It is everyone’s reality at this point: the pandemic has turned all our habits upside down! In my parish, Mass is celebrated one day virtually, next day in-person; now with 250 participants, then with 10 or 25; in several rooms, then in one room... Trying to keep abreast of all these changes is almost like trying to keep up with the weather! And then we are urged to do things differently - be creative – which is not always easy…
In December, Msgr. Antoine de Rochebrune arrived here from France to begin his ministry as the new Vicar of Opus Dei in Canada. In his ministry, while discovering Quebec "from within," he sets to work in this strange context of a pandemic, but instilled with a strong desire to reach out to all.
Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May Day each year, the Conseil Église et Société (“Council on Church and Society”) of the Québec Assembly of Catholic Bishops offers a message of support to workers. This year’s message is marked by the ordeal of the COVID-19 pandemic and is driven by awareness of the many challenges that economic and social recovery will pose for our society, viewed in light of Jesus Christ’s Gospel message about solidarity and justice.
The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life announces the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly under the theme “I am with you always.”
ACAT, Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture, will soon be celebrating the 35th anniversary of its activity in Canada. Coordinator Nancy Labonté offers a portrait of this organization its advocacy efforts for the respect of human dignity in its many dimensions.
Starting April 22, 2021, the new paid digital streaming service, Salt + Light Plus, will be available through their website, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.
Pope Francis marks the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Teresa of Ávila as a Doctor of the Church, and stresses her importance even today, especially in highlighting the role of women in the Church and in society.
The meeting of Montreal diocese confirmands, organized by the Office of Faith Education, was held at the end of March by Zoom – allowing all these young adults journeying in their faith to meet with each other and the Archbishop. Even in virtual mode, the Holy Spirit was present as always!
Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, renewed the mandate of Father Yoland Ouellet, O.M.I., as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in French-speaking Canada for a second period of five years.
Message of thanks from the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, following the Easter celebrations.
In the encyclical Fratelli tutti, Pope Francis tells us, "Life (…) is the art of encounter," and it was in this spirit of communion and universal fraternity that the Hispanic communities of the Diocese of Montreal came together to celebrate the Way of the Cross for migrants and refugees.