Once again, it’s Lent! During this sacred time of year, Development and Peace - Caritas Canada invites you to take part in our new Share Lent campaign Together for Peace.
1 JANUARY 2018
Interfaith letter to Minister of Justice
concerning clause 14 of Bill C-51
National Youth Forum on “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment
Pope Francis Lenten message 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.
With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).
2018 Lenten misions and retreats
ST. THOMAS À BECKET PARISH, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
ST. LUKE AND JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD PARISHES:
LENTEN MISSION - FEBRUARY 22-24
In the forty days of Lent, the Church offers us a time to prepare for the celebration of the essential Mystery of our faith, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as the Christ. Our Mission hopes to energize that preparation by helping us to experience the Easter Mystery: the maximum expression of God's boundless and unconditional Love for us. Against the background of the cross and Resurrection, we will consider the essential human need of love, the saving attention of God to that need, and the redemptive human response to God. A short film and images from classical artworks will supplement the comments of the Mission leader, as will times of silent meditation, moments of Q&A and sharing, and suggestions for further prayer.
Presented by Fr. Lloyd Baugh, SJ at 6:30 p.m. each evening at St. Thomas à Becket Parish (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). Born and educated in Québec City, Lloyd Baugh entered the Jesuits and was ordained a priest in 1984. After obtaining a PhD in "theology and cinema" at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he taught there for 29 years. He has published numerous books and scholarly articles, concerning cinema and its relevance to spirituality. After his return to Canada in 2014, Father Baugh was missioned to Montréal, where he is Associate Pastor at St. Monica’s Parish; he continues to write and teach, and he offers spiritual accompaniment and workshops/retreats using films.
For more info contact 514-626-4111, ext. 222
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JOSEPH'S ORATORY: PEACE BE WITH YOU - LENTEN RETREAT
All are welcome to join Fr. Jomon Kalladanthiyil, CSC, with Fr. Arul Jayaraj, CSC, on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Basilica at St. Joseph’s Oratory (3800 Queen Mary Rd., Montreal, H3V 1H6). Cost is $25 per person – lunch and parking included. RSVP by Feb. 25 at email@example.com.
HOLY NAME OF JESUS PARISH
Holy Name of Jesus Parish welcomes Fr. Guy Desrochers, c.ss.r, a Redemptorist priest from the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. both evenings (899 Chomedey Blvd., Laval). The theme is “I Love the Church, my Family”. For more information contact the office at 450-688-3887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. MONICA PARISH: LENTEN MISSION - MARCH 12-14
For our Lenten Mission this year, three presenters from the Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal will lead us on a three-evening journey of discovery and growth with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as our road map. Through word, prayer and song we will follow a path well-trodden by holy women and men throughout the centuries. Drinking deeply at the sources of our faith and hope, we come to know Christ, to love Christ and to follow Christ more closely in every aspect of our lives.
“Sinners, loved and forgiven” - Monday, March 12 – Fr. Gerry Westphal
“Called into the Lord’s friendship” - Tuesday, March 13 – Elizabeth Koessler
“Dying and rising with Christ” - Wednesday, March 14 – John Carey
Join us from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each evening (6405 de Terrebonne St., Montreal, H4B 1A8). Freewill offerings will be greatly appreciated. For more info, contact the office at 514-481-0267 or email@example.com.
ST. JOHN FISHER PARISH: LENTEN MISSION
St. John Fisher Parish will have a Lenten preaching on “Live as Children of the Light” (Eph.5: 8b) by Rev. Josie, O.F.M., Supérieur Chapel de la Réparation, as part of our weekend Masses March 25 and 26: 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday (120 Summerhill Ave., Pointe-Claire, H9R 2L7). Confession will be available. Contact the office at 514-695-0205or firstname.lastname@example.org.
40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil to end abortion for the protection of the unborn child. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the Body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism, with a purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to culture of life, thus bringing about an end to abortion.
All are welcomed to join us beginning Ash Wednesday, February 14, and continuing through to Palm Sunday, March 25, to pray for the end of abortion. Weekdays we will be at the corner of Berri and St. Catherine Streets (500 Berri Street) and Weekends at Lahaie Park across the street from 30 St. Joseph Blvd., the former site of the Morgentaler abortion facility, corner St. Laurent Blvd, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact Brian Jenkins at 438-930-8643 or email@example.com.
If you are unable to attend, consider adding to your Lenten devotions the following prayer:
We pray that the scourge of abortion be lifted from our Land;
That those who promote it may be brought to a change of heart;
That those who are tempted of having an abortion may be lovingly helped to protect the precious gift of Life; and
That all who have experienced an abortion may be consoled with the healing gift of love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen