Pope Francis’ November prayer intentions are for children who suffer, that they be granted the security of family and opportunities for education. Meanwhile, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are writing to the House of Commons committee on MAiD to warn against expansions of MAiD availability to marginalized and vulnerable Canadians including newborns deemed ‘unfit for life.’ Mother Teresa’s constant work for life with her Missionaries of Charity is documented in a Knights of Columbus-backed movie Mother Teresa: No Greater Love, with showings across Canada in November. Locally, Knights of Columbus councils continue to serve meals in support of community members. Parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish in Torbay, NL are working with the Saint John’s Archdiocese to raise $450,000 to save their church as a place of worship.
Reverend Peter Noteboom, Canadian Council of Churches general secretary believes its argument to strike down the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States has been heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. Bill C-230 — which aimed to enhance the rights of medical personnel who refuse to participate in medically assisted death for reasons of conscience — has died in the House of Commons, but its supporters vow to keep up the fight for the rights of physicians and patients. Saying he did not want to rush the process of discerning how the Holy Spirit is calling the church to grow in "synodality," Pope Francis announced that the next assembly of the Synod of Bishops would take place in two sessions.
At their first in-person meetings in three years, Canada’s bishops spoke about concrete steps toward reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians — concrete steps that include the continued efforts to raise $30 million over the next five years, easier access for residential school survivors and their families to diocesan archives across the country and forging personal relationships between bishops and Indigenous leaders. To know oneself is a gift and a grace that allows Christians to properly discern between feelings and convictions, Pope Francis said. During his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square October 5, the pope said that knowing oneself requires "patient soul-searching" and the awareness of one's "way of acting, of the feelings that dwell within us." Since September 1, 2021, the research team for the Miramichi Historical Linkages Project has worked towards uncovering forgotten stories from that region’s past. An intriguing figure was Father Dennis Dunne, who became vicar general of the Diocese of Chicago.
This Pastoral Letter is meant to inspire young Catholics to live their faith in an extraordinary way, encouraging them to strive toward holiness, and assuring them of the steadfast support and accompaniment of their Bishops along their individual journeys of faith.
Jesus never abandons, coerces or blackmails anyone when they stray, rather, he patiently waits and is "our greatest and most faithful friend," Pope Francis said. As Ukrainian refugees continue to make Canadians aware of the war in Ukraine, Soviet nuclear threat adds to Ukraine's worries. As the reality of losing their parishes comes to fruition, Catholics in Newfoundland are feeling a wide array of emotions.
Over the past seven years an outreach ministry of Kings Church in the Saint John/Quispamsis area, has been a witness to the community in sharing the love of Jesus. Through its Love Week initiative, church members spend an entire week showering kindness on people in their community as a testament to the love of Jesus. Just under a year away, the hype is already beginning around World Youth Day (WYD) 2023 to be held in Lisbon, Portugal. Pope Francis generated some hype himself with a special written address for young people. Biological engineering, such as gene therapy for treating human disease, is making such swift advancements that the public's knowledge and understanding of what is happening and what ethical and legal guidelines are needed are lagging too far behind, said speakers at a Vatican conference.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), gathered in Plenary Assembly this week, agreed upon a series of next steps related to the painful legacy of residential schools. This work builds on previous commitments to promote access to records, educate clergy on Indigenous cultures and spirituality, and contribute $30 million to healing and reconciliation initiatives across Canada.
La Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC), réunie en Assemblée plénière cette semaine, a adopté une série d’étapes à entreprendre dans le cadre du douloureux héritage des pensionnats indiens. Ce travail fait suite à des engagements antérieurs visant à faciliter l’accès aux archives, à former les membres du clergé aux cultures et à la spiritualité autochtones, et à contribuer 30 millions de dollars pour soutenir des initiatives de guérison et de réconciliation à travers le Canada.
From October 2 to 8, 2022 we mark National Catholic Health Care Week across Canada, recognizing the important work of Catholic health care organizations in our province and across Canada. We pray for health care teams who have given much over the past years and continue to walk with all those who are ill, deeply troubled, weary and struggling. Holding all those who are hurting in our hearts, we ask God to bless the work of Catholic health care and we offer our prayers, support, and encouragement for the people of our Catholic health organizations who serve with compassion and courage. You are encouraged to mark National Catholic Health Care Week with daily reflections and prayers. Please visit the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada website at www.chac.ca.
Today, with the opening of this year’s Plenary Assembly, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is releasing it’s President’s annual report to the members, highlighting major pastoral initiatives undertaken by the CCCB since the last plenary meeting, such as the Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican in March 2022, the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to Canada in July 2022, as well as in the areas of family and life, and Church’s ongoing journey toward the Synod on synodality.
Aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de l’ouverture de l’Assemblée plénière de cette année, la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC) rend public le rapport annuel de son président à l’intention de ses membres. Ce rapport souligne les principales initiatives pastorales entreprises par la CECC depuis la dernière Assemblée plénière, telles que la délégation autochtone au Vatican en mars 2022, la visite apostolique du pape François au Canada en juillet 2022, ainsi que dans les domaines de la famille et de la vie, et le cheminement de l’Église vers le Synode sur la synodalité.
The annual Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held on 25 September 2022. This annual charitable initiative assists the Bishops in their ministry of accompanying, teaching, guiding, sanctifying and caring for the Church in Canada.
La Collecte annuelle pour les besoins de l’Église au Canada aura lieu le 25 septembre 2022. Cette initiative caritative annuelle aide les évêques dans leur ministère d’accompagner, d’enseigner, de guider, de sanctifier et de prendre soin de l’Église au Canada.
Bishops from across the country will gather in Cornwall, Ontario, week for the 2022 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The gathering will bring together 72 Bishops for in-person meetings for the first time since 2019.
Des évêques de partout au pays se réuniront à Cornwall, en Ontario, la semaine prochaine pour la réunion annuelle de l’Assemblée plénière de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC). Ce rassemblement en 2022 réunira 72 évêques en personne pour la première fois depuis l’Assemblée plénière 2019.
Rocmuara Nursing Home is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Fall gala honouring its founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception. The Conservative MP for Sherwood Park - Fort Saskatchewan Garnett Genuis is mustering support among his colleagues to maintain charitable status for pro-life agencies. At the 3rd International Congress on Catechesis, Pope Francis reminded that the first task of a catechist is to love the Lord and to live the faith in a way that makes others want to live it as well. The Vatican announces a contest to compose music for Holy Year 2025.
On Wednesday, September 8, 2002 the Diocese of Saint John welcomed two new deacons to the diocese, David Rioux and Stephen Mawhinney. Canada’s bishops want to engage with a new National Council for Reconciliation that Ottawa lawmakers plan to set up this fall. Marriage in Canada has become the preserve of the middle aged and older. The latest Statistics Canada numbers from the 2021 census show that fewer than one in five Canadians in their 20s are married.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) receives the news of the passing of Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, with profound sadness. The Bishops and all of the Catholic faithful of this country in praying for the repose of her soul and in extending sincerest condolences to the members of the Royal Family. Generations of Canadians have lived under Queen Elizabeth’s long reign. She will be forever remembered for her remarkable service to the people of our country and the entire Commonwealth. We grieve her loss, with all her subjects, and recall in a special way the Church of England, of which she was Supreme Governor.
On Sunday, August 14, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine in Howard celebrated its 185th anniversary at the annual shrine Sunday The Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) explored both personal and communal transformation during a gathering in Saint John with Dr. Ted Dunn. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Women's League of Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary