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Heart to Heart

Issue #462

Date posted on February 25, 2022

POPE FRANCIS HAS CALLED FOR MARCH 2ND, ASH WEDNESDAY, to be a day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine. Because it is Ash Wednesday, we already follow the practice of prayer, fasting, and abstinence. So the Pope’s call can be met with a strong response from Catholic’s world-wide. Here in our Diocese, with churches able to welcome worshippers at full capacity for the first time in two years, we, and all people of good will, are encouraged to heed the Pope’s call. If you are unable or reticent to return “in person”, many Parishes will be “live-streaming” their services. As well, our Diocesan website has a pre-taped Liturgy of the Word for Ash Wednesday, with Bishop Wayne Lobsinger presiding at St. Ann Parish, Ancaster. Let us pray fervently for our suffering sisters and brothers in Ukraine.

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Issue #461

Date posted on February 18, 2022

OUR OWN DR. MOIRA MCQUEEN has written a very informative book on the synodal experience in the Church. In Walking Together-A Primer on the New Synodality, Dr. McQueen explains the purpose and history of synods, the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council regarding synods, and the commitment of Popes since the Council to the synodal process. She reflects on the 20 synods since the Council, Pope Francis’ approach to synods, and his plan for the 2023 Synod. Moira shares her own experience as a participant at a recent Synod. The book is available through Novalis. Once read, you will want to participate in the preparation process for the upcoming synod which is being encouraged throughout the Diocese.

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Issue #460

Date posted on February 11, 2022

PEOPLE AND PLANET FIRST! This is the theme for the annual Share Lent campaign sponsored by Development and Peace – Caritas Canada. It highlights the work of Development and Peace partners who create alternatives to unjust social and economic systems. We join in solidarity with brothers and sisters in the global south when we open our hearts to the message of this campaign. Development and Peace provides liturgical resources, a virtual Share Lent workshop, an exciting new program for schools, and it invites financial contributions to support those most in need. An excellent Lenten program.

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Issue #459

Date posted on February 4, 2022

CATHERINE HARTNETT AND TERESA HARTNETT have teamed up to author a book titled Nighttime Devotional for Teen Girls. The book is a series of 5-minute daily guided reflections about issues and concerns for girls from a spiritual perspective. A perfect book to give as a gift – or for a father or mother to share with a daughter. Congratulations to the mother/daughter duo on having the discipline, the humility and the courage to produce such an insightful self-reflective publication!

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