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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

What's New

CCCB confirms plans to publish new English-language hymnal for Canada, Music for Catholic Worship

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has confirmed publishing plans for a new English-language hymnal, to be called Music for Catholic Worship. The decision was made by the Conference's Permanent Council at its June 2018 meeting. The current production schedule indicates the new hymnal should be in stock by Lent 2020.

Some 550 to 600 Catholic parishes across the country already intend to purchase the new hymnal. The English Sector National Liturgy Office will be sending confirmation to those parishes about the CCCB decision as well as updates as the project moves forward, including information on placing an order for the new hymnal. There are strong indications that the majority of parishes currently using Catholic Book of Worship III wish to replace it with an updated Canadian resource, while a number of other parishes currently using resources from the United States plan to replace or supplement these with the new Canadian hymnal.

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New Instruction on the vocation and witness of consecrated virgins

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on 4 July 2018 released an Instruction on the vocation and witness of consecrated virgins, entitled Ecclesiae Sponsae imago ("The image of the Church as the Bride"). In briefly outlining the history of consecrated virgins and how the Church again recognized their special significance in the Christian community at the time of the Second Vatican Council, the Instruction notes (no. 10) that "there has been a real revival of the Ordo virginum [Order of Virgins], whose vitality is evident in the rich variety of personal charisms placed at the service of the Church's development and of the renewal of society in the spirit of the Gospel. The phenomenon appears to be very significant, not only for the number of women involved, but also for its diffusion throughout all continents, in many countries and Dioceses and in very diverse geographic areas and cultural contexts."

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Pope appoints new Bishop for Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of the Byzantine Rite in Canada

Pacak(CCCB – Ottawa)…His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Father Marián Andrej Pacák, C.Ss.R. Eparchial Bishop of the sui iuris Slovak Catholic Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of the Byzantine Rite in Canada, succeeding The Most Revered John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R., who has served as Eparchial Bishop and then as Apostolic Administrator.

Revered Father Marián Andrej Pacák, C.Ss.R., was born on 24 April 1973 in Levoča (Slovakia). He entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer on 16 August 1991. He was ordained to the priesthood on 12 July 1998 and was assigned Pastor in Stará L’ubovňa, a town in Slovakia.

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Ordination of the new Auxiliary Bishop of Trois-Rivières

TREMBLAY Pierre-Olivier-webThe episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Pierre-Oliver Tremblay, O.M.I., as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières will take place on Sunday, 22 July 2018, at 2:00 p.m., in Notre-Dame-du-Cap Basilica, Trois-Rivières. The Most Reverend Luc Bouchard, Bishop of Trois-Rivières, will preside as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend Martin Veillette, Bishop Emeritus of Trois-Rivières, and the Most Reverend Reynald Rouleau, O.M.I., Bishop Emeritus of Churchill-Hudson Bay, as co-consecrators. The Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio, will be present, along with other Bishops from Canada. At the time of his appointment on 21 May 2018, Bishop-elect Tremblay was Rector of the Shrine of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Trois-Rivières, Québec. The celebration will be broadcast live on the web with ECDQ.TV of the Archdiocese of Québec.

Link to the diocesan website

 

Canadian Council of Imams endorses CCCB statement on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Canada

The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) has endorsed the statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Canada (Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act). The CCCB statement was released this past 25 June 2018.

Link to the revised version of the CCCB statement with the CCI endorsement (PDF)

 

Next Director of the National Liturgy Office

Ronzio Christina-webThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has hired Ms. Christina Ronzio as the next Director of the CCCB English-language office for liturgy and the sacraments, the National Liturgy Office (NLO), succeeding Father Terrence Fournier. Ms. Ronzio will officially begin her new position at the CCCB during this coming August 2018.

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Updates on Canada Summer Jobs program

collinsThe Archdiocese of Toronto has recently published a media release detailing the negative impact of the current Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) policy on services and programs in the Archdiocese of Toronto. In addition, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has released a letter in which he introduces an online fundraising campaign which the Archdiocese of Toronto has initiated to cover the shortfall resulting from rejected CSJ applications and invites pastors and parishioners to contact their local MPs to express their deep concern with the new policy. Following the Cardinal's invitation, more than 3,000 letters have been sent to MPs via the link provided in his letter to a special website, Save Summer Jobs.

Link to the new release of the Archdiocese of Toronto (PDF)
Link to the letter of Cardinal Collins (PDF)
Link to the special website for the letter to MPs

 

Cardinal Ouellet is promoted to the Order of Bishops within the College of Cardinals

Cardinal-OuelletPope Francis has named four Cardinals to the Order of Bishops within the College of Cardinals according to the rescript published by the Holy See on 26 June 2018. His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, who is Archbishop Emeritus of Québec, is one of them. The other three are: Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See; Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches; and Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. There are three "Orders" or ranks of Cardinals: Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Priests, and Cardinal Deacons. In the College of Cardinals, there are currently 14 Cardinal Bishops, 177 Cardinal Priests and 35 Cardinal Deacons.

Link to the Vatican News report

 

Coverage of ecumenical pilgrimage by Pope Francis to World Council of Churches

This past 21 June 2018, Pope Francis made an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The following texts are now available on the website of the Holy See in English and French, as well as in Arabic, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish: the Holy Father's reflections at the ecumenical prayer service; his address at an ecumenical meeting; and his homily at Mass. Accompanying the texts are a video and sound recordings.

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CCCB hires a new Director for its Office national de liturgie

Sylvestre EricThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has hired Father Eric Sylvestre, P.S.S., as the next Director of the CCCB French-language office for liturgy and the sacraments, the Office national de liturgie (ONL), succeeding Father Louis-André Naud in this capacity. Father Sylvestre will begin his new position at the CCCB during this July.

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Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Lacroix his special envoy at celebrations marking 200 years of evangelization in the West and North of Canada

lacroixPope Francis on 19 May 2018 appointed His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, as his special envoy for celebrations marking the beginnings of what is today the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface and 200 years of evangelization in the West and North of Canada. Beginning on 14 July 2018, Cardinal Lacroix will give at Saint Boniface University a public lecture on the theme "Walking on the Shoulders of Giants". His address will be delivered in French, 9:30 a.m. to noon, and in English, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The next day, 15 July, Cardinal Lacroix will preside at the outdoor Solemn Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. in front of Saint-Boniface Cathedral. He will be joined by the Most Reverend Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of Saint Boniface, and the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and Vice President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The festivities of the day will begin with the historical re-enactment of the arrival on the Red River in 1818 of then Father Joseph-Norbert Provencher, who was to become the first Bishop of Saint-Boniface, and will conclude with a televised concert inspired by the Seven Teachings of the First Nations Peoples. The Solemn Mass will be broadcast live on Salt + Light Television and on Radio-Canada/Manitoba (CBC).

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Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use

On 19 June 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. On 21 June 2018, the Bill received Royal Assent, thereby legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Canada. Bill C-45, however, which also regulates how cannabis will be grown, distributed and sold in Canada, does not come into force until 17 October 2018. In response, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a "Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use." This statement comments on what the CCCB worries will be the effects of using and promoting the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, reiterating the information and insights already expressed in its prior "Statement on Canada's Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction", as well as highlighting the important evidence-based concerns raised by a number of community professionals and the Holy See.

Link to the statement (PDF)

 

Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during July 2018

lifeandfamilyimage-2016-2The 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 2018 include suggestions from the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1 July (Canada Day), to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 29 July. 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 life and family suggestions for the month of July are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 
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On January 13th 2010, Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen became Canada’s first Catholic Bishop of East Asian descent. He is the great-grandson of a Vietnamese Martyr.