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Issue #482

Date posted on September 30, 2022

THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS (CCCB) met this week “in person” in Cornwall, Ontario, for the first time in three years. In addition to the regular reports, appointments and approvals of financial reports, much time was spent discussing the commitment to Walk Together with the Indigenous peoples of the land. The stories of the visit of the “delegation” of Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and leaders were recounted, and much time was given to review the five-day, three-venue, penitential visit of the Holy Father in July. At the end of the meeting, the Bishops committed to continue to “Walk Together” with Indigenous partners on the journey to healing and reconciliation. The text of a statement from the CCCB can be read here.

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Issue #481

Date posted on September 23, 2022

THE CARMELITE NUNS at the Carmel of St. Joseph will celebrate their 70th Anniversary at a special Anniversary Mass presided by Bishop Wayne Lobsinger at St. Mary Parish, Kitchener, on Monday, October 24th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. In gratitude for their 70 years, the Nuns have arranged dinner for Mass participants from Tiny Home Takeout. N.B. Donations of $250 per couple can be mailed to the Carmel of St. Joseph, 1127 Carmel-Koch Rd., RR1, St. Agatha, ON N0B 2L0. Please RSVP by emailing the Carmel of St. Joseph at We are profoundly grateful to the Nuns for their long and prayerful support for our Diocese!

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Issue #480

Date posted on September 16, 2022

THE FOURTH INDIGENOUS LEGACY GATHERING is scheduled to be held at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, on September 29-30, 2022. Sacred Fire, Indigenous music and dance, drumming and storytelling, workshops, artists and performers, Indigenous food vendors and artisans, will make the experience compelling.  The program is sponsored by Toronto Council Fire. A multi-faith group which has been supporting the construction of the Spirit Garden will have a tent in which faith representatives including Catholic priests, will be available. The construction of the Spirit Garden has begun and should be completed by the Fall of 2024!

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Issue #479

Date posted on September 9, 2022

ON THE DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II, Pope Francis sent a message from the Vatican to King Charles III: “Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I offer heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, the Members of the Royal Family, the People of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises. Commending her noble soul to the merciful goodness of our Heavenly Father, I assure Your Majesty of my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you with his unfailing grace as you now take up your high responsibilities as King. Upon you and all who cherish the memory of your late mother, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings as a pledge of comfort and strength in the Lord.”  FRANCISCUS

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