Noel Debien with Fr Simon Ckuj
Noel Debien with Fr Simon Ckuj
My father once told me this story. As a young seven year old boy he would be collected on Saturday evening from the family home by a Ukrainian priest and taken to train as a future cantor in the Ukrainian Church.
John the Baptist has many references in both the New and Old Testaments. In the New Testament especially,we hear from his Father,himself,and even what Jesus said about him.
The numbers are in on our webcast during the Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. According to Omar,the owner of the webcast business,who has been broadcasting for us for the last three years,the numbers of computers,or shall we say people,who saw our webcast is up by one hundred since 2012.
He has informed us that some 1300 people tuned in live,this total is for both days. 780 of them were from Australia,221 from China,117 from Ukraine and 182 from other countries i.e. Canada,USA,South America New Zealand,etc.
These are very impressive numbers. There were a lot of people who did not go to church that day and watched it on their computers.
“The Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir of St. Volodymyr in Canberra is one of the finest choirs in our Eparchy. They have been singing for many years under the direction of Irene Pellegrino.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk has appointed Taras Semenyuk who is studying mass media in Rome as the new webmaster of the Eparchy’s website. Taras is a journalist who specializes in all forms of mass media. He is especially known for his work with videos and documentaries. He has produced a number of items on the Ukrainian church’s involvement in the Apostleship of the Sea. He is interested in the future use of the electronic media for evangelization. “An Eparchial website has many exciting possibilities for communicating with the world especially young people.” he told Bishop Peter. “The church of the future must learn to use the media very wisely.” he added.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk has written Mr. Slavko Bojczuk to express his appreciation.
I would like to acknowledge your long and untiring service to our Eparchy over the years you have volunteered.
You took over as the English editor of our newspaper “Church and Life” at a time when it was so very important to do so. You performed your tasks very professionally and diligently for about 10 years. When the electronic age came upon us,you also volunteered in 2004 to be the first editor and webmaster of our new website. For two years you were both editor of the English section of “Church and Life” and webmaster of “Catholicukes”. You,without regard to your own comfort,persuaded all of us that we should have a website and that we should all contribute to it. I remember the many times you had to face the indifference from the people in the Eparchy.
However you persevered and the website flourished and became one of the best in our church at the time. It was receiving an extraordinary amount of hits each day.
You have continued to work and develop our website over all these years. We now have something we are all proud of. There is a very sound foundation into the future.
You have found it necessary to retire at this time. I accept your resignation with great reluctance and also with great admiration and thankfulness. A job very well done!
May God Bless you for all you efforts. Your volunteer work is an outward sign of your faith in Christ and your love for our church and community.
Yours sincerely in Christ
Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R.
Eparch for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia,New Zealand and Oceania”
Ми живем на землі,ходимо на роботу,розважаємось. До церкви ходимо також на землі. Проте є категорія людей,які більшу частину свого життя проводять на морі. 9 місяців у плаванні –це стандартний робочий графік кожного моряка. Вони позбавлені простих розваг,бо повинні дбати за безпеку пасажирів та вантажів на кораблі. Бога вони зустрічають на кораблі з поглядом у зоряне небо. Проте серед них є люди,які допомагають їм зустріти Бога у щоденному житті. Це морські капелани –священики,які своє життя посвятили служінню морякам.
З чого розпочалось морське капеланство? І яким воно є сьогодні –дивіться у репортажі
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church,having long suffered under Communist persecution,flourished once the Iron Curtain finally fell. The strength of this Eastern rite extends to the growing Ukrainian diaspora,particularly in Canada. In 2011,when the Ukrainian bishops needed to elect a new leader for their growing church,they turned to the youngest member from among their ranks:Sviatoslav Shevchuk,then only 40 years old. Witness host Fr. Thomas Rosica sat down with Archbishop Shevchuck during his recent visit to Canada.
Fr Olexander Kenez
Poveerty,and my contribution to continuing the cycle. Chances
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