iWitness is our newest and greatest contest that encourages students to showcase how they witness the Lord working in their lives, by way of drawings, pictures, written works, or videos.

check it out: iwitness.edmontoneparchy.com


Kenosis: Catholic Youth Pilgrimage

Kenosis is a Pilgrimage for Youth and Young adults from Eastern Alberta, to Winnipeg, to go see the shrine of Blessed Vasyl Velechkovsky, a Saint in the making.

For more information please see the attached PDF: Kenosis Poster
 or contact Fr. Bo of Lloydminster

World Youth Day 2013 – Rio, Brazil

“Go and Make Disciples of All Nations!” (CF MT 28:19)

taken from the WYD site: http://www.rio2013.com/en/a-jornada/lema-da-jornada


“The World Youth Day in Madrid renewed the call on youth to be the yeast that makes the dough rise, giving to the world the hope that borns with the faith. Be generous when giving a testimony of Christian life, especially having in consideration the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.”

This call was made by Pope Benedict XVI when proclaiming the theme of World Youth Day Rio2013: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19), during the general audience on August 24.

At that time, the catechesis was dedicated to WYD 2011, which was over on the 21th of the same month. Benedict XVI recalled fondly the joy of participation of the about two million young people in Madrid, to what he called “a wonderful experience of brotherhood, encounter with the Lord, sharing and growth in faith: a veritable cascade of light.”

That’s why is so important that young people in Brazil and the world from now on assume that call to mission and participate in the World Youth Day as living witnesses of Christ.

PFor the Father Gerardo Dondici Vieira, director of the Theology Department at PUC-Rio, this is a theme to be kept in the heart, reflected and meditated. “This theme, about making disciples, call other disciples to communion and fellowship with the Lord, is the theme dearest to the Gospel of Matthew. This mandate, this mission is already announced in the whole Gospel. And in fact, can only make disciples the one who is already a disciple, who lives with the Lord” said the priest.

Father Dondici points out that this testimony and proclamation of Christ himself, are major challenges for youth, living in a pluralistic world, with thousands of information either through schools, recreation, internet, especially in the contact with social networks, like facebook, twitter: “With these thousand shares, he, young disciple, is called to plant in the hearts of those he meets, with whom it communicates, the desire to be a disciple of Jesus”.

“What does the disciple of Jesus wins? Wins the presence in the kingdom, wins the certainty of God’s love, wins the certainty to be for the others a sign of mercy and love. Wins carrining and giving the peace of the Lord. Forgiveness, mercy, peace, these are the fruits and gifts that the world really needs. Violence, war, corruption, evil, everything that takes away the possibility of the young to grow up and put all its richness and vitality service of humanity, are the ones who will diminish in society.”he said.

In the final term of the text of Matthew – “Go and make disciples of all nations” – explained the priest, there is a great anthropological dream of us all, that the contact with the Lord, the friendship with Him, awaken the best that eachone has in himself.

“We live in a world where there are many wastes, loss of human life, due to lack of chance. The fellowship with the Lord brings out our best. The announcement “Go and make disciples of all nations” is an announcement for a lifetime. At no time we can take a break from it, because it assumes that the one who is a friend of the Lord, by his life, by his way of being in the world, communicate to others the light, the beauty and joy of being a disciple of the Lord. That is the mission that our church needs. Many times we are paralyzed and stunned by a world that goes a little crazy, but in this world we have the presence of the Lord who has chosen us, who chose the youth to be a sign of His love and joy in the world” concluded.

Well, Unity 2012 is done… by Organizer Tamara

Well, Unity 2012 is done….and it was AMAZING!!!

Thank to all the workers, the participants, the leaders, the presenters and the supporters!!

It was an awsome journey INTO THE WILD!!  and we all found our path!!

Thank you everyone for all the memories!  Thank you to all my helpers for all that they did to make Unity 2012 the success that it was!  Thank you to everyone that attended Unity 2012 (I can’t believe it’s done….was it just a dream????)  WHAT A CELEBRATION!!!!!!  (Ok now everyone make me laugh…)

I hope everyone made it home safe and sound today (or in the next few days for those that have extended their journey).

I need to thank a group that I forgot to thank at the banquet…Thank you to the Ontario group for providing the wine for the banquet!  (I knew I would forget to mention someone…sorry about that!)

We will be posting photos within the week for everyone to see!  Also, if you have not filled in and given me the evaluation form, then please feel free to drop it in the mail and send it to me at: 233 Scotia St, Wpg, MB, R2V 1V7.  I will also put a copy of the form on line for you to fill out and e-mail or mail to me ASAP.  Thank you for sharing your thought for us to share with the future Unity planning Teams.

Thank you again for everything!!


and the Unity 2012 Planning Team!

Unity 2012 was Awesome!

What a Spirit filled event!

Young adults from across our country (and a few from the US too) gathered to better understand our faith, to pray together, to celebrate together and to bond together in Piniwa, MB.  The whole event went very smoothly.  May God bless all the organizers, presenters and participants.

Cant wait for the next Unity… probably in 2014???

Update on Unity 2012!


A heads up to those still wanting to join the Edmonton Eparchy’s group for our Unity 2012 excersion: there are only 23 spots left! Do not miss this awesome opportunity to meet with like-minded young adults from across Canada (and even the United States)!

For more information and to register, check out the Unity 2012 website at unity2012.wordpress.com. Also, check out our Facebook page!

I’m super excited for this event and I hope to share this experience with all of you!

Joyanne, Unity 2012 Planning Team (Edmonton Eparchy)

Patriarchal Visit – June 08 – Meeting with Youth (ENG/UKR)

As part of his pastoral visit, His Beatitude Sviatoslav met with the youth from the Eparchy of Edmonton. At the meeting, His Beatitude thanked all those in attendance and passed on a greeting from all the youth in Ukraine. He also responded to questions posed by the youth, of which there were 150 representing different parishes from the Eparchy. The youth gathered at the event were encouraged to strive from an authentic Christian life, which is based on our cooperation with God, prayer and service to our neighbour. His Beatitude drew attention to the importance of studying and living our spiritual Tradition, which will help us to open the riches of the our Church and be able to share it with others. At the conclusion of the meeting all in attendance received a Patriarchal blessing from His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

У рамках свого пастирського візиту, Блаженніший Святослав зустрівся з молоддю Едмонтонської єпархії. На зустрічі, яка проходила у щирій, теплій атмосфері, Глава УГКЦ відповів на запитання молодих осіб, представників різних парафій даної єпархії. Під час спілкування з понад 150 молодими людьми, Предстоятель УГКЦ, подякував за нагоду зустрічі та привітав присутніх від молоді України. З уст провідника УГКЦ, молодь Едмонтонської єпархії почула слова заоохоти до автентичного християнського життя основаного на співпраці з Богом, молитві та служінні ближнім. Відповідаючи на запитання, Блаженніший Святослав звернув увагу на важливість вивчення нашої традиції яко тієї, що дозволить відкрити багатство Церкви та ділитися ним з іншими. На завершення зустрічі, Глава УГКЦ уділив присутнім своєархиєрейське благословення.


Unity 2012 Early-Bird Extended!


The early-bird deadline for Unity 2012 has been extended! As long as you post-date your payment for June 10, you are able to save $25 on Unity registration. Half the spots are gone, so hurry and download the registration form at http://unity2012.wordpress.com/registration-form/!

God bless,


Unity Registration!


Just a reminder that the early-bird registration deadline for Unity 2012 is this Thursday, May 31! You save $25 by registering before this date, so get your stuff mailed out ASAP! If you’re sending out your stuff this week, I would also email the Unity team or comment on their website to let them know your stuff is in the mail. The link to the Unity 2012 website is http://unity2012.wordpress.com/ and information on registration is right on the front page, which makes it super easy!

Also, check out our Facebook event, ‘Alberta and Saskatoon Goes to Unity 2012!’ for more information on what our eparchy is planning for transportation and so forth.

Good luck on registering and see you at Unity!


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 http://www.facebook.com/groups/10947876766/ 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! *****