Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky (1903-1973)
On June 27, both the Roman Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada will celebrate the memory of Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky, Bishop, religious and martyr, whose tomb is in Saint Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg.
Saint John Paul II signed the Decree of Beatification in 2001. In July 2014, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, solemnly proclaimed Blessed Vasyl patron of prison ministry for the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
This is part of the CCCB’s continuing project during the Year of Consecrated Life to highlight all Canadian Saints and Blesseds who lived the consecrated life.
Prayer for Peace in Syria
Pope Francis has called for a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Mideast region and throughout the whole world on Saturday, September 7, 2014.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Development and Peace are holding an emergency campaign, culminating on Saturday, September 14, 2014 in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syria and the Middle East.
Prayer resources for these days and the Sundays surrounding them are available here.