THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED MARIE-ANNE BLONDIN
On April 18, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, founder of a religious community of women, the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Anne, which was dedicated at first to remedy the pitiful situation of the rural schools of her time. The Congregation was founded in Vaudreuil, Quebec, on September 8, 1850. The principal text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical fascicules issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments for each Canadian Saint and Blessed. Printed copies of the complete fascicules in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.
Formal announcement of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
The Bull of Indiction (Misericordiae Vultus, or "The Face of Mercy") formally announcing a Holy Year was released by Pope Francis on April 11, 2015, in Rome. The document indicates when the Holy Year will be, how it will unfold, the reasons why it is being proclaimed, and what the results it is hoped will be. The upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will commence this coming December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on November 20, 2016, with the Solemnity of Christ the King. At the beginning of his Bull of Indiction, the Holy Father writes: "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.... We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.... At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective" (nn. 1,2,3).
THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA
On April 17, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, "the first native North American to be raised to the glory of the altars". She was canonized by Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012, in Rome. The principal text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical fascicules issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments for each Canadian Saint and Blessed. Printed copies of the complete fascicules in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2015
This Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2015, the Church will mark the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The Holy Father has released a Message on the theme "Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation", which is available on the Vatican website. In his Message, Pope Francis states: "... this liberating exodus towards Christ and our brothers and sisters also represents the way for us to fully understand our common humanity and to foster the historical development of individuals and societies. To hear and answer the Lord's call is not a private and completely personal matter fraught with momentary emotion. Rather, it is a specific, real and total commitment which embraces the whole of our existence and sets it at the service of the growth of God's Kingdom on earth."
Link to the Holy Father's Message