NEWS FROM THE DIOCESAN SERVICES - March 21, 2023
SHARE LENT 2023
This year, Development and Peace - Caritas Canada's Create Hope: Stand for the land campaign calls you to support our sisters and brothers in the Global South in defending their land and territory.
Message of Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
POSITION OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF QUEBEC IN BILL 11
Bill 11, the Act modifying the Act Respecting End-of-Life Care, along with other legislative provisions presented February 16, 2023, by Quebec Health and Seniors Minister Sonia Bélanger, obliges us as Quebec citizens and Catholic bishops practising our ministries throughout this province to speak out today on this question which is of the utmost importance. Read on
INVITATION TO CHRISM MASS
Archbishop Paul-André Durocher is pleased to invite ALL PARISHIONERS to gather for the CHRISM MASS during which the Oils for the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed and the Holy Chrism consecrated on Wednesday of Holy Week April 5, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. SAINT-JOSEPH CATHEDRAL 245 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, Gatineau.
*Free parking available behind the church and on the streets nearby
JOURNEY THROUGH LENT 2023
A series of CCCB videos entitled Journeying Through Lent is available on the CCCB website. This year's Lenten meditations are given by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada.
We are happy to pass on information about the pastoral activities of the English-speaking parishes via the newsletter. We will be happy to publish your information in the newsletter every two weeks. Please send your information to André Inkel, Pastoral Worker. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT ABOUT RETREATS AND ACTIVITIES IN FRENCH?
In this English version of the diocesan bulletin, we share information relevant to our English-speaking parishioners. If you want to find out about retreats and resources available in French only, you might want to also subscribe to the French Infolettre. You can sign up here.
FROM GOLF TO ARCHBISHOP'S BRUNCHES
After ten editions of the Archbishop's Golf Open, the annual fundraising event of the diocese to support community organizations is changing its formula to become the Archbishop's Brunch. After Archbishop Durocher's pastoral visits to the four corners of the diocese, the Archbishop's Brunch will be a tour of four brunches to meet with diocesan residents to experience a fraternal moment while supporting community organizations. In fact, at each of the brunches, the profits collected will be redistributed to organizations in the territory of each pastoral zone. The cost of tickets will be $25 for adults and $10 for children. Parishes will be notified as soon as ticket sales begin and there will be several points of sale. Here is the brunch schedule for each of the pastoral areas:
- 1st brunch: for parishes in the English zone, October 7 at St. Mark's Parish Hall in the Aylmer area.
- 2nd brunch: for parishes in the Eastern zone, October 22 at the St-André-Avellin municipal hall (Whissell complex).
- 3rd brunch: for parishes in the Central and Western zones, on November 5 at the Ste-Trinité parish hall, Gatineau sector.
- 4th brunch: for parishes in the Northern zone, on November 19 at the parish hall of L'Assomption-de-Marie parish in Maniwaki.
Please reserve one of these dates in your calendar. Information: diocesan bursar's office.
NEWS FROM THE PARISHES AND MOVEMENTS
FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR SSVP CONFERENCE IN MONTEBELLO, COLOMBIA
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has an international program where conferences in developed countries "twin" with other conferences in poorer countries. In 2019, St. Mark's Conference in Aylmer joined this initiative and the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy) Conference in Montebello, Colombia was chosen as our twin. Our conference provides them with some financial assistance annually to help them carry out their mission of charity and social justice.
Both of our conferences share the same Vincentian commitment to serve the poor and we support each other through prayer. We also encourage each other by exchanging correspondence concerning our service to our communities. Our twin conference focuses a lot of attention on the elderly and disabled people in need in Montebello.
A special fundraising event for our twin conference will take place in St. Mark's parish hall on Saturday, March 25, starting at 7:00 pm. A few guests from Colombia will be present and we will enjoy some Colombian music and dance presentations. Tickets cost $15 and attendance is free for children under 12. Refreshments will be served and there will be a surprise raffle.
Anyone interested in getting tickets can contact Dorli McCrank at 819-360-8312.
Gatineau (Buckingham Sector)
ANNOUNCEMENTS/INVITATIONS TO SHARE
This section is for the sharing of announcements/invitations from parishes and movements in the diocese. If you have an activity to share or advertise, please send a note to Bozica Domitrovic on Friday before the newsletter release.
BOZICA DOMITROVIC, Communication technician
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