Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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“We want our initiative to shatter the barrier of apathy …”

FrBogdan“We want our initiative to shatter the barrier of apathy and awaken people’s
consciousness to individuals who are starving” (Bp. Bohdan Dziurakh)

We enter into Great Lent with a mix of eagerness, anticipation, and self-doubt. St. Paul and St. Augustine both wrote about how difficult it was to live a holy life, even though they well knew what it entailed and wanted to live it.

Lent provides a concentrated time when we can more fully center on living that life, even though we doubt ourselves and know how many times we have failed. During this Lenten season our bishops ask that we bring our prayers to action, especially our prayers for the poor and forgotten.

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‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

ChurchCoffeeIn the Working Centre’s Simplicity Circle Study Guide, Scott Russell Saunders discusses how the words community, communion, and communicate stem from the word common.

“Embodied in that word is a sense of our shared life as one of giving and receiving – music, touch, ideas, recipes, stories, medicine, tools, the whole range of artifacts and talents.”

Saunders describes his marriage as a community of shared love and his life as a part of ever larger communities, from family and friends to country and global humanity.

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Pope Francis visits our cathedral of St. Sophia | Папа Франциск в українському соборі Святої Софії

Pope at St. Sophia“Every time I drift to sleep and wake in the morning, I am with Ukrainians” (Because the Pope daily prays before the icon of the Mother of God that Patriarch Svyatoslav gave him)

Last Sunday, Jan. 28th, the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Cathedral of St. Sophia in Rome welcomed Pope Francis. His warm words acknowledged the contribution that our faithful have made to the unity of the Church through their centuries of faithfulness in spite of unspeakable persecutions.

In a personal way he also thanked God for three historic figures of our Church from the recent past. He spoke of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj whose suffering sustained our Church and laid the foundation for its resurgence today.

The second and most personally significant figure he mentioned was bishop Chmil who died forty years ago and is buried in the crypt of St. Sophia.

“This person did many good things for me,” the Pope stated. Through him, Pope Francis “discovered the beauty of [our] Liturgy”, the “living witness of faith” of our people who suffered so much under the Soviets. Fr. Chmil taught Pope Francis to serve at the altar.

Finally the Pope spoke of Patriarch Lyubomyr with whom he was installed as a Cardinal. The Patriarch was an example of “love, .. goodness, … and prayerfulness.”

The Pope also acknowledged the many Ukrainian women who are working in Italy ministering to the elderly.

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«Мій заклик до вас дуже простий: не будьмо байдужими, бо байдужість вбиває!»

“Коли я байдужий до того, що відбувається в моїй країні, до болю мого ближнього, то ця байдужість передусім убиває мене. Бо цим я прирікаю і свою країну, і своє суспільство, і своїх ближніх на терпіння і смерть.

Тому мій заклик до вас є дуже простий: не будьмо байдужими, бо байдужість вбиває!” – закликав Глава УГКЦ.

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We’re all in this together

KutiaThis year, our liturgical calendar fairly catapults us from one season to another.

Christmas lights still liven our streets after dark, last Sunday we shared our Parish Kutia, and today we begin the first of four Sundays that prepare us for the upcoming Great Fast before Easter. From the loud and lively festivities surrounding Christ’s birth — God with us — we turn to a period of quiet introspection: what can it mean—God with me?

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Christ is baptized in the River Jordan! |ХРИСТОС ХРЕСТИВСЯ В РІЦІ ЙОРДАНІ!

JesusBaptismFor many, the high point of the celebration of the Feast of Theophany is, of course, the Great Blessing of the Waters. This ritual has ancient roots clearly tied to Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan, but reminding us above all that the Incarnation is about the sanctification of all matter: everything is made pure in Christ!

On this feast day, we are reminded that Christ restores all creation to that which it was meant to be in God’s act of creation. “The Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2), created everything, and it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31)!

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Happy new year! God is with us.

NewYear2018Once again, in this depth of winter, while celebrating the awesome mystery of God becoming human, of bringing light to our darkness, we welcome the new calendar year!

In our Ukrainian tradition, calendar dates cannot escape our notice, since we have an assortment of official calendars to follow! January 1st marks the start of the Canadian new year (Gregorian calendar); January 14th is the “old new year”, according to the Julian calendar; while September 1st is the start of the Church new year, which we celebrate on September 14th, “old calendar”. Confused or not, we can celebrate all these beginnings.

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РІЗДВЯНЕ ПОСЛАННЯ БЛАЖЕННІШОГО СВЯТОСЛАВА

… У Різдві Христос нас усіх робить багатими, насичує і підносить з усіх видів бідності, бо Він народжується у Вифлеємі для того, щоб кожну людину зробити своїм братом чи своєю сестрою – дитиною Божою, учасником вічних Божих благ. Ось чом

у Різдво – свято загальнолюдської солідарності, коли особа не багата, позбавлена «золота-дарів» цього світу, збагачує багатьох своїх ближніх «ціннішим даром» – «вірою серця і щирою любов’ю», як про це співаємо в наших колядках.

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Христос Родився! Christ is Born!

Services for the Feast of the Nativity
6.01. 2018 9:30 p.m. Навечер’я Різдва – Eve of the Nativity: Велике Повечер’я – Great Compline
10:00 p.m. Божественна Свята Літургія Різдва – Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity (and Sunday)
7.01. 2018 11:00 a.m. Божественна Свята Літургія Різдва – Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity (and Sunday)