(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held in parishes across the country on September 26 and 27, 2015. In his letter to the parishes across the country, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), explains the purpose of the collection. He points out that this year the collection is being held on a weekend when a number of families from Canada are participating in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, responding to an invitation by Pope Francis. In addition, the General Synod of Bishops on the family will soon begin. "This twofold coincidence reminds us of the importance of families as part of the Church's mission and as part of the work of the national conference and the regional assemblies. The Church's commitment to families is one more reason why all the faithful in our country will want to ensure the collection's success through their generosity and solidarity," the CCCB President writes.
In order to promote the collection and the work of the Bishops through their Episcopal Conference as well as their regional episcopal assemblies, the CCCB is making available an electronic version of the promotional kit on its website, www.cccb.ca. The electronic kit can be used by the parishes, Church media and diocesan communications services and includes the following documents:
• the letter from the CCCB President intended for pastors and collaborators in pastoral ministry;
• two short texts intended to be adapted or printed in parish bulletins on September 20 and 27, or distributed by other means of communication such as Websites and emails;
• suggested prayers of the faithful for the weekends of September 19 and 26;
• an overview of the projects, declarations and documents worked on by the CCCB over the course of the past year;
• the CCCB logo.
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