COLF Message for the 2016 National Week for Life and the Family
On the occasion of the National Week for Life and the Family, May 8 to 15, 2016, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has released its message "Is My family: A school of mercy ?". In its Message, COLF recalls "the privileged role of the family as the first and most important school of mercy – the place where parents sustained by God's grace, are meant to become icons of Divine Mercy." The Week for Life and the Family is a CCCB initiative that dioceses and eparchies promote or adapt according to their own resources and pastoral priorities. Beginning this year, the CCCB has invited COLF to undertake the responsibility for producing the annual resources, working in collaboration and consultation with the Conference.
Ecuador earthquake: Development and Peace provides emergency help
Following the massive earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale which struck Ecuador on Saturday, April 16 -- the worst experienced by the country since 1979 --, a state of emergency has been declared by its government. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada (CCODP) has allocated an initial $50,000 to support emergency relief efforts. Caritas Ecuador, a DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE partner organization, is in constant contact with its field teams and has begun an evaluation in order to identify the needs of survivors and prepare to assist them in the best way possible. Donations for emergency work in Ecuador can be sent to CCODP; any cheques which are sent should be marked "Ecuador earthquake".
Link to the new release of Development and Peace
Link to make a donation
Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during May 2016
As Catholic dioceses together with family life groups across Canada prepare to celebrate the 2016 National Week for Life and the Family, May 8-15, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) again posts possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the liturgy each Sunday with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of May 2016 include suggestions from the 6TH Sunday of Easter, May 1, to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), May 29, as well as Pentecost Sunday, May 15, and the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 22. Proposals for homilies and prayers of the faithful during the National Week for Life and the Family are provided both in these suggestions for the month of May, as well as in the resources specifically prepared for the National Week. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can also 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 May are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".
Link to the resources for the 2016 National Week for Life and the Family
Twelve Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care – May 4, 2016
The Catholic Women's League (CWL) of Canada is coordinating a day of prayer for palliative care, "12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care", on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The CWL has provided resources which explain the program being proposed to parishes and family households. An information kit includes the resources available for the promotion and animation of the event. This includes a prayer service, suggestions for the Prayers of the Faithful, and resources on palliative care. In addition, the information kit provides a petition to be submitted to the House of Commons, asking that palliative care be "a defined medical service covered under the Canada Health Act so that provincial and territorial governments will be entitled to funds under the Canada Health Transfer system to be used to provide accessible and available hospice palliative care for all residents of Canada in their respective provinces and territories."
Link to the CWL's news release
Link to the resources