Solemn Mass to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the arrival of the Augustine and Ursuline Sisters in Canada
His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, will preside at a Solemn Mass to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the arrival of the Augustines and Ursulines in North America. The celebration, on August 1, 2014, at 4:00 pm in the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, will be broadcast live on the Web television channel of the Archdiocese of Québec, ECDQ.TV. On August 2, at 3:00 pm, at the historical site Place Royale, the Ursuline Museum will present a dramatic performance recreating the arrival of the Augustine and Ursuline Sisters in the New World. They arrived in New France on August 1, 1639, in order to establish the first hospital in North America north of Mexico and the first educational institution on the continent for women and girls.
Link to ECDQ.TV
Link to the Website of the 375th anniversary (in French only)
Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word - 2015 edition now available from CCCB Publications
The 2015 edition of the Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word is now available from CCCB Publications. This resource contains the Scripture readings in large print for easy practice, with words in bold indicating suggestions for emphasis, commentaries that give background and explain the meaning of the reading, as well as margin notes with pronunciation guides and tips for proclamation. The Responsorial Psalm is now also included for meditation and context. The Workbook's introduction offers an orientation to this ministry of the Word and an overview of proclamation skills. For those parishes that want to adopt the practice on special occasions, links are provided to audio files demonstrating chanted introductions and closings for the readings. The readings in the Workbook are the NRSV texts taken from the CCCB Lectionary for Sundays and Solemnities as approved for use in Canada.
Link to order the resource
Pope Francis apologizes to Pentecostal Christians
The Holy Father travelled to the Southern Italian City of Caserta on July 28, 2014, for a gathering at the Evangelical Church of the Reconciliation. The Pope was welcomed by the founder of the community, Pastor Giovanni Traettino, the Pope's friend from Argentina, together with over 300 members of the community. In his address, Pope Francis apologized for those Catholics who persecuted Pentecostals in the past and reminded the assembly the importance of the Holy Spirit in bringing unity among Christians.
Link to Holy Father's address on Zenith
Message for 2014 World Tourism Day
The 2014 World Tourism Day will be celebrated this September 27. The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has released its annual Message, on the theme Tourism and Community Development. "Keenly aware of the social and economic importance of tourism today, the Holy See wishes to accompany this phenomenon from its own realm, particularly in the context of evangelization" writes the Pontifical Council in the introduction of its message.
Link to the Message (PDF)