It’s the season for recreation, travel, and the cottage. Church and God may be far from your thoughts. But because God created summer, your vacation destination, and even you, maybe you should give Him more attention.
Ottawa Sun article on Syria July 3
In 2010, I visited Syria as the Chair of the Canadian branch of the Catholic Near East Welfare
Association (CNEWA Canada). The country’s beauty, the friendly relations between Christians
and Muslims, and the tranquility there struck me. No one I met would have imagined that the country would slip into a vicious civil war only a few months later.
Universal: Indigenous Peoples
That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.
Evangelization: Latin America and the Caribbean
That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
The Franciscan Mission Office invites you to take part in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
with this celebration that we suggest to you. It is a source of inspiration to celebrate this day. Therefore,
you can adapt it to your needs.
Parishes have an important role to play in promoting ecological conversion. The Archdiocese of Ottawa has prepared a practical guide for parishes in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment - Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home . We are called to environmental responsibility and as people of faith we lead by example.
Archbishop Prendergast recently wrote an article in the Ottawa Sun celebrating the anniversary of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ - On Care for Our Common Home. Our archbishop encourages us to read the encyclical (an easy read) and to live out its message in our parishes and in our personal lives.
On June 18, 2015 Pope Francis released his historical encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical calls us to live by Gospel values, ensuring that we care for the poor and vulnerable, many who suffer immeasurably from the impact of climate change and pollution caused by our lifestyles. Ways that parishes can help in environmental stewardship may be found in the document Care for God’s Creation – A Guide for Parishes.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. announces the following pastoral appointments which become effective on August 1st, 2016, unless otherwise indicated.
In response to the request of the 2015 Plenary Assembly “to prepare a reflection on revitalizing the experience of mercy and healing in the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine has produced the attached text, The Beauty of Mercy: Pope Francis and Confession, which is a series of quotations from Pope Francis on the importance and beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It contains words of challenge and encouragement for both penitents and priest confessors.
He called his first formal message—known as an apostolic
exhortation—Evangelii Gaudium, the “Joy of the Gospel.” It’s
something the Church needed to hear because Catholics can look and
act dour. Once he quipped, “often Christians look as if they are going to
a funeral procession rather than going to praise God.”
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The Annual Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed will take place at Notre Dame Cemetery (613-746-4175) on Sun., Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m. and at Hope Cemetery (613-822-1212) on Sun., Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m.
The teaching will assist those who have compassion to help others seeking the same freedom. Supported by the Archdiocese of Ottawa. At St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fri., Oct. 28 – Sat., Oct. 29.
The next Mass in the pilgrimage to pray for the establishment of a Pro-life Centre in Ottawa is at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, 17 First Ave., Russell on Sat., July 23, 11:00 a.m. The August Pro-life Mass (bilingual) is at Saint Gabriel Parish, 55 Appleford St., Gloucester on Sat., Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m.
Champlain Golf Course, 1145 Aylmer Rd., Gatineau on Sun., Aug. 21, 11:00 a.m., followed by reception and steak dinner at St. George Parish Hall, 415 Piccadilly Ave. Register by Aug. 15.