On Friday, June 8th, the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Patriarch Svaitoslav Shevchuk, will be visiting with the youth for ONE EVENING ONLY! All youth aged 13-35 inclusive is invited to partake in a Q and A evening with the Patriarch at St. Josaphat’s Cathedral in Edmonton to learn about his journey, the future of the church, and anything else you’d like to know.

Doors open at 4:00pm with the program starting at 4:30pm sharp! Tickets are $20.00 (dinner is included) and can be purchased through Millie at the Youth Ministry Office (780-466-1061), or from any of the committee members in your respective parishes:

Mariya Balukh – St. George’s

Margaret Batty – St. Josaphat’s

Michael Buckler, Christina Mandrusiak, Joyanne Rudiak – St. Nicholas

Namisha Hlus, Rebecca Kuchmak – St. Basil’s

Chris Maximchuk – Holy Cross

If you have any questions for Patriarch Sviatoslav, you can post them in the “Comments” below. We will then choose the top 10 to ask Patriarch Sviatoslav.

Also, check out our Facebook group at and follow us on Twitter, @Edm_UCY, to get the latest updates on info and events!

Hope to see you there!

***** P.s. Stay tuned for more information about Patriarch Sviatoslav! *****


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    • Marissa on May 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    How are we as youth able to trust and love God fully, even when we may be struggling with different circumstances in our lives?

    • Mike on May 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm
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    How is our church going to Evangelize in the future? What are our priorities regarding evangelism? What are some practical steps we could follow?

    • Liam on May 24, 2012 at 11:10 am
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    Your Beatitude,

    In your pastoral letter of December 2011 “A Vibrant Parish, A Place to Encounter the Living Christ” you encourage members of the Church to look to “The Act’s of the Apostles” as an example of being Church by abiding in the union of the Holy Spirit. A way that seems popular within the Roman Catholic Church to do just that in recent years has been to become involved in what is now termed the Catholic Charismatic Movement, or as Fr. Robert Bedard, CC put it to exercise “an extreme openess to the gifts of the Spirit in order to embrace the fullness of our Catholicism”. Do you think that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Charismatic movement could be incorporated into your plan for the rebuilding of a vibrant parish within the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and if so how?

    • Cyril on May 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm
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    What advice would you give to young Christians who want to have a deeper relationship with God? How can they build their prayer life? Do you have specific suggestions for styles or ways of praying? Why is prayer important in the first place?

      • Andrij on June 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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      We know and believe that prayer is central to Christianity. From scriptures we know that Abram prayed on behalf of Lot, and even Jesus prayed for his apostles that they may not fall into temptation. And we are taught to pray for one another and for those who have already died. Yet we know that God is all-loving and all-knowing and all-merciful: He already knows what each of us here needs and wants.

      Therefore, how can my prayers for other people influence God’s blessing of them?
      Furthermore, how can my prayers benefit those who have died, if I can’t even pray enough to cleanse me of my own sins, because we all depend on Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the Cross?

    • Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 8:55 am
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    Your Beatitude, if we are to be a ‘mission’ church engaged in the evangelization of all faithful who wish to worship according to the Eastern tradition, we must be sensitive to their needs, including the choice of language used in services and communications. And, the services engaging the vernacular should be scheduled at appropriate times not in left-over or undesirable time slots. It is also imperative that instructional material and service books be available in the working language of the people. Given this when can we expect the much anticipated catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church to be available in the English language? And, further to that is the Church considering teaching the language of the Country to the clergy and religious who will be missioned to serve in it prior to them being sent out?

    • Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 8:56 am
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    our Beatitude, in our particular part of the world females are not suppressed. They can pursue the highest of educational opportunities and occupy positions of authority. As a matter of fact many females, Canadian Ukrainians included, are currently involved in the governing of this very Country and the leadership of some of its major corporations. Unfortunately, such is not the case in the Ukrainian Catholic Church where females are literally discriminated against and are not admitted into decision making roles even though they might be better qualified than the men, including some priests. As a result fewer and fewer females participate in Church affairs or consider a religious vocation because they see that the nuns are just ‘servants’ who the Church doesn’t even mention or pray for in the Liturgy. The question is, when will the Church of today recognize its female majority and include then in all aspects of decision making as well as recognize them in the services and celebrations?

      • Anonymous on May 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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      Your Beatitude,

      The question of the role of women in the church is often brought up as means to stereotype the church as a sexist institution, and, more often than not, as a way to introduce practices and teachings that are contrary to church law. One example is that of alter girls. According to canon law, it is prohibited for members of the female sex to serve at the alter, yet in a number of Canadian and American Eparchies such practices are slowly being introduced and even encouraged-all in the innocuous umbrella of inclusivity. As if not allowing a member of the female sex not to serve at the alter is somehow sexist. For one, allowing alter girls blurs the fundamental distinction between the sexes on a host of levels, be they metaphysical, natural, or theological. Also, as is proven empirically by the ongoing experiment in the Roman Catholic Church, the few dioceses that have not introduced alter girls do not have issues with a lack of vocations, be they male or female. Can you please explain why the church has not allowed such a practice in the past, why it is contrary to the female nature, especially that of Motherhood, and why it poses an obstacle to unity with our Orthodox brethren?

    • Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 8:59 am
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    Your Beatitude, as you know this issue has recently become a very hot topic particularly in the United States where more and more politicians, including professed catholics, are approving/recognizing same sex marriages as being as lawful as sacramental marriages between a man and a woman. Although the Roman Catholic and many other protestant churches have been heard responding to this we do not publicly hear anything from official from our Church. Does our Church plan on taking a more active role in matters related to the social issues of the day, such as this, or will we just continue to believe that they do not affect our members?

    • Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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    How can we, as devout Ukrainian Catholics re-engage our friends and families that have become “on paper,” “only for holidays” and “my grandparents are Catholic so I guess that makes me Catholic too” Catholics to the church?

    • Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm
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    How do we remain faithful when everything in the world around us seems to be working against us. How can we keep our beliefs and values strong when society is telling us that we are wrong and that it is okay to go against them?

    • Patty on May 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm
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    “It is a lamentable fact that most Catholics have never heard contraception mentioned from the pulpit. And now, thanks to President Obama, they have!” wrote famed moral theologian Dr. Janet Smith. “How very, very devious,” she goes on to say, “of the Holy Spirit to use the insidious HHS mandate as a means of getting the Church’s teaching on contraception not only before the public, but before Catholics.”

    As someone who attends church on a weekly basis, I can only recall one or two sermons devoted to the explanation of the church’s teachings on sexual ethics. It seems that many of our clergy are either scared, or embarrassed to discuss these issues. If young Catholics don’t hear about these topics in church, how do we expect them to understand and live by these principles?

    Secondly, manly eastern Catholics are of the opinion that contraception, abortion, and in-vitro fertilization are not sinful/immoral, and may be allowable in certain situations. Please clarify.

    • Taras on May 31, 2012 at 1:30 am
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    I have many questions, here are a few:

    Jesus said, forgive, forgive, forgive, and forgive. Love your neighbor. Where is the line, if there is a line, to stop? When do we say I had enough of your insults, lies and thefts, etc? Or do we keep forgiving? Would it be right to block them out? Do we turn away from loving our neighbor and forgiving them just so we can escape their rude nature or do we have to be there and take it all in and hope it doesn’t lead us into depression or an angry state? How do we deal with evil intentions of others?

    If killing people is a sin, is it a sin to have children play video games where they shoot other people, play with their friends with guns? Should we forbid them from doing so?

    Is every man and woman meant to be married?

    Moses imposed many rules on the Jewish people including the 10 commandments and others like not eating pigs and eye for and eye. How many of them still apply? Is it a sin to eat pork?

    Does respecting your parents mean fulfilling their every request without question? When does ‘not listening to parents tell you what to do’ stop and not qualifies as a sin?

    What is God’s intention for us on earth?

    What does the “cross” mean when Jesus said “Take your cross and follow me”? And what is he implying when He says “follow me”. Obviously to me, today – it has to have a figurative meaning. I’m just not sure how to accomplish that. I can’t follow Him physically, and I can’t “follow Him” and bring people from the dead and cure their illnesses. What do I do? Sometimes I feel like I read and listen but I don’t understand. What am I doing wrong?

    • Tobias on June 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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    Here are a few of my peer reviewed questions:

    What do you think about the restoration of women deacons, as existed in the Byzantine Church for many hundreds of years, possibly as late as the 12th century? What about women in other ranks of the clergy?

    If the focus of ecumenism for our church in Ukraine is directed primarily at the Orthodox Churches,where should the focus of ecumenism of the UGCC in Canada be directed?

    How close is our Church to being recognized as a Patriarchate by Rome, and what impact would such recognition have on the Church in Canada?

    What do you think about our Church taking on a name which reflects the See which it holds, and its historical patronage (i.e. “the Kyivan Catholic Church”) rather than a name that is based on territorial/ ethnic boundaries?
    And what do you think of a name for our Church in Canada that grounds within its Canadian context, such as: “the Byzantine Catholic Church of Canada” or something of the sort?

    • Markiana on June 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm
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    I feel very fortunate that our Ukrainian Catholic rite allows married clergy. I feel that married clergy can offer guidance and leadership to Catholic families striving to live according to their faith in today’s day and age. They understand and can relate to the trials and circumstances faced by families and those called to married life. At the same time, married clergy have additional responsibilies because they are also called to be Fathers to their biological children and also to be husbands. With this comes the financial responsibility of providing for their family. Does the church value the supportive and empathetic aspects that married clergy bring to the faithful? If so, why are some married clergy discouraged from seeking additional employment so that they may adequately provide for their families? If additional employment is an issue, why aren’t funds allocated in such a way as to sufficiently support clergy with families so that they don’t feel the additional pressure of searching for outside work?

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am
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    I currently sing in the choir at my church but am interested in finding other ways to be involved. Do you have any suggestions for how a layperson can be more involved in the Liturgy?

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm
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    Your Beatitude,

    I’ve heard alot of people say that the documents of the Second Vatican Council are really just meant for Roman Catholics and not the Catholic church as a whole. Although Sacrosanctum Concilium is clearly meant for the Roman Church (just as Orientalium Ecclesiarum is clearly meant for the Eastern Catholic churches) it seems that each of the other 14 documents contains rich spiritual and theological treasures that can and should be applied to the Church as a whole, not just the Roman church. What can we do to implement the fruits of the Councils springtime in the UGCC.

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm
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    It is often the case that when the average person in the West thinks of the Catholic Church, they view it as a homogenous entity and associate it with Latin-Rite traditions and stereotypes. These people are usually surprise to find out that the Catholic Church is in fact composed of 20+ different Rites with their own traditions and customs. I’ve even seen this type of reaction amongst fellow Latin-Rite brothers and sisters. If the Catholic Church is truely a mosiac, as I firmly believe it is, what treasures and insights do you believe the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church offers the wider Catholic Church? How can we better present and share these unique gifts with those from other Rites? To me, it seems that there is little interaction and dialouge between lay people from different Rites; as if the universal Catholic Church is composed of a collection of isolated, self-enclosed Rites.

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