Reflection for Bishops of Western Canada by Father Rosica on "Evangelization and Families"
Gathered in Victoria, B.C., February 24-27, 2015, for its annual plenary meeting, the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB) invited Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, to give a reflection on "Evangelization and Families". The AWCB brings together the Bishops of Roman Catholic dioceses and Ukrainian Catholic eparchies in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The text by Father Rosica is posted on the Salt + Light TV website.
Development and Peace Share Lent "Sow much Love" App
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has developed a very popular "app" for its2015 Share Lent campaign, "Sow much love ... to give". More information about the Lent Calendar App for smartphones and tablets, and how to download it off the App store or Google play, is available on the Development and Peace website.
During the Lenten season, Development and Peace is also welcoming solidarity visitors as part of the Share Lent campaign. Coming from the Philippines, Brazil, Colombia and Madagascar, the four visitors represent various dioceses, religious communities and Church organizations that work with CCODP in their countries. The visitors will visit the following provinces: B.C, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
Link for the CCODP App
Aid to the Church in Need pledges $2.8 million to help Christians in Syria
The Catholic agency Aid to the Church in Need announced last week that it is pledging $2.8 million in continuing aid for Christians in Syria. It has already provided more than $3.27 million in assistance for those impacted by the war in Aleppo, Homs, Damascus and other Syrian cities.
Link to the news release
Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during March 2015
During this Lenten season, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of March 2015 include suggestions from the 2nd Sunday of Lent, March 1, to Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 29, which is also the Sunday selected for diocesan celebrations of World Youth Day. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of March are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".