• Upcoming Activities


Spiritual Support for Separated or Divorced Persons


The Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family is launching a series of monthly encounters for those wounded in their sacrament of marriage and who are seeking a path of healing and reconciliation. Meetings are held online, over six Saturday afternoons, and are led by Francis Joannette, permanent deacon, and his wife, Jackie. During these gatherings, each person is invited to rebuild their lives in Christ and discover how God is calling them today. Free, registration required.  

Dates: December 2*, 2023, February 17, March 2, April 6, May 18, 2024 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  

*In-person retreat 

The heart needs light-mini retreat
Retreat for Separated or Divorced Persons

A wounded heart is always seeking healing and peace. What if God's grace was the answer to all its quests? “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, `I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8, 12)


An inspiring afternoon retreat guided by Archbishop Christian Lépine. Saturday, December 2, 2023, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mary Queen of the World Cathedral's Parish Hall. Pre-registration required.

Family Advent Calendar 2023

This Advent, bring your family closer together and discover new ways to love and to serve each other through our Advent calendar with special daily activities. 



Download your calendar now!

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Family Advent calendar 2023
World Marriage Day 2024
World Marriage Day 2024


To honour the occasion, Worldwide Marriage Encounter – with the collaboration of the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family - invites you to Mass on Saturday, February 10, 2024.


The celebration will take place at 5 p.m. and be presided by Archbishop Christian Lépine at the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral. It will also be live-streamed (YouTube channel of the diocese). Join us to renew your wedding vows, receive a special blessing and pray for couples and families!

Mass to Ask for the Grace of a Happy Death (Event in French only)

On the eve of the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of a happy death, Archbishop Christian Lépine invites the faithful to gather to pray for the grace of a happy death. Euthanasia is being promoted in Quebec under the guise of “Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID),” and is rapidly capturing the public imagination. In light of this, the Archbishop of Montreal invites Catholics to entrust the moment of their death to God and to examine the question of end of life in light of the Catholic faith. A Mass presided by Archbishop Lépine will be held Saturday March 16, at 10 a.m. at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral. It will also be livestreamed on the YouTube channel of the Diocese.                                                                        

For more information, please contact us at centreDMVF@diocesemontreal.org  

Event in French only. 

Evening of Prayer for Life
National march for life-Ottawa
National March for Life (in Ottawa)

All life is sacred in the eyes of God and He asks us to witness to its dignity and to promote it every day. Let's join together to celebrate life and defend the most vulnerable.


Thursday May 9, 2024, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.


More details to come!

Let’s Celebrate the National Family and Life Week!

This year, families, parishes, dioceses and faith communities are kindly invited to celebrate the National Family and Life Week from 13-19 May 2024.
Building on the 2023 theme "Love one another" (John 13:34), the theme chosen for 2024 is "Love hopes all" and will emphasize hope, a theological virtue which, along with love and faith, encourages us not to despair and to constantly renew our relationship with God and others.

Stay tuned for social media images, catechesis reflections, and daily prayer intentions and activities for families

The Canadian Bishops will be publishing a Pastoral Toolkit by end of March 2024. Stay tuned!

National Family and Life Week
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly


On July 28, 2024 we will celebrate the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. This day was instituted by Pope Francis for the fourth Sunday in July, close to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. Together, let us work together to create compassionate communities that see relationships with the elderly and grandparents as a normal part of family, neighborhood, parish, and communal life.


A Listening Church: My Family and the Synod

"I invite all families to take part in the Synod. Their contribution is essential and precious," said Archbishop Lépine.  

Would you join us in answering the Archbishop's invitation? Our special family guide and introductory video will make this process easy and within the reach of every family. You will be amazed by the meaningful and prayerful exchanges sparked by this method of spiritual conversation.  These resources are for parents, catechists, priests, PCL's, deacons and anyone who works with families.

The Synod is now entering the national and then the continental phase and will be extended until 2024.


Synod-A Listening Church