Schedule & Sign up Information for Masses & Lay Services throughout the Diocese beginning May 30, 2020
Watch the Recorded Mass from Sacred Heart Parish
NEWS AND UPDATES:
*This information is current to March 1, 2021. Please check back regularly for updates. Thank you.
CCCB Update on Bill C-7 Expansion of MAiD
The Senate has amended Bill C-7 and it will soon be sent back to the House of Commons for approval. If these amendments pass, it will make it much easier for vulnerable Canadians to access assisted suicide and euthanasia. The most concerning amendments are:
1. Allowing people to write advance directives that require euthanasia to be administered if they are sick or disabled and lose the ability to make their own medical decisions.
2. Removing the restriction on euthanasia for people whose primary diagnosis is mental illness. This change will automatically come in to effect 18 months after the Bill is passed.
If you would like to express your disagreement with these amendments, please contact your Member of Parliament (MP) or visit canadiansforconscience.ca, a website which provides more info and will help facilitate communication to your MP.
Led by the Spirit - Formed.org
Parishioners of the Diocese of Whitehorse are invited to join Dr. Tim Gray for Daily Lenten Reflections on Formed.org. If you require any assistance signing in or creating a Formed.org account, please contact the Chancery at executiveassistant@ whitehorsediocese.ca.
Journey though Lent video series
We are pleased to inform you that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has produced a new series of videos for Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021, Journey through Lent offers an introduction to the Season and reflections on Gospel readings of each Sunday in Lent. It is the result of a joint project between the CCCB's Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, the National Liturgy Office and the Office national de liturgie.
Click here to access this short video series which is available in both English and French on the CCCB website.
Renovations to Sacred Heart Cathedral continue
Fundraising and renovations of Sacred Heart Cathedral are on-going.
To view photos, click here.
Welcome NET Team!
The NET Team arrived safely in Whitehorse on January 7th and will be out of self-isolation on January 22nd, 2021. We look forward to them sharing the message of the love of God with our children and teens. Thank you to all who have been contributing food to the Team since they arrived. Check back for more details about their ministry.
Update on Bill C-7 (Expansion of MAiD)
On 17 December 2020 the Quebec Superior Court confirmed that an additional extension had been granted to the Truchon ruling until 26 February 2021. This marks the third extension which has been granted at the request of the Government.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is continuing its advocacy work together with the groups of disability advocates, physicians, legal professionals, and religious on Bill C-7. The legislation has passed Third Reading and is currently being debated in the Senate where the efforts of the above-noted groups lay. The House of Commons is scheduled to re-convene on 25 January 2021. The Senate of Canada is scheduled to reconvene 2 February 2021.
Please watch Bishop William McGrattan's testimony to the Senate at the pre-study (25 November 2020)
We also invite you look at these links to familiarize yourself with the issue or visit our webpage for more resources.
Shalom World TV & Prayer Channels
The Diocese of Whitehorse is pleased to endorse Shalom World, a 24/7, family-friendly, commercial-free, high-definition Catholic network which appeals to young, as well as young-at-heart viewers.
What is Shalom World Media all about? Watch this short video.
You can access the Shalom World TV and Prayer Channels simply by pressing on the floating yellow Media Gallery icon on the bottom right of any page.
Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
The Apostolic Penitentiary also issued a decree granting special indulgences for the duration of the special year to celebrate the anniversary and “to perpetuate the entrustment of the whole Church to the powerful patronage of the Custodian of Jesus.” Click here for an article with guidance on these special indulgences.
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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