Appoints Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R. of Toronto new Bishop of Phoenix

Vatican City, 7 May 2016 – The Holy Father has:

- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of Parma of the Ruthenians, U.S.A., presented by Bishop John Kudrick in accordance with canon 210 para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches, and appointed Archbishop William Charles Skurla of Pittsburgh of the Byzantines as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the same eparchy.

- appointed Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R., formerly of the eparchy of "Sts. Cyril and Methodius of Toronto" of the Slovakians of Byzantine Rite, Canada, as bishop of the eparchy of "Holy Mary of Protection" of Phoenix of the Ruthenians (Catholics 2,706, priests 29, permanent deacons 11, religious 8) U.S.A. He succeeds Bishop Gerald Nicholas Dino, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same eparchy in accordance with canon 210 para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches was accepted by the Holy Father.

- appointed Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R., of the eparchy of "Holy Mary of Protection" of Phoenix of the Ruthenians, U.S.A., as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius of the Slovakians of Byzantine rite in Canada.

- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of "St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego" of the Chaldeans, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jamma, in accordance with canon 210, para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches, and appointed Bishop Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary of Baghdad of the Chaldeans, as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the same eparchy.


Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

What, then, are the things which are being prepared for those who wait for Him? The Creator and Father of the ages, the All-holy One, Himself knows their greatness and beauty. Let us then strive to be found among the number of those that wait, that we may receive a share of the promised gifts.

St. Clement of Rome