(CCCB – Ottawa)... The second day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was marked by the visit of His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba. The Cardinal addressed the Plenary Assembly on "The "social and ecclesial challenges to evangelization and pastoral conversion". In the afternoon, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace reflected on Canadian "peripheries" in the light of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis. The session of pastoral animation was led by the Most Reverend Don Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon and a member of the Commission. Other members of the Commission who participated in the panel were the Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth and CCCB Co-Treasurer; the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.E., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe and Commission Chairman; and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield.
(CCCB – Ottawa)... On the opening day of its annual Plenary Assembly, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Canada by Pope Francis on December 18, 2013. The Bishops also received a report from the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher and heard two addresses by the Secretary of the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Most Reverend Arthur Roche. Archbishop Roche's presentation marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. The annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, is taking place at the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec, near the national Shrine of Saint Anne.
We are gathered this week in Plenary Assembly in Beaupré, near the national Shrine of Saint Anne, where we will celebrate the Eucharist on Thursday with the pilgrims who will be present. Yesterday, with Their Eminences Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana – your Special Envoy – and Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix – Primate of Canada – we joined the Archdiocese of Québec in joyfully celebrating the 350th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first Catholic parish in North America outside the Spanish territories of the time. This anniversary is particularly significant for us as we continue to be challenged and reinvigorated by the opportunities for evangelizing our country and modern society.
Link to the letter (PDF)
Dear brother Bishops and special guests,
Welcome to the 2014 Plenary Assembly! We are meeting in Beaupré, Québec, to be close to the September 14 celebrations by the Archdiocese of Québec of the 350th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first parish in North America outside Spanish territories. Beaupré is home to the national Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré, where we will gather later this week. Like some of you, I have been honoured to preach the preparatory novena before the feast of Saint Anne in this Basilica, and have seen firsthand the importance of popular piety in nourishing the faith of many. Saint Anne's is a centre of pilgrimage for Indigenous Peoples together with all the faithful from Quebec, all of Canada and throughout North America. In honouring the grandmother of Jesus and the mother of Mary, whom tradition names Anne, we are reminded that the Gospel becomes alive when God's Word is written in human stories.
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 and in the Archdiocese of Québec. Salt + Light Television, the Canadian Catholic television network, will broadcast events live online and on television with select repeats throughout the day (times indicated below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time).
His Eminence Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, has informed the world's Episcopal Conferences and Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches that the Holy Father is asking the whole Church to pray on Sunday, September 28, for the upcoming Synod on the family. Along with his letter which he asked to be brought to the attention of all the Bishops of the country, Cardinal Baldisseri sent the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and Archbishop of Gatineau, a guide which includes the prayer for the Synod written by Pope Francis, in addition to suggestions for the prayers of the faithful. The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization will begin Sunday, October 5, 2014. Altogether, there will be some 253 participants, including the CCCB President who is a member of the Synod, as well as 14 couples from all the continents who will be auditors.
Link to the prayer guide (PDF)
Link to the Instrumentum laboris (printed copies also available from CCCB Publications)
The Apostolic Nunciature to Canada announced on September 8, 2014, that the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has appointed the Rev. Kieran Kilcommons as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Whitehorse. The former Bishop of Whitehorse, the Most Reverend Gary Gordon, was appointed Bishop of Victoria by the Holy Father on June 14, 2014, and then served as Apostolic Administrator of Whitehorse until installed as Bishop of Victoria on August 28, 2014.
The French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Office national de liturgie are informing Canadian French-speaking dioceses, parishes, bookstores and religious communities that the revised European edition of the French-language Lectionary now on sale is not approved for use in Canada. Although approved for use in Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland), the Holy See and the Canadian Bishops have not approved it for Canada. Instead, the Bishops of the CCCB French Sector have agreed the revised Lectionary for Canada should incorporate inclusive language. The new Canadian edition of the French-language Lectionary is expected to be available in about a year, once it has been canonically approved by the Bishops of Canada and received the recognitio of the Holy See.
To marking the 30th anniversary of the visit of Saint John Paul II to Quebec City in September 1984, there will be a symposium at Laval University on September 13, 2014, on the theme Jean-Paul II à Québec : Pour une guérison de la mémoire ("John Paul II in Quebec City and the healing of memories"). Guest speakers at the French-language symposium include the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, Ms. Anne Leahy, former Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, and two well-known Canadian theologians, Father Gilles Routhier and Father Jean-Marc Barreau. On September 12, the French-language version of the drama on marriage and the family by Saint John Paul II, The Jeweler's Shop, will be presented at the inauguration of the Observatoire Justice et Paix ("Observatory for Justice and Peace").
Link to the pamphlet (in French only)
(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held in parishes across the country on September 27 and 28, 2014. In his letter to parishes, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), states: "This year we have several reasons to celebrate our common journey in faith and evangelization. Pope Francis proclaimed two of the founders of the Church in Canada saints of the Universal Church: Bishop François de Laval and Mother Marie of the Incarnation. Many pilgrims are travelling to Quebec City for the 350th anniversary of the Parish Notre-Dame de Québec, North America's first Catholic parish outside Spanish territories."
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has published its 2014 Message to families entitled, "Families, Christ calls us to sow joy and hope!" COLF echoes Pope Francis' call for "Christian families to become contagious with hope and joy" by inviting them to reflect "on human dignity and the urgent need to form witnesses to Christ, who will know him, love him and serve him among the poor, the sick and the marginalized." The new publication also includes a workshop guide for families, parishes and friends who would like to deepen their reflection. Printed copies of the 2014 Message to Families can be ordered from www.colf.ca or by phoning 613-241-9461, extension 161.
Link to COLF Message
The Standing Committee on Relations with Catholic Movements and Associations will be holding a Forum at the Auberge de la Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, September 12-14, 2014. Organized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), and by invitation only, the Forum will bring together over 30 national Catholic movements and associations to share with one another and with Bishops about their activities as well as their experiences in evangelizing society.