March 15, 2022




All religious leaders and leaders of faith have appealed for prayer for the situation in Ukraine. His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appealed for peace on several occasions and asked that all people of good will raise their hearts and voices in prayer to the Lord for an immediate resolution to the invasion of Ukraine. He has called for a World Day of Payer and Fasting for Peace in Ukraine for Wednesday March 2.

The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav has called all the faithful of the Church he leads throughout the world to pray! He continues to do so from the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection in Ukraine's besieged capital Kyiv.


A. The Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada, for some time, have trusted the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) to assist the Church in Canada in offering support and aid to the Church in Ukraine. As the present crisis started to boil over several weeks ago, it became obvious that the people of Ukraine will need emergency humanitarian aid - including medical supplies and services, refugee assistance, etc. Metropolitan Lawrence has designated CNEWA as the primary vehicle for donations to be made to help Ukraine. All members of the faithful are asked to contact CNEWA directly (or with the help of their local parish council) to easily make their donations online via the association [CLICK HERE]. !more information below....

Also, if they prefer, donors may donate via their home parish for aid to the victms of war in Ukraine and to help the Refugee effort in Europe and here in Winnipeg!

B. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress MANITOBA Provincial Council website [HERE] provides other possible links for donating to help Ukraine, including a RED CROSS Ukraine Donation site at which the Canadian Government will MATCH any donation up to $100,000 each.


A. Several inquiries have come from parishes and individuals that are interested to offering AID to the estimated 2500,000 (!) refugees that have already fled Ukraine across the border into neighbouring countries (Poland, Moldova, Hungary, etc.). There has been an appeal to help on-site organizations in offering local relief to the traumatized families needing shelter, food and clothing. Such support, again, may be offered via CNEWA that has direct contact with local branches of the global Catholic charitable organization "Caritas" as well and local refugee-support programs of the eparchies of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

B. Presently, the Archeparchy is gathering information from parishes and individuals as well as other organizations and government agencies regarding the SPONSORING refugees to Manitoba. We believe that this fully operational for all refugees and those here that want to help!

AT this time - please step forward and let us know how you can help by filling out the firm that will be available in your parish church or by clicking on this tab to access the information form...


We are consulting with local representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress with regard to the specific concern with sponsoring refugees to Canada. On the website of the UCC [HERE] some information is available regarding Ukrainian immigration, family members, students, etc. The site also offers a direct link to the stance of the Canadian Government on those seeking actual refugee status at this time [HERE]. We will post more information as available.




A. As we have been forced to accept over the last 5 years or so, there is a lot of "fake news" out there and we must learn to discern what is truthful and what are the real facts. Alas this means we are often exposed to false information, as well as omitted information and intentional disinformation. We often must crosscheck with alternative sources to get the full and/or accurate picture. If we are concerned about the facts then we often must do the research ourselves or wisely choose trusted sources of information. We have also been introduced to the widespread and sometimes state-sponsored world of internet "trolls". The trolls intentionally promote a position contrary to the truth and/or try to create a narrative that muddies the waters of the public understanding and perception. We owe it to ourselves to be wary and, again, discern what is true and even respond and provide what we know to be the truth of the matter by commenting or even challenging. Long before the war broke out, this conflict put Ukraine in a position where it must defend itself from propaganda - including vile falsehoods and inaccuracies about its history, present hopes and goals for the future. We join our brothers and sisters in Ukraine in trusting in the Word of our Lord, Who assures us that, "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).


More Re: CNEWA Donations.....

Dear Friend,


The War in Ukraine dominates the news headlines. Russia's massive military buildup along Ukraine's borders could play out in a number of ways, but any escalation will cause a serious humanitarian crisis throughout the country, not just in its eastern half.

CNEWA and its partners in Ukraine are currently developing the appropriate responses. As Christians, we live in hope, and continue to pray for a peaceful and just resolution, but as agents of assistance we need to be ready for the worst.

Recently, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, led an international day of prayer for peace in Ukraine.

Recalling the horrors suffered by the Ukrainians in the 20th century - war, revolution, famine and persecution - the pope prayed that the Lord will "grant that the country may grow in the spirit of brotherhood and that all hurts, fears and divisions will be overcome." I hope and pray for this too.

How can you help?

First, pray. Pray for peace in Ukraine and throughout the world.

Second, stay informed. Visit CNEWA's website for some articles on Ukraine.

Third, make a donation to support our work in Ukraine. [HERE]

While we prepare for a possible emergency, we are also ready to support Ukrainians who are struggling right at this moment.

Ukraine has been in a state of war since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and then occupied territories of eastern Ukraine, forcing the displacement of tens of thousands of people from their homes. An estimated 2.9 million people need immediate help, with more than half of them in serious need of medical attention.

We are reaching out to you for help, if you are able. Also, the Ukrainian bishops of Canada will be working together with their churches to join CNEWA's campaign. Will you join us?

Donate to Ukraine [HERE] https://cnewa.org/ca/war-on-ukraine/

Thank you for all you do in supporting the work of the church in some of the most challenging areas of the globe. Your faithfulness and prayerful generosity give hope!

God bless,

Anna Dombrovska, Project Officer for Ukraine

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