Message for Canadian Catholic national movements and associations to mark the Solemnity of All Saints

Monday, October 29 2012

Solemnity of All Saints, 2012

Dear Friends,

The CCCB Standing Committee for Relations with Movements and Associations last wrote to you on the Solemnity of Pentecost. We are pleased to be in contact with you again, this time for the Solemnity of All Saints.

The joyful commemoration of all the saints in heaven is a reminder of the universal vocation to holiness and of the destiny held in store for the faithful followers of Christ.  The Second Vatican Council teaches this clearly: all are called to be saints (cf. Lumen Gentium, chapter 5).

Holiness is a grace and a gift, but it is also a call that engages the whole being. Your movement or association can be an important source of support as you grow in God’s plan for you.

Drawing on the rich spiritual tradition of your group, you will discover, with your brothers and sisters, the joy of responding to the call of Christ in your daily lives.

The Holy Father has proposed that we live a year of faith, so we can return to the source of our Christian vocation. We should not forget that a movement or association is an important opportunity to live in communion, not moving forward alone, but rather deriving strength with the help of those who walk with you.

You have an opportunity to grow spiritually within a group that supports you. You have received the grace to support others in turn. This reciprocity becomes a light to guide your steps. “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” (1 John 4.16)

This reciprocal love is very concrete, and becomes an invitation to others to travel this path of loving service with you.

Dear friends, by staying in touch with you, we wish to underline the importance of your mission that you bring to the life of your diocese. Be missionaries of the Good News, and proclaim the joy of faith in Jesus Christ.

Please also share your experiences with your Bishop. This way, you can be messengers of hope at the heart of your community.

+ Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke
+ Gary Gordon, Bishop of Whitehorse
+ Robert Anthony Daniels, Bishop of Grand Falls

Standing Committee for Relations with Movements and Associations
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops