2013 Collection for the Needs of the Church in CanadaTuesday, August 27 2013
(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held in parishes across the country on September 28 and 29, 2013. In his letter to parishes, the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), states: “This collection is intended to support the work of the CCCB and of each diocese. It helps dioceses meet their annual per capita contribution to the CCCB, while any collected funds that exceed that amount are then at the disposal of the dioceses for their own pastoral needs.”
In order to promote the Collection and the work of the Episcopal Conference, 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 21 and 28, or distributed by other means of communication such as Websites and emails;
- suggested prayers of the faithful for the Bishops of Canada for the weekends of September 21 and 28;
- an overview of the projects, declarations and documents worked on by the CCCB over the course of the past year;
- the CCCB logo.
“The life of the universal Church has been marked by extraordinary events during 2013,” Archbishop Smith states in his letter to parishes. “This year of exceptional transition is a reminder once again that our Church continues to be called to mission and service to our world. Both Pope Francis, and Pope Benedict before him, have constantly emphasized the importance of the Church’s engagement in charity, service and solidarity. The pastoral ministry of the Bishops of Canada is part of this same dynamic. Bishops are to be witnesses and agents of charity and solidarity, each of us in his diocesan Church, and all of us united together in episcopal collegiality, testifying to the Gospel of Christ at home and abroad.”
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