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Welcome!

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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2018 Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada

2013collection enOttawa – The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held 29 and 30 September 2018, coinciding with the beginning of the 75th anniversary year (1943-2018) of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). In his message to pastors and pastoral agents, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB, recalls that when the Conference began, the Bishops with the encouragement of Pope Pius XII had decided the urgent pastoral, liturgical, religious, and socio-political questions of the day needed the collaboration of all the country's Bishops. Canada at the time was engaged in the Second World War, still feeling the effects of the Depression, and already understood the priority of post-war reconstruction.

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Message from CCCB President to members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council - 20th anniversary

2018 - Canadian Catholic Indigenous CouncilThe Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a message to the present and past members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council, marking its 20th anniversary.

An important initiative of the Conference, the establishment of the Council was first approved in principle by the Plenary Assembly in 1996; it then became operational in 1998. Originally called the Council for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion, and until earlier this summer, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, the responsibilities of the Council in advising the CCCB have been significantly expanded; its membership of Indigenous Catholics, as well as the number of Bishops serving on the Council, has also increased.

Link to the letter (PDF)

 

Holy See Announces Names of Canadians Participating In or Assisting the Synod of Bishops October 3 – 28, 2018

Ottawa – The Holy See has announced the following names of Canadians participating in and assisting the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment being held October 3-28 in Rome. The names are in the order published.

Members of the Synod

1. The Most Rev. Brian J. Bayda, Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop of Saskatoon – as the elected member of the Synod of the Greek Ukrainian Catholic Church.
2. The Most Revv. Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke; Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal; Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; and Stephen Arthur Jensen, Bishop of Prince George – as the elected members of the Episcopal Conference of Canada.
3. His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops – as head of a Roman dicastery.
4. His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada – named by the Holy Father.

In addition, Pope Francis has named Cardinal Ouellet as a member of the Ordinary Council of the Synod.

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Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to Gather for 2018 Plenary Assembly

Plenary 2017-6Ottawa – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, from September 24-28, 2018. The Plenary Assembly is a gathering of 90 Bishops from across the country. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB President, will chair the meeting.

This year's Plenary Assembly marks the opening of the CCCB's 75th anniversary year under the theme "75 years of episcopal collegiality and solidarity with the people of God in Canada". Special anniversary activities will take place during the Plenary and throughout the year.

During the Plenary Assembly, the Bishops will welcome His Beatitude Mar Béchara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and of all the East. The Maronite Church is one of the largest Eastern Catholic Churches canonically established in Canada, prominent especially in Lebanon but with faithful around the globe. Cardinal Rai will speak about the challenges facing Maronites in Canada and in other countries.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during September 2018

As the 2018-2019 pastoral and school year begins, the 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 September 2018 include suggestions from the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2 September, to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30 September. 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 September are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Canadian Council of Churches issues document on peace

CCC Logo-60x60At its May 2018 meeting the Governing Board of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) adopted by consensus a document entitled "Principles of Peace", which expresses the various theological principles and views of its member Churches on peace. Central to the document is the biblical image of Shalom: right relationships between God, humanity and all of creation. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member of the CCC.

 

CCCB participation - World Meeting of Families 2018 – Dublin, Ireland

MacDonald Michel-webgagnon rgendronThe World Meeting of Families will take place 21 to 26 August 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

The theme chosen by Pope Francis is: The Gospel of the family: Joy to the world.

The CCCB will be represented officially by Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB; Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and Vice-President of the CCCB as well as Dr. Michel MacDonald, Executive Director of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family.

 

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the findings of the Pennsylvania Investigating Grand Jury

Further to recent news regarding the grievous sin, crime, and scandal of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and associated cover-ups in the United States and elsewhere in the world, the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published the following statement. The CCCB statement is issued in communion with the Holy Father and his Letter to the People of God, and in reference likewise to a recent joint statement by the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Link to Statement

 

CCCB Participates in Health Canada’s National Consultation on a Palliative Care Strategy for Canada

hands-736244 1920The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has participated in the public consultation on palliative care coordinated by Health Canada which is in response to the passing of Bill C-277- An Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. The consultation, which ran between May to July 2018, sought to engage Canadians so as to develop a national framework on palliative care. Themes such as: advance care planning, person and family-centred care, access issues,special populations, health care provider training and supports, caregiver needs, and community engagement were addressed (Link). The CCCB’s submission addressed questions especially geared for those involved in the delivery and administration of healthcare in Canada. The Conference’s submission was developed with the assistance of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and with several resources released by Covenant Health in Edmonton Alberta and others. 

The CCCB submission underscored the importance of the spiritual care dimension in palliative care, the human and personal dimensions in the care to be given, including the spiritual / religious needs of families and communities. Furthermore, it strongly emphasized that palliative care is not to include euthanasia or assisted suicide, or what is being called in Canada "Medical Assistance in Dying" (MAid). 

CCCB Palliative care submission (PDF)

 

Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during August 2018

The 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 August 2018 include suggestions from the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5 August, to the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26 August. 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 August are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

CCCB publishes two new English-language liturgical resources

CCCB Publications has released two new English-language liturgical publications:

  • Order of Christian Funerals: Supplement for Celebrations with Cremated Remains
  • Excerpts from the Roman Missal

Order of Christian Funerals: Supplement for Celebrations with Cremated Remains is intended to meet current pastoral and liturgical needs in view of the frequency of cremation in Canada. The new publication includes texts, rubrics and notes for funeral liturgies when the cremated remains are present, the Rite of Committal for the burial or entombment of the cremated remains, as well as texts, rubrics and notes for liturgies at the crematorium in the presence of the body of the deceased. The publication has been approved by the Latin Rite Bishops of Canada and is issued in accordance with the indult of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments which permits the liturgical text to be used in Canada ad experimentum for a period of five years. It replaces Appendix IV of Order of Christian Funerals, which had been published in 1990 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Further information on the new publication is available on the website of CCCB Publications at https://esubmitit.sjpg.com/cccb/index.aspx?component=ProductDetails&id=182-440.

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Episcopal ordination and enthronement of Bishop-elect Marián Andrej Paćak, C.Ss.R.

PacakThe episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Marián Andrej Paćak, C.Ss.R., will take place 2 September 2018 in Slovakia. His enthronement as Eparchial Bishop of the sui iuris Slovak Catholic Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of the Byzantine Rite in Canada willfollow 15 September 2018, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Toronto, Ontario.

On 5 July 2018, Pope Francis named Father Paćak Bishop of the Slovak Eparchy of Toronto. He succeeds the Most Reverend John S. Pazak, C.Ss.R., who in 2016 was appointed Eparchial Bishop of the Holy Mary of Protection Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, Arizona.

 

CCCB Marks 50th Humanæ Vitæ with statement

50 years ago, the Encyclical Humanæ Vitæ of Blessed Paul VI was officially promulgated as part of the Magisterium of the Church. To mark this milestone, the Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a statement to the Catholic faithful and all men and women of good will entitled The Joy of Married Love.

Written in an accessible and uplifting style, it aims to inspire and provide encouragement to married couples, highlighting the promise of joy which is at the core of Humanæ Vitæ. This anniversary text also acknowledges the continuing implications of the Encyclical in today’s society as well as its centrality in Pope Saint John Paul II’s Wednesday Audiences on the Theology of the Body and Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Lætitia.

Approved for public release by the Permanent Council on 21 June 2018, the drafting of the text was undertaken by the Commission for Doctrine in collaboration with the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).

The statement can be accessed in PDF format at the following links.

In English: The Joy of Married Love

In French: La Joie de l'amour conjugal

 
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