Every second Saturday of the month, 4 pm - Divine Liturgy in English of Sunday - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duke Street, London W1K 5BQ. Followed by refreshments.
Next Liturgy: Saturday 11th November, 4pm

But see below for the Pontifical Divine Liturgy in Westminster Cathedral on 28th October, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Exarchate & Eparchy in the UK, served by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father & Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

To purchase The Divine Liturgy: an Anthology for Worship (in English), order from the Sheptytsky Institute here, or the St Basil's Bookstore here.
To purchase the Divine Praises, the Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slav rite (in English), order from the Eparchy of Parma here.
The new catechism in English, Christ our Pascha, is available from the Eparchy of the Holy Family and the Society. Please email johnchrysostom@btinternet.com for details.

"It's Now or Never: The Return of the Eastern Christians to Iraq and Syria" - John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need gives the annual Christopher Morris Lecture in the Society's 90th year. Monday 27th November at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family. 6-15 pm Divine Liturgy, 7-15 pm Lecture, 8-15 pm Reception. £10 donation requested. RSVP to johnchrysostom@btinternet.com







Saturday, 26 September 2009

Middle East Synod - Pre-Synodal Council

The Melkite Patriarchal Secretariat announces:

Two days of meetings were held, 20-21 September 2009, in the Headquarters of the Bishops’ Synod in Rome to prepare the Synod for the Middle East previously announced (on 19 September) by the Holy Father, to be held in Rome between 10-24 October, 2010. These meetings presented an opportunity to make a brief but comprehensive review of the socio-politico-religious situation in the Middle East, in order to prepare the main topics (Lineamenta) to be dealt with in the coming Synod. An Audience with the Holy Father was on the agenda for the morning of Monday 21 September.

Participating in the first meeting of the Presynodal Council were:
  1. H. B. Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites
  2. H. B. Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans
  3. H. E. Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples
  4. H. E. Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
  5. H. E. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
  6. H. E. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
  7. H. B. Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts
  8. H. B. Gregorios III Laham B.S., Patriarch of Antioch of the Melkite Greeks
  9. H. B. Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians
  10. H. B. Fouad Twal, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins
  11. H. Ex. Mgr. Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil, Archbishop of Takrit of the Syrians, Procurator and Apostolic Visitor for Western Europe
  12. H. Ex. Mgr. Ramzi Garmou, Archbishop of Teheran of the Chaldeans, President of the Episcopal Conference of Iran
  13. H. Ex. Mgr. Luigi Padovese O.F.M. cap., Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, Titular Bishop of Monteverde, President of the Episcopal Conference of Turkey
Observer: Rev. Mgr. Alberto Ortega Martín, Counsellor of Nunciature of Second Class, Second Section, Secretary of State

Expert: Rev. Dr. Samir Khalil Samir, S.J.

Members of the Presynodal Council for the Middle East for the whole year are the following:
  1. H. B. Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites
  2. H. B. Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans
  3. H. E. Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples
  4. H. E. Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
  5. H. E. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
  6. H. E. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
  7. H. B. Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts
  8. H. B. Ignatius Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians
  9. H. B. Gregorios III Laham B.S., Patriarch of Antioch of the Melkite Greeks
  10. H. B. Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians
  11. H. B. Fouad Twal, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins
  12. H. Ex. Mgr. Ramzi Garmou, Archbishop of Teheran of the Chaldeans, President of the Episcopal Conference of Iran
  13. H. Ex. Mgr. Luigi Padovese O.F.M. cap., Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, Titular Bishop of Monteverde, President of the Episcopal Conference of Turkey
NB: H. B. Ignatius Youssif III Younan has designated H.Ex. Mgr. Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil, Archbishop of Takrit, Procurator and Apostolic Visitor for Western Europe to be his substitute.
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