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Merciful Mother of Evangelization

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

My days growing up on the farm along with my Ukrainian cultural background, traditions and heritage are an important part of who I am. Likewise, your personal background, your heritage and the experiences in your life have shaped you and made you who you are. The Mother of God knows this so well and that is why she teaches us to be attentive to the details of our lives when we are called to evangelize one another.

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The Merciful Couple That Evangelizes

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

I was truly moved by their openness and trust. A couple stood before us at an Eparchial gathering to witness to the love of Christ and their faith
together as a couple since their marriage was being challenged by serious thoughts of divorce because of infidelity. It was as a result of temptations that so many experience today in trying to remain faithful to each other as a couple and as parents with a stable loving relationship for their children. Their witness told others that "you are not alone in your struggles."

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The Merciful Family That Evangelizes

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

Pope Francis tells us in his Apostolic Letter, The Joy of the Gospel,:". In
virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are
agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients."

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Families Proclaiming God's Love

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

At our Eparchial gathering, a woman witnessed to her encounter with Christ. She and her husband adopted a baby and were challenged with many parenting problems. Their daughter had difficulty with several things, including liquor, drug use and the law. It was very lonely for them as a couple when they felt they were not able to be good parents. Looking for professional help and seeking advice on how to manage their daughter's life better consumed them.

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Helping Families Helping the Vulnerable

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

There are significant changes that takes place in the relationship between children and their parents during the course of life. At the outset, obviously the parents have to provide for their children in every way with food, shelter, clothing and lots of tender loving care. But slowly as the child becomes an adolescent and young adult, the parents are less and less responsible for the child and more and more responsible to them as they become adults.

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The Merficul Parish That Evangelizes

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

I have had to opportunity to hear confessions in many schools over the
years. It is a special time when I hear the tender souls reflecting on their sinfulness. I encounter Christ in these children. They are encountering Christ in the scripture, the Eucharist and in Reconciliation.

I want to share this encounter with you so that you may make this possible for all children.

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The Merciful Parish That Evangelizes 2

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

The Samaritan women encountered Christ at the well. She went immediately to tell the others in the village that she encountered the Messiah. Without any formal preparation, she was able to witness to Christ and evangelize others.
This is a powerful example of what St. John Paul II refers to as the new
evangelization. There is authority with which a person can evangelize others and that is simply because you encountered Him yourself.

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