CCCB news

The CCCB is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada.
  1. ORDO 2019-2020 EN webCCCB Publications has announced that the English and French editions of the ORDO - Liturgical Calendar 2019-2020 are now available for ordering. The yearly ORDO provides complete liturgical information and explanatory notes for each day. The 2019-2020 Liturgical Year begins the First Sunday of Advent (1 December 2019) and ends 28 November 2020, the Saturday following the Solemnity of Christ the King. In addition to Pastoral Notes which assist and give direction for planning a variety of liturgical celebrations and occasions, the ORDO includes the references to the Roman Missal; the Lectionary (for Sundays and Solemnities; Weekdays); the Liturgy of the Hours; references to the Book of Gospels; and the Lectionary: Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead. The 2019-2020 ORDO also includes references to Excerpts from the Roman Missal. Information is provided about the National Collections, the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of Canada, and special dates for pastoral planning in 2020, together with a Table of Moveable Dates.

    Link to order copies

  2. lifeandfamily-2016The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of June 2019 include suggestions from the Ascension of the Lord, 2 June to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30 June. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of May are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

  3. Pentecost this year has a special emphasis with Pope Francis inviting all of us to live October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month. Throughout it we are invited to pray for a truly missionary conversion of the whole Church.

    "We are not selling a product. We have a life to communicate: God, his divine life, his merciful love, his holiness! It is the Holy Spirit who sends us, accompanies us and inspires us. He is the source of our mission. It is he who guides the Church forward." (Pope Francis, address to the national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, 1 June 2018).

  4. The 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on 29 September 2019. The theme of Pope Francis' Message is "It is not just about migrants". In his Message, the Holy Father reminds us that "it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family. Migrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, help us to read the 'signs of the times'. Through them, the Lord is calling us to conversion, to be set free from exclusivity, indifference and the throw-away culture. Through them, the Lord invites us to embrace fully our Christian life and to contribute, each according to his or her proper vocation, to the building up of a world that is more and more in accord with God's plan."

    Link to the message

  5. On 24 January 2019, the liturgical memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists, the Holy See released the Holy Father's Message for the 53rd World Communications Day. The message is entitled "We are members of one another (Eph 4:25): From social network communities to the human community".

    In his Message, Pope Francis emphasizes the importance of the word community: "A community is that much stronger if it is cohesive and supportive, if it is animated by feelings of trust, and pursues common objectives. The community as a network of solidarity requires mutual listening and dialogue, based on the responsible use of language."

    In Canada, World Communications Day will be celebrated during 2 June 2019, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

    Link to Message

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