NEWS FROM THE DIOCESAN SERVICES - November 29, 2022
THE ARCHBISHOP'S PASTORAL VISIT CONTINUES
After devoting the month of October to the parishes of the Eastern zone of our diocese, better known as "la Petite-Nation", I am now visiting the parishes of the Northern zone. This zone includes all the French-language communities north of the city of Gatineau. Since June, this includes the areas of Gracefield and Maniwaki. In addition to celebrating Sunday Eucharist in each of these parishes, I animate a few regional workshops on the Church's life and mission. Finally, I meet with the lay leadership of each parish - members of the pastoral and administrative services - to talk about the community's strengths and challenges. These meetings are an occasion to engage in rich conversation and give rise to sometimes intense, always enlightening discussions. I come away from them wiser and full of admiration for the many men and women who, in the name of Jesus Christ, continue to commit themselves to building up the Christian community and ensuring its mission in the world. In January, I will begin visiting parishes of our English zone. Please continue to hold this project in your prayers.
+ Paul-André Durocher
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN SOLIDARITY WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
On December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America, Archbishop Durocher will visit Holy Rosary Parish in Kitigan Zibi near Maniwaki to celebrate Mass and share with the Algonquin parishioners who attend. Let us pray for our indigenous brothers and sisters, especially those who live in our diocese. Following the example of Pope Francis, let us work together for healing and reconciliation. May our First Nations not only be first in the chronology of history, but also in the honour and esteem of all the people of our country.
See the message from Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council, here
COVID-19: LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE VIRUS
As the Quebec Public Health Department recently reminded us, as we approach the Christmas and New Year celebrations, it is important to note that viruses and bacteria responsible for respiratory infections circulate widely and that it is possible to adopt certain measures to prevent their transmission. In order to always keep the priority of protecting the most vulnerable people, as we have done in the last two years in our parishes, public health reminds us of the recommended instructions for the common good and health of the population. Here is the link to these instructions and their application is on a voluntary basis.
Thank you and have a great Advent season!
JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT 2022
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops presents Journey through Advent with the Most Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, CSMA, Auxiliary Bishop of London, Ontario. Join us as we reflect on the Scriptures for the Sundays of Advent 2022.
A joint initiative of the National Liturgy Office, the Office national de liturgie and the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis.
ADVENT FOR FAMILIES
There are many terrific Catholic websites with Advent ideas, games, colouring pages and crafts. And much of it is free! Check it out here
NEW PROJECT MANAGER HIRED AT THE DIOCESAN CENTER
The team of the diocesan center has been enriched by the presence of a new person in the project manager position, replacing Mrs. Annie Esson Assoua. She is Marie-Christine Emmanuela ADJOBI. She is responsible for the planning, organization, deployment and follow-up of pastoral, administrative, training, events and other projects. Her tasks may include but are not limited to supporting the pastoral leadership in the realization of its mission, organizing meetings and pastoral events. Among other things, she coordinates communication about projects and organizes the logistics of events. We welcome her among us.
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.
Chancery announces Appointments from July 1st to November 30th.
The directory on our website is up to date. If you have a correction to report, please contact Mrs. Léa Normadeau at email@example.com
NOVATIO FOUNDATION: INVITATION
The Board of Directors of the Novatio Foundation is pleased to invite you to participate in the foundation's first ever general meeting.
Take this opportunity, Novatio will welcome a special guest, Mr. Michel Monette, RCMP officer, who will share his testimony on the visit of Pope Francis last July, a visit that was part of the reconciliation process with Aboriginal peoples.Invitation here.
NEWS FROM THE PARISHES AND MOVEMENTS
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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