From Father Richard:
One type of question I get all the time from
people who call and are thinking of donating:
"Where is this money going and how will it be
spent?" because they are suspicious about
administration costs and potential misuse of
donations. The newsletter link below has tons of
very helpful information (even though some of
the videos are only in Ukrainian.) We hope this
will make people feel much better about their
giving, and it will help connect them more with
the fruit of their giving.
I know that many of you are familiar with the artificial
famine imposed on Ukraine by Joseph Stalin 90 years ago,
killing millions of people by starvation. We had some
members of our church who suffered under this horrible plan
but survived, though many in their families did not. They
have gone to their rest, but we still remember their
This Sunday we will serve the Panachida for those souls who
died this under this Communist plot, remembering the time of
Below is a link to a page from the website of our Ukrainian
Greek Catholic Church, with a short video of our patriarch
addressing the Kyiv Security Forum, linking the Holodomor
with the current war. It is in Ukrainian, with English
Let us pray for Ukraine and all the faithful in that land.
Let us remember the souls who have suffered greatly under
Communism and the current Russian regime.
As you may have read, the Vatican Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith recently published a declaration "Fiducia Supplicans" which allows that unmarried people living together as a "couple" may receive some kind of blessing from priests under certain circumstances.
Patriarch Sviatoslav has declared that such blessings may not be given by the clergy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Part of his message is as follows:
"According to the traditions of the Byzantine rite, the concept of 'blessing' means approval, permission, or even an order for a specific type of action, prayer, and ascetic practices, including certain types of fasting and prayer. Certainly, the blessing of a priest always has an evangelizing and catechetical dimension and, therefore, can in no way contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church about the family as a faithful, indissoluble, and fertile union of love between a man and a woman, which Our Lord Jesus Christ elevated to the dignity of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. Pastoral discernment urges us to avoid ambiguous gestures, statements, and concepts that would distort or misrepresent God’s word and the teachings of the Church."
If you would like to read the rest of this short decree you can do so here: