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2017-11-08

Rendering of the future St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre (Photo: Groupe Marchand Architecture & Design)Start of construction work for St. Raphael's Palliative Care Home
St. Raphael's Palliative Care Home and Day Centre ("St. Raphael's"), a charitable organization created to build and operate a palliative care home with a day centre that will be the first of its kind in Montreal, held a groundbreaking ceremony October 30.

This much-needed and innovative project has already received support from several major donors, as well as from the Archdiocese of Montreal, which has transferred the use of the building and land that will become St. Raphael's, through an emphyteutic lease. "We are most grateful to our donors for their tremendous contribution. We are gathered for today's milestone thanks to their generosity," said Rick Renaud.

St. Raphael's is a charitable organization created to build and operate a palliative care home and the first day centre of its kind in Montreal. Its mission is to offer exceptional palliative care and services in a warm and compassionate environment, free of charge, to people suffering from an incurable illness, so that they may live an end of life imbued with compassion, respect and humanity.

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Together in Mission!


On Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m., Bishop Alain Faubert and Father Raymond Lafontaine invite you to the opening session of the francophone, anglophone and multicultural communities' Catechetical Conferences under the theme "Ensemble en mission/Together in Mission ".

To begin the next morning's reflections on the occasion of the French (Collège André Grasset) and English (Loyola College) catechetical conferences, Bishop Alain Faubert and Father Raymond Lafontaine will share their questions regarding the Missionary Shift. We are one Body in Christ and together we are called and sent! But first, where do we begin? How do we go? And, how do we go together?

Join us for this great event!

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Bill C-51


Over 60 faith leaders and organizations in Canada have signed a letter addressed to The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, concerning the removal of section 176 from the Criminal Code of Canada, as proposed under Clause 14 of Bill C-51, "An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to Another Act".

The interfaith letter was co-authored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Association for Reformed Political Action. Representatives from a variety of faith traditions have endorsed the letter, including from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Buddhist traditions.

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Commemoration of the Reformation


On November 18, 2 p.m., a Prayer Service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Montreal, for the joint commemoration of the Reformation by Lutherans and Roman Catholics. A prayer liturgy jointly developed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation which includes a series of commitments that the churches make to one another.  A service being held across Canada and around the world during 2017.

Co-hosts and presiders:  The Most Revd Christine Lapine and Bishop Michael Pryse

Bilingual in French and English

Read the Report of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity

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Restorative Justice Week 2017


Restorative Justice Week will be held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 19-26, 2017. The theme for the week is Inspiring Innovation.

Restorative justice (RJ) is a philosophy and an approach that views crime and conflict as harm done to people and relationships. It is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. The goal is to reach meaningful, satisfying, and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication, and truth.

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