Bishop Peter Stasiuk, Head of the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission, was invited to lead a workshop for the clergy of Manitoba at the Cathedral Parish in Winnipeg on November 8, 2016.

The English edition of the Ukrainian Catholic Catechism, Christ our Paskha was recently published. I was very well received by the faithful. 1000 copies were sold in Manitoba alone. It seems that the first print is almost sold out nationally.

The publication of the Catechism is an opportunity to inform our church members of what they believe, explanation how we pray and how we live. The parish leadership, especially our clergy have a key role in this.

Bishop Peter introduced the catechism. He presented its’ history, and pointed out that the Universal Church, through the Popes, and our particular Church through its’ Patriarch. At the last 100 years have strongly suggested that our church needed to have a Catechism to explain the faith to its’ people.

The publication of the Catechism is an opportunity to inform our church members of what they believe, explanation how we pray and how we live.

Special guests Sisters, Mariyka and Bonnie SSMI from the Catechetical Commission of the Saskatoon Eparchy explained to the priests and deacons present what already has been done on a Canadian National level. They explained that a brochure has been done, fine videos have been produced, power points have been completed, reflection questions have been completed for Part 1. Others are being worked on.  A glossary has been completed, a reading list is ready, a book on the Catechism has been translated into English, plus a readers Guide is being worked on.

The question period after the Conference suggested that the Manitoba clergy are excited about getting started with implementing the work in the parishes.

In the afternoon a conference call with the Metropolitan, Bishop Peter, Bishop David of Edmonton, Iryna Saladza of Toronto, Vicky Adams of Winnipeg, the two sisters from Saskatoon and Fr Stephan Wojcichowsky and Bernadette Mandrusiak of Edmonton, was held.

The printing of the second edition of the Catechism, the 2018 Patriarchal-Canadian meeting and the publication of all existing and future material on Royal Doors Website were discussed.

The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada is  committing itself to Catechetical renewal.

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