Passing in the Lord of Mr. Emil Oucharek

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is with great sadness that we are informing you that Mr. Emil Oucharek, who served for many years as the chairperson of Holy Cross Parish Council in Surrey and also on the Eparchial Finance and Pastoral Councils passed away on Tuesday, January 9th at his home in Langley. ·       PARASTAS – at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 18th, at the Valley View Funeral Home (14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC) ·       FUNERAL – Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am on Friday, January 19th, at the Holy Eucharist Cathedral (501- 4th Avenue New Westminster, BC) (Luncheon will be held at the parish hall after the Divine Liturgy) May our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ place Mr. Emil Oucharek’s soul in the place where all the saints abide, and may his memory be everlasting with the Lord and our prayers! – Вічная пам’ять!...

New Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia Archeparchy

In Lviv took place episcopal ordination of Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia Archeparchy Andriy (Rabiy) In St Yura Cathedral, on September 3, 2017 during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy led by the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav, took place the solemn episcopal ordination of Bishop Andriy (Rabiy), Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia Archeparchy. First of all the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Archbishop Claudio (Gugerotti), read a bull from the Holy Father Francis, where the Pope proclaims the father Andriy Rabiy the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, assigned him the Titular See of Germaniciana (US), granting all the rights and imposing obligations, which are connected with the dignity of a Bishop and authority according to the norms of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.  During his homily to the faithful the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted we became participants and witnesses of a special event. «We saw,” said the Primate of the UGCC, “how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit care about our Church. Because of His deep mysterious will our Lord planted a vineyard of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the whole world…” The preacher reminded that last week  in Kyiv and Lviv we celebrated the 50-th anniversary of the World Congress of Ukrainians. “I saw our Ukrainians from various corners of the globe: from Southern Africa, Japan, China, from those countries, where we even cannot imagine that our Church is present through our faithful sons and daughters. Today we became participants of the episcopal ordination of the new Bishop, whom the Father sends in order to  care for...

The Welcome Home

Come discover yourself, while helping others in need… Consider joining us at the Welcome Home – A Mission of St. Alphonsus an inner city ministry in Winnipeg, where we work together to always be inclusive of those who can be over-looked, the poor and the most abandoned. Founded by the Redemptorists over 20 years ago, the Welcome Home works to build a community that embraces the material, emotional and spiritual needs of those in need.   The Welcome Home is now accepting applicants for the live-in community commencing September 2017. We ask for a 10 month live in commitment however the length of stay is negotiable and can be a little as 4 months. Interested in exploring the possibilities of living in community, giving of your time and talents while receiving the gift of a life changing experience? Get more information at www.thewelcomehome.ca or contact the Welcome Home at 204-946-5352 or...

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR UKRAINE WITH POPE FRANCIS

To the Rev. Clergy, Religious and Lay-Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster 14 April 2016 Christ is Risen! Dear Friends, On Saturday, 5 March of this year, His Beatitude Sviatoslav and members of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Catholic 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, and the number of internally displaced citizens has reached in the millions.  These families have had to flee their homes and cities in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine, leaving everything behind them and 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 and communities to try and accommodate their fellow Ukrainian citizens.  You can also imagine the trauma that these people have and are suffering; witnessing the killings, the bombings and the destruction of their homes.   His Holiness promised His Beatitude and the members of the Permanent Synod that he would not only keep our sisters and brothers in Ukraine in his prayers but would encourage the faithful to come to the aid of those in Ukraine.  To this end, His Holiness announced a special collection be taken up in all of the Catholic 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...

The Church That Stalin Couldn’t Kill: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Thrives Seventy Years after Forced Reunification

Seventy years ago, on March 8-10, 1946, under orders from Josef Stalin, an illegal “synod” of Kremlin-controlled clergy gathered in the city of Lviv, recently absorbed into the Soviet Union as part of the settlement of World War II. The purpose of the gathering was to liquidate the independent existence of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, or rather to “reunite” it with the Russian Orthodox Church. This flimsy ruse derived from the church’s origins as a result of the Union of Brest in 1595 when thousands of faithful and their clergy—the Metropolitanate of Kyiv-Halych—broke away from Eastern orthodoxy to place themselves under the authority and pastoral protection of the Latin Catholic Pope of Rome. The next three-and-a-half centuries established the church as a thriving spiritual center that was closely connected to rising social and intellectual movements as they struggled to define an identity for nascent Ukrainian populations that found themselves under the serial domination of empires and states in the region. By the middle of the twentieth century, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) included over three thousand parishes, 4,440 churches, five seminaries, and 127 monasteries. Over three million believers were served by three thousand priests, ten bishops, and the metropolitan at the head of the church. As Stalin’s regime moved to subdue and absorb the Western Ukrainians, it was clear that this large and vibrant institution that answered to an authority outside of the state would continue to nurture the same patriotism and independent spirit that had proved so problematic during the first Soviet occupation in 1939-1941. Moreover, during the Second World War, even though the Communist Soviet...