door.”

The end of the parable offers an additional lesson, the Pope continued. In the afterlife, the rich man calls out to Abraham from his place of torment. This is the first mention of the fact that he belongs to the people of God, for during his life, “his only God was himself.”

When the rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers, who are still living, Abraham responds, “They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them…If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”

Thus, we ultimately see that the problem of the rich man is a “failure to heed God’s word,” Pope Francis said. “As a result, he no longer loved God and grew to despise his neighbor.”

“The word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God. When we close our heart to the gift of God’s word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters.”

As we start the journey of Lent, with its emphasis on fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, we have a chance at a new beginning in our own lives, the Pope noted.

“This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God with all their hearts, to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord,” he said, adding that Christ waits for us patiently, ready to forgive us when we fall short.

“Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor,” he concluded. “Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.”


 
 
     
     
     
     
 
     
     
 




03.03.2017
Permanent Synod

The Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

met for its regular session

in the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada

 

 

 

Members of the Permanent Synod

His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Shewchuk, Metropolitan Volodymyr Viytyshyn, Bishop Ken Nowakowski, Bishop Jaroslav Pryriz, Bishop Borys Gudziak and Bishop Bohdan Dzyraukh as the secretary of the Permanent Synod.

Pictured above: left to right

Bishop Bohdan, Bishop Jaroslav, Metropolitan Volodymyr, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada (host), Bishop Ken, Bishop Borys

All the Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from around the world meet once a year to discuss the issues of the Church. This Synod of Bishops makes various recommendations toward furthering the growth and development of the Church.

The role of the Permanent Synod is to work to put these recommendations into practice. and also to prepare for the next synod of Bishops.

 

 

To the right of His Beatitude stands

Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, Metropolitan of Canada

 

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27.02.2017
+Rt. Rev. Theodore Pryjma

 

 

+ Rt. Rev. Theodore Pryjma

October 9, 1926 - February 26, 2017

 

Let us all pray:

- that all his voluntary and involuntary transgressions be forgiven him.

- that the Lord commit his soul to the place where all the Saints and the just have found their rest.

 

Funeral Services  set for:

Parastas

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Protection of the Mother of God Church

40 Notre Dame Ave.

Sudbury, ON

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Funeral Divine Liturgy

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

God of spirits and all flesh,
You trampled death,
You made the devil powerless,
and You gave life to Your world.
Now, O Lord, to the soul of Your servant,
+Rt. Rev. Theodore,
who has fallen asleep,
grant rest in a place of light,
a place of verdure,
and a place of tranquility,
from which pain, sorrow and mourning have fled,
As the good and loving God,
forgive every sin of thought, word or deed he has committed,
There is no one who will live and will not sin,
for You alone are sinless.
Your justice is everlasting justice and Your word is truth.

For You, O Christ our God,
are the Resurrection, the Life and the Repose of Your servant
+ Rt. Rev. Theodore,
who has fallen asleep:
and we give glory to You,
together with Your eternal Father
and You most holy, good and life-giving Spirit
now and forever and ever . Amen

 

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21.02.2017
Jubilee Year - Patriarch Josef Slipyj

 

 

Jubilee Year of Patriarch Cardinal Josyf Slipyj

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his birth

February 17, 1892 - September 7, 1984

 

«БУДЬМО СОБОЮ!»

ПОСЛАННЯ БЛАЖЕННІШОГО СВЯТОСЛАВА

ДО ВІРНИХ  УГКЦ ТА ВСІХ ЛЮДЕЙ ДОБРОЇ ВОЛІ

З НАГОДИ СТОДВАДЦЯТИП'ЯТИРІЧЧЯ З ДНЯ НАРОДЖЕННЯ

ПАТРІАРХА ЙОСИФА СЛІПОГО

 

 

“WE MUST BE OURSELVES!”

PASTORAL LETTER OF HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV

TO THE FAITHFUL

OF THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH

AND TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL

ON THE OCCASION

OF THE 125th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE BIRTH

OF PATRIARCH JOSYF SLIPYJ



 

 

20.01.2017
Bishop's Levee

I,  Bishop Stephen Chmilar

wish to express my most sincere thanks and appreciation

to everyone who joined me in prayer at my levee on Sunday, January 15, 2017

 

I truly feel strengthened and empowered by the prayers of all present.

 

Further, I also thank all organizations and individuals

for your kind and uplifting words

and for the generosity of all well-wishers at the reception.

A special thanks to Rt. Rev. Roman Pankiw and the Dormition of the Mother of God Parish

in Mississauga for hosting the levee.

 

I extend my Episcopal blessing to all the faithful

of the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.

 

"May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Most Holy Spirit be with you always!

In 2017 may each of you be filled with God’s blessings

of good health,  peace of mind, harmony in family life and love of neighbour."

21.12.2016
Christmas Greeting from His Beatitude, Sviatoslav

 

 

РІЗДВЯНЕ ПОСЛАННЯ  БЛАЖЕННІШОГО СВЯТОСЛАВА

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS PASTORAL LETTER  OF HIS BEATITUDE SVIATOSLAV

 

Most Reverend Archbishops and Metropolitans, God-loving Bishops,

Very Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics,

Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters,

in Ukraine and throughout the world


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,

glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

 

Today our hearts are filled with lightsome Christmas joy. The eternal God becomes man, so that man might be united and reconciled with Him forever. The Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin from Nazareth and allows Himself to be carried in human arms. For us, Christians, this great and unfathomable Mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God is the key to knowing the nature of God and understanding the history of salvation. The Nativity of Christ shows us who God is and who we are to be in relation to Him and to one another.

Gazing upon the pre-eternal God born in a simple stable cave, the Church sings: “From the bosom of the Father You came forth, O Lover of mankind, and in ineffable humility accepted supernatural poverty. You, O Lord, deigned to dwell in a cave, and, as a child, You, the Creator and Lord, are nursed at the breasts. Therefore, led by a star, the Magi bring You gifts, as to the Lord of creation, and the shepherds and angels wonder and cry out: Glory to God in the highest, Who is now coming in the form of a human being, to be born on earth” (Sunday before Nativity, Matins Praises).

In the birth of His Only-begotten Son among us, the almighty Creator of all that is seen and unseen shows us the reality of the most important and deepest truths on how parents are to regard their own child. He treats His creation as a loving Father, who sees to it that His small child has everything necessary for life and for growth to maturity, in His Image and Likeness. And in the figure of the Most Holy Theotokos, He reveals to us the grandeur of a mother, who shares of her own body in order to bring her child into the world, and with tenderness and dedication watches over it, bestowing upon it the highest efforts of her soul, her spiritual world, full of the grace of the Holy Spirit.

The Only-begotten Son of God, “True God from true God,” in order to fulfill the will of His Father, chose to be conceived and be carried for nine months in a mother’s womb, and to be born in all the frailty and weakness of human nature, “taking on the form of a slave” (see Phil 2:7). He did not merely become a human being, but took upon Himself all human susceptibility and helplessness, and having become an infant, experienced all the difficulties and dangers associated with human life. In Christ Jesus, God has once and for all taken upon himself the fullness of all that we consider “being Human”—the full measure of human existence with all its greatness, but also all its drama.

Based on this divine-human experience, the Almighty knows about that which hurts in me, why I cry or rejoice. He knows each one of us, because until the end of the world He continues to live with humanity and in humanity. He continues to share in every human suffering, He rejoices in every joy of ours, He continues to die in each human death, He continues to be persecuted and dishonored in each person whom the present world rejects and scorns. Christmas is the birth of God in me, the incarnation of the Son of God in my human history, in my life, no matter how trivial and complicated it may seem to me. Thus, my life, whatever the case, acquires meaning, for that, which is personally mine, has forever become personal for Him!

Today Christ the Lord is born in the history of our people and of His holy Church “for our sake and for our salvation.” In this moment of history, which we are experiencing together, He “is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to intercede,” as we read in the Epistle to the Hebrews (7:25). As then in Bethlehem Jesus needed Mary and Joseph to bring him into the world of mankind, so today He needs us, Christians of the third millennium, so that through our faith we might bring Him into our world, into present history and culture. Even more, we must bring Christ, born today for our salvation, into the corners of our personal, family, and social life. God wants to enter there and be personally present. However, He respects our free will and waits for us to be open to Him.

Therefore, it depends on us: to let Jesus Christ into our lives, or to close the door before Him, as was the case with the inns of Bethlehem. Where God is received, there everything is brought to life and is renewed. Those who open their hearts to Him receive hope, a new sense of their own existence, today and for the future. And on the contrary, where He is rejected or not allowed to enter everything dies, is subject to decay, ruin, and corruption. There one abides under the authority of death, is subject to false gods, violence, and deceit, and in the end loses meaning in his or her life, loses hope in tomorrow, as everything dies before their eyes already today.

So let us celebrate Christ’s Nativity, allowing the Savior who is being born to enter into our intimate selves. Let us wrap Him in the swaddling clothes of our personal, family, and social life. Let us warm Him with our hope, like the wise men who followed the Christmas star. May our everyday life be enlightened by the tender love, that the Divine Babe pours out on us.

In our personal lives let us avoid sin and do good. Let us make an effort, so that our thoughts and life choices be filled with God. Let us live in such a way that our neighbors might see that we are God’s children, following His Word and His Commandments. In difficult times let us not forget that our Lord God loves with His limitless love, which is greater than our mistakes and failures, is stronger than our sins and offenses. Our Creator desires that we always be able to bring this love of His into the lives of others—and to bring it to life in our relationships and in our actions. Christmas is not only an historical event “in the days of Herod, king of Judea” (Lk 1:5). Christmas is a spiritual event of God’s unceasing presence, embodied in every moment and every place, fulfilled for me and in me.

In our family lives, in everything, let us seek to live in love and harmony. Parents, remember that most frequently children create an image of God on the basis of your behavior, your love for one another, your sacrifice, generosity, and joy of life. Teach them to pray with sincerity first of all by your own example. In all remember that your children have been entrusted to you by the very Creator and Heavenly Father, so that you might raise them in love for Him, and for His glory. Especially in these festive days, provide them with wonderful Christmas memories, so they might experience the joy of the Christian life, which allows one to overcome all difficulties and adversities.

In our social life, especially in midst of today’s economic and political challenges, and military conflict, let us remember that God is with us! We are not alone in the pain, suffering, and blood of this war. In His birth our Lord is made incarnate also today, in this historical moment in which we are called to live and die, build and restore, defend our Country from its enemy, and heal the wounds of the past and present. On Christmas Day, it is to us that St. Paul speaks, calling us to holiness of life: “…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:17–19).

As Christians, we are called today to be like the shepherds in the Gospel, who first received the news of the birth of the Savior, to carry it into the world and share it with our neighbors. In fulfilling this Christmas task, let us fill our homes, churches and our whole land with the singing of our ancient koliada-carol. Today let our koliada resound in all Ukraine and wherever there beats a Ukrainian heart! Let the joy of today’s feast fill us with hope of victory, not ours, but Christ’s, who alone can bring together that, which today seems hopelessly divided, both in Ukraine and throughout the world.

Let us carry the newborn Savior in our caroling to all who today are sad or feel lonely. Let us share our joy and Holy Vigil Supper with those who thirst and hunger for justice and human attention. Let us visit those who are imprisoned, who are far from home or travelling. Let us carry the heavenly light of Christmas to the wounded and the suffering. Let us remember in prayer those held captive, those who suffer abuse and call out to God for the light of hope while under fire in the so-called demarcation line, on the occupied territories of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Let us be united in our thoughts and prayers with our soldiers, who are courageously defending our Christmas. Let us not forget about those, who anxiously await their safe return.

Wherever you may be, Dear Brothers and Sisters, from the youngest to the oldest, whether in Ukraine or abroad, from my sincere heart I wish each of you a tasty kutia, a Christmas full of cheer, and a happy and blessed New Year!

 

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

 

SVIATOSLAV

 

Given in Kyiv

at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ,

on the feast of the Holy and All-Praised Apostle Andrew the First-called,

the 13th of December in the 2016th Year of our Lord


 

 

 

09.12.2016
Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada - Christmas Greeting

Христос Раждається!

 

ПАСТИРСЬКЕ ПОСЛАННЯ

УКРАЇНСЬКИХ КАТОЛИЦЬКИХ ЄПИСКОПІВ КАНАДИ

З НАГОДИ РІЗДВА ХРИСТОВОГО 2016/2017

 

PASTORAL LETTER

FROM THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF CANADA

ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

2016/2017

 

 

01.12.2016
Двадцять тез Глави УГКЦ про християнське подружжя

 

 

Двадцять тез Глави УГКЦ про християнське подружжя

 

http://news.ugcc.ua/articles/dvadtsyat_tez_glavi_ugkts_pro_hristiyanske_podruzhzhya_78150.html

 

The Head of UGCC concluded the Year of God's mercy:

"It was a big wound healing to the body of Ukraine"

 

http://news.ugcc.ua/en/news/the_head_of_ugcc_concluded_the_year_of_gods_mercy_it_was_a_big_wound_healing_to_the_body_of_ukraine_78056.html

 


01.12.2016
Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

 

Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

November 21 Gregorian Calender

December 4, Julian Calendar

Troparian Tone 4

Today is the prelude of the good pleasure of God

and the proclamation of salvation for the human race.

In the Temple of God the Virgin is clearly revealed

and beforehand announces Christ to all.

To her, then, let us cry aloud  with a mighty voice

Rejoice fulfillment of the Creator's plan.

 

Kontakion Tone 4

 

The Saviour's pure temple,

the precious bridal chamber  and Virgin,

the sacred treasury of the glory of God,

is brought today into the house of the Lord:

and with her she brings the grace of the divine Spirit .

God's angels sing in praise of her.

She is indeeed the heavenly dwelling place.

 

The Irmos   Tone 4

 

Seeing the entrance of the pure one,

angels marvelled in wonder how the Virgin could enter the Holy of Holies

Let no hand of the profane touch God's living ark,

but instead let the lips of those who are believers sing out ceaselessly in the words of the angel,

crying out with great joy to the Mother of God:

O pure Virgin, you are truly higher than all.

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