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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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ORDO – Liturgical Calendar 2019-2020

ORDO 2019-2020 EN webCCCB Publications has announced that the English and French editions of the ORDO - Liturgical Calendar 2019-2020 are now available for ordering. The yearly ORDO provides complete liturgical information and explanatory notes for each day. The 2019-2020 Liturgical Year begins the First Sunday of Advent (1 December 2019) and ends 28 November 2020, the Saturday following the Solemnity of Christ the King. In addition to Pastoral Notes which assist and give direction for planning a variety of liturgical celebrations and occasions, the ORDO includes the references to the Roman Missal; the Lectionary (for Sundays and Solemnities; Weekdays); the Liturgy of the Hours; references to the Book of Gospels; and the Lectionary: Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead. The 2019-2020 ORDO also includes references to Excerpts from the Roman Missal. Information is provided about the National Collections, the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of Canada, and special dates for pastoral planning in 2020, together with a Table of Moveable Dates.

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Life and Family Suggestions for Homilies and Prayers of the Faithful During June 2019

lifeandfamily-2016The 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 June 2019 include suggestions from the Ascension of the Lord, 2 June to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30 June. As usual, the 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 May are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

2019 Pentecost Message to Canadian Catholic Movements and Associations

Pentecost this year has a special emphasis with Pope Francis inviting all of us to live October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month. Throughout it we are invited to pray for a truly missionary conversion of the whole Church.

"We are not selling a product. We have a life to communicate: God, his divine life, his merciful love, his holiness! It is the Holy Spirit who sends us, accompanies us and inspires us. He is the source of our mission. It is he who guides the Church forward." (Pope Francis, address to the national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, 1 June 2018).

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2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on 29 September 2019. The theme of Pope Francis' Message is "It is not just about migrants". In his Message, the Holy Father reminds us that "it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family. Migrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, help us to read the 'signs of the times'. Through them, the Lord is calling us to conversion, to be set free from exclusivity, indifference and the throw-away culture. Through them, the Lord invites us to embrace fully our Christian life and to contribute, each according to his or her proper vocation, to the building up of a world that is more and more in accord with God's plan."

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2019 World Communications Day

On 24 January 2019, the liturgical memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists, the Holy See released the Holy Father's Message for the 53rd World Communications Day. The message is entitled "We are members of one another (Eph 4:25): From social network communities to the human community".

In his Message, Pope Francis emphasizes the importance of the word community: "A community is that much stronger if it is cohesive and supportive, if it is animated by feelings of trust, and pursues common objectives. The community as a network of solidarity requires mutual listening and dialogue, based on the responsible use of language."

In Canada, World Communications Day will be celebrated during 2 June 2019, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

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New Bishop Appointed for Saint-Jérôme and New Bishop Appointed for Joliette

poissonOttawa – His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme, and today the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson assumes the pastoral governance of the Diocese. Until now, Bishop Poisson was the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Joliette and Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme. At the same time, the Most Reverend Louis Corriveau was named the Bishop of the Diocese of Joliette. Bishop Corriveau served as the Auxiliary Bishop of Québec for the past three years. Bishop Morissette has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme for the past 11 years.

Bishop Poisson was born in Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Rouville, Québec, on 30 April 1958. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil on 9 December 1983. On 1 May 2012, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme and ordained Auxiliary Bishop in Saint-Jérôme on 15 June 2012. On 7 September 2015, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Joliette and installed on 4 November 2015. On 18 May 2018, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme.

Corriveau Louis-webBishop Corriveau was born in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Québec on 23 March 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Québec on 16 June 1990. On 25 October 2016, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Québec and ordained Auxiliary Bishop in Québec on 8 December 2016.

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Aid to the Church in Need to Receive the 2019 Path to Peace Award

ACN web largeArchbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and president of the Path to Peace Foundation, has announced that Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will be the 2019 recipient of the Path to Peace Award.

Aid to the Church in Need is a Catholic and Pontifical organization concerned with the poor, oppressed or persecuted communities.

The Path to Peace Foundation supports various aspects of the work of the Holy See Mission to the UN and also funds humanitarian projects in developing countries.

Link to ACN news release

 

CNEWA Canada Raises $1.2 million for Christians in the Middle East in 2018 — Campaign Extended Through 2019

mideast chartca"Christians can't survive without you," a campaign launched by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada (CNEWA Canada) in May 2018 to support Christians in the Middle East, has yielded $1.2 million Cdn, exceeding expectations, and will be extended through 2019.

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2019 Message to Buddhists for the feast of Vesakh

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its 2019 Message to Buddhists for the feast of Vesakh, on the theme "Buddhists and Christians: Promoting the Dignity and Equal Rights of Women and Girls". 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. The feast of Vesakh (also spelled Vesak or Wesak in English) is usually observed on the day of the full moon in May, which in Canada this year falls on 18 May.

Link to the Message

 

Message from the Holy See to Mark the Celebration of Ramadan 2019

To mark the month of Ramadan and its conclusion (Id al-Fitr), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue published a message entitled Christians and Muslims: Promoting Universal Fraternity. The message is intended to be shared with Muslims and those working in interfaith dialogues. The celebration of Ramadan began this year in Canada on 5 May and will continue for 30 days until it concludes with the celebration of Id al-Fitr on 4 June 2019.

Link to the message

 

CCCB Welcomes Apostolic Letter “Vos estis lux mundi” Issued by Pope Francis

On 9 May, the Holy Father published an Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu proprio entitled "Vos estis lux mundi" (You are the light of the world). This document clarifies a number of issues with regard to reporting procedures and accountability within the Church, and it demonstrates Pope Francis' commitment to amend the Code of Canon Law with the inclusion of serious measures to protect the most vulnerable from sexual abuse.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is pleased to receive these new norms as the Church's response "to prevent and combat these crimes that betray the trust of the faithful". The CCCB will study the new norms and take the necessary steps to ensure that Bishops are properly informed so that they may implement them in their dioceses/eparchies in a manner which complements and enhances the CCCB Guidelines released in 2018.

Apostolic Letter "Vos estis lux mundi"

 

CCCB Message for the 2019 March for Life - In Communion with the Holy Father, the Bishops of Canada Support the Sanctity of Life

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in profound unison with Pope Francis, affirms that all human life should be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. The Bishops of Canada have and will continue to advocate and collaborate with organizations across the country, many of which are not Catholic, in endeavours to bring together people from different perspectives who believe in the sanctity of life. Events such as the annual and regional Marches for Life are meaningful opportunities to unite thousands of people speaking with one voice to proclaim the dignity of all human life. In full communion with the Holy Father, Catholic Bishops and all faithful are united in declaring, as the Church has believed since its beginning, that the "distinctiveness of human life is an absolute good," and that "abortion and euthanasia [are] extremely grave evils that contradict the Spirit of life and plunge us into the anti-culture of death". Likewise, Pope Francis has recently observed that the "threshold of basic respect for human life is being crossed, and brutally at that, not only by instances of individual conduct but also by the effects of societal choices and structures" (15 January 2019 letter from Pope Francis to the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life). Today, the Bishops join their prayers with all those who stand up for life.

 

Death of Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche

Jean VanierIt is with great sadness and sorrow that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) learned of the death of Jean Vanier yesterday, 7 May 2019.

Born to former diplomat and Governor General of Canada, Major-General Georges and his wife Pauline Vanier on 10 September 1928 in Geneva, Switzerland, Jean Vanier spent much of his childhood living in France and England as well as Canada. While he served in both the British Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy, he left to pursue a more spiritual calling to live his life guided by the Gospels. He pursued his studies and completed a PhD in philosophy from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1962. A visit to a small village in France with an institution that housed men with intellectual disabilities, prompted him to learn more about them and the sufferings they endured. In 1964, he purchased a small home and invited two men with disabilities to leave the institutions where they resided and live with him. This became the first community to become known as L'Arche - a place where people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers journey through life together. It was in Canada, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, that the second home was established in 1969 and where he launched what was to become the present-day International Federation of L'Arche Communities consisting of 154 residential communities in 38 countries on five continents that welcome some 10,000 members.

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.