- During Great Lent, the Eparchy of Edmonton conducts its annual collection for “Aid to the Missionary Church in Canada.” The purpose of this collection is to support the needs of the Church in Canada. Three charitable institutions are the recipients of the collection: the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta, Catholic Missions in Canada, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta responds to the call of Christ to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20). The Eparchy of Edmonton supports local priests in their travel, health care, pension, and clergy substitution, thus ensuring that they can respond to the pastoral needs of the faithful, especially the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and funerals in rural Alberta. Visit www.edmontoneparchy.com to see how the Church is working for you.
Catholic Missions in Canadasupports over 600 missionaries – priests, deacons, sisters, brothers and lay ministers – throughout 27 eparchies and dioceses right here in Canada, including the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Catholic Missions supports the local churches in our call to proclaim the Gospel among Firsts Nations communities, missionary support, religious education programs, building and repairs, lay pastoral leadership programs, and education of seminarians. To learn more about the work of Catholic Missions in Canada visit (www.cmic.info) and sign up for a free subscription to its quarterly magazine by calling toll free 1-866-937-2642. Each year the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is asked to speak out, give leadership, and provide guidelines for the faithful on a wide variety of topics in our daily lives. For our bishops to do so, they must have the benefit of research and expert advice. Research and gathering information requires staff, time and money. Through the yearly bishops’ collection, an appeal is made to all Catholics to be generous towards the work of their bishops. To learn more about the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, visit www.cccb.ca.
- Pastors are kindly requested to forward to the Chancery Office by January 31 (or shortly after their annual general parish meeting) the following documents for each parish or mission in their pastoral care:
- A current list of the Parish Council Members, including position, name, address, telephone and e-mail.
- 2016 Financial Statements, as well as a copy of the annual T3010A Registered Charity Information Return (for parishes who issue income tax receipts).
- A photocopy of the Baptismal, Marriage and Death Registers entries for the year 2016.
- 2017 Presbyteral Council meetings (2:00–4:00 pm, Chancery Office) – March 6, May 8 (note special time – 3:30–5:30 pm followed by 7:00 pm “Moleben for Life” at Saint Josaphat Cathedral), October 30 (2:00-4:00 pm, Providence Renewal Centre).
- 2017 Clergy Conferences (10:00–1:00 pm): March 7 (Dormition of the Mother of God Parish, Edmonton), May 9, November 3 (note special time – 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Providence Renewal Centre).
- The 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 7. Pope Francis’ Message for the celebration, on the theme “Led by the Spirit for Mission,” can be found at: www.clerus.va/
- The Roman Catholic – United Church Dialogue has prepared an ecumenical prayer service to help congregations, parishes, and other groups observe, in prayer and worship, the International Earth Hour which is taking place Saturday, March 25, at 8:30 pm. The resource, entitled “Earth Hour Vigil,” is available for download.
Earth Hour stems from a grassroots movement that began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Its goal is to create greater awareness regarding energy consumption and to encourage communities to consider turning off their non-essential lights for one hour, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, 25 March.
To find out more about Earth Hour you may wish to visit its website at www.earthhour.org.
- The 2017 National Week of Life and Family is celebrated from May 14-21. The theme for the week is: “Love Grows by Giving.”
Material to help celebrate the National Week of Life and family are available on the CCCB website: www.cccb.ca
The materials, prepared by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), include:
- poster which can be freely downloaded and reproduced;
- prayer card, also for downloading and photocopying;
- proposed plan for pastors and lay pastoral workers on how they might organize the Week;
- message from Bishop Douglas Crosby, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops;
- proposals for homily notes and Prayers of the Faithful;
- suggestions for related events and activities; and
- COLF’s document entitled “The Joy of Love” At the Heart of the Family, which gives a brief overview of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), copies of which can be ordered from COLF online: www.colf.ca/
- World Communications Day this year will be celebrated on May 28. Attached for your information is Pope Francis’ message to mark the occasion on the theme, “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is 43:5).
- The Archdiocese of Vancouver will host the biennial Western Canadian Catholic Stewardship Conference from June 9-11. The theme of the conference is “Stewards of Christ’s Mission.” Open to clergy, religious and laity alike. For more information and registration, contact Mrs. Corina Siy, Stewardship Coordinator, at csiy [at] rcav [dot] org or call (604) 443-3203.
- Annual Clergy Retreats:
- June 12-16, 2017, Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline; Retreat Master: Very Rev. Dr. Andrij Onuferko, Spiritual Director – Holy Spirit Seminary, Ottawa; General Secretary – Vibrant Parish Program, Synod of Bishops; Sessional Lecturer – Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute, Ottawa.
- June 11-15, 2018, Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline; Retreat Master: Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, member of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, postulator of the cause of canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and editor of A Call to Mercy: hearts to love, hands to serve, Mother Teresa.
- 2017 Annual Clergy Study Days –October 30-November 2. Previously scheduled for October 2-5 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton).
- The opening of the Bishop David Motiuk Catholic Elementary School will take place 7:00 pm, Monday, October 2.
- Pope Francis’ 2017 Message for Great Lent, entitled “The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift”.
- Pope Francis convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to take place in October 2018 on the theme of “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The Holy Father’s “Letter to Young People” as well as Prepatory Document are available for download.
- Vision 2020 – The Vibrant Parish has established a new Facebook page under the name, “Жива Парафія – Vibrant Parish” (https://www.facebook.com/vibrantparish/). The hope is that this page becomes a useful “platform” for disseminating information on the activity of the Vibrant Parish program throughout the world, and for exchanging thoughts on the six priorities, which might help our parishes truly become places “to encounter the living Christ.”
Pastors and parishioners alike are invited to follow the page and to share interesting material from their parish, as well as their own comments. The “Жива Парафія – Vibrant Parish” page can also be shared with friends contacts on Facebook.
Published is an article covering recent events in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta:
- Called to be Holy “Men’s Conference,” by Jayne Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Eparchy of Edmonton.
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