The 2021 Season of Creation takes place from 1 September through 4 October, marking a traditional ecumenical moment for healing and hope. Cecilia Dall'Oglio of the Global Steering Committee speaks to Vatican News about this year's edition and its link to the dialogue experience of her brother Paolo, a Jesuit missing in Syria since 2013.
The Grand Séminaire of the Archdiocese of Montreal (GSAM) opened its doors on Monday, August 23, for the new academic year 2021-2022. Courses will begin officially on Saturday, August 28, for deacons and on Monday, August 30, for seminarians.
The atmosphere in Saint-Laurent Parish was festive as the celebrations commemorating its 300th anniversary came to a close on Sunday, August 8, two days before the parish’s patronal feast day. So many are to be thanked for their contributions to these celebrations, that provided an opportunity to give thanks for the past at the same time as we look forward to the future with great optimism!
Pope Francis greets members of the Laudato si’ Inter-University Congress and highlights the importance of promoting social awareness to the care of our common home.
Message from the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, following the earthquake in Haiti.
A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti's Tiburon Peninsula on Saturday, August 14 at 8:29 a.m., about 150 kilometres west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Much of the damage occurred in the towns of Jérémie and Les Cayes. The force of the earthquake was felt across almost the entire country, including the Ouest department.
The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) has expressed its solidarity in prayer with Haiti and immediately approved an emergency aid package of $750,000 for the Haitian people, following the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake which struck the town of Les Cayes on Saturday, August 14.
The fourth annual event celebrating Quebec’s religious heritage will be held September 11 and 12, 2021.
Life and Family Suggestions for Homilies and Prayers of the Faithful during the month of August 2021
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be eased across the country and churches gradually welcome parishioners back in person, the Sunday liturgy offers nourishment for prayer and reflection throughout the entire week – whether we are meditating on the readings, praying together with our families or participating at Mass within our faith communities.
Pope Francis releases the prayer intention for the month of August, inviting everyone to work for a transformation of the Church - a work that begins with “a reform of ourselves” through an experience of prayer, charity and service, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
On the morning of August 4, 2020, Mrs. Hashem, a 75-year-old widow living in a modest apartment in downtown Beirut, made the decision to take her daughter to visit her son in a nearby village. A few hours later, the blast from the Port of Beirut severely damaged her apartment, making it unliveable. Had she stayed home, she and her daughter would most likely have been killed, along with 200 other people who died on that day. Instead, she became one of 300,000 people that found themselves homeless.
Archbishop Christian Lépine will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the 12:15 p.m. Mass on Sunday, August 15, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.