Pope Francis has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be celebrated annually on September 1st. The announcement of this day of prayer follows the publication in June of the Pope’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si’. The central question posed by the Holy Father in writing this encyclical is: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (no. 160). In announcing the new World Day of Prayer, Pope Francis quoted from the encyclical, saying “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
In a decision made on February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s law against assisted suicide. In an article entitled “Euthanasia Blind to the Mystery of Love”, which was published in the Catholic Register in April, Fr. Ron Rolheiser discusses the love given and received by both the terminally ill and his/her loved ones. Euthanasia, he maintains is blind to the mystery of how love is given.
As part of its observation of the Year of Consecrated Life, the CCCB is featuring on its website the lives and spirituality of a number of Canadian saints and blesseds. The latest of those to be featured is Blessed Frederic Janssoone, whose feast day is August 5th.
In September 1994, the Catholic Health Association of Canada (CHAC) presented a brief to the Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. In it, the Association recommended against the legalization and practice of euthanasia and made additional recommendations for positive actions in the areas of palliative care, long term care and research.
The Executive Summary of the brief begins with the following paragraph:
“A national Christian organization comprising persons committed to the tradition of health care undertaken in imitation of Jesus’ healing ministry, the Catholic Health Association of Canada opposes the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide on the grounds that they undermine the dignity of the human person by denigrating the dying process and by rejecting the community dimension of the person. We believe that euthanasia and assisted suicide are contrary to the practices of holistic health care, cannot be regulated to prevent abuses and are inconsistent with Canada’s reputation as a protector of personal dignity and human rights. As health care providers, we offer an alternative vision to assisted death: care-in-dying.”
Oregon is the only North American jurisdiction which has legalized assisted suicide. Canada is on track to become the second. On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the section of law making it illegal for one person to aid or abet another in committing suicide. What can we learn from Oregon’s experience with assisted suicide? How effective have safe guards been in protecting the vulnerable and the mentally ill?
To read the pamphlet “A Warning for Canada: Oregon’s Experience with Assisted Suicide Shows Safe Guards Don’t Work”, click here.
Saint John Paul ll and Saint Gianna Beretta Molla were chosen as the official patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families for their deep commitment to strengthening and sustaining the family with great love.
The World Meeting of Families takes place in Philadelphia, PA, USA in September 2015.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new resource to coincide with the conclusion of the month of Ramadan (Id al-Fitr, July 18), entitled: A Church in Dialogue: Catholics and Muslims in Canada : Believers and Citizens in Society. (cccb.ca)
A letter from the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, introducing the resource says that "the pamphlet is meant to help Canadian Catholics better understand their Muslim neighbours." This is the first time the CCCB has published a resource on relations between Catholics and Muslims in Canada.
To read the Archbishop's letter click more at the bottom of this article. To read A Church in Dialogue: Catholics and Muslims in Canada : Believers and Citizens in Society click here.
In a decision made on February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s assisted- suicide law. In a letter to the parishioners of the Archdiocese of St. John’s written shortly following this decision, Archbishop Martin Currie spoke of the concepts of compassion and dignity and asked a key question: Are we for life, or for death?
To read Archbishop Currie’s letter, click here.
On June 23, 2015. Father Anthony Anh celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Father Anh came to the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador in July, 2011. Since that time he has ministered to the people of West St. Modeste, Sheshatshiu, and Natuashish, where he is currently serving as Administrator of Tshukuminu St. Anne Parish.
Bishop Hundt, on behalf of himself and the people of the diocese, extends congratulations to Father Anh on 25 years of priestly ministry and expresses his gratitude for his service to our diocese. Father Anh is assured of our prayers as he continues to serve the people of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.
The Year of Consecrated Life was inaugurated November 29, 2014 with a Prayer Vigil in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome, and will end on February 2, 2016, with the celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. The opening of the Year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Perfectae Caritatis, the Second Vatican Council Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, promulgated on October 28, 1965.
Please continue to pray for those in Consecrated Life.