AXIOS

AXIOS to newly ordained Fr. Gleb Pistruga On 26 October 2016, the feast of St. Demetrius -Deacon Gleb Pistruga was ordained a priest of the Eparchy of New Westminster at the Cathedral of the Holy Eucharist by Bishop Ken. Newly ordained priest Fr. Gleb has been serving in the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain. Fr. Gleb will continue to serve as a Chaplain with the Armed Forces, stationed in Ottawa. Present at the ordination Divine Liturgy were Bishop Emeritus Severian, Bishop Scott the Bishop Of the Canadian Military Ordinariat,  Clergy of the Eparchy as well as Fr. Cherwick Armed Forces Chaplain, Fr. Peter of The Benedictine Abbey in Mission BC, & Fr. Micheal Winn rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in...

APPEAL FOR RECOGNITION OF THE 1946 LVIV ‘SYNOD’ AS A SHAM

APPEAL FOR RECOGNITION OF THE 1946 LVIV ‘SYNOD’ AS A SHAM IT IS URGENT FOR ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS TO RECOGNIZE THE TERRIBLE TRUTH OF MARCH 10, 1946 One of the bishops at the pseudo council of 1946 in the St George cathedral, Lviv. On March 10, 1946, at Lviv, the Orthodox Church of Russia, under pressure from the Soviet government, forcefully integrated the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and claimed jurisdiction over it. When the participants in the synod on March 8 and 9, voted for the “reunification” of their Church with the Patriarchate of Moscow, all the Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops were behind bars in prisons. The 216 priests and 19 laymen, assembled in the Cathedral of Saint George in Lviv by the NKVD, the ancestor of the KGB, were at the mercy of a “group of initiative” led by two Orthodox bishops, Antony Pelvetsky and Myhailo Melnyk, and an orthodox priest Gavril Kostelnyk. The archives reveal that it was Stalin himself who decided to eliminate the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in February 1945, twelve days after the Conference of Yalta with Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fr Gavril Kostelnyk, one of the organizers of the Lviv pseudo synod All serious historians and theologians have no doubts that the 8-10 March 1946 synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church at Lviv was only a sham. Bohdan Bociurkiw, who was a professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa, wrote a comprehensive survey on this matter and it has never been contradicted. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of it in 2006, referring to it as a “pseudo-synod” which “seriously harmed Church unity”. Nicolas Lossky, a French Orthodox theologian who is a member...

Palliative Care Petition

Palliative Care Petition Letter from Bishop KenCanadian Conference of Catholic BishopsResources To the Clergy & Lay-Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster 26 February 2016 Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This week we have heard the news regarding the Special Joint Committee of the Government of Canada, entitled Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach I want to reassure you that the teaching of the Catholic Church is very clear, namely that suicide is not part of health care.  I want to urge each of you to contact your local Member of Parliament and let them know that you do not support what is being called as Doctor Assisted Dying.  Please sign the petition at the entrance of the Church.  It will be sent to Federal MP, the Hon. Mark Warawa who will present our petitions to the Members of Parliament and to urge Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to reject this report. This is not the time for us to be on the sideline and assume someone else will speak out against this issue.  Medical staff (doctors and nurses) may be placed in positions where they will have no choice but to provide doctor assisted killing.  If implemented, these recommendations of the Special Joint Committee, would fail to protect some of the most vulnerable people among us, children, the mentally ill, the disadvantaged and force physicians to be involved in a practice in which most of them have said they do not wish to participate. While we certainly welcome the report’s recommendations for enhanced palliative care services across the country, we have to be...

“Share Your Heart” Eparchial Fundraising Appeal

Share Your Heart - Eparchial Fundraising Appeal Fundraising Campaign UPDATE - 3 February, 2016Eparchial Fundraising AppealЄпархіальна Збірка 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...

The Vibrant Parish

The Vibrant Parish Daily Prayers (Ukrainian and English)   Daily Prayers (English) Handbook for Pastoral Planning The Vibrant Parish – A Place To Encounter The Living Christ Pastoral Letter The Vibrant Parish – A Place To Encounter The Living Christ Pastoral Letter_Booklet Жива парафія – місце зустрічі з живим Христом – Пастирський лист Посібник з пасторального...