National Week for Life and the Family

UPDATE: Following a rise in COVID-19 cases, the province of Ontario declared a state of emergency and provincewide Stay-at-Home order, effective since Thursday, April 8, at 12:01 a.m. Participation in all events and initiatives related to the 2021 National Week for Life and Family should reflect and be in accordance with local and provincial health and safety guidelines

Following the recommendations of the former Ad Hoc Committee on Life and Family of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Bishops of Canada at their October 2011 Plenary Assembly adopted a plan to implement a national pastoral initiative for life and family. As proposed at the time, the various elements of this national pastoral initiative could include: strategies for formation; the promotion of life and family; outreach for life; programs for youth and the elderly; and collaboration with ecclesial movements and new communities. Bishops in their respective dioceses would be invited to consider ideas as they are proposed and to adopt and adapt them for local use according to evolving pastoral needs, the availability of resources, and particular priorities.

For the past several years, the CCCB has used the National Week for Life and the Family as a key opportunity to propose ideas related to its national pastoral initiative for life and family. The annual celebration of the National Week for Life and the Family takes place in many dioceses across the country and always coincides with the United Nations’ International Day of Families  (resolution 47/237) on May 15 of each year.

 

2021 National Week for Life and Family
Family, the Domestic Church: A Sign of Hope and Life