Reflections of an Indigenous Elder

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, reflections of an Indigenous Elder and Catholic by the Hon. Graydon Nicholas, CM, ONB, of the Tobique First Nation, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

A presentation given during the Orientation Assembly of Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada, June 18 2022 in Halifax, Nova Scotia (duration: 45 minutes).
Hosted by the director of communications of The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Geneviève Gallant.
Broadcast provided by Salt + Light Media.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as the Day of Prayer for Priests. Today we ask you to take a moment and pray for the priests in your life, that God may grant them wisdom and compassion in the joys and challenges of their vocations. We also invite you to listen to a lecture by Bishop Robert Barron entitled Lessons from Ancient Heroes and Powerful Prophets (Part 1: Adam and Noah) which you can watch below.

Remember, O most loving heart of Jesus, that they for whom I pray are those for whom you prayed so earnestly the night before your death.  These are they to whom you look to continue with you in your sorrows when others forsake you, who share your griefs and have inherited your persecutions, according to your word: That the servant is not greater than his Lord.  Remember, O heart of Jesus, that they are the objects of the world’s hatred and Satan’s deadliest snares.  Keep them then, O Jesus, in the safe citadel of your sacred heart and there let them be sanctified in truth. May they be one with you and one among themselves, and grant that multitudes may be brought through their word to believe in you and love you.

~ Catholic News Agency

A New Creation in Christ

ARCHBISHOP TERRENCE PRENDERGAST, currently Apostolic Administrator of Hearst-Moosonee
Diocese, published a remarkable Pastoral Letter on Pentecost Sunday, last June 5th. “A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST”: Dreams for the Boreal Region of Northern Ontario is a reflection on the beauty and importance of this boreal homeland to so many! He invites us to “imagine what might happen if we viewed our boreal homeland with the same comprehensive, integral dream offered by the universal Church in Pope Francis’ vision of the Amazon!” Our own Bishop Crosby says, “Having been born on the shores of Lake Superior in the boreal region of Northwestern Ontario, I find his vision of treasuring these lands with love to be compelling.”

You can enjoy the letter online here.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. June 21 was chosen due to the significance of the Summer Solstice in many Indigenous communities.

There are many events happening online, especially on APTN (www.aptntv.ca/). We also want to share that The Healing of the Seven Generations & KW Multicultural Centre invite you to a Pow Wow on June 25 & 26, from 12 noon to 6pm both days on Roo Island in Victoria Park. You can learn more on their facebook page by clicking here.

Pope Saint John Paul II prayed the following prayer when he visited Fort Simpson in 1987:

We ask you to give your blessing this day to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
Guide their elders and all their people, and give them your wisdom and strength.
Let them enjoy the gifts of nature and the fruits of their labours.
Bring them light in time of darkness, health in time of sickness, joy in time of sorrow.
Teach them to listen to your voice, to live in your ways, and to be brothers and sisters of all.
Great Spirit, our God, listen to our prayer, for you rule the universe forever and ever. Amen.

World Refugee Day

A note from Bishop Crosby:
“WORLD REFUGEE DAY falls on June 20th each year, today! This is a special day recognized by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the 1951 Refugee Convention. This year let us reflect on the strength and resiliency of our refugee brothers and sisters across the globe, a community of forcibly displaced individuals and families that now totals an unprecedented 100 million people! Our [Hamilton Diocese] Office for Refugees will be welcoming a family of 5 from Ethiopia [today] – a beautiful expression of the power of the refugee sponsorship program to honour the dignity of the human family and safeguard the human right to life, liberty and security of the person.