Weekly Updates – January 8, 2017

Sr. Nuala Kenny, SC – Witness
Sr. Nuala Kenny, Medical doctor, renowned ethicist, professor, and Sister of Charity of Halifax, is deeply concerned with 2016 law allowing euthanasia and doctor assisted death in Canada. The dimension of the Paschal mystery of suffering, death and resurrection is absent from our end of life conversation and discussion. When people today speak about a “good death,” they usually refer to an attempt to control the end of one’s life, even through physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. The Christian notion of a good death, however, is death not as a good end, but a good transition, that requires faith, proper acceptance and readiness. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB and Sr. Nuala Kenny for a wide ranging interview on the this implications of this new law which has serious effects not only on Canadian Catholics but on the medical profession, on people of all faiths and walks of life and on the moral fabric of our society.

Homily at Christmas Eve Mass 2016 | Cardinal Thomas Collins
On Dec. 24, 2016, Cardinal Thomas Collins presided at Midnight Mass in St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in downtown Toronto.

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis
To bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents 

Homily Of His Holiness Pope Francis
Solemnity of Mary, Most Holy Mother of God

Looking to the future with hope – Vatican Connections
Each year, millions of people attend events at the Vatican. And despite heightened security, numbers were a little higher in 2016. That was mainly due to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In this episode, we look at the final events which capped off the year, between Christmas and New Year’s, and what messages the Pope is giving the world as we’re stepping into 2017.

Re: Free Tools for Bible Catechesis
From: Alfred Yuen, Team Member
Our office would like to share two time-saving ministry tools with you: (1) a self-assessment of the state of bible catechesis in your parish and (2) a kit providing corresponding resources in response to your assessment. Church Bible Study Group Ministry Vitality Self-assessment:
By the end of the assessment I believe you will achieve a reasonable sense of where the parish is and what basic strategy or action plan may be appropriate for your parish and ministry.
Church Bible Study Group Ministry Parish Resource/Start-up Kit:
It offers ways for you to customize some aspects of your planning, training, and group experience. It includes, for examples,
Ø  study kits and editable posters for free download;
Ø  short videos for initial formation and for launching and leading Bible Studies,
Ø  Select commercial programs – which you may loan for free on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please email DeaconAlan@saintleosmimico.ca if you would like to have me pursue this.

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