The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst.
On Friday, June 10th, more than 40 people gathered to bid a fond farewell to Sister Jeannine Bissonnette, sscj, and Sister Georgette Thibault, sscj, as they pack up their things to move to the mother house in Ottawa.
This year one of our diocese's best known priests celebrated his golden anniversary. Although the official anniversary is not until August 27th, the festivities began this past Sunday (June 12th) with a Mass and reception at St-Félix-de-Valois.
These doors are first and foremost a symbol, a visible sign of something much bigger. They mark a passage, they open onto the path of conversion. They send us on a pilgrimage in the hope that we will live moments of grace. Pope Francis wants them to be “a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.” (M.V. #3). They remind us that Jesus himself is the only door that leads us to the Father. When entering St. Finnan’s and Ste-Croix through the Door of Mercy, do so in communion with all those around performing the same act of faith in the Divine Mercy.
This year's celebrant for the 142nd Annual Pilgrimage is Archbishop Paul-André Durocher. The pilgrimage includes stops at Cap-de-la-Madeleine and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, including the opportunity to visit the Holy Door. For more information contact Mimke Budge at 613-224-8110.
A Marian Cenacle, with Mass and the Rosary, will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, at St. Francis de Sales parish, starting at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Joan Levy Earle at 613-935-9052.
Smile of the week - a father's prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, I am a father on earth.
You have given me this gift and responsibility.
Grant me the wisdom to carry it out.
Let me be there for my children when they need me,
And get out of their way when they don't.