Weekly Updates – October 1, 2017

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archdiocese of Toronto

The Knights of Columbus presents
The Luke E. Hart Series
Basic Elements of the Catholic Faith

Sacraments 101: Matrimony (why make it Catholic)
BustedHalo.com’s fantastic introduction to the Sacraments series: Why do we have to have a Catholic wedding? Why does it take so long to get married in the Church? Why does the Church insist we have children?
These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

Let the Healing begin
Song by Michael John Poirier

Echoing Angels – Give You Peace

BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia by The Monks of Norcia

“When You Believe” cover by One Voice Children’s Choir
One Voice Children’s Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs “When You Believe.” Filmed on-location at Omaha Beach and Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France. Performed in English, Hebrew and French. This song is dedicated to all the soldiers who fought in World War II, including those who fought at Normandy’s Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches in the D-Day Invasion; and to the millions of Jewish victims who lost their lives during the Nazi Holocaust.

Witness – Kevin Tuerff and Maureen Basnicki
Maureen Basnicki
Founder, Canadian National Day of Service Foundation
Twenty-four Canadians were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. There were 19 men and 5 women. The youngest was 30 years old, the oldest 70. Two of them were brother and sister. Two were a newly married couple. Three never got to hold the babies their wives have given birth to since the attacks. Most worked in business or computers. There was also a hockey scout, an electrical engineer, a nurse. In their sparetime they were avid travellers, athletes and volunteers, and had passions for playing bridge, watching Broadway musicals and pulling off practical jokes. Most were in the World Trade Center, and many managed to contact family and friends while trapped inside. Three of them were on the planes that crashed into the towers. Ken Basnicki, was on one of the Canadians who perished in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan on September 11. Soon after 9/11, Ken’s wife, Maureen Basnicki, became one of Canada’s most outspoken advocates for victims of terrorist attacks. Maureen, a Catholic, is founding director of the Canadian Coalition Against Terror. Her untiring efforts led the Canadian Government to designate September 11 each year as an official day to remember the victims, not through somber ceremonies, but by performing good deeds. She is also fighting to have legislation introduced that would allow individuals, organizations or states to be sued for funding terrorism.
Kevin Tuerff
Social Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Kevin Tuerff was returning from a Paris vacation with his partner, to their home in Austin, Texas. Their Air France flight was two hours from landing when a plane crashed into the first World Trade Center building. Then 17 minutes later a plane hit the second tower. Another 20 minutes later, all air space was closed. His plane, and 37 other diverted flights, were headed to a small Canadian town in Newfoundland. Nearly 7,000 strangers descended on Gander, nearly doubling its 10,000 population. Kevin fondly and gratefully recalls the locals from Gander cooking tons of food and hundreds of strangers doing random acts of kindness on that day of infamy. Now 16 years after the September 11terrorist tragedy, Kevin has pledged to transform the world around him. Kevin is the inspiration for the character Kevin in the hit musical Come from Away. He wrote about the journey from Gander to the present moment in his personal memoir, Channel of Peace.

10 Beautiful Lines
1). Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout life.
2). Why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.
3). Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4). All things in life are temporary. If they are going well, enjoy them, they will not last forever. If they are going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
5). Old friends are gold! New friends are diamonds! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold! To hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!
6). Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “relax, sweetheart; it’s just a bend, not the end!”
7). When God solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, he has faith in your abilities.
8). A blind person asked God: “can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?”  He replied: “yes, losing your vision!”
9). When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10). Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.

“Same Kind of Different as Me” Coming to Canadian Theatres

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