Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during Advent and Christmas 2014
As part of the national pastoral initiative for life and family, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is again posting possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative. The proposed texts for the last month of 2014 include suggestions from the second Sunday of Advent, December 7, to the Feast of the Holy Family, December 28, including suggestions for Christmas Day. The suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer on Christmas Day and on the Feast of the Holy Family, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations throughout Advent and the Christmas season. The texts for the month of December are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
Video archives on Salt + Light TV of the Special ecumenical prayer service in Toronto
On November 9, 2014, at St. James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto, took place the official launch of the document "A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians", recently released by the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Jointly organized by the Anglican - Roman Catholic dialogue of Canada (ARC) and the Anglican - Roman Catholic Bishops' dialogue of Canada (ARC-B), the ecumenical prayer service was co-presided by the four Co-Chairs of the two dialogues: The Most Reverend Donald Bolen (ARC) and The Most Reverend Gary Gordon (ARC-B) along with their Anglican colleagues, The Right Reverend Linda Nicholls, Area Bishop of Trent-Durham (ARC), and The Right Reverend Barry B. Clarke, Anglican Bishop of Montreal (ARC-B).
Link to the Video archives on Salt + Light
Pope Francis welcomes CCCB delegation in private audience
On November 15, 2014, Pope Francis gave a private audience to the delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) which is in Rome until November 20 for the annual visit of the CCCB Presidency with various offices of the Holy See. The CCCB delegation is led by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President, and also includes the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB Vice President, as well as Mr. Bede Hubbard, English-language Assistant General Secretary, who is representing Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., CCCB General Secretary.
Pope Francis will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families
This morning, November 17, 2014, Pope Francis confirmed that he will travel to the United States to attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families (WMF) which will take place in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27 on the theme Love is Our Mission: The Family fully alive. Couples and families interested can now register online via the WMF website – www.worldmeeting2015.org.