NEWS AND UPDATES:
Prayers and donations for Telegraph Creek & Area Residents
As you may already be aware, due to the imminent danger of a wildfire to life and property, a local state of emergency was declared for the area of Telegraph Creek on Saturday, August 4, 2018. On Sunday, August 5th, an evacuation order was ordered and residents were told to leave their homes. Many found shelter in Dease Lake and other communities within and outside of our Diocese. At the moment, the impact of the wildfire and the future of the community of Telegraph Creek is still unknown.
Currently, the situation is as follows: All residents were evacuated safely and there are no casualties. Many people have lost their homes and are in complete distress as they find themselves left with nothing. We have lost St. Theresa’s mission church in Telegraph Creek, along with the rectory. The rectory has been the home of Joshua and Denise Grimard and their children for the past four years.
Please join our Christian brothers and sisters in prayer, and ask the Lord to keep everyone safe and give them strength through this terrible ordeal. Also, remember all the firefighters, responders, and volunteers who are in the area trying to control this fire, protect assets, and provide food and shelter to those who have been evacuated.
If you would like to make an online donation towards a Relief Fund for the Telegraph Creek Community, or for the Rebuilding of St. Theresa’s Mission, please click on the Canada Helps ‘Donate Now’ button to the right above.
Sacred Heart Parish is also collecting material donations. Contact the office at 867-667-2052 for items needed.
For updates on the wildfire situation in this area (Alkali Fire), visit the BC Wildfire Service webpage.
We invite you also to read the letter from the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, Most Rev. Luigi Bonazzi, offering his Apostolic Blessing to the people of Telegraph Creek.
Cremation and Funeral Liturgies
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has recently revised the resource, Cremation and Funeral Liturgies, both as a pamphlet and an info sheet. This resource may be used by priests, deacons, others who lead funeral liturgies, parishioners and even funeral directors.
Please click on a link below to access these resources.
*Note that it is not currently available in French
Daily TV Mass
The National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC) and the Archdiocese of Toronto are now partnering to make the Daily TV Mass available to Catholics across Canada who are not able to attend Mass at their local parish. To learn more about the Daily TV Mass, click here to download their brochure. You may also visit their website at www.dailytvmass.com.
CCCB Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis
On 19 June 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. On 21 June 2018, the Bill received Royal Assent, thereby legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Canada.
In response, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a “Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use.” This statement, provided in English and French, was approved by The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB President. It comments on what the CCCB worries will be the effects of using and promoting the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, reiterating the information and insights already expressed in its prior “Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction”, as well as highlighting the important evidence-based concerns raised by a number of community professionals and the Holy See.
Please click on the links below to view the statements.
Life in Christ Seminar
You are welcome to join in this seminar being held at the CYO Hall (Sacred Heart Cathedral) in Whitehorse on July 7th & 8th, 2018. Click here to register online through the Sacred Heart Parish website or to contact the organizers for more information.
Diocese of Whitehorse 50th Anniversary Closing Celebrations
National Week for Life and the Family (May 13-20) –
“Love: Encountering the Other”.
Pope Francis tells us that “in the family, we learn closeness, care and respect for others. We break out of our fatal self-absorption and come to realize that we are living with and alongside others who are worthy of our concern, our kindness and our affection” (Amoris Laetitia, 276). In the words of St. Paul, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4). The Holy Father reminds us that “the Bible makes it clear that generously serving others is far more noble than loving ourselves” (Amoris Laetitia, 101).
CCCB Suggested Events & Activities CECC Activités et événements suggérés
Prayer before meals for children/Prière pour enfants avant le repas
COLF - The Joy of Love OCVF - La joie de l'amour
Heartfelt Condolences and Prayers
Please join our Christian Brothers and Sisters in prayer for those members of the Humboldt minor hockey team who were killed or injured in this past week's highway accident in Saskatchewan. Also keep their family and friends in your prayers as they struggle with this sudden loss and suffering. Bishop Vila said a special mass on Tuesday evening, April 10th, for all the victims of this accident.
You may click on the links below to read a letter of condolence regarding the accident from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to The Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon.
The Diocese of Whitehorse gratefully acknowledges and gives thanks to God for a generous grant received from the Ex Corde Foundation of the Diocese of Hamilton. The Ex Corde Foundation was established by Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I. in 2012. The Foundation focuses on finding ways to help parishes, organizations and communities prosper through financial support of a range of initiatives.
The grant of $20,000 which the Diocese of Whitehorse received will be used towards constructing a modest dovetail/chink style log Catholic church in Dease Lake, BC. This project was initiated in response to the needs of the community of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Mission in Dease Lake. Currently, an old trailer serves as the rectory and church, and Mass and other sacramental celebrations are held in the small living room in the trailer.
The construction of this mission Church in Dease Lake will be a powerful symbol of the committed presence of the Catholic Church in this isolated community. This will also facilitate the constant presence of a priest who will, at the same time, be able to serve two other missions in Iskut and Telegraph Creek, BC.
We extend our gratitude to the Board members of the Ex Corde Foundation who are helping us bring this project to fruition. Let us keep them in our prayers as they continue their work. You can read more about the foundation on their website at www.excordefoundation.com.
Development and Peace Donations
Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of Whitehorse
Click here to download a letter from Most Rev. Héctor Vila to the Faithful of the Diocese of Whitehorse regarding Development and Peace donations from the 2018 Together For Peace Share Lent campaign.
Diocesan Staff Retreat
Diocese of Whitehorse staff and volunteers gathered together from February 20th to 23rd, 2018 for their annual Lenten Staff Retreat. They were blessed to have as their presenter, Padre John Braganza, OSB, who has been the Abbot of Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC since 2005.
Message from CCCB for 50th anniversary of Charismatic Renewal in Canada
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal in Canada which is being celebrated during 2018, the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released a message, dated 25 January 2018, Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle.
The message expresses “thanks to the Lord for the blessings of God which Catholic charismatics have brought our dioceses and parishes.” It also recalls how the “faithfully-attended prayer groups, the careful study of the word of God, catechesis, times of praise, prayers of intercession, the blessings and constructive challenges of life in community – all these have marked the life of Charismatic communities across Canada and have contributed to the building up of the Church in our land.” The Bishops on the Commission reiterate as well the importance for Charismatic Renewal groups to provide catechesis and formation in Catholic theology, as well as witnessing to communion by being fully integrated into the pastoral life of the local diocese and parish. The five-page message is divided into five sections, and also makes reference to the pastoral letter published in 2003 by what was then the CCCB Theology Commission on the 35th anniversary of Charismatic Renewal in Canada.
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Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops Annual Retreat
This year's Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB) Annual Retreat took place in January at Westminster Abbey in Mission BC.
The AWCB gathers the Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic Churches of the four Western Canadian provinces, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. In total, it serves eighteen Roman Catholic dioceses and four Ukrainian Catholic eparchies (Roman Catholic: Calgary, Churchill-Hudson Bay, Edmonton, Grouard-McLennan, Kamloops, Keewatin-Le Pas, MacKenzie-Fort Smith, Nelson, Prince Albert, Prince George, Regina, Saint-Boniface, Saint-Paul, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, and Winnipeg; Ukrainian Catholic: Edmonton, New Westminster, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg).
The Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, is the current President.
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
Amoris laetitia (English: The Joy of Love; En français: La joie de l'amour) is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis addressing the pastoral care of families. ... Amoris laetitia also includes an extended reflection on the meaning of love in the day-to-day reality of family life.
We invite you to view these nine 7-8 minute web-based videos developed by the CCCB Office for Evangelization and Catechesis (OEC) and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) to assist with the study of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. They are available in both English and French (see buttons below). The videos and associated discussion guides are designed to be used by individuals in their homes or in groups gathered in diocesan, parish or school settings.
Pope Francis invites us to study the document carefully when he says,
“…I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text. The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate, will come if each part is read patiently and carefully, or if attention is paid to the parts dealing with their specific needs” (AL, n. 7).
The Diocese of Whitehorse is now accepting online donations via our partner Canada Helps, which is equipped to issue instantaneous tax receipts. Your generosity enables us to serve our communities, care for those in need and accomplish the mission entrusted to us by the Lord.
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St. Kateri Pastoral Centre
Roman Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse
5119 – 5th Avenue
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1L5
Phone: (867) 667-2052
Fax: (867) 667-4713