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Bishops of Canada reflect on impact of legalized assisted suicide and on the 5th Centenary of the Protestant Reformation

Plenary 2016-1(CCCB – Ottawa)... The annual Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) began yesterday and will continue until 30 September 2016 at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario. The meeting is chaired by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB President, who presented his annual report at the opening session. On this first day of the meeting, the Bishops reflected on the impact of Bill C-14 which legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada. His Eminence Willem Cardinal Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Holland, gave a reflection on the social and cultural impact of legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia in The Netherlands and beyond. The day began with the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Bishop Crosby with the participation of almost 40 members from the Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Choir in Cornwall.

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Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is searching for a new Executive Director

Logo CCODPThe Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) - Caritas Canada is searching for an Executive Director for a five-year term. The Executive Director works under the authority of the CCODP National Council, the organization's main governing body, supervising and directing the affairs of the organization to ensure its operations, development and sustainability are in compliance with its mission, culture and values. The deadline for applications to Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is October 14, 2016.

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Report of the CCCB President

Dear brother Bishops, distinguished guests and members of staff,

My predecessor as President, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, is a spontaneous man who relies on the Gospel principle dabitur vobis: "When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time" (Matthew 10:19). However, as I come before this council and you its rulers, I have chosen to fall back on our Conference's time-honoured custom of a prepared text.

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MESSAGE OF WELCOME TO THE 2016 PLENARY ASSEMBLY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CCCB

crosbyDear brother Bishops and special guests,

This annual meeting of our Plenary Assembly takes place within the Church's celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. A member of the Executive Committee joyfully noted at our August meeting how this special year highlights the many references to mercy found throughout Scripture and in the Liturgy. Another spiritual fruit is it opens eyes and ears, minds and hearts, to where loving kindness still needs to be more evident and tangible in the lives of our communities and in our people's lives as well.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during October 2016

lifeandfamilyThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of October 2016 include suggestions from the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 2, to the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 30, including World Mission Sunday, October 23. As usual, these suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of October are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

The Co-responsibility of the lay Faithful in the Church and the World

184-934(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released a new document entitled "The Co-responsibility of the lay Faithful in the Church and the World". This pastoral letter explores the great responsibility of the laity in God's plan for the world, in which they are not simply collaborators of the clergy but are truly "co-responsible" for the Church's being and acting. It notes the unique mission of the laity as being "in the world" and transforming it from within through their life and witness. It also discusses the danger of clericalism, and considers several areas of society today that stand in need of the transforming power of the Gospel brought by the Church's lay faithful in communion with members of the clergy and consecrated life.

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Association for Canadian Catholic Adult Formation Annual Conference

On Good SoilDirectors and coordinators of adult faith formation and lay ministry will gather in Ottawa on September 20-23, 2016, to attend the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Catholic Adult Formation (ACCAF). The theme of the conference is On Good Soil: Exploring Best Practices for Adult Formation. On Good Soil, published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), was developed with the expressed hope that in it "...all who seek insight and answers about effective evangelization and catechesis with adults in Canada will find supportive, effective and practical help..." (p. 15). Sr. Elizabeth Davis, R.S.M., Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Anne Walsh, Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of St. John's and Executive Assistant to the Most Reverend Martin Currie, Archbishop of St. John's, will act as facilitator. Bishop members of the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis of the CCCB will also participate in the conference. Throughout the conference, participants will have an opportunity to explore and share best practices for adult faith formation with colleagues and partners across the country.

Link to the website of On Good Soil
Link to the Association website

 

Pope Francis in Assisi with other religious leaders to pray for peace

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the historic Interfaith gathering of 1986 with Saint John Paul II, a number of religious leaders, including Pope Francis, are in Assisi to gather in prayer for peace. This gathering comes at the end of a symposium which took place 18-20 September 2016 on the theme "Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue".

Link to the schedule for the visit of the Holy Father

 

2016 Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada

crosby(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held on September 24 and 25, 2016. In his letter to the parishes across the country, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), recalls that the collection "is an opportunity for all the faithful in our country to give a hand to helping the Gospel." In view of the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King, Bishop Crosby also notes that the Year of Mercy "is being lived out with joy and commitment throughout our local churches and different communities of faith."

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Online Resources to celebrate the Jubilee for Catechists - September 25, 2016

Logo Jubilee of MercyOn September 25, 2016, Pope Francis will celebrate with catechists around the world the Jubilee for Catechists. The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis has prepared an online resource The Jubilee for Catechists: Announcing the Mercy of God, that is available at http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/office-for-evangelization-and-catechesis/4482-jubilee-for-catechists, for use in dioceses and parishes. The resources can be used at any time throughout the pastoral year by clergy, directors of religious education, parish pastoral workers, chaplains, Catholic teachers and parents to emphasize the special role of the catechist. They have been designed in such a way that they can be used for reflection by individuals or in a larger group setting. Dioceses and parishes may wish to use the liturgical suggestions for a special blessing of catechists either on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 or at another time when catechists are gathered together.

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2016 CCCB Plenary Assembly: live broadcasts from Salt and Light TV

SL logo EN HighRes RGBThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly 26-30 September 2016, at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. Salt + Light Television, the Canadian Catholic television network, will broadcast events live online and on television with selected repeats throughout the day (times indicated below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time). This broadcast schedule is subject to change.

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Emergency Refugee Resettlement Campaign in Archdiocese of Toronto

projecthope1yearinfographicsept16One year ago, on September 8, 2015, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, announced a campaign to raise $3 million to welcome 100 refugee families in the Archdiocese of Toronto as soon as possible. A year later, Project Hope has raised $3.7 million to sponsor refugees fleeing areas of conflict and insecurity. A particular emphasis was placed on those from Syria and Iraq. To date, 44 families (comprising 133 individuals) have arrived, with 110 families(comprising 279 individuals) still waiting to be processed by the Government of Canada.

Link to the news release

 

Installation of the new Bishop of Gaspé

proulxThe Most Reverend Gaétan Proulx, O.S.M., will be installed as Bishop of Gaspé at the Cathedral Christ-Roi in Gaspé, on Friday, September 16, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. The Most Reverend Denis Grondin, Archbishop of Rimouski, will preside, accompanied by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The Most Reverend Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke and Co-Treasurer of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will be present on behalf of the President of the CCCB, participating with over 15 other Bishops from Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. The Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature to Canada, Msgr. Fermin Emilio Sosa Rodriguez, P.H., will be also present. At the time of his appointment by Pope Francis on July 2, 2016, as Bishop of Gaspé, Bishop Proulx was then Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Québec. The Most Reverend Jean Gagnon has been Bishop of the Diocese of Gaspé for the past 15 years. He offered his resignation to the Holy Father on reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law. The celebration will be broadcast on the Internet by the television service of the Archdiocese of Québec, www.ecdq.tv

 
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