Comment regarding St. Patrick’s (Fallowfield) Cemetery Case
It is very difficult when a respected member of the community is convicted of stealing community funds. It is with sadness that we learn that Mr. Ronald Houlahan pleaded guilty to misappropriating funds from the cemetery at St. Patrick Parish in Fallowfield that were held in trust for the maintenance and care of the cemetery. When the apparent theft was first discovered, Diocesan Administration of Cemeteries stepped in to manage the cemetery. At the parish’s request, that able management is continuing. Our insurers have covered a large part of the loss and we understand that a restitution order has been made by the court. Working with the Crown Attorney’s Office and our insurers, the Archdiocese will ensure that the cemetery trust and operations funds will have the necessary resources to care for the cemetery’s needs. The Archdiocese assures the parish and members of the community who have arrangements with the cemetery that it is in a financially stable situation under very good management.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
We are in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that runs from January 18 to 25. During
these days, Christians from various churches and denominations will gather to pray, engage in Bible
studies, and work on social projects together.
Homelands Mass 2017
The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa will preside at the annual Homelands Mass on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica – 385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. All are welcome to attend.
The Feast of the Epiphany
The Catholic Church in Canada celebrates today the feast of the
Epiphany. It is a feast that began in the Eastern churches and was
introduced to Rome in the sixth century. It became the complement
and the crown of the Christmas festival.
Christmas 2016—Epiphany 2017
Saturday November 19th 2016 Vespers Celebration - Closing of the Year of Mercy - See video below
"Toward the Future, United in Faith and Trust"
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in 2017, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a Pastoral Letter.
FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
Christians and Sikhs:
To promote a culture of solidarity and sharing
With the decision to celebrate an
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we receive a glimpse of something that is of
paramount importance to our Holy Father – the unending mercy of God. And within the midst of this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has named other jubilees to be celebrated. One that resonated with me in a particular way is the one celebrated on September 25th: the Jubilee of Catechists.
Most Canadian Catholics have met an Evangelical Christian. They are our neighbours, our
co-workers, and our classmates. Sometimes they are members of our own families.
Pope's prayer intentions for January
Universal: Interreligious Dialogue
That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.
Evangelization: Christian Unity
That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.