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May 19, 2016 8:47 AM


Jubilee of Priests

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., you are invited to join the priests of the Archdiocese at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kingston for a Holy Hour and Eucharistic Adoration in celebration of the Jubilee of Priests.  This event coincides with the Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, which is observed each year on or near the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The event at the Cathedral on June 2nd takes place at the same time as the celebration of the Jubilee of Priests in Rome (June 1st to 3rd.).

Support for Fort McMurray

The community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been devastated in the past week by wildfires that have destroyed over 2,000 buildings, severely compromised its infrastructure, and forced the evacuation of almost 90,000 people.  The victims of this disaster are in need of financial support to rebuild their homes and their lives. The Red Cross is collecting donations for the victims, and each donation is being matched by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta.  Financial contributions can be made online at; or by telephone at 1-800-418-1111.  Tax receipts are issued as soon as a donation is made.  Please give generously and keep the people of Fort McMurray in your prayers. 

Brief from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C-14


In relation to Bill C-14, the federal legislation concerning physician-assisted suicide, I want to draw your attention to an important initiative of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada to promote end-of-life care that is truly compassionate. 

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the CWL encourages you to participate in 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care.  A promotional poster is included with this transmission.

Information and resources for the 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care, including prayers and reflections, can be found on the CWL website at



The issues of suffering and of preparing for death touch every one of us. How do we respond as followers of Jesus Christ? In the Archdiocese of Edmonton we are undertaking a special initiative to help one another explore deeply our Catholic stance against assisted suicide and euthanasia. In this video, Archbishop Richard Smith extends a personal invitation to people of the Archdiocese to attend a series of conversations on this important subject.

Sun. Apr. 3 @  4:30 pm - 'What's it all about?'
Tues. Apr. 5  @   9:00 pm -  'What's wrong with assisted suicide & euthanasia?'
Sun. Apr. 10  @ 4:30 pm -  'It's my body, my choice.'
Tues. Apr. 12 @  9:00 pm -  'I don't want to suffer.'
Wed. Apr. 13 @  9:00 pm - 'What must we do?'


This past October, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada launched a joint Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.  At the time of its release, the Declaration had been signed by 56 faith leaders across Canada.  These signatories, including the CCCB, are now making a concerted effort to obtain signatures from a wide spectrum of Canadians who agree with the principles outlined in the Declaration.  You are invited to show your support for this initiative.  The Declaration and signatory option can be accessed at the following

Assisted suicide – protect the vulnerable and those who care for them. 

By June 2016, the Government of Canada is expected to pass legislation to legalize assisted suicide.  The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience is making an urgent appeal for your help.  This group of like-minded partners, which includes 5,000 doctors across Canada, is committed to protecting conscience rights for health practitioners and facilities.  You are invited to visit the Coalition’s website, for more information and to show your support.  Through the website, you can write directly to your Member of Parliament to express your concerns.  Since there is a tight timeline for the development of this legislation, you are asked to take action no later than April 1, 2016.