Here is a summary of an article by Andrea Gagliarducci published by Acistampa in Italian on the recent meetings of representatives of the Synod of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Rome. The article is here. Thanks to Fr. Athanasius McKay for his notes.
“Pope Francis wants the Eastern Catholic Churches to grow, develop and flourish.” The Pope distinguished Eastern Catholic Churches from “Uniatism” as a method. Churches are not methods.
Instead of the old individual ad limina meetings, this represents a new methodology of the Pope and his curia meeting with the Major Archbishop and his synod together.
“It was clear to everybody that the war is a foreign aggression and that Ukraine is the victim.”
“The problem with ecumenism in Ukraine and in the whole territory of the ex-Soviet Union, is that decolonization has not yet happened. The Churches were often servants and instruments of the state authorities.”
“[our goals: the patriarchate, the beatification of Sheptytsky, etc.] are closer than they were three days ago.”
The Latin Church understands the concept of “Ecclesia particularis” as “local Church.” But at the meeting we had metropolitans from Canada, Brazil, USA, Poland. We are not a local Church but an “Ecclesia sui juris”, which is a global reality. This is a Byzantine concept of Catholic universalism.
“Metropolitan Sheptytsky was the first to fully realise the global nature of our Church. When he was metropolitan, our Church only had three eparchies in Western Ukraine. Now we have 34 eparchies throughout the world. It is also thanks to Metropolitan Sheptytsky, who was the first to make pastoral visits to the faithful throughout the world. We are harvesting the fruits that Metropolitan Sheptytsky planted.”
Helping the poor – a work of charity
For the Pascha season we have been collecting some personal care items for the poor at the request of The Director of the St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter in Waterbury. This is a ministry for the ministry to the homeless.
Our final day for taking up the collection is TOMORROW, Pentecost Sunday (June 9).
Would you consider donating to this work of charity? We are looking for: soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, Q-tips, men’s underwear. These items can be put in the basket at the entrance of the church in the marked box.
Paul Zalonski (of our parish) will drive the donations to the Homeless Shelter in Waterbury.
We have a mission given to us by Jesus: to heal and visit the sick (Matthew 25). The Myrrh-bearing women come to mind.
Here is some information on the help that many parishioners and friends of St Michael the Ukrainian Catholic Church (New Haven) is giving to Kostyantyn Shkapoed and his wife Iryna.
Kostyantyn, a wounded Ukrainian veteran, is receiving medical treatment in New Haven through the assistance of many parishioners and several others spearheading treatment from other places.
Will you be a Myrrh-bearer for Kostyantyn and Iryna?
Click to enlarge the flyer.
The Fall of Constantinople
–May 29, 1453.
One of the worst tragedies in the history of humanity was the fall of the Byzantine Empire, which put an end to centuries of culture, philosophy, education, and morality.
The Fall of Constantinople and the Rise of the Ottomans began a new era of oppression, barbarianism, authoritarianism, and slavery.
To the defenders of the Great City, the past Emperors, Patriarchs, and Military Leaders of the Byzantine Empire: MAY THEIR MEMORIES BE ETERNAL!
The St Gianna Center of New Haven be having its 4th Annual Benefit dinner on Sunday, April 28th (1-5pm) at Amarante’s in New Haven. The Center is recognizing the Pro-Life work of Vincent Candelora (Connecticut State Representative) and Michael and Barbara Ferraro. The Guest Speaker is Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut.
Single Reservations for adults are $50. All reservations must be received and paid for BY APRIL 17th. Reservations by mail must be made payable and mailed to St. Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center, PO Box 94, Northford, CT 06472.
Please call (203) 936-7338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or additional information.
St Gianna Center is a pregnancy resource center helping at-risk pregnant women. The Center relies on donations.
Helping the poor – a work of charity —The Director of the St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter in Waterbury wrote to us requesting assistance in collecting bath soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, Q-tips, men’s underwear for the ministry to the homeless. We will have this collection for the poor through Pentecost (June 9).
These items can be put in the basket at the entrance of the church in the marked box.
Can we follow the example of the Lord who exhorted us to care for the poor? Let us follow the holy example of the Venerable Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky who heroically lived a life of Christian virtue with his commitment to the poor. Pray to Venerable Metropolitan Sheptytsky for guidance in living a holy life.
Paul Zalonski (of our parish) will drive the donations to St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury Homeless Shelter in Waterbury (www.svdpmission.org).
A recent online interview about a family of Evangelical Christians who came to Byzantine Christianity through a relationship with the pastor of a Kyivan Church in Richmond, British Colombia. Thanks to God’s Grace and the great work of Jesuit Father Richard Soo the parish is growing (with a large number of Chinese people).
The article: “Bridging Protestantism and Eastern Catholic Orthodoxy.”
May the Holy Theotokos and all the saints continue to move hearts and minds to be in relation with Jesus Christ and His Church.
This is a powerful witness to Christian charity, virtuous living and being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Read the article and see if it is possible to do the Lazarus Ministry here in Connecticut. Can the parishioners of St Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church might want to take up this ministry, or at least participate in it?
Read: “They came for many reasons, but the same goal: Bury the baby with dignity”