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Христос воскрес! Воїстину воскрес! 

Christ is Risen!  Indeed, He is Risen!

 April 22, 2017

 “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”
That is the Golden Rule and Jesus lived by it perfectly.

When Christ spoke these words, he taught us that the first commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31.  Today, Jesus continues to be present wherever we do this as the Eparchy of Saskatoon. Therefore, we are called to be the visible sign of Jesus in the Trinity and our Annual Eparchial Appeal theme is:

“Love Your Neighbor as Yourself…. Discover the Joy of Loving.”

Your family, as the domestic church, gives us a glimpse of the Trinity. When your family members love each other they point to the way Christ loved St. Joseph, his father and Mary, the Mother of God and how together they loved their son, Jesus.

This is true of our Eparchial Family:

  • Our Family and Life Office is reaching out to people across the Eparchy by providing programs that help us witness the Joy of Loving to seniors, young couples and families. Programs such as “Crown Them with Honor & Glory”, “My Family Home” and “Dying Healed” will help people to manage real life decisions based in the Ukrainian Catholic faith.
  • The “Transition of Life” program will help the faithful navigate through the decision-making process related to transitioning from one stage of life to another, as we journey through our earthly life.
  • The “Adult Faith Formation” program offered through the initiatives of the Ukrainian Catholic Religious Education Centre has now been extended to three deaneries within the Eparchy: Saskatoon, Yorkton and Prince Albert. Adult Faith Formation is an educational experience to enhance our Ukrainian Catholic Faith.
  • Our Ukrainian Catholic Religious Education Centre is making the new Catechism accessible and understandable by helping in all deaneries with the daily relevancy of our faith.
  • Funding for the Youth Ministry in the province will include hosting all young adults from Canada this summer in Muenster at “Unity 2017”; will assist with the funding for summer camps at St. Volodymyr and St. Michael’s; and will develop a High School Youth Group piloted in Saskatoon.
  • In addition, families can deepen their relationships at our family camp known as “Cana Continues”.The Communications Ministry is more than just a place of information. It is helping everyone to become missionary disciples, giving them tools to share how others are encountering Christ across the Eparchy.
  • Livestreaming Sunday Liturgies will enable our faithful to view and hear the Word of God when they are no longer able to attend Sunday Liturgy at their place of worship.For a full list of initiatives to be funded by the 2017 Annual Eparchial Appeal, please refer to the “2017 Annual Eparchial Appeal Fundraising Goals”.

    Thank you for your generosity!

    Your local parish family may have set goals that can be reached, in addition to, the initiatives listed for this year’s Annual Eparchial Appeal. With your continued support, we can assist and benefit everyone in our Eparchy and within our parishes.

    Let us continue to develop Vibrant Parishes so that your parish is “A Place to Encounter the Living Christ”. This way we can truly hear what Jesus says to us in our daily prayer, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (MT 25:40)

    “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself…. Discover the Joy of Loving.”

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Bryan Bayda, Eparchy of Saskatoon

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+ Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Eparchy of Saskatoon

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