Inserts for the parish bulletins

1st text: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Present in the World

The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada is held annually on the last Sunday in September in most parishes across the country. Your contributions help to finance the activities of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), established for the purpose of allowing the bishops to collaborate on national and international issues.

 

The CCCB is an important element of the Catholic Church in Canada, carrying out tasks at these levels so as to be heard as a single voice. Among other things, the Conference intervenes with the Canadian Government and interacts with representatives of the Holy See and other episcopal conferences around the world. The Conference voices its concern when the government proposes to redefine marriage, discouraged war as was the case in the Iraq conflict, participates in discussions on the future of the Holy Land, and publishes textbooks to help children on their faith journey.

 

The CCCB fulfills a unique role. Your contribution is essential in aiding the bishops work collectively. Thank you for your generosity in helping our Church and its mission. For information: www.cccb.ca or cecc@cccb.ca

 

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2nd text: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Serving the Church

The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada, to be held on September 28, may be just another collection to some of you.

 

Yet this appeal to your generosity is very important. Your contribution allows the bishops to finance the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Founded 60 years ago and located in Ottawa, it is not the “headquarters” of the Catholic Church in Canada but an organization set up by the Canadian episcopate to support the bishops in their pastoral work.

 

People often wonder how to make their voices heard, or what can they do in support of their prayers for peace and their cry for justice in God’s name, or how to counter political decisions that go against the principles of their Catholic faith. In many ways, the CCCB provides the bishops and their Christian communities with a special voice in the public forum.

 

Please be generous with this special annual collection on September 28. Your contribution does make a difference. For information: www.cccb.ca or cecc@cccb.ca

 

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3rd text: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Into the Deep!

What do World Youth Day (WYD), the Vocations Congress and the Pilgrimage of the Relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux all have in common? The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) helped sponsor these events!

 

The CCCB was founded in 1943, to support the bishops in their pastoral work, including

events such as these. Through the CCCB, the Canadian bishops collaborate with one another and work together for the greater good of the Catholic Church in Canada. Hundreds of thousands of young people took part in World Youth Day, over 1.5 million Canadians participated in the visit of the relics of St. Thérèse, and thousands working in pastoral vocations have benefited from the work of the CCCB.

 

The CCCB has established an ad hoc committee of bishops to study ways of supporting young people in their faith journey and to encourage the development of vocations. In order to continue its work, the CCCB needs your financial help. Thank you for your generosity. For information: www.cccb.ca or cecc@cccb.ca

 

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4th text: Message from the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

As President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), I invite Catholics across the country to participate in the annual Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. Your contributions help to finance the activities of the Conference on national and international levels.

 

For 60 years, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has been working in areas of theology, ecumenism, liturgy, canon law, Christian education, evangelization and missions, social affairs and social communications.

 

Over the last few years, the Church in Canada has been involved in a number of important events. In April 2002, the Vocations Congress was held in Montreal, and in July 2002 World Youth Day took place in Toronto. These events gathered together young people from all over the world and brought hope to all Catholics, young and old, across Canada. The CCCB is now following up these events in order to provide the necessary tools and support for the growth of the Church.

 

I thank you for your generosity and your participation in this exciting and challenging ministry.

 

+Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V.
Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil
President

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops