Archbishop Lépine issues pastoral letter: Christmas: “A great Light”
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal issues twelfth pastoral letter during pandemic crisis.
“We want to rescue Christmas from frivolity.” GK Chesterton
The origin of the Christmas crèche is credited to St. Francis of Assisi. According to St. Bonaventure, who wrote Life of St. Francis, Francis hoped to promote devotion to the humble birth of Jesus. Acquiring permission from Pope Honorious III, he prepared a manger with the infant Jesus, an ox and an ass, in the village of Greccio in 1223. Recreating the nativity scene grew in popularity, and is now a staple of Christmas décor. For the faithful, however, it remains an invitation to deepen our experience of the Christmas miracle.
Christmas Message 2020 by Most Reverend Richard Gagnon
Here is the Christmas Message 2020 by Most Rev. Richard Gagnon , Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Schedule of Christmas Masses at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and at churches in the Diocese of Montreal
Following is the complete schedule of Christmas Masses which will be celebrated on December 24 and 25, 2020, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral:
Appointment of Fr. Francesco Giordano Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Montreal
The Archdiocese of Montreal has announced that Fr. Francesco Giordano assumed the position of Chancellor as of November 20, 2020, under the authority of the Archbishop.
Appointment of Fr. Harry Célestin, c.s.v., Episcopal Vicar to the Francophone Deaneries of the Eastern Sector of the Diocese
The Archdiocese of Montreal has announced that, as of January 1, 2021, Fr. Harry Célestin, c.s.v. (Clercs de Saint-Viateur), will assume the position of Episcopal Vicar to the eastern sector deaneries, serving the francophone parishes and reporting directly to the Archbishop.
Pope at Angelus: Do not forget about joy
During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis speaks of John the Baptist: a "leader of his time," who lived the expectation and joy of seeing the Messiah arrive without ever drawing attention to himself but directing it toward Christ, the true light.
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 today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
Celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
On December 11at 11:00 p.m., the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated in a Mass to be broadcast online, followed by the mañanitas to the Virgin.
Advent Message from the President of the AECQ
‘‘There was no place for them in the inn…’’ Luke 2:7
A welcoming experience that embodies the principles of hospitality: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate
Inspired by the Scalabrinian spiritual aspect of welcoming, the organization Le Pont is witness to a unique experience of assistance and support extended to individuals in exile awaiting confirmation of their status.
Pope at Angelus: ‘Advent is a journey of conversion’
Pope Francis addresses the faithful on the second Sunday of Advent inviting them to undertake a journey of conversion as we prepare to receive the Lord.