The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst.
The 2016 World Tourism Day will be celebrated this September 27. The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has released its annual Message, on the theme Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility. The Pontifical Council states that "the concept 'sustainable tourism' includes the commitment to obtaining a quality of tourism that is respectful of the cultural and environmental diversity of the place that welcomes, taking into consideration both present and future repercussions. The encyclical letter of Pope Francis, Laudato si', can be of great assistance in the good management of Creation, which has been entrusted to all of humanity."
Link to the Message (PDF)
On January 15, 2017, the Church will celebrate the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The theme chosen by Pope Francis will focus on children as vulnerable and voiceless migrants. The official message of the Holy Father will be published in the coming months by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.
Link to the announcement on the Holy See's information website
Following the promulgation of the revised French-language Lectionary for use in Canada, the Lectionary references in the CCCB French-language Ordo for 2015 - 2016 are no longer up to date for the period following September 4, 2016. In view of this, a section of the Ordo has been updated to correspond to these changes. This update in PDF format is available on the website of the Office national de liturgie. The updated Lectionary references are already incorporated as part of the 2016-2017 edition of the CCCB French-language Ordo.
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 July 2016 include suggestions from the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 3, to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 31. 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 July are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
To mark the month of Ramadan and its conclusion (Id al-Fitr), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a message entitled Christians and Muslims: Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine Mercy. The message is intended to be shared with Muslims or those working in interfaith conversations. The celebration of Ramadan started this year in Canada on June 6 and will continue for 30 days until it concludes with the celebration of Id al-Fitr on July 6, 2016.
Link to the message
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today appointed the Reverend Father Robert Kasun, C.S.B., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Pastor of St. Alphonsus-St. Clare Parish in Edmonton. Father Kasun will join three others as Auxiliary Bishops of Toronto: the Most Reverend John A. Boissonneau, the Most Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen.
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter conveying condolences and prayers to the Most Reverend John Noonan, Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, following the recent tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.
Link to the CCCB President's letter (PDF)
Link to the CCCB President's letter in French (PDF)
Compassion for those at the end of their lives is a Canadian value
Ottawa, ON—Today, representatives from various faith communities united to issue a joint call to Canada's elected officials to support a robust, well-resourced, national palliative care strategy and to raise awareness of inadequacies in palliative care, particularly in the wake of the debate over Physician-Assisted Dying/Suicide.
The ordination of the Most Reverend Alain Faubert as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., in Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal. The Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, will preside as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, and the Most Reverend Jude Saint-Antoine, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Montreal, as co-consecrators. The Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will be present, together with more than 30 other Bishops from Canada, including the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Most Reverend Paul Lortie, Bishop of Mont-Laurier and President of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops. At the time of his appointment on April 19, 2016, Bishop Faubert was Pastor of Saint-Germain Parish in Montreal. The celebration will be broadcast live on Salt + Light Television.
Link to the news release of the Archdiocese of Montreal
Link to the website of Salt + Light TV
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) Standing Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee for Development and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) held their latest joint meeting on June 2, 2016, at the Development and Peace offices in Montreal. The CCCB Standing Committee advises the Conference on Development and Peace plans and activities, as well as facilitates communication and collaboration between the CCCB and CCODP.
A new electronic resource and guide to assist pastoral planning for youth ministry in Canada is now available through CCCB Publications. Prepared by a team of Canadian youth ministers, and entitled You Give Them Something to Eat, this 70-page text can be used by dioceses, eparchies, parishes, youth groups and organizations to assist in reflections on youth ministry, to identify strengths and weaknesses in current approaches, and to build an outreach ministry that meets the needs of young people. The Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, points out in the preface that "The authors of this resource are all seasoned and skilled youth ministers, parents, teachers and pastoral ministers with a great love for young people and for this ministry." The resource has three main sections: 1) The Context – Where does Youth Ministry take place?; 2) Goals – What does Youth Ministry aim to do?; and 3) Elements of a vision for Youth Ministry. The resource can be freely downloaded for personal and pastoral use.
Link to the resource