The Eparchy of New Westminster joins with other Catholic bodies in actively participating in the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on 30 September. Although the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada played no role in the residential school system, we share a responsibility with all Canadians to be aware of that history, to understand the lasting trauma caused to indigenous families and communities through the abduction of their children by the Canadian state, and, especially, to learn about the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action. As Christians, we are also called to meet this day with prayer, a spirit of charity, and a commitment to reconciliation of all people in truth.
Give us the vision and honesty to recognize that the we are all brothers and sisters of one human family, created and sustained by the One Creator. As we deal with many challenges, may we never give way to fear and anger, which can be the source of division and threat amongst peoples. [From the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council’s prayer for National Indigenous Peoples Day.]
Visit the Eparchy website to learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, for further links, and two educational webinar videos produced by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.
Prayers are requested for the health of our former eparchial bishop, Kenneth Nowakowski. Bishop Kenneth is in hospital in the UK, where he is now bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London, after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
O Holy Father, Physician of souls and bodies, You sent your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to heal every infirmity and to deliver us from death. Heal your servant Kenneth of every spiritual and bodily ill which afflicts him. Restore him by the grace of your Christ through the prayers of our most holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, and of all your Saints. For You, our God, are the Fountain of healing, and we glorify You together with your only-begotten Son, and your Consubstantial Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
Saint Ephrem, a 4th Century deacon of the Syriac Church, was a prolific hymn writer and theologian, declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict the XV in 1920. His hymns and prayers are known for their rich metaphors and striking compression of complex theological ideas. His Lenten prayer is considered the most succinct expression of the spirit of Great Lent, so is especially suited for personal prayer during this season.
O Lord, and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power, and idle chatter. Prostration
Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble mindedness, patience, and love. Prostration
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brothers and sisters, for You are blessed, now and forever and ever. Amen. Prostration
Господи і Владико життя мого, духа лінивства, недбайливості, властолюб’я і пустомовства віджени від мене. Доземний поклін
A guide to the prayerful reading of the Gospel of St Luke has been prepared by the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. This guide provides a theological introduction to St Luke's Gospel; an overview of the structure of St Luke's account of Christ's earthly ministry, salvific mission, passion, and resurrection; and prayers for before and after the appointed scripture reading. (Update: we have removed links to this guide as it is no longer available.)
The Office of the Religious Education of the Eparchy of New Westminster has produced a reading plan [PDF] to use with this guide, assigning just a few verses each week. The reading plan begins on 30 December 2018, and ends on 29 August 2020.
If you missed our parish presentation on the Venerable (Servant of God) Andrey Sheptytsky, here is the video of the talk by Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak, delivered in 2015 at the Ukrainian National Museum, in Chicago.
Fr Kaszczak is pastor of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York State, and the author of Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky and the Establishment of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States, as well as other books and articles. His talk is a engaging introduction to the life and legacy of Metropolitan Sheptytsky.
Our next parish education event will be after Liturgy on 15 December, and will answer the question The Eastern Catholic Churches: what are they?
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Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God Metropolitan Andrey:
Our Lord Jesus Christ — You always reward Your faithful servants, not only with special gifts of Your love, but also with the eternal reward of the saints in heaven, and in many cases You grant them the recognition of sanctity by Your Church here on earth.
We humbly pray: grant that Your faithful servant Metropolitan Andrey be numbered among the saints. Throughout his just life, ‘full of suffering and trials,’ he was a good shepherd for his flock and a great labourer for Christian unity. And through his beatification and intercession, grant our entire people the great gift of unity and love. Amen.