of the largest and deepest sacrament of Christian belief is the
sacrament of God's Son's embodiment. Eternal God becomes an infant, but
does not cease to be God. As John Evangelist says «And word
became a body and settled between us». «Eternal God
born» Ukrainian carol goes. Christmas is a cradle of our
National customs, carols wake up and support Christmas spirit. Carols,
sang by Ostap Stahiv (photo 60), Taras Kurchyk, duet Pysanka, sounded
song «Kolyada» started the series of programmes
ofVoskresinnia Radio, participated by author of music, poet and
composer, famous bard Oles Dyak (photo 59). The composer also performed
in the programmes songs on poems of priest Yaroslav Lesiv.
UGCC marked duet «Pysanka» with medal of God's
propagation of spiritual song, the duet is also a laureate of
International Premium «Friendship». Honoured
Ukraine Ivan Kavatsyuk and Oksana Savchuk told about their creative
work for Voskresinnia Radio (photo 61).
Sides of ecumenism
of programmes «National expressions of Orthodox Christianity.
Ukrainian Aspect», participated by doctor of philosophical
sciences Oleksandr Kahan (photo 62), dwelt upon in-depth aspects of
existence of Orthodox Church in Ukraine. Voskresinnia Radio acquainted
its listeners with comments of the Holiest Lyubomyr Huzar regarding
union of Ukrainian churches, expressed at the press-conference in
Ukrainian independent information agency of news in Kyiv.
Social service of Church
The ways the Church cares for the sick, as well as celebration of the
Day of hospis and paliative care in Ukraine, were dwelt upon by the
head of metropolitan commission of UGCC for ministry of health care,
serving sister of Immaculate Virgin Mary, Nadiya Kotur.
Over 200 children with special needs and their families received
spiritual and material help, having addressed to organization
«Karitas» at Sambirska-DrohobytskaArchdiocese of
Totally there are over 600 of such children registered. Iryna Dzyurah,
the head of society of handicapped children protection
«Nadiya» and social worker for charity fund
«Kartitas» at Sambirska- Drohobytska Archdiocese of
responsible for work with handicapped children and single people of
declining years with scanty means, told about hem.
doctor Svyatoslav Shevchuk (photo 64), administrator of Patriarch curia
of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told about his official visit to
Argentina. The programme of the visit envisaged the visit to branch of
Roman Ukrainian Catholic University of St. Klyment Pope of Rome in
province Missiones, where 22 courses of Ukrainian studies were held for
descendants of Ukrainian immigrants in Argentina.
On 14 of May, UGCC marked the Day of the Sick This day the Church joint
for the first time to theWorld Day of the Sick, initiated on February
11, 1993, on the blessing of Pope Ivan Pavlo II. One prays for the sick
and theo\ir families, for medical workers and persons, taking care over
the sick, at the Divine Liturgy. Special attention of the Church is
paid to problems of people with various mental disorders. Archdioceses
held meetings, aimed at attracting attention of Christian community and
public to problem of improving care for the sick and their place among
us. In every parish priests visit medical institutions, delivering holy
sacraments to sick people.
of Voskresinnya Radio presented Ministerial Appeal of the Holiest
Lyubomyr to the faithful of UGCC on the occasion of the Day of the sick
in Kievo-Halytska metropolitan and interview with sister Nadiya Kotur
(photo 63) (association of serving sisters of Immaculate Virgin Mary)
on measures, scheduled for the Day of the sick in Ukrainian Greek
Catholic Church. Apart from that sister Nadiya told about activity,
aim, task and aspects of Metropolitan commission of UGCC for ministry
of health care.
can meet priests more often in Ukrainian military parts. Chaplains
issue in Donetsk-Kharkivskyy exarchate of UGCC was the subject of
interview with father Myhaylo Zaverchuk.
This year about 30 students have the possibility to study the programme
of new profession in Ukrainian Catholic University: social pedagogics.
Peculiarities of this programme in Catholic University and their
topicality in Ukrainian society were described by associate professor,
candidate of pedagogical sciences Mariya Shved (photo 65), head of
pedagogics department at USU and manager of programme «Social
burning issue is women's trade among migration problems, world
community is facing nowadays. Since Ukraine opened boundaries, its
citizens started for the West in hundreds of thousands. Since such a
migration often has illegal character, lot of Ukrainian women found
themselves in foreign brothels, where their life and health are at
great risk. It is already more than two years that charity organization
of Catholic Church «Karitas» helps victims,
psychological, social and professional rehabilitation. Consulting
centers of support (photo 66), functioning in Khmelnytskyy,
Ivano-Frankivsk, Sokal and Drohobych, were dwelt upon by Natalya
Holynska, coordinator of project of help to women victims of man trade
in Sambirska-Drohobytska Archdiocese of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
Protection of life
Thematic radio programme on issues of abortions prevention was prepared
by trainees of Voskresinnia Radio, students of Lviv State University
Tetyana Lutsyk and Lidiya Hubych.