Nostra Aetate Anniversary

Nostra Aetate Anniversary

by: Deacon Maurice Prindiville (Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs Coordinator) 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation on October 28, 1965 by Pope Paul VI of ‘Nostra Aetate,’ the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council. Its opening words, “In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn closer together, […]

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The Encounter With Jesus is Both Healing and Life Giving

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In the Gospel of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 28), we see Jesus perform miracles of healing. He heals a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years and He raises Jairus’s daughter. These are beautiful accounts of the great mercy of Jesus who desires to heal us when we approach Him with humble and contrite hearts.

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Revised religious ed curriculum approved

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Beginning with Grades 1 and 2 this fall, Catholic schools in most of English-speaking Canada will have a new bishop-approved program available for religious education. The Growing in Faith Growing in Christ series will eventually cover Grades 1 through 8, replacing the Born of the Spirit books last updated in 1996 by the publication service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?

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In the Gospel of the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time (June 21, 2015) Jesus states, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Jesus connects fear with a lack of faith. There are many situations and “storms” in our lives that can cause us to be afraid. Fear seems to be a natural reaction to things that threaten us […]

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‘Laudato Si’: on the Care of our Common Home’

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Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘integral ecology’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us”.

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Three Candidates for Priesthood Ordained Deacons

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  On Friday June 12, 2015 three seminarians, Gregory Schmidt, Stephen Innamorati and Ronald Angervil, were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines. The celebration took place at Our Lady of the Scapular, Niagara Falls. Congratulations to these three young men on reaching this milestone on their journey […]

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