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Diocean Pastoral Staff

Un blogue sur la vie pastorale à l'Archidiocèse de Gatineau.

Julie Cool, Diocesan coordinator of pastoral ministry - ext. 300

Originally from Chateauguay, Quebec Julie moved to the Outaouais region when she married her husband Greg in 1991. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from McGill University, and a MSW from Carleton University. Her work in social work led her to work in the area of cooperative housing and in social housing for new immigrant communities. Her passion for public policy led her to work as a researcher for the Library of Parliament, where she helped inform the work of parliamentarians on social policy questions such as poverty, aging, and indigenous people. Mother of three and now a grandmother, Julie has always been involved in the pastoral life of her parish communities, serving on pastoral councils, liturgy committees, youth ministry, and leading faith formation for children.

Recognizing that she could benefit from formal training to help fulfil these pastoral roles, Julie enrolled in a certificate program in theology at Saint Paul University. The certificate led to a bachelor’s degree in theology, and in 2019, a Master’s degree in theology from Saint Paul University. Julie left her work at the Library of Parliament to pursue her first passion for pastoral work, and become a pastoral associate at St. Mark the Evangelist parish (2011-2017). She joined the diocesan team of the Archdiocese of Gatineau in 2017, and became director of pastoral services in January 2020.

Annie Esson Assoua, Project Manager - ext. 306

A native of Cameroon, in central Africa, she did her studies in Business Law at the University of Dschang in Cameroon and then took on a degree in project management at Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt.

She is a dynamic young woman, with a passion for anthropology, sociology, psychology and the beauties of nature.  She is also a proud mother of two amazing daughters,

Pastoral service

Spiritual training

« Continuous education of the faith is directed not only to each Christian it accompanies on his or her march towards holiness, but also to the Christian community that matures in its intimate life of loving God and each other, and in its missionary openness towards the world. » (General directory of catechism, no. 70) 


I'd like to have have my child baptized…

What must I do to get married in the Church…

Why do I need to be confirmed to become a godparent…


In the daily lives of many Catholics, such hopes and questions  have a special place. Christian communities are called to accompany their members as they journey towards and celebrate these sacraments. 

Experience teaches us, however, that such rituals create deep and rich meaning when they are integrated in a broader life perspective.  Rather than being single, detached events, they become part of a life journey.  This is why, in Quebec, we prefer talking about a Christian life training, rather than preparing for the sacraments. The expression evokes a richer, more dynamic, more inclusive process.

Our key reference on this subject was published in 2004 by the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops.  It is entitled, Jesus Christ, Road to Humanisation. Guidelines for Training for a Christian Life.

This document reminds us that many partners need to collaborate to help their fellow believers grow in their Christian life. It speaks of the the role of:

  • the Christian community
  • the family
  • religious movements
  • places of engagement
  • public areas of learning and deliberation
  • community meeting and action groups

All these partners work together in fostering a relationship with Christ as part of an integral path of humnaization for the individual, the community and the whole world.

Many parishes in our diocese offer activities or training programs in the Christian life, such as the discovery of the Gospel, a beginner’s course on catechism, or long-term pastoral accompaniment.  We invite you to browse our website section called "Growing in the Christian Faith" to discover the many possibilities that exist to help you journey in your Christian life.

For more information, please contact Julie Cool, Dìocesan Coordinator of Pastoral Ministry, at the Diocesan Center.

Liturgy

« This full and active participation by all the people is what we must strive for with all our might, in order to restore and develop the liturgy.  It is indeed the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful must derive a true Christian spirit; and therefore, it must be sought eagerly by shepherds of souls, in all things ministerial, with the necessary education. » (Sacrosanctum concilium, no 14)

 

In the life of the Christian community, liturgy occupies a primordial spot, along with training towards a Christian life, and commitment towards fraternity and solidarity.

Liturgy, of course, comprises the Sunday Mass: the Sunday Eucharist.  But it also includes the prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, the celebration of the sacraments, the blessings and other celebrations of popular piety.

In order to support the parishes in their liturgical life, in order to ensure beautiful celebrations on a diocesan scale, a Diocesan Table on Liturgy meets regularly to exchange, plan, and evaluate diverse projects.

Diocesan Committee on Liturgy


Objective

Established by the Diocesan Coordination for Pastoral Affairs, following a request by the Archbishop, the Diocesan Committee on Liturgy has as objective to offer to Christian communities means of liturgical education in the context of the « celebration » dimension of the diocesan catechism project.

To do so, with the collaboration of the parishes and the pastoral units, the committee will take stock of the state of our liturgical celebrations, with the aim of offering, as required, training and tools that will ensure, in all its dimensions, more vibrant and significant celebrations.

 

Ministry to Families

 

What’s good for the family is crucial for the future of the world and the Church.

This pithy aphorism by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia explains why the Church is particularly interested in the reality of families today and wishes to accompany them on their journeys.

The holding of two Synod assemblies in Rome on the theme of the family in 2014 and 2015, and the publication of Amoris Laetitia have given new momentum to the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus.

For more information about family ministry, please contact Julie Cool at the Diocesan Centre.

Missionary Work

« Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations: baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.  And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. » (Mt 28, 19-20)

 

These final words from Jesus in the Gospel according to Matthew reminds the Church of its fundamental mission to share the Good News with all the people of the world.  In response to this mission, the Catholic Church has put together a particular service dedicated to the propagation of the faith throughout the world, a service now known as the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.  Among the important organizations of this Congregation, there are the Pontifical mission societies, whose national director for French Canada is Father Yoland Ouellet, o.m.i.

 

The co-directors of the PMS in the Archdiocese of Gatineau are Francine and Jean-Jacques Allaire.

 

Their main responsibility is to represent our archdiocese among the PMS of French Canada, and to co-ordinate the annual education and fundraising campaign culminating in the celebration of the Sunday for Missions in October in all the parishes of the diocese.

However, we must not forget that the vast regions of Canada’s north are in themselves a mission for which we are all responsible.  In Quebec, the Mission Chez Nous organisation contributes to finance numerous projects in these isolated Christian communities.  An annual collection in November is given to this organization in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of northern Canada.

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