National celebration to commemorate the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the most recent Canadian Saint

Wednesday, October 31 2012

Mass_for_kateri_November_4-EN(CCCB – Ottawa)… The national celebration of the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Indigenous woman from North America to be canonized, will take place on November 4, 2012, at 2:30 pm, at Saint Joseph Oratory in Montreal.  The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Co-Treasurer of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will preside. A number of other Canadian Bishops will concelebrate. These include the Most Reverend Richard Smith of Edmonton, President of the CCCB; the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; and the Most Reverend Louis Dicaire, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. Special guests and representatives from the First Nations will also be present including representatives from the community of Kahnawake where Saint Kateri lived and died. The members of the CCCB Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council will also participate.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn Mass in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, October 21, 2012. A Canadian delegation of approximately 1500 pilgrims attended the celebrations in Rome, as well as 20 Canadian Bishops. Among these were the Most Reverend Richard Smith and Bishop Lionel Gendron, P.S.S.

Around 2500 people are expected at Saint Joseph Oratory on November 4. In order to assist in coordinating the celebration, tickets will be necessary. Groups of 10 or more people can make arrangements to obtain tickets by calling 514-733-8211 or e-mailing pelerinage@osj.qc.caThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets cost $5 each. Individuals and groups of fewer than 10 are asked to pick up their tickets at the Oratory prior to the event.

Salt + Light Television will broadcast the National Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha live at 2:15pm. This will be preceded by the new Salt + Light documentary In Her Footsteps: The Story of Kateri Tekakwitha at 1:00pm.