(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, at the Hotel Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President. The 2014 Plenary Assembly will be preceded, on September 14 at 2:00 pm, by a Pontifical Mass marking the 350th anniversary of the parish Notre-Dame de Québec, the first Catholic parish canonically erected in North America outside Spanish territories. Today, Notre-Dame is Québec City's cathedral parish. The Papal Legate, His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, will preside at the Mass. In addition to representing Pope Francis at the 350th anniversary celebration, Cardinal Ortega will also be one of the key guest speakers at the CCCB Plenary Assembly.
To mark the beginning of the new academic and pastoral year for 2014-2015, 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. In order to help families and parishes, the proposed texts for each Sunday of the month of September 2014 include suggestions from the 23rd to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 7 to September 28), including the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Sunday, September 14). As usual, these 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".
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an appeal "for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world". The text was approved at the Executive's meeting earlier this week on August 25, 2014. In its message, the Executive states: "As followers of the Crucified One, we recognize particularly in the Middle East the sufferings of our own brothers and sisters in faith. Moved by their pains and afflictions, we make their cause our own. We are united with them in solidarity and faith." The appeal is addressed "to all people – of every faith and in the name of good will, here in Canada and around the world – to do even more to assist the suffering of those in need." The message is also being sent to the Patriarchs of the Catholic Churches in the Middle East by the CCCB President.
Link to the message (PDF)
On Sunday, August 24, we visited Daanbantayan, in northern Cebu. The Bishop's blessed new fishing boats donated thanks to Canadian contributions to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. We had Mass with the community, followed by the blessing of new homes (also built with Canadian donations). These buildings are very nice -- with concrete floors, a latrine attached to the back, and a septic tank built in.
Dr. Patrick Fletcher, Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a description of a visit by the Development and Peace delegation to the city of Giporlos, in Eastern Samar province, on August 22, 2014. The delegation is in the Philippines, August 16 - 26, visiting projects supported by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) in communities that had been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda.
Link to the report (PDF)
The Most Reverend Gary Gordon will be installed as Bishop of Victoria at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria, B.C., August 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). When he was appointed Bishop of Victoria by the Holy Father on June 14, 2014, Bishop Gordon was then Bishop of Whitehorse. Bishop Gordon succeeds the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon who was appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg on October 28, 2013. Archbishop Gagnon then served as Apostolic Administrator of Victoria until he was installed as Archbishop of Winnipeg on January 3, 2014. Bishop Gordon’s installation will be live-streamed on Salt + Light TV network Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 pm (Pacific Time), 10:00 pm (Eastern Time), with repeats the same day at 10:00 pm PT / 1:00 am ET, as well on August 29, 30 and 31. To see the complete schedule, visit Salt + Light Website.
Link for the live broadcasting on Salt + Light TV
A delegation from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is visiting the projects supported by CCODP in Philippine communities severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Development and Peace has posted reports about its projects and the delegation's visit on its blog. In addition, the ShareLife agency of the Archdiocese of Toronto, whose Executive Director is also part of the delegation, has posted reports on its blog too. The delegation, which will be in the Philippines until August 26, includes two Bishops from Canada: the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver and the Most Reverend Jean-Louis Plouffe, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie. Among others participating are Mr. Pat Kennedy, President of the CCODP National Council, and Dr. Patrick Fletcher, Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
Link to the CCODP blog
Link to the ShareLife blog
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the sui juris Ukrainian Catholic Church, has issued a public letter on the dangerous situation in Ukraine. The letter is addressed to Conferences of Bishops throughout the world, as well as to the world's religious and political leaders, in addition to all people of good will. Calling on "the effective support of the global Christian community and support of all people of good will,"His Beatitude states: "The tragedy that Ukraine is experiencing today, due to military aggression, is a tragedy for all peoples, believers of all faiths, and all social groups."
Link to the letter of His Beatitude, in English only (PDF)
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has conveyed to Pope Francis the condolences and prayers of all the Bishops of Canada following the tragic death of three members of his family in a traffic accident in Argentina. Mrs. Valeria Carmona, wife of the Pope's nephew Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, and their two young sons, José and Antonio, were both killed. The Holy Father's 38-year-old nephew (the son of the Pope's late brother Alberto) is currently in critical condition in hospital.
Link to the letter of Archbishop Durocher (PDF)
Dr. Patrick Fletcher, Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a description of a visit on August 19, 2014, by the Development and Peace delegation to Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte province. The delegation is in the Philippines, August 16 - 26, visiting projects supported by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) in communities that had been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda.
Link to the report (PDF)
A delegation of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) August 16 - 26, 2014, is visiting projects supported by CCODP in Philippine communities that had been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. The delegation includes: the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver; the Most Reverend Jean-Louis Plouffe, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie; Mr. Pat Kennedy, President of the National Council of Development and Peace; Mr. Arthur Peters, Executive Director of Share Life of the Archdiocese of Toronto; Mrs. Fran Lucas, National Chairperson of Community Life of the Catholic Women's League of Canada; Sister Nida Fe Chavez, General Treasurer of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Toronto; and Dr. Patrick Fletcher, Senior Advisor for Theology and Social Doctrine with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The group is accompanied by three staff from Development and Peace: Executive Director Mr. Michael Casey; Programs Officer Mr. Jess Agustin; and Communications Officer Ms. Kelly Di Domenico.
Link to the CCODP Media release
Report from Dr. Patrick Fletcher about a visit to a CCODP partner helping to organize a Philippine community of residents who have been living in shanties (PDF)
(CCCB – Ottawa)... To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio (1964-2014), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new popular resource, "A Church in Dialogue, Catholic Ecumenical Commitment". This new CCCB resource is intended for parishes, colleges and high schools as well as discussion groups. It provides introductory information about the Catholic Church's commitment to and involvement in ecumenism since the Second Vatican Council. The resource defines key terms and definitions which will assist those exploring ecumenism for the first time.
Pope Francis is making an Apostolic Journey to the Republic of Korea, August 13 to 18, 2014. The Canadian Catholic television channel Salt + Light TV is providing live broadcasts of his journey. The live coverage includes the celebrations for the 6th Asian Youth Day, the Beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and companions, and a celebration of a Mass for peace and reconciliation. In order to know the full schedule of the special programming, please visit the Salt + Light Website.