NEWS FROM THE DIOCESAN SERVICES - October 18, 2022
A LOOK BACK AT THE DIOCESAN PATRONAL CELEBRATION
Last Tuesday, October 11, on the occasion of the diocesan patronal feast, the priests, deacons and pastoral workers of the diocese gathered from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the church of Saint-François-de-Sales, for a resourcing activity and a meal. This activity was on the exercise of pastoral leadership. Three people spoke in turn to share how they exercise their ministry and pastoral leadership. Mrs. Nicole Myre, pastoral worker at the parish of Saint François de Sales, emphasized, among other things, the importance of welcoming people in her variously experienced commitment. Welcoming each person in the way and following Christ. Father Charles Fournier, parish priest of St-Paul and St-Médard parishes, shared the importance of proposing a pastoral and missionary vision to the parish communities for which he is responsible and of bringing parishioners to walk together in listening to the Word. Finally, Father Ronald Beaulne, pastor of several Christian communities in the Petite Nation, conceives and lives his ministry as essentially a ministry of presence. The compass that guides his ministry is to indicate the presence of Christ by listening to people and being present at important moments in their lives to indicate the presence of God. After the three testimonies, the assembly was divided into small groups to discuss the following question: In what you have heard about pastoral leadership, is there anything that resonates with you and that you would like to put into practice when you return to the place where you minister? The time of renewal was followed by the prayer of vespers and a fraternal supper.
In the evening, the diocesan people joined the priests at St-François-de-Sales church for the celebration of the Eucharist. In his homily, Bishop Paul-André returned to the figure of Mary as the model par excellence of welcoming both Christ and the other.
DIOCESAN WORLD YOUTH DAY, SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022
Diocesan Youth Mass at St François de Sales
In November 2020, Pope Francis announced his decision to move the diocesan WYD from Palm Sunday to the Feast of Christ the King. Thus, this year, the diocesan WYD will take place in all the dioceses of the world (including our diocese) on Sunday 20 November 2022.
It should be remembered that Pope John Paul called the young people to Rome for the first time on the Feast of Christ the King in 1984, and a year later, on the occasion of the International Year of Youth, he called them again. The success of these two major events led the Pope to create WYD. Since then, they have been celebrated every year in every diocese on Palm Sunday and every two to three years at the global level as a large gathering that brings together young people from all over the world, in joy, around the Pope.
For the 2022 edition of the diocesan WYD the Archdiocese of Gatineau invites all young people aged 16 and over to the WYD Mass presided over by Bishop Paul-André Durocher on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. at Saint-François de Sales Church. Thank you to the pastors and the various parish and movement workers for making this activity known to the young people in your area.
DES NOUVELLES DU SYNODE
We invite you to explore the synodality toolkit on the diocesan website.
For the month of October, we invite you to view some video clips on the ongoing synodal process. May you find in them food for thought to guide listening and discernment in our communities.
Pope's October prayer intention: A Church that walks together
DO YOU NEED TRAINING?
The launches of the pastoral year in your parish communities have underlined the desire to implement the recommendations of the synodal process. The importance of welcoming, listening, communicating, sharing the Word of God in small groups as well as the need for training were repeatedly expressed.
We are pleased to inform you that André Inkel, our diocesan pastoral officer, will be available for your training needs. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the trainings André can give:
- How to walk in synodality for a Church on the move
- Evangelisation in a changing world
- Empathetic listening
- Conflict management
- Catechesis for teens and adults
- And many more
Please contact André directly
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 819.771.8391, ext. 300
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 FOUNDATION: PROJECT FUNDING
Novatio Foundation of the Archdiocese will be issuing an invitation in the coming weeks to parishes, church movements and community organizations for a call for projects to be funded by the Foundation in 2023. The application form will be available on request and will also be sent to parishes and organizations. The deadline for submitting a project will be 30 November 2022. Successful projects will be announced in January.
NEWS FROM THE PARISHES AND MOVEMENTS
In 2020, before the events related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown that disrupted everyone's schedule, the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame were preparing to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of their foundress, Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. Time has passed and if this event to celebrate together was a missed opportunity, so be it! It is with joy that we celebrate each new occasion to remember the life and work of Saint Marguerite and her daughters. Read more...
JOB OFFER - ST. STEPHEN'S PARISH
St. Stephen's parish, Chelsea, is seeking a fully bilingual individual to fill the part-time position of Church Administrator. Details here...
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.
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