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Our Precious Monasteries

by Brent Kostyniuk When the pioneer settlers came to the Prairies, they brought with them precious possessions that would remind them of the lives they had left behind; keepsakes that would help see them through the challenges and hardships that would be inevitable in...

Meditation on the Prayer of St. Ephrem | Jim Forest

  O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust for power and idle talk. But give to me, your servant, the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant to me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother...

New Cooking Show: Eastern Hospitality

This is an Easter Catholic online cooking show hosted by Fr. Moses and Mother Gabriella. It follows the Traditional cycle of the Liturgical Year which takes us through periods of preparation (fasting) and celebrating (feasting). New episodes will be released this...

In Thanksgiving for Years of Service

by Alex Pankiw On Saturday, December 30, 2017, Ukrainian Catholic Youth and Young Adults of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg came together to extend a bittersweet farewell to Tamara Lisowski, the Youth Director for the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. Tamara served the Archeparchy...

Sharing Jordan

by Brent Kostyniuk Today the darkness of the world vanishes with the appearance of our God. Today the celestials celebrate with the terrestrials, and the terrestrials commune with the celestials. The Great Service for the Sanctification of the Water Christians both...

Holodomor

by Brent Kostyniuk During 1932 and 1933, an estimated seven to ten million people starved to death in Soviet controlled Ukraine because of a man-made famine, the Holodomor—death by starvation—even though the country was producing bumper crops of grain. Recently, 340...

Obedience

The Holy Spirit often calls us to the unexpected. We pray that we’re attentive to the call and respond in faith. by Brent Kostyniuk Most of us like to lead fairly settled lives. We have our homes, our jobs, and the routines which bring us, if not happiness, at least...

Dying to Self and Living In Christ (Luke 7:11-16)

When He Saw Her As we read this Gospel today it can be easy to miss the point, especially if we have the eyes of our times. “What’s in it for me?” What can Jesus do for me? What will I get out of being a follower of Christ? How will this fulfill me? Our […] The post...

Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary

by Brent Kostyniuk The notion of Both Lungs is about understanding each other, sharing, and learning. Although we are distinctly East and West, each with our own expressions of worship and theology, there is far more which unites us than separates us. One area of...

Icons in the Bible

FROM TIME TO TIME Eastern Christians are reproached for venerating icons because “icons are not in the Bible.” St John of Damascus, whose treatises on icons were instrumental in defeating iconoclasm, taught that the Church’s icons are “in the Bible” because they stand...

Resources for the Catechism “Christ Our Pascha”

Welcome to the Resource page for Christ Our Pascha, the English translation of the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. These materials have been prepared by the National Catechetical Commission of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada to assist parish...

Baptism

by Brent Kostyniuk In the Byzantine religious tradition, a new Christian becomes a complete member of the Church by receiving the three Mysteries (Sacraments) of Initiation—Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Eucharist–at the same time. The rationale for this is that from...

Catholic Climate Movements in Ukraine and the World

  archeparchy.ca There is a global effort by Catholics inspired by “Laudato Si” – Pope Francis’ encyclical on safeguarding the environment – to become personally active in doing something about climate change and renewing the environment. Some have hailed the 2015...

Unity 2017

by Brent Kostyniuk Most Catholics will be well aware of World Youth Day (WYD), a gathering of young people which takes place in a different country every three years. A much more accessible event, Unity, is sponsored annually by the Ukrainian Catholic Church in...

June 23, 2017 – Matthew 10:32-36; 11:1

Matthew 10:32-36; 11:1 Glory be to Jesus Christ! Last summer, while on vacation I met a seminarian at a local parish where I concelebrated Sunday Eucharist. This young man was a couple years into his philosophy studies and was spending the summer at this parish,...

June 21, 2017 – Matthew 10:16-22

  Matthew 10:16-22 Glory be to Jesus Christ! Imagine being called to jury duty and sitting in the courtroom to hear the proceedings of an important trial. The two sides proceed with their opening introductions and the first witness is called forth. The witness takes...

June 22 – Matthew 10:23–31

Matthew 10:23–31 Glory be to Jesus Christ! Have you ever expressed to another—whether it be spouse, child, parent, friend, or stranger—that you love the Lord, and that you are coming to know deeper, day by day, how much the Lord loves you? That there is only one true...

June 20, 2017 – Matthew 10:9-15

Matthew 10:9-15 Glory be to Jesus Christ! I remember my first backpacking trip very distinctly. A group of friends of mine from work had decided to go on a backpacking adventure in Jasper for a weekend. We didn’t really have any previous experience and so were...

Breathing Through Both Lungs

by Brent Kostyniuk On numerous occasions, St. John Paul II exhorted all Catholics, and indeed all Christians, to appreciate that the Church had to breathe through both lungs—East and West. The message was so important to him that the Pontiff issued the Apostolic...

The Risen Christ

by Brent Kostyniuk When our daughter Victoria was quite young, one of her favourite Bible stories was that of Jesus roasting fish by the shore of a lake and calling Peter over to join him. It remains one of my favourite images of the Risen Christ. It is a very...

Weddings and Wine

Feb. 14, Tuesday: Mt. Tabor – Cana – Nazareth Drive to Cana of Galilee to visit the wedding Church, where Jesus performed the first of his signs, changing water to wine. Possibility of renewing Wedding Vows. Continue drive to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the...

Royal Doors

by Brent Kostyniuk One of the most distinctive features of the interior of a Byzantine church is its iconostasis, a richly decorated icon screen which establishes the altar area. Far from being a wall which isolates the nave from the sanctuary, theologically the...

Genesis 10:32–11:9- Back to Babbling

Glory be to Jesus Christ! I love science. When I was a boy I spent a lot of time reading about astronomy and different natural phenomena in geology and the other natural sciences. I was fascinated by many of the inventions that had been designed by famous scientists...

Preaching in Capernaum

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath- Luke 4:31 This past Sunday the lesson was from Mark 2:1-12, about the healing of the paralyzed man at Capernaum and how the crowds were so great they had to take the man up on...

Genesis 9:18–10:1- Do We Cover Nakedness?

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Think back to the first time you heard about nakedness in the Bible. Not very far in right? After Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they discovered they were naked. Not because they had become more...

Isaiah 25:1-9- Who are you Waiting For?

Glory be to Jesus Christ! I enjoy superhero stories very much. When I was a boy I wanted very much to be Spiderman and use my powers to make the world a better place. The idea of someone who cares and “saves the day” simply because it is the right thing to do seems to...

Genesis 8:21-9:7- My Brother’s Keeper

Glory be to Jesus Christ! What do you think Hell is like? There have been many different analogies used for Hell throughout the Scriptures and by contemporary authors. Our Lord used the garbage dump just outside the city of Jerusalem, Gehenna, where trash was burned...

Unto Us a Son is Given

Feb. 17, Friday: Bethlehem – Ein Karem This morning we drive to Bethlehem to visit the place of birth of our Lord, The Basilica of the Nativity. We will visit the Grotto of Nativity and the Church of St. Catherine where the Midnight Mass is celebrated and the Caves of...

Genesis 8:4-21- A New Creation

Glory be to Jesus Christ! God made a reboot of creation. Having seen the wickedness that the world had descended into, and regretting His creation of the world, God begins again.  We often focus on the death and destruction which ensues in this story, and sometimes...

Mark 11:23-26- Mind Your Manners

Christ is Born! I have heard it said, that when you ask the Lord to move a mountain, don’t be surprised if He hands you a shovel. Whatever the method of moving mountains, we need faith to see it through. In today’s reading our Lord reminds us of His amazing power, as...

Mark 11:27-33- The Truth!? You Can’t Handle the Truth!

Christ is Born! Remember when you were younger and there was something you didn’t understand and so you brought it to your parents who realized how long it would take to try to answer the question, and how you wouldn’t get it anyway, and so they said “we’ll tell you...

Blessed Martyrs of Pratulin

Today is the anniversary of the massacre of thirteen peasant men and boys who died defending a little Greek Catholic church in what is now Poland. They gathered, with their families and neighbors, to prevent the Russian Imperial government from imposing an Orthodox...

Mark 10:46-52- You Gotta Want It

Christ is Born! It’s always very disheartening to see a person who has been incredibly gifted with natural ability- whether in music, sports, intelligence etc.- but lacking the drive to do anything with it. This is often noticed especially with teachers who recognize...