NEWS AND UPDATES:
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).
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