Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton Українська Католицька Едмонтонська Єпархія

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Glory Forever!

Слава Ісусу Христу!
Слава на Bіки!

Family Matters - Growing Holy Families in the 21st Century

Pope Francis has asked that the whole Church take time to reflect on family life: What is God’s will for families? How do we live a life of Holiness? What is the meaning of the Sacrament of Marriage? etc. To help renew our marriages and family life the Edmonton Eparchy has devoted a new section on the website: Family Matters – Growing Holy Families in the 21st Century.

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New Particular Law for the Ukrainian Catholic Church

Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk promulgated the new Particular Law for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on April 7, 2015. Both the English and Ukrainian texts are now available for reading and study.

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Becoming a More Welcoming Parish: Letter on the Survey Results

Thank you to all who responded to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton’s “Becoming a More Welcoming Parish” survey. The Eparchial Pastoral Council and I have compiled the results and will be using them as a foundation for engaging our Ukrainian Catholic community in the process of renewal, as addressed in the 25 Year Pastoral Plan (the Plan). We will also be sharing results pertinent to each parish with the respective parish pastors and councils to help each parish to build on its strengths and grow into an even more welcoming parish.

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The Shroud of Turin an Official Replica

By Bishop David Motiuk:

It is with much love and great joy in my heart that I welcome you to Saint Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral as we solemnly receive and place on exposition for veneration an official replica of the Shroud of Turin.

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Restoration of the Liturgical Practice of the KISS OF PEACE (ENG/UKR)

The Kiss of Peace is an expression of reconciliation and unity between the people present at a liturgical assembly. It originates with the widespread custom, in the ancient Western Mediterranean world, of people greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek. This was the custom in ancient Judea and was also practiced by Christians.

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25 Year Pastoral Plan

Over the past several years, the Eparchial Pastoral Council has embarked upon an ambitious endeavour in discerning and preparing a 25 Year Pastoral Plan for the Eparchy of Edmonton.

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Becoming A More Welcoming Parish

I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35) The Ukrainian Catholic Church throughout Alberta has embarked upon an exciting and courageous 25 Year Pastoral Plan, entitled Evangelization: A New Springtime.

Home of Hope Project

The Edmonton Eparchy in partnership with the Bridge of Hope has embarked on a charitable project entitled “Home of Hope”. It is a sanctuary and support for teenage girls, who no longer qualify for Ukrainian Government protection services, and need a safe place to work on their education and career.

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From Pascha to Pascha: We are Easter People - Let Us Beam With Festive Joy








Bishop David

On January 25, 2007, he was appointed Bishop of the Eparchy of Edmonton and was enthroned on March 24, 2007 at St. Basil Church in Edmonton.

Our Mission:

To lead all people into a continual deepening personal relationship with Jesus Christ, in and through His Church: By knowing God, loving God and serving God.


Mailing Address: 9645 -108 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: (780) 424-5496
Fax: (780) 425-2330
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Email: chancery [at] edmontoneparchy [dot] com

Liturgical Calendar

August 31, 2015

The Placing of the Precious Sash of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God in Calcoprateia (942) ; Hebrew 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

September 1, 2015

Beginning of the Indiction, that is, the New Year; Commemoration of Our Holy Father Symeon the Stylite (459) and His Mother Martha (428); and the Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God of Miasenes ; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Colossians 3:12-16; Luke 4:16-22; Matthew 11:27-30

Upcoming Eparchial Events

Events on September 1, 2015

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Starts: 12:00 am

Events on September 9, 2015

Memorial Divine Liturgy for +Bishop Greschuk

Starts: 7:00 pm

Events on September 17, 2015

Grief Share - Grief recovery support group

Starts: 7:00 pm

Events on September 24, 2015

Grief Share - Grief recovery support group

Starts: 7:00 pm

Events on September 27, 2015

2015 World Tourism Day

Starts: 12:00 am

Eparchial News

Events from the Eparchy and throughout the UGCC

St. Michael & Rosehill Cemetery Open House

Rosehill Cemetery Please join us for our annual Open House Saturday September 19, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rosehill Cemetery Office 1605 – 141 St  S.W. (Anthony Henday to Rabbit Hill Rd south to Ellerslie. Ellerslie east bound to 141 Street) *One day promotion on Plots, Niches, Mausoleum Crypts, Private Columbariums and Urns. *Door Prizes and Refreshments   St. Michael’s Cemetery Please join us for our annual Open House which will be on Sunday September 27, 2015 From 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Administration office on-site at St. Michael’s Cemetery 13819 – 82 Street *One day promotions on Plots, Niches, Mausoleum Crypts, Private Columbariums, and Urns. * Door Prizes and... read more

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – Sept 1

Earlier this August, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be on September 1 annually, beginning in 2015. It will coincide with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It is therefore also a day of ecumenical prayer. In his letter addressed to the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, the Holy Father wrote: “As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation.” On the website of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, there are already some resources in connection with the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You), on the care of our common home. At the end of the Encyclical is found the following prayer: Link to the letter of the Holy Father Link to the Encyclical  A Christian prayer in union with creation Father, we praise you with all your creatures. They came forth from your all-powerful hand; they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love. Praise be to you! Son of God, Jesus, through you all things were made. You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth, and you gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every creature in your risen glory. Praise be to you! Holy Spirit, by... read more

Grief Share – Grief recovery support group

An 11 week program for those searching for support in their grief at the loss of a loved one will be held at the Chancery office of the Edmonton Eparchy ( 9645 – 108 Ave), beginning Sept 17, 2015.  The sessions will run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Thursday evenings.  Each session will include a video and group discussion. Our goal will be to build community with others who have experienced loss, gain a better understanding of what we are experiencing, and give and receive support and encouragement while journeying through mourning.  A GriefShare workbook will be provided for note taking, journaling and grief study.  Cost: $25.00 to cover materials.  For further information, or to register email Bernie at education [at] edmontoneparchy [dot] com or call 780 – 424-5496.... read more

CCCB: Federal Election Guide 2015

The CCCB Conference, in preparation for federal elections, to issue a reflection on key ethical and moral issues that voters, especially Catholics, are invited to consider. DOC – 2015-Federal-Election-Guide_ENG PDF – 2015-Federal-Eledtion-Guide –... read more

Nykyta Budka’s University Diaries Discovered

Source: Author: Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED At the beginning of the current year, Nykyta Budka’s diary from his seminary-university years (1902–1905) was discovered by the archivist of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, Gloria Romaniuk.  The 20 by 17cm notebook had been left by Bishop Budka at his chancery residence at 511 Dominion Street in Winnipeg, when he departed for Europe in December 1927.  Having been ordered to resign as bishop for Canada in November 1928, Budka was never permitted to return nor retrieve any of his belongings. His personal property was entrusted to the care of his brother Danylo, who had emigrated from western Ukraine (part of Poland, at the time) to Canada, earlier that year.  Although some of the bishop’s records passed to his successor, many of Budka’s effects were sold off and a quantity ended up in the possession of Ukrainian poet and church goodsman, Yakiv Maydanyk.  In the late 1950s Budka’s second successor, Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, repatriated many of these items to the ownership of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. During the 1980s, the first archivist of the Archeparchy, Sister Cornelia Mantyka, oversaw a complete reorganization of Bishop Budka’s correspondence, but the university diary was not inserted in this archival collection.  Metropolitan Maxim had kept them in his possession and, following his death in 1996, the diary was placed in one of several boxes containing his books and papers. After Hermaniuk’s successor, Metropolitan Michael Bzdel, retired in 2006, the boxes were consigned to the care of archeparchial archives. At first, they were stored in a room on the second floor in the old bishop’s palace,... read more

A Lecture on the Paschal Divine Liturgy Composed by Father John Sembrat, OSBM

We are delighted to inform you that the musical arrangement of the Paschal Divine Liturgy in Ukrainian composed by Father John Sembrat, OSBM has been recorded with a 50-member male choir of professional and semi-professional singers. A lecture on the Paschal Divine Liturgy composed by Father John Sembrat, OSBM, is to be held during the Ukrainian Conductors Seminar, Wed., Aug. 12, 7 PM, at St. John’s Institute,11024-82 Ave. Presenting will be: Damien Zakordonski, the organizer of the project; the conductor, Maestro Michael Zaugg, Music Director of Edmonton’s professional Pro Coro choir; and the composer, Fr. John Sembrat ,OSBM. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 7:00 PM St. John’s Institute: 11024-82 Ave. Open to the public. Admission: by voluntary donation in support of the... read more

One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities

1. It was 2012 when the symbolic barrier of one billion international tourist arrivals was surpassed. Now the numbers continue to grow so much that the forecasts estimate a new threshold of two billion will be reached in 2030. To this data even higher figures related to local tourism must be added. For World Tourism Day we want to concentrate on the opportunities and challenges raised by these statistics, and for this we make the theme proposed by the World Tourism Organization our own: “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities”. This growth launches a challenge to all the sectors involved in this global phenomenon: tourists, businesses, governments and local communities and, of course, the Church too. The billion tourists should necessarily be considered above all in their billion opportunities. This message is being made public a few days after the presentation of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’ dedicated to care for our common home.1 We need to take this text into great consideration because it offers important guidelines to follow in our attention to the world of tourism. 2. We are in a phase of change in which the way of moving is changing and consequently the experience of traveling as well. Those who go to countries different from their own do so with the more or less conscious desire to reawaken the most hidden part of themselves through encounter, sharing and confrontation. More and more, a tourist is in search of direct contact with what is different in its extra-ordinariness. By now the classic concept of a “tourist” is fading while that of a “traveler” has become stronger: that is, someone who does not... read more

Photos: 75th Anniversary of the Siracky Chapel (Mundare)

June 6, 2015 Your Excellency Bishop David, Reverend Fathers, Sisters family, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. I am Bessie Fedoruk a granddaughter of the late Peter Siracky who we remember and celebrate along with his little chapel. Today, l feel very privileged and thankful to God for being here, because so very many are not, may they rest in peace. It must have been the year 1939 when our grandfather got this idea to build a little stone chapel on his farm in dedication of the 50th year of the coming of Ukrainian pioneers to Canada in 1891-1941. Then on August 5th, 1990 it was rededicated to the 100th anniversary with a mass and dinner attended by many people under-taken by a grandson Joseph and his wife Jennie Siracky, a 3′ generation farmer on site. I was about eleven years old when dad drove our gido to a farm someplace on the north side of Elk Island Park and south of Lamont to see this stone mason, a Mr. Frank Rupchuk, who was hired to do the building. This same person was the one who built the United Church in Lamont. The site was prepared and finally the building started. I recall a beautiful sunny morning when at least three neighbours came driving two horses pulling a stone boat with a pile of large rocks they collected off their land just so they could watch the stone mason at work. Much more I don’t remember, but one day it was finished, beautifully painted with angels and stars on the ceiling. Then low and behold a time later the... read more

Director of Youth Ministry Employment Opportunity – St. Nicholas and Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Parishes, Edmonton, Alberta

Requirements – Experience working with youth and or young families – Active member of a Ukrainian Catholic parish faith community – Knowledgeable about the Ukrainian Catholic Faith – Proficiency in the use of various social media – Facebook, twitter etc. – Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education or Theology OR National Credential in Youth Ministry OR background in theology and educational methodologies with a willingness to move toward a credential or degree.   Responsibilities: Supervise/coordinate/assist Sunday preschool (ages 3 – 7), Junior Youth (ages 7 – 14), UCY (ages 15 – 19) programs and programs for young families Develop leadership skills in youth and young adults. Coordinate recruitment, training, support, and evaluation of volunteers in the youth ministry program Maintain communication within the parish, with other parishes throughout the Edmonton eparchy, with the eparchial youth ministry office and other Christian youth based organizations Determine and deliver effective ways of publicizing and promoting programs and experiences; particularly in the areas of Social Media Be a presence in the St. Nicholas and Dormition of the Mother of God communities through their liturgical and social activities. Details 25 – 28 hours per week This position entails weekend and evening work therefore the successful application will be willing to be flexible in their time. Salary $26,000 – $30,000 commensurate with experience and education. Term is for one year beginning Sept 1, 2015 with the option of extending upon the agreement of both parties.     Application Please send resume along with the contact information for 2 references by Aug 18, 2015 to: education [at] edmontoneparchy [dot] com Those applicants selected for an interview will... read more
Source: Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday approved the publication of decrees recognizing the heroic virtues of eight Servants of God, including Ukrainian Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who led his flock during the Second World War. “Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky was a very important church leader in central and eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century,” says Father Athanasius McVay, a scholar specializing in early twentieth century Church history. Father McVay, a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, told Vatican Radio about the life and mission of Metropolitan Sheptytsky. Venerable Andrey Sheptytsky was born in the Ukrainian village of Prylbychi in 1865, in what was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was given the name Roman Alexander Maria at baptism, and later took the name Andrey when he entered the Ukrainian monastery of Saint Basil the Great in 1891. “He went to serve the Ukrainian people who required strong spiritual leadership,” McVay says. Sheptytsky “entered the Basilian order, whose mission was to form the oppressed and fallen down Ukrainian people in Austria-Hungary…  and also to promote Church unity.” Andrey Sheptytsky became Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians and Metropolitan of Halych in 1900, and filled that office until his death in 1944 – an “era of great upheaval” that witnessed two World Wars, and saw the land that is now Ukraine occupied by various groups, including the Soviets and the Nazis. Throughout the years, Metropolitan Sheptytsky was an important leader for his people – but, says McVay,  he was a reluctant civic leader, because this was just part of his job as a... read more

Recognition of Metropolitan Andrey’s Heroic Virtue – Now Venerable Andrey

Source: Statement from the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies Regarding Pope Francis’s Recognition of Archbishop Sheptytsky’s Heroic Virtues The professors and staff of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa welcome with joy the Holy See’s announcement that Pope Francis yesterday recognized the heroic virtues of its patron, Andrey Sheptytsky. During this time of foreign aggression against Ukraine – as well as turmoil in so many other historically Eastern Christian lands – this recognition brings particular consolation. Archbishop Sheptytsky demonstrated saintly courage when he sheltered more than 160 Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. The Holy See’s recognition comes in the wake of similar initiatives by other authorities. On April 24, 2012, the Canadian House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution that concludes: “This House unite[s] in expressing Canada’s recognition of Andrey Sheptytsky’s courageous activities, compassion for his oppressed Jewish Ukrainian countrymen, and enduring example of commitment to fundamental human rights as humankind’s greatest obligation.” The Sheptytsky Institute is particularly gratified that so many members of the Jewish community have promoted the cause of Sheptytsky’s beatification from the very beginning. Already in the 1950s, Kurt Lewin, the son of the murdered chief rabbi of Lviv – saved by Sheptytsky – argued strenuously for the Archbishop’s beatification. Eric Goldhagen, lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, wrote the following about Sheptytsky in the Introduction to David Kahane’s memoir, Lvov Ghetto Diary: “No other ecclesiastical figure of equal rank in the whole of Europe displayed such sorrow for the fate of the Jews and acted so boldly on their behalf.”... read more

Liturgical Propers

Divine Liturgy and Vespers Texts

August 30, 2015 Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Octoechos Tone 5; Post-feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist; Our Holy Fathers and Patriarchs of Constantinople Alexander, John, and Paul the Younger

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 5 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. With Your precious Cross, O Christ, You have put the Devil to shame. With Your Resurrection You have deadened the sting of Death. We, therefore,… Read more...

August 16, 2015 Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, Octoechos Tone 3; Post-feast of the Dormition; Transfer from Edessa to Constantinople of the Holy Icon “Not Made with Hands” of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, also Called the Holy Veil

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 3 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. By Your Cross, O Christ our Saviour, the power of Death has been vanquished and the deceit of the devil has been destroyed. Therefore, mankind,… Read more...

August 2, 2015 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 1; The Transfer of the Holy Relics of the First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen [Dormition Fast]

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 1 Lead my soul forth from prison* that I may give thanks to Your name. Accept our evening prayer, O holy Lord, and grant us forgiveness of sins, for You alone manifested the Resurrection to the world. The just shall… Read more...

August 1, 2015 The Procession with the Holy Relics of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord; the Seven Holy Martyred Maccabees, Their Mother Solome, and Their Teacher Eleazar [Dormition Fast]

GREAT VESPERS Kathisma of the day At Psalm 140 In Tone 4 If You mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?* But with You forgiveness is that You may be revered. Today the divine assembly of the faithful rejoices for the Cross appears throughout the world! It illumines the heavens with ineffable light, brightens the air,… Read more...