- The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has prepared resources for celebrating Catechetical Sunday, October 1.
The major theme is Missionary Disciples in the Vineyard of the Lord which is divided into four sub-themes:
1) catechists are called to be missionary disciples;
2) facilitate encounters with Christ;
3) accompany others;
4) live in solidarity with the poor and marginalized.
The resources are available on the website of the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis
Parishes may wish to use the liturgical suggestions for a special blessing of catechists either on Sunday, 1 October 2017, or at another time when catechists are gathered together.
- The 2017 World Mission Day will be celebrated this year on October 22. Pope Francis’ Message for the occasion, entitled “Mission at the heart of the Christian faith,” is available at the Holy See’s website: w2.vatican.va
- 2017 Presbyteral Council meetings:
- Monday, October 30 (2:00–4:00 pm, Providence Renewal Centre)
- 2017 Clergy Conferences:
- Friday, November 3 (9:00 am-1:00 pm, Providence Renewal Centre).
- Annual Clergy Retreats:
- June 11-15, 2018, Sanctum Retreat Centre, Caroline; Retreat Master: Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, member of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, postulator of the cause of canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and editor of A Call to Mercy: hearts to love, hands to serve, Mother Teresa.
- Annual Clergy Study Days – October 30-November 2 (Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton). Theme: “Ministry of Management.”
- The Holy Father has issued his Message for the First World Day of the Poor, entitled “Let us love, not with words but with deeds,” to be celebrated on November 19.
The Message is available on the Holy See’s website at: w2.vatican.va
- The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a Circular Letter on norms concerning the Bread and Wine to be used for the Eucharist.
While the document is intended for the Roman Catholic Church, the letter contains a helpful reminder for pastors in their pastoral care of persons who cannot consume bread made in the usual mannter nor wine fermented in the normal manner.
“Hosts that are completely gluten-free are invalid for the celebration of the Eucharist. Low-gluten hosts (partially gluten-free) are valid matter, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread without the addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that would alter the nature of bread.”
“Mustum, which is grape juice that is either fresh or preserved by methods that suspend its fermentation without altering its nature (for example, freezing), is valid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist.”
- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a Statement “On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression”. The Statement reads in part: “While the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops supports Bill C-16’s intention to protect Canadians from harm, some of the principles behind the legislation – even if widely accepted in our society – cannot be endorsed by Catholics…. The most serious of these is the claim that gender is separable from biological sexuality and is to be determined by the individual. This central tenet of contemporary gender theory is not in accord with natural law or Christian revelation and has therefore been explicitly rejected by Pope Francis and by Pope Benedict XVI.”
- For your information, in 2016 the website of the Eparchy of Edmonton received 75,299 views from 23,701 visitors.
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Published are articles covering recent events in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta by Jayne L. Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Eparchy of Edmonton:
- “Mundare Praznyk and Pilgrimage Marks Several Key Anniversaries: tributes to Basilians, SSMI and Canada 150.”
- “Women and Children Fleeing Abuse Will Enjoy A Better Experience: Sherwood Park faith community encouraged to support expansion of A Safe Place.”
- “Celebrating God’s Goodness: 675 years of Canadian, Ukrainian, and Basilian Achievement.”
- “We Can’t Wait for Next Year! Seventeen years of New Kiew’s children’s camps get better every year.”
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