Friday, July 16, 2021
The Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) supports the Bishops of Saskatchewan as they announce a new province-wide Appeal for Support of Healing and Reconciliation with a particular focus on three funding priorities: healing and reconciliation, cemeteries on the sites of former residential schools, and education and cultural support. You can visit the following website for information and ongoing updates on the Saskatchewan appeal and the funds collected: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/.
The Bishops of Canada are profoundly saddened by the Residential Schools legacy. We are committed to working with Indigenous Peoples and communities towards a greater understanding of the priorities of healing and reconciliation and how to address them together.
Bishops from many dioceses across the country have indicated to the CCCB their readiness to discern possible local and/or regional fundraising initiatives. The details of the particular fundraising efforts will be made known locally following further consultations.
The work of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is of fundamental importance to our local and national Catholic communities and to all of us as Canadians. By renewing our commitment to work together with them, the Church in Canada pledges solidarity with the Indigenous communities of this land.
We lift up our prayers to the Lord for the support and healing of Residential School survivors, their communities, and intergenerational wounds still present. We will provide updates on these important initiatives as this work progresses into the early Fall.
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages all Catholics in Canada to vote in the upcoming federal elections. In preparation, the faithful should reflect on their concerns and aspirations, familiarize themselves with the different party platforms, as well as with the candidates in their respective ridings, and come to a decision about whom to vote for with a free and informed conscience.
After a one-year pause due to the pandemic, the annual Archbishop's Golf Open was a great success on September 10 at Kingsway Golf Club. Thanks to the participation of golfers and generous sponsors, $17,700 was raised in support of the Archdiocese's mission to assist community organizations in the region...
The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops presents the base text and “vademecum” – or handbook – to guide the journey of the Synod on Synodality...
Endorsed by Pope Francis in 2015 and supported by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the annual month-long ecumenical celebration entitled the Season of Creation will begin on 1 September (World Day of Prayer for Creation) and continue until 4 October 2021 (feast of Saint Francis of Assisi). The celebration calls on the global Christian community to promote prayer and action to protect our common home. The theme for this year’s season is “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God”. For more information and resources on the Season of Creation, please visit the website at seasonorcreation.org.
Good news: the statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Health specifies in full that the vaccination passport is not required for places of worship, wedding ceremonies, and funerals. Implicitly, this means that the activities of places of worship are not deemed "non-essential" by the government, as is the case with gyms, restaurants, and the like. It's already something ...
Death of Marie-Thérèse Ébacher, sister of Monsignor Roger Ébacher
Bishop Roger Ébacher informs us of the death of his young sister Marie-Thérèse, which occurred in Montreal last Sunday. 76 years old, she is survived by her husband Lucien, her daughter Elsa (Jimmy Rodrigue), and her granddaughter Léonie. Of this family of 10 children, survived Bishop Roger and his sister Gabrielle.
A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti's Tiburon Peninsula on Saturday, August 14 at 8:29 a.m., about 150 kilometres west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Much of the damage occurred in the towns of Jeremie and Les Cayes. The force of the earthquake was felt in almost all across the country, including the western department.
The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life released a short video message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place on Sunday, 25 July 2021. The video message brings to life the theme chosen for this day, “I am with you always” (cf. Mt 28:20)...
The Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) supports the Bishops of Saskatchewan as they announce a new province-wide Appeal for Support of Healing and Reconciliation...