NEWS AND UPDATES:
* This information is current to Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:00pm. As the situation is changing quickly, please check back regularly for updates. Thank you.
Palm Sunday Mass: *NEW The Palm Sunday Mass will be live streamed on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse Facebook page from Sacred heart Cathedral in Whitehorse on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 9 am.
*All live streaming of Masses on the Saturday evening are suspended until after the Easter Season.
The Holy Week Mass schedule will be posted this week. Please check back again soon or visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral website.
Sunday Homilies: *NEW Bishop Vila has invited Fr. Giuseppe Scollo, a professor of Sacred Scripture in Toronto, to share his Sunday homilies with us. Please join us every Sunday by clicking here to read the homilies. We hope this will help you as you reflect on the Sunday readings and gospel.
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Pope Francis' Message to Young People
On the occasion of the 35th World Youth Day, 2020 which is being held at the Diocesan level this year, the Holy Father delivers this message with the theme, "Young Man, I say to you, arise!" (Lk 7:14)
Please see links below:
Pope Francis' entire message (Vatican Website)
Summary of the message (Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life)
L'Arche International independent inquiry into Jean Vanier - CCCB Statement
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released a statement on the subject of allegations against Jean Vanier. Click here for the English and French versions of the document. For more information, you can also visit the websites of L'arche International and L'Arche Canada.
Cremation and Funeral Liturgies - New CCCB Pamphlet
A new pamphlet released by the CCCB this January 2020 has been developed for the Catholic faithful and to specifically assist and advise the bereaved or others involved in planning funerals. It provides basic information on the Church’s perspectives on death, praying for the deceased, mourning, funerals and cremation.
The pamphlet also summarizes the Church’s directives on the presence of the cremated remains within the funeral and on the proper respect to be shown for the disposition of the cremated remains.
Please contact your local pastor or parish before you begin planning for a Catholic funeral or if you have any questions about funeral liturgies and cremation.
Download the pamphlet here. Or visit our Funerals and Burials page for more information on the Catholic Church's perspective on Cremation and Funeral Liturgies.
World Day of the Sick 2020
Holy father has recently released his message to mark the 28th World Day of the Sick which is to be celebrated on February 11, 2020. In his message entitled, “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest" (Mt 11:28), Pope Francis urges that “what is needed is a personalized approach to the sick, not just of curing but also of caring, in view of an integral human healing”.
The message is available in several languages on the Holy See website.
Letter from CCCB President to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
CCCB President Archbishop Richard Gagnon has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in which he expresses the serious concerns of the Bishops of Canada regarding the proposed changes to the current legislation, as well as the survey itself.
This letter is in response to the federal consultation on the expansion of eligibility for assisted suicide/euthanasia (“Medical Assistance in Dying – MAiD) which ended on January 27, 2020. Click here to read the letter in English or in French.
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