NEWS FROM THE DIOCESAN SERVICES - February 21, 2023
ARCHBISHOP DUROCHER IS NOMINATED TO THE DICASTERY FOR CULTURE AND EDUCATION
The Press Office of the Holy See announced that Pope Francis has named our archbishop, Paul-André Durocher, to the Dicastery for Culture and Education.
As a member of this dicastery, Archbishop Durocher will be consulted on issues that pertain to the work of this office as it serves the Pope and the universal Church. He could also be called to attend occasional meetings in Rome. To know more about this dicastery, please click here.
PASTORAL LETTERS CONCERNING RECONCILIATION WITH THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
On 8 February 2023, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following four pastoral letters on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Intended as a framework for local engagement with Indigenous Peoples, the letters are the fruit of many months of listening, encounter, and dialogue with them, including through Listening Circles, the Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican in April 2022, and Pope Francis' Apostolic Voyage to Canada in July of the same year. See the letters here.
LENTEN TESTIMONY - 1st Sunday of Lent February 26, 2023
This first Sunday of Lent orients our journey together towards Easter by keeping our focus on our diocesan synodal priorities. One of these priorities is to welcome and accompany families from elsewhere. Walking together means having our eyes and hearts open and allowing ourselves to be surprised by the unexpected calls of the Holy Spirit. Read the testimony.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2023
Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all recount the episode of the Transfiguration of Jesus. There we see the Lord's response to the failure of his disciples to understand him. Shortly before, there had been a real clash between the Master and Simon Peter, who, after professing his faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, rejected his prediction of the passion and the cross. Jesus had firmly rebuked him: "Get behind me, Satan! You are a scandal to me, because you do not think according to God, but according to men!" (Mt 16:23). Following this, "six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John his brother and led them away to a high mountain" (Mt 17:1). Read the letter here.
"ENLARGE THE SPACE OF YOUR TENT" (Isa 54:2)
Are you interested in better understanding the synodal consultation launched by Pope Francis? An online conference will be held next week on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 7:00pm which promises to be both interesting and enlightening. Archbishop Durocher will participate as a panelist. Registration is required.
In order to be Church together and to create strong links between us, we would like to have news from your parish. Give us your news, tell us about your successes, your projects so that we can be enriched by each other's experiences. To better carry out the Mission together, let us open ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit to release among us the Word that comforts, encourages and supports.
"So comfort one another and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (1 Thess 5:11)
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.
NOVATIO TO SUPPORT OVER 70,000$ IN PROJECTS IN 2023
The Board of Directors of the Novatio Foundation has just announced that it will fund $71,270 in projects for its first year of operation. Following the call for projects launched last fall, the Foundation received about fifteen projects. Upon the recommendation of the Project analysis and selection committee, the Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to be associated with the realization of 11 projects in the parishes and community organizations of the Archdiocese of Gatineau. Read more...
NEWS FROM THE PARISHES AND MOVEMENTS
ANNOUNCEMENTS/INVITATIONS TO SHARE
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