- The Annual “Aid to the Missionary Church in the World” collection is taken up throughout the Eparchy of Edmonton on Pentecost Sunday.
Christ died for our sins on the life-giving wood of the Cross. His message of love, mercy and forgiveness is needed ever more in our broken world. As Christians, we are called to continue Jesus’ mission of spreading the Good News, each according to our ability and means.
Concretely, the Church invites us to collaborate in the mission of the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, by giving generously to the following international collections:
-Peter’s Pence (Pope’s Pastoral Works or Papal Charities),
-World Mission Fund,
-Collection for the Holy Land,
-Catholic Near East Welfare Association, and
-Aid to the Church in Ukraine.
- Every year the Church in Canada sets aside one week to celebrate Life and the Family. This is also a special moment to reflect and pray on how the family and life itself are two fundamental gifts from God.
The theme for this year’s Week for Life and the Family, which will be observed May 8 to 15, is “My family: A school of mercy.” During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, it is especially appropriate that we focus on the irreplaceable role the family has as God’s first school of mercy.
Material for the 2016 National Week for Life and the Family is now available on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website: www.cccb.ca
- 2016 Clergy Conferences (10:00–4:00 pm):
- Tuesday, May 10
- Tuesday, October 21
- 2016 Presbyteral Council meetings (Chancery Office):
- Monday, May 9 (note special time – 3:30–5:30 pm followed by 7:00 pm “Moleben for Life” at Saint Josaphat Cathedral)
- Monday, October 17 (2:00–4:00 pm)
- 2016 Annual Clergy Retreat – June 13-17, Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline.
- 2016 Annual Clergy Study Days – October 17-20 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton) with Very Rev. Peter Galadza, Professor, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute (Ottawa) on “Byzantine Funeral Rites: History and Theology.”
- The 7th Annual “Bishop’s Prayer Breakfast” will take place 7:30 – 9:00 am, Wednesday, June 1, at Saint Josaphat’s Cathedral Hall – Verkhovyna (9637 – 108 Avenue), Edmonton. The event supports through prayer our clergy, religious, monastics and laity in their leadership roles in continuing the mission of Christ in sharing the Good News among the people of God.
Tickets $25.00 per person. $200 for a table of 8 persons. For tickets and more information, contact the Chancery Office at (780) 424-5496; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attached for your information are copies of the winter issues of On Good Soil and Encounter, electronic resources from the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.cccb.ca and www.ongoodsoil.ca).
It is hoped that the ideas, resources and insights in these issues will spark dialogue and networking among those engaged in diocesan and parish ministry.
- The Catholic Bishops of Alberta made a submission to the subject panel on Physician Assisted Death Consultation. The letter was addressed to the Honourable Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health, Government of Alberta.
- Catholic responses to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 48 and questions regarding the “Doctrine of Discovery.”
In response to Call to Action 48 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and in response to questions raised on the legal concepts known as Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, four Canadian Catholic organizations representing Bishops, institutes of consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, Indigenous People, and laity have issued two documents:
- A Catholic Response to TRC Call to Action 48 (On Adopting and Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples); and
- The “Doctrine of Discovery” and Terra Nullius: A Catholic Response.
See also an interview with Bishop Donald Bolen on the two texts (documents attached).
The four organizations are the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC), the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.
In the first of the two texts, the Catholic signatories express their support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. They affirm that “its spirit can point a way forward to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.”
The Catholic response to Call to Action 48 concludes with an appeal to all our Catholic brothers and sisters–laity, members of institutes of consecrated life and of societies of apostolic life, deacons, priests, and Bishops–to make eight commitments in order to “continue to walk together with Indigenous Peoples in building a more just society where their gifts and those of all people are nurtured and honoured.”
Reflecting on the Doctrine of Discovery and the notion of terra nullius (no-one’s land), the second of the two Catholic documents “considers and repudiates illegitimate concepts and principles used by Europeans to justify the seizure of land previously held by Indigenous Peoples and often identified by the terms Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius.” The signatories say “that now is an appropriate time to issue a public statement in response to the errors and falsehoods perpetuated, often by Christians, during and following the so-called Age of Discovery.” After formulating five principles rejecting how these legal constructs have been used to disenfranchise Indigenous Peoples, the signatories again affirm the eight commitments made in their first document. An appendix provides an historical overview of the development of the two legal concepts vis-a-vis Catholic teaching and of their repudiation.
- His Excellency Bishop David and the entire Chancery staff and volunteers extend to the clergy, religious, monastic, and faithful of the Eparchy of Edmonton a blessed and holy celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
- Pope Francis’ Prayer for Mercy Pope Francis has composed a special prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will run from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016.
In the prayer, the Holy Father entreats the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.”
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
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