In St. Sofia a joint prayer for victims of the Holodomor Print E-mail

On Remembrance Day of victims of the Holodomor in the St. Sofia Cathedral in Kyiv took place a joint inter-confessional prayer for those who died from hunger. The prayer was conducted by the heads and authorized representatives of churches and religious organizations of Ukraine. From the side of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the victims of the Holodomor prayed His Beatitude Lubomyr, Major Archbishop of Kyiv and Halych.

In St. Sofia prayers to the Lord were heard by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko together with the wife Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko and their children, higher public state officials, in particular the prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, secretary of CNSDU (Council of National Security and Defence of Ukraine) Raisa Bohatyriova, vice prime minister Ivan Vasyunyk, ministers, national deputies, representatives of KCSA (Kyiv City State Administration) and public organizations, intelligentsia, and others. This information was reported by the official web site of the President of Ukraine.

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Report on the church events in the Diocese of Buchach, November 2009 Print E-mail

During the last two and a half months the Apostolic Administrator Dmytro Hryhorak OSBM in the presence of many diocesan priests conducted solemn inauguration ceremonies of the following churches after the completion or renovation (interior). They also celebrated the holly masses in connection with parish visitations.

1. October 18th, 2009 - the 100th Church Anniversary in the Zelijw, Kopychyneckyj deanery. (Inauguration of Iconostasis)

2. October 14th, 2009 a parish feast in the city of Zalischyky. (Parish visitation).

Inauguration ceremonies of the Blessed Mother statue in Ustia-Zelene Print E-mail

This sunny day many people were waiting impatiently in the area of the monastery of the village Ustia-Zelenyj for this event. And now it was the time. On the 15th of November the residents of Ustia-Zelene and the Catholics of the surrounding villages gathered  to consecrate in a dignified manner the Mother of Gods statue, erected in the village center. On this occasion the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buchach Dmytro Hryhorak, OSBM attended the local parish. The community members and many believers met the leader of our diocese with bread and salt, according to the Ukrainian church custom, near the church. Pupils of local schools dressed in the national clothes greeted the present guests. Pastor of the church, father Stephen Striletskyj, gave symbolic keys of the church to the administrator of the diocese Dmytro Hryhorak OSBM.

Synod of the Greek Catholic bishops has the meeting in Lviv from November 29th to December 9th Print E-mail

Today, on November 29th, 2009, Synod of the Ukrainian Catholic Church was started with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of John Chrysostom in St. George's Cathedral in Lviv. The meetings which are chaired by His Beatitude Lubomir Husar, the head of the Ukrainian Church, will continue throughout the week up to the 5th of December 2009. 49 bishops (along with Emeriti) currently belong to the Synod of the Greek Catholic bishops of the Ukraine. 36 bishops, who represent the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in various countries around the world, came to Bryukhovychi( suburb of Lviv) in order to take part at the meetings. Becides different other topics from the life of the church, the question of appointment of new bishops in the dioceses will be discussed.

Patriarchal Synod of Bishops of the UGCC has started its work Print E-mail

When we obtain a plenitude of the Sacrament of Priesthood, a triple task appears before us: to be a teacher, a person who blesses, and a pastor for the people who have trust in us. These tasks can be analyzed and discussed to find which of them is the most important. But, presumably, first of all we have to consider the words of Jesus Christ, directed to the teacher of law whom asked Him about the most important commandment. The Lord answered that the most important commandment is to love God and thy neighbour, His Beatitude Lubomyr said in his sermon for the occasion of the Patriarchal Synod of Bishops. Exactly this, according to the head of the UGCC, is the most important in the service of a bishop: to love God more than all and to love thy neighbour as thyself. (Listen a fragment of the sermon of His Beatitude Lubomyr.)

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