In preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22 to 27, 2015, Salt + Light TV has produced a series of videos on how family life and the lives of the Saints and Blesseds are inter-related, and these have special importance for the Church as well as for today's families. Each presentation is approximately five minutes long, and provides a short biography on the life of each Saint or Blessed as well as a testimony to their journey of faith. To date, Salt + Light has completed 12 videos, some of which are available in four languages -- English, French, Chinese and Spanish. The goal for these resources is to spread the word about the World Meeting of Families to a wide audience.
Link to the list on the CCCB Website
Link to the PDF version of the list with a short description
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. The proposed texts for the month of June 2015 include suggestions from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 7, to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 28. 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 texts for the month of June are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is appealing "to Canadians to continue their support for families fleeing the barbaric violence perpetrated by ISIS and the unresolved Syrian civil war." Among the millions affected are the once vibrant Christian communities of Syria and Iraq, which may for the first time in 2000 years be forced from their homeland. In 2014, Canadians donated more than $1 million to CNEWA in order to support the peoples and Churches of the Middle East. Along with this Canadian contribution, an additional $6 million in donations was made to CNEWA globally to aid struggling Christians during 2015. To mark the papal agency's 10th anniversary in Canada this year, the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa and Chair of CNEWA Canada, has published a message encouraging support for its mission.
Link to the message of Archbishop Prendergast
Link to the news release
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, was elected President of Caritas Internationalis for a first term. He succeeds His Eminence Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who has completed two four-year terms as President. The elections were held during the annual general assembly of Caritas Internationalis which met in Rome, May 12-17, 2015, on the theme "One Human Family, Caring for Creation". Pope Francis presided at its opening Mass. Caritas Internationalis is the worldwide federation of Catholic relief and development agencies which includes 165 national Caritas, including the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). Delegates from Development and Peace are participating in the General Assembly, including the President of its National Council, Mr. Ray Temmerman from Manitoba.
Link to Caritas Internationalis
The Standing Committee for Relations with Movements and Associations of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued its annual Pentecost message for Catholic movements and associations in Canada. In its message, the Standing Committee recalls the 2014 CCCB Forum for National Catholic Movements and Associations as a moment "to witness the variety of ways people are living lives of service to strengthen our Church and communities. But, more importantly, we spoke about discovering more effective ways of working together – to discover the complementarity of our Movements and Associations. Our celebration of Pentecost reminds us that this is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit, and our place is to listen carefully and follow faithfully."
Link to the message
In a news release issued yesterday, the Archdiocese of Ottawa has published the schedule of activities and celebrations during the March for Life on May 14, 2015. Bishops will preside at several Eucharistic celebrations, including the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa. Among the other Bishops who will participate in the events will be the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Brendan M. O'Brien, Archbishop of Kingston; the Most Reverend Denis Grondin, Archbishop-Elect of Rimouski and representative of His Eminence Gérard Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada; the Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London; the Most Reverend Fred Colli, Bishop of Thunder Bay; the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse, Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall; and the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa. A prayer service is also being organized by Ukrainian Catholics, with special worship services as well for participants from the Anglican, Lutheran and Evangelical Churches. Salt + Light Television will be on hand for news reports and interviews.
Link to the news release
Earlier this year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments forwarded to the world's Episcopal Conferences the text of the Homiletic Directory, a new resource for all ministers of the Word, including priests, deacons and homilists. The document was produced "as the result of the request made by participants in the Synod of Bishops held in 2008 on the Word of God." In response to this request, Pope Benedict XVI directed the competent authorities of the Holy See to prepare a Directory to assist in preparing homilies. More recently, Pope Francis has made preaching one of the priorities in renewing the Church, as is evident in his first Apostolic Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel" (Evangelii gaudium).
To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, various diocesan newsletters have carried articles, while several Canadian Catholic periodicals have issued special supplements on the mission and ministry of those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church. The Catholic Register published a supplement entitled Call to service as part of its April 26 edition. The Prairie Messenger published a series of reports on 22 April, several of which were by men and women religious. The articles can be found on their respective websites or by contacting the periodicals to order a copy.
Link to the Catholic Register
Link to the Prairie Messenger
The Archdiocese of Winnipeg celebrated 100 years with their Centennial Mass on May 3, 2015. More than 800 people from the Archdiocese receive confirmation as part of this special celebration, presided by the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg. Salt + Light TV will air this special Mass, hosted by Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) / 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).
Link to the Archdiocese of Winnipeg
Link to Salt + Light TV
On the occasion of the National Week for Life and the Family, May 10 to 17, 2015, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) joins Catholics from across the country and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) by releasing the message "The family accompanies the dying with love" In its Message, COLF recalls that "in light of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada relative to the issue of assisted suicide, it is appropriate that we turn our attention to the call of the family to draw near to the dying, and, indeed, to any who suffer, and accompany them with love." The Week for Life and the Family is a CCCB initiative that dioceses promote or adapt according to their own specific needs, resources, and pastoral priorities.
Link to COLF's Message
Link to the CCCB's resources
The Archdiocese of Vancouver will honour the late Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver, the Most Reverend Raymond Roussin, S.M., at a Memorial Mass to be held on May 8 at 12:10 p.m., at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver. A reception in Holy Rosary Hall will follow. Archbishop Roussin died this past April 24 at the age of 75 and was buried in Winnipeg on May 2.
On May 8, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine. When she was 12 she decided to enter the community of Hôtel-Dieu of Bayeux, which was directed by Augustinian nuns, the Hospital Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus. Later, she offered herself for the Canada mission and promised "to live and die in Canada if God would open its door" for her. She made solemn profession as a nun at age 16 on May 4, 1648, in Nantes and set sail for Canada on May 27. The ship arrived in Quebec City on August 19. Catherine set about learning the languages of the First Nations people, and looked after the sick. She is considered a co-founder of the Church in Canada and was beatified on April 23, 1989, by Saint John Paul II. The principal text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical booklets issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments for each Canadian Saint and Blessed. Printed copies of the complete booklets in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.