2014 CCCB PLENARY ASSEMBLY
(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, at the Hotel Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President. The 2014 Plenary Assembly will be preceded, on September 14 at 2:00 pm, by a Pontifical Mass marking the 350th anniversary of the parish Notre-Dame de Québec, the first Catholic parish canonically erected in North America outside Spanish territories. Today, Notre-Dame is Québec City's cathedral parish. The Papal Legate, His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, will preside at the Mass. In addition to representing Pope Francis at the 350th anniversary celebration, Cardinal Ortega will also be one of the key guest speakers at the CCCB Plenary Assembly.
Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during September 2014
To mark the beginning of the new academic and pastoral year for 2014-2015, 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. In order to help families and parishes, the proposed texts for each Sunday of the month of September 2014 include suggestions from the 23rd to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 7 to September 28), including the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Sunday, September 14). As usual, these 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 September are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
CCCB issues appeal for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world
The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an appeal "for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world". The text was approved at the Executive's meeting earlier this week on August 25, 2014. In its message, the Executive states: "As followers of the Crucified One, we recognize particularly in the Middle East the sufferings of our own brothers and sisters in faith. Moved by their pains and afflictions, we make their cause our own. We are united with them in solidarity and faith." The appeal is addressed "to all people – of every faith and in the name of good will, here in Canada and around the world – to do even more to assist the suffering of those in need." The message is also being sent to the Patriarchs of the Catholic Churches in the Middle East by the CCCB President.
Link to the message (PDF)
CCODP delegation to Philippines: visit to Daanbantayan, in northern Cebu, areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda
On Sunday, August 24, we visited Daanbantayan, in northern Cebu. The Bishop's blessed new fishing boats donated thanks to Canadian contributions to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. We had Mass with the community, followed by the blessing of new homes (also built with Canadian donations). These buildings are very nice -- with concrete floors, a latrine attached to the back, and a septic tank built in.