Bishops launch the new Book of Gospels and approve proposals by the Ad hoc Committee on CCCB Financing

Wednesday, September 16 2015
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Book of Gospels(CCCB – Ottawa)... The third day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) opened with the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite, following the Ukrainian Catholic usage. The principal celebrant was the Most Reverend Lawrence Huculak, O.S.B.M., Eparchial Archbishop of Winnipeg and Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada. At the beginning of the meeting of the Bishops of the English Sector, the Conference launched its new English-language edition of the Book of Gospels.

Book of Gospels coverThe Canadian edition of the Book of Gospels has been some years in the making. This new CCCB English-language liturgical resource, issued with the recognitio of the Holy See, contains all the NRSV Gospel passages from the Lectionary: Sundays and Solemnities and the Lectionary: Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses and Masses for the Dead, as approved for use in Canada. It provides the Gospels for Sundays, Solemnities and major feasts, as well as for special celebrations particular to Canada (such as Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day), in addition to the Gospel readings for the celebrations of the Sacraments as well as those for funeral liturgies. The English Sector National Liturgy Office has also issued a brochure, entitled An Introduction and Guide to the Book of Gospels, which outlines how the Book of Gospels is to be used.

Proposals approved for new approach to CCCB Financing

Over the past few years, the CCCB has reflected on how it should be financed. Since its beginnings more than 70 years ago, dioceses and eparchies have made an annual financial contribution based on their number of Catholics. Since the federal government changed the country's census forms, there have been concerns about the accuracy of current religious population data from Statistics Canada. Today, at their 2015 Plenary Assembly, the Bishops agreed to move to a new formula based on diocesan and eparchial revenues. Members of the CCCB Executive Committee described this change as historic.

An ad hoc Committee composed of Bishops and financial administrators from across the country had worked with the Executive and the Permanent Council to prepare recommendations on new ways to fund the work of the CCCB and its General Secretariat. The Committee was chaired by Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and currently Vice President of the CCCB. The CCCB has an annual operating budget of approximately $5.5 million.

Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life

Logo Year Consecrated LifeTomorrow, September 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at Saint Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, the CCCB and the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) will host hundreds of religious, members of new ecclesial communities and secular institutes, as well as representatives of consecrated virgins, together with local clergy and laity, in a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, will preside, joined by all the Catholic Bishops of Canada. Father Eugene King, O.M.I., will give the homily, with CRC President Sister Rita Larivée, S.S.A., giving a special message toward the end of the celebration.

According to the most recent statistics available, there are in Canada nearly 14,000 women religious, over 2,500 religious priests and more than 1,000 religious Brothers. Already announced in November 2013 by Pope Francis, the Year of Consecrated Life began on November 29, 2014, and will conclude on the World Day for Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 16 2015