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