Subsequent to the death of the late Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier, the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Rimouski on January 14, 2015, elected Father Benoît Hins, then Vicar General, as Diocesan Administrator of Rimouski, as required by Canon 421 §1.
The funeral for the Most Reverend Pierre-André Fournier, Archbishop of Rimouski and President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec, took place on January 18, 2015, in Rimouski. His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, presided. A number of other Bishops also concelebrated, including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; the Most Reverend André Rivest, Bishop of Chicoutimi and Vice President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec; and the Most Reverend Bertrand Blanchet, Archbishop Emeritus of Rimouski. The celebration was broadcast live on Internet by the television service of the Archdiocese of Québec.
Link to the video archives on ECDQ
Link to the TV report by Radio-Canada (CBC)
Link to a special Facebook page in memory of Archbishop Fournier
The English Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published a brochure intended primarily for clergy and pastoral workers on the new Ritual Lectionary launched at the 2014 CCCB Plenary Assembly. It provides information on the content and necessity of the Lectionary: Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead, approved by the Holy See and the Bishops of Canada, as well as on its importance for every English-speaking church and chapel in the country which use the Roman Missal. The brochure also provides information on the booklet the CCCB has produced to assist in choosing readings for funerals, Sacred Scripture Readings for a Funeral Liturgy. As indicated in the Decree published in the Ritual Lectionary, this is the only Ritual Lectionary now authorized for use in Canada. Parishes need the Lectionary for marriages and funerals, as well as other special celebrations. Because of copyright laws, neither the Lectionary nor the booklet can be photocopied without explicit written permission from CCCB Publications.
The 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated January 18, 2015. The theme of Pope Francis' Message is "Church without frontiers, Mother to all". In his Message, the Holy Father says that "Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches."
Link to the Message
We came to pray with and support the Christian community and to promote peace and human dignity in this divided land.
We witnessed the tragic consequences of the failure of both local and international politicians to advance peace. Human dignity is given by God and is absolute. The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza. A year ago, we called Gaza "a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution." In the wake of the terrible destruction caused by last year's war, our presence reminded the small Christian community that they are not forgotten.
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Emanuel Shaleta as Eparchial Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto. The Bishop-elect succeeds the Most Reverend Hanna Zora whose resignation was accepted by the Holy Father in May 2014 after Archbishop Zora had reached the age limit of 75. Since then, the Reverend Daoud Baffro has served as the Eparchy's Apostolic Administrator. Archbishop Zora was the first Eparchial Bishop of the Eparchy.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated worldwide January 18-25, on the theme: Jesus said to her: "Give me a drink" (John 4:7). Local and international resources, in both English and French, can be freely downloaded at the following links:
Link to local resources
Link to international resources
(CCCB – Ottawa)... The funeral of the Most Reverend Pierre-André Fournier, Archbishop of Rimouski and President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec, will take place on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 2:30 pm, in the Church of Saint-Robert Bellarmin, Rimouski. His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, will preside. The celebration will be broadcast live on Internet by the television service of the Archdiocese of Québec at www.ecdq.tv. Archbishop Fournier died suddenly on January 10, 2015, at the Rimouski Regional Hospital. He was 71 years and 7 months old.
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter of condolences to Father Benoît Hins, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Rimouski, following the death of The Most Reverend Pierre-André Fournier on January 10, 2015.
Link to the letter of Archbishop Durocher (PDF)
January 12, 2015, marked the fifth anniversary of the massive earthquake which hit Haiti in 2010. A number of special commemorations are planned for this month. The Holy Father convoked a special meeting at the Vatican this past January 9 and 10, which had been organized by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In Canada, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace issued a special report titled "Looking back on five years of action".
The report outlines the work Development and Peace was able to do, thanks to the contributions by Canadians, through a "reconstruction program of over $28 million, including $21 million in donations from the Canadian public and $7 million from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)".
Link to Pope Francis' address on Haiti
Link to the report from Development and Peace
On January 12, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of what today could be considered the equivalent of a secular institute which later became a religious community of women, the Congregation of Notre Dame. 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 Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), received the following message from His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State, on January 12, 2015: The Holy Father has learned with great sorrow of the sudden death of His Excellency the Most Reverend Pierre-André Fournier, Archbishop of Rimouski and President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec. His Holiness Pope Francis wishes to convey his heartfelt condolences to you, to the family of the deceased, and to the Christian community, so sorely tried, of which he was the faithful and zealous pastor. Beseeching the Father of all mercies to welcome the late Bishop, who gave his all in serving the local Church both at the diocesan level and through his regional responsibilities, into the peace and light of his Kingdom, the Holy Father is also praying for all those who are affected by this sudden loss. He sends, with a whole heart, his Apostolic Blessing to you, to the Bishops of Canada, to the family of the deceased, and to all who will participate in the celebration of his funeral. [CCCB unofficial translation]