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!

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 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 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! *****

Update On Various UCY Events

Feeding the Hungry

Valentine’s Day weekend brought joy to many people’s faces around the inner city of Edmonton. This year, at this annual event, UCY made 250 lunch bags which were then distributed to the less fortunate living in our city. This is always such a great event for our youth to take part in because it’s such a great feeling when we help out in our community.


Teen Lenten Retreat

This year our Teen Lenten Retreat took place on March 23-25, 2012 at Camp Oselia where we spoke about what UCY really is and what they can do as the youth in their church. We had 7 teens attend the retreat that weekend where they also participated in various lenten prayers as well as social activities that included movie night and pysanka writing. All in all it was a great weekend! =D


Plashchanytsia Hop

The Plashchanytsia Hop was a great experience for everyone that came out this year. We had 15 people join us as we visited 6 of our Ukrainian Churches in Edmonton. These churches were St. Josaphant’s Cathedral, St. Basil’s, St. Vladamir’s, Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Eucharist and Holy Cross. The youth that attended participated in Jerusalem Matins, various prayers such as a Marian version of the Rosary, and talks by Fr. Mihajlo Planchak and Fr. Ireneus.

Alberta and Saskatoon Goes to Unity 2012!

Calling all Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults aged 18-35 from Alberta and Saskatchewan! Unity 2012 is coming up this August 16-19 and we are planning to take a bus down to Pinawa, MB for this extraordinary event! This is what the bus schedule looks likes thus far:

Wednesday, August 15:

4:00pm: Bus will leave Calgary
7:00pm: Bus will arrive at St. Josaphat’s Cathedral in Edmonton for the Send off Divine Liturgy with all Albertan participants.
8:30pm: Bus will leave Edmonton and head to Saskatoon.

Thursday, August 16:
1:30am: Bus will arrive in Saskatoon and will pick up Saskatoon participants.
2:00am: Bus will leave Saskatoon and head towards Winnipeg.
1pm: Bus will arrive in Winnipeg. We will have lunch at The Forks.
2:30pm: Bus will depart Winnipeg and head to Cook Creek Shrine for a prayer service/ photo op.
4:00pm: Bus will arrive at Wilderness Edge.

***We have yet to figure out the schedule for the way back, but rest assured we’ll have that posted ASAP!***

The total cost for the bus will be $250 per person.

It’s going to be awesome (and I mean AWESOME in the most epic of proportions!) If you don’t believe me, check out the Unity website at and their YouTube Channel at

Hope to see you there 😀


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2012 Teen Lenten Retreat

Come join your UCY executive at Camp Oselia on March 23- 25th for their annual Teen Lenten Retreat!

This is a great opportunity for you to challenge yourself spiritually, learn more about your UCY group and spend time with old and new friends. The registration form is below, print some off and share them with your friends. Hope to see you all there! =D

Click here for the registration form: Edmonton Registration

Young Adult Lenten Retreat – with Bishop David Motiuk

Young Adult Lenten Retreat – with Bishop David Motiuk

Theme: Holy Week Preparation

Date: April 1, 2012. @ 6pm

Location: St. Josaphat Cathedral – 10825 97 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB.

Description: This retreat takes place on Palm Sunday evening and is focused toward those aged 16-35. Bishop David will lead up in retreat and our journey through holy week.. Participants have the opportunity to meet with other young people to discuss elements of our faith.. This retreat will include Sacrament of Reconciliation, and will finish with the Forgiveness Service.
For more information, contact Millie Schietzsch 780-446-1061 or questions, [email protected]

“Spring Thing” Youth Retreat in Saskatoon

If any of you are interested in attending a youth retreat this spring and you happen to be in Saskatchewan? …consider Saskatoon’s UCYC’s “Spring Thing”.  It will take place in Saskatoon on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00pm till Sunday… afternoon.

This is a “save the date” invitation! More information to follow. For right now, here’s what you need to know!


The weekend is for youth and young adults.

It includes a Saturday evening ticket to Vesna, one of Canada’s largest Ukrainian cultural festivals.

You’ll be staying at Sheptytsky Insitute in Saskatoon.

And the best for last….
the speakers/presenters for the weekend are….for the first time ever…

Deacon/Architect Thomas
Professor Andriy
Fire Chief David
Priest Ivan
Entrepreneur Taras
Priest Bohdan.

This may be a once in a lifetime thing! Mark your calendars.

“Get Real” – St. Stephen’s Winter Youth Retreat 2012

The youth group of St. Stephen’s parish in Calgary is hosting another winter retreat… and it will happen on February 15 till 17.


Get Real Registration Form 2012 PDF

You can join us if you are in grade 7 to 12, and you want to have a profound spiritual and social experience.