DECREE

Overview

Every Parish will determine which calendar they will adopt in the liturgical life of the Parish –Julian Calendar or Gregorian Calendar.

By adopting a calendar, it is intended to use the whole calendar including all the major feasts of the liturgical year.

What follows are the procedures that will need to be followed within the Parish in respect to the adoption of the calendar within the Parish.

Preparation to Election

  • The period of discussion about the possible change of calendar will last for at least one year before the Calendar Voting Meeting.
  • All Parishioners will be informed during the year about the intention to change the calendar.
  • All Parishioners will be informed on which day the vote to change the calendar will take place.

Who Can Vote

  • Parishioners who are 18 years or over and are on the Parish List of each household can vote.
  • The List of Parishioners who can vote will be confirmed by the Parish Priest/Administrator.

How to Vote

  • Only Parishioners who are present at the Calendar Voting Meeting can vote.
  • Each Parishioner only has one vote.
  • Each Parishioner must be determined as a valid voter.
  • The Chairperson will determine who can vote or not vote, of all those present at the Calendar Voting Meeting.
  • At the Calendar Voting Meeting the Chairperson:
  • Will read the rules of the voting election meeting;
  • Ensure only those eligible can vote;
  • Conduct the vote to adopt the calendar;
  • Allow the votes to be scrutinised;
  • Declare that an official notification of the results of the Calendar Voting Meeting will be forwarded to the Eparch.
  • There is no debate about adopting a calendar at the Voting Meeting.
  • Only the rules of the election can be read by the Chairperson and the vote will be taken on the day.

Question

Question –“Are you in favour of our Parish (NAME) changing from the Julian Calendar (Old Calendar) to the Gregorian Calendar (New Calendar)?” (Question)

The question requires a YES or NO response. (Response)

Voting Procedures

  • The Parish Council before the date of the Calendar Voting Meeting will decide whether the method of voting will be by Ballot or by show of hands.
  • The decision regarding the method of voting will be final.
  • The method of voting will be communicated to all Parishioners in the Parish.
  • The Parish Council will decide who will be the Chairperson at the Calendar Voting Meeting and inform the Parishioners of the Parish.
  • Members of the clergy in the Parish do not have a vote in the election to change calendars.
  • The Parish Council, before the Calendar Voting Meeting, will choose three Scrutineers who will officially count the votes of those voting at the Calendar Voting Meeting.
  • The counting of votes will take place in a transparent manner at the Calendar Voting Meeting in the presence of all voting.
  • Scrutineers will not consider as a valid cast vote: spoiled ballots, informal votes, or an abstention from voting.

Official Decision

  • A majority of 75% of the votes cast is needed to adopt the calendar which will be used in a Parish.
  • The Chairperson together with the Parish Priest/Administrator shall send an official notification to the Eparch confirming the result of the Calendar Voting Meeting.
  • The Eparch will proclaim the change of calendar in the Parish in respect of each validly held Calendar Voting Meeting.
  • The Eparch will declare the result officially one month after receiving the official result of the Calendar Voting Meeting.

Given in Melbourne on the twenty ninth day of June, 2016

 

+ Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. A.M.

Eparch for Ukrainian Catholics in
Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

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