Ukrainian Pysanka by Royal Canadian Mint

With its handcrafted beauty and intricate patterns, a pysanka is one of the most beloved forms of traditional Ukrainian folk art! This carefully decorated Easter egg is a veritable treasure trove of symbolism, where each motif and colour carries a deeper meaning that bestows a special blessing upon its recipient. The creative process itself is a time-honoured ritual, a tradition that predates Christianity and has been lovingly passed down from one generation to another. The pysanka egg, in all of its colourful splendour, remains an artistic celebration of life and rebirth, a blessed token of esteem, and a powerful protective emblem—for it is said that as long as pysanky are made, good will continue to prevail over evil. A deeply meaningful and visually stunning gift to celebrate Easter or any special occasion! Order today before they are all gone! Special features: • A FIRST! Unique opportunity to own the FIRST-EVER egg-shaped coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. • RECREATES HANDCRAFTED ARTISTRY! Vibrant colour throughout the elaborate design recreates the breathtaking handcrafted artistry of a Ukrainian Easter egg. •A cultural celebration of a beloved Ukrainian tradition on the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. •The coin’s shape is itself powerfully symbolic as many cultures consider the egg to represent life and rebirth, which is often associated with spring. • 99.99% PURE SILVER! Your coin is crafted from 99.99% pure silver! •Your coin is GST/HST exempt. About the Design: Designed by Canadian artist Ann Morash, your coin captures the intricate beauty of a pysanka. Every element on this Ukrainian Easter egg is rich with symbolic meaning, including the individual... read more

Eparchial Lenten Collection

To the Very Rev. and Rev. Clergy, Religious  and Lay-Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster 20 January 2016 Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This more than a year ago our Eparchy held a special meeting – our Eparchial Sobor.  Our Eparchial delegates examined how we can best live the spirit of the pastoral letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav titled “The Vibrant Parish – a place to encounter the Living Christ”. Later on, delegates from all of our Eparchies in the world (including our own) gathered in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine to hold our world-wide Sobor.  At both our Eparchial Sobor and the world-wide Sobor the six elements of the pastoral letter were discussed.  One of the elements of the Vibrant Parish is of course “diakonia” or put in another way, service to others.  In this letter about the Vibrant Parish His Beatitude reminds all of us about the Christian act of charity and to be in solidarity with those in need. He wrote that an… “…an important element, which expresses the inner nature of the Church and reveals the vibrancy of a parish is diakonia, which means serving in love or performing “charitable activity.” This service to our neighbor flows from our rootedness in Christ. Active love of neighbor is the vocation and task of each Christian without exception. It is only faith, acting in love, which leads us to salvation (see Gal. 5:6). Faith without works is dead (see James 2:26). “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mat. 25:40), – says the... read more

«I do not expect that much will change» – His Beatitude Sviatoslav on the Meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill

“I do not expect that the meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill, planned for February 12, will bring any particular changes. Although it is good that the meeting will take place and I am happy that finally there is an understanding on the part of the ROC {Russian Orthodox Church} that meetings are necessary,” remarked His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, on the announcement of the meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill in Cuba. The Head of the UGCC noted that for many years the ROC refused to participate in such a meeting and named the UGCC as an obstacle for dialogue. “The meeting cannot be an end in itself, but must rather be an instrument, a necessary means for honest and open dialogue. I am, therefore, pleased, that we are no longer considered an obstacle and aren’t being used to justify one’s unwillingness to engage in such dialogue,” said the Primate of the UGCC. He emphasized that the meeting between the two primates will take place practically days before70th the anniversary of the Lviv Pseudo-sobor, during which the UGCC was forcibly liquidated. “The Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, to this day has not condemned this act of coercion, perpetrated by the Soviet authorities. We hope that the meeting of the Pope and the Patriarch will create a new context for movement in the direction of historical justice,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav. The Head of the UGCC also hopes that the very meeting will change the rhetoric on the part of radical individuals within the ROC, who do not recognize the Catholic Church as a... read more

Statement Regarding Meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba

February 5, 2016 Statement of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies Regarding the Meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Cuba FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, welcomes the announcement of the Holy Father’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill in Cuba this Friday, February 12. We consider this an opportunity for Pope Francis to raise important issues that have been of grave concern to Eastern Catholics and many others for more than two decades. Among these issues, beginning with the most recent, are the following: 1. The support by representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate for the Kremlin’s aggression in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. The violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine is contrary to all international law, in particular, the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 to which the Russian government was a signatory. We believe that as a Christian institution the Moscow Patriarchate is obliged to challenge the Russian government’s violent activity in Ukraine, activity that has led to the death of thousands of innocent civilians. 2. The Moscow Patriarchate’s promotion of the notion of a “Russian World” (Russkii Mir). This notion has provided an ideological foundation for the Russian government’s aggression in Ukraine. The idea of a “protectorate” to be exercised by Russia within Ukraine and other sovereign countries has hampered inter-ethnic harmony and understanding. It evokes the Russification policies of the USSR. 3. The Moscow Patriarchate’s continued misrepresentation of ecclesiastical events in Ukraine. Frequently, the free and legitimate desire of Christians in Ukraine to choose which Church... read more

В Україні офіційно створено Кам’янець-Подільську єпархію УГКЦ

7 лютого в храмі Різдва Преcвятої Богородиці УГКЦ, що в Хмельницькому, відбулася історична подія – проголошення Кам’янець-Подільської єпархії УГКЦ. З цієї нагоди відбулася урочиста Архиєрейська Божественна Літургія, яку очолив Глава і Отець УГКЦ Блаженніший Святослав разом із владиками Синоду Єпископів УГКЦ, за участю Архиєпископа Клаудіо Гуджеротті, Апостольського нунція в Україні. Під час Богослужіння, перед проповіддю, владика Богдан (Дзюрах), Секретар Синоду Єпископів УГКЦ, урочисто зачитав Декрет про проголошення. У документі подається докладний історичний екскурс цієї єпархії. «Досвід пастирського служіння на цих теренах засвідчив, що для кращої духовної опіки наших вірних, розвитку тривких основ для оновленого життя повіреної нам пастви та з огляду на нові обставини є необхідним створення нової єпархії», – ідеться в ньому. Територія новоствореної єпархії простягається на Хмельницьку область і вона належатиме до Тернопільсько-Зборівської митрополії УГКЦ. Осідком Єпархіального єпископа Кам’янець-Подільської єпархії буде м. Хмельницький. «Ми це здійснили на славу Божу та спасіння повірених нам душ. Заохочуємо дорогих у Христі наших братів і сестер приєднатися до служіння Христовій Церкві і творити всі разом союз любові, як свідчення перед усім світом на славу Отця нашого, що на небесах», – закликають єпископи. У проповіді Глава УГКЦ пояснив, для чого Церква проголошує нові структури, відкриває нові єпархії, будує нові храми, засновує нові єпископські осідки. «Бо Церква продовжує «рух Бога» і Його любові до людини. Бог хоче бути близько до нас. Рух зближення Бога до людини, можливість отримати Боже милосердя через Сповідь та Святе Причастя, можливість живого спілкування зі священиком, зокрема з єпископом, рухає Церкву в її пастирській турботі за спасіння душа», – пояснив він. Церква виконує те завдання, яке доручив Христос своїм апостолам, – «йти і навчати всі народи, хрестячи їх в ім’я... read more

Eparchial Fundraising Campaign UPDATE

To the Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster 3 February 2016 Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear Friends, I wanted to write to you and let you know how our Eparchial Fund Raising Campaign “Share Your Heart” is coming along.  We launched this initiative just a little more than two months ago.  I have some wonderful news to share with you.   Through your generosity, we have passed $41,000 of dedication and love!  I want to thank those of you who have already contributed and I want to encourage our Faithful to make your donation as soon as possible.  Jesus taught us in several of his parables that sharing our time, talent and treasure are at the very core of being his disciples. In my letter to you dated 25 November 2016 I appealed to you for your support to continue the pastoral care of our faithful and to reach out to those in our communities and let them know about the Good News that our Church proclaims – the news of Salvation through personal relationship with Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!  We set as our financial goal a sum of $500,000. I realize that that seems like a large amount.  In this letter to you, I want to highlight in this letter how we use our funds in the eparchy through three examples. We need funds to continue to support our seminary, especially our own seminarian Mykhailo Ozorovych, whom many of you know.  I am very proud of his academic accomplishments since he became a seminarian in our Eparchy.  He has almost consistently achieved “A” in his... read more