Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday

The Good Friday Collection, on April 15,th, 2022, is requested by the Holy See to help maintain the Christian sites of the Holy Land and to support the Church in the pastoral, educational, and social works that contribute to a sustained Christian presence in the land where Jesus the Christ once walked.

This Pontifical Collection will be taken in the parishes during the Good Friday celebration. Those who are unable to attend the service are still able to contribute online by going to:
canadahelps.org “commissariat of the Holy Land”, or by Interac e-transfers to toterresainte@bellnet.ca
Receipts will be issued.

On behalf of the Custody of the Holy Land, I sincerely thank you for your support.

Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Message from †Bishop Noël Simard

Dear diocesan men and women,

On March 25, 2022, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis will consecrate humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a penitential celebration that will take place at 5:00 p.m. Rome time in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Act of Consecration is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Rome, and therefore at approximately 12:30 p.m. in Quebec. In union with Pope Francis, I will make this consecration at the end of a Mass that I will celebrate at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of the Saint-Viateur Clerics (Maison Charlebois) in Rigaud. I invite pastors, parish leaders, deacons, consecrated persons, pastoral workers, and all the faithful to join in this consecration and celebration by participating either in that day’s Mass or in a special liturgy of prayer for peace, or by reciting a decade of the rosary, or by making a personal or family prayer for peace. It would be good to accompany one’s prayer with a concrete gesture for the Ukrainian people who are so sorely tried by the madness and barbarity of war. May Mary, in her motherly heart, bring to God the cry of all those who suffer because of this unleashing of hatred and violence and who implore an end to this absurdity which threatens the peace of the world! Let us also pray to the Holy Spirit, source of communion and peace, that this murderous conflict will cease and that the path of dialogue and reconciliation will be followed.
I count on your participation and thank you wholeheartedly.
United in prayer and fraternally in Jesus, Prince of Peace,

+ Your Bishop Noël

P.S. Enclosed is the letter of Pope Francis to the bishops and the Act of Consecration

Letter of Pope Francis (Pdf)
ACT OF CONSECRATION (Pdf)

Message from MGR NOËL SIMARD for SHARE LENT 2022

THIS LENT, LET’S PUT PEOPLE AND THE PLANET FIRST

This is the theme that Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has chosen for its Share Lent 2022 campaign.  The official international solidarity organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, Development and Peace works hard with partners in over thirty countries in the Global South to eliminate the causes of poverty and establish social justice. This valuable organization supports projects that seek to build a more just and caring world by putting people and the planet first.

The pandemic has further increased the vulnerabilities and economic difficulties of our brothers and sisters in the South.  This is why we must strongly support the Share Lent Campaign of Development and Peace.  Let us walk alongside our brothers and sisters who are severely affected by the health crisis using a well-known Catholic method: See how our gifts are transforming lives in Madagascar, Honduras, Cambodia, etc.; Judge the impact of our solidarity in the world; act by choosing to give from the heart, which is in line with our pastoral theme, “To create happiness, I have a giving heart.

At the invitation of Development and Peace, I value people and the planet above all else through a burst of generosity.  Thank you very much and may God bless you!

 

+ Noël Simard

Bishop of Valleyfield

 

Pope Francis proclaims “Year of Saint Joseph”

Year of Saint Joseph

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”),
Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from,
December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.

Read the full article by Vatican News Here

The Apostolic Letter Patris Corde of the Holy Father Francis

March 19th(the Solemnity of Saint Joseph), was the official launch with our diocese.