- 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 Canada supports 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.
- 2019 Presbyteral Council Meetings: (2:00 – 5:00 pm, Pastoral Centre): March 18, May 13, October 28.
- Clergy Conferences: (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): March 19 (Saint Basil Parish, Edmonton), May 14, November 1.
- Annual Clergy Retreat – June 10-14 (Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline). Retreat Master Rev. Roman Dusanowskyj, Pastor, Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Eparchy of Toronto).
- This year’s Week for Life and the Family will be observed from May 12-19, with the theme, “Listening to the Gospel as a Family.” The material for the 2019 National Week of Life and Family is now available on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’s (CCCB) website.
This material has been prepared by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF). The material, which can be freely downloaded and reproduced by parishes, includes: a poster; a prayer card; a proposed plan for pastors and lay pastoral workers on how they might organize the Week; a message from the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S.; proposals for homily notes and Prayers of the Faithful; and suggestions for related events and activities.
- Annual Clergy Study Days: October 28-31 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton).
- Pope Francis issued a Lenten Message on the theme “For the Creation Waits with Eager Longing for the Revealing of the Children of God” (Romans 8:19)
- Pope Francis held a special Meeting of the Episcopal Conference Presidents on the Protection of Minors from February 21-24 in Rome.
In view of the meeting, a special website was developed to provide comprehensive information for the participants and the general public: www.pbc2019.org (in English and Italian only). The website includes information such as the daily program, presentations, participants, official documents, Church law and a detailed timeline of international activities.
Of particular interest is Pope Francis’ concluding address, which is also found on the above website.
The Ukrainian Catholic Church was represented by His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was represented at the meeting by the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB.
- The Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church have launched their own website, synod.ugcc.ua, which covers the activities of the Ukrainian Catholic Church throughout the world.
- The Alberta/NWT Catholic Bishops sat down for an interview and conversation with Lorraine Turchansky, Chief Communications Officer, Archdiocse of Edmonton, for a Bishops’ Roundtable.
The episodes are posted on Grandin Media Youtube channel:
“What Keeps a Catholic Bishop Up at Night?” https://youtu.be/5lvRDn_F1V0
“Should Bishops be Political?” https://youtu.be/MxXs0bZUu4U
“Catholic Indigenous Relations” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHNxm-0SHlo
The latest episode on “Sex Abuse in the Church” is posted at: https://youtu.be/_k7FQjYuUQE
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