St. Michael - Newsletter 2013


  • During the month of September, the Eparchy of Edmonton conducts its annual Vocations and Seminary Collection.

           “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”  It likewise takes the support of the whole Church to form a deacon, priest, religious, monastic and lay member for ministry in the Church. It also takes our support to offer on-going education and formation for those already in sacred orders or involved in lay ministry.

           The faithful can acknowledge the role they play in nurturing vocations by offering their financial support to help defray such expenses as formation programs, retreats, conferences, seminars, tuition, books, and room and board.

           The collection supports Holy Spirit Seminary, Ottawa; the Basilian House of Studies, Edmonton; the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate Novitiate, Winnipeg; Clergy Study Days; and the Eparchial Diaconal and Lay Ministry Formation Programs;

           The collection also assists the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Ottawa, which serves the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada by providing academic and spiritual formation for our future Church leaders.

           Studying at Holy Spirit Seminary this year are:  Deacon Mike Bombak (Pastoral Internship, Saint Josaphat Cathedral), Reader Cyril Kennedy (Doctoral Studies in Sacred Scripture, Catholic University, Washington, DC), and Deacon Andrij Nykyforuk (Final Year Theology).

           The suggested donation amount is $20.00 per family.

           Thank you for your generosity!   May God bless you and your families!

  • 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Passing Into Eternal Life of Bishop Demetrius Greschuk (July 8, 1990). In consultation with the Greschuk family, a Memorial Divine Liturgy will be held at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, September 9, at Saint Josaphat Cathedral. Clergy, religious, monastics and lay faithful are most welcome to attend. Reception to follow at Saint Josaphat Cathedral Hall (Verkhovyna).

    Bishop Greschuk was the Second Bishop of the Eparchy of Edmonton, serving from 1974-1990, first in the capacity of Auxiliary Bishop, then Apostolic Administrator, and finally Eparchial Bishop.

  • The World Meeting of Families will take place from September 22-25, followed by a Papal Visit of Pope Francis from September 26-27, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme of the World Meeting of Families is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Called together from all over the world in faithful celebration of the family, the sanctuary of love and life.

    The World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit are open to all faithful interested in participating. For additional information, visit

  • 2015 World Tourism Day will take place on September 27.  This year’s message published, by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, is entitled, “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” (copy attached).
  • 2015 Presbyteral Council meetings – October 5 (2:00-5:00 pm, Chancery Office).
  • 2015 Clergy Conferences – October 9 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).

  • 2015 World Tourism Day will take place on September 27.  This year’s message published, by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, is entitled, One billion tourists, one billion opportunities”.

  • 2015 Annual Clergy Study Days October 5-8 (Providence Centre, Edmonton) with Very Rev. Peter Galadza, Professor, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute (Ottawa) on “Byzantine Funeral Rites: History and Theology.”

  • The 89th World Mission Day will be held on Sunday, October 18. This year the Day will take place in the context of the Year of Consecrated Life and will therefore highlight the bond between faith and mission.


  • Bishop David made the following pastoral assignments, effective October 1, 2015:
    • Rev. Danylo Kuc as Pastor of Dormition of the Mother of God Parish, Edmonton; and
    • Rev. Stanislav Bjeli as Assistant Pastor of Saint George Parish, Edmonton.


  • On July 17, 2015, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, and Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced the establishment of an External Panel of experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada’s lifting of the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide.

           The External Panel has created a website by which it plans to coordinate its consultation efforts with Canadians. The website can be viewed at the following web address:

           The website explains that two levels of consultation will occur: (1) Bilateral or multilateral discussions with interveners in the Carter v. Canada case and relevant medical authorities; (2) Online consultations open to all Canadians and other stakeholders. The online consultation will have an interactive questionnaire to be launched in the coming weeks. You can sign up on the website to be electronically notified once the questionnaire is available at the following link:

           As you may be aware, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote to the Minister of Justice on May 20, 2015, requesting that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops be among those to be consulted by the Government of Canada on this question. The Conference has yet to receive a response to this request.

           The Panel aims to complete the consultation process by the fall of 2015, after the election. It will then provide a final report to the Ministers of Justice and Health, giving its key findings and options for a legislative response for consideration by the Ministers.

           Once the online consultation is open, parishioners are encouraged to share their concerns with the Canadian government.

           Furthermore, you may wish to revisit the Catholic Organization for Life and the Family’s “Life-Giving Love” Campaign, launched in September 2014 with the support of the CCCB. The campaign’s website provides many resources and formative tools on end of life care which can be of assistance to give much needed formation to our faithful and to help them in responding to the online consultation. See

  • World Meeting of Families Prayer: Join together with families from around the world in prayer. Pray the World Meeting of Families Prayer each day with your family for the success of the event and for your family’s personal intentions:

God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!



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