- 97 Street
Phone: 780.422.3181 Fax: 780.425.7517
- Ordained to the Priesthood on August 21, 1988.
- Ordained to the Episcopacy on June 11, 2002: Auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 2002.
- Appointed Bishop of the Eparchy of Edmonton on January 25, 2007
- Ph. D., Cannon Law, Pontifical Institute of Eastern Studies, Rome, 1996
Pastor: Fr. Bill Hupalo
Assistant Pastor: Fr. Danylo Kuc
9:00 A.M. (Sung
(Sung in Ukrainian.)
(Only on Major Feast Days)
(Only on Major Feast Days)
Saturdays: 5:00 P.M. (Bilingual)
GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!
Our Parish Family is
indeed honored and pleased that you’ve chosen to visit us. If this is your first experience of the Ukrainian Catholic
Church, you may find it helpful to know more about us.
Please read this short file, or click on any of the following topics of interest.
OUR ECCLESIASTICAL ROOTS
Lord Jesus Christ gave
Himself for the
life of the world, He offered His body
and blood in the form of bread and wine.
command to ‘Do this
in memory of Me’,
they brought the Gospel to
different parts of the world,
adapting this ‘eucharist’
(thanksgiving) to the varying cultures of the peoples they evangelized. It
became known first as ‘Liturgy’ (from a Greek word, meaning ‘the
work of the people’) and then “Divine Liturgy”, meaning “God’s
By the middle of the 3rd century, several major centers of Christianity had emerged, namely Rome, Alexandria and Antioch, which happened to be the most prestigious cities of the Roman Empire. The Church in each of these cities had its own liturgical customs, which influenced the churches in smaller cities around them, but all shared the same apostolic faith. Early in the fourth century, the Church of Constantinople, a city built on the site of an ancient Greek town called ‘’Byzantium’ and designated as the new capital of the Roman Empire, joined the ranks of these leading churches. A liturgical practice based primarily on the tradition of the Church of Antioch developed here. When missionaries of this Church later brought Christianity to the peoples of eastern Europe they naturally spread to their new converts the tradition with which they were familiar and this has remained the liturgical tradition of these Churches to this day.
In response to the conditions in which they developed, which differed from those in western Europe, these churches organized themselves into local hierarchies defined by the political boundaries of the countries in which they were located, and developed as separate national churches. As a result, where churches of Byzantine tradition exist today in North America they are organized into ecclesiastical jurisdictions based on the national origins of the immigrants who originally established them here (Ukrainians, Russians, Serbians, Greeks, Romanians, etc.).
Over many centuries a gradual process of estrange-ment lead eventually to a separation between the Roman Church and most of the churches of the Christian East. These subsequently organized themselves as a distinct communion - the ‘Orthodox Church’. However, at a synod held in 1595, the bishops of Ukraine clarified that their church was, and had always remained, in communion with the Roman Church. Later, certain sectors of the Ukrainian Church repudiated this act, resulting in the existence of a parallel ‘Orthodox’ Church among Ukrainians down to the present day.
following may help you to better understand and participate in our
BELIEVER AT PRAYER: Owing to the fact that
in His Holy Incarnation, our Lord Jesus Christ, while fully God, took on
our entire human nature, worship in the Eastern Christian tradition
involves the entire person so that all of our faculties and senses may
enter into prayer and experience the presence of God.
This explains our use of aesthetic stimuli such as music,
fragrance, color and other sensory events.
The impression created by the beauty of these experiences elevates
our worship to a foretaste of the Kingdom of God, mysteriously present
among us now and awaiting its definitive and complete revelation at the
end of time. The earthly
liturgy thereby reflects the heavenly liturgy described in the Letter to
the Hebrews, the Book of Revelation, and elsewhere in the Scriptures.
THE ICONOSTAS: This large screen, symbolizing the veil of the
Temple in the Old Testament, conceals
the sanctuary but is
fitted with doors that open during the
service, and with sacred
images or icons’,
which also appear elsewhere in
the church. Thus, it simultaneously
reveals the mysterious presence
of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The content and the design of these images,
and the materials and methods used in their production,
are drawn from
the Scriptures, the
the saints, and
of Christian Tradition.
They express both the events and the profound spiritual meaning of
our Salvation. Their
arrangement is determined by the liturgical life of the Church, in which
they have an essential role. Therefore,
they are divinely revealed images, which we understand not as art, but as faith, theology and prayer in living color. They are
expressions of the presence of Christ, the preeminent and perfect image of
the Father, who appeared and was seen in the flesh, and they invite us to
glimpse a spiritual vision of the Kingdom, and to enter into that sacred
FACING THE EAST IN
PRAYER: This ancient Christian posture
was adopted by the early Church because of the significance of the rising
sun as a symbol of the Resurrection.
also expected the glorious return of Christ to begin from the East.
This is why the priest faces the altar rather than the congregation
during our Liturgy. As the leader of the community gathered in prayer, he, like
us, faces the East, the symbol of our hope, and lifts up our prayers, as
we await the coming of the One who ‘makes all things new’.
Our Liturgy generally is sung as a sign of our joyfulness in
God’s presence. Musical
instruments are avoided so that the beauty of the human voice lifted in
prayer is not hampered.
HOLY COMMUNION: Since the Eucharist can only be properly received by those in communion with the Catholic Church, we emphasize proper preparation for receiving the sacrament through prayer, fasting (a fast of one hour is strictly called for), examination of conscience, as well as Confession, if required. When receiving, please come forward and quietly state your first name. Open your mouth wide and tilt your head back slightly. Please do not extend your tongue nor say “Amen”. The priest will gently place the Eucharist into your mouth with the spoon. Wait until he withdraws his hand, then return to your place. At this point one should always offer thanks for the gift of Holy Communion. There are some beautiful prayers of thanksgiving in the pewbooks used for Divine Liturgy (pp. 80 - 87). These can also provide wonderful inspiration for re-flection and prayer when preparing for Holy Communion. ‘Thanksgiving’, the very meaning of the word ‘eucharist’, should continue not only in the formal prayers we say following our reception of the sacrament, but also in the manner in which we live our lives. Since, in the Divine Eucharist, we receive the Risen Lord Himself, uniting ourselves to Him, we are called to truly be His living presence in the world.
ST. JOSAPHAT PARISH ORGANIZATIONS:
Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada
Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada
Knights of Columbus
Altar Boys and Children of Mary
Sadochok (Playschool) and Sunday School
UCY / Teens United in Christ (TUC’S)
Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPIRITUAL HOME ROOTED IN THE
ANCIENT APOSTOLIC FAITH?
If you are looking for a spiritual home founded on Sacred Scripture and on the Tradition handed down from the early Church since the time of the apostles, consider our parish community. We welcome anyone who:
1. seeks faithfulness to God through the celebration of His Word and Sacrament;
2. accepts the teachings and practices of our Holy Catholic faith, and the authority of the Pope, the Patriarchal Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops and our own Bishop;
3. wishes to help build a community rooted in love and service of God and of neighbour.
If this is the type of spiritual home you seek, consider joining us. You may reach our pastor, at (780) 422-3181, or fax us at 425-7517.