Alberta unites in a Day of Prayer for Ukraine
A Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine will be observed on Friday, March 18, 2022 in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. This is in coordination with all the parishes/churches of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, the Diocese of Calgary, the Diocese of St. Paul, the Anglican Diocese of Calgary, the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, Anglican Diocese of Athabasca, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.
Prayers for Ukraine will take place as part of normal Friday daily Masses. Parishes will be offering opportunities for the faithful to pray for peace through Eucharistic liturgies, prayer services, and devotional prayers. The ringing of bells on this day will be prolonged or extended as our call for peace in Ukraine. A special Liturgy of the Word document is available: Liturgy Of The Word Prayer Service – Day Of Prayer 2022
Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Bishops meet to pray for peace in Ukraine
His Grace Bishop Ilarion (Ukrainian Orthodox) and Bishop David (Ukrainian Catholic) invite the clergy, religious, monastics and laity to join us in prayer for the innocent victims of war in Ukraine through the offering of a Panachyda (the Ukrainian funeral memorial prayer service) on Saturday, March 26, at 5 p.m. at Saint Basil Parish on 109 Street in Edmonton. Special Guest and Speaker: Oleksandr Danyleiko, Consul General of Ukraine in Edmonton.
The Ukrainian Catholic (UCC) and Ukrainian Orthodox (UOCC) Bishops of Canada met by zoom conferencing on Thursday, 10 March 2022, to discuss the ongoing tragedy of the War in Ukraine. Initiating and ending their meeting with prayer, the Bishops discussed their insights on the war situation in Ukraine, the plight of those fleeing the war in various countries, and how the faithful in Canada are responding to this human and political tragedy. The Ukrainian Bishops of Canada expressed gratitude to the various agencies that are assisting in providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and thank their faithful for their willingness to help in whatever way they can. The Bishops concluded by considering plans to unite the faithful of both Orthodox and Catholic Churches in prayer and action for Ukraine.
✠ Lawrence (Huculak), Ukrainian Catholic Archeparch of Winnipeg, Metropolitan, UCC
✠ Ilarion (Rudnyk), Bishop of Edmonton and the Western Eparchy, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the UOCC
✠ David (Motiuk), Ukrainian Catholic Eparch of Edmonton, Administrator of the New Westminster Eparchy, UCC
✠ Andriy (Peshko), Bishop of Toronto and the Eastern Eparchy of the UOCC
✠ Bryan (Bayda), Ukrainian Catholic Eparch of Saskatoon, Administrator of Toronto and Eastern Canada, UCC
10 March 2022
We encourage you and all people of good will to pray for the imminent restoration of peace, dialogue, and human fraternity in Ukraine, in solidarity with the Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, in unison with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with the people of Ukraine as well as with Canadians of Ukrainian origin and descent.
- CCCB Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine (Feb 24) EN | FR
- Major Archbishop Shevchuk (Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church) is calling for international solidarity with Ukraine (Feb 22)
How you can help:
- Donations can be made through the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton
- Development and Peace
- The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada has partnered with The Catholic Near East Welfare Association to provide immediate humanitarian support for the people of Ukraine.
- Canadian Red Cross