Today, April 26, 2015, the Church in Canada, together with the Archdiocesan Church of Rimouski, joyfully welcomes a new Blessed with the Beatification of Élisabeth Turgeon, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. The Papal Legate, His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, will preside at the Beatification, in Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Church, Rimouski, with Mass beginning at 2:30 p.m., together with His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, and the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi. Several bishops of the country, including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will also be present. The celebration will be broadcast live on Internet on the Congregation's website, as well as for all TVCOGECO subscribers in the Lower Saint Lawrence region and on Salt + Light TV.
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its 2015 Message to Buddhists forhe feast of Vesakh, on the theme "Buddhists and Christians: Together to Counter Modern Slavery". This Buddhist holy day commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha who, according to tradition, was born, achieved enlightenment, and died during the full moon of the month of May. This year, Vesakh celebrations (also spelled Vesak or Wesak in English) falls May 3 in some places, and between May 25 and June 2 in other places, depending on the country or culture celebrating the feast.
Link to the Message
Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry (CCCM) is inviting applications for the position of National Coordinator. CCCM is a national network of professional Catholic campus ministers, which has been recognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national private association of the faithful. More information on CCCM and its mission is available on its website, http://www.cccm.ca/. Applications for the job position should be sent by May 15, 2015, to the attention of Sister Susan Kidd, C.N.D.,
Link to the job description (PDF)
The Papal Legate, His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, will preside at the Beatification of Elisabeth Turgeon on April 26, 2015, in Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Church, Rimouski, with Mass beginning at 2:30 p.m. In addition to seating in the main body of the church, the basement hall will also be open with giant screens. Participants will be welcomed as well at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rimouski where there will also be large screens. Several thousand people in all are expected for the celebration. With the assistance of Production Québec Multimédia, the celebration will be broadcast live on Internet on the Congregation's website, as well as for all TVCOGECO subscribers in the Lower Saint Lawrence region. The day after the Beatification, April 27, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will preside at a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the chapel of the Congregation's motherhouse at 10:00 a.m.
His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, died on April 17, 2015. He was 78 years old. A member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Cardinal George studied as a seminarian at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, where he received a master's degree in theology. He later earned a doctorate in philosophy from Tulane University, New Orleans, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. Although physically marked by polio which he had contracted when 13 years old, he went on to serve 12 years in Rome as the Vicar General of the Oblates, and then was named Bishop of Yakima, Washington, in 1990, before becoming Archbishop of Portland in 1996 and then the eighth Archbishop of Chicago, 1997 to 2014. He was made Cardinal by Saint John Paul II at the Consistory of February 21, 1998, and elected by the Bishops of the United States as the President of their Conference, 2007 to 2010. Saint Paul University named him Alumnus of the Year in 2008. In his message of condolences, Pope Francis described him as a "wise and gentle pastor", singling out Cardinal George's "witness of consecrated life ..., his service to the Church's educational apostolate and his years of episcopal ministry." The funeral Mass will be on April 23, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
On April 18, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, founder of a religious community of women, the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Anne, which was dedicated at first to remedy the pitiful situation of the rural schools of her time. The Congregation was founded in Vaudreuil, Quebec, on September 8, 1850. The principal text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical fascicules issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments for each Canadian Saint and Blessed. Printed copies of the complete fascicules in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.
The Bull of Indiction (Misericordiae Vultus, or "The Face of Mercy") formally announcing a Holy Year was released by Pope Francis on April 11, 2015, in Rome. The document indicates when the Holy Year will be, how it will unfold, the reasons why it is being proclaimed, and what the results it is hoped will be. The upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will commence this coming December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on November 20, 2016, with the Solemnity of Christ the King. At the beginning of his Bull of Indiction, the Holy Father writes: "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.... We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.... At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective" (nn. 1,2,3).
On April 17, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, "the first native North American to be raised to the glory of the altars". She was canonized by Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012, in Rome. The principal text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical fascicules issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments for each Canadian Saint and Blessed. Printed copies of the complete fascicules in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.
This Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2015, the Church will mark the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The Holy Father has released a Message on the theme "Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation", which is available on the Vatican website. In his Message, Pope Francis states: "... this liberating exodus towards Christ and our brothers and sisters also represents the way for us to fully understand our common humanity and to foster the historical development of individuals and societies. To hear and answer the Lord's call is not a private and completely personal matter fraught with momentary emotion. Rather, it is a specific, real and total commitment which embraces the whole of our existence and sets it at the service of the growth of God's Kingdom on earth."
Link to the Holy Father's Message
Salt + Light Television is collaborating with Radio Canada, CBC, and RDI network in Montreal to provide live coverage of the funeral mass of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will carry on its website the live feed from Salt + Light, which will be broadcasting the CBC/Radio Canada coverage. Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt + Light TV, will provide the CBC English-language commentary on the funeral and Father Alain Roy, a priest from the Archdiocese of Montreal, will do the French-language commentary. The funeral is scheduled for this coming Friday, April 17, beginning at 2:00 pm, Eastern Time, in Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal.
Link to the blog of Salt + Light on Cardinal Turcotte
The episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Joseph Dabrowski, C.S.M.A., as Auxiliary Bishop of London will take place tomorrow, April 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., at Saint Peter Cathedral Basilica in London. The Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London, will preside. The Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will be present. At the time of his appointment on January 31, 2015, Bishop Dabrowski was Superior of the North American Vice-Province of "St. Kateri Tekakwitha" of the Congregation of St. Michael Archangel (the Michaelite Fathers, part of the religious family originating with Saint Don Bosco), and pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Ontario, in the Diocese of London. The celebration will be broadcast live on the YouTube account of the Diocese.
Link to the Diocesan website
Following the announcement of the death of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montréal, numerous testimonies and messages of sympathy have been posted by media outlets and on social media. Church and government leaders, past and present, have sent condolences to the Cardinal's family as well as to the diocesan community of the Archdiocese of Montréal. Among those who have sent messages of sympathy are the Holy Father, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Quebec, the Mayor of Montreal, the CCCB President, the Cardinal Archbishops of Toronto and Québec, as well as former politicians, including the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and the Honourable Lucien Bouchard. The following are the links to a number of these postings: